Monday, March 29, 2010

500 Judaica


Last year Lark called for entries for a 500 Judaica Book, to be published this Fall. I submitted 7 pieces for consideration, and I was notified that 5 of them will appear in the publication.

Thanks to Marian Parkes and Joy Tanner for the fabulous photographs, the quality of which, I am sure, had more than a little to do with the entries being chosen.

NCECA Pre-conference LIVE-STREAM!

Ayumi Horie Earthenware Gallery

Ayumi Horie is on a panel today at 3:30 with Julia Galloway, Lisa Orr, and Alleghany Meadows at the Making Through Living, Living Through Making pre-conference.

Once you click the link below, look on the left on the page. There's a "watch it live" graphic to click. How cool is this?!


http://www.mc3.edu/campusLife/artsCulture/ceramicsconference

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Clay Residency at Energy Xchange

Clay residency available as early as February 2010.  Other  residencies in glass and clay will be available in Fall 2010.

Please call or email for up-to-date info and requirements
Craft residencies at EnergyXchange are intended to enable artists who have completed their schooling and training to move into a fully equipped professional shared studio space at reasonable cost. Applicants should intend to earn their living through the sale of their work. EnergyXchange provides a common gallery space, a charge card terminal, individual office space, use of computers with high-speed Internet, fax and copier, and approximately 5000 visitors to the site each year.
EnergyXchange provides business classes in collaboration with one or more of our partners. Other benefits include close proximity to Penland School of Crafts and Asheville NC, as well as a large and vital community of craft artists. Housing is not provided by EnergyXchange.
Potters and glassblowers are offered the opportunity to share fully equipped studios. Furnaces and kilns are powered primarily with landfill gas at no cost to the resident artists. The residency period is renewable yearly for a maximum of three years.

The clay studio accommodates four potters and provides two electric kilns and a high-fire reduction kiln as well as normal studio equipment. Potters are expected to have their own wheel. The monthly rental fee per potter is $230. The glass studio accommodates two glassblowers and provides normal studio equipment. The monthly rental cost per person is $460. Utilities within each studio are charged on a shared basis.

Contact:
Heather Dawes, Executive Director
66 EnergyXchange Drive,
Burnsville, NC 28714
828.675.5541

Friday, March 26, 2010

Steve Kast (New Work)

Here are some nice pots by Steve:

Digital Craft Photo Workshop (Back by popular demand!)

Digital Craft Photography Workshop

May 15, 2010

One day, hands on class on basic craft photography.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$75.00 (includes digital photographs of 2 pieces and a delicious lunch).

Joy Tanner and John Britt will conduct a one day, hands on class on how to take digital photographs of your three dimensional ceramics/crafts using a simple, low tech approach for the beginner. 

Space is limited to 8 people.

John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-688-6615
828-467-5020 (cell)

johnbrittpottery@gmail.com

Mino Shino Recipe

Here is a Jim Robinson teabowl. He generoulsy sent a note to explain the glaze:

Take either the Mino or Snowcap and add 10 red iron to the base , glaze thickly and then coat heavily with the white base ( Making sure to use the same base) Finger comb while top glaze coat is still wet.   You can try loading up base glaze with ochres, barnard slip, yellow or black iron, etc. Each one will register a different iron response. Snowcap generates a "redder" response; Mino a more golden color. You must use a fine (325 ) mesh alumina  or even a blend of calcined  (325) and coarse(150mesh) Hydrate. Georgies in Portland has a good current source for the fine material if you have any trouble locating a source.

Mino Shino cone 10
60 Nepheline Syenite
10 Spodumene
30 Alumina oxide (A-12)

3.6 Bentonite

Snow Cap Shino cone 10

85 Nepheline Syenite
15 Alumina oxide (A-12)

2.1 Bentonite

Enjoy!

John Britt

Thursday, March 25, 2010

April Clay Club 2010

On Wednesday, April 14th, from 6:30 to 8:00, "Clay Club" will be meeting in the Kids Classroom (middle door) at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts. 


Members of Clay Club include potters and ceramic artists from throughout WNC who meet monthly to share and socialize. Check out Clay Club's award-winning blog at  http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/ ...never a dull moment! 


Come join us on the 14th for a potluck dinner meal and some fun picking around in Odyssey's "bone yard" -- a collection of bisque ware created by past instructors. We'll play at guessing who the known artists are that created them, and the winner receives 25 pounds of Highwater clay.


See you there! 


