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CME or Ceramics Made Easy is a article and tutorial database written by a ceramicist with over 50 years of expereince
CME or Ceramics Made Easy is a article and tutorial database written by a ceramicist with over 50 years of expereince

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When working with ceramics, it is advisable to become familiar with its language. As with most any topic, there are terms relevant to ceramics that may be unfamiliar or used differently for other subject matter. Having a glossary of terms handy and becoming familiar with them, will ease you in reading about, talking about and actually working with ceramics. Costly mistakes can be made by making assumptions or through misunderstandings. So to help you as you your exploration in the wonderful world of ceramics, please feel free to refer to this listing of terminologies.

http://www.ceramicsmadeeasy.com/cme/glossary-terms.html
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!

I am so happy to be able to announce that finally, after a couple years of promises and lots of work by our IT guy, we are finally able to provide free patterns for use on your ceramic canvas. Yaaay! We have been working on this for quite some time and finally have the system set up to allow you to search through hundreds of patterns to find something exciting to enhance your projects. Still have thousands of patterns to add, but coding takes a lot of time and we didn't want you to wait much longer for this FREE service. On each pattern page, there is also a link which will enable you to re-size your patterns to fit whatever project size you need. This too is free. These patterns are FREE to use, but per their sources, the patterns cannot be sold. Final projects can, but with this one exception. ANYTHING that is copyrighted can never be sold without permission of the license holder. HAPPY PAINTING!

http://www.ceramicsmadeeasy.com/cme/patterns/index.html
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If you are a serious ceramist or shop owner, you probably have a huge stock of paints. Some colors you use often and others only occasionally. Then there is all the back stock – unused, unopened bottles. One day, down the line you go to select a bottle of stain or glaze and “OH NO!” it has dried out. Dang, what a waste of money... or worse, the manufacturer has discontinued the color. There are ways to rejuvenate or find other uses for many of these products, but let me share with you a couple ways to extend the life of your acrylics and glazes as well as many other liquid products.

Read more here: http://www.ceramicsmadeeasy.com/cmez/viewing-article-11-98/general-information/storing-ceramic-paints.html

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So you are ready to explore the world of color and clay. How exciting! There are so many choices in the world of ceramics and pottery, that creativity is limitless. Hopefully this brief explanation of the different colorants available to the clay artist will get those juices flowing. Included are recipes for the really adventurous; otherwise there are commercially made products available as you explore this aspect of creating with clay.

Read more about slips, engobes and colorants here: http://www.ceramicsmadeeasy.com/cmez/viewing-article-11-96/general-information/slips-engobes-or-colorants-which-is-right-for-you-.html

Ceramics is the one business where competition is needed. Don’t feel threatened if there is a new shop opening nearby, or another website pops up; it can only help you in the long run. You should actually be glad and be of help so they succeed because their success is your success.

Read More Here: http://www.ceramicsmadeeasy.com/cmez/viewing-article-16-94/business-dynamics/competition-is-good.html

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The basics of lace draping in a project an an easy to follow format. CAUTION: Unless you have someone to show you how to do this, I strongly recommend practicing on small items such as a box lid or plate or similar until you feel comfortable with something more expansive like a doll or fancy figure. This article is only intended to share the process.

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My grandson, who is now 14 (less 3 months), has decided he wants to learn how to do ceramics. Now mind you, growing … 
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