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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Spruce Pine Potters Market 22 - Joy Tanner & Will Baker

 Joy Tanner & Will Baker

“I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet.”
Betty White in her book, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

Friday, October 21, 2022

Spruce Pine Potters Market 22 - Pam Brewer


I loved these totems of three big animals, not always sure what they were.

Pam Brewer

Today's quote:

Gratitude is universal spiritual wisdom, and it is sufficient.


Monday, October 17, 2022

Spruce Pine Potter's Market 22 - Cynthia Bringle

 Cinthia Bringle

Cynthia Bringle's display

Close up of mugs

Cynthia Bringle had a great display of her works!

Today's quote:

If we are to have true peace in the world, we must first find it within ourselves.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Spruce Pine Potters Market 22 - 4 more potters


Linda McFarling, and Shane Mickey

Lynne Hobaica & Rickie Barnett

Today's quote:
Betty White (who died at 99 years on 12.31.21)
“Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Spruce Pine Potters Market '22 - 3 more potters

 OK, I thought I got people's names with their pots. But these may be mixed up and I apologize to the artists.

Me and Terry Gess and Cathy at Terry's booth.

This cocky little ewer had to become a Christmas present for one of my family members.

Cathy also purchased some of Terry's bowls.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Spruce Pine Potters Market '22 - Artists 1 & 2

Our foursome arrived before noon on the second day of the pottery market, held in a wonderful old warehouse or textile manufacturing building with windows on all sides. Note, I only took photos of the pottery I thought was interesting.

1. Gertrude (Gay) Smith has wonderful designs. Here's her web site.

2. I had a nice talk with David Ross about his silhouettes and spray painted glaze designs, and some of them had brush-work as well. I loved the elephants, and my friend Judy likes giraffes.  David lives nearby and is featured in the Mica Gallery site HERE.

These are some of the best artists of Western North least in the mountains. Then there's Seagrove NC in the Piedmont.  But this was only a drive of 45 minutes from my home!

Today's quote:
It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. 
-Max Eastman, journalist and poet (1883-1969)

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Glaze tests for pottery are weighed, like the Sepia Saturday guys on a scale!


I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the one who sold it. -Will Rogers, humorist (4 Nov 1879-1935)

My weekly contribution to Sepia Saturday continues, though I slide off the meme often. I sure enjoy reading other folks contributions though! Also posted on When I Was 69 blog.

This week we have...

My closest use of a weighing scale was when I was mixing glazes in pottery testing, to see if I could come up with a glaze that did something I wanted, or to see if it came up with something else entirely.

Unfortunately I don't have photos of all those tests. But let me check and see if I blogged about there might be some old posts somewhere...

A glaze combo that I liked, first the whole vase is submerged in matt black glaze (studio recipe) after drying for a few hours, I brushed a liberal coat of white glaze on it. The clay itself is a white body, so when the glaze breaks the clay that shows is a slightly different shade of white.

This is my glaze recording sketch book.  I have those few "OK" circles when something came out somewhat the way I liked.

This test bowl has a base glaze but with different streaks of other glazes across I can see what is most compatible.

Same as above but here is on a spoon rest.

Here I threw a lot of little vases off the hump (a big lump of clay on the wheel) and then tried different glaze combinations...some of which were recorded in the sketch book.

I used a formula for Snowflake Glaze which I found in Ceramic's Monthly I mixed the basic colorless glaze, tried it on top of some detailed colors. It only gets the pretty crystals on the insides of things, where it is pretty thickly applied. 

I used the basic snowflake glaze and tried adding a very small amount of cobalt...thus.

Not sure what this had added...perhaps chrome. 

I helped another potter make lots of glaze test tiles for the studio glazes. That's what these are called. We started with one basic glaze on each set, then after it was dry, we dipped them in other different glazes about halfway down. There are some lines and dots on the little towers so we could see how glazes might "break" over features like those on pottery. Here they are waiting to go in the kiln to fire to cone 6...about 2200 degrees F.

Oh another important part was writing the glazes on each little tile.

Here's a selection of glazes over the base glaze of Eggshell. 

There's a huge display of all the glazes available in the studio on the wall. Of course people can also purchase ready made glazes, or formulate their own from reliable recipes. 

I even bought a book by a local glaze master, John Britt, all about cone 6 glazes. Didn't get much use, because I retired from making pottery 2-1/2 years ago. 

I do miss my friends at the studio, but with COVID I just have stayed away for the last 2 years, while they put in lots of restrictions as to how many potters could be in the studio at a time, etc.

Sharing with my art blog "Alchemy of Clay"