Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oil Spot Cadagon or Ewer

Unidentified Artist
Ewer with Oil-Spot Glaze, 12th century
Glazed stoneware
4 5/8 x 4 15/16 in. (11.75 x 12.54 cm)
Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gift of F. Eunice and Herbert F. Shatzman
This work is currently on view.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thrown, Altered and Assembled Workshop

Hey kids,

We still have a couple of spots in the Saturday workshop at Claymakers. There are 13enrolled but I think that they can take 18?

It will be an action packed demo including: throwing and some handbuilding. I will demo loose and tight tea bowls, granite intruded tea bowls, closed cylinders and its applications, like closed salt shakers, cadagons, handles, salt pigs, lidded jars, etc. An upside down plate, faceting and wire cutting. I will also throw various bowls as well as ewers and miscellaneous other wacky things.

If you need some inspiration and motivation before the long winter, this is the workshop for you.

I am certain that it will be worth the ridiculous price of $75.00 (you can't get any cheaper!) So tell a friend and come on down to Raleigh.


705 Foster Street  Durham, NC 27701
(919) 530-8355  ::  info@claymakers.com

John Britt
Saturday, October 1, 2011
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

Smithsonian Oral History Project


I posted this last night on the WPAPotters blog.  I so enjoyed the interview that Val Cushing did for the Smithsonian oral history library that I went through the 600 artists/craftspeople and picked out the potters/ceramic artists.  This posting has a picture of a pot, the potters name and the specific link to their interview transcription on the Smithsonian site.  I will be making an additional posting of those potters interviewed but whose interviews have not been transcribed yet.  I spoke to the Smithsonian directer in charge of this project and she said the project is now finished in terms of new interviews but that funding was provided to hire some help to transcribe those interviews already done.

I will post this link on the ClayArt forum for others use.  I am thinking about expanding my profiles of potters to others beyond the Penna. region but I cannot invest a day's time traveling, interviewing, and photographing each individual.  I am going to try to select some potters to see if they will send me pictures of their studio and how they work and then set up a telephone interview to capture additional information so that I can tell each one's story to share with others.   

In seeing what the Smithsonian has done, I have come to realize how valuable recording this information is to those who are both around us now and for artisans to come.  I don't want this history to be lost (although it won't ever be completely lost without me).  I am referring not only you guys with have an international reputation but also others who may not have achieved the limelight.


Any way, please look at the posting and if you have any reactions or guidance for me that would be great.

Hope you and yours are healthy and happy.

All the best,

Terry Rorison


Saturday, September 24, 2011

10th Annual Asheville Empty Bowls

Hey Folks, don't forget the 10th Annual Asheville Empty Bowls Event is coming up this Monday, September 26th.This year you need a ticket to get in so make your plans now.

Find out more at the MANNA Foodbank website, which says that there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door for the lunch time event. For the dinner event you can still order a ticket online until 8:00 AM on Monday the 26th of September.

Don't delay! It's a good cause and there's pottery too.
Find out more about Empty Bowls here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Extruding Test Tiles 2011

Win a teacup!

(From Elisabeth Maurland via Ann Darling and edited to say there are only two days left to vote -- voting ends Friday September 23 at midnight.)


I am in the midst of a Northeast Iowa contest for a small business grant, where the goal is to garner the most votes by Sep. 23 to win $5000 for a specific project, or "dream". Mine is to extend the designs I create for my pottery, into textiles. I am asking all my friends and fans to help me by voting for my "dream".

I am in second place, there are only two days left to vote, and I have just started raffling off one of my teacups.

Enter the raffle by first voting here: http://www.myentre.net/busProfile/tabid/95/Default.aspx?entry=356, and then tell me about it either by emailing me or commenting on my Facebook page (Anne Elisabeth Maurland or Elisabeth Maurland).

This is the raffle piece:

If you like my ideas and wouldn't mind sharing with others who might be kind enough to vote, that would be great too!

Thank you!

Elisabeth Maurland

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Social Networking for Business at AB Tech

AB Tech in Asheville is having a continuing ed class this session on using Social Networking as a marketing tool.

More info at ABTech.edu and click on Continuing Education and then Computer Training and then the Class Schedule link at the bottom of the page.

