On Sunday, September 15, 2013 the CCM Guild held the general membership meeting at Carolina Clay Connection. We had a short business meeting where we discussed the planning for the upcoming Fall Pottery Festival followed by a throwing demo by Kim Chapman. Kim showed us his excellent throwing technique and regaled us with stories of how he became a potter and the early years.
Amy was very informative and entertaining. She made many different pieces in a short amount of time. She also spoke of balancing family life and finding time to work in clay.
For more photos of the workshop, check out the photo page.
On May 11th from 10am-4pm over 45 clay artists gathered at the Barn @ McAlpine Business Park, 8300 Monroe Rd. Charlotte, NC.
There were over 58 potters and it was a lovely day despite the chance for rain. Check HERE for photos of the day.
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Holly shared her experience with the business end. Things like packing and shipping techniques and what to charge for them. She told us about starting out on Bland Street before finding the property in Waxhaw. Bill would work all day in Charlotte and then drive to Waxhaw to monitor progress on the new studio building. It's been a long road and they don't show any sign of stopping anytime soon.
The guild displays art at the Charlotte Douglas Airport in six pedestals in concourse E. A few weeks ago the Airport committee did the winter change out of our members clay art. We want to thank the volunteers that take the time to set up the display. Ralph Mello, Alan Noll, Verna Witt, Carolyn Carroll, Chris Beloni and Dorothy Cole set up the display this time. This is a great opportunity to show off our guild members work. There were some beautiful pieces put on display. The next change out is in August.
Ellen Shankin presented the February 16 and 17, 2013 workshop for the Clay Matters Pottery Guild. She is a functional potter, throwing stoneware pots and firing in a gas reduction kiln.
Ellen demonstrated the throwing, trimming and shaping of pitchers, soy bottles, platters, plates, salad bowls and salt and pepper sets. All pots began on the wheel and were formed with basic tools: a metal rib, a slice of sponge, a wooden knife, some chamois and a fishing line cut off tool. Ellen never uses a needle tool and she throws without splash pan, no need for one. When it came time to trim she did have one special tool which she unwrapped from its roll of protective padding, her precious Bison trim tool. After trimming Ellen patiently refined the pot with rasp and paddle to achieve her concepts of volume and contour.
One technique she used which was new to me was the making of a second cut in cutting off a piece which was thrown off the hump. She cut the piece off the hump and then added a second lower cut, forming a clay bat. She then lifted the piece off the hump by picking up that protective bat of clay.
You can read an article by Ellen Shankin in the current issue of Studio Potter. She writes about her interest in Ba Gua, an "internal" martial art dealing with breathing and posture. Ellen invites us all to visit her in Floyd, Virginia during the 16 Hands Studio Tour on May 4th and 5th. Or you might like to join her in Tuscany for two weeks in the summer. This summer is filled but you could get on her list for the summer of 2014.
To see more photos of the workshop, check out the photo page.