“The Starving Artist Myth”

from PM Shore It seems that almost every time someone talks about artists as a group, they invariably refer to us as “starving artists.” To me, this has become a pejorative phrase. It brings to mind garish television ads for copy-art in cheap frames to “fit above the couch.” It is demeaning and devalues true […]

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“Creating Interesting Glaze Surfaces in an Electric Kiln”

from Jacquie Walton Because electric pottery kilns are relatively inexpensive and simple to install, electric firing has become one of the most common firing methods today. Unfortunately, glazes fired in electric kilns can be uninteresting because they lack surface variations in color and texture – unless you get creative. After four years of experimenting with […]

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“Light Comes Down From the Sky”

from Stanley Peterson Whew! Just wrote the big check to the roofing company. They put in 2 skylights on my studio roof last week. Now the place looks like a ”Gallery” ready for PDX Open Studios. I just like to go out there now and see how all my sculptures look with the ambient light […]

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“Why I Paint”

from Christine Zachary As always, I spend a lot of time wondering about the meaning of life, the meaning of art, the meaning. In particular, I have come to a plateau in my life where some of my friends are dying off, where I feel I am aging. And for us all, there is the […]

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“If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

by Sara Swink I just got word that two of my ceramic sculptures will be featured in two upcoming Lark Crafts books. Some months ago I had submitted images for “500 Figures in Clay Volume 2.”  Last week I got an email that one of them, “Domestic Production,” which is the piece pictured in this […]

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