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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Throwing With Various Clay Types

Playing With Mud: A Potter’s Joy

As a potter, throwing with clay is a creative, messy, and satisfying experience. Each type of clay has its unique properties and characteristics, making the process of getting your hands dirty a joyful exploration. From earthenware to porcelain, each type of clay offers something different to your throwing experience. In this article, we’ll explore the various types of clay available and the nuances of each.

Getting Your Hands Dirty: The Types of Clay

There are many types of clay available for use in pottery. The most common types are earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, and terracotta, each with its unique properties. Earthenware is a low-fire clay that is easy to work with and suitable for beginners. Stoneware is a higher-fired clay that is more durable and suitable for functional pottery. Porcelain is a fine, delicate clay that requires a deft touch and is often used for decorative pieces. Terracotta is a porous, reddish-brown clay that is often used for garden pots and sculptures.

From Earthenware to Stoneware: The Basics

Earthenware is a low-fire clay that is often used for decorative pieces such as vases and figurines. It is easy to work with and can be fired in a kiln or oven. Stoneware is a high-fire clay that is more durable than earthenware, making it suitable for functional pottery such as plates and bowls. It is also more difficult to work with due to its high firing temperature. Both earthenware and stoneware can be glazed for a finished look.

The Magic of Porcelain: A Delicate Touch

Porcelain is a fine, delicate clay that requires a deft touch. It is often used for decorative pieces due to its translucent quality and ability to hold intricate details. Porcelain is the most challenging type of clay to work with due to its fineness and tendency to crack during firing. However, with practice, porcelain can produce stunning pieces that are both beautiful and functional.

Challenges and Rewards of Terracotta

Terracotta is a porous, reddish-brown clay that is often used for garden pots and sculptures. It is easy to work with but has a high shrinkage rate, meaning it can crack and warp during the drying and firing process. However, terracotta offers a warm, earthy aesthetic that is perfect for outdoor pieces. It is also an affordable option for those on a budget.

Throwing Your Way to Clay Mastery

Throwing with clay is a skill that takes time and practice to master. Each type of clay offers its challenges, but with perseverance, you can become a skilled potter. The key is to experiment with different types of clay and to embrace the learning process. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. With time, you’ll develop your unique style and techniques.

In conclusion, throwing with various types of clay is a joyful exploration of creativity and expression. No matter your skill level, there is a type of clay that is perfect for you. So get your hands dirty and start playing with mud! With practice and patience, you’ll be amazed at what you can create.

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