Yes. We’re back. If you’re given five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2017! Please join your hosts Lee Burningham and me for ClayStories 3 in Portland!!!!!! The 90 minute event is scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday, March 24, in the Portland Convention Center. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum […]

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Today’s featured image shows a low-magnification SEM view of the cone 8 reduction cooled sample we introduced two weeks ago.  If you compare today’s image with the camera image from that post, you should be able to see that the brighter red patches in the camera image correspond to the more highly textured parts of today’s SEM image.  In upcoming posts we’ll show higher magnification SEM images to examine their […]

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In last week’s post we introduced a new surface sample of a high-iron stoneware piece by Dan Murphy that was wood fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today’s featured post shows a close-up image of this sample taken with a high power optical microscope under bright, direct illumination.  At the end of this post you can find a high resolution graphic that shows the location of this microscope image in relation to […]

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This week we shift our focus to a new surface sample, taken from a piece by Dan Murphy (Utah State University).  The clay is a high-iron stoneware body and the piece was wood-fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today’s featured image shows a close-up of a typical surface feature on this piece — a “splotch” of brighter red-orange color sitting on a darker purple-black background.  Looking at the piece by […]

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Where do you currently live/work?  I reside in Portland, Oregon and am the co-founder/ co-owner Mudshark Studios, Eutectic Gallery, Portland Growler Company, Kept Goods, and The Clay Compound What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? I wear many different hats: At Mudshark, I love that we are continually solving problems and trying new things. with every email or phone […]

I had the pleasure to chat yesterday with Dr. Bill Carty from Alfred University about the story of the alumina/hematite hexagons that I learned from the Kusano et al. paper, which we’ve been exploring here in the microMondays blog posts.  Bill was most surprised by the part about the alumina hexagons crystallizing out of the melt, as the formation of only mullite crystals would be expected in the cooling of a […]

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Where do you currently live/work? I’m a Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? As a Canadian, I never imagined that I would be living in the deep south! It’s obviously drastically different from where I grew up (people, politics, weather etc.) but ultimately I love […]

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Today’s featured image is a “small” image in that it is only 256×256 pixels, but it conveys a lot of information!  Last week we discussed how the EDS (Energy-Dispersive Spectroscopy) tool on an electron microscope can provide information on not only the topography but the elemental composition of microscopic features on a ceramic surface, but we noted that the spatial resolution of this technique is insufficient to provide strong evidence […]

Dear Undergraduate and Graduate Students’ Ceramics Professors, As you know being a full-time student often prohibits one’s ability to have a full-time job. And, as professors we often hear students who have great ideas, but do not know how to fund them.   The question of the moment . . . Where can students find the resources to support their artistic endeavors? What if I were to tell you there was money […]

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Where do you currently live/work? Toquerville, Utah but will be moving soon to Cedar City, just up the road closer to where I teach, Southern Utah University. What do you like most about your job? OR  What do you like most about where you live? The landscape and clear skies. We live near Zion National Park and other desert Red Rock landscapes and in just a few minutes you can […]

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If it weren’t for ceramics, Peter Morgan would travel down the path of science, and study birds.  More specifically, the Harlequin Duck.  Peter is also a Minnesota Twins fan, as was evident with him wearing a Twin Cities cap during our interview.  Peter isn’t an artist to stay in one particular method of creation (press mold, slip cast, coiling, etc.).  Peter Morgan is one of NCECA’s Emerging Artist for 2016, […]

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Attention All Students: The deadline is fast approaching for you to submit your application for both the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship, and the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship! Successful undergraduate applicants will be awarded $1,800 for use towards their proposed research project, and successful graduate applicants $2,000 (funds may not be put towards payment of tuition).  Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to receive funding to pursue your research. Applications for […]

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Today’s featured image (full version below) shows four versions of a close-up view of one of the hexagonal alumina crystals we’ve been investigating over the past few weeks in microMondays.  The upper-left version of the image is what you see in the standard SEM backscattered-electron view, while the other three are created using a special tool on the electron microscope called an energy dispersing spectrometer (EDS).  The EDS tool makes […]

What do you get when you cross a brewer, a failed high school teacher, and a former advisor to Napoleon?  Either the setup for a really bad joke, OR one of the most misunderstood yet vitally important tools in the ceramics studio, the electric kiln.  Watch the “clay replay” video of David Sturm’s presentation from our 2016 conference and learn how and why electric kilns work, what the parts do, and what […]