Thursday, January 31, 2013

Studio Art Technician- Univ. of Arkansas 2013

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas is pleased to announce a search for a Studio Art Technician position beginning the next academic year. Please find the position description attached to this email.

The Department is benefiting from the continuing growth of the Fayetteville, Arkansas campus and from the unprecedented regional growth in the arts. As evidenced by the recent opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, we are building upon a solid foundation for a vibrant creative economy in Northwest Arkansas.

Candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our University are especially encouraged to apply and we look forward to begin the review process on March 15, 2013.

I hope you will forward this email to any and all appropriate applicants!

Thank you,

Jeannie Hulen, Chair
Associate Professor, Ceramics

(479) 575-5202
116 Fine Arts Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cone 6 Recipes for the Video

Here are the glaze recipes for the plate video:

Magruder’s (Iron ) Red cone 6 oxidation
44.8 Kona F-4 (soda spar)
12.3 Silica
18.2 Talc
16.1 Bone Ash
4.3 EPK
4.3 Lithium Carbonate

2. Bentonite
12.3 Synthetic Iron Oxide

Selsor Oribe Cone 6
56.25 Nepheline Syenite
12.50 Gerstley Borate
10.41 Whiting
20.83 Silica

Add: 3% copper carbonate

Matte Black (John's 10x) cone 6
10 Custer Feldspar
10 Spodumene
10 Silica
10 Talc
10 Dolomite
10 Wollastonite
10 Kaolin
10 Ball clay
10 Frit 3134
10 Frit 3195

5 % Mason Black 6600

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

February Clay Club


This is Tria! Does anyone want to host the February 13th clay club?
If anyone is interested shoot me an email !

Let me know!
Thanks ya'll

Monday, January 28, 2013

Cone 6 Reduction Images NEEDED!

Hey everyone,

I am doing a talk at NCECA this year on cone 6 reduction and need some images to show everyone how it is almost indistinguishable from cone 10 reduction.

Does anyone have images I could use? I would need a caption:

Title, Name of Artist, Glaze, cone 6 reduction, clay body, year.

If you could help me I would appreciate it!

TIA -John Britt

You can just send them to me at:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Word of the Day- Crawling

Crawling: also known as ruckling, butterfly, rolling and curdling - Condition of the glaze that pulls away from areas of the pot, leaving areas of bare clay body.

Parmalee  lists Butterfly as "larger thickened patch which sometimes appear a though a small portion of the glaze has folded back on itself   Curdling and rolling are good descriptive terms for characteristic appearances and "parting cracks" describes very well the frequently observed mild form of the fault. Beading is the extreme type."

Sometimes called "skip" - as in "the glaze skipped".

See photo above!


Icy day here in Mitchell County!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Word of the Day Part II- Kintsugi

Doug Navarra wrote in with this after the word of the day yesterday:

What also interests me is that here is another great example of how we are adapting the traditions of other lands. Remember just some twenty years ago the word yunomi or chawan was in limited use in our somewhat closed ceramic spectrum but is now in casual use and understanding in an American conception.

But with the use of the internet now prevalent, the "landscape" is quite a bit different. No longer are traditions "exclusive" to small communities or ethnic locations.We adapt and adopt these vocabularies and techniques and use them within our own ceramic lexicon, making them even more unique.

The word "tradition" becomes rapidly expanded and I might say, it often comes with the price of not having experienced that tradition in its original setting. There are both positives and negatives to that.

As one conduit to exploring tradition I think this is a big deal when one making pots inspired by cultural motifs from other lands. Its not that this never existed, but its a good example of how fast these changes are occurring

Now doesn't this make you want to go out and break some pots?


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New mug for Emily

ryan gosling mug

Word of the Day

Resident NEEDED immediately!!!

Hello all,

I am in desperate need for a resident at Natchez Clay, MS. My last one got pregnant and had to go home to Florida, and we have been struggling for about 6 months. I work a full time job, so my resident is very important. We haven't paid the resident in the past, but I would be willing to pay for the right person. I have lost my 2 teachers, so they would need to be able to teach wheel and hand building classes as well as kids classes. Personality is a big factor, because they are truly the heart of the studio when I can't be there.

We are on the verge of closing if I don't find someone soon. If the right person comes along, I would be willing to give them my half of the business (retaining ownership of the equipment if it had to be sold in the future). That's how bad I want it to continue, but I can't do it myself anymore.

