Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Series


The Glass Plate Series: 4 x 4,  John Britt, chalk and glass plate, 3" x 5", 2014

New series

Got some new work coming:


The Glass Plate Series: Broken Dreams, John Britt, glaze drips and glass plate, 4" x 5", 2014

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour and Sale October 18 - 19, 2014

I am going to be in a great show coming up in Ohio.  The old stomping grounds - Yellow Springs Ohio.

It is the Yellow Springs Artist and Studio Tour October 18 -19 , 2014 (from 10 - 6 Saturday and Sunday.)

There are a bunch of excellent artists participating- check it out:

http://www.ysarts.org/

See you there if you are in the area!!

BIG THANKS!!!

John opening kiln, August 29, 2014

A big thanks to everyone donating their time, energy and bowls for The Dig In! Yancey Community Garden 4th Annual Empty Bowls event. As John Britt has indicated, it was a huge success. The guests were thrilled with the bowls and everyone had a great time. There were about 15 soups, donated by local restaurants and individuals, great bread and sweets, and a wonderful atmosphere.


Dig In! is in its fifth season and has now donated over 18,000 pounds of produce to five different organizations in Yancey County that provide food and meals to the our neighbors in need of food assistance. Please come and visit the garden. You can see hundreds of photographs and learn more at www.diginyancey.org. It is located next to Linda McFarling's pottery and showroom in Burnsville so you can see both the beautiful garden and some of Linda's great pots at one place. You will be about half an hour from Penland so there is a lot to see nearby. Contact me to set up a tour.


Again, many thanks. Your continuing efforts make a huge difference in our region.


And just in case you have not heard yet, Manna raised $50,000 at their recent Empty Bowls events on September 15th. That will provide 150,000 meals to western North Carolina residents. Those bowls really do great things.

Bumper crop of taters, July 31, 2014

Victoria and David, July 31, 2014

Peter and Valerie, July 31, 2014

Dig In Garden Raises $8,000

Yo Clubbers,

Thanks to all your efforts the Empty Bowl event for Dig In Garden raised over $8,000. I want to thank everyone who participated to make this possible - from the dozens of people who came out for our 1,000 bowl challenge in May, to the people who helped glaze and fire the bowls, to the ones who sent in finished bowls this past week.

 I can't list all the names but here are the ones I know who helped this past week and responded to our request  for finished bowls:

Joy Tanner,
Gay Smith,
Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky,
Sue Grier,
Paul Frye,
Michael Rutkowsky ,
Susan Feagan,
Nelle Pingree,
Cynthia Bringle,
Claudia Dunaway,
Robbie Bell,
David Ross,
Marian Parkes,
Diane Puckett,
Helen Purdum,
Lisa Gluckin,
Joey Sheehan,
Patty Robertson


(If I missed anyone please let me know.)

Marian Parkes and Kristen Flournoy helped glaze a load of bowls each.  

THANKS AGAIN!!

It will make the garden happen again next year!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Toe River Arts Council – Projects Coordinator- SPRUCE PINE NC

http://www.artsnc.org/events-training/job-listings/#tra

The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) is offering an exciting opportunity as the Projects Coordinator (PC) for the Toe River Arts; encompassing Mitchell and Yancey counties in western North Carolina. The Projects Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the establishment of the Toe River Arts District and developing resources available through the TRAC Arts Resource Center (ARC). The PC, reporting to the Executive Director of the Toe River Arts Council, will be a key member of the leadership team – planning, managing, and implementing the overall branding, marketing, and wayfinding campaigns and coordinating arts resource services.

The Project :
Toe River Arts Project

This project will brand, unify and market the rural, mountainous Toe River Arts area as a single cultural arts district and will establish an arts-driven wayfinding system that facilitates easy access to studios and cultural art sites. Professional designers and a wayfinding consulting team will work with the innovative talent of local artists to create, place, and install unique geographic indicators, public art signage, gateways, a central website, maps, kiosks, and mobile phone tours to engage local residents and visitors. Mayland Community College and Altec, Inc. will collaborate with artists to design and fabricate many of the signs. The PC will provide support to consultants hired to establish a brand and create a logo, website, and a marketing plan for the district and will coordinate cooperative marketing efforts for area arts groups, cultural events and/or artists. The Projects Coordinator will work with consultant(s) to develop and implement wayfinding strategies for the Mitchell/Yancey region.
Arts Resource Center Project.

