Monday, May 30, 2011

123,026 visitors

Just so you know our statistics for the NCCLAYCLUB.BLOGSPOT.COM:

Statistics: Between Dec. 14, 2010 and May 30, 2011 we have a had 34,506 visits.

And since 12 Dec 2008: 123,026.

Keep on posting!

Clay Club Show at Burnsville TRAC 2012

Hey Clubbers,

The great news is that the proposal that Kari Hopkins and Sue Grier sent in to TRAC - was accepted for the Burnsville Gallery in 2012.  That means that the most awesome NORTH CAROLINA CLAY CLUB will have a show together!!!

We will be meeting to figure out the specifics in June and will let you know.

Great work by Kari and Sue!

Mystery Flower

Can anyone help me identify this flower?  Some kind of Orchid??  I have looked in all my books and can't figure it out.

Diane Puckett answered:  Speckled Wood Lily, aka Clintonia umbellulata

Opportunity 2011

Opportunity: potter sharing space, resources, and equipment. 

Live/work situation available in the beautiful NEGA Mountains (near Clevand Georgia). Separate suite w/private entrance in secluded area, only 3 miles to nearest town, just off a major hwy. 

Includes use of commercial DD24 propane kiln, wheel (or bring your own), 17 cone 10 glazes, an inventory of porcelain and stoneware clay bodies, tools and equipment galore. Work space is separate from house, potential to develop a gallery/gift shop on site. 

Ideal for someone willing to work for all or part (max 20/hours wk) or $425/mo. 

Contact Cara: for info.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Black Rat Snake

And you can't forget the Black Rat Snakes warming in the sun.

Baby Turkey

Also saw this little baby turkey hiding in the grass.

Mountain Laurel in full bloom

Was out biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday and the Mountain Laurel was magnificent!

My First Peonies

Planted this one about a year ago and finally got the first bloom.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Glaze Workshop Kingston , NY, June 3 - 5, 2011

I am giving a glaze workshop at Bailey Ceramic Supply in Kingston NY, June 3 - 5, 2011. Think we have about 30 signed up,  but can take more because it is a lecture class and the more minds in the room the better!

Here is a better description :

Bailey Pottery Equipment and Ceramic Supplies
62-68 Tenbroeck Ave.
Kingston, NY 12401

Hope to see you there,

John Britt

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cheap Oxides -US

Hey Potters,

I was just trying to get some Cobalt Oxide and called Highwater and the price is $32.45 a half pound! And $64.90 a pound! 

But you can get it at US Pigment for $35.00 a pound. So you save $30 on that one pound.

US Pigment also has:
Tin Oxide for $18.00 a pound and Highwater is $37.40
Cobalt Carbonate for $25.00 and Highwater is $45.10
Inclusion stains are $25.00 while at Highwater they are $42.00.
Synthetic Yellow Iron for $4.00 and Highwater is $7.90
Synthetic Red Iron for $3.00 and Highwater is $6.60 (they call it Crocus Martis but don't be fooled by the name -it is Bayferrox 180M See MSDS)

You can order a Flat Rate Box and it come US Postal for $12 for about 20# of oxides.  You can save hundreds of dollars!I don't now about you but I could use a couple of hundred of dollars!

If comes in about two days.  Plan ahead potters unless you like to pay double.

John Britt

Bringle workshop -Wildacres

Hands on workshop for 3 days .. Sept 26-30..Lidded vessels ... For more info look at my web site ...

Wood Pottery Tools

John Ferlazzo is selling wood pottery tools. Call 828-688-1354



Zombie spiders and Mud Wasps

Had to change my battery in my pyrometer and found one if the nests of the mud wasps and their gruesome cells with zombie spiders and the larvae.

June Perry Honey Pot

Here is a nice Honey Pot I got from June Perry in exchange for some honey. Nice !!

Free Video for you!

Heather Tinnaro has an old video (really! a videotape!) called "A Centered Universe: The Life and Art of Harry Holl". 

She would be glad to give it to the first person to come get it. (in Asheville)

Contact Heather at :

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Free Clay for Empty Bowls

Heather Tinnaro has 225 pounds of FREE red earthenware available to anyone who will use it to make bowls for this year's Empty Bowls events (taking place September 26).  She lives in the Kenilworth area of Asheville and you can contact her at

Monday, May 23, 2011

June 8, 2011 CLAY CLUB

Yo Clubbers,

David Voorhees has volunteered to have the June  8, 2011 Clay Club Meeting at his place!  Should be fantastic! Regular potluck food.  

