Saturday, September 16, 2017

Upcoming Clay Club meetings: Mars Hill University, Odyssey Clayworks, Oil Spot firing with John Britt


After talking with a number of you, I think we will again pass on holding a meeting in October. It is a busy month with the Spruce Pine Potters Market, Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, American Craft Week and other events.

I’m excited to share details about our next few meetings! Please save the dates for:

November Clay Club on Wednesday, November 8 from 5-7 pm (note the change from our usual meeting time) at Mars Hill University. Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us!

December Clay Club on Wednesday, December 13th from 6-8 pm at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville. We’ll have our annual mug/cup/object exchange. Thanks to Gabriel Kline and everyone at Odyssey for hosting us!

January Clay Club on Wednesday, January 10th from 6-8 pm at John Britt Pottery near Penland. We will have an oil spot kiln opening during the meeting. Everyone is invited to participate in the firing, which will take place before the meeting. John will provide glazes and glazing opportunities at his studio, probably in the first week in January. Pieces should be made with cone 10 clay (John uses Helios, Orangestone, and Phoenix). If you know about oil spot glazes and John’s expertise with them, you know this is a special opportunity. (John has written and presented widely on oil spot glazes, including this Ceramics Today article and this Ceramic Arts Network article.) More details will be provided, but John needs to know how many people will be participating so if you’re interested, let me know by sending me an email (amy@amywallerpottery.com). Thanks to John for proposing and planning this, and for hosting us!

I will share more details about all of these meetings closer to their dates.

I’m working on 2018 Clay Club meetings - if you have an idea for a meeting and/or are interested in hosting, let me know.

Thanks all!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Recap: September Clay Club at Mudhoneyz Studio



A big thank you to Missy Batten, LeElaine Comer and Molly Walter - aka the Mudhoneyz - for hosting September Clay Club at their studio in Weaverville!

Missy, LeElaine and Molly are all Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program grads. During their time at Haywood they lucked into meeting some older Haywood Crafts grads - woodworkers and other master craftspeople - who planted the seed of the three of them building their own studio together. They started planning in November 2013 and started building in 2014. In June 2015 they ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build their kiln and kiln shed. They were extraordinarily successful, raising more than their target goal in a very short amount of time. Somebody asked how they went about setting up such a successful Kickstarter campaign and the answer was research, research, research: before they launched their campaign they learned as much as they could about how to run a successful one. You can check out their Kickstarter campaign here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mudhoneyz/the-mudhoneyz-kiln-build

The kiln is a hybrid catenary arch kiln fueled by gas to about 800 degrees and then with wood (see the pile of wood in the photo!). The kiln is fired with salt and soda. They aim to fire about every 2.5 months, and they recently had their sixth firing.

The three of them talked about working together and what that’s like. One place they got guidance from was AB Tech’s Small Business Center, including free consultations with a CPA. (Community Colleges throughout North Carolina have small business centers that provide classes and services, much of it at no cost.) They said they initially kept track of how much time they each spent working, but quickly - like, after a day - gave that up. They acknowledged having different strengths and weaknesses in the different aspects of running the studio, and they talked about how they work to take advantage of each others' strengths.

One word that kept coming up from all three of them was community: they lucked out in getting taken under the wing by a community of older Haywood Community College craft grads who helped them see what could be possible; the Village Potters in Asheville have been a source of inspiration for what a ceramic community can look like; and they have a vision of the community that their joint studio is and can be. The Mudhoneyz model is a unique and special way to be professional potters - here’s hoping this is just the beginning of a long and successful collaboration for the three of them.

Thanks again to Missy, LeElaine and Molly for hosting us, and to everybody who came!

Mudhoneyz Studio: www.mudhoneyz.com

On Instagram:

@mudhoneyz

@mogrizzles

@leelainec

@missy_batten

Edit: John Britt posted about Clay Club at the Mudhoneyz Studio, too (thanks, John!): http://johnbrittpottery.blogspot.com/2017/09/thanks-amy-waller-and-mudhoneyz.html







Ceramic Arts Network features Rachel Smith of Reems Creek Pottery!



Terrific Ceramic Arts Network Q&A with Rachel Smith of Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville! Read all of it here: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/daily/ceramic-art-and-artists/ceramic-artists/artist-qa-meet-rachel-smith/

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Alex Glover - Geology of the Toe River Valley

The Toe River Valley exhibit presents two gallery talks on Saturday, September 16
Location: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Geology of the Toe by Alex Glover, retired professional geologist
Presentation includes a powerpoint of geological process of the formation of the riverbed rocks and the manner in which the Toe River cut across the Appalachians. Rock samples and geologic models will be used during the presentation.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. People of the Toe Valley by David Biddix, Coordinator of Digital Media at Western Piedmont Community College. David's passion for local history has led him to a partnership with Chris Hollifield to form Longleaf Media. They have produced two Images of America books (for Spruce Pine, NC in 2009 and Little Switzerland, NC in 2010) for Arcadia Publishing), along with a video documentary celebrating the centennial of Little Switzerland, released in June, 2010. He also completed a project with Jonathan Bennett that produced Images of America: Mount Mitchell in 2015.

