Saturday, January 31, 2009

Boone kiln update

It's been awhile since I posted on Mark Murrey's kiln we are working on in Boone. It's been a slow process since we are building it through a Kiln Building class at ASU. Last semester we worked on it 1 day a week for 4 hours. It's almost done now. We only have the chimney, some more steel, bagwall, and door to go.


We are using 3 dampers for extra control of the temp and atmosphere. It also means they can be lower on the chimney and easier to reach.
Mark sent me a link to this amazing video. All you kiln builders out there should appreciate this guy's skill.

Friday, January 30, 2009

photos

Maybe we could have a clay club meeting on taking photos ...

Pot Shots

I need to invest in some gear for taking photos. I've got the camera at least. It's been a long time since I took my photo classes and it was (mostly) predigital.
Could some of you show us your set ups? Backdrops, lights, soft boxes etc??

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Critical Thinking

There I am, alone in my studio, staring at these weird altered and cut rim bowl things that I'm not sure what you'd use them for, and it seems like they'd be better hand built than thrown, trying to decide, what was I thinking? Are they interesting? Are they crap? I work alone. I have no one else to give me an opinion. I dearly miss the camaraderie of studio mates. Those folks who you can joke with while you work, or ask for advice (by the way, I'm STILL looking for a studio mate.)
Here's my thought: March Clay Club we have critical discussions groups. We can break up into small, manageable size groups, perhaps lead by someone (an experienced and thoughtful potter/artist), and have critiques on a piece(s) we bring along. Is this a totally lame idea, or can I get a "hell yeah!"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Plaster Workshop


Could you guys help me spread the word?


Plaster Mold Making Workshop
February 21, 2009
One day, hands on class on basic mold making.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$60.00 (includes plaster)


Bring about 5 pounds of clay, your tools and an object which we will make a mold from. Approximately 4” x 4” x 4” or the size of an apple. We will make a small two piece press mold.

John Britt Pottery Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
828-688-6615
jbritt@main.nc.us

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Soda Craze-y?


We finished up the test soda firing last night and cracked it open the next day. The nice thing about the kiln size is that it cools fast!

I'm feeling crazy for crazing! I did a series of tests on the honey colored glaze below to try to get it from crazing so badly. I tried some varied tests by increasing the levels of silica, lithium, and spodumene. Only, the problem is, even though I did something different to each tile, they look all the same! They are all crazing now because of the soda hitting them. So does this mean I can't win?

I'll have to try further testing because this could work fine inside a bowl where it doesn't get hit with as much soda. I definitely like the color so when I did this test I kept that variable the same.

On with the craziness!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cone 6 Reduction Copper Red


I have been getting ready for my Cone 6 Reduction Talk and got some nice images that I thought you might like.

John Britt

http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm

http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php

http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Greek Yogurt


You know that Greek Yogurt at the grocery that is so rich and creamy? But it costs $1.78 for a small cup?
Well I read that you could take your Dannon plain yogurt and put it in a sieve with a coffee filter (I used a paper towel) and suspend that in a pan in the refrigerator over night.
In the morning, voila, Greek rich and creamy yogurt!
Try it,
John Britt

2nd Test Firing



Joy Tanner and I did a second test firing of the Experimental Soda Kiln and it went well. We tried to go faster this time. Last time it took from 8:00a.m. to 7:15 p.m. (We were just trying to dry out and fire the castable.) So this time we started it at 8:30 a.m. and finished at about 6:00 p.m.



I think we could have gone faster
but I found a hurt Goldfinch and had to take him to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Insitute, to get patched up.
That took about 2 hours and I did not get proper turn ups on the kiln. Nevertheless, it showed that we could go faster and we did notice that once the one and a half inch of castable gets hot you can turn it up and it will rocket.
Next firing we will try to find good settings to keep it climbing without wasting fuel.
We also, increased the soda to 1 pound sprayed in and we will see if that helps.


We will see the results and post them tomorrow.

