Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I need a home!

How can you resist this sweet face or those ears? This cute little dog was abandoned on my road last week and is still hanging around all skin and bones. I couldn't help but give in and feed him the past few days, but he needs a loving home. For a stray, he's surprisingly very gentle, affectionate and a nice small size. He'd be a great studio dog...he just needs some lovin'

Any kind souls out there?

Let me know if you're interested, I'll have to take him in to the animal shelter soon.
email: joy (at) joytannerpottery (dot) com

Monday, April 27, 2009

"Same View Different Window" Ceramics by Rob Pulleyn/Jewelry by Deb Karash

Artist Reception: Saturday May 2nd 6:00 PM

Location: Crimson Laurel Gallery
Bakersville, NC. 28705

Crimson Laurel Gallery proudly presents new work from artists Rob Pulleyn and Deb Karash. This unique and inspiring mix of ceramics and jewelry is the first dual artist exhibition to emanate from the historic Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC.

"Same View" - Artist Rob Pulleyn and Deb Karash create work with a shared appreciation of rich surface and elegant form. Each artist uses multiple layers of color to create deep transparent hues of color. Rob uses high fire clays decorated with multiple layers of under glazes, stains and oxides. This means most of his pieces are fired many times. The surfaces are manipulated both before and after they are fired. Deb uses sterling silver, copper and prisma color (colored pencil) to create her nationally recognized art jewelry with a distinctive look. The copper is textured and treated to hold the multiple layers of rich color. Brass rivets and sterling tubes hold the components together creating a dimensional and wearable masterpiece.

"Different Window" - The historic Marshall High Studios in downtown Marshall, NC. house these two artists in separate studios in the massive refurbished old high school building. The close proximity of these two under the same roof has helped create a close friendship while allowing the them to influence each others work. Two of the pieces on exhibit are collaborative works that include both ceramic and metal elements. Others include jewelry forms that pay homage to Pulleyn's forms along side clay vessels adorned with Karash's surface elements. The show is truly a collaboration between friends.

Please Join us for an artist reception Saturday May 2nd at 6:00PM at Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC. The show will also be available to view online the morning of the opening at http://www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com/. Running time for the exhibition is May 2nd - June 27th.

David Trophia
Crimson Laurel Gallery

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Matthias Ostermann

Word has just come that Matthias passed away peacefully April 19 in Canada(lynphoma) .  He taught a wonderful class at Penland recently  and could not of been happier about his time at the school . He was an artist that was always willing to share having also published several books.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wheel with a View

Since Kevin had cooked our Morels before I got a picture, and my dog isn't as cute as John's, I'll just have to brag about the view from my studio yesterday afternoon! Just wish you could see the lilacs blooming in the foreground.

Detail Camera

Well if you want to take details of your pieces or of flowers I suggest you do what I did. Have your camera out with the lens extended and then drop it on the lens from about 4 feet high. Be sure it is a cement floor.

Now your camera is permanently a microscope camera.

But what nice photos you take!

John Britt

Monday, April 20, 2009


Check out these morel mushrooms I found by the ...oh...on my grandpa's farm.

I wouldn't even think of looking in Mitchell County under any old apple trees.

John Britt

Sunday, April 19, 2009

NC Ceramists Repsresent at Smithsonian Show

The Smithsonian Craft Show happens next week, April 22-26 inside the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.
This year's show highlights ceramics with live demonstrations presented by several exhibiting ceramic artists.
120 craftspeople of all mediums exhibit in the show with 23 exhibitors who work in clay.
7 of the exhibiting ceramists are from right here in Western ,NC.

REPRESET, NC! A true honor and a confirmation that NC Potters ROCK!
check 'em out online

and in person in D.C.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Boo Boo the Killer Dog

5th World Ceramic Biennale

Two Local Potters invited to speak at International Ceramic Symposium in South Korea

Local potters John Britt and Jon Ellenbogen have been invited to speak at the International Ceramic Symposium held in Icheon, South Korea from April 25-April 26, 2009. This symposium is part of the 5th World Ceramics Biennale held from April 25 to May 24, 2009. Potters and academics from around the world are expected to attend. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Ceramics and Ecology”and focuses on the roles of ceramics in art, architecture, engineering and environmental policy.

