[Clayart] books etc/long

Antoinette Badenhorst porcelainbyantoinette at gmail.com
Sat Feb 25 05:28:16 UTC 2023


Vince his host for the workshop is Brian Nettles. Check it on fb. Looks
like they are having fun.

On Fri, Feb 24, 2023 at 8:45 PM <vincepitelka at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> - Vince
>
> Vince Pitelka
> Potter, Writer, Teacher
> Chapel Hill, NC
> vpitelka at dtccom.net
> www.vincepitelka.com
> https://chathamartistsguild.org/
>
> -----Original Message-----
> 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
> 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.
> > Building
> > > 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
> > 11.)
> > >
> > > 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
> > work.
> > >
> > > 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:
> > https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.me
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> > >
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