Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reproducing a Hans Coper Vessel

EAST FORK POTTERY: ALL WEALTH IS FROM THE EARTH — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER

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Here is a nice piece on Alex and Connie Coady!  Check it out!

EAST FORK POTTERY: ALL WEALTH IS FROM THE EARTH — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER

Lisa Gluckin at Grovewood 2013



Grovewood Gallery
is featuring a special display of recent works from Lisa Gluckin's on-going project "Learning to Sit — A Stand-up Tragedy.” 

This display will be up October 10 through November 11. Lisa will be in the gallery on Friday, November 1 and again on Saturday, November 2 from 2 – 5pm for a meet and greet and to discuss her creative process. Visitors to Grovewood are also encouraged to visit Lisa’s studio, located next door to the gallery. On display are a collection of unique hand-built ceramic forms that celebrate color and line. These one-of-a-kind pieces touch on ideas of energy, vulnerability, trust, and playfulness. 

According to Gluckin, "I spend time with my pieces, continually visiting and re-visiting — painting, drawing, carving away — adding more color and line — playing with all the possibilities until I arrive at that sweet state of "knowing" that the story is as it should be."

Lisa Gluckin is a Grovewood Studio ceramic artist and teaching artist. She teaches at the Penland School and has worked with the Toe River Arts Council in their Artist-In-Residence and After-School Programs.

Gluckin began working in clay in New York City at the Greenwich House Pottery where she studied for over ten years. She then rusticated to the mountains of Western North Carolina to immerse herself in ceramics at the Penland School of Crafts. In 2012 she completed a three-year residency at the EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC and became a resident artist here at Grovewood Studios in Asheville.

In 2010 The National Endowment for the Arts purchased her work to honor the recipient of “The Green Prize in Public Education.” Lisa has strong creative energy with a passion for teaching, sharing and playing.

Here are some images:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hard Cider time of year


Getting back into the Hard Cider. It is always interesting to see it happen.

Fall's Bounty Cider
4 gallons of fresh apple cider
3 quarts of honey
1 pound of brown sugar
0.5 pound of dates
0.5 pound of raisins
1 teaspoon of yeast nutrient
2 teaspoons of yeast energizer
1 packet of champagne yeast

Wait three years! 

First Rime Frost of the year


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kiln Door Jam 2


Brick stack in door to reduce the need for cut wedges, etc. You don't need to have the holes filled as 4" of brick is enough .   

Similar to Kyle's Door Jam

Photo: door jams .....worth the price of admission -fitting a door tight  

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Human Condition

Quote of the Day

"Imagine a number of men in chains, all under sentence of death, some of whom are each day butchered in the sight of the others; those remaining see their own condition in that of their fellows, and looking at each other with grief and despair await their turn. This is an image of the human condition."

Blaise Pascal 1669

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fall in Mitchell County 2013





POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: WARREN WILSON COLLEGE SEEKS FULL-TIME FACULTY IN SCULPTURE/MATERIAL ARTS

The Department of Art at Warren Wilson College seeks applicants for a full-time faculty position in Sculpture and Material Arts, beginning July 1, 2014. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to teach sculpture and 3-D design, as well as experience with a variety of 3-D media and an interest in traditional and contemporary sculpture and craft techniques. The position requires teaching the equivalent of six, four-credit hour courses per year in beginning through advanced sculpture courses, 3-D design, and a Freshman Seminar course. Participation in the Senior Project course as a primary instructor and/or mentor is required, as is advising art majors and/or first year seminar students. Warren Wilson has recently received a grant to support growth and innovation in material arts. This position, partially funded through the grant, will work closely with Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.


Click for more info:
http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/position-announcement-warren-wilson-college-seeks-full-time-faculty-in-sculpturematerial-arts-closes-november-25/

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

DIG IN GARDEN --TONIGHT



Hey Everyone!

The DigIn fundraiser is tonight. It is a great group and they are trying to raise money to keep the garden running. They grow food for the Soup Kitchen in our area.

If you can't make it- could you just send a couple of bucks their way. It is a good group and there is no middle man in the operation. All grassroots !!

Here is the Announcement:

Empty Bowls event to benefit DigIn Community Garden will be held next Friday October  18, 2013 from 5-7:30 at Higgins Methodist Church. 

All produce from the garden goes to soup kitchen, Rec House and several other agencies that provide food relief. Please come and help us continue this important mission! You will get a handmade bowl,wonderful selections of soups, bread , dessert and most important loads of fun!!! Hope to see you there. Let me know if I can get tickets to anyone.

Linda McFarling


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


First Annual Studio Open House
October 26 and 27, 9 to 4
Jim and Shirl Parmentier
parmentierpottery@mac.com
828-335-6456

Our studio is located 25 miles north of Asheville.
Coming in either direction, we are easy reach off exit 11 on Interstate 26

-Turn left on Route 213, go 2 miles
-Turn left on Gabriels Creek Rd., go 2 miles
-Turn right on Upper White Oak Rd and look for our home and studio on the right

Our physical address is 184 Upper White Oak Rd. but with a GPS you should enter
184 White Oak Rd, Mars Hill, NC





Friday, October 11, 2013

LOOKING FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP

LOOKING FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP

Hello everyone!

