Thursday, February 28, 2013

Penland Community Day Sat March 2nd

Penland School host  a time  Saturday afternoon for everyone to come  and try there hand at projects in many of the studios ..  1-5 in the afternoon ...     Come and have a good time ...

Crimson Laurel Gallery opens it's 2013 season with three new exhibitions !

On March 1, 2013, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC will open "Animated Lines:  Ceramics by Deborah Schwartzkopf"  &  "In the Mix: A Ceramic Artists Forum".  

Deborah Schwartzkoph
The processes Deborah Schwartzkopf uses yield complex forms defined by animated lines and soft planes. Multiple parts are pieced together.  At times she combines wheel thrown and hand built parts and at others a singular method is used.  The slab parts are patterned and laid over bisqued clay molds. She builds these molds with reclaimed clay and shapes them with the wheel or by coil building. According to Deborah "Pots are a place where I embrace abstraction of emotions and communication in form.  Birds are starting places in my study of stance and expression. I want to capture their expressions of precision and breath­­. The awkward pelican and elegant, buoyant loon embody curious shapes I mesh with geometric, sensual, and architectural elements. On the surfaces of my work, I merge our culture’s signals and nature’s placement of hue."

"In The Mix" -  Contemporary Practices in Ceramics
2013 marks the second year of the Ceramic Surface Forum sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. The forum is made up of invited artists that represent many facets of the field such as graduate students, professors, studio artists, and art center facilitators and directors. Participants are chosen based upon their handling of the material through a variety of decoration and construction processes, firing ranges and functions. For one week in the winter these artists engage in discussions, collaborate, research, and take risks among their peers and friends. "In the Mix" is an exhibit that highlights these artists, their work and their continuous commitment to the ceramic field. Participating artists include Benjamin Carter, Elisa DiFeo, David Eichelberger, Carole Epp, David Lee Gamble, Tracy Gamble, Rachel Garceau, Alex Irvine, Elizabeth Kendall, Roberta Massuch, Richard Nickel, Kelly O'Briant, Sandi Pierantozzi, Nathan Prouty, Adams Puryear, Emily Reason, Shawn Spangler, Natalie Tornatore, and Lana Wilson.
The exhibitions will open on March 1 and remain through April 25.  Please join us for an artist reception Saturday, March 2 at 6pm. The exhibitions can be seen and purchased online beginning Friday, March 1 at midnight.  For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at ;

Display furnishings FOR SALE

I recently bought these shelves from Henry Pope and Mary Mikkelson.  It turns out I don't need them.  I just want to make my $75 back on them.  There's two at 5'1.5" tall x 2' wide, x 9.5" deep.  Black.  They stand nicely together to make a larger looking unit and come apart into 4 smaller pieces, which makes then easy to transport.
$75 FIRM for both.

Next, I have this accordion -style, collapsible unit.  6' 4.5" tall x 6' wide x 11" deep.  Each level has 2 boards that slide out.  I've used this for shows, so there is some wear and tear, but they still look good.
Unit is black, shelves are reddish/brown.  $75

 Also, I have 2 collapsible pedestals.  Tops come off legs. Tops are heavy.  They go well with the shelf mentioned above. Tall one: 50"H x 21"Wx 21"D, short: 33.5" h x 19"w x 19"d. Plants not included. $45 each

Just think, you could have displays for less than the cost of building!!!!  Great for: craft shows, galleries, show rooms, living rooms, plant displays, etc...

Pots in D.C. & Baltimore

On a recent visit to Washington D.C. and Baltimore I was able to take in some exciting exhibitions featuring ceramics.
At the Hirshhorn Museum I took in Ai Weiwei's According to What? 
I had recently heard an NPR interview with Ai Weiwei and was particularly excited to see this show.

the pots in the top 3 pictures are, allegedly Han Dynasty and Neolithic, transformed and recreated by Ai Weiwei.  I still don't know if the pots are authentic antiques.  If they are, we're outraged.  If they're not, who cares?  I guess that's the idea.
The piece with the crabs, He Xie (or River Crab or "harmonious"), appears at first to be made of plastic, but is actually porcelain (fabricated by ceramics factory workers in Jingdezhen).

Baltimore Clayworks hosted a dinner for artists exhibiting at the ACC.  There, I saw 100 Teapots VI , juired by Jeff Oestreich.  Here's a few pics.  Sorry I don't know the names of each potter.

Boycotting Art Auctions

"The Career Benefits of Boycotting Charity Art Auctions"
 by Mat Gleason

Half a century of charity art auctions have changed the way collectors buy art. These fundraisers have depressed art prices across the board and kept artist in a subordinate position that has no career upside or benefit.  See his article on Huffington Post: Click Here

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Energy Xchange Residencies

some minor changes since the last post on this topic.....

Two, 3-year Clay Residencies to start October 1, 2013 at Energy Xchange!

APPLY TODAY!  Applications are due MAY 15, 2013.  Applicants will be notified by June 15, 2013.  

visit for information and application.  

The EnergyXchange craft studios are nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  EnergyXchange is situated near Penland School of Crafts and Asheville, in the vibrant crafts community of Western North Carolina.  The large shared studio spaces are the first in the world to be fueled by landfill-methane gas and other renewable sources.  The goal of the program is to help artists develop both their craft and business skills- to gain experience necessary for success.  

Word of the Day- Hikidashi

Hikidashi- "literally means pulled from the drawer". The piece is pulled from the red hot kiln. (See links below.)

Wiki Clay

Hey ya'll,

Don't know if you all know about Wiki Clay but it has some good stuff!

Or a Residency page with Energy Xchange:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Spring on the way!

Think that these are little Snow Bells that we planted a couple of years ago and they are a sure sign of spring on Roan Mountain!

Free Classes in Burnsville NC

Energy Xchange Classes for Artists

Also 2 residencies OPEN!!  Click here.

FREE Classes - FREE, but must register in advance to Robert Branch at 828.766.1295 or

Burnsville, NC

26 Feb 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Energy Xchange - 66 Energy Xchange Dr. Burnsville, NC 28741

Topic: Creating Your Artist Statement
Have you wanted to know how to write an artist statement? What should be included, how long should it be and why do you need it? If you have any of these questions then this is the class for you. You will actually begin to write a statement or edit and existing one.

Instructor: Gwynne Rukenbrod

Burnsville, NC
12 Mar 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Energy Xchange - 66 Energy Xchange Dr. Burnsville, NC 28741

Topic: Filing Quarterly Income Taxes for Artists

You do not have to sell much to need to file federal and state quarterly income tax payments. We will show you how you calculate your tax liability and when and where to mail your payment. We will also discuss electronic filing and payment of your taxes. Bring a calculator to class.
Instructor: Mr. McKinney

Burnsville, NC
28 Mar 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Energy Xchange - 66 Energy Xchange Dr. Burnsville, NC 28741
Topic: The Exhibition Proposal

Learn what an exhibition proposal is and what goes into one. Also, learn how to create a basic PowerPoint slide show set for your proposal. Bring your laptop if you have PowerPoint and create your own exhibition proposal during this class.

Instructor: Gwynne Rukenbrod

Burnsville, NC
09 Apr 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Energy Xchange - 66 Energy Xchange Dr. Burnsville, NC 28741
Topic: Budgeting for a Craft Business

Learn how to set up a budget for your business that will give you an idea of what it will take to run a sustainable business. Learn how to set up a budget in Excel and how to create a way to document your expenses and income. Bring your laptop if you have Excel and create your own budget.

Instructor: Gwynne Rukenbrod

Sunday, February 24, 2013

500 Prints on Clay is out!


Big party at HCC Professional Crafts Program to dedicate the New Building -- Don't miss it! More info CLICK HERE:

Haywood Grand Opening

Dear HCC Crafts Friends and Alumni:

With Spring, 2013 semester, we've been settling into our new space and its fabulous!

Please join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening

of our new building on Friday, March 1, 2013.

The afternoon-long celebration will include studio tours and tours of the building's many innovative sustainable energy features, exhibits of current students' work, the HCC Professional Crafts and Continuing Education Alumni Exhibition, craft demonstrations, a keynote Craft Lecture by Catherine Ellis, as well as live music and refreshments.

