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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
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Opportunity Knocking

Michael Kline

Gentle readers, I just talked with my good friends over at Barking Spider Pottery and they asked me if I could help them find someone who could be trusted to watch over their pottery empire for a month.

In a nutshell,  the BSP has the most amazing studio in the county, probably the whole state of Carolina! and when you look up from the wheel after making a board of beautiful pots, the view of the mountains might take your breath away.

Here's the skinny from the BSP:

Barking Spider Pottery is looking for a house-and-studio sitter for one month starting around March 10, 2013. We are located one mile from Penland School of Crafts and offer the opportunity to do your own work in clay or other media in our studio while you enjoy the companionship of our dog and our cat and interact with the Penland community.

Please contact Jon or Becky at 828.765.2670 or email to for more details.

Still Grey: Saturday

Michael Kline

I'm feeling much better and even managed to split a truckload of firewood. Unfortunately as I take a little break to pause and reflect and have a Saturday afternoon candy break with the girls, the cord wood is still in the truck. As our wood pile has been getting down to nothing, it's good to know that we have some wood ready to burn.

So, here are a couple of pictures of the pots I made last week! I tried to get over this cold ASAP and stayed in bed for two days and feel fine now! Usually I try to work through a cold but it tends to hang around longer as a result. Now I'm ready to head in there on Sunday and get back to pottery work.

As you can clearly see, these two pots were too dry to reshape. To create the reservoir where the chickens can peck their little heads in for a cool drink of water, I cut the pot with my fettling knife parallel to the base and push the side of the pot in. I think I should do this when the clay is still a little softer, d'ya think?

Then I add a little coil of clay to the lower "jaw" to bring it's height up a bit, thus creating a vacuum. Or is it a vacuum? Hmmm. I'll have ask Stacey's Uncle A.J. ( he worked on the space shuttle!!) He's my go-to scientist! (That is, if I can't get a hold of my other rocket scientist pottery neighbor...)

That's all for now.

Keep on turning...