Coming up this weekend at 1782 Fork Mountain Road in Bakersville.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Coming up this weekend at 1782 Fork Mountain Road in Bakersville.
I've got a reliable slip recipe (from Odyssey) but do not know what to use for colorants. I do not have any stains, but I do have all the usual oxides and carbonates. I'm trying to avoid an unnecessary trip to Highwater if I can make do with what I have.
Can anyone tell me what oxides are good and in what amounts? Thanks!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
8 oz. shitake or button mushrooms
6 oz. small oyster mushrooms
1/3 cup shopped shallots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all- purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 -14 ½ oz. can veggie or chicken broth (1 ¾ cup)
2 cups ½ and ½ or light cream
1/8 teaspoon ground saffron or saffron threads (optional)
Clean and cut up mushrooms. Cook mushrooms in butter uncovered. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add broth. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Add saffron .
Thought you might enjoy the recipes.
Tomato Basil Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup shredded carrots
1 cup finely diced onion
½ cup finely diced celery
1 Campbell’s canned roasted tomato soup with garlic
3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes (Muir Glen)
4 cups of chicken broth
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon salt
black pepper to taste
1 – 2 teaspoons dried basil
2 large cloves of garlic
Place in a crock pot on high for one hour, reduce and cook for 4 hours on low.
Put in a blender and blend, (what else?)
Add shredded basil and 15 minutes before serving add large garlic croutons .
Friday, August 28, 2009
I was out at John Hartom's throwing some Empty Bowls for his yearly fundraiser and recorded this little throwing session.
We decided that if you could make this many bowls in 3 minutes every day for 12 hours a day 365 days a year you could acutally make a living as a potter.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Hope it helps your throwing,
Monday, August 24, 2009
For our September Clay Club meeting we've all be invited to Wildacres Retreat for dinner and a tour of their pottery studio.
Dinner is at 6:00
We'll be eating along with the group and it's family style so it's very helpful to be on time! If you would like to join us later for dessert or the tour of the studio and grounds that's fine.
You can get a preview at the website www.wildacres.org
We need to give them a head count so please RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 3, also please let me know if you have any specific dietary issues (allergies, vegetarian, etc) and they will try to accommodate you.
Directions are here: http://wildacres.org/location.html
Sunday, August 23, 2009
If anyone would like to donate bowls we need a variety in any color and size as long as they are food safe.
To donate call 828-675-0008 by September 5th.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
If you get a chance to see the Richard Ritter Retrospective at TRAC >>>>DO IT!
They did an outstanding job with this show. It looks like it could be in the American Craft Gallery in NY. Jerry Jackson did a fantastic job of setting up the show and it is not to be missed.
TRAC really did a great job. Congratulations,
Thanks to everyone for a great year! Over 85 people came to the studio from as far away as Alaska for the workshops and also enjoyed a delicious lunch!!
I will be scheduling more for 2010 in the upcoming weeks. If you have any suggestions for topics or dates let me know.
I had over 27 workshops this year ranging from one afternoon to one week. I had many at my studio but also in Wyoming, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Canada and Korea.
The workshops included: Digital Craft Photography, Reed Handles, Handle Making, Glaze Chemistry, How to Fire, Oil Spot firing, Kiln Building, etc. So let me know what you are interested in and I will try to schedule around your interests.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This type of cracking has been happening all too often. I stack 2 dinner plates for bisque firing. The feet line up well so that there's no unsupported weight, and I never stack more than 2. The plates are totally bone dry. I ramp up the kiln slowly. So why then do I get these tragic cracks? WHY?!?!?!?!?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This is the 10,000 mouse to participate in this outstanding program and not one has ever returned to the scene of the crime.
It is a free program without government assistance, although, if someone told me how to write a grant for assistance I would gladly do it!
I don't know if you know this, but mice are very fragile. If you leave them in this trap for much over 12 hours, they just die. If it is the winter, much over 4 hours, frozen.
Bye, Bye, little guy,
Monday, August 17, 2009
These are all the same glaze batch (Daly Red) just in different firing cycles!
And this series is the same glaze ( Daly with Titanium ) in three firing cycles.
Lindsey Elsey and I still have 3 or more firing cycles to finish before we make any determinations on cause and effect.
The only thing we know..Firing Matters.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Today! Today! Today! 1:00 PM! Don't miss it! Have a chance to purchase work by Kristen Kieffer, Shane Mickey, Nick Joerling, Louise Harter, Pete Pinnell, Michael Kline, Stan Anderson, Linda McFarling, Cynthia Bringle, John Brit, Emily Reason, Jack Troy AND SO MANY MORE! Be there or be square!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
But you will have to stop making excuses!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
If anyone has any ideas for a Clay Club (other than the standard excessive eating and even more excessive drinking) please post them or email me at: email@example.com
We (the committee) love to hear your suggestions and then throw them in the trash while we are laughing uproariously...Oh wait a minute.... that was the wrong committee.
We (the committee) would love to hear your suggestions and any suggestions for places to host "THE CLUB."
We are booked until November but after that...
If we don't get any suggestions we will have to take Emily's!
So, in celebration, Emily started chugging beers and as you can see in this photo, she was having a really good time.
Shortly after that she got up on the table and and had her "victory dance" ...you know the rest of the story.....several DWI's, a couple of stints in rehab, a messy divorce, a year in prison on a weapons violation, a brief appearance on Nancy Grace, etc. etc.