This project will expand the resources available to artists and the community-at-large. The PC will organize, manage and schedule workshops for the public and artists, lectures, performances and other events at the ARC and will oversee any volunteers, prepare monthly reports and annual ARC operating and program budgets. Coordinator will be a consultant to the arts community and continually identify new sources of artist related suppliers, exhibition opportunities, and various other art related opportunities.


History and Mission of the Toe River Arts Council:
The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) has served the rural counties of Mitchell and Yancey, North Carolina since 1976. TRAC is a nonprofit arts agency that promotes the arts through educational and community-wide programs and services. Our mission is to engage in any phase of the creative or performing arts; to assist in the establishment of new cultural, educational activities in fields where none now exist; to sponsor cooperative planning, research, fund raising and public educational awareness. TRAC is committed to creating a work environment which is free from discrimination and sexual harassment.


The ideal candidate will:
Work with multiple constituencies with intelligence and tact
Work independently and with team members.
Exhibit exceptional organizational skills and meet critical deadlines
Prepare, monitor and administer program budgets and contracts
Engage individuals and groups to accomplish goals
Speak articulately and write clearly and succinctly
Organize workload and pay attention to detail.
Manage all phases of the design, fabrication and installation of signage.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work
Be knowledgeable about community development through the arts.


Work Location

Office in the Artist Resource Center of TRAC, 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Work Time Frame

The position will be full-time starting ASAP (Dec 2014/Jan 2015) through August, 2016 with the potential for longer-term employment. Annual compensation range is $35, 000-40,000. Benefits limited to sick/vacation time.

Minimum qualification: Bachelor’s Degree
Preferred qualifications:
Major course work in any of the following areas a plus: Arts, Arts Administration, Business Administration, Marketing, Nonprofit Management.
Three years professional experience in arts programming, branding, or community development.


To Apply

Send letter of interest and resume and to toeriverproject@gmail.com or

Denise Cook, Executive Director
Toe River Arts Council
PO Box 882
Burnsville, NC 28714

Electronic submissions preferred. Applicant screening begins October 15, 2014.

For information about the Toe River Arts Council, please visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Need holiday help in your studio?

Hey Friends,
Everyone is getting ready for holiday sales so if you need any extra help around your studio, give a call to or e-mail Becky Derby. She is a stained glass artist in Bakersville, NC and has a lot of pottery production experience as well. Becky can pack pots for shipping, load and unload kilns, glaze stuff, and do all kinds of general schlepping and book keeping. Here is her contact information: 828-385-2272, barwickbecky@yahoo.com. Thanks y'all!

Thank you guys

Hey Clubbers,

Just wanted to thank everyone who donated bowls for the Dig In Garden Event tonight at Higgins Church in Burnsville, NC.  We were a bit worried but now have more than enough!  Thanks you everyone who helped.  I don't have all the names but I know

Paul Frye,
Michael Rutkowski ,
Susan Feagan,
Nelle Pingree,
Cynthia Bringle,
Claudia Dunaway,
Robbie Bell,
David Ross,
Marian Parkes,
Diane Puckett,
Helen Purdum,
Lisa Gluckin,
Joey Sheehan,
Patty Robertson......and may more!!!  Linda McFarling is organizing the event and will get me everyone name...but thank you in advance.

Come on out if you have a chance:

http://diginyancey.org/DigInEvents.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Demopalozza- Demonstrators needed


Hey Clubbers,

The October Clay Club is going to be at Odyssey in Asheville NC on October 8 from 6- 8:30 p.m. and we are having about 10 demonstrators. Right now we have :


Gabriel Kline,
Anja Bartels,
Nick Moen,
Genevieve Van Zandt,
Travis Winters
Joey Sheehan,
Terry Gess,
Lee Wolfe


but would like to have about 5 more people.


We did this a few years ago then did videos that are on Youtube .


Here are some samples:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlJlQgSf2E8&list=UUkzm7dzTmNY64cMjuFtAjGA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsF54E31RRo&list=UUkzm7dzTmNY64cMjuFtAjGA



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yew__McnCcw&list=UUkzm7dzTmNY64cMjuFtAjGA



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GL7muGPkoA&list=UUkzm7dzTmNY64cMjuFtAjGA



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pZFvIClFA0&list=UUkzm7dzTmNY64cMjuFtAjGA



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTMsg4au3N8&list=UUkzm7dzTmNY64cMjuFtAjGA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sn6akyCqsw&list=UUkzm7dzTmNY64cMjuFtAjGA



Has to be about a 5 -7 minute demo so we can put it on Youtube.


