Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Now Enrolling Clay Classes At Odyssey ClayWorks



The winter session begins January 12. From pinch pots to glazing to independent study, we’ve got something for everyone.  Take a class to suit your personal artistic goals, or just come and have fun creating with clay.  Plus, we are featuring a Saturday morning class for kids and a plaster mold making workshop with Nick Moen. 

Glaze resource

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hot tub!

As James Brown would say "Anyone want a Hot Tub"?

I have a free one that I need to get rid of.  Let me know.

In the meantime enjoy:

https://screen.yahoo.com/james-browns-celebrity-hot-tub-000000926.html

Cynthia Bringle at Haywood Community College

Cynthia Bringle is coming to Haywood Professional Crafts!

Monday, Dec 1st, 1pm at the Creative Arts Building 

Haywood Community College


Join us for this first time ever visit of Cynthia Bringle to Haywood! She'll demonstrate and talk with students about her rich vibrantly creative life as a studio potter here in Western North Carolina. Everyone is welcome! 

Call Terry Gess at 828 565 4159 or tgess@haywood.edu for more info.





New England Potters want support for project. ( clay mobile type project)

I would like to share a project that seven New England potters are working on called POW! Pots On Wheels!

The POW! founders are Hayne Bayless, Arthur Halvorsen, Kathy King, Hannah Niswonger, Mark Shapiro, Sam Taylor, and Adero Willard.

It is a mobile out reach project based around a love of pots, both making and using.

We are currently running a KickStarter campaign to raise the money to buy our 17ft step van that will be POW!'s home.

If you think this is something you would lie to hear more about I could send you a few images and documents that talks more about us.

You can also go to:
Our web site:
PotsonWheels.com
Our Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1405237878/pots-on-wheels
facebook
https://www.facebook.com/potsonwheels

thank you,

Adero Willard

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Loved the new Book! (The Complete Guide to Mid-Rang Glazes)

Got the book - it's great! 

I have lots of glaze books; this is among the top (Robin Hopper and Hans Coper level). 

Though I fire cone 6 electric, I enjoy reading about reduction as it gives a better general understanding of glazes. There are plenty of cone 6 neutral/electric glazes in the book (there are 400), along with giving a good basis of how to create my own and judge others. 

I've recommended it to several others already. Anyone expecting a glaze book tailored to only their needs should realize every glaze book is an aid to creating their own notebook. (One should also consider that cost may not be the sole factor in lower cone firing, less impact on the environment may be the consideration.) 

Everybody - buy the book! (Hope we do meet one day.) - naomi

Ceramics Studio Coordinator - Indiana University Bloomington IN



Applications reviewed as received; applications should be submitted no later than December 15th to be certain of full consideration. All requested materials must be received for consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. 

Questions about the application process can be directed to kawatkin@indiana.edu or Ceramics Studio Coordinator Search, Department of Studio Art, Fine Arts Building rm 123, 1201 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN. 47405-3501

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.
https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1281c

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Book: "The Complete Guide to Mid-range Glazes" John Britt

Trouble with Wonder White Clay??

I am wondering is anyone is having problems with Wonder White Clay from Highwater.  I know of someone who is having problems and wanted to see if anyone else is so we can isolate the cause.

Johnbrittpottery@gmail.com

Ceramic Studio Equipment FOR SALE!!!!

Studio For Sale: 

Amaco kiln with kilnsitter (older not computerized), EX 270- 7 cubic ft.

Clay Boss wheel circa 2005, 

24" North Star slab roller, 

Well used canopy, scales and lots of glaze components, small tools, glaze books, etc. 

$1200 firm. Will not break it up. 

call Nanci at 675-9324

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Discussion



Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Workshop
January 16-17, 2015







CORNELL STUDIO SUPPLY
8290 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45414


(937) 454-0357

http://cornellstudiosupply.com/

This workshop will 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.

There will be a slide show on Friday night and John will bring tiles samples from his book as well as pots.


Friday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet and greet

Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Glaze Discussion, including tile samples and firing, cone, kilns, safety, etc. It is basically a question and answer format that leads us in the direction of the class interest but will be focusing on cone 6 and the book.

Sunday 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Glaze Discussion


Cost $175.00

Registration and payment by Dec. 15, 2014

Potters looking for Residency Opportunity check out the Bascom in Highland NC




Great Opportunity ---


-In exchange for materials, the Resident must teach 6-8 hours a week of basic level classes.

