This workshop will be structured to
suit participants’ needs, so bring your questions and requests. We’ll focus primarily on wheel skills and address
surface treatment. Forms we’ll explore
include cups, pitchers, plates and serving pieces. Achieving intent and recognizing characteristics of quality will
be our goals to develop good habits and improved skills. One of the greatest
benefits of a workshop like this is the dialogue that we share as we work
together. Ongoing discussions about
inspiration, aesthetics, function, education and marketing enrich this
experience. Each day we’ll engage in
demonstrations, hands-on time, discussion and reflection over tea or
cocktails. We conclude Friday with a
studio tour of the Penland and Marshall areas.
Skill level: Intermediate-Advanced
Workshop fee: $600 includes room and meals.
There is an additional charge for clay.
Deposit: $300 reserves your space - due June 26,
balance due August 1
My mom is selling a table top ram press. It has not been used in several years We are asking $700 for it! It comes with two tile molds a 6 inch and a 4 inch. We have a large air compressor if anyone is interested! Give a call to 828-675-4241 if interested! Thank you!
Wood firing produces a huge range of results. The piece above is from UNC-Asheville’s anagama in 2007, titled unglazed. It went in just raw white stoneware. I put it under the grate in one of the side stoking chambers and as the kiln was fired it was covered with more and more wood ash. You can see the three distinct wadding marks with a significant amount of wadding remaining on two of the areas at the bottom. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of my work to come out of a wood kiln. All the color, rivers of iron and caked on coals are from the wood and atmosphere of the kiln.
I’ll be teaching a workshop at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts called “Woodfired Micro Kilns” from April 8th to May 13th. This class will focus on kiln design. In the description it says we will fire mini pots and there may be time to do that but the intent is not necessarily for the student to leave with a finished piece of work. The intent is to gain a basic knowledge of kiln design and an understanding of how flames move through space and how to manipulate the flame path. Since the class is one day a week for 2.5 hours there’s not a lot of time to fully fire our wares. After all, heat work is a combination of temperature and time. HOWEVER, we will have so much fun building small kilns with scrap brick and firing them enough to observe the flame path and get a good, long fire going. We will see who gets a flame out the top of their chimney first! We will also play around with low fire materials like borax, oxides, melting glass and other fun stuff. Of course, I will be posting photos of our fiery research.
STEVE WHITE'S Beefy Pear, Gorgonzola, Walnut Crostata
One recipe for pie dough
1and ¼ cups AP flour
½ teaspoon salt
one stick cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
¼ cup ice water
1.5 ripe firm Bartlett pears, cored and thinly sliced
Juice of ½ lemon
1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
3 slices bresaola or if unavailable, prosciutto or pancetta, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup John Britt Honey
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
generous dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour
egg wash (beaten egg, pinch of sugar, salt)
¼ cup crumbled gorgonzola or more if desired
fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 375 F
Make the pie dough. In a food processor, pulse the flour and salt. Sprinkle the butter evenly around and pulse 10 one second pulses. Add the thyme and pulse a few times. Pulse adding the water in increments. Pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Do not have processor wad it into a ball. Dump in a big bowl and knead one or two times. Form a disc half inch thick and wrap in plastic wrap. Let it rest in fridge at least 30 minutes or overnight.
In a large bowl gently toss all the filling ingredients coating the fruit completely. Chill 20 minutes
Roll out the pie dough on a floured surface to a 12 inch circle. Move it to a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet that’s about 18X13 inches. Put the filling in the center and spread it so that there is a two inch border of free pastry space. Sprinkle the gorgonzola on top the filling and then the pepper. Gently fold in the two inches of pastry dough all the way around. There will be rustic folds. Try to not have breaks in the dough and there will not be leaking of juices. Brush the raw dough with egg wash. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, midrack until golden and bubbly. Serve warm or at room temperature as an appetizer, main course or dessert.
Back in February, I had the rare opportunity to hang with my West Virginia University ceramics homies. As we've gone our separate ways to start careers and families, it sure was special for me to see these old friends all at once. If I may get a little sappy for just one moment, for the short time we got together in February it felt like no time had passed between us. I think all of us clay people have forged unique friendships through our common love of clay.
Potter and Educator Jason Bohnert was recently invited by Brad Birkhimer, Adjunct Professor at Hood College, Frederick, MD, for the college's Visiting Artist program. The Workshop featured functional ceramic art such as cups, mugs, pouring vessels, and bowls with faceted surface decoration techniques inspired by Arizona landscapes and Yixing China ceramic artists. Jason’s ceramics arts depend mainly on a wood fired environment to get the surface colors and textures that his Arizona surroundings inspire.