If you know anyone who is qualified, please ask them to contact me right away. We have our Empty Bowls event in February, and if I don't find someone by then it might be curtains for Natchez Clay. It breaks my heart :-(. I would appreciate you passing this email on to anyone who might be interested.


Donna K. Jones

Natchez Clay LLC
101 Clifton Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120

Pizza Delivery

We finally  have pizza delivery in Mitchell County NC.  Oh, I mean DIY pizza delivery.

Johnny Brusco's from Johnson City!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Silicon Carbonite

Does anyone have any Silicon Cabonite that I could have just a little bit of? I don't need that much, maybe like 5 grams. Let me know. 675-4241.

Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National 2013

Greetings to All!

Please share with your communities the approaching January 28th deadline for the Second Bi-Annual Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National. There are three cash awards and a national online stage for accepted works. Application can be made through Slideroom at this link:

If there are any questions, feel free to direct folks to us.

Jill Foote-Hutton or Andrea Moon at 406-446-3993 or

Thanks for your assistance in this last minute push to increase the pool of applicants.


Jill Foote-Hutton

Gallery Coordinator
Ph: 406-446-3993

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Word of the Day

Bricolage:   noun \ˌbrē-kō-ˈläzh, ˌbri-\

In the visual arts bricolage is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process. The term is borrowed from the French word bricolage. (from Wikiopedia:  bricolage.)

Smelly Sulfur Well Water

Yo kids,

Learned something today...if your well water starts smelling like might not be the well water.

Try putting some Bleach/Clorox in the sediment filter when you change it. It kills the bacteria in the hot water tanks and pipes.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Grandpa tries to keep up....

Finally bit the bullet and joined the 21st century.  Will probably ruin all my glazes with the dreaded 0.1% accuracy   Shit....

Blizzard 2013 (short)

Had a short blizzard last night and found this character this morning by following his tracks...

Then ...there he the distance...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In the Mix

In the Mix is a traveling exhibition featuring the work of the 18, 2013 Ceramic Surface Symposium artists.  First showing will be at Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC this spring.  Here's a sample of some pieces for the exhibit....
 Carol Epp
 Alex Irvine
 Ben Carter, David Gamble
 David Eichelberger
 Nathan Prouty
 Kelly O'Briant
 Beth Kendall
 Tracey Gamble
 Rachel Garceau
 Richard Nikel
 Natalie Tirnatore
 Elisa Defio
 Roberta Massuch
Adams Puryear

Soft Slab Demo Pt1

Beth Kendall soft slab construction

Monday, January 14, 2013

Carolina Clay Matters seeks new members

Dear Carolina Clay Matters Current and New Members,

Membership Form:

It's time again to join or renew your 2013 Guild membership. Membership runs
from January 1 through December 30. Memberships are not prorated.

To join or renew your membership this year, we are using an online
registration system. The information you provide will go directly to the
guild membership database insuring that your data is correct.
As you fill out your membership form, and whether you elect to pay by Paypal
or by check, please be sure to follow the instructions to the final "submit"
page. If you do not "submit" your form, your information will not be in the

The Guild needs you to support the artistry of clay in our region and
hopefully you will find fellowship and inspiration as a member of the
Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild. Each year brings more exciting events
and the plans for 2013 are no exception.

Membership includes:
. Reduced workshop fees
. Opportunity to sell at Guild events
. Monthly e-newsletter
. Opportunities to support our Guild and serve on committees
. Meetings on pertinent topics: demos, tours
. Social activities and exposure of your work through Guild displays

Membership levels are as follows:
. Single membership $60.00
. Family -- Two or more potter family members $80.00
. Student -- Full time student in an accredited college $25.00
. Newsletter only -- Free

Our Guild was created as a participation Guild. In mid 2010 a membership
vote was taken to require members to attend 2 business meetings in order to
participate in the Pottery Festival sale. There will be an attendance
sign-up sheet at each meeting/workshop. It is your responsibility to sign
this sheet so please make sure you do so. Failure to adhere to the
conditions of the Pottery Festival Participation Policy can result in denial
of your participation in this event.

