Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Are you a college student or know a student interested in participating in our Summer Workshop Series? Good News! We are offering a special discount for students- 25% off workshop tuition. Use discount code student25 when registering on EventBrite. Or call 828-285-0210.

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Windgate Museum Internship Host Institutions announced, applications now open for interns


The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is pleased to announce the 10th Windgate Museum Internship call for applications. This opportunity provides $5,000 stipends to four nationally selected undergraduate or graduate students to work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary craft collections, exhibitions and/or programs. The goal of these internships is to support and expand the number of future curators with education and interest in contemporary craft.

After reviewing applications from a diverse and compelling group of museums, CCCD is pleased to announce the 2015 Windgate Museum Internship Host Institutions:

High Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art (Decker Gallery), The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Please see the internship descriptions for deadlines and application instructions.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Odyssey Clayworks 2015 Summer Workshop Series starts this May.  We are enrollonig now and space is limited! To sign up for a workshop go to http://www.odysseyceramicarts.com/

Seattle potter Deb Schwartzkopf has a definitive voice in contemporary American pottery.  By throwing and altering she creates sleek and gestural forms that reflect proportions to satisfy the demands of utility and composition.  Her pots are covered in rich dynamic glazes that support her soft and approachable forms. Schwartzkopf’s firm understanding of forms out of the round has resulted in a high demand for workshops and a strong presence in national ceramic exhibitions.  To see more of Deb's work and learn about her studio practice visit www.debspottery.com/

If you are interested in finding your voice in form and surface and pushing your work beyond the wheel join Deb Schwartzkopf from May 25th-29th at Odyssey Clayworks.

The Book of (Egyptian) Faience by John Goddard

Through the magic of instagram, I've met John Goddard, who has done a ton of experimentation with Egyptian faience, aka Egyptian paste. If you're interested in working with Egyptian faience, check out his downloadable book, "The Book of Faience." It has lots of information, including recipes and firing schedules, and beautiful photos to boot.

"The Book of Faience" ("Faience Ancient and Modern") is available here:

He says he's happy to answer questions - you can contact him at john@goddard.eu.com.

And check out his work on instagram, too: instagram.com/chink_inthe_wall

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Free & OPen! Haywood Clay Workshop with Susan Feagin! Monday 3/30!

FREE & OPEN TO ALL! Demo Workshop with Susan Feagin!

Monday, March 30, 2015 1pm - 4PM at HCC!
Creative Arts Building Clay Studio on Haywood's campus. Map:

Susan is the Clay Coordinator at Penland School. 
She'll be demonstrating her various approached to surface design treatment.

Free and open to all -- Please join us! 
Call Terry Gess at 828 565 4159 or email tgess@haywood.edu for more info.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kiln Shelves for Sale

Fourteen(14"x28") kiln shelves for sale. Fired to cone 05. No warpage, no kiln wash, only a few drips on one shelf. Selling for less than half new price. $350 for all 14 or sold individually.
Tzadi Turrou

Monday, March 23, 2015

Is it Food Safe?

I have a new article entitled "Is it Food Safe?" which tries to address the many questions and confusions regarding ceramic glazes. I also include tips on studio safety.

I am selling as a PDF (electronic file) on my site for $0.99 for 3 days and then for $1.99.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Looking for a house rental or house sit opportunity near Spruce Pine from late May to early August 2015. 
My partner will be teaching at the Spruce Pine Montessori School this summer and I am looking for a clay studio to share/use during that time to continue my work. We are both responsible home owners in our late 50's and looking to enjoy the summer in the mountains while continuing our livelihoods. 

I saw a 2013 and 2014 post on Clay Club for a house and studio for rent near Penland. I am wondering if it might be available for rent again this summer. 

Any information or leads would be appreciated. 

Please contact Martin at mstinroofpottery@gmail.com or call me 919-832-3073

Odyssey Classes Enrolling Now

There are just a few days left to enroll in Odyssey's spring classes! I will be teaching an intro to surface design class this session. I only offer this class about once a year and it is always great fun. There are just a couple of spots left!

Link to classes:


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award | Opportunities | College Art Association | CAA | Advancing the history, interpretation, and practice of the visual arts for over a century

Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award | Opportunities | College Art Association | CAA | Advancing the history, interpretation, and practice of the visual arts for over a century

Study Pottery with Terry Gess at Haywood Community College

Looking for a solid education in clay?
Want to develop the skills to be a successful studio potter?
Want to take your work to the next level?

Enroll in Haywood's 

Professional Crafts -               Clay Program!

Classes start August, 2015


            March 23-April 24 (By appointment)
         June 1-July 24 (By appointment)

Limited space still available! 

   2-year course of study -- - all skill levels welcome
   Individual studio spaces  -  one-on-one instruction
   Affordable tuition -- scholarships & financial aid available
   Soda, wood, reduction, electric, raku kilns
   Innovative focus on marketing, promoting, & selling your work
   Small enrollment classes  -- Terry Gess, studio potter instructor
   Glaze Testing class & History of Pottery class
   Craft Marketing class & Craft Enterprise business class
Hands-on sales and exhibition opportunities & experience

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Glaze Workshop (Oxidation and Reduction) Cone 6 Saratoga Clay Art Center

We have a few spots open in this Glaze Workshop at Saratoga Clay Art Center in Saratoga NY April 10-12, 2015.

This will be a great workshop because we are doing glaze mixing and testing in both Electric oxidation and Gas reduction at cone 6. 

If you are at all interested in cone 6 glazes this will be a great workshop where we will have over 1200 tiles to discuss the properties of glazes. This workshop is actually similar to a week long workshop at most places but you get it in three fun filled days. 

We will also go over the book "The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes" so you get a better understanding of glazes, firing, application and mixing. 

If you are in the NY area or know anyone who is interested - could you pass this on?!

Workshop Description
This is a three day Cone 6 glaze testing workshop designed to show participants how to test a base recipe and get various colors (color blend) as well as strength of colors (progression test). It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. We will discuss clays, slips, 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 John’s 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. The workshop is for beginner to advanced ceramic artists and is limited to 20 participants.

Ceramic Equipment for sale in Nashville, TN

Ceramic equipment for sale in Nashville, TN, 3/19-20----- Please share:

Skutt kiln, large, KS1227 equivalent (c/8) has add'l blank ring (c/1)

Slip mixer & mold pouring table (w/ recycling mixer)

Great-good-or-likely-good-though-officially-as-is condition -- Owned and maintained by my electrical engineer uncle, who was also a great ceramics nerd. (Slaking needed in the pouring table tank.)

Additional kiln parts, elements, kiln shelves, hand tools, brushes, cones, commercial glazes, spray gun, molds. 

Photos are clearer and large at the link below.

Estate sale -- 3/20 & 3/21

Address will be available at this link after 9:00 AM on Thurs, Mar 19th, 2015:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Potters, Gardeners, Pets Need Help? The Perfect Assistance is Here!

I'm posting this for my  assistant, Sarah Holt. Jump on it now! Thanks from Gay Smith.


My name is Sarah Holt,and I am looking for work to support myself.  I have over 10 years of clay experience, and I can mix glazes, mix clay, process reclaim, clean your studio, help with chopping/stacking wood, scrape kiln shelves, put in a shift on a wood firing, do yard/garden work, clean/prep rental properties. I'm good with dogs, and can do dog/house sitting.  I am also a good cook, so if you want someone to make the nibbles for a studio open house, I can do that too!  I can provide local references, and I have my own transportation.

I will be available starting immediately.

You can contact me via email at:   prometheusmoth@gmail.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

Great Job Opportunity for Ceramicists in Burnsville, NC!

From the Crimson Laurel Gallery facebook page:

Great Job Opportunity for Ceramicists!
We are looking for potters for a brand new enterprise in the Burnsville, NC area involving multiple production lines using various techniques and processes.
The candidates must have a solid background in clay and preferably be familiar with some of the following: wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, slip casting, ram pressing, jiggering, kiln firing, etc...
Full time employment preferable.
Contact Andy at apalmer@crimsonlaurelgallery.com for more information.

See the facebook post here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Clay Club recap

Thanks to John Ferlazzo for hosting Clay Club last night and to Michael Kline for leading a terrific demo and discussion on social media for potters and ceramic artists. And thanks to everyone who came and participated, too - lots of good questions got asked and answered.

Michael may put some notes together for us, but in the meantime, go ahead and check out the Demo Notes page on his website - he has more information about social media for potters and other creatives there:


And here's the book Michael recommended:
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk.

Thanks for a great Clay Club everyone!

(Yes, we made John sit outside.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Purchasing used equipment:

I am a studio manager working to get my studio in Boone, NC up and running with more equipment to offer large classes and workshops. Also looking for materials to start my own clay studio.

Looking for wheels, kilns, extruder, slab roller, any & all used clay related tools.

Please contact Laurie Harris, clay@artoflivingretreatcenter.org

Thank you!

Clay Club tonight!

