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My Article on Making French Presses is in This Month’s Pottery Making Illustrated!

by Nancy Gallagher

To download the article for personal informative reading, click here!

“Originally published in Pottery Making Illustrated, Sep/Oct, 2016.  Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.”

210 Glaze Tests – BAM, Ian Currie-Style

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in What's Happening at the Pottery | 0 comments

210 Glaze Tests – BAM, Ian Currie-Style

So far since the holidays, I’ve been busy testing new glazes for 2017. With one known glaze recipe, or inputting a known total flux amount using materials I have in the studio, you can easily come up with a 35 glaze grid using the Ian Currie method of volumetric blending. To further explain, I will start with one initial recipe which was for a Chun Seafoam, with Cobalt Oxide replacing the copper carbonate called for in the recipe. I inputed the recipe, minus the clay and silica, into the database on the Ian Currie site (which gratefully...

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Upcoming Workshop!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Clay Blog | 3 comments

Upcoming Workshop!

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amaZING! Clay Tool

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Clay Blog | 14 comments

amaZING! Clay Tool

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To Have and to Hold – Special Pots for Everyday

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Clay Blog | 4 comments

To Have and to Hold – Special Pots for Everyday

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Handbuilt Ceramic Conference outside Philadelphia, PA. The presenters were outstanding and their pots, each collectively produced over a 3-4 hour time period, were nothing short of stunning. It gave me a lot of time to think about my own method of working, the type of pots I produce, and how it related to what I was seeing in front of me.; also bringing up something I struggle with in my mind day to day. Late Master Potter, Ray Finch, in an interview for Interpreting Ceramics, was asked...

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Visiting the Pottery? Make it a Day Trip!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Clay Blog | 2 comments

Visiting the Pottery? Make it a Day Trip!

With Summer underway, folks are hitting the open road looking for fun, adventure and just plain relaxation. If you’ve been thinking about making the trip to the pottery, now’s the time! WHAT??! not everyone in your family loves pottery??! No worries! Whether you’re coming from north, south, east or west, there is something for everyone and you don’t have to stray very far from the steps of the studio. Nancy Gallagher Pottery is only 1/2 mile from the center of Seven Valleys which is the home to the Historic Rail Trail...

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Musings on Mud, Mentors and Moving On

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Clay Blog | 6 comments

Musings on Mud, Mentors and Moving On

Last Monday evening, I had the honor to be a part of Bill van Gilder’s last class at Frederick Pottery School. I had met Bill almost four years prior at one of his functional pottery workshops he was conducting here in Pennsylvania. Although my experience at the time was very limited, I had an instant connection to his teaching methods and I immediately knew… this was the potter I needed to learn more from. And although everyone said, “you can’t drive to Frederick, Maryland every week’’…. long story short…  I...

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A Brief Article in Ceramics Monthly – by Nancy Gallagher!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Clay Blog | 0 comments

A Brief Article in Ceramics Monthly – by Nancy Gallagher!

If by any chance you get Ceramics Monthly, please don’t forget the ‘Tips and Techniques’ section. I was asked by one of the editors to write an article on my homemade sgraffito tools and it’s appearing in this month’s (April) edition. Very excited – sending a copy to Mom. 🙂 If you search my past blog entries, you’ll also find instructions here on how to make them. They’re easy to make and quick to remake should you need a sharp tool in a...

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Screen Printed Graphic Transfers on Clay

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Clay Blog | 7 comments

Screen Printed Graphic Transfers on Clay

Once upon a time, I started out as a graphic designer. In the dark ages. Really. Meaning; I cut amberlith, rubylith (my spellcheck doesn’t even RECOGNIZE these words) and frisket very expertly with a swivel xacto knife until I could do it in my sleep. Those who know me well, know I have a love-hate relationship with my electric kiln (there’s a segway here, please keep going)… I’m lucky to have one and I love that, but I hate the often one dimensional look that comes from it, and often strive to do more, with hopes that...

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The New Old Wheel! — Modifying the Randall

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Clay Blog | 39 comments

The New Old Wheel! — Modifying the Randall

I think if you talk to enough good people, good things happen. This was the case in speaking with a friend I hadn’t seen since we had both taken the same pottery class with Michael Connelly outside Philadelphia the year before. In a discussion about wheels, I happened to mention that I was still looking for a motorized Randall wheel and he came right back with, ‘hey, I’ll sell you mine – I’ll even deliver it’. Deal ON. Now I know Randalls aren’t for everyone, but the moment I sat down at one to work,...

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