Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Nice Pot

Northern Song dynasty (960-1126) or Jin dynasty (1206-1234), approx. 1100-1234
Medium: Slipped and glazed high fired ceramic with underglaze decoration
Place of Origin: China | Hebei province

Steve Lloyd

This is this is the best shot of Steve and Becky !

RIP Steve Lloyd

Dear Friends of Steve,

Steve passed away suddenly yesterday morning of an apparent aneurysm. Becky asked me to let people know. Please let other friends know. Becky's dad and Steve's parents are with Becky and the girls. The loss is too big for anyone to fathom right now and Becky, Jesse and Austin are going to need all of our support. No plans for a funeral and/or memorial yet. I will post any details as they emerge. We have lost an incredible human being, friend, father, husband, son, brother, teacher, potter, mechanic, and sage. Hug your people. Life is unbelievably short and fragile.
-Lesley — with Steve Lloyd.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The 1000 Empty Bowl Challenge - Clay Club May 17-18, 2014

This month’s Clay Club will be Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom's studio in Yancey County.

134 Lynnewood Lane Burnsville, NC ( off Arbuckle Road - across from the Rodeo) 

We will be doing the 1000 EMPTY BOWL CHALLENGE. We will be making at least 1000 bowls for Empty Bowls in 8 hours and then they will be trimmed on the next day in 8 hours. We are not JUST trying to make the 1000 bowls but also help John Hartom switch over from cone 10 reduction to cone 6 reduction in an effort save energy and time.

Anyone who wants to help with this ambitious project to help the hungry in the region should contact John Britt at and sign up for a time slot. ( Maybe one or two hour slots?) We have a limited number of wheels but can stagger people if you sign up in advance.

You don’t have to know how to throw to help. We will need people to prepare clay before the event (Wedging one pound balls- Friday, May 16 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon). And we will need people to carry boards of bowls outside to dry and bring them back in. We will also need people to “deform” the bowls with stamps and wooden tools to make various shapes. And finally we will need people to load the kiln on Sunday.

So if you want to help please sign up for this event so I can make up a schedule and also estimate participation so we can provide food for lunch. (We don’t want to have too much food and end up wasting food at an Empty Bowl event!)

This will be DIFFICULT for us to achieve but I believe it can be done if we get some help from the Clay Club. If everyone chips in a little and does what they can -I know we can do it and we can generate some energy for this growing problem in our community – the lack of food. It is a tragedy and we all get compassion fatigue but if we try to do it all in one weekend I think we can make a huge difference.

This should be a really fun and memorable event so let me know if you want to help! 828-467-5020

John Britt and John Hartom

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Workshop with Linda McFarling 2014 - Shakerag

McFarling 3

Many people are under the impression that Linda is deceased because they haven't seen her in  while but ....that is not true. Linda is alive and well - for now anyway- so sign up for her workshop. You don't want to miss out on experiencing Linda McFarling's being. She is a wonderful teacher and potter and and ok so so. But you will learn a lot from her personal instruction  on FORM and SURFACE!!!

Pots with Sass!
at Shakerag Workshops in  Sewanee, Tennessee 
Session One: June 8 - 14, 2014
Course Description
In this fun packed week we will explore various techniques that will enhance and add a little sassiness to your work. Techniques to be covered include faceting, fluting, darting, and much more. Come with a playful attitude and willingness to take chances. Bisque firing only.

Skill Level
Some basic throwing skills required.

or contact :
Claire Reishman
c/o Shakerag Workshops
290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, TN 37375
931-598-5651 x3165

McFarling 2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ceramics Monthly is hiring

Ceramics Monthly

The Ceramic Publications Company is seeking an Assistant Editor to contribute to our content-acquisition and editing efforts for Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, art books, and Ceramic Arts Daily

This is a full-time position located in our Westerville, Ohio, office. 

We're looking for someone with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary studio ceramic artists and processes. 

For full details and application requirements, check out our employment ad on either Monster or on LinkedIn.

