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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
United States


The central information hub for Michael Kline Pottery, a small one man shop of pottery making in the mountains of western North Carolina.

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Workshop Notes

Concord University notes

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Workshop News

Michael Kline

I’m very excited to announce a workshop at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany in Sept 2021! I will be announcing more details as they are formed for the workshop in the events page here. But you can be expected to learn all about throwing and decorating pots in this beautiful setting in Tuscany. Here is a great video where you can see the studio and landscape.

Thank You!

Michael Kline


So grateful for the near sell-out shop update and thanks to our super awesome fulfillment center (apprentice Joel Wilson) all of the orders were out the door today.

I guess it’s time to make some more!!

We’ll restock in a few weeks after we make more for our wonderful online audience! Look for a June sale.

Thanks so much!

Inlay Slip update

Michael Kline


I recently deflocculated my inlay slip to save time with application. Here is the recipe. Always test to make sure it works with your clay body.

35%   #6 Tile kaolin 

15%    Grolleg English kaolin

10%   Nepheline Syenite

20%  Silica/Flint

20%  Glomax

  • deflocculated with 3-5 drops of sodium silicate.  




New Kiln Recipes

Michael Kline

Here are current recipes that I am using in the new soda kiln.

Recipes for the New Kiln

from Randy Johnston
This is a bisque slip. It’s mixed fairly thin, like skim milk. Usually I dip pots, but pour over large pieces. But it can also be used on leather-hard and bone-dry.

EPK 48
Custer 26
Silica 26

Linda Christianson variation
for leather-hard application only
64    Tile 6 kaolin
14    Grolleg kaolin
7        Silica
14    Nepheline Syenite
2        Bentonite

Black underglaze Slip
    i use this black slip for my floral patterns painted thinly on bisque
25   Silica
25   F4 feldspar
25   Ball clay
25   EPK
15   Cobalt free stain (mason stain #6666)

Black Wax Paste
this is the oxide mix that I add to my Mobilicer wax resist
9 parts Red Iron oxide
1 part Manganese dioxide
1 part frit 3134

Fish Sauce Slip
from NC Clay Club Blog
i just started using this slip for my  inlay white slip
Can also be used on bisque.
43.8%    Grolleg
15.6    Silica
23.5    F-4 feldspar
7.8        Pyrotrol (or u can use Pyrax)
9.4        Bentonite

Willie Hillux
11%   EPK
30    Silica
19    Whiting
40    Nepheline Syenite
1.2    Copper Carbonate
5        Copper Oxide
2        Bentonite

Amber (for liner)
30 %    Custer
25     Whiting
25    Silica
10    Ball Clay (OM4)
3        Gerstley Borate
7        Yellow Ochre
2        Bentonite

used very very thin on bisque for amber on outsides of pots. Without soda (re:on inside of pots)  the glaze is black to brown
8 %       EPK
27    Silica
15    Whiting
50    Custer
3        Barium Carbonite
10    Red Iron oxide
3        Zinc oxide
4        Bentonite

Alkaline Ash Glaze, aka. Alka-Kline
for bisqueware  or bone-dry clay application. Stir often.

46    Washed Hardwood Ash
26    Custer
14    Silica
14    Redart
2        Bentonite

from Kyle Carpenter

XX Sagger..........50
Helmer Kaolin....50
Leather hard application, good orange peel texture 

Shino Liner:
Nephsy 270...........70
Soda Ash.................3

For bisque application. Bright (clear) in oxidation, brownish in reduction. Very reliable. 

Social Media For Creatives

Michael Kline

This class/workshop was held June 17 at the Toe River Arts Council 

Social media can be a very effective way to build an audience, but like most things there is a cost. For creatives, the cost is time, our most precious commodity. Sharing what we do sparks curiosity into our process and our product. But interruptions for "social media moments" can slow flow in the studio and hurt artistic growth. Be protective of that place yet be willing to share. Focus on the people who are seriously interested in what you do and what you make. Craft your message for them, and avoid speaking in trade jargon and insider code. 

There are MANY networks to join and tell your story. Start slow, but just start. Stick to the message and keep it simple. Social media is and isn't software. It's much more than using a computer. Social media parallels our relationships IRL and social graces are very important when communicating on the internet.

What the heck is twitter???

Class photo! @maylandcc & TRAC social media class. Social media maven and teacher @Klineola 4th from left.

— Toe River Arts (@toeriverarts) June 19, 2014

Check out this previous post about my Haywood CC workshop. Scroll down for web site reccomendations. 

Here are some links to online learning:

Skillshare I havent used this service but I have heard from a very good friend that its awesome AND affordable.

  • Unlimited access to hundreds of online classes
  • New classes added weekly
  • $9.95 a month, cancel anytime Learn in depth from experts. Monthly subscription to ALL of their content! Starting at $25/mo

Adobe Creative Learn Adobe Suite products. Learn to use the Adobe Suite of Photo and Video software. Student rate starting at $9.99/m

Automate your social:  Hootsuite is what I use if I want to cross post my content. Although I try to create content specific to the network. 

Management vs Making An interesting article about the creative process versus the mangement process. Told through the perspective of a computer developer but so true for creatives as well.

"let me google that for you"