The snow firing of my new wood-fired kiln went well with a Christmas Day opening surrounded by my family. Our official opening happened on Sunday, Dec. 27 when I could gather many of the folks who helped me build and fill the new kiln. Results were better than expected! While I didn't get many pots made for the first firing there were over a dozen potters who had work in it to get it started on the right track. Speaking of tracks, the car released well with only minor opening problems. I have a list of modifications to tackle before our second firing late in February. It will take a few firings to get the hang of using the bourry style fire box to its best advantage and to properly prepare wood for it. My hope is that we can shorten the firing time and even out the temperature a bit. For a full web album of the construction and firing of the kiln go to: http://picasaweb.google.com/DavidMollyVoorhees/DVWoodKiln?authkey=Gv1sRgCI2_p7z16P6SCw&feat=email#
I have a FREE, like new, small, MP3/cd player radio for whoever wants to come and pick it up at my home here in Bakersville. My new system plays MP3's, so I don't need it. It's only been used a couple of times and is a small unit, perfect for studio or to give to one of the kids. Just email me or call me and I can hold it till you can pick it up.
I'm not happy about having to grind kiln shelves today, but I AM happy about my new power tool to get the job done right. Sometimes any excuse to buy a new tool is a good one... Merry Cristmas to me! And you too!
With wholesale shows on the horizon, I thought it might be a good time to have a discussion on the topic of wholesaling pottery. I'm particularly interested in how fellow potter's approach it. Here's some key points to consider: -Minimum $ amount -Packing & shipping fees -Minimum $ amount on reorders (do you have one? Are you happy to freshen a shop's inventory with just a few pieces i.e. an order smaller than you'd require for a new account?) -Variety of wholesale items (how many pieces are on your price list?)
This topic is of particular interest to me: -what items to wholesale? (Do you have certain items you will NOT wholesale? Do you have a "line," of items you wholesale that is separate from items you sell retail only? Should you keep it real and make what you make no matter if it's retail, wholesale or what?)
Had a great time at John's Fun House! He is always the best host. He even had a Hostess who was working to make sure we were all happy.
We did get a bunch of ideas for future Clay Clubs which I will list below. Anyone who wants to host a meeting and pick a topic...let me know and we will get you on the schedule.
The January 13, 2010 meeting is tentatively scheduled at Cynthia Bringle's Studio. The February 10, 2010 meeting is scheduled for Penland and Susan Feagan will host and the topic will be making cups for the Penland Auction. But anyone can come and just socialize and have fun watching other work.
IDEAS FOR CLAY CLUB: 1. Critiques: Ways to make the critique go better--one piece, invite people to come so we have more victims, have people bring stuff they are working on and are having trouble with/ ideas in progress. 2. Energy Xchange 3. Dance Party/ Mixer 4. Barbecue competition (perhaps at John's in June??) So John can get another port-a-potty. 5. Demos, How to, make brushes, and tools. Tool sharing tips. 6. How to approach gallery's/marketing. How to approach magazines, make successful webpages. ETSY sales, zapplication, etc. 7. Game Party 8. Empty Bowls at John Hartom's 9. Plaster demo (Tom Spleth?) 10. Materials and where to get them cheap.
So those are the wonderful ideas which should last us through the year. Anyone who wants to host should contact me or Emily so we can get the schedule together. The more the better!
If you want materials please know that I am looking to sell the whole lot of each item so no small amounts please, every thing is reduced from the market price.
$.30/lb Grog 12-20 mesh 3 bags (150 lb) + 35lbs (in a bucket) $.75/lb Bentolite “L” 50 lbs in broken out into 2x25 buckets $2.52/lb Strontium Carbonate Chinese 30lbs in a bucket $15/lb Deep Crimson Mason Stain 6006 19 lb 4.35/lb Yellow Iron ox- Ferrit synthetic Iron 15lbs $.40/lb Newman Red 1 bag (50 lb) $.34/lb Mudux 1 bag (50 lb) $.22/lb Black Stone ware (Jamaican Blend) 3 boxes (150 lb) $.26/lb Black Sculpture Body (Black Mountain) 3 boxes (150 lb)
Work Tables-- $25 19x15x27 Sturdy rolling work stand/table $38 28x12x27 Sturdy rolling work stand/table $30 20x15x27 Metal expanding typewriter stand
Upholstery Foam-- $20 Slab 36x22x4 $35 Role 75x24x2
I have more pieces that are odd sized and some have also been used in the ceramics studio that are available.
Various-- $200 28 position Aluminum ladder $10 Fluorescent light 4ft 2x $5 Large clamp lamps with porcelain back 3x $5 Wooden deckchair (US HARVEST 5034-I4) $100 Mattress and Box spring (queen) $ 50 AIWA XR-X7 book shelf stereo
$1700 DEAN Mountain Bike Colonel 22’ Hard tale 1999 (Ti MTB) 22" DEAN Colonel 1999 Notes: It has all its full and original components (XT package) I have ridden it maybe 60 miles. Otherwise it has been in a garage or an apt all its life, it is in great condition.I have striped most of the badges off of it and affixed a few respecters on the fork shoxs and the chain stay it has a clean and minimal look. It has just been tuned up. DEAN is a Colorado based manufacture of hand made bicycles. Contact me if you are interested and I will send you images of it.
Art Work-- I have an inventory of my own work from the past 10 years including some of my most recent works
General Studio Supplies-- I have a variety of tools, brushes, buckets, containers, roles of paper that are also available.
And much more that I probably have and that you will have to come and see, just let me know what you are interested in.
So, every year we get requests from our friends and family (who can't make it here to see our work) for a way to see and buy the latest creations. This year we're doing an online sale through Etsy (an idea taken from many a clay clubber). Check it out! http://www.etsy.com/shop/courtneyerinmartin Sale starts Wednesday December 9th at 10 a.m.
The December 9th, 2009Clay Club Extravaganza will take place at John Ferlazzo's Fun House at 6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
The food is .....whatever! ( John Ferlazzo will provide the wings and things.)
There will be a brief Clay Club Suggestion session followed by a voluntary slab construction event and then plenty of food and friends. Also bring a cup for the cup exchange and tool swap!
Oh, I forgot the bonfire... and this time John will specifically try not to burn down the Fun House....as opposed to the last bonfire ....where he did try to burn it down!
This will be followed by a voluntary CARD GAME with a $5.00 entry fee and a game selected by our new ATF Czar, Mark Peters. (He is heading up the Alcohol, Cigars and Gambling division of the Clay Club, Firearms are still prohibited!) The winner of this card game will be allowed to select the charity of their choice, provided they have a 501-c3 designation! The games may extend beyond normal hours of the Clay Club so be prepared with your own fluids.
If anyone wants their name off the Clay Club mailing list or... put on the Clay Club mailing list.... just email me : firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and Emily will show us her recently published NEW BOOK!
A special holiday edition of Clay Club will meet at John Ferlazzo's Club House this Wednesday Dec. 9 from 6-8pm. Bring a food/beverage to share, a cup to exchange & a tool to swap! Be there or be a Scrooge!
Come check out the new work at the EnergyXchange Gallery. We have a cozy fire, kick ass art, some fantastic music AND tootsie roll pops. Really, you can't go wrong. Six artists in one location! You won't be disappointed. Open to 5pm today!
OK , Come by .We are ready .. Cynthia -pots and paintings ---Edwina Bringle fiber and flameworked beads -----Pam Brewer .animals -----Kathy Steinsberger -pottery and books ...Plus remember we are open all year ..
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at email@example.com for more info.