White Elephant Sale
June 7-10.  We are looking first for donations, coming in a separate email to all members, and then a schedule (currently all open studio hours June 7-10, beginning daily at 9:00).  Sale expected to open the morning of June 7, 9:00 am--best time to come! I'll put the list of desirable donations below the studio hours.

Regular Studio Hours
MWF 8:30-4, TuTh 8:30-8pm
Sat, Sun 10-2
Emeritus classes take place mornings 8:45-11:50 and afternoons 12:45-3:50, 3-4 days a week.
During these times the studio is closed, except for the Lunchroom, where you may work.
Days and times change each semester.

Supplies for Sale

Studio Hours

Come into our studio and see all of the supplies we have for sale.

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Librarians Corner

Books may be borrowed by members for two weeks except for those labeled DNR which may be read in the studio only. Remember to ask a Supervisor to open the shelves for you. We also have new Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, Sculpture, and Sculpture Review. They are filed newest on top in the fat binders. The library is a valuable resource for potters of all abilities.

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Crafting Delicate Porcelain Pottery

Porcelain pottery has been treasured for centuries due to its delicate beauty and durability. Crafting this type of pottery requires a unique set of skills and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In this article, we will explore the wondrous world of porcelain pottery and the process of creating delicate masterpieces.

Wondrous World of Porcelain Pottery

Porcelain pottery is a type of pottery that is made from a specific type of clay that is fired at high temperatures. It is known for its translucent quality, delicate appearance, and durability. Porcelain pottery was first developed in China during the Han Dynasty and quickly became popular throughout the world. Today, porcelain pottery is still highly valued by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Tools and Materials for Crafting

Crafting delicate porcelain pottery requires a variety of tools and materials. A potter’s wheel, kiln, and various hand tools are essential for shaping and forming the pottery. The clay used for porcelain pottery is carefully selected for its purity and fine particle size. Water is added to the clay to create a workable consistency. Porcelain pottery is often adorned with delicate details, so brushes, carving tools, and other fine instruments are used to decorate the surface.

From Clay to Masterpiece

Crafting porcelain pottery is a multi-step process that requires patience and attention to detail. The first step is to wedge the clay, which means kneading it to remove air bubbles and create a consistent texture. Next, the potter shapes the clay on a potter’s wheel or by hand. Once the desired shape is achieved, the piece is left to dry slowly to prevent cracking. After the piece is completely dry, it is carefully sanded and polished to remove any imperfections.

Delicate Design Techniques

Porcelain pottery is often decorated with intricate designs and patterns. There are many techniques that can be used to achieve these details, such as carving, painting, and stamping. One popular technique is called "underglaze," where a design is painted onto the piece before it is glazed and fired. The design is then revealed after firing and creates a beautiful, delicate effect.

Glazing and Firing Magic

Glazing and firing are critical steps in the process of creating porcelain pottery. The glaze is a thin layer of glass that is applied to the surface of the piece to provide a smooth, glossy finish and protect it from scratches and stains. The piece is then fired in a kiln at high temperatures, which causes the clay and glaze to fuse together and create a durable, waterproof surface. The firing process also causes the porcelain to become translucent, which adds to its delicate beauty.

Cherish Your Handmade Porcelain

Porcelain pottery is a true work of art, and each piece is unique. Whether you are a collector or simply appreciate fine craftsmanship, handmade porcelain pottery is something to cherish. With proper care and maintenance, your porcelain pottery will last for generations and provide joy and beauty to all who behold it.

In conclusion, crafting delicate porcelain pottery is a time-honored tradition that requires skill, patience, and attention to detail. From the selection of the clay to the final firing, every step in the process contributes to the beauty and durability of the final piece. We hope this article has given you a glimpse into the fascinating world of porcelain pottery and inspired you to appreciate and cherish this beautiful art form.

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