Monday, December 29, 2014

Tracking the price of The Completer Guide to Mid-range Glazes


I don't know if you all know about

But it is a price tracking site for Amazon. You  just put in what you are interested in and it will show the price fluctuations. You can enter a price you are looking for and it will alert you when it happens.

It is amazing to me to see  how they use some algorithm to balance price, availability and demand to vary current prices daily. I have just been watching my two books and thought someone else would find this interesting or useful.

It is just like the airlines and ticket prices. Everyone on the plane gets a different priced ticket.

 I guess that it is like in the old days when you bargained for something with a vendor, only now it is being done by the seller and a computer.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Health and Safety - Talc

I thought I would post this about the safety of Talc containing slips. It is from :

But they may have gotten from ACTS FACTS a Monona Rossol's newsletter on Health and Safety:

Sunday, December 14, 2014


I heard this great TED talk on NPR on Friday:

It was about how the Libby Mine was forced to admit they were the cause of the towns asbestosis problem caused by a vermiculite mine.  Thought it was a great  final link which I never knew about.

The story on Will Full Blindness

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bonsai Potters of North America

Did you know that there was a listing of Bonsai Potters of North America?

not a very long list....might be a place to increase your business??

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Rhonda Gouge and the Roan Mountain Rain FREE concert tonight

Here is a personal invitation to everyone  to come on out and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Rain tonight at Bowman Middle School Auditorium at 7:30.

It's FREE! It's FREE! We would be honored and happy to see you there!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review - The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes - Suzy Staubach

Suzy Staubach's Review and blog

Book Review 
Wednesday December 3, 2014

You might be tempted to read through the glaze recipes in John Britt’s new book, The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing & Firing at Cones 4 – 7, and skip the text. Don’t do it. You might think that because you fire at higher or lower temperatures, the book would be of no use to you. Big mistake. The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes is packed with information and belongs on every potter’s bookshelf.

“Iron oxide, “ Britt tells us, “makes up about 7 percent of the top layer of the earth’s crust, and it’s the most common coloring oxide in ceramics. In fact, iron is everywhere on our planet. Technically speaking, all glazes contain some iron.” Elsewhere in the text he points out, “There are four major forms of iron oxide. These are red iron oxide, magnetic iron, black iron oxide, and yellow iron oxide.” He then goes on to explain the differences between them and how they react in the fire.

Writing of feldspar he tells us that “most feldspars melt at cone 9, the lowest melting feldspar is nepheline syenite, which melts at cone 6.” Each paragrapah is packed with nuggets like these.

Britt also gives an overview of each type of glaze along with its history. In the section on Temmoku he tells us, “During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Japanese visited a monastery in a Chinese mountain called Tianmu Shan (Mount Eye of Heaven), where they collected some Jai (oil spot temmoku) tea bowls. The Japanese were inspired to imitate their look. They referred to their highly prized bowls as Tianmu or Temmoku (sometimes spelled Tenmoku.” Later he tells us “Tea dust is a low alumina temmoku glaze that contains magnesium oxide, which is responsible for the yellow-green pyroxene crystals that are of typical of this type.”

Added to this wealth of glaze and materials information, are charts, photos, advice on mixing and applying, and the recipes themselves. Stunning.

Britt devotes an entire chapter to making his argument for firing at cone 6, citing savings in time and money and the reduction of one’s carbon footprint. “For functional ware,” he writes, “cone 6 stoneware is an excellent choice because it’s very durable and vitrified…so it can withstand repeated trips into the dishwasher and microwave. Also, glazes can be made that are stable and don’t leach harmful chemicals.” He goes on to share his ideas on how best to move from cone 10 down to cone 6.

The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes is a must for every potter’s reference library. Thank you John Britt for your extensive research and in depth understanding and your ability to explain what you have learned so clearly.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Awesome fivesome returns to John Britt Pottery for the TRAC Studio Tour this weekend

We had such an awesome time doing the Toe River Arts Studio Tour together last year that we're doing it again this year. We being:

John Britt

Kristin Flournoy

Lisa Gluckin

Rodney Hopkins

and Amy Waller

The tour starts Friday at noon and runs through Sunday - get all the details here at the link below and come by John Britt Pottery to see us!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wanted: meeting place for December Clay Club meeting

I am taking over the Clay Club organizing from John and my first order of business is to find out if anyone would like to host our December meeting next Wednesday, December 10. I know this is not a lot of notice, but if anyone is up for this, let me know by Friday so I can let everyone else know. You can respond in the comments here or send me an email at

If we do meet, we can do the annual mug/object exchange. Additional ideas (demos, discussion topics, etc.) for this and future meetings also wanted!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

STUDIO TOUR this weekend (Dec. 5-7, 2014)

Studio Tour in Spruce Pine this weekend! No Snow this year!

I am sharing my studio with Lisa Gluckin, Amy Waller, Ka Flournoy and Rodney Hopkins!

Come on buy !

 Here is more info:
Or click on this;

Join us in December for the Holiday Studio Tour Event!

The Holiday Studio Tour will be held December 5-7, 2014. Hours of the Tour are 12pm to 4pm on Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. We have information up about the participants, tour particulars, sponsors and have the Guide online (see below).

This is our 21st year and the December Tour is our biggest yet with 104 artists and 9 galleries. The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

The tour is a FREE, self-guided trip that will lead you to some unique places in our community that is situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live. Our small towns also offer an array of galleries, studios, and other quaint businesses you won’t want to miss.

To take the tour all you need is this guide, and then follow the red, arrowed tour signs. Stop by either one of our TRAC Galleries to pick up your map and view the artwork on display. The TRAC Spruce Pine Gallery features an exhibit of tour participants well-ahead of the tour weekend and provides a great visual tool for planning your trip (November 22-December 31). Also, this year, TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery is showcasing some of the original TRAC Studio Tour participants who are still “in the business” and still opening their doors in an exhibit entitled, “Then and Now” (November 8-December 15).

Here’s the December guide and information.

The Studio Tour Guide is ready online and at venues around town and around the region.

And our Advertisers. For a listing of them with telephone numbers and web links, click Sponsors.

Click to see a list of artists and galleries participating in this year’s tour with links to their websites.

Then contact the Yancey Chamber of Commerce and the Mitchell Chamber for a list of places to stay during your visit. There are over 100 places–from quaint bed and breakfasts to cabins in the woods to mom and pop motels–to hang your head in our area.

For questions, contact Toe River Arts Council at 828.682.7215 or 828.765.0520.