Inspiring Interview with Dorian

By David Beaulieu | Apr 17, 2014

Duluth artist Dorian Beaulieu combines his love of ceramics, creativity & education for the benefit of students at Lake Superior College. He has a true passion for learning and sharing his gifts with all he encounters.

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Wood Fired Raku

By David Beaulieu | Oct 16, 2012

Dorian Beaulieu with the assistance of David Beaulieu put on a two day wood fired raku workshop in Deerwood, MN on the 8th and 9th of October. The air was filled with excitement when we showed up with everyone bustling to get things ready for the first day of workshops. Dorian and I started unpacking […]

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Ash Glazes

By David Beaulieu | Apr 7, 2012

Last year I started to use an ash glaze and really liked it. I have been doing some testing to change the color and I have been testing out other ash glaze recipes. All of the test tiles are stoneware. They were fired in a gas kiln to cone 10 (2350 F). Each test tile […]

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Throwing a Platter or Large Plate

By David Beaulieu | Mar 18, 2012

I have been making a lot of platters recently and I thought I should do a video. The video shows how I throw my platters and plates. Some tips I have learned: – Make sure to leave a good amount of clay (1/2 – 3/4 inch) on the bottom if you plan to have a […]

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Throwing a Mug

By David Beaulieu | Sep 3, 2011

Mugs are what I make the most of and every single mug comes out different. I don’t tailor the mugs for certain people but rather allow the mugs to be unique and call out to each unique and individual person. Below are a few steps and tips to remember when throwing mugs. – Throw using […]

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Trimming a Bowl

By David Beaulieu | Aug 24, 2011

Watch and learn to trim a bowl from start to finish. Gather helpful insight whether you are a beginner or an expert. Some tips when trimming a foot: – Make sure the vessel is leather hard and is securely attached to the bat before trimming. – Check the bottom while trimming with the bounce technique […]

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Val’s LP Matte Modified Glaze Tests

By David Beaulieu | Jun 29, 2011

I liked the look of this glaze and decided to test it out. The first picture in the table is the original glaze formula. The glaze is on both stoneware and porcelain. The test tiles were fired in a gas kiln to cone 10 (2350 F). Each test tile was dipped once and then a […]

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Mini Kiln Firing

By David Beaulieu | Jun 27, 2011

I built a small simple wood fire kiln in my backyard that fits about 7 small pots. It is built similar to a Ken Olsen fast fire but it is much smaller and easier to fire. I decided to try a single fire and I am pleased with the results. It took 9 hours to […]

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Dorian Beaulieu – Educator of the Year 2009

By David Beaulieu | Jul 24, 2009

“The award is an honor bestowed upon Minnesota State Colleges & Universities faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment, and to encourage ongoing excellence, in teaching.” Taken from please visit for more information.

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