Thursday, January 26, 2017

Penland School of Crafts LGBTQ Scholarship Award



Jerry Jackson and Jeff Harris have established a new scholarship at Penland School of Crafts, the LGBTQ Scholarship Award. This scholarship “will provide a special work-study scholarship for a summer workshop at Penland for a student living in North Carolina.” The deadline is February 17th. Contact Penland Registrar Amanda Hollifield at 828-765-2359 ext. 1306 for more information. I couldn’t find this on the Penland website, but you can see the announcement above. (Thanks to Equality NC for posting this on twitter.)

For a little context: Penland is located in Mitchell County, North Carolina. In 2012, 83% of Mitchell County voters voted in favor of Amendment 1, the anti-LGBT* marriage amendment. Mitchell County’s state senator and representative both voted for the anti-LGBT* House Bill 2. Thanks to Penland for being a welcoming, affirming and safe space in this county.

Penland offers a number of scholarships. Here’s the overview page on their website (I’m guessing this new scholarship will be included at some point): penland.org/classes/scholarships.html

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Upcoming Clay Club meetings


Here's what's coming up in Clay Club, including some special opportunities to participate in February, March and May!

February Clay Club will be at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville on February 8th. We will be having critiques and I will share details about how to participate soon.

March Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville on March 8th. There will be a special Kazegama kiln opening during Clay Club and clubbers are invited to participate in the firing. Here are the details on how to participate from Lori Theriault:

Use Cone 10 clay. Keep it to smaller works (mugs, tumblers, small bowls/vases - 6-8" tops), and liner glazes only, flashing slips if they have them but no outside glazes. We'll wad here, and open the kiln and have a de-wadding party at Clay Club! Drop off works at The Village Potters between February 22nd - March 1st. Questions? Contact Lori at lori@thevillagepotters.com.


April Clay Club will be in Morganton on April 12th. More details about this closer to the date. Thanks to Briana Blackwelder for organizing this!

May Clay Club will be in Marion on May 10th. We will be holding a series of short (5-7 minute) presentations. This idea is inspired by PechaKucha and similar presentation events and is an opportunity for all Clay Clubbers to participate. Presentations can be on anything ceramics-related. More details as we get closer to the date, but start thinking about a topic that interests you that you’d like to share and feel free to contact me if you have any questions before then. Thanks to Karen Speer for organizing this!

June Clay Club will be in Boone on June 14th. More details about this closer to the date. Thanks to Cindy Pacileo and Bob Meier for organizing this!

Thanks to all the Clay Club organizers and hosts!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Spruce Pine Mica Company



Here’s a short Asheville Citizen-Times piece about the Spruce Pine Mica Company. The headline is, “Portrait of the Past: At the Spruce Pine Mica Co., 1972.” Per the story, “[m]ica mines began big production in the Spruce Pine area in the 1890s to advance the mineral’s use as a scouring agent, ceramic glaze and enhancer of paint and gypsum wallboard.”

Read the online version of the story here: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2017/01/19/portrait-past-spruce-pine-mica-co-1972/96664340/

The Spruce Pine Mica Company is still in operation in Spruce Pine, NC. Their website has some interesting info about mica - I like their answer to this question on the FAQ page:

Why is mica not used more in production?

Mica was the original material in many applications. One of the reasons it is not found more commonly is the design engineers are not familiar with the material because it is not considered a cutting edge material; even though it is millions of years old and is superior in many ways to more expensive, manmade materials.


Visit the Spruce Pine Mica Company website here: http://www.sprucepinemica.com

Free clay in Asheville


Here are the details from Laura Somervill:

Free cone 6 recycle clay in Asheville. Bring empty 5 gallon buckets to trade or fill. Email me at westfirestudio@gmail.com for exact location.

Monday, January 23, 2017

John Britt Cone 6 Three day Ceramic Glaze Testing Workshop



March 17-19, 2017 in St. Petersburg FL

This is a 3 day TESTING workshop where we will run Color Blends with various cone 6 base glazes. It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. 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 ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from my new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.
Tiles will be made ahead of time and we will mix glazes and run tests on the first day, fire the second day and discuss results the final day.

