Monday, February 28, 2011

Clay Club Carpool

anyone from Madison Co/ Asheville want to carpool to Clay Club Wednesday?
-Emily

Part Time Help Wanted at Woodfired Pottery

PART TIME HELP WANTED AT EAST FORK POTTERY

I am looking for part help, 1 to 3 days a week, at my pottery. The work is all very physical, and a reasonable level of fitness is required by all of the jobs. I am looking for a hard, safe, and self motivated worker who is interested in learning a bit about running a woodfired pottery. Pay will be determined by experience. 10 -15 dollars per hour.

Jobs will include but are not limited to:

  • Careful preparation of clay and glazes
  • Sawing, splitting, and stacking of wood to heat pottey, kiln, and residence. Each firing requires about 4 chords of slaps to be cut, sorted, and neatly stacked. Experience running a saw is preferable.
  • Cleaning kiln shelves and bricks.
  • Weed-eating and general outdoor work
  • Small carpentry projects, competence with power tools a plus
  • Help loading and firing the 35' wood kiln 3 -4 times a year.
East Fork Pottery is located half way between Mars Hill and Marshall and is 35 minutes from Asheville.

Call Alex for more information - 828.689.4109

Thanks!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Turner at Turner's


I am conducting a two day Demo Workshop here at my studio, school, and museum on June 25th and 26th, 2011.We will study pots in the museum and I will throw on Saturday and trim and decorate on Sunday and answer questions both days pertinent to the participants. Saturday evening we will have a BBQ here and I will raffle off a new Shimpo Aspire Wheel, compliments of Shimpo Ceramics, and each student will get a porcelain sample, compliments of Standard Ceramics Supply. Workshop is limited to 15 students and early registration is encouraged. More information is at www.tomturnerporcelain.com, click on Turner at Turner's. email at tt@tomturnerporcelain.com, or call 828-689-9430. Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested. thank you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

24th Annual North Carolina Potters Conference

The NC Pottery Conference is next weekend, March 4-6, in Asheboro. The Randolph Arts Guild is presenting the Masters Of Jingdezhen Porcelain with demonstrations and workshops all weekend. Visit www.randolphartsguild.com for more information. Is there anyone going that would like to carpool or share a double room (females only)? Contact me, Claudia Dunaway at yummymud@frontier.com. Thanks!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Tea Time Series I
Opens Saturday February 26 with a recpetion 3:30-5:30
at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC.

The participants are: Stanley Mace Anderson, Jen Birline, Cynthia Bringle, John Britt, Chad Brown, Benjamin Burns, Bonnie Burns, Patti Connor-Greene, Adrienne Dellinger, Claudia Dunaway, Debbie Englund, Susan Farrar Parrish, Susan Feagin, Dottie Fennell, Susan Filley, Becca Floyd, John Garland, Amy Gelber, Matt Gibson, Deborah Harris, Samantha Henneke, Bruce Gholson, Mark Hewitt, Mark Heywood, Meredith Heywood, Matt Jones, Robin Bryant Kirby, Michael Kline, Bruce Latham, Janice Latham, Suze Lindsay, Andrew Linton, Molly Lithgo, Laurey-Faye Long, Chris Luther, Debb McDaniel, John Mellage, Alexa Modderno, Richard Montgomery, Lyn Morrow, Margie Nancy, Kelly O’Briant, Lara O’Keefe, Julie Olson, Sandra O’Quinn, Glenn McNeill, Ben Owen, Marsha Owen, Pam Owens, Marilyn Palsha, Mary Paul, Doris Petersham, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Jeff Potts, Linda Potts, Hal Pugh, Eleanor Pugh, Emily Reason, Sarah Wells Rolland, Michael Rutkowsky, Ken Sedberry, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Hitomi Shibata, Gay Smith, Jennifer Stas, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Charles Tefft, Charles Tostoe, Kathy Triplett, Brad Tucker, Tim Turner, Conrad Weiser, Betsy Vaden, Jared Zehmer.