John Britt



Thursday, January 22, 2009

Clay Communication


If anyone wants to get on some lists for Clay Folks, here are some good ones:
The Gaclay Mailing List .
To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit http://sodaglaze.com/mailman/listinfo/gaclay-l_sodaglaze.com
Or the Cone 6 Reduction List:
Then there is Lee Love's Clay Craft List:
Then, of course, there is always Clayart:
If you have others we don't know about, send them in.
Bottom feeders have to stick together!
John Britt

Clay Order??

Reposting, anyone up for it?

I need +/- 1000 lbs of clay (highwater) but don't have easy access to a truck. Anyone with a truck want to go in for the ton price? I'll pay for gas and then some.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reduction Firing Workshop



Want to learn how to fire celadons, copper reds and shinos? This is the workshop for you.


February 27 - March 1, 2009

If you have had problems getting the results you want

......then this weekend will be worth every penny.


We have several spots open.

www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm


John Britt


Teapots Galore

Check out this great slide show of the Baltimore Clayworks Teapots IV exhibit here.
Hands on workshop with Cynthia Bringle , Lynchburg , Va.---- Feb 20-22---www.academyfinearts.com .....Contact .May Carter 434-528-3256      Limit  12......

MUG MANIA!!!

Save the Date: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 6:30-8pm, CLAY CLUB meets at the Penland Clay Studio for "Mug Mania," to help Susan make mugs for the annual fancy-schmansy Penland Auction. There's several ways to help: make mugs, handles (maybe decorating?) Bring tools.
Pizza will be provided. Clubbers are welcome to bring beverages, salad, desert, etc...
Anyone willing to come early and or stay afterwards to help set up/ clean up?
See y'all there!

WVU Ceramics in China

Just thought I'd pass this on. Fantastic opportunity fo students and non-students. Transferable college credits. Great for students as well as professionals, hobbyists, etc... I was fortunate to travel with WVU for the summer program, a profound experience.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Joy to work with


Here is a photo of Joy, who has just finished packing the 6 (or so) sections on the left side of the arch with castable. We screwed in the plywood boards and then packed that 4 " or 5 " section. Then we screwed in another plywood board and packed it with more castable.
It started to bulge out a bit so we screwed in the vertical piece to hold it and also put in clay to stop any leaking out in between the plywood.
Hope that helps,
John Britt

Monday, January 19, 2009

More Test Soda Kiln Building

I know various pictures have already been posted of the building of John's test soda kiln, so perhaps these are out of order. After we built the arch form out of the blue insulation foam, we packed castable around the arch, and here it is standing alone while we built the back wall.

The chimney and door are in place and two layers of fiber went over the arch, then chicken wire and later it was sealed off with mud.

This view is the back wall, with the lower port being the burner port, and above is opening for the damper.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Form for Castable


Here is a photo of how Joy and I made the form for the castable.
We used blue styrofoam and cut an arch shape with a template so all 16 of them were similar and then once we sandwiched them between the plywood form we used a belt sander to smooth them out.


Then we used clay to fill in the problem spots and we were ready to cast.



John Britt

http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm

http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php

http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Woodpecker


Either there is a woodpecker attacking my trees or some guy with a over active drill looking for a stud?!
John Britt

Brioche


If you like butter ....




Brioche by Susan Spungen


1 tablespoon active dry yeast or ½ oz. fresh yeast
9 oz. bread flour plus 5 oz. pastry flour, or 14 oz. all purpose flour, plus more for shaping
10 oz. unsalted butter
4 large eggs; plus 1 egg, beaten, for glaze
3 tablespoons (1 oz.) sugar
½ oz. milk powder
1 teaspoon salt


1. For the sponge: Pour 1/3 cup warm water into a medium bowl; sprinkle yeast over surface. Stir with a fork until dissolved. Let stand until creamy-looking, about 5 minutes.


2. Add 2 ounces bread flour; stir until well combined. Cover with a dry towel; let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk and bubbles appear on the surface, about 1 hour.


