Friday, April 27, 2012

April 2012 firing

Good firing  ..........2 pots in hot spots ran OK

Big Party Tonight in Asheville

Yo, Clubbers. You're invited to Curve studios & garden Spring Open House PARTY, tonight from 5-8. We have some hot new pots and some cold beverages for ya. This is the biggest neighborhood party of the year. Please join us and bring a friend. See you tonight!
Salt glazed bowl by Kyle Carpenter

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Craft Canopy 2012

For sale: Light-Dome canopy, 10'x10' enclosed setup for outdoor craft shows.

Used but in excellent condition, stored indoors. Includes frame, canopy, zippered side curtains, anchoring system, carrying bags. $500.

Buzz @ 675-4661.

Monday, April 23, 2012

From cone 10 to cone 6

I read that you can substitute potash feldspar for NephSy feldspar (maybe add 10% Gerstley) and this will allow you to turn almost any cone 10 recipe into a cone 6 recipe. Has anyone tried this or have comment?

Pottery Making Illustrated March / April 2010

Does anyone have a copy of the Pottery Making Illustrated March / April 2010 that I could borrow?

Thx John Britt Pottery


Please join the Potters of Madison County & our esteemed guest potters for a day of Clay.  Fine, handmade pottery for sale & demos throughout the day.
Sweet Monkey Bakery will have breakfast, lunch and sweets available.  
Marshall High Studios
Marshall, NC 9am-5pm

Exhibiting Potters & their Guests:
Jim & Shirl Parmentier - Tom Clarkson & Jane Pieser
Becca Floyd - Mary Kay Botkins
Rob Pulleyn - Barry Rhodes
Tom Turner - Julie & Tyrone Larson
Alex Matisse - Mike Ball
Emily Reason - Kyle Carpenter & Ronan Peterson 
Josh Copus - Bily Brown
Henry Pope & Mary Mikkelsen - Joy Tanner

Freida Dean Show -Columbia South Carolina

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wheels and Kiln for sale 2012


Brent Model J Kickwheel  with splash pan - like new condition - used less than an hour-  $ 575.

SOLD!!!!!Shimpo Potters Wheel RX10 - Like new - used about two hours -great wheel  $600

SOLD!!!!!Ball Mill Rack    New - never used - still in box  ( $480 at Big Ceramic Store)     $350.

SOLD!!!!!New Three Gallon Ball Mill Jar  ($185 at Axners) $125.

SOLD!!!!!New Grinding Balls  1/2”   91/2 lbs.  ($5.50 lb at Axners)   $35. ($3.68lb.)

 New - Olympic FL12 Production Front Loading Kiln-  $ 3975

Leicester,  NC 28748

 or call Bill at  828-683-1515

Hansa George Muthalali Pottery

Here is a shot of a bowl (12" in dia.) I bought from Hansa when we visited. Great work!  Check it out some time.

Ron Philbeck's Rat Tee Shirt

Here is an image of Ron Philbeck's Shirt I got at the Clay Club this week!  Nice!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Square shelf

Here is one from Odyssey 

Julie B. ---And here is mine.

Just tell him I notched each of the horizontal and vertical boards half way so they interlocked and then back it with plywood.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Summer workhops with Nan Rothwell in Nelson County, Virginia

 I am offering three workshops this summer:

May 24-27 Four day throwing intensive

August 3-5 – Week-long workshop in conjunction with Kevin Crowe – first three days in my studio, followed by three days with Kevin

August 31-September 2 Three day throwing intensive

Workshops here allow serious students and professional potters to spend all day at the wheel, focused on specific forms or throwing techniques of your choice. I have been making functional pottery for over forty years and teaching for much of that time. You can see video samples of my teaching style and learn more details about the workshops at


Jim and June Perry -Going Away Party

Lisa Clague is having a going away party for Jim and June Perry this Saturday April 21 from 6:00 - about 9:00 p.m.  It is a pot luck so if you can bring finger food that would be good and  BYOB.

Please call Lisa to RSVP and to get directions

Lisa- 828-606-4022

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thanks to Courtney and Shane

Hey ----wanted to thank Courtney Long and Shane Mickey for hosting as well as Western Piedmont Community College.They have very nice program and some very fine teachers!

Andrew Stephenson also told us about his kiln building project:

More on that later.....

Ron Philbeck talks at Clay Club

Here is a shot of Ron Philbeck's talk on ON-LINE PRESENCE. He did a really nice job explaining Blogs, Facebook, Youtube, Etsy, etc and how he uses them to create a marketing presence. 

Had about 30 people and some good input.

Shane uses what he just learned to geo-locate his location on Four Square . (That is actually a public service so we know where NOT to go!)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Clay Club Ride?

anyone from the Asheville area going to Clay Club tomorrow that I can hitch a ride with?
I'll chip in on gas!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Raku Kiln for sale Asheville NC SOLD!