Social Media Marketing

Do you want to market you and your business through social media - then this one day class is for you. Come and learn how to utilize Twitter, LinkedIn, Animoto, Online Newsletters, and various other social marketing tools. Caroline Brigmon, Instructor.

Sa, 10/15, 9am-4pm, SEF-7625-711, 208 Pines, Asheville

Fees: Course $35

Networking for Craftpersons

Apropos of 'networking for craftspersons,' the topic of the last clay club, there's an article in the Sept 6 issue of Forbes which you can get at http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2011/0926/feature-techonomy-social-power-corporate-revolution-kirkpatrick.html.  Seems you have access to the whole article without paying a cent..

The focus of the article is on labor/employee vs management relationships (also citizen vs dictator) but there's some good stuff applicable to the manager/potter-to-client relationship.  Oh well, who's in the cat seat? The gist: listen to your clients, discover their needs; let your clients suggest new ways of . . .

What's missing is the need for the Creator to anticipate, even create, the needs of the client, because existing needs can be passe or resistant to change.  That prob got a lot of other Amer co's in trouble, but not the big Apple.   I mean who needs all the wonderful gadgets? 

By the way, Daniel Yergin has a new book out, The Quest. Gotta keep abreast.  hp

Artist-In-Residence 2011

John with Residents

Artist-In-Residence Opportunity
at Cub Creek


The Cub Creek residency program is directed towards emerging artists. The $475 monthly fee provides the resident with a large, approximately 400 sq ft studio space, a private room in newly built resident housing, all utilities, studio equipment and access to a variety of kilns.

Although there are no classes or assignments, residents will be guided in their development by our Director John Jessiman. After receiving an MFA from Alfred, where he was Val Cushing's teaching assistant, he embarked on an over thirty year teaching career at NY State University and has conducted many workshops. John has stated that he learned to teach from Val Cushing, one of the greatest ceramic arts teachers. As an assistant to Val he has adopted Val's honest yet constructive style of critique. "I want students to leave a critique anxious to return to their studios and resume the solution." John also has an extensive exhibition history having exhibited Nationally  and Internationally.

At CCF we have a revolving application system. Once accepted into our program the applicant will be given the opportunity to schedule a starting date. Currently we have open space in November, January and March. In September 2012 we will have three openings.

There is more information on our website at www.cubcreek.org or send an e-mail to Jessiman@cubcreek.org.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Glaze Assistance Needed




I am trying to replicate this look at cone 6 and was wondering if anyone had a clue how to do it?

It is black satin matte at the top of the bowl is a copper oxide or carbonate slip (10% in ball clay) and a dolomite glaze on top of that. It was fired to ^9 electric.

The bottom portion is vanadium pentoxide mixed in slip and then barium glaze on top. Cone 9 electric.


The black satin matte at the top of the cylinder is also copper-in-slip, but I don't know
what's over that to give it such a nice sheen. Probably fired to ^9.

The whole surface seems to have been coated with the black slip and then bisqued. The white glaze is a barium carbonate brushed on top.

Can anyone help?

Cheers to you -

Curtis Nelson

Clay Club -October 12, 2011


The Clay Club for October will be a Doc Welty's place In Leicester NC.

When: Wednesday October 12, 2011

Where: 845 South Turtle Creek, Leicester, NC
Phone 828-683-8726

Topic: "The Moravian potters and traditional North Carolina pottery."  

Food: Cookout, ( outside, weather permitting) I'll provide dead pork and fowl, but everyone please bring a dish.

Doc will show us around his terracotta clad studio perhaps, then a pottery talk/show followed by a short video if time allows.

Anyone ideas for November appreciated as I am out.....!

John Britt

Monday, September 19, 2011

Studio Space in Asheville

Josh Copus:

I am starting a new studio and have two more spaces left. It's down in the River Arts district in the building next to the Phil Mechanic. They are 300 square ft spaces for $200, all utilities included and about 200 ft of common space. Half spaces are available if I get two people who are interested. 

I am hoping to get serious people involved and build something kinda like the Clayspace and have this be another option for affordable studio space in the neighborhood.

