Friday, December 30, 2011

Clay Club ..Jan 11

Time for clay club is 5:30 , people can arrive before dark.....

Explorations in Ash Glazes (cone 10)

Explorations in Ash Glaze Workshop

March 5 - 9, 2012

This is a specialized class in Ash Glaze at cone 10. We will work on developing and understanding ash glazes through triaxial, quadraxial and progression blends as well as talk about glaze theory, kilns, cones, ash collection and processing etc.

This is a unique class that should be a lot of fun!

For more information and registration information :

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clay Club Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Looks like we have a venue for the January Clay Club - Cynthia Bringle's Studio.


Where: Bringle Studio at Penland:

When: Wednesday January 11, 2012

Why: Because we can't get enough talk of pots or pottery or reduction or throwing or sculpture... and did I mention FOOD?

It is a pot luck but we need someone to bring some heavy h'orderves so we have something substantial to eat. Nothing against cookies and coos coos but......

NO GARLIC since Cynthia is allergic.

Agenda : Cynthia will do some demo's that we will video and post and we will plan the activities for the year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

25th North Carolina Potters Conference

North Carolina Potters Conference

Potter's Conference 

For those of you who have been to this event before, where is a good place to stay.  they list about 8 of them.  Any recommendations?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cone 6 soda firing 2011

Just finished up a cone 6 soda test firing with June Perry. It turned out pretty well considering everything.
Got some good possibilities for flashing slips and glazes which I will post as soon as we catalog the tiles.

January Clay Club 2012

Yo Clubbers,

Anyone want to host the January 11, 2012 Clay Club?  I can do it here at my studio but thought you might like a change of place.

If not, I can do it.

We usually have a planning meeting about what we want to do.  Any suggestions are welcomed!

Friday, December 23, 2011

John Britt Pottery 2012 Workshop Schedule

2012 Winter Workshop Schedule
John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-467-5020/ 828-688-6615

·       Digital Craft Photography Workshop
Saturday  February 4, 2012
One day, hands on class on basic craft photography.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$85.00 (includes digital photographs of 2 pieces and a delicious lunch).
Joy Tanner and John Britt will conduct a one day, hands on class on how to take digital photographs of your three dimensional ceramics/crafts using a simple, low tech approach for the beginner. 

Space is limited to 8 people.

·       Digital Craft Photography Workshop
Sunday February 5, 2012
One day, hands on class on basic craft photography.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$85.00 (includes digital photographs of 2 pieces and a delicious lunch).
Joy Tanner and John Britt will conduct a one day, hands on class on how to take digital photographs of your three dimensional ceramics/crafts using a simple, low tech approach for the beginner. 

Space is limited to 8 people.

·       Basic Social Media for Artists Workshop
Saturday February 11, 2012
One day, hands on class on how to use social media to promote your work.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$100.00 (includes a delicious lunch).
John Britt will conduct a one day how to use social media to promote your art work for beginners. We will discuss Facebook, blogging, Youtube and Etsy as a way to get you more visibility and sales.  Bring your laptop.

Space is limited to 10 people.

·     Glazing Techniques
February 20 – 24, 2012
Learn glazing techniques including, pouring, brushing, spraying, dipping, stencils, overlapping, latex, wax resist, multi-firing, decals, china paints, sandblasting, etc.
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $500.00 Total
Space limited to 8 people

·       Explorations in Ash Glazes
March 5 – 9, 2012
We will run triaxial, quadrialial and progression blends to discover and understand ash glazes at cone 10. We will cover glaze theory, kilns, firing, cones, ash collection, etc.
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE)

·       Reduction Firing Workshop
March 23 – 25, 2012
Understanding Firing and cone 10 Reduction
Weekend Firing of Shino, Celadon and Copper Red Glazes 
Friday March 23 – 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Glazing
Saturday March 24 – 9:00p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday March 25 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
$220.00 includes recipe handout (PLUS $30.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE)
Total $250.00

For more information contact:
John Britt at or call 828-467-5020
Check the website for most current schedule.
Workshop suggestions welcome!

David Voorhees received this cup. (1) Who made it?

John Britt received this (2) Mary Jane Findley made it!!!

John Britt gave/made this.  Kyle Carpenter received it. But he didn't deserve it! (3)
 Marian Parkes received this cup.  Who Made (4)?
Saundra Poces received this (5).  Who Made It?
I'm going to post some C & H wisdom.  We could use some:

C: People always make the mistake of thinking art is crated for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.

H: You misspelled "weltanschauung."

