Clay Times Back Issues Vol. 2 Issue 4 • May/June 1996 - Page 3

Clay CONTENTS ❖ Features ❖ TM T I M E S THE JOURNAL OF CERAMIC TRENDS & TECHNIQUES Volume 2, Number 3 • May/June 1996 Editor/Production: Polly Beach Associate Editor: Rick Berman Cover Story — Ben Owen: Carrying On the Tradition . . . . . . . .4 NCECA Conference Photo Retrospective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Pottery in the Dominican Republic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Jack Doherty’s Colored Clay Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Slab-Built Clay Houses at Windy Meadows Pottery . . . . . . . .28 Pots Get the Hammer: NCECA Benefit Auction . . . . . . . . . . .16 Advertising Manager: Debbie Grimm Technical Editors: Steve Branfman Grace Lewis Circulation Manager: Rachel Williamson Contributing Writers: Monona Rossol, Health & Safety Marc Ward, Kilns & Firing Published by: Clay Times, Inc. P.O. Box 365 • Waterford, VA 22190 (540) 882-3576 • FAX (540) 882-4196 e-mail to the editor: PBeach1052@AOL.COM Clay Times (ISSN 1087-7614) is published bi-monthly, six issues per year. Annual subscriptions are available for $19.95 in the U.S.; $21.95 in Canada; $24.95 elsewhere. Freelance editorial and photographic submissions are welcome: please contact Clay Times for writer’s/photographer’s guidelines. Copyright ©1996 Clay Times, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means without express written permission of the publisher. ❖ Departments ❖ News Notes What’s Happening in the Clay World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Just for Starters To Mix or Not To Mix: Working with Wet vs. Dry Clay . . . . . .11 Studio Maintenance How To Keep Your Electric Kiln Purring, Part 3 . . . . . . . . . . .22 Tips & Techniques The Slurry Bucket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Ceramics Health & Safety Uranium Still Ticking in Some Potteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Firing Preventing Thermocouple Burn-Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 NEWS NOTES ● NO MORE FREEBIES! As Clay Times enters its fourth issue as a full-color magazine, we are now discontinuing our complimentary promotional issue mailings. If you haven’t yet sent us your subscription order, don’t delay—or your name could be dropped off our list like a red-hot pot! (We’d love to keep mailing Clay Times to you for free, but we’re potters, too...meaning we don’t have any money, either!) We know you won’t want to miss our July/August issue—the ONLY clay-related magazine published during mid-summer—to feature the works of much-loved Georgia potter, Michael Simon, plus all the great clay-related info. you need to keep you smiling in your studio... ● American Ceramic Society purchases Ceramics Monthly - For the first time during its 44-year history in print, ownership of Ceramics Monthly magazine recently changed hands from Professional Publications, Inc. (owned/operated by creator and former publisher Spencer Davis) to The American Ceramic Society (long-time publisher of technical and industrial ceramics trade publications). The magazine had been up for sale for many months prior to the transfer. Former associate editor Ruth Butler has now assumed the position of editor, while former editor/publisher Spencer Davis has agreed to remain with the magazine as a publishing consultant. ● Potters for Peace will hold their 11th Annual CRAFTS ALIVE! benefit sale on Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Union Theological Seminary, 6898 Laurel St., NW (in Takoma Park, MD). Proceeds from the sale will support Nicaraguan potters in their efforts to preserve a distinctive 1,500year-old craft tradition currently in danger of extinction. Pottery from Nicaragua will be for sale, along with works of many U.S. potters. To find out more about the sale or about donating pottery or volunteering, call Dolly Pomerleau at (301) 699-0042. ● Canadian potter Elke Blodgett has recently published a well-documented account of her problems with manganese toxicity resulting from 20+ years of raku firing. She used about 2 tsp. of manganese dioxide per firing, a couple of times each year. She was also exposed when scraping manganese from dry-cell batteries. Her report can be obtained by sending $2 and self-addressed, stamped envelope to: ACTS, 181 Thompson St. #23, New York, NY 10012-2586.■ On the Cover: Rare Early Jugtown Vase, Ben Owen I, 1920s-1930s. Chinese blue glaze w/strong copper red reduction. 10” h. 3 ▼