Monday, January 23, 2017

John Britt Cone 6 Three day Ceramic Glaze Testing Workshop



March 17-19, 2017 in St. Petersburg FL

This is a 3 day TESTING workshop where we will run Color Blends with various cone 6 base glazes. It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from my new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.
Tiles will be made ahead of time and we will mix glazes and run tests on the first day, fire the second day and discuss results the final day.

$250.00

Hours :
Friday-Sunday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
+1 727-439-8522
Clay Center of St. Petersburg
2010 1st Avenue South
St. Petersburg FL 33712 US

John Britt Cone 6 Three day Ceramic Glaze Testing


February 4 – 6, 2017
This is a FUN 3 day TESTING workshop where we will run Color Blends with various cone 6 base glazes. It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from my new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.
Tiles will be made ahead of time and we will mix glazes and run tests on the first day, fire the second day and discuss results the final day.

Tuition: Community Members $225 Students $150. There is a $100 deposit for this workshop (non-refundable within 30 days of event) To Register call 225-932-9457 or email at contact@alligatorclay.com

Southern Pottery Equipment

2721 W Perdue Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70814 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Glazed and Confused – Understanding the Unity Molecular Formula short online course


Terry Gess shared this information:

Hello Fellow potters-
Heads up for a GREAT resource on understanding glazes! I’ve been studying with Matt Katz in the Alfred Online Introduction to Glazes course. Its expensive (and comprehensive) but he is offering a condensed version that is FABULOUS!

Glazed and Confused – Understanding the Unity Molecular Formula

https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/17968/about

Its just $10 and it goes through a lot of understanding glazes!.

Excellent resource!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

37th Annual Potters Gathering at Cedar Lakes with Cynthia Bringle




Cynthia Bringle will be the featured presenter at the 37th Annual Potters Gathering March 10-12 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, West Virginia. Check out the details in the brochure posted here (click to enlarge the images). Call 304-372-7860 for more information.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Good Making of Good Things at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville



The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-1979 will be on exhibit at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in downtown Asheville January 20th - May 20th, 2017. This Friday, January 20th, there will be an Opening Reception from 6:30 - 8:30 pm with a Curators' Tour at 7:30 pm. There are a number of events going on during the exhibit run, including a Women and Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 2nd.

From the CCCD website:

The Good Making of Good Things investigates Craft Horizons, a watershed publication, which ran from 1941-1979, and explores how the magazine documented and shaped the concept of craft as a movement, career, way of life, and cultural phenomenon.

During its nearly forty years in print, Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. This exhibition pairs works by makers featured in the magazine with articles, reviews, and letters from readers to illustrate the essential role it played in the development of craft and its cultural connections. In a pre-Internet era, Craft Horizons was the field’s tutorial guide, its social network, and its image-sharing database. It gave the artist, enthusiast, scholar, or casual hobbyist access to all that occurred in craft.

The magazine began as a humble unnamed newsletter in 1941, bringing together a like-minded community that had yet to connect nationally. By the 1970s, Craft Horizons had grown into the field’s leading voice. In 1979, the American Craft Council, its publisher, rebranded it as American Craft, which is still in print today.

Featured artists include: Tanya AguiƱiga (b. 1978), David Gilhooly (1943-2013), Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985), Ted Hallman (b. 1933), Harvey Littleton (1922-2013), Jaydan Moore (b. 1986), George Nakashima (1905-1990), Ruth Radakovich (1920-1975), Svetozar Radakovich (1918-1998), Southern Highland Craft Guild, Rudolf Staffel (1911-2002), Bob Stocksdale (1913-2003), Peter Voulkos (1924-2002), Betty Woodman (b. 1953)

The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD.

(Note - ICYMI: the complete - and searchable - archive of Craft Horizons is available here: http://digital.craftcouncil.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15785coll2)

More, including a schedule of exhibit events, here: http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/programs-exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/ http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/programs-exhibitions/current-exhibitions/

Friday, January 13, 2017

Owen Dearing’s plea to NCECA


This video by Owen Dearing is titled “My story about being an nceca presenter” and the description reads, “A plea to nceca from an outcast potter who cares deeply about the direction the organization is taking.”