3. Place the remaining 7 ounces of bread flour, pastry flour, butter, eggs, sugar, and milk powder in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Beat on low speed until well combined, about 5 minutes. Add sponge; beat on low speed for 5 minutes more. Increase speed to medium; beat 5 minutes more. Sprinkle in salt; beat on medium speed for 5 minutes more, until dough is smooth, shiny and elastic.


4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; immediately place in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer; punch dough down in bowl. Turn out onto plastic wrap. Working quickly, use fingers to press dough out into a ½ inch thick disk. Wrap well, place on a tray, and chill 10 hours or overnight.


5. Remove dough from refrigerator and cut in half and form into loaf shape. Cover each loaf with a bowl or a container large enough to give the dough ample room to double. Set aside in a warm, non-drafty place until more that fully doubled in bulk, 1 – 3 hours. Be patient.


6. Just before baking, brush gently but generously with a beaten egg.


7. Bake for 40 minutes at 375 F, or until the loaves sound hollow.

John Britt

http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm

http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php

http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thanks, John Britt!

Thanks John, for a great glaze workshop! It was amazing and overwhelming at the same time, with some John Britt flavored entertainment mixed in! I have been successfully converted into a glaze geek now and I just want to learn more! Bring it on, Grandpa! I'm excited about a second test run of the new cute soda kiln. I think I'm hearing soda kiln workshop?

Friday, January 16, 2009

First Firing

Our first firing went pretty well, considering all the possible things that could have gone wrong. I stacked it a bit too tight so the top was underfired and Linda's cups looked bad. But the first and second shelves were pretty good so we got some information from the tiles. Some nice possibilities from the Show Stopper Glaze Base as well as the Strontium Base.

The good news is that the 1" - 1 1/2" castable held up and it went up to temperature pretty fast.

I used some old bricks as stilts and some melted a bit. I think we can correct things in the next firing by only loading 2 shelves and using a larger post in the bottom. We may also use a bit more soda.

So I will fire again next week while it is fresh in my mind (a.k.a before I forget what to change).

Now I have to rest from really fun and interesting but exhausting Glaze Workshop.

John Britt
http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm
http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php
http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Maiden Voyage


Just finished the maiden voyage of the Experimental Soda Kiln at the studio. The class had a firing and we will see the results tomorrow. We fired from about 9 am to 7 pm and put in 0ne pount of soda ash. We will let you know how it went tomorow.
I am sure we can fire it faster next time as this was a slow firing to dry out and fire the castable.
John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm

I'm looking for a ticket


Hey y'all. Anyone in the Louisville, KY area should check out DinnerWorks. Many of us Clubbers are participants in this exhibiton of Dinner ware. Speaking of, anyone out there a participant who has the ability to get a free ticket to the cocktail party that won't be using it and willing to pass it on to me? Thanks !

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Glaze Love for All!


Here is a photo of the class in hog heaven. Glaze love for all!
Thanks,
John Britt

Mudding the Kiln


Here is a photo of Will Baker, a.k.a. fabulous potter, mudding the Experimental Soda Kiln at the Studio today,

We used a mix of 7 parts sand/1 part fire clay /and 2 parts cement. We hope this will be a bit harder that the usual 1 part cement.

We will be firing on Thursday with tiles that Linda McFarling and Joy Tanner have made in the class.

Hope it goes well. (Will keep you informed.)

John Britt

http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm

http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php

http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Honeycomb?

Hello everyone,

I am searching for honeycomb. More specifically i am searching for honeycomb i can take a plaster cast of. I don't necessarily need honey to accompany the comb, but i think anything would do. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Micah

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cone 6 Oxidation to Reduction


Since settling into the Craven's old place, I'm eagerly making the return to the cone 10 reduction glazes of my college years. For the past 8 or so years, I've been firing electric to cone 6. I really like the cone 6 clay body I use for my garden pots, and their size limits me to one per glaze fire (they must be on the top shelf). Obviously I can fire many more at once in the gas kiln, and although I know I can still fire oxidation, I'm somewhat addicted to reduction firing. However, I'm in unchartered territory when it comes to reduction at cone 6. My base glaze is a Ca Mg B Val Cushing glaze, V.C. "72" which is pretty interesting in oxidation. I'm willing to take a chance, but I'd hate to screw up an entire load if this is something I should avoid. Any thoughts? Does anyone even do reduction at cone 6?


