Friday, October 30, 2009
Hi everybody! I will be doing a two hour demo at Crabtree Creek Floral tomorrow, Saturday. Come on over and say Hi if you're out and about. I have a bunch of pots that I'm going to decorate using my black wax!
It will take place from 2-4p.m.
But I came across the look out and it talked about how the Clinchfield Railroad was made and ... So I thought I would include it here.
It is just amazing how the stuff we take for granted was to hard to accomplish!
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup carrot juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan. Set aside.In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and carrot juice. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, whisking just to combine. Fold in the walnuts.Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert loaf onto rack to cool completely. Slice just before serving.I also add about a half cup of grated carrot to the batter as well as some chopped crystallized ginger. Mmmmmm.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I just put up that Frank Boyden Shino recipe because I returned from several workshops in St. Louis and some people wanted the recipe.
I did a Reed Handle Making Workshop at Krueger Pottery Supply which also turned into a general glaze discussion and basic throwing demo.
Krueger is a great place to visit because they are very nice ...but also they have FREE workshops !! Check it out.
I also did a day at St. Louis Community College/ Meremac for Jim Ibur's classes. They really have a huge selection of kilns/glazes, techniques, etc. Jim is really working it!
But the real reason I was there was that Jill Foote/Hutton invited me to come to East Central College to talk/demo at her class. She was a great host and is really trying to improve her program for her students. She set everything up for me and picked me up and basically treated me like a rock star! Even red M&M's in a glass bowl!
Anyway here is another Shake and Bake only this time I put on extra ash,
FRANK BOYDEN'S SHINO Cone 10 Reduction
Saturday, October 24, 2009
While the Spicy Nacho Cheese Dorito I fired did not leave orange dust, it did leave some color on the shelf as well as pitting the kiln wash. I haven't eaten one since.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Online I have found remedies such as magic water, spooze and paper clay. Any success stories? Any dismal failures or dashed hopes?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tax-deductible contributions for the foundation can be sent to:
The Julia Terr Foundation for Ceramic Arts
P.O. Box 575
Cloverdale, CA 95425
Julia was a wonderful person whose enthusiasm for clay and life was instantly memorable. Those who knew her will never forget her and those who didn't now have the opportunity to share in her passion for clay. If you are inclined to offer support to the betterment of the ceramic arts in all communities, a donation to the Julia Terr Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is certainly a wonderful way to do it.
For more information please visit: http//www.juliaterr.com/?p=415
I am not an expert, but in a nutshell, about 4 years ago, they were building a highway and then stumbled across this clay deposit and some bones. They had to stop building the road, because you can't build a road over a clay pit, due to the excessive shrinkage and expansion of the ground. So they investigated the bones and found out that they were fossils of animals that fell into the pit and die many years ago.
It is an amazing place to find in Grey Tennessee! And some amazing fossils!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
From Bakersville (at the light), head east on Mitchell Ave (also called Cane Creek Rd. It's the same road that Shane Mickey and Gay Smith are on). Go exactly 3 miles to the 2nd Sandy Branch Road (don't take the first one).Take a left on to Sandy Branch (it's right after you come off the bridge). Go a few hundred feet and look for a group of mailboxes on the right. (we're 1454 Sandy Branch rd). At the mailboxes, take a left on to the paved driveway and stay left, and follow the paved section up the hill about 400 feet to the house and studio.
If you can, bring a folding or other chair. I only have enough seating for 6 in the studio.
If you need more information - feel free to call me at 688-3860
The food is whatever you like and June will show you a few of her pots, some of her amazing collection and discuss future potential topics and venues of the spectacular North Carolina Club Club.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Don't miss out on some incredible pots! Come out and visit us on the final day of the Spruce Pine Potters Market 2009 show! We will be at the Cross Street building in Spruce Pine NC from 10 to 5 today. For more information check out our website at: sprucepinepottersmarket.com. Hope to see you there!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Haynes Satin, with Moss Green over Broken Celadon.
Give it a try and let us know know it goes.
Google the recipes but if you have trouble let me know and I can post them but I am sure they are on -line.
It is Wertz Shino at the bottom and then Spodumene Glaze on the top with Yellow salt over. Cone 10 reduction fired.
Give it a try and let us know know it goes.
All the recipes are in my book or you can Google them and you will find them on line or you can buy the Odyssey Glaze Book from Highwater.
If you have trouble let me know and I can post them but I am sure they are on -line.
I am packing for the Asheville-in-Atlanta opening which is Saturday night:
If anyone is in the area, I have some nice oil spots and peach bloom pieces that are reasonably priced.
Hope to see you there,
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This is up on Beauty Spot, a purty little place not too far from us Bakersvillians, just on the NC and TN border towards Erwin, TN, along the Appalachian Trail.
There, now doesn't that feel better?
(If you are reading this and have NOT read the post below, warning, don't proceed any further! Beware!!! This post is much better!)
Actually, after writing this I remembered another popular AT spot, called Charlies Bunion...not so beautifully named, but another great view in the Smokies and right along with John Britt!
I only know this because when I was 12 or 13 I had really bad ingrown toe nails. I mean really bad!! Infected, oozing, red and PAINFUL ingrown toe nails. This was exacerbated by snotty nosed prepubescent little shits who, once they found out I had bad toes, would stomp on them.
So off I went to the doctor who said, no problem we will just remove the nail and it will grow back fine.
The phrase, "just remove the nail", in no way does justice to the horror and pain of a rusty old pliers and a couple of stiff yanks.
So after the screams and night sweats subsided, I waited for the nail to grow back like he said. But, unfortunately it grew back the same as it ever was. A painful oozing mess!
So I went to new doctor because the other ass wipe said he could try it again, for FREE! I may have been 12 and did not have a bunch of letters behind my name, but I wasn't as stupid as he was.
Well, this new doctor, who was intelligent and sensible, was familiar with the laws of cause and effect so when something did not work he would not continue doing it! He said that there was no need to remove the nail! Just put cotton under the nail and keep it clean and it will be better in a week or so.
I did that and he was right! It was about as close to a miracle as I have ever seen. Two weeks and you just press the cotton into and under the nail and it acts as a ramp to keep the nail from cutting into the skin and it allows it to heal and the the nail grows on the ramp until all is fine.
I have been doing this for about 40 years and I never had the problem again. Whenever it gets tender, I just stuff in the cotton.
I think you can follow the photos and I guarantee it will make your life better!
Try it and see.
***(Alternatively you can cut a "v' notch in the center of your nail and theoretically that will allow it to grow more toward the center. But I have found that to be a lie.)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here is a nice pot and glaze combo by Celeste Baldwin who is in the Odyssey class.
She used Val's Blue and then took a leaf stencil and held it on the pot and then brushed on Yellow Salt (one coat). It gave a very nice soft surface and showed the leaf really well.
She then went back and added the black glaze for the stem.
Val's Blue cone 10
39 Custer Feldspar
2 Gerstley Borate
0.10 Cobalt Carbonate
0.25 Chrome Oxide
0.50 Manganese Dioxide
I won't list Yellow Salt because everyone has it.
I've got this oval serving dish out of my last firing that turned out great on the outside, but inside I've got a soda ash drip that has ruined the piece. It dropped down from the bottom of the shelf that was hanging above it during the firing. It's not fully melted and has open pinholes in it. I know I could refire the piece to melt it because I've done that before to cone 10 soda and it has worked. But I wonder if it would melt at an earlier temperature, at bisque temps? cone 6? Any thoughts?