Saturday, June 30, 2012

Internationally recognized wood fired artist Peter Callas to lecture in Bakersville


Peter Callas
 On July 7 at 5pm Crimson Laurel Gallery will host a lecture by internationally recognized ceramic sculptor Peter Callas at the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in downtown Bakersville, NC.  The lecture will include an overview of Peter's 40 year career, his 23 year collaboration with Peter Voulkos and a discussion of "Serendipity: An International Exhibition of Wood Fired Sculptural Ceramics" that opens on July 1.  Andrew Glasgow, the retired executive director of the American Craft Council, will introduce Peter and offer opening remarks.

"Serendipity: An International Exhibition of Wood Fired Sculptural Ceramics" will feature fourteen artists from five countries and also includes a functional element that features eight exceptional wood fired ceramic artists .  This exhibition is curated by Asheville NC sculptor Eric Knoche.  Eric's goal for this exhibition is to present a group of artists from across the spectrum of wood fired sculptural ceramics never before seen in this part of the world.  He is particularly interested in how various artists have adapted the wood fired patina to their own sculptural work. 

The sculptural artists included in this exhibition include Ted Adler, Mary Bowron, Joy Brown,  Peter Callas, Jason Hess, Eric Knoche, Tim Rowan, Mat Rude and Jeff Shapiro from the United States, Neil Hoffman from Australia,  Nina Hole and Ann-Charlotte Ohlson from Denmark, Koichiro Isezaki from Japan and Michal Puszczynski from Poland.  The functional artists include Chris Campbell, JD Jorgenson, Lucien Koonce, Simon Levin, John Martelle, Dan Murphy, Tara Wilson and Shumpei Yamaki.
Tim Rowan

The exhibition will open on July 1 and remain through August 31.  Please join us for an artist's reception at 6pm on July 7th. Crimson Laurel Gallery following the Peter Callas lecture which takes place at 5pm.  The exhibition can be seen and purchased online.  For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com

Friday, June 29, 2012







Save the date  
Mica 
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Saturday, July 14th, 5-8 PM
our new co-operative Gallery
in downtown Bakersville
invites you to celebrate! 
Special gift for the first 100 guests!
https://www.facebook.com/micagallerync


Mica artists: Becky Plummer, Claudia Dunaway, Cynthia Bringle, David Ross, Gertrude Graham Smith, Jacque Allen, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Jon Ellenbogen, Kent McLaughlin, Pablo Soto, Shaunna Lyons, Susan Feagin, Suze Lindsay, William Baker.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Donate Cups, Win a Solo Show


DONATE CUPS, WIN A SOLO SHOW!

Baltimore Clayworks is soliciting ceramic artists to donate cups to support our programming. In return, you may win an exhibition in our Solo Gallery in 2013! If you are willing and able to donate cups for our cause, please include the price, materials and artist information with the cup. We will be accepting donated cups up until July 30th, 2012.
The cups will be displayed in our solo gallery from August 11- September 1, 2012. The visiting public will vote on their favorite cups, the top five artists will then be invited to send an additional 10 images. These images will then be juried by our resident artists and staff. The finalist will be offered a Solo Show Summer of 2013.
Please send cups to:
Solo Cup Benefit Exhibition
Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Ave
Baltimore, MD  21209
All proceeds will go to continue our mission to develop, promote and sustain and artist centered community that provides outstanding artistic, educational and collaborative programming in the realm of ceramic arts.  Many thanks for supporting Baltimore Clayworks!
Please direct any questions to Mary Cloonan, Exhibitions Director at: mary.cloonan@baltimoreclayworks.org.

Understanding Glazes - Workshop August 2012




Pottery Workshop with John Britt
August 3, 4, 5
Rochester Folk Art Guild
1445 Upper Hill Road 
Middlesex, NY 14507 
Glaze Workshop


This workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 10 reduction. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss 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 shino, copper reds, ash, celadon, temmoku, oil spots, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them. We will also fire a cone 10 reduction firing for celadons, shinos and copper reds.


Contact the pottery studio 585-554-5463 to register or aschliffer@gmail.comfor more information
Supported in part with public funds from the New York Council on the Arts Decentralization Program which is administered locally by Phelps Historical Society & Phelps Arts Center

Clay Club July 7, 2012


Attention Clay Clubbers:

We, the Royal We, decided to have the July Clay Club at Crimson Laurel on SATURDAY JULY 7 at 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

We wanted to support Crimson Laurel and attend the Peter Callas Lecture at the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in downtown Bakersville, NC.

