Ceramic Industry

INSIDE CI: Dressing It Up

March 1, 2011

I'm dog-sitting my brother's American Bulldog over the next few days. Homer (guess who's a huge fan of The Simpsons?) has a face that almost defies description. He's a mammoth-headed, dour-faced, snub-nosed, 85-lb drool factory. He manages to look effortlessly miserable and imposing in equal measure.

As we're working on this, our decorating-themed issue, it occurred to me that no amount of decoration could dress Homer up. Even squeaky clean and drool-free, he's never going to be a pretty boy. (On the other hand, he's also an absolute sweetheart, which more than makes up for his aesthetic limitations.)

Likewise, a plain, unadorned bowl or blank glass isn't generally much to look at. Luckily, today's manufacturers have plenty of decorating options to choose from in order to make their products more attractive to consumers, and we're covering several in this issue. Be sure to check out the Table of Contents.

Pottery Production Practices

We're also including the PPP Sourcebook as a special section in this issue. Articles discuss glaze testing, the use of engobes, developing an online presence and more. In addition, the Supplier Index details contact information for companies that sell into the pottery and art glass markets. The accompanying Ceramic Supplier Directory and Glass Supplier Directory include additional information regarding each supplier's product offerings in an easy-to-read chart format.*

*Supplier listings indicate paid advertising. Contact Ginny Reisinger at reisingerg@bnpmedia.com for pricing.