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.

New York Style Cheese Cake (Cook's Illustrated)

Emily Reason enjoying NY Style Cheese cake at the Clay Club.

New York Style Cheesecake


1 sleeve of graham crackers (8 whole crackers broken up)
5 tbsp of unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp of sugar

2 1/2  lbs. (5 packages) of cream cheese, softened to room temp. Cut into 1 “ cubes.
1/8 tsp of salt
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of real vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup of sour cream
6 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp unsalted butter,melted


Line a nine inch spring form pan with foil. (can be skipped)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Finely crush the sleeve of graham crackers.
I used a rolling pin and resealable bag method, or you can use a food processor.
Mix with the sugar and 5 1/2 tbsp of the butter with a fork until crumbly.  (reserve the remaining butter for brushing the spring form pan)
Press the crumbs in the bottom of the prepared pan, bake for 13 minutes, remove to rack to cool while you prepare the filling.

Brush sides of spring form pan with remaining melted butter generously after the crust has cooled.
(Cook's Illustrated used a stand mixer with paddle attachment; I have a portable mixer, so I used it)

Turn oven up to 500 degrees

In a large bowl, Beat the cream cheese for about 2 minutes, to get out most of the big lumps with the salt, add the sugar in thirds, beat after each addition.  Scrape down the sides.  About one minute each addition.

Add the sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla.  Mix well.
Add the eggs two at a time, beating well after each addition, including the two extra egg yolks.
Pour into cooled crust and place on a lipped baking sheet in case there is spillover.

Bake at 500 degrees for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 200 degrees.

Bake 90 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool for five minutes on wire rack.
Run knife around the outer edge of the cake.

Allow to cool for 3 hours at room temp..
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Best served 30 minutes out of the refrigerator.

Raspberry sauce- one pack frozen raspberries, crushed and sieved to get out seeds, confectioners’ sugar added to taste.

Winter Rose

What a beautiful Winter Rose I found blooming this morning.

We had a great Clay Club last night at Alex Matisse's Studio!

I will post images and video soon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Clay Club Tonight

Yo Clubbers,


The November 14th 2012 Clay club is going to be at Alex Matisse's studio from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

All are welcome and bring whatever food you like for the pot luck. Alex will have a pot of chili.

Alex will be doing a demo and we can just enjoy checking out his pots, studio and kiln.

Here are the directions and website:

John Britt Pottery

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pottery Equipment FOR SALE!! 2012

All new and never used!!!!

 $190.00 HT200 Digital Pyrometer. Instant and accurate temperature readings in Centigrade or Fahrenheit. Maximum temperature: 2498°F. Dual inputs.Powered by 9 volt battery. 5" Thermocouple Type K Thermocouple with 7 ft of extra wire.

$170.00 MR750 Raku Burner System Venturi burners, gas cock, 12ft-350psi hose, 0-30 psi adjustable regulator, 0-30 psi gauge, and POL tank adapter with hand wheel. 1-8 PSI.

$75.00 40Lb LP DOT OPD Propane tank

$1200.00 7 Cubic Foot, 3” Ins. Brick, Clay-King Michaelangelo  Kiln Manufactured by L&L Kiln,  240 Volt single phase, 47 amps, 11,280 Watts, Max Temp 2360 degrees F with Bartlett Model V6-CF Series 700 12 Button Controller original cost $1477.00

Michelangelo II Kiln

$38.00 Shimpo BW-22L Banding Wheel

SOLD********************** $75.00 TBB 2610T Adam Triple Beam Balance, Capacity 2,610g (with tare), Readability 0.1g


TBB - Triple Beam Balances

Eric Moore
604B Rountree St.
Wilson, NC 27896


Monday, November 12, 2012

Tenure-Track Position in Art – Ceramics and Director of Ceramics Apprenticeship Program