It would be great to see everyone there to support this kind of event in Bakersville NC!

Hope to see you there. Below is the description.

The lecture will include an overview of Peter's 40 year career, his 23 year collaboration with Peter Voulkos and a discussion of our international exhibition of wood fired sculptural ceramics that opens on July 1.  Andrew Glasgow, the retired executive director of the American Craft Council, will introduce Peter and offer opening remarks.  The exhibition will feature fourteen artists from five countries and we have also included a functional element that features eight great potters.  We will host a reception at the gallery after the lecture and we hope you will stop by and see the work.


David Trophia and John Lara
Crimson Laurel Gallery
828-688-3599
23 Crimson Laurel Way

We will resume our normal time- the second Wednesday of the month - in August.

See you there!

Coming up Daisies


Sometimes when your lawnmower breaks - everything comes up daisies....but  not that often!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ware Carts FOR SALE SOLD!!!!!

I have about 20 ware carts that are in my way and I'd like to sell. These carts are good shape and well built. The carts are made with 1 inch square tubing and angle iron for shelf supports. They are about 6 ft. tall and use a 24 by 24 inch ware board or two 12 by 24 ware boards. The shelf brackets are spaced about 6 inches apart. The wheels have two fixed and two swivel. I will sell then for 25.00 ea. pick up only. The carts are located in Mt. Airy NC.


Anyone interested can contact me by email  //////SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks!!
Gene

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Peter Callas Lecture




We wanted to invite you to attend a lecture we are hosting on July 7 at 5pm by Peter Callas at the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in downtown Bakersville, NC.  The lecture will include an overview of Peter's 40 year career, his 23 year collaboration with Peter Voulkos and a discussion of our international exhibition of wood fired sculptural ceramics that opens on July 1.  Andrew Glasgow, the retired executive director of the American Craft Council, will introduce Peter and offer opening remarks.  The exhibition will feature fourteen artists from five countries and we have also included a functional element that features eight great potters.  We will host a reception at the gallery after the lecture and we hope you will stop by and see the work.

Please forward this information to anyone that you think may have an interest in the lecture or the exhibition.

Regards,

David Trophia and John Lara
Crimson Laurel Gallery
828-688-3599
23 Crimson Laurel Way

Friday, June 22, 2012

SHAKERAG 2012


Just finished up a great week at Shakerag. If you ever get a chance to take a workshop there, do it!

Show more images later. Post some on Facebook - John Britt Pottery

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Amaco Kiln For SALE 2012






Practically new kiln for sale Amaco EX-365 kiln plus FK-365 furniture kit plus 2 shelves $1750. 
contact veva at 415 640-8837 

Wholesale Shipping?

I'm curious to know how folks handle the cost of shipping for wholesale orders.  I currently charge a percentage of the order amount for "packing," + UPS fees.  I'd love to find a simpler way, but don't want to "eat," the cost of shipping.  How do y'all do it?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Studio Wren

I also have been finding nests.  I was packing up boxes on Friday and didn't put away my packing materials. By Sunday a couple Wrens had built this nest.  I don't have the heart to move it, besides,  I like them flying in and out of my window. Good company.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Blue Bird nest


For some reason I have been finding lots of bird nests lately. Found this blue bird nest in a newspaper box. Thought they needed special boxes but looks like the blue birds are adaptable!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cryolite

Anyone in Spruce Pine or Asheville area have some cyrolite (2 lbs) that I could borrow?

John Britt 828-467-5020

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Starbucks - Made in the USA



Here is a good article about "bring it back".

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/business/starbucks-turns-to-ohio-not-china-for-coffee-mugs.html?pagewanted=all

Now if we can just get them to buy Studio Potter's mugs and tea bowls for Chai tea.

Creativity



"Creativity is the residue of time wasted."
— Albert Einstein

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Clay Club July 11, 2012




Looks like we are on  for the July 11, Clay Club. We will have a celebration at the The Pizza Shop (a.k.a. Dry County Brewing) and then go to see the TRAC show of the Energy Xchange folks.

People can also bring the work for our show at TRAC August 11 - September 22, 2012.

I will send out a reminder later.

Rock on Emily - this is Emily's 4 year as president/ or as we call her "Queen of the Club"!

By Example's gonna b a stellar show!