Potters of Madson County

Please join us for the 1st Annual show of fine pottery by the Potters of Madison County Saturday April 9, 2011 9am-5pm
Bentley Fellowship Hall- Mars Hill College
Hwy 213
Mars Hill, NC
Featuring Madison County Potters:
Becca Floyd, Mary Mikkelsen, Rob Pulleyn, Emily Reason, Jim Parmentier, Shirl Parmentier, Alex Matisse, Henry Pope & Jane Renfroe
with guest potters Kyle Carpenter & John Ransmeier.
FREE admission and demonstrations by Jim Parmentier (carving) & Mary Mikkelsen (hand building)
for directions & more information visit:
http://pottersofmadisoncounty.com

Multi-sectional Vase Forms- John Britt- 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Glaze Workshop in Floyd, Virginia March 5, 2011


  • Understanding Ceramic Glazes

March 5, 2011

The Jacksonville Center

This workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes designed for beginner to advanced potters. In a question and answer format, we will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. It will be a relaxed atmosphere mixed with humor, where we will discuss the problems that perplex all potters and try to offer solutions to help you achieve your goals.

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Virginia, 24091

To register contact: Amy@ education@jacksonvillecenter.org

Clay Club Part Deux March 10, 2011 1:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Yo Clubbers, Just a reminder that there is a FREE Workshop at Penland Thursday March 10, 2011 - RSVP


Jingdezhen Artists to Visit Penland March 10

Fellow clubbers,
Everyone is invited to an afternoon of festivities honoring Penland Visiting Artists from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China.

When: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Where: Penland's Gorelick Social Hall (aka Northlight) and Ridgeway Community Room
Time: 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Please RSVP to Marie Fornaro, at mariefornaro@penland.org or 828-765-2359, ext. 13.

There will be a presentation on Chinese ceramic history and culture by Li Chao, Associate Professor of Art at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. There will also be demonstrations by master ceramic artists in Northlight. Afterwards there will be a pot-luck party at Ridgeway. Please plan to bring a small, non-perishable (or slowly perishable) donation for the potluck dinner. Penland will provide drinks and plates.

The artists are:
Li Chao, Associate Professor of Art at the Jingdezhen Ceramic
Institute
Feng Shangjin, Master over-glaze painter
Xie Zhenghua, Master slab builder
Feng Weina, under-glaze decorator and faculty member of
Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute
Dai Guangyu, Master trimmer
Zhan Shaolin, Master thrower
+ friends

Clay Club March 2, 2011 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Yo clubbers, it’s cup making season again! 

Join us in Penland’s clay studio Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 for an evening of merriment, pizza, and lots and lots of clay cylinders.

Each year the Penland clay community gathers together to make close to 500 cups with each cup to be given to a guest at Penland’s Annual Benefit Auction. We’ll have wheels set up for those who would like to throw or, if throwing is not your thing, we’ll have leather-hard cups ready for handles or for decoration. Or just hang out, look good, and eat pizza. 

You can also check out the new clay studio porch! Stoneware and pizza provided.

Please bring something to drink (Penland rules state that we can’t have alcohol inside the studio, so the beer will have to remain outside) or any dessert items you would like. If you have any questions, please call Susan Feagin, 828-765-2359, ext. 29. Hope to see you there!

Susan Feagin
Clay Coordinator
Penland School of Crafts
P.O. Box 37
Penland, North Carolina 28765
(828) 765-2359, ext. 29

Monday, February 21, 2011

60th Anniversary of Archie Bray

http://60th.archiebray.org/




This year is the Archie Bray Foundation's 60th anniversary and we are celebrating its role in the international ceramics community. For three
days in June 29 renowned artists will be offering demonstrations,exhibitions,and panel discussions during the 2011: From the Center to the Edge-60 Years
of Creativity and Innovation at the Archie Bray Foundation, June 23-25.


12 of the 29 artist, representing the "Artists from the Edge", will work forthe entire month of June at the Bray. These artists include: John Balistreri, Andy Brayman, Caroline Cheng, Chad Curtis, James Klein, David
Reid, Ayumi Horie, Bobby Silverman, Steven Thurston, John Williams, Jen Woodin and Linda Sormin.


They will be joined by 17 ceramic leaders, "Artists from the Center", for the three day event. The group of 17 include Robert Brady, Josh DeWeese, Julia Galloway, John Buck and Deborah Butterfield, Beth Cavener Stichter, Don Reitz, Sarah Jaeger, Jun Kaneko, Richard Notkin, Chris Staley, Sandy Simon, Tip Toland, Jason Walker, Akio Takamori, Patti Warashina, and Kurt
Weiser.


Along with the 60th anniversary festivities, the Bray will host three exhibitions that will open June 23rd as well as a live and silent auction showcasing hundreds of ceramic pieces. Numerous other ceramic exhibitions
throughout Helena and Montana will also add to the 60th anniversary.


