Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pottery Stuff FOR SALE --GREAT DEALS !!

I have the following item for sale:

Ware Carts very heavy duty $200 each

for more information on on each item, go to:

or contact me directly at

Jim Pringle

Friday, December 25, 2015

Mocha Steamed Pudding with Espresso Creme Anglaise and Whipped Cream

Made this recipe today. Mocha Steamed Pudding with Espresso Creme Anglaise. It was quite an adventure as I only read 1/2 the recipe (mocha steamed pudding) and then had to make the rest. Plus whipped cream. But it was GOOD!

Mocha Steamed Puddings with Espresso Creme Anglaise
Martha Stewart Living Annual Recipes 2003

Espresso Creme Anglaise (can be made ahead; store in covered container in the fridge)
4 large egg yolks
1/4 C sugar
1 C milk
3/4 C heavy cream
1 t instant espresso powder

Prepare an ice bath, and set aside. Combine yolks and sugar in a mixer with whisk attachment and beat until mixture is pale yellow and very thick, 3 to 5 minutes.

Place milk, cream, and espresso powder in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, and gradually pour half of the milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return entire mixture to saucepan.

Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the creme anglaise through a fine sieve into a small bowl set in the ice bath; let cool completely, stirring frequently. Serve chilled.

Mocha Steamed Puddings
1/2 C sugar
2 T flour
1 t cocoa powder
1 t instant espresso powder
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 T unsalted butter, softened
3/4 C milk, scalded
1 t vanilla
2 large eggs, separated
1/2 C heavy cream

Preheat oven to 325. Whisk together 6 T (1/4 C plus 2 T) sugar, flour, cocoa, and espresso powder in a large bowl.

Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler or medium heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat; stir in scalded milk and vanilla. Whisk chocolate mixture into flour mixture until well combined.

Beat egg yolks until pale and very thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually pour into chocolate mixture, whisking constantly.

Whisk egg whites until frothy. Add remaining 2 T sugar, and whisk until stiff peaks form. Whisk egg whites into chocolate mixture.

Place 4 1-cup ramekins or ovenproof cups (I used my oven- and freezer-proof 1-cup Pampered Chef "prep bowls," which worked great because the leftover puddings could be covered with their plastic lids to be stored in the fridge) in a roasting pan, and fill each with batter. Pour boiling water into pan so that it comes halfway up the sides of the baking cups (I needed nearly 2 tea kettles full). Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until tops begin to crack (mine only cracked a little, and I was glad I took them out when I did after 50 minutes). Remove roasting pan from oven, and transfer baking cups to a wire rack to cool slightly.

Serve with creme anglaise (and whipped cream if desired).

Whipped Cream
3/4 cup whipping cream in a cold mixing bowl and cold whisk attachment.
Whip 2 -3 minutes until soft peaks.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
Mix until stiff peaks.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Converting a glaze recipe from PARTS to WEIGHT

When potters see a glaze that is listed in PARTS it is often confusing how to convert it to WEIGHT( In the potter's standard method of weighing -  grams).

Earlier potters didn't have digital scales or even scales for that matter so they often listed glazes by scoop of a material. Like 4 scoops of feldspar /3 scoops of silica/2 scoops of whiting/ and 1 scoop of kaolin. This became the 4/3/2/1 recipe. Which was traditionally listed as parts not weight. (This story may or may not be true but shows how potters with no weighing method could quickly make a glaze using the part recipe method.)

The part recipe method may have worked in the old days and may even have appeared to be reproducible since many glazes have a wide range of workabliity. But it certainly is not an accurate way to get the same recipe every time you mix because the weight of the material in the scoop is dependent on whether the scoop is packed tightly or loosely. Which means that every scoop could be a different weight.

This is analogous to professional bakers who list bread or pastries recipes by weight not by volume (like one cup or a 1/4 cup). The reason is that, a cup of "flour" varies in weight by the type of flour you use, whole wheat, cake, pastry, rye, etc. And the amount of flour you get in a cup / scoop of flour varies greatly on whether it is sifted, dipped, spooned in or packed. So professional bakers use a weight method because they are trying to insure the accuracy of measurements.

Another confusing thing about baking is that there is a cup by fluid and cup by weight which are two entirely different things. That is why you have a liquid cup measure (8 ounces) and a measuring cup for dry materials. (The only reason I know this is that I used a liquid cup measure to add flour to a bread recipe and it came out poorly.)

But I digress, back to ceramic glazing. If we want accuracy and reproducible results with parts recipes we will have to convert them to weight (or grams).

Often people will do this by taking a recipe and simply retotaling it.


4 Nepheline Syenite
2 Silica
1 Kaolin
7 parts Total

Then divide each ingredient by the total, 7, and multiply by 100 to get the retotaled percent of each ingredient.