C: A good artists statement says more than his art ever does.
[Looks as if C is making puddle art on the sidewalk.)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Blue Underglaze

I'm in search of a dark blue underglaze with good brushability. I want it to behave like ink painting- to be able to dilute to get value & maintain good brushability that is visible when painting on bone dry.
I've tried 2 different shades of Amaco's LUG series, but don't like the consistency, or visibility. I've also tried cobalt oxide with gerstley borate & frit, which brushes better and depth is more visible.
Wondering if anyone has experience with other commercial underglazes or recipes to share?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Just a Reminder Clay Clubbers

If you want to know whose offering you received during the Grab Bag, please send me a photo today.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Winter/Spring Class at Odyssey 2012


Exploring A Focus
Heather Allen Swarttouw

This 16-week class at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts is about slowing down and focusing on an aspect of your work that you want to develop. We will make a journal that will parallel our creative explorations. Class time includes demos and discussions with both group and individual critiques. Bring ideas and techniques that you want the time and support to explore.  Intermediate/ Advanced

Thursdays 6:30-9pm
January 12- May 10
Cost $530 ($60 Lab Fee)

Call To Register 828-285-0210

Friday, December 16, 2011

Crimson Laurel Gallery ROCKS!!!!

Shop CLG - Handmade for the Holidays

Just wanted to thank John and David at Crimson Laurel Gallery for making such a positive contribution to our local community. From the thousands of hours to rehab the building, set up the gallery, conceive the shows, find the best work available and run the openings- WE THANK YOU!!

Thanks for your tireless support of local craftspeople!

Merry Christmas and hope next year is even better!


EnergyXchange in rural WNC is accepting applications for 2 three-year residencies (March & June, 2012) in their clay studio.

Craft residencies are intended to enable artists who have completed their schooling/training to move into a shared, equipped professional studio space at low cost.

 For more information go to:  or contact :


EnergyXchange is the world's first art studio to be fueled by methane. County wood waste is used for the wood kiln.

Or check us out on Facebook:

Virginia Creeper Trail

Since it was sooooo nice that past few days, I decided to take a ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail. As you will note in this photo from Damascus VA where I parked, I probably learned that you should plan out the ride so that you get back before dark.  "The woods are lovely DARK and deep", wet too!

Anyway a great time and nice little tree to pot it off.

Ruthanne Tudball Workshop

Ruthanne Tudball Workshop

February 29 and March 1, 2012
at David Voorhees Pottery Studio, Zirconia, NC

Noted British potter Ruthanne Tudball will lead a two-day
demonstration workshop covering throwing, altering, and decorating
techniques used for her functional stoneware pottery.

Using a momentum wheel, allowing for a slow forming pace, she
completes altering and slip work on freshly thrown clay. She will
also cover designing pots and slip use intended to be enhanced
by soda vapor and wood firing. She will present slides and discussion
of her work and artistic development.

Fee $295 Workshop limited to 15 participants, includes lunches.
•For more info or to register contact:
David Voorhees, 828 698-8775, or
•Wood firing session to follow workshop. Fire your work in David’s
wood fired soda/salt car kiln (with pizza oven). Fee $100 includes
slips, glazes, kiln space allotment, and pizza!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


In light of the fact that we didn't get to see the pieces we brought and exchanged,  if you photograph the item you chose and email the photo to me, I will build and album and the maker can identify it as their creation. Email to This way they will be all in one place and we won't have 40 posts to the blog. If you can do this by Sunday, we can have the album out net week.

Cup Exchange

Here is the cup I got....shot glass, and dreidel , seismic activity indicator .....all disguised as a mushroom.

Mary Jane Findley made it .

Thanks Mary Jane!

Classic Shortbread

Made these Classic Shortbread Cookies for the Club last night.  Martha Stewart does have some good recipes.  She beat out Cook's Illustrated Shortbread.

Classic Shortbread

Makes 8 wedges

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for the pan
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Sift flour and salt into a bowl; set aside. Put butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy - 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add sugar; beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add flour to mixture all at once; mix until just combined.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with rack in upper third of oven.

Using plastic wrap, press dough into a buttered 10-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. With plastic on dough, refrigerate 20 minutes. Remove plastic wrap. Cut out a round from center using a 2 1/4-inch cookie cutter; discard (or eat...honestly, Martha, sometimes I wonder). Put cutter back in center. Cut dough into eight wedges with a paring knife. Using a wooden skewer (a fork messes up the dough and makes it crumble), prick all over at 1/4-inch intervals.

Bake until golden brown and firm in center, about 1 hour. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Recut shortbread into wedges; let cool completely in pan. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Here is a good link:

Clay Club Dec 14, 2011

Had a great time at Clay Club last night. Alex Irvine gave a talk about the wall mural he and Kathy Triplett made and installed at Odyssey in Asheville, NC

Wanted to thank Marian Parkes who organized everything (including the 12 Bones), Brain and Odyssey,and Alex and Kathy!!

It was a great presentation and showed the thought and work involved in this year long project!  Outstanding!

