Expressive Figure Sculpture With Susannah Zucker Stacking, Nesting And Covering With Becca Floyd Surface Design With Lindsay Rogers Wabi Sabi And Traditional Cups With Cynthia Lee Clay In The Garden With Nina Kawar Give It A Whirl: Intro To Wheel Throwing With Heather Spontak Working In A Series With Heather Hietala Collaborative Clay With Kristen Muscaro K-12 Educators Workshop With Jennifer Hoolihan & Kelsey Sickmeyer Bigger Pots Made Easy Workshop With Gabriel Kline & Anja Bartels
I saw on Facebook earlier today that my friend Barry Bernstein, noted raku potter from MI was heading north from his successful show at Coconut Grove Art Festival, so I gave him a call and invited him to stop by in NC. We came up with the idea of a short notice workshop for
Monday, Feb. 23 10am-4pm.
Here is what we have in mind below and a few pix of Barry's amazing raku pottery and the kiln he designed and built when he was here a few years ago.
Raku Firing Day with master raku artist Barry Bernstein.
Barry will demonstrate his high success firing procedures and assist the rest of us.
Bring up to a dozen bisque fired pieces; any kind of clay, earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain. If you have raku clay items, fine, but not essential. Leather gloves, extra tongs, etc.
Raku glazes supplied including 2 of Barry's best ones.
Fee: $60 includes glazes and propane costs.
Bag lunch and tour of my collection and some of Barry's pots (for sale with workshop discount!)
Since this is such short notice this will only be a "go" with 5 or more participants. So, call or email me right away if you are interested, or have any questions. If we get enough potters together I will send a more detailed follow up notice to those signed up. Weather for Monday looks good.
Hope some of you can make it! Feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested. Thanks!
David Voorhees Flat Rock NC area 828-698-8775
Barry's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barry-Bernstein-Raku/291368420883726
Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff is looking for someone to join their volunteer board and take on organizing on their annual Empty Bowls event.
A little about Shepherd's Staff from their website:
Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff is a non-profit North Carolina corporation whose sole purpose is to provide temporary food and heating assistance to residents of Mitchell County who are in need.
Shepherd's Staff serves all of Mitchell County, from Buladean and Tipton Hill in the west, to Bakersville, Cane Creek, Ledger, and Penland in central Mitchell County, to Spruce Pine, Grassy Creek, and Little Switzerland in the east.
Our food pantry is a partner agency with MANNA Food Bank of Western North Carolina and we receive support from United Way of Mitchell County and donations from local individuals, businesses, and churches.
CERAMICS IN TUSCANY V
June 14-June 26, 2015
Hosted by Potters Council at La Meridiana
Italian Inspiration and Italian Techniques
Potters Council is excited to be going to Italy for the fifth time. Our past trips have proven that travel has always provided a source of inspiration for visual artists. Seeing new things even if they are antiquities can make your mind race with new ideas.The itinerary for this trip is designed to provide visual stimulation as a valuable teaching and learning tool for those interested in ceramics. This visual inspiration will be drawn upon when we reach the ceramic studio at La Meridiana, where you’ll enjoy three days in the studio learning from Pietro Maddalena, Paola Paronetto, and Marcia Selsor. You will also have the opportunities to see demonstrations outside of the studio from Monica Lazzerini and Saura Vignoli.
Deadline is February 13 to SAVE $555 on Registration
Looking for some nice, thick cotton duck canvass for rolling clay, like the sheets Odyssey has if you're familiar with those. I'm finding thinner material, and material that's treated on one side. Any thoughts on where to find what I'm looking for?
Clay Club will take place at Robbie Bell's Speckled Dog Pottery next Wednesday, February 11, at 6 pm. Here's what Robbie has planned refreshment-wise (if you know Robbie, you know you won't want to miss this!):
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Six days before Mardis Gras ... We will have Gumbo and Red Beans (vegan) and Rice. If you're lucky, there will be a King Cake as well and the person who gets the prize has to make the next one.
Folks should bring their guilty pleasure. Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.
The program will be the Show and Tell we didn't get to do in January.
I've been asked about what to bring for Show and Tell. It is deliberately open-ended: there are no wrong answers. It could be an experiment that succeeded - or one that failed. If your work is too big or fragile, you could bring a photo. The idea is to get to know you and your work and maybe what inspires you so we all get to know each other a little better. (Have you read the Clay Club motto lately? It's at the top of the blog.) Whether you're a full-time professional potter or a beginning hobbyist or anywhere in between, bring something(s) to share - or rather, to show and tell.
Robbie says DON'T USE GPS - follow these directions instead:
How to find the Speckled Dog (Google it... or...) ..... From the red light in Bakersville, head east on Mitchell Ave/Cane Creek Road for 3.2 miles. Pass the first entrance to Sandy Branch (Church on corner) and head to the second entrance of Sandy Branch. Turn left onto Sandy Branch and the left again at the first paved driveway. Go to the top of the hill. You will see Speckled Dog Pottery signs at Sandy Branch.
Parking .... There is limited parking at the top of the hill. You may park along Sandy Branch and walk up the gentle sloping drive.
The Speckled Dog Pottery
1454 Sandy Branch Road
Bakersville, North Carolina 28705
If you spray glazes you may like this idea from Don Olliff in San Diego. He sprays with a low pressure high volume (HVLP) spray gun but has found that using the Liners and Caps ( Lids) from a 3M PPS system make it easy to spray, clean and store glazes.
I will let you investigate the system but you buy the liners (I think 50 in a pack) and then you get an adapter for your spray gun and then you can just fill the liners with glaze and when you are done glazing with that color you just take it out and set it aside, put in the next color (or liner) and glaze away. That way you don't need 5 guns to spray a sequence you just need 4 liners. Also you can store
the glazes in the liners as they have caps which seal and keep them wet.
There are two sizes of liners, the one shown in the photos is the larger size. Don uses the smaller 6oz. size most of the time. He only uses the larger ones for glazes that he knows he will use many times.
Adjusting the air pressure can make a big difference in the finished glaze. Especially with multiple layers of glazes.
I will include this link but you can just google to find a lot on it:
Kim Ellington is an acclaimed Catawba Valley potter known for his rich alkaline glazed, wood-fired stoneware. Ellington will talk about his 30 year relationship with the Catawba Valley pottery tradition and the insight and influences gained by working within a time honored tradition in modern times.
Ellington is the director of the Catawba Valley Community College Potters' Workshop. He makes his home in the community of Vale, North Carolina, where the use of local clays, ash glaze and groundhog kilns began in the early 19th century and continues through his work today.
Ellington's adaption of and proficiency in these techniques has resulted in his work being shown in important exhibitions nationwide, including the "Ceramic National 2000" at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, "The Potter's Eye" at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC and the current "Pottery of the U.S. South, A Living Tradition" exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM.
2-Day Workshop At Odyssey ClayWorks February 7- 8 Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Join Nick Moen as he presents a gentle introduction to plaster as a material, and the beauty of the mold making process. Over the weekend, students will make their own plaster molds that they will be able to take home and begin using in their own studios.
Modeling Stand with castors
Four legs for stability
40-46+" adjustable height
16" square turntable
Two shelves for supplies and tools
Located in the River Arts District in Asheville
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.