Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wood Kiln Construction Workshop with Bruce Dehnert

John Britt passed along this info:

Wood Kiln Construction Workshop with Bruce Dehnert October 15-29, 2016 at Tabor Cottage, near Butler, Ohio

This will be a hands-on experience, building a wood-fired kiln and (if possible) firing it for the first time. If you’re interested in kiln construction, wood-firing and work well with others, this workshop is for you.

Dehnert has built kilns all over the U.S. and in other countries, including the first soda kiln in China. Since receiving his MFA from Alfred University, He has taught at universities around the world, including Hunter College and Parsons School of Design in New York City, the School of Art in New Zealand, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak on the island of Borneo and UMASS Dartmouth in Massachusetts. He has been published in, among others, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception and New Zealand Potter. He has received many awards for his work, including three Fletcher Challenge International Awards, the Carnegie Premiere Prize for Works on Paper, and the 2007 New Jersey Artist Fellowship Award. Bruce is currently head of Ceramics at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey.

Tabor is in Ohio’s Amish country. It belongs to the Sisters of the Transfiguration and is home to two members of the Order. Please do plan to bring a half-dozen bisqued pieces to fire in the new kiln (we hope). There will be glazes you can use if you’d like.

Workshop Tuition $575 for the workshop, which will last 10 days to two weeks, depending on how quickly the work goes. Participants are invited to stay in our guest house and share family style meals at no additional cost - there will be a bed for each - most rooms will be shared with one or two others, and you will need to tidy up after yourselves. For those who prefer, we are next door to a nice KOA camp. Butler and Loudonville, Ohio are both 6 or 8 miles away.

For more information or to enroll contact the Sisters at hilaritas@aol.com

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pottery Showcase: “Soda Chicks and Chet” Home Sale

Celebrating its fourteenth year, “Soda Chicks and Chet” Pottery Home Sale is a must stop on your Labor Day weekend calendar. Bakersville potters, Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin, and their special invited guests, Will Baker, Joy Tanner and Ronan Peterson will come together to help you discover why handmade pottery enriches your home and life. The hosts invite you to join them in a toast to this next generation of young NC potters who will exhibit with them this year. Join us for good company, delicious food displayed on hand made pots, and view gorgeous flower arrangements in our vases! The open house is at Fork Mountain Pottery in Bakersville NC on Saturday September 3rd, 10-6 and Sunday, September 4th from 10-5. Go to www.sodachicks.com for more information on the potters, their work and home sale location.

Burners, kiln and wheel for sale in Sewanee, Tennessee

Here are the details from Claire Reishman:

I would like to sell 2 unused Ransome B-4 Burners (EQ) Natural - bought for $190 each from Axner (Item #A257795 I have the sales slip.) I would happily send them for $150 each - and I will pay postage.

Also, a friend here in Sewanee, TN has a Skutt Model 1027-24 kiln and a Shimpo 21 electric wheel for sale. Is anyone interested in purchasing them? Both are in good condition. The Kiln is $200, and the wheel is $150. The kiln comes with shelves and shelf posts. You would need to come to Sewanee to take them away.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these items - creishman@gmail.com.

Claire Reishman, Sewanee TN (creishman@gmail.com)

Memorial celebration for Jane Hatcher

There will be a memorial celebration for Jane Hatcher on Saturday, September 17th, from 2-4 pm on the knoll at Penland School and then at the Pines (dining hall).

A scholarship is being started in Jane’s name at the school. (Penland School, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765).

If you haven't seen it, there is an obituary for Jane here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ledger-enquirer/obituary.aspx?n=Jane-MacDonald-Hatcher&pid=181052113

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jenni Sorkin lecture tonight at Penland

The lecture is tonight, Sunday, August 21st, at 8:15pm in Northlight on the Penland campus. Free and open to all.

From the Penland website:

Jenni Sorkin, Penland's 2016 Andrew Glasgow Writer in Residence, will present a talk about her new book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community. While at Penland, Jenni will draw on her work as a contemporary art historian to write an essay about abstraction and textiles for a 2018 show at the National Gallery of Art.

More info here: http://penland.org/blog/2016/08/jenni-sorkin-2016-resident-writer/

(Directions to Penland and campus map here: http://penland.org/about/directions_map.html)

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Mac McCusker will be presenting a slide lecture tomorrow, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 at 7pm at Odyssey ClayWorks FREE and open to the public. Please join us.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bigger Pots, Made Easy Workshop With Gabriel Kline & Anja Bartels

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? Have you ever stood in front of a giant pot, and wondered just how it was made?

Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large-scale pottery on the potter's wheel. Demos will include a 50 lb bowl, a 40" diameter platter, team throwing, and sectional building techniques that allow the potter to build pots head high, or taller!

These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You'll be amazed at the pieces you create. In addition to the demos, the week will include discussions on glazing and firing techniques, as well as plenty of studio time to practice with individual help from the instructors.

Click here to register
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $595 + $85 Lab Fee
Includes 150 lbs of clay

Monday, August 15, 2016

Slab Roller for sale

Hello all.
My mom has a 36 year old Brent slab roller that we are wanting to  selling. She has been carting this thing around for forever, and now it's time for it to move on and go to a new home. The cables underneath have been replaced as have the roller. It's a great slab roller!!! It's an SR-14. If you would like to come to the studio to check it out you are welcome to do so.
Asking  $450.
You can email me at triaturrougirl@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cabin, land, kiln and outbuildings for sale in Mitchell County, North Carolina

Here are the details from Steve White:

This log cabin is on 4.9 acres mostly pasture at 1264 Rebels Creek Rd in Bakersville but is 20 minutes from Burnsville, Bakersville or Spruce Pine. It is on a scenic black top “holler” road 3.6 miles up Hwy 80N and is about 6 miles from Penland Craft School. It was built in 1998 and is 1800 sq ft. There are two bedrooms, two baths, one jetted. The refrigerator and water heater are new. There is a wood stove for heat. Floors are solid oak. Great view of the whole Black Mountain Range. Kiln is hard brick soda/salt, 500 gallon propane tank, fired 39 times. Separate utility building can be a studio. Furnished or not. $260,000, appraised at $275,000. Call Steve White 843 540 3857 or docwhite@hargray.com for further info.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Recap: August Clay Club at Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom

Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting Clay Club! We figured it all out with our forum on maintaining growth and new ideas in the studio - ask Shane for the details the next time you see him.

Seriously, we had a good discussion and a good time. Thanks again to Shane, and to everyone who came!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

September classes at Odyssey ClayWorks

Independent Study/ Open Studio
September 6- October 11

Odyssey Clayworks is proud to announce a new studio experience: Self directed study, with studio representatives available at all times for technical advice and support. The Independent Study/ Open Studio will also feature 10 optional one-hour demos on various aspects of studio practice including use of the extruder and spray booth, artfully grinding your pots, and rolling perfect slabs. As a bonus, each Friday you are invited to the Director's Discussion, an open dialogue about ceramics technique, aesthetics, and valuation with Odyssey Director Gabriel Kline. Bring ideas for projects and an inquisitive mind. Tons of open studio hours to practice.

Click here to register
Level: Seasoned Beginner to Advanced
Tuition: $200 + $25 Lab Fee*

Beginner Wheel Throwing with Cayce Kolstad
September 6- October 4, Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm

With an emphasis on ceramic tableware, this class is a perfect introduction to throwing on the potter's wheel. We will explore the fundamental forms for functional pottery and work towards altering them to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. We will also cover the basics of glazing in order to finish with food safe pots you can use at home.

Click here to register
Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $185 + $35 Lab Fee

Handbuilder's Hangout with Laurie Caffery Harris
September 8- October 6, Thursdays, 6:30-9pm

This class is designed to be an introduction to traditional and non-traditional techniques for making ceramics off the potter's wheel. We will hand build a variety of forms such as cups, tumblers, vases, and platters. Students will also learn how to create large-scale work using slabs, coils and pinch methods. Demonstrations will include carving unique images or designs on your vessels. We will also discuss finishing techniques, glazing, and firing methods.

Click here to register
Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $185 + $35 Lab Fee

Ben Richardson Lecture
Sunday, September 18th, 7-9pm.
Free and open to the public

Come meet international wood-fire sensation Ben Richardson for a screening of his documentary Fire Works, followed by a panel discussion and reception. Topics will include his Tasmanian studio and kiln and recent commissions to produce work for 4 of the top 10 restaurants in Australia. Odyssey is honored to host this unique chance to spend an evening with a world class, ceramic artist.

Sponsored by the Odyssey Scholarship Fund

Remembering Jane Hatcher

I'm sad to share the news that Jane Hatcher passed away Monday night. Jane was - among other things - a potter, massage therapist, yoga teacher and friend to many, especially in and around the Penland area. She was curious about people and the things they did and made and thought, and genuinely a joy to be around. She was a Clay Clubber going way back - a quick search brought her up in photos from our second meeting in July 2008.

