Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
We still have a couple of spots in the Saturday workshop at Claymakers. There are 13enrolled but I think that they can take 18?
It will be an action packed demo including: throwing and some handbuilding. I will demo loose and tight tea bowls, granite intruded tea bowls, closed cylinders and its applications, like closed salt shakers, cadagons, handles, salt pigs, lidded jars, etc. An upside down plate, faceting and wire cutting. I will also throw various bowls as well as ewers and miscellaneous other wacky things.
If you need some inspiration and motivation before the long winter, this is the workshop for you.
I am certain that it will be worth the ridiculous price of $75.00 (you can't get any cheaper!) So tell a friend and come on down to Raleigh.
705 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701
(919) 530-8355 :: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 1, 2011
10:00 - 5:00
In this workshop, John Britt will present how he throws, alters, and assembles porcelain and stoneware into a variety of shapes--everything from jars to vases. He will discuss and demonstrate how he approaches the wheel as a forming tool. His demonstration will include closed forms and applications as well as a multitude of variations from tight forms to loose tea bowls. It will be an action-packed day designed for beginning to intermediate potters.
I posted this last night on the WPAPotters blog. I so enjoyed the interview that Val Cushing did for the Smithsonian oral history library that I went through the 600 artists/craftspeople and picked out the potters/ceramic artists. This posting has a picture of a pot, the potters name and the specific link to their interview transcription on the Smithsonian site. I will be making an additional posting of those potters interviewed but whose interviews have not been transcribed yet. I spoke to the Smithsonian directer in charge of this project and she said the project is now finished in terms of new interviews but that funding was provided to hire some help to transcribe those interviews already done.
I will post this link on the ClayArt forum for others use. I am thinking about expanding my profiles of potters to others beyond the Penna. region but I cannot invest a day's time traveling, interviewing, and photographing each individual. I am going to try to select some potters to see if they will send me pictures of their studio and how they work and then set up a telephone interview to capture additional information so that I can tell each one's story to share with others.
In seeing what the Smithsonian has done, I have come to realize how valuable recording this information is to those who are both around us now and for artisans to come. I don't want this history to be lost (although it won't ever be completely lost without me). I am referring not only you guys with have an international reputation but also others who may not have achieved the limelight.
Any way, please look at the posting and if you have any reactions or guidance for me that would be great.
Hope you and yours are healthy and happy.
All the best,
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
(From Elisabeth Maurland via Ann Darling and edited to say there are only two days left to vote -- voting ends Friday September 23 at midnight.)
I am in the midst of a Northeast Iowa contest for a small business grant, where the goal is to garner the most votes by Sep. 23 to win $5000 for a specific project, or "dream". Mine is to extend the designs I create for my pottery, into textiles. I am asking all my friends and fans to help me by voting for my "dream".
I am in second place, there are only two days left to vote, and I have just started raffling off one of my teacups.
Enter the raffle by first voting here: http://www.myentre.net/busProfile/tabid/95/Default.aspx?entry=356, and then tell me about it either by emailing me or commenting on my Facebook page (Anne Elisabeth Maurland or Elisabeth Maurland).
This is the raffle piece:
If you like my ideas and wouldn't mind sharing with others who might be kind enough to vote, that would be great too!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
More info at ABTech.edu and click on Continuing Education and then Computer Training and then the Class Schedule link at the bottom of the page.
Social Media Marketing
Do you want to market you and your business through social media - then this one day class is for you. Come and learn how to utilize Twitter, LinkedIn, Animoto, Online Newsletters, and various other social marketing tools. Caroline Brigmon, Instructor.
Sa, 10/15, 9am-4pm, SEF-7625-711, 208 Pines, Asheville
Fees: Course $35
The focus of the article is on labor/employee vs management relationships (also citizen vs dictator) but there's some good stuff applicable to the manager/potter-to-client relationship. Oh well, who's in the cat seat? The gist: listen to your clients, discover their needs; let your clients suggest new ways of . . .
