Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Workshop with Linda McFarling 2014 - Shakerag

McFarling 3

Many people are under the impression that Linda is deceased because they haven't seen her in  while but ....that is not true. Linda is alive and well - for now anyway- so sign up for her workshop. You don't want to miss out on experiencing Linda McFarling's being. She is a wonderful teacher and potter and and ok so so. But you will learn a lot from her personal instruction  on FORM and SURFACE!!!

Pots with Sass!
at Shakerag Workshops in  Sewanee, Tennessee 
Session One: June 8 - 14, 2014
Course Description
In this fun packed week we will explore various techniques that will enhance and add a little sassiness to your work. Techniques to be covered include faceting, fluting, darting, and much more. Come with a playful attitude and willingness to take chances. Bisque firing only.

Skill Level
Some basic throwing skills required.

or contact :
Claire Reishman
c/o Shakerag Workshops
290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, TN 37375
931-598-5651 x3165

McFarling 2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ceramics Monthly is hiring

Ceramics Monthly

The Ceramic Publications Company is seeking an Assistant Editor to contribute to our content-acquisition and editing efforts for Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, art books, and Ceramic Arts Daily

This is a full-time position located in our Westerville, Ohio, office. 

We're looking for someone with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary studio ceramic artists and processes. 

For full details and application requirements, check out our employment ad on either Monster or on LinkedIn.

If you think this might be your dream job, let's talk. If you know someone who would dream of this job, please share this with them. 

Sherman Hall
Managing Director, Ceramic Publications Company

Mouse houses

I don't know if you have seen the Mouse Houses on Woodfin in Asheville NC?

They are great.

And up the street are these. 

 Now I am waiting for the No Parking signs to come up out front. They will tow!

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

Made these last night and they are AWESOME!

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 2

Asparagus coated in panko bread crumbs and parmesan and baked until golden brown and crispy.

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
salt and pepper to taste

Dredge the asparagus in the flour, dip in the egg and then into a mixture of the panko, parmesan, salt and pepper.
Place the asparagus in a single layer on a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425  F oven until golden brown, about 7-13 minutes.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Final Call on Used Kilns!

Here at Haywood Community College's
Professional Crafts Clay Program 
we recently upgraded our kilns

We're auctioning off a number of good old kilns
through the NC State Surplus Property website

Deadline to submit sealed bids: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pictures, details and bidding instructions at:

More info or assistance? Contact Terry Gess, 
Haywood Professional Crafts Clay Instructor: 828.565.4159

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Egyptian faience (Egyptian paste) recipe

I've had some requests for the Egyptian faience (Egyptian paste) recipe I was using in the Clay Club demo last month. Here it is, from Issue 35 of Ceramics Technical, where it was included in an article by Jeff Zamek. (Full credit: I adapted this from a recipe by Patricia Griffin, which she adapted from a recipe by Joseph Noble.) The pendants shown were fired to cone 06.

Amy Waller Turquoise Egyptian Paste (Egyptian Faience)
(cone 010 to cone 04)

Flint (Silica) 325 mesh 85
Sodium bicarbonate 6
Kentucky OM #4 ball clay 5.2
Whiting 1.9
Custer feldspar 1.9
Copper oxide 1.0

The Architectural Vessel Workshop With Andrew Avakian

Interested in learning new techniques for designing and constructing forms from clay slabs? Check out our workshop "The Architectural Vessel" with Andrew Avakian at Odyssey ClayWorks. Demonstrations will include using paper templates and plaster molds for building vessels and sandblasting to achieve a weathered surface. Click here to register online.

1-day, hands-on workshop, Saturday April 19, 9am-4pm. $140.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Clay Tools, Glazes, Supplies for sale!

Value $250.00 - $300.00ish, selling for $200.00 firm. Selling as a lot; tile cutter, etc., ideal for re-sell if it's not their thing. Cash or check. Ideal for someone starting out who just needs some supplies to get going/augment what they have. Tools in various stages of use, but for clay folks, any tool can be useful.

13" tile cutter

tile cutters


1 box grout

grout sealant

1 tube silicone


foam brushes

1 packet cheesecloth

board screws

sandpaper, various grades

1 box Plaster of Paris

1 can kiln shelf repair (green stuff)

a bit of wax resist

eye shield glasses

Potter's Choice glazes - Cone 5 - 6 - 14 jars - various levels of use

Mayco Glazes - 7 jars - Cone 5 - 6 - various levels of use

sponge pieces

clay tools, various, some typical, some specialty, some carving

1 big green tote (everything but the tile cutter fits in!)



Local (WNC) sales preferred.

To buy or for more information, contact Greg Vineyard at

Liz Zlot Summerfield Workshop, Asheville NC May 23-25, 2014

Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts will feature:

3-Day Workshop, May 23-25
Friday 6-9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

This workshop will focus on handbuilt slab salt and pepper dispensers such as shakers and small lidded pots. Participants will be introduced to making and using basic paper patterns to create their pots. We will discuss the opportunities a set or multiples has to offer. Pots will be constructed from earthenware clay. Two days will be completely devoted to wet construction. Terra sigillata and underglaze will be introduced on the final day. Some clay experience helpful but not required

Tuition: $270 + $25 Lab Fee

No Clay Club this month

No Clay Club this month.