4  Nepheline syenite divided by 7 times 100 = 57.14

2 Silica divided by 7 times 100 = 28.57
1 Kaolin divided by 7 times 100 = 14.29

Percent of Parts

57.14% Nepheline Syenite
28.57% Silica
14.29% Kaolin

But this isn't grams it is merely the percent of parts in the recipe.

But don't take my word for it, let's test it by taking an actual scoop (part) and weighing it ...(I used 1/3 cup scoop)

I get  :

79.3 grams Nepheline Syenite
84.8 grams  Silica 
53.7 grams  Kaolin 

  96.4 grams Nepheline Syenite 
105.6 grams Silica
  66.8 grams Kaolin

68.6 grams Nepheline Syenite
78.2 grams Silica
47.7 grams Kaolin

So you see it is quite a variation . The range in the weight of a scoop is from  :
68.6- 96.4 grams      Nepheline Syenite 
47.7- 66.8 grams      Kaolin 
78.2- 105.6 grams    Silica 

About a 20 -30% variance.

That is a serious discrepancy in how much a PART actually WEIGHS.

I would suggest that any potter who wants accuracy and repeatably should weigh out ingredients rather than use parts.  

Now I will say that if you are consistent with your scoops you will get pretty close to the same amount every time that you scoop, but to share that information with others is hard. Should they fluff the scoop or pack it or just randomly scoop it?

And if you are making a recipe and you just added a new bag of EPK to the bin and then grab a scoop as usual, it will be a fluffed up scoop rather than a random scoop you may have been used to. So even your scoops will be inaccurate.

Now to take the random scoop recipe above and convert it to weight I get:

79.3 grams of Nepheline Syenite
84.8 grams of Silica 
53.7 grams of EPK  in each scoop.

Then I mulitply by 4 parts Nepheline Syenite and 2 parts of Silica and 1 part of Kaolin=

317.2 Nepheline Syenite
169.6 Silica
  53.7 Kaolin
540.5 total

then I retotal by dividing each amount by the total  times 100-

58.68% Nepheline Syenite
31.38% Silica
  9.94% Kaolin

So you see this is fairly different that the PERCENT OF PARTS (ABOVE)
57.14 Nepheline Syenite
28.57 Silica
14.00 Kaolin

It may be close but that depends on the weight of the different materials you use and the amount of parts you use so some recipes will be off even more.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Zuppa Toscana Soup

4-6 russet potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes
1 pound of Italian Sausage (spicy)
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
32 ounces chicken broth
1/2  swiss chard, destemmed and cut/torn into bite-sized pieces
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste


1. Brown sausage links in a sauté pan.
2. Cut links in half lengthwise, then cut slices.
3. Place sausage, chicken broth, garlic, potatoes and onion in slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and meat.
4. Cook on high 3-4 hours (low 5-6 hours) until potatoes are soft.
30 minutes before serving:
5. Mix flour into cream removing lumps.
6. Add cream and kale to the crock pot, stir.
7. Cook on high 30 minutes or until broth thickens slightly.
8. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.
9. Top with bacon immediately before serving.

Friday, December 4, 2015


TRAC tour this weekend. 

At John Britt's Studio 154 Sparks Road Bakersville NC 28705





Thursday, December 3, 2015

Snowflake Crackle Yunomi

Snowflake Crackle yunomi.


Here are some of the Kurinuki yunomis that I posted earlier.

It is fired in an anagama in Northern Japan for 14 days and nights in mid-winter with aged hardwoods from the Mingei period and glazed with the blood of three magical albino unicorns.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Working on some new stuff that I have been thinking about...Kurinuki ....

And some Springs......

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Kurinuki technique (word of the day)

Kurinuki is a Japanese term relating to a particular hand-forming process. This technique employs carving out a shaped solid block of clay to obtain interior space. Ceramic artists utilizing this subtractive method include Ken Masanao (Japan), Hiroyuki Wakimoto (Japan), Yoshitaka Hasu (Japan), Masanao Kaneta (Japan)and Lucien Koonce (USA) .

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And mine:

Friday, November 13, 2015

Visiting Artist Application for Warren Wilson College 2016/2017

Visiting Artist Course Instructors

The Art Department at Warren Wilson College is seeking Visiting Artist Course Instructors for our semester-long Visiting Artist Course in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

This 4-credit class, typically taught by an artist living and working in the Asheville area, creates an opportunity for students to experience perspectives or artistic processes that are different than what is offered in the regular art department curriculum. This is a temporary, semester-long, adjunct position within the Art Department. Applicants must have an MFA and/or related teaching experience.

