Tuesday, December 31, 2013
An Indian potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival which will be celebrated on Nov. 3. (Prabhjot Gill/AP)
Dr. Tisha and Melissa who are donating the first prize category again this year.
then the second and third categories are crowd sourced:
Terry Gess and Haywood Community College
John Hartom and Empty Bowls (Imagine Render)
Jann Welch and ARTsCENTERED in Bakersville,
and John Britt
Also Brian McCarthy is donating the clay from Highwater Clays in Asheville,
And Gabriel Kline is providing the space at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts.
Also Mellie Mae Lonnemann is the organizer and has won the crown for Miss Clay Olympics and will be wearing her tiara. (hopefully someone will make the tiara?)
Looks like it will be a fun event and hopefully we will have people show up to cheer them on!
If you want in - send me an email of the events you want to compete in. There is a limited amount of space available and remember that there are cash prizes!!!!
Clay Olympics 2014
1. Biggest thrown vessel (8 inch base/cylinder, must have bottom, 10 pounds of clay in 10 minutes. Two balls of clay, must wedge up prior to event. Judged on height and quality.)
1. Travis Fox
2. Steve Lloyd
4. JD Carter
5. Joey Sheehan
2. Fastest thrower (most 1 pound bowls, 6 “ x 2”, must have bottom, in 10 minutes, must wedge up prior to event. Judged on quantity and quality.)
1. Travis Fox
2. Steve Lloyd
3. JD Carter
4. Joey Sheehan
3. Blindfolded throwing (3 pounds of clay in 5 minutes, must bring blindfold.)
2. Travis Fox
3. Emily Reason
5. JD Carter
6. Joey Sheehan
4. Team throwing two people throwing together, one hand on the inside and the other persons hand on the outside. (3 pounds of clay in 10 minutes, must have bottom. Judged on height and form.)
1. Steve Lloyd
2. Joey and Mandy
5. Largest coil pot in 15 minutes with ( 6 inch base minimum- 5 pounds of clay in 15 minutes, must pre-make coils and base. Judged on height and form.)
1. Travis Fox
2. Steve Lloyd
3. JD Carter
6. Best Face Jug ( Jugs provided 15 minutes. Judged on ugliness!)
1. Pat Bernard
2. Cristal Fox
3. Travis Fox
4. Emily Reason
5. Rob Withrow
Saturday, December 21, 2013
FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL FULL
Waiting list established!! I will try to schedule another date.
February 3- 7, 2014
LEARN BASIC GLAZE CHEMISTRY OF CLAY BODIES AND GLAZES
Focusing on mid-range glazes (cone 6) reduction and oxidation:
This course in basic ceramic chemistry is designed for potters who want to become better acquainted with the materials used in ceramics, their origins and uses in mid-range glazes. We will briefly cover oxides and their sources, the Seger Unity Molecular formula, and will mix and test glaze recipes on test tiles. Some experience with ceramics is preferred.
Friday, December 20, 2013
The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $130,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Arkansas. The Windgate Charitable Foundation is well-known for its support of institutions and programs which focus on crafts and craft education.
The grant will be dispersed and utilized over a two-year period, allowing for renovations and upgrades to the Voncannon House (a Victorian house on Pottery Center property), restarting the Artist-in-Residence program, funding a part-time Educational Program Manager position for two years, educational programming and associated costs, and technology upgrades.
Pottery Center Executive Director, Lindsey Lambert says, “Making necessary repairs and upgrades to the Voncannon House will enable us to accommodate our Artist-in-Residence. We will also be able to house periodic on-site interns from East Carolina University, with whom we are collaborating. We anticipate selecting our first new Artist-in-Residence in late spring and having that person start their residency by early June. We also anticipate having one or two graduate students from ECU’s Ceramics Program intern with us during the summer of 2014.” The Pottery Center is in the second year of a collaborative relationship with East Carolina University’s Ceramics Program.
Michael Drought, Director of ECU’s School of Art and Design, notes, "The collaboration between the Pottery Center and ECU’s School of Art and Design, with the support of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will offer educational opportunities for ECU students via internships, research and exhibition, as well as provide university-level courses for the Seagrove community. This will highlight the strengths and significance of the two institutions and provide a platform for the further development of summer courses, conferences and symposiums."
Lambert adds, “The Board and I believe that a dynamic Artist-in-Residence program and a strong collaboration with East Carolina University will revitalize the Pottery Center. Youthful energy and a steady relationship with a major educational institution will allow us to more vigorously fulfill our mission. We promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.” A part-time Educational Program Manager will allow the Pottery Center to create more educational programming and outreach activities which help children and adults appreciate the world-class clay tradition that is so much a part of North Carolina’s cultural identity. Technology upgrades will allow the center to function more efficiently in serving the potters and pottery lovers of North Carolina.
