Articles by Jonathan Kaplan

New Year's Resolutions

January 7, 2009
With the New Year now upon us, some harsh realities continue to merit our consideration.
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It's All About Choice

December 5, 2008
Commitment and passion, a drive for success, the creation of beautiful objects-these all play a significant role in my daily ceramic work. How do we deal with the many choices available to us as ceramic artists and potters?
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On Education and Mentoring

October 31, 2008
Given the recent downturn in the economy and the challenges we face in every market sector (including ours), I wonder what choices BFA or MFA graduates will make in how they pursue their careers in ceramics.
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These Challenging Economic Times, Part Deux: Time to Change

October 7, 2008
We need to be acutely aware of our particular markets and what we need to do to reposition ourselves within them.
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These Challenging Economic Times

July 30, 2008
While there have been times in my career that have certainly been economically challenging, I think that what we are experiencing now on a global level far eclipses anything I have experienced previously.
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Thinking About Design, Part 2

July 2, 2008
Drawing your ideas is a vital component to successful design, so break out that pencil!
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Thinking About Design

May 22, 2008
Where is design in today’s world of handmade functional pottery? I would posit that it is quite absent.
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Maintenance Matters

April 21, 2008
Most pottery equipment is very well-built and designed, and can last a lifetime. But without an active maintenance schedule, our equipment can age prematurely.
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The Methodology of Pottery Production

January 14, 2008
The assumption that making more ware will translate into a greater bottom line is fundamentally flawed unless potters are willing to do some research.
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