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Meet the New Year...

The Week of Reflection this year (or, wait: last year) took the form of elbow grease, as I labored to transform my front hall stairs from ugly to fabulous. I'm going to take a moment to reflect now, but only a moment, because the fun...Show More Summary

A Project for the New Year: House Numbers

Ugly, right? I've been meaning to make numerals for my address for a while. I still have the crappy hardware store numbers that came with the house when I bought it. There is no excuse for this, since this is such a quick and easy project! Finally, I am getting a round tuit, a thing I have been needing for a while. Show More Summary

Getting on with the Business of WInter

I am known as something of a holiday curmudgeon. This is not an entirely unfair characterization: New Year's Eve is Everyone is Having Fun Except You Night; Valentine's is Prove You Love Me Day. Independence Day is loud, and the people who most need a day off usually have to work Labor Day. Show More Summary

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Happy Holidays from the House of Many Cats.Comfort & joy, indeed.

Western North Carolina Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

The Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is open to individual artists and small groups in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania...Show More Summary

A Brilliant Warm-Up Exercise for Brushwork Decoration

This clip was excerpted from The Brush & The Wheel, whichis part of the Winter DVD Clearance and is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!  I love love love the look of brushwork decoration, but up to now, I have been a big chicken about actually trying it myself. Show More Summary

WNC Potters Facebook group

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Kat McReynolds shared her WNC Potters Facebook group. It’s a public group (you’ll need a Facebook account). Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/133063680510221

Lee Wolfe’s caramel popcorn recipe

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

If you were at December Clay Club at Cynthia Bringle’s studio you probably had some of Lee Wolfe’s delicious caramel corn. (By the time I took this photo it was pretty much devoured and it didn’t last much longer!) Lee has generously shared the recipe over on her blog:https://www.leewolfepottery.com/blogs/news/caramel-popcornThanks Lee!

The Brush & The Wheel with Michael Kline

In this video, Michael Kline shares his contemporary take on the pottery traditions of the southeastern United States. Michael demonstrates a traditional large water jug thrown in multiple pieces, as well as swirlware cups. In addition...Show More Summary

Volumetric Image Transfer on Pottery

INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL – DVD $49.95 – DOWNLOAD $39.95 Silkscreening on a flat surface is a piece of cake, but when you try to do it on a three-dimensional piece, that’s a challenge, and this is what Forrest has worked out. Through a series...Show More Summary

Fundamentals of Mold Making and Slipcasting

Molds are a simple way to create simple or complex forms that allow you to make multiple copies of a form with little effort. When you do this, the individual forms lose their preciousness, which allows you the freedom to creatively experiment. Show More Summary

Handbuilding Modular Forms with Stiff Slabs

In Handbuilding Modular Forms with Stiff Slabs Scott Dooley shares his technique for creating brightly colored modular vessels using altered slabs and a minimum of tools. Scott demonstrates how he mixes and matches conical and cylindrical slab-built parts to construct an energetic teapot and a sculptural joined vase form. Show More Summary

Getting Creative with Spouts & Handles

NEW RELEASE -  COMPILATION DVD! If you’re looking for ways to make your pots stand out from the crowd, take a look at what the experts do. In this new compilation video from Ceramic Arts Daily Presents, four talented artists take it up a notch by demonstrating how to make signature vessels using advanced spout and handle forming techniques. Show More Summary

Platters: Four Approaches to Making and Decorating Plates

NEW RELEASE It is a misconception to think that plates are easy to make because the challenge of achieving height isn't there. But plates can be tricky. Issues of warping and cracking can be common if you don't know what you're doing. Show More Summary

Handbuilding: Texture + Surface

4 Great Handbuilding Techniques from 4 Experts In this latest edition of Ceramic Arts Daily Presents, we treat you to a compilation of four handbuilding techniques excerpted from four of our most popular videos. Discover the creative...Show More Summary

Surface: A Compilation of Techniques

Surface decorating with the prosWhen it comes to learning new surface decorating techniques, the next best thing to being at a workshop is watching a video – especially when the video features four great artists. In this compilation from Ceramic...Show More Summary

Kiln up for auction by the City of Asheville

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

The City of Asheville has a kiln for up for auction. The current price (with zero bids) is $50.Here’s the description from the auction website:Skutt Electric kiln LT-3KHas not been used in 5 years -would recommend having this inspected by a professional before useI think LT-3K is the kiln sitter model number, not the kiln model number. Show More Summary

Mix and Match 5 Versatile Cone 6 Glazes for Great Effects!

Pitcher with Chartruse and Hamada glaze detail. There are some ceramic glaze surfaces that just stop you in your tracks and leave you wondering “how’d they do that?” A lot of time, these dynamic surfaces are the result of layering and combining more than one glaze. Show More Summary

Today's To Dos

Happy Monday! It's going to be a busy day here at Fine Mess Pottery. I have an order due in January (bless them!) and a few other projects I've been meaning to get to. Though I still have gift shopping to do, the busiest part of December is done for me, so I start looking toward 2017. Show More Summary

Potter seeks fire brick

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

WANTED FIRE BRICKHi my name is Curry Wilkinson and I am looking for used/new fire brick. Ideally I would like to buy a large quantity of hard fire brick to build a large tunnel kiln. However, any amount of hard\soft brick I am interested in learning more about. Show More Summary

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