Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Making Through Living—Living Through Making: Studio Pottery in 2010"

Making Through Living—Living Through Making:
Studio Pottery in 2010"

Preconference for NCECA 2010, Philadelphia
March 29 and 30, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Co-hosted by Michael Connelly and Alleghany Meadows

Conference qualifies towards ACT 48 Hours.

This inaugural conference at Montgomery County Community College will focus on contemporary issues in utilitarian pottery, including sustainability, creativity, content, form, marketing, idea generating and social outreach. Demonstrators will also give slide lectures about their work. There will be a keynote address by the editor of Studio Potter Magazine, a panel discussion about Living Through Making, and a panel discussion on Sustainability in Ceramics. Presenters, Speakers and Panelists include Mary Barringer, Christa Assad, Andy Brayman, Ron Meyers, Ellen Shankin, Ayumi Horie, Julia Galloway, Alleghany Meadows, Steven Lee and Michael Connelly. The conference will also feature Artstream Nomadic Gallery.

A part of the conferences focus will follow Montgomery County Community College’s commitment to integrating sustainability into the curriculum to better serve students, professionals and the greater community. Integration of "green" components across the curriculum for students in a wide variety of programs, from physical sciences to allied health, social sciences, and the humanities will have the greatest impact in the long-term reduction of the carbon footprint of our community. In addition, this conference will have a focus on "Green Kilns" and technologies for ceramic artists, which Dr. Stephen Grieco and Michael Connelly are currently seeking funding for a future kiln project at MCCC. It is, to the best of our knowledge, that the Montgomery County Community College’s "Green Kiln" will be the first at any college or university in the country.

The demonstrators and presenters will be among the artists represented by the Artstream during its 2010 Spring Tour. Venues for the tour will include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Wabounsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL; Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, IL; NCECA Preconference, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA; NCECA 2010, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY, and other venues TBA.

Penn State Shino

Post moved to :

Coffee Shino

Here is a nice peachy Shino tea bowl that I got from the firing cycle I posted below. R1O I call it. (Reduction cycle R1 in my book with a 4 hour oxidation soak at 1800 F. )

It is Coffee Shino with some fire place ash sifted on, from the Endless Shino Exhibition in 2002 (?) with the recipes listed.


Cone 10 Reduction

68.20 Nepheline Syenite

13.60 OM-4 Ball Clay

9.10 EPK Kaolin

4.50 Redart

4.50 Salt

4.50 Tin Oxide

John Britt

Shino Firing January 28, 2010

Here are a couple beauties that Linda McFarling had in the latest firing.

Wait till you see them Linda!

John Britt

Friday, January 29, 2010

Data Logger


Just figured out how to load the firing logs on the blog!

I know that is not a big deal for most you ya'll, but us AARP members are mostly just happy to find out that the PRTSC button means "Print Screen".

Anyway, this the the latest firing I did for shinos and it was the R1 firing from my book with about a 4 hour oxidation soak at 1800 F.

Got some nice results which I will post soon.

That is about all I can handle for one day! Nap time,

John Britt

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ART in the AIRPORT (continued)

Just talked to Amy at the Airpoft and she said they aren't doing group shows at this point, or in the foreseeable future....But everyone who wants to... should submit and they can take up to 10 artist's per show. (Not necessarily an affiliated group.)

Then we will see if they decide to do it with official groups.

Thanks to Kari and everyone for the overwhelming interest!

I think we all need a gallery to do a show!! Crimson Laurel or TRAC or The NEW MICHAEL KLINE GALLERY!

Maybe an ESTY SHOW!!??

John( I thought this would be easy) Britt


Looks like we have a great show!!! How could they turn us down!!!!!!!

Cynthia Bringle, Michael Kline, Shane Mickey, Gay Smith, Annie Thayer, David Ross, Emily Reason, Kari Hopkins, John Britt, Erin Campbell, Mark Peters, Joy Tanner, The Pope's, Courtney Martin, Gluckin and the names keep rollin in. The who's who of whoville!!!

So people should submit individually and mention that we want a group show! That way it isn't a huge deal and we can get good exposure.

I read the instructions and some may have to send in the CD so it is getting close to the deadline. Better hurry!!

Kari will let us know when Amy gets back to her.

Good Luck.

John Britt

Art in the Airport WHOA!

Just in case you haven't read my email reply or prior post , the group show idea doesn't have the go ahead yet.

You can still apply as an individual artist though.

If you scroll over the word "post" above it's a link. I think the color change keeps it from showing up.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Gulf Coast Clay Conference 2010

Just wanted to let you know that I will be demonstrating at the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Clay Conference in Pensacola Florida, February 11 - 13, 2010.

John Britt
will visit and demonstrate and talk on glazes; he will present a slideshow Thursday evening. His demonstrations will continue on Friday.

The link is:

Gulf Coast Clay Conference

And the cost is only $95.00 ($25.00 for degree students).

Noted art professor and clay artist Bill Clover (right -->) will host a workshop entitled "Can you handle it?" Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM.