Job Location: 
Berea, KY
Job Category: 
November 6
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries. As a reflection of its continuing commitment to interracial education, Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. Berea admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a labor position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Graduates distinguish themselves in a variety of fields, including social service, government, ministry, the arts, business, education, medicine, and science, and many go on to earn graduate degrees.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.
The Berea College Art and Art History Program invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Director of the Ceramic Apprenticeship Program (CAP). An MFA in ceramics, an exhibition record, and quality college teaching experience are required. Teaching responsibilities include five courses per year, offered for a wide range of undergraduates, both majors and non-majors, including all levels of ceramics, foundation design, and a course in the College’s General Education core. As CAP Director, responsibilities are to provide long-term vision; technical knowledge; budget and labor supervision, and leadership based in teamwork for the Apprenticeship program; and to work closely with student apprentices, the Resident Potter, and the College’s Student Crafts program. A successful candidate must bring a broad artistic understanding of ceramics as art in the 21st century, a strong technical knowledge of ceramic making and production, and provide long-term vision and leadership for the both the academic and CAP programs. Responsibilities of this position also include advising students and committee service.
Please submit all application materials to Lisa L. Kriner, Director of Visual Art, at, including: a letter of application, a c. v., 20 images of candidate’s studio art, 20 images of student art (images may be jpg or ppt and will be viewed on a Mac), a statement of studio teaching philosophy, evidence of quality undergraduate teaching, three recommendation letters, and unofficial transcripts. For full consideration, all application materials must be received by December 31, 2012.

Melted brick

Though I would post this for Ian .  This was a cool partially melted brick ...has possibilities.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Looking for a small to medium size -Used Kiln DONE!!!


I am looking for a 2 -3 cu. ft. used electric kiln. If anyone knows of one in the NC area, could you contact me?

Like a KM 818 Skutt or a similar type.


November Clay Club 2012

Yo Clubbers,

The November 14th 2012 Clay club is going to be at Alex Matisse's studio from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

All are welcome and bring whatever food you like for the pot luck. Alex will have a pot of chili.

Alex will be doing a demo and we can just enjoy checking out his pots, studio and kiln.

Here are the directions and website:

If anyone needs a ride from Mitchell County - let me know. 828-467-5020

John Britt Pottery

Friday, November 9, 2012

Marshall Handmade Market Nov 17!!!

Now in its 4th year, Marshall Handmade Market happens Saturday Nov 17, 10am-5pm at Marshall High Studios. One day only.  Fine art, fine craft, delicious food, sweet, cozy atmosphere.  Come spend the day with us!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Party this Friday

Yo, Clubbers,

You're invited to join us this Friday, Nov.9, for the Studio Stroll Preview Party. We'll have hundreds of pots, plenty of drinks, and lots of shop talk. Bring a friend! 


Maria Andrade :: Karen Newgard Black :: Akira Satake :: Kyle Carpenter

12 Riverside Drive, across from 12 Bones in Asheville's River Arts District

Meagan Chaney's Blog

Don't know if you all have seen Meagan's blog but it is good!  Here is an excerpt:

and the link is :


Low Fire Friday - Slip trailing with white slip

The following was originally posted March 12, 2009. I'm taking this opportunity to edit and update the info for this month's edition of Low Fire Friday
A few years ago I started incorporating clay slip trailing into my work and have been having lots of fun with it. Here's the recipe for you to try.

Pete Pinell's White Slip
40 OM4 
40 Talc 
10 Silica 
10 Nepheline Syenite

+10 Frit 3124
+7 Zircopax

(You can also add a few drops of sodium silicate - a deflocculant that helps reduce viscosity and makes the slip easier to apply with a slip bottle.)

There are a variety of slip trailing bottles out there in many shapes and sizes. You'll want to experiment with a few until you find the style that you enjoy most. Some things to think about 1) the size of the tip opening can have an effect on line thickness it creates 2) how hard is the plastic? You're could be squeezing for awhile, so you want a bottle that's softer and easier to work with. 3) how much slip do you want it to hold?

Fixing to be a tough Winter!

From the look of the snow coming down, looks like it is fixing to be a tough winter here in Mitchell County!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Roan Mountain

Did some biking up on Roan Mountain yesterday and there is still plenty of snow if you need to make some snow cones!

Looking old

I was working on some tea bowls and trying to make them look a bit old and so pulled out some bisque I had on the shelf but it was all porcelain so I thought I should make the body look dark. 

I decided to make up some terra sig. and see how that worked. So I took some two kinds of clay, Laterite and Newman Fireclay, and ball mill them for two hours since they were pretty coarse.  Then I deflocculated them and sieved them. Then painted them on and glazed over with:

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

I will try to add 70 Laterite/30 Nepheline syenite or 70 Newman/30 Nepheline Syenite to make them adhere better but for now it looked nice where the glaze crawled and pulled the slip away.

I, then, painted on India Ink to go into the crackles.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Artist Reception Tonight at Crimson Laurel Gallery

Artist Reception Tonight at Crimson Laurel Gallery for "Source Material" - an exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup.  Come honor the 67 national and local artists who created the nearly 350 cups for this long awaited CLG annual exhibition.  This year's curator, Lindsay Rogers, will be here from the University of Florida along with several of the artists who produced cups for this year's show.