-Studio asst for all studio barn clay workshops for 2015

- Pay is $12 an hour for 40 hour week- teaching and managing the studio. Clay, glaze and firings included. (See Application for more details.)

-Resident will provide own housing. (We can help find places or names for them top make contact with.)


For an application go to : "The Bascom Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist Application for 2015" :


Contact Frank Vickery for more information:
fvmudder@gmail.com

Any artists looking for an assistant?


Chris DeLange is an experienced artist assistant who did a great job assisting me in my studio for the last six months. 

 I am now out of town for the winter and he is looking for other work. 

 He is a great worker, learns new tasks quickly and works for very reasonable wages. He has my full recommendation. 
 He can be contacted at csdj27@gmail.com or 503 307 1575

Also feel free to contact me with questions. 828 337 2558 (Eric Knoche)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monster mugs by Caroline Smith

Ceramic Studio Space needed in Yancy County NC (Burnsville/Celo)

To those those you in or connected to Yancey County, I am looking for studio/gallery space up there. 

An opportunity for me in Asheville fell through and I think I am ready to make the move toward the "Northern Territories". 

If anyone knows of a 200-300 sf space in or around Burnsville, please let me know.

Contact Nelle
npingree@gmail.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014

TRAC has display spaces available

Good Morning,
A few weeks ago, I met with Dick Baker, the new director of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation. They have recently moved “off campus” to an almost finished being renovated building on Broad Street (about a block passed the hospital and in about ½ block). They are sharing the space with several other outreach community services. They have plans to offer non-profits the use of the conference room for meetings, the “backyard” for outings (it will eventually have a fire pit and seating). And because they are not on hospital grounds, they are able to have alcohol on premises.
There are a couple of rooms, kitchenesque type walk through rooms complete with cabinetry. Flanking the ceiling in these rooms are small, glass doored display areas.
These are:

width #
Kitchen (illuminated)
19½" 1
13½" 2
15” 2
11 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)
16” 1
6½” 1
10½” 1
15 or 30” 1 or 2 (double doors)

Break/Catering Area (illuminated)
14½” 1
10 1
15 or 30” 1 or 2 (double doors)
11 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)

Hallway (not illuminated)
16 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)

Cabinets are 13” high…width was measured but the normal depth of a kitchen cabinet.


What he is offering is space. They don’t have the funds to purchase art to fill the cubbies, but could display. He said that he would put up a nice sign with the artist name and title (if there is one). If anyone were interested they would contact TRAC.

I know you’ve all read the back page of the Tour Guide and know all about the “branding” agenda we are following. TRAC, in collaboration with 18 other partners have been in the planning stages for over 2 years. This year we received grants (read plural…yippee) that will allow us to hire a project coordinator, consultants and begin the strategizing in earnest. We will need more $$ to complete the wayfinding signage, and this is going to take a few more years, but all the along the way, we are doing are best to make Mitchell/Yancey Counties a destination, not merely a place between hither and yon. All that said, the more folks see art in non-artistic venues, the more a recognition that “this is a place where everything is about the artistic nature of the community.” Kinda like the Chocolate Factory with no calories.

These pieces can be seconds if the “whoops” is on the back. They won’t show. And they should be big enough to fill the area. I may have to put a block underneath if the bottom is covered by the door framing, but there is a foot or so of height.

If you get the pieces to me, I’ll get them to Dick Baker and put them in place. I can swap them out every 6 months or so. I used the studio tour list, but if you know someone who might be interested, pass this along. The more we get the “names” out, the more we’ll get known. Destinations are not just for out-of-towners. There are folks who don’t even know about the Tour except for seeing the signs twice a year. There are those who don’t know where TRAC is. They know Peoples Furniture and see the gallery when they walk out the front door, but…and there are those who don’t equate arts with the every “man or woman”.

FYI, there is also space under a large vitrine in the lobby entrance of the Burnsville Town Hall. There are a few pieces there now that I would like to swap out. It is against the wall, but also plexi all around. A second would be fine as long as it won’t show. You can stop by the Town Hall and see the size. One would be surprised at the number of folks who pay their water bill in person and walk past it each time.

This is an exciting time to be in this area; to be able to watch it grow. Let me know. Call me at 682.7215 or email toeriverarts@gmail.com

Thanks for your support.

-kate

Monday, November 10, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Clay Club November 12, 2014

Yo Clubbers,

This months Clay Club will be at Black Mountain
It is Wednesday Nov 12, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
! Pot luck food and drinks!

! Demo video (35 min) Charles Freeland & Don Reitz firing agama at Northern Ariz. university.