Artists interested in teaching a Visiting Artist Course should send a cover letter, CV, and proposed course description by email to Electronic submissions are required. Warren Wilson College is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Preference will be given to proposals received by March 7, 2016 for the Fall 2016 semester.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Best Clay Club ever and I am not kidding. Alex Glover gave the best talk on Cherokee clay and North Carolina. Josiah Wedgwood and Darwin .

You guys missed out!!!

We will try to get him again.

I will let Amy Waller (who was responsible for this great meeting!) tell you all about it.  I have a short video clip of him discussing kaolin.

Here is a wiki link:

Josiah Wedgwood also invented the pyrometer, a device to measure the extremely high temperatures that are found in kilns during the firing of pottery. For this he was elected a member of the Royal Society.[15]

First Review of my Throwing DVD!!

Got my first review of the Throwing DVD on Amazon:

1 of 1 people found this review helpful
November 12, 2015

By far the best video on the market for teaching beginning wheel throwing pottery techniques. I strongly recommend it for all schools and studios as a teaching aid or for improving your own throwing skills

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November Clay Club: The Cherokee Wedgwood Connection at John Britt Pottery

Image result for America's First Kaolin - The Cherokee Wedgwood Connection.
November Clay Club will take place this coming Thursday, November 12, at 6 pm at John Britt Pottery near Penland. (Note that it's not our usual Wednesday time.)

Guest speaker Alex Glover give a presentation on his research into Wedgwood and North Carolina kaolin. The title of the talk is, "Americas First Kaolin - The Cherokee Wedgwood Connection." The talk presents Josiah Wedgwood's quest for Cherokee Clay from the Americas as he commissions Charleston planter Thomas Griffiths to acquire the clay that was reportedly used by Andre Duche. Griffiths encountered many difficulties along the 300 mile journey but did acquire 5 tons of clay and delivered to Staffordshire England, and there is more to the story!

John Britt Pottery is at 154 Sparks Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705. Google Maps will get you there:

We'll have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Have a question? Contact John at or at 828-467-5020. You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you Thursday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Assistant Professor - Art/Ceramics

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Assistant Professor - Art/Ceramics

Appalachian State University in North Carolina- 

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Date Posted November 9, 2015Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Art at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track nine-month faculty position in Ceramics at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning the Fall of 2016. Required qualifications: MFA in Ceramics or equivalent; demonstrated excellence in teaching; evidence of ongoing creative research and exhibition record; strong leadership skills; a desire to build and maintain an outstanding Ceramics program.

Successful candidate will demonstrate: knowledge of current and emerging trends in Ceramics Art, awareness of contemporary issues in art and a broad vision of the role of Ceramics in an undergraduate art curriculum, have the ability to teach all ceramics processes. Additional teaching will include: Foundations, related studio, Seminar and General Education areas. Three years university teaching experience beyond the graduate assistant level strongly preferred.

Position responsibilities include: teaching 3 courses each semester, Coordinate the Ceramics studio in collaboration with other tenured faculty in a collaborative environment. Faculty members are expected to maintain an active program of scholarship/ creative research as well as participate in service activities. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please submit applications digitally as three separate PDF files. PDF #1 (lastname_application.pdf) includes: letter of application, CV, complete contact information for three references, teaching philosophy, examples of relevant course syllabi and unofficial graduate transcripts. PDF #2 (lastname_personalwork.pdf) includes: 20 samples of personal work with image descriptions. PDF #3 (lastname_studentwork.pdf) includes: 20 samples of student work with image descriptions.

Send applications to, using your last name as the subject line. Please limit files to 10MB each. Initial review of complete applications will begin January 4, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Appalachian State University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the university has approximately 17,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs. The Art Department is NASAD-accredited and has 26 full-time faculty members, nearly 500 undergraduate majors and offers degrees in Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art History, Art Management, and Art Education. Additional information about the Art Department, the university, and the surrounding area is located at:

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free of all forms of discrimination. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting the search committee chair, Lisa Stinson at

Any offer of employment will be conditioned upon the university's receipt of an acceptable criminal background check. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. Finalists will be required to furnish official transcripts of terminal degree.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Urban Dictionary : John Britt

The top definition for "john britt" a slow Zombie!?


john britt
The last zombie on Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies. At the end of each level there is a slow zombies that you do not kill, you have your teammate babysit him while you go to the magic box and get a new gun. This zombie that you babysit is john britt.
Player 1: there is only one zombie left on this round, dont kill him.

Player 2: oh yeah its john britt.

Player 1: babysit johnbritt and left him follow you around while i go get another gun from the magic box.

Player 2: okay after you get a gun, you have to babysit, then waste his ass.