Potter, author and workshop leader John Britt was approached by the organizers of the symposium who had read one of his recent articles, “Cone 6 Reduction Firing,” which was published in the September 2008 edition of Ceramics Monthly magazine. In this article Britt discussed the ecological implications of high versus midrange firing and offered suggestions about reformulating glazes to achieve a high fire look at lower temperatures. This type of firing reduces fuel usage and saves money. (Visit him at: http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/ )

Jon Ellenbogen will be speaking about the EnergyXchange, one of the nation’s model energy recovery projects. Now in its tenth year of operation, this non-profit initiative, located at the old Mitchell-Yancey landfill site, collects the landfill gases that are the natural byproducts of decomposing solid waste and repurposes them for use to heat greenhouses and to power a glass and a clay studio.The project serves as a small business incubator for six resident artists in clay and glass, as well as a training program for interns in horticulture and greenhouse management. (Visit EnergyXchange at http://www.energyxchange.org/ or Jon Ellenbogen at http://www.penlandpottery.com/ )

“Both Jon and I are honored to speak at the International Ceramic Symposium and look forward to learning what others around the world are doing to reduce the environmental impact of individual potters and the ceramics industry,” said John Britt.

John Britt

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I am just back from the conference   Good shows all around in Phoenix and probably 5000  or so potters and teachers .  Nice to be in AZ. seeing friends ....

Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 Pine Root Pottery Wood Firing Workshop

Join us for the 5th annual Pine Root Pottery wood-firing workshop. This year's workshop is scheduled for June 14 - 20, 2009.

Participants will bring bisque pots that we’ll glaze, load and fire here at Pine Root. During cool down, I’ll demonstrate some throwing and altering techniques or we'll go on a tour of some local potteries. Last year’s workshop was a huge success. We had a lot of fun and everyone took some great pots home.

The cost for the workshop is $550 and it's limited to 6 people. Sunday night dinner is included. Just bring about 30-40 pots (about 10 cubic feet worth). I’ll supply the glaze, wadding, wood and everything else. If you need a place to stay, there are several nearby options ranging from cabin rentals and B&B’s to campgrounds. See my links page for local accommodations.

For more details and a schedule of events, check out my site- http://www.pinerootpottery.com/prp_wood_firing_workshop.htm

Next Clay Club

Here is a nice photo by Katie Wilson, of some apple blossoms in Gay Smith's yard.

Looks like Lynda Banner and Elizabeth Westveer have agreed to host the next Clay Club on May 13, 2009 at their studio, The Silver Wings Studio. It is at 599B Carters Ridge Road in Spruce Pine and I will send another announcement the Sunday before and will include directions and a food theme.

Does anyone want to volunteer to demo or know someone who will. Otherwise I will have to do it myself and you know what that means. (Dys-functional Pottery!)

Sunday, April 12, 2009


If you are in need of a great book on baking - this book is amazing.
John Britt

Creek's a Rising

Had a great Easter Sunday. Beautiful sunny day with the creek still rising from all the rain Friday.

John Britt


Saturday, April 11, 2009


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large microwaveable coffee mug
pinch of salt and soda

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.

Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips (if using)
and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.EAT!
(this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous)
why it's the most dangerous cake recipe in the world !

Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from
chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

This is from Louise Rosenfield of Dallas, TX. Just in time for Passover.

John Britt

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gene and Laura Young

Here is a nice pot that Gene Young threw and Laura Young glazed.

They are really starting to get some good results.

Here is a cup and creamer that Laura made and, maybe, Gene glazed?? No Laura glazed them both. I like the celadon dots.

John Britt

Clay Club Report

Yo Clubbers,

Had a great meeting with about 35 people where we had a pizza party and Dr. Carroll won the pizza making contest, followed closely by Joy Tanner. Had plenty of food this time, thanks to Linda McFarling and Pizza Hut!