He has offered to demo: throwing and altering as well as discuss the kiln and firing.  Also, if anyone else wants to demo just let me know and we can figure out the logistics..

David also invited each person bring a bisque fired cone 10 clay mug to be glazed here and fired in my June 25th firing.  I could bring the fired mugs to the July meeting. 

I will send another announcement later but wanted to let everyone know that if they want to bring a mug to glaze ...they should.

The Voorhees Pottery wood-fired car kiln, built in 2009 is possibly the only one of its kind in the USA. Stacking space about 60 cu. ft., cross draft design kiln with Bourry style fire box and built in pizza oven.  The kiln fires in about 28 hours using one cord of wood and 1 1/2 lbs. soda sprayed as solution at top temperature.  The kiln is located at David's home/studio Sunburst Hollow, 2212 Green River Rd., Zirconia, NC, 40 minutes south of Asheville.

Directions:  from Asheville take I-26 East to Exit 54, taking US 25 South toward Greenville, SC.  Follow to Exit 3, Green River Rd.  At end of ramp turn right and drive 2 miles to driveway on right.  Look for #2212 on post and mailbox.


David Voorhees
Hand in Hand Gallery
2720 Greenville Hwy.
Flat Rock, NC 28731
697-7702, fax

NC Pottery Center

Attention all potters and pottery collectors!

Here are a few things about the NC Pottery Center:

student tile installation project

The Pottery Center promotes public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in NC. Permanent exhibits of more than 800 pieces of pottery, artifacts, and photographs from prehistoric Native Americans to the present.

groundhog kiln

The most visited page on the NCPC web site is their NC Clay Artists page! If you are listed on it please make sure your information is current. If not, won't you sign up?

And it's not too late to show your support for our Pottery Center in Seagrove.

It's holding their Benefit Auction to support their Programing, Exhibitions, and general promotion of NC potters in August this year. If you haven't been contacted to donate a piece of your wonderful work, or you would like to give a piece to be auctioned off, I will be in Asheville on Tuesday (tomorrow, May 24th) and would be happy to pick up and deliver your piece(s).

You can reach me at michaeljkline at gmail dot com or call me at 828-675-4097. Or if you are in the Penland area you can drop off at my studio! I am leaving Wednesday morning for Seagrove.

If we can't connect by Wednesday, I can arrange to deliver your donation at another time.

local schools tile installation

I hope you will consider giving a piece!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

End of the World

Yo Clubbers,

In case you don't know ....Today is the end of the world if everyone would just bring a check for the full amount in your bank account and any diamonds you have lying around, since you won't need them after 6:00 p.m., and meet me at The Folk Art Center show 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. we can get this done.

John Britt

Monday, May 16, 2011

First Bee Pollen

First bee pollen collected from my hives in Mitchell County NC.

Two John Britt Workshops in October 2011

Two Workshops at Claymakers

Workshop 1: Thrown, Altered, & Assembled
John Britt

10:00 – 5:00

In this workshop, John Britt will present how he throws, alters, and assembles porcelain and stoneware into a variety of shapes–everything from jars to vases. He will discuss and demonstrate how he approaches the wheel as a forming tool. His demonstration will include closed forms and applications as well as a multitude of variations from tight forms to loose tea bowls. It will be an action-packed day designed for beginning to intermediate potters.
Fee: $75

Workshop 2:  Understanding Glazes


10:00 – 5:00

John Britt will give a general overview of ceramic glazes and glaze materials in this workshop.  He will also discuss different firing methods and will cover cones, kilns, firing dynamics, and properties of various ceramic materials. The atmosphere will be fun and relaxed, with plenty of time for questions and answers and will include some more structured lecture periods as well. The content of the discussion will be directed by the participants’ interest. This class is appropriate for students of all levels.
Fee: $75

To register contact:
Claymakers705 Foster Street  Durham, NC 27701

(919) 530-8355  ::

Sunday, May 15, 2011

New Work 2011

Here is a tea pot with Snow Flake Crackle. Still working on it, but some progress!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lisa Orr Glaze Recipes

These are some images of Lisa Orr's pieces I found on the web. The recipes are from an article by Rafael Molina-Rodriguez entitled "A Dialogue with Lisa Orr", Ceramics Monthly May 2000,  page 48 -51. She was featured on the cover.

Lisa Orr Clear Base Glaze 1 (cone 03)
66.00 Frit 3110
  4.00 Silica
  5.00 EPK
  9.00 Gerstley Borate
16.00 Soda Ash

(This base gives better color variations but Base 2 is more stable.)

