The Potters' Round Table

The Potters' Round Table

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At Washington Street Studios, we believe the sharing of creative energy and knowledge will improve the quality of our art and increase the appreciation of art within our community. We are striving to create an environment where the arts are shared and appreciated. We want to grow as a family of artists and contribute to our community.The Potters’ Round Table is one of our steps to share our passion for the ceramic arts. On the second Saturday of every month we offer facility as a venue for artists of all medium to share their creative energy and knowledge with other artists and art lovers. The Potters’ Round Table events are free and open to the public.This is a collection of presentations given at the Potters’ Round Table events.


Operating a Small Gas Kiln
Aug 2 • 28 min
Welcome to the Potters’ Round Table lecture on Operating a Small Gas Kiln. Gas kilns can produce some of the most beautify textures and colors in the entire ceramic spectrum. And firing a gas kiln can be an efficient and effective path to an atmospheric…
Thixotropy, Quartz Inversions and Other Pottery Mysteries Part 1
Jul 28 • 26 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 21: Thixotropy, Quartz Inversions and Other Pottery Mysteries Part 1. Many scientific terms and theories have a profound impact in the field of ceramics. Defining these terms and their implications in pottery…
Pottery Myths, Errors and Misconceptions Part 3
Jul 22 • 24 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 20: Pottery Myths, Errors and Misconceptions Part 3. Many terms and theories have surfaced over the years in the field of ceramics, many with no basis in science or physics. We continue this exploration of many…
Pottery Myths, Errors and Misconceptions Part 2
Jul 20 • 23 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 20: Pottery Myths, Errors and Misconceptions Part 2. Many terms and theories have surfaced over the years in the field of ceramics, many with no basis in science or physics. We continue this exploration of many…
Pottery Myths, Errors and Misconceptions Part 1
Jul 16 • 24 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 20: Pottery Myths, Errors and Misconceptions Part 1. Many terms and theories have surfaced over the years in the field of ceramics, many with no basis in science or physics. We are going to explore many pottery…
Glaze Defects
Jul 13 • 39 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 19: Glaze Defects. There seem to be so many ways that bad things can happen to good pots. Defects in fired ceramics can originate with the clay, the glaze, as well as the actual firing process. This episode we’ll…
Defects in Fired Clay
Jul 9 • 28 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 18: Defects in Fired Clay or Clay Defects. There seem to be so many ways that bad things can happen to good pots. Defects in fired ceramics can originate with the clay, the glaze, as well as the actual firing…
Kiln Performance Problems
Jul 6 • 44 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 17: Kiln Performance Problems. There seem to be so many ways that bad things can happen to good pots. Defects in fired ceramics can originate with the clay, the glaze, as well as the actual firing process. This…
Gas Fired Raku Kilns
Jul 2 • 52 min
Got an old electric kiln that doesn’t work anymore? How about turning it into a raku kiln? Gas-fired raku kilns are generally simple in design and small in size. As such, they are easy to construct using metal barrels or old electric kiln bodies. This…
Electric Kilns Part 4
Jun 29 • 27 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 15: Electric Kilns Part 4. This episode is focused on electric kilns with special emphasis on differences in the procedures used for firing compared to fuel-burning kilns. Electric kilns offer a number of…
Electric Kilns Part 3
Jun 27 • 31 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 15: Electric Kilns Part 3. This episode is focused on electric kilns with special emphasis on differences in the procedures used for firing compared to fuel-burning kilns. Electric kilns offer a number of…
Electric Kilns Part 2
Jun 24 • 31 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 15: Electric Kilns Part 2 This episode is focused on electric kilns with special emphasis on differences in the procedures used for firing compared to fuel-burning kilns. Electric kilns offer a number of…
Electric Kilns Part 1
Jun 21 • 31 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 15: Electric Kilns Part 1 This episode is focused on electric kilns with special emphasis on differences in the procedures used for firing compared to fuel-burning kilns. Electric kilns offer a number of…
Gas Fired Kilns Part 3 of 3
Jun 17 • 31 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 14: Gas Fired Kilns Part 3. This is the second of a three episode series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Gas Fired Kilns. Are you curious about different methods of…
Gas Fired Kilns Part 2 of 3
Jun 14 • 31 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 14: Gas Fired Kilns Part 2. This is the second of a three episode series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Gas Fired Kilns. Are you curious about different methods of…
Gas Fired Kilns Part 1 of 3
Jun 10 • 35 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 14: Gas Fired Kilns Part 1. This is the second of a four chapter series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Gas Fired Kilns. Are you curious about different methods of…
