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About The Field Guide

The “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans” is a non profit website to aid students as they exit school or to help those venturing into the ceramic field. Few schools have comprehensive courses on professional practices; most students are not ready or do not have the time/patience to leave the studio to investigate how to make art outside of a school setting. This ‘how to’ information seems better suited for pottery as there is common making practices for this trade. However, much of this content can be helpful regardless of what you are making out of clay: pottery, vessels, sculpture, installation or performance.

Julia Galloway

In 2006 I was teaching at the School for American Crafts at RIT, a graduating senior requested to speak with the juniors, to help them prepare for their final year. This peer to peer sharing of information was how the field guide booklet (now, website) began.

This is not a professional book (website). Please understand this is a casual collection of resources. If information is incorrect, bias or missing, my apologies. This site is a task of humble means and despite best efforts, information could be wrong or out of date. Please take responsibility for your own actions when using the information in the page.

If you have information that you think would be a good addition to this site, please email me at, and thank you. Also, if I have posted some of your information that you would like removed, please let me know.

Best of luck,


Potter, Professor
School of Visual and Media Arts
The University of Montana

PS. Article on the field guide