[Clayart] books etc/long
vincepitelka at gmail.com
vincepitelka at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 23:28:20 UTC 2023
Hi Gwynneth -
Sitting on my couch, I am looking at one of Tony's large Mick Casson-inspired pitchers. I treasure them. Are there any images online of the work he is doing down there in Mississippi? Say hi to Tony for me.
Potter, Writer, Teacher
Chapel Hill, NC
vpitelka at dtccom.net
From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of Gwynneth Rixon
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2023 12:27 AM
To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
Subject: Re: [Clayart] books etc/long
Robert Hackett, Tony Clennell is at present Mud bashing in Mississippi!
>From his FB post....
"Pots from the wood firing. We are having a show and party Friday night.
Still spaces available for two day observational workshop this Saturday and Sunday at Brian Nettles Pottery ,Pass Christian, Mississippi"
He is making some beautiful work
Gwynneth Rixon ceramics, Scotland
On Fri, 24 Feb 2023, 15:39 robert hackert, <ndiaman at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Mel: Nice to read your comment re: kilns. At our local art center I
> converted and old electric kiln to gas fired, coated the interior with
> ITC 100, fire salt/soda. No one interested, after the work requested done.
> Tony was right, technically. I think art centers are concerned by our
> igneous society of today. No hands on kiln or controls. When I conduct
> our Raku firings, students make, and decorate, but I fire, remove and
> put in reduction container.
> Do not hear much about Tony Clennell of late.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Feb 23, 2023, at 1:56 PM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> > When I started working on the kiln book, Tony Clennell said to
> > me...."I
> think you may
> > be too late to write a kiln book, in a couple of years no one will
> > be
> firing with
> > gas or wood. It will be all electric." And, of course he was correct.
> > a home gas kiln is out of fashion. And, only the young and hardy
> > will
> even think "wood".
> > And, the programmable gas kiln like Baillie's is fool proof. (and
> > safe)
> And without doubt
> > the programmable electric is a wonder.
> > Ron and John's book changed the world of home firing kilns. They
> > gave
> people a quality
> > avenue to make pots. No longer was the "cowboy" potter firing with
> > gas
> the way to go.
> > And, as I have said often..."the best potter in America is a woman
> > with
> an electric kiln
> > in the garage, we have just not found her yet." Although I think I
> > know
> five of them.
> > After years of running clayart I can make that list about 500 fine
> > women
> potters, on their
> > own, making damn fine work. They control the world of cone 6 with
> amazing understanding of
> > mid range glaze. They don't need the community center any longer to
> > fire
> with gas. In fact
> > with the variety of potters around, how can anyone fire a kiln with
> > gas
> to satisfy the crowd.
> > It is the same problem confronting a book on porcelain. Is it outdated?
> The number of people
> > wanting cone 11 porcelain is shrinking. (I know, I know, not just
> > cone
> > I see a huge resurgence of raku and pit and outside firing. Our own
> haycreek gang is making memorable
> > raku/horsehair etc. Ray Bogle is doing outstanding work. Bill Schran
> > is
> doing wonders with crystals.
> > These examples are just because they are all friends and I know
> > their
> > A mid-sized electric kiln could easily be a money machine for anyone
> wanting to be a potter.
> > It has dignity in 2023.
> > Gas prices are also a huge problem. The home potter cannot afford in
> > any
> way, a programmable kiln
> > like the Blaugh.
> > Colleen who is running our pottery in Minnetonka, just got a call
> > for 50
> electric fired mugs
> > with logo. And, with the electric kiln she can match anything she wants.
> These will be exactly
> > the same as an order she filled three years ago. Mel6 clay, 5x20
> > black
> and white. It no longer
> > is necessary to be a cone 10 reduction potter. And, without doubt,
> > those
> coming from college
> > may not have any skill in firing fuel kilns.
> > We make all of our work for the electric kilns with dark brown clay.
> > We
> have never been confronted
> > with customers that want "white clay". They do not care, or even
> > desire
> white clay. I think that white
> > clay has become the `go to` for schools. It is not dirty.
> > I loved building the Kiln Book. It was so great to have many fine
> potters with great skill and knowledge
> > contribute to the book. It is a great book because of that. It is
> > not
> filled with pictures of "MY POTS",
> > in fact no ego stuff at all. It is great information, and now it is
> > free
> of charge. What I say is, "The book
> > is there for whatever, whenever someone wants it. The information
> > does
> not go away.
> > I learned to be an author because of clayart. My fear left me. Win
> > 95,
> MSWord, and a texas instrument calculator
> > changed my life. I can even understand algebra.
> > I tell everyone, you have a style, it is yours, like your pots, like
> painting, writing is just a style. If others
> > do not like you. "screw them". You get an "iron butt, and a turtle
> shell." And, you can always find an editor to help
> > you if you need it. I still think one of life's best thrills is
> > seeing a
> book, with your name and title on the front.
> > I remember when Bill Jones handed me a new copy of "Pottery, a Life,
> > a
> Lifetime" while sitting in a bar with about
> > 20 clayart friends around. The goosebumps had goosebumps.
> > Robin Hopper had a copy and read it that night. He sat down at
> > breakfast
> and said. "that is one of the best books I have
> > ever read about clay. Mel, you are now in a new club forever, one
> > that
> writes a worthwhile book." I was stunned. But I also
> > remember that as he was dying I named the best pot I have ever made
> > the
> "the Robin Hopper teabowl". I was able to call
> > him that last week and told him. He understood.
> > I have completed the new book "Letters to Colleen" an autobiography
> > of
> my life as a potter and how Colleen came to me
> > a broken human being and turned into an amazing person. "THE CLAY
> > DID
> IT." Skill, trust, understanding and life long
> > friendship wins the struggle. The book is dedicated to my one year
> > old
> name sake. "Melvin Richards" so it will not be
> > publicly solicited. If you want to read it, let me know by email
> > only. I
> can download it. The very expensive thumb drive
> > will be placed in a fire proof safe, and he can read it as an adult.
> Colleen's Mom is doing the same for her grandchildren.
> > I hope many of you feel the spirit and do the same thing. It is
> > critical
> that we write the story. Who cares what the style
> > is, it is the story that counts. The future awaits your story.
> > mel
> > website:
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