Hit him on Facebook or :

"joshua copus" copiousplus@hotmail.com

Firing BIG pots

I have a friend who would like to make some LARGE bonsai pots. His mother is a potter, so he has some clay experience and knowledge, just not the kiln capacity. Projected pots would be about 25-35 inches long, 4-7 inches deep, and 17-27 inches wide. He is offering what I think is a fair price to fire a few of these pots a year.
If anyone is interested in helping him out please let me know and I can pass the word along.


Altering & Texturing Thrown Vessels Workshop

Altering & Texturing Thrown Vessels
Saturday, Oct. 15
10am - 4pm
Location: North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC 27341
Cost: $100.00 per person

Jeff Brown will demonstrate his throwing techniques, and the various
ways he alters and textures the finished pieces.

After demonstrations, participants will use previously thrown vessels
for altering and texture exploration. You will transform the pieces by
using a number of handbuilding techniques. You'll paddle, roll, drop,
squeeze, impress and carve your way through the leather hard pots,
giving you the opportunity to try new ways of finishing wheel thrown
vessels. The focus will be on pushing your limits and taking risks with
different ideas.

Even though you will have a few nice pieces at the end of the day, the
goal will not be making finished pots.  Instead it will be about
exercising your clay manipulating muscles by pushing your limits, and
about making fearless decisions to aggressively alter, and texture
thrown pots .

Being free from the pressure of making a product will help in developing
a fluidity of motion while you work, and give you the opportunity to
take risks with different ideas, and perhaps bring more of your personal
expression into the pottery you make.

Please email jeff@jeffbrownpottery.com to register for this workshop

Thank you,

Jeff Brown
1423 Pottery Highway 705
Seagrove, NC 27341
cell 603-731-7056

Calvin Nicholls Paper Sculpture

Calvin Nicholls is an artist who has been a full-time paper sculpture artist since the mid-1980′s.

He uses nothing but a scalpel, time, patience, and well-lit sheets of paper,
Nicholls makes these paper sculptures for use in advertising campaigns, private collectors, institutions and galleries.


To make these sculptures, each component is cut and textured through the use of a collection of wooden and metal tools. Nicholls monitors the interaction of light and shadow on the sculpture as he work. With its completion, Nicholls create a more elaborate set with sophisticated studio lights. Final enhancements are made at this stage prior to photography.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Websites for Artists

I have made a few websites and the best tool I have found is wix.com.

It's a what-you-see-is-what-you-get- interface and it only took me a couple of hours of playing with it to learn how to use it. It's mostly intuitive but they also have excellent video explanations if you get stuck.

Here are two examples of sites I made using wix: www.hudsonvalleypottery.com and www.alexisfeldheim.com

The hosting fees are average-$5-10/month and they also have mobile sites that come with your website hosting fee and they work on ipads and iphones as well as smartphones.

It sounds like I work for them...but I don't...it's just such a great tool for artists....I think everyone should know. (One warning: make your pics the right size for the web, 72 dpi, or your site will load slowly. They are working on an automatic resizing tool, but until it's available you must do it yourself.)

Good luck!

Alexis Feldheim

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Websites for Artists

John Britt to Will Baker- "Do  you still make websites for potters/artists"?

REPLY:  I still do them for folks but lately it seems that I have certain months that have become very busy.  As long as someone is not in an extreme rush, it would not be a problem.

I build them with Wordpress, starting at around $350 for the simplest and going up depending on how much info one wants.

I also have no problem telling folks about some of the other options out there, which can save little $$ upfront if one is willing to do the work oneself. 

Feel free to pass this on to who ever needs it.

William Baker

Let there be light

SOLD — this just wired methane-fired lamp, one of many that I am in the final stages of assembling for the Spruce Pine Potter's Market October 8-9 in Spruce Pine, NC & the Piedmont Craftsmen Craft Fair in Winston-Salem November 19-20.

It's always fulfilling to have someone respond to your work and it is outrageous that I am STILL able to feel an ache when a piece I have a relationship with leaves the studio. GET OVER IT Gluckin! Yep, still working on the business of art and the art of business ...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Claymakers Opening tonight 6 - 9 p.m.