Jillian Wolf

April Clay Club gathering

Clay Club meets at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in April. The kids classroom (middle door) is available to us from 6:30 on...a great place to wish you were shorter! Potluck as usual, an informal dinner meal. We'll have some fun picking around in Odyssey's "bone yard" -- a collection of bisque ware created by past instructors. We'll play at guessing who the known artists are that created them, and the winner receives 25 pounds of Highwater clay. See you there!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Perfume Box


I'm really excited about a collaboration I did with fellow Marshall High Studios member & aroma therapist, Katie Keyes, for the upcoming Containment show at Crimson Laurel Gallery.
Here's one of the 2 perfume boxes we made (she, the perfume "Persephone's Song," I the box)
The show opens on April 1. A reception will be held on April 10 at 6pm.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Charles Counts exhibit a MUST-SEE!




If you haven't been to see the Counts exhibition at the Folk Art Center, then you should. It's wonderful! Through March, the winter hours of the Center are still in effect - open until 5 p.m. Beginning in April, the hours extend to 6 p.m. And the show is up until May 2nd. Please go... you won't regret it.

http://www.southernhighlandguild.org/event.php?event_main=177&event_type_id=2

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sure sign of spring!

When you see these guys get like this...someone is ready for action!

John Britt

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vent It!

Here's a great reminder of why its important to vent your kiln & kiln room. Take a look at what a few years of kiln fumes did to our heavy gauge stainless steel Envirovent blower. Here are "before and after" pics with the replacement...

Thw Way We Were???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DiUK0m-aGM

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Unpredictable ash glaze!




Ok clubbers. Here's a query for you. I have been using the alkaline ash glaze pictured above for about two years now. Roughly a year ago, I started struggling with TWO of my ash glazes. They were both, all of a sudden, bubbling/boiling, pin holing and blistering. This mostly affected my plates and the interior of bowls. (For reference on the severity of the issue, I once lost all 22 plates I had in a firing to it.) I have tried just about everything to fix it! However, the really really perplexing thing is how absolutely RANDOM this blemish is. It does not happen strictly in the hot or cold spot, it's not strictly in oxidized or reduced spot, it's not strictly on the top or bottom of the kiln, it's not strictly on the left or right. HOWEVER, it can affect one plate on one side of a shelf, and not another plate on the other side of the same shelf! This is actually a frequent occurrence. All three plates on the shelf pictured above are the same glaze and as you can see, the one on the right really took one for the team. These are boiling clusters of bubbles. I thought this shelf of pots was a great example because the one in the middle has just a few on it and the one on the left was spotless.

So, I thought it was the clay and bisqued hotter and slower. Nothin. I thought it was a thickness of application. Nope. I thought it would help to refire. Uh uh. I thought it was an over firing problem and fired cooler. (www.sadtrombone.com). Also, for a while I really thought it was happening in the cooling because it seemed as though the plates with the shelves directly above them (meaning having a kiln post the height of the plate) got less bubbles. But, as you can see, the shelf with this affected plate has a bunch of space above the plate, but so does the shelf a few rows below it... and all three of those were great.

Now, I am pleased to say that the firing I unloaded yesterday (that these pics were from) was a huge success. Out of 70 plates in there (I was back ordered!) I had only 4 fail. What did I do, you ask? I washed my ash. Also, thanks to John Brits help, I have been lengthening the end of my firing each time and, this firing took 7 hours between cone 6 and cone 10 (11s were down in the front, as usual). In previous firings this lengthening tactic seemed to be a promising avenue to explore. Now, there is a chance that this firing was a fluke. It may have been packed tighter with all shelves and plates (therefore cooling slower?? Maybe??). But maybe not, only my next firing will tell.

However, the question still remains... what the heck happened to the pot on the right side of that shelf?! did it do some thing wrong in a former life? The other pots in the firing that bit it were in the back two stacks, at random heights in the kiln.

So, if you want, chew on that for a while and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

You Are Invited

Maybe some NC Clay Club folks remember John from last summer at Penland.

John Simmons MFA Thesis Show at ETSU, Johnson City, TN:
"For those of you who are interested- tomorrow, Thursday, March 18th, from 5-7pm at the Reece Museum is the opening reception for Newfangled -my MFA thesis exhibition. The show is comprised of 62 of the finest pieces I've made over the last 3 years. This event is free and open to the public, so bring a friend! Light refreshments will be served. If you cannot make it to the reception, the exhibit will run through April 22nd.

Also, check out my website: johnsimmonsart.com for examples of what you will see. I am doing a mini-series of writings that explain select pieces from the exhibit."



