Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Studio Space WANTED

Lisa Gluckin here, current resident at EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC.

I have been searching for the "perfect property" — a place to live and set up shop when my residency ends at the end of May 2012. If I haven't found "THE" spot by summer I will need to rent studio space in the interim. Does anyone have any leads or any extra space to share?

I am a hand-builder, low-fire, electric.
I currently live in Bakersville, NC and work at The Penland School of Crafts.
Please think of me and pass my word.
Many thanks.

Lisa Gluckin


Brown Pottery Arden NC

Here is an interesting site of Brown Pottery for all you Turners and Burners.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

940 glaze tests.

Hey everyone,

This morning we unloaded 940 glaze tests from our kiln. It was hard not to think of John Britt and that made me think of cross-posting the results here. Check it out and read more about the printer on MudFire's blog and about the artistic intent on my blog.

I'm curious to see people's comments...don't hold back.

Erik Haagensen @ MudFire

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

St. Petersbug, Floridaaaaahhhh

I had a great time demonstrating at the Highwater Clays - St Pete, Knowledge Clinic last weekend.
Not only because the weather was ideal & I got to swim in the ocean, but because I got to visit a very cool studio & meet some friendly clay people.

The Train Station is a super-sweet place. St. Petersburg Clay Company offers workshops, studio rental & Artist's Residencies. They've got an impressive kiln yard and are hosting a wood fire workshop Feb 11-22 with: Don Reitz, Matt Long, John Balistreri, Chris Gustin, Brenda
Lichman and Ted Adler

Lake Eden Art Festival


The Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) is calling all handcraft artists to apply for our 2012 Festivals!
55 exhibitors/festival will be chosen by jury, open to all media.
Booth Fee: $360

Spring Festival Dates – May 10-13
Fall Festival Dates – Oct 18-21

LEAF is an award-winning non-profit Music and Arts Festival located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
ATTENDANCE: 6,500/day.


Visit us online for our Juried Fair Exhibitor Prospectus and to apply:

Email for more info: Margaret@theLEAF.org

Also the WNC Lawn Home and Garden show taking place March 16-18 is opening up to Artists.  They have booths for $250 for an 8'by8' and $480 for 8'x16'  that can be shared by other artists or a group of artists.  That contact is Lorraine@wnchomegardenshow.com.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Brent Wheel FOR SALE -2012 SOLD

I have a Brent C potters wheel for sale with a worktable. The wheel is in excellent condition (1998). The worktable is on 2 wheels & moves easily if you need to, but is stable while in use. The table also has a removable production arm - the actual metal arm also moves out of the way when you aren't using it.

The wheel and table:  $550 SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If interested, please contact me at my email address below.


Judy Shreve

Digital Craft Photography workshop Feb 5, 2012

Tired of workshops that are about the teacher and not about YOU??

If you want to improve your photography in one day.... and in a fun environment...and with a delicious lunch...this is the workshop for you!

Digital Craft Photography Workshop
John Britt Pottery Studio

Sunday  February 5, 2012

One day, hands on class on basic craft photography.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$85.00 (includes digital photographs of 2 pieces and a delicious lunch).

Joy Tanner and John Britt will conduct a one day, hands on class on how to take digital photographs of your three dimensional ceramics/crafts using a simple, low tech approach for the beginner.

Space is limited to 8 people.

John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705

To register contact John Britt at:            johnbrittpottery@gmail.com

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012


EnergyXchange in rural WNC is accepting applications for 2 ONE -THREE year residencies (March & June, 2012) in their clay studio. It is not three year only!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Craft residencies are intended to enable artists who have completed their schooling/training to move into a shared, equipped professional studio space at low cost.

 For more information go to:  http://www.energyxchange.org/news/8/38/Clay-Residencies-Open-2012  or contact :   kate@energyxchange.org.


EnergyXchange is the world's first art studio to be fueled by methane. County wood waste is used for the wood kiln.

Or check us out on Facebook:


Brent Wheel B for sale $700 OBO

For sale:

*Brent electric potter's wheel
*Model B
Details: Excellent wheel (can't beat a Brent!) in tip-top condition. Has
very low mileage, brand new power switch, newly tuned and tightened pedal.
Be ready to sit down and throw.  Or, stand if you prefer.  It is ready to
Includes: Splash pan, stool, and Brent booties (for raising the wheel
height ~4").
*$700 or best offer.* (This wheel retails new for over $1000.)

Contact me directly for more details or other
inquiries.  Atlanta Georgia area



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wadding, kiln wash and kiln coatings...

Found this while searching:


If you like wadding recipes, kiln coating recipes and kiln wash recipes ....this it for you!

We need a newsletter for NC Clay Club!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Brent C wheel For Sale

I have a Brent C wheel with the Baileys work station for sale.  The wheel is from the mid '90's so it does not have reverse,but it works great.  I am asking $500.00 for the package.  I am in Beaufort, SC.
If interested e-mail me at


Monday, January 16, 2012

Job: Lecturer App State


 Academic Affairs
 Fine & Applied Arts
The Department of Art at Appalachian State University invites applications for an Artist, Art Historian or Art Educator who is committed to undergraduate general education in the visual arts. Lecturer, nine-month, renewable contract, MFA or PhD required. University teaching beyond TA preferred.
The Art Department seeks applicants who demonstrate a passion for teaching in ways that are experiential and relevant to non-majors, possesses knowledge of contemporary and historical artworks and practices in art, and has experience with and commitment to teaching introductory general education courses. The successful candidate will teach Introduction to Visual Art and courses such as Art History Surveys, Art for Social Change and Cultivating Creativity Through Art. Teaching will consist of a 4/4 load with a minimum of 2 Gen Ed courses per semester. Possibilities for teaching in applicant's area of expertise are available. Involvement in service responsibilities, including student advising, is expected. More information about Appalachian’s General Education curriculum is available at: http://general education.appstate.edu/general-education-home.
Applicants must send a complete application consisting of: a letter of application, CV, teaching philosophy including evidence of experience with and commitment to teaching general education courses in the visual arts, syllabi of courses taught, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, evidence of ongoing creative activity and/or scholarly research, complete contact information for three references and SASE to: Visual Art General Education Search Committee, Department of Art, Appalachian State University, 731 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608. Review of completed applications will begin January 27, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
Appalachian State University is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The student population is approximately 17,000, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Appalachian is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. Appalachian has both a residential campus, a loft in New York City and distance education programs. The Department of Art is accredited by NASAD and has over 500 undergraduate majors and 27 full-time faculty teaching in art education, art history, art management, graphic design and studio art. Additional information may be found at:www.art.appstate.edu.
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free of all forms of discrimination. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Professor Gary Nemcosky (nemcoskygm@appstate.edu). Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Proper documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before hiring process can be finalized.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Making Larger Pots

The Potters' Workshop

Job Opening at Haywood Community College

                     Position Vacancy Description

Position: Part Time Creative Arts Coordinator

Division: Student Development Services

Reports to: Director, Workforce Development

Responsibilities: Establish and supervise Creative Art Programs designed to assist individuals desiring employment, retraining, or certification, for employment enrichment or lifelong learning.  
To develop, implement and maintain quality instructional programs and services.
To ensure audit compliance with the NCCCS.
To ensure quality, value-added training to the community at large in the above areas
Develop and supervise classes in the Creative Arts education program area.
Work closely with Curriculum Creative Arts Program.
Study community needs and national trends and techniques to guide organization of new courses
Promote courses and disseminate information in the community.
Coordinate course schedules for on and off campus classes.
Manage and schedule overall facilities and program equipment and supply resources with inventory control.
Manage and maintain state budget for Creative Arts program area.
Select and supervise qualified part-time instructors.
Ensure the currency and appropriateness of educational books and materials
Develop contracts and agreements for required educational and field experience.
Register classes and submit registration materials and fees in timely manner.
Issue contracts and other job related information to instructors.
Responsible for all course completion reports, attendance rosters, and applications submitted to other agencies.
Maintain current information on policies, procedures, new techniques, training requirements, and regulations to ensure that all training offered conforms to course specific state and national certification protocols.
Coordinate educational programs outcomes/performance evaluations based on institutional success factors
Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Minimum:  Associate Degree.

Preferred:  B.S./B.A. with training/specialization in Creative Arts and Community College experience.  Computer Skills:  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel); Typing and Office Management Skills; Skills in communication and problem solving; working with faculty, staff, students, local businesses and community.

Salary Range:
SG13; $19.22 - $24.99 per hour

Part-time; 28 hours per week for 12 months; position filled pending budget approval.

