Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Clay Club TRAC show Delivery


Clay Club post:

Short notice , but Freeman will be going up to Spruce Pine Thursday. If anyone wants him to take their works along, bring them to our showroom in Old Fort before TH.  call or e-mail asap.


Maggie  669-2713   TiPottery@gmail.com  TurtleIslandPottery.com

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Used Fire Brick for Sale

I've got a variety of brick left over from my recent kiln rebuild.
Mix of K23, 25 and 26.
A couple of hundred total, many whole, many cracked.
Send me a note if you are interested in making an offer and I'll get a better count.

sarah@skhpottery.com

Sarah House

Glaze Workshop near Rochester NY

Understanding Glazes and Firing

Folk Art Guild of Rochester NY

August 3 -5, 2012
Course Description
This workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 10 reduction. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like shino, copper reds, ash, celadon, temmoku, oil spots, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them. We will also fire a cone 10 reduction firing for celadons, shinos and copper reds.
For more information contact Annie:
  • 1445 Upper Hill Road

    Middlesex, NY 14507

    585-554-3539

    www rfag.org

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cress Kiln SOLD

About ten years ago I purchased a used Cress FX18C. I have never even plugged it in. I have some of the furniture. It has the Firemate control system and the Cress Clean Air System. The bottom is cracked, but I have been told it could be repaired. It is a small kiln, maybe 2 1/2-3 cubic feet. $150, located near Weaverville.


dianepuckett@gmail.com

Group Order on Buckets??? Anyone interested??

We had a little accident in our studio that has convinced me I need to replace my 5-gallon glaze buckets. While hoisting a bucket filled with a new batch of glaze up to pour it into a 10-gallon container, the handle broke out of the bucket and the glaze spilled everywhere. What a mess! I have concluded that the plastic deteriorates over time with exposure to ultraviolet light, and I want to replace all our 5-gallon buckets as insurance against this ever happening again.

ULINE sells these buckets in 7 colors, but they have to be purchased in lots of 5 for each color. I'd like a mixture of colors. If anyone would like to order any of these we could save on shipping and each of us could get a variety of colors. Obviously these buckets have many other uses besides holding glazes.

The buckets cost $4.69 each, and the lids are $1.40. Both buckets and lids come in orange, black, yellow, blue, red, gray, and green (plus white and "natural," whatever that is).

Please get back to me if you're interested and I'll place the order if we get enough takers. Specify which colors and quantities you want, and whether you want matching lids or not. I'd like to place the order ASAP. 


Jon Ellenbogen 
Barking Spider Pottery
jon28765@gmail.com

Photo Set-up in Asheville for sale

Attention artists/photographers:


I have a great set-up for taking photos of your work, for sale. All necessary lights and 4' x 10' grey-to-black backdrop, never much used and in great condition. prob. $150 of stuff, for what? 75 bucks? lets talk.


Sarah 


sarahdanforth@hotmail.com

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bad plaster

I've got some plaster that's gone bad................what's the best way to get rid of it?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

John-

Re the Purple Crystal Glaze....

Jack just finished two salt firings in NY with that same base formula but using 4% RIO instead of 5% Cobalt carb. (can also use 4% rutile).  Got similar crystals but of course blue, not purple.  Posting a pic on light and dark clays.
DO YOUR TESTING!

Olympic Test Kiln Model DOLL (yup, a doll) for sale. Perfect for test cups or tiles.
120 volts (connects to house wall outlet)
15 amps
Rated cone 10/2350 degrees (so Olly says)
Currently old style kiln sitter shut off but can be fitted with electronic controller
2 shelves and stilts if I can find them--the stilts
Comes with stand
Numerous small mid-range cones
In new condition. Fired once empty as per instructions. 
$400

Located in Mars Hill area, just north of Asheville
Email: mikpotry@gmail.com

Monday, July 23, 2012

Last Glaze Workshops for the year 2012


Anyone interested in learning about glazes...I have two more workshops this year and then I am taking at least a year break to work on a book. So this may be the time for you to catch one of the last two workshops.  This one is a weekend of firing celadons, copper reds and shinos and it is in upstate NY:

Understanding Glazes and Firing

Folk Art Guild of Rochester NYAugust 3 -5, 2012

Course DescriptionThis workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 10 reduction. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like shino, copper reds, ash, celadon, temmoku, oil spots, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them. We will also fire a cone 10 reduction firing for celadons, shinos and copper reds.
For more information contact:1445 Upper Hill RoadMiddlesex, NY 14507585-554-3539www rfag.org
  • This next workshop is the one if you want a week of thorough testing and learning about materials and firing at low, medium and high fire:

    Basic Ceramic Raw Materials and Glaze Chemistry

    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
    September 30- October 6, 2012Course Description

    This course in basic ceramic chemistry is designed for potters who want to become acquainted with the materials used in ceramics, their origins and uses in mid-range and high-fire glazes. We will briefly cover oxides and their sources, the Seger Unity Molecular formula, and will mix and test glaze recipes on test tiles only. Some experience with ceramics is preferred.For more information contact:
    ARROWMONT SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
    P.O. Box 567
    556 Parkway
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    865-436-5860
    info@arrowmont.org


Blind Turkey




Sad to see my once vibrant turkey doing very badly now.  Some eye infection or something. 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Firing Hot Kiln

My Skutt 1027 is firing about a cone and a half hot. What's up with that?  Anyone?

Cassius

Does anyone know of an Asheville area source for Aardvark Cassius clay?

Browse the Glaze Mixer site

Here is a list of recipes for all cones:

http://www.glazemixer.com/currentcommunityrecipes.aspx/

Purple Crystal cone 10


Hey kids,  got this great tile as a accident in a workshop firing a light soda/salt cone 10 firing. But need some verification that it works more than once.

If anyone could try it and see I would appreciate it!

Haynes Base with 5% cobalt carbonate cone 10 soda

Nepheline Syenite: 45.00 Grams
Silica: 30.00 Grams
Whiting: 8.00 Grams
Dolomite: 10.00 Grams
Talc: 7.00 Grams
Total: 100.00 Grams
 Add : 5% cobalt carbonate 

Fire in light salt or soda


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kilns and everything else for SALE!


I am selling the equipment, furniture and clay/chemicals from my studio. The only pieces of equipment I don't have is a pugmill and
ball mill.
 
                                                         new value        
   
Bailey Cone Art kiln  model 2827-10       $3385
Bailey single fume vent system                $250
High Alum shelf kit                                 $410
Bartlett Industries T1000 controller           $232
Siemens 100 amp service disconnect         $110
115 feet of #4 wire (3 @ 40 feet each)      $115
Total value Kiln system                                         $4502


AIM model 88 test kiln with shelf kit         $410
Orton auto fire controller                         $400
Total value test kiln system                                     $810

Pacifica T800 wheel  with splash pan         $890
12" batts 11X$6.50                                   $71
14" batts   2X$7.50                                   $15
Total value  wheel equipment                                  $976

Bailey DRA/II 30 slab roller                      $808
canvas 30"X8'  4 at $28.80                      $115
Total value slab roller system                                   $923

Misc Items
Ohaus/Mayte triple bar scale                    $139
Scale weights                                         $ 43
Pelouze material scale for up to 50#         $265
Sieve   100 mesh                                    $ 25
Glazing tongs                                         $   7
18" gloves                                              $ 60
13" gloves                                              $ 50
12" mittens                                            $ 40
Total value of misc items                                        $629
                                                            ______________
Total new value of equipment                                $7830   

I also have at least $1000 of clay            $1000
I have glazing chemicals worth over         $1000
I have a large table for slab roller             $ 250
(has storage under) 
book case style storage  for green            $ 250
ware, supplies materials.

                                                          $2500        $2500
                                                                 _____________
Total value of equipment and supplies                    $10,330

                                                SALE PRICE-------$4,500

With the exception of the two pieces
of furniture all items are in excellent
condition. Furniture is in good
condition and very functional.
                                                           

I am looking for someone or group that will buy all
these items together and I will be willing to sell
them as a unit for $4,500. This is a great bargain.