September 13 - November 12
Opening Reception

Friday, September 16, 6-9 pm

John Britt       Jeff Dean     

Hiroshi Sueyoshi

"Form/Glaze” presents three North Carolina ceramic artists known for both form and glaze palettes.  This show features the work of Wilmington artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, named a North Carolina Living Treasure in 2006, Penland area glaze chemist extraordinaire, John Britt, and Seagrove favorite and rising star, Jeff Dean, of Dean and Martin Pottery. 

website class

Not a web site designer, but here is information about the free website class at Mayland Community College for people in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties in WNC:

Planning a Business Website

Almost all businesses now use a web site to promote themselves. You can use it to provide information about your product or service, as a method of contact for your business, to provide product support, and for sales. How you design your site is driven by what you want it to do. We will discuss design issues, development and hosting costs, domain name purchase, intellectual property issues, and much more.

11/15, T, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Biddix, No Charge
MCC Mitchell Campus

You can register for this class here on the Mayland web site. (It's the second-to-last class listed, right before their -- also free -- social networking class.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Free Wood Asheville NC 2011

We are beginning construction on our house which is on a very wooded
lot.  Unfortunately a number of large trees, 12-24 inches trunk diameter
will have to come down.  They are mostly maple, oak (red and white),
tulip poplar, and hickory.  The tree service said that they would cut
them in to firewood size pieces. 

 If you know of any potters who might be interested in free kiln wood, please have them email me.  

We are located in Biltmore Park in the South Asheville/Arden area.

email: doris.j.kistler@gmail.com

Artist Websites

Kelly Severns Curtis
Design for Web and Print

Almost all of my new artist website have been created using Wordpress.  I can buy the domain name and host the site, install Wordpress and modify the theme.  Using Wordpress allows your artists to login online and modify/edit information... upload pics, etc.  

Domain name:  $12 (yearly)
Hosting account: $60 (yearly)

Installation of Wordpress and customization can range from $500-1500 depending on how much information they want on their website.  This price also includes SEO (search engine optimization). 

Hope this helps.



Stuff we heard at Clay Club

Favorite quote: "it's just an amalgam of fiddlers, hackers".  Henry Pope

Call for Entry!

One last post to say that today is the postmark deadline for the annual Currents Exhibition at the University of Florida! The show will be housed in a great little gallery right in the middle of the arts area of campus. It will run from Nov 21 to December 9th. Jen Allen is this years juror. Hope you consider applying!

Here are links to the Prospectus and the Entry form:



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lindsay Rogers makes it big!

Clay Club September 2011 was great!

Had a great Clay Club tonight, thanks to Michael Kline who lead a discussion on New Media.  We had a pretty through discussion of the pros and cons, the need for a web presence and the problems with spending too much time on New Media and how to make it work for you and no you working for it!

If anyone knows of a good web designer who could help some folks get a starter page, let me know.

John Britt

Emily in China 2011

 Emily can't make the Clay Club tonight but sends her best wishes. She is in China "working".  Here are some of her images....Enjoy....

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tea Pot Girls at TRAC

Sept. 9th till Oct 8th. 

The TRAC Gallery in Burnsville

Gallery hours: 10 am - 5 pm. Mon-Sat.

102 W Main St., Burnsville, NC; (828) 682-7215

The blog is:   http://improvgirlsofclay.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Even a fly has to eat!

Pacifica Wheel for sale 2011

Pacifica 400 pottery wheel with splash pan and bats. 

Gently used. $400.00

Running Rabbit Pottery


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Conversations with Teapots at TRAC Burnsville

September 9, 2011 

Opening Reception for Conversations With Teapots, 5-7 p.m., 

Toe River Arts Council Burnsville Gallery, Burnsville, NC. 

Show runs September 9th thru October 8th.    


Workshop in Raleigh North Carolina 2011

Workshop 1: Thrown, Altered, & Assembled
John Britt

Saturday, October 1, 2011
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
John Britt

Sunday, October 2, 2011
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

REGISTER :  http://www.claymakers.com/Registration.html

Blue Celadon cone 10 [Pinnell Blue Celadon (rev. 1)]

Blue Celadon cone 10

24.75 Custer Feldspar
34.65  Silica
19.80  Whiting
  9.90  Grolleg
  8.91  Calcined Grolleg
  1.98  Barium Carbonate

Add 1.0 Tin Oxide
        0.5 synthetic iron oxide

Fire in the R1 cycle in my book or reduction from 010 to peak.