Let me know if you are interested.





Thank you,

John

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thanks for all the Bowls

Just wanted to thank everyone who donated bowls for John Hartom and Linda McFarling's Dig In Garden Event this Friday at Higgins Church in Burnsville NC 5 - 7:30p.m.

It means a lot to support these local gardens and food banks in this time of need. Appreciate it!!

I don't have all the names of everyone who donated but will post a thank you after I get all the bowls on Thursday.

Thank You All!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ARTalks 4: Ceramicist John Britt, Glaze Calculation, Summer 2014

Butterflies like Honey

I was out on getting ready to ride my bike on the parkway and this butterfly showed up and so I had some honey and viola - he loved it. Cute little guy:





Squash Flowers

Funny when these flowers bloom in Fall! some kind of squash i presume....better hurry!

Help needed glazing Empty Bowls



Hey all you Clay Clubbers,

Remember those 800 bowls we  made this May for Dig In Garden/Empty Bowls?  Well I am glazing them for a cone 6 reduction and oxidation firing in the next 4 days or so .

Anyone want to help can just give ma a call or email.  828-467-5020  or johnbrittpottery@gmail.com

I an do it but it might be nice to have some variety.  Thanks John

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MFA-Yes We Can. But Should We? (REVISED-2014)

Yes We Can.

But Should We? (REVISED-2014)

The unintended consequences of the MFA movement  (satire -bitch)



Last spring, I attended the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Design Conference in San Francisco. Ben Kaufman, the CEO of Quirky, was one of the speakers in a conference that unabashedly celebrated consumption (and only had three female speakers, but that’s another story). Kaufman went on at length about the dearth of MFA graduates reaching the marketplace — and how his company was helping to remedy that. Critiques were on the way, examinations and accreditations were on the way, he went on, but Universities were committed to getting as many MFA's to market as quickly as possible, indeed at least twenty a week on average.


Universities have been clever in melding the old-school notion of being an “worker/craftsman” with the new-school notion of being a “artist.” But somewhere in the course of entering the pop culture zeitgeist, the warm and fuzzy self-empowered “artist” idea got turned into an engine for output and profit for the University. No one is too talent-less. Many of the artists that the university graduates are painters, photographers or potters who are self employed like  “Pierre,” while others are seeking work with an a University or craft center. It felt to me that the very purpose of The University endeavor was to get more graduates in the marketplace, or what he referred to as “social product development.”


Not so long ago it felt like we were beginning to recognize that as a society, our patterns of education and consumption were not sustainable. Aritcles like "The MFA Pyramid Scheme" went viral, refocusing our collective eyes on our culture’s stunning education wastefulness. But that period was short, and the resolve for change it seemed to herald has all but evaporated. While many innovative Universities have been focusing on the teaching experience rather than making art, the drive to produce more has only accelerated.


Universities have become not only more sophisticated, but access grants and loans have become relatively more affordable and accessible. With this, ideas around art and making have shifted and sectors of the maker movement have veered from basement workshop projects to the 10,00o square foot galleries for mud slung "installations" where the meaning is completely "interpreted" because the Artist feels that giving a meaning is restricting the meaning.


I won’t point the finger at one University or one discipline but I am struck by the absence of sustainable discourse in the MFA movement. Daily, we read swooning odes to maker as artist, the studio potter and other cutting edge marketing gymics like Farm to Table Shows focusing on unique food paired with unique handmade ceramics but read almost nothing that approaches these developments through a much-needed critical lens. Every art form/venue is celebrated as if it were as significant as the wheel or the printing press.


In Japanese culture, there is a word for this: chindogu. The literal translation is “weird tool,” but the concept is about utility, or lack thereof. Kenji Kawakami coined the term as a way to point out objects that are made under the premise of solving a problem, but which, in practice, only generate more problems, rendering them devoid of utility. Kawakami humorously calls them “unuseless,” which is to say, they have a function, it’s just not one that helps us (and it may be one that harms us). This term can be used to describe the 10's of thousands of MFA graudates- sometimes called "artists"- a "weird tool".



