Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pollen from my bees

Here is some local pollen I got from my bees yesterday. I am not the best at this ...but it might be Daisy, Blackberry,  etc. 

Very cool though!

Gerstley Borate at Laguna

Here is an ad in Ceramics Technical showing that Laguna Clay has over 900 tons of Gerstley Borate.  

Seems like it will last a few years more!

Almost a new sign

I had some extra spray paint so I decided to spray the flashing on the back of the lettering of my sign.  Like new!

Nature Day 6

It is a dog eat dog world out there......Ants or aphids who will win? Maybe a ladybug coming around the corner....

Nature Day 5

Nature Day 4

Nature Day 3

Nature Day 2

Nature Day 2014

Today is nature day on the blog so I thought I would post some images from the studio.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Crusty Parmesan Herb Zucchini

For a quick but delicious Hors d'oeuvre:

Crusty Parmesan Herb Zucchini

4 medium zucchini sliced in half or in rounds
½-1 cup Parmesan cheese—grated
1-2 Tbsp. fresh minced rosemary and thyme or dried—adjust accordingly
Smidgen of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350⁰. Brush sides of zucchini with olive oil and place on foil-lined baking sheet. Mix cheese and herbs together in small bowl. Sprinkle on zucchini. Bake 15 minutes then place under broiler for another 3-5 minutes checking to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn.

Remove from oven and serve.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Red Lodge Clay Center seeks a full time Curator of Exhibitions.

Red Lodge Clay Center is pleased to announce our search for a full time Curator of Exhibitions.

The ideal candidate would have an extensive knowledge of contemporary ceramics, the ceramic medium, and previous gallery experience. Sales experience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary. Strong office administration, business skills, and computer database knowledge are essential.

The Curator of Exhibitions will curate and install gallery exhibitions; maintain gallery website; produce the Center’s monthly newsletter; facilitate public relations and advertising; monitor inventory and sales through Center’s point of sale software. Additional responsibilities include managing resident assistants working in the gallery performing such duties as receiving and processing inventory, gallery sales, packing and shipping inventory, and assisting in exhibition transitions.

The Curator of Exhibitions will work closely with Executive Director and Staff to develop programs to enhance the Center's educational mission.

Starting annual salary commensurate with experience.

Application packet should include cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references. Please send all materials to: David Hiltner, Executive Director, Red Lodge Clay Center, PO Box 1527, Red Lodge, Montana 59068. Open until filled.

This is what we have to deal with!

It isn't easy living in the mountains!  This is what we have to deal with....every day ...  all day!

Public Art Project- Pitch in and LEARN something!

Alex Irvine needs help with his public art commission in Asheville.  This is a great opportunity to contribute to public art and learn from a highly skilled sculptural tile maker.  

Still looking for more interns. 

This is the deal: 

1. A minimum 3 hr time commitment. The more someone can volunteer the more I will teach them. I need help pressing tiles, rolling slabs and wedging clay. I also need help building the figure. At three hours it will mostly be grunt work. 

2.  A minimum 6 hr commitment. I can teach press molding and some slab construction.

It is really hot in the day in this warehouse and working at night is preferable. IT IS ESSENTIAL that you can huck around a 25 lb bag of clay--it's kinda heavy. Some clay experience would be nice but is not necessary. Below are some process photos to let you know what you'd be getting into. 

Thanks for looking. Call if interested: 301-655-9566

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Leach Treadle Wheel FOR SALE Asheville NC

Leach treadle wheel made of marine mahogany by Mark Polglase of Great River Wood Working in Minnesota. Used for demos. $700 firm. 

Call Jim at 828-989-8484

Wheel is at my studio in Asheville, NC River Arts District

Monday, June 23, 2014

Best Blueberry Year

Finally after about 3 years or more I have a good crop of Blueberries from the two plants I got from our Extension Service!  Yum, Yum

The BEST Glaze Class EVER !

I wanted to repost this announcement:

 I am having a glaze class at The Bascom in Highland NC July 14-18, 2014. It is going to be a great class!  We have 14 so far but I want to get 16 or more because it is better to have more testers and more clay and glaze knowledge in the room! 

Everyone will will testing three bases on three clay bodies in multiple firing (cone 05 , cone 6 reduction and oxidation and cone 10 reduction). This will give us THOUSANDS of results which we will examine together to try to understand. To do this yourself would take about 2 months of sustained work and will will do it in a fun atmosphere with plenty of laughing!!  If you know of anyone who is interested please pass this on!

This is the last class of this kind I will be running this year so don't miss out!  It will make all your dreams come true.

Upcoming Glaze Class in Western NC

Yo Potters.....Anyone what to learn more about glazes?

 I am having a workshop at the Bascom Center for Visual Arts in Highlands NC , July 14- 18, 2014.  It is the last workshop of this kind for the year.  A few spots are still open. 

We are trying to get as many people in as possible so we can maximize the tests we are doing. It will be a lot of fun and you will learn a lot. This is the workshop you have been waiting for!  Take charge of your glazes.

Don't procrastinate another day in learning what you need to get the results you want!!

Clay Club July 9, 2014 at Crimson Laurel Gallery

Here is a photo from Crimson Laurel at Halloween.

Looks like we will be having the July 9, 2014 Clay Club at the Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC. We will be just hanging out and talking to the new Gallery Director's Silvia Ferrari-Palmer and Andy Palmer.

