Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Nice Pot

Northern Song dynasty (960-1126) or Jin dynasty (1206-1234), approx. 1100-1234
Medium: Slipped and glazed high fired ceramic with underglaze decoration
Place of Origin: China | Hebei province

Steve Lloyd

This is this is the best shot of Steve and Becky !

RIP Steve Lloyd

Dear Friends of Steve,

Steve passed away suddenly yesterday morning of an apparent aneurysm. Becky asked me to let people know. Please let other friends know. Becky's dad and Steve's parents are with Becky and the girls. The loss is too big for anyone to fathom right now and Becky, Jesse and Austin are going to need all of our support. No plans for a funeral and/or memorial yet. I will post any details as they emerge. We have lost an incredible human being, friend, father, husband, son, brother, teacher, potter, mechanic, and sage. Hug your people. Life is unbelievably short and fragile.
-Lesley — with Steve Lloyd.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Toe River Arts Council's First Arts Market in Spruce Pine May 2 and 3

Information from TRAC:

On Saturday, May 3, the Toe River Arts Council is hosting its first indoor Arts Market at the Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Meander around the tables set up in the gallery, visit with and purchase directly from the artists in a fun, informal atmosphere for the artists and the community. Clay, glass, fiber, jewelry, wood, metal. A little bit of a lot of art in a lot of mediums.

Hours are 9am to 6pm on Saturday, May 3. Come share the magic of art in the mountains in this festive first art show of the season. And on the day before, Friday, May 2, doors will stay open at the gallery from 5 to 7pm to offer a sneak peek opportunity to view and purchase work during a wine and cheese reception. If you’re looking for something for mom, that June bride or just want to see creativity at work, you’ll find it at the Arts Market. Come out and support your community by supporting the artists who call it home.

Artists will be both upstairs and down:

Downstairs: Linda Marco, Dotty Morgan, Nancy Leggett, Gay Smith, Rick and Val Beck, Robbie Bell, Armin Wessel, Valerie Schnaufer, Edd knight, Judy Meek, JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco, Chad Alice Hagen, and Jane Voorhees

Upstairs: Johnny Lara, William and Katherine Bernstein, Loretta Forde and David Wilson, Garold Amsberry, Ira DeKoven, Mary Wise Heart, Carol Arthurs, Amy Waller, David Trophia, and Gary Beecham

Check out the TRAC Artist Directory to preview the work of some of the artists.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The 1000 Empty Bowl Challenge - Clay Club May 17-18, 2014

This month’s Clay Club will be Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom's studio in Yancey County.

134 Lynnewood Lane Burnsville, NC ( off Arbuckle Road - across from the Rodeo) 

We will be doing the 1000 EMPTY BOWL CHALLENGE. We will be making at least 1000 bowls for Empty Bowls in 8 hours and then they will be trimmed on the next day in 8 hours. We are not JUST trying to make the 1000 bowls but also help John Hartom switch over from cone 10 reduction to cone 6 reduction in an effort save energy and time.

Anyone who wants to help with this ambitious project to help the hungry in the region should contact John Britt at and sign up for a time slot. ( Maybe one or two hour slots?) We have a limited number of wheels but can stagger people if you sign up in advance.

You don’t have to know how to throw to help. We will need people to prepare clay before the event (Wedging one pound balls- Friday, May 16 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon). And we will need people to carry boards of bowls outside to dry and bring them back in. We will also need people to “deform” the bowls with stamps and wooden tools to make various shapes. And finally we will need people to load the kiln on Sunday.

So if you want to help please sign up for this event so I can make up a schedule and also estimate participation so we can provide food for lunch. (We don’t want to have too much food and end up wasting food at an Empty Bowl event!)

This will be DIFFICULT for us to achieve but I believe it can be done if we get some help from the Clay Club. If everyone chips in a little and does what they can -I know we can do it and we can generate some energy for this growing problem in our community – the lack of food. It is a tragedy and we all get compassion fatigue but if we try to do it all in one weekend I think we can make a huge difference.

This should be a really fun and memorable event so let me know if you want to help! 828-467-5020

John Britt and John Hartom

Free Fuel Oil - must pick up asap Black Mountain NC (near Asheville)SOLD SOLD SOLD

Attention potters who fire with oil. Free fuel oil available. Possibly 150-200 gal.

You must come and collect/drain from above ground tank with a drain valve/ spigot. Tank also available if interested. 


Friday, April 25, 2014

Gallery job in Bakersville NC

If anyone's interested; we're currently looking for someone able to help out here at the gallery. Preferably, two part time workers. A ceramic and or jewelry background would be helpful, excited about the work, and willing to learn. Let us know.

Crimson Laurel Gallery , Bakerville NC

Phone (828) 688-3599

Antique Pottery Sale

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

L&L kiln for sale

Selling a  large DaVinci square/rectangular production kiln,that is sitting in the studio. And it needs to go! The lid is severely cracked but could be fixed.  The kiln itself is in great shape! The lid is on a pulley system.  It is computer controlled, with two zones. Kiln is 18 inches high, includes 14 kiln shelves. 

240 V-1 ph
19935 watts
83.1 amps
Fires to 2350 degrees.

If you want it, you must come pick it up!


Call us at 828-675-4241.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pottery Classes in Hickory NC

Po-Wen Liu

CVCC Potters’ Workshop announces summer session of workshops and seminars.

Two Week Intensive Workshops:

Beginning and Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Preston Tolbert
June 2 – June 13, 2014 Monday thru Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This two week intensive workshop is designed for the beginning through intermediate potter. Students will learn a variety of turning techniques to create utilitarian forms using the potters' wheel. Topics include clay bodies and preparation, tools and equipment, centering, turning basic to intermediate forms, trimming, surface design, slips and glazes, and firing.

Raku Pottery with Preston Tolbert
June 16 – June 27, 2014 Monday thru Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Experience the excitement of Raku, an ancient Japanese method of glazing and firing pottery. This two week intensive workshop will include using the potters wheel as well as hand building techniques to create unique clay pieces. The last three classes are devoted to students glazing and firing pieces in a Raku kiln. The experience is spontaneous and dramatic as the pieces emerge from the fire. This class if for the beginner as well as the experienced potter.

Catawba Valley Pottery & Clay with Steve Abee
July 7 – July 18, 2014 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
This two week intensive workshop will explore the making of functional pottery using local Catawba Valley clay that reflects the style of the Catawba Valley Pottery tradition. Our focus will be to create vessels such as jugs, jars and pitchers that are inspired by the tradition. Basic wheel throwing experience is required.

Scratching the Surface with Raine Middleton
July 7 – July 18, 2014 Monday thru Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fresh ideas for surface design and decoration will expand your creative expression. In this two week intensive workshop we will explore options for decorating pottery that will spice up the surface in new and interesting ways. Learn about or continue to practice sgraffito using terra sigillata. This workshop is open to anyone with basic wheel throwing or handbuilding experience.

Intensive Wheel Throwing with Po-Wen Liu
July 21 – August 1, 2014 Monday thru Friday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The focus of this two week workshop will be on developing and improving your wheel throwing skills. Students will be introduced to different techniques to create functional forms. We will also cover surface decoration techniques such as chattering, carving, slip trailing and inlay. This workshop is open to anyone with basic throwing experience.

Handbuilding & Surface Decoration with Shelly Johnston
July 21 – August 1, 2014 Monday thru Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Now you have a handbuilding class under your belt, how about trying some advanced projects and new approaches to glazing and decorating your work? In this two week intensive workshop you will learn how to make tiles, lanterns, planters or flower vases, all with new surface treatments. Students will do work without the use of the potters' wheel. Enroll now and explore new possibilities!

Five Week Workshop:

Beginning Pottery: Handbuilding & Throwing with Evelyn Arnold
May 27- June 26, 2014 Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beginning Pottery is an introductory course designed to give students a hands-on artistic experience using clay. You will learn a variety of techniques including hand building and wheel throwing. You will also gain experience with various decorating and glazing techniques.

One Day Seminars:

Using Your Electric Kiln with Po-Wen Liu
June 28, 2014 Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Are you wondering about how to get the most out of your electric kiln firings? This is a perfect seminar for anyone new to firing their own work in an electric kiln. This one day seminar will discuss how to program, load and fire electric kilns for bisque and glaze. We will also cover general maintenance and simple kiln repairs. Lunch will be provided.

Basic Glaze Mixing with Po-Wen Liu
July 12, 2014 Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
This is a must attend seminar for anyone firing their own work. At some point your glaze didn't turn out and you weren't sure why. Topics to be covered include ingredients and materials classification, use of scales, recipes, materials storage, safety, sieves, temperatures and atmospheres and basic glaze testing. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The workshop will take you from knowing nothing to being comfortable mixing glazes. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, visit
To Register by Telephone, Contact Cheri Toney at 828-327-7037


Evelyn Arnold

Workshop Coordinator

CVCC Potters' Workshop

5845 Walnut Grove Lane, Hickory NC 28602

828-327-7000 ext: 4032

web: Potters' Workshop or email:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Grant Deadline for Craft Creativity and Design

Each year, the Center awards ten undergraduate seniors each with $15,000 in the form of a Windgate Fellowship. Over 70 universities from across the United States are invited to each nominate two students with exemplary skill in craft for one of the largest awards offered nationally to emerging craft artists.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Workshop with Linda McFarling 2014 - Shakerag

McFarling 3

Many people are under the impression that Linda is deceased because they haven't seen her in  while but ....that is not true. Linda is alive and well - for now anyway- so sign up for her workshop. You don't want to miss out on experiencing Linda McFarling's being. She is a wonderful teacher and potter and and ok so so. But you will learn a lot from her personal instruction  on FORM and SURFACE!!!

Pots with Sass!
at Shakerag Workshops in  Sewanee, Tennessee 
Session One: June 8 - 14, 2014
Course Description
In this fun packed week we will explore various techniques that will enhance and add a little sassiness to your work. Techniques to be covered include faceting, fluting, darting, and much more. Come with a playful attitude and willingness to take chances. Bisque firing only.

Skill Level
Some basic throwing skills required.

or contact :
Claire Reishman
c/o Shakerag Workshops
290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, TN 37375
931-598-5651 x3165

McFarling 2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ceramics Monthly is hiring

Ceramics Monthly

The Ceramic Publications Company is seeking an Assistant Editor to contribute to our content-acquisition and editing efforts for Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, art books, and Ceramic Arts Daily

This is a full-time position located in our Westerville, Ohio, office. 

We're looking for someone with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary studio ceramic artists and processes. 

For full details and application requirements, check out our employment ad on either Monster or on LinkedIn.

If you think this might be your dream job, let's talk. If you know someone who would dream of this job, please share this with them. 

Sherman Hall
Managing Director, Ceramic Publications Company

Mouse houses

I don't know if you have seen the Mouse Houses on Woodfin in Asheville NC?

They are great.

And up the street are these. 

 Now I am waiting for the No Parking signs to come up out front. They will tow!

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

Made these last night and they are AWESOME!

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 2

Asparagus coated in panko bread crumbs and parmesan and baked until golden brown and crispy.

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
salt and pepper to taste

Dredge the asparagus in the flour, dip in the egg and then into a mixture of the panko, parmesan, salt and pepper.
Place the asparagus in a single layer on a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425  F oven until golden brown, about 7-13 minutes.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Final Call on Used Kilns!

Here at Haywood Community College's
Professional Crafts Clay Program 
we recently upgraded our kilns

We're auctioning off a number of good old kilns
through the NC State Surplus Property website

Deadline to submit sealed bids: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pictures, details and bidding instructions at:

More info or assistance? Contact Terry Gess, 
Haywood Professional Crafts Clay Instructor: 828.565.4159

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Egyptian faience (Egyptian paste) recipe

I've had some requests for the Egyptian faience (Egyptian paste) recipe I was using in the Clay Club demo last month. Here it is, from Issue 35 of Ceramics Technical, where it was included in an article by Jeff Zamek. (Full credit: I adapted this from a recipe by Patricia Griffin, which she adapted from a recipe by Joseph Noble.) The pendants shown were fired to cone 06.

Amy Waller Turquoise Egyptian Paste (Egyptian Faience)
(cone 010 to cone 04)

Flint (Silica) 325 mesh 85
Sodium bicarbonate 6
Kentucky OM #4 ball clay 5.2
Whiting 1.9
Custer feldspar 1.9
Copper oxide 1.0

The Architectural Vessel Workshop With Andrew Avakian

Interested in learning new techniques for designing and constructing forms from clay slabs? Check out our workshop "The Architectural Vessel" with Andrew Avakian at Odyssey ClayWorks. Demonstrations will include using paper templates and plaster molds for building vessels and sandblasting to achieve a weathered surface. Click here to register online.

1-day, hands-on workshop, Saturday April 19, 9am-4pm. $140.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Clay Tools, Glazes, Supplies for sale!

Value $250.00 - $300.00ish, selling for $200.00 firm. Selling as a lot; tile cutter, etc., ideal for re-sell if it's not their thing. Cash or check. Ideal for someone starting out who just needs some supplies to get going/augment what they have. Tools in various stages of use, but for clay folks, any tool can be useful.

13" tile cutter

tile cutters


1 box grout

grout sealant

1 tube silicone


foam brushes

1 packet cheesecloth

board screws

sandpaper, various grades

1 box Plaster of Paris

1 can kiln shelf repair (green stuff)

a bit of wax resist

eye shield glasses

Potter's Choice glazes - Cone 5 - 6 - 14 jars - various levels of use

Mayco Glazes - 7 jars - Cone 5 - 6 - various levels of use

sponge pieces

clay tools, various, some typical, some specialty, some carving

1 big green tote (everything but the tile cutter fits in!)



Local (WNC) sales preferred.

To buy or for more information, contact Greg Vineyard at

Liz Zlot Summerfield Workshop, Asheville NC May 23-25, 2014

Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts will feature:

3-Day Workshop, May 23-25
Friday 6-9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

This workshop will focus on handbuilt slab salt and pepper dispensers such as shakers and small lidded pots. Participants will be introduced to making and using basic paper patterns to create their pots. We will discuss the opportunities a set or multiples has to offer. Pots will be constructed from earthenware clay. Two days will be completely devoted to wet construction. Terra sigillata and underglaze will be introduced on the final day. Some clay experience helpful but not required

Tuition: $270 + $25 Lab Fee

No Clay Club this month

No Clay Club this month.

We will have one at John Hartom's next month.

Shunned Males

Saw this group of male turkeys yesterday and it reminded me of the flaws with polygamy. What do you do with all the extra males?

Seems this big Tom has not qualms with shunning his 7 friends to get at his hens.

We also saw a beautiful white deer this morning!  Nice way to start the day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nathan needs some help getting over the edge....Who wants to PUSH him?

Nathan Neufeld a former Odyssey Resident and cheater in the Clay Olympics handbuilding contest (ask Mellie) is trying to study abroad.  He just needs a few more helpers to get him over the edge :

Fond Farewell and Many Thanks

After eleven years of potting in North Carolina, I'll be saying goodbye this summer to pursue a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These years have been formative and rewarding and I owe many thanks to my community, friends and supporters. My experiences these eleven years have instilled a desire to delve deeper and seek a new challenge. The opportunity to expand my knowledge of my craft and push my artistic growth is one that I'm grateful and excited to have. So, I say goodbye for now, but not forever.