If you think this might be your dream job, let's talk. If you know someone who would dream of this job, please share this with them. 

Sherman Hall
Managing Director, Ceramic Publications Company

Mouse houses

I don't know if you have seen the Mouse Houses on Woodfin in Asheville NC?

They are great.

And up the street are these. 

 Now I am waiting for the No Parking signs to come up out front. They will tow!

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

Made these last night and they are AWESOME!

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 2

Asparagus coated in panko bread crumbs and parmesan and baked until golden brown and crispy.

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
salt and pepper to taste

Dredge the asparagus in the flour, dip in the egg and then into a mixture of the panko, parmesan, salt and pepper.
Place the asparagus in a single layer on a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425  F oven until golden brown, about 7-13 minutes.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Final Call on Used Kilns!

Here at Haywood Community College's
Professional Crafts Clay Program 
we recently upgraded our kilns

We're auctioning off a number of good old kilns
through the NC State Surplus Property website

Deadline to submit sealed bids: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pictures, details and bidding instructions at:

More info or assistance? Contact Terry Gess, 
Haywood Professional Crafts Clay Instructor: 828.565.4159

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shunned Males

Saw this group of male turkeys yesterday and it reminded me of the flaws with polygamy. What do you do with all the extra males?

Seems this big Tom has not qualms with shunning his 7 friends to get at his hens.

We also saw a beautiful white deer this morning!  Nice way to start the day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nathan needs some help getting over the edge....Who wants to PUSH him?

Nathan Neufeld a former Odyssey Resident and cheater in the Clay Olympics handbuilding contest (ask Mellie) is trying to study abroad.  He just needs a few more helpers to get him over the edge :

Fond Farewell and Many Thanks

After eleven years of potting in North Carolina, I'll be saying goodbye this summer to pursue a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These years have been formative and rewarding and I owe many thanks to my community, friends and supporters. My experiences these eleven years have instilled a desire to delve deeper and seek a new challenge. The opportunity to expand my knowledge of my craft and push my artistic growth is one that I'm grateful and excited to have. So, I say goodbye for now, but not forever.

Before I depart, I hope you will visit the final craft show in which I'll be participating or consider taking a class with me. The 4th Annual Madison County Potters Market is just around the corner and after a hiatus, I'm looking forward to teaching a 5 week class at Odyssey. Plans for a final studio sale are in the works, so stayed tuned for details in the next month or so. Thank you all SO much for the support. I hope to see you and best wishes,

Emily Reason

As always, my work is available to Flow~ Handmade Adornment, Body & Home, 14 South Main Street, Marshall, NC

Courtney Long from Western Piedmont Community College

There is a very good article in Pottery Making Illustrated featuring our own: Courtney Long:

click to enlarge

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Work Jim Kransberger

MORRIS AND HIS MASTER, 10-1/2" x 9-3/4" x 6-1/2" Ceramic with wooden wheels:

POOCH & PAL, 12-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 4" Ceramic

GRACE AND FIFI, 12-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" Ceramic

Jim Kransberger
85 East Euclid Parkway
Asheville, NC 28804


Friday, April 4, 2014

Just unloaded ..Gas 4/2014

WOOD KILN (and other stuff) FOR SALE

This is it! 
Haywood  Community College Professional Crafts Clay Program

Kilns for Sale 

on NC State Auction!

Wood Kiln - 2 Gas Car Kilns - 2 Raku Kilns
All used but in good condition!

We've recently moved into a great new facility - 
We're offering these no-longer-used kilns 
to area potters at decent prices

  These used kilns will be sold by Sealed Bids 
from Thursday, 4/3/14 
10 am Thursday, 4/16/2014 

(Choose Location: "Clyde, Haywood Community Coll" from drop-down menu, then hit Find It)

It you have any problems Call Terry Gess (828) 565-4159
 to preview or for more info. 
He can help you through the process!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Old Econo Kiln & truck topper

see the craigslist ad and contact me if interested


$200 OBO, make me an offer!

