Thursday, June 19, 2008

Test Kiln

Here is the latest firing in the test kiln. If you love pink you will love these chairs and cups. Also, got in the first firing of the new medium sized kiln and it went well. Can't wait for the Reduction Workshop!

John Britt

Blog On!

Michael Kline just informed me that the proper way for new folks to post on the blog is to be invited as an "Author." He is wise in the ways of blogging. He is a blogging Guru. So, if anyone out there wants to post on Clay Club, email me

Good Morning

Just thought i'd share this shot, just before sunrise- early kiln firing. I will miss this view.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Making cups

What could be better than making cups. Well, how about not scoring! These handles were attached without scoring, only using deflocculated slip as a connection. Works great and save a lot of time and fussing,

John Britt

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Two Moles or Not Two Moles

Since Michael asked, on the right is a mole of silica and on the left is a mole of magnesium carbonate. Notice the size difference! But they have the same number of atoms: 6.03 x 1023 or 603,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. One is very light and fluffy and the other is heavy and dense.


Tile Thief: Gess Who?

If anyone see this tile thief around please call the Sheriff. He is a lapsed Clay Clubber who can't kick his tile addiction. He desperately needs our help before he hits rock bottom,

John Britt

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sawdust and Dirt

Here is an easier way to link to my blog. (-;

Help Wanted

John mentioned this blog to me even though I missed the meeting last week. Exciting!
I am currently in the midst of my hell week, just before my firing. If you or someone you know want to help out this week in exchange for some room in the kiln let me know. If you want $ let me know. I have a few shelves to be cleaned but most of them have already been done. It will be mainly punching out my list of things, i.e. conepacks, wadding, packing glazed ware , stacking some wood, etc. email me if you're interested,
michaeljkline at gmail dot com.

You can read my blog at

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Hey John Britt!

Thanks for the shout out! Sounds like I'll be in good company...

And as for the attached picture, you ask? Perhaps we shall dub this an apropos commentary on the EnergyXchanges snacks for the TRAC tour. No?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Golden Truffles

Little Boo Boo is so amazingly cute and precious that when he goes "out" he doesn't create a smelly mess. No, he creates these golden truffles. I collect these little jewels and sell them for a small price, just enough to buy him some more little treats. What a special little dog he is!

John Britt


Just a reminder that the TRAC Tour is this weekend. Stop on by the studio and check out my new honey jars filled the most wonderful mountain honey. Each bee collects nectar and digests it and then pukes it up for your enjoyment!

John Britt Pottery Studio

154 Sparks Road

Bakersville, NC 28705

828-467-5020 (cell)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lindsay Rogers: She Writes, She Scores!

Just for your information, our own Lindsay Rogers of Burnsville, North Carolina is the winner of the Studio Potter New Voices Essay Contest: . Her article "Finding My Voice" appears in the Summer issue, available in early July.

Also, Michael Kline and John Britt will be in the issue.
(For once, it is not Emily Reason, who by the way is Rupert Murdock's illegitimate love child.)

Clay Club is awesome!

John Britt

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Upcoming Workshops


Spread the word.

Got some awesome workshops
coming up at my new studio:

Cone 10 Reduction Firing Workshop
July 11 – July 13, 2008

Basic Glaze Chemistry and Raw Materials
July 21 – July 25, 2008

Weekend Kiln Building Workshop
August 1 – August 3, 2008

Oil Spot Workshop
August 15 – August 17, 2008

If you need more info check out:


John Britt

Sunday, June 8, 2008

It's all new to me

Hi, I'm Louise B. and rather new to pottery. I was lucky enough to take a class on glazing with John Britt the "Glazing Guru". I enjoyed the club meeting the other night and I am looking forward the the next meeting at John F. place. Today I will be opening my kiln to see what I have this time. Being new to pottery I alway call opening the kiln "Christmas" because I never know what will come out. EMILY you make an outstanding president!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

I second that post!

