Weekend Wood Firing Workshop

News from the Central PA Potters Group

The next meeting of the PA Potters Group

Sunday May 18th  2-4 PM
Riverbottom Pottery
3815 Paxton Street, Harrisburg PA 17111
Phone: (717) 614-0317

We will be making preparations for a wood fire workshop to be held at MUD RUN POTTERY East Berlin, PA.

Supervisor for workshop STEPHEN VANVOORHEES

At this meeting your will have an opportunity to sign-up and purchase the cone 10 clay necessary for the wood fire.

Other items Steve will be discussing are:

  • Date for the firing
  • What to bring
  • Safety
  • Suggested Clay Bodies
  • Glazes, and Form
  • Fees

For potters interested in exploring the world of wood firing, this weekend workshop is just right for you.  You will witness the tremendous effects of fire on the clay.

All interested potters are encouraged to attend.
Please bring a dish to share for the pot luck.

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April meeting

Central PA Potters Group


Meeting Sunday April 6, 2014

Join us at Riverbottom Pottery from 1 – 4 PM

Riverbottom Pottery
3809 Paxton Street, Harrisburg PA 17111
Phone: (717) 614-0317

The topic will be glazing and kiln repair with
Bob Cappelluti

Diagnosing Kiln Problems

  • Bad/Contaminated Thermocouples
  • Bad Relays
  • Bad Elements
  • Power problems
  • Lid, Slab, and brick issues
  • Improper Venting
  • Improper use of furniture
  • Impact of room temperature on kiln performance
  • Impact of dust/debris on performance

Glaze Preparation:

  • Ingredient properties
  • Balancing formulas
  • Adjusting formula
  • Hydrating your glazes
  • Sieving Glazes
  • Testing Glazes

*Please bring a studio snack or dish to share for the pot luck.
Drinks, and paper products will be provided.

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MWSU Clay Guild – Twin Cups: National Ceramic Exhibition

Best of Show: Greg Cochenet – Structure Landscape Cups – $500.