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Workshop Notes

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"

Haywood Professional Crafts Sept. 25-26, 2013

Michael Kline


Here are some notes, links etc. that hopefully will be helpful in understanding some of the things I talked about during my demo.


blog post on “capping technique”

Recipe addendum black wax paste

9 pts RIO 1 pt manganese dioxide 1 pt frit 3134




I recommend Weebly It has clean design and is the most economical CMS (content management system).

FREE! (hosting included!) Search Engine Optimized E-commerce Features Automatic Mobile Sites Full HTML/CSS Control Nice forms awesome mobile/responsive browsing *Site Planner—a great feature that might help you keep your web site up to date. You can set it to remind you/encourage you to update, etc.

Prices are tiered with additional features.

EXAMPLE: Lauren Gallaspy


originally a blogging platform, it has matured into a completely customizable web site platform with a plethora of third party templates.

PROs free huge community third party templates (highly functional templates can be found and bought here.) CONs hard to find and implement “widgets” requires hosting domain

EXAMPLE: Chris Horner

My website is made in Squarespace

entry-$8/mo unlimited $16/mo commerce $24/mo


I wish I would get some kind of kickback for tooting this horn for SS, but alas, I just really like using it.

When you have a question or a problem , one of the most important considerations is tech support. there’s nothing worse than being on the phone waiting. 24/7 quick response.

I have had very good tech support from SS. Chat with a real person, get very quick response and they have excellent help reference. great video tutorials!

GREAT CMS! very easy to use, drag/drop distintive templates very good social VERY good responsive web


OPP (other people’s pixels) $16/mo —2,500+images $192 (hosting service included) $26/mo—10,000+images $312 (hosting service included)

cheap easy to use templates commerce (two clicks to paypal checkout)

templates are limited drop down menus awkward

EXAMPLE: Stacey Lane Jewelry


Megan Auman is a designer, maker, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business.

She has a great and relevant blog on craft/design business.

Meylahis a online marketplace as well as a great business resource. I signed up for their newsletter and get lots of great tips.

Alyson Stanfield wrote the book I’d Rather Be In The Studio and tweets great links to other online articles about the buisness of art. She also has a video series that has helpful tips that you can subscribe to.

“Art is incomplete until someone experiences it!”

“Your job as an artist is to first create, then share it!”

A note on using TWITTER

One of the ways I use Twitter is to check what other artists are saying and to get a quick look at news stories. I do this by grouping the people I follow with lists.

Facebook Tips and Tricks

This could be another dozen lectures, but here are a few recommendations.

  • turn off email notifications in your settings! They can REALLY be distracting! I only get emails from FB when it concerns my account, privacy/security updates
  • set up a business page and invite your “friends” to “like” it
  • schedule daily or weekly posts to keep your fans in the know of what’s happening. i.e. what you’re making, where you’re showing, etc.
  • send event notices to announce shows, exhibits, etc.
  • keep your message focussed on your work
  • if you have a web site make sure that is listed on your “about” section of your fb page, make it easy for people to find out more about you.
  • “Like” other artist pagesand build a peer network
  • “Like” galleries that might be interested in your work and frequent their posts with comments when find something interesting
  • SHARE! when you share other’s content/posts hopefully they will reciprocate by sharing your content.
  • Have you the Haywood Professional Crafts Program FB page! :-)

Penland School April 23, 2013

Michael Kline

Penland 4/23/13

Here are some notes, links etc. that hopefully will be helpful in understanding some of the things I talked about during my demo.

iOS app

Picture viewer of blog archive images, [google web albums] (

And while you're away from your wheel, stay keen with the "Let's Make Pottery" app.


  • Check out this Sponge Bob episode: Bubble Stand (S1E4). Warning! This video is sped up to 1.5!

  • English potter Issac Button look for "poultry fountains" at 2:02-2:16.

  • Bruce Lee using extreme nun chuck technique playing table tennis

  • Here I am painting a jar with wax resisit.

recipes download

The Home Clay aka, Kline Pottery local clay recipe

40% local red dirt

15% G200 feldspar

35% Fireclay

10% OM4 ball clay

black wax paste

9 pts RIO

1 pt manganese dioxide

1 pt frit 3134

underglaze black slip

25%   Silica

25%   F4 feldspar

25%   Ball clay

25%   EPK

15%   Cobalt free stain (mason stain #6666)

this slip can be brushed thinly on bisque

rjb slip

26% Silica

26% custer feldspar

48% EPK 

This is a bisque slip. It’s mixed fairly thin, like skim milk. Usually I dip pots, but pour over large pieces.


Here is a blog post showing some of the brushes I use.


  • Two Centuries of Potters; A Catawba Valley Tradition. Lincoln County Historical Association, Exhibition Catalog, 1999 Beam, Harpe, Smith, & Springs (editors). OUT OF PRINT but you might find copies here Also, I mentioned Jason’s great grandfather Poley Carp Hartsoe (1876-1960) purely a coinsidence, but a good one!