What's missing is the need for the Creator to anticipate, even create, the needs of the client, because existing needs can be passe or resistant to change. That prob got a lot of other Amer co's in trouble, but not the big Apple. I mean who needs all the wonderful gadgets?
By the way, Daniel Yergin has a new book out, The Quest. Gotta keep abreast. hp
at Cub Creek
The Cub Creek residency program is directed towards emerging artists. The $475 monthly fee provides the resident with a large, approximately 400 sq ft studio space, a private room in newly built resident housing, all utilities, studio equipment and access to a variety of kilns.
Although there are no classes or assignments, residents will be guided in their development by our Director John Jessiman. After receiving an MFA from Alfred, where he was Val Cushing's teaching assistant, he embarked on an over thirty year teaching career at NY State University and has conducted many workshops. John has stated that he learned to teach from Val Cushing, one of the greatest ceramic arts teachers. As an assistant to Val he has adopted Val's honest yet constructive style of critique. "I want students to leave a critique anxious to return to their studios and resume the solution." John also has an extensive exhibition history having exhibited Nationally and Internationally.
At CCF we have a revolving application system. Once accepted into our program the applicant will be given the opportunity to schedule a starting date. Currently we have open space in November, January and March. In September 2012 we will have three openings.
There is more information on our website at www.cubcreek.org or send an e-mail to Jessiman@cubcreek.org.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I am trying to replicate this look at cone 6 and was wondering if anyone had a clue how to do it?
It is black satin matte at the top of the bowl is a copper oxide or carbonate slip (10% in ball clay) and a dolomite glaze on top of that. It was fired to ^9 electric.
The bottom portion is vanadium pentoxide mixed in slip and then barium glaze on top. Cone 9 electric.
The black satin matte at the top of the cylinder is also copper-in-slip, but I don't know
what's over that to give it such a nice sheen. Probably fired to ^9.
The whole surface seems to have been coated with the black slip and then bisqued. The white glaze is a barium carbonate brushed on top.
Can anyone help?
Cheers to you -
Monday, September 19, 2011
If anyone is interested in helping him out please let me know and I can pass the word along.
Altering & Texturing Thrown Vessels
Saturday, Oct. 15
10am - 4pm
Location: North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC 27341
Cost: $100.00 per person
Jeff Brown will demonstrate his throwing techniques, and the various
ways he alters and textures the finished pieces.
After demonstrations, participants will use previously thrown vessels
for altering and texture exploration. You will transform the pieces by
using a number of handbuilding techniques. You'll paddle, roll, drop,
squeeze, impress and carve your way through the leather hard pots,
giving you the opportunity to try new ways of finishing wheel thrown
vessels. The focus will be on pushing your limits and taking risks with
Even though you will have a few nice pieces at the end of the day, the
goal will not be making finished pots. Instead it will be about
exercising your clay manipulating muscles by pushing your limits, and
about making fearless decisions to aggressively alter, and texture
thrown pots .
Being free from the pressure of making a product will help in developing
a fluidity of motion while you work, and give you the opportunity to
take risks with different ideas, and perhaps bring more of your personal
expression into the pottery you make.
Please email email@example.com to register for this workshop
1423 Pottery Highway 705
Seagrove, NC 27341
Calvin Nicholls is an artist who has been a full-time paper sculpture artist since the mid-1980′s.
He uses nothing but a scalpel, time, patience, and well-lit sheets of paper,
Nicholls makes these paper sculptures for use in advertising campaigns, private collectors, institutions and galleries.
To make these sculptures, each component is cut and textured through the use of a collection of wooden and metal tools. Nicholls monitors the interaction of light and shadow on the sculpture as he work. With its completion, Nicholls create a more elaborate set with sophisticated studio lights. Final enhancements are made at this stage prior to photography.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
It's a what-you-see-is-what-you-get- interface and it only took me a couple of hours of playing with it to learn how to use it. It's mostly intuitive but they also have excellent video explanations if you get stuck.