I have an Olympic raku kiln for sale 
Olympic raku kiln for sale.  $500.  Great price for older kiln with lots of firings left to go!  (New ones are $2400.)  Call Judi at     xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, April 15, 2012

free wheel

i am cleaning out the ol studio. have an older clay boss. it turns on, motor still works. there is a small computer board that has a couple components fried. I dont know if parts are available or if it can just be fixed by a techie electrician. either way, its free, come haul it off. danielshanemickey at gmail

Saturday, April 14, 2012

14x28 sico2 shelves

hello fellow potters!
I have 21 NEW silicon carbide kiln shelves. still wrapped in foam.
The new cost is 90 with shipping. I will have to drive this back to
georgia and am willing to sell them off for a lower price.
feel free to email me at danielshanemickey at gmail.
shane mickey

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4 Bridges, THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5.
First Tennessee Pavilion
Chattanooga, TN

NCECA Presentation @ Odyssey

You Are Invited!

Four of Odyssey’s Resident Artists traveled to Seattle to attend the 46th annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference (NCECA). I am grateful to announce that they will be giving a presentation to share their experience with the Odyssey community.

Please join us Monday, April 16 at 6:15pm in the Kids Studio Classroom.

For more information about NCECA, visit their website:

American Potter's Oral History Project

The American potter's oral history project

This project will video record interviews of significant American ceramic artists and teachers with the result being an ongoing guide for future ceramic artists.

To this end, I have self-funded the project through the purchase of high-level video and sound recording equipment and editing software.   My intent is to invite input from the potters’ community to provide me with direction as to who should be interviewed.  

What I am asking for is your input on those potters/teachers who you would consider “significant”.  Your list can be as long or short as you like.  Please provide the individual’s name and any contact information if you have it (email, phone, and mailing address).  If you do not have any contact info, please send me names anyway.

My intention is to secure the support of a lasting organization that will keep these interviews available to the public for the future.  I will put up a survey form for you to vote at some point in the future.

Email address:    

Thank you, Terry Rorison - a potter in Pittsburgh, PA


Link to Oral (written) histories of American Potters at the Smithsonian:

Interviews with some Western Pennsylvanian potters

Links to Cone 6 Oxidation Test Results with pictures and formulas


University of Kentucky
A-S 390-011 Special Topics: Ceramic Kiln Building
Summer Session I (May 8-June5) M-F 8am-1pm

•NO prerequisite, ceramic or construction experience required.

•We will be building a 15-foot long tunnel wood kiln on Coldstream Farm just 6 miles north of UK campus.

•The kiln will be fired solely with wood, which is an amazingly fun and educational method to learn about ceramics.

•It will be an exciting hands on course. Enrolled students will also have access to the ceramics studio to make pieces for the Aristides Inaugural Firing at the end of the course.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Instructor:  Hunter Stamps, Assistant Professor of Ceramics (


Hunter Stamps
Assistant Professor of Ceramics
Department of Art, University of Kentucky
207 Fine Arts Building, Lexington, KY 40506

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Creativity - John Cleese

Clay Club TOPIC

Yo - one more thing Clubbers,

Shane Mickey said Ron Philbeck has agreed to talk / moderate the Clay Club on the topic of ONLINE PRESENCE!

Should be a good one!  Perhaps other on-line folks will also attend and help with the discussion.

And finally - No alcohol at school.

I will post a reminder next week.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Benjamin Cirgin

Mitchell County Fundraiser

The Empty Bowls Fund Raiser Event for Mitchell County Food Bank:
May 4th at 6:30 PM,

First Baptist Church Dining Hall, ph. (828)765-9411

125 Tappan St.

Spruce Pine, NC

(down the street from Burleson Plumbing, and across the street from the Dry Cleaners).

Plus we need some nice bowls if any potters can spare any!?

Clay Club April 18th, 2012

 Hey Clubbers,

The Clay Club will be Wednesday April 18th this month and it will be hosted by Shane Mickey and Courtney Long at the Western Piedmont  Community College in Morganton.

They will have a demo of some kind. ( If worse comes to worst Shane will demo the proper way to tip a lager which I hope to get on the Flip Video.)

I will send out an announcement later next week when things are firmed up. It will be a pot luck and will run from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. I will send directions then too.



Lark 500 Teapots!

500 Teapots ad image

Lark is seeking images to publish in a juried collection of ceramic teapots publishing in August 2013. The juror for 500 Teapots will be Jim Lawton of Oyster Street Pottery.  Pieces may be functional or purely decorative. You may submit up to four entries; there is no entry fee.
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.

Download the 500 Teapots call for entries form here.

Entries must be postmarked by April 20, 2012.
Mail materials to:

Lark Crafts
67 Broadway
Asheville, NC  28801
Attn: Dawn Dillingham

Tax Question

Could anyone fill me in on whether or not you can write off pieces that you break out of the kiln instead of sell? If so would it be just materials cost or retail coast?


P.S. - Does anyone else cry at tax time?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Show at Odyssey 2012

Hey kids,

Check out the show at Odyssey. Congratulations Tisha, Jan,and Paul!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


275# made Feb 2010. $80.

Save the Date!