Proposed Hiring Date:

February 8, 2012

Deadline to Apply:
January 23, 2012

Human Resource Department
Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721

(828) 627-4568.    Fax (828) 627-3606

Or contact Terry Gess at  828 565 4159 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Video Channel

It has come to my attention that not everyone knows we/I have a video channel on Youtube:


Got about 50 + videos on there for your enjoyment.

Jun Kaneko at The Mint

Jun Kaneko will give a lecture at the Mint in conjunction with his show:


And the Madame Butterfly Opera


Clay Club January 2012

Had good fun at the Clay Club meeting which was held at Cynthia Bringle's studio last Wednesday.

We discussed the upcoming TRAC show and a possible "Collaboration" Show to be announced.

Not much discussion about topics but if you have anything you are interested in doing at the upcoming meetings, just let me know.

As far as venues: February 8th  is at Penland for the Cup making Extravaganza .

We will have one at:
 John Hartom's for Empty Bowls,
Lynda Studio at the old Mushroom Factory
OOAK Gallery.
Pat Bernard's for RAKU

But feel free to let me know if you want us to come to your place or know of an interesting place to go.

We talked about the Manna party for those involved in Empty Bowls, Donating to the North Carloina Pottery Center in Asheboro and their fundraiser.

That is all I can remember....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cynthia Bringle Makes Goblet 2012

Glazing Techniques Workshop 2012

Cup by Allen Perlof, 2010

·     Glazing Techniques
February 20 – 24, 2012
Learn glazing techniques including, pouring, brushing, spraying, dipping, stencils, overlapping, latex, wax resist, multi-firing, decals, china paints, sandblasting, etc.
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE) $500.00 Total
Space limited to 8 people

John Britt
  Other Classes:

·       Explorations in Ash Glazes
March 5 – 9, 2012
We will run triaxial, quadraxial and progression blends to discover and understand ash
glazes at cone 10. We will cover glaze theory, kilns, firing, cones, ash collection, etc.
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$450.00 includes glaze notebook (PLUS $50.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE)

·       Reduction Firing Workshop
March 23 – 24, 2012
Understanding Firing and cone 10 Reduction
Weekend Firing of Shino, Celadon and Copper Red Glazes 
Friday March 23 – 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Glazing
Saturday March 24 – 9:00p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday March 25 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.
$220.00 includes recipe handout (PLUS $30.00 FIRING AND MATERIALS FEE)
Total $250.00

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Terry Gess Reading at Malaprops

If you find yourself in Ashville on Sunday Afternoon – I will be reading a short selection of my latest writing effort in conjunction with  Malaprops Bookstore’s “Writers at Home”.

January “Writers at Home” Features Prose Readings by Diverse Authors.

Published writers from diverse professional backgrounds will read their works in the next installment of “Writers at Home,” the monthly series from UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. The writers are all part of the program’s invitation-only  prose master class. Elizabeth Lutyens, who teaches the master class, will host the reading, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Malaprop's Bookstore/CafĂ©, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. It is free and open to the public.

The professional backgrounds of the authors inform the short stories and novel excerpts that will be presented. Among those reading will be a lawyer, a potter, a computer executive, a religious studies scholar, and a chemical engineer who contributed to the panel of scientists awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate change. The readers are Lenny Bernstein, Bob Brooks, Marie Hefley, Terry Gess, Judi Goldenberg, Jennifer McLean, Beth Robrecht and Justin Watson.

Terry Gess
Chair, Professional Crafts
Department of Creative Arts
Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721

Ph: 828.565.4159

Clay Club Tonight!

If you are coming to Cynthia's tonight, be sure to take the 226 entrance to Penland Rad as there is a bridge out.  From 19/23 take 226 north to Bakersville and then after about 3 miles you will see a Penland School Sign and turn left, follow the signs. or call 828-467-5020

John Britt

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bas Relief Workshop Jan. 27 -28 2012

The Village Potters Master Series Presents:
Bas Relief with
Nan Jacobsohn
Taking Tiles to a Whole ‘Nother Level

January 27-28, 2012

During this our second workshop with Nan Jacobsohn, we will explore Bas Relief Sculpture: a process that combines the best of two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. Sculptural tile, or Bas Relief, is a challenging alternative to the flat tile. We will learn how to sculpt vibrant, exciting surfaces in clay using various handmade texture tooles. Nan will make a plaster mold of a tile in order to press multiple copies. We will cover special considerations and techniques adhering tiles to walls to create large installations.

