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.