Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay

Saw the new book by Christopher Benfey:

Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival

Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival

It is reviewed by Suzy Staubach on her BiblioPotter Blog :


It has a bit on Alex Matisse in it.

Monday, March 26, 2012

FREE FIRE BRICK - Tennessee 2012

I have some fire brick to give away if you think anyone on the list might be interested.  I had bought a dismantled reduction kiln and these were left over.  Some are also the old arch and door brick that I recently replaced.  Best I can tell, there are a couple of hundred, various sizes and condition.  I live in Tennessee between Knoxville and Chattanooga. 

Thank you,


Dawn Raburn

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Classes at Wildacres

Passing this along for my Dad at Wildacres. Maybe you want to try out something new!

Try It On
This is a brand new program at Wildacres. We are gathering great teachers for a variety of programs and classes where you have the opportunity to try something new.
The session will begin on Monday, April 23 with registration beginning at 3:30 and will end after breakfast on Thursday, April 26. On Monday evening we will have a overview of the programs being offered and you will be able to meet and discuss the classes with the instructors. On Tuesday and Wednesday, classes will be offered throughout the day and you will be able to choose what programs you wish to attend. We may also have hikes or tours of the area attractions and craft studios if there are those interested.
Currently we have instructors for pottery, sculpture, writing, songwriting, organic gardening, and storytelling. We are talking to instructors about painting, mushrooms, printmaking and other things.

They also offer a twice yearly Gathering where each participant comes with their own project and there is no set programing. The clay studio is available during these weeks, but spots there usually fill up fast!

Visit http://www.wildacres.org to register or sign up for their newsletter!

New pottery on Etsy

Check out some new Kyle Carpenter Studio Pottery on Etsy.

Tish Ballance 2012

Here is a nice one of made by Tish Ballance 2012.

Kris Walker 2012

Here are a couple of beauties of Kris Walker's.

Harriet Zabusky

Jeff's Red in heavy reduction.

Harriet Zabusky

Here is a sample of Harriet's work. 

Best Class Ever

We just finished the Best Glaze Class ever. (NOT the masochistic guide to glaze mixing)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Other cool stuff

Here is some other cool stuff I saw.

NC Art Museum: Pieter Hugo

Was just down in Raleigh and went to the North Carolina Art museum and saw this fantastic image: Pieter Hugo from his book The Hyena and Other Men. Just outstanding!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just discovered this - the Ashmolean Museum has an online version of James Allan's "Islamic Ceramics" with the complete (and redesigned-for-the-web interactive) text of the book. Lots of good information and images - see all 53 objects covered here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

JOB OPENING! Coordinator River Arts District


The River Arts District consists of galleries, working artist studios, businesses, a brewery, restaurants, a music venue, performing arts venues, and more.
A jewel in the crown of Asheville is how Mayor Terry Bellamy describes the River Arts District. This unique neighborhood along the French Broad River is home to more than 165 artists with working studios located in 18 turn-of-the-century industrial buildings. RADA is currently looking to hire a Coordinator.
The Coordinator position requires some training in public, business, and arts administration. Skills related to marketing, public relations, arts related community outreach, and organizational discipline are essential components of this position. The Coordinator is the administrative and operations position and will be responsible for planning, as well as active management of the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Coordinator reports to the President and works in partnership with the Board of Directors to support the mission of RADA.

Coordinator duties include:
1. Attend RADA committee meetings and report to the President on activities, programs, and issues.
2. Coordinate and direct all activities related to Studio Stroll and Second Saturdays.
3. Organize RADA committees and volunteers to implement and manage events, programs, and activities.
4. Assist in the development of plans, programs, events and activities.
5. Provide guidance and technical assistance to members and organizations.
6. Organize and provide notices and announcements.

Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Experience in nonprofit management, with preference given to arts management, or equivalent educational experience.
2. Leadership skills.
3. Knowledge of and interest in the arts.
4. High level of written & verbal communication skills.
5. Ability to work with diverse cultural communities and underserved constituencies.
6. Management of budgets.
7. Advanced Computer skills: Google Docs, Microsoft Office including word processing, spreadsheet, database, PowerPoint, email, Calendar, website updates, and use of social media.
8. Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed to support events.

Hours, Salary, and Start Date:
Part-Time Position (with potential to be full-time): 20 hrs/wk, Salary/Hourly: $15.00/hr. Immediate start preferred.

How to Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter to radartistsinfo@gmail.com.
Please put "RADA Coordinator Application" in the email Subject line. Application deadline is March 30th, 2012.

Location: Asheville, NC
Compensation: 20 hrs/wk: $15.00/hr. Immediate start preferred.
This is a part-time job.
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Norm and Gloria - Studio Sale 2012

Venco pugmill $1800

Bailey slab roller w/stand $500

4 ware racks (don't know what to ask for these - they're different sizes - can you suggest what you think the going rate would be?).

The pug mill and slab roller are in perfect running order.

 If you need further info please either call Gloria Schulman at (765-6539 or 766-5335) or email.

 NORMAN SCHULMAN normanschulman@bellsouth.net 

Turkey Love 2012

AKAR Yunomi Show 2012

Here is one of 5 yunomis I sent in.

The show opens on-line Friday March 23, 2012:


Friday, March 16, 2012

STUDIO FOR SALE March 2012!!

Due to my husbands illness, we will be moving in the next two months to the west coast and I won't have a large studio. Since we will be living in a suburban, small lot community, I won't be able to use a lot of this heavy duty equipment, nor would I have room for it since I'll probably be potting in part of our garage. I this these are great deals for great, very little used equipment.

BLUEBIRD Powerstar-1 De-airing Mid-sized Pugmill $2000(NEW $5207) If you have a similar but smaller pugmill, we could trade with some cash to make it more even.

Soldner Studio Clay Mixer $2000 (NEW Axner Price: $4,485.00)



Soldner Studio Clay Mixer $2000 (New-Axner Price: $4,485.00)




The Brent wheel is the only well used item. Other pieces are in almost new condition.


STAINLESS STEEL TABLE WITH GLAZE 20 TILT OUT GLAZE MATERIAL BINS $1,500 (NEW $5,120 WITH SHIPPING)You can see a picture of this model at :http://alpinekilns.com/alpine_tables.html



Once I get the studio packed, I will have a lot more freebies. So stay tuned for the next month or two before we move.

CONTACT: JUNE PERRY 828-688-3860 Bakersville, N.C.

March Clay Club

Clay club was a lot of fun and we filled up my studio and "courtyard" at the Mushroom Factory! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the feast, we have some awesome culinary aficionados in our club. The discussion on tools and the tool swap was fun and enlightening - some of the homemade tools were among the favorites. At the end, clubbers received as many stackable drying racks as they could carry out, compliments of Jerry Newton, owner of the Mushroom Factory.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Encore" - New work by Alex Matisse


We thought our most successful successful solo show of 2011 deserved an encore. This show features Alex's favorite pots from his last two firings. Alex Matisse lives and creates his work in the Mountains of Marshall NC. He apprenticed in the workshops of North Carolina potters Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt.

"The pots in this collection are from the 3rd and 4th firings of my kiln. Each firing has been distinct and varied and each has had success and failures. These are a few of those success, a harmonious marriage of form and glaze and flame.

My favorite pots are those made on the good days. It is a joy when the clay, pinched between knuckle and middle finger, seems to rise off the wheel toward the sky with its own momentum and volition. The pitchers in this show were made on such a day: their weight and mass distributed perfectly.
On the bad days, when the clay is short and dry and the eye wants more than the hand can match, the hardest part is not in the mechanics but in the mind. When everything seems to elude me, staying calm and collected is the most difficult part of all. Those days come and go like the March rains we will soon see and, I'm learning, are followed by the sun." - Alex Matisse

This Exhibition opens live online only March 15th at midnight.
I can't make it to Clay Club tonight, but wanted to share these tools I saw at an exhibit at the Freer Sackler a few months ago. The label read, "Potter's tools, Northern Vietnam, Nghe An province, 2004, Bamboo." How would folks use them?

Here's a link to the exhibit: Taking Shape: Ceramics in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Clay for sale

I have 1000lb. of Highwater clay I want to sell. It's exactly the same as Orangestone with the exception that the mullite (9%) was sieved before added to the mix. My problem with it is that the sieve I've been using for years is now 48 mesh from wear and I want 60 mesh for the smooth surfaces of my work. The clay is softer than house mix- 5.5, house is 6. 

I want to sell it at cost, $8.50 a bag, any quantity.

90 Spring Farm Drive, Horse shoe, NC 28742 
free samples to quantity buyers. Jim Whalen, Paradox Pottery, 828 890 0525 or paradoxpottery@gmail.com

Spring, Sprang, Sprung 2012

Reduction Firing Workshop March 23 -25, 2012

Had a couple of spots open up in the Reduction Firing Workshop:

  • Reduction Firing WorkshopJohn Britt Pottery Studio

March 23 – 25, 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
John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
To register contact John Britt at:            johnbrittpottery@gmail.com

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tria Turrou's New Blog

VC Matte with 7.5% Tin Oxide and 0.2% Chrome Oxide

Mary Jane Findley's tests:

V.C. Matte cone 6 Electric

40.0 Nepheline Syenite
8.0 Whiting
14.0 Silica
10.0 Kaolin
10.0 Gerstley Borate
8.0 Lithium Carbonate

10% Titanium Dioxide

Tin 7.5 %
Chrome Oxide 0.2%

VC Matte with Coral Stain

Mary Jane Findley's tests:
The stain helped with the running as stains are spinels and contain Al/Si which this glaze is short on..

