March Newsletter

The Cone6Pots Network Newsletter

~ Ceramic info, tips, and tidbits from our network and beyond ~


We’re pleased to announce the upcoming Alaskan Claycation is nearly booked!  Just three spots remain!  Last chance registration period ends March 17.  For more information, check out Alaska Gallery Lodge or contact George Lewter, leaving a message with your phone number.


A network like Cone6Pots is a great place to see and be seen.  Many members share their websites, blogs, and other online goodies.  This month, E. Preston Rice of Pic Works Pottery invited folks to visit his blog.  His latest offering features video of him centering on the wheel with his elbow.  Good times.


Did you know all of the letters for the word “pottery” are on the top line of a standard “Qwerty” keyboard.  And you thought you knew all there was to know about pottery?  


There’s a prayer that goes into digging the clay, there’s a prayer that goes into refining it. There’s a prayer for making the pots, and maybe two prayers for bringing them to the dealer.

Emma Lewis, Pueblo potter

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If you are up to creating videos of your work or techniques you might want to invest in a flip video camera

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Tips for Members

If you just want to spout off, it is best accomplished as a blog posting. If you want to get more guidance and ideas from other members, ask a question as a new discussion topic. In the upper right corner of the lists for both types of posting, you will find an "+Add " button. Clicking it will open an editor where you create your posting. 4/16/2014

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