Ronan Kyle Peterson curated this AMAZING show. Just LOOK at who's in it!  It opens at Green Hill Center in Greensboro, NC Friday June 29, with a reception from 5:30-7:30.  Many of the showing potters will be in attendance. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Skutt Kiln for sale


Its a Scutt Electric Kiln
Model LT- 3k  1027-240
240 VAC- 50 amp
60 HZNI
w 3 heat switches
i also have 3 stacks of shelves, cones and everything else u would need
selling price is $500, its in great condition and minimally used.

its located in brevard.

katygracemac@yahoo.com

Monday, June 11, 2012

Up from the Ground Exhibit

EnergyXChange Resident Artists are gearing up for a group exhibit at the Toe River Arts Council Gallery in Spruce Pine.  Exhibit opens this June 23, with an opening reception 5-7 pm, and continues through July 28.  The exhibit will feature ceramics, glass, and native plants of the EnergyXChange.  We hope to see you there!

Artists:
Will Baker
Lisa Gluckin
Michael Hatch
Amber Marshall
Teresa Pietsch
Joy Tanner

Sunday, June 10, 2012

4 Year Anniversary of Clay Club Blog


June 6 was the 4 year Anniversary of the start of the Clay Club Blog and restart for the Clay Club.

We are doing pretty well. W have had 2,190 posts and over the last 12 months we had 261,000 Visits and 486,000 Page Views. So multiple that by 4 and we have had a shit load of visits!

We will try to keep it rolling as long as there is interest!!

NO CLAY CLUB June 2012

Yo Clubbers,


NO CLAY CLUB this month.  Everyone is too busy but we will try again next month.

I will post about the Clay Club Show at TRAC soon...I promise.

John

Friday, June 8, 2012

21" Round and Half Kiln Shelves for sale!


5 shelves, $40 each 
7 half shelves, $20 each  
Or $300 for all of them


All shelves have only been used in a bisque kiln, are in great shape


Located in Phil Mechanic Studios in Asheville's River District


If interested call Julie Covington at 828.775.6075
or email at covingtonpottery@gmail.com

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Need a relay for L&L

Does anyone near Spruce Pine NC have a relay for a 23T 240 L&L Easy Fire Kiln that I could borrow and replace later?

John Britt Pottery
828-467-5020

Frieda Dean's Thesis Show USC Columbia

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Resident Artist opening - Natchez Clay, MS



Work of current Artist-in-Residence, Audra Darbyshire.


Natchez Clay needs a Resident Artist for the 2-year, work-exchange position.
Natchez Clay is located on the Bluffs of beautiful, historic Natchez, Ms.

Natchez Clay is a ceramic teaching studio located in overlooking the Mississippi River in beautiful Natchez, Mississippi. We offer workshops with clay artists from around the US, classes, private and shared studio space, private lessons, parties and Girlfriend Getaway weekends to play with clay. We have both wheel and hand building classes, kids classes and work with special needs kids.

Natchez Clay offers a Resident Artist position. This is a two-year commitment which allows the graduate to develop his/her voice in clay and build a portfolio should they desire to pursue grad school. This non-paid position offers the Resident materials, equipment and firing capability as well as an opportunity to work in a great environment with a friendly group of potters who love to share and learn from each other. In exchange the Resident Artist is required to teach classes, assist at workshops, load and fire kilns and help manage the studio.
For more information contact Donna Jones:

Natchez Clay LLC
101 Clifton Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120
            601.807.9797    
NatchezClay@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Looking for Display


I am looking to upgrade my booth display and wondered if anyone has any propanel displays for sale?

Judy Abdelaziz
Jabdelaziz@carolina.rr.com

Brent Model C Wheel SOLD!!!!!!

Brent Model C Potters Wheel


Selling a Brent Model C Potters Wheel.

This wheel has been rarely used and is in excellent condition. Asking $825.00... If you are interested please call Pam  SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you

Monday, June 4, 2012

STUFF FOR SALE

My friend Ronald Knight is selling the following materials, FOB Marshall, NC. please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested. Call Ronald at 828-649-3804, or email Wendy at, wendymullens11@gmail.com 7 cu.ft. gas LAGUNA raku kiln. Never used. $1200 OBO Blue Bird clay mixer (motor rewound & little used since) $500 OBO Firebricks - high alumina, several sizes 10 cents per pound Fire clay shelves 19 1/4" X 15" 20 available @ $25 ea. Clays & Glaze materials. Most 1/2 price. 100 lbs or more of Avery Kaolin! Thanks everyone, turner

Friday, June 1, 2012

Robin Eggs


What is not to like about Robin's eggs?


Here is an update on the Towhee eggs I showed a while back.  They are getting there. Watch out for coyote, fox, raccoon, snakes, etc.