Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Show at Crimson Laurel: starts Saturday April 2, 2011 - April 30, 2011

Submerging the Bathysphere

Submerging the Bathysphere is an illustrative ceramics exhibit featuring Eleanor Annand and Jason Bige Burnett.  These two artists have come together to investigate life at sea through illustrative ceramics. In both form and content they have combined their playful sensibility to create decorative and functional ceramic work.
Eleanor Annand is primarily a printmaker and illustrator. She creates prints with strong central characters that tell tales of exploration, escape, and disguise. These stories evoke folklore of the past and urban legends.

Jason Bige Burnett involves screenprinted and digital printmaking methods into his ceramics. Simultaneously he incorporates pop influenced imagery that is both personal and universal creating a sense of deviancy and play to his ceramic work.
This exhibit will open on April 2, 2011 and will be on display at Crimson Laurel Gallery and online through the end of April.

Shit for Brains

Here are some of the "fillers" I am working on for the Crimson Laurel show coming in April.

Larger Pots

Just thought I would post some images of larger pots that I have been making in honor the the Potter's Conference in Asheboro.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Ceramics Magazine 1/2011

I have an article in the January issue of New Ceramics: The European Ceramics Magazine. If you haven't seen it, give it a try. Great magazine and it opens you up to an entirely different perspective.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chinese Meiyintang Collection at Sotheby's

If you like Chinese Pottery here is a nice "catalogue" that Bill Sanders sent to me:

Here is the original Sotheby's page:

What Do You Do?

Obviously my cleaning job was inadequate. My right burner went out again and won't relight during firing (just had started body reduction ^010 or so). What is the next course of action? I cut the kiln off and closed it up. Can anyone help me clean this burner? I'm stressing since the kiln is full of Nelle's work (and we know how much of a worrier she is). She needs the pots by Thursday. Please help!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Skull Series: 2011

I have a new series of work; The Skull Series.  

Pieces will be included in the :

Containment II: The Inside Story 

Opens at Crimson Laurel Gallery May 7, 2011

This piece is "Fortune Cookie Jar"

AKAR Yunomi Invitational 2011

Akar Gallery annual yunomi Invitational is now online!
200 potters, 5 yunomi from each one.
Also, a Studio Potter fundraiser.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

FREE - Loads of molds

PLASTER MOLDS for slip-casting.
"ALL kinds" available for FREE.

We have "a few "truckloads full" said the nice man who dropped by THE EnergyXchange Clay Studio yesterday inquiring whether we might like to have them.

He had just come from unloading 1 truck o' molds @ the landfill.
His hope --- to find someone who can use the rest ... instead of "dumping"

If interested, call Patricia Robinson @ 828-675-5564 (home) or 828-284-4093 (cell).

Espresso Cups with Bone Handle 2011

Yunomi Book

This is a gorgeous book full of great information.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How to make Golden Turds!

EZ UP White tent 2011

White tent for outdoor fairs. It is 8'x 10' - An old EZ-UP that has barely been used and a tall wooden folding chair that needs new canvas- 

Both for $70.00 
Tent has side walls and carrying case. 

Moving to west coast, leaving Sunday, but will leave it here at Jim Whalen's in Horse Shoe, NC

Jim's Number is 828 890 0525.
Many thanks,
Ruth Apter
828 489 2064 Cell#

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Scott Creek Extruder 2011


A barely ever been used Scott Creek Clay extruder and dies.
The Extruder sells new for $359.with out the dies.
Will let it go for $200.

Moving to west coast, leaving Sunday, but will leave it here at Jim Whalen's in Horse Shoe, NC

Jim's Number is 828 890 0525.

Many thanks,
Ruth Apter
828 489 2064 Cell#

Mashiko Potter's Fund from Pucker Gallery

Mashiko Potters Fund

New Turner pots

I have posted photos from my March firings, go to and click on gallery, then March Firings. Also, remember my workshop here at Turner Lane on June 25th and 26th, pass the word. Thank you. I will raffle off a new Shimpo Aspire wheel. My ceramic art museum is always open, call ahead.