Wood Fired Kilns Part 2 of 2
Jun 8 • 45 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 13: Wood Fired Kilns Part 2. The next four chapters will be a mini-series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Wood Fired Kilns. Are you curious about different methods…
Wood Fired Kilns Part 1
Jun 4 • 36 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 13: Wood Fired Kilns Part 1. The next four chapters will be a mini-series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Wood Fired Kilns. Are you curious about different methods…
Atmospheric Firing
Jun 2 • 17 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 12: Atmospheric Firing. Every firing of a kiln is an atmospheric firing and every different atmosphere has a different impact on pottery. In this episode we will explore the effect of different atmospheres on our…
Use of Local Materials: Treasures in your Backyard Part 2 of 2
May 31 • 27 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 11: Use of Local Materials: Treasures in your Backyard Part 2 of 2. Traditionally, potters used whatever clay, fuel, and other materials were locally available for their craft. Since the advent of technology and…
Use of Local Materials: Treasures in your Backyard Part 1 of 2
May 29 • 31 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery: Chapter 11 on Use of Local Materials is now available! The discussion topic today will explore the possibilities of using locally available materials for pottery. Enjoy the video and remember to share the video with your…
Geology for Potters Part 2 of 2
May 26 • 33 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 10: Pots, Rocks and Minerals: Geology for Potters Part 2. In this podcast you will learn about the different rocks and minerals used as glaze and clay ingredients and where they come from. The next topic in the…
Geology for Potters Part 1 of 2
May 24 • 32 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 10: Pots, Rocks and Minerals: Geology for Potters Part 1. In this podcast you will learn about the different rocks and minerals used as glaze and clay ingredients and where they come from. The next topic in the…
Oxides, Washes, Underglazes and Stains
May 21 • 36 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 9: Oxides, Washes, Underglazes and Stains. In this podcast you will learn why these surfaces treatments are different and how to best use them in your creative process. This is the third chapter in the section…
Glaze Chemistry Part 2 of 2
May 20 • 67 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 8: Glaze Chemistry Part 2 of 2. In this podcast you will continue to learn about the different materials that are used in glazes and what the role is in the glaze. This is the second chapter in the section titled…
Glaze Chemistry Part 1 of 2
May 18 • 77 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 8: Glaze Chemistry Part 1 of 2. In this podcast you will learn about the different materials that are used in glazes and what the role is in the glaze. This is the second chapter in the section titled Use of Raw…
Chemistry for Potters
May 14 • 34 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter : Chemistry for Potters. In this podcast you will learn some basic chemistry principles and how they apply to our ceramic work. This is the first chapter in the section titled Use of Raw Materials. The next topic…
Glaze Firing
May 9 • 30 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 6: Glaze Firing. In this podcast you will learn about the changes that happen to change clay and glaze into a finished ceramic piece. Understanding Pottery is a series in production by Washington Street Studios.…
Pyrometric Cones
May 5 • 37 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 5: Pyrometric Cones. In this podcast you will learn all you ever want to know about pyrometric cones. Who created them and why? With computer controlled kilns, when, where and why should I use cones? How do they…
Tips for Successful Glazing Part 3 of 3
Apr 30 • 26 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 4: Tips for Successful Glazing Part 3 of 3. In this podcast you will learn about methods of applying glaze, clean up, finishing glazed pots and glaze firing. The next topic in the series is Pyrometric Cones.…
Tips for Successful Glazing Part 2 of 3
Apr 28 • 27 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 4: Tips for Successful Glazing Part 2 of 3. In this podcast you will learn glazing tips on preparing already mixed glazes for application and getting bisqued pots ready to be glazed. The next topic in the series…
Tips for Successful Glazing Part 1 of 3
Apr 25 • 26 min
Part 1 of Tips for Successful Glazing covers glaze composition, preparation and mixing. Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 4: Tips for Successful Glazing Part 1 of 3. In this podcast you will learn glaze composition, preparation and mixing. The…
Bisque Firing
Apr 20 • 33 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 3: Bisque Firing. In this podcast you will learn what happens in a bisque firing, tips and pitfalls. The next topic in the series is Tips for Successful Glazing. Understanding Pottery is a series in production by…
Clay Properties and Drying
Apr 15 • 28 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 2: Clay Properties and Drying. In this podcast you will learn Clay properties which allow us to create with clay and cause problems when we’re not careful. The next topic in the series is Bisque Firing.…
What is Clay?