But I digress.
Dorothy has a very nice place and some wonderful sculptures. I particularly like the whales.
So......................... next month we will meet at Wildacres and the following month will be in Asheville at The Clay Space. Any ideas for topics?
Emily, our illustrious president, had some... but I forgot them.
Does the secretary have the minutes of the meeting?
Kiln slide show? We still have info on Residencies.
Anyway, be sure to mark you calendar's for the Monster Liz Zlot Summerfield Auction .
We all need to be there and to be actually buying stuff for her!!!
See ya next month,
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Celebration of NEW RESIDENTS!
Lisa Gluckin in CLAY
Aaron Baigelman in GLASS
GRANT $$ Awarded!
NEW SOLAR PANELS (Go David Wilson)
WOOD KILN being erected (Go Mark Peters and his Dad etc.)
bring something yummy and hang on the mt. top
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The Clay Club is meeting this Wednesday August 12 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Dorothy Vaughan's Studio outside of Burnsville, NC.
The food is "International " and the topic is "Residencies" so hope to see you there. If anyone wants to car pool... exchange info on this blog. I will be in Asheville so will only be available to car pool on the way home.
If you need more help here is her email and I can get her phone if you call me 828-467-5020
Here are the directions:
Directions to Dorothy Vaughan's from Mars Hill: Take 26 north to next exit #9 to Burnsville, Mt. Mitchell 7.4 miles past Triangle gas station on left. Take 1st left in Yancey county on Windy Gap-there will be a studio tour sign there. In 0.6 miles take right fork on Fox Creek. Go 1.3 miles to the foot of my driveway on left-bearing right at white Baptist Church. At foot of drive is black mailbox with 1453 Fox Creek Rd and Vaughan on it.
I will also put a Studio Tour sign out by mailbox.
From Burnsville: Go approximately 10 miles to Windy Gap Road,take a right 0.6 miles, bear right onto Fox Creek Rd. Go 1.3 miles to the foot of my drive on left. I will have Studio Tour signs out to assist.
See you all for an international cuisine potluck at 6 PM. I can seat 19 people. Please bring stools or chairs if you can.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
If you are interested or know anyone who is, these are my last two classes of the year!
They should be memorable!
Just goes to show that there is always something to complain about.
Linda McFarling now refuse to sell me a cup!
Found out that not everyone knew about this little gem even though it is listed in Bernard Leach's classic "The Potter's Book"from 1940.
Just get a tupperware or plastic tub from Wal-mart and put an inch or so of plaster in it. The plaster stays wet for a while but if you ever need it, just add a cup or so of water to keep everything in it wet for months.
The 53rd Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, August 7-8, is the oldest and largest crafts fair in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For the past several years, the Southern Tourism Society has selected this event as one of the top twenty to attend in the Southeast. The town of Burnsville is located in Yancey County, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the home of Mt. Mitchell, which is the highest peak east of the Mississippi, rising to an elevation of 6,684 ft. Burnsville is about 20 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 35 miles northeast of Asheville. We are proud to boast that Yancey County is known for more artisans per capita than anywhere else in the country!
Spread the word that The Chasewood House is for rent:
1 bedroom/1 bath efficiency with living space, garage, and shared laundry for $350.00. Year round rental.
Very close to Penland. The view is worth the rent.
Call Sandy 1-941-228-6657.
Call soon as it is a primo spot!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
10 Aug 2008
The 31st Annual TRAC Benefit Art Auction takes place on Sunday, August 10, 2008. Items in glass, wood, fiber, clay, fabric, paper, stone, and metals are but a few of the works by local artists and craftspeople that will be auctioned.
Over 100 lots of art are included in the live and silent auction. Auction items will be on display in the TRAC Center now through August 10, open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 5 pm (and until 8 pm on August 9 ). This provides the opportunity to pre-register, start the silent bids, and view the artwork.
Proceeds from the Auction benefit the continuance of the many school and community programs sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council. (All events will take place in the TRAC Center, 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine). Call 828-765-0520 or 682-7215, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. View more auction information at our website www.toeriverarts.org
Insulating fire brick in Huntingdon , PA
300 9 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" K-23 Straights, used but in very good condition
75 - 9 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" K-30 Straights, new in boxes
150 - #1 wedge bricks 9 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" K-30, new in boxes
220 - #1X wedge bricks 9 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" K-30, new in boxes
350 - new K-20 #2 Arch bricks (great for insulating either a hard-brick or soft-brick arch
I'll also throw in a variety of used K-23 wedge bricks in boxes
I want $2/brick - or $1800 for all - around 1500 bricks - $1.20/brick. (New K-30s are close to $4/ea).
Bricks can't be shipped; must be picked up in Huntingdon , PA 16652
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Friday and Saturday August 7 & 8, 10-5pm
Sunday August 9 1-5pm
All proceeds to benefit Mitchell County Animal Rescue's humane projects.
Contact information :
Patricia Beam Executive Director Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 308 Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Our pets are on-line www.mcar.petfinder.com
Spay Neuter is the only solution to pet over-population in Mitchell County.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
So, the exciting news is that I am having an opening in Okinawa, July 2010. What I need your help with is the shipping. Have any of you shipped large quantities that far? Is there a company that's best? Any info is appreciated! Hope to see you all at the Auctions this weekend!