(The best news is that the Pizza Hut Pizza did not win the best tasting pizza.)

Anyway, Gregory Miller who is one of the instructors at the Penland Spring Concentration, came down to give a slide show on Mashiko/Hamada/and his residency. It was really informative and interesting.

Did I mention that Terry Gess made a surprise appearance!

Hopefully, we can find a person to host the next Clay Club because I will be just getting back from Korea on May 6, 2009, and can't do it. The only request is for a demo by someone and perhaps another critique.

Any takers??

John is hosting a Monster Clay Club, June 10 with a live bluegrass band at his new Gazabo. Then Sarah House wants to host the July meeting.

Let me know,
John Britt

Letitia Cook (a.k.a. Tisha)

Since some of you really like Tisha's bottles, I thought I would pot up a few more:

If people would send me captions, I could include them too!

Like : Title, name, dimensions, clay body, glaze, application method, firing, date, price.

Contact info: like email, webpage, etc.

Did I mention her name was Letitia Cook (a.k.a. Tisha) ?

John Britt

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tisha Cook

Here is one of Letitia's wonderful perfume bottles. She does a great job with the form and the glaze.

John Britt

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Buy One /Get One

The Spring BOGO (Buy One/ Get One) cup sale begins tomorrow at my studio. It is an annual sale that is in honor of Emily Reason and the horror on her face at the sight of a cup for $20 and then getting a second one FREE!

So I thought I would try it again. While the supply lasts.
John Britt

Monday, April 6, 2009

TAX TIME: Annual Report 2008

The John Britt Pottery Institute
Annual Report
After all income and revenue sources were examined and an exhaustive search was undertaken spanning several months and no actual profits were found, in spite of the massive amounts of work that appears to have been completed and discussed on the blog.

The Corporation, although it was not officially characterized as such, was found to be, although not exclusively limited to, a Not- For- Profit Company. But after extensive consultation, numerous conference calls and group team building retreats at exclusive resorts with our useless, incompetent, bungling board of directors and multiple other experts and overpaid management consultants, whose expertise was determined to be navel gazing, self aggrandizement and pocket lining, it was finally determined that this corporation was in fact a NO PROFIT company and would remain so for the foreseeable future.

We have decided to apply for a $3.25 million government stimulus grants for rural manufacturing which includes craft preservation and educational outreach.

President: John Britt
Vice –President: John Britt
Secretary: John Britt
CFO: John Britt
CEO: John Britt
Director of Programming: John Britt
Director of Student Affairs: John Britt
Director of Facilities: John Britt
Director of Marketing: John Britt
Director of Development: John Britt
Research and Development: John Britt
Statistics and Analysis: John Britt
Director of Blogging and Blogging related twittering: John Britt
Tax Preparation and Preparation H: John Britt
Studio Coordinator: John Britt
Glaze Analyst and Clay Wedger: John Britt
Studio Clean-up: John Britt
Material Supplies and Ordering: John Britt
Editor and Writer: John Britt
Meal Development and Chef: John Britt
Cook: John Britt
Prep-cook: John Britt
Baker: John Britt
Sous-chef: John Britt
Studio-set –up: John Britt
Studio Assistant: John Britt
Director of Photography: John Britt
Web Develoment and WebMaster: John Britt
Lighting: John Britt
Grip: John Britt
Best Boy: John Britt
Head Dumb Ass: John Britt

John Britt

If you like drips...

Here is an extra--- ordinary drip.

This cup was sitting on the shelf below a copper red bowl with too much glaze and the drip just caught the edge of this tea bowl and made the most perfect tear drop of copper red on the celadon bowl.

John Britt


Spring Clay Classes at Arts Centered

The spring clay classes are just about to begin next week at Arts Centered in Bakersville and there's still time to join in on the fun. There are several options for classes; beginners and intermediate, handbuilding and wheel throwing, we welcome it all! The classes are 12 weeks from April through June, offering cone 6 electric, cone 10 reduction and cone 10 soda firing methods. Come be a part of your community and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the clay studio.