I’ve never been to NCECA but I am a member and I appreciate Owen Dearing sharing his side of this story. I think giving attribution and credit for original ideas is essential, and that seems to have gotten lost in this instance. I haven’t seen a response from any of the parties involved - if anyone else has, let me know.

Watch the video below or here: https://youtu.be/Pu76VajWnOo

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Open shows at the Transylvania Community Arts Council


The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, North Carolina is holding two open shows: “Folk Art” and “The Other Side.” It's up to the artist to interpret the themes. “Folk Art” is in February and “The Other Side” is in May. Visit the the Transylvania Community Arts Council website for more info and to request an application: http://tcarts.org

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Peter Pugger for sale in Evensville, Tennessee


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***Update 1/8/17: sale pending***

Dawn Raburn is selling a Peter Pugger in Evensville, Tennessee. See the details and photos below:

Peter Pugger VPM-20
Purchased new in 2006
Used in personal studio
Includes cart
Clean, in great working order, and ready for new owner
$2950 firm

Contact Dawn at 423-775-2039 or daraburn@charter.net



Friday, January 6, 2017

ARTsCentered exhibit at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Council gallery


***Update 1/11/17 from Annie Thayer: Because of snow, they are still accepting entries at TRAC for the Friday opening.***

Annie Thayer shared this information about the ARTsCentered exhibit at the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) gallery in Spruce Pine, including an invitation to former and current ARTsCentered guest instructors and students to participate (note the application deadline is Monday, January 9th):

For the 1st TRAC exhibition of 2017, We hope to show that artists support the process of developing artistic expression.

We are a community with both professionals and immerging artists who encourage and network to help one another be successful. In light of that foundational principal of a strong Arts community...
All former and current guest instructors and students of ARTs CENTERed Studio, are invited to exhibit their art work, in either the professional category or the non professional category. (Number of items subject to space available.)
Art works may be something other than clay. (Baskets, jewelery, paintings, textile, metal, wood, etc. welcome)

Application forms, and $20.00 entry fee are due Monday Jan. 9th.
The show opens Jan. 13 and there is a reception at 5:00 PM that evening. The reception is open to the community and I hope Clay Club members will attend.

Potters may donate bowls for Empty Bowls to be available at the reception for purchase.

TRAC gets 40% of retail price of Art exhibit sales. Mark items "NFS" if Not for Sale.
Awards will be given in each category.
1st prize= $100.00
2nd prize= $75.00
Etc.

More info about the exhibit on the TRAC website: www.toeriverarts.org/facilities/spruce-pine-gallery/

No Clay Club in January and update on 2017 meetings


Happy New Year, Clay Clubbers!

I have not been able to secure a host for January Clay Club and so I am canceling this month’s meeting. We have meetings confirmed for February, March, April and June and I will share information about those meetings soon.

I am looking for hosts for May and also for July and later in the year - if you think you might be interested, here are the details:

We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. We try to keep it to that time, but we can meet at another time if that won’t work. Meetings usually consist of a potluck (I can supply paper and plastic ware for that) and a program that can be as formal or informal as you want: a presentation or a discussion or a studio tour or a demo - really, anything the hosts want to do.

If you have or know of a place to host a meeting, let me know. And if you have an idea for a program for a Clay Club meeting, let me know that, too.

Thanks all!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Gold Shino Test Series

Wildacres residency opportunity


Applications are now being accepted for the Wildacres Residency Program. The deadline is January 15th. Wildacres is a beautiful retreat and conference center located near Little Switzerland, North Carolina. The Wildacres pottery studio was designed by Norm Schulman.