Color variations are possible with additions such as:
Honey yellow: 11% Spanish Red Iron
Turquoise: 6% copper Carbonate
Soft Blue: 0.50% Cobalt Carbonate
Purple: 5% Manganese Silicate (When using this delete the silica in the base.)
Green: 0.25% Chrome Oxide; 6% Copper carbonate; 11% Red Iron Oxide

Lisa Orr Clear Base Glaze 2 (cone 03)
73.00 Frit 3110
12.00 Gerstley Borate
15.00 EPK

Color variations are possible with additions such as:
Honey yellow: 11% Spanish Red Iron
Turquoise: 6% copper Carbonate
Soft Blue: 0.50% Cobalt Carbonate
Purple: 5% Manganese Silicate (When using this delete the silica in the base.)
Green: 0.25% Chrome Oxide; 6% Copper carbonate; 11% Red Iron Oxide

Ready To Roll

Last week, under the direction of kiln mover extraordinaire Jim Sockwell, the Bailey got herself an internal frame in preparation for her move down the road. I'm renting a forklift Monday afternoon to haul the kiln from the Pottery formerly known as Singing Tree to the her new home at the Mushroom Factory.

Anyone who wants to join the festivities, cheer me on, photograph this epic event or just offer unsolicited advice can show up around noon at 2250 Hwy 80 S, 2.2 miles south of Micaville in Yancey County.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Carving a Plate - Emily Reason

Here is a short carving video of Emily Reason carving. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

May 11, 2011 Clay Club

Here is a shot of some of the people at the Black Mountain Clay Club meeting. Someone else may post the real picture.  I was early.  Anyway it was a lot of fun and thanks to everyone involved. They are really good with the food in Black Mountain!

Wire cut method - making small chairs

Here is a demo from our outstanding Clay Club at The Black Mountain Center for the Arts.  I have two more to post.  Thanks to everyone there who helped make it a really fun time!

Slab Roller for Sale

Bailey Slab Roller $800 firm

30" wide x 8 feet long

available in Marshall, NC.


email Emily @

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Spring Arts at Sunburst Hollow Studios

Spring Arts at Sunburst Hollow Studios
Saturday, May 14th, 10AM-4PM
2212 Green River Rd., Zirconia, NC 28790
David Voorhees: wood fire kiln opening and new raku fired work and studio tour
Molly Sharp: new jewelry, sterling, pebbles and studio tour
Jane Voorhees:  watercolors, prints and cards
Susan Voorhees:  pastels and watercolors
Cheryl Stippich:  stained glass and jewelry
Wes Burlingame:  Laurel Springs Nursery native plants
Gourmet Cafe and refreshements
David Voorhees
Hand in Hand Gallery
2720 Greenville Hwy.
Flat Rock, NC 28731
697-7702, fax

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Container Show at Crimson Laurel

Had a great time at the Crimson Laurel Container Show last night:

John Britt

Clay Club May 11, 2011

Yo Clubbers,

All potters, clay addicts, and others (artists, students, good cooks etc) are welcome to the Pot Luck meet of the Clay Club, Wed, May 11 at the Clay Studio of The Black Mountain Center for the Arts.
Meet at 6:30 for food & demos by Annie Singletary, John Britt, and ??? (if you've got a technique to share, plese speak up).
Where is it? 

225 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC(828) 669-0930 

The Clay Studio is located downhill and behind the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, in a small separate building.
Off I-40, go north from exit 64 towards downtown Black Mountain.  At State Street (3rd traffic light) take a left.  Within 2 blocks, the Center for the Arts will be on your left, (just after the Dripolator Coffee Shop and just before the Thai Basil Restaurant.)  To park behind the Center for the Arts, take the next left at that traffic light (steep hill down) and the left at the first driveway into a parking area.  If it is full, there's another parking area below it, as you continue down the hill. 
More information available from Black Mountain Center for the Arts at (828) 669-0930, or Barbara Rogers at 828-333-2721.


Barb Rogers
Alchemy of Clay - my blog of musings
Goddess in Clay - my blog of sculptures and pottery

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rubies and Vines -Lane and Kline

I was going to write a blog post for Michael Kline and Stacy Lane's show, "Rubies and Vines - Lane and Kline", that focused on Michael's creative experience making work for this show. I was going to write and write and add a quote here and there from Michael. Well, he sent more than a few quotes, so Micheal, take it away...
"A little more than a year ago David and John pitched the idea of a show for Stacey and I. We weren't able to act on it at the time for several reasons, but we were excited to have a show at another time and that time is now!