Apr 4 • 43 min
Welcome to Understanding Pottery, Chapter 1: What is Clay? In this podcast you will learn about what the clay we use is made of and why the clay has the characteristics that make it suitable for ceramics. The next topic in the series is Clay Properties…
Tips and Suggestions When Buying Used Pottery Equipment
Mar 18 • 72 min
They say that you can pick out a horse by looking at its teeth, and kicking tires is supposedly a good way to judge a car. But what do you look for when buying used (or “previously owned”, if it’s expensive) pottery equipment? The discussion at the… —-…
Build Your Own Gas Fired Raku Kiln
Feb 11 • 51 min
Got an old electric kiln that doesn’t work anymore? How about turning it into a raku kiln? Gas-fired raku kilns are generally simple in design and small in size. As such, they are easy to construct using metal barrels or old electric kiln bodies. The… —-…
An introduction to Glaze Chemistry - Part 1
Jan 22 • 76 min
Learn about glaze ingredients and their contribution to the glaze —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
An introduction to Glaze Chemistry - Part 2
Jan 22 • 67 min
Learn about glaze ingredients and their contribution to the glaze —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
Pottery and Physics
Dec 18, 2019 • 58 min
Here’s a chance to see how a little science can help us understand our everyday pottery activities. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
Pottery Figurin’: Simple Math Rules and Calculations that You Can Actually Use
Dec 16, 2019 • 67 min
Simple math rules and calculations that are handy to know around the pottery studio —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
Challenges in Firing Ceramics: Solving Problems with Pottery Defects and Kiln Performance
Nov 11, 2019 • 76 min
Phil discusses solving problems with pottery defects and kiln performance —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
Pottery Kilns Design Construction and Operation - Electric Kilns
Sep 22, 2019 • 115 min
This is the last of a three episode series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Electric Kilns. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a…
Pottery Kilns Design Construction and Operation - Gas Fired Kilns
Aug 25, 2019 • 93 min
This is the second of a three episode series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Gas Fired Kilns. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a…
Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation - Wood Fired Kilns
Jul 23, 2019 • 78 min
Explore the world of wood fired kilns! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
Critiquing Your Own Pottery: Design Principles You Can Use
Jun 21, 2019 • 86 min
Phil discusses design principles and a few questions to guide critiquing your work —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
An introduction to Glaze Chemistry
May 24, 2019 • 134 min
Learn about glaze ingredients and their contribution to the glaze —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
Thixotrophy, Quartz Inversions and other Pottery Mysteries
May 23, 2019 • 78 min
Phil explains seldom or incorrectly used terminology that we encounter in the ceramic arts process. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
Tips for Successful Glazing
May 23, 2019 • 49 min
Glazing tips and tricks —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
Pots, Rocks and Minerals - Geology for Potters
May 21, 2019 • 62 min
Phil discusses geology as it relates to the materials we use in pottery —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
An Interview with Phil Berneburg, the host of the Potters’ Round Table
May 21, 2019 • 30 min
Getting to know Phil Berneburg and how he learned all he knows. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
Treasures in Your Backyard: Use of Local Materials for Pottery
May 18, 2019 • 56 min
Exploring the possibilities of using locally available materials for pottery. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepottersroundtable/message
The Potters’ Round Table (Trailer)
May 17, 2019 • 0 min
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