I took Pete Pinnell's Celadon and since it crawled on me a bunch, I calcined half the Grolleg and came up with this.


Clay Club September 14, 2011

Yo Clubbers,

Clay Club is this Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at my studio which is at 154 Sparks Road.

Just put this " 154 sparks road bakersville nc" into the google maps or I can send you my directions.

We will talk about NEW MEDIA: Facebook, Youtube, Blogs, Etsy, etc.  Hopefully someone besides me can assist the discussion.

I will make a pot of Chili and have some corn bread. Bring whatever you like, but as always, you don't need to bring any food to come. We would rather see you than have you stay away because making food was too much trouble. Think of it this way _Free Meal.

If anyone wants to car pool let me know and I will forward the info. Or just post like Diane Puckett did.  Anyone can post, just let me know you want to and I will send you the permission and instructions.

See you there,


Car pool NEEDED

I would like to carpool to Clay Club at John Britt's next Wednesday. I am just off 19/23/26 exit 21 and willing to drive from there. My phone is 828-713-4195.

Diane Puckett

Dahlia Season

This is a photo of the Dalhia Man's garden patch across from the P&R in Ledger NC. (between Spruce Pine and Bakersville on 226)

Here are some of my dahlia's which are not nearly a nice as his and I don't have the umbrelllas either .

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Steve Slatin's GNU BLUE cone 6


Steve Slatin's GNU BLUE cone 6

(Oxidation or Reduction)

Alberta Slip 75.00
Gerstley Borate 15.00 (original used the substitute Gillispie Borate)
Dolomite 5.00
Silica 4.00

Rutile 4.00

IFB brick repair

On clayart Steve Mills posted this:
"I usually repair damaged brick with Sodium Silicate 75TW (the liquid variety) and a high proportion of brick dust (same type as the subject for repair), with perhaps a little Kaolin to help the SS bind it together. The balance of the components is crucial or you get (as you know) too much shrinkage". 

Steve Mills

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

St. John's Repair Cement cone 04 - 10

 31.0 Fire clay
  6.0 Fredricksburg
  3.0 XX Sagger
  3.0 Goldart
  1.0 Lizella
  6.0 Alumina Hydrate
  3.0 Wollastonite
  2.0 Whiting
  4.0 Nepheline Syenite
  6.0 Soda Feldspar
  6.0 Gerstley Borate
  2.0 Lithium Carbonate
  4.0 Ceraflux
    0.5 Darvan
    0.5 CMC
   1.0 Bentonite
100.0 Potassium Carbonate

  6.0 Fine Grog
  7.0 Medium Grog
  Handful Nylon fiber

Will repair and fix cracks, breaks, holes. Use like refractory cement.

I know nothing about this concoction but it was in a book I got from Alfred Summer School 1994 . I know it doesn't add up to 100% and I don't  know what Fredricksburg is but it is probably a fire clay?  Test, test, test....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Castroville Fake Ash: Glaze mistake

You asked for it - my messiest desk candidate

There's actually a bit of unseen organization at work here with some pre-sorting of paper work; but it's still a beautiful example for the messiest desk contest. :-)

Messiest Studio 1 2011

I didn't have any trouble getting this image. No set up, no preparation, just as is!  Beat that bitches!

Studio Tour Deadline !!!!

Don't Forget!!!!  Deadline is this coming Wednesday!!

The next  Studio Tour takes place on Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4, 2011.  The application deadline to participate is this coming Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 7, to be received by 5 pm at either TRAC Galleries.  Complete information is on the TRAC website.  Go to the left For Artists Only and then click on the appropriate application.

You can also have an ad in the Tour Guide.  Deadline to commit is September 15 - we'll even design the ad for you!  Or, if you have camera ready artwork - the deadline is September 22.


Clay Club September 14, 2011

Yo Clubbers,

Club is coming next week September 14 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. No one has volunteered to host so I guess I will do it at my studio (unless there are other takers?). At least I am in Mitchell County!