Although Stacey and I show our work together during our studio sales and open houses, this was a great opportunity to make special pieces that would hopefully involve collaboration and subtle influence. I'd like to say that we worked side by side making pieces together, but the fact of the matter is that we only crossed paths in our mutual studios a few times, and now realize how much focused attention and time it would take to develop the work to the level deserving of a gallery showing. Nonetheless, collaboration and influence appeared in the work we made, just at a more subtle way than I expected.

When I think of jewelry and the precious materials that Stacey uses to make her work, the word that comes to mind is refinement. In the caseof my pottery, there is refinement of earth materials for clay and glaze. Most of these materials are common and not precious, some of these are available to me here on our property. Instead, for this show, I wanted to go even further with the idea of refinement. I decided that I would take this opportunity to work with a very refined clay and explore the possibilities of an alternative firing process.

For the last 6 monthsI have been working with porcelain clay and firing the pots in oxidation in an electric kiln. In every way this process is completely different and foreign to me. Yes, porcelain is clay, and I used familiar pattern and imagery on the finished work, but the experience was full of searching and there was much trial and error. But in the end I feel that the work flourished and an idea that began in the vague notion of refinement grew into a new understanding of working and reacting to materials.

My home clay, that I affectionately refer to as my red dirt, is a craggy and nonplastic stoneware. It has very different properties and rules than the porcelain that I have been using. Both clays assert their desire to be formed to a point that is appropriate to their nature. I try to make work that revels in the natural qualities of the materials and am in turn inspired by these same qualities. This approach to the materials and the process lets me express my ideas through the medium without irony or code.

I think that Stacey and I influence each other in subtle ways that may be seen in our use of imagery, color, texture. For example, I don't think I would have painted snakes on my pots if I hadn't seen the "Snake in the Garden Pendant" that Stacey had made. I liked the way that the snake and the vine intertwined and thought that the imagery was very suitable to some kind of treatment that I am familiar with . But finally, a new motif emerged and while it wasn't exactly how I had imagined it in the beginning, it led to the use of the snake as a border on several pieces. The symbol of the snake eating its tail is know as "ouroboros". I owe my blogging buddy, Jim Gottuso, credit for alerting me to the symbolism to this imagery.

To sum things up, I feel that the important thing about all of this work is that it does reflect the subtle nature of influence. In our case, two people who share a life and family, as well as creative lives. Some influences are overt, like the use of color or lustre, others more private and personal. It has been a great opportunity to take time away from my normal production and work in an area that challenges my ideas and skills. It's also a great pleasure to be showing with my wife, Stacey, in my favorite gallery space (anywhere!) here at the Crimson Laurel Gallery!

Maybe there are influences that you might see that play out in our work?" - Michael Kline-Studio potter

Thanks Michael, I will end with this, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL KLINE, we, the ceramics community love you!

Rubies and Vines Lane and Kline opens May 7th, Artist Reception May 7th as well.
@ 6pm.

David Trophia
Crimson Laurel Gallery

Hand Made in America - Critique

Yo Clubbers,

The drive to Asheville $25.00, dinner $15.00, Someone who will openly criticize your work in public - priceless!!  And FREE - so sign up.....

Free Craft Lab - Tuesday  - May 10
6 - 8 pm at HandMade in America
125 S. Lexington Ave.  Asheville  


Artists often don't get together to formally critique each others work, but it can be one of the best learning experiences. Hearing what someone else sees when they look at your work gives you new insight to what you make. Come participate in a formal critique of your work with HandMade's Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod. Everyone who wishes to participate must bring one piece for critique.

To register, please contact Jami Wilds at 828-252-0121 or

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rubies and Vines -Lane and Kline

First, I have to say, I just love this title for their show. It's a title that came from the imaginations of Michael Kline and Stacy Lane. Husband and Wife, Father and Mother, Potter and Jeweler, and all around outstanding community members. At it's inception in 2010, this show was to be a celebration ofthis well respected duo from the Mountains of North Carolina. A celebrationof their skill, dedication, fortitude and kindness.

