Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Empty Bowls

Just a reminder that if anyone wants to help make bowls to raise money for the hungry John Hartom is opening up the studio tomorrow, Wednesday July 1, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

But if you don't have time and just want to donate either cone 10 bisque bowls or finished bowls, let him know.


We may not be able to save the world , but we can certainly donate a bowl or two to help the hungry!!

Call John for directions or other ways to help.

John Britt

Natchez was Awesome!

Just returned from a great trip to Natchez, Mississippi where I taught a work shop at Natchez Clay. Natchez Clay is situated on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, from where the above sunset view can be seen. Our own Lindsay Rogers joined us in western NC after completing the residency at Natchez Clay. She's left a lasting impression on the folks there who still speak of her in high regard (I know you're jealous of my sunset picture, Lindsay! ;)

The Natchez Clay folks were excited about clay, incredibly hospitable and great fun to be around. I can't thank them enough for inviting me to do the workshop. I had a GREAT time! THANK YOU!

Natchez Clay hosts a few workshops each year. I highly recommend contacting Donna Jones natchezclay@gmail.com to get on their mailing list for workshop updates. A workshop at Natchez Clay paired with sightseeing opportunities there is NOT to be missed.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tom Turner Show

Just wanted to announce that Tom Turner is having a really big show at the Blue Spiral this coming month and the opening is July 2, 2009.

There are a ton of images on this website: www.tomturnerporcelain.com

You can also go to Blue Spiral 1 Gallery at www.bluespiral1.com info@bluespiral1.com, or 800-291-2513


tom turner
381 turner lane
p.o.box 717
mars hill, n.c. 28754


Friday, June 26, 2009

Sample of some of my latest C 10 soda glaze tests

Here's one of four cone 10-12 soda test tiles from my recent soda firing. All 4 groups are on my soda salt yahoo group at:


The numbers and names of these tiles are in one of the text folders, since there doesn't seem to be any way to add text to uploaded photo files.

In the new few days, or so, I'll get the recipes posted in the recipes text folders. There are already a lot of soda slip and glaze recipes in the text folders.

The group is a closed group to members only, but it's super easy to join and you can opt to get single message, or a digest, or no messages at all and just check the site periodically to see if there's anything new. The group is not a chatty, active group. I started it more as a means to have a permanent place to post information, recipes, etc and a forum for other soda and salt firers to share photos of their work and kiln, ask or answer questions about these firing processes.

I also posted a video of me unloading my soda kiln on my blog (link below). It's also posted on you tube.

June Perry

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Did you know Grasshoppers have hair on their backs?

John Britt


Sign of the day


Katie Herzig Music


Been listening to some new music, Apple Tree but Katie Herzig. Really nice!

John Britt


Crimson Laurel Gallery presents "Anthropogenic" ceramics by Eric Knoche and Matt Jacobs

This July 3rd., Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC presents “Anthropogenic”, new work by Matt Jacobs and Eric Knoche. These two accomplished potters from Asheville are on the leading edge of studio ceramic design. Both use a local clay that is rich in particle variation and organic material that makes it both plastic yet unpredictable. Their influence on the clay results in beautiful and unique works of art.

Matt believes that his goal is to allow the clay to have its own voice. Many of his surfaces expose the interior rather than covering it up. And, surfaces added to the clay are done so in a way that the dark iron clay beneath is allowed to show through. In the wood firing process Matt exposes the clay to a journey of intense heat, time and space, which contains both risk and balance. In encountering his work, Matt hopes the viewer is called to reflect on their own unique home, family, and life in their particular place on our world.

Eric's current body of work is a personal exploration of how form and spatial relationship resonate within the human spirit as well as an anthropological search for the meaning and beauty generated through interaction of humans and objects. He currently utilizes vessel forms as distillations of our common meta-culture, both ancient and contemporary, into tangible and recognizable objects. Ultimately he is searching for a deeper understanding of the human spirit and its relationship to both the physical world and the natural rhythms of life.

The exhibit will open on July 3rd. with an artist reception at 6pm. The exhibit will remain at Crimson Laurel Gallery through August 29th. For more information call 828-688-3599 or visit www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009



Spent some time at John Hartom's making bowls for his annual sales.

If anyone wants to help make bowls to raise money for the hungry he is opening up the studio Wednesday July 1, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

But if you don't have time and just want to donate either cone 10 bisque bowls or finished bowls, let him know.


