Monday, May 25, 2015

Refiring on the side or side firing

Lamp, Vase and Alter Forms Workshop in Chapel Hill May 30-31, 2015

There are still some spots available in the hands-on pottery workshop I'll be teaching at my friend Cely Chicurel's studio in Chapel Hill, NC this coming weekend.

Please help spread the word to any potters you might know North Carolina. Last minute add-ins welcome - one day or both. 

Details below:

 Lamps, Vases and Altered Forms
A hands-on workshop at Cely’s House Pottery Studio in Chapel Hill, NC May 30-31 9:00 am to 5:00 pm My friend Cely will host a two-day hands-on workshop at her lovely pottery studio in Chapel Hill. I taught a workshop there in March that was great fun for all concerned. 

This time we’re going to focus on lamps, including a lesson on wiring them. We’ll use wiggle wires, sodium silicate, lace and a variety of found objects to vary the surface of newly-thrown lamps and vases. 

Participants should know how to center and pull up a cylinder. 

Come prepared to take work home leather-hard. 

For more information on this workshop, contact Cely Chicurel at 919-225-7349 or write

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Asian Pottery Exhibition in Brevard NC

David Voorhees writes............On Friday I was able to get by to see an amazing show that Judith is hosting at her pottery. I commented that more potters would love to see it while it is still here. 

Judith asked me to get you to post a notice about her Asian Pottery Exhibition featuring Shozo Michikawa of Japan and Seungho Yang of Korea at her studio in Cedar Mountain, NC

It is only up for another week and is an amazing display of their work. She had an opening earlier in the month and Shozo was present for that. Many pieces are still available.

Judith asks that anyone interested to coming to her place to kindly call first:
Judith Duff Pottery
450 Cedar Lane
Brevard, NC 28712
Link to the show:
Directions on her website.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gallery Stroll in Bakersville tonight!

Bakersville Art and Dine gallery stroll 5-8 pm tonight! Four galleries will be open, including Shane Mickey's new gallery. There's an opening reception for the Rock, Paper, Scissors exhibit at Mica Gallery, and Anita's Atelier and Crimson Laurel Gallery will be open, too. There's also an opening reception for a Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild exhibit at the Bakersville library.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ceramic Science for the Potter - Book $2.51

This is an amazing deal!

If you are looking at this and the price isn't the same check out

and you can see price, price history etc.

Look for 3rd party used.

Latest it is up to $9.95

FREE Slide Lecture: Deborah Schwartzkopf

Deborah Schwartzkopf will be giving a slide lecture next Tuesday, May 26 at 1pm at Odyssey ClayWorks. The presentation is FREE and open to the public. Please join us! There is still room to participate in her week-long hands-on workshop. Click here to register.



Rockbrook Camp, a girls summer camp in Brevard, NC, is looking for assistant staff for their pottery program. 

It is a 5 day a week position with Wednesday and Sunday off and runs from the end of May through mid August. 

The hours are 9am-6pm with 2 hours off each day for lunch (1-3pm). 

The pay is $500-600 per week, depending on skills and experience teaching. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who is a "kid" person and who is interested in gaining experience teaching in a well established ceramics program. 

Please contact either Jeff Carter (828.384-0539) or Nick Friedman (828.883-4512)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Hey Potters,

The TWISTED LAUREL GALLERY in Spruce Pine NC is having an OPEN call for cups. They want to have 999 !

The deadline to submit cups is May 26-30 because the show is June 5 - 27, 2015. There is no jury, you just call JoAnn at 828-765-1562. (no email - they are old school!)

She can give you details. I know it is a 60/40 consignment show .

The address is 221 Locust St. (lower street for locals) Spruce Pine NC 28777

This is a great chance to get a resume line, and sell some cups!  Tell your friends and share this on line. 

THEY NEED HELP to reach 999- they are only at 125 but I assured them we could help!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lockerbie Kickwheel and Torchiere Kiln for sale in South Carolina

My Lockerbie kick wheel is for sale for $595,

 and the Olympic, 11 cu.ft. Propane kiln (4 burner Torchiere) is for sale for $1500

Please forward this to any potters you may know who might be interested.

Contact: Carol Clarkson, 220 Spring Valley Road , Tamassee, SC 29686

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May Clay Club recap

Awesome Clay Clab at Penland last night! Thanks to Susan Feagin - and Penland School - for hosting us. Good eats, tools to swap, and spending time together on the Penland clay studio porch - doesn't get much better than that. There was also reminiscing about Tracy Dotson - potter, kiln builder, Clay Clubber, and friend who is missed in these parts. Thanks to everyone who came.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dynamic Narrative Expressions With Travis Winters

Are you interested in learning how to sculpt more expressive figures? Join Travis as he shares his techniques for creating dynamic faces that tell a story. Through a series of guided activities, you will gain understanding of the musculature that defines the face, and how those muscles move and contort to convey emotion. We will also discuss ways to marry form and surface through carving, glazing, and painting.

Thursdays 6:30-9pm
May 28- June 25
Click Here To Register

Clay Club tonight at Penland!