Gulf Coast area artists Patrick Bodine, Steve Dark, Anne Webb and Jason Stokes will demonstrate all day Friday.

The Saturday activity is the Woodstoke Pottery and Kiln Festival on Feb. 13 at the Kilnwalk site in Navarre FL. The Anagama kiln will be opened and unloaded after the winter's firing and the Ralph Howards Phillips Groundhog kiln will be on display. Kiln Walk logo mugs, cups and bowls will be on sale for Kiln Walk Society funding. This festival is open to the public as well as Conference attendees.

Here are some of the kilns that they have. This is an anagama that they will be firing and will unload on Saturday of the conference.

Here is a Ground Hog Kiln that they relocated to their location and now fire. It is a beauty!

Anyway all the details are on the link and it should be loads of fun!

Hope to see you there,

John Britt

New Barby


Mitchell County residents...there is a new barbecue in town!

Called BAMA-QUE. It is just past the Wal-mart on 226 -toward the Parkway.

Check it out,

John Britt


Anyone want to submit to Art in the Airport? Deadline is the 29th?

Let me know or we won't do it,

John Britt

J.C Campbell Glaze Class

Had a great class at J.C. Campbell and we came up with lots of great glazes but more importantly people learned how to make their own glazes!

Lots of good energy down there and man do they pump out the classes.

As I was leaving Friday at 12:00 noon they were already setting up for a weekend class starting Friday evening. Then another one on Monday.

Also, they had a fantastic cooking studio for bread baking, pastry, and other assorted classes. They had a really nice walk in fireplace and a stone bread oven. Not to mention a new stone bread over being built outside!

Also a new Iron Studio, wood carving, enameling, weaving, spinning, great new housing, great food and a ton of students.

Check it out sometime,

John Britt

Valentine's Day

Saw Bobbi at J.C. Campbell and she had a warning for Will....Valentine's Day is coming!!

Be sure to get flowers for Joy!

John Britt

Still Snow

Just got back from teaching at JC Campbell and visiting the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk. Took a hike on Round Mountain (by Roan Mountain) and found plenty of snow still on the road.

Me and the Boo had a good walk,

John Britt

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Second Thoughts

I am thinking that what I thought was a way of helping seems terribly exploitative. Don't buy my CD. Just send the ten bucks to the Red Cross. In fact, if you send $10.00 pr more to the red cross or Doctors Without Borders, I'll send you a CD.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Music for Haiti

I am letting those interested know that CD Baby will donate $1.00 from every sale of my CD, THAT MOMENT, to Haiti Relief efforts, as will I. It can be purchased through CDBaby at my website: www.nelle

What da F?

Can someone explain why I'm not able to copy and paste into the "compose," box when making a post? I find it very irritating.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

clay club pots

Finished the demo pots ...Ready for bisk ....

Art in the Airport

I emailed Amy at the Asheville Airport regarding the ideas we talked about at Wednesday's meeting: a Clay Club exhibit as well as an Empty Bowls exhibit. Her response:

"Thank you for your e-mail – it’s good to hear from you. As you may know, we have a Art Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for the beginning of February and I would be happy to mention these suggestions to the Committee.

As of yet we have not exhibited any group shows, although we have discussed the possibility.

I would recommend that any interested artists apply individually for the upcoming show, and I will mention these options at the Committee meeting in February.

Thank you again for your input!"

If you're interested in applying individually, check out this link.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Asheville In the Bull City

If you're in the Durham, NC area be sure to check out the exhibit at Claymakers, "Asheville In the Bull City". The show was curated by Ronan Peterson, and features several Clay Clubbers. Each potter has sent 30 or more pieces, so the gallery is sure to be filled with some great work.

There is an opening reception this Friday, January 15 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The show will run from January 15 to March 12, 2010.

Here's a little bit from their website:

"Claymakers invites five Asheville, North Carolina area ceramic artists to exhibit their distinctive functional vessels in the Bull City. This exhibit includes the work of Will Baker, Patty Bilbro, Kyle Carpenter, Karen Newgard, and Lindsay Rogers. Each of these functional potters has developed a singular interpretation of everyday pottery, from the graphic, black-on-white porcelain of Karen Newgard to the warm, earthy, atmospheric stoneware of Will Baker. Each artist employs their own approach to surface and decoration, with Lindsay Rogers' minimal, detailed lines and textures nicely contrasted by the intimate brushwork of Patty Bilbro and Kyle Carpenter's bold salt fired slip and glaze brushwork. Don't miss this special showing near downtown Durham of some of the best ceramics the mountains of western North Carolina have to offer."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Clay Club January 2010

Had a fun Clay Club tonight. Everyone came out because we have all been house bound for a month.

Cynthia gave a great demo and was a gracious hostess for our group.

We may get a show at the Asheville Airport for the NC Clay Club. We will let you know.

Also, the next Clay Club is at Penland making mugs with Susan!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to John F. who hurt his hand. We may need to look in on the old guy!!

See you soon,

John Britt

Bruce's Crackle

Got some nice shinos out of the load with Linda McFarling.

