technical tuesday: How To Sharpen Ribbon-Trim-Sculpting Tools

“One of the most important things to know about your pottery tools is how to keep them sharp and at the ready. Dull tools produce poor results, while sharp tools can be the difference between an ordinary pot and a masterpiece!

If you’re anything like me, I forget how often I’ve used a particular tool, and don’t think to sharpen it until it is producing uneven and rough results. So how do you clean up the results? Simple, take your tools to a professional for sharpening, or learn how to sharpen them yourself.

In today’s post, we will go over a few ways to sharpen your pottery tools. Although we encourage you to give it a try… we don’t recommend trying this on your most expensive tools first, start with the cheapo’s in your toolbox. Here are a few things you can use to get started:

  • Sandpaper (coarse and fine grit)
  • Sandstone
  • Files
  • Bench grinder
  • Belt sander
  • Dremel tool or drill with a good Diamond Sharpening Burr”

Read the full article here.

job posting: Studio Manager @ Lawrence Arts Center

The Lawrence Arts Center is seeking a Studio Manager. Located 35 minutes out of Kansas City, in the college town of Lawrence KS, the Lawrence Arts Center is a hub of arts and culture in the region. The Studio Manager at the Arts Center is responsible for keeping all studios in top working order and for ensuring that teachers, staff and students have the supplies, equipment and facilities needed for a superior educational experience. The Studio Manager acts as the chief procurement officer for the education programs at the Lawrence Arts Center, is the primary liaison between education programs and facilities, and provides programmatic support to the arts education programs. The Studio Manager is a core member of the Education Team who works closely with faculty, and in partnership with the Director of Youth Education, Director of Adult Education and Residencies, Director of Early Education, Print Studio Fellow, and reports to the Chief Program Officer. Position is full time, flexible schedule. Salary is commensurate with experience, and offers an excellent benefits package that includes health insurance, vacation, sabbatical opportunities, retirement and employee assistance plan. Starting date for position is June 2017.
  The ideal candidate will possess:
  • A graduate degree in visual art
  • Advanced experience in ceramics, especially firing gas and electric kilns
  • Established experience running visual art studios
  • Firsthand experience with artist in residency programs
  • Wide range of knowledge in a variety of visual art mediums, studios and procedures
To apply, send resume, cover letter and references to: Margaret Weisbrod Morris, Chief Program Officer:

call for entry: 2017 Art Kudos Juried Competition

Deadline to submit: June 30, 2017 is currently accepting entries for the 13th annual Art Kudos International Juried Competition at Open to all artists ages 18 and older working in the following media: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, ceramics, fiber, wood, glass, and mixed media. Media not accepted: video/film, wearable art. A total of $4,500 will be awarded as follows: Best of Show – $1,200; Second Place – $1,000; Third Place – $750; Founder’s Award of Distinction – $500; (3) Merit Awards – $250 each; (3) Honorable Mentions – $100 each. Awards Judge: Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator based in Athens, GA where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Georgia. $35 entry fee. Guidelines & entry form: