Wednesday, November 30, 2011

kiln load..nov 30,2011

unloaded and happy......

Pug Mill and Kiln FOR SALE 2011 SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kiln and Pugmill  -great condition

 2007 Shimpo Stainless steel Pugmill  $950
L and L Electric Kiln JD-2927-3, 240 Volts, single phase         $1500
Certified to Cone 10, but been used mostly for bisque 05 firing. Total of 50 firings sinces new in 2007.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

studio view this afternoon

TRAC TOUR this weekend 2011

December 2, 3  & 4 2011
Friday 12 - 4
Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 10 - 5 and the opening is Friday 5 -7 at the TRAC in Spruce Pine NC.

Come out and save an artist this weekend by actually purchasing something!  You know it goes directly back into the economy - as food money! ;-)

See ya soon......

Monday, November 28, 2011

Empty Bowls

As many of you know, CNN sent a reporter and a cameraman to the Empty Bowls studio last month. They spent a day interviewing us and filming Empty Bowls friends and supporters Paulus Berensohn, Cynthia Bringle, John Britt and Claudia Dunaway. They then visited and filmed the Dig In! Yancey Community Garden in Burnsville and spent the evening at the Empty Bowls dinner held to raise money for the Dig In garden. The event was great and very successful. CNN has now put a short piece from that day on their website. The link is in the body of the email from the reporter, Julie Hays. Hope you enjoy it.

Lisa and John

Two New Online exhibits at Crimson Laurel Gallery

Shop CLG online for the holidays! Crimson Laurel Gallery has expanded "Shop CLG" online and opened for the first time "CLG The Ultimate Gift" with a huge selection of items perfect for the holiday gift giving season. We're featuring many unique items from area artisans including holiday ornaments, caps, scarves, honey, goat cheese, bath and beauty items, jewelry, books, and lots of really great pottery. "CLG The Ultimate Gift" features some of the finest ceramic pieces we exhibit at Crimson Laurel Gallery. Be sure and place your order early to make sure you receive your gifts for the holidays. Free gift wrapping is available for all online purchases. Crimson Laurel Gallery will be open daily through December 31. Be sure and make us one of your destinations for holiday shopping.

Happy holidays from Crimson Laurel Gallery!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Call for Wood Fire Ceramics Images 2011

To whom it may concern:

I am compiling information for a new book titled Wood Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists, to be published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. I am including with this letter a call for entries for the book.

Please post this call for entries on your website and distribute it to anyone who might be interested in submitting work for consideration. I will be happy to acknowledge your organization in the completed book if you are able to help attract talented artists.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Amedeo Salamoni

Amedeo Salamoni
Anderson and Walton Galleries Coordinator
George School
PMB 4542
1690 Newtown Langhorne Rd.
Newtown,PA 18940

Electric Kiln For Sale 2011

I saw this in the Electrifier Newsletter:

Electric Kiln: $400 OBO Burnsville, NC 828-682-5298 or 828-682- 7374

That is all I know. You have to call them for details.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

After you pig out tomorrow...

Here is an example of the diet Cheryl and I have been on for about a year. Low carb, low sugar.  It sounds horrible but it is amazing how easy and tasty it is!  This doesn't look bad, does it?  Chicken, mixed veggies and black beans. And it is easy to make and you don't get hungry after two hours. You feel good!

And the way it works is you get a splurge day once a week. You can eat anything, all day and so you don't feel deprived. You can always wait a couple of days for dessert!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Waste Oil Burner for sale


This winter I plan to sell my complete waste oil burner set up, which
includes two burners, pumps, tanks, etc. Basically everything needed to
fire just about any size kiln to any temperature, with any kind of oil
including waste vegetable oil, motor oil, transmission fluid or even home
heating oil/diesel/kerosene.

It can burn solidified vegetable oil on the coldest day in winter.

I did about 200 firings to cone 11 with it and my business simply out grew
the need for it so I am switching back to gas. I still have quite a bit of
oil to burn before I can sell this set up so I am just putting the word out
here on clayart now to see how many responses I get. This would give
someone chance to come see it firing if they are seriously considering it
but want to see how it works.

Please use the contact form on my website if interested. there are pictures
of the burners there as well.