This is Bruce's Crackle and it was glazed and then fired to 1100 F. Then black stain was rubbed in and it was then refired to cone 10 reduction.


Winter 2010

Here is a view of Roan Mountain from Irwin, TN.

Man are we living in real mountains or what!



Hi, everyone! I am a 3rd grade teacher at Gouge Elem in Bakersville and am coordinating an Empty Bowls event hosted by the 3rd graders. We were thinking March (12th, 13?), prob. at Trinity Epis. in Spruce questions:

Would you be interested in participating?

Is this a good date? suggestions?

We have approx. 100 bowls already make (square forms), but would welcome more. Thought about having a separate table for artwork to support MCAR...

Any comments gladly welcomed! I am currently trying to create a website for the project and will share when completed.

Thanks so much!

Tamara Houchard

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Good afternoon! I hope you’re doing well and having a wonderful 2010 so far.

I wanted to send a quick e-mail to pass along a couple important pieces of information about Art in the Asheville NC Airport:

1) The application deadline for our next exhibit is January 29.

2) We now have an interactive online application. You can find this app at

3) If you (or someone you know) specializes in work that could be displayed on a pedestal (wood, metal, sculpture, etc.) we would love for you to apply. We typically have a high volume of wall art but we need more 3D pieces for our displays. Please spread the word! (Please note that if your work has been displayed in our gallery between July and now, you will need to wait until after July 1 to apply again.)

Thanks for your time, and I look forward to receiving some applications soon!

Amy S. Burritt

Marketing & PR Coordinator

p: 828-654-3236


clay club

Tomorrow at 6 here at my studio . I do not have a lot of parking so some may have to park up on the road . Also I had told John I would do a brief demo and he should also get someone else , Since he has not announced who that is my guess is JB himself ... See everyone tomorrow ...CB


ARTsCENTERed and the Toe River Arts Council invite the community to join in a celebratory reception at TRAC in Spruce Pine this Saturday, January 16, from 5-8pm. This is our third (!) annual student and faculty exhibition and runs through the end of the month. 60% of a sale goes to the student and 40% TRAC. So come and support "artful living", enjoy the talents of your neighbors, good food beautifully presented, and the lively music of well known Brandon Bailey and David Vess.
And this year, in support of a very worthy cause, there's a special section of pots made by 88 Cane River Middle School's 8th Graders with 100% of the proceeds going to the Yancey County Animal Shelter.
Questions regarding the exhibition and programs offered at ARTsCENTERed?
Call 828-688-6012.

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Tools

Here's some of my recent tool acquisitions: brush by Jim Stockwell made with deer, groundhog & moose fur, 2 wooden tools by John Ferlazzo, and my good friend LeAnne Ash just sent me some Dirty Girl tools from Kentucky Mudworks in Lexington- a slab beveler, facet cutter and 3 ergonomic wire cutters made of extra thin wire which helps reduce "s,"-cracking under porcelain pieces that I don't trim.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dark Water

Have you ever noticed how Shino water gets dark black. Everyone wants to know why.

Not sure exactly why, but it is pretty clear from these tests that it is caused from soda ash and ball clay.

Here are some of the 50 tests we are running and the only ones that aren't dark are the ones without soda ash or with some soda ash but only small amounts of ball clay. (They have kaolin instead.)

Specific Gravity

And by thick I mean 151 sp. gr.

That is like whipping cream.

Shino Crackle

Been working on some shino tests and we dipped these pots in a thick Shino Slip and then fired them to 1100 F and now we will rub in black stain and fire them as usual.

I will send photos later,

John Britt

Snow is texture

RE: Clay Club January 2010

Yo Clubbers,

It is time again for the Clay Club. It will be this Wednesday, January 13th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Cynthia Bringle's Studio. (A bit earlier than usual because of winter.)

Bring whatever food you want and Cynthia will demo for you while you eat. Sorta like "Dinner Theater" . Either way it is a FREE BRINGLE DEMO. You will definitely get your monies worth!

If you need directions call Cynthia at 828-765-0240 or John 828-467-5020.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Linn Hise wrote this on her Facebook page: (I think it circulated the web in 2003 but since she had twins we can give her some slack!!)

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. If you can raed tihs, psot it to yuor wlal. Olny 55% of plepoe can.

Checked it out on

Just funny because I can finally read something very clearly!

It does freak out the spell check though.

John Britt

Monday, January 4, 2010

Bust a Mug

Getting back at it. Working on some shino tests that I will post a bit later.

Keep warm,

John Britt

Glaze Class 2010

If anyone is interested in a Glaze Class, I had one person drop out of my January 17 -22, 2010 class at JC Campbell:

Glaze Class at J. C. Campbell

See you there,

John Britt

Not to be missed...!!!!!!

Norm and Cynthia's show at the Folk Art Center .. This is the last week ,ends Jan 10 .. Total of 100 years of working in clay and over 100 pieces in the show .. Open from 9-5 everyday .........

fearless exploration in the new year

wishin' for no fear in the new year for my comrades in clay
break those patterns and try somethin' new
countin' on good crits in the clay club gatherings
fuckin' gluckin