Econo Kiln (now L&L), 7 cu ft. with kiln sitter. Needs TLC, a steel rod for lid hinge, new wires and elements, which should be available through L & L. Interior brick is in good shape.

Does not include kiln furniture.
truck topper:

Western North Carolina professional potters group forming in the High Country

From the Handmade in America newsletter:

Calling All Potters in the Following Counties:

Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Wilkes, and Caldwell Counties

Tena Wenta, of Wenta Pottery, is working to establish a professional potters group in the High Country. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Watauga County Library in Boone NC.

The first meeting will select a committee that will work to establish The High Country Potters. Tena's desire is to not only network with the Watauga County Arts Council, but with Ashe and Avery County Arts Councils, HandMade in America, the Chambers of Commerce, the High Country Visitor Center, the Northwest Visitor Center, and anyone else that will help bring a presence to the great number of potters living and working in these counties.

Please contact Tena at for more information.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FREE Slide Lecture This Saturday

Eric Knoche will be giving a slide lecture at Odyssey ClayWorks
This Saturday, April 5th at 1pm
Free and open to the public
Please join us!

Ceramic Job in Yellow Springs Ohio

John Bryan Community Pottery is seeking applicants for a part-time Studio Director position.

The Director must have strong communication skills and the ability to organize and energize people in a cooperative environment. Computer literacy, effective financial and management ability are required. Experience in business as well as ceramics/pottery is valued. Kiln construction, firing techniques, and glaze formulation are some aspects of the studio the director is expected to facilitate. An average of 15-20 hours per week including some regular “office hours” is expected. Pay commensurate with studio’s annual income. The ability to mobilize and incorporate the help of staff, renters, friends of JBCP, and Board of Directors is integral to this position.

See all duties at:

Send resume with cover letter by
May 15, 2014 to:

100 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Or email

Featured Ceramic Artist of the Day

Daniel L. Bare

Program Director
The ARTS Center of Clemson

Adjunct Faculty, Ceramics
Clemson University

Craft in America: Industry 30 second preview

Premieres on PBS Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10pm*

Spring is here on Roan Mountain -Phoebe's are back

I only had a photo of summer but they are back!

Steve Loucks and Lynette Hesser Workshop at Workhouse Art Center in Virginia April 25-27

Hi Folks,

See attached info on our upcoming Visiting Artist Workshop this Spring with Steve Loucks and Lynnette Hesser. There are still spaces left for their Workshop. An exhibit of their work is on display from April 2-27, 2014 in the Vulcan gallery (1st floor) in our main bldg.. W-16.

Steve Loucks

Steve received his MFA in 1985 from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and BFA in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Champaign / Urbana.

A studio potter and Professor of Art at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville Alabama. Steve has conducted numerous workshops which include Odyssey, Penland, Arrowmont, and the 92nd Street “Y” in NYC. Steve’s work is included in several public and private collections including the San Angelos Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, University of Florida, Tennessee State University, and the Greenwich House Pottery. Steve has also been awarded an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts and a Southern Arts Federation / National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts as well as several awards in national juried competitions.

Lynnette Hesser

A resident of Alabama since 1987, Lynnette Hesser was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts grant for 2011. Currently, she is a full-time ceramic artist in the studio she shares with her husband, Steve Loucks, in Wellington, Alabama. She is published in a number of ceramic books, and exhibits nationwide. Lynnette received her Bachelor of Art from Denison University, Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art from the University of Florida with concentrations in ceramics, and Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Jacksonville State University. She has been an Adjunct Instructor of Art for Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Anniston, and Oxford, Alabama. Lynnette has also taught in public and private schools as an art instructor and classroom teacher. She conducts workshops in clay and other art materials and techniques. Lynnette works on the committee for the annual Alabama Clay Conferences and has helped host the conference three times.

Dale Marhanka

Ceramics and Glass Director


9518 Workhouse Way . Lorton, VA 22079 . 703-584-2900 .