Thursday, July 31, 2008

Shameless Self-Promotion

Who gets more publicity than MK?
(First person to get it right wins a Mark Peter's Teapot.)

John Britt

New POTRs ?

Yes it's true. You can expect to see a couple more of the familiar red and white signs around the greater Bakersville area. The Potters of the Roan family welcomes Michael Kline and Jenny Lou Sherburne into the fold.

Initiation ceremonies were held at "The Deck" at Shane Mickey's. Festivities included a Meet 'n Greet. Although as you can see it would have been better described as a Eat'n Meat 'n Greet.
Welcome guys!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Bowling for Empty Bowls

Yo bloggers,

Don't forget to get Bowling for Empty Bowls.
John F. wants to get 100 bowls. So you can make and bisque them, or bring finished bowls to the next meeting. (seconds are ok, too.) You can also head over to John Hartom's during a making session.

John Britt

Saturday, July 26, 2008

In Case You Missed It

Jenny Mendes and I have a show online at AKAR in Iowa City. Here is the link.
Simon Levin has some nice pots as well. He is a featured artist at AKAR this month.
See you all at the opening tonight at CL.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Test Tile Heaven!

We just completed a great glaze workshop at the studio. Tons of glazes tiles fired in cone 10 oxidation and reduction, cone 6 oxidation and reduction, and cone 05 oxidation electric. Had a great time and everyone learned a lot!

John Britt

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Thoughtful Gallery

I just wanted to share this new blog that a new gallery has, called the Greatness of A Craft. It is from Ink Stone Gallery in Winterville, NC, and I know other potters and artists from here have work in their gallery. They just wrote a sweet and thoughtful tribute to craftspeople that I wanted to share. We need more people out there like them who understand!

Check out the post here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reception Saturday 26th 6pm

Works on exhibit were fired in one of the few methane kilns in the country. The show will inlcude the final works from the tenure of Emily and LeAnne at the EnergyXchange.

I hope all you Clay Clubbers will "represent," for our show! LeAnne will be leaving the area at the end of the month :(
Come give LeAnne your best wishes, and stay for a fun evening.
Afterwards some friends are camping at Loafer's Glory Campground, if anyone is interested in hanging out! Or, reservations are recommended if you want to camp!
Hope to see you at Crimson Laurel Gallery this Saturday night!

Altitude Adjustment

Took the girls uphill to beat the heat yesterday. Can you name the 4 mountains including the one we're standing on? First correct answer gets a Shane Mickey mug.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Global Warming

If you like global warming, you'll love this Carbon Trap firing we did in the Firing Workshop!

John Britt

August Meeting


Back by popular demand!!!

John Ferlazzo will once again host the Clay Club Meeting at his playhouse. It will be on Wednesday, August 13th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. I will send out a post to remind you later.

If anyone wants to bring bowls to donate to John Hartom for Empty Bowls, please do so. They can be bisque or glazed. He will also let us know when he is having a throwing day and anyone can volunteer.

John Britt

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Takin' care of bidness. The Marshall High Studios kiln construction began this week, thanks to the help of my homies. This beauty overlooks the French Broad River. She's about 58 cu ft. and will have a hinged, fiber door (yay!)Thanks to John Britt for helping with my plans and coming down here to survey the scene and offer some pointers. Thanks to my good friend LeAnne Ash who helped for 2 days with input and hard work. And thanks to the Nomadic-couch-hippy-potter Tommy Frank for making a surprise appearance just in time to lay some brick. More to come soon!

What a Sweet Deal

With gold prices at around $960 an ounce, this is quite a bargain.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What's Wrong Here?

Anna V. shares a space at the Mushroom Factory with me, but I've never seen her handle a snake! This should be fun.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Turn & Burn

At least once a day I get the question in either an email or phone call about my passion/obsession of old southeastern stoneware. Well here are a few places on the web you can visit and bone up on some of the old pots.

Mud, Sweat, and Tears has a pretty good site and regularly has new pots for sale. The pics are watermarked but I lift them anyway. Here is a southern pottery collector 'how-to' by Peter Wingard of MS&T.

Drexel Grapevine Antiques has lots of images and specialize in Catawba Valley wares.

Here is Phil Wingard's site. I met Phil at the Catawba Valley show last spring. He had a beautiful Chandler jar and a nice little Dave Drake jar.

Here you can find a few tiny images of some early NC earthenware from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, MESDA, in Winston-Salem, NC.
I sometimes get emails from eBay alerting me to new listings of old southern pottery. Every once in a while I will see a nice old crock.

If you are a southern potter you should be registered with . It's a free listing!

New residents at the Energy Xchange

Micah Cain of Rome GA and Ross Edwards of Richmond VA are the 2 new clay residents at the Energy Xchange. Ross has been working for Christina Cordova so he's already moving into his new studio. Micah will be here around the end of August.


Micah Cain

Ross Edwards

Monday, July 14, 2008

Emily Who?

Speaking of handles off a cracked pot, there are plenty more where that came from! What have you done for us lately, that's what I want to know.

John Britt

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ferlazzo for President


Ferlazzo is the man. Yes, on the fishing poles too. Maybe we should make the Empty Bowls at John's Ferlazzo's? Any votes for or against, before I contact John Hartom?