I met Jane not long after I moved to Bakersville. In the winter of 2007-08 we took a glaze class with John Britt, along with a number of other clubbers. Jane, John Ferlazzo and I worked on some of the class assignments together - this photo is from that time.

Rest in peace, Jane. We will miss you.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Clay Club this Wednesday in Bakersville!

Clay Club is tomorrow tonight!


When: Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm

Where: Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom in Bakersville (see link below for directions)

What: We will have an open forum on maintaining growth and new ideas in the studio. Bring your thoughts and experiences and questions about this topic!

***Special request: please bring one or more chairs if you can!***

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

Contact Shane at danielshanemickey@gmail.com or at 828-467-1208. You can also contact me at amy@amywallerpottery.com or at 828-467-1183.

Directions and more details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-clay-club-at-shane-mickey.html

See you tomorrow tonight!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

CJ Niehaus Opening Reception at In Tandem Gallery on August 6

From Silvia Ferrari-Palmer, owner of In Tandem Gallery:

In Tandem Gallery is honored to host CJ Niehaus as our August Featured Artist. After following her on Facebook, I was ecstatic when she was willing to not only have work at the gallery but to travel here with her husband Christopher and her dog Mickey for her Featured Artist Opening! CJ has a draftsman-like ability with her underglaze pencils. Her illustrative drawings of insects and fauna are bright and vibrant; you can't help but see the happiness and sensitivity she incorporates into each and every piece. Her work is available ONLINE and in the gallery www.InTandemGallery.com.

Opening Reception with CJ, Saturday August 6th, 5-8pm. CJ will be at the gallery answering questions regarding her technique.

In Tandem Gallery is located at 20 North Mitchell Avenue in Bakersville.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WNC potters seek kiln lid

Here's the request, from Maggie of Turtle Island Pottery:

Hi Folks, We are needing a used, good lid for our kilns. Average 7 cubic 10-sided. 27" diameter. Anybody have a lead please contact me at TiPottery@gmail.com Thanks, Maggie

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Clay Club at Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom in Bakersville

August Clay Club will be next Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm at Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom in Bakersville. Thanks to Shane for hosting us!

We will have an open forum on maintaining growth and new ideas in the studio. Bring your thoughts and experiences and questions about this topic!

Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom is at 24 N. Mitchell Avenue in downtown Bakersville. Google Maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/SwrIW

***Special request: please bring one or more chairs if you can!***

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

Questions? Contact Shane at danielshanemickey@gmail.com or at 828-467-1208. You can also contact me at amy@amywallerpottery.com or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Update on Toe River Arts Council exhibit controversy forum

I posted last month about the controversy over a sculpture being removed from an exhibit at the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) gallery in Spruce Pine back in June. Denise Cook, Executive Director of TRAC, said they would be holding a forum on the controversy, and TRAC staff said they would let everybody know when the forum is scheduled. Just wanted to update that, according to Denise, they are still planning on holding the forum, but due to scheduling conflicts, it won't take place until late August or early September.

More here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2016/06/controversy-surrounds-toe-river-arts.html

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Soldner Potters Wheel for sale!!

Soldner Potters Wheel for sale!!

This appears to be an older model Soldner, that means pre bluebird manuf. co. style.
These wheels are known for ease of repair, off the shelf parts.
Soldner foot pedals are the Cadillac of pedals, the ability for fine control at lower speeds is great!
I bought this wheel as I always wanted one, used it for a whole cycle of pots, 180 pots.
It performed very well, I just dont like the layout, use to Brent wheel I have.
Asking 600.00
email me at danielshanemickey@gmail.com with questions. 
not interested in low ball offers, would rather keep it for a back up wheel.

The 1968 Wertime Pyrotechnological Expedition to Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey

In 1968, Theodore Wertime (diplomat, ancient metallurgy expert - and possible CIA agent) led an expedition to Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey to study ancient pyrotechnological sites. The expedition was funded by National Geographic and the Smithsonian. Archaeologist and ceramics expert Fred Matson and ancient glass expert Robert Brill participated in the expedition along with several other team members. No official report was ever written and most of the expedition participants didn't publish anything about it either.

In 2002, an archaeology student had a chance conversation with one of the expedition participants at a conference. As a result of that encounter, she ended up creating a website devoted to the exhibition. She also retrieved artifacts and catalogued them for future researchers.