The Archie Bray Foundation is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker, Archie Bray Sr. His goal was to create a place "available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any
of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work."


For more information or to register for the event go to our website:


http://60th.archiebray.org or follow us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/ArchieBray60thAnniversary.

Applachian Gallery Show

The Looking Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of the Plemmons Student Union Building, directly across from Crossroads Coffeehouse in the International Hallway.  
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday from 8am - 10pm, Saturday from 9am - 10pm, and Sunday from 12pm - 10pm



CURRENT EXHIBITION:

Gut Feelings: Confessions of a Body Conscious Culture

FEBRUARY 8TH - MARCH 1ST, 2011


Holly Fischer, Provocation, 2005, clay, 18x34x16

http://lookingglassgallery.appstate.edu/

Cone 6 Reduction

Check out Tracey's Blog:

http://www.tsbroome.blogspot.com/

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pine Root Pottery 2011 Wood Fire Workshop!


It's on! June 5-11. Bring your bisque ware and we'll glaze, wad, load and fire it up. Cool down days will include demos and studio visits. See my website for more details and pictures from previous workshops.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cynthia Bringle Feb. 14 firing

Alex Matisse showing how to add a coil when throwing BIG pots.

GREAT Clay Club!

Wanted to thank Alex Matisse and Connie Rose for having everyone over for Clay Club last night (Feb. 16, 2011).  Had a great time and got to see their house/studio/ kiln shed and monster kiln as well as see Alex demo how he makes his big pots.

Here are some images.  Enjoy.

http://eastforkpottery.com/









This last one is an image of his rack system. These are the cross bars that lift out to hold the ware racks.

Can't wait for the next firing.

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

For sale - recrystallized silicon carbide shelves

Jerry Wagner has for sale 150 recrystallized 
silicon carbide shelves that measure
19" x 22" x 5/8" thick and weigh 
approximately 6 lbs. each.  


Jerry is asking $150.00 each.  

These are brand new shelves and are 
excellent for reduction firing.  


One note of caution:  In cooling,
 starting at 500 degrees Centigrade,
 they need a cooling rate of 25 degrees
 per half hour to prevent cracking.

You can contact Jerry on his cell at 724 317-9105.

Kiln and Shelves - For sale

30 cubic stacking space car kiln with two forced air propane burners at $3500
30 12 x 24 5/8 silicon carbide shelves sold as one lot at $600, not all flat
30 11 x 18 5/8 silicon carbide shelves at $20 each - all flat, slightly used 
a 4 x 8 work table for the taking before it becomes kindling :)
Trina Buff clay at .20 a pound
one bag of gerstley borate at $40

Jody Temple
828.696.8121

Trimming on the hump / or foam- John Britt- 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Clay Club at East Fork Pottery Feb. 16th


Greetings and Salutations,

I just wanted to officially invite everyone out here to eastern Madison County this Wednesday for clay club at my place! I am going to pretend it is summertime and fire up the old pig cooker and bbq a few chickens. Aim to arrive around 6 and we will do a quick tour of the work shop and kiln and then go down to the house to eat and drink and be merry.

  • If there is interest I would love to do a short coil and throw demo. I will be making big pots this week and so there will probably already be a pot on the wheel. But only if there is interest.
  • If people want to bring side dishes and/or beverages that would be fantastic. I will have some beer and wine on hand but it has never hurt to have more of either.
  • A last note would be to bring shoes you don't mind getting muddy. The workshop is still a bit of a construction site and if the weather is rainy or warm there will be mud. If you are lucky I might make a few more walk boards to avoid that "old mountain black dirt".
It is a quick 35 minutes from Asheville.


Directions are as follows:
  • From Asheville head out of town on 26 towards Johnson City.
  • Take Exit 11 and turn left.
  • Head through Mars Hill and stay on 213.
  • Once out of town continue about 3 more miles and at the bottom of a large hill take a sharp right onto Bone Camp
  • Follow Bone Camp another mile or two, over and down a large mountain, until it goes over a small bridge and dead ends into East Fork Rd.
  • Turn Right onto East Fork.
  • Take your next right onto Ras Grooms Rd and follow until the pavement ends at my mailbox. My driveway is on the right and there is a small white farmhouse with red trim.

