Classes @ Southwestern Community College

Today begins another session of pottery classes at the Heritage Arts Institute at Southwestern Community College.  We have the BEST Ceramics program in Western North Carolina!!!

There is still time to register and join us!  Here is the list of classes I will be teaching this summer:

Beginner/Intermediate Wheel – Tuesday and Thursday nights 6-9 pm.  Come one, Come all – no experience necessary!

Handbuilding with Clay – Monday afternoons 1-5 PM.  Learn to make pots and sculpture without any fancy, expensive tools! No experience necessary.

Pots out of Round – Know how to center a ball of clay on the wheel and make a cylinder?  Now lets learn to get it out of the round and into square, triangle, or anything else not round!  This class will be truly fun for intermediate to advanced throwers!  Mon and Wed. nights 6-9 PM.

Go to the Heritage Arts website and check out the dates.  Mark your calendar and call to register!  It’s never too late to learn to pot!

Manabigama to Fire!


Joe Frank has done it!  The kiln is complete and we should be stoking the kiln all day Tuesday.

Here are some photos of the final kiln and the loading process… (oops… I forgot my camera during the last of the build!)

The first photo is of PROUD JOE FRANK.  He should be proud.  The castable went on smoothly and the kiln looks fabulous!  (Sorry for the poor quality – its from my cell phone!)

JoeFrank McKee proudly looks out from the Manabigama

Proud dad of a new Manabigama kiln! Check out the castable around the arch!

JoeFrank loads the kiln

JoeFrank loading the kiln!

Hank helps load the kiln

Hank, who made this entire project happen, helps load

Connie watches JoeFrank load her pieces

Connie watches JoeFrank load her pieces

New Kiln and Studio

Updating you all on my projects:

the new Manabigama @ Southwestern Community College

Bricking up arch

Bricking up arch - the beginning

View of poured castable key in kiln arch

View of poured castable key in arch

Joe Frank McKee looking at kiln

JoeFrank McKee having a look at kiln arch

Inside Kiln arch

Inside Kiln Arch

JoeFrank McKee and his students have worked diligently during Tuesday and Thursday night class to build the kiln.  So far, so good.  We have an arch.  Thursday the back is bricked in and we start the climb upwards for the flu/chimney.

If all goes right, we should be firing in a few weeks!  Yippers!

Thanks, JoLynn, for bringing a truckload of wood!

My next post will be about my new studio.  An update on how its coming along.