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!



Easthampton, Massachusetts—Studio Potter seeks a Membership Director responsible for circulation management and strategic membership development. Studio Potter journal is a nationally and internationally recognized publication in its 45th year. It is the leading independent, non-profit ceramics publication in print and digital formats.

Preferred Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree. Priority will be given to candidates with a degree in art, crafts, or design, knowledge of and experience in the ceramics field, and experience in non-profit administration or marketing and public relations.

Desired Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (particularly Excel), cloud-based computing, content management systems, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, and e-commerce platforms; graphic design and photo editing; organizational, research, and innovative thinking; public relations and social media.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Manage, maintain, and develop circulation, membership, and donor rosters
  • Act as the primary service representative to members of SP
  • Organize mailings and all promotional materials, both physical and electronic
  • Manage online retail sales of back issues and other SP merchandise
  • Attend major SP events to assist in sales management
  • Manage, maintain, and organize all contact lists and records
  • Assist in the development and execution of marketing campaigns in all media
  • Provide administrative and clerical support as needed
  • Be generally awesome

Hours and Pay: Up to 25 hours per week, flexible schedule, pay commensurate with experience

Contact: Interested and qualified applicants please send a brief cover letter and one-page resume to: Elenor Wilson, Executive Director/Editor at Position is open until filled.

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!

Ever thought of being an underwriter for The Studio Potter Journal?

One of the other great things I got to do at this years NCECA was to get the word out about The Studio Potter. I’m such a firm believer in this periodical that I joined their board of directors last year. It’s been an interesting learning curve figuring out the behind the scenes of a publication. Super interesting to say the least.

If you have yet to acquaint yourself with the journal I suggest you hightail it over to their website and get yourself signed up or at least check out the online sample here.

So I’m also as a board member in charge of the Support Pages of The Studio Potter. What’s that you ask? Well the journal is non-profit and thus doesn’t have traditional ads. Instead they have underwriters.

The Support Pages provide a unique opportunity for makers,
galleries, suppliers and educational institutions to promote and present
their products and programs.

The Support Pages are built into The Studio Potter journal. The Studio Potter monthly electronic newsletter will contain a link to the underwriters’ websites. The Studio Potter website will feature a .pdf of the current and previous Support Pages.

The Support Pages are printed in full color, with production consistent
with the high-quality, exceptional design and printing standards of The Studio Potter.

You can see examples of past underwriters of the journal here.

Anyway, my point in tell you all this is that I encourage you to get in touch with me at if you have any questions or if you might be interested in becoming a supporter of the journal through becoming an underwriter for The Studio Potter.