Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.
Events & Classes
For all upcoming Ceramics events and classes please click the link below:
- Ceramics Orientation 101 - Welcome to Ceramics!
- Beginners Throwing 101, Beginners Trimming 102
- Beginners Handbuilding 101
- Beginners Slipcasting 101
- Beginners Glazing 103
- Monthly Clay & Coffee
- Monthly Committee Meetings
- Crash Course in Pottery
- Ceramic Jewelry Pendants and Earrings
- Monthly Ceramics Coterie: A History of Human Civilization through Ancient Pottery and Modern Cuisine
- Pot Pals
Our purpose as the Ceramics Committee is to provide an open learning environment where makers can choose between different ceramic techniques: hand building, wheel throwing, or slip casting, not only to begin, but also to accomplish a ceramics project. As a Committee, we offer beginner classes in all the above mentioned techniques to ease new makers into the ceramics process and teach all the necessary information to achieve a finished product. Our Committee members also enjoy teaching intermediate and advanced classes that highlight their skill sets. As a Committee we aim to create a community where we can share ideas, collaborate, and push each other to become better potters.
How to join:
1- Send a PM to @Team_Ceramics on the Talk forum, letting us know you're interested.
2- Add your name (alphabetical by last name) to the "Members" section of this wiki page.
- Chair: Brenda Villafuerte brendamvilla
- Vice Chair: MonikaTroester monikat
- Christy Cooper
- Beth Appleton
- Tom Cook
- Cairenn Day
- Andrew Garcia
- Jen Garcia
- Jennifer Goss
- Dan Henderson
- Anette Henningson
- James Henningson
- Nathan Jones
- John Kulenschmidt
- Jason Middleton
- Clark Perkins
- Heidi Phillips
- April Pruitt
- Jaynee Purchase
- Shirley Reeves
- Diana Rhodes
- Amna Soomro
- Anita Willis
- Madison Worthington
Join the Discussion!
DMS Talk Forum
Facebook DMS Ceramics Forum
Monthly Committee Meetings
Monthly Ceramics Committee Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Come see what’s happening every month in Ceramics!
For all Ceramics Committee Meeting Minutes please click the link below:
Ceramics Orientation 100 - Welcome to Ceramics! is a required in-person orientation class to get cleared to use the Ceramics space and pottery wheels at Dallas Makerspace. The three part throwing classes, Beginners Throwing 101, Beginners Trimming 102, and Beginners Glazing 103 can also be taken to be cleared to use the pottery wheels. Please sign up for a Committee Orientation Class before using the Ceramics space at Dallas Makerspace.
Link to the Ceramics Orientation 100 - Welcome to Ceramics! syllabus:
This is a community work space! Please be considerate of other makers.
The following rules must be followed in the Ceramics space.
- All buckets, splash pans, tools, and sponges are to be taken to the utility sink for cleaning.
- Make sure that you throw away large lumps of clay in the trash can. Our clay trap is only meant to capture small amounts of clay.
- Use the spray bottles and paper towels to wipe down the wheel and stool of all clay.
- Use a wet sponge to clean traces of your clay off of the wedging table on any space you wedged, carved or dried your clay.
- Sweep or mop any trimmings or clay splatters.
- Return all tools, buckets, sponges to their designated locations.
How to clean DMS Ceramics Committee? Please see attached.
- Bats must be labeled with name and date when the piece was thrown (blue tape and sharpie).
- Pieces on bats that are unlabeled will be disposed of.
- Pieces will only be allowed to remain on bats for a maximum of two weeks before being moved onto ware boards where they can remain for the remainder two weeks (30 day total).
- Labels must be transferred from bats to ware boards.
- Pieces on labeled ware boards will be disposed of 30 days after the labeled thrown date.
- Abandoned bisqued pieces on the pick-up shelves will be disposed of after 30 days
- Abandoned glazed pieces on the pick-up shelves will be disposed of after 30 days
Community bisque firings are fired to cone 04 and community glaze firings are fired to 6. Items placed on the ready to fire shelves will be fired by the firing team, Team Ceramics Fire. Pictures of fired pieces being unloaded will be posted on the Monthly Kiln News thread on Talk.
Important Note: At this time, only members of Team Ceramics Fire are allowed to run the kilns. If you would like to request to fire your own work, please contact the Ceramics Chair to discuss. For non-standard firing schedules (other than cones 04 or 6), please send requests to both the Ceramics Chair and head of Team Ceramics Fire. DMS Talk: brendamvilla and monikat. Once approved, the firing will be scheduled and added to the calendar. Community firings will take precedence over requested individual firings. To schedule, there must be a full kiln load (or close to it) ready to fire. Partial kiln loads will only be fired at the discretion of the Chair and Team Ceramics Fire. You must be present for both loading and unloading.
If you are just starting out, free clay is available for use in the "Free clay" bucket. Please leave the towel so we can keep the clay moist.
If you are looking to purchase your own clay, we recommend the following mid fire clay bodies:
Stoneware is a great beginner clay. For throwing, the grog helps the clay hold more water and resist collapsing. Great for hand building. Stoneware fires great at cone 6. There are a variety of colors: white, reds, browns, and speckled.
T-Mix has no grog and fires white. It looks great for both thrown and delicate hand built pieces. Glazes beautifully.
Frost, cone 6 porcelain, is tricky to dry, throws well, but is prone cracks. You have to dry it very, very slowly.
LOW FIRE CLAY IS NOT ALLOWED! If you have any questions, contact the Committee Chair on Talk.
For glazes, a good place to start is with mid-fire glazes. Some glaze suppliers muddy the waters by using ‘High Fire’ to mean 6 while most consider ‘High Fire’ to be 10+. Ignore the text and check for the cone range to be sure.
Amaco 5/6 glazes are a nice place to start as they have a detailed website and a strong community so you can find a lot of information/photos or results. Their Celadon line is formulated to be mixed (which is novel in glazes) and their Potter’s Choice line runs deep and can be layered for fantastic results.
Spectrum, Coyote and Mayco also have excellent glazes.
Here is a link to our page for Ceramics Suppliers.
For the hobbyist potter in the DFW, your best bets are Trinity Ceramics in Dallas and American in Fort Worth. Trinity Ceramics know most of the local studios and if you need any help in shopping, just let Kay or Connor know that you are firing at DMS. Somewhere in the Metroplex is a Hobby Lobby that sells stoneware clay. It’s made by Amaco, and it matures at Cone 5, and cheerfully fires up to Cone 10 with no ill effect. Each type of clay you might buy will be a little different, but apparently they have a range of effective temperatures that they work at.
Consumables & Fees
When using Ceramics committee glazes, we ask you to contribute what you feel is appropriate based on your usage (suggested donation: $1-$5). Contributions to the Ceramics department glaze box go towards keeping the shelf stocked with a variety of styles and colors. The contribution box is located on top of the glaze shelf.
Coming soon after our pugmill purchase!
4 Brent Classic C Product Description
1 Brent Classic CXC Product Description
1 Skutt KM-1222 kiln
1 Paragon Sentry 2.0 kiln
Throwing and Handbuilding Tools
Sponges, wooden and metallic ribs, loop trimming tools, double sided ribbon trimming tools, heavy duty needle tools, cut off wires, and aluminum and wood scrapers, bats, cutters etc.
Amaco Potters Choice and Celadons
Check out these online resources for inspiration and video tutorials!
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