I can be contacted in Boone NC at 910-515-5058, ask for Dick
or email at rcs@aol.com

Glaze Mixer

Glaze Mixer can mix your ceramic glaze recipes. Potters enter their ceramic glaze recipes online and Glaze Mixer will mix them! Find high-fire glaze recipes, cone 6 glaze recipes, raku glaze recipes and others on the community page.

Don't know if everyone knows about Glazemixer.com but they mix up recipes and ship them to you dry.You add water and you are off.  That way people who don't want to buy and store all the chemicals can mix up glazes a lot cheaper than buying them wet from Duncan or other glaze suppliers.

And the best news is that they now print the recipes - so it is open source!

Couldn't be a better way to do things!!

I found this out by Googling "Cowan Amber glaze recipe"

http://www.glazemixer.com/singlerecipe.aspx?recipeID=3910&glazeRecipeName=Cowan%20Amber%20Celadon

Mocha Diffusion /Tobacco Spit Glaze technique

By Example & Jugtown

 Kyle Carpenter
 Val Cushing
 Tom Spleth
 Matt Jones
 Ronan Peterson leading a tour of the show
 Suze Lindsey
Leah Leitson & Emily Reason

By Example presents the work of twenty younger NC ceramic artists who use color, texture and imagery in their work  and examines the sources of the newer guard of NC clay makers. Guest curator Ronan Kyle Peterson has selected 20 artists who in turn have invited 20 mentors who have impacted their work and careers in a significant way.  By Example runs through August 26.These are some shots from the opening reception.

While we were in the area, we visited Seagrove, NC.  Here's some pics from Jugtown

 Ground Hog Kil (it's Kil down there, not Kiln)
 Original Horse- powered Clay mill.  Now they use the bike. Just kidding!
 Clay Mill
 Original workshop still in use. Awesome.
Ol' timey Treadle wheel

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Animal Imagery

Here is a nice gathering of animal silhouettes for ye fancy ceramic illustrators to draw inspiration from.


http://theanimalarium.blogspot.com/2012/07/silhouettes.html

Stay cool people!

-Erik

Who is the boss?

Since things are a bit slow on the blog...So I would post my favorite little story. This is from:

http://www.jokesunlimited.com/jokes/who_is_the_boss.htm

But it is an iconic story:




Who is the boss


When the body was first made, all the parts wanted to be the boss.

The brain said, "since I control everything and do all the thinking, I should be the boss."

The feet said, "since I carry man where he wants to go and get him in position to do what the brain wants, then I should be the boss."

The hands said, "since I must do all the work and earn all the money to keep the rest of you going, I should be the boss."

And so it went with the eyes, the heart, the lungs, and all the other parts of the body, each giving the reason why they should be the boss.

Finally, the asshole spoke up and said it was going to be the boss.

All the other parts laughed and laughed at the idea of the asshole being the boss. The asshole got so angry that he blocked himself off and refused to function.

Soon the brain was feverish and could barely think, the feet felt like lead weights and was almost too weak to drag the body anywhere, the eyes grew bleary, and the hands hung useless at the sides. All pleaded with the brain to let the asshole be declared the boss.


Don't like any of their morals so I made up my own.

Moral: If you look down on others and treat them like shit, because you think you are the brains of the operation, be careful, because someday the tables may turn and you may get a lesson from the asshole!  


I think of the story like this-  the heart would be a CEO while the asshole would be the trash man, and the other organs other types of professions. So the CEO might think that they are the best, highest, but try running without the asshole, or the skin or the liver or pancreas, etc. ... So all the workers have value and one is not the best or the highest. And you are often surprised by the contributions of the (percieved) lowest employees.  

I remember the trash strike in New York. It didn't take long to (5 days in 1990 and 4 months in 2006) figure out that you should pay garbage men a living wage or the city will stink!