Classes Offered:
Jann Welch: Perfectly Imperfect, Tuesdays, 12-3, 4/14 - 6/30, and Fridays 9-12.
Tracy Dotson, Wheel and the Reduction Kiln, Monday nights 6-9, 4/13 - 7/12
Will Baker: Soda Firing, wheel throwing techniques, Wednesday nights 6-9, 4/15 - 7/1
Joy Tanner: It's in the Details, wheel throwing/handbuilding techniques, soda firing, Thursday nights 6-9, 4/16 - 7/2

$60 for 12 week class plus additional fees (propane fee $15 and material lab fee $35).
Open lab/studio time also available during the week if enrolled in a class.

The classes are offered through Mayland Community College, to register call Mayland's Main Campus (828) 765-7351, ext 241 or 219, or call Jann Welch at Arts Centered at (828)-688-9192

Don't miss out on our interesting lineup of new teachers. It's not too late for enrollment!

You may ask yourself...

What does brown do for you?
John Brown Britt

Rogers and Reason Exhibition

Air Compressor Q

I need to buy an air compressor to continue with our basement project, and that good old husband of mine has had the foresight to base our purchase on my future studio needs. How big a compressor is a good size for running a spray gun? Thanks in advance for your input. You have no idea how excited I am to be in charge of the specs for a major tool purchase!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Clay Club this Wednesday April 8, 2009.

Yo Clubbers,

Just wanted to remind everyone that the Clay Club is this Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the John Britt Pottery Studio. If you need directions call 828-467-5020 or email jbritt@main.nc.us

This week is PIZZA NIGHT and we will have a prize for the best pizza. Everyone will vote so cut your pizza in small square pieces so everyone can have a bite of each rather than a whole slice.

You can also bring other pizza related food groups. Namely, pop and other sugar based food groups.

As far a the 5 minutes of Clay business, we think we will have a slide show by Gregory of his Japanese trip.

Hope to see you all there,

John Britt

Marian Parkes

Here is a nice image of the works of Marian Parkes.
John Britt

Jan Cothran

Marian Parks took the Digital Photography Class last week and then went back to her friends and helped them take some photos. Nice work.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Paper Clay?

Wondering if any of y'all have had success with reparing cracks using paper clay? What mix do you use and in what quantities?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Y.C.C.A Open House

Whats up Clubers!!!
This Saturday, April 4 in Burnsville of all places the Yancey Center for Ceramic Arts is having an open house. The opening will be from 2-5 pm.
It should be alot of fun. Classes will be offered!
The center is looking for people willing to teach clasess.
Everyone please come by!!!
Contact Dean Gates, center director, for more information 828-678-3327 or e-mail deangates@aol.com.
Registration or information about classes offered through Mayland or sponsred by the center may be obtained through Dean.
There are curently two classes being sponsered by the center "Kids in Clay", open to seven to twelve year olds and one for jounior high students. The first class begins April 8, with the second class to be announced in mid-April.
There are also different classes being offered through Mayland. Starting with Basic Handbuilding I begining April 7, Basic Handbuilding II April 13, and Foundations in Ceramics class which begins April 25.
Dean and the instructors will be on site during the open house to answer any questions that may come up.
The Yancey Center for Ceramic Arts is located at 1073 E Hwy. Previously Yancey Crafted Tile, in the back of the building. Park in the back.

April Fool's


Just wanted to let you all know that the Michael Kline stuff on the blog yesterday was all for April Fool's Day.

No one was interviewed for the article, Billy Ruth did not tell me about design principles, nor did Cynthina pull out any macrame, and most certainly, Terry Gess did not divulge the internal memoranda of the secret "Roan Mountain Potter's" association.

And finally, no artists were injured producing this blog and only one useless potter was killed. But really the world is better off with one less potter,

John Britt

Bringle workshop

Highlands ,NC .June 20-22 (Sat-Mon )  ...3 day hands on .Lids and How They Fit . Look at their web site www.thebascom.org..

Nona Kelhofer

Robin Beckett

Marian Parks

John Britt