Join us!

Schedule of Events

11 a.m - Dedication Ceremony -- HCC Auditorium

12:15 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting - Top Main Entrance, New Building

12:30 p.m. - Dedication of Mary Cornwell Gallery

1 - 7 p.m. - Self Guided Tours - Demonstrations and hands-on activities in craft studios

Alumni Craft Exhibit - Featuring over 90 HCC Craft Alumni

HCC Craft History Video - Continuous showing

Music, Refreshments, Fellowship -- all afternoon

1p.m. / 3 p.m. / 5:30 p.m. - Green Technology Tours of the many state-of-the-art features of the new building

2 p.m. - Catherine Ellis Lecture "Connections Through Craft"

Catherine Ellis, Former HCC Professional Crafts Fiber Faculty

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bricks for Sale 2013 SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FOR SALESOLD!!!!!!!SOLD!!!!!!!SOLD!!!!!!!

I have

-300 Morex and Jet 9x4.5x3 straights, hard brick, that I paid $2@ for and will sell for $1.25@ on a pallet;

-almost a full 50lb Vee Block Mix and (2) 50# bags refractory for $25.00. 

 Buyer picks up. Need space to build covering for wood. 

 Will throw in some high-alumina bricks that fire to 3000 degree (good for bag wall for soda/salt firing) from Selee here in Hendersonville. 

Juried Show 2013

Pandora’s Box, a regional juried show for clay artists working in SC, NC or GA, held May 30 – June 30, 2013 at  cone10studios in Charleston.

Juror is Akira Sataki  !!

  • all entries accepted must be made of clay. Work may be functional or sculptural, and must be inspired by the idea of the Pandora Myth.
  • a maximum of two entries may be submitted by each artist.
  • images, signed registration forms and entry fees must be postmarked by April 1, 2013
  • entry fees are not refundable
  • artwork must be original and executed within the last two years solely by the SC, NC or GA artist in whose name it is submitted.
  • no entry may exceed 12″H x 12″W x 12″D
  • any incomplete application, inadequate fee, or images that are not labeled or formatted correctly or are of poor quality will  render the application void and ineligible for consideration by the judge.
  • $35 for two entries, $25 for one entry
  • Please make checks payable to cone10studios and include with entry form.

ACC Baltimore Show 2013!!!!

The American Craft Council Show is open to the public this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center

Friday (today!) 10-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5.

650 of the nation's most noted craft artists have their work available for purchase.

If you're near the Baltimore area, please stop in and see me!

Emily Reason, booth #826

show info:

Listing of CERAMIC artists at the show:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Position Available: Executive Director

North Carolina Pottery Center
Responsibilities:  The executive director is responsible for overall management of a  museum and education center, including budgeting and fund-raising; developing and maintaining relationships with diverse constituencies; developing and managing a professional staff (1 full-time, 2 part-time); grant writing; developing an integrated programming; overseeing exhibitions creation and installation and scheduling;  overseeing collections management and acquisitions.  The executive director will be closely involved with an active Board of Directors.  Leadership is an important quality for the candidate, along with excellent management and communications skills and a proven track record as a fund-raiser.  Previous non-profit experience is desirable in a candidate.  A master’s degree in museum studies or management is preferred.
Mission:  The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing traditions of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.
Location:  A 9-acre site located in Seagrove, North Carolina.  The site includes a 5,700 sq ft main building that houses exhibitions, collection, offices and a gift shop; an education building for demonstrations and classes; two wood-fired kilns, two electric kilns and a large house available for storage and other programming.  Seagrove, a town in North Carolina’s Piedmont Region, is about 35 miles south of Greensboro and 11 miles south of Asheboro and is the hub of a region with a dynamic and unbroken history of pottery production since the 18th century.  Today the more than 100 practicing potteries located within a 15-mile radius of the NCPC attract nearly 100,000 visitors each year.
Terms:  Two-year, renewable contract is being offered, salary plus benefits.
Closing date:  March 15, 2013.
Please send a letter of inquiry describing special qualifications, a resume, and references to:   Search Committee, PO Box 531, Seagrove, NC 27341-0531.

