Friday, January 28, 2022

Friday, January 21, 2022


Hey Everyone, Sign-ups for the Gold shino firing is now closed. We got 15 replies. That means I can give everyone 1 full shelf = 12" x 12" x 5" high. You can map this out yourself on a table and be sure not to have things going over the edge of the kiln shelf otherwise all the work won't fit because you can't overhang everything when stacking. Basically, this means 12 -20 ea. small tea bowls or cups. Then remember that it has to be cone 10 clay, Helios porcelain or some porcelain for best results but you can also use white stoneware and the third choice would be dark stoneware but I don't recommend it. (It is too dark and doesn’t show the gold as well.) You must bisque fire your teabowls and cups prior to glazing. Because of conflicts with previous commitment this is the schedule: February 17- all work must be bisque fired. February 18-20 will be glazing at my studio depending on weather. I am trying to do it outside so unless there is a major snowstorm or hurricane we can probably do it because it is under a roof. But if you want to make your own glaze batches at home or at a Group studio then let me know and I will send the recipes and good combinations. February 22-24 (sometime in there) will be the firing depending on everything. February 26- 27 will be pick up of your work. I will make a video of the results and people can post their own images on the Blog. Disclaimer: never sure how things will turn out with these kind of firings as all potters know. But I will do my best and hopefully everyone will get something that is most excellent or maybe just ok.

Double Island Studio 2022 Workshop Series Registration Open

Double Island Studio has opened registration for it's 2022 workshop season. Feed your creative side, get inspired, and infuse your work with new life!

Learn more and register at

Applications open for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

 Work by 2022 featured artist Mike Hamlin

Now in our 5th year, the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival will be held once again in North Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Saturday, October 22nd, 2022. All ceramic arts and crafts welcome. Learn more and apply at

  • Applications open until 4/30/22
  • Option to have your images pre-reviewed before applying available
  • Scholarship opportunity available
  • Application fee $10, booth fee $200
If you have any questions, please send an email to

We look forward to seeing your application!

The NCCAF Team
Tori Motyl
Kelsey Schissel
Lynda Gayle Banner
Carlisle Harris

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Salvaterra Pottery Hiring Studio Assistant

 Hey Clubbers! Salvaterra Pottery in Weaverville is hiring for a part-time assistant. 

Sue says, "Requires basic knowledge of clay, enthusiasm to learn and positive attitude. Looking for someone who wants to learn more about working in a production studio."

If you are interested and want to learn more, contact

Friday, January 14, 2022

Raku kiln for sale in Celo

Here are the details from Lynda Gayle Banner:

Olympic Raku Kiln 18", propane gas fired.  Used about 12 times.   $1200.00
Contact to see it.

Changes to Clay Club Administration

 Hey Clubbers,

I hope you are all doing well and getting ready for this exciting snow we're going to have! 

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and let you all know that for a little while, I will be your contact person for Clay Club. As you read in her email, Amy is taking time to help her husband who is having health issues so I'm going to help out here until she's able to take back over. 

If you have any questions about Clay Club, want to host a Clay Club, or have any questions or postings for the blog or social media, let me know. 

As far as monthly Clay Club goes, we are filling up fast which is so exciting! If you want to host a Clay Club - either virtual or in person - let me know asap as we are scheduling August and later. 

If you want to host but don't have a good venue, Kelsey Schissel with Plays In Mud Pottery has graciously offered her studio/gallery in West Asheville to Clay Clubbers to host at. 

Get it on your calendars, our current lineup is:

February: John Britt and Gold Shino (if you have not received John Britt's email with the details let me know and I'll get it out to you)

March: Kelsey Schissel

April: Michael Kline

May: Lynda Gayle Banner

June: Tori Motyl and Wild Clay

July: Rachel Smith and Surface Decoration with Underglaze Transfers

Reminder: Clay Club will meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6pm unless otherwise stated. You can expect an email from me each month with details. 

That's all for now, have a great weekend!

Tori Motyl

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Helos Loafers Clay

 100# Helioloafer clay (a combination of Helios and Loafers Glory clays) for sale:


We fire this clay at cone 6.  No  problems.


or: 8283809596

Henry Pope & Mary Mikkelsen

Dry Materials available per pound:

 Break Down of Dry Glaze Materials Posted Earlier by Weight:


G200 : 5 12 #; Minspar: 7#; Neph.Syenite: 6#; Whiting 9#; Dolomite 11#; Wollastonite 11#; EPK 12#; Gerstley Borate 14#; Tenn Ball 1#; OM4 2#; Grolleg 2#; Glomax 5#; Silica 200msh 3#; Pioneer Talc 4#; Tile 6 2#; Frit 3195 7#; Frit 3134 16.5#; Strontium Carb 2#; Lithium Carb 2#;                Redart 4.5#; Neman’s Red 6#; Sp Red Iron 5#; Zircopax 2#; Titanium Diox. 2#; Zinc ox 11 oz; Bone Ash synth. 2#; Soda Ash 5#; Bentonite 5#; Alum Hydrate (for kiln wash) 4#


There are additional small amounts of other materials, Rutile and a few others, in our Odyssey studio that we are throwing in free.


All for $200, or about half cost at Highwater

No partial sales

If interested call 828-380-9596

Or email:



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Experienced potter wanted for piecework

Emily VanderMey and Laurie Caffery are looking for an experienced potter for piecework beginning in January/February 2022. Folks can take on one or both of these projects.

Emily is looking for someone to throw around 30 pieces per month, with additional opportunities for work at her studio cleaning, packing, mixing glaze etc.. Pieces can be made off site and delivered or made in her studio in Marshall.

Laurie is looking for someone to throw, trim and handle ~25-50 mugs per month. Pieces must be made off site and delivered leather hard. Wet boxes will be provided and handles are slip cast from existing molds.

Overall pay begins at ~$14-21 per hour on a piecework basis. Please contact Laurie ( ) or Emily ( ) for more information.

February Clay Club with John Britt

Hey Everyone,

Wanted to offer a Free Glaze firing for the February Clay Club.  Not sure how to work out the timing because of my schedule and so it may not occur on the traditional second Wednesday in February but sometime that we agree on. 

First, I thought what we could do is to see who is interested. So reply to me at  If no one is interested then that will save a lot of time and trouble. So if you are not interested, stop reading. 😀

Once I know how many are interested we can decide on how much space each person gets in the kiln. (I am assuming about half a kiln shelf. So that is a 12" x 12" x 5" high.) You can map this out yourself on a table and be sure not to have things going over the edge of the kiln shelf otherwise all the work won't fit because you can't overhang everything when stacking. Basically this means 6 -10 ea. small  tea bowls or cups. 

Then remember that it has to be cone 10 clay, Helios porcelain or some porcelain for best results but you can also use white stoneware and the third choice would be dark stoneware but I don't recommend it. You must bisque fire your teabowls and cups prior to glazing.

For the Glazing - there are two ways: 

1. You can come here and I will have a selection of glazes and samples of what those glazes  might look like. I can set the buckets up outside in the kiln yard so no one gets Covid. We can stagger the times so there isn't a crowd. Then I will load and fire after things dry.

2. Or I can send you the recipes and you can make the glaze the cups/tea bowls at home. I can make a video showing how I glaze, the thicknesses, applying fireplace ash, layering, etc. Then all you have to do is deliver the cups to my studio and you can leave them in the kiln yard and I will load and fire them.This way we don't have to worry about getting Covid. 

Here are 2 videos of what things may look like:  

What I will do when we get folks to sign up is to type out a schedule for being done making/bisque firing and glazing and then schedule the Glaze Firing. Then I can make a video of the results and then you can pick up your pieces. I can then do a ZOOM meeting..or if the Covid surge dies down and it is warm we can meet at my studio in the kiln yard (outside) and discuss things. 

So lots of things are up in the air but we will give it a try.

After 2 years Amy and many others want to try to get things rolling again so this is my proposal to do that. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Dry materials for sale

 I did it again: 

If interested in glaze materials  for sale for  $200, please contact

or 828-380-9596



Dry materials for sale

Glaze materials for sale:

G-200, Whting, Dolomite, Minspar, Neph. Syenite, EPK, Gerst. Borate, Redart, Tenn Ball, OM 4, Poneer Talc, Frits: 3195,3134, Golleg, Glamas, Silica 200, zircopax, Tile  6, Newman's Red, Sp Red Iron, Strontium Carb, Titanium Diox., Zinc Ox., Synth. Bone Ash, Lithium Carb., Alum. Hydrate, Bentonite, Soda Ash

Total Value at Highwater at the per # price: $426.

Highwater discounts materials 42% per 100#

Our price for the lot at our 50% plus discount: $200.00, cash only, you pick up (in Weaverville)

No partial sales.

All materials are in containers.

Mikpo Pottery

Henry Pope & Mary Mikkelsen

Friday, January 7, 2022

Shimpo Whisper wheel for sale

Wheel is sold! 

Clay Club in 2022: February Clay Club with John Britt + a call for hosts

Happy New Year, Clubbers! John Britt and I have been talking and here's our thinking for moving forward and getting our meetings going again:

February Clay Club: John will be organizing a participatory Gold Shino firing for February Clay Club. Look for more details about that soon. (Thank you, John!)

For meetings after February, we're reaching out to all of you and asking that you (individually or in small groups) consider volunteering to organize and host a meeting. This could be online like our October meeting or in person, depending on what's going with COVID-19 and host preferences. I know there is a lot of interest in getting our meetings started again; here's your chance to organize and host a meeting on a topic of your choice! Let me know if you're interested in doing this.

I hope everyone's 2022 is starting out well despite Omicron. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, January 6, 2022


Nidec wheel for sale, my previous posting: 

I forgot to add my email contact: 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Nidec wheel for sale

I am selling my Nidec (Shimpo) VL Whisper  wheel.  Used lightly, clean, ready to go. 

Price: $850

Add legs (not used yet) $100

Or: $950 for both.

Call: 828-380-9596 (cell)

Henry Pope & Mary Mikkelsen

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

It has taken me awhile to muster this post. I learned yesterday that my friend and mentor, Cynthia Lee, left her body on Dec 23rd. Taking a cue from another friend, I share images of two ceramic pieces I have of hers, purchased in conjunction with classes I took that she taught.
Cynthia managed Odyssey Studios (now Odyssey Clayworks) for some twenty years. It was really challenging work and didn't pay near what she was worth, but like the owners, she did it for the love of clay and the vision of Odyssey. A finer juggling act you've never seen, and always with the welfare of students, teachers and resident artists in mind. Despite her extensive knowledge and interest in ceramics, she really didn't have the time and energy for her own work during that time.
An artist since high school, when she worked for Renaissance Glass in Leicester, her later life was spent pursuing what she loved. She taught at several large studios including Odyssey, and maintained her own studio in the River Arts District. I particularly enjoyed her work for her focus on plants, and for the sweetness in her presentation of them. Good for her, for making her dream come true.
Cynthia requested that in lieu of flowers, she’d like people to purchase works from local ceramic artisans and take a photo of themselves with it. Photos can be emailed to her husband, Randy, at
Thank you, Cindy, for all you shared with our community. You will be missed.