Saturday, March 14, 2009


Welcome to the Green Ceramics Blog.  This website is the result of the combined efforts of Nancy Utterback, a professional studio potter and Director of the Boulder Pottery Lab in Boulder, Colorado, and Melissa Oliveira, a freelance writer, researcher, and Pottery Lab student.  This blog seeks to open up to the wider community a conversation about the relationship between environmental sustainability and studio ceramics. This conversation has been going on informally in the ceramics community for quite some time, but in our research we’ve found that there is no single site that is serving as a depository of information on the subject.  Therefore, we hope that this website will in time become a solid source for information on “greening” the practices of both studio potters and pottery teaching facilities. We also hope that a community of sorts will develop around this site which will offer other voices, opinions, and information about the process of making ceramic art while being mindful of sustainable practices.

So much for introductions!  If you stop by Green Ceramics, be sure to drop us a line in the comments section.  We'd love to know who you are, why you are interested in the topic of green ceramics, and if there are some specific areas you'd like to see covered in the coming weeks.  And, for those of you who are already registered at the 22nd North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro, be sure to see Nancy speak on the topic of ceramics and environmental sustainability on March 15!


Michael Mahan said...

Hi there,

Just got back home (Seagrove, NC) from the NC Potters Conference where I heard Nancy's presentation on her experiences dealing with building and firing a wood kiln in Boulder.

I'm getting ready to build a wood-fired kiln and I'm excited to hear that an effecient wood-fired kiln leaves quite a small carbon footprint, if any.

There are several wood-fired kilns of varying sizes and shapes in and around Seagrove, and there are several going to be built soon. Our community has a good source of wood fuel with timber-related industries in good supply.

I have a concern, though, with supporting non-sustainable timber harvesting. We live on 30 acres of land, and directly behind us, a couple of landowners clear cut 130 acres, which included old hardwoods.

Just a thought.



Michael Kline said...

Nancy, Thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful presentation. It was such a great way to complete an already inspiring weekend. I hope to read more here and wish you good luck in continuing this very important conversation!

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