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Thursday, September 17, 2015
Recap: September Clay Club at Haywood Community College
Thank you, Terry Gess, for hosting a terrific Clay Club at Haywood Community College! And thanks to Jeff Chown, North American representative for Netherlands-based Blaauw Kilns. Jeff gave a presentation titled, "The Tao of Blaauw: A High Temperature Philosophy, From About Ten Feet Under the Sea." He talked about an industry approach to kiln-firing that looks for ways to fire efficiently - environmentally efficient, and cost and time efficient, too. Jeff peppered his talk with pop quizes - maybe because we were meeting at a community college?
Jeff is in Western North Carolina to install a computer-controlled gas kiln at Alex Matisse's East Fork Pottery in Madison County, and there's a photo of Jeff showing a slide of the kiln being installed below. (It's the second photo of Jeff during the presentation. The first shows Jeff thinking aloud about all the money wasted in traditional kiln firings - you may have to click on the photo to enlarge it to see that.)
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.