Monday, March 21, 2011


So, here is the set up for my Skutt.  On my Back patio.  In that corner, open to the yard with a wind operated vent in the roof.  Does the kiln need a vent if it is outside?  Do I need to cover the kiln when it's operating to keep it warm?  (Crazy question).


Bumper stickers for  $7.50 (free shipping in the continental US.) Get'em while the last.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


to share 700sq ft space in Historic Marshall High Studios (Marshall, NC) w/ a potter & a metalsmith . High ceilings, wood floors, lg windows. Lg gas & elec. kilns on site. Wifi & warm in the winter. Awesome community of cool creative, fun-loving, intelligent-types. Walking-distance to town. $200/mo. w/ 6 mo. min. lease req. email me:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Well, I've gotten myself in trouble again.  Kari very graciously agreed to help me fire Cone 10 in her kiln on the 24th and with all the moving and rain and , well, all of the excuses I can muster, I'll only have 1/2 a kiln. Is there anyone with pots to fill the kiln or a kiln with room for my pots next week.  I am desperate, as this is a big order (big for me) for Passover that has to be shipped by the end of the month.  Any advise?


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cynthia's birthday bowl

Raku Workshop with Barry Bernstein
and David Voorhees
Friday through Sunday, March 25-27, 2011
Sunburst Hollow Studios, Zirconia, NC

Noted Michigan raku artist Barry Bernstein will lead a three day workshop on raku fired pottery. He will demonstrate his throwing and altering techniques as well as his firing methods. Students will help contruct a simple raku kiln and have a day to fire some of their own pottery or sculpture. Workshop to be held at David Voorhees’ studio in Zirconia, NC.
A Trunk Show of Barry’s raku pottery will be held at Hand in Hand Gallery during the weekend with a reception Friday evening 5-7pm.

•Friday: wheel demos and simple fiber lined raku kiln construction
•Saturday: clay altering and finishing and Barry will demonstrate his firing techniques in our new kiln
•Sunday: participants will raku fire all day using Barry’s glazes, extra kiln provided
•Fee: $200 plus $25 materials fee, must preregister with $25 deposit
•Shared lunch feast each day with wood fired pizzas on Sunday
•Bring up to 10 pots to raku fire, we will supply a variety of glazes

Contact David Voorhees at 698-8775 or or Hand in Hand Gallery 697-7719 for more info or to reserve your place.
Sunburst Hollow is the home and studios of David and Molly Sharp Voorhees, located at 2212 Green River Rd., Zirconia, NC

Monday, March 14, 2011

NC Clay Artists 2011

Would you share with NC Clay Club please! And any other professional NC potters.

The NC Pottery Center has been working to update our NC Clay Artists page by adding links to professional potters websites. This page receives more hits than any other page on our site, 900-1200 views each month.

There are many NC potters whose websites (and other information) are not listed. If you would like to have a link to your website on our page then please go to You can see your information listed from the info we have, and you can submit updated info on the form link on this page or by clicking on this link

And if you haven't been in to see the current exhibit Tea Time, try to get to Seagrove. It is wonderful. We also hope you will consider joining the NC Pottery Center and supporting this wonderful museum and its missions.

If you have question you can email us at or Thanks!

Jennie Lorette Keatts
Board Member, NC Pottery Center

Handmade for Japan: eBay auction March 18-20 to ...


musing about mud: Handmade for Japan: eBay auction March 18-20 to ...: "Mission: Handmade For Japan's mission is to raise money through an online auction on March 18-20 for relief efforts to assist the victim..."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

1500 posts!

Just at note to mention that we have had over 1500 posts on the NC Clay Club blog! I guess we are WINNING!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Glaze Brush

Hate to promote globalization and the loss of US jobs, but...I was just a IKEA and bought this $0.99 toilet brush. It works great for glaze buckets.