Kari

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Malcolm's Shino




This pot is thrown, altered and assembled. I glazed it with a version of Malcolm's Shino and fired it in a wood kiln. It was really ugly and so I sandblasted it and WOW!


Malcolm's Shino cone 10

40.9 Nepheline Syenite
9.8 F-4 Feldspar
18.2 Kaolin
13.8 Ball Clay
17.3 Soda Ash

Add: 7% Rutile

John Britt

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Experimental Soda Kiln Building


Joy Tanner and I have been working the last several days building this Experimental Soda Kiln for the Glaze Workshop that starts Monday, January 12, 2009. We are almost done.
Got the kiln set in place, with the help of Matt Aders and Keynon. We cast it inside because it was so cold and did not want it to freeze. So I have a heater inside it tonight, with blankets and hope all is well tomorrow.
Then the fiber, top coat, and chimney and we should be a go,
John Britt

Featured Artist of the Month


This month's featured artist is Susan Feagan. She is an extraordinary aritst who coordinates in her spare time. When she is not cleaning, shining, filing, bitching, moaning, going to meetings, picking up supplies, calling lazy assed instructor's, calling lazy assed instructor's again, filling out supply lists, Fed Ex- ing late supplies, cleaning, shining, yelling at looser students, sucking sludge from the clay trap, wondering about the decisions from the administration, wondering why it smells in the basement, wishing she had time to make work, wondering why the kitchen closes just after you are hooked on the food, sending in work orders to fix the endless things that go wrong, going to meetings, calling studio assistants, picking studio assistants, picking studio assistant's noses, wiping the instuctor's asses, cleaning and shining, fixing kilns, planning to rebuild new kilns, wondering about her evaluations, getting ready for Community Days, wondering if all her dreams will ever come true, cleaning and shining, polishing stainless steel sinks, wondering why winter rental costs so much, wondering why there are not renters to enjoy the strobe lights that Brian Ransom left, looking at the newly sanded floor and wondering ..how long it will look that nice, wondering if anyone will slip and fall on a new floor, cleaning and shining, ordering wood for spring, calling Milan, wondering why the oil heater keeps going off, wondering why the coffee house as the same tuna salad since she was a Core Student, wishing all her dreams would come true except the one about the administration, cleaning and polishing, loading clay, doing inventory, trying to keep clay warm without burning down the studio, wishing the gutters would not clog up so much, filing endless memos, calling the good instructors and thanking them, wondering if anyone will ever clean the coordinator's office, wondering why the refrigerator in the office is filled with rotting lunch supplies, wondering why the stairs in the coordinator's office is so filthy, ordering for spring, sweeping up leaves in the kiln yard, wondering why there is always black dust in the kiln yard, wishing for Flordia or Georgia about this time of year, wondering if the new Registrar will ever show up, wondering if the computer will crash and loose all her files, cleaning and shining, looking forward to spring, waiting on the next Community Day meeting, wishing she would be named Coordinator of the Month, or throwing away bisque from 3 years ago, then she is making her wonderful work.
Check it out!
She is the Featured Artist of the Month.
John Britt

wait, there's more

And as I was going to say, before I accidentally pressed the F12 key, we've got the stereo installed and the strobe lights left over from Brian Ransom's class are plugged in a ready to go all for winter rental. Important work here people!
OK, I have just now read this because some people like me have a job, and lot of work to do, and can't sit in front of the computer all day and post things!!! Sheeesh!! I've got a studio to run here people! I've just installed more party lights in upper clay. W'

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

June Perry is Da Bomb~!