From the Wildacres website:

The Wildacres Residency Program began in 1999 and over the past seventeen years has hosted nearly 600 writers, artists, musicians and others. Participants stay in one of three comfortable cabins located 1/4 mile from the conference center. Past residents have found the setting conducive to their work and have had a great "Wildacres experience."

With the use of three cabins, the program will have about 70 one- and two-week residencies available from April through October. Sessions begin each Monday afternoon and conclude on Sunday or early Monday morning. The program allows individuals the solitude and inspiration needed to begin or continue work on a project in their particular field.

More info, including applications, here: http://www.wildacres.org/workshops/residency.html

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Western North Carolina potter seeks kiln repair person


Lee Wolfe of Lee Wolfe Pottery is looking for someone to hire for kiln repairs as needed. Here are the details from Lee:

I have 2 Skutt kilns with Kilntronics. I need someone in or near the Asheville area. Please email me leewolfe1357@gmail.com
Thanks!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Western North Carolina Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant


The Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is open to individual artists and small groups in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

From the Asheville Area Arts Council website:

The Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is being offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to encourage artists to participate in the process of building community through the arts. This grant is sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council and Asheville Art in the Park.

Projects considered for this grant should meet many, but not necessarily all, of the following criteria (unless specified):

• Supports or enhances an existing municipal plan or local strategic goal
• Will take place or be presented in public (Strongly Suggested)
• Addresses or ameliorates a social issue
• Builds community and/or encourages community participation
• Provides or enhances an economic development opportunity for an individual artist, group or project
• Enlivens an underused or under-appreciated public space
• Creates neighborhood identity
• Displays excellence in craftsmanship and design (Required)
• Compliments the surrounding environment
• The relationship of the project to community need is well defined
• Applications should be written with a particular project in mind (Required)
• Feasibility of proposed project and likelihood of completion one year from date of first grant distribution check. (Required)

The application deadline is February 15, 2017. There will be an info session on January 18, 2017.

More information, including the grant application and guidelines, here: http://ashevillearts.com/resources/asheville-art-in-the-park-grant/

Thursday, December 22, 2016

WNC Potters Facebook group


Kat McReynolds shared her WNC Potters Facebook group. It’s a public group (you’ll need a Facebook account).

Check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/133063680510221

Lee Wolfe’s caramel popcorn recipe



If you were at December Clay Club at Cynthia Bringle’s studio you probably had some of Lee Wolfe’s delicious caramel corn. (By the time I took this photo it was pretty much devoured and it didn’t last much longer!) Lee has generously shared the recipe over on her blog:

https://www.leewolfepottery.com/blogs/news/caramel-popcorn

Thanks Lee!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kiln up for auction by the City of Asheville



The City of Asheville has a kiln for up for auction. The current price (with zero bids) is $50.

Here’s the description from the auction website:

Skutt Electric kiln LT-3K
Has not been used in 5 years -would recommend having this inspected by a professional before use


Note: I think LT-3K is the kiln sitter model number, not the kiln model number. See the web listing for more info:

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=1756955

Thanks to Jason Sandford aka @Ashevegas for sharing this on twitter!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Potter seeks fire brick


WANTED FIRE BRICK

Hi my name is Curry Wilkinson and I am looking for used/new fire brick. Ideally I would like to buy a large quantity of hard fire brick to build a large tunnel kiln. However, any amount of hard\soft brick I am interested in learning more about. I live near Seagrove but I am willing to travel to pick up brick. Also any leads or information about brick would be a appreciated as well.

If anyone has information please contact me at
curryethanw@gmail.com

Or call me at
3366535676

Thanks in advance for any help or info

Curry Wilkinson

Friday, December 16, 2016

Recap: December Clay at Cynthia Bringle’s studio



Thanks to Cynthia for hosting our final Clay Club of 2016! We celebrated the end of the year and had our annual mug/cup/object exchange. I love my Tria Turrou mug! See Cynthia checking out her Andy Palmer mug below.

Thanks again to Cynthia and to everyone who came, including Lee Wolfe and her husband Ken, who I think traveled the farthest - from Candler!