The website includes the email correspondence between this student and the expedition participants that she was able to contact, as well as original letters from Wertime and images of the artifacts. It's a pretty amazing look at this region in the late 1960s as seen through the eyes of ancient technologies experts and their memories of the expedition - and unanswered questions about it - 30+ years later.

Here's an excerpt from a 2004 article co-authored by the student, Roya Arab:

At the time that this survey took place roads were built in Afghanistan mile for mile by the Americans and the Russians, in their attempts to win favour with the government. Wertime mentioned to Brill that the Russians had constructed a tunnel that happened to be wide enough to accommodate two passing columns of the largest Soviet tanks (Brill 2003, F2). When not busy exporting wars there are all the other products of modern culture. Matson mentions the replacements of many pottery forms with plastic substitutes. He goes on to comment on the life ways encountered on the journey “Entering Turkey you can see modernisation but still evidence of older ways....with Iran under the Shah less oriented towards western ways” (Matson 1968: 9). The exportation of democracy is changing ancient life ways, which inadvertently make one a potential consumer in the global market, be it through the purchase of plastics, ammunition or suits to wear to the big boys’ tables and be heard. At the same time in the West ceramics become again cutting edge of technology, organic foods increase in value, old life ways become more attractive again, questioning the logic of mass-produced industrial products which the West exports with increasing aggression, with us all affected by their profit driven ways.

The survey of 1968 was clearly done by a mixed group. We were trying to establish which member may have been interested in more than the ancient world. As we collected more documents, the story became more and more interesting. Various members both in the past and present voiced their suspicions of the interests of different members, in letters and communications archived at the IoA (Arab 2003).

Theodore Wertime was the Cultural Attaché to Iran in the early 1960s. It is in his son’s Richard memoirs that we get a hint of Wertime’s other interests. His son Charlie on a trip to India had discovered a book written in English and published in China entitled ‘Who’s who in the American CIA’, with one Theodore Allen Wertime mentioned (Wertime 2000: 4). This has never been proven, but is of interest to us (Arab 2003). In a conversation in 2003 with Professor Matson on the subject of spying, he said he was unaware of Wertime having links with the US intelligence service, but went on to say that he (Professor Matson) made a point of never giving names of persons he met abroad. It would seem Professor Matson was well aware of his government’s interest in other nations and their structures and systems.

It is intriguing that Wertime, during his time as cultural attaché in Iran in pursuit of his scholarly interest (which are in no doubt), managed to survey a large part of the country. It would seem in the 1968 survey that Klinger was the unintentional ‘spy’, not so much because of his intent but that of the US Geological Survey, who paid for the most conclusive report to come out of this pyrotechnological survey. After the pyrotechnological survey, the only funding available for analysis happened to be for the geological report, which covers potential for minerals used in antiquity “and of use in the present development of the economies of the three countries” (Domenico et al. 1978: 5). Presently the US government is ensuring that certain countries do not achieve nuclear capability; meanwhile the Russians are helping to build a nuclear power station in Iran. The geological report happens to also mention sources for uranium, which is presently being extracted at one of the sites covered in this survey and is no longer accessible to archaeologists.

From: Arab, R., & Rehren, T. (2004). The Wertime pyrotechnological expedition of 1968. Institute of Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies, (24), 29-34. (Available here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/iams/newsletter/accordion/journals/iams_24/iams_24_2004_arab_rehren)

More links:

The website on the exhibition: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/iransurvey/

Biography of Theodore Wertime: http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/wertime-theodore

Richard Wertime, one of Thedore's sons, wrote a memoir about his father (Citadel on the Mountain: A Memoir of Father and Son, 2003) - here are a couple articles about it:

New York Times book review: https://www.nytimes.com/books/00/12/24/reviews/001224.24rhod.html

The Philadelphia Inquirer article: http://articles.philly.com/2000-10-22/living/25586705_1_citadel-father-and-son-pancreatic-cancer

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ceramic student seeks kiln space in or near Asheville

Here are the details from Molly Coccia:

I am a ceramic student and recently this summer I worked at a summer camp and made about 35 pieces. The clay I used want a cone 06-02. After the bisque firing the kilns door broke and is no longer operable. I would be more than grateful to pay for kiln space/ glazes at this cone. Hopefully anywhere near Asheville, NC would be great. I can be contacted by phone at 828-775-8472 or by email at

Monday, July 25, 2016

Potter new to Western North Carolina seeks apprenticeship/work and kiln space

Here are the details from potter Tyler Anderson:

