My name is Karen Hoffman and I am a ceramics major at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. You can expect to find much pottery on this blog; a little bit of my own work and whole lot of current work from other artists that are catching my eye.

Ready for some pottery humor???

So this actually happened today-

Student: I know there are no animals in here, but I swear I keep smelling wet dog!

Apprentice: It must be the TERRIER COTTA!

*ba-dum tissss*

alexandersonlife:

Because it’s the year of the horse…

stormphyre:

I may need to retire this sponge sometime soonish :( I’ve been using it for like 8 years

I also have a favorite sponge. The entire studio knows and if I leave it at a wheel or on a table they bring it back to me :) I don’t know what I will do when it dies, I mean realistically I know it won’t last a lifetime of throwing but I CAN’T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT IT D:

stormphyre:

I may need to retire this sponge sometime soonish :( I’ve been using it for like 8 years

I also have a favorite sponge. The entire studio knows and if I leave it at a wheel or on a table they bring it back to me :) I don’t know what I will do when it dies, I mean realistically I know it won’t last a lifetime of throwing but I CAN’T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT IT D:

ceramichands:

Shima Kara Shima E 

An exhibition of collaborative work by Ashley Howard and Risa Ohgi 

13 September to 12 October 2014

For more information about the Collaboration [Here]

stormphyre:

cocoavalentines:

sosuperawesome:

Scarves by Shovava

Give it to me give it to me right now

WAY AWESOME

clayclaypot:

paradisopottery:

Okay, so I recently found a whole bunch of dried out clay balls that an old student didn’t wrap up well before they left. They sat barely covered for the whole summer but it’s porcelain and I really don’t want it to go to waste. Does anyone know of any good ways to reconstitute clay? On a side…

Hey! I think if you put the clay balls totally submerged in a bucket of water, and let it sit for a good long while (like a few days), then you can spread it out on a bat or a slab of concrete to dry. I usually put newspaper down to help absorb the damp, wrap it in plastic, and put it in the sun to dry. I let it sit and dry for a week or two. Once it’s drier but still very moist, you can wedge it back into usable condition, and coil it up for storage in a tightly sealed plastic bag. 

I’m not the most experienced potter so maybe someone else will have better (or more accurate!) instructions that can help you out too. This is just what I’ve done. Hope it helps!

Thanks so much! I was also thinking along these lines is it’s nice to get some confirmation that other people have tried it too :D

Question time!!!

Okay, so I recently found a whole bunch of dried out clay balls that an old student didn’t wrap up well before they left. They sat barely covered for the whole summer but it’s porcelain and I really don’t want it to go to waste. Does anyone know of any good ways to reconstitute clay? On a side note, another student left some clay that they wrapped up REALLY WELL and it spent the whole summer molding in a wet towel and SWEET MUSTACHE THIS CLAY IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE EVER SET MY EYES ON! It’s unlabeled though, so I have no idea what it is XD

Karen did an oops

So I recently mixed up a big batch of Mark Nafziger’s gold glaze for cone 10 reduction. I tested it and knew it ran, so I planned accordingly when I glazed some mugs earlier this week. They came out of the kiln today and that glaze ran soooo much D:

I’m pretty sure I ruined a kiln shelf *hides in shame*

stormphyre:

drea-graceful:

Rebekah Bogard 

LOVE her work! I haven’t seen any new stuff in awhile :D so beautiful

rfmmsd:

Designer:

KAMIDE Keigo 

"Teacup Piper (Boombox) / Supra NagamigiEmon Kiln”

70 mm × H82 mm / Wooden Box

"I am responsible for the boombox motif NagamigiEmon kiln has been painting in ‘60 to "whistling". "

brwnpaperbag:

TONIGHT (Aug 21): Monica Ramos releases some stately ceramic alpacas in her online shop, Rituals. 7PM ET. 

leah-jensen:

Details showing the 3 main patterns I carve into my porcelain vessels. They are in order from the easiest at the top to most challenging at the bottom.

I’m trying to nickname each pattern so I can make sense of my designs with more ease. but somehow inverted irregular pyramid pattern just doesn’t work for me ahaha

sosuperawesome:

Constellation and star sign bowls and brooches by CrowWhitePottery