Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Clay Club: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff is open in Asheville

Clay Club: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff is open in Asheville: In case you missed it, the Asheville Cheap Joe's Art Stuff location is now open, not too far from Highwater Clays. Read more about it (...

Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing --CHRISTMAS SALE!!

Just got my DVD launched on Amazon!!  Now having a Christmas Sale!!$24.95 on Amazon!!


Summer Vegetable Soup with pork and ricotta meatballs


2  large eggs
1/2  cup ricotta
2 ounces Parmesan, grated (about 1/2 cup)
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound ground pork
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and chopped
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 small bunch spinach, thick stems removed and leaves chopped
Pesto, for serving

Heat broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Combine the eggs, ricotta, Parmesan, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Add the pork and gently mix with your hands until just combined. Form the mixture into 16 meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each). Broil on the prepared baking sheet, turning once, until browned and partly cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring the chicken broth to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and squash and cook just until crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach just until wilted.

Serve drizzled with the pesto.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sylvia's Painted Creations

I know many of you know Sylvia Ferrari-Palmer and Andy Palmer.

Sylvia has lost her job at Crimson Laurel Gallery and so I thought that if people could spread the word that she needs work it may help.

She makes beautiful paintings of animals which she can do on wine glasses or canvas also.

She did a wonderful one of Boo Boo which I gave to Cheryl for Christmas last year. So if you know of anyone who would like a wonderful Christmas gift please contact her as there is still time.

on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/SilviasPaintedCreations?fref=photo

She also has an Etsy page:


Friday, October 23, 2015

Ceramic - Assistant Professor ETSU Eastern Tennessee State University

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The Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in the Ceramics area to teach all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses in Ceramics, including other related courses. 

Responsibilities will involve teaching a full load of three undergraduate courses each semester, along with graduate level and independent study courses. Other responsibilities include supervision and management of ceramics facilities, instructional related activities within the area, supervision of graduate assistants and service to the department. 

Ability to teach wheel-throwing, hand building, ceramic sculpture, advanced and graduate ceramics and the possibility of special topics courses. Candidate's experience must include technical expertise in all aspects of the ceramics studio operation including gas-fired kilns, electric kilns, glaze chemistry and the facilitation of studio and equipment maintenance.  

MFA in Studio Art by Dec 15, 2015 with an emphasis in Ceramics and at least two years of university level teaching experience. Evidence of an active exhibition record at a regional/national level. Ability to teach wheel, hand building, and sculptural ceramics processes at all levels of both undergraduate and graduate ceramics. Ability to run complex ceramics facility and equipment.  

Candidate should have a broad knowledge of and an appreciation for both traditional and contemporary ceramics including technical and aesthetic approaches to working in clay. Applicant should have a demonstrated ability to teach cross-disciplinary approaches in studio art. Expertise in wheel; hand building; sculptural ceramics; clay and glaze science; atmospheric firing processes including wood, soda and salt. Excellent exhibition record and continued evidence of artistic accomplishment.  


Yunomi with Beads glaze, John Britt, cone 6 stoneware with Terra sigillata, White liner and McGruder liner, fired E1 electric kiln, 2015.

Here is a group of yunomis that I fired with a glaze I made up for the Hudgens workshop in September. It was derived form :

Lichen cone 6
70 Nepheline Syenite
25 Light Magnesium Carbonate
  5 Ball Clay

This is  a nice lichen glaze that will go to beads if you over fire to cone 7, so I decided to adjust it a bit to be beads at cone 6. Most of these glazes derive from line blends of Magnesium carbonate and Nepheline Syenite (90/10. 80/20, 70/30 etc.)

So I took out 5 % magnesium carbonate to get it to melt more. (Even though magnesium is a flux it is not a very strong flux at cone 6 so it is causing lichen surface.) Then I wanted more fluxing so I added 5% Nepheline syenite. And as and added bit of insurance (since I didn't test it at all!) I took out 2% ball clay (refractory) and added 2% zinc oxide which is a strong flux.

So I came up with:

John's Beads cone 6
75 Nepheline Syenite
20 Light Magnesium Carbonate
  3 Ball clay
  2 Zinc Oxide

The only thing you need to to is watch the application. I had the Sp. Gr. at 125. And did two dips with some pouring.


Thursday, October 22, 2015


Fall 2015

Black Mountain NC potter looking for pottery studio work...

My name is Sarah Wheatley and I am a 25-yr old woman who just relocated to Black Mountain from Maine in order to get my massage certification in Asheville and to build upon my pottery skills. Although I studied Sustainable Food Systems in college, I've been hand-sculpting with high-fire porcelain for about 7 years as a co-owner of my mother's business, Tewksbury Creche. My present goal is to continue to develop my own body of work. That said, I am searching for part-time work in the art field.