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Angel Biscuits

Here are some great biscuits I finally made from a recipe that they had in a Bread Baking class at J.C. Campbell.

I am not claiming that they are good for you....as they have 1/2 cup of shortening (a.k.a. hydrogenated oil). But you could try substituting butter?? Not sure if it would work?  But then which is worse?

Nevertheless if you have to make biscuits.. these are the ones:



Angel Biscuits
2 1/2 cups all -purpose flour
2 tbsp. white sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup warm (100 F) water
1 package of yeast
3/4 cup warm buttermilk (105 - 110 F)

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt. Cut in shortening until coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Put yeast in water and stir. Add yeast and buttermilk to dry ingredients. Blend well.

Put dough on floured surface. Kneed 10 - 15 times. Form ball. roll to 3/4" thickness. cut biscuits. cover and let rise until doubled.

Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes or until done.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Zibbet vs Etsy

Anybody have any real world advise on the difference between Etsy and Zibbet?

John Britt

John Britt's Workshop Schedule 2010


  • NCECA 2010, 44th Annual Conference

Theme : Independence

March 31 – April 3, 2010
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Panel: Ceramic Technology-Material Issues
Jonathan Kaplan [m], John Britt, Angela Fina, Jeff Zamek
April 2, 2010
Friday 10:00 – 11:30 p.m.

  • GLAZE TALK

    April 17, 2010
    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
www.kentuckymudworks.com
825 National Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502-1433
(859) 389-9681

  • REDUCTION FIRING WORKSHOP

Understanding Firing and Cone 10 Reduction

Weekend Firing of Shino, Celadon and Copper Red Glazes
April 30 – May 2, 2010

John Britt’s Studio

Friday 6:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$220.00 includes recipe handout (PLUS $30.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $250.00 Total
John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-467-5020

  • Basic Glaze Chemistry and Raw Materials

May 10 – 14, 2010

Learn basic glaze chemistry of clay bodies and glazes

Covering low, medium and high-fire glazes:
This course in basic ceramic chemistry is designed for potters who want to become better acquainted with the materials used in ceramics, their origins and uses in high-fire, mid-range and low fire glazes. We will briefly cover oxides and their sources, the Seger Unity Molecular formula, and will mix and test glaze recipes on test tiles. Some experience with ceramics is preferred.

John Britt’s Studio

Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $500.00 Total
John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-467-5020

  • Cone 6 Reduction Firing/ Basic Glaze Chemistry and Raw Materials

May 24 – 28, 2010
Learn basic glaze chemistry of clay bodies and glazes

Focusing on Cone 6 (mid-range) Reduction firing and glazes

This course in basic ceramic chemistry is designed for potters who want to become better acquainted with the materials used in ceramics, their origins and uses in mid-range glazes. We will briefly cover oxides and their sources, the Seger Unity Molecular formula, and will mix and test cone 6 glaze reduction and oxidation recipes on test tiles. Some experience with ceramics is preferred.

John Britt’s Studio

Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $500.00 Total
John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-467-5020

  • Basic Ceramic Raw Materials and Glaze Chemistry

June 7 – 11, 2010

Sierra Nevada College

This course in basic ceramic chemistry is designed for potters who want to become better acquainted with the materials used in ceramics, their origins and uses in high-fire, mid-range and low fire glazes. We will briefly cover oxides and their sources, the Seger Unity Molecular formula, and will mix and test glaze recipes on test tiles. Some experience with ceramics is preferred.
For more information:
Sheri Leigh O’Connor, Workshops Director
999 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451
775.881.7588
sleigh@sierranevada.edu

  • Cone 6 Reduction Firing

June 21 -25, 2010

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences

120 Long Beach Blvd
Loveladies, New Jersey 08008Blvd

http://www.lbifoundation.org/contact.asp


  • Explorations in Ceramic Glazes

July 5 -16, 2010

The Metchosin International Summer
School of the Arts

Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
650 Pearson College Drive
Victoria, BC, Canada V9C 4H7
Phone: (250) 391-2420 – Toll Free in Canada 1-800-667-3122
Fax: (250) 391-2412 – email: missa@pearsoncollege.ca


  • Oil Spot Firing Workshop

July 30- August 1, 2010
Understanding Firing and cone 10 Oxidation

Weekend Firing of Oil Spot Glazes

Friday 6:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$220.00 includes recipe handout (PLUS $30.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $250.00 Total
John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-467-5020
  • Glazing Techniques

     August 9 – 13, 2010

     Learn  glazing techniques including, pouring, brushing, spraying, dipping, stencils,          
     overlapping, latex, was resist, multi-firing, decals, china paints, sandblasting, etc.