This demonstration workshop will equip us to return to our studios and explore this intriguing technique within our own work!

Registration Information

Two-Day Workshop Fee:  $125.00
Capacity: 20 Artists

Payment available by check or credit card.
Checks made payable to: The Village Potters
Call 828.253.2424, Mon-Sat between 10am-6pm
to pay by credit card.

Mail check payments with completed registration to:
The Village Potters
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

For more information:

Monday, January 9, 2012

Ride needed from Asheville

Yo Clubbers,

Linda Falcone is in need of a ride to Clay Club this week. Is anyone coming this way from Asheville?

contact her at:   Linda Falcone     claymaster69@yahoo.com

Clay Club

Yo Clubbers

January Clay Club is at  - Cynthia Bringle's Studio.


 Where: Bringle Studio at Penland:

 When: Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 5:50 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 Why: Because we can't get enough talk of pots or pottery or reduction
 or throwing or sculpture... and did I mention FOOD?

 It is a pot luck but we need someone to bring some heavy h'orderves so
we have something substantial to eat. Nothing against cookies and coos
coos but......

 NO GARLIC since Cynthia is allergic.

 Agenda : Cynthia will do some demo's that we will video and post and
 we will plan the activities for the year.--

See you all there!!

Brent Slab Roller For Sale

Brent SRC Slab Roller  $550.00 (approx size is 21” wide x 40” long)

Pottery Books at various  low prices
Ceramic Monthly Magazines - cheap
Some small tools and bisque texture tools for sale-cheap

You can contact Cindi at 704-540-6449 or 704-533-0520 or cpowell4@carolina.rr.com .

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ruthanne Tudball Workshop Price Reduction!! $245

Ruthanne Tudball Workshop

February 29 and March 1, 2012
at David Voorhees Pottery Studio, Zirconia, NC


Noted British potter Ruthanne Tudball will lead a two-day
demonstration workshop covering throwing, altering, and decorating
techniques used for her functional stoneware pottery.

Using a momentum wheel, allowing for a slow forming pace, she
completes altering and slip work on freshly thrown clay. She will
also cover designing pots and slip use intended to be enhanced
by soda vapor and wood firing. She will present slides and discussion
of her work and artistic development.

Fee $245 Workshop limited to 15 participants, includes lunches.
•For more info or to register contact:
David Voorhees, 828 698-8775, or david@handinhandgallery.com
•Wood firing session (included in the Tudball workshop fee) to precede the workshop Feb 23 - 25, 2012. Fire your work in David’s wood fired soda/salt car kiln (with pizza oven) includes
slips, glazes, kiln space allotment, and pizza! Kiln opening on Wednesday of workshops followed by pot luck with Ruthanne.

Help with Raku

I've heard that clay bodies with a lot of iron are not suitable for raku and will even blow up. I've also read that for pit-firing, "get a clay suitable for raku firings. The best color results can be achieved with iron bearing, or red clays" which implies that red clays are suitable for raku.

Do you or anyone following the clay club blog have experience with raku firing of iron rich clay bodies?

I'd appreciate learning from anyone's success or mistakes.


David Freeman

Manna Thank You Party

Dear  MANNA FoodBank  friend and Empty Bowl gods and goddesses
You are receiving this special notice to  recognize the importance of your support of  MANNA over the past year…and then some!

Please join us as we celebrate you and the dozens of other special volunteers whose commitment and work have enabled  MANNA to distribute almost 10 million pounds of food to the needy in 2011!  Please read the invite below and RSVP by Friday, Jan. 16!
As we don’t have the contact information for all of the bowl artists, please feel free to  extend this invite to those whose generous  hands  graced us with lovely bowls this year.
(Please do RVSP early  as we do have a limit of how many folks we can legally  entertain  at 623 Swannanoa Road, you are the very first group of folks invited!)
All the best,
Alisa Hixson

The Stone Bowl

Just ate at The Stone Bowl in Asheville NC. Fantastic!  Reminded me of South Korea!

Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant


Friday, January 6, 2012

Digital Photo Class Full

We filled the Digital Photography Class on February 4, 2012 but have another scheduled for Sunday Feb. 5 2012.