Hope to see you all there! Give a call if you get lost or have and questions 978.660.8032

All the best,

Alex


A Lead Question

Bowl from Nishapur, lead-glazed earthenware with a slip decoration.
In the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Does anyone have any experience with importing or bringing lead glazed pots into the States? There are guidelines here, and I will try to interpret them ASAP, but thought I would ask around. Thanks!

Pottery Instructors Wanted

Catawba Valley Community College is seeking part time pottery instructors for the new Potters Workshop.  The stand alone facility is located on Hwy 127 just south of Hickory in the heart of the Catawba Valley pottery area.  This is a great opportunity offering excellent pay with morning, afternoon and evening time slots available.  If you or someone you know are interested contact me at 704 462 0077 or emailkellington@cvcc.edu 
Applications are ongoing.  Residencies considered.
More info:
Thank you much,

Kim Ellington

Pho Bowl - John Britt - 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mystery cup/artist

 Can anyone identify this cup and pottery?


It's signed "Lee" in fairly small print with no other marks. I THINK she said it was given to her in the 1990s... Are you able to help me figure out who this artist is? I greatly appreciate any help you can provide... Thanks so much!!!



Jingdezhen Artists to Visit Penland March 10

Fellow clubbers,
Everyone is invited to an afternoon of festivities honoring Penland Visiting Artists from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China.

When: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Where: Penland's Gorelick Social Hall (aka Northlight) and Ridgeway Community Room
Time: 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Please RSVP to Marie Fornaro, at mariefornaro@penland.org or 828-765-2359, ext. 13.

There will be a presentation on Chinese ceramic history and culture by Li Chao, Associate Professor of Art at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. There will also be demonstrations by master ceramic artists in Northlight. Afterwards there will be a pot-luck party at Ridgeway. Please plan to bring a small, non-perishable (or slowly perishable) donation for the potluck dinner. Penland will provide drinks and plates.

The artists are:
Li Chao, Associate Professor of Art at the Jingdezhen Ceramic
Institute
Feng Shangjin, Master over-glaze painter
Xie Zhenghua, Master slab builder
Feng Weina, under-glaze decorator and faculty member of
Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute
Dai Guangyu, Master trimmer
Zhan Shaolin, Master thrower
+ friends

Press molding skulls - John Britt- 2011

Here is a short video on press molding skulls and making a lidded jar.

Enjoy,

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Czeck Republic Church

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Skulls



Just got back from doing a demo at Odyssey for Master's of the Mountains.  It is a really interested group and some wanted more on this skull series I am working on.

I sculpted a human from a real skull, then I made a mold so I could either slip cast or press mold it. I usually press mold it as I don't make that many. Then I add parts like Zygomatic bones and work on extracting teeth.  Then cut the skull cap and put in a flange for a lidded skull or just turn the cap for a skull cap incense burner.  






I will then put on white slip or a crackle slip and rub in some oxides and fire. Then I will see if it is realistic and add more oxides or stains and refire until it is right. I am working on glazing some and then sandblasting.

Johnbrittpottery.com

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pete's Red Orange Glaze Recipe

Pete's Red-Orange cone 10           
47.30   Nepheline Syenite
27.50   Silica
9.30     Whiting
14.20   Gerstley Borate
1.70     Zinc Oxide
           
0.35     Copper Carbonate
1.00     Tin Oxide

Monday, February 7, 2011

North Carolina Pottery Center - Tea Pot Show 2011




Penland Community Open House -- Saturday, March 5

Hello fellow clubbers! I am planning for Penland’s Community Open House 2011 in our beloved clay studio, and I’d like to invite you to join me for a day of creative studio activities. I would love to have you as one of Penland’s many talented, hard-working volunteers! In the clay studio, I need volunteers to work one-on-one with visitors on the wheel to make a small pot. I’ll also need volunteers to work with visitors to make a special little sculpture or figure embellished with natural objects. Our guests are mostly children it’s a lot of fun to see what they come up with!

The Community Open House is scheduled for Saturday, March 5th, with volunteers participating from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. In thanks, Penland will feed you and provide you with a special souvenir apron to keep you tidy in the studio throughout 2011.

