I sent John Britt a link to a brilliant post on our place in a limitless universe or never ending universes. The post in my view doesn't imply we, our earth, are just a speck in the scheme of things, an insignificant tiny bit of shit, but what exciting adventures of exploration lie ahead for us. When eighteenth century philosophers claimed the world is more like a mechanical watch with more or less predictable outcomes than a moral drama between the Christian righteous and satan (the medieval view), the ordinary folk were not happy or were the big wigs of Christianity. I hope y'all be open minded and have a look at the video; it's mind expanding, even for us old folk. And it seems to me to make our earth more precious and in need of our extreme care. It's our garden, so to speak, a la Voltaire (just pulling our those big names). So Newton onward! Sorry if I've implied we're all just poop. And to set the record straight, we're out in CA because Mary's mom was failing and we hoped to be of some help to her; she needed a lot of care. We sold our beautiful home in A'ville (well, Madison Co.) for peanuts so we could get out here pdq. We're still here, in the small town of Benicia, enjoying CA only because we have family here. We'd of course rather be in A'ville, among friends (?). Though I'm getting so old I don't know if I can get across the country anymore. Just an old turkey. When the seas calm again, I'd like to post some basic throwing videos we made at a coop studio in So Cal. They're meant for fledgling potters struggling with centering, etc. Very beginning stuff. Very best to y'all. hp
The winter session begins January 12. From pinch pots to glazing to independent study, we’ve got something for everyone. Take a class to suit your personal artistic goals, or just come and have fun creating with clay. Plus, we are featuring a Saturday morning class for kids and a plaster mold making workshop with Nick Moen.
I have lots of glaze books; this is among the top (Robin Hopper and Hans Coper level).
Though I fire cone 6 electric, I enjoy reading about reduction as it gives a better general understanding of glazes. There are plenty of cone 6 neutral/electric glazes in the book (there are 400), along with giving a good basis of how to create my own and judge others.
I've recommended it to several others already. Anyone expecting a glaze book tailored to only their needs should realize every glaze book is an aid to creating their own notebook. (One should also consider that cost may not be the sole factor in lower cone firing, less impact on the environment may be the consideration.)
Everybody - buy the book! (Hope we do meet one day.) - naomi
This workshop will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. 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 ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from my new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.
There will be a slide show on Friday night and John will bring tiles samples from his book as well as pots.
Friday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet and greet
Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Glaze Discussion, including tile samples and firing, cone, kilns, safety, etc. It is basically a question and answer format that leads us in the direction of the class interest but will be focusing on cone 6 and the book.
Good Morning, A few weeks ago, I met with Dick Baker, the new director of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation. They have recently moved “off campus” to an almost finished being renovated building on Broad Street (about a block passed the hospital and in about ½ block). They are sharing the space with several other outreach community services. They have plans to offer non-profits the use of the conference room for meetings, the “backyard” for outings (it will eventually have a fire pit and seating). And because they are not on hospital grounds, they are able to have alcohol on premises. There are a couple of rooms, kitchenesque type walk through rooms complete with cabinetry. Flanking the ceiling in these rooms are small, glass doored display areas. These are:
width # Kitchen (illuminated) 19½" 1 13½" 2 15” 2 11 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors) 16” 1 6½” 1 10½” 1 15 or 30” 1 or 2 (double doors)
Break/Catering Area (illuminated) 14½” 1 10 1 15 or 30” 1 or 2 (double doors) 11 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)
Hallway (not illuminated) 16 or 22” 1 or 2 (double doors)
Cabinets are 13” high…width was measured but the normal depth of a kitchen cabinet.
What he is offering is space. They don’t have the funds to purchase art to fill the cubbies, but could display. He said that he would put up a nice sign with the artist name and title (if there is one). If anyone were interested they would contact TRAC.
I know you’ve all read the back page of the Tour Guide and know all about the “branding” agenda we are following. TRAC, in collaboration with 18 other partners have been in the planning stages for over 2 years. This year we received grants (read plural…yippee) that will allow us to hire a project coordinator, consultants and begin the strategizing in earnest. We will need more $$ to complete the wayfinding signage, and this is going to take a few more years, but all the along the way, we are doing are best to make Mitchell/Yancey Counties a destination, not merely a place between hither and yon. All that said, the more folks see art in non-artistic venues, the more a recognition that “this is a place where everything is about the artistic nature of the community.” Kinda like the Chocolate Factory with no calories.
These pieces can be seconds if the “whoops” is on the back. They won’t show. And they should be big enough to fill the area. I may have to put a block underneath if the bottom is covered by the door framing, but there is a foot or so of height.
If you get the pieces to me, I’ll get them to Dick Baker and put them in place. I can swap them out every 6 months or so. I used the studio tour list, but if you know someone who might be interested, pass this along. The more we get the “names” out, the more we’ll get known. Destinations are not just for out-of-towners. There are folks who don’t even know about the Tour except for seeing the signs twice a year. There are those who don’t know where TRAC is. They know Peoples Furniture and see the gallery when they walk out the front door, but…and there are those who don’t equate arts with the every “man or woman”.
FYI, there is also space under a large vitrine in the lobby entrance of the Burnsville Town Hall. There are a few pieces there now that I would like to swap out. It is against the wall, but also plexi all around. A second would be fine as long as it won’t show. You can stop by the Town Hall and see the size. One would be surprised at the number of folks who pay their water bill in person and walk past it each time.
This is an exciting time to be in this area; to be able to watch it grow. Let me know. Call me at 682.7215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org