Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Clay Club: social media with Michael Kline at John Ferlazzo's

March Clay Club will be at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 11, at John Ferlazzo's near Bakersville. Michael Kline will lead a demo and discussion on social media. If you somehow don't know (do you live under a rock?!), Michael is a master of social media, including participating in a panel on social media at NCECA in 2014. Check out Michael's website where you'll find his Sawdust & Dirt blog and and links to his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest accounts - and photos of his beautiful pottery, too:

John is going to provide a spiral-cut ham and we will have the usual potluck to go with that, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too. John has a kitchen in the space where we'll be meeting, so if you want to bring something that needs to be heated, that's doable.

John also says he'll have what he is calling a "campfire+."


John is at 110 Gage Branch Road, near Bakersville.

Coming from Spruce Pine, drive north on NC 226 (toward Bakersville) for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn left onto Mine Creek Road/NC 226A. Go 2.8 miles and turn left onto Gage Branch Road. John's is the first driveway on the right. Follow the driveway up to the top.

You can also use Google Maps to get to John's (be sure to expand all the details of the directions if that doesn't happen automatically):

Questions? Call John at 828-688-1354. You can also contact me by email ( or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ben Owen III - Lecture in Hickory NC

2015 Guest Lecture Series:

"Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition alive through Contemporary Works"

Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.: American studio potter Ben Owen III, who works in Seagrove, N.C., he will speak on the Seagrove tradition.

All lectures are free and open to the public; they start at 7 pm and will held at the CVCC East Wing Auditorium.

Bigger Pots Made Easy Weekend Workshop

With Gabriel Kline and Anja Bartels
Click here to register.
2 ½ Day Workshop
May 1-3
Friday 6:30-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am- 6pm

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? The truth is, you don't have to be a big, strong person to make big, strong pots! Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large scale pottery. Demos will include throwing wide rimmed bowls, section building skyscraper pitchers, centering 50-100 lbs of clay and creative ways to make voluminous storage jars. These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You'll be amazed at the pieces you create! The weekend will include plenty of studio time in addition to the demos.
For more information, please visit or call 828-285-0210.

Monday, March 2, 2015

NC Potters Conference March 6-8, 2015

For Sale: Craft Fair Display $400

For Sale: Craft Fair Display $400   Celo/ Burnsville NC area

(13) Pro Panel Knockdown Booth Panels, Tops and Bottoms
7 foot tall, light grey, includes hardware. They look like this.
7' Tall Plan A - Knock Down Pro Panels in Moonbeam

(2) Pro Panel Desk Unit 36" tall, dark grey. They look like this.

Pro Panels Pro Desks
Some small blemishes, overall good condition. These were used by my mom, Bobby Wells, for showing her art at craft fairs. I thought I would be doing the same, but alas, the farm business has me fully occupied.

From Cedar Johnson

Saturday, February 21, 2015

FREE Public Lecture at Western Carolina University -Shannon Goff

Spring Clay Classes Begin March 23

Expressive Figure Sculpture With Susannah Zucker
Stacking, Nesting And Covering With Becca Floyd
Surface Design With Lindsay Rogers
Wabi Sabi And Traditional Cups With Cynthia Lee
Clay In The Garden With Nina Kawar
Give It A Whirl: Intro To Wheel Throwing With Heather Spontak
Working In A Series With Heather Hietala
Collaborative Clay With Kristen Muscaro
K-12 Educators Workshop With Jennifer Hoolihan & Kelsey Sickmeyer
Bigger Pots Made Easy Workshop With Gabriel Kline & Anja Bartels

Friday, February 20, 2015

RAKU FIRING WORKSHOP ----FAST ---MONDAY FEB 23!!!!!!!!! Flat Rock NC area

I saw on Facebook earlier today that my friend Barry Bernstein, noted raku potter from MI was heading north from his successful show at Coconut Grove Art Festival, so I gave him a call and invited him to stop by in NC. We came up with the idea of a short notice workshop for

Monday, Feb. 23 10am-4pm.

Here is what we have in mind below and a few pix of Barry's amazing raku pottery and the kiln he designed and built when he was here a few years ago.

Raku Firing Day with master raku artist Barry Bernstein.
Barry will demonstrate his high success firing procedures and assist the rest of us.
Bring up to a dozen bisque fired pieces; any kind of clay, earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain. If you have raku clay items, fine, but not essential. Leather gloves, extra tongs, etc.

Raku glazes supplied including 2 of Barry's best ones.

Fee: $60 includes glazes and propane costs.
Bag lunch and tour of my collection and some of Barry's pots (for sale with workshop discount!)

Since this is such short notice this will only be a "go" with 5 or more participants. So, call or email me right away if you are interested, or have any questions. If we get enough potters together I will send a more detailed follow up notice to those signed up. Weather for Monday looks good.
Hope some of you can make it! Feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested. Thanks!
David Voorhees
Flat Rock NC area
Barry's Facebook page:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015



Skutt electric kiln model KM1027- $850

Potters wheel Brent model B- $600

Refractory shelves and posts- $75

Miscellaneous books, glazes,etc..- negotiable




I have 70+ lbs. of the old laguna gerstley borate for $60 and a

Brent C wheel at $400. . . . included in the $400 are 3 tubes to convert wheel to stand up and an extra wheel head. 


