Friday, October 31, 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,
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Hamada Rust cone 10
77.0 Custer Feldspar
12.4 Gerstley Borate
7.5 Red Iron Oxide
Procelain, thrown and altered, cone 10 reduction.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
New Grass Green cone 10
25.0 Nepheline Syenite
25.0 Cornwall Stone
3.0 Barium Carbonate
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.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Meyer Shino cone 10
53 Nepheline Syenite
25 Ball Clay
5 Lithium Carbonate
5 Soda Ash
10 Tin Oxide
Porcelain cup with Bauer Slip and Meyer Shino, fired in reductionto to cone 11 in a wood kiln.
Gustin Crawl Shino cone 10
45.0 Nepheline Syenite
10.8 F-4 Feldspar
15.0 Ball Clay
4.0 Soda ash
Reduction fired to cone 10, thick application on a stoneware body.
Friday, October 24, 2008
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.
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?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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
For Copper Blue/green add: 2% Copper Carbonate
For Blue add: 3% Cobalt Carbonate
Saturday, October 18, 2008
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 :
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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: www.sprucepinepottersmarket.com or 688-3863.• SA & SU (10/11 & 12), 10am-5pm - The market will feature 30 regional clay artists, demos and food.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
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?
Monday, October 6, 2008
Have fun at Clay Club y'all
Sunday, October 5, 2008
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!
Friday, October 3, 2008
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
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!