Saturday, May 30, 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics

Institution: East Tennessee State University
Location: Johnson City, TN
Faculty - Fine and Applied Arts - Art
Posted: 05/28/2015
Application Due: 06/29/2015
Type: Full Time

Job Summary/Basic Function: The Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University seeks applicants for a full-time, temporary position in the Ceramics area to teach all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses in Ceramics as well as possible other 3D related courses. This position is a one-year appointment.
Responsibilities will involve teaching a full load of three undergraduate courses including wheel and hand building (and other possible courses) each semester, along with graduate level and independent study courses. Supervision and management of ceramics facilities is expected. Other responsibilities include instructional related activities within the area, supervision of graduate teaching assistants, and modest service to the department.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to teach wheel-throwing, hand building, ceramic sculpture, advanced and graduate Ceramics, and possibly special topics courses.
Candidate's experience should include technical expertise in all aspects of the ceramics studio operation including gas-fired kilns, electric kilns, as well as assisting in necessary maintenance of studio equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA in Studio Art by August 15, 2015 with an emphasis in Ceramics, with at least one year university level teaching experience preferred (can be at Graduate/TA level). Evidence of continuing artistic accomplishment. Ability to teach wheel, hand building, and sculptural ceramics processes at all levels both undergraduate and graduate. Ability to run complex ceramics facility and equipment.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidate should have broad knowledge and appreciation in both traditional and contemporary ceramics as well as the technical and aesthetic approaches to working in clay. Two or more years teaching experience in Ceramics at the university level (beyond TA) preferred; solid knowledge of clay and glaze science; skills with various atmospheric firing processes including wood, soda and salt. Excellent exhibition record and continued evidence of artistic accomplishment.
Application Information
Contact: Human Resources
East Tennessee State University

Friday, May 29, 2015


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Anyone who needs FREE peanuts for packing can get them at PRC in Spruce Pine.

They are already in bags and all you need to do it pick them up!!

Spread the word to your artist friends.

165 Genesis Way
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Contact Dan Frisbee
828-766-7216 ext, 7004@tone

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cheapest it has ever been!! $19.90

Side Fired Pieces (from Youtube video)

These are some of the pieces I side fired to cone 6 in cycle E1 from my book. I have a video showing more details on my Youtube channel:

Barium copper blues

Here are some tests I ran for the upcoming workshop June 5-7, 2015 in Greenwood SC which we can talk about. I found them interesting.

On the left is Otto Heine Barium Blue page 120 in  my Mid-Range book, the second tile is Otto Heino with a straight substitution of strontium carbonate for barium carbonate, tile 3 from the left is Pinnell strontium matte page 123 (it is basically the same recipe but with 1.0% lithium carbonate vs the 2.7 % in the Otto Heino glaze) and the tile on the right is Pinnell strontium matte with and additional 5.0% titanium dioxide. All have 3.5% copper carbonate.

All fired to cone 6 electric in cycle E1.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Local Potters Wanted!!

Local Potters Wanted!!
Arrowhead Artist and Artisans League (A3L) is a North Carolina
and 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission of supporting local
artists, bringing art education to the citizens and visitors of Old
Fort and the surrounding communities in McDowell County.
A3L operates the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios (AGS) in Old
Fort. A3L is seeking potters who would be interested in
teaching pottery classes at AGS. Teachers and students would
have access to our classroom and our kiln. In addition to the classroom and kiln, very affordable studio space is currently available.

If interested please send your contact information to:

Lorelle Bacon
828 595-6007

Thursday, May 7, 2015

RIP Tracy Dotson

Tracy Dotson's Postcards

Tracy Dotson has passed away. He will be missed.  Tracy was a good guy who helped a lot of potters in our area with kilns and general pottery stuff.

E.g.:Here is Tracy in his element!

Here is one he built for Yummy Mud Puddle:

Claudia writes:

"My work took a dramatic turn when Tracy Dotson of Penland built my first gas reduction kiln. When firing in my electric kiln I relied heavily upon the use of colored slips and layering of glazes in order to get the depth of color I wanted in my work. Now I find I can use those same techniques in addition to the flame of the fire to achieve even greater color variation in my surfaces. A black wax line drawn onto the bisque fired pots just before glazing adds definition. A variety of clay bodies allows me to have both a warm and cool palette of pots."

An who can forget the fish scale pottery he and Catherine (Cappy) made for many years!

An of course his finest creation---- Day Dotson!!!!!

Day Dotson

We will miss you Tracy!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rice Hull Ash

Bucket RHA Rice Husk Ash Greasweep

Bob Gonzales has informed me that he gets his rice hull ash for glazes from :

You can get various sizes on this site from Oregon but Amazon also sells it:

I have never used it as I still have a bunch left from McKenzie Smith but it is the black stuff.

Advice from An Old Farmer

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Most times, it just gets down to common sense.