Here are two examples of sites I made using wix: www.hudsonvalleypottery.com and www.alexisfeldheim.com
The hosting fees are average-$5-10/month and they also have mobile sites that come with your website hosting fee and they work on ipads and iphones as well as smartphones.
It sounds like I work for them...but I don't...it's just such a great tool for artists....I think everyone should know. (One warning: make your pics the right size for the web, 72 dpi, or your site will load slowly. They are working on an automatic resizing tool, but until it's available you must do it yourself.)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
SOLD — this just wired methane-fired lamp, one of many that I am in the final stages of assembling for the Spruce Pine Potter's Market October 8-9 in Spruce Pine, NC & the Piedmont Craftsmen Craft Fair in Winston-Salem November 19-20.
Friday, September 16, 2011
September 13 - November 12
Friday, September 16, 6-9 pm
September 13 - November 12
Friday, September 16, 6-9 pm
John Britt Jeff Dean
"Form/Glaze” presents three North Carolina ceramic artists known for both form and glaze palettes. This show features the work of Wilmington artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, named a North Carolina Living Treasure in 2006, Penland area glaze chemist extraordinaire, John Britt, and Seagrove favorite and rising star, Jeff Dean, of Dean and Martin Pottery.
Planning a Business Website
Almost all businesses now use a web site to promote themselves. You can use it to provide information about your product or service, as a method of contact for your business, to provide product support, and for sales. How you design your site is driven by what you want it to do. We will discuss design issues, development and hosting costs, domain name purchase, intellectual property issues, and much more.
11/15, T, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Biddix, No Charge
MCC Mitchell Campus
You can register for this class here on the Mayland web site. (It's the second-to-last class listed, right before their -- also free -- social networking class.)
Thursday, September 15, 2011
We are beginning construction on our house which is on a very wooded
lot. Unfortunately a number of large trees, 12-24 inches trunk diameter
will have to come down. They are mostly maple, oak (red and white),
tulip poplar, and hickory. The tree service said that they would cut
them in to firewood size pieces.
If you know of any potters who might be interested in free kiln wood, please have them email me.
We are located in Biltmore Park in the South Asheville/Arden area.
Kelly Severns Curtis
Design for Web and Print
Almost all of my new artist website have been created using Wordpress. I can buy the domain name and host the site, install Wordpress and modify the theme. Using Wordpress allows your artists to login online and modify/edit information... upload pics, etc.
Domain name: $12 (yearly)
Hosting account: $60 (yearly)
Installation of Wordpress and customization can range from $500-1500 depending on how much information they want on their website. This price also includes SEO (search engine optimization).
Hope this helps.
Here are links to the Prospectus and the Entry form:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
If anyone knows of a good web designer who could help some folks get a starter page, let me know.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Workshop 1: Thrown, Altered, & Assembled
Saturday, October 1, 2011
10:00 - 5:00
Workshop 2: Understanding Glazes
Sunday, October 2, 2011
10:00 - 5:00
REGISTER : http://www.claymakers.com/Registration.html
24.75 Custer Feldspar
8.91 Calcined Grolleg
1.98 Barium Carbonate
Add 1.0 Tin Oxide
0.5 synthetic iron oxide
Fire in the R1 cycle in my book or reduction from 010 to peak.
I took Pete Pinnell's Celadon and since it crawled on me a bunch, I calcined half the Grolleg and came up with this.
Clay Club is this Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at my studio which is at 154 Sparks Road.
Just put this " 154 sparks road bakersville nc" into the google maps or I can send you my directions.
We will talk about NEW MEDIA: Facebook, Youtube, Blogs, Etsy, etc. Hopefully someone besides me can assist the discussion.
I will make a pot of Chili and have some corn bread. Bring whatever you like, but as always, you don't need to bring any food to come. We would rather see you than have you stay away because making food was too much trouble. Think of it this way _Free Meal.
If anyone wants to car pool let me know and I will forward the info. Or just post like Diane Puckett did. Anyone can post, just let me know you want to and I will send you the permission and instructions.
