Saturday, October 13, 2018

Multi-sectional Ewers

Finally, Thanks to Marian Parkes I have a new Flip camera and Cheryl helped me make this video...more to week.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

FREE -Glaze Talk and Discussion- Appalachian State, Boone, North Carolina ($5 for Non-members)

Friday October 5, 2018

This 4 hour glaze discussion will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. We will discuss as much as possible in our time but it will be conducted in a casual question and answer format which will drive the content of the afternoon. Glazes will be discussed in a practical and easy to understand dialogue designed to help potters gain an understanding of glazes, firing and glazing.
2:00-6:00 p.m.

Cost : FREE for members – $5.00 for non-members  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Wey Hall -Clay Studio

Appalachian State University Campus287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli 

Cheesy Shrimp Cakes aka Shrimp Fritters with irresistible lemon aioli sauce.

One of our favorite shrimp recipes! Biting into juicy shrimp, fritter style, is a real treat. The cheese creates an irresistible cheese pull inside and forms a golden crust on the outside. Watch the Video tutorial and you will just know; this recipe is GOOD |

If you love shrimp recipes, these shrimp cakes are for YOU! The cheesy crust creates a juicy, tender and flavorful center. P.S. DO NOT skip the lemon aioli sauce

Author: Natasha of

Servings: 6 people (2 fritters per serving)

For the Shrimp Cakes/ Fritters:
1 lb large raw shrimp peeled and deveined
4 oz mozzarella cheese (1 1/2 cups shredded)
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp parsley finely chopped, plus more to garnish
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten free flour
2 Tbsp light olive oil or high heat cooking oil of choice
For the Lemon Aioli Sauce:
1/2 cup mayo
1 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove pressed or finely minced
US Customary - Metric

How to Make Shrimp Cakes:
Pat dry shrimp with paper towels then dice into pea-sized pieces.*

Transfer chopped shrimp to a large mixing bowl. Add 4 oz shredded mozzarella, 1 egg, 1/4 cup mayo, 2 Tbsp parsley, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Stir together then add 1/4 cup flour and mix until batter is creamy and well combined.

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add 1 heaping Tablespoon at a time (or a level ice cream scoop) and flatten out the tops of your fritters as you go so they are about 1/2" thick patties. Saute about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown on the edges and cooked through.

How to Make Lemon Aioli Sauce:
In a small bowl, add mayo and stir to remove any lumps. Add 1 tsp lemon zest, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and pressed garlic clove and stir to combine.

Clay Club: "Free" Kiln Bricks

Clay Club: "Free" Kiln Bricks: Hello All, The day has come that the kiln at East Fork needs to come down.  For those who are not familiar this is a large single chamber a...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop

Saturday April 14- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at John Britt Pottery studio in Bakersville NC (Near Penland or 1 hour north of Asheville NC)

Planning an exciting workshop here at my studio. I think it will be super fun and informative for all potters who wish to understand more about our field and processes. Don't miss this rare opportunity!! Cheap too!!! With a delicious lunch provided.


Learn almost everything you ever wanted to know about clays and glazes in a small intimate setting from internationally renowned experts. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.

This is your chance to hear three experts in their respective fields share their thoughts followed by question and answer sessions. If you are interested in clays and glazes and how they work together then this workshop is perfect for you. Think of it as a mini-NCECA in your own backyard! 

Alex Glover is an internationally known geologist who recently retired with over 38 years of experience in industrial minerals. He has worked all over the world with various companies including: The Georgia Marble Company, Vulcan Materials Company, Zemex Industrial Minerals Corporation, and Active Minerals International. He is amazing knowledgeable about geology, the formation of ceramics materials and how industry works. He will speak on his work finding Josiah Wedgwood’s original clay deposits in Franklin NC. He is an excellent and engaging speaker who is able to explain complex subjects in a down to earth style.

