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One Conference After Another

Michael Kline

I've  learned my lesson after NOT being able to complete Pt 2 of the blog covering my wunderbar experience at the St. Pete Clay Florida Heat! SO,  before the wunderbar-ness evaporates as I re-enter all the stuff that needs to be done this week, before glazing, firing, and going to the next conference (#NCECA2014) I want to share some of the pics from the superb 27th NC Potters Conference.

My experience can't be summed up in just pics, especially with so few pics, but that'll have to do for now.

Thanks for looking.
what to wear at a conference

one more before I go
some last minute pottery swiping

ice storm cancelled most of the first days events. ;-(

the "not really photoshopped" pic of
Shapiro and Gill lighting up

live podcast interview with Dwight Holland
hosted by my podcast mentors, Ben Carter and Brian R. Jones

the AMAZING Michelle Erikson 
podderycast giants

the AMAZING John Gill
"throwing" a pot cross section with paper and scissors

Erikson squirrels

the gang at lunch. (l-r, Kyle Carpenter, Mark Shapiro, Ron Philbeck,
Brian R. Jones, Kristen Schoonover, and Karen Newgard)

one of my favorite Gill moments. throwing a bowl on Shapiro's wheel.
everyone stopped to watch!

There are lots of pics on Instagram and Facebook taken by folks who were there.

just use #ncpottersconf or #ncpottersconference


Michael Kline

We come together at conferences to share our fascination and love of our vocation, but sometimes it simply comes down to communing with our peeps! I'm sure there will be plenty of time (when the power comes back on) for instruction of technique, exchange of ideas, and the validation for our irrational passion for the mud, but sometimes it's the simple act of coming together that we crave as artists. It's a tribal thing. #ncpotterconf


Conference 2014

Michael Kline

l-r, Martha Grover, Ronan Peterson, and Jake Johnson at the 2012 NCPC (photo: Pincu Pottery)

I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the New Year and shares my excitement for what's ahead!

It will be a busy Spring for me as I will be on a panel at this year's NCECA conference in Milwaukee and I will also be going to the NC Potter's Conference!

It's always great to reconnect and network at these events, but especially great to get charged up by seeing OTHER people make their work. My bro-in-clay, Mark Shapiro will be demonstrating at this year's NC Pottery Conference along with Michelle Erickson, and John Gill! I'll also get to hang out with my cousins in clay and my other bros in clay, KC and RP! At $225 (which includes Lunch and Dinner on Friday & Saturday, and Lunch on Sunday) conference is a no brainer for this potter!

So, I hope to see you at one or both of these get togethers! Let's conference!

Thanks for reading.

Hand Painting Cards

Michael Kline

Hand painting cards with black ink. Also getting warmed up for pottery painting soon! I will have these ready for the 23rd annual NC Potter's Conference, which I'm going to today! This years conference features

Lorna Meaden, Durango, CO
Bruce Cochrane, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Sara Jaeger, Helena, MT
Jeff Zamek, Southampton, MA
Elaine Olafson Henry, Sheridan,WY
Ayumi Horie, Cottekill, NY
I'll be hanging with my blogger peeps, Ron Philbeck and Kyle Carpenter, as well as my cousins in clay, Bruce Gohlson and Samantha Henneke!! Hopefully some other blogger potters will be there and the conference will be well reported. I'm hoping to update you on what's happening. Check out my Twitter feed!

If you plan to come, please introduce yourself. I'd love to chat!

NC Potter's Conference (Still)

Michael Kline

Alex Matisse, myself, and Ron Philbeck
at the main venue during a break
at the 22nd Annual N.C. Potters Conference

I'm OK, really. Thanks for all of those concerned about my welfare. I'm just a little behind in all departments and haven't been able to post lately. There has been some pretty good coverage of the conference, though. Here are a few of the stories in case you missed them.Link Michael Mahan of Seagrove has several posts about the conference including a recent post of some work inspired by what he saw and heard. Bruce and Samantha of Bull Dog Pottery have a nice post today and Julie Jones of Durham writes about what she found interesting. Here's Ron Philbeck's coverage! Meredith over at Whynot Pottery caught me having a good time at the Friday Night Dinner and wrote about the conference here. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Benjamin Gufford at the conference but he has a very nice blog here, with coverage from the event, including some videos which I haven't seen yet (remember, dial up, here?) but will see when we switch to high speed (soon!).
Nancy Utterback gave a wonderful presentation to complete the weekend and spoke eloquently about "green" practices in the individual or group studio. She and Melissa Oliveira have started a blog about such . It can be found here. I hope you will contribute to the conversation over at Green Ceramics. It's an important topic in these times.

Things get old really fast here on the bloggo-potto-sphere! I hope that I don't miss the already fading deadline to post my impressions of the NC PC in the next day or so. Thanks for keeping in touch.

It Takes Three

Michael Kline

3 sides of 1cup
Kline Cup, 2009
3.5" x 4.75"
local stoneware with kaolin swirl
underglaze brushwork,other slips
alkaline ash glaze
fired in Terry Gess' salt kiln
(thanks Terry, nice job!)

When photographing a cup, it's hard to choose a side that conveys the pot's best features. I found it particularly challenging with this cup. So I took three pictures and welded them together with my favorite image handler, GraphicConverter! There seems to be a lot going on in this pot. When holding any pot we can take in its glory by turning it upside down, turning it around, all the while taking in its visual ingredients. Years later we can see things we hadn't seen before. The pot reveals its splendor in time. Capturing this in one picture is very difficult. I wish I could just pass this cup around. Maybe in the future we can get together. I'll be at the NC Potters Conference this coming week. If you're going to be there, drop me a line. michaeljkline[at]gmail[dot]com! Let's meet up!