Friday, February 13, 2015

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff seeks Empty Bowls organizer

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff is looking for someone to join their volunteer board and take on organizing on their annual Empty Bowls event.

A little about Shepherd's Staff from their website:

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff is a non-profit North Carolina corporation whose sole purpose is to provide temporary food and heating assistance to residents of Mitchell County who are in need.

Shepherd's Staff serves all of Mitchell County, from Buladean and Tipton Hill in the west, to Bakersville, Cane Creek, Ledger, and Penland in central Mitchell County, to Spruce Pine, Grassy Creek, and Little Switzerland in the east.

Our food pantry is a partner agency with MANNA Food Bank of Western North Carolina and we receive support from United Way of Mitchell County and donations from local individuals, businesses, and churches.

If you're interested, contact Shepherd's Staff Executive Director Martha Gordon at 828-765-5385 or

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Clay Club at Speckled Dog Pottery

Thanks to Robbie for hosting an awesome Clay Club last night! The Mardi Gras fare was delicious. Congratulations to Collette for finding the bean in the king cake!

Thanks to all who came and especially everyone who participated in Show and Tell . . . aka Anita and John. (Maybe my Show and Tell instructions were a little too open-ended?) Thanks Anita and John!

Ceramics in Tuscany V

Posting at the request of Marcia Selsor:

June 14-June 26, 2015
Hosted by Potters Council at La Meridiana

Italian Inspiration and Italian Techniques

Potters Council is excited to be going to Italy for the fifth time. Our past trips have proven that travel has always provided a source of inspiration for visual artists. Seeing new things even if they are antiquities can make your mind race with new ideas.The itinerary for this trip is designed to provide visual stimulation as a valuable teaching and learning tool for those interested in ceramics. This visual inspiration will be drawn upon when we reach the ceramic studio at La Meridiana, where you’ll enjoy three days in the studio learning from Pietro Maddalena, Paola Paronetto, and Marcia Selsor. You will also have the opportunities to see demonstrations outside of the studio from Monica Lazzerini and Saura Vignoli.

Deadline is February 13 to SAVE $555 on Registration

More information:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Clay Club tonight at Speckled Dog Pottery!

The roads are clear (no snow!) and Clay Club will be at Robbie Bell's Speckled Dog Pottery tonight!

The details:

When: 6 pm tonight

Where: Speckled Dog Pottery (see below for directions)

The Speckled Dog Pottery
1454 Sandy Branch Road
Bakersville, North Carolina 28705
(828) 688-1664
(828) 434-0353 - cell

What: Mardi Gras themed fare (Robbie will have red beans and rice, gumbo and a king cake) and Show and Tell. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring your preferred libations. More eats to share are welcome, too.

Directions (don't use GPS!!) and more details here:

See you tonight!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Need to rent a wheel for a Valentine's Day Gift in Asheville NC

My name is Kelsey and I am a student at UNCA. I am trying to find a studio space where I can rent a wheel or two this Saturday

My boyfriend used to do pottery but has not had any luck finding space here in Asheville and I thought t would be a nice surprise to get him back on the wheel!

Do you know of anywhere that would be able to rent a wheel for a few hours on Saturday? Thank you!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Looking for some nice, thick cotton duck canvass for rolling clay, like the sheets Odyssey has if you're familiar with those. I'm finding thinner material, and material that's treated on one side. Any thoughts on where to find what I'm looking for?

Friday, February 6, 2015

February Clay Club goes Mardi Gras style at Speckled Dog Pottery

Clay Club will take place at Robbie Bell's Speckled Dog Pottery next Wednesday, February 11, at 6 pm. Here's what Robbie has planned refreshment-wise (if you know Robbie, you know you won't want to miss this!):

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Six days before Mardis Gras ... We will have Gumbo and Red Beans (vegan) and Rice. If you're lucky, there will be a King Cake as well and the person who gets the prize has to make the next one.

Folks should bring their guilty pleasure. Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.

The program will be the Show and Tell we didn't get to do in January.

I've been asked about what to bring for Show and Tell. It is deliberately open-ended: there are no wrong answers. It could be an experiment that succeeded - or one that failed. If your work is too big or fragile, you could bring a photo. The idea is to get to know you and your work and maybe what inspires you so we all get to know each other a little better. (Have you read the Clay Club motto lately? It's at the top of the blog.) Whether you're a full-time professional potter or a beginning hobbyist or anywhere in between, bring something(s) to share - or rather, to show and tell.