My name's Caroline and I'm a French aspiring potter.
I'm currently looking for a studio assistant job opportunity!

I discovered pottery while living in New Zealand and then followed a 2 years full-time courses in a private ceramic art school in the south of France. After passing the national C.A.P. diploma in a governmental ceramic art institute/school (French equivalent of the Vocational Training Certificate in pottery) and obtaining the Ceramic Artisanal Diploma delivered by my school, I went to assist different professional potters around France.

My predilection domains are stoneware and porcelain and I really favour Asian types of glazes and firing process. (Up until now, I've only fired in gas kilns, but I want to experiment a lot of different firing techniques)

I'm now interested in moving abroad while learning and improving my pottery skills! Therefore, I'm looking for a master potter or an art school willing to take me in as a full-time assistant, so I can keep on learning in contact of skilled potters while broadening my view of this craft! :)

I'm really interested in Canada, but I'm willing to take any other interesting opportunities from all around the world into consideration! :)

If you want to get a better idea of who I am, you can visit my website at :
http://chpottery.weebly.com/

Be kind while looking at my portfolio, because those are mainly school works. I know they're not perfect!

Thank you for taking the time to read my message and have a nice day! (...and hope to hear from you soon. :-)


Caroline

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ewer for the Spruce Pine Potters Market this weekend.

Clay Club Report October 2013


Had a great meeting at THE SQUEAKY WHEEL in Asheville next to White Duck Taco.  Want to thank everyone for hosting. They had great food and discussed their work and how the studio operated. Looks like an fun place and only $100 a month rent.


Plus they had this glaze tile wall!  What is not to love there!?


And John Hartom came and thanked everyone who donated to the Manna Empty Bowls Dinner and Lunch.  Also, his newer project with Linda McFarling is The DigIn Garden in Burnsville, NC. They raise food for the soup kitchen at Higgins Church.

They are having a Empty Bowl Dinner on October 18 (see below).

Charles Freeland was there, as he assists in technical matters,and he reminded us about the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival in Dillsboro, NC. November 2, 2013.

They also have a Clay Olympics Nov. 1, 2013 which I wish I could attend but will be away at a workshop. If anyone can attend and take notes so we can plan for our Olympics in January it would be great.

THE NEXT CLAY CLUB will be November 13, 2013 at OOAK Gallery in Micaville.  

Then as far as I know....in DECEMBER - I may host a DEMO-PALOOZA at my studio - unless someone else wants to do it toward Asheville??? Get about 10 demonstrations of about 5 minutes each and put them on Youtube??!!

THEN THE CLAY OLYMPICS in January. We need a space and some people to help organize.  I will work on that after the Spruce Pine Potters Market this weekend. Out!

FREE Ron Myers demonstrations and talk Oct. 16-17, 2013 Culowhee, NC

Acclaimed clay artist Ron Myers will visit the WCU campus Oct. 16-17.

Come check out Visiting Artist Ron Meyers at WCU : details on link below:

Clay artist Ron Myers to give demonstrations, talks Oct. 16-17 « WCU News

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Thanks to Rebecca Ayres, we think this is a Pearl Crescent Butterfly.  Thx!


HELP THE "DIG- IN GARDEN" in Burnsville NC


Hey Everyone!

Empty Bowls event to benefit DigIn Community Garden will be held next Friday October  18, 2013 from 5-7:30 at Higgins Methodist Church. 

All produce from the garden goes to soup kitchen, Rec House and several other agencies that provide food relief. Please come and help us continue this important mission! You will get a handmade bowl,wonderful selections of soups, bread , dessert and most important loads of fun!!! Hope to see you there. Let me know if I can get tickets to anyone.

Linda McFarling


Skutt KM1027 Electric Kiln SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD


 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD Skutt KM1027 Electric Kiln

240 volt - Single Phase - With Automated controller.
Kiln is in like new excellent condition. Bought new in 2010.
Brick is in pristine condition.
Also included: 11 half shelves and 1 whole shelf, clean, and in excellent condition.

$1400.00 / you pick up in North Asheville
Contact:  SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Skull Jars


Should have a few Skull Jars this weekend.

Oil Spots for the Spruce Pine Potters Market this weekend


Got some nice oil spots for this weekend's show in Spruce Pine NC.  Spruce Pine Potters Market.  October 12 -13 , 2013 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

http://www.sprucepinepottersmarket.com/

Free Clay

I have around 20 five gallon buckets of ^6 recycle clay to give away. It's a combination of Bella's Blend (white stoneware) and Speckled Brownstone. If your interested, please bring your own containers to take it away. Would like it gone asap. Tell your friends!


