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Hi, my name is Jon Price. I make crystalline-glazed porcelain items in my home studio.

As a third-generation potter, ceramics has been very important to me all my life. I started throwing on the wheel and compounding my own glazes when I was ten years old.

In 1989, after many years of making raku and stoneware, I decided to take up the challenge of creating the crystalline glazes that I had long admired. Properly compounding and firing these glazes are considered by most potters to be the most technically difficult of ceramic processes. Since then I have developed many unique crystalline glazes which I apply to only the finest porcelain clay. They are the only glazes I use.

I am a full-time potter. All items are made by me alone in my own studio. I formulate and mix all of my own special…

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  • Joined May 28, 2008

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About

Hi, my name is Jon Price. I make crystalline-glazed porcelain items in my home studio.

As a third-generation potter, ceramics has been very important to me all my life. I started throwing on the wheel and compounding my own glazes when I was ten years old.

In 1989, after many years of making raku and stoneware, I decided to take up the challenge of creating the crystalline glazes that I had long admired. Properly compounding and firing these glazes are considered by most potters to be the most technically difficult of ceramic processes. Since then I have developed many unique crystalline glazes which I apply to only the finest porcelain clay. They are the only glazes I use.

I am a full-time potter. All items are made by me alone in my own studio. I formulate and mix all of my own special porcelain clay and crystalline glazes. I fire all my items in the special kilns I made for firing these unusual glazes.

I find working with these special glazes to be absolutely captivating. Rather little control can be overtly exercised over them, so mastering the scientific and technical skills required has been a central focus of my life. The biggest challenge is their fickleness: One firing will produce absolutely beautiful pots; the next (identical) firing, may be a big disappointment.

Crystalline glazes are a good match for my personality: I have an immense amount of energy, technical curiosity, great patience, enjoy constantly pushing the limits of what one can do--and I don't mind getting up in the middle of the night to tend the kiln!

I find the spontaneously-formed crystal patterns in the glazes to be a never ending source of delight. No two are ever the same. I frequently see recognizable designs in them--faces, animals, flowers, etc.--as one often sees in the clouds. And with only small changes in the glaze ingredients or the firing schedule, I can produce crystals of a great variety of colors and shapes.


I am well known for my classic shapes, my great variety of crystal shapes, and the extremely large range of colors I can create. And although I am very pleased with my accomplishments, much of my time is still devoted to experimenting to create ever newer effects.


My intent is to create pots that fascinate and intrigue; pots that are both beautiful and interesting; pots that will bring joy into the lives of others as they bring into mine.

I attend many of the larger craft shows in CA, NV, and AZ.

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For more information about my work, please visit my website: www.JonPriceCeramics.com. I do not sell anything there, but you will find a list of some of the stores that carry my work.

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