Carolina Clay Matters, Inc. Pottery Festival Participation Policy:

It shall be the policy of the Carolina Clay Matters, Inc. that any member
may participate in the bi-annual Festival/Sale as long as the following
conditions are met:

. Member shall be current on yearly dues.
. Member shall have attended two (2) meetings, within the past year,
are designated as qualifiers* as prescribed by the By-laws of Carolina Clay
Matters, Inc. (See CCM, Inc. Bylaws, Article III, Section 4 and Carolina
Clay Matters, Inc. Pottery Festival Guidelines)
. Members may share booth space if all participants are current on
dues and
attendance requirements. Shared booth space shall be restricted to no more
than two members per booth space.
. Pottery Festival Participants must volunteer, as needed or when
asked, to
help with the CCM Pottery Festival.

*A CCM Membership meeting, workshop or social event shall be recognized as a
"qualifier and valid for the purpose of attendance requirements when it
meets these criterions (See Carolina Clay Matters, Inc. Bylaws, Art. IV
Section 2)

. Are fully accessible to all CCM members regardless of physical
capabilities, financial status, race, color, national origin, religion,
disability, familial status, sex, sexual orientation or age
. Are pre-determined as a CCM Pottery Festival qualifier
. Where CCM, Inc. announcements are made and/or where business matters
conducted and conveyed to the membership by the board

Thank You,

Your 2013 Board of Directors

Arrowmont Ceramic Surface Symposium

On Sunday morning, Arrowmont’s Program Director, Bill Griffith, welcomed a group of eighteen ceramic artists to the Second Annual Ceramic Surface Forum. 

Current Artist-in-Residence, Jason Burnett, introduced this forum for the first time last year as a platform for early-, mid- and seasoned-career artists to take a break from their normal studio life and come together for a week. The function of the forum is to be a creative retreat for individual growth as well as to strengthen and build relationships within the ceramic field. 

The daily structure begins with slide presentations each morning followed by a day in the studio to evolve according to the participants and may include everything from focused work time to conversation to impromptu demos to collaborations.
see more at the FB page:

Here's some photos from the Symposium. More to come soon........

 Lana Wilson applies underglazes & sgrafitto on a soft slab, then rolls the slab (w/newspaper between slab & rolling pin) to stretch the slab and distort the surface decoration.  

 Emily Reason's Fighting Mantis Bottle
 Beth Kendall's, slip-made slab on plaster
 varieties of whiskey. free for sampling on the stirp!
 Alex Irvine as a bobble- head
from the Foothills Parkway, January 11 and 72 degrees!

Used Gas Kiln 2013 SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!SOLD!!


It's a Studio Deluxe FL 34/22 in good condition, about 7.5 years old. Kiln furniture, shelves, chimney with extra tubing etc. included. Located in Rhinebeck, NY at Hudson Valley Pottery, buyer to arrange moving.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Arrowmont Residency 2013


The Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence Program application deadline is February 1st.

The benefit package for each Resident Artist is approximately $12,000.
This includes a $300.monthly stipend, a private studio, shared housing, meals, utilities, professional development funds and exhibition space.  Paid teaching opportunities are also available.
In exchange, Residents each work an average of 10 hours per week for the School in a variety of studio, gallery, programs and publicity needs.

Residents live and work in Arrowmont’s creative, supportive community environment and interact with over 150 visiting workshop artists throughout the year.
The Artists-in-Residency Program now in its 21st year provides early career artists the time and support necessary to develop a new body of work and advance their careers professionally.

Please assist Arrowmont in identifying qualified candidates by sharing this information and directing them to our Residency Program link for more detailed information:

Thank You,


Bill Griffith
Program Director
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
865 436-5860 x 26

Friday, January 11, 2013

Decoration by Ben Carter, Part 1

During the Ceramic Surface Symposium at Arrowmont this week, Ben Carter demonstrated decoration with slip and under glaze on earthenware.

Sodium Silicate

I have a pint of Sodium Silicate that is no longer in a liquid stage. Is there any way that I can reclaim it, instead of going out to buy more? What would happen if I added water to it?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Next Clay Olympics

This one needs to be in the next Clay Olympics!!

Clay Club last night

That was a GREAT Clay Club meeting at Odyssey yesterday! I couldn't believe all the people who came out of the woodwork to watch and participate in the competition. (I counted 60 people at one point) There must have been a lot of “tweeting” going on. The 20-30’s were so well represented and definitely showed their good natured “one-upmanship”. I loved the Olympics theme because it provided an “extreme” group demo experience! The categories were well chosen for good participation, and the prizes really added an unexpected “WOW factor.” Thank you to those who made the prizes available. Thank you, John, for all your work to get it put together. Thank you to the judges who handled all the kidding, with good humor, and good choices.