Clay Club is tonight!


When: 6 pm tonight

What: tool swap

Where: Penland Clay Studio (see link below for directions)

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

Directions and more details here:

See you tonight!

Local Potters Wanted!!

Local Potters Wanted!!
Arrowhead Artist and Artisans League (A3L) is a North Carolina
and 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission of supporting local
artists, bringing art education to the citizens and visitors of Old
Fort and the surrounding communities in McDowell County.
A3L operates the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios (AGS) in Old
Fort. A3L is seeking potters who would be interested in
teaching pottery classes at AGS. Teachers and students would
have access to our classroom and our kiln. In addition to the classroom and kiln, very affordable studio space is currently available.

If interested please send your contact information to:

Lorelle Bacon
828 595-6007

Monday, May 11, 2015

Free clay in Bakersville!

John Ferlazzo has several boxes of clay available, free for the asking. These are mostly unopened boxes purchased a few years ago. John says some of the clay in the boxes he's checked so far pass the sticking-in-the-thumb test. Here's what he has:

Desert Buff
Half & Half
Moon White
Red Rock
Red Stone
Riverside Grit
Trina Buff
White Earthenware
Wonder White

Want some of it? Call or email John to make arrangements to pick it up:

828-688-1354 home
828-260-3119 mobile

Thursday, May 7, 2015

RIP Tracy Dotson

Tracy Dotson's Postcards

Tracy Dotson has passed away. He will be missed.  Tracy was a good guy who helped a lot of potters in our area with kilns and general pottery stuff.

E.g.:Here is Tracy in his element!

Here is one he built for Yummy Mud Puddle:

Claudia writes:

"My work took a dramatic turn when Tracy Dotson of Penland built my first gas reduction kiln. When firing in my electric kiln I relied heavily upon the use of colored slips and layering of glazes in order to get the depth of color I wanted in my work. Now I find I can use those same techniques in addition to the flame of the fire to achieve even greater color variation in my surfaces. A black wax line drawn onto the bisque fired pots just before glazing adds definition. A variety of clay bodies allows me to have both a warm and cool palette of pots."

An who can forget the fish scale pottery he and Catherine (Cappy) made for many years!

An of course his finest creation---- Day Dotson!!!!!

Day Dotson

We will miss you Tracy!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Odyssey Co-op Gallery is taking applications for membership

May is the Odyssey Co-op Gallery's recruiting month. We are a cooperative of 24 professional ceramic artisits in the Heart of the River Arts District. We welcome applications from clay artists who have beautiful/interesting work and are friendly, and a little computer savvy. Members work 3 days every 2 months. Contact Anna Koloseike at for more details.
See our Facebook page for more information:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Reglazing Pots

Studio Stroll This Weekend!

Stop by to see us at Odyssey 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday

May Clay Club: tool swap at Penland

May Clay Club will be next Wednesday, May 13, at 6 pm at the Penland School of Crafts Clay Studio. Thanks to Susan Feagin for making this possible!

We'll be having a tool swap. Bring a tool you don't use and swap it for somebody else's.

Susan says the wheels will be available, if anyone wants to do a demo. If you'd like to do a demo, just let me know.

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


Penland is located near Spruce Pine. There are excellent directions on the Penland web site. There's also a campus map that shows the location of the Clay Studio.

Questions? Contact Susan at You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rice Hull Ash

Bucket RHA Rice Husk Ash Greasweep

Bob Gonzales has informed me that he gets his rice hull ash for glazes from :

You can get various sizes on this site from Oregon but Amazon also sells it:

I have never used it as I still have a bunch left from McKenzie Smith but it is the black stuff.

Advice from An Old Farmer

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

Friday, May 1, 2015

One day workshop people!!! Come hang out with me and I promise a fun time for all.

Shane Mickey
Sat., May 30, 10am-4:30pm
$75.00 per person  

The CVCC Potters' Workshop is pleased to host visiting artist Shane Mickey. He will be teaching a one-day workshop,Let's Talk Pots, during which Mickey will demonstrate how he creates his signature pitchers, Gnome Jars, and tableware, as well as share techniques for throwing stacked forms and handles.  

Mickey studied ceramics at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland, and received his MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a studio potter and owner of the Spring Creek Anagama, a community wood kiln in Bakersville, NC. Shane has taught in various educational settings including, Penland school, Frederick Community College and is an instructor at Appalachian State.

Let's Talk Pots will be held at the CVCC Potters' Workshop. The cost of the workshop is $75.00 and lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required; interested participants can view more information and register online, or by calling 828-327-7000 x4032.

Summer classes are now available for registration! Join the Workshop for Independent Study and Beginning Pottery. View schedule and register now

The workshop seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation and continuation of Catawba Valley pottery. The goal is to provide contemporary instruction using local, historical methods and materials to make pottery. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Two Gas kilns, slab roller, slip tank and electric kiln. Located in Greenville, TN
Contact Patrick Houston with questions:
865-217-2839 or