We will have one at John Hartom's next month.

Shunned Males

Saw this group of male turkeys yesterday and it reminded me of the flaws with polygamy. What do you do with all the extra males?

Seems this big Tom has not qualms with shunning his 7 friends to get at his hens.

We also saw a beautiful white deer this morning!  Nice way to start the day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nathan needs some help getting over the edge....Who wants to PUSH him?

Nathan Neufeld a former Odyssey Resident and cheater in the Clay Olympics handbuilding contest (ask Mellie) is trying to study abroad.  He just needs a few more helpers to get him over the edge :

Fond Farewell and Many Thanks

After eleven years of potting in North Carolina, I'll be saying goodbye this summer to pursue a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These years have been formative and rewarding and I owe many thanks to my community, friends and supporters. My experiences these eleven years have instilled a desire to delve deeper and seek a new challenge. The opportunity to expand my knowledge of my craft and push my artistic growth is one that I'm grateful and excited to have. So, I say goodbye for now, but not forever.

Before I depart, I hope you will visit the final craft show in which I'll be participating or consider taking a class with me. The 4th Annual Madison County Potters Market is just around the corner and after a hiatus, I'm looking forward to teaching a 5 week class at Odyssey. Plans for a final studio sale are in the works, so stayed tuned for details in the next month or so. Thank you all SO much for the support. I hope to see you and best wishes,

Emily Reason

As always, my work is available to Flow~ Handmade Adornment, Body & Home, 14 South Main Street, Marshall, NC

Courtney Long from Western Piedmont Community College

There is a very good article in Pottery Making Illustrated featuring our own: Courtney Long:

click to enlarge

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Work Jim Kransberger

MORRIS AND HIS MASTER, 10-1/2" x 9-3/4" x 6-1/2" Ceramic with wooden wheels:

POOCH & PAL, 12-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 4" Ceramic

GRACE AND FIFI, 12-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" Ceramic

Jim Kransberger
85 East Euclid Parkway
Asheville, NC 28804


Friday, April 4, 2014

Just unloaded ..Gas 4/2014

WOOD KILN (and other stuff) FOR SALE

This is it! 
Haywood  Community College Professional Crafts Clay Program

Kilns for Sale 

on NC State Auction!

Wood Kiln - 2 Gas Car Kilns - 2 Raku Kilns
All used but in good condition!

We've recently moved into a great new facility - 
We're offering these no-longer-used kilns 
to area potters at decent prices

  These used kilns will be sold by Sealed Bids 
from Thursday, 4/3/14 
10 am Thursday, 4/16/2014 

(Choose Location: "Clyde, Haywood Community Coll" from drop-down menu, then hit Find It)

It you have any problems Call Terry Gess (828) 565-4159
 to preview or for more info. 
He can help you through the process!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Old Econo Kiln & truck topper

see the craigslist ad and contact me if interested


$200 OBO, make me an offer!

Econo Kiln (now L&L), 7 cu ft. with kiln sitter. Needs TLC, a steel rod for lid hinge, new wires and elements, which should be available through L & L. Interior brick is in good shape.

Does not include kiln furniture.
truck topper:

Western North Carolina professional potters group forming in the High Country

From the Handmade in America newsletter:

Calling All Potters in the Following Counties:

Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Wilkes, and Caldwell Counties

Tena Wenta, of Wenta Pottery, is working to establish a professional potters group in the High Country. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Watauga County Library in Boone NC.

The first meeting will select a committee that will work to establish The High Country Potters. Tena's desire is to not only network with the Watauga County Arts Council, but with Ashe and Avery County Arts Councils, HandMade in America, the Chambers of Commerce, the High Country Visitor Center, the Northwest Visitor Center, and anyone else that will help bring a presence to the great number of potters living and working in these counties.

Please contact Tena at for more information.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FREE Slide Lecture This Saturday

Eric Knoche will be giving a slide lecture at Odyssey ClayWorks
This Saturday, April 5th at 1pm
Free and open to the public
Please join us!

Ceramic Job in Yellow Springs Ohio

John Bryan Community Pottery is seeking applicants for a part-time Studio Director position.

The Director must have strong communication skills and the ability to organize and energize people in a cooperative environment. Computer literacy, effective financial and management ability are required. Experience in business as well as ceramics/pottery is valued. Kiln construction, firing techniques, and glaze formulation are some aspects of the studio the director is expected to facilitate. An average of 15-20 hours per week including some regular “office hours” is expected. Pay commensurate with studio’s annual income. The ability to mobilize and incorporate the help of staff, renters, friends of JBCP, and Board of Directors is integral to this position.

See all duties at:

Send resume with cover letter by
May 15, 2014 to:

100 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Or email

Featured Ceramic Artist of the Day

Daniel L. Bare

Program Director
The ARTS Center of Clemson

Adjunct Faculty, Ceramics
Clemson University

Craft in America: Industry 30 second preview

Premieres on PBS Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10pm*