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.

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

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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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Creating Elegant Pottery Handles

Pottery handles are more than just a functional aspect of a ceramic piece. They can add elegance and personality to your creation, showcasing your artistic skills and attention to detail. Creating elegant pottery handles is an art form that can be mastered through practice and experimentation. In this article, we will explore the key elements that go into making beautiful and functional pottery handles.

Mastering the Art of Pottery Handles

Pottery handles require a combination of technical skill and artistic vision. A well-crafted handle should not only be sturdy and functional but also visually pleasing. To master the art of pottery handles, start by practicing basic shapes and experimenting with different techniques. Take your time to refine your skills and develop your own unique style.

From Function to Style: Combining Form and Functionality

Handles serve a functional purpose, but they can also add style and personality to a ceramic piece. When designing a handle, consider both its function and form. Think about how the handle will be used and how it will complement the overall design of the piece. A well-designed handle should be comfortable to hold and visually appealing.

The Importance of Proportion in Creating Elegant Handles

Proportion is a key element in creating elegant pottery handles. The size and shape of the handle should be in proportion to the size and shape of the piece. A handle that is too small or too large can detract from the overall design. Experiment with different proportions to find the right balance.

Choosing the Right Shape and Texture for Your Pottery Handles

The shape and texture of a pottery handle can greatly impact its visual appeal. Consider the style of the piece and choose a handle that complements it. A handle with a smooth texture may work well on a minimalist piece, while a handle with a more complex texture can add interest to a rustic piece.

The Beauty of Handmade Pottery Handles: Tips and Tricks

Handmade pottery handles have a unique beauty that cannot be replicated by a machine. To make your handles stand out, focus on the details. Pay attention to the curves and contours of the handle, and take care to smooth out any rough edges. Experiment with different techniques such as carving and stamping to add texture and interest.

Elevating Your Pottery Game: Experimenting with Color and Glazes

Color and glaze can take your pottery handles to the next level. Experiment with different glazes to achieve the desired effect, whether it’s a glossy or matte finish. Consider adding decorative elements such as patterns or motifs to make your handles stand out. Remember to consider the overall design of the piece and choose colors and glazes that complement it.

Creating elegant pottery handles is a rewarding and challenging process. It requires a combination of technical skill and artistic vision. By mastering the key elements of handle design, you can create beautiful and functional pieces that showcase your creativity and attention to detail. Experiment with different shapes, textures, colors, and glazes to find your own unique style. With practice and patience, you can elevate your pottery game and create truly stunning pieces.

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