It will be a great chance to hear what they are planning this year for the Gallery and to just have them meet everyone.

I will post more later.

Beginner Wheel Throwing For Kids Ages 6-10

This Clay Camp was so popular we had to offer it again! 

Click here to register online.
July 14-18, Monday-Friday, 9am- 12 pm

Time to get dizzy learning a popular craft in the Carolinas. This week we will make pottery every student is proud to take home and even use! Vases, bowls and mugs are on the agenda, and students will get a much more in depth look at decorating and glazing their pieces.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

RIP Jerry Rothman

For Sale: Eclipse atmospheric burners.

I have two Eclipse TR-16 atmospheric burners that I am looking to get rid of.  They were last used with natural gas.  The burners come with the 90 degree elbows which have flame retention screens in them.  They can be mounted vertically with them or horizontally without. Burners  are 33" long with a 4" open end.  All the plumbing (not shown) is included as well as the pilots and baso valves.  I will strap everything on a pallet for a freight pickup as well.  Asking $1500.  Contact Phil at 507.273.2886 or 507.208.6502, or via email  Zip for shipping is 55904.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Roan Mountain sun set

Shane Mickey needs a Dawson Kiln Sitter Found, Found , Found

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I am looks ng for a used dawson kiln sitter. 240 vac 50 amp-60hz model lt-3k
Cash or barter pots.
Mine is shot

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Rare- Lancaster Mixer in Black Mountain NC

Tom Bridges in Black Mountain NC has an old (and modified but working perfectly) Lancaster mixer that's used for ceramic or refractory mixes. It is from an explosive ordnance plant that made 40mm grenades and 203 grenade launcher. This thing will mix anything that's difficult to mix or is very stiff.   I just need to get the money I have in it - $500?

tom bridges 

Help Charlie Brown save his historic pottery in Asheville NC

The Brown Family has been in the U.S.since 1700' and in Arden, N.C. 90 + years. We are Southern Traditional Folk Potters. That means each generation learns from the previous generation . Now we are 11 generations. We still continue Traditions, Tools, and other memorabilia as well. Our ancestors blood , sweat, and tears are intertwined into my hands and every part of my existence. I can not Imagine not doing pottery and working at my wheel. In 2000, We had to remodel inside and out as it was falling down around us and needed to be brought up to utility codes. That put a hefty mortgage on the building as it was like building a new building due to all of the structural and roof repair. Life and taking care of parents found us refinancing ourselves into a refinancial hole and would happily do it again. In the downward spiral we lost slowly, first the life and health insurance , our assets, our house, and now we are down to the savored pieces of family pottery. We are in need of equipment and clay and supplies to be able to continue. Now the shop is all we have left with my family(wife and 2 boys) and a God given talent and our heritage .The shop is our home with no where else to go and very little family left. I can not afford help so I swallow my pride and say"Deeply any help would be truly and humbly appreciated". "The Brown Family"

Attention Potters! This is going to be a great workshop.

Ceramics Materials Science Primer

6-Day Workshop With Frank Bosco 

Monday- Saturday, July 28- August 2

This six-day workshop will incorporate conversation and hands on experience working with the raw materials that are the building blocks of clay bodies and glazes. This is the perfect workshop for students who desire a deeper chemical knowledge of the ceramic process. A resource book written and assembled by the instructor will be provided to guide you through the workshop and beyond into common studio practice.
Tuition: $525+ $50 Lab Fee

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reception at TRAC in Spruce Pine this Friday and another one next week in Burnsville NC

Reception this Friday at the Spruce Pine TRAC for :

Artists Working Along Cane Creek Road
Friday, June 20
5 to 7pm
Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery

Reception next Friday June 28 at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery:

Steve Buettner, Serey Andree, Lisa Blackburn, John Hartom, Kathy Steinsberger, Marcia Watt
Friday, June 27
5 to 7 pm
Burnsville TRAC Gallery

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Leach Teadle (Gates Wheel) SOLD,SOLD, SOLD, SOLD


Needs a good home that will put it to use.  Great condition.  
I could travel to Asheville to deliver but prefer that you pick it up in Bryson City, North Carolina (great place to visit anyway!)

$1500 firm

This is a Douglas Gates Treadle in the Leach tradition.  


Influential Imagery

Here's some of the pictures I was going through to prepare for my artist talk at Flow last week.  It was great to revisit these photos.  They give me so many ideas.  The Flow summer Artist talk series is pretty sweet.  Sangria, refreshments and an artist talking about their inspiration, process, aspirations.  Next month's talk features clothing designer Lisa Mandle on July 10, 6pm.

Dunzi making, Jingdezhen, China

 carving glazed greenware for stacking, Chen Lu, China
 Loading saggers full of stacked bowls into coal fired kiln, Chen Lu China
 Tea bowl stand
 Han/ Jin Urn
 Exquisite Ming Vase
 Mesoamerican Puma vessel
 Mesoamercian Ewer
 Han barn yard tomb relic
 Han (?) Well tomb relic
 Han tomb relic
 Bronze vessel, Summer Palace, Beijing
Native American wedding vase
 Carrie Furnace, Pittsburgh Pa
 Jade carved sculpture, Summer Palace, Beijing
 Carved wood panel, Great Mosque, Xian China
 Laddling molten steel
 Sage grouse
 Hog Drovers
 Barge, Monongahela River, Pittsburgh, PA
Ibex,Egyptian (?)