Monday, December 29, 2014

Tracking the price of The Completer Guide to Mid-range Glazes


I don't know if you all know about

But it is a price tracking site for Amazon. You  just put in what you are interested in and it will show the price fluctuations. You can enter a price you are looking for and it will alert you when it happens.

It is amazing to me to see  how they use some algorithm to balance price, availability and demand to vary current prices daily. I have just been watching my two books and thought someone else would find this interesting or useful.

It is just like the airlines and ticket prices. Everyone on the plane gets a different priced ticket.

 I guess that it is like in the old days when you bargained for something with a vendor, only now it is being done by the seller and a computer.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Health and Safety - Talc

I thought I would post this about the safety of Talc containing slips. It is from :

But they may have gotten from ACTS FACTS a Monona Rossol's newsletter on Health and Safety:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Paragon Electric Kiln SOLD, SOLD, SOLD, SOLD, SOLD


 Attached are images, it has a few minor flaws in the soft brick that can be seen in the photo but is otherwise in great working shape. 

It includes shelves and furniture if you have any more questions please ask! 

My asking price is $450.00 but am willing to negotiate. 


Friday, December 19, 2014

For Sale Bailey 18" mini slab roller

I have an 18" Bailey mini might table top slab roller that I am wanting to sell. Includes boards for slab roller for desired slab thickness, canvas for red and white clays, and a length of formica for additional work space. Private message me if you are interested.

Morgantown NC area

Thanks, Tria 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ProPanels for sale in Kernersville, NC

Debbie Sells has ProPanels for sale:

BUFF color Professional ProPanels used by a potter doing art festivals and always well taken care of. Panels are in very good condition. For more information about these ProPanels and to see how they work look at

Included are:
7 - 7 foot tall panels (38.5" wide)
42" tall collapsible desk with shelf
Stiffners - 4 straight, 2 L shaped, 1 T shaped
Support bars - 2 short, 1 Long
Assorted Hangers and Extenders
Lights (low voltage) also included.

Price - $725; Location – Kernersville, NC

Call (336-813-5400) or email ( for more information about these ProPanels.

 Pictures can be emailed upon request. Available for pickup only.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anyone need a pottery assistant??

NC people... a friend of mine is moving soon to the Seagrove area and is trying to find an opportunity related to ceramics. This could be a job as an assistant, an apprenticeship, a residency, or even a studio space in exchange for work, etc. His craftsmanship in clay and wood is A+. He'd be open to something in the Asheville/Penland area too as long as he could find a place to also reside. Please let me know of any leads and spread the word!


Jeff Campana

Sunday, December 14, 2014

calling all pug mills

I am looking for a de-airing pug mill/clay mixer — a compact model with a small batch size. Anyone know of a used machine that needs a new home? I would be so very grateful if ye 'ol clay clubbers could hook me up.

Please e-mail me at


I heard this great TED talk on NPR on Friday:

It was about how the Libby Mine was forced to admit they were the cause of the towns asbestosis problem caused by a vermiculite mine.  Thought it was a great  final link which I never knew about.

The story on Will Full Blindness

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cool Craft Market this weekend in Asheville

HandMade in America's Cool Craft Market starts today at 5 and continues Saturday and Sunday - come on by if you're in Asheville!

Check out all the participants here:

More info here:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Donations wanted for ArtSpace Charter School Silent Auction

Clay Clubber Atcha Turner is looking for art donations for the ArtSpace Charter School Silent Auction in March. ArtSpace is a charter school in Swannanoa - from the auction donation request letter:

"ArtSpace Charter School is a tuition-free public school and a 501 C-3 organization. We serve 384 students, over half of which are living at below the poverty level. Our hands-on, arts integrated education provides an innovative and effective approach to the standard North Carolina curriculum. We hope you’ll make the easy decision to support our students and our school."

Atcha is willing to pick up items - call her at 828-460-3694 to make arrangements or for more information.

Clay Club at Cynthia Bringle's

Awesome Clay Club last night! Thanks to Cynthia for hosting and to everyone who came from near and far with food and drink to share and cups and objects to exchange.

And not to get too schmaltzy or anything, but special thanks again to Clay Club President/Organizer/Ringleader/Chief-Cook-and-Bottle-Washer Emeritus John Britt for leading Clay Club since 2008. (Six years, people!) Thank you, John.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Torch Bearer Kiln FOR SALE

Olympic Torchbearer Updraft Gas Kiln 1827G for sale $700.
This is the 37 x 40 inch (4 cubic feet) cone 10 updraft gas Torchbearer Kiln with two propane burners. Included with the kiln is the Furniture Kit and all the hoses and connectors and two 20 pound tanks. Everything needed to start firing.

Pick up in Lizella, Georgia (8 miles west of Macon).

Jim Sandefur

Clay Club tonight at Cynthia Bringle's studio!

Despite some area schools being delayed and closed today, Cynthia reports there is absolutely no snow at her place and so Clay Club is on!

The details, in case you missed them before (and don't miss the addendum that Clay Club is BYOB!):

When: 6 pm tonight

Where: Cynthia Bringle's studio:

160 Lucy Morgan Lane
Penland, NC 28765

Directions available here:

What: ​Bring food and drink (I neglected to mention drinks before - as Cynthia asked me to make clear, Clay Club is BYOB!!!) to share. We'll have a short discussion about Clay Club in 2015 and the annual cup/object exchange. (A few more details about the cup/object exchange here:

See you tonight!

Bonsai Potters of North America

Did you know that there was a listing of Bonsai Potters of North America?

not a very long list....might be a place to increase your business??

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 10 Clay Club details

As promised, here are the details about December Clay Club:

We'll be meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 10, at Cynthia Bringle's studio:

160 Lucy Morgan Lane
Penland, NC 28765

Directions available here:

​Bring food to share for the potluck. We'll have a short discussion about Clay Club in 2015 and - drumroll! - the annual cup/object exchange.

(In case you haven't been before, here are the details on the exchange, as explained by John Britt for a previous exchange: "The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.")

So - bring food to share for the potluck, your suggestions and ideas for Clay Club, and a cup/object if you want to participate in the exchange.

See you there!

Beginner's Play

I have made some videos on throwing on the potter's wheel.  The videos are intended for beginners needing some guidance learning basic techniques.  The production is rough and ready, very amateurish, made at a pottery coop in Southern California, for members' use. No retakes, just shoot and be damned! A caveat: The videos are detailed; you might say they slog through the throwing processes at a snail's pace. Can't be helped; I forgot so many of the crucial details when I was learning. If you find yourself taking a snooze during a slow movement, you can review. Rewind, go forward.  I hope beginners will enjoy the journey.

The link:

Henry Pope & Mary Mikkelsen
Residing temporarily in the wilds of SF Bay area, trying to make sense of why everything is so expensive and the aesthetic is so elusive and the traffic is relentless

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Rhonda Gouge and the Roan Mountain Rain FREE concert tonight

Here is a personal invitation to everyone  to come on out and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Rain tonight at Bowman Middle School Auditorium at 7:30.

It's FREE! It's FREE! We would be honored and happy to see you there!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review - The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes - Suzy Staubach

Suzy Staubach's Review and blog

Book Review 
Wednesday December 3, 2014

You might be tempted to read through the glaze recipes in John Britt’s new book, The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing & Firing at Cones 4 – 7, and skip the text. Don’t do it. You might think that because you fire at higher or lower temperatures, the book would be of no use to you. Big mistake. The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes is packed with information and belongs on every potter’s bookshelf.

“Iron oxide, “ Britt tells us, “makes up about 7 percent of the top layer of the earth’s crust, and it’s the most common coloring oxide in ceramics. In fact, iron is everywhere on our planet. Technically speaking, all glazes contain some iron.” Elsewhere in the text he points out, “There are four major forms of iron oxide. These are red iron oxide, magnetic iron, black iron oxide, and yellow iron oxide.” He then goes on to explain the differences between them and how they react in the fire.

Writing of feldspar he tells us that “most feldspars melt at cone 9, the lowest melting feldspar is nepheline syenite, which melts at cone 6.” Each paragrapah is packed with nuggets like these.

Britt also gives an overview of each type of glaze along with its history. In the section on Temmoku he tells us, “During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Japanese visited a monastery in a Chinese mountain called Tianmu Shan (Mount Eye of Heaven), where they collected some Jai (oil spot temmoku) tea bowls. The Japanese were inspired to imitate their look. They referred to their highly prized bowls as Tianmu or Temmoku (sometimes spelled Tenmoku.” Later he tells us “Tea dust is a low alumina temmoku glaze that contains magnesium oxide, which is responsible for the yellow-green pyroxene crystals that are of typical of this type.”

Added to this wealth of glaze and materials information, are charts, photos, advice on mixing and applying, and the recipes themselves. Stunning.

Britt devotes an entire chapter to making his argument for firing at cone 6, citing savings in time and money and the reduction of one’s carbon footprint. “For functional ware,” he writes, “cone 6 stoneware is an excellent choice because it’s very durable and vitrified…so it can withstand repeated trips into the dishwasher and microwave. Also, glazes can be made that are stable and don’t leach harmful chemicals.” He goes on to share his ideas on how best to move from cone 10 down to cone 6.

The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes is a must for every potter’s reference library. Thank you John Britt for your extensive research and in depth understanding and your ability to explain what you have learned so clearly.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December 10 Clay Club at Cynthia Bringle's studio

Great news: Cynthia Bringle has offered to host Clay Club next Wednesday at her studio. I will post more details soon, but wanted to go ahead and let you all know this so you can plan on coming! (It will be potluck and there will be a mug/object exchange, so you can plan on that, too.)

Thanks again Cynthia!

Awesome fivesome returns to John Britt Pottery for the TRAC Studio Tour this weekend

We had such an awesome time doing the Toe River Arts Studio Tour together last year that we're doing it again this year. We being:

John Britt

Kristin Flournoy

Lisa Gluckin

Rodney Hopkins

and Amy Waller

The tour starts Friday at noon and runs through Sunday - get all the details here at the link below and come by John Britt Pottery to see us!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wanted: meeting place for December Clay Club meeting

I am taking over the Clay Club organizing from John and my first order of business is to find out if anyone would like to host our December meeting next Wednesday, December 10. I know this is not a lot of notice, but if anyone is up for this, let me know by Friday so I can let everyone else know. You can respond in the comments here or send me an email at

If we do meet, we can do the annual mug/object exchange. Additional ideas (demos, discussion topics, etc.) for this and future meetings also wanted!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Potter wanted to help throw mugs!

Julie Pane needs help throwing mugs!
Will pay well -- located in Mooresville, NC
Call her at 704 658 9665

STUDIO TOUR this weekend (Dec. 5-7, 2014)

Studio Tour in Spruce Pine this weekend! No Snow this year!

I am sharing my studio with Lisa Gluckin, Amy Waller, Ka Flournoy and Rodney Hopkins!

Come on buy !

 Here is more info:
Or click on this;

Join us in December for the Holiday Studio Tour Event!

The Holiday Studio Tour will be held December 5-7, 2014. Hours of the Tour are 12pm to 4pm on Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. We have information up about the participants, tour particulars, sponsors and have the Guide online (see below).

This is our 21st year and the December Tour is our biggest yet with 104 artists and 9 galleries. The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

The tour is a FREE, self-guided trip that will lead you to some unique places in our community that is situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live. Our small towns also offer an array of galleries, studios, and other quaint businesses you won’t want to miss.

To take the tour all you need is this guide, and then follow the red, arrowed tour signs. Stop by either one of our TRAC Galleries to pick up your map and view the artwork on display. The TRAC Spruce Pine Gallery features an exhibit of tour participants well-ahead of the tour weekend and provides a great visual tool for planning your trip (November 22-December 31). Also, this year, TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery is showcasing some of the original TRAC Studio Tour participants who are still “in the business” and still opening their doors in an exhibit entitled, “Then and Now” (November 8-December 15).

Here’s the December guide and information.

The Studio Tour Guide is ready online and at venues around town and around the region.

And our Advertisers. For a listing of them with telephone numbers and web links, click Sponsors.

Click to see a list of artists and galleries participating in this year’s tour with links to their websites.

Then contact the Yancey Chamber of Commerce and the Mitchell Chamber for a list of places to stay during your visit. There are over 100 places–from quaint bed and breakfasts to cabins in the woods to mom and pop motels–to hang your head in our area.

For questions, contact Toe River Arts Council at 828.682.7215 or 828.765.0520.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Need a new Clay Club organizer.

Yo clubbers,

Just wanted to let you know I am stepping down as the Clay Club organizer. Just getting tired. (6 years in the latest incarnation).

I don't have anything planned for Dec or 2015 so seems like a good time.

If anyone wants to keep the ball rolling ....I can pass on the email list. Let me know if you want to do it.

I will continue to do the blog until I get tired of that...

Good Grief JB

I sent John Britt a link to a brilliant post on our place in a limitless universe or never ending universes. The post in my view doesn't imply we, our earth, are just a speck in the scheme of things, an insignificant tiny bit of shit, but what exciting adventures of exploration lie ahead for us.  When eighteenth century philosophers claimed the world is more like a mechanical watch with more or less predictable outcomes than a moral drama between the Christian righteous and satan (the medieval view), the ordinary folk were not happy or were the big wigs of Christianity.  I hope y'all be open minded and have a look at the video; it's mind expanding, even for us old folk.  And it seems to me to make our earth more precious and in need of our extreme care.  It's our garden, so to speak, a la Voltaire (just pulling our those big names).  So Newton onward! Sorry if I've implied we're all just poop.  And to set the record straight, we're out in CA because Mary's mom was failing and we hoped to be of some help to her; she needed a lot of care.  We sold our beautiful home in A'ville (well, Madison Co.) for peanuts so we could get out here pdq.  We're still here, in the small town of Benicia, enjoying CA only because we have family here.  We'd of course rather be in A'ville, among friends (?).  Though I'm getting so old I don't know if I can get across the country anymore.  Just an old turkey. When the seas calm again, I'd like to post some basic throwing videos we made at a coop studio in So Cal.  They're meant for fledgling potters struggling with centering, etc.  Very beginning stuff.  Very best to y'all.  hp

You 're a very small piece of shit (According to Henry)

Henry Pope who has be exiled to California for obvious reasons....wanted me to post this Buzzfeed column on how small and insignificant you are.

He is getting old and just sits around trying to depress everyone on holidays:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Now Enrolling Clay Classes At Odyssey ClayWorks

The winter session begins January 12. From pinch pots to glazing to independent study, we’ve got something for everyone.  Take a class to suit your personal artistic goals, or just come and have fun creating with clay.  Plus, we are featuring a Saturday morning class for kids and a plaster mold making workshop with Nick Moen. 

Glaze resource

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hot tub!

As James Brown would say "Anyone want a Hot Tub"?

I have a free one that I need to get rid of.  Let me know.

In the meantime enjoy:

Cynthia Bringle at Haywood Community College

Cynthia Bringle is coming to Haywood Professional Crafts!

Monday, Dec 1st, 1pm at the Creative Arts Building 

Haywood Community College

Join us for this first time ever visit of Cynthia Bringle to Haywood! She'll demonstrate and talk with students about her rich vibrantly creative life as a studio potter here in Western North Carolina. Everyone is welcome! 

Call Terry Gess at 828 565 4159 or for more info.

New England Potters want support for project. ( clay mobile type project)

I would like to share a project that seven New England potters are working on called POW! Pots On Wheels!

The POW! founders are Hayne Bayless, Arthur Halvorsen, Kathy King, Hannah Niswonger, Mark Shapiro, Sam Taylor, and Adero Willard.

It is a mobile out reach project based around a love of pots, both making and using.

We are currently running a KickStarter campaign to raise the money to buy our 17ft step van that will be POW!'s home.

If you think this is something you would lie to hear more about I could send you a few images and documents that talks more about us.

You can also go to:
Our web site:
Our Kickstarter

thank you,

Adero Willard

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Loved the new Book! (The Complete Guide to Mid-Rang Glazes)

Got the book - it's great! 

I have lots of glaze books; this is among the top (Robin Hopper and Hans Coper level). 

Though I fire cone 6 electric, I enjoy reading about reduction as it gives a better general understanding of glazes. There are plenty of cone 6 neutral/electric glazes in the book (there are 400), along with giving a good basis of how to create my own and judge others. 

I've recommended it to several others already. Anyone expecting a glaze book tailored to only their needs should realize every glaze book is an aid to creating their own notebook. (One should also consider that cost may not be the sole factor in lower cone firing, less impact on the environment may be the consideration.) 

Everybody - buy the book! (Hope we do meet one day.) - naomi

Ceramics Studio Coordinator - Indiana University Bloomington IN

Applications reviewed as received; applications should be submitted no later than December 15th to be certain of full consideration. All requested materials must be received for consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. 

Questions about the application process can be directed to or Ceramics Studio Coordinator Search, Department of Studio Art, Fine Arts Building rm 123, 1201 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN. 47405-3501

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Book: "The Complete Guide to Mid-range Glazes" John Britt

Trouble with Wonder White Clay??

I am wondering is anyone is having problems with Wonder White Clay from Highwater.  I know of someone who is having problems and wanted to see if anyone else is so we can isolate the cause.

Ceramic Studio Equipment FOR SALE!!!!

Studio For Sale: 

Amaco kiln with kilnsitter (older not computerized), EX 270- 7 cubic ft.

Clay Boss wheel circa 2005, 

24" North Star slab roller, 

Well used canopy, scales and lots of glaze components, small tools, glaze books, etc. 

$1200 firm. Will not break it up. 

call Nanci at 675-9324

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Discussion

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Workshop
January 16-17, 2015

8290 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 454-0357

This workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from my new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.

There will be a slide show on Friday night and John will bring tiles samples from his book as well as pots.

Friday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet and greet

Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Glaze Discussion, including tile samples and firing, cone, kilns, safety, etc. It is basically a question and answer format that leads us in the direction of the class interest but will be focusing on cone 6 and the book.

Sunday 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Glaze Discussion

Cost $175.00

Registration and payment by Dec. 15, 2014

Potters looking for Residency Opportunity check out the Bascom in Highland NC

Great Opportunity ---

-In exchange for materials, the Resident must teach 6-8 hours a week of basic level classes.

-Studio asst for all studio barn clay workshops for 2015

- Pay is $12 an hour for 40 hour week- teaching and managing the studio. Clay, glaze and firings included. (See Application for more details.)

-Resident will provide own housing. (We can help find places or names for them top make contact with.)

For an application go to : "The Bascom Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist Application for 2015" :

Contact Frank Vickery for more information:

Any artists looking for an assistant?

Chris DeLange is an experienced artist assistant who did a great job assisting me in my studio for the last six months. 

 I am now out of town for the winter and he is looking for other work. 

 He is a great worker, learns new tasks quickly and works for very reasonable wages. He has my full recommendation. 
 He can be contacted at or 503 307 1575

Also feel free to contact me with questions. 828 337 2558 (Eric Knoche)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monster mugs by Caroline Smith

Ceramic Studio Space needed in Yancy County NC (Burnsville/Celo)

To those those you in or connected to Yancey County, I am looking for studio/gallery space up there. 

An opportunity for me in Asheville fell through and I think I am ready to make the move toward the "Northern Territories". 

If anyone knows of a 200-300 sf space in or around Burnsville, please let me know.

Contact Nelle

Sunday, November 16, 2014

TRAC has display spaces available

Good Morning,
A few weeks ago, I met with Dick Baker, the new director of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation. They have recently moved “off campus” to an almost finished being renovated building on Broad Street (about a block passed the hospital and in about ½ block). They are sharing the space with several other outreach community services. They have plans to offer non-profits the use of the conference room for meetings, the “backyard” for outings (it will eventually have a fire pit and seating). And because they are not on hospital grounds, they are able to have alcohol on premises.
There are a couple of rooms, kitchenesque type walk through rooms complete with cabinetry. Flanking the ceiling in these rooms are small, glass doored display areas.
These are:

width #
Kitchen (illuminated)
19½" 1
13½" 2
15” 2
11 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)
16” 1
6½” 1
10½” 1
15 or 30” 1 or 2 (double doors)

Break/Catering Area (illuminated)
14½” 1
10 1
15 or 30” 1 or 2 (double doors)
11 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)

Hallway (not illuminated)
16 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)

Cabinets are 13” high…width was measured but the normal depth of a kitchen cabinet.

What he is offering is space. They don’t have the funds to purchase art to fill the cubbies, but could display. He said that he would put up a nice sign with the artist name and title (if there is one). If anyone were interested they would contact TRAC.

I know you’ve all read the back page of the Tour Guide and know all about the “branding” agenda we are following. TRAC, in collaboration with 18 other partners have been in the planning stages for over 2 years. This year we received grants (read plural…yippee) that will allow us to hire a project coordinator, consultants and begin the strategizing in earnest. We will need more $$ to complete the wayfinding signage, and this is going to take a few more years, but all the along the way, we are doing are best to make Mitchell/Yancey Counties a destination, not merely a place between hither and yon. All that said, the more folks see art in non-artistic venues, the more a recognition that “this is a place where everything is about the artistic nature of the community.” Kinda like the Chocolate Factory with no calories.

These pieces can be seconds if the “whoops” is on the back. They won’t show. And they should be big enough to fill the area. I may have to put a block underneath if the bottom is covered by the door framing, but there is a foot or so of height.

If you get the pieces to me, I’ll get them to Dick Baker and put them in place. I can swap them out every 6 months or so. I used the studio tour list, but if you know someone who might be interested, pass this along. The more we get the “names” out, the more we’ll get known. Destinations are not just for out-of-towners. There are folks who don’t even know about the Tour except for seeing the signs twice a year. There are those who don’t know where TRAC is. They know Peoples Furniture and see the gallery when they walk out the front door, but…and there are those who don’t equate arts with the every “man or woman”.

FYI, there is also space under a large vitrine in the lobby entrance of the Burnsville Town Hall. There are a few pieces there now that I would like to swap out. It is against the wall, but also plexi all around. A second would be fine as long as it won’t show. You can stop by the Town Hall and see the size. One would be surprised at the number of folks who pay their water bill in person and walk past it each time.

This is an exciting time to be in this area; to be able to watch it grow. Let me know. Call me at 682.7215 or email

Thanks for your support.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Clay Club November 12, 2014

Yo Clubbers,

This months Clay Club will be at Black Mountain
It is Wednesday Nov 12, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
! Pot luck food and drinks!

! Demo video (35 min) Charles Freeland & Don Reitz firing agama at Northern Ariz. university.

! Demo by Mathilda Tanner (15min) "Incising Tips"

Hope you can make it.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Dear Clay Friends:

If you had five minutes to tell a ClayStory, what story would you tell? We want to hear you tell it live, on stage, at NCECA 2015!

For those of you who are planning on attending NCECA 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island, I have some exciting news to share. I'd like to ask you to join Steven Branfman and myself along with some outstanding potters for an evening of storytelling around the theme of clay. The 90 minute event is scheduled for 8 pm on Thursday, March 26, at the Omni Hotel, and takes place just before the annual Potter's Jam. A dozen or so potters will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to tell a clay story.

We have created a website, - please check out the site and consider adding your submission so that you get a chance to be one of 12 potters who will tell a story. The topic can be anything, so long as it is related to clay. Your age, gender, amount of experience with clay, etc. are irrelevant. It's all about the story! We would like to have as diverse a panel of storytellers as we can possible assemble.

You can also augment your story with photographs that will be displayed on the big screen while you tell your story. Your story may be funny, it may be sad, it may be poignant, it may involve the fire department, etc.etc. Seems like any time two or more potters get together, interesting things can and do happen!

I know that we are all super busy right now and don't have much time for anything else. But, no worry - the deadline for entries is Feb. 1st, 2015. We will announce the full lineup on Feb. 15.

Best wishes for a safe and rewarding journey through the busy weeks leading up to the holidays!

Thanks, Owen

PS If you don't mind, please pass along the website link along to anyone you know who may be interested.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Craft in America.

Don't miss "Craft in America" which is on PBS tonight.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Workshop

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Weekend Talk/Workshop
January 16-17, 2015

8290 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 454-0357

This workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from my new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.

There will be a slide show on Friday night and John will bring tiles samples from his book as well as pots.

Friday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet and greet

Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Glaze discussion

Sunday 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Glaze Discussion

Cost $175.00

Registration and payment by Dec. 15, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feldspar and Highwater Clay in Asheville NC

Flippin Feldspar 

By: Jennifer Hoolihan

So, the feldspar industry has been in a bit of a flux (ha!) over the past few years. Feldspar is an important melting agent, kinda like a natural frit, which promotes fusion and vitrification within a glaze and clay body.

I've sung the praises of feldspar before (Feldspar Rocks!), so I won't go into all the technical aspects here. This is more of a mineral update. Some time ago we all learned that G200 was no longer being produced, although G200HP, which made up about 70% of G200, would still be available in its place. Now production of G200HP has ceased and the mine is closed. That was at the end of last year. At that time Custer Feldspar was the only commercially available potash feldspar. In anticipation, we squirreled away a lot of G200HP and tried to let folks know that our stocks would soon be depleted. Well that time has come. By the time you read this, porcelain production will have used up every last full bag of G200HP.