Thanks,
Laura Somervill
westfirestudio@gmail.com

828-242-6957 (text is best)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Spruce Pine Potters Market THIS Weekend

Photo: Just in!  Our postcard for 2013!

Hey Kids,

Spruce Pine Potters Market is this weekend!  Come on up to Mitchell County and Spruce Pine and enjoy the Fall Colors and have a relaxing day visiting with all the local potters. You might even pick up a pot or two . You can stop by and enjoy some local mountain brew at The Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing too! Gonna be a really fun weekend in the mountains!

Stop by these fun places to eat in Mitchell County:

The Pizza Shop & Dry County Brewing

or the Best Burgers (1950's style) in the World:

Bonnie and Clyde's 

Or if you like sophisticated cuisine try our award winning :

The Knife and Fork with the new outdoor Spoon


Also stop by the Core Show at Penland:

CORE SHOW


And don't forget the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) AUCTION:

TRAC AUCTION

In fact come and just spend the weekend in the mountains!

Little Switzerland Inn






Saturday, October 5, 2013

Clay Club October 9, 2013 Asheville NC


OCTOBER 9, 2013  Clay Club --

 Oct 9th 6:00 - 8:30 at the Squeaky Wheel Potters Studio

http://squeakywheelpottery.org/

Squeaky Wheel  is in the River District of Asheville, next to White Duck Taco .

Since everyone knows where Highwater Clays is located these directions are from Highwater.  Head south on Riverside drive towards Asheville. Go over the railroad tracks, and under the railroad bridge. At the light turn left onto W Haywood St (Not Haywood Rd.) (if you turned Right you would go over the Craven St Bridge). Cross the railroad tracks and the Hatchery Building where we are located is on the right and is orange colored. There is a parking lot and street parking. Actual address is 1 Roberts St. (Which is on the corner of W Haywood St and Roberts St.)

We encourage car pooling both environmentally and because if it is a nice night White Duck Taco will fill up a lot of the parking lot.

Program will be a discussion of the beginning of Squeaky Wheel, along with the evolution to what we are today. We will also discuss our structure including our multiple tasks and committees, as well as our selling space (and how that works).

Food -- Squeaky Wheel will be providing crock pots of chili, along with Wine and of course the paper goods. Please bring other foods to share.

Being Good Neighbors.... the picnic tables are for the exclusive use of White Duck Taco patrons. We will have some folding tables outside for those people that want to eat outside, plus lots of room inside.

What is this weird growth or fruit on tree

Anyone know what kind of tree this is or the weird fruit/berry?




Khnemu Studio- Solar powered Kilns



Oh and they have solar panels which power the electric kilns!  Fantastic. Talk about Green Ceramics.  They got about 100 Kw while I was there. Check out the details on the link below:

http://www.khnemustudio.com/Fernwood_Farm.html

Khnemu Studios Workshop 2013

Had a great time last week at Khnemu Studio in Fennville MI. Dawn Soltysiak and her husband were great hosts and the farm was lovely!





Oh and we did some glaze tests!  maybe the most ever??!!  Certainly the most cone 6! 2500 or more.






Friday, October 4, 2013

Bailey De-airing PugmillSOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD FOR SALE 2013



I have a Bailey de-airing pug mill and clay mixer. It is an MX50. 220 volt. Lightly used over the last 5 years. Paid $5500.00 need to sell it. Asking $3800 pretty firm on price. Works great.

Contact info: SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

NAU Ceramics Conference page


GLAZES IN WOODFIRED KILN
By Elisa Helland-Hansen, Norway.

Matlby ( by weight)

Kaolin...................... 38.70
Whiting..................... 41.90
Custer Feldspar............. 19.40
=========
100.00

This page has interesting stuff on  it.Just click different people and they give descriptions of work and process.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Free Demo and Lecture in Roswell GA

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick a note to let you know that Bryce Brisco will present a FREE exhibition, demonstration and lecture on October 12th and 13th at Art Center West. 

 Bryce will be installing his show Saturday morning to be on view during and after his demonstrating from 2 – 5 pm on Saturday the 12th. The 3 hour wheel demo will be followed by an hour break in which participants will be encouraged to view his new works that will be installed in Art Center West Gallery. 

 The night will be capped with a lecture from 6 - 7 pm titled Weird Function, or the Nasty Bits of History: Toilet, Table and Tomb. This talk looks at vessels made by potters that address functional uses other than those related to food and drink. The history of Face Jugs, Bed Pans, Gravemarkers and Witchbottles will all be discussed, as well as many others. Sunday morning we will return to the wheel demonstration and Bryce will finish the work that was made the day prior.

This should be an exciting, informative, and inspirational event. If you'd like to attend, all we ask it that you reply to  aargentina@roswellgov.com 

to be sure don't exceed our 30 person capacity.

Hope to see you then,

AJ Argentina



Location: Art Center West

1355 Woodstock Rd

Roswell, GA 30075

770.641.3990

www.roswellclaycollective.com/workshops.html