And now the NFL refree lockout!  Amazing how the owners changed their demands after three games!

I guess that is kind of a socialist mentality, that each worker has value, but we often forget it in America where the CEO's get millions and the trash men get shit.

John Britt Pottery




Kiln Materials for SALE 2012


Used Kiln Materials for sale, pick up in Galax, Virginia
Original kiln 25 cubic foot downdraft

110 HI Heat Hard Brick                                                                   $200
11 @ 24”x 12”x 1” kiln shelves (need cleaning)                         $300
Angle iron frame for kiln, corrugated pipe for chimney           $250
Burners:
4 GACO MR750                                                                                 $200
2 GACO MR750 with safety system and
Piggy back pilot                                                                                $550
Used IFB 2300 degree
Including arch bricks                                                                       $800

Total                                                                                               $2300  



Call Priscilla
PDPottery@gmail.com
(276) 768 7629

Mica Opening



The opening was very well attended last night at the Mica Gallery in Bakersville NC. We wish them the best in their new adventure!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stale Cheerios



Just figured out that if you have stale Cheerios (because if rains 2 inches every day) that you can put them in the microwave for a minute or so and then let them cool in the freezer and viola..you have nice crunchy Cheerios!

And in a cold bowl!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Bukowski




“Pain doesn’t make anything, nor does poverty. The artist is there first. What becomes of him depends upon his luck. If his luck is good (worldly-speaking) he becomes a bad artist. If his luck is bad, he becomes a good one.”
~ Charles Bukowski

Deb Karash Rules!

There is a great article on Deb Karash in this month's WNC Magazine. Check it out.  Go Deb!

Scratching the Surface | WNC Magazine

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Reminder!
Mica 
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Saturday, July 14th, 5-8 PM
our new co-operative Gallery
in downtown Bakersville
invites you to celebrate! 

Special gift for the first 100 guests!

https://www.facebook.com/micagallerync
Mica artists: Becky Plummer, Claudia Dunaway, Cynthia Bringle, David Ross, Gertrude Graham Smith, Jacque Allen, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Jon Ellenbogen, Kent McLaughlin, Pablo Soto, Shaunna Lyons, Susan Feagin, Suze Lindsay, William Baker.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Equipment for Sale

Practically Brand New Studio Equipment for Sale
 
New Skutt Auto-electric Kiln, Model 1227TK, includes kiln vent    $2800 (never fired)
NewPugmill, Bluebird Model 440                $2000
Two new Northstar std 30"  table top slab rollers        $600 each
New dry damp cabinet        $150
New Extruder, wall mounted        $450
Slightly used Brent potters wheel , model B        $500
Other small accessories available
Will sell total package for $7100 or will sell separately.
Sabra Deaton
828-733-9436
Please call rather than e-mail.

International Wood-fire Juried Show




Plinth Gallery and The Boulder Pottery Lab present:
Flash Point     An International Wood FIred Exhibition
October 5- December 1, 2012
Juror:John Balistreri

Entry Fee  $30 for up to 3 entries

Calendar of Important Dates:

Deadline to receive submissions          August 3, 2012
Juror Selection/Artist Notification          August 31, 2012
Work to arrive at Plinth Gallery     September 21, 2012
Exhibition Opening        October 5, 2012

Complete exhibition information and application available at:

Windmills


I was up in northern Indiana and Illinois and saw the extensive network of windmills. It was impressive and reminded me of Denmark and California. Glad to see it happening!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Crimson Laurel Gallery - Peter Callas Lecture

Crimson Laurel Gallery - Peter Callas Lecture

Crimson Laurel Opening/Clay Club


Peter Callas Lecture

Here is David introducing Andrew Glasgow, former Executive Director of the American Craft Council at last  nights talk in Bakersville NC. Andrew introduced Peter Callas who talked about his 40 career and then everyone went to see the Opening of the show at Crimson Laurel.