$250.00

Hours :
Friday-Sunday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
+1 727-439-8522
Clay Center of St. Petersburg
2010 1st Avenue South
St. Petersburg FL 33712 US

John Britt Cone 6 Three day Ceramic Glaze Testing


February 4 – 6, 2017
This is a FUN 3 day TESTING workshop where we will run Color Blends with various cone 6 base glazes. It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. 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 ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from my new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.
Tiles will be made ahead of time and we will mix glazes and run tests on the first day, fire the second day and discuss results the final day.

Tuition: Community Members $225 Students $150. There is a $100 deposit for this workshop (non-refundable within 30 days of event) To Register call 225-932-9457 or email at contact@alligatorclay.com

Southern Pottery Equipment

2721 W Perdue Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70814 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Glazed and Confused – Understanding the Unity Molecular Formula short online course


Terry Gess shared this information:

Hello Fellow potters-
Heads up for a GREAT resource on understanding glazes! I’ve been studying with Matt Katz in the Alfred Online Introduction to Glazes course. Its expensive (and comprehensive) but he is offering a condensed version that is FABULOUS!

Glazed and Confused – Understanding the Unity Molecular Formula

https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/17968/about

Its just $10 and it goes through a lot of understanding glazes!.

Excellent resource!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

37th Annual Potters Gathering at Cedar Lakes with Cynthia Bringle




Cynthia Bringle will be the featured presenter at the 37th Annual Potters Gathering March 10-12 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, West Virginia. Check out the details in the brochure posted here (click to enlarge the images). Call 304-372-7860 for more information.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Good Making of Good Things at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville



The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-1979 will be on exhibit at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in downtown Asheville January 20th - May 20th, 2017. This Friday, January 20th, there will be an Opening Reception from 6:30 - 8:30 pm with a Curators' Tour at 7:30 pm. There are a number of events going on during the exhibit run, including a Women and Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 2nd.

From the CCCD website:

The Good Making of Good Things investigates Craft Horizons, a watershed publication, which ran from 1941-1979, and explores how the magazine documented and shaped the concept of craft as a movement, career, way of life, and cultural phenomenon.

During its nearly forty years in print, Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. This exhibition pairs works by makers featured in the magazine with articles, reviews, and letters from readers to illustrate the essential role it played in the development of craft and its cultural connections. In a pre-Internet era, Craft Horizons was the field’s tutorial guide, its social network, and its image-sharing database. It gave the artist, enthusiast, scholar, or casual hobbyist access to all that occurred in craft.

The magazine began as a humble unnamed newsletter in 1941, bringing together a like-minded community that had yet to connect nationally. By the 1970s, Craft Horizons had grown into the field’s leading voice. In 1979, the American Craft Council, its publisher, rebranded it as American Craft, which is still in print today.

Featured artists include: Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978), David Gilhooly (1943-2013), Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985), Ted Hallman (b. 1933), Harvey Littleton (1922-2013), Jaydan Moore (b. 1986), George Nakashima (1905-1990), Ruth Radakovich (1920-1975), Svetozar Radakovich (1918-1998), Southern Highland Craft Guild, Rudolf Staffel (1911-2002), Bob Stocksdale (1913-2003), Peter Voulkos (1924-2002), Betty Woodman (b. 1953)

The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD.