Ideally, I am looking for work in a pottery studio and am hoping there might be a local artist who could use an extra hand (at the very least in preparation for the holiday season).

Given this information, if you have any other networking suggestions for me, I would be very grateful for the added input! My e-mail is jkylethyde@yahoo.com and my phone number is (803) 319-8632. Thank you for your consideration.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oil Spots

Oil Spots headed to Green Hill Center for North Carolina Arts.

Oil Spot

If you like Oil Spots try searching this in Google:


And  then click on images and you will see some nice stuff.  Amazing how we live in only our "language" even with the internet.

Got the translation from Mia Ishiguro:

"GIN-NEZUMI (Silver Rat)" in Japanese, 銀ねずみ油滴天目釉

John Britt


U of Iowa for news page


Full/Part Time Status: Full Time
Position Description:

The School of Art and Art History invites applications/nominations for a tenure-track faculty position in Ceramics at the Assistant Professor level beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. The successful candidate will teach undergraduates and graduates in B.A., B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. programs. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The faculty of the School of Art and Art History will mentor this individual. The successful candidate will join the newly formed Public Digital Arts Faculty Cluster Initiative and will work closely with existing U of I faculty and staff who form the core of this ambitious program to foster creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration through public digital arts. Participation in the cluster is an important component of faculty performance evaluation.
Education Requirement:

MFA or equivalent in Ceramics.
Required Qualifications:

Record of successful teaching, significant creative practice in Ceramics, extensive knowledge of all aspects of ceramic art, clay and glaze materials, manufacture and decoration techniques, wood firing techniques and kiln building. Substantive knowledge in digital forming and material effects with clay

Monday, October 19, 2015

What is in your store bought glaze or additive?

I was talking with someone and they wanted to know what Flocs was made of?! They said the manufacturer wouldn't say...but the do have to disclose an MSDS or SDS on their website. They often try to do the minimum but let's looks at FLOCS.

First just Google "flocs MSDS" and you get:


Which shows that Flocs from Great Lakes clay is calcium chloride, potassium chloride and sodium chloride. It is 73% water, 25% calcium chloride and small amounts of potassium chloride and sodium chloride.

Then Google "Calcium Chloride" and you can read about salts and flocculation and other uses;:


Then there is Floc:


which shows that aluminium chlorohydrate is the main ingredient 30-60% mixed with water >60%.

then google the ingredient and you get :


It is a flocculant : "Aluminium chlorohydrate is also used as a flocculant in water and waste water treatment processes to remove dissolved organic matter and colloidal particles present in suspension."

So you see in less than 5 minutes you can figure out what is in it. We have learned something! Vinegar (acid) is a flocculant, as is muratic acid ...and Epsom salts is a salt that acts like an acid as is calcium chloride and now aluminium chlorohydrate !

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Now, say you have a glaze you like and want to duplicate it. But you need to clue on the colorants...just google the name and msds. So let's take :

Spectrum 1112 Metallic Gold Glaze 

First google it. There are many suppliers so I just picked one:

Then you google the name and MSDS. Sometimes you have to vary the words in google to get a good search...so in this case I used:

Spectrum msds 1112 Metallic Gold Glaze msds msds

and got:

so in this glaze is :

45.0-65.0% Silica
0.5-2.0 %   Potassium
0.5-2.0 %   Calcium
0.5-2.0 %   Sodium
4.0 - 8.0 % Aluminium
0.5-3.0 %   Boron
0.5-2.0 %   Strontium

0.5-2.0 %  Red Iron oxide 
3.0- 6.0%    Copper oxide
25.0 - 35.0% Manganese oxide

So you know that this is a manganese saturated glaze with copper and iron.

I have a bunch of them in my book (The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes page 140) Or you can google "manganese saturated glaze recipes cone 6 electric" and a bunch of sites come up with recipes.

In my book I have them listed side by side so you can see and compare. But Gold Metallic is the standard. 

It doesn't work on all glazes ..e.g. Coyote : You get :

BUT read that and the FOOD SAFE part...very interesting!! But they don't specify what is in each glaze. 

Now let's try Laguna Morrocan Sand Glazes:

And my first love CHUN RED MS - 32 you get :

So you know it is a Silicon Carbide electric red because the SiC - 1% but they don't list everything...you know they need copper oxide. They do list Zinc, Lithium, Barium and Tin oxides. 

So on page 103 of my Mid Range book you see recipes for Artificial Reds SiC...and you see similar recipes that will get you started .  Like Copper Red on the cup above. Pretty close to Chun Red.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I Need a Cone 6 Glaze that Doesn't Craze!!!!

Check out my downloadable new article on cone 6 crazing. 8 excellent glaze recipes. Two week introductory sale only $4.99 regularly $7.50


I Need a Cone 6 Glaze that Won’t Craze -PDF

If you are concerned with crazing and are having trouble finding suitable glaze recipes then this article if for you! It is a 25 page PDF describing a three year project to find some glazes that did not craze on most clay bodies. There are 8 successful clear transparent glazes that didn’t craze even after 3 years on a variety of clay bodies. I also listed 23 total recipes tested with images.

This article describes the factors involved in crazing, from the clay body, glaze thickness, firing cone, etc. I tried to provide parameters for Al/Si ratio as well as CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion) estimates so that you can expand it to recipes you create or find on-line.

They were all tested in cone 6 electric firings.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Teaching Job Ceramics: Endicott College

To apply for a position, please send a letter of application, resume and names and phone numbers of three references to:

Endicott College
Human Resources
376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915
FAX: (978) 927-0084
E-mail: humanresources@endicott.edu

Endicott College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Endicott College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles of equal employment and complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. The College's objective is to employ individuals qualified and/or trainable for open positions by virtue of job-related education, training, experience, and qualifications without regard to sex, race, religion, color, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other status protected by law.


Teaching Job in Ceramics: San Francisco State University

Assistant Professor of Ceramics at San Francisco State University


Tenure Track Positions

San Francisco State University, School of Art seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ceramics beginning August 2016. MFA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics required. Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Position title:

Assistant Professor Position in Art (Ceramics)
Start date:

August 2016

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
Position Summary

The position is in the School of Art at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The School of Art is focused on developing socially engaged art practitioners, art historians, and arts professionals whose individual and collective efforts contribute to personal and intellectual growth, as well as community-building and cultural production.

The position is focused on the discipline of ceramics as a socially engaged practice that can manifest in many forms including ceramic sculpture and/or installation, functional vessels, performance, or forms that encompass some or all of these.

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching assigned undergraduate courses in Art and MFA seminars, conducting an active ongoing scholarship program of creative work and exhibition which advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty. The teaching assignments will be in existing ceramics courses in hand-building foundations, wheel throwing, ceramic sculpture, glaze calculations, mold making, kiln building, soda/pit firing, as well as courses in emerging technologies in the field (to be developed). Graduate courses include interdisciplinary critique seminars and special topic graduate studios (to be developed). The scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of ones expertise.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assist in maintaining and supervising two ceramics facilities, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.
Essential Job Tasks
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources.
Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as glaze surface, kiln building and design, atmospheric firings and graduate seminars in Art.
Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions.
Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner.
Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments.
Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials.
Guide and supervise department technicians in support of safe, clean studio facilities and equipment.
Conduct research in one's field of interest and present documentation of an high level of activity associated with being a professional, working artist on a national and international level in significant institutions, and selections into collections, publication, and professional conferences.
Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students.
Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision.
Supervise student laboratory work, graduate and undergraduate assistants, and assist with studio maintenance and supervision of the ceramics facilities at the main SFSU, and Romberg Tiburon campuses.
Additional duties as assigned.
Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities
Terminal degree MFA in Art, with an emphasis in Ceramics, required.
1-2 years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting, required.
Minimum of one-year experience in the management of a ceramics facility preferred including heavy equipment operation, gas and electric kilns, and glaze chemistry lab.
Possess a broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary theory and practices in ceramics, and a capacity for exploring new directions in the discipline.
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individual and groups and learning assessment.
Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of assigned curriculum.
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations.
Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner.
Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original creative works.
Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.
Application process

Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, 20 images of recent personal work, 20 images of student work, statement of teaching philosophy and names and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.

Submit all materials online at, https://sfsu.submittable.com/submit by January 8, 2016. Late applications will not be reviewed. Questions concerning the position should be submitted to Gail Dawson, Director, School of Art, artsrch@sfsu.edu

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Questions regarding this position should be emailed to artsrch@sfsu.edu. No phone calls please.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Stabilizer for glazes

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Elisa Helland-Hansen told me recipe to add to a glaze that is running too much ....and you want stiffen it without changing the qualities too much.

 You just mix up 258 g EPK and 240 g silica. Add incremental amounts of that to the glaze. You have to decide about how much ....so about 6% of the mixture will move it up a cone or so.

Conceptually it is like adding 1 EPK and 1 Silica. So you would add 1%EPK and 1% silica then test, 1% EPK 1% Silica for a total of 2% each, then, 3 etc.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Just posted my brand NEW DVD on my website:

It is on sale for $39.95 for the first two weeks with FREE SHIPPING!

It is 2 hours and 18 minutes of clear and concise instruction on throwing and techniques to improve your skills.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Glaze Workshop in Ann Arbor.

Headed up to Ann Arbor Potters Guild for a Glaze Workshop on cone 10 and cone 6. Can't wait. About 35 potters! Should be a lot of fun!