Haywood Grand Opening ! All are Welcome!!!

Please join us!

Professional arts & Crafts/ Instructional facility

March 1, 2013

11 a.m. Dedication Ceremony
   HCC Auditorium

12:15 am Ribbon Cutting Top Main Entrance
Professional Arts & Crafts/Instructional Facility
Dedication of Mary Cornwell Gallery

1-7 p.m.   Self-guided tours
Demonstrations and hands-on  
activities in each studio

Alumni Craft Exhibit
Featuring over 90 HCC alumni
HCC craft history video

2 p.m. Lecture: Catherine Ellis
Ellis is a former HCC Professional
Crafts Fiber instructor.

Tours highlighting the building’s green technologies will take place at 1, 3 and 5:30 p.m.
Designated parking will be available in the lower level
of the Student Services parking

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Word of the day- Striking

STRIKING- "The practice of forming Cu nuclei at the maturing temperature, followed by rapid cooling to room temperature. By subsequent heat treatment at an appropriate temperature, the nuclei will grow into little cristallites of the right size to give reds." pg 466 Ceramic Glazes by Parmelee who is quoting Norton.

-This is typical in glass making where you "strike" glass colors which means - mature to target color when fired.

-In ceramic firing- striking can be either firing to peak temperature, (either in reduction or oxidation)  and on cooling, reigniting the kiln and putting it in reduction between 1300 F and 1500 F and holding the reduction for a period of one to several hours. (often done with copper reds.) (see image above.)

[Pete Pinnell had a nice article in Clay Times many years ago where he took tiles of copper red glazes out of the kiln every hour and he found the the red did not develop until around 1400 F with his draw tiles. But when he put the same tiles back in the electric kiln and "struck" them to 1600 F or so, they developed color. Indicating that it takes time for the red color to form.]

-Or allowing the pots to cool and then refiring to 1500 F or so in a reducing atmosphere. (often done with crystalline firings. ) 

Guess the glaze

Side lite....

Front lite.

Glaze, cone , atmosphere?

Friday, February 15, 2013

K-25 Bricks FOR SALE

I have 4,000 K-25 firebricks that I  had shipped back from Colorado when I moved back to NC. 

Unfortunately, they are mostly broken in 2-3 pieces, but all kept together and no mortar on them. It cost over $3500 just to have them shipped from Colorado to NC, but I am willing to let them go for 50 cents each

They are in very good shape as far as the edges go, not all battered or chipped. 

Must sell.

Call Cynthia (Near Siler NC)   at 919-837-0399

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Guess glaze, cone and atmosphere 2

Guess glaze, cone and atmosphere 2 on this little beauty.

Guess glaze, cone and atmosphere 1

Here is another one to guess glaze, cone  and atmosphere.

Tybee Island 2013

Ring billed Gull 

Took a break this weekend to visit my brother on Tybee Island and got some photos:

Tybee Light House

Female Grackles on mossy shore rocks.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ceramics Studio Equipment for SOLD!!!!

I am selling (mostly) everything someone would need to set up their own pottery studio. I was attending Haywood and unfortunately had to leave. I have set up a website SOLD that lists everything we are selling. The site also has links to our Flickr Photostream and a printable Google Doc with prices.

SOLD OUT!!!!!!!

Gotta act fast on this blog!!!

No-wrap packing

Thanks Akira Satake & Kyle Carpenter for the nifty no-wrap packing tip.  I can safely transport and store back stock without have to deal with wrapping paper.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ceramic Stains

Ceramic Stain article in Ceramics Monthly Feb. 2013:

Nowadays, ceramic artists are spoiled. It wasn’t that long ago that getting the colors and surfaces you wanted took a lifetime of experimentation. But because of developments in modern stain technology, we have practically every color of the rainbow at our fingertips.

In today’s post, John Britt explains the ins and outs of ceramic stains and gives a recipe for you to experiment with. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Cancelling Clay Club

Gotta cancel Clay Club for February 2013 because I am away and no one else wanted to host.


Next month we have Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Clay Studio.