Please come out and show your support for your fellow artists and see the exceptional creativity they used for this themed exhibition.

Tonight, Saturday Nov. 3rd 6pm till ?

Friday, November 2, 2012

8th Annual Cup: The Intimate Object On-line Exhibition

Dear Pottery Lovers,

I am so pleased to announce that the eighth annual Cup: The Intimate Object exhibition will open at midnight tonight on the Charlie Cummings Gallery website. This year the show features over 500 cups by nearly 100 artists. The artists sent truly excellent cups this year, making this exhibition among the most outstanding collections of drinking vessels I have seen in one place.

As the most intimate of ceramic objects, the humble cup possesses the unique ability to transform our daily experience. A favorite mug or tumbler rests perfectly in our grip, warming the hands in winter or delivering that cool draft we so crave after a workout or on a hot summer day. The right cup reminds us that the experience of drinking is special, and that the moment is worth savoring.

This year's show includes an exciting diversity of cups, from the bonanza of sprightly color in Linda Arbuckle's majolica and Gillian Parke's decaled yunomi to the earth tones of Jack Troy's and Simon Levin's wood fired porcelain. Subject matter ranges from that of Chandra DeBuse's humorous animal figures, to Ehren Tool's challenging sculptural cups, to the beautiful and ironic goldfish of Yoko Sekino-Bove's Fragile Immortality Series. Cups by talented young artists rub handles with those by mainstays of contemporary pottery. I can't crow enough about how impressed I am by all their work.

See the show online and find a new beloved friend after midnight tonight at

Can't wait till midnight to see the cups?  Check out the preview images at our Facebook page 

This exhibition features cups by:

Jennifer Allen, Dan Anderson , Linda Arbuckle, Andrew Avakian, Posey Bacopoulos, Noel Bailey, Peter Beasecker, Catherine Boswell, Brooks Bouwkamp, John Britt, Cindy Buehler, Kyle Carpenter, Benjamin Carter, Steven Cheek, Annie Chrietzberg, Linda Christianson, Sam Chung, Nan Coffin, Tim Compton, Jim Connell, Israel Davis, Chandra DeBuse , Maria Dondero, Sanam Emani, Mark Errol, Marty Fielding, Susan Filley, Donna Flanery, Emily Free Wilson, Brett Freund, Julia Galloway, Ernest Gentry, John Glick, Ryan Greenheck, Mel Griffin, Martha Grover, Julie Guyot, Amy Halko, Jeni Hansen Gard, Autumn Higgins, Barbara Hoffman, Meredith Host, Wally Hyleck, Sarah Jaeger, Brian Jones, Lauren Karle, Kristen Kieffer, Ashley Kim, Michael Kline, Martina Lantin, Dick Lehman, Clay Leonard, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Simon Levin, Brenda Lichman, Leanne McClurg Cambric, Missy McCormick, Ryan McKerley, Lorna Meaden, Christopher Melia, Melissa Mencini, Shane Mickey, Megan Mitchell, Courtney Murphy, Ted Neal, Sean O'Connell, Lisa Orr, Gillian Parke, Kristin Pavelka, Doug Peltzman, Ronan Peterson, Ron Philbeck, Chris Pickett, Sandi Pierantozzi, Brenda Quinn, Beau Raymond, Ashley Roberts, Lindsay Rogers, Audrey Rosulek, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph, Nigel Rudolph, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Sam Scott, Yoko Sekino-Bove, Leland Shaw, Amy Smith, Liz Smith, Shawn Spangler, Amelia Stamps, Josh Stover, Roy Strassberg, Sue Tirrell, Ehren Tool, Kyla Toomey, Jack Troy, and a collaboration between Simon Levin and Amy Smith.

I hope you enjoy the exhibition!
Charlie Cummings

Finished in time

Finished staining the house just in time for the storm.  But we did get one new invention out of it!

Paint brush on a stick!

Buckeye Butterfly on Roan Mountain 2012

While taking a break from painting the house, got a visit from this little guy:

Source Material opens Saturday Nov 3 @ CLG!

....Aaaand another pottery event in WNC this weekend...... the much anticipated annual cup show at Crimson Laurel Gallery Source Material, curated by Lindsay Rogers opens Saturday Nov 3 with a reception 6-9pm.  Click on the graphic below to view the entire exhibit online.