Steve Blankenbeker researches and develops materials for Taylor Clay Products and Brick Company in Salisbury, NC. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Ceramics from NC State University. He worked for Cedar Heights Clay for 18 years and 16 years with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury NC. Steve loves to help potters find and use local or regional clays in NC, OH and WV. He will talk on geology of local sourced clays as well as his amazing knowledge of the brick industry.

Michael Tkach is recently retired after 20 years as the Director of Ceramic Engineering at the Homer Laughlin China Company who produces Fiestaware. He has amazing knowledge of the ceramic industry and how things are produced, how to control slips and glazes and how to have success with glazes. Michael is a firm believer that understanding the relationship between specific gravity, viscosity, glaze application weights, and application techniques will give any potter the ability to develop and reproduce the glaze effects they desire.

9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Arrive have coffee and rolls
10:00-12:00 Alex Glover
12:00- 1:00 Delicious lunch of soup and salad included
1:00 – 3:00 Steve Blankenbeker
3;00 – 5:00 Michael Tkach

Cost: $100 (Only $75 if before March 15 or for students) – Delicious lunch provided. (soup and salad)

Registration requires full non-refundable payment to hold your spot. (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

Send a check to hold your spot or send payment on Paypal

John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705

Any questions contact John Britt 828-467-5020

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lithium Carbonate prices

Hey all you potters, I put on my commodity trading hat and just did a search for lithium carbonate at pottery suppliers and the prices are rising fast. Laguna (Axner ) is now $43.00 a pound.
The cheapest I found is Highwater Clay at $13.50. Then Big Ceramic Store it $15.50, USpignemt is $24, The Ceramic Shop $24....and everyone else is over $30 on the way to $40...Sheffield, Armadillo, Georgies, etc.
If you use Lithium Carbonate in your glazes now may be the time to get some. May be worth the shipping cost. ..Thanks Elon Musk and lithium/cobalt batteries for cars...phones too . Assume that cobalt is next ..Highwater is best $20 Axner is $37.

Got a few spots left in a workshop outside of Los Angles next week. It's going to be very unique one where we're going to just explore sculptural surfaces for a week! We have 15 people so far but are hoping to get 20 participants so we can have more results to work with. Should be a lot of fun! If you don't mind, please share with your sculpture friends! Thx! #johnbrittworkshop #glazes #pottery #ceramics #sculpture #art #ceramicwor #ceramicsculpture #glazeworkshops #sculpturalsurfaces #bluewaterclay #cats


Sculptural Glaze Surfaces Workshop Feb 12-16, 2018

Los Angeles Sculptural Glaze Workshop

February 12- 16, 2018

Five Day-Sculptural Ceramic Surface Glaze Testing Workshop
This is a 5-day glaze testing workshop designed to show students how to test a base recipe and get various colors (color blend) as well as vary the strength of colors (progression test). We will also run other tests as the group decides, like a 50%/50% volumetric blends, line blend, triaxial, and then some work with slips, terra sigillatas, and washes as well as high temp pencils, pastels and other specialty things if the group wants. (Other non-firing possibilities may include: graphite with hot wax, acrylics, distressing, sandblasting, acid washes, etc.)
 It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to low fire and cone 6 glazes. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss clays, slips, cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles to achieve a variety of sculptural glaze surfaces.
These will be non-functional glazes for sculptural pieces only. There is no concern for functional glazes. These are often patinas or even painted surfaces.

Cost: $450 plus $50 lab and firing fee.
Registration requires full non-refundable payment.  (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

For more information contact:
Richard Kopcho – 310-200-4171 or
Eugene Daub – 310-872-9854 or
John Britt – 828-467-5020
I can email a schedule of the workshop upon request as well as supply list.
Location:  Blue Water Clay Studio

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Clay Club: Recap: January Clay Club at John Britt Pottery

Clay Club: Recap: January Clay Club at John Britt Pottery: Thanks to John Britt for hosting our first Clay Club of 2018! Several people participated in glazing their pieces for the oil spot firing...