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Shining like Brand New

After a couple of days of auto drama, I am pleased to introduce my new vehicle: I've yet to give this truck a name, but I am open to suggestions!I am pleased all to pieces with it, but there were a few bumps in the road getting there. Show More Summary

Change in dates for the North Carolina Rhododendron Festival

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Here's the email from Dan Barron. Download the corrected 2017 application here: morningPlease forgive my mistake. I sent the wrong application and wrong dates in my initial invitation. This year, the Arts and Crafts Fair will cover both days of the Festival 16-17. Show More Summary

RIP Ghost Pony; We Hardly Knew Ye

Last month I gave my car a name: Ghost Pony. After three years, causing me...well not nary a headache, but relatively few, I was just fond of it. So I named it.And then it died. It joined Honored Dead in Sto-vo-kor, and became a part of the silent majority.Or, I dunno, maybe it didn't! Perhaps it's only pining for the fjords. Show More Summary

Penland School of Crafts Annual Community Open House this Saturday

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

This is such a great event! From the Penland School of Crafts website:The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to between 350 and 500 adults and children from Mitchell County and beyond, engaging them in free, quality hands-on studio experiences. Show More Summary

Studio give-away for a student

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Terry Gess shared this opportunity from the NCECA newsletter (note that the studio is located in Arizona):STUDIO GIVE-AWAY FOR A STUDENTFormer NCECA Board member, potter, and educator of 50 years, Joe Zeller has retired from education. Show More Summary

Quick Tip: Put your reclaim slab on wheels to save space in the studio

Space is a valuable resource to most ceramic artists and that includes potters with a tiny space tucked in the basement, students with a single table and chair in a classroom, and community art centers like the one shown here. Reclaiming...Show More Summary

Drop It Like It's Hot

Click here to order! Once again I am amusing myself on Teespring.Give the world a peek through the spyhole! Like a secret language, other potters will recognize those falling cones - dropping like they're hot! - while everyone else is...Show More Summary

John Britt Pottery : Cone 6 Glaze Workshop/Discussion April 29-30, 2017...

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

John Britt Pottery : Cone 6 Glaze Workshop/Discussion April 29-30, 2017...: John Britt Cone 6 Two day Ceramic Glaze Workshop April 29-30, 2017 Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a...

Liz Zlot Summerfield - Afternoon Workshop Cancellation

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Hi Everyone,I wanted to let everyone know that the afternoon and evening classes at ETSU were cancelled due to forecast of severe storms. Unfortunately, this means that the afternoon portion of Liz's workshop (and her lecture) have also been cancelled. Show More Summary

Artist Q & A: Meet Carole Epp

The editorial staff of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, chose Carole Epp as the Ceramic Artist of the Year. Artists are chosen for work that reflects current aesthetics, and for setting an example for ceramic artistsShow More Summary

Quartz Inversion and Other Important Stages of Firing Pottery

Clay undergoes a remarkable transformation when fired in a kiln, changing in molecular structure as the kiln heats up and cools down. Perhaps one of the most important stage is quartz inversion, which affects ware in the bisque and the glaze firings as the kiln temperature rises and cools back down.Obviously, these changes can be... Show More Summary

Liz Zlot Summerfield Workshop This Week

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Hi Everyone! Just a quick reminder that the Liz Zlot Summerfield workshop at East Tennessee State University is this Wednesday, March 1st from 9AM - 4PM, with a public lecture to be held Weds evening at 5:00 PM. We are located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building. Show More Summary

Call to artists for the 71st North Carolina Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Here’s the email from Dan Barron, Artist & Vendor Coordinator for the North Carolina Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair. Download the application here: invite all local & regional artists and craftspeople...Show More Summary

I Make Pots and I Know Things

Well...I know some things. I actually had in mind the delightful multitude of fellow potters who emailed me to help me out with my burner trouble last week when I designed this t-shirt: You get one for your very own, or for the potter or ceramics instructor in your life at this link.Game of Thrones fans will recognize the inspiration!

Love is a Clean Burner

Remember my funky burner thing from last week? This one:The consensus of my equipment-clever friends and readers was that the burner for some reason did not have enough gas pressure to create its Venturi effect. The burner was turned...Show More Summary

Woodfire NC 2017 in Star, NC with pre-conference events across North Carolina

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Woodfire NC 2017 will take place June 8—11, 2017 in Star, North Carolina. From the conference website:An International Woodfire Conference at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in Star, N.C. A collaboration between STARworks, the...Show More Summary

Independent Study At Odyssey ClayWorks

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Independent StudyWith Open Studio Hours Every DayMarch 20- April 27Click here to register online Back by popular demand! Odyssey ClayWorks is proud to offer this dynamic studio experience custom tailored to your needs: Self directed study, with studio representatives available for technical advice and support. Show More Summary

Will downtown Spruce Pine become a destination for artists?

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

The Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about last week’s tour of downtown Spruce Pine for artists and entrepreneurs. From the article:Nearly 50 artists and entrepreneurs attended a tour this past Friday of available buildings...Show More Summary

Clay & Community: Killing Hate Together

A mind is like a glaze reipe: you throw in ideas, give them some time and energy, and they blend to create something new.I've been cogitating on a handful of stories I encountered around the same time, and in my mind they are fitting together to form thoughts. Show More Summary

Using Slips, Sgraffito, and Inlay Techniques to Create a New Twist on Oribe

Oribe ware is a type of ceramics that originated in the 16th century and is known for its copper-green glaze and bold patterns. Ben Krupka is a fan of the experimental and playful feel of Oribe. In today's post, an excerpt from the Pottery Making Illustrated archives, Ben explains how he uses slips, wax resist, sgraffito and... Show More Summary

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