Ceramics Blog by Amelia Johannsen

Ceramics Blog

Welcome to my ceramics blog! Here, I share tales of my creative journey and exciting explorations, unearthing pottery festivals, villages, and hidden gems across the globe. Gain valuable insights on purchasing handmade pottery, discover design and decor inspiration to integrate it seamlessly into your home. Join me as I delve into the significance of ceramics in contemporary rituals and popular culture.

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Catalyzing Connections and Celebrating Artistic Eccentricity

In a time marked by insurmountable challenges and divisions, a sense of helplessness often pervades our lives. It is during these times that we find solace and strength in the transformative power of community — and more specifically in my case — a community built around art and creativity. Today, I’d like to share more …

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Exploring Inspirational Open-Air Art Festivals 

Amidst sweet melodies, laughter, and a vibrant hum of human connection, artists of all disciplines come together to showcase their talents and creations. Open-air art festivals bring raw imagination to the forefront and are a testament to the human spirit—the unquenchable thirst for nature and creativity, and the drive to share it with others.  Alternative …

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Ceramics are Thriving in Contemporary Rituals and Ceremonies

Amidst the chaos of our modern lives, there’s something magical about slowing down and embracing rituals. They provide us with a profound sense of meaning, allowing us to anchor ourselves in a world that feels overwhelming.  In recent years, a revival of contemporary rituals and ceremonies has given rise to a new appreciation for the …

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Ceramic Artistry Meets Botanical Beauty

Art and gardening share many common threads—both strive to instill meaning, create beauty, and transcend the mundane. Put them together and their impact multiplies. Creatively combining ceramics and plants is a great way to establish a harmonious and visually appealing environment both indoors and out. In this article, I’ll delve into the art of displaying …

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Woman’s Creative Force

As a young girl, I watched my mother’s relentless battle for equal opportunities, equitable rights, and fair compensation in her career as an attorney. Her determination was unwavering, even to the point of occasionally sleeping in her office to take a call in the middle of the night. The year she billed more hours and …

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Raku Fired Pottery

Last Sunday was unusually warm in Catalonia, making it a perfect day to head to the hills to join Dalia and Manu from the 137° Ceramic Art Studio for a day of play and exploration with raku fired pottery. In our first round of firing we applied glaze to the ceramic bisque-ware (pottery that has …

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Embrace the Perfectly Imperfect in Handmade Pottery

Are small marks and mutations from the handmade process considered mistakes? Or are they the essence of what makes handmade pottery special? Let’s take a closer look at why imperfections happen and how they impact the value of pottery.

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Clay Meditation Workshop

On the evening of December 31st 2021 I led my first official clay meditation workshop at Amara Valley, a nature and wellness retreat center in the heart of Catalunya.  The New Years retreat welcomed 30 or so guests in an intimate gathering combining yoga, nutrition, music, massage, drawing and yes–clay! It was an amazing experience …

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10 Unique Ceramic Gift Ideas

Are you thinking of giving some ceramic gifts this year? Giving pottery is fun because it’s unique, handmade and something that most people enjoy. When you think of handmade pottery, you might be thinking of plates, mugs and dish sets. But your ceramic gifts don’t necessarily have to be for the kitchen. Here are some …

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Transforming Spaces with Unique Ceramic Wall Plates

If you’re interested in incorporating plates into your decor, first you should consider all of the different kinds of plates available to you. Afterwards, you can decide if you want to use a stand-alone piece, a collection of different kinds of plates, or an assortment of similar plates.

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An Artist Uncovered

I was recently invited to participate in an online interview to share my experience as a ceramics artist. The interview is with ABM Wholesale Indonesia; a new company specializing in one-of-a-kind, handcrafted home decor, kitchen and dining ware.

Moroccan Pottery in Safi

Moroccan Pottery from Safi

Moroccan red clay is quarried from the Safi region and much of it is processed, thrown and fired on Colline des Potiers. Most potters still use traditional wood firing kilns, while some have updated to electric and gas kilns.

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The Art of Slowing Down

I’ve come to the conclusion that if I slow down, so will my life. And my art is the key to slowing down. My transition into a creative career is bringing home life lessons that I previously only understood on an intellectual level.

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh Ha pottery village in Vietnam

When I explore art in other countries, I like to do more than just visit museums. If possible, I try to connect with the artists, see how and where they work, and even get my hands dirty. Sometimes traveling involves unexpected surprises. On a recent trip to Vietnam, I didn’t get my hands dirty so much as my feet.

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Tallers Oberts Poblenou 2018

I will join fellow artists from the 137° Artistic Studio for the Tallers Oberts PobleNou (Open Workshops) on September 13-16, 2018. We will offer an open ceramics exhibition all weekend as well as workshops and activities playing with clay. Ceramics exhibition We will welcome the autumn with an exhibition focusing on tea—teapots, tea spoons, tea …

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