IKEA is the final step in consumer economics. You actually go in there and think to yourself... "well it is so cheap I could buy another in a couple years when it falls apart and still save money". It is where globalism, cheap labor, monster boats, shipping containers, plastic, laminates, self-check-out and day care all come together in the total shopping experience... and then the throw in a free sugar filled pre-diabetic lunch.  And then you go home and assemble it!  What more could you ask for?!

God helps us all!

British Ceramics At the Mint Museum

It was outstanding. Don't know if it is touring but they have a catalogue.

Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection
Drawn from the collection of Diane and Marc Grainer of suburban Washington, D.C., this exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of Contemporary British Studio Ceramics in the United States.  This well documented catalogue is filled with color photographs of the functional and sculptural objects made between the 1980s and 2009 featuring works by 100 artists either born or residing in Great Britain.  Edited by Annie, Carlano, Director of Craft + Design and Curator of the exhibition.
2010, 215 pages, 110 color images
Hardback Price $60.00 Item #2247

I just go to the Mint to see Judy Fox's "Einstein", 1988.  Awesome!

Judy Fox
Detail of Judy Fox Sculpture "Einstein"

Gordon Baldwin
Wall of Pots

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Notice ... Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu an icon of the ceramic world passed away yesterday in Hawaii ...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


*its hard to see in this picture, but if you look close enough you can see my problem.
HEY ALL so here it is. i am glazing some small bowls and i am putting a glaze on the outside as well as in the inside, i bought a whole bunch of new stilts for putting the glazed bowls on. my problem, i am putting the layers of glaze on the bowl, and then when i load them into my kiln and get the out, i have three perfect little notches left from the stilt. my question, do i need to put kiln wash on the stilt and if i do how will that effect the firing??? this problem leaves me at a stand still until i can figure this out.
thank you!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Studio Closing/ SALE

Yet another Studio Closing:


Still have a few items left...

SKUTT 1027-240 KILN WITH KILN SETTER? $500.00?


???????????????????????? OPENED??? $15.00 each

CHEMICALS AND FRITS (too many to list)??LARGE BOX? $100.00


CERAMICS MONTHLY?? FULL YEARS $10.00 per year ....some from the 70's

CLAY TIMES? FULL YEARS? $10.00 per year


PEDESTALS? 5 VARYING HEIGHTS?? $50.00 (light weight, fabric covered, need new



Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd VA

Just got back from a great one day workshop at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd VA.  We had 18 people with a wide range of backgrounds but had a great time.  Check them out if you live in Southern VA.

Great place!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Odyssey Resident Artists' Open House!

The residents artists at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts are having an open house this Saturday from 12-5pm in the resident artist area on the school side of the center. We want to welcome you into the improved spaces, show some new work, dork out about ceramics and share food and drink. There will be work for sale, as well as demos every hour by one of us.

The demo order is as follows:
12- Amanda

If you don't know us yet, drop by! We are excited to be part of the broader clay community! Odyssey is located at 236 Clingman, next door to Jonas Gerard and the Clingman Cafe. See you there!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Potter's Conference and Pottery Pick Up

Is anyone going to the Potter's Conference who could pick up some of my pots from Meredith Heywood. I wish I were going this year, but cannot make it. I would be so grateful.

Cone 6 Soda Firing in Fairhope, Alabama

Clay Clubbers, I'm leading a workshop at the Kiln Studio and Gallery on cone 6 soda firing in Fairhope, Alabama, March 21-26. If any of you are interested check the link above and please pass the word along to any Gulf Coasters you think might be interested. I also have a solo show at the Kiln Gallery March of my earthenware vessels with a healthy offering of cone 6 stoneware as well. Thanks and keep up the good clay work!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Vole....was Mole

I saw this creature yesterday frolicking around on the ground on Round Mountain, NC. I think it is a mole but not sure. It had a short tail and small eyes, but nice digging claws. Something probably ate him/her by now as there was no fear or flight response.

Burners for sale 3.2.2011

I have two burners that I don't need and would like to get rid of them. 

They are brand new MK-1 Stainless Steel Liquid Propane burners.

 $400 for the pair. SOLD 3.3.2011

Contact Phil at