Day after day I read glowing “stories” (aka slightly modified press releases) on egregious programs that just keep pumping out artists who can only collect objects and assemble them into "installations". As artistic commentary on our current cultural condition, such an artist is worthy. It points to the meaninglessness in our lives and our need to find meaning in chaos along side our increasing physical isolation. But the highest purpose of such an artist is in the artist statement. In the internet age, a good concept artist can be made made into a movement in minutes.


In Why Things Bite Back, Edward Tenner writes of what he calls the “ironic unintended consequences’’ of human ingenuity, ranging from antibiotics that promise the cure of disease but end up breeding resistant microorganisms, to a new football helmet, designed to reduce injuries, that actually encourages a more violent style of playing, thus creating the risk of more serious injury. We’re experiencing some of these ironies now as we use college degrees to solve the wrong problems. We’re in a period where almost anyone has the tools to be an artist – but are they real artists? Or just fakes?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Oil Spot Bowls



Got some nice new oil spots that I am taking down to Clemson Art Center for the 20 x 20 Show this weekend!  Hope to have some other new ones tomorrow.

Monster Spider

Saw  this monster spider in the yard yesterday! Yikes!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

20 x 20 Pottery Show at Clemson Art Center this weekend



September 12 - September 14

Sep 12 at 6:00pm to Sep 14 at 3:00pm

Clemson Arts Center
212 Butler St, Clemson, South Carolina 29631

20 Artists from SC & NC bring 20 pieces each of their ceramic artwork for sale=400 pieces of ceramic work here for a weekend. Save the date, as it is one of the biggest and best ceramic sales in our area! On Friday evening there will be a Collectors Preview Gala, ticketed event for those that want first choice and a chance to visit with the artists. Saturday and Sunday are Free and open to the public!


And the Salt and Pepper Shaker show:


Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation of Salt & Pepper Sets

The ARTS Center of Clemson Gallery presents Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation into Salt and Pepper Sets. A diverse selection of artists are invited from SC, NC, and GA to contemplate the formal and conceptual challenges in design and execution of salt and peppers sets. Each 20×20 artist is invited to create a Salt and Pepper Set for a month long gallery exhibition as well as, invite one friend to make a Salt and Pepper set. Exhibition dates are September 12th –October 10th, 2014. All salt and peppers sets will be available for sale.

Gallery opening September 12, 2014 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Gala Preview Opening of The 4th Annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale. Tickets available for purchase at the ARTS Center office, online or by contacting The ARTS Center at (864) 633-5051. To purchase click HERE. Tickets are $30.00 each or 2 for $50.00.

Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and admission to the exhibit is free.


2014 Participating Artists
Deighton Abrams
Andrew Avakian 

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Clay Club 9-10-2014 Wednesday from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Yo Clubbers,

David Harold has offered to host the Clay Club this month. It is Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

He will demo some of his mugs and other stuff (to be determined) and he will show some of his recent testing processes and glazes.

Potluck is general. Dave is vegetarian but isn't offended by meat or meat eaters! So bring what you like.

See you there!

David Harold Studio
25A Little Knob Rd. Asheville, NC 28803


If you have trouble call Dave
phone 207 249 9104 (my cell)


or John Britt
828-467-5020

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yesterday's ride to Asheville


I was trying to get a photo of me on a bike (of which I have none -after 44 years of riding) but it is hard not to look in pain. Probably because I am in pain!  Here is the route:

Asheville 50 by johnbrittpottery at Garmin Connect - Details

Thistle in full bloom this year

One thing I can say for Duke spraying everywhere with Roundup is the "weeds" are back in full bloom. Thistle is loving this !

Best Crab Cakes Ever



Ingredients:

1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbls cooked red peppers


1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
2 Tbls panko bread crumbs
2 Tbls fresh basil
1/4 cup cooked red peppers (roasted or fried)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FIRST : Cook onions (scallions) red petters and garlic in a skillet. Set aside.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Then add onions, garlic and red peppers.  Divide into 6 equal portions. Form each into 1"-thick patties. Place  1/2 cup panko bread crumbs on a plate. Coat cakes with panko. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.

Heat- 4 Tbls of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Fry until golden brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes per side.

Monday, September 1, 2014