Should be a fun time and did I mention a DELICIOUS LUNCH?!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gifts of the Nile

Wanted to share this new (December 2011) review of "Gifts of the Nile," an interesting and beautiful book about ancient Egyptian faience. It was originally published in 1998 to accompany an exhibit by the same name. If this subject interests you at all and you haven't seen this book, I highly recommend this review. (Also on this site is a review of a September 2011 lecture by Paul Nicholson on "Glass, Faience and Pottery Making at Amarna O45.1," also recommended.)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Uncrazed on Phoenix

Does anyone know of a glaze that doesn't craze on Phoenix?  A base glaze. Someone is looking and I told them Bringle Liner but thought someone else would know another......

Thanks for the help!

Monday, January 2, 2012


In order to suit the needs of a variety of artists and maintain an atmosphere of momentum and diversity, the Red Lodge Clay Center offers two residency options. Year-long residencies run from September 1st through August 15th. Short-term, proposal based residencies ranging from one to eight weeks, are considered from October 1st through July 31st. Please submit separate applications if applying for both residency options.

The year-long residency is ideal for committed individuals in transition from post baccalaureate studies to graduate school, as well as those pursuing the development of professional artistic careers. Self-directed ceramic artists searching for the time, space and resources needed to explore new ideas and create new work will enjoy the rural mountainous setting. Accepted residents will be provided with studio space, housing, utilities, and a monthly stipend in exchange for twenty hours of work per week at the Clay Center. Responsibilities will include assisting in the retail operation of the gallery, teaching community clay classes, as well as cleaning and maintenance of the studio and gallery. Residents will be responsible for personal living expenses, as well as all material and firing expenses. The application deadline is February 1st.


Cone 6 soda Turquoise

This tile is also from June Perry :

#1079 Juicy Turquoise A- cone 6

41.0 Cornwall Stone
12.5 Strontium Carb.
10.0 Whiting
 5.0 Lithium Carb
 5.0 EPK
16.5 Silica

A: add 2.5% copper oxide, 2.5 Tin oxide, 2 bentonite

Linda's Flashing Slip cone 6 soda

Here is an image (not the best I know) of some tiles June Perry and I fired in my little test kiln.  It was cone 6 soda fired.  One with titanium and one with superpax.

The first yellow tile is this recipe below:  Linda's Yellow Slip Revised  V3

#9166 June's revised version

Linda's Yellow Slip V3  cone 6
57.0    OM#4 Ball clay         63
28.5    N.Sy.                  25
 4.5    Flint                   2
10.0    Borax                  10

For all versions add:  7% Titanium Dioxide

and here was another promising one V2:

 Linda's Yellow Slip V2  cone 6
57.0    OM#4 Ball clay         63
28.5    N.Sy.                  25
 4.5    Flint                   2
10.0    Borax                  10

For all versions add: 5% Superpax,

K-26 Bricks for sale

30 brand new K26 arch bricks for sale.  Bought them at $3.45 apiece.  Selling them for total of $85.

Call Tacy at 828-775-4624

Glaze Class at JC Campbell

There are a few spots open in the JC Campbell Class if you want to learn about glazes!

Glaze Materials and Firing Made Simple
January 22-27, 2012 (Sunday-Friday Session)
Advanced Week
Instructor: John Britt
Tuition: $568.00
Intermediate to advanced potters-expand your skills through his overview of ceramic glazes. Discussion of cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles, as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles will be our focus. We’ll mix glazes and do color and line blends for cone 10 reduction, cone 6 oxidation and reduction, and cone 05 electric. Firing will be done on studio test tiles and also on bisque-fired mugs/cups that may be brought from home.

Need glaze recipe

Yo Clubbers,

Maud, from Black Mountain Pottery, is in need of a clear that doesn't craze on Phoenix.  I told her Bringle Clear but thought you may know others?????

Bringle Liner Glaze

Bringle White Liner – cone 10
37.4 soda spar (F-4 feldspar, in our case)
  8.2 gerstley borate
  8.2 talc
  8.2 dolomite
  4.0 whiting
  4.0 zinc
  4.0 ball clay
25.0 flint
  1.0 bentonite
5000 gram batch
A reliable, shiny, opaque white glaze.

Niel had a special delivery!

A special gift arrived just before Christmas!  Meet Hutson!

George Hutson Hora
December 19, 2011
11:58 pm

We're doing great!

Adrienne, Niel & Hutson

Great site for Glaze Lovers

Alfred Studio Resources is a knowledge base for ceramic artists. It makes available much of the information used on a daily basis by the students, faculty and staff here at the college of ceramics. As with many websites, it is an ongoing effort..


Happy New Year All

Happy New Year you guys!