The idea was to display a body of work not yet seen by Michael's collectors; work in porcelain, and a body of work form Stacy that connected the two artists in some way. Stacy comments below on how the show progressed from idea to exhibition.
"I have loved making the work for this show. I gave myself permission to play with some new materials, and think that this work will serve as a new beginning in the studio in several ways. At the end of the stash of my real rubies, I have been struggling with whether to buy more when it is so difficult to trace where they were mined, and under what conditions they were cut. I decided to experiment with super sparkly faux rubies in much of this work, and I love the juxtaposition of the somewhat crude metal surfaces with the crazy brightness of the stones. It was also great to be able to use as many “rubies” as I wanted, without concern for the cost of the stones. With the gold market at an all time high, I have also been drawn to the yellow color, but unable to work freely with gold. I tried casting an Ancient Bronze alloy - the color is great, and the patina appeals to me because of the feeling of age it conveys. I explored bi-metal pieces – something I haven’t done in a long time. I am particularly excited about some signet-type rings with silver tops and gold bands.Because I am sharing the show with Michael, I have been searching for subtle connections in our work over the course of the past year. I found some beautiful blue faience (clay) beads, and have made two necklaces using this material – one is a choker with a little twist, and the other a bit more tribal in feeling. Michael is experimenting with a glaze on porcelain that hints at this aqua color. I also found some beautiful dendritic quartz stones, which remind me of little gardens. The stem and leaf motifs seem connected to his painting, so I’ve used a few of these in necklaces. There might be a few snakes appearing in our work, too…

As I review the pieces for the show, I am grateful for the challenge that trying to push myself brings. This work is definitely related to my previous jewelry, but feels like a step in several new directions. Thank you for the opportunity!" - Stacey Lane, Studio Jeweler
May 7th marks Michael's 50th year on this planet, Happy Bithday Michael. Some of the pieces in this exhibition have "50" marked on the backside, one has it glazed! A collectors dream for certain. Friday we will post again about this show and hear a few words from the birthday boy himself.

Exhibition begins May 7th online and in the gallery. Check it out online @

David Trophia
Crimson Laurel Gallery

American Craft Week 2011

Call for CRAFT ARTISTS – get involved in American Craft Week:
Register early and join the celebration!
This year's American Craft Week celebration is to be held October 7-16, 2011, and will bring together individuals, small businesses and organizations from all fifty states in recognition of the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy.
Get Involved!
You are invited to be part of American Craft Week. If you create, sell, display, promote, collect or just plain love American craft, please join the celebration. Click on Participants/Events at to find a listing of what's happening by state. If you would like to become a participant and host your own event, click on the "Get Involved" tab at the website to sign up. It can cost as little as $25 and gives your event national exposure.
Last year, North Carolina had the most registered participants nationwide! Here in Western North Carolina we are working hard to do more in 2011. For inclusion of your event in printed material such as rack cards, there will be an additional nominal fee and a May 31, 2011 deadline for information. Inclusion in web-based publicity is on-going; however you must register through the American Craft Week website first. Contact Sherry Masters at Grovewood Gallery for more information on WNC events. Email:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Crimson Laurel Opening Saturday May 7, 2011- 6 p.m.

Containment II
MAY 7 – JUNE 25

On May 7, 2011, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC will present Containment II: The Inside Story. The idea of an exhibition of boxes is not a new one by any means. It is, however, an important one for the ceramic art collector. It is an opportunity to participate in a collecting tradition that has very deep roots. Ceramic art boxes have been collected and coveted throughout the centuries. From ancient Egypt to modern times the lure of a lidded vessel seems to reach across cultural and geographical boundaries. Their almost seductive nature invites us to question what is concealed, everyday objects, or someone’s most cherished memories.
For this exhibition we have invited more than 35 select artists from across the country to interpret the box form. Each artist will bring to the project his or her own distinct method of surface design and construction. We invite you to consider the possibilities of this timeless art form and what will be contained within.
A partial list of the artists represented in this exhibition includes Dan Anderson, Alex Matisse, Tzadi Turrou, Cynthia Bringle, Lana Wilson, Lisa Clague, Shoko Teruyama, Lisa Gluckin, John Britt,  Jason Burnett, Eric Haagensen, Jeff Campana, Brad Schwieger, Jack Troy, Posey Bacopoulos, Nick Joerling, Lisa Joerling, Brooke Noble, Julie Wiggins, Becky Gray, Margaret Bohls, Daniel Teran, Susan Feagin, Cristina Cordova, Eric Knoche, Ani Kasten, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Noah Reidel, Leslie Hinton, Rachel K. Garceau, Vince Palacios, Matt Jacobs, Michael Rutkowsky, Cassie Ryalls, Deborah Rogers G. Rogers.
This exhibition will be at Crimson Laurel Gallery and online at from May 7 - June 25, 2011

Shopping Cart Feature Coming Soon!

by John Lara

Beginning with our three exhibits opening on May 7 we will be launching the new shopping cart feature on our website that will allow our customers to make purchases anytime they wish.  We will also be expanding our online inventory to include select pieces from our growing list of artists.  Our goal is to make our online shopping experience as fast and convenient as possible while keeping our commitment to exhibiting the finest art and craft in the country.