Fired Arts & Crafts
Upcoming Shows & Seminars by Paula McCoy
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 09:19

Paula McCoy of Colors for Earth has announced her schedule for show and seminars where she’ll be teaching classes in the coming months:

Jan. 5-8, Reno, Nev. McCoy will be a guest instructor at David Hoff’s 32nd annual Seminar of the Decade Technique Extravaganza at the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno. (

Jan. 8-9, Las Vegas, Nev., at Pat’s Ceramics on 1567 N. Decatur Blvd. Jan. 8 class will cover piping, color blending, and background techniques producing a pansy design on a vase and box. Jan. 9 class will produce a vase with a poppy design in relief on top of Lava Stone glazes. Contact Donna Fowkes at (702) 646-6011 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to sign up.

Jan. 12 & 17, Queen Creek, Ariz., at Country Ceramics. Jan. 12: Hand-built flowers by Helen Daum and pansy and berry piped vase or box by McCoy. Jan. 17: Elegant embroidery glass candle holder by McCoy. Contact Karen Willes at (480) 987-3935 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Jan. 14-15, Phoenix, Ariz. Make-n-take projects include piping on egg boxes and pieces decorated with Lava Stone and glass frit. The show is located at the Arizona State University’s West Campus University Center in Glendale. (

Jan. 20-21, San Bernardino, Calif. Make-n-take projects featuring piping and glass frit. Located  at the Orange Show Event Center Dome Building. (

For more information about Paula McCoy and Colors for Earth, visit

Artists re-form International Ceramic Association
Friday, 18 November 2011 10:04

The International Ceramic Association’s (ICA) guidelines and rules used to be standard for ceramics show competition. But, over the years, alternative methods have been developed and used, which has caused confusion among artists and show judges. A renewed interest in the standardization of judging has led a group of artists to re-form the ICA. Their goals are to make the association a source of information for the industry, to educate, and to reestablish the judging program.

ICA members will have access to teachers’ and judges’ manuals. The teachers’ manual covers all aspects of ceramics, clays, mold making, slip making, casting, proper cleaning of the ware, hard spots not hot spots, kilns and firing of different clays, glaze defects, basic decoration, and different products such as underglazes, glazes, overglazes, stains, and brushes. Health and safety information for specific products is left to the manufactures. The judges’ manual covers what a teacher should know about helping students prepare pieces for competition, as well as general knowledge for the classroom. A quarterly newsletter will be sent to members and archived on the website.

Membership is open to individual artists, teachers, studio owners, and manufacturers. Get full details at

Wisconsin Fired Arts Retreat 2012 dates announced
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:55


Michael Harbridge’s first Wisconsin Fired Arts Retreat held Sept. 23-25 was such a huge success that he’s planning two retreats for 2012. The spring affair will be held May 18-20 and the fall event will be September 21-23. Participants from around the world created a dozen large projects using raku, horsehair, clay, and painting methods.

Several participants in the 2011 event commented, “If the event were done right now after only the first day, it would be worth every penny! And we’ve got two more days!” Space is limited to just 18 participants at each retreat.

“I had so much fun with this first group, I can’t wait to open up my home studio again in spring and teach a whole new set of techniques!” Harbridge said. For additional information or to sign up, go to

Create-away Get-away 2012 dates announced
Written by Joyce Greenholdt   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 11:02

Join Paula McCoy for a Fired Arts Create-away Get-away held three times a year in north Texas. The dates for 2012 are March 9-11, July 13-15, and Aug. 17-19.

These events are educational and fun-filled. Attendees will complete four ceramic, one glass, and one raku piece. For more information and details visit McCoy will also be the guest instructor at David Hoff’s Seminar of the Decade in Reno, Nev., Jan. 5, 2012.

Join David Hoff in January 2012 for Seminar of the Decade
Written by Joyce Greenholdt   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 10:41


Join David Hoff at the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno, Nev., Jan. 5-8, 2012, for the 32nd annual Seminar of the Decade Technique Extravaganza with special guest instructor Paula McCoy. Paula’s class is scheduled to be held Jan. 5. For complete information on this long-run personal seminar for fired arts enthusiasts, go to

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