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Enormous Use of Ceramic in America

Aug 17, 2007
In America, ceramic has become so popular that almost in every house you will find ceramic being used as decoration. Many people have developed pottery as a hobby, creating their own style of ceramic. In this article you will find the influences of ceramic in America.

Americans are traditionally an enterprising people and it was only natural that hundreds of small potteries developed into lucrative businesses overnight. Many ceramists joined the bonanza with little more experience than a correspondence course in pottery-making and a few hundred dollars in capital.

Where formerly a potter had to possess the technical skills of a chemist and an engineer to work out formulas for clay bodies and glazes, it was suddenly possible in most cities to buy prepared clays and glazes with easy-to-follow directions. As a result, in the past dozen or so years, American-made ceramics have so improved in quality and craftsmanship that many domestic wares have equaled, if not surpassed, those of famous and respected Old World potteries.

The application of modern science has removed every trace of drudgery from the ceramic art. It has been distilled into pure fun. Youngsters are being taught ceramics in thousands of schools. Oldsters are converting their sewing machines into potter's wheels for throwing hand-turned pieces. In garages, basements, porches, kitchens, millions of spare-time ceramists are enjoying the pleasant sensation of creating some thing and then seeing their creations finished in practical, permanent form.

Even the making of a simple pot or bowl, which is not beyond the ken of anyone, is a soul-satisfying experience. Expensive equipments and superior artistic talent are not needed. There is room in this field for every kind of expression. You may enjoy sculpting most, or making jewelry, or painting china. Or maybe you will just want to let your imagination show you the way.

An entire book could be filled just by listing the variety of things which can be made with clay. There are the obvious projects, such as teapots, vases, banks and beer mugs, which usually represent a point of departure for most beginners. But there are other less common ceramic objects doorknobs, comb tops, chessmen, and buttons. Even tile swimming pools!

Some ceramists have used their hobby as a means for keeping a permanent record personal touch that will be treasured by the lucky recipients. When the holidays arrive, you will be able to add lots of extra highlights to your family's enjoyment.

Christmas? Well, you can make unique ornaments for the tree and outstanding table decorations that will enhance any Yule turkey: Santa Clauses, reindeer, holy figurines, wreaths, and so forth.

You can, if you wish to do something rather spectacular, make your Christmas cards on tile with a personalized greeting to the special people in your life. This will be one Yule card they won't discard after New Year's Day. For one thing, it can handily be utilized as a hot-plate if the addressee has a practical turn of mind.

Easter again offers the opportunity for adding eye-appeal to the dinner table, with ceramic bunnies, chicks and egg baskets. If you want to delight the youngsters in your household, make them a few dozen Easter eggs in your ceramic workshop. Valentine's Day, Fourth of July and Halloween also offer opportunities for showing off your clay-working prowess.
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Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for http://www.curtains-n-drapes.com / , http://www.curtains-n-drapes.com/ , http://www.solidceramics.info/
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