Hello all my name is Tyler Anderson, I am a potter and musician from California. I am recently relocated to the asheville area and wanted to contact some of the local artists to introduce myself. I am currently looking for an apprenticeship / assistant work and also a place where I can have my work fired. I had something worked out as far as kiln space but that recently fell through so I am on the hunt again. I work in cone 6 stoneware and until the move I had studio space, worked as an assistant, and did piece work in Tennessee. As an assistant to Susan Demay of Made by Demay I performed all sorts of studio functions including kiln loading and unloading, throwing and doing commission based piecework, mixing clay, glaze work, packing/shipping and invoicing, sanding and waxing pieces in prep for glaze, as well as all of the " clay chores" we all just love doing. I have been working in clay on and off for 10 years now but have been working consistently for the past year and a half or so. I currently run a small pottery business called Moon Hand Pottery and my work can be seen on my Instagram, FB, and tumbler. I am trying to make this a full time gig and get back to the scale of production I had in Tennessee, all the while learning from people whose ideas and techniques I could highly benefit from learning.
Thanks so much, Ty
(951) 639-7108

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Update on the experimental fast fire wood-salt kiln firing

Joey Sheehan sent the following update on the fast fire wood-salt kiln firing that partly took place during July Clay Club. If you had work in the firing, see below for how to pick it up. Thanks again to Joey for hosting Clay Club!

The experimental kiln was great this time. I think that I still need to figure out a better way to get the salt in there, but has some really good and really fun results. All of the clubber pots can be picked up at the Asheville Ceramics Gallery during open hours (11-6 tuesday - saturday, 12-noon sunday). They are mostly mixed up in a box since I didn't know whose was whose after the firing.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Recap: July Clay Club at the Melting Mountain Pottery "kiln zone" in Marshall

Thanks to Joey Sheehan for hosting Clay Club at his Melting Mountain Pottery "kiln zone" in Marshall! Joey showed us his Bourry box kiln, which was cooling from its third firing while we were there. He talked about building the kiln and how it fires, and what he had learned from the first two firings. He also talked about how wood firing makes him slow down and be a little more thoughtful about his work.

Some details on the third firing: it started at 7 pm on Saturday and ended at 8:05 pm on Monday. Joey used 3 and a half cords of wood in this firing. So far, all the wood he's used in firing this kiln has been waste that someone else has been throwing out.

Meanwhile, Joey was also firing his fast fire wood-salt kiln. He started the firing at 10 am Wednesday morning and as of about 6:30 pm that day (during Clay Club), cone 5 was getting soft. The firing continued during Clay Club. He built this kiln from an old electric kiln. Check out this video by John Britt:

As Joey said: "It's not an experiment unless you hit the max."

A number of Clay Clubbers delivered work to Joey to be included in this firing; he'll keep us posted on picking it up.

Thanks again to Joey for hosting an awesome Clay Club and making it possible for folks to participate in the fast fire wood-salt firing, and to everyone who came!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

More on the Estate Sale

These are most of the pottery studio items. EVERYTHING SOLD!!!!  SOLD!!!!  THANK YOU!!!

My address is 11 Killian Road, Asheville 28804

Take Beaverdam Rd. from Merrimon about a mile, past the golf course. Timbers will be on your right as you come around a curve, on your left is Killian. Make the left turn and come over the bridge.  On your right will be the construction site (#9) and just before the blue and White House (#17) is a gravel road.  Make a right down the gravel road and my house is the yellow and red house in the pasture.  

Skutt kiln. KM1217-3 Needs some TLC.  Mother Board is new as is the Thermacouple
Skutt Double Vent            
Skutt Thomas Legend Wheel

Speedball Bats 7.5" & 14" bats
North Star 18" Mini SlabRoller.        
Scott Creek 4" Aluminum Extruder with 10-12 Dyes.   
Scott Large hand held extruder        

Utility sink
2 small Work carts

2-7.5" plates
2-14" plates
12.5 x 4"
 Hump mold
Various Flat bats.

Various wooden & bamboo hump molds
 Large Vase Mold
Boxes of corn Starch                  

3 hand crafted work tables
 Lots of Wire Shelving
Storage Drawers 

Blue EZ Pop-up Tent 
Folding camping sofa
Display tabletop shelves

Hand tools including:
   Trimming tools
    Carving tools
    Texture stamps,

Commercial under glazes and oxide washes
Digital Scale

Glaze making chemicals and oxides
Silk screen supplies
Measuring cups
Glaze brush stirrers
Electric glaze Blender 

Complete photo set-up
Retail Supplies All new in their boxes
    Shipping boxes