Joy Tanner and I stopped by June Perry's Studio off Cane Creek and looked at her amazing tiles. She is on about 10,000! Just one amazing woman.


John Britt

Mitchell County Snow


It is coming down in Mitchell County. Unfortunately we missed the Clay Club and all our friends but we will reschedule.



See you next time,


Clay Club Meeting Canceled :(

It is with great sadness and regret that I'm canceling Clay Club this evening. I hate to be one to freak out about the "winter," weather that's often threatened, rarely seen, but we did have ice here in Marshall recently and a majority of folks are coming from far, where inclimate weather is more likely. I felt attendance would be low for the meeting tonight. I'm so sorry to disappoint those who were planning to attend, but I think it will be more worthwhile to postpone for a day where more of us will be able to attend. Plans for the next meeting will be posted in the near future. I'm very, very sorry. Boo hoo hoo :(
Please help me spread the word.

Clay Club Weather Update

Weather is looking iffy for those traveling far for Clay Club tonight.
Burnsville is currently 30 degrees F. Forecast calls for rain and snow mix. Snow beginning to accumulate about 1 inch after midnight.
Marshall's forecast is about the same with a little less accumulation expected. Currently it is sunny here with clouds moving in and out.
Clay Club is on unless a freak snow storm comes through. The Mitchell/ Yancey County contingency may be lacking however :(
Hopefully weather will pass, but please be careful and feel free to contact me for a weather update reasonpots@hotmail.com

Clay Club is Tonight


Looks like CLAY CLUB is tonight! Sounds like we should have a crowd.
Headed to the Big City!

Be careful cause the water is "three feet high and rising",
John Britt

Monday, January 5, 2009

SUSAN FEAGIN: DIVA



Susan Feagin is a mild mannered young woman, educated south of the Mason Dixon line.
DO NOT LET THIS MILD EXTERIOR FOOL YOU! This woman has more shoes than Imelda Marcos. She has a more terrific temper than Leona Helmsley. She has ruthlessness that has never been seen before in modern times.

BEWARE!!!


The subtle ceramic work she creates is the storefront, nay the alias she uses in order to capture the trust of all her victims.

Beware!!! This former Good Dirt instructor once taught me Mishima, and once my tutelage with Feagin was completed, I WAS ADDICTED!!!

I was going to the Loft Art Store to buy pricey papers. I spend a king's ransom on thousands of gallons of LUG - One Slip!!! All when I could have used plain shitty typing paper and my own Manganese slip for the work!!! I am now in debt to the tune of 700 billion dollars.

I will spell this name phonetically in order that all readers may shout this from the rooftops: WHAT BLOGOYVITCH IS TO THE SENATE AND ILLINOIS POLITICS, SUSAN FEAGIN IS TO SGRAFFITO!!!!

Beware. In a seemingly innocuous fashion, she will lure you into this lovely, alluring method of carving through your slip.
Before you know it, you are spending 700, 800 billion hours making images on your sgraffiti surfaces. Crap! That pot I sold for 75 bucks with a single glaze on it now has about a trillion bucks worth of man hours on it. How much did I sell that pot for??? $49.99.

I want to simplify this for you so you won't end up like me, a shell of a person with liquid underglaze running through my veins:

1. Never take a Feagin class. Your addictions will be pricey and never ending. You will end up selling your soul (and crusty body)
to the devil to continue this obsession.
2. Never gaze too long at work done by Feagin. You will become fascinated and will find your eyes burning in their sockets.
3. Finally, never have your art work too close to Feagin's in a show. Viewers will walk by your table and then will be drawn, like
a magnet to her work. They won't give your table the time of day.


HEED MY WARNINGS!!! HER WAYS ARE INSIDIOUS. And make sure you never get sucked into the vortex that is driven by Rab and Mayn.

Forewarned---Forearmed.

Diane Mead

Another carpool op

Susan is willing to drive some folks to Clay Club. I was hoping folks could ride the "short bus," a.k.a. Penland van, but that's a negative. Thanks for offereing to drive your own car Susan! Anywho, anyone who wants to meet up with Susan, chip in a couple bucks and do a save-the-world-one-car-at-a-time carpool. email her at clay@penland.org.