Says Lambert, “I am very appreciative of the generosity of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and we are honored by the trust they have placed in us here at the North Carolina Pottery Center. I believe that this is just the first of other grants that the center will receive in the coming years. While we are starting to receive additional funding from granting sources, it is paramount that that our membership and supporters not become complacent. Having a strong, enthusiastic, and financially supportive membership is crucial to the long-term success of the Pottery Center. Simply stated, we need and appreciate your financial and personal support now more ever.”
The North Carolina Pottery Center will be closed Monday-Thursday, December 23-26, 2013 for Christmas, closing at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31
and closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for New Year's Day.
Happy holidays and best wishes to all.
Lindsey A. Lambert
Executive Director, NC Pottery Center
233 East Avenue (Physical Address)
PO Box 531 (Mailing Address)
Seagrove, NC 27341
and would love some images of kilns not yet represented (over 400,
name of potter, school, location date.
in getting some of the early kilns no longer in use posted.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
CONE 6 (OXIDATION AND REDUCTION) WITH JOHN BRITT
January 18-19, 10am-5pm
Fee $330 member; $350 non-member
*price includes materials and firing
*registration closes on January 2
Join instructors and residents as we take the plunge into the exciting world of glaze testing.
Learn the differences between oxidation and reduction, cone 6 and cone 10 from glaze master John Britt who literally wrote the book: "The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes" and his forthcoming The Complete Guide to Mid-range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at cone 6" book will be released in September, 2014.
*Every participant should plan on bringing 2-3 small bisque fired pots
Day 1 GLAZE: Participants work in teams glazing and loading small bisque pots and test tiles into both oxidation and reduction kilns to be fired to cone 6.
Each team will be furnished with bisqued test-tiles an a pre-made base glaze with which to make tests of various colorants. In addition, each team will be led by a Clay Art Center instructor.
Day 2 FIRE: Both an electric oxidation kiln to cone 6 and a gas kiln to cone 6 reduction. John will give lectures andexplanation of glazing, the glaze chemistry process and firing. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in discussion with John Britt and CAC instructors.
Day 3 UNLOAD: Assess results, compare notes and discover the magic of glaze chemistry!
Explore texture, line and color as a way to blend your ideas with tactile discovery. Be ready for action packed days filled with the sharing of information, ideas, techniques and thoughts on professional practice.
Found something new to me on Facebook. You can take an album of photographs and generate a link to share it with anyone, even those not on Facebook:
We have a lot of new folks in Asheville and the area who have been coming to Clay Club and I thought I would highlight some. If you want to post some of your work it would be good to see.
Here is Reiko's website:
and of course on Facebook::
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
From the TRAC Mailing( which I cannot figure out how to link to): So here is an excerpt:
We are saddened by the loss of Harvey K. Littleton, age 91, who passed away at his home in Spruce Pine, North Carolina on December 13th, after a long decline.
Harvey was a visionary artist, teacher, and spokesman for the arts. He brought glassblowing from the factory into the studio, setting in motion the dramatic development of glass as a medium in contemporary art. His love of glass started as a child as he was the son of the first research physicist at Corning Glass Works. His impact and support of the arts was far-reaching. But, both Bess and Harvey supported so many efforts locally as well – including those of TRAC. We thank them both for all their support and for their leadership in our communities and in the greater art world. Pushing limits – always looking in new ways, exploring. Innovating.
On January 11th, 2014 the family will host a private celebration of the lives of Harvey, and of Bess, who died in October 2009 in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Bess Tamura Littleton and Harvey were married for 62 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations can be made to The Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Mitchell County http://www.hospicemc.com/how-you-can-help/donate/ that has provided invaluable support in the care for Harvey, and/or to the Penland School of Crafts “Harvey and Bess Littleton Scholarship Fund” http://penland.org/support/endowed_scholarship_funds.html that provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session in hot glass.
I am trying to raise enough money to have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for the Clay Olympics in January.
So far we have $600 for 1st place - that is $100 a piece for the 6 events
and we have $300 or 2nd place - that is $50 a piece for the 6 events and
I just need a little more for 3rd place. I wanted to have $25 for 3rd place . That is $150 . I have a $25 donation and need a about 5 people to donate $25 or one generous person to donate $125. It is kinda like donating to the poor! (potters are generally poor) I don't think you can write it off but ---it is a good thing to do during this holiday season!
Anyway, let me know!