Steve Barber of Unit4 Media created visual documentation of the workshop. Click here to see images from the workshop and a 2004 video Steve made of the WVU Wood kiln building project in Jingdezhen, China.
Unit4 Media provides services in photography, videography, graphic design and web design.
If you know anyone who might be interested in our residency program, please forward the message below . Our residency has been enhanced by the inclusion of a true stipend and free housing!
Thank you for your time!
Artist In Residence (one year minimum)
Midwestern State University Ceramics Department Dates of Residency: September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 (the beginning date is flexible from now until September 1)
Application deadline: April 15 (for full consideration) or until position is filled This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, go to:
Midwestern will provide: • All materials and firing
• Small office with internet access and storage space • Studio space in the common 4000 square foot studio area • 24-hour/7 days per week studio access
• Most university privileges as given to full time faculty (access to workout facility, reserved parking, library access, etc.)
• A small furnished apartment located at a private residence three miles from MSU (details to be discussed during the interview process)
• A minimum stipend of $6000 (to be discussed during the interview process)
• I'm working on the possibility of an exhibition either at a local venue, MSU, or the Wichita Falls Art Museum The Resident Artist: • Will be responsible for 10 hours per week of studio management and maintenance (including but not limited to the following: loading and unloading kilns, clay inventory, mixing clay, mixing glaze and firing kilns, Wichita Falls empty bowls) • Will teach one continuing education wheel-throwing course per semester
• Will attend opening receptions and special events • Will be responsible for all non-ceramic related expenses • Will give one public lecture on her/his work
• Will donate one piece for the permanent collection of MSU Equipment available to Resident: • Three large electric kilns • Two smaller electric kilns • Large Brent slab roller • Two extruders • Three pugmills • Soldner mixer • Separate well equipped glaze room • Two station spray booth • Materials and clay mixing/storage room
• 18 electric wheels • One wheelchair accessible wheel • A 5,000 square foot covered kiln yard furnished with the following: • Two 40 cubic foot Geil car kilns • A 30 cubic foot “fast fire” wood kiln
• Two older updraft kilns • A 30 cubic foot downdraft soda kiln • A 3 cubic foot cone 10 test kiln Requirements and application: A BFA in ceramics is required, an MFA is preferred. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review and individual merit.
For initial consideration, please e-mail or make the following available by website/blog by April 15 (we will continue to accept applications until position is filled): • Letter of interest with a paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU • Resume or CV • Artist's statement • 15-20 jpegs of recent work • If available, 10 jpegs of student work
• Contact information (email and phone) for 3 references . . . Please make on a former professor
Steve Hilton email@example.com Midwestern State University Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts 3410 Taft Blvd Wichita Falls, TX 76308 (940) 613.7041 If the opportunity presents itself, please introduce yourself this week in Houston (NCECA).
Please do not hesitate to call (after NCECA) or email if you have any questions.
(Application deadline: April 15 or until position is filled)
This is a Bailey Model #2 Stainless Steel Glazing Table in excellent condition. It has 10 bins, 5 on each side, that pivot out for holding dry glazing material, but could be used to hold other items. The dimensions are 48" wide x 41" deep x 37" high. There is some dried glaze on the top of the table. Please see the attached photos. All items are sold "AS IS, WHERE IS."
To make an appointment for inspection, please contact Dan Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Buyer is responsible for removal and transport of all items.
People at Clay Club wanted me to post some of the images of people who came last night. It is hard to know everyone who comes but perhaps we could have a show and tell some Clay Club with everyone bringing a pot they make.
Had a great time at Clay Club last night. Thanks to Barbara, Charles and the entire Black Mountain group for being so hospitable and allowing us to invade their space!
We had a good crowd to watch Charles throw a large teapot and tell stories of Texas and other foreign lands.
The next Clay Club will be April 10 , 2013 at ArtsCentered in Bakersville. Jann Welch will present a demo on Colored Clays and Ila Prouty is our special guest artist, she never fails to inspire! ARTsCENTERed is providing a honey baked ham, sandwich rolls, condiments, cider and sodas. Bring "sides", chips or whatever. The May Clay Club will be at John Hartom's in Burnsville. The June Clay Club will be at Michon's in Asheville. http://www.earthinhand.net/ The July Clay Club will be at Stephen Foehner and Susan Clusener in Weaverville. http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2012/11/susan-clusener-and-stephen-foehner.html
Join this class to expand your repertoire of wheel-thrown pottery techniques. A nesting bowl project helps students to develop a sense of rhythm required to make sets and gain confidence for throwing larger amounts of clay. Through the candelabra project we'll learn about throwing off the hump, altering, closed forms and assembling. Students should have experience throwing and trimming small forms.