! Demo by Mathilda Tanner (15min) "Incising Tips"

Hope you can make it.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CLAY STORIES !!!

Dear Clay Friends:

If you had five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2015!

For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island, I have some exciting news to share. I'd like to ask you to join Steven Branfman and myself along with some outstanding potters for an evening of storytelling around the theme of clay. The 90 minute event is scheduled for 8 pm on Thursday, March 26, at the Omni Hotel, and takes place just before the annual Potter's Jam. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to tell a clay story.

We have created a website, http://www.claystories.org - please check out the site and consider adding your submission so that you get a chance to be one of 12 potters who will tell a story. The topic can be anything, so long as it is related to clay. Your age, gender, amount of experience with clay, etc. are irrelevant. It's all about the story! We would like to have as diverse a panel of storytellers as we can possible assemble.

You can also augment your story with photographs that will be displayed on the big screen while you tell your story. Your story may be funny, it may be sad, it may be poignant, it may involve the fire department, etc.etc. Seems like any time two or more potters get together, interesting things can and do happen!

I know that we are all super busy right now and don't have much time for anything else. But, no worry - the deadline for entries is Feb. 1st, 2015. We will announce the full lineup on Feb. 15.

Best wishes for a safe and rewarding journey through the busy weeks leading up to the holidays!

Thanks, Owen

PS If you don't mind, please pass along the website link along to anyone you know who may be interested.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Workshop


Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Workshop
January 16-17, 2015


CORNELL STUDIO SUPPLY
8290 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 454-0357

http://cornellstudiosupply.com/

This workshop will 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.

There will be a slide show on Friday night and John will bring tiles samples from his book as well as pots.


Friday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet and greet

Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Glaze discussion

Sunday 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Glaze Discussion


Cost $175.00

Registration and payment by Dec. 15, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feldspar and Highwater Clay in Asheville NC

Flippin Feldspar 

By: Jennifer Hoolihan

So, the feldspar industry has been in a bit of a flux (ha!) over the past few years. Feldspar is an important melting agent, kinda like a natural frit, which promotes fusion and vitrification within a glaze and clay body.

I've sung the praises of feldspar before (Feldspar Rocks!), so I won't go into all the technical aspects here. This is more of a mineral update. Some time ago we all learned that G200 was no longer being produced, although G200HP, which made up about 70% of G200, would still be available in its place. Now production of G200HP has ceased and the mine is closed. That was at the end of last year. At that time Custer Feldspar was the only commercially available potash feldspar. In anticipation, we squirreled away a lot of G200HP and tried to let folks know that our stocks would soon be depleted. Well that time has come. By the time you read this, porcelain production will have used up every last full bag of G200HP.

Custer has been mined in South Dakota for about 80 years and long-term supply looks good. It's pretty similar in composition to G200 though it does have a higher iron content. The  differences in potassium and sodium levels are within a percent or two, according to the chemical analyses provided by Pacer.

New on the North American market is a potash feldspar from Spain, G200EU. It is very similar to the original G200 feldspar. Of course, due to shipping costs it is more expensive than any other feldspar we use. We will stock this feldspar for retail sale and it's also available for custom recipes on request. However, we are hesitant to depend on it for clay production due to location and cost. G200EU comes in 44# bags and smaller weighed out quantities. 

In order to understand the difference in the feldspars beyond their chemical analysis sheet we ran melt tests at cones 6 and 10 oxidation with G200, G200HP, G200EU, and Custer feldspars.

Testing at cone 6 oxidation

Testing at cone 10 oxidation

Custer and original G200 appeared most similar in terms of color, while G200EU and original G200 are the most similar in terms of melt, and should substitute out for one another without problems. However, anytime raw material changes occur it becomes extremely important to test. Sometimes potters are working right on the edge without knowing it, and these slight differences in oxide levels can cause unpredictable results or failure. Please contact us if you have any questions about feldspar futures!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Figure Sculpture Class With Live Model


The Dynamic Figure With Susannah Zucker
Wednesdays 3- 5:30pm, October 29- December 17
This class will cover hand-building techniques for creating figurative sculptural work with an emphasis on personal expression. We will examine the challenges of creating mystery and power in artworks that spring from life experiences. Technical and aesthetic concerns will be addressed, as well as assistance translating complex ideas to the medium. In addition to technical demonstrations, basic anatomy, and an opportunity to work with a figure model, the class will incorporate image presentation and discussion on major figurative artists in the field.
Odyssey ClayWorks, 828-285-0210