See you there,
Thursday, September 8, 2011
On clayart Steve Mills posted this:
"I usually repair damaged brick with Sodium Silicate 75TW (the liquid variety) and a high proportion of brick dust (same type as the subject for repair), with perhaps a little Kaolin to help the SS bind it together. The balance of the components is crucial or you get (as you know) too much shrinkage".
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
3.0 XX Sagger
6.0 Alumina Hydrate
4.0 Nepheline Syenite
6.0 Soda Feldspar
6.0 Gerstley Borate
2.0 Lithium Carbonate
100.0 Potassium Carbonate
6.0 Fine Grog
7.0 Medium Grog
Handful Nylon fiber
Will repair and fix cracks, breaks, holes. Use like refractory cement.
I know nothing about this concoction but it was in a book I got from Alfred Summer School 1994 . I know it doesn't add up to 100% and I don't know what Fredricksburg is but it is probably a fire clay? Test, test, test....
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Don't Forget!!!! Deadline is this coming Wednesday!!
The next Studio Tour takes place on Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4, 2011. The application deadline to participate is this coming Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 7, to be received by 5 pm at either TRAC Galleries. Complete information is on the TRAC website. Go to the left For Artists Only and then click on the appropriate application.
You can also have an ad in the Tour Guide. Deadline to commit is September 15 - we'll even design the ad for you! Or, if you have camera ready artwork - the deadline is September 22.
Club is coming next week September 14 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. No one has volunteered to host so I guess I will do it at my studio (unless there are other takers?). At least I am in Mitchell County!
I included a list from the January meeting of stuff we wanted to do. We have done the ones in red and I am proposing the one in blue for September.
Marketing Meeting Lecture –email/blog/Facebook/Etsy/Twitter/etc. New media
But to do that I will need some help because I don't do Tweeting, or a bunch of other stuff. I can show what I do and we can have an informal discussion of marketing methods that have worked for people. Probably need Michael Kline, Joy Tanner, Will Baker, Shane Mickey, Cynthia Bringle, etc. To round out the field. Any chance of that happening?
One other thing we can do it to have a photo contest of the messiest studio. Just take a photo of your mess and send it to me and I will post as many as I can and then we can vote. You don't have to have your name associated with your photo (just tell me and I will give them all a number) and the prize will be that Michael Kline will come over and clean up your studio for you?! How does that sound?! (I think he uses the large dumpster method and a crane!)
Here is the list of stuff we wanted to do :
- Name tags
- Photos contest for the blog of the messiest studio
- Glaze exchange – bring tiles and swap recipes or combinations of glazes or Share one glaze recipe and have everyone fire it on a pot and then bring it for Clay Club.
- Tour of Unimin (contact Elizabeth Westveer)
- Mug Making Party at Penland (March)
- Alex Matisse Studio/kiln ((February)
- Empty Bowls (John Hartom)
- Tea Pot Party –everyone brings parts of the same claybody and assemble and fire
- Marketing Meeting Lecture –email/blog/Facebook/Etsy/Twitter/etc. New media
- Clay Olympics (Odyssey) bring own clay and coil build fastest, have teams, throwing, make the best kiln god, etc.
- Kiln maintenance night
- Orton cone box type contest
- Doc Welty Studio (fall)
- Crimson Laurel
- Energy Xchange
- Apply for Trac Group Show 2012 -Deadline March 15, 2011
I am looking for a nice dark grey Celadon for Cone 10 reduction. After looking through John's book and a few others, it seems that the usual colorants for these glazes are highly toxic (Nickle oxide, iron chromate, uranium oxide). Are there other good oxide colorants out there or should I look for stains?
Will and I are both exhibiting our tableware in "Dining with Frank," at the FRANK gallery in Chapel Hill, NC. The opening is this Friday, September 9, 6-9 pm and this group show of a great collection of potters continues through November 6. I sent along a carved wood fired place setting of a dinner plate, lunch plate, carved bowl and carved cup. Hope you get a chance to see all the great pots.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Dates and Location:
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
We'd love a visit with you this Labor Day Weekend