Thumbs up to Clay Club!

Clay Club is cool. Throwing with a "finger condom," is not. It just doesn't feel the same ;)

Remember Tacos, tools and 2009 this Wednesday in Marshall 6:30-8pm!
add a comment to this post to and sign up to bring.....
-flour tortillas
-corn tortillas-sour cream
-pico de gallo
-salsa (Green/ red)
-guacamole
-beans
-rice
-chopped onion
-chopped lettuce
-chopped tomato
-desert
-shredded cheese
-tortilla chips
-beverages
anything else is welcome!I'll be making chicken for the tacos
Tool Swap: bring an old tool you never use and swap it out!
Directions are being emailed from John Britt, otherwise contact reasonpots@hotmail.com for directions.

Glaze and Firing Workshops 2009


Hey Kids,

I have filled all the January Glaze Workshops and am working on February and March now. If you know if anyone interested have them check out my website:


http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm

Tell your friends. We have a really fun time!

Thanks,


John Britt
http://www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm
http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php
http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Sunday, January 4, 2009

clay club caravan


hey all u clubbers in mitchell/yancy counties. i am going down to marshal so i can drive, ride whatever, my truck holds 3 adults comfortably or four not so comfortably, anyway. lets get a rideshare going, oh and i dont think there will be fireworks, justlookin thru old images cleanin up the laptop, liked this one

Cynthia and Norm: North Carolina Living Treasures



Cynthia Bringle and Norm Schulman are being honored January 23, 2009 at 6:45 p.m. at the University of North Carolina Wilmington William Madison Randall Library.

There will also be an exhibition Jan. 8 - Feb. 3, 2009.

Contact robertsb@uncw.edu for more information.

Basic Bread Recipe


Yo Hommies,

Potters do not live on pots alone. Try out this bread recipe from The Food Network. Alton Brown makes the most complicated bread but explains everything so well. Love it. Just like glazes you can eat! And if you are good you can have some water too. (Economic slowdown dinner)

Very Basic Bread Recipe (Food Network/ Alton Brown)

1 pound bread flour, plus extra for shaping
1 teaspoon instant rapid rise yeast
2 teaspoons honey
10 ounces bottled or filtered water
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 quarts hot water
Vegetable oil, for greasing the rising container
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Combine 5 ounces of the flour, 1/4 teaspoon of the yeast, all of the honey, and all of the bottled water in a straight-sided container; cover loosely and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.
Place the remaining 11 ounces of flour, remaining yeast, and all the salt into the bowl of a stand mixer, and add the pre-ferment from the refrigerator. Using the dough hook attachment, knead the mixture on low for 2 to 3 minutes just until it comes together. Cover the dough in the bowl with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, knead the dough on medium speed for 5 to 10 minutes or until you are able to gently pull the dough into a thin sheet that light will pass through. The dough will be sticky, but not so sticky that you can't handle it.
While the dough is kneading, pour half of the hot water into a shallow pan and place on the bottom rack of your oven.
Grease the inside of a large straight-sided container with the vegetable oil. Place the dough ball into the container and set on the rack above the pan of water. Allow to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 to 2 hours.
Once the dough has doubled in size, turn it onto a counter top, lightly dust your hands with flour, and press the dough out with your knuckles; then fold 1 side in towards the middle of the mass and then the other, as if you were making a tri-fold wallet. Repeat the folding a second time. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for another 10 minutes.
Flatten dough again with your knuckles and then fold the dough in onto itself, like you are shaping something that looks like a jellyfish. Turn the dough over and squeeze the bottom together so that the top surface of the dough is smooth. Place the dough back onto the counter and begin to roll gently between your hands. Do not grab the dough but allow it to move gently back and forth between your hands, moving in a circular motion. Move the dough ball to a pizza peel or the bottom of a sheet pan that has been sprinkled with the cornmeal. Cover with the kitchen towel and allow to bench proof for 1 hour, or until you poke the dough and it quickly fills back in where you poked it.
Place an unglazed terra cotta dish upside down into the oven and heat the oven to 400 degrees F.