Robbie says DON'T USE GPS - follow these directions instead:

How to find the Speckled Dog (Google it... or...) ..... From the red light in Bakersville, head east on Mitchell Ave/Cane Creek Road for 3.2 miles. Pass the first entrance to Sandy Branch (Church on corner) and head to the second entrance of Sandy Branch. Turn left onto Sandy Branch and the left again at the first paved driveway. Go to the top of the hill. You will see Speckled Dog Pottery signs at Sandy Branch.

Parking .... There is limited parking at the top of the hill. You may park along Sandy Branch and walk up the gentle sloping drive.

The Speckled Dog Pottery
1454 Sandy Branch Road
Bakersville, North Carolina 28705

(828) 688-1664
(828) 434-0353 - cell

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

If you spray glazes....try the 3M PPS

If you spray glazes you may like this idea from Don Olliff in San Diego. He sprays with a low pressure high volume (HVLP) spray gun but has found that using the Liners and Caps ( Lids) from a 3M PPS system make it easy to spray, clean and store glazes.

I will let you investigate the system but you buy the liners (I think 50 in a pack) and then you get an adapter for your spray gun and then you can just fill the liners with glaze and when you are done glazing with that color you just take it out and set it aside, put in the next color (or liner) and glaze away. That way you don't need 5 guns to spray a sequence you just need 4 liners.  Also you can store
the glazes in the liners as they have caps which seal and keep them wet.

There are two sizes of liners, the one shown in the photos is the larger size. Don uses the smaller 6oz. size most of the time. He only uses the larger ones for glazes that he knows he will use many times. 

Adjusting the air pressure can make a big difference in the finished glaze. Especially with multiple layers of glazes.

I will include this link but you can just google to find a lot on it:

Here is some of Don's work. He is spraying a variety of glazes (Stephen Hill style):

Don would be happy to answer  your questions:

FREE Artist Talk in Hickory, NC Feb. 19, 2015

Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7p.m.

Kim Ellington is an acclaimed Catawba Valley potter known for his rich alkaline glazed, wood-fired stoneware. Ellington will talk about his 30 year relationship with the Catawba Valley pottery tradition and the insight and influences gained by working within a time honored tradition in modern times.

Ellington is the director of the Catawba Valley Community College Potters' Workshop. He makes his home in the community of Vale, North Carolina, where the use of local clays, ash glaze and groundhog kilns began in the early 19th century and continues through his work today.

Ellington's adaption of and proficiency in these techniques has resulted in his work being shown in important exhibitions nationwide, including the "Ceramic National 2000" at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, "The Potter's Eye" at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC and the current "Pottery of the U.S. South, A Living Tradition" exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM.  

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium at 2550 Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Plaster Mold Making Workshop This Weekend

Mold Making 101 With Nick Moen
Click Here To Register
2-Day Workshop At Odyssey ClayWorks
February 7- 8
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Join Nick Moen as he presents a gentle introduction to plaster as a material, and the beauty of the mold making process. Over the weekend, students will make their own plaster molds that they will be able to take home and begin using in their own studios.

Modeling Stand with castors for sale in Asheville

Modeling Stand with castors
Four legs for stability
40-46+" adjustable height
16" square turntable
Two shelves for supplies and tools
Located in the River Arts District in Asheville

Monday, February 2, 2015

NEEDED Used Oval Electric KILN in Asheville NC

Looking for a used large, stackable, oval electric kiln. (Approx. 30d x 42w x 31h)

Must be able to remove rings easily for stacking large sculptural pieces. 

 If you are looking to sell such a kiln, or could refer me to someone who is, please contact me via email or phone. Thanks! 828-775-4624

Friday, January 30, 2015

Glaze Workshop in Sarasota Florida March 13-15, 2015

Mariooch Studio Presents: 

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Testing with John Britt March 13 - 15, 2015 Sarasota, Florida 

This is a three day Cone 6 glaze testing workshop designed to show participants how to test a base recipe and get various colors (color blend). It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on, but not limited to, Cone 6 glazes. We will discuss clays, slips, 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 John’s 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. 

The workshop is for beginner to advanced ceramic artists and is limited to 16 participants. 
Friday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. Glaze mixing and dipping tiles and then talk about glazes 
Saturday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. Fire an electric oxidation kiln and talk about glazes 
Sunday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Unload kilns and discuss results and of course – talk about glazes. 

Cost: $275. Lab Fee - $25. After February 25, cost is $300.00 plus lab fee.

 Registration and payment by March 1, 2015

For more information, please contact: Nancy Morris at (941) 228-4045

MOLLY HATCH two day DEMO at Western Carolina University -FREE FREE

WCU School of Art and Design

Molly Hatch is coming to Western Carolina University on Feb 11th-12th. All are welcome to attend her two demonstration sessions and public lecture. (information follows and poster will be out next week)

Molly Hatch
Godfrey Seminar on the Business of Craft

Artist / Designer

Public Lecture, Bardo Art Center, room 130
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
4:30 PM

Demonstrations, Bardo Art Center, room 144
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Session 1 9:30-12:15
Session 2 2-4:45

Sponsored by both the Godfrey Fund & School of Art and Design
Western Carolina University