Ceramic Lab Equipment for sale

https://www.mohrcorp.com/ceramic-lab-equipment-machine-tools-liquidation/

FREE!!! Old Industrial Kilns - 1 gas, 1 electric

FREE - 1 gas kiln and 1 electric kiln.  These were pulled out of a decommissioned factory in Mexico and were included in a truckload of equipment we recently purchased.  The electric kiln comes with some manuals and the gas kiln has less information.  If you are handy these could be right for you!

We have a forklift to load onto your truck.  Kilns are in downtown Marshall.  Please email Dan to arrange pickup at dan@eastforkpottery.com

Note: We have some shelves and hoods that could be negotiated but would need to be purchased.

Gas:
A.D. Alpine Inc
Mod. No. EFG-12
Ser. No. 102
Inter. Dimensions- 20" deep x 37" wide x 38" tall
Ext. Dimensions- 37" deep x 75" wide x 80" tall
Electric converted to 2 burner gas
3 gas pressure switches
4 solenoid relays
2 sensors
lots of miscellaneous valves and piping  


Electric:
Carol Suzanne Kilns
Mod. No. CFFE-BX-12.0
Ser. No. 448
Max. Temp. 2200
240V 3 phase
35 amps
Inter. Dimensions- 27" deep x 27" wide x 31" tall
Ext. Dimensions- 48" deep x 58" wide x 77" tall​




















Gas:
A.D. Alpine Inc
Mod. No. EFG-12
Ser. No. 102
Inter. Dimensions- 20" deep x 37" wide x 38" tall
Ext. Dimensions- 37" deep x 75" wide x 80" tall
Electric converted to 2 burner gas
3 gas pressure switches
4 solenoid relays
2 sensors
lots of miscellaneous valves and piping  
hood

Electric:
Carol Suzanne Kilns
Mod. No. CFFE-BX-12.0
Ser. No. 448
Max. Temp. 2200
240V 3 phase
35 amps
Inter. Dimensions- 27" deep x 27" wide x 31" tall
Ext. Dimensions- 48" deep x 58" wide x 77" tall​


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Clay Club on Wednesday in Weaverville!


Hope everybody’s doing all right following Irma! Here are the details about September Clay Club - hope you can join us:

Clay Club is tomorrow at Mudhoneyz Studio in Weaverville!

Details:

When: 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 13th

What: Missy Batten, LeElaine Comer and Molly Walter will talk about how they got together to form their studio; give a tour of their studio; talk about their Kickstarter project and how they fire, and what it’s like working together. Also possibly a throwing/brushwork/carving demo if there is interest/time.

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Parking is limited - carpool if you can. (There’s at least one car going from Mitchell County - let me know if you’re interested in joining us.) Directions and more details about carpooling and parking here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-clay-club-at-mudhoneyz-studio.html

See you tomorrow!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Elements for sale

I have a set of 6 elements, pre-stretched, to fit an L&L J230 or comparable. (7 cubic)
The following is what L&L says about this element:

part no. E-J-2300/30
Jupiter, Econo-Kiln and K Model JD23, JD230, JD236, JD245, J23, J230, J236, J245, K23, K230 240 Volt/1 & 3 Phase Small Standard Element (.34" Outside Diameter) - Used on All JD2300 & J2300 Series Kilns at this Voltage without a "V" designation in the Model Number and with a Serial Number preceding "010196-A" (Made before January 1, 1996). Also used on K23 and K230 Kilns.

Element Voltage: 240
Element Size: Small (.38" OD, Prior 1996)
Element Alloy: Kanthal A1
Element Wiring: Parallel

Configuration: Two Rows of Elements per 9" Section

They cost me 240 w s/h. Call or e-mail please to arrange pick up, here in Old Fort or possible meet in Asheville.  $200.00   828-337-0992   Maggie  Tipottery@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Pottery studio equipment available for sale in Arden, North Carolina


This equipment is for sale in preparation for moving and downsizing.
I will give a 5% discount for purchases over $500 and 10% for purchases over $1000.
Please forward to anyone else that might be interested.

Hank Goodman
18 Rockwood Lane
Arden NC, 28704
828-458-1478
hgstoneware@gmail.com