It is very important, especially now, with so many people out of work. Unemployment in NC runs from about 15%-23% . It is terrible not to have a job and not to have enough money for your kids' food. About 1 in 6 kids in Mitchell go hungry. Unacceptable.

I know it is hard making pottery for a living, expecially now. And most potters know what it is like to be short on money! We may not be able to save the world , but we can certainly donate a bowl or two to help the hungry!!

Call John for directions or other ways to help.

We are counting on you!

Let's get'er done kids!!

John Britt


Made these mini-burgers again tonight for an appetizer. (Sorry the photo is a bit blurry. Forgot the macro.)

They are really easy. Just get some of the refrigerated dough and make balls ans bake. Then get cherry tomatoes, pearl onions, and the rest is self-explanatory.

John Britt

Name that potter

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chalk Cup

I was at Barnes and Noble and noticed that they had Chalk Board cups for $9.95.

They are just matt black glazed cups with a piece of chalk.

I discovered that already had a bunch and did not even know it.

So now I can make a list of things to do and just check them off while I am drinking my coffee!

Marketing is a wonderful thing!

John Britt

World Ceramic Symposium Book

The book from the Korean Symposium came today. They really do a great job.

If you ever have the urge to apply to the show or attend...Go for it.

John Britt

Digital Photo Cautionary Tale

Yo Clay Clubbers,

Just a cautionary tale about a potter who had backed up their computer regularly and had all their digital photos and files on cd's next to the computer, when a fire started because of a faulty surge protector plug strip.

Well as you can imaging the computer burnt up as well as the back up of all her photos! Yes I said, ALL of her photos, going back to the beginning of her work.
So back up your images, and files for that matter, and either put a copy in a safe deposit box or send one to a family or friend for safe keeping.

Better safe than sorry.

Way to much to loose!

Free advise from your digital source,

John Britt

Monday, June 22, 2009

Learn to Fire

I have two workshops coming up on how to fire a gas downdraft kiln.

Mouse in the House (or Kiln)

Just when you think you are eliminating one thousand of the one million variables in ceramic production you discover another.

I loaded a kiln the other day and closed it up and then in the morning I fired it. Well, when I opened it...it seems that a mouse had taken a bunch of ceramic fiber and started to make a house in the bottom of my big bowl.


John Britt

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Reed Handle Class

I also have a couple of spots open in the Reed Handle Class with Linda McFarling on August 1, 2009 as well as one spot in the Handle Making Class on August 2, 2009.

These unique classes will be really information and educational and will help you immensely with the finishing touches on your work.

Don't miss out!

John Britt

Digital Photography Class Openings

Just wanted to let people know that we had some cancellations for the July 19, 2009 Digital Photo Class. So if you or a friend are interested please let me know ASAP so I can hold you the spots.
We are currently testing some new methods which may make the class even better!!

I will be a great class that will save you tons of dough. Plus we will have homemade bread and delicious soup.

Email me jbritt@main.nc.us for more info

or check the webpage:


More: Selsor Base

Here are a couple of nice tiles from our tests.

Let's call it Selsor Blue By You.

The Selsor Base (listed below) with Tin Oxide 2.25%, Copper Carbonate 1.25% and Cobalt Carbonate 1.25%.

Also, be flexible with the tests as they may not be completely accurate as we did them with a 200 batch cup and so it may be a bit more of the colorants, as every dip of a test takes out some base material making it somewhat inaccurate.

John Britt

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Selsor Copper Red Cone 6

Here are some glaze tests from the Atlanta Workshop at MudFire.

I took the Selsor Base (listed below) and added 1.5% Tin Oxide and to that I added 0.5% copper carbonate, 1.0% Cu C, 1.5% CuC, 2.0% CuC, 2.5% CuC respectively.

This is the back side. The reduction was a bit spotty but it allows you to see it going progressively greener with the copper carbonate additions.

I also painted on India Ink on the second tile from the right to see crazing.

This the the front side.

Selsor Base Cone 6 Reduction
56.25 Nepheline Syenite
12.50 Gerstley Borate
10.41 Whiting
20.83 Silica

I like the Selsor Base with 1.5% Tin Oxide and 2.0% Copper Carbonate.

I will post some other variations that were nice, like the above with 2% Titanium Dioxide.

John Britt

Malcolm's Shino Fired at Cone 6

This is just Malcolm's Shino on porcelain, fired in heavy cone 6 reduction. One coat at specific gravity 130 and then wax was applied.