Combine the 1/3 cup of water and the cornstarch in a small bowl. Uncover the dough and brush the surface with this mixture. Gently slash the top surface of the dough ball in several places, approximately 1/3 to 1/2-inch deep. Add more of the hot water to the shallow pan if it has evaporated. Slide the bread onto the terra cotta dish in the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Once the bread has reached an internal temperature of 205 to 210 degrees F, remove to a cooling rack and allow to sit for 30 minutes before slicing.


John Britt

http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php
http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

NEW GALLERY VIDEO ON YOU TUBE

That almost balmy day yesterday (and another today) enabled me to comfortable clean all my kiln shelves and sweep out the bottom of the kiln. Next I have to remove the bag wall and clean out the firebox and rebuild the bag wall. That will probably be in a few days since today's time is spoken for. This week is filled with dog groomer and doctor appointments as a food shopping and an early dinner trip to the Tapas restaurant in Asheville so studio time is going to have to be squeezed in when possible.

I found another bowl of soda/salt test tiles so I'll have to finish that cataloging project today and maybe have time to throw some more test tiles. Once I get the new compressor working I'll have to make a die for the extruder for test tiles.

I got a new you tube video up last night. It's a quick, jerky tour of my little gallery space. Forgive my beginner film maker clumsiness! :-(. Actually, it looked better uploaded to my computer and something strange happened between the upload, making it into a video and then getting it uploaded to you tube. There are weird pauses in there that are not in the original clip. This was is part of my first try with the new Flip video cam. Now I have to learn to shoot slower since this camera makes what you're shooting go blurry if you scan too fast; but it is sure a handy little toy.

Here's the URL for the Gallery video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMSbZ7Nnv_w

Hit the "play in HD" link at the bottom right of the screen for best picture quality.

Till later,
June

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cone 6 Electric


Here is another cone 6 electric oxidation one for Judy. I used the same crackle slip but with various washes. Like iron oxide, black and yellow stains, etc. Then I put a very thin coat of La Mott Glaze over everything. It was very thin to just give a bit of a matt sheen.

White Crackle Slip cone 6

55.6 EPK
26.0 Custer Feldspar
17.2 Georgia Kaolin
1.2 Borax

LA MOTT cone 6
51.0 Custer Feldspar
6.0 Silica
9.0 Whiting
15.0 EPK Kaolin

Add:
6.0 Rutile

Stain Recipe
50 Red Iron Oxide (or Black/Yellow stain)
50 Gerstley Borate




John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm
http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php
http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 2, 2009

Soda Test Kiln


Today I was working on the foot print for an experimental soda test kiln that we are going to build next week. I am planning a small catenary arch castable about 1 1/2 " thick with fiber and a top coat. I will post what we end up doing.

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm
http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php
http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Next Meeting


C'mon down the mountain for Clay Club in Marshall
next Wednesday January 7, 2009 6:30-8pm
Emily Reason's pottery studio.
Tacos, Tools and 2009!
Ifn' you'd like to bring food,
add a comment to this post to and sign up to bring.....
-flour tortillas
-corn tortillas
-sour cream
-pico de gallo
-salsa (Green/ red)
-guacamole
-beans
-rice
-chopped onion
-chopped lettuce
-chopped tomato
-desert
-shredded cheese
-tortilla chips
-beverages
anything else is welcome!
I'll be making chicken for the tacos
Tool Swap
bring an old tool you never use and swap it out!
Directions are being emailed from John Britt, otherwise contact reasonpots@hotmail.com for directions.

Good Morning


Good Morning. Happy New Year.

NOW LET'S GET IT ON!

John Britt
www.johnbrittpottery.com/wks.htm
http://penlandpottery.com/pages/home.php
http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/