Before I depart, I hope you will visit the final craft show in which I'll be participating or consider taking a class with me. The 4th Annual Madison County Potters Market is just around the corner and after a hiatus, I'm looking forward to teaching a 5 week class at Odyssey. Plans for a final studio sale are in the works, so stayed tuned for details in the next month or so. Thank you all SO much for the support. I hope to see you and best wishes,

Emily Reason

As always, my work is available to Flow~ Handmade Adornment, Body & Home, 14 South Main Street, Marshall, NC

Courtney Long from Western Piedmont Community College

There is a very good article in Pottery Making Illustrated featuring our own: Courtney Long:

click to enlarge

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Work Jim Kransberger

MORRIS AND HIS MASTER, 10-1/2" x 9-3/4" x 6-1/2" Ceramic with wooden wheels:

POOCH & PAL, 12-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 4" Ceramic

GRACE AND FIFI, 12-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" Ceramic

Jim Kransberger
85 East Euclid Parkway
Asheville, NC 28804


Friday, April 4, 2014

Just unloaded ..Gas 4/2014

WOOD KILN (and other stuff) FOR SALE

This is it! 
Haywood  Community College Professional Crafts Clay Program

Kilns for Sale 

on NC State Auction!

Wood Kiln - 2 Gas Car Kilns - 2 Raku Kilns
All used but in good condition!

We've recently moved into a great new facility - 
We're offering these no-longer-used kilns 
to area potters at decent prices

  These used kilns will be sold by Sealed Bids 
from Thursday, 4/3/14 
10 am Thursday, 4/16/2014 

(Choose Location: "Clyde, Haywood Community Coll" from drop-down menu, then hit Find It)

It you have any problems Call Terry Gess (828) 565-4159
 to preview or for more info. 
He can help you through the process!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Old Econo Kiln & truck topper

see the craigslist ad and contact me if interested


$200 OBO, make me an offer!

Econo Kiln (now L&L), 7 cu ft. with kiln sitter. Needs TLC, a steel rod for lid hinge, new wires and elements, which should be available through L & L. Interior brick is in good shape.

Does not include kiln furniture.
truck topper:

Western North Carolina professional potters group forming in the High Country

From the Handmade in America newsletter:

Calling All Potters in the Following Counties:

Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Wilkes, and Caldwell Counties

Tena Wenta, of Wenta Pottery, is working to establish a professional potters group in the High Country. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Watauga County Library in Boone NC.

The first meeting will select a committee that will work to establish The High Country Potters. Tena's desire is to not only network with the Watauga County Arts Council, but with Ashe and Avery County Arts Councils, HandMade in America, the Chambers of Commerce, the High Country Visitor Center, the Northwest Visitor Center, and anyone else that will help bring a presence to the great number of potters living and working in these counties.

Please contact Tena at for more information.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FREE Slide Lecture This Saturday

Eric Knoche will be giving a slide lecture at Odyssey ClayWorks
This Saturday, April 5th at 1pm
Free and open to the public
Please join us!

Ceramic Job in Yellow Springs Ohio

John Bryan Community Pottery is seeking applicants for a part-time Studio Director position.

The Director must have strong communication skills and the ability to organize and energize people in a cooperative environment. Computer literacy, effective financial and management ability are required. Experience in business as well as ceramics/pottery is valued. Kiln construction, firing techniques, and glaze formulation are some aspects of the studio the director is expected to facilitate. An average of 15-20 hours per week including some regular “office hours” is expected. Pay commensurate with studio’s annual income. The ability to mobilize and incorporate the help of staff, renters, friends of JBCP, and Board of Directors is integral to this position.

See all duties at:

Send resume with cover letter by
May 15, 2014 to:

100 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Or email