Cone 10 Reduction
40.90 Nepheline Syenite
9.80 Kona F- 4 Feldspar
18.20 EPK Kaolin
13.80 Kentucky Ball Clay
17.30 Soda Ash

6.00 Red Art (Optional )

So lucky...

to live near Roan Mountain, one of my favorite places. You should really get up to Carver's Gap soon, flame azaleas and rhododendron are in peak bloom!

Wear warm clothes if you're staying for the sunset, though. The wind whipping over Roan across the swishing grassy balds is relentless.

For a few more photos of my hike up there, check here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

New Oil Spots

Been getting these really nice Oil Spots lately.

John Britt

Cone 6 or Cone 10?

MudFire in Atlanta

Yo Clubbers,

Had a great workshop in Atlanta at MudFire. We had about 15 participants and 4 - 6 MudFire people who really helped make it a smooth workshop!

Thanks to Luba who can really fire that Bailey Kiln!

Will post some recipes soon.

John Britt

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Emily Reason Workshop at Natchez Clay

June 22-27, 2009
Natchez Clay, Natchez, Ms.
I'm thrilled to be traveling to Natchez Clay next week to teach this hands-on workshop.
Each day will begin with a demonstration, while afternoons will be filled with hands-on time for participants.
Some of the techniques I'll be demonstrating are large, sectional pieces, cut rims, carving slip trailing and the making of many of my signature pieces.
We'll also have discussions about our work, finding inspiration, achieving intent, glaze treatment, firing and presenting our work.
An exhibition of my work will be held with a reception either on Thursday 6/25 or Saturday 6/27 evening. (details to follow)
Natchez Clay is a community clay studio located on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River (and I believe it's air-conditioned!). Clay enthusiasts of all levels of experience are invited to attend the workshop. Space remains so contact Donna at 610-660-2375 or natchezclay@gmail.com to register.
Natchez is a beautiful and historic city where Southern Hospitality reigns. It's the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River. With that comes the opportunity for visitors to tour Old South mansions, the former homes of "cotton kings," sample local cuisine (mmm Gumbo!), shopping and taking in the natural scenery of the Mississippi River, vast open cotton fields and impressive live oak trees.
Come to Natchez, get a lesson in history and an unforgettable lesson in clay!
more info:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Now I Feel Like a Potter

My first RDA Stroll was this weekend, and I actually sold 3, count 'em, 3 pieces. Now that does not compare to others. But it is a start. I made many good contacts in the Jewish community and will have a spot in the Celebration of Israel next year, as well as Hard Lox. So, not a bad weekend at all. Learned much about what people want in a market type arrangement, as opposed to a gallery. But, now comes the eternal question of Art vs. Commerce. If Sophie wants my Havdalah set for her son-in-law in blue, but mine are beautiful earthy shinos, do I make it in blue for Sophie???

Now I am going to Burnsville to see a lady about some plates I made for her gallery.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I need a kiln!

I'm looking for an old electric kiln, perhaps one that is sitting out in the garage not being used, or even one that is beyond repair! I'm at the point where I'm needing my own kiln, after 3 years of renting kiln space. I'm planning a small kiln project to convert it to a small soda gas kiln here at my studio, and would love to recycle and reuse the parts of an old electric kiln! I'm also in need of a few old silicon carbide shelves and kiln bricks. I'd be interested in one somewhere in the western NC area, eastern TN or upstate SC regions so it is easy for me to transport it. Please help me figure out my next step and help with this transition! I'd appreciate any help or ideas I can get.

If you, or anyone you know of has any of these items, please contact me at:

Joy Tanner
Soda Fired Pottery
Bakersville, NC

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dorkin' Out

Being in Pittsburgh, PA for the past week, I took a short 1 hr. trip to The Homer Laughlin pottery factory in Newell, WV to take a tour.
Homer Laughlin is best known for Fiesta Ware but they also produce restaurant ware. Sadly, I wasn't allowed to take photos on the tour. The tour was nothing short of fascinating. I saw slip casting, a robotic slip-injection cast system, ram pressing and a very sophisticated form of jigger-jollying. I also watched glazing and workers do over glaze decoration including silk screening on wares and decal application. The main conveyor belt kiln fires green-glazed wares in about 10 hrs.

We also got to see the Ceramics Museum across the Ohio River in East Liverpool, OH. In the 1850's this area produced over 40% of pottery in America. Yellow ware was made from local clay. Ironstone and Lotus ware was also produced in the same popular styles being produced in England at the time.

Only few of the old bottle-shaped kilns can still be seen in the area. Wares were stacked in saggers and saggers were stacked 10-12' high inside the kilns.

The area was once a pottery boom town with over a dozen pottery factories. Today just a few remain. I highly recommend visiting Hall China or Homer Laughlin if you get the chance. The technology used to produce commercial ware today is truly amazing.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Name that Kiln

Can Anyone guess where this kiln is located?
Hint: it's in a U.S. town, named after an English town.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Master Baiter

We had only one prize give at the party and it was for person who could bait a hook, the fastest and best. And for that, the vainglorious title of MASTER BAITER was awarded!

I think he may even give a workshop at the studio for all those with hopes of being a master baiter.

John Britt

Off to Mud Fire in Atlanta for a cone 6 and other assorted glazes workshop. Some would say a MASTER GLAZER!!

Yes, We Did!

We did have the meeting tonight and it was really fun. Lots of kids, fish, burgers and Jared even made the trek up from Seagrove to see Mitchell County.

Thanks to John Ferlazzo for all his time and effort having us all. He has a great little pond with a fabulous Gazebo and it is now in a gated community.

Any party with a port-o-john is an event not to be missed!

Next month we will have the meeting at The Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville and Jon Ellenbogen and I will give a Power Point on Korea. (It won't be too long!)

See you all again.

John Britt

Barbeque Blues

So, of course, there is a huge storm here in AVL and the one early Clay Club event of the season is a barbeque. Please, just don't tell me it was sunny and warm up there!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Just in case you have ever wondered about your personality type and thought ...That is way to nice of a description of "who I am" to be really me. I submit this nuts and bolts description of Horoscopes Types that I got some time ago but still applies. See if you recognize any of your friends:

Aquarius (1/20 – 2/18) You have an inventive mind and are inclined to be progressive. You lie a great deal. You make the same mistakes repeatedly because you are stupid. Everyone thinks you are a fucking jerk.

Pisces (2/19 – 3/20) You have a vivid imagination and often think you are being followed by the FBI or CIA. You have a minor influence on your friends and people resent you for flaunting your power. You lack confidence and are generally a dipshit.

Aries (3/21 – 4/19) You are the pioneer type and think that most people are dickheads. You are quick –tempered, impatient and scornful of advice. You are a prick.

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20) You are practical and persistent. You have a dogged determination and work like hell. Most people think you are stubborn and bullheaded. You are nothing but a goddamn communist.

Gemini (5/21 – 6/20) You are quick and intelligent thinker. People like you because you are bisexual. You are inclined to expect too much for too little. This means you are a cheap bastard. Gemini’s are notorious for thriving on incest.

Cancer (6/21 – 7/22) You are sympathetic and understanding to other people’s problem’s which makes you a sucker. You are always putting things off. That is why you will always be on welfare and won’t be worth a shit. Everyone in prison is a Cancer.

Leo (7/23 – 8/22) You consider yourself a born leader. Others think you are an idiot. Most Leo’s are bullies. You are vain and cannot tolerate honest criticism. Your arrogance is disgusting. Leo people are thieving mother fuckers and spend most of their time kissing mirrors.

Virgo (8/23 – 9/22) You are the logical type and hate disorder. This shit-picking is sickening to your friends. You are cold and unemotional and often fall asleep while fucking. Virgo’s make good bus drivers and pimps.

Libra (9/23 – 10/22) You are the artistic type and have a difficult time with reality. If you’re male, you are probably queer. Chances for employment and monetary gain are note. Most Libra women are whores. All Libra’s die of venereal disease.

Scorpio (10/22 – 12/21) The worst of the lot. You are shrewd in business and cannot be trusted. You shall achieve the pinnacle of success because of your total lack of ethics. You are a son-of-a-bitch. Most Scorpio’s are murdered.

Sagittarius (11/22 – 12/21) You are optimistic and enthusiastic. You have a reckless tendency to rely on luck since you have no talent. The majority of Sagittarians are drunks. Nixon was a Sagittarius. You are not worth the time of day.

Capricorn (12/22 – 1/19) You are conservative and afraid of taking risks. You are basically a chicken-shit. There has never been a Capricorn of any importance. You should kill yourself.