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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Exploring Textures on Pottery

Texture: The Key to Unique Pottery

Pottery is not just about making functional objects, but it’s also about creating art. The texture of a pottery piece can turn a simple object into a work of art. It’s the texture that gives pottery its unique look and feel. Adding texture to your pottery can make it more interesting and can also give it a personal touch. Whether you’re a professional potter or a beginner, exploring different textures on pottery is always fun.

Tactile Art: Feeling the Surface

The texture of a pottery piece can be described in many ways, but the most important aspect of texture is how it feels. Tactile art is all about the sense of touch. When you run your hand over a piece of pottery, you can feel the different textures that make it unique. The smoothness of a glazed surface, the roughness of an unglazed surface, the lines, curves, and bumps on the pottery are all textures that can be felt.

Techniques for Adding Texture to Clay

There are many techniques that can be used to add texture to clay. One of the simplest techniques is to use different tools to create patterns on the surface of the clay. You can use a fork, a comb, a sponge, or any other object that can be pressed onto the clay to create texture. You can also use stamps or printing blocks to create more intricate patterns. Another technique is to use a wire brush to create a rough surface on the clay. This technique is often used to create a rustic, earthy look.

Creating Patterns: An Art within an Art

Creating patterns on pottery is like an art within an art. There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating patterns on pottery. You can make simple patterns using lines and dots, or you can create more intricate patterns using shapes and symbols. You can also use different colors to make your patterns stand out. Some potters like to create patterns that reflect their culture or heritage. Others like to experiment with new and innovative designs.

Experimenting with Colors and Textures

Experimenting with different colors and textures is a great way to create unique pottery. You can mix different colors of glaze to create interesting effects. You can also layer different colors of glaze to create depth and dimension. Mixing different textures can also create interesting effects. For example, you can create a smooth surface with a rough texture on the edges. The possibilities are endless.

Endless Possibilities: Let Your Imagination Soar

When it comes to exploring textures on pottery, there are endless possibilities. The key is to let your imagination soar. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques, patterns, colors, and textures. Every piece of pottery that you create is a reflection of your own creativity and personality. The more you explore, the more you will discover about yourself and your own unique style.

In conclusion, exploring textures on pottery is a fun and creative process. It’s a way to make your pottery unique and personal. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced potter, there’s always something new to discover. So, get your hands dirty and start exploring the endless possibilities of texture on pottery!

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