Next month the Clay Club will be in Asheville and Michael Sherrill will demo . Should we a great Clay Club. More details later.

john britt pottery

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mica Opening





Just a reminder that the MICA Opening is Saturday July 14 -5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  And you get a FREE CUP/MUG if you are one of the FIRST 100 people there!!! 


Save the date  
Mica 
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Saturday, July 14th, 5-8 PM
our new co-operative Gallery
in downtown Bakersville
invites you to celebrate! 
Special gift for the first 100 guests!
https://www.facebook.com/micagallerync


Mica artists: Becky Plummer, Claudia Dunaway, Cynthia Bringle, David Ross, Gertrude Graham Smith, Jacque Allen, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Jon Ellenbogen, Kent McLaughlin, Pablo Soto, Shaunna Lyons, Susan Feagin, Suze Lindsay, William Baker.

July 7th Clay Club 2012

Hey Clubbers,

Just a reminder that the July Clay Club at Crimson Laurel on SATURDAY JULY 7 at 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The slide lecture is at 5:00- 6:00 (or so) and then the Opening. And it is a really nice show. Lots of wood fired stuff!

We wanted to support Crimson Laurel and attend the Peter Callas Lecture at the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in downtown Bakersville, NC.

It would be great to see everyone there to support this kind of event in Bakersville NC!

Hope to see you there. Below is the description.

The lecture will include an overview of Peter's 40 year career, his 23 year collaboration with Peter Voulkos and a discussion of our international exhibition of wood fired sculptural ceramics that opens on July 1.  Andrew Glasgow, the retired executive director of the American Craft Council, will introduce Peter and offer opening remarks.  The exhibition will feature fourteen artists from five countries and we have also included a functional element that features eight great potters.  We will host a reception at the gallery after the lecture and we hope you will stop by and see the work.


David Trophia and John Lara
Crimson Laurel Gallery
828-688-3599
23 Crimson Laurel Way

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Rice Hull Ash


Thanks to Fred Johnson-----Here is a source for Rice Hull Ash:

You may send a check for $18.50 (88lbs, includes shipping) to our business address:
Agrilectric Research Co.
P O Box 3716
Lake Charles, LA 70602-3716
When I get the tracking number, I will email it to you.
Thanks!
Lauren Vincent
Shipping Clerk/Notary
(337) 421-6398 personal fax

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shaner Red Recipes



Nan Rothwell Bowl and Pitcher :   http://www.nanrothwellpottery.com/


Someone was asking for Shaner Red and green glaze recipes- Here are some. These are just slight variations like EPK or Tile -6 for the ball clay and more or less talc or bone ash. Test THIN on porc, stone ware and dark stoneware as well as medium and thick. I think the thin on dark stoneware is the most iconic (rust red with bits of yellow):

Cantrells Red Shaner cone 10
43.16 Custer Feldspar
20.52 Ball Clay
12.67 Whiting
15.20 Talc
  8.45 Bone Ash

Add: 3.58 Red Iron Oxide
                1.69 Rutile
Shaner Red Altered cone 9/10
48.16 Custer Feldspar
22.60  Tile- 6 Kaolin
19.66 Whiting
  3.93 Talc
  3.68 Bone Ash
  1.97 Bentonite

Add: 5.32 Red Iron Oxide
Shaner Red cone 10
43.97 Custer Feldspar
25.86  EPK
17.24  Whiting
  3.45 Talc
  9.48 Bone Ash

Add: 3.45 Red Iron Oxide
                1.29 Rutile
Shaner Green cone 10
46.50 Custer Feldspar
22.10 EPK
18.80 Whiting
  3.50 Talc
  9.10 Bone Ash

Add: 2.9 Copper Carbonate

Remember to use Shaner Red on stoneware  (dark and light) and thin in light reduction – oxidation.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Recipe Search

Remnants of an Ancient Kitchen Are Found in China

Here is a good article via Steve White:

Fragments of ancient pottery found in southern China turn out to date back 20,000 years, making them the world’s oldest known pottery — 2,000 to 3,000 years older than examples found in East Asia and elsewhere.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/science/oldest-known-pottery-found-in-china.html?_r=2