John Britt

Tiny Tiny Pot

Robin Dreyer has found this interesting vessel near Celo.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ceramics Daily video

My latest video is a demo of a bowl like the one in this pic. Ceramics Daily posted it on their website. It's the 2nd one of mine that they used. Next week they'll post part 2. Here's a link-
I must say I'm having a lot of fun making these. Gives me a chance to learn the camera and the software. I'm trying to develop a "style" for these videos. Most pot demo vids are visual with the potter talking about what's going on. Sort of like a workshop. My idea is to edit down to the bare bones, leave out the sound, add a cool sound track and insert text explanations when needed. I'm hoping the viewers get a good idea of the technique that I'm demonstrating but not take it as a "do exactly like this" type of instruction.
The Ceramics Daily site has a "comment" option with the videos and I got a lot of comments. The fun part is that I get to reply to the comments. Most of the comments are appreciative. Some offer me good suggestions for future videos. Some folks hated the music. Oh well- you can never please everyone with music. All the comments are welcomed.
On another note- the Clay Club meeting at Ferlazzo's was a lot of fun. I'd like to make a motion that all future Clay Club meetings be held there and that chicken wings and fishing poles are mandatory. I'd also like to nominate John Ferlazzo as president of the Clay Club.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friends and Neighbors

My new shop had a few helping hands(and backs) today! We had a blast, nobody got hurt, and I was reminded of the friendship and community of my fellow potters. David Ross stuck it out till the 5 o'clock whistle blew and we also had help from John Ferlazzo, Mark Peters, and honorary Penland potter, Tommy Frank. Luckily all hands were busy and no one had a camera to document this historic day. We installed a plywood ceiling in the outdoor work space that I will soon be making pots until the rest of the shop is finished. Thanks guys, for helping out. Many hands make light work.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

From the Potzarazzi's Camera

Maybe we should vote to have John's place our club house.

Pink o'clock from Ferlazzo Mtn.

John's Feast!

David's captivating slideshow!

Just a small part of the Pottery Library!

Discussing raw glazing.


Chipping from the gravel hazard!

Cynthia, Mark, and Tommy.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

ATTN: Clay Club Meeting

If this is a picture of Your Daddy - I'm so sorry!

If not, come to the next Clay Club Meeting at his house. We will meet on July 9th, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at John Ferlazzo's Studio off 226A or Mine Creek Road. You can contact John for directions if you need them.

We will be having a Show-n-Tell, Problems and Solutions and a update on cone 6 single firing and the tests we ran. Bring your stuff!

There will be "wings and things" courtesy of John and Amy. We are trying to get a head count for the food so if you could reply to John that would be excellent. Which means RSVP.

Be there or be oval.

John Britt

God Bless America

American Beer, American Pie, Happy 4th of July!

(Barking Spider Pottery pie plate)

kiln rebuld

just for those who dont read my blog (you suck! and i know klines blogking) this is the kiln the last two days. and yes kline i do work fast, wish i built my own kilns as nice as the ones i get paid to build. real shame how i treat my own shit. anyway happy fourth all
ps to whom it may concern, heres your PICS!

Friday, July 4, 2008


Here's a mysterious picture for the visually motivated. Can you guess where this was taken? I have some other nice pictures from this local Mitchell County potter that I will be posting as soon as I get back from TN.

Is there a meeting next week?


Back at it.

to whom it may concern

thanks for the link that allows me to author! now i have two blogs on my dashboard, all this techno stuff is hurtin my already soft brain

Anything Butt That

I just wanted to move the post below farther down the page, below the fold so to speak...From the Fourth (Second) Celebration here's the ever hip grand master Spleth and his new shades.

and clay studio showing off the official Penland School color: Brown!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Clay Club President

Is that you Emily?

Studio Potter Magazine

Check out the latest issue of the Studio Potter, it is a good one!

I have an article entitled: "Illusions of Accuracy", Michael Kline has an article on Blogging, Lindsay Rogers has an article entitled "Raising My Voice", and former Glaze Clubber and founder, Tom Spleth wrote a Forward on "Ceramics and the Zeitgeist".

Michael Sherril has an article on "Tools" and there are many other good articles in the issue on Tools and Technology.

See you all at Clay Club next Wednesday,

John Britt

Guess who?

Can you guess who these two strangers are?

I'll give you a hint. They are two potters that are currently members of the North Mitchell County Stoking Crew, who frequent these rolling hills...

Just wanted to share the view from Roan the other night.

(answer to hint: here)

Stare Down

Here are Mark and Shane in their annual Fourth of July Staring Match. I'm not sure who won this year. But it was a good one!


to share 700 sq ft studio in Marshall, NC. 220 electric, gas kiln, wireless internet, spacious studio with lots of natural light. Contact:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Porcelain by Emily Reason at NC Crafts Gallery

Knock, knock...

Hey guys, this looks like fun. Thanks for letting me post!
I went to lunch last week with Michael Kline and he told me about an e-mail he got from Ceramic Arts Daily. They were asking permission to feature one of his Youtube videos on their site. So when I got home I found the same e-mail. I said they could use it. After it posted, my website traffic went way up. You can also submit them if you don't do Youtube.
I've been spending a lot of time re-vamping my website lately. I'm teaching kiln building at App State this fall so I wanted to put a bunch of that stuff on there. I'm also working on a series of demo videos for my site. I put them on my Youtube then embedded them in my site. That's how CAD found it. Here's one I just finished last night. It's the 2nd one and I think it's a lot better than the first. Check it out and give me some feedback: