Friday, October 31, 2008

Clay Club is Wednesday November 12, 2008.

Next Clay Club meeting is at this man's house from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. If you see him, ask him to call me and then run for your life,

John Britt

Wrinkled Skin Glaze

If you ever need a nasty "Wrinkled Skin" glaze let me know. Got it free, with my new membership to the AARP.

John Britt

UMF (Unity Molecular Formula)

Finished up the glaze workshop today with an exciting explaination of the UMF!

John Britt

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Anita Cup

If you need a cup, let me know,

John Britt

Frit Melt Tests

We also ran some frit melt tests, like this beauty, which are fired on a slant to show their opacity and how much they run relative to each other.

John Britt

Triaxial Blend

During the Glaze Class this week, we ran a triaxial blend with Ash, Nepheline Syenite and local Tennessee shale. Got come great looking glazes!

John Britt

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Potter's on the Roan

The "Potters on the Roan" are COLD!

John Britt

Hamada Rust (Temmoku)

Hamada Rust cone 10

77.0 Custer Feldspar
0.1 Silica
6.2 Whiting
4.3 Kaolin
12.4 Gerstley Borate
7.5 Red Iron Oxide

Procelain, thrown and altered, cone 10 reduction.

John Britt

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Grass Green

New Grass Green cone 10

25.0 Nepheline Syenite
25.0 Cornwall Stone
20.0 Silica
7.0 Kaolin
3.0 Barium Carbonate
19.0 Wollastonite
1.0 Lithium Carbonate

2.0 Chrome Oxide
4.0 Tin Oxide

Thrown, altered and assembled, Bauer Flashing Slip, fired in salt to cone 10.

John Britt

First Snow Fall of the Season

The first snow fall of the season in Mitchell County, NC.

The turkeys don't seem to mind.

John Britt

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Meyer Shino

Meyer Shino cone 10

53 Nepheline Syenite
25 Ball Clay
5 Lithium Carbonate
10 Silica
5 Soda Ash
2 Whiting

10 Tin Oxide

Porcelain cup with Bauer Slip and Meyer Shino, fired in reductionto to cone 11 in a wood kiln.

John Britt

Gustin Crawl Shino

Gustin Crawl Shino cone 10

45.0 Nepheline Syenite
10.8 F-4 Feldspar
15.2 Spodumene
10.0 EPK
15.0 Ball Clay
4.0 Soda ash

Reduction fired to cone 10, thick application on a stoneware body.

John Britt

Friday, October 24, 2008

"Asheville in Atlanta 2008" Pottery Exhibit Video

This years "Asheville in Atlanta 2008" exhibit at the Mudfire Gallery was a beautiful show. Although sales were down overall ("It's the economy, stupid!" -James Carville), there was an overwhelming positive response. Atlanta folks love some NC pottery! Below is a video of the show. If you can't watch it due to your extremely pathetic internet speed, go to the library and watch it!

This years potters were Kyle Carpenter, Jon Keenan, Ken Sedberry, and Penny Waters Clark.

Rainy Day in North Carolina

It is a beautiful, rainy day in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

John Britt


During the infestation of lady bugs last week, I had the thought that perhaps the lady bugs see the cicada skeletons hanging on the branches, like we see the dinosaur bones in the ground.

We have cycles of insect infestations like cicadas, wasps, lighting bugs, caterpillars, grasshoppers, preying mantis, tree frogs, etc. and many don’t intersect, so they never see each other. They only see evidence of each others existence.

But what if one day were a million years? Then the cicadas would have existed 40 million years ago for the lady bugs.

And yet it happens every year, the same cycles of life and death.

What if the life on earth and of our species is also a cycle? (Big Bang, bacteria, fish, dinosaurs, apes, humans, etc.) Repeated over and over, but in millions of years not days?


John Britt

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Egyptian Paste

Egyptian Paste (Self-Glazing Clay)

Cone 010 - 06

36 % Nepheline Syenite
36 % Silica
10 % C & C Ball Clay
6 % EPK
6% Soda Ash
6% Sodium Bicarbonate

3% Macloid

For Copper Blue/green add: 2% Copper Carbonate

For Blue add: 3% Cobalt Carbonate

John Britt

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wing Road Weekend Sale

Terry Gess Pottery & Carmen GrierTextiles announce “Wing Road Weekend -Open House and Select Craft Home Sale”, Saturday and Sunday, October 25 & 26, 2008, from 10 to 5 pm on Saturday, and 12 to 5 pm on Sunday at:

770 Wing Road
Bakersville, NC 28705

Carmen Grier will be showing her colorful scarves, and textile wall art, Terry Gess will be offering his signature salt glazed stoneware, Steve and Becky Lloyd of Clyde, NC will present their exquisitely carved porcelain potter, and jewelers Mary McBride and Jimmy Meaux of Celo, NC will show their eclectic contemporary jewelry.

The public is welcome. Refreshments will be available, as well as the opportunity to meet each of the exhibiting artists.

For further information, please call 828-688-386 or 828-467-0166, or visit :

John Britt

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oh what a beautiful morning...

Sunrise from my porch! Maybe this will inspire some new glazes? How 'bout it Britt?? ;)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wing Road Weekend Home Sale

If you like quality crafts like ceramics, textiles and jewelry you need to stop by Terry and Carmen's Home Sale.
For more information contact Terry at:
John Britt

Almost as cool as Spruce Pine Potter's Mkt

Thursday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Many Clay Clubbers will be exhibiting, and if you're a Guild memeber, you get in free! Hope to see y'all there!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

EnergyXchange Clay Studio Space Available

The EnergyXchange is now accepting applications for one open space in a community clay studio. Applications will be accepted until October 27th! Please visit for more detailed information. If you are looking for a current residents opinion, please feel free to contact me about this as well. My email is Spread the word! Thanks!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall Color

It is happening ...get out there!

John Britt

Show Opening

Don't forget the show opening this Friday October 17 at the Design Gallery from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The show is called the "Colloquy of Cups".

John Britt


"Desperado, when will you come to your senses?"

I caught this weird photo while out biking the other day. Still can't figure out the new fangled camera. It shoots black and white too. I think I am turning into Andy Rooney.
John Britt

Saturday, October 11, 2008

How sweet it is...

Just thought I might pass along a little snap shot of fall at the EnergyXchange. This was the view from yesterday morning. Not a bad way to start the day...

Pottery Sales

Don't forget the hit the Pottery Sales this weekend in Spruce Pine, NC. Many of your members will be there!

Old English Inn Arts & Crafts Invitational Show: Pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, basketry and more. At the Old English Inn in Spruce Pine. Free admission. Info: 766-7948.• SA & SU (10/11 & 12), 10am-5pm - Invitational art show and sale. Plus, live music, refreshments and self-guided tours of the old log-cabin inn and grounds.

Spruce Pine Potters Market: A gathering of the region's potters and clay artists will be held in the Cross Street Building, 31 Cross St., Spruce Pine. Info: or 688-3863.• SA & SU (10/11 & 12), 10am-5pm - The market will feature 30 regional clay artists, demos and food.

John Britt

Push! No Push Harder

If you think it is hard to break through the glass ceiling of artistic acceptance and navigate the financial hurdles necessary to be a successful, try being a mushroom under the road! Stop whining and start pushing!
John Britt

Go Buckeyes!

Fall is here kids. Go bucs!

John Britt

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Clay Club was fun!

Had a good meeting last night. Lots of new and old folks. (and by that, I mean the AARP was well represented!)

We had a bowl exchange and talked about the logistics for the soda firing at Linda's. And had the first draft of an article on Single Firing which was generated from one of our first meetings.

The November meeting will be a my studio so we can do some glazing for the soda firing. We may have a special dessert only night. What do you think about that?

John Britt

Monday, October 6, 2008

I Got Gas

Doing a little research here. For those of you who got gas (for your kiln)... How much do you use for a cone 10 firing? And under what conditions i.e. what size is your tank? kiln size? hard/ soft brick? What PSI do you operate at? Thanks very much!
Have fun at Clay Club y'all

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Hello all,

Lynn McClure has asked for our support with her Empty Bowl dinner at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Burnsville.

She needs about 100 bowls by the end of October and I thought that if everyone in the Clay Club could contribute 3 or more finished soup bowls we could do it.

If you think you would like to help please contact me as soon as possible and we can collect the bowls at my studio at 154 Sparks Road. 828-467-5020.

It is a good cause and people need food now more than ever. I told her I was sure we could get it done!


John Britt

Friday, October 3, 2008

Stacking bricks

Jonathon, Summer, Tony, Lindsey and Brandon knocking out the wood kiln at Mark Murrey's in Boone. Note the double lintels over the exit flues.

Chimney has 3 chambers. That allows the exit flues to be the same size. Also the dampers are lower and easier to reach.

Next step is the arch.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Kilns Galore

Just thought i'd share what our ol' buddy Jason Bohnert has been doing out in Flagstaff, AZ. Here's his blog

Another beautiful kiln in the world.

ASU wood kiln

Don't you love the smell of a flatbed full of refractory in the morning?

This is a load of bricks and shelves for the new I'm doing in Boone. It's part of a kiln building class at App State. There are about 10 students involved so we are making pretty good progress.

I'll try to post updates from time to time.

'Lil stoker

Just fired the kiln this weekend. Here's a photo of Wren doing her pyromania training.

My wood got a bit wet from the blowing rain during that storm a few days ago. That and a few other issues resulted in a longer than normal firing. A mighty big thanks go to Will Baker and Ken Sedberry who came to the rescue. They both brought a load of dry wood late Saturday night. Never would have made temp without that. I owe you guys!

Unloaded it on Tuesday and found out what that loud exploding sound was that happened at about 600 degrees. My one advancer shelf blew up. It did surprisingly little damage. Lost a few insignificant pots. I did get a small shard in 2 nice pieces (including one of the new chicken plates). I guess I get to keep those now.

Off to make deliveries tomorrow. Pray for gas!