     John Britt’s Studio
     Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    $450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE
          $500.00    Total

     John Britt Pottery Studio
     154 Sparks Road
     Bakersville, NC 28705
     828-467-5020


  • Basic Ceramic Raw Materials and Glaze Chemistry

August 22 – 28, 2010

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

This course in basic ceramic chemistry is designed for potters who want to become better acquainted with the materials used in ceramics, their origins and uses in high-fire, mid-range and low fire glazes. We will briefly cover oxides and their sources, the Seger Unity Molecular formula, and will mix and test glaze recipes on test tiles. Some experience with ceramics is preferred.
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
556 Parkway
PO Box 567
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Ph. 865-436-5860
Other workshops are in the planning stages. If you have a workshop idea or would like a private workshop, either at your venue or at my studio, please contact me to schedule it. 828-467-5020
I do workshops on cone 6 reduction firing, low, mid-range and high fire glazes, throwing, kiln building, firing, reed handles, and digital photography.

CB bowl


March 14 ,2010

John Britt's porcelain bowl thrown at the Imagine/Render studio in Burnsville for Empty Bowls. Decorated and glazed using black and green waxline, a 3D matt glaze and fired gas reduction to ^10.

Clay Club Schedule

Yo Clubbers,

We are getting booked for the Clay Club!

Sunday 21st is the Photo Q & A at Emily's Studio in Marshall:

http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2010/03/photo-shop-q-workshop.html

Then April  14th at Odyssey (Emily will put out an announcement.)

Then May  12 will be at John Hartom's in Burnsville (by the Energy Xchange)

Then June  9 will be at John Ferlazzo's for the monster blow out party!

We will fill you in on the details as they come,

Spring is on the way,

John

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wedgie and Snorkling; Ceramic Style

Meet the Maker: Susan Hagen

UNC Asheville's Craft Studies Initiative presents
Meet the Maker: Susan Hagen, Tuesday, March 16, 6:30pm
Highsmith Union room 104; free and open to the public.


Sculptor Susan Hagen finds her subject matter in everyday life, in particular, through her direct experience. This could be an experience tied to a place like the Eastern State Penitentiary or an urban landscape in Philadelphia. She depicts these places, people and emotions through small, but powerful, carvings in wood. It is truly amazing how Susan manages to harness the energies associated with these people and places in such a small amount of material.

Please come hear Susan speak on how she incorporates her interests in art history, animal behavior (including teenagers), psychology, alchemy, mythology and religion into her work.
 Hagen Justine1.jpg

Teenager Project: Justine; carved linden, wood, oils; 15 ½ x 12 x 10”

More info on the Meet the Maker lecture series: www.unca.edu/craftcampus/mtm.htm.




Jordan Dolfi
Programs Assistant
Craft Studies | Master of Liberal Arts Program | Religious Studies Department
University of North Carolina Asheville


108 Carmichael Hall
One University Heights, CPO 1625
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
(office) 828-250-2392 | (MLA office) 828-250-2399
www.unca.edu/craftcampus
www.unca.edu/mla
www.unca.edu/religiousstudies

Tom Turner Workshop

Tom Turner is conducting a two day demonstration workshop at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville on June 26 and 27, 2010. 

Having the workshop at the Renaissance puts you right downtown Asheville with many restaurants, galleries, and shops to visit. You can leave your car and walk all over downtown, or drive to beautiful places to visit or dine. 

Contact www.renaissancehotels.com for accommodations and information, or call 828-252-8211. 

Early registration is encouraged and payment can be made by check, paypal, or credit card. Mail checks to Tom Turner, PO Box 717, Mars Hill, NC 28754; call with a credit card; or use paypal at tt@tomturnerporcelain.com. Please include your mailing address, phone number, and email address. The $200. registration fee includes the two day workshop and a BBQ dinner at Turner Lane, “Home of The Giant Jars” on Saturday evening, along with tours of his Ceramic Art Museum, studio, and school. Your registration also puts your name in the hat for a brand new Shimpo Whisper Potter’s Wheel to be given away at the end of Sunday’s session. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bart Fetz

Just donating some of Bart Fetz's art work to the NC Pottery Auction.  Check him out at :

http://www.wwcc.wy.edu/xart/ceramicsgallery.htm

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Raku Slip Recipe

Steve Heinemann's Raku Slip

64.0 Fire Clay
18.0 Ball Clay
18.0 Talc

10.0 Fine Grog

40.0 Water
  0.7 Sodium Silicate
  0.2 Darvan

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Casting Slip cone 05

Here is Steve Heinemann's Casting Slip Recipe, called :

Hi-Red Casting cone 05

25.0  Redart
20.0  Ball Clay
10.0  Goldart
10.0  Fireclay
  5.0  #6-Tile Clay
10.0  Nepheline Syenite
10.0  Talc
10.0  Silica

2.0 Red Iron
5.0 Sand


45.0 water
0.4 Darvan
0.4 Sodium Silicate.

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

White Shino

This is Ken Matsuzaki's teabowl.

I had someone ask me about a teabowl that they had from Jim Robinson in
Oregon. It had an iron wash and a thick white shino with finger streak marks.

Does anyone know the recipe for this glaze? I have his article on shino's
and put some of the white shino recipes in my book, like snow cap shino,
mino, etc. but thought someone would know more precisely.

I am putting a similar piece abovei:

I, also think a Kuan glaze with zircopax would work but thought I could get
him  a little closer.

Thanks for your help,

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Photo Shop Q & A / Workshop

Don't forget to take advantage of the FREE upcoming Photoshop & Graphic design Q & A / workshop.

Sunday March 21, 4-6 pm in Room 101 Marshall High Stduios, Marshall, NC
contact Emily reasonpots@hotmail.com if you'd like to participate. Include in your email specific questions/ topics you're interetsed in as this will help preparation for the workshop.

The workshop will be led by Christopher McKee, Professor of Design at UNC-Asheville.

NC Pottery Center Auction Donations

Hey potters! Do you have a piece of pottery for the April 26th Pottery Center Auction? I am heading that way on Sunday and will be happy to deliver for you. Just give me a holler, michael@klinepottery.com and we can figure out the specifics. Thanks.

Containment...A Group Exhibition of Ceramic Boxes

Crimson Laurel Gallery
April 1 –
May 31
Artist Reception: Saturday April 10th 6pm
www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com

The idea of an exhibition of boxes is not a new one by any means. It is, however, an important one for the ceramic art collector. It is an opportunity to participate in a collecting tradition that has very deep roots. Ceramic art boxes have been collected and coveted throughout the centuries. From ancient Egypt to modern times the lure of a lidded vessel seems to reach across cultural and geographical boundaries. Their almost seductive nature invites us to question what is concealed, everyday objects, or someone’s most cherished memories.

For this exhibition we have invited select artists from across the country to interpret the box form. Each artist will bring to the project his or her own distinct method of surface design and construction. We invite you to consider the possibilities of this timeless art form and what might be contained within.

Participating artists include Leanne Ash, William Baker, Hayne Bayless, Nicholas Bivins, Jason Burnett, Melisa Cadell, Kyle Carpenter, Julie Covington, David Crane, Susan Fagan, Marty Fielding, Becca Floyd, Erik Haagensen, Kent Harris, Bryan Hopkins, Shawn Ireland, Peter Karner, Ani Kasten, Jennifer Kincaid, Jeff Kleckner, Michael Kline, Eric Knocke, Ryan McKerley, Brooke Noble, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Rob Pulleyn, Emily Reason, Lindsay Rogers, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Liz Summerfield, Joy Tanner and Jerilyn Virden.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Clennell Shino

CLENNELL SHINO
        Cone 10 Reduction

39.00    Nepheline Syenite                                     
  9.00    F-4 Feldspar
17.00     EPK Kaolin
13.00    Kentucky Ball Clay             
  6.00    Shale                                   
16.00    Soda Ash   

Actually Tony and Sheila's Shino was one of the nicest all around shino we tested in the last batch. I will try to find an image,

John Britt

Smokie Clennell

Tony and Sheila Clennell

 

Check out this blog sometime,


John Britt

Satin Sheen

Saw this lake to day with the most beautiful satin sheen. It is what you are after in a satin glaze, but never get. Almost melted.... but not quite.

John Britt

Spring is coming

I am hoping that this is the last view like this I see until next winter!

John

Smoothing Lid Flanges

A great way to smooth lid flanges is to use Water Soluble valve grinding compound that you can buy from the auto supply store. Just put a little on the flange and twist the lid back and forth and then wash it off. It contains very fine silicon carbide which you can also just use with water if you have it.


