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
2020 has compressed us. The forces of history and nature confronted us like the chaotically arranged molecules we tend to be and exerted their force, descending with unprejudiced pressure on multiple planes.
Instead of thinking about the year as a series of... Read More
There is a book I used when I was teaching foundations of art called A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech. It’s a book full of exercises to unlock creativity, to help you get out of your own way and quiet your brain while achieving flow in your process. One of my favorite exercises... Read More