(Note - ICYMI: the complete - and searchable - archive of Craft Horizons is available here: http://digital.craftcouncil.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15785coll2)

More, including a schedule of exhibit events, here: http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/programs-exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/ http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/programs-exhibitions/current-exhibitions/

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Open shows at the Transylvania Community Arts Council


The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, North Carolina is holding two open shows: “Folk Art” and “The Other Side.” It's up to the artist to interpret the themes. “Folk Art” is in February and “The Other Side” is in May. Visit the the Transylvania Community Arts Council website for more info and to request an application: http://tcarts.org

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Peter Pugger for sale in Evensville, Tennessee


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***Update 1/8/17: sale pending***

Dawn Raburn is selling a Peter Pugger in Evensville, Tennessee. See the details and photos below:

Peter Pugger VPM-20
Purchased new in 2006
Used in personal studio
Includes cart
Clean, in great working order, and ready for new owner
$2950 firm

Contact Dawn at 423-775-2039 or daraburn@charter.net



Friday, January 6, 2017

ARTsCentered exhibit at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Council gallery


***Update 1/11/17 from Annie Thayer: Because of snow, they are still accepting entries at TRAC for the Friday opening.***

Annie Thayer shared this information about the ARTsCentered exhibit at the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) gallery in Spruce Pine, including an invitation to former and current ARTsCentered guest instructors and students to participate (note the application deadline is Monday, January 9th):

For the 1st TRAC exhibition of 2017, We hope to show that artists support the process of developing artistic expression.

We are a community with both professionals and immerging artists who encourage and network to help one another be successful. In light of that foundational principal of a strong Arts community...
All former and current guest instructors and students of ARTs CENTERed Studio, are invited to exhibit their art work, in either the professional category or the non professional category. (Number of items subject to space available.)
Art works may be something other than clay. (Baskets, jewelery, paintings, textile, metal, wood, etc. welcome)

Application forms, and $20.00 entry fee are due Monday Jan. 9th.
The show opens Jan. 13 and there is a reception at 5:00 PM that evening. The reception is open to the community and I hope Clay Club members will attend.

Potters may donate bowls for Empty Bowls to be available at the reception for purchase.

TRAC gets 40% of retail price of Art exhibit sales. Mark items "NFS" if Not for Sale.
Awards will be given in each category.
1st prize= $100.00
2nd prize= $75.00
Etc.

More info about the exhibit on the TRAC website: www.toeriverarts.org/facilities/spruce-pine-gallery/

No Clay Club in January and update on 2017 meetings


Happy New Year, Clay Clubbers!

I have not been able to secure a host for January Clay Club and so I am canceling this month’s meeting. We have meetings confirmed for February, March, April and June and I will share information about those meetings soon.

I am looking for hosts for May and also for July and later in the year - if you think you might be interested, here are the details:

We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. We try to keep it to that time, but we can meet at another time if that won’t work. Meetings usually consist of a potluck (I can supply paper and plastic ware for that) and a program that can be as formal or informal as you want: a presentation or a discussion or a studio tour or a demo - really, anything the hosts want to do.

If you have or know of a place to host a meeting, let me know. And if you have an idea for a program for a Clay Club meeting, let me know that, too.

Thanks all!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Gold Shino Test Series

Wildacres residency opportunity


Applications are now being accepted for the Wildacres Residency Program. The deadline is January 15th. Wildacres is a beautiful retreat and conference center located near Little Switzerland, North Carolina. The Wildacres pottery studio was designed by Norm Schulman.

From the Wildacres website:

The Wildacres Residency Program began in 1999 and over the past seventeen years has hosted nearly 600 writers, artists, musicians and others. Participants stay in one of three comfortable cabins located 1/4 mile from the conference center. Past residents have found the setting conducive to their work and have had a great "Wildacres experience."

With the use of three cabins, the program will have about 70 one- and two-week residencies available from April through October. Sessions begin each Monday afternoon and conclude on Sunday or early Monday morning. The program allows individuals the solitude and inspiration needed to begin or continue work on a project in their particular field.

More info, including applications, here: http://www.wildacres.org/workshops/residency.html

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Western North Carolina potter seeks kiln repair person


Lee Wolfe of Lee Wolfe Pottery is looking for someone to hire for kiln repairs as needed. Here are the details from Lee:

I have 2 Skutt kilns with Kilntronics. I need someone in or near the Asheville area. Please email me leewolfe1357@gmail.com
Thanks!