Salt Glaze for Turkeys

Check out some new salt glazed pots at Kyle's ETSY shop. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Virginia Creeper Trail

Just took my first ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail.  Really nice - tons of bridges and you ride on the rushing river.

a little online pottery fun

This interactive Walters Museum website lets you "fire" a lustreware pot and lets you try again if you get it wrong. Nice explanation and animation of cones, too. To get to it, click on the bowl in the "science" section.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Studio Stuff For Sale 2011

 Kiln For Sale

1.   30 cubic ft. stacking space gas car kiln for $3500 .  This includes the forced-air burners, all bricks although some will be in pieces when the arch collapses but many will be fine and all the metal infrastructure. Also a digital pyrometer is included.

2.  There are 11 x 18 silicon carbide shelves at $20 a piece.

3.  Cone 10 Trina Buff clay at 0.20 a pound. (about 500# remains)
4.  50 lb. bags of Gerstley Borate at $40 each.

 My email is and my phone is 828.696.8121. Call for address and directions.

Thank you,  Jody Temple

Saturday, November 19, 2011

L & L Kiln 2011--- SOLD!!!!!!

This photo does not have the latest white control panel

Barely used L & L kiln for sale.  DynaTrol multi-program zone control, slow bisque, fast bisque, slow glaze & fast glaze preset program, and other features.  $1200 or best offer.

Call Sharon XXX-XXX-XXXX   Sold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome Turkey Stuffing

Dawn Coradino's Stuffing

1 pound plain white bread crumbs
½ stick butter—melted
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teasp. dried sage
1 teasp. dried thyme
¾ teasp. salt
½ teasp. pepper
¼ teasp ground nutmeg
½ cup chicken broth
1 pound pork sausage crumbled and cooked
2-3 gala apples chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute onion, celery and apples. Stir in spices. Stir in cubes of bread and butter. Add sausage. Bake in oven proof pan with lid or cover with aluminum foil at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kathy King Signature

Here is a very nice Kathy King plate that I saw at Blue Spiral  in Asheville, NC

Below is the back. Now that woman knows how to sign a plate!!!

Energy Xchange goes commercial

Watch this video featuring Lisa Gluckin (who is on permanent vacation!).

Asheville. NC :: Special Reports - EnergyXchange

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Marshall Handmade Market 2011

Check them out at :

Joy Tanner Opening 2011


 Please join us for the Opening Reception of our Exhibition of the work of Anita Connelly and Joy Tanner, Painting and Clay, this Friday evening, November 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

       Although the show does not represent collaboration between the artists, Joy Tanner points to their comparable attention to detail, their similar palette of natural earth tones, and their mutual inspiration by nature.  Two-dimensional art by Connelly will hangs on the walls while 3-D clay pieces by Tanner adorn the rest of the space.
     For some twenty years now Anita Connelly has been painting landscapes and the local flora and fauna of the United States, Europe, Africa, and Central America.  A member of numerous wildlife conservation and protection societies, her forte has been realistic depictions of wildlife.  Recently she has moved to work in acrylics and taken an interest in 1930s-‘40s Bakersville architecture as a subject, painting from old black and white photographs of the town.  Influenced in her work by Jane Wooster Scott, the famed California artist, and by Charles Wysocki, she maintains a gallery of her own, Anita’s Atelier in downtown Bakersville.  Her work in a folk-art vein will be joined by her studies of flowers and birds. Other work may be viewed by

Joy Tanner is currently pursuing a three-year Artist Residency at the Energy XChange, the clay and glass studio complex located at, and fueled by, a former landfill near Penland.  Joy also runs her own clay studio near Penland and specializes in wood and soda-fired pottery.  Her work is wheel-thrown and altered using porcelain and stoneware clays.  This year has seen her bring a new exploration of detail in her work.  She explains that “There are new carving patterns inspired by nature, new forms, and new subtle details.  These components are carefully considered in order to enhance each form; the success for me lies all in the details.”  For the TRAC exhibit she promises a variety of functional and decorative wood and soda-fired pottery that was thrown on the wheel and altered by carving and impressing patterns into the clay.  Among these forms will be teapots, jars, bowls, vases, cups, plates, and baskets.  Samples of Joy’s work may be seen at
     For more information about the Anita Connelly and Joy Tanner TRAC exhibition please call (828) 682-7215 or 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Advertising or Decoration?

When I am feeling like Abercrombie and Fitch or the GAP I just plaster it all over the cup.

Latest Stamp

Here is my latest stamp from Jet Stamps. They are really nice! I just sent in a scan of my signature which I did with a roller ball pen, and then got this nice stamp. 

Claymakers Goes Not-for Profit

Just wanted to announce the CLAYMAKERS  in Durham is going Not -for -Profit.

I really appreciate the wonderful environment that Catherine Lidov has fostered at Claymakers since taking the reins in 2008. They have a strong, stable pottery community and want to want to keep it strong as well as built on it. Catherine's goal from the start was for Claymakers to become a non-profit. So now is the time!

Claymakers currently earns 90% of it's expenses so they run lean. As a non-profit hey'll be able to seek grants and donations to guarantee Claymakers continued service to the pottery community.

If you want to know more about what is happening check out this page:  Claymakers Arts Community

You could also contact David Freeman to ask more about what is up and how you can help.

John Britt

Base Camp Iron Chef 2011

Now whenever I go to the refrigerator and try to assemble left-overs for dinner I think of Iron Chef. Today's secret ingredient is Stilton Cheese.

Here you can see I assembled a bed of lightly boiled spinach with sliced steak and melted Stilton Cheese.


Friday, November 11, 2011


Dirty Girls Wires are Awesome

I have been using this wire for several years and haven't ruined it so that tells me that it is Awesome!

I love Dirty Girls!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Throwing Loose Yunomi's

Need Hard Fire Brick

I need about 25 hard fire bricks for raku. If anyone has some they want to sell, please get in touch ASAP. or 828-713-4195

Emily's Award Winning Chili

Yo Clubbers,

Last night was lots of fun. Hoping Kirk is willing to reveal his chili recipe. Damn that shit was good!
Here's mine:

Emily's Award Winning Chili

1# ground beef
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
minced jalapeno or habenero peppers
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can diced tomato
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 C. frozen corn
1/4 c Worcestershire sauce
1T lemon juice
1T hot sauce
2T spicy brown mustard
2T ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1/2T cayenne pepper
1 tsp Cinnamon
Salt & pepper

brown beef & sautee garlic onion.
In stock combine all and simmer for an hour or more. 

1 can beer

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Clay Club Nov 2011

Had a great time tonight at the Clay Club. We had about 25 freaks show up. We had a Chili cook off with 8 different pots of chili.  As usual Kirk came in first but in a surprise showing Marian tied him!! And then she won the coin toss.  But Emily got third and Sheilah and Jim Sockwell got fourth.  Great showing and thanks to all who came. Also some good corn bread and desserts as well as some excellent Malbec.

Then, we retired to the theater area and Emily gave us a nice slide show of her amazing China travels. 7 weeks with the WVa Program

Thanks Emily!  (You can put Clay Club on your resume if you dare!!!)


Here are my latest stamps. Got them from

Scribble Signature

Since I have been accused of having a scribble signature, I submit that this is a real scribble signature!

Brian Gartside
157 Runciman Road
R.D.2 Pukekohe,2677,  New Zealand

mobile 0274 337 312
phone +64 (0)9 2382393

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Kiln and Wheel for sale 2011-SOLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
small kiln, olympic
it has a great Bartlett controller
works perfectly

SOLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also a Pacifica wheel great condition


Diane Mead

we are 1 hr south of midtown atlanta
north of macon


Gluckin here. getting ready for Piedmont in Winston-Salem, November 18-20.

Oh so many questions/needs?

#1 anyone local (Bakersville, Spruce Pine, Burnsville) open to me borrowing their track lighting? YES, I know I just need to get to Loew's but I am looking to save $$ on my first "what I call" an expensive show and juggling all the tasks to be taken care of on my prep list.

#2 anyone doing Piedmont who would like to work swap? I help you set up, you help me set up? (YEP again, first time hanging track lighting and laying carpet) Concerned about executing it all "solo".

#3 IF there are no takers for #1 or #2, can anyone offer suggestions on the best track lighting to purchase and where?

or just tell me how easy everything will be? encourage me.

learning curve
many thanks from Gluckin

Snow Flake Crackle Article in Ceramics Monthly

Corn Muffins with Honey and Butter

Here are the muffins I am making for Clay Club.

 Yum Yum!

Corn Muffins 
Makes 12 muffins (Cooks Illustrated)

Whole-grain cornmeal has a fuller flavor than regular cornmeal milled from degerminated corn. To determine what kind of cornmeal a package contains, look closely at the label. 

2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (4 1/2 ounces) fine-ground, whole grain yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) sugar (I did 1/2 cup)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a standard muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.

Whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to combine; set aside. Whisk the eggs in a second medium bowl until well-combined and light-colored, about 20 seconds. Add the sugar to the eggs, whisk vigorously until thick and homogenous, about 30 seconds; add the melted butter in 3 additions, whisking to combine after each addition. Add half the sour cream and half the milk and whisk to combine; whisk in the remaining sour cream and milk until combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; mix gently with a rubber spatula until the batter is just combined and evenly moistened. Do not over-mix. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, divide the batter evenly among muffin cups, dropping it to form mounds. Do not level or flatten the surface of the mounds.

Bake until the muffins are light golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes, rotating the muffin tin from front to back halfway through the baking time. Cool the muffins in the tin for 5 minutes; invert the muffins onto a wire rack, stand the muffins upright, cool 5 minutes longer, and serve warm.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Over 135 countries

Locations of visitors to this page

I was clicking on the blog and noticed that we have been viewed by over 135 countries this year!  Amazing world!

I can't figure out how to link the image but scroll down the right side of the blog and you will see it.

Clay Club November 2011

Emily is psyched about showing China slides at the Clay Club.

We appear to have a return of last year's reigning Chill Champion (Kirk and Lynda Banner!) as well as at least 4 other chili hopefuls.

Stop on by for Clay Club in Mitchell. ( The long, snowy winter approaches and it may be a while before you can make it again.) We would love to see you freaks!

Here are some images of Emily's travels.

Steve and Becky Lloyd

If you haven't checked out Steve and Becky Lloyd's pottery you should:

Steve works at Haywood Community College, near Asheville.  They are in this month's Ceramics Monthly page 40-41.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Somebody abandoned this little guy

Somebody abandoned this little guy in Bakersville and David Trophia from Crimsom Gallery has him and is looking for a home for him. He's a really cute dog and I'm posting this hoping someone will be willing to give him a loving home.

He was covered with burrs which David removed and this little guy sure deserves a good, loving, nurturing home. If you can take him, please call David at Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville. Thanks!

Carpool from Weaverville

We will leave from Ingles just off exit 21. or 828-713-4195 .

Cay Club Carpool

Anyone want to car pool from Asheville contact Erin:

Clay Club November 2011

Yo Clubbers,

Clay Club is back in Mitchell County so no excuses!!!

The Clay Club will be at my studio November 9 2011, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-467-5020 call if you need directions

We will have a CHILI COOK - OFF with an Golden Oil Spot bowl as the prize. Emily will give a slide presentation of her recent 7 week trip to China!  Should be really fun.

Let me know if you are bringing chili. We will also have cornbread and whatever everyone else brings.

If you can't come from Asheville, send your chili with someone so we can kick your ass (Tisha) and send it home with them.

Rust colors this year!

Having a nice fall this year but rather than all the yellow, this year we are having lots of burgundy and rusty colors.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Crimson Laurel Opening

Just got back from the Crimson Laurel Opening of the Interpreting the Cup Show. It is now on-line too.

It is a really nice representation of contemporary cups and gotta love the pumpkins out front.

Ride to the Cup Show?

anyone from asheville or madison co. going to the cup show reception at crimson laurel gallery tonight that i can hitch a ride with?

Friday, November 4, 2011


Got this new sponge from Marian Parkes and found it does work well.  She loved it.  We will see if it lasts with heavy use.

Thanks Marian!

Snow on Roan

Was up biking on the Roan and found that there is already a snow pack. Not sure what all the rain last night did but could be a snowy winter ahead!

Brick repair test

Though I would try this method of brick repair as as test for someone. Let you know if it works. Not sure if it is worth it...but worth a try.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Website for Glazes ....

If you like glazes, low, medium or high and kilns and good stuff ...check out this site:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Is This a Stupid Idea?

I've moved the Bailey into place and am building a roof. I need to build a exhaust port of some sort to go through the roof. I rejected the idea of purchasing $1000 of insulated pipe, flashing, etc from Burleson's, and John Britt suggested some sort of hood that doesn't touch the chimney, but can  direct the heat through the roof. The kiln has an optional fume hood (top piece in picture with "Bailey" on both ends) which was probably necessary when it was inside, but probably not in the kiln's current location.

How about turning the hood around and raising it above the kiln with some sort of angle iron or something so that the exhaust hole is above the chimney? Since I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, this could be the stupidest idea ever or perhaps I have stumbled onto a clever solution. Any thoughts?