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
I just read Ceramic Review for this month and they had a letter in there by a potter who had been in business for 34 years and his kiln was fired 432 times. He went to bed and the shed caught on fire. He attributed it to Pyrolysis. He had never heard of this!! That I found astounding! This is actually a common occurrence with old time potters.
So there are three words of the day :
Pyrolysis - Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures (800ºF– 1200ºF) in the absence of oxygen. Exothermic reaction.
So what happened to this and many other poor potters is more like Auto-ignition. Auto-ignition - is the minimum temperature required to ignite a gas or vapor in the air without a spark or flame being present.
What happens is over years of heating the wood in the shed it is so dried out and charred it can ignite at a VERY low temperature (under 300 F). This is detailed in this paper (click here or read below). What they do is to heat wood over years at various temperature and then test where it ignites.
Only potters conduct the experiments over 30 plus years ! BEWARE!!!!!
That is the reason you make your shed of METAL. This potter had fiber around the chimney, etc. Another option is to separate your kiln shed from your house!
There is also spontaneous combustion. Spontaneous combustion-The bursting into flame of a mass of material as a result of chemical reactions within the substance, without the addition of heat from an external source. Oily rags and damp hay, for example, are subject to spontaneous combustion. Excerpt:With prolonged exposure at all of the temperatures used there was a gradual darkening of the wood, accompanied by loss of weight and shrinkage in the transverse dimensions of the specimen. Chemical destruction of the specimens, as indicated by their loss of weight, was not associated with any one critical temperature. Instead, at each temperature of exposure, the specimens lost weight at a rather regular rate, and the rate became faster as the temperature was raised. Samples which had been exposed to 107° C. for 1,050 days assumed a light chocolate shade. Those exposed to 120° C. for 1,235 days became appreciably embrittled, were of a dark chocolate color, and when moistened were strongly acid to litmus paper. Those exposed to 140° and 150° C. had the appearance and friability of charcoal even before they had lost 65 percent of weight or their original air-dried weight at 6 to 8 percent moisture content, but none was ignited during its exposure.
...In a confined space, however, the opportunity for escape of the gases and the heat accompanying oxidation would be lessened, and the danger of developing spontaneous ignition would be increased. This may account for the fires that have been reported to have started in wood in direct contact with low-pressure steam pipes or in wood heated at temperatures below that where the exothermic reaction normally becomes a factor ( 9 ). There are also indications from experience with wood in dry kilns, steam tunnels, and other places that long continued intermittent heating and exposure to damp conditions accelerate the decomposition of wood.
The Hatewatch Blog of the Southern Poverty Law Center has an excellent and in-depth post about ceramicist Charles Krafft and the recent controversy surrounding him and his admission that he is a Holocaust denier. It includes comments from Garth Clark (who sold some of Krafft's work though he never represented him):
BAILEY SLAB ROLLER - Long table with drive boards. 40" wide X 100" long. We really hate to sell this, but it simply won't fit in our new much smaller studio space.
We paid: $2356.00 including shipping. Asking: $1500.00
L & L Da VINCI KILN - Interior dimensions: 30" X 30" X 27" high Kiln needs new wiring. Includes belt-lift option and downdraft vent
New cost: $4200.00 Asking: $1800.00
BAILEY PNEUMATIC EXTRUDER: Stainless barrel. Stand and cut off tables. (9" extension barrel) Used only a few times.
We paid: $1628.00 with shipping. Asking $1100.00
In addition, we have many smaller studio items which we are going to sell. Shelving, small carts, tables, Sears Scroll Saw with floor stand, Radial-arm Saw, and a 3-bin stainless-steel restaurant sink with side trays. All these items can be seen at our present location.
Joe Frank McKee is a potter and gallery owner in Dillsboro N.C. You may know him through his work or because he puts on THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA POTTERY FESTIVAL in Dillsboro every November. Last night, his studio at his home burned to the ground. The fire did not reach the house and everyone is fine but the studio is a total loss. He is scheduled to do Raku and Demos at Mike and Karen Baum's Studio sale in Lebanon, Ohio in a couple of weeks and says he still plans to attend. Here is the letter I got from Mike and Karen...
Clay Alliance Members:
We just heard some really bad news. Our good friend and potter, Joe Frank McKee, of Dillsboro, NC, lost his entire studio in an electrical fire last night. Luckily, no one was hurt. As many of you know, Joe Frank is the guest artist at our upcoming open house, March 22 & 23. Trooper that he is, he is still coming but he and his family need our help to rebuild. The scope of his loss is incomprehensible. If you can please send a check to:
JOE FRANK McKEE TREE HOUSE POTTERY 148 Front St P.O. BOX 253 DILLSBORO, NC 28725.
You can also show your appreciation and support by purchasing his pottery at the openhouse.
Joe Frank is one of the hardest working potters that we know; please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
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Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome!