Thursday, June 25, 2015

Glaze Workshop near Atlanta (Duluth GA) September 25-27, 2015

John Britt’s Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Testing
 3-Day Workshop

This is a 3-day hands-on Cone 6 glaze testing workshop is designed to show students how to test a base recipe and get various colors. On Friday evening we will be preparing test tiles with a base glaze and ten colorant variations. On Sunday we will discuss the results when they are unloaded from the kiln.

The workshop will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes.  We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. It will be conducted in a casual question and answer format which will drive the content of the weekend. Glazes will be discussed in a practical and easy to understand dialogue designed to help potters gain an understanding of glazes, firing and glazing.

We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from John’s new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at Cone 4 – 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed.

Instructor:      John Britt
When:             Friday 9/25                  4 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 9/26             10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 9/27                10 am – 3 pm
Level:              Beginner to Intermediate Potters
Fee:                 Early Bird Registration
Members: $225.00* / Non-Members $250.00*                       *Includes $25 material fee
After August 1: Members: $250.00* / Non-Members $275.00*
Meal:               Bring your own lunch or money for group ordered-pizza.  Coffee & pastries provided in AM
Supply List:   Please see website or phone us for supply list

The Hudgens Center for the Arts
(Located in the Gwinnett Center/Arena Complex)
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300   Duluth, GA  30097

For more information contact:  Connie Norman

Monday, June 22, 2015

Problems with Highwater clays!!??

I have been told that a bunch of potters are having trouble with Highwater Clay (Phoenix and Orangestone) dunting after firing. (Cynthia Bringle and the Penland class, Jon Ellenbogen, Leah Leitson, etc).

Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing problems.

I assume it is related to Custer Feldspar loosing 2.5% potassium (went from about 10% - about 7.5%) but unsure if it is because it is in both the clay and the glaze or just a clay body problem?

Let me know so I can see if there have been any solutions found.  

Here is an article on the subject if you are interested:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gathering for Tracy Dotson at Penland on June 20

***Updated with more info - see below***

From Cynthia Bringle: There will be a gathering for Tracy Dotson at 4 pm on Saturday, June 20th, at the Penland Coffee House.

A little more info, from Tracy's daughter Day:

Tracy Dotson's Memorial
Coffee and Cookies with friends and family, all are welcome

Saturday, June 20th at the Penland School Coffee Shop
4pm gathering followed by open sharing of stories and memories...

In Honor of and suggested by Tracy, a donation to the Penland's kitchen of either M/L bowls or cash for clay would be most appreciated.
Dad was one of the kitchen's greatest contributors. His big thick walled dog bowls work the best. Fire On!!!!!

Thank you to everyone for your support during this Journey....

Sincerely, Day Dotson

Friday, June 5, 2015

Nanny Cam for my kiln

Finally did it...hooked up a Nanny Cam for my kiln that I can watch on my phone at the house!

Awesome sauce!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June Clay Club at Shane Mickey Pottery in Bakersville

June Clay Club will take place next Wednesday, June 10, at 6 pm at Shane Mickey's new gallery in Bakersville. (Thanks, Shane!)

We will have a discussion about making a living: selling online versus at shows versus having your own retail space. Bring your thoughts and experiences and questions about this topic!

Shane Mickey Pottery is at 24 N. Mitchell Avenue in downtown Bakersville. Google Maps will get you there:

***Important note: Bring a chair (or chairs) if you can!***

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

Questions? Contact Shane at or at 828-467-1208. You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crater Test Series

Here are some Crater Glaze Tests with stains.

The recipe is Pinnell Strontium Matte at cone 6 E1 firing

60 Nepheline Syenite

20 Strontium Carbonate

1 Lithium Carbonate

10 Ball Clay–Old Mine #4

9 Silica

100 Total


5 Titanium Dioxide
2.5 %  Silicon Carbide 600 M

Apply VERY thick. And you can add up to 5% silicon carbide. You can also vary the amount of stains. See page 178 in The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes for more recipes and firing information. Electric E1 cycle. This can vary too!!

This last one is Mason 6433 at 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, and 25%

Custer Feldspar 200 Mesh is out of stock for about 8 months

Pacer Feldspar said they will not be making 200 mesh Custer for 8 months until they fix their grinding machine/ball mill. So they will only have 325 mesh until then.