Sunday, December 7, 2014

Studio Potter, John Gill, Xiphactinus

Clay Share - Tuesday
The Studio Potter

Studio Potter Magazine
Have you ever wondered what periodicals potters read?  The Studio Potter magazine is one of those 'must subscribe to' magazines for us.  Focused on aesthetic philosophy and the working potter with an "essential belief in functional pottery," The Studio Potter began in 1972 and is published twice a year. The articles are written by potters, sculptors, curators, and clay enthusiasts.  A theme is proposed and a deadline set for articles submitted to the publisher.

We have collected just about all of the The Studio Potter journals. We are missing a couple of them including the first Studio Potter that was published.  When you become a member you also get the chance to select one back issue.

Studio Potter Magazine

Potters Pick - Thursday
John Gill
Masters : John Gill - photo by Matt Wittmeyer - Amercian Craft Council 
John Gill is a superb teacher and ceramics artist with a gift for transmitting the unconventional possibilities of ceramics and form. John's generous sharing of his unique visions for the potentiality of clay creates a contagious enthusiasm for anyone brave enough to be open to what he can convey.

We had a wonderful time this past July, when we took a summer school class with John Gill at Alfred University. If you want to recharge your creative batteries for ceramics, it would be hard to do better than attending one of Alfred University's "Summer Ceramic Art" classes.

Find out more about John Gill and the other American Craft Council Masters on the American Craft Council Website

Playing off the Instrument - Sunday
Xiphactinus Audax
Lora Robins Gallery of Design and Nature
 Richmond, Virginia

Xiphactinus Audax at the Lora Robins Gallery
Located in Richmond, Virginia, The Lora Robins Gallery is a museum that bridges the arts and natural sciences. This museum is chuck-full of fossils, shells, minerals, and all kinds of interesting artifacts. It also has ceramics! We were in heaven when we visited the large room filled with curiosities.

 You can visit the museum on the campus of the University of Richmond. It has in its collections 100,000 pieces ranging from Jurassic dinosaur fossils, minerals, prehistoric shells, fluorescent rocks, and Chinese ceramics. One of the objects that we fell in love with was a fish fossil which was discovered in Kansas. The Xiphactinus is the largest bony fish in the Western Seaway reaching as much as 17 feet in length. Wow!

Xiphactinus Audax at the Lora Robins Gallery
We post our Clay Share - Tuesday, 
Potters Pick - Thursday, 
Playing off the Instrument - Sunday 

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