David Voorhees announcing a workshop by Ruthanne Tudball at his studio in February.

Here are some of the cups for the cup exchange.  The only complaint I had with this method (putting them in bags) was that we didn't get to see all the cups. So next time we have to set them out and look at them and then we can bag them. Just missed seeing 40 different cups.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

They're all the same.

I just wanted to post these cups I recently got out of a kiln to show you how difficult glazing is even in the best of times. I glazed these all the same. They are Pinnell Celadon inside on porcelain and then the next day I dipped the bottom in Val's Satin Black about an inch or so . Then I dipped the top in Daly Red, then dipped it in Daly with Titanium and last I dipped the top 1/2" in Val's Satin Black again.

Then I fired them on the same shelf in the same kiln.

They all look fine but some are hotter and more runny, some are a bit underfired and stiffer and some are about right.

No wonder people use Rhodes 32!

Pinnell Blue Celadon cone 10

24.75 Custer Feldspar
34.65  Silica
19.80  Whiting
19.80  Grolleg
 1.98  Barium Carbonate

Add 1.0 Tin Oxide
        0.5 synthetic iron oxide

Val’s Satin Black  cone 10
20.00 g. -Soda Feldspar
20.00 g. –Cornwall Stone
  2.00 g.- Whiting
20.0 g. – Silica
10.00 g –Ball Clay 
13.00 g –Talc
15.00g -  Dolomite

3.00 Red Iron Oxide
2.00 Manganese Dioxide
3.00 Cobalt Oxide
1.00 Chrome Oxide

Daly Red and Daly Red with Titanium cone 10 reduction

35.00 Nepheline Syenite
15.00 Whiting
27.00 Silica
17.00 Frit 3110
  2.00 Zinc Oxide
  1.00 Bone Ash
  3.00 Talc

 0.50 Copper Carbonate
 1.50 Tin Oxide

Add :  
 3.00 Titanium Doixide

Skutt 1227 Kiln FOR SALE

 I just bought a Skutt 1227 computer kiln off of craigslist that I discovered I can't easily hook up in my studio, as it's 3 phase.  

It's in great shape, was only fired a few times, $2200.  Please pass this on in any way you like.  

Thanks Julie,

Kiln Door Ideas NEEDED!


I am hoping to hear some good ideas for my kiln rebuilding project, and I think this might be the right place. I am rebuilding a soft brick, propane, catenary arch kiln but my problem is the door design.

 In the past I have had a free standing door frame and I have stacked bricks into the doorway. I've seen bricks mortared together into larger units and stacked into the doorway. Any other good ideas?

 I don't want any brick dust in the kiln!

Thanks & I enjoy the blog and would enjoy the meetings but I live a little too far away to drive for the week night meetings. Thanks again, 


Snow flake crackle glazed Yumoni

Speaking of Ice how about trying your own Ice Crackle Glaze?!

Ice, Ice Baby cone 10 reduction
54.82  Nepheline Syenite
29.90  Custer Feldspar
  4.98  Talc
  4.32  Bone Ash
  1.99  Frit 3134
  3.99  EPK

Ice Spines

Forgot to mention these Ice Spines.

Hair Ice

As usual, while hiking up on Round Mountain (near Roan Mountain elev. 6267,NC) saw these nice displays of Hair Ice or sometimes called Ribbon Ice.

Clay Club RSVP

Yo Clubbers,

We are getting ready for the Clay Club at Odyssey on Wednesday and Marian was wondering how many people are coming so we can get a gauge on how much 12 Bones to get.

Could you RSVP if you are coming?

Also, on the "CUP" exchange we mean that in the most broad terms of "CUP" or could be "OBJECT" or "TEA BOWL" or "WHATEVER" you made and want to exchange.  Wide open.



Geek jokes

Friday, December 9, 2011

Clay Club Carpool

Go Green --   Go to Clay Club in a Carpool .

I can drive  - let's save the planet.

Email or call 828-467-5020 and reserve a spot.

Cup Show at Clingman Cafe

Cup Show

at the Clingman Cafe in Asheville NC

angelique tassistro
julie covington
heather tinnaro
josh copus 
melisse weiss
karen newgard
jennifer kincaid
erin paradis
elaine buss
paul frehe
kyle carpenter
emily reason
beth bond
pancho bond
alex matisse
becca floyd
maria andrade troya
joey sheehan
katie hill
will dickert
joy tanner
will baker

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Yet another KILN---- FOR SALE!!!

24 cubic foot Geil brick kiln, 24 shelves, hood vent system, and oxiprobe. Current purchase price for everything is $26,000. selling for $16,000. FOB Turner Lane, Mars Hill, NC

Old Skutt electric kiln in the foreground, 6 shelves, kiln sitter, timer, and pyrometer, selling for $300. FOB Turner Lane, Mars Hill, NC   


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