This is a great place to seek out general information on the field of ceramics. The sites presented below represent the leading educational reference sources available today. Also, offered are specialty/boutiques sites worth checking out, and artist sites that offer more.
Leading Ceramic Resources
Ceramic Arts Network is the number one ceramics site that offers a wealth of information for pottery enthusiasts and professional artists a wealth of information for its inspiration and easy to follow step-by-step guides. They publish a daily blog with how to articles, Q and A's with artists, and helpful tips. They also offer dozens of free guides, from pottery wheel tips to information on kilns and glazes.
You can also find ceramics recipes, information about industry events, and shop for things like books and guides. They offer access to CLAYflicks streaming instructional videos, which you can access for free just by creating an account. They also publish Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, in hard copy and online formats. If you are going to check out one site, this is the one!
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is a dynamic organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA’s programs, publications, opportunities and resources inspire advancement of the field. Help support NCECA’s educational exhibitions, publications and creative opportunities for artists. Their annual convention is the country's largest in the country and a definite wish on every potter's bucket list. Their 53rd Conference takes place in Minneapolis on March 27-30, 2019. They also offer a wonderful array of educational YouTube video from their annual conferences. Be sure to check them out: National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts: https://wwwyoutube.com/user/watchneca.
AMOCA champions the art, history, creation, and technology of ceramics through exhibitions, collections, outreach and studio programming. Founded in 2001 and located in Pomona, Califorinia, AMOCA is one of the few museums in the United States devoted exclusively to ceramic art and historic innovations in ceramic technology. It is located in an area abounding with ceramic history and internationally recognized clay artists from the Arts and Crafts Movement, the 60’s Clay Revolution and the current Studio Pottery Era. Geographically, the building is located in an urban downtown district where art is an important element of the continuing and successful community revitalization program. The home community consists of a rich ethnic mix and a large academic constituency with approximately fifteen institutions of higher learning within an eight-mile radius.
CFile is a global community of cutting-edge educators, ceramics creatives, critics, curators, collectors, dealers, and brilliant young techies founded by Garth Clark, who helped to shape the field of ceramics and published over 60 books on ceramic artistry. Its online campus distributes lectures, classroom material, videos, exhibition catalogs, teaching materials and more. CFile Daily, a news and review journal edited by Garth Clark, receives over 720,000 visits a year (and growing) from readers in 189 countries. It is the place to go for avant garde ceramics. You can sign up for a free membership to access the materials.
Clay Times is a magazine that comes in both a print and a digital version, but its website also has plenty of helpful information for those who love pottery and highly helpful reference articles. It is a favorite of studio potters and professional clay artists, teachers and students of the ceramic arts, art critics and ceramic researchers, museum curators and ceramic art collectors, clay hobbyists, and pottery enthusiasts of all kinds. Each issue of Clay Times covers all aspects of pottery making including wheel throwing and handbuilding, decorating and firing, step-by-step pottery projects, glaze formulation and recipes for low, mid-range, and high-fire glazes; clay tools, supplies, and equipment; ceramics studio health and safety; kiln-building, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting; clay artist profiles and inspiring photos of their works and studios; teaching techniques, useful pottery tips, ceramic world news and events, ceramic art exhibits, educational programs in clay, and potters' philosophies.It also includes a section for classified ads, a guide to pottery classes by state, and a shopping section with videos, guides, and teaching materials.
Digitalfire.com is an excellent online ceramic database, from chemistry to physical properties of clay and everything in between. Offers extensive information about clay and glaze chemical, processes, glazing, firing, glaze leaching, and loads more.
Critical Craft Forum is a place for makers, curators, theorists, historians, collectors, writers, critics and more to explore and discuss research, exhibitions, ideas and publications that span the terrain of craft.
Specialty Sites to Check Out
Access Ceramics is a growing collection of images of contemporary ceramics by recognized artists. It is designed for use by artists, arts educators, scholars and the general public, and is intended to fill a void in contemporary ceramics digital image collections on the web.
The Alfred Ceramics website is full of excellent information, links and images of student work.
The American Craft Council (ACC) is a national, nonprofit educational organization with a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft, it celebrates the remarkable achievements of the many gifted artists today who are working with a variety of materials.
An evolving independent network of artist, including artist portfolios, employment and residencies, which provides a peer-reviewed sources of contemporary artworks in ceramics and sculpture. Utilized as a resource by instructors, students, gallery owners, curators, the general public, and contemporary artists, Artaxis.org strives to "promote and enrich the field, while functioning as a direct and unobtrusive conduit between viewer and artist.” Art Axis is idealistic and inspiring. It hosts the most interesting ceramics being made today.
The Artstream Ceramic Library is a social-outreach project whose mission is to connect contemporary, functional ceramics with ordinary people. Similar in structure to a literature-based library, the Ceramic Library loans out unique handmade cups made by thirteen nationally-known potters for a period of seven days.
World wide network of artist residencies. It is an association of over 650 centers, organizations, and individuals in over 70 countries. Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.
Artist Sites That Offer More
Award-winning pottery artist, Ayumi Horie believes that the best handmade pottery encourages connections between people and and makes daily life better. Known for her activism and social media savvy, her advocacy promotes "thoughtful craft practices" and support for ceramic artists around the world. Horie's website is a visual and content treat that offers delightful and informative instructional videos, blog posts on pottery, and an online shop featuring her unique creations.
Julia Galloway is a utilitarian potter and professor. She teaches ceramics at the University of Montana, Missoula. She has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and she has published extensively. Julia is interested in all aspects in the field of the ceramic arts from making pottery, jurying exhibitions, studying ceramics from other cultures, writing about pottery and service to emerging artist. As her online websites show, Julia is dedicated to education, whether be on a traditional college campus, a crafts school or local arts center; she has taught more than two hundred workshops, demonstrations and lectures. Be sure to check our her site and service based educational websites: “Montana Clay,” The Field Guide for Ceramics Artisans,” “The Library of Cups” as well as “Making History”
Hsin-Chuen Lin, an award-winning potter with over 30 years experience, presents a website exploding with a massive collection of popular and creative videos. Along with the instructional videos that have received over eight million views, Lin's site offers his artist statement, examples of his work, and handmade pottery tools for sale.
Owned by wife and husband, Patty Storms and Morty Bachar, Lakeside Pottery Studio, is nationally recognized Ceramic and Sculpture Restoration studio. It established in 2001 as a ceramic art and pottery teaching facility operating and has now operated for 13 years. While they are focused on ceramic and sculpture repair and restoration in addition to custom made pottery and Kintsugi art, the Lakeside Pottery website is extremely helpful offering a large number of online pottery lessons with complete how-to guides as well as project ideas, tips for improving pottery studios, kiln and glazing help, and repair lessons.
Simon Leach is perhaps one of the world's most famous potters. His books have received top accolades from places such as American Craft and Ceramics Monthly. His Pottery Handbook is a classic and essential source for beginning potters. The star of his website is Leach's massive video collection that links to over 1000 instructional pottery videos. You can find a selection of Leach's books on this site's "Book Shelf" page.