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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.”

Teapot and Yunomi Workshop with Jeff Oestreich

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Clay Blog | 1 comment

Teapot and Yunomi Workshop with Jeff Oestreich

I’ve spent the last four days, driving back and forth to Baltimore Clayworks, to take their latest workshop featuring Jeff Oestreich. I can get to Clayworks in about 45 minutes, barring traffic, and so it was almost a ‘backyard workshop’ that I couldn’t pass up. Beginning with a PowerPoint presentation outlining Jeff’s home and pottery roots (and routes), as well as where he draws his inspiration, it continued with three days of demonstration, discussion and some hands-on teapot making. Jeff showed his faceting techniques along with thrown...

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New Studio Open House – December 8th and 9th!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Clay Blog | 0 comments

New Studio Open House – December 8th and 9th!

Well, I’ve been busy in the new studio now for about 6 weeks and now that there’s heat, water and POTS, it’s time to invite folks in! I’m really excited to announce my first every Holiday Studio Sale and Tour! Hoping many of you in the area can stop by and take a look! The studio is convenient to both Rt. 83 and Rt. 30, making easy access from Baltimore and Harford Counties as well as all around the York-Harrisburg area....

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New Studio on the Way!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Clay Blog | 2 comments

New Studio on the Way!

I haven’t had much time to update the blog at all this Summer, but my big news is, a new studio is underway for the pottery! For those who have actually seen the small space I have to work with (literally two 4×8 strips, partly overlapping in an ‘L’ shape), this space looks huge to me and hopefully will promote lots more pot-making! It started with a photo of this barn on Craigslist, advertising storage space. I looked at it and thought, ‘wow, great space’! If it had enough ventilation and the owner was ok...

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People Helping People – Potters Helping Potters!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Clay Blog | 0 comments

People Helping People – Potters Helping Potters!

I recently found out that Chase Bank (which my Dad worked for, for many years so I’m taking that as good luck) is awarding select small businesses with up to 12 individual $250,000 grants to improve and grow. Initially, it is like a contest of sorts. I need 250 votes for Chase to consider my grant application and the catch is, since I found out about this rather late, I only have until June 30th to get there. I have well over 250 fans on my Nancy Gallagher Pottery Facebook page, so I figured if everyone would just click 1 vote,...

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Throwing Oval Plates

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Clay Blog | 0 comments

Throwing Oval Plates

A recent poster on the ceramics mail list, ‘ClayArt’, requested information about making oval plates that were not slump molded. I thought about it a while and took it on as a personal challenge 🙂 Different suggestions have been made so far, including, one that I’ve seen Bill van Gilder do, which is kind of tossing the plate outward from opposite sides once cut from the bat to form the oval. I considered a different approach and remember being told at one point about a potter (I think it may have been Warren MacKenzie) who...

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Trash Can Firing – And Now the Rest of the Story

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Clay Blog | 44 comments

Trash Can Firing – And Now the Rest of the Story

To begin, this is not a ‘How-To’ guide on barrel firing. It is more of a ‘Let’s Try This and See What Happens’ story. Some of you reading this blog may have alternate, and, perhaps even better methods you use in this type of firing, while some things that I have done, I may change or alter in the next firing depending on the results desired. Any tips or tricks are much welcome in the form of comments and perhaps all who are interested, experienced or not, can help each other along. Why a Trash Can? Why not? I like experimenting with different...

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Stamp it Your’s

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Clay Blog | 2 comments

Stamp it Your’s

There was a time when I was fixated on what new tools I could buy that would improve my pots. My first NCECA was somewhat of a race through the vendor area to see how many new texture tools I could find. I think we all do it – or at least a good many of us. I still enjoy looking at new ideas in tools, but when it comes down to it, I pretty much use the same trusty small handful of tools again and again. My new obsession is what tool can I MAKE and what can I use that I already have lying around the studio in order to do it. Roulettes...

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A Little Pot with a Story

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Clay Blog | 0 comments

A Little Pot with a Story

I came across this small covered casserole online. As soon a I saw it, I kind of went, ‘hmh!’ Somehow there was some sort of familiarity with this little pot, although I have no idea how that would be. It’s story is that it was made at Wenford Bridge Pottery sometime in the 70’s. I’m not sure why it’s captivated me so – it’s not a complex pot, it wasn’t made by any big name potter, certainly not a Cardew, it bears only the Wenford Bridge stamp and was most likely made by some anonymous production potter working there at the...

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Walter Keeler Workshop at Archie Bray

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Clay Blog | 2 comments

Walter Keeler Workshop at Archie Bray

Just wanted to post some photos here of the workshop I just came from out in Montana at The Archie Bray Foundation. I found out this past Summer while visiting Wally’s studio in Wales, that he was planning on attending NCECA this year, as well as giving the workshop at The Bray the week before. As it’s probably the only chance in my lifetime to get to attend a Walter Keeler workshop, I jumped at the chance the day registration opened. I feel extremely lucky that I was able to attend. For those not familiar with his work, you...

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First Pots from the Gas Kiln

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Clay Blog | 3 comments

First Pots from the Gas Kiln

While I can’t really say this was my first firing, these are my first pots I’ve ever had fired in the gas kiln. I should get to help fire the kiln (ie. learn) some time at the end of March, but this load, the teacher, Michael Connelly fired himself. Most of the glazes were experiments (think crapshoot 🙂 ) as I was unfamiliar with the glazes they had, and went by the test tiles on the wall. I limited myself to 4 glazes (primarily layered shinos), just so I would be able to view the outcome easier. Some I like, and some,...

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