Thursday, December 15, 2016

Randall kickwheel for sale in Mars Hill


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Here are the details from Shane Mickey:

Randall kickwheel. No cord to motor, not sure of its status.

Wheel head is a homemade wooden attachment with bat pins.

Original head to accept plaster bats still intact it appears.

Need gone ASAP! 100 bucks!

located in mars hill

TEXT ?'s to 828-467-1208



Free bricks in Hendersonville


Here are the details from Dian Magie:

Selee Corp in Hendersonville (google, international commercial industrial ceramics) has a pallet of "insulator face bricks"

FREE.

contact: Scott Huntley, office 828-694-3325; cell 828-388-0983

They have a shrink-wrapped pallet on skids 3.5 x 3.5 x 4 foot

Bricks to 2300F are 9" x 4.5" x 2.5" more like soft bricks that are easily cut

A few bricks are the heavy bricks to 3000F that are great for bag walls

David Voorhees and I have both taken advantage of working with this company.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Clay Club is THURSDAY!


Clay Club is THURSDAY (note the change from our usual time) at Cynthia Bringle’s studio in Penland!

Details:

When: 6 pm THURSDAY, December 15th

What: Celebration of the end of 2016 and the annual Clay Club cup/mug/object exchange (see the link below for details about the exchange).

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

One note from Cynthia: If the parking lot gets full park on the road but do not block it. Maybe have a flashlight handy.

Directions and more details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-clay-club-at-cynthia-bringles.html

See you THURSDAY!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Toe River Arts Council annual meeting on December 14th


Here are the details from the TRAC email newsletter (reminder that this meeting is on our usual meeting day; December Clay Club will take place this THURSDAY):

It's annual meeting time at TRAC—40 years of connecting our community with the arts. It starts at 5:30pm on Wednesday, December 14 at the Arts Resource Center above the Spruce Pine Gallery. It's a potluck repast (We'll provide the paper goods and beverages) followed by a short meeting to talk over the year's happenings and introduce the new members of the Board of Directors. It will be fun and it will be filling, friendly, and festive. Any questions, call the Burnsville office, 828.682.7215.

(Note: new board members aren’t just introduced - they’re elected during the annual meeting. If you're a member, you get a vote.)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

{Re}HAPPENING Call for Artists


Here are the details from the {Re}HAPPENING website:

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Letter of Intent is due on December 21, 2016

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center announces an opportunity for artists to participate in the 2017 {Re}HAPPENING on Saturday March 25 between 3pm-10pm at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.

We invite artists to propose projects that reflect the innovative spirit of Black Mountain College. Artists are encouraged to take risks and demonstrate elements of process, spontaneity, experimentation, collaboration, and audience participation. Each selected artist project will receive a $250 honorarium.

ARTISTS OF ALL GENRES AND DISCIPLINES are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI should be a brief one-page outline that describes the project, includes participating artists and how the project connects to the Black Mountain College legacy.

The LOI deadline is December 21, 2016 – please email LOIs to rehappening@blackmountaincollege.org

About {Re}HAPPENINGSince 2010, BMCM+AC has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance considered by many to be the first Happening in North America.

The {Re}HAPPENING is a day long event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College, known as Lake Eden – 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser and part community instigator serving as platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day.

General admission brings in hundreds of visitors annually. In addition to providing a forum for regional artists and an accessible, immersive, educational experience for attendees, every year the event is a community collaboration between local businesses and arts organizations.

More info here: http://rehappening.com/call-for-artists/

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Introduction to Pottery course at The Pottery in Saluda



Here are the details from Doc Welty:

The Pottery in Saluda, NC will begin a six week course in an introduction to pottery February 1st 2017.

The class meets once a week for six weeks Feb 1 through Mar 8 3-6 pm.

Deadline to apply is Jan 15.

Download a printable PDF version of the flyer here: goo.gl/MaSorG

Contact Doc Welty at mdwelty@bellsouth.net for more information.