I included a list from the January meeting of stuff we wanted to do.  We have done the ones in red and I am proposing the one in blue for September.

Marketing Meeting Lecture –email/blog/Facebook/Etsy/Twitter/etc. New media

But to do that I will need some help because I don't do Tweeting, or a bunch of other stuff. I can show what I do and we can have an informal discussion of marketing methods that have worked for people. Probably need Michael Kline, Joy Tanner, Will Baker, Shane Mickey, Cynthia Bringle,  etc. To round out the field.  Any chance of that happening?

One other thing we can do it to have a photo contest of the messiest studio. Just take a photo of your mess and send it to me and I will post as many as I can and then we can vote. You don't have to have your name associated with your photo (just tell me and I will give them all a number) and the prize will be that Michael Kline will come over and clean up your studio for you?!  How does that sound?! (I think he uses the large dumpster method and a crane!)

Here is the list of stuff we wanted to do :

Ideas for 2011 Clay Club
  • Name tags
  • Photos contest for the blog of the messiest studio
  •  Glaze exchange – bring tiles and swap recipes or combinations of glazes or Share one glaze recipe and have everyone fire it on a pot and then bring it for Clay Club.
  • Tour of Unimin (contact Elizabeth Westveer)
  •  Mug Making Party at Penland (March)
  • Alex Matisse Studio/kiln ((February)
  • Empty Bowls (John Hartom)
  • Tea Pot Party –everyone brings parts of the same claybody and assemble and fire
  • Marketing Meeting Lecture –email/blog/Facebook/Etsy/Twitter/etc. New media
  • Clay Olympics (Odyssey) bring own clay and coil build fastest, have teams, throwing, make the best kiln god, etc.
  •   Kiln maintenance night
  • Orton cone box type contest   
  • Doc Welty Studio (fall)
  •  Crimson Laurel
  • Energy Xchange
  • Apply for Trac Group Show 2012 -Deadline March 15, 2011
  • Karoke!

Cone 10 Grey Transparent Celadons?

Hey All,
I am looking for a nice dark grey Celadon for Cone 10 reduction. After looking through John's book and a few others, it seems that the usual colorants for these glazes are highly toxic (Nickle oxide, iron chromate, uranium oxide). Are there other good oxide colorants out there or should I look for stains?

Joy Tanner Pottery: Coming up

Joy Tanner Pottery: Coming up: This month holds several interesting exhibits I'm involved in that you should see if you are in the area. "Out of Proportion" is a collection of pieces large and small from members of the Piedmont Craftsmen at the gallery in Winston-Salem, NC. I have a large and small bark basket there in the exhibit.

Will and I are both exhibiting our tableware in "Dining with Frank," at the FRANK gallery in Chapel Hill, NC. The opening is this Friday, September 9, 6-9 pm and this group show of a great collection of potters continues through November 6. I sent along a carved wood fired place setting of a dinner plate, lunch plate, carved bowl and carved cup. Hope you get a chance to see all the great pots.



The  Rosenzweig  Gallery
Judea Reform Congregation 
1933 W. Cornwallis Road,   Durham, NC  27705


The American Guild of Judaic Art-
Southern States Membership Exhibition
September 2 – November 30, 2011
 Celebrating the Guild's 20th Anniversary in 2011 !

Please join us for the
"Meet the Artists Reception"
 Sunday, September 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The Rosenzweig Gallery is pleased to announce the very special exhibit of the American Guild of Judaic Art (AGJA), September 2- November 30, 2011.  The AGJA is an international non-profit organization of artists that specialize in all forms of art that focus on Judaic and spiritual subject matter, and includes artists that create Judaic artifacts used both in the home and the Synagogue. Their mission is to build awareness of fine art and Judaic artifacts created in the "Jewish Spirit". 

The exhibit at the Rosenzweig Gallery will present 21 AGJA member artists from six Southern States in honor of the Guild's 20th anniversary as a national organization.  You are invited to the exhibit and the reception, to meet the artists, have refreshments, and hear remarks about the Guild from the National President, Flora Rosefsky, a prominent Judaic artist from Atlanta. Most of the work in the exhibit will be for sale, so this is a great opportunity to purchase meaningful Judaic art for your home. We look forward to having you join us for this event!

