Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop

Saturday April 14- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at John Britt Pottery studio in Bakersville NC (Near Penland or 1 hour north of Asheville NC)

Planning an exciting workshop here at my studio. I think it will be super fun and informative for all potters who wish to understand more about our field and processes. Don't miss this rare opportunity!! Cheap too!!! With a delicious lunch provided.


Learn almost everything you ever wanted to know about clays and glazes in a small intimate setting from internationally renowned experts. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.

This is your chance to hear three experts in their respective fields share their thoughts followed by question and answer sessions. If you are interested in clays and glazes and how they work together then this workshop is perfect for you. Think of it as a mini-NCECA in your own backyard! 

Alex Glover is an internationally known geologist who recently retired with over 38 years of experience in industrial minerals. He has worked all over the world with various companies including: The Georgia Marble Company, Vulcan Materials Company, Zemex Industrial Minerals Corporation, and Active Minerals International. He is amazing knowledgeable about geology, the formation of ceramics materials and how industry works. He will speak on his work finding Josiah Wedgwood’s original clay deposits in Franklin NC. He is an excellent and engaging speaker who is able to explain complex subjects in a down to earth style.

Steve Blankenbeker researches and develops materials for Taylor Clay Products and Brick Company in Salisbury, NC. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Ceramics from NC State University. He worked for Cedar Heights Clay for 18 years and 16 years with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury NC. Steve loves to help potters find and use local or regional clays in NC, OH and WV. He will talk on geology of local sourced clays as well as his amazing knowledge of the brick industry.

Michael Tkach is recently retired after 20 years as the Director of Ceramic Engineering at the Homer Laughlin China Company who produces Fiestaware. He has amazing knowledge of the ceramic industry and how things are produced, how to control slips and glazes and how to have success with glazes. Michael is a firm believer that understanding the relationship between specific gravity, viscosity, glaze application weights, and application techniques will give any potter the ability to develop and reproduce the glaze effects they desire.

9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Arrive have coffee and rolls
10:00-12:00 Alex Glover
12:00- 1:00 Delicious lunch of soup and salad included
1:00 – 3:00 Steve Blankenbeker
3;00 – 5:00 Michael Tkach

Cost: $100 (Only $75 if before March 15 or for students) – Delicious lunch provided. (soup and salad)

Registration requires full non-refundable payment to hold your spot. (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

Send a check to hold your spot or send payment on Paypal

John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705

Any questions contact John Britt 828-467-5020

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lithium Carbonate prices

Hey all you potters, I put on my commodity trading hat and just did a search for lithium carbonate at pottery suppliers and the prices are rising fast. Laguna (Axner ) is now $43.00 a pound.
The cheapest I found is Highwater Clay at $13.50. Then Big Ceramic Store it $15.50, USpignemt is $24, The Ceramic Shop $24....and everyone else is over $30 on the way to $40...Sheffield, Armadillo, Georgies, etc.
If you use Lithium Carbonate in your glazes now may be the time to get some. May be worth the shipping cost. ..Thanks Elon Musk and lithium/cobalt batteries for cars...phones too . Assume that cobalt is next ..Highwater is best $20 Axner is $37.

Got a few spots left in a workshop outside of Los Angles next week. It's going to be very unique one where we're going to just explore sculptural surfaces for a week! We have 15 people so far but are hoping to get 20 participants so we can have more results to work with. Should be a lot of fun! If you don't mind, please share with your sculpture friends! Thx! #johnbrittworkshop #glazes #pottery #ceramics #sculpture #art #ceramicwor #ceramicsculpture #glazeworkshops #sculpturalsurfaces #bluewaterclay #cats


Sculptural Glaze Surfaces Workshop Feb 12-16, 2018

Los Angeles Sculptural Glaze Workshop

February 12- 16, 2018

Five Day-Sculptural Ceramic Surface Glaze Testing Workshop
This is a 5-day glaze testing workshop designed to show students how to test a base recipe and get various colors (color blend) as well as vary the strength of colors (progression test). We will also run other tests as the group decides, like a 50%/50% volumetric blends, line blend, triaxial, and then some work with slips, terra sigillatas, and washes as well as high temp pencils, pastels and other specialty things if the group wants. (Other non-firing possibilities may include: graphite with hot wax, acrylics, distressing, sandblasting, acid washes, etc.)
 It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to low fire and cone 6 glazes. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss clays, slips, cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles to achieve a variety of sculptural glaze surfaces.
These will be non-functional glazes for sculptural pieces only. There is no concern for functional glazes. These are often patinas or even painted surfaces.

Cost: $450 plus $50 lab and firing fee.
Registration requires full non-refundable payment.  (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

For more information contact:
Richard Kopcho – 310-200-4171 or
Eugene Daub – 310-872-9854 or
John Britt – 828-467-5020
I can email a schedule of the workshop upon request as well as supply list.
Location:  Blue Water Clay Studio