Madison County Potter's Market
Saturday April 28, 9am-5pm
Showcasing the work of the 10 full time members of the Potters of Madison County and their 10 invited guest potters. The group was created in 2011 to unite and acknowledge the growing, skilled and diverse group of men & women currently creating ceramic work in Madison County, NC.
For directions and information about exhibiting potters visit:

Crimson Laurel Opening TODAY!

New Work:

Ryan McKerley and Kathy King will have an opening at Crimson Laurel tonight, April 7, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Kathy King Pin-Up Plaque

Stop on buy!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Mitchell County 2012

Muscari is a genus of perennial bulbous plants native to Eurasia that produce spikes of dense, most commonly blue, urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of grapes in the spring. The common name for the genus is Grape Hyacinth (a name which is also used for the genera Leopoldia and Pseudomuscari).

Trout Lily    Liliaceae Erythronium americanum 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ceramics Now Magazine 2012

A Party for Equality

The Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance is having "A Party for Equality" Friday evening at Mountainside Wine in Spruce Pine. You can read more about this event here, but I really wanted to share the gallery of beautiful pottery and other artwork donated by Clay Clubbers and other local artists. Thanks to all of you for your support!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Call for Empty Bowls

Hey Mitchell/ Yancey County Potters,

The Shepherd’s Staff Board would love to have more bowls from professional potters. Please consider donating!  Also, please include a business card for each donated bowl or set of bowls, because an auction will be held to give opportunity for collectors to bid on bowls made by professional potters.

Bill Sweetzer said that Shepherds Staff has already received some donated bowls, (some left-overs from Penland, 50 from the High School, and few from Avery Senior Center).  They hope to get 200 bowls.  Tickets for a bowl of soup will be purchased for $10.00 a bowl, by attenders.

I can deliver the bowls, if potters bring them to the April clay club meeting.  If prefered, potters may deliver bowls, to The Shepherd’s Staff, (ask for Martha) in the Whitson Building, on Summit St. in Spruce Pine.

The Empty Bowls Fund Raiser Event for Mitchell County Food Bank:
May 4th at 6:30 PM,
First Baptist Church Dining Hall, ph. (828)765-9411
125 Tappan St.
Spruce Pine, NC
(down the street from Burleson Plumbing, and across the street from the Dry Cleaners).

Thanks again!

Ann Thayer

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Brent Wheel For Sale

Brent C wheel with oversized splash pan and legs for making it a stand up wheel:  $700.

I also still have 30 ea.- 11" x 18" silicon carbide shelves at $20 each.

I thank you for posting these items.   :)

jody temple

Monday, April 2, 2012

Alina Szapocznikow:

Alina Szapocznikow. <i>Petit Dessert I (Small Dessert I).</i> 1970–71. Colored polyester resin and glass, 3 3/16 x 4 5/16 x 5 1/8″ (8 x 11 x 13 cm). Kravis Collection. Photo by Thomas Mueller, courtesy Broadway 1602, New York; and Galerie Gisela Capitain GmbH, Cologne

Alina Szapocznikow. Petit Dessert I (Small Dessert I). 1970–71. Colored polyester resin and glass, 3 3/16 x 4 5/16 x 5 1/8″ (8 x 11 x 13 cm). Kravis Collection. Photo by Thomas Mueller, courtesy Broadway 1602, New York; and Galerie Gisela Capitain GmbH, Cologne

There will be a show coming up at MOMA in NY-  Also a book:

Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972
October 7, 2012–January 28, 2013
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor

A sculptor who began working during the postwar period in a classical figurative style, Alina Szapocznikow radically reconceptualized sculpture as an imprint not only of memory but also of her own body. Though her career effectively spanned less than two decades (cut short by the artist’s premature death in 1973 at age 47), Szapocznikow left behind a legacy of provocative objects that evoke Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop art. Her tinted polyester casts of body parts, often transformed into everyday objects like lamps or ashtrays; her poured polyurethane forms; and her elaborately constructed sculptures, which at times incorporated photographs, clothing, or car parts, all remain as wonderfully idiosyncratic and culturally resonant today as when they were first made. Well known in Poland, where her work has been highly influential since early in her career, Szapocznikow’s compelling book of work is ripe for art historical reexamination.Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972 offers a comprehensive overview of this important artist’s work at a moment when international interest is blossoming. Spanning one of the most rich and complex periods of the 20th century, Szapocznikow’s oeuvre responds to many of the ideological and artistic developments of her time through artwork that is at once fragmented and transformative, sensual and reflective, playfully realized and politically charged.
Featuring over 100 works, including sculpture, drawings, and photography, the exhibition draws on loans from private and public collections, including major institutions in Poland. It is accompanied by a major publication, copublished by The Museum of Modern Art and Mercatorfonds, that reflects new scholarship on Szapocznikow, contextualizing this little known artist’s work for a wider audience.
Organized at MoMA by Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Murder- Maskull Lasserre

Murder, Maskull Lasserre, 2012 A flock, or murder, of crows made from burned maple, oak, ash, cedar, and basswood.

Murder, Maskull Lasserre, 2012. 
A flock, or murder, of crows made from burned maple, oak, ash, cedar, and basswood.

Great show at Museum of Art and Design, NY