The schedule March 5 is as follows:
11:00 am – Setup
11:45 am – Volunteer pizza and soup lunch
12:30 pm – Return to studios
1:00 – 5:00 pm –Visitors arrive, create and have fun
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Clean up

Thank you for considering volunteering! Please call me, 828-765-2359, ext. 29, or e-mail me if you’re interested in helping, clay@penland.org. – Susan Feagin

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Walker Pug Mill For Sale 2/5/2011

Walker Pugmill for sale.  3/4hp, reversing 110V, stainless steel, good condition.  $950 OBO
I used it for reclaiming and reconstituting porcelain and stoneware.  This machine is a workhorse and could be used for mixing as well as reclaiming.  It does not produce wedge-free clay.  My mixing days are over!  It must be partially dismantled to move; location -Henderson County.  I will deliver and set up for a reasonable fee. 


SOLD
Please contact:
David Voorhees, 828 698-8775, 

Fish Sauce Slip

Arnies Fish Sauce Slip
Cone 10
can be applied very thick

43.8  Grolleg  
15.6  Flint  
23.5  F-4 Feldspar 
  7.8  Pyrax or Pyrotrol 
  9.4  Bentonite  

Thanks to  Mark Issenberg
Check out my blog

English Slipware Workshop

Hannah McAndrew Pitchers


English slipware potters, Doug Fitch and Hannah McAndrew will be giving a one day workshop in Shelby, NC on April 23rd, 2011.  Cost: $85

Information and Registration can be found :

http://dougandhannahworkshop.blogspot.com/



Jug by Doug Fitch







Candle Holders by Hannah McAndrew

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bottle with threaded lid - John Britt - 2011

Etymology or Fish Sauce

We had a question on the origin of the term "fish sauce" as it is used in pottery- a white slip.

Tony Clennell replied:

Every one in Utah (University of Utah)  seemed to eat fish sauce with their fish which
was a 50/50 mixture of ketchup and mayo. 


We used a fish sauce dipping slip in the wood kiln that was, if I remember correctly, 


Fish Sauce:
50 Redart 
50 Kaolin 


(I threw a hand full of nep sy just because!)

Hope this explains fish sauce.

tc



Check out his blog:


http://smokieclennell.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dallas ---ice

Got a call mid morning Wed . saying do not come now . Streets are ice .. Will now be going for the closing of the show ... March 3-4 ,2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pour over coffee funnel -John Britt- 2011




Here is a short video showing how to make a Pour Over Funnel for coffee lovers.

In case you don't know what that is:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/ristretto-pour-over-coffee-drips-into-new-york/
.

Wait- 358 and counting!!!

357 Followers

The Clay Club has reached a milestone today - 357 Followers. This may not mean much in the scheme of things or in the overall blogisphere. But for us, it means that we are tied with Michael Kline's Sawdust and Dirt blog for the first time in the almost three years that we have been posting.

Pretty soon Michael will have to rename his blog: Sawdust and in the dust .

If anyone has events to post or upcoming shows or just interesting shit you are doing it would be nice to see what everyone is up to as Spring approaches!!!

Rock on kids!

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

FLOW open house

If you've been curious about the cooperative store myself and 7 friends have been working on the past 7 months, this Saturday is a good time to check it out.  More of a store than a gallery, Flow represents quality, locally made products for the body & home, housed in a beautifully restored, turn of the century Downtown Marshall storefront.  In addition to the sweet treats and fine craft on Saturday February 5,Flow will have made to order flower arrangements available for Valentine's Day pick up. 
 
If you're and artists or crafts person, Flow is seeking new members and new work for the spring.  If you're interested in membership, or having us represent your work, please send inquirees to: FlowMarshall@gmail.com with "Interested in Jury" or "Interested in Membership," in the subject line. 
 
I myself will be back and forth between Flow and my kiln firing on Saturday.  You're always welcome to drop by my studio, just across the French Broad River from Flow, in Marshall High Studios #109
Thanks for reading.
Emily Reason
 
 
Sweetest Open House Ever!
 
Join us for complimentary champagne and hand crafted chocolatesSaturday, February 5
11-4
at FLow
 
Located in Historic Downtown Marshall
14 South Main Street

Introducing: our unique Sweetheart Registry 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Flow
Handmade Adornment for the Body + Home
14 South Main Street
Marshall, NC 28753
(828) 649-1686

Clay Club Feb 16, 2011

Yo Clubbers,

Alex Matisse has offered to host the February Clay Club and show us his new kiln and space.  Here is his blog with some pictures of the "whale":  http://alexmatisse.blogspot.com/

We will do it a week later than the usual but I will send out an announcement with directions and food preference later.

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Throwing a tumbler - John Britt- 2011

Here is a short video of how to throw a tumbler on plastic bats so that they have a smooth bottom without trimming. Enjoy.

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com