Friday, October 24, 2008

"Asheville in Atlanta 2008" Pottery Exhibit Video

This years "Asheville in Atlanta 2008" exhibit at the Mudfire Gallery was a beautiful show. Although sales were down overall ("It's the economy, stupid!" -James Carville), there was an overwhelming positive response. Atlanta folks love some NC pottery! Below is a video of the show. If you can't watch it due to your extremely pathetic internet speed, go to the library and watch it!

This years potters were Kyle Carpenter, Jon Keenan, Ken Sedberry, and Penny Waters Clark.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oh what a beautiful morning...

Sunrise from my porch! Maybe this will inspire some new glazes? How 'bout it Britt?? ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

EnergyXchange Clay Studio Space Available

The EnergyXchange is now accepting applications for one open space in a community clay studio. Applications will be accepted until October 27th! Please visit for more detailed information. If you are looking for a current residents opinion, please feel free to contact me about this as well. My email is Spread the word! Thanks!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

How sweet it is...

Just thought I might pass along a little snap shot of fall at the EnergyXchange. This was the view from yesterday morning. Not a bad way to start the day...

Monday, October 6, 2008

I Got Gas

Doing a little research here. For those of you who got gas (for your kiln)... How much do you use for a cone 10 firing? And under what conditions i.e. what size is your tank? kiln size? hard/ soft brick? What PSI do you operate at? Thanks very much!
Have fun at Clay Club y'all

Friday, October 3, 2008

Stacking bricks

Jonathon, Summer, Tony, Lindsey and Brandon knocking out the wood kiln at Mark Murrey's in Boone. Note the double lintels over the exit flues.

Chimney has 3 chambers. That allows the exit flues to be the same size. Also the dampers are lower and easier to reach.

Next step is the arch.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Kilns Galore

Just thought i'd share what our ol' buddy Jason Bohnert has been doing out in Flagstaff, AZ. Here's his blog

Another beautiful kiln in the world.

ASU wood kiln

Don't you love the smell of a flatbed full of refractory in the morning?

This is a load of bricks and shelves for the new I'm doing in Boone. It's part of a kiln building class at App State. There are about 10 students involved so we are making pretty good progress.

I'll try to post updates from time to time.

'Lil stoker

Just fired the kiln this weekend. Here's a photo of Wren doing her pyromania training.

My wood got a bit wet from the blowing rain during that storm a few days ago. That and a few other issues resulted in a longer than normal firing. A mighty big thanks go to Will Baker and Ken Sedberry who came to the rescue. They both brought a load of dry wood late Saturday night. Never would have made temp without that. I owe you guys!

Unloaded it on Tuesday and found out what that loud exploding sound was that happened at about 600 degrees. My one advancer shelf blew up. It did surprisingly little damage. Lost a few insignificant pots. I did get a small shard in 2 nice pieces (including one of the new chicken plates). I guess I get to keep those now.

Off to make deliveries tomorrow. Pray for gas!