monday morning eye candy: The Crafted Dish


Okay so this isn’t a typical Monday Morning Eye Candy for musing about mud, but hopefully you can forgive me this week. I’ve been working with National Clay Week over the last year on this amazing publication that showcases a range of ceramic eye candy and talent from across Canada. We’ve paired up gorgeous pots with mouth watering recipes to entice you to pull those beautiful pots in your collection out of the cupboard and use on a daily basis.

Sixty one artists are showcased in the publication, and we’ve included an essay by Julia and Yolande Krueger. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to The Stop, our community partner in Toronto, ON. From their site:

The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. For over 30 years, The Stop Community Food Centre has been at the forefront of dignified, innovative programs that provide access to healthy food; build skills, health, hope, and community; and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger. Our wide range of programs include drop-in meals, a food bank, community kitchens and gardens, perinatal and family support, civic engagement, and children and youth engagement.”

Below are some of the gorgeous spreads from the publication. I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished on a zero budget, with the support of some seriously amazing folks in our creative community. Please consider adding this publication to your book collection. Support exposure for #canadianceramics and financially support The Stop and their programming.

Find out more about this project and links to the 61 artists:

Buy the book here:


technical tuesday: Mimi L. Belleau’s “Technology of Ceramic Materials”

Mimi L. Belleau’s “Technology of Ceramic Materials” book is nearing completion. This exceptional work presents a multitude of techniques and materials used in the field of ceramics with a particular emphasis on the physical and chemical characteristics of the materials. About fifty drawings, nearly two hundred color photographs and a hundred synthetic paintings illustrate the 360 ​​pages of the book, and make it a unique and unavoidable reference book!

A few years ago, Mimi Belleau, a ceramist and pedagogue passionate about her craft, began writing a book on the technology of ceramic materials. Mimi has carried out a colossal research on a multitude of techniques and materials specific to the field of ceramics with a particular emphasis on the physical and chemical characteristics of the materials used in the composition of the glazes. Unfortunately, the illness took Mimi away before she was able to finalize her dream. In order to make this valuable work come into existence, several people have agreed to complete its project.

The preparation of the edition of the book Technology of ceramic materials is almost complete. We need your help so that the publication of this book meets the wishes of Mimi. This socio-financing campaign will allow us to cover the costs of printing and publishing. This important pedagogical work presents different techniques and methodologies specific to the exploration of ceramic materials as well as the development and the development of glazes. Many of these techniques are illustrated by works of some fifty Canadian ceramists who generously agreed to contribute to the publication of this book. A particular emphasis is placed on the diversity and know-how of contemporary Canadian ceramists. The book, written in French, presents the North American ceramic materials and will be the only book published in French in Canada and America. In all, about fifty drawings, nearly two hundred color photographs, a hundred synthetic paintings and five lab exercises illustrate the twenty-two chapters of the book, and make it a ceramic learning manual for beginners and amateurs in addition to being a reference work essential for professional ceramists.

This socio-financing campaign will allow us to reduce the cost of printing the book by taking a maximum of pre-orders. As a result of this socio-financing campaign, the book will be printed and published in December 2017. By contributing to this campaign, you will benefit from a pre-sale rate of $ 50 for the book that will be available thereafter at a cost of $ 60 plus taxes and handling fees. So you save $ 20! In addition, all additional donations will help cover the costs of editing and publishing. Contribute to our socio-financing campaign now and participate, in your own way, in the realization of Mimi’s dream.

Do not hesitate to share this socio-financing campaign in your networks in order to make this exceptional work accessible to a wide audience.

Thank you!


technical tuesday: Graphic Clay by Jason Bige Burnett – Pre-order on Amazon

For studio artists, production potters, students, educators, and
hobbyists who love working with clay, this project-driven guide is an
unmatched teaching tool and a fount of information and inspiration.
Focusing on various surface processes, and encompassing skills ranging
from letterpress and printmaking to drawing and painting, it offers a
wealth of techniques for transferring images onto clay vessels. Graphic Clay
addresses such topics as staining sculptural work, glazing, brush
application, screenprinting patterns on pottery, and slip, drawing,
bisque, decal, stencils, and more. Question-and-answer sessions with top
artists show how they developed their signature method and personal
style-so that you can discover your own!

Buy it here! (pre-order to save money!)
Find out more about Jason Burnett here!

new book: Sustainable Ceramics by Robert Harrison

and more, artists are interested in producing work that’s not only
beautifully designed and produced, but also environmentally friendly and
socially responsible. In Sustainable Ceramics, pioneer Robert
Harrison draws on more than forty years of working in clay to present
practical possibilities for ceramic artists. This book covers all the
factors to consider when going ‘green’, from fuels and alternative
firing technology to energy-saving methods, sustainable ways to collect
and use clay itself, and ways to deal with waste materials and save
water. Harrison suggests simple and achievable methods by which to
reduce the carbon footprint of ceramic art, and offers examples
throughout of potters and clay artists who reclaim, reuse and recycle in
their work. Sustainable Ceramics is an essential resource for
any ceramicist, studio or school wishing to reduce the impact of their
practice on the environment.”

Buy your copy or read more about it here: 
and here.