V.C. Matte cone 6

40.0 Nepheline Syenite
8.0 Whiting
14.0 Silica
10.0 Kaolin
10.0 Gerstley Borate
8.0 Lithium Carbonate

10% Titanium Dioxide
5% Coral Stain

VC Matte with Rutile

Mary Jane Findley's tests:
Here are some nice test we got from the most recent Glaze Chemistry Class.

This is not a great functional glaze but if it is applied over or under other glazes it is nice!

V.C. Matte cone 6

40.0 Nepheline Syenite
8.0 Whiting
14.0 Silica
10.0 Kaolin
10.0 Gerstley Borate
8.0 Lithium Carbonate

10% Titanium Dioxide
4% Rutile

Friday, March 9, 2012


....to share 700 sq ft pottery studio in historic Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC. Electric kiln & large gas kiln on premises. Looking for a reliable, easy going person. Email Emily: reasonpots@gmail.com

Oct at Wildacres with Cynthia

Sign up info for Oct 1-5 class is on my blog .......A beautiful place to be for a few days ...

Celadon with Black drips....

Susan Hall - Cup with Bray Black Wax and then Sam's Satin over.

Archie Bray Black Slip cone 10
80 Alberta Slip
20 Ball Clay

7.8 Chrome Oxide
1.7 Cobalt Oxide
1.7 Red Iron Oxide
2.0 Bentonite 

1 part Archie Bray Black
1 part wax
Sam’s Satin Celadon Cone 10 Reduction
40.00     Custer Feldspar

34.50     Silica
15.50     Whiting
  6.00      Dolomite
  4.00      Barium Carbonate
    0.25    Yellow Iron Oxide 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Clay Club next week!

Clay Club will be Wednesday March 14, 2012  - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

It will be at Lynda Banner's at the Mushroom Factory.

The food is Mexican and the topic will be a tool trade and discussion.  Everyone Should  be ready to talk about what new tools they've tried and their results.

Directions:  Take 19 to Micaville.  If you are coming from Mitchell county Take 19 S, and if you are coming from Asheville or Burnsville, take 19 N.  At Micaville, turn onto 80 S, (firectly across from OOAK Art Gallery), go approx. 2 miles and take a right on Hickory Springs Road.  Pass the recycling center and Hickory Springs Factory.  Turn left onto Blue Bonnet and the Mushroom factory is the first building on the left.  You can park in front or behind the building, just don't block the dirt roads.

Any questions contact : Lynda Gayle Banner lyndagaylebanner@gmail.com

March Clay Club????

Yes? No? Maybe?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ruthanne Tudball 2012

David Voorhees had a workshop with Ruthanne Tudball last week and here is the blog posting and a short video. Enjoy:


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tea Bowl 2012

Here is a another nice tea bowl. Porcelain with terra sig like above and then a glaze "Ice, Ice Baby.
Ice, Ice Baby cone 10 reduction
54.82  Nepheline Syenite
29.90  Custer Feldspar
  4.98  Talc 
  4.32  Bone Ash
  1.99  Frit 3134
  3.99  EPK


Crackle Tea Bowl 2012

Here is a crackle tea bowl. I used Helios porcelain which was bisque fired. Then I painted on a terra sigillata (85 XX Saggar and 15 Red iron) and then waxed the lines and then dipped in Kaun Crackle and fired to cone 10 and then put on India Ink.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Overview of Cone 6 Reduction Glazes (PHIL, PA.)

This workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 reduction. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like shino, copper reds, ash, celadon, tenmoku, oil spots, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them. There will also be Frit demonstrations, glaze recipes, slide presentation and plenty of time for questions on all types of glazes.
We will be doing a cone 6 reduction firing for shino, celadon, and copper red glazes. Please bring bisque ware made of cone 6 clay, (either porcelain or white stoneware) which we will glaze on Friday evening 5:30pm to fire on Saturday and unload on Sunday afternoon. Each participant should bring items not more than 8" in height to fill a 12"x24"shelf.




Registration is secured only by sending a check payable to The Potters Guild and mailed to:

Carla Lombardi
54 Grist Mill Road
Glen Mills

Registrations will be accepted in the order they are received until all spaces are filled.

(There are 4 slots open .)

John Britt Pottery