Urban Dictionary: john britt

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NCECA: In Memory of John Stephenson, October 27, 1929 – October 20, 2015

John Stephenson, October 27, 1929 – October 20, 2015

During the recent board meeting in Portland, Oregon, NCECA was saddened
to learn of John Stephenson's passing and moved by this memorial provided
by Paul Kotula. A celebration of John Stephenson's life will be held at the
University of Michigan League Ballroom on December 5, 2015, at 11:00 AM.

It is with sincere sadness that I announce the passing of John Stephenson,
 a Michigan sculptor and educator whose life and work helped transform the
field of contemporary ceramics nationally and internationally. Locally, he was
the nucleus of an ever expanding and altering community of Michigan artists
and educators working in clay. As Professor and Head of Ceramics at the
 University of Michigan for over 35 years, Stephenson gifted numerous students
with his intelligent and probing knowledge. He had a deep respect for education
and the role of the artist in society. Stephenson actively shared enthusiasm for
all art forms and creative individuals. He also made Ann Arbor home to many
important artists and events. In 1967, during the campus-wide
"Voices of Civilization" celebration, Stephenson hosted the internationally
renowned ceramist Shoji Hamada. In 1980, Stephenson co-hosted the annual
conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts.

As an artist, John Stephenson formed a vast and highly personal foray into abstraction.
He generated forms that were then unknown within ceramics' extensive history. In doing
 so, Stephenson engineered innovative technical systems to secure structures non-reliant
on volume or to play mass against volume. His surfaces denied ceramics' common poetics.
Stephenson often presented terse, sometimes even sour-colored, thickly applied skins
of slip and glaze that not only shifted the perception of his forms but also heralded new
 painterly concerns. While his work was astutely formal, it was not without content.
Over the years his work penetrated political and social issues. Stephenson had great
 concern for the environment, and much of the work venerated nature's beauty and power
while simultaneously revealing its eminent vulnerability.

A student of the legendary Maija Grotell at Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA 1958),
John Stephenson exhibited nationally and internationally in solo, two-person, and group
exhibitions since the beginning of his career. His work is included in such prestigious
collections as the Museum of Art and Design, NY; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; Faenza
Museum, Italy; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; Icheon World Ceramic Center,
South Korea; Keramion Museum, Germany; Foshan/Nanfeng Museum, PR China;
Benaki Museum, Athens; Portland Museum of Art, OR; Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI;
Parish Museum of Art, NY; Alfred University, NY; and Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
at Michigan State University. His awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the
 National Endowment for the Arts and an American Craft Council Fellow award.
Stephenson was also an honorary member of the National Council on Education
for the Ceramic Arts and served on the board of Pewabic Pottery, Detroit.

John Stephenson, who served as the Interim Dean of the School of Art, University of
Michigan, from 1991 to 1993, was awarded the Catherine B. Heller Distinguished
Professorship in 1995. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Grand
Valley State University. John Stephenson has greatly influenced many generations
of his students who have subsequently become noted artists and educators across
the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

John Stephenson's commitment to the international community includes forging
connections between China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Along
with his wife and artist Susanne, John traveled extensively in Asia. He was a member
of the International Academy of Ceramics.

I fondly remember working with John as I represented his work at the Swidler Gallery
and Revolution in Detroit. I also assisted with his retrospective at the University of Michigan
 Museum Of Art. John was a quiet man with an enormous presence, one whose
heart was ever generous. He will be greatly missed by many.

John Stephenson is survived by his wife Susanne, daughter Tara Nahabetian,
 son-in-law Dennis, and grandchildren Charlie and Emma.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Art Technician Job- University of Southern Mississippi

Employment Site

Art Technician, full time, 12 month position. Full benefits.

Start date as soon as possible but no later than January 4th for the spring 2016 semester. 

Duties include, but are not limited to, establishing, posting and enforcing guidelines for the safe operation of all power tools used in the 3-D studios. 

The art technician also instructs and supervises students in the safe operation of tools. Manage the day-to-day operations and maintenance of all studios and shops located in the 3-D building, (foundry, iron cupola, wood shop, clay studio and kilns), including the University's online purchasing system. 

A master's degree in a visual arts discipline is required.

 Candidates must have prior experience in material handling in both wood and metals areas and possess skills in foundry work (iron, bronze and aluminum casting) and ceramics (kiln firing, glazes and materials inventories). 

Knowledge of an iron cupola furnace is essential. Candidates must be willing to learn additional technical skills as needed. 

Candidates should also be physically fit and able to lift up to 50 lbs unaided. They must have excellent communication skills and be willing to work closely with students and faculty and the department chair. 

There is the potential for teaching with additional compensation, so teaching experience is helpful. 

Please got to- to see full job description and instructions for applying. 

Applications will only be accepted through the HR website, email or snail mail applications will not be accepted. 

 Contact HR with questions about application uploading. 

You can contact Jen Torres for questions about position-

Tuesday, October 27, 2015