John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Cous Cous Shino

Moved to:

http://johnbrittpottery.blogspot.com/2010/03/cous-cous-shino.html

Friday, March 5, 2010

Crackle Shino

Here are some images that people have been asking about. This Crackle Shino is made with Bruce's Crackle (see below for recipe).

Make the tea bowl and bisque fire.

Then glaze with the Bruces Crackle (or any high clay shino) then rebisque fire (at least 1100F) then black stain is rubbed into the cracks and then fired to cone 10.

You can use any stain or iron wash or slip or another glaze for that matter.  Experiment and have fun cause this won't last!

BRUCE’S CRACKLE

            Cone 10 Reduction

37.60   Nepheline Syenite     

  9.10    Kona F-4 Feldspar

12.50   Spodumene                           

25.00   EPK Kaolin

12.50   Kentucky Ball Clay              

3.30   Soda Ash      

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Clay Club at Penland

Thanks to Susan Fagen and Penland School for hosting all of the brave souls who came out .. A good time was had by all plus those of you that could not make it you missed the good food ..

GOOGLE Translate

Yo, finally figured out the Google translate thanks to help from Brian Fields!  Thanks Brian.




http://brianfieldspottery.blogspot.com/  

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Glaze Workshop

I will be giving a workshop at Kentucky Mudworks for their Artist Workshop Series on Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17th, 2010.
The Friday April 16th slide talk is FREE and open to the public. Starts at 7:00 p.m.
The Saturday April 17th workshop, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., is $135.00 (and includes a lunch).
Kentucky Mudworks
825 National Ave.
Lexington, KY 40502
859-389-6817

Email:



John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Selsor Base cone 6

Kiln for Sale

Electric Kiln For Sale
Excellent condition: only driven to church on Sundays (ie. fired very little and never over cone 6)
Skutt KM1227, 9.9 cu ft, cone 8, single phase
Includes envirovent, all shelves and posts
Retail $4,000. For sale: $2,500
Located in Spruce Pine NC
Mark: mb865@bellsouth.net; 828-467-0580
Kate: kb865@bellsouth.net; 828-467-1282

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Water-less Urinal

Saw this water-less toilet in Richland TX this past week. I think it is a Sloan. The best thing, except the saving lots of water, was the bumble bee decal!
 

 

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Snowing Again

Snowing again in Mitchell County. Think this one caught the snow plows off guard!

It is beautiful, but getting old. How about sun this weekend!  PLEASE!!!!

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

WVU Ceramics in China- Scholarships available


I can vouch for how awesome this trip is. It's excellent for the genuinely interested hobbyist, ceramics student and professional potter alike.
Check out West Virginia University's Ceramics in China Program here.

Studio Liquidation 2010

For Sale

From Herb Cohen: I am closing down my studio and selling all my equipment and supplies. I have listed the retail price and /the asking price. Contact me in Blowing Rock NC at 828-2957246, cofustu2@bellsouth.net

The following equipment is for sale:
3 ware carts, 6'x 3'x 26" with 9 racks ea. w/wood shelves. $415 each/$150 each
1 Randall wheel w/electric attachment, 1 metal mold for 12" bats, 2 extra switches for motor, 2 extra rubber wheels for motor, 1 flat steel wheel head, 1 wheel head for bats, 49 plaster bats for free. Retail price unavailable/ $350
1 Venco pug mill, extrudes 4" dia., mounted on sturdy wooden stand, plus table to receive extruded clay. I have been using Highwater's Phoenix clay which is still in the mill and would have to be cleaned out. Retail unavailable/ $1800
1 spray gun and compressor - $165/ $80
2 banding wheels, 12" dia. - $89/ $50 each
Ohaus triple beam scale, 2610 capacity - $145/ $75
Weight set, 2-1000 grams and 1-500 gr. $35/ $20
1 50+ cubic ft. gas car kiln modeled after a Minnesota flat top, 2 burner. Used shelves furniture and stainless steel chimney extension included for free. Buyer needs to dismantle the kiln. $2000.00

There is also a two page list of chemicals and clays.

Interested members may email Deb at library@craftguild.org and she will email the complete list to them or call Herb.


John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mug Party Wednesday Night

Hey Y'all,
Don't forget about the amazing Penland auction mug-making party this Wednesday, March 3 at 6 PM here at the Penland clay studio come rain, shine, snow, sleet, or wintery mix! (I mean, you should exercise your own judgement on the condition of the roads.) I'll have stoneware and pizza. Please bring anything else you'd like to add to the menu. See you then!