Kiln and slip pouring table for sale
KILN - American Beauty- Model AB27 230 volts, 45 amps
serial # 155 Watts 10350 max temp 2300 6 half shelves
$200.00 call Anna Mae 412-264-3232 Moon Township, Pittsburgh, PA area
SMALL POURING TABLE on wheels
LehmanSLIP-o-matic model D Serial #D37634-675
35 gal. capacity hose 7 ft...ht 41- W 20 - 120 lbs
petroleum type-nozzel type gas
fiberglass- motor h.p.1/2 110V/220V
$150.00 call Anna Mae 412-264-3232
Italian Wedding Cookies III
Submitted By: Chris Hetherington
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
"Also sometimes called 'Mexican wedding cookie', 'Russian tea cakes', or 'butterballs', can also be made into crescents. You can also substitute pecans and they are very good as well. This is the best version of these I have ever seen, it was given me by a friend who grew up in central Europe."
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups finely ground almonds or pecans
4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for rolling
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Cream butter or margarine in a bowl, gradually add confectioners' sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add almonds and vanilla. Blend in flour gradually and mix well.
3. Shape into balls (or crescents) using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 15-20 min. Do not brown. Cool slightly, then roll in the extra confectioners' sugar.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2013 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 12/17/2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
1/5/14 Emily Reason - Wonderful wheel throwing.
1/19/14 John Dodson - Traditions in clay
1/26/14 Rae Breed - Slab construction unlimited
2/7/14 Mike Lalone - Beginning portraits in clay
For more of Akira's work:
This is a great video about Chawan. The best quote: "In Japan we have a name for everything fucked up...so we can charge more." Akira Satake
For more or Akira's work:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Had some great pastries from : http://yuzubycynthia.com/
and he played a wonderful tune on his banjo....and he did a demo . I will post that later (Saturday or so??)
We also had a MUG Exchange and planned a bit for the clay Olympics in January. Met some new and old folks there. It was great as usual.
Here are some images:
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The December 11, 2013 Clay Club will be at Akira Sataki's Cotton Mills Studio in Asheville, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
122 Riverside Drive Asheville NC 828-275-7612
Map - http://akirasatake.com/contact
His wife, Cynthia Pierce, is a professional baker and pastry chef and the owner of Yuzu Patesserie, and she will make a large plate of cookies and sweets. She is an excellent baker! http://yuzubycynthia.com
Bring whatever you would like for the Pot Luck. (food or drink)
Akira will be demoing a chawan (tea ceremony bowl), teapot, etc... And playing some music!
A CLAY CLUB NOT TO BE MISSED!
We will also have the annual MUG /CUP / OBJECT exchange for anyone who wants to participate. Bring your piece and we will have a drawing.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
It's Cyber Monday people! Penland is selling a few items from various studios. Please contact Susan Feagin, 828-765-2359, ext. 29 if you're interested in these items from the clay studio.
Condition: In excellent working order, but will need some lubrication and cleaning. Comes with canvas, assorted 6’ Masonite shims, and replacement cables.
Bailey potter’s wheel, price: $150
Condition: This wheel is not in the best working order currently and will need repairs before use. Maybe new bearings or new motor? This wheel reverses.
Shimpo M400 potter’s wheel, price: $150
Condition: Not so bad, but not so good.
Axner potter’s wheel M600, our price: $330
Condition: Great! This wheel reverses. Make pots today!
Shimpo RK-10 basic potter’s wheel, Our price: $265
Another Shimpo RK-10 basic potter’s wheel, our price: $265
From the Penland metals studio. Please contact Ian Henderson, 828-765-2359, ext. 26 if you're interested in this kiln.
This is a large kiln, used in the metals studio for enameling large items, but designed for enameling, ceramics, or glass. It is in good working condition. Retails for $1642.
Specifications: model # 16, 1.4 cubic feet. Inside dimensions – 16”x16”x11.” Outside dimensions – 24”x25”x27” plus steel frame.
Sony 5 disc changer. Fair condition. $15
From the iron studio, please contact Daniel Beck, 828-765-3449.
Sheet Metal Bending Brake, Price: $150
Description: 42” x 16 ga Sheet Metal Bending Brake.
Condition: Fair-Poor (Can be restored to Good condition)
Missing one adjustment handle (is still functional with vise grips.)
It’s not pretty but it works.
And lastly, that home brewing thing not working out? Why not make your own biodiesel fuel instead? Contact Dave Sommer, Director of Facilities and Grounds, 828-765-0477.
Create biodiesel using recycled oils and fats. Unit is very slightly used and in excellent condition. Unit has been pressure washed to clean and comes with a box of accessories. Dimensions: 48” long, 24” wide and 62” tall.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
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