Hey y'all.

I'm Lindsay Rogers, a potter working at the EnergyXchange with Emily (for just a little longer... *sniff*). I am one of the newest residents to the program and have had a wonderful experience thus far. If there are any friends of friends out there that you think would be a good fit for the Xchange feel free to send them my way as well. My email is I'd be more than happy speak with them because, as a new resident, they'd be stuck with me. :) I hope to attend many of these clay club events. I missed the first reconvening because I was busy getting my very first "new to me" pick up truck! I feel as though I have crossed a studio potter milestone, no? Looking forward to the next meeing....

Friday, June 6, 2008

Call for EnergyXchange Applicants

Two vacancies in the EnergyXchange Clay studio are opening this summer. One in July, one in August. Motivated potter's are invited to apply. Application information can be found at
An application deadline is posted as June15, but I suspect it will be extended.
The EnergyXchange Residency has greatly contributed to the success of every craftsperson's career who has been through the program. All of our former residents have gone on to studios of their own, graduate school, or teaching. My experience at EnergyXchange has been fantastic. I'm happy to answer questions about the program, if anyone knows a potter who may be interested-
Please help spread the word about the open positions, so that EnergyXchange can continue to provide outstanding opportunities for emerging craftspeople as well as be an interesting place for visitors.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

One Mole


One mole of silica!



I am shane mickey!
i live in the hawk community just outside bakersville. I do a variety of things some legal, others, well forget it. I love the clay club. thanks emily for the blog. I hope to attend the gatherings. oh yhea i make pots, and woodfire or salt. nice ass shot john?

Joy Tanner

Hello fellow clay community:

I'm Joy Tanner and I live way out in between a hollar somewhere around Red Hill. There I have my studio and create soda fired functional pots. I enjoy gardening, photography, hiking and anything else outside.

Visit my website:
My new pottery blog:

Nice Reason!


My name is John Britt and here is a photo of my dog Boo Boo. He just graduated from preschool.

He is my only friend.

Please help.


Emily Reason

Hi! I'm Emily, and I am NOT the Clay Club President, but I DO like Miller High Life. I'm currently wrapping up my Residency at the EnergyXchange :( And will soon be settting up shop at the Marshall High Studios in Madison County :)
I work with porcelain and fire cone 10 reduction. I enjoy long walks on the beach, the sound of crickets and peepers at night, the Champagne of Beers, and other stuff like hiking, disc golf, music, reading, running,cooking and hangin' with my hommies. Someone else please share so i'm not the only one.

Next Meeting July 9

The next Clay Club meeting to be held at John Ferlazzo's studio in Bakersville from 6:30-8pm. Bring food or beverage if you'd like. Directions will be emailed.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Clay Club is Back!

Welcome to the official Clay Club Blog! We hope that you will all make use of this blog to keep connected and help Clay Club live on. Our most recent meeting was held at John Britt's studio on June 4. During that time, clay peeps in attandance kicked around some Clay Club ideas. Here's some of what we came up with:
- Hold Clay Club meetings the second Wednesday of each month (working around holidays) at a different Clay Club memeber's studio. All are welcome to volunteer to be a Clay Club meeting "Host."
-Meetings are potluck style, though it is not at all required that you bring something.
-The Host of the meeting selects a "topic"
Here's some ideas for topics, and we need more! :
-Show and Tell
-Being an Econmical Potter
-Clay Olympics
-Clay-related books
-Switcheroo- bring a bisque pot, another potter takes it to thier studio, glazes and fires it!
-Why potters are such nerds, VIP speaker John Britt ;)
-Experimental firings
-green glazing
-reduction cooling
-other ideas?

If you're not already on the email list contact John Britt at: to get on it. Through email you'll receive access to posting on this blog, meeting updates and directions on how to get there.
So now, please join the blog! Intorduce yourself by uploading a picture of yourself, your work, and tell us a little about you!