In This Issue

Mar 23, 2020

Update: We offered the March 2020 stories free for one month, through April 30th. The free articles have now expired, and are avaliable to members only

Studio Potter planned to announce at NCECA that our March 2020 stories would be available to everyone, regardless of membership status. Despite the cancellation, we are sticking to plan. We proudly present to you, free of charge, eight stories this month. Our gift to you. 

Our hope?  

You will come back each month as a MEMBER

Our members can expect Studio Potter to present a monthly time capsule, a monthly snapshot, of the conversations being had in the field of ceramics. Every month, Studio Potter reflects our community back to itself through the individual voices of our authors. Every month, these ongoing conversations illuminate threads of connection between us. 

This. Not That. 

The March 2020 stories deliver various iterations of an individual or individuals choosing a specific path over another. These are tales of people who deliberately  chose “this” and left “that” behind, or they are in the process of choosing “this” in order to redefine “that,” or they see “this” has continued to be defined by antiquated parameters, even though “this” has evolved into “that.” 

Our global community finds ourselves smack dab in the middle of a similar transition. We wonder what we will learn when we come out the other side of social distancing due to COVID-19 – will we learn anything at all? There has been a loud clamoring on the internet of people scrambling to redefine “this” and “this” equals teaching a studio class, a family’s daily routine, or a marketplace. There should have been a loud clamoring in a conference hall in Virginia, but then “that” became “this.”

Magdolene Dykstra and her cohort pull artist’s names out of the shadows and into the current consciousness in, “Disrupting the Canon.”  Jeff Kuratnick shares a very personal narrative of a reclaimed past. Julia Haft-Candell expands upon her “Open Letter” to Garth Clark by shining a light on the importance of defining one’s own paradigm. Mac McCusker brings us back to a conversation that never ceased, but certainly has evolved. Carter Gillies gives us validation and encouragement to recognize the inherent value of art without trying to measure art with external standards. Teresa Eckmann brings her three-part series on Diana Kersey to a close, and Studio Potter embraces a new twist on a classic offering with a visit to Chandra DeBuse’s studio.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for joining us this month. We would love to hear from you and know your thoughts about the articles you are reading. We would also like to encourage you to write a “Letter to the Editor,” in response to any story you read at Studio Potter. May you all be well and may you find courage as you evolve from this to that.

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Sep 30, 2020
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Sep 30, 2020


Our final Studio Potter Author Chat for September was with Erin L. Shafkind, Courtney M. Leonard, and Paul S. Briggs. We zoomed in to talk in depth about topics surrounding the content of Shafkind's article, "Reclaiming the Potter." Enjoy this thoughtful, open, flowing, and in depth... Read More

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