States/Cities  and  participating artists:

FLORIDA: (Orlando area) – Judith Segall; (Boca Raton)- Jackie Olenick

GEORGIA:(Atlanta area) -  Susan Big, Ellen Filreis, Barbara Ladin Fisher, Pamela Rishfeld, Flora Rosefsky, Barbara Rucket, Megan Trace Tenenbaum

NORTH CAROLINA (Durham/Chapel Hill area) – Galia Goodman,Ali Halpersin, , Simone Soltan (Hillsborough) Alice Levinson; (Greensboro) Dori  Jalazo; 
(Asheville) Nelle Fastman Pingree; (Wake Forest) Sol Levine

SOUTH CAROLINA: (Charleston)- Julie Klaper

TENNESSEE: (Knoxville) Arnold Schwarzbart;   (Memphis)Carol Buchman, Mildred Schiff
VIRGINIA: (Oaktan) Reeva Shaffer

Monday, September 5, 2011

Currents show put on by H.O.T. (Handbuild or Thrown) Clay


We are pleased to announce the call for entry to our annual national exhibition Currents: Influenced by Place, a juried exhibition that highlights our personal connection to clay through place. This years exhibition will be juried by Jennifer Allen and displayed at the Focus Gallery, at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida.


Juror:  Jennifer Allen
Jennifer Allen makes thoughtfully created porcelain vessels. She exhibits her work internationally and currently teaches at Bowling Green State University. Image: Tulip vase by Jennifer Allen


The show is open to anyone nationwide 18 years of age or older.
Submitted work should be at least 60 percent clay and must have been completed within the last 2 years.

Dates and Location:

The opening reception will take place Friday, December 2nd from 7pm to 9pm at the Focus Gallery at the University of Florida. All accepted works must be shipped and returned at the cost to the artist. If your work is accepted, please deliver it with a return shipping form that has been paid for in advance. All works that do not include return shipping will be considered a generous donation to the H.O.T. Clay Club.

Entry Procedures:

Submission in digital format via CD is required. Each CD should contain your entry images (jpeg 1200x900 at 300 dpi) as well as a brief artist’s statement, resume, and completed entry form in PDF Format. Up to three entries with one detail image per entry may be submitted. Works that differ from submitted images beyond acceptable parameters will not be shown. Images should be labeled as such:
LastnameFirstnameEntrynumber.jpg. Please add “detail” when necessary.

Application Information:

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25 per artist, with a maximum of 3 works per individual. Please make checks payable to University of Florida. Please deliver in person or mail applications to: Lindsay Rogers, University of FL SAAH, PO Box 115801, Gainesville, FL 32611-5801. Application materials will not be returned.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: Sept 15th 2011
Notification to artist: Oct. 15th 2011
Deadline for delivery of artwork:
Oct. 31- Nov. 4th 2011
Exhibition dates:
Nov. 21st – Dec. 9th 2011
Reception: Dec. 2nd 2011
Return shipping of artwork:
January 20th 2012

Prospectus can be found at http://grove.ufl.edu/~ceramics/currents-prospectus2011.pdf . If you have any questions please contact us atuf.hotclay@gmail.com

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor day weekend openings in Bakersville.

If you are in or around Bakersville, NC. this weekend come check out the three new exhibitions at Crimson Laurel Gallery, Saturday Sept 3rd. Local studio potter Shawn Ireland shows of his "Pots and Paintings" along with Mark Knott, ex-EnergyXchange potter Jason Bohnert, and Dan Anderson. These three openings are followed by an exciting artist reception at 6pm Saturday night.

Can't make it ? All three shows available online @ www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com

See you in Bakersville !

Thursday, September 1, 2011

We'd love a visit with you this Labor Day Weekend
at our 9th Annual Soda Chicks & Chet Pottery Home Sale.
Our guest artists this year are McKenzie Smith & David Stuempfle.
Come on by for good pots, good company, light refreshments, and a fun time.
Bring your friends, all are welcome.
We look forward to seeing you! Suze Lindsay, Kent McLaughlin, & Gay Smith. More info. at: www.sodachicks.com