Before Mr. Fishburn’s eighth grade earth science class, I’m not sure how much attention I paid to the rising and the setting of the sun. Somehow this ball of fire had circled the earth, bringing a seemingly never-ending supply of new days filled with adventures and possibilities, without... Read More
While the May issue of Studio Potter was taking shape, one idea continually broke through to the surface: the importance of hope amidst of struggle. By contrast, we must also appreciate the importance of struggling.
Last week I was breaking up the soil around a few seedlings and my sister... Read More
Dennis William Parks passed away on March 28, 2021 in Reno, Nevada. He was eighty-four years old.
He was born in Berea, Kentucky, on December 31, 1936, to Elisha Taylor and Lois Ferry Parks. He lived most of his early years in Arlington, Virginia. His father worked as a specialist on ... Read More
In the April 2021 issue of Studio Potter, Stephen Mullins wrote Paying the Bills. Editor Jill Foote-Hutton sat down with him to find out more about this enterprising potter working to put hand made objects in the hands of as many people... Read More
If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done. Words spuriously attributed to Thomas Jefferson, the sentiment seems to have started showing up in our collective consciousness around 2004. Even though the origin is unclear, the sentiment... Read More
We are grateful for the opportunity to engage with our community, to answer questions, and receive feedback from the people we are most directly accountable to: you. We are entering into this conversation with an open heart, receptive to and appreciative of the critiques and challenges... Read More
Inspiration. If we don’t actively conjure it, we are at the unforgiving mercy of our muse.
Knowing there is always clay to be wedged – well – it gives ceramists a leg up. When our brains can’t find traction, when our hearts are numb or heavy with burden, the physicality of our... Read More
Welcome to 2021.
At our home the black-eyed peas and greens were prepared and eaten. The closets were cleaned, out with the old in order to welcome the new. We released old obligations, acknowledging our short-comings as we embraced our humanity. We were grateful for the gifts of grace... Read More