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Ceramics Blog by Amelia Johannsen

Ceramics Blog

Welcome to my ceramics blog, where I share stories about my creative process as well as my adventures discovering new pottery festivals, villages and treasures around the world. I share tips on what to think about when buying handmade pottery as well as design & decor ideas to incorporate it into your home. Lastly, I share thoughts about ceramics in modern-day rituals and popular culture.

raku fired pottery in catalonia

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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perfectly imperfect pottery

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.

Warm Glow Pinch Pot

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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decorative plates by amelia johannsen

Using Ceramic Wall Plates in Your Interior Design

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.

open studios poblenou 2019

Open Studios Poblenou 2019

The Tallers Oberts, or Open Studios, of PobleNou consists of four days in which the artistic spaces of Barcelona’s most creative neighborhood open their doors to the general public. The workshops offer a schedule of activities so that the visitors can get to know the artists’ work in a more profound way.

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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.

the art of slowing down

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.

Thanks for visiting my ceramics blog! I welcome your feedback in the comments or you can always reach me on my contact page or via social media.

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