Clay Club is tonight!


When: 6 pm tonight

What: Michael Kline will lead a demo and discussion on social media

Where: John Ferlazzo's near Bakersville (see link below for directions)

John will provide a spiral-cut ham and we will have the usual potluck to go with that, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Directions and more details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-clay-club-social-media-with.html

See you tonight!

Studio Space Wanted in Asheville NC

Studio Space Wanted:

Full Time potter moving to Asheville. I am searching for a studio space to rent on my own or share with another potter. I will be working full time in the studio, am clean and organized. 

 I have three kilns, potters wheel, slab roller, extruder, as well as full shelving units and work tables. 

If sharing a studio space I am willing to share equipment in exchange for share in rent or open to other negotiations.

Please contact: MIchael Hamlin, 704-936-6423 or michaelhamlinsmith@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Looking to purchase used equipment for a home studio: automated electric kiln, gas kiln, slab roller, wheel. Thanks! Jillian Wolf bisoncrow@gmail.com, 828-778-1874.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Roger Jamison Reception and Workshop - Roswell, GA


We’ll be hosting a closing reception for Roger tomorrow evening at Art Center West and a demonstration workshop throughout the weekend. 

 lease feel free to send word to students and friends. 

I hope you enjoy the exhibition online or in person at 1355 Woodstock Rd, Roswell GA 30075. 770.641.3990.

Looking for a firing partner in Asheville Cone 6 reduction (My kiln)

I'm looking for someone who would be interested in firing cone 6 reduction with me. 

I would like to fire about every 3-4 weeks. 

The kiln is located in West Asheville and is a 60 cubic foot gas car kiln. 

Please reply by email to westfirestudio@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Clay Club: social media with Michael Kline at John Ferlazzo's

March Clay Club will be at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 11, at John Ferlazzo's near Bakersville. Michael Kline will lead a demo and discussion on social media. If you somehow don't know (do you live under a rock?!), Michael is a master of social media, including participating in a panel on social media at NCECA in 2014. Check out Michael's website where you'll find his Sawdust & Dirt blog and and links to his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest accounts - and photos of his beautiful pottery, too:


John is going to provide a spiral-cut ham and we will have the usual potluck to go with that, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too. John has a kitchen in the space where we'll be meeting, so if you want to bring something that needs to be heated, that's doable.

John also says he'll have what he is calling a "campfire+."


John is at 110 Gage Branch Road, near Bakersville.

Coming from Spruce Pine, drive north on NC 226 (toward Bakersville) for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn left onto Mine Creek Road/NC 226A. Go 2.8 miles and turn left onto Gage Branch Road. John's is the first driveway on the right. Follow the driveway up to the top.

You can also use Google Maps to get to John's (be sure to expand all the details of the directions if that doesn't happen automatically):


Questions? Call John at 828-688-1354. You can also contact me by email (amy@amywallerpottery.com) or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ben Owen III - Lecture in Hickory NC

2015 Guest Lecture Series:

"Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition alive through Contemporary Works"

Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.: American studio potter Ben Owen III, who works in Seagrove, N.C., he will speak on the Seagrove tradition.

All lectures are free and open to the public; they start at 7 pm and will held at the CVCC East Wing Auditorium.


Bigger Pots Made Easy Weekend Workshop

With Gabriel Kline and Anja Bartels
Click here to register.
2 ½ Day Workshop
May 1-3
Friday 6:30-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am- 6pm

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? The truth is, you don't have to be a big, strong person to make big, strong pots! Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large scale pottery. Demos will include throwing wide rimmed bowls, section building skyscraper pitchers, centering 50-100 lbs of clay and creative ways to make voluminous storage jars. These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You'll be amazed at the pieces you create! The weekend will include plenty of studio time in addition to the demos.
For more information, please visit odysseyceramicarts.com or call 828-285-0210.

Monday, March 2, 2015

NC Potters Conference March 6-8, 2015

For Sale: Craft Fair Display $400

For Sale: Craft Fair Display $400   Celo/ Burnsville NC area

(13) Pro Panel Knockdown Booth Panels, Tops and Bottoms
7 foot tall, light grey, includes hardware. They look like this.
7' Tall Plan A - Knock Down Pro Panels in Moonbeam

(2) Pro Panel Desk Unit 36" tall, dark grey. They look like this.

Pro Panels Pro Desks
Some small blemishes, overall good condition. These were used by my mom, Bobby Wells, for showing her art at craft fairs. I thought I would be doing the same, but alas, the farm business has me fully occupied.

From Cedar Johnson