Ceramic Organizations & General Sites
Creating an interest, understanding, appreciation and recognition of American Art Pottery.
American Ceramic Society Technical Organization. Devoted to scientific study of ceramics.
CeramicArtsDaily.org is an online community serving active potters and ceramic artists worldwide, as well as those who are interested in finding out more about this craft. CeramicArtsDaily.org provides a wide array of tools for learning about and improving skills, and a place for artists to display their work and to share ideas and perspectives about how their art and life interact to shape each other.
CeramicArtsDaily.org provides a free daily newsletter, access to Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines and the Potters Council, as well as linking you to all the related products and services that these groups offer.
CeramicArtsDaily.org is produced by the Ceramic Publications Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The American Ceramic Society, a 110 year-old non-profit organization that promotes the professional needs of the international ceramics community.
This is a good list of common ceramic terms.
Ceramics Today is a comprehensive independent ceramics site, but one with a long history. Its first incarnation as Claynet. Claynet evolved into ceramics.about.com. Then ceramics.about.com.
The Claystation website. Lots of links to other ceramic resources. Run by an artist in California.
Topics in Contemporary Ceramic Art. This is a blog site of various articles concerning contemporary art ceramics.
Incoterms or international commerce terms are a series of international sales terms, published by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and widely used in international commercial transactions. These are accepted by governments, legal authorities and practitioners worldwide for the interpretation of most commonly used terms in international trade. This reduces or remove altogether uncertainties arising from different interpretation of such terms in different countries. Scope of this is limited to matters relating to right and obligations of the parties to the contract of sale with respect to the delivery of goods sold. They are used to divide transaction costs and responsibilities between buyer and seller and reflect state-of-the-art transportation practices. They closely correspond to the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The first version was introduced in 1936 and the present dates from 2000.
The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition is an annual juried ceramic competition for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) students in the United States. Designed to showcase the best K12 ceramic work made in the country, the exhibition takes place in a different city each year in conjunction with the annual conference of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).
NCECA promotes and improves the ceramic arts through education, community-building, research and creative inspiration. NCECA offers programs, events and publications to support its membership of artists, educators, students, individual and corporate art patrons, gallery owners, museum curators and providers of ceramic arts-related products and services.
Good site for general information on ceramics, firing, cones, venting and controls.
An exhibition of contemporary ceramics utilizing the Internet as the gallery space. Statements by the organizers, jurors and artists along with brief resumes and digitized photos of the selected work comprise this electronic exhibition.
Website for renowned ceramic artist Bill Campbell.
Emily Murphy describes why she bought a new DaVinci X3236!
Website for Philadelphia-based ceramic artists Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson.
Instructions & Methods
This article by Marvin Bartel first appeared in the June 2002 issue of Studio Potter.
"Thomas Aquinas (1) defined "human" as, "a being with brains and hands. As such our greatest joy comes when we can employ both our brains and our hands simultaneously in ways which are creative, useful, and productive." As a potter, father, grandfather, teacher, artist, and art educator, I have a longstanding interest in how much children love to work with clay. Most children, up to ages six to eight are by nature curious and self-confident about everything. While they instinctively love to use their hands, many children have been acculturated to worry about getting "dirty." I show them how easy it is to rinse and sponge the clay off their hands and they lose all inhibitions and plunge in."
A free educational resource for anyone learning to use the pottery
wheel. Includes photos, videos, and step by step lessons. Also learn
about different types of pottery kilns and wheels.
An easy-to-use website with a lot of good safety information.
A very thorough description of ceramic safety procedures as well as links to safety in all the arts.
From the the Canadian Occupational Safety website a consise description of chemical hazards.
MET Laboratories is the nation’s first Nationally Recognized Testing
Laboratory - a responsive, recognized
alternative to UL for North American product safety certification
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.
A job website with a section with links to safety blogs and all things OSHA related.
Good description of chemicals used in ceramics plus lots of other guidelines.
Ceramic Schools And Libraries
Alfred University has one of the premier ceramic arts and industrial ceramic programs in the country. The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is a one-of-a-kind institution that encompasses education, research and outreach in art, engineering, design and science. Its history and tradition are founded on the study of ceramics and glass, while its current programs investigate a wide range of materials and processes, through the School of Art & Design and the School of Engineering.
SDSU School of Art website. The School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University is committed to excellence in the visual arts and design, intellectual development, interdisciplinary research, and creative growth. The School strives to assume a leadership role in the visual arts and design by serving as a cultural resource for San Diego State University, the Southern California and Baja community, and the related professions.
The Scholes Library of NY State College of Ceramics, Alfred University.
Industrial & Technical Interest
The ASM has a number of other links to arcticals and videos about ceramic armor.
The Brick Industry Association website contains a wealth of information on Clay Bricks.
A great resource for advanced refractory products. Industrial Minerals is amongst global leaders in advanced refractory products, industrial ceramics products and industrial refractory products. With around forty years experience in the industry, the company continues to pride its vast resources and advanced capabilities that can meet even the complex future requirements. Industrial Minerals is committed to prompt, professional and more responsive customer services.
International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm, used to ship products between countries. Its main purpose is to prevent the international transport and spread of disease and insects that could negatively effect plants or ecosystems.
Full description on how thermocouples work and the various types.
Arts & Acitivities® is the nation’s leading art education magazine. For more than 75 years it’s made teaching art easier for classroom teachers, art supervisors and curriculum coordinators from the elementary level through upper division.
Over 80,000 people nationwide are currently involved in art education. These instructors rely on advertisers for new materials and time-saving ideas for the classroom.
Each issue features a special theme, stressing the use of product groups in art and craft projects for the classroom.
A comprehensive resource of working Australian artists and craftspeople, galleries and organisations.
Ceramic Industry Magazine Website serves as the exclusive global voice of ceramic manufacturing, promoting the interests, growth and progress of the ceramic, glass and brick industries by: offering practical, real-world solutions to manufacturing problems; providing up-to-date coverage of news, issues and trends; supplying a forum for information exchange; and presenting information on the latest technological advancements.
Potters, collectors, enthusiasts, students, teachers, critics, gallery owners, artists and designers all read Ceramic Review for its mix of practical and critical features on contemporary ceramic art and craft, around the world.
ceramicreview.com will help you find out about the magazine and how you can contribute.
Established in 1990 by Janet Mansfield in Sydney, Australia, Ceramics: Art and Perception aims to set the international standard as a high quality magazine dedicated to ceramic art. With a total of 120 pages, it contains approximately 23 substantial articles and regular features on a broad range of ceramics related subjects with excellent colour photographs throughout. More than 12,000 copies are distributed worldwide each quarter. In 1995, a companion magazine, Ceramics TECHNICAL was launched. This magazine focuses on technical issues in the field of ceramic art including research, culture and strategy.
Ceramics Monthly is a special-interest publication for serious, dedicated ceramic artists who require relevant, informed content on contemporary ceramic art. Coverage includes inspirational artist profiles, practical technical information, full-color images of artist’s works, insightful topical presentations, timely exhibition reviews, and the only comprehensive listings of events and calls for entry in the ceramic-art world.
Clay Times is a full-color magazine serving tens of thousands of enthusiastic readers worldwide. With pass-along readership totalling more than 55,000 clay enthusiasts, Clay Times is now the most widely read comprehensive clay publication available anywhere. Clay Times® magazine is designed to inform ceramic enthusiasts at all levels of the latest developments in the clay world, while providing useful information and techniques to help our readers learn and grow in their individual pursuits in clay. Regular columns and features are devoted to topics including: clay news and events, wheel throwing and handbuilding, glazing and firing, step-by-step projects, useful pottery supplies and equipment, ceramic studio tips and techniques, kiln building and maintenance, marketing and business strategies, studio health and safety concerns, tool making and uses, clay in the classroom, book and video reviews ... and much more!
Fired Arts & Crafts is a magazine devoted to hobby ceramics.
Pottery Making Illustrated provides intermediate to advanced potters with practical techniques, tips and information for the studio in a well-illustrated format. With articles on throwing, handbuilding, sculpture, decorating and firing, PMI covers every aspect of the studio ceramic process. In addition, PMI provides up-to-date information on tools, supplies and materials for the ceramic studio. Serving more than 60,000 readers, PMI is the leading ceramic art magazine specializing in techniques and studio information. First appearing in 1998, PMI is now published bimonthly by the Ceramic Publications Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The American Ceramic Society, a non-profit association dedicated to promoting ceramic art and science.
School Arts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.
Centered in studio practice, Studio Potter promotes discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community.
Kiln Issues And Troubleshooting
Advancer advanced SiC refractories are 10 to 28 times stronger than traditional SiC and cordierite refractory materials, which allows for substantially lighter kiln furniture components, such as plates (shelves), support beams and support posts. This is the place that specializes in selling these shelves.
The most important debugging tool in any toolbox is a trusty multimeter. A multimeter can measure continuity, resistance, voltage and sometimes even current, capacitance, temperature, etc.
An accomplished potter, ceramic technical expert, and experienced teacher, Jeff holds BFA/MFA degrees from Alfred University, College of Ceramics, New York.
With an additional degree in Business, he has also published numerous technical articles and is the author of three reference books, What Every Potter Should Know, Safety in the Ceramics Studio, and his most recent, The Potter's Studio Clay and Glaze Handbook.
Jeff provides ceramics consulting services to individual potters, ceramics supply companies, and industry. He also serves as an expert witness on ceramics litigation cases.
Guide and technical information about thermocouples. More than you probably want to know but definitive.
A forum for discussion crystalline glaze issues
INSIGHT is a calculation tool anyone can use to learn and harness the power of ceramic chemistry. Fix problems like crazing, blistering, pinholing, settling, clouding, leaching, crawling, marking, scratching, powdering. Substitute frits or incorporate better, cheaper materials, replace no-longer-available ones. Adjust melting temperature, gloss, surface character, color. Identify weaknesses in your glazes to avoid problems. Creating and optimizing base glazes to work with difficult colors or stains and for special effects dependent on opacification, crystallization or variegation. Create your own glazes from scratch and use your own native materials in the highest possible percentage.
Gary Wang's interactive web-based glaze analysis program.
Ceramic Blogs. Listed by subject. This has some great discussions.
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World Art Directory, a human edited guide to art and artist information on the Web, is designed to bring together those who love art with those who create it and to provide an affordable means for artists to promote their work. World Art Directory also provides a comprehensive guide to art related sites on the Internet.