Custer has been mined in South Dakota for about 80 years and long-term supply looks good. It's pretty similar in composition to G200 though it does have a higher iron content. The  differences in potassium and sodium levels are within a percent or two, according to the chemical analyses provided by Pacer.

New on the North American market is a potash feldspar from Spain, G200EU. It is very similar to the original G200 feldspar. Of course, due to shipping costs it is more expensive than any other feldspar we use. We will stock this feldspar for retail sale and it's also available for custom recipes on request. However, we are hesitant to depend on it for clay production due to location and cost. G200EU comes in 44# bags and smaller weighed out quantities. 

In order to understand the difference in the feldspars beyond their chemical analysis sheet we ran melt tests at cones 6 and 10 oxidation with G200, G200HP, G200EU, and Custer feldspars.

Testing at cone 6 oxidation

Testing at cone 10 oxidation

Custer and original G200 appeared most similar in terms of color, while G200EU and original G200 are the most similar in terms of melt, and should substitute out for one another without problems. However, anytime raw material changes occur it becomes extremely important to test. Sometimes potters are working right on the edge without knowing it, and these slight differences in oxide levels can cause unpredictable results or failure. Please contact us if you have any questions about feldspar futures!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Figure Sculpture Class With Live Model

The Dynamic Figure With Susannah Zucker
Wednesdays 3- 5:30pm, October 29- December 17
This class will cover hand-building techniques for creating figurative sculptural work with an emphasis on personal expression. We will examine the challenges of creating mystery and power in artworks that spring from life experiences. Technical and aesthetic concerns will be addressed, as well as assistance translating complex ideas to the medium. In addition to technical demonstrations, basic anatomy, and an opportunity to work with a figure model, the class will incorporate image presentation and discussion on major figurative artists in the field.
Odyssey ClayWorks, 828-285-0210

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celebration for Norm Schulman

  From  Gloria ,
   A celebration  honoring  Norm Schulman will be held at the TRAC Gallery (upstairs ) in Spruce Pine , NC         4-7  on Sunday  November 2 ..
  Bring a dish to share if you wish ….

Special Tea & Pottery Class At Odyssey ClayWorks

Tea Tour Around The World With Anja Bartels
Mondays 10am- 12:30pm, October 20- December 8
Tour around the world to tea cultures of different countries. We'll learn about each region's teas and the pottery that accompanies them. Each class will include tea time and hands-on practice of new techniques. Discover how traditions shape the objects we use in our daily rituals.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Raku Workshop

Exotic Color Raku With Michael Parry
2-Day Workshop, October 25- 26
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm
At Odyssey ClayWorks

This workshop will focus on the magic and depth of color possible when using copper matte glazes in the raku kiln. With the goal of achieving a variety of iridescent metallic colors, students will participate in group firings throughout the weekend. Glazing and masking techniques for creating designs on your work will be demonstrated. Students bring their own bisque ware to fire.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEEDED FIRE BRICKS for new kiln (In Asheville NC region)

Hey ya'll,

Just trying to help Joey Sheehan get some bricks for a wood kiln he wants to build. He is looking for 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 9" hard or soft fire brick (could also use 3"). He can pick them up.

As you know it takes several thousand bricks to build a wood kiln (4000 in this case) and if anyone knows of any cheap or free bricks out there it would be a great help to Joey.

He is trying to do this on a shoestring budget  so if anyone has any leads it would be great.

You may know Joey and he is a "Potter's Potter" - so just trying to help him out!


Contact him at : 

Creative Starvation- Jim Kransberger 2014

CREATIVE STARVATION - 20-1/2" x 11" x 6-3/4" (White Earthenware, Acrylic Paint)

There is no way for this woman to support all her children. She is surrounded by 41 absolutely dependent babies. Most worldly problems can be traced to over population (with attribution to Terry for unintentionally presenting the argument).

All this can be said differently as: I want to swim in deeper waters. Be my lifeguard if I get to far from shore . . .


Jim Kransberger
85 East Euclid Parkway
Asheville, NC 28804