Monday, December 31, 2012

GAS Kiln for Sale 2012

Last deal of the year!!!!!!!!!!!$3550.00 

 Ceramic Services CS09 front loading gas kiln. It is 9 cu.ft. with ITC 100 HT ceramic coating.  I purchased this kiln in 2006.  The cost at that time was $6,275.00 for the kiln, galvanized hood $1,298.00,  ITC coating $265.00.  Current pricing for just the kiln is about $3,200.00 more than what I paid.  I have fired it only 4 times.  I also have 6  12”x 24” Advancer shelves that cost me $175.00 each.  I have no idea how to price this package.  I do want to sell it and am hoping you can help me.
$3550.00 for all. You pick up - Cash Only!

Sue Snook
P.O. Box 250
Yankeetown, Fl  34498

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens for sale - $90 firm

This prime lens is great for photographing art as well as portraiture and taking natural looking shots.  It will focus as close as 18" from the subject.  The photos below were taken with this lens this weekend and were taken with natural light.  It takes a 52mm filter and will fit on any Canon DSLR camera.  If you're interested, contact me at mlparkes @

Edit to add:  I also have a 75-300mm III zoom lens for sale, if there is any interest.

Word of the Day


In 1976, Richard Dawkins, in his iconic book The Selfish Gene, coined the word “meme” for a similar concept:

Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.”

I liked the reference to "ways of making pots". So you have wood fired pot styles, soda fired black and orange decorations, majolica styles, crystalline styles, etc. And these styles are in facts memes and are passed on either by apprenticeship, books and magazines, person to person or workshops. And now Youtube.  

Pot on!

Clay Club Review 2- 2012

1.  Yes, we did sell a lots and lots of stuff on the Blog.There were some great deals and a lot of folks made new friends.

2.  We also had some great meetings, like at Alex Matisse's, Emily Reason's, Penland, John Britt's, TRAC, Crimson Laurel -Slide Lecture with Peter Callas, OOAK Gallery, Ron Philbeck talk at Western Peidmont, Mushroom Factory with Lynda Banner, and we started the year at Cynthia Bringles with a demo.

3. We had a fantastic show at TRAC!!!

4. Amy also worked on the possibility of a Collaboration Show but it is still in the works.

4. Lots of new videos from Clay Club demos and random idle chatter videos from a pottery freak (me) . (over 1100 followers and 173,000 views!)

5. Had a lot of kick ass food and posted recipes, I loved the NY Cheesecake as did Emily (See above).

6. Chili Cook-off which Kirk won ---again!

7. Trivia Night with prizes from Lark Books!

8. Had over 500 posts

9.  Had over 588,00 page views and 325,000 visits (since inception) We have been going in this new format for 5 years!!!!!

10 And finally, last but not least, I can't leave out the help that the Clay Club provided to the former Penland Coordinators in getting justice for years of mistreatment, and Federal Labor Law violations. It was a monumental achievement which we are still waiting to have resolved - but I am promised that by February they will wrap everything up. ( We will let you know the final outcome!)

So we will begin again in 2013! 

As always- if YOU or SOMEONE you know, wants to be the New President - Emily is tired of all the work so feel free to step up. I am happy to let someone else take the reins of the blog or organizing Clay Club!!!!!

If anyone had ideas for meetings this year???

Or January?? I was thinking of doing a Clay Olympics???Anyone interested in hosting ??? (or I could do it at my place) or setting up activities? Throwing contests, coil building contests, etc. We have been talking about it for a long time!!  

Let me know soon as it is scheduled for January 9, 2013.

Clay Club Review 2012

 Nora Thomas said...
Clay Club was responsible for finding a home for a used kiln and the cool part was a friend from your area came to see me in Florida to pick it up! It was a win-win!

And let's not forget all the fun, informative videos!

Thank you, Clay Club!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Year in Review 2012

Yo Clubbers,

Anyone got anything to say before 2012 ends? Any good things that happened because of Clay Club or any memorable things?  

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Glazing a plate

Here is a plate I glazed for a video showing how to glaze some plates. Hope I make it this week sometime!

It was an interesting combination of a satin black cone 6 oxidation next to an Oribe and also a Magruder Red (all cone 6 electric). 

Word of the Day

Shelling- Flaking or peeling of a glaze or a glaze and slip. It is a defect in which the glaze falls from the body in flakes. It often occurs where there is a slip applied on the clay body (mostly on low-fired ware or on porous bodies).There is an insufficient bond between the glaze and the body and the glaze and some of the powdery slip flakes off after firing.

As opposed to shivering where there is a sufficient bond between the body after firing and the glaze flakes off or the glaze shear ways from the pot, sometimes taking parts of the clay body with it, creating very sharp edges.

From "Potters Dictionary 5th ed."- Hamer and Hamer 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Clay Equip Saga Redux SOLD!!!!!!!!!!

Is it easier to make a living in pottery selling equipment than pots?

We have two items left:

Soldner wheel, back to------------------ SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chemicals too numerous to post here.  Will send list to emailers:

Thanks to all--esp. JB who keeps pottery interest alive in A'ville.

Henry & Mary

"I can get it for you wholesale ..."

Wonderous Solstice to you clay people.
I really like people made out of clay!

Any tips on wholesale kilns?

I received a Regional Artist Project Grant to purchase a SKUTT KM1018 with 3 inch bricks. I have been shopping around for awhile.

Any body have any info. to help me pursue a "wholesale" kiln? Best deal I could get from Highwater is 20% off.

I am also open to a used kiln. I need to go either KM1018 or KM1022 (with 3 inch bricks).

The SKUTT KM1027 is not the right size for my needs.
(As far as I know, the top ring of the 1027 cannot be removed.)
If I am wrong, please tell me.

Gracias from Gluckin

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Deflocculated and Flocculated Glazes

Throwing demo

Here is nice (fast speed) throwing contest in Korea:

Almond Cookies (a.k.a. Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cookies)

Almond Cookies

1 cup of butter (two sticks-cold- cut into small slices) 
¼ cup of sugar 
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups of flour
½ tsp salt
¾ cup of sliced or chopped almonds
Cream the butter and sugar (5 minutes) in a mixer.
Add vanilla and gradually add flour and salt.
Add almonds.
Chill two hours (it likes to be cold or the balls flatten out).
Form into 1” balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and cook at 325 for 15 – 20 minutes or until bottoms are brown. 
Cool 5 minutes and roll in powdered sugar.

Eat them (Hide remainder so everyone else doesn't eat them).

Joke of the Day

Here is the new segment - Joke of the day. Today's submission is Susan Feagin:

Who is Irish and lives in your back yard?

Paddy O' Furniture

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Today's word is PENETROMETER.

It is the device used to measure clay (soil) wetness. So at clay companies they give you a softness rating, like 5.5 or 6.0 or 7.0 etc. Soft clay is 5.5. 

From the Free Dictionary:     

penetrometer  also penetrameter  
1. A device for measuring the penetrating power of electromagnetic radiation, especially x-rays.
2. A device for measuring the denseness, compaction, or penetrability of a substance, such as soil, agricultural produce, or semisolid petroleum products. A penetrometer typically measures the resistance of the substance to penetration to a given depth by a weight-driven cone or needle of a given shape.

Studio Sale: What's Left SOLD!!!

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We've had a tremendous response to our studio sale.  Thanks to all and to JB for putting together the list in a readble form.  Amazing.  So what's left:

Skutt test kiln KM818-3 with controller, shelves, $1000 (virtually new, pd $1400+)
Soldner wheel, now $600 (final)
Husky 5hp x 26 gal air compressor $75, great price!
Rinnai propane heater now $125 (best heater made for small/med spaces)
Dura flame-type elec room heater; very efficient $50 (new around -$200; go look)
Misc book cases, all wood, @$25 ea
Last: glaze chemicals, value @$900, now $250.  Please email me for list - hp


Monday, December 17, 2012

JOB OPENING : Florida State University Director - Master Craftsman Studios (Administrative and Professional)

Page supergraphic

Here is a listing:

This position directs the Master Craftsman Studios within the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance at Florida State University. Information about the program can be found at
FSU is a public, fully accredited, coeducational research institution with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, with strong support for faculty research and exhibition and is committed to fostering an academic community of excellence.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Studio Equip for Sale

We are selling our studio equipment, all of it. 

Call SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if interested.  We will have open studio Dec 21-23, Fri to Sun.  Can preview any time before.  Sorry about the formatting; it's crazy. Can send better copy if you email me.  Thanks - hp

Mikkelsen-Pope Studio Equipment for Sale

1. Axner Super Kiln 2827 (electric, 10 cu.ft),
   electronic controller, vent, stilts, shelves, stand  $700

2. Skutt electric test kiln KM 818-3, shelves, stilts,
   virtually new  $1,000Skutt KM-818-3 Electric Kiln

3. Soldner wheel, older but running fine  $700

4. 4 Bailey ware carts with shelves  $100 ea

5. Sears red tool cart w/wheels, 5 drawers $75

6.  4 sturdy work tables approx 3' x 4', plywood &
     2" x 6" legs    $25 ea

7.  2 tall stools (Target)  $15 ea

8. 2 hydrocal bats  $5 ea

9.  6 large masonite bats x @ 20"  $1.50 ea

10. 30 14" masonite bats $1 ea

11. Husky 5hp x 26 gal air compressor  $75

12. Shimpo medium turntable  $25

13. miscellaneous tools

14. 6 ft fiberglas work tables $20 ea

15. Rinnai propane heater (fantastic, unvented)
     (check Google; prices start @ $800)  $175

16. Also Duraflame type heater  $50

17. Dehumidifier  $100

18. Extra: Kingsley Bates teak 4 ft rd table and 4 arm
    chairs and 2 folding chairs  $300

19. Assorted plastic barrels
reasonable, @ $1.00

20. Misc studio stuff; all must go

21. Shop vac  $25

Please email me for a proper list:


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Making a One-Piece Plaster Mold


What popular TV show received a higher rating than Mitt Romney's Republican Convention acceptance speech?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Free through Friday December 14, 2012!!

Cheryl has her first book out!  Check it out!

 FREE on Kindle through Friday Dec. 14, 2012
Instant Inspiration Quotes on Writing and the Writing Life

Need a little inspiration to build your writing confidence or jump-start your creativity? Want some advice on what to write? Look no further than Instant Inspiration, a collection of quotes from some of the world's best writers. 

Chapters include: How to Live a Creative Life, The Importance of Dreams, How to be a Writer, The Role of Inspiration, The Power of Story, What to Write, Advice on Writing, Overcoming Fear and Failure, Dealing with Writer's Block, and The Role of Perseverance. 

Read it from cover to cover or just pick a topic that speaks to you. You’ll mine these treasures for years to come.

Hand in Hand Gallery CLOSING!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All studio equip must go

Mary Mikkelsen and I are on the move and are selling our studio equipment.  For a list please email me at

Sample: Axner Super Kiln, 10 cu ft & in very good condition, Bailey ware carts with shelves, glaze powders {lots of Spodumene, Cornwall Stone--these are vintage materials}, sturdy plywood work tables.  Lots of equipment at great prices.

All must go this month.  We will have a price for the lot and for individual items.

Henry Pop & Mary Mikkelsen
mikpo pottery

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Clay Club Mug Exchange

Go this beautiful Joey Sheehan bowl in the Clay Club Mug Exchange! 

Check him out at Melting Mountain Pottery!

Instant Inspiration Quotes on Writing and the Writing Life, complied and edited by Cheryl Craigie

Cheryl has her first book out!  Check it out!
Instant Inspiration Quotes on Writing and the Writing Life

Need a little inspiration to build your writing confidence or jump-start your creativity? Want some advice on what to write? Look no further than Instant Inspiration, a collection of quotes from some of the world's best writers. 

Chapters include: How to Live a Creative Life, The Importance of Dreams, How to be a Writer, The Role of Inspiration, The Power of Story, What to Write, Advice on Writing, Overcoming Fear and Failure, Dealing with Writer's Block, and The Role of Perseverance. 

Read it from cover to cover or just pick a topic that speaks to you. You’ll mine these treasures for years to come.

Call for Entries - Larks 500 Figures in Clay vol.2

Lark Crafts seeks images to publish in a new collection of figures in clay, to be juried by Nan Smith. While artwork may be abstract to some degree, each piece must be based on and recognizable as the human form. Artists may submit images for up to two original works with three details of each piece. Note that as a book of new work, no artwork created before 2004 will be considered, and priority will be given to pieces created within the last five years. There is no entry fee. We can accept only high-quality digital images. Artists will receive full acknowledgment within the book, a complimentary copy, and discounts on the purchase of additional books. Artists retain copyright of their work.
All submissions must be submitted electronically through Juried Art Services. Note that there is no fee for using Juried Art Services. The entry page can be found at the following link:
Entries must be submitted by February 8, 2013.

Clay Club Report Dec. 2012

Had some good fun at Clay Club last night. Emily hosted at the Marshall High Studios.  Thank you Emily for hosting. There was an excellent spread of food and great Barbecue by Emily.

Trouble in the corner!

Here is Emily showing the books that we had for prizes last night - courtesy of Thomas O'Hearn from Lark Books . 
He brought a bunch of 500 Series as well as some other fine books from Lark! And he also showed us the new 

500 Prints on Clay (March 2013):

But also had a copy of the forthcoming Letterpress Now book which looked beautiful.

Letterpress Now, by local author Jessica White (on sale January 2013):

Here is Emily asking questions for the Trivia Night.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ashevillians — Lisa Gluckin here. My residency at EnergyXchange ended November 15th and I am now a resident at Grovewood Studios. I continue to live in Bakersville and work at Penland, so I am doing the commute thang.

I have been thinking — yes, I have been thinking ... oh no ... that it would be great to have a place to lay my head 3-4 nights a week this "winter" here in Asheville.

Anybody have an extra bed/room or know of someone who does?
$$, groceries, barter — so many possibilities.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Clay Club Dec 5, 2012- Directions from Emily

See you at Clay Club TRIVIA night on Wednesday!
6-8:30.  Bring a cup or small pot if you want to be a part of the exchange.  Bring a dish/ beverage to share and bring your brains for trivia. 

Directions from Asheville, click here

for directions from Mars Hill, click here and follow from step #7

Our studio #109 is through the door on the LEFT and at the end of the hall.  We may have to move to a bigger space in the building (or the deck if its warm!), but we'll see how it goes.

CLAY CLUB December 5, 2012

Yo Clubbers,

Emily Reason will host the December Clay Club but has to do it: 

This WEDNESDAY December 5th, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC.

We will have the CUP EXCHANGE and other TRIVIA NIGHT with prizes!!! 

Come one and all!! Should be fun!! 

P.S. (The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.)

Emily will have a crock pot of pulled pork but just bring anything for the Pot Luck,

See you there!

Scythe and philosophy

A little off topic....But if you need some movies or books....

Saw the movie Anna Karenina yesterday and they had a scene in there on Scythe's and the basic philosophy of life. Great movie!

Also, some good books out recently. Saw them at Barnes and Noble: 

"Assholes -A theory" by Aaron James which explains a lot of things.....

"Antifragile" by Taleb (Black Swan)

"The Signal and the Noise- Why most predictions fail but some don't" - Nate Silver

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Entire Studio For Sale

 A potter in Myrtle Beach is selling the contents of her studio, if someone will pick up the payments on her contract to buy.  The outstanding amount is $9,500. to be payed over time (don't know the particulars of the agreement but do know it's monthly payments.  The studio was equip for students and this would be a great deal for anyone with a yen to expand a studio for students.  Details and photos are in the blog post below.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

TRAC TOUR DEC 1 and 2, 2012

Linda McFarling Ewer

TRAC TOUR this weekend.  Don't miss out on this beautiful weekend to visit the mountains!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thickened Slip, Trailing Slip, Joining Slip

US Pigment

Just saved $50 by ordering Colorants, Stains and Inclusion Stains at compared to the usual suspects.  And that includes paying the postage!  Just wish that they sold cones.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kiln and Pottery Wheel: FOR SALE 2012

Olympic Gas Kiln for sale, never used. Model 1827 G-P with Model K Kiln Sitter. 120,000 BTU; max temp 2350 F; Cone 10. Here is a link to a place selling the same kiln. They have it on sale for $1200.

Asking $900 

Also the following used equipment as a group:

Shimpo RK Whisper Potter's wheel

8 predrilled batts
wood and metal throwing tools
wood and metal decorating tools
4 slip cast tile moulds #50

Value new:  $1273
Asking $636

Pick up at my place outside of Cheraw, SC.


Beth Wicker
Three Cats and a Dog Design Studio

Monday, November 26, 2012

Haywood is Opening its New Building!!

CAB Entry

Dear HCC Crafts Friends and Alumni:
Please join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Creative Arts Building on Friday, March 1, 2013. The day long celebration will include studio tours and tours of the building's many innovative sustainable energy features, exhibits of current students' work, craft demonstrations, a keynote craft lecture, as well as live music, refreshments and a special event: the HCC Crafts Alumni Exhibition.

 Click the link for more information and a invitation to a Exhibition.

Melt Tests

Friday, November 23, 2012

Snow on the Roan

Up biking on the Roan before the next storm and I was amaze to see how much snow was still around from Sandy.  It is always fantastic up there. That is the thing I like about biking - it is so quiet that you see stuff you wouldn't even see if you were walking. Like today I came up on a fox and a grouse. All while it started to flurry.  When I started about an hour earlier it was 55 F.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

December 5th Clay Club 2012

Yo Clubbers,

Emily Reason has offered to host the December Clay Club but has to do it December 5th, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC.

That is the first Wednesday of December. Should be fun though!  We will have the CUP EXCHANGE and other activities to be announced later.

I will send around another announcement in a couple of weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Spotlight on Australia: Four Inspiring Ceramicists

Here is a post by Guest Blogger David Ackley about Australian Ceramics.

The Australian ceramics scene is rich and diverse. Organizations such as the Australian Ceramics Association help to promote the craft and support ceramics education. Australia is home to a great number of talented ceramicists, including these four inspiring artists:

1.    Garry Bish - Garry Bish (b. 1950) is an Australian schoolteacher-turned-ceramicist responsible for establishing the Potters Arms Studio in Epsom, a small town about 100 miles north of Melbourne.

Bish is known for his recent ceramic work using decals and screen printing to place a textured surface on the vessel, impelling the viewer to take a closer look. Bish will often print text directly on the vessel to create further intrigue.

Bish’s varied collection of work references architecture, language, anthropology, and philosophy. The use of celestial blue and earth tones suggest a cosmic theme.

The piece below was one of many featured in early 2012 at the Melbourne museum Craft Victoria, in an exhibition titled “The Vessel: A Space Oddity.”

Photo by Lily Feng

2.    Greg Crowe - Greg Crowe initially studied architecture, however was seduced by ceramics while in school and hasn’t turned back since. He still completed his architecture degree, but in 1979 he received his BA of Design in Ceramics. In 1980 he established Hovea Pottery, near Perth, Australia, where he continues to work today.

Crowe focuses on wood-fired and salt-glazed ceramics. He has exhibited throughout Australia, and also in the US, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, France, and Singapore. He is represented by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery, among others.

The below piece was created during Crowe’s McKnight Residency in 2008, at the Northern Clay Centre, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was part of the McKnight exhibition from May to July 2009.

3.    Kirsten Coelho - Born in Denmark, Kirsten Coelho is one of three recipients of the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. Her $25,000 prize (in the Australian category) recognizes her skill with reduction-fired porcelain.

Coelho studied in Adelaide before moving to London in the early 1990s. She was influenced by British ceramic traditions, evident in her work in which she captures some of the aging characteristics found in 18th and 19th century enamels. Coehlo returned to Australia in 1998, and now teaches ceramics at the University of South Australia and works from her home studio in Adelaide.

Coehlo’s work is currently on display at the Shepparton Art Museum through Nov. 18, 2012, and at the Lion Arts Centre in Adelaide through Dec. 8, 2012.

Photo by Grant Hancock and Daniel Noone

4.    Alexandra Standen - Alexandra Standen was awarded the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award for Emerging Australian Artist. The award has propelled this young ceramicist’s career, allowing her to exhibit with Kirsten Coelho (above) and Michael Fargo, from Israel, who won in the International category.

Watch Standen’s excitement below as she describes her exhibition of hand-built stoneware and porcelain at the Shepparton Art Museum:

About the Author: David Ackley is a blogger for the Australian design site DesignLocal. On a quest to promote the Australian creative scene to a global audience, DesignLocal serves daily design inspiration ranging from the internationally acclaimed Marc Newson to raw indigenous aboriginal talent. Explore more talented Australian ceramic artists at

Friday, November 16, 2012

Craft in America - Crossroads episode 30 second promo

CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series dedicated to exploring America's rich craft history, presents Episode Nine, "Crossroads", to air on PBS, Friday, November 16, 2012 at 9pm*.

Alex Matisse Throws a Pitcher

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Loose Slip Trailing by Alex Matisse 2012

Here are the most recent videos. We just reached 1000 subscribers on the Youtube Channel and 152,000 views!!!

Plate Slip Decoration by Alex Matisse 2012

Bonnie and Clyde's Hamburgers Loafers Glory, NC

Had lunch at Bonnie and Clyde's with Mark Roegner yesterday.

Forgot how a burger and fries can be SO GOOD!

Thanks Mark

Venco 75mm (3") Standard and De-airing PugmillSOLD


For Sale in Asheville NC

Venco 75mm (3") Standard and De-airing Pugmill for $1000.

For a new one - it is  $2,700 on-line

Venco Standard Pug Mill 75mm Model (Non De-Airing)

Contact Dian @

Susan Clusener and Stephen Foehner

Laser level controls rustic potter

One of the fun things we learned last night was that Alex uses a laser level as a "caliper" to measure lids and make plates the same size.  
(See red dot below.)

 The laser is mounted above the wheel - as so....

Fantastic Clay Club Last Night

Once again we had a FANTASTIC Clay Club meeting last night. It is always a pleasant surprise when potters get together to eat, drink an share ideas.

We meet at Alex Matisse's Studio in Mars Hill, NC. He has done a lot of work since our last visit. Larger studio, new show room which is almost done, etc.

We did find out some dirt on Alex which is what I will start with:

You will notice the paper bowls!!!! that he served his Great Chili in. (Watch out Kurt - next Chili cook -off winner??!!)

Anyway - did I say PAPER BOWLS!  Shame on you Alex. ;-)

We sat around and discussed Alex's power struggle with the cat and how he was losing that battle but we did give suggestions on how to take the fight to a whole nother level. But then we looked at some pots:

Then we wen to the studio for a glazing demo and a throwing demo.

I will post some video later today.