Thursday, August 9, 2018

Recap: August Clay Club at Rutkowsky Pottery

Thanks to Ruth and Michael for an awesome Clay Club at Rutkowsky Pottery! It was great to see everyone who came despite the rain (and the massive power outage in Asheville!). And it was terrific to see the Rutkowsky Pottery studio and gallery - what a sweet setup in a beautiful location.

Michael did a detailed demo of wiring a ceramic lamp. He has been making lamps for about twenty years and has definitely developed a system for it. (As Ruth said: he makes it look easy.) He throws lamps the size he demoed in two pieces and then joins them, and throws the finials off the hump. He shared some useful tips (like, for example, the switch should be on the opposite side from where the cord exits the lamp). He gets parts from W.N. deSherbinin ( and lampshades from Shade Designs in Kentucky. The diagram pictured below shows the W.N. deSherbinin parts he uses.

After the demo, we got to wish Michael a Happy Birthday and enjoy the birthday cake. Michael got help from other August birthday celebrators in blowing out the candles.

Thanks again to Ruth, Michael and everyone who came!

September Clay Club will take place at our regular second Wednesday time, from 6-8 pm on September 12th, at Maud and Austin Boleman’s Black Mountain Studios. I’ll share more info closer to the date.

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