I would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to the the Pope's who donated the FREE stuff. ... they made such a kind gesture during their difficult transition of moving. They’re an example for the artist community, and will be missed. I genuinely appreciate the jars of cone 4/6 glazes.

I had a great time and the experience was FUN and EDUCATIONAL. I learned a lot, and got the “jump-start” I needed to get back down into the studio and let the delight of working with clay whisk me away into creative adventures yet unknown. Learning I can use my kiln for Raku or horsehair-feather fire is a reassuring discovery. I’m so glad the reclaimed clay didn't get trashed. Thanks for the opportunity to pre-dumpster dive.

Thanks again,

Ann Thayer

Clay Olympics at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts-January 9, 2013 Clay Club

The Clay Olympics were AWESOME!  For real....Best Clay Club ever!!!

We had a great time and I want to thank Brian at Odyssey for hosting, Mellie for getting the venue together, Gabriel for being totally in on the events, All THE PARTICIPANTS who made the fun possible (Joey and Bily who were first to agree!, Josh, Mellie, Mary Jane and Mariana, Doc , Steve, many others to numerous to mention, etc...)

Special thanks to Dr. Tish and Melissa Watkins who donated the substantial cash prizes!!! which took things to a new level.

Also Tria, Marian, Lori, John and all those who helped behind the scenes with encouragement and ideas.

Special thanks to Shelia, Brian and Linda for being the JUDGES and enduring the stress of handing our actual money.

Thanks to Sheila for publically exposing my inability to write rules....REPEATEDLY ... all night long. Did I say repeatedly?

Thanks to Rob Withrow for supporting one of the best events, THE FACE JUG COMPETITION, by traveling up from JC Campbell area and also throwing and bringing the jug blanks and authentic teeth! We couldn't have done it without him and his Tie Dye!

Also, thanks to Henry and Mary for donating great prizes which included Will and Douglass pots and other assorted goodies. We will miss them when they move!

Here are some photos .....

Nathan Nuefeld won the Coil Building!

Joey Sheehan and Mandy (last name ?)won the Team Throwing!

Molly Poore won the Face Jug!

and last but not least The Fastest Thrower went to Gabriel Kline as well as the Blindfold Throwing but the BEST THROWER IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA went to Josh Copus .  (We blame Alex for not showing up and now we have to listing to Josh brag for an entire year and he only won by 1/4"! )

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Clay Olympics - the Latest Update

You Clubbers,

Anyone coming to the Clay Olympics ...bring a box because Henry and Mary are moving and are bringing a bunch of STUFF that is FREE for the taking!!!

And we will have actual PRIZES for the EVENTS tonight thanks to a local donor!!!!!!!


Events are filling up fast.  Blindfold Throwing is Closed. Still room in FaceJugs!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top 10 Pottery Blogs!

Hey Kids, we finally hit the big time!  

Clay Olympics UPDATED LIST!!!

Clay Olympics

1.            Biggest thrown vessel (8 inch base/cylinder 10 pounds of clay in 10 minutes. Two balls of clay, must wedge up prior to event. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Joey Sheehan
2.       Doc Welty
3.       Bily Brown
4.       Gabriel Kline
5.    Josh Copus
6.    Mellie Lonnemann
7.    Nathan Neufeld

2.             Fastest thrower (most 1 pound bowls in 10 minutes at least 6" in diameter and 2" high, must wedge up prior to event. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Gabriel Kline
2.        Bily Brown
3.        Mellie Lonnemann
4.        Joey Sheehan
5.        Michon
6.     Nathan Neufeld
7.     Stephen Lloyd
3.            Blindfolded throwing (3 pounds of clay in 5 minutes, must bring blindfold. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Gabriel Kline
2.       Bily Brown
3.        Joey Sheehan
4.        Henry Pope
5.        Mellie Lonnemann
6.     Maggie Jones
7.     Trista 
8.      Michon
9.     Nathan Neufeld

4.            Team throwing two people throwing together, on hand on the inside one on the outside. (3 pounds of clay in 10 minutes. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.        Bily and Trista
2.        Mellie and ??
3.        Joey and Mandy
5.              Largest coil pot in 15 minutes with ( 6 inch base minimum- 5 pounds of clay  in 15 minutes, must pre-make coils and base. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.        Mary Jane
2.        Tria
3.        Mariana
6.            Best Face Jug ( Jugs provided 15 minutes. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Rob Withrow
2.        Doc Wlety
3.        Tria
4.        Mary Mikkelson
5.     Molly Poore


Monday, January 7, 2013


Ok kids, here is what I have.

I am buying CRAGGIE CRUNCH clay from Highwater and so need to know who is participating in events.  Just so you know - everyone can't just watch. We need some participants!!!!! If no one else signs up, we will cancel those events. FACE JUG making should be fun and we need to know how many so we can make the jug!

Also, I will need help setting up. It is at the Odyssey Kid Classroom.They have 9 wheels. so if some people could come at 5:00 we could set up the room, wedge the clay and get ready.  

I have no prizes unless some potters want to donate pots for prizes??!! Or large amounts of money??!  Let me know asap!!!!

Clay Olympics
1.            Biggest thrown vessel (8 inch base/cylinder 10 pounds of clay in 10 minutes. Two balls of clay, must wedge up prior to event. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Joey Sheehan
2.       Doc Welty
3.       Bily Brown
4.       Gabriel Kline

2.             Fastest thrower (most 1 pound bowls in 10 minutes, must wedge up prior to event. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Gabriel Kline
3.            Blindfolded throwing (3 pounds of clay in 5 minutes, must bring blindfold. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Gabriel Kline
4.            Team throwing two people throwing together, on hand on the inside one on the outside. (3 pounds of clay in 10 minutes. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
5.              Largest coil pot in 15 minutes with ( 6 inch base minimum- 5 pounds of clay  in 15 minutes, must pre-make coils and base. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
6.            Best Face Jug ( Jugs provided 15 minutes. Bring your own tools and bucket.)
1.       Rob Withrow

Judges: Linda McFarling and Sheila Lambert

Still need someone to take a video of some events and make it time lapsed.

Need help setting up and cleaning up.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jan 2013 workshops

  Am off to  Ottawa Guild of Potters  Jan.12-13 ... Still Space                                                     and   John C Campbell Folk School  Throwing class  Jan 20-27    folk

1st Annual Clay Olympics !!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are going to try this Clay Olympics !! It will be at Clay Club January 9, 2013 in Asheville at the Odyssey Children's Studio from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   

We want to have several events like :

1.       Biggest thrown vessel (6 inch base minimum with 10 pounds of clay in 15 minutes)
2.      Fastest thrower (most bowls in 10 minutes)
3.       Blindfolded throwing (3 pounds of clay in 5 minutes)
4.       Team throwing two people throwing together, on hand on the inside one on the outside. (3 pounds of clay in 15 minutes)
5.        Largest coil pot in 15 minutes with ( 6 inch base minimum- 5 pounds of clay  in 15 minutes)

This may take some organizing and Tria Turrow and I are doing it but could use some help IF ANYONE is interested. Please contact me. 828-467-5020

We will have a pot luck and hope to video these and have some fun for the start of the New Year!

Also, if you are interested in being a participant in any one of the events-   please RSVP so we know who will be in the events. 

Word of the Day

Devitrification- de·vit·ri·fy (d -v t r -f ). tr.v. de·vit·ri·fied, de·vit·ri·fy·ing, de·vit·ri·fies, 

The crystallization of a glaze during cooling. A glaze is a fairly quickly cooled "glass" and has an amorphous structure but if allowed to cool slowly, crystals can form making the surface appear matt.

(Matt is a former Clay Coordinator at Penland.)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Studio Space Asheville 2013

Studio/gallery space available, 375 Depot in River Arts District. 850 sq ft. $750/mo includes heat, water, AC, wifi, use of common area. Studio has sink. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ceramic Surface Forum 2013 at Arrowmont

musing about mud: A week away.....: I can hardly wait...tomorrow morning i'll be flying to Tennesse for a week away at a residency at Arrowmont. Jason Burnett , a current ar...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Needed - Slab Roller

My name is Heather Lee and I am interested in purchasing a USED 30 inch slab roller

Does anyone have one to sell?

Word of the Day 2013

Stringing- A surface pattern in a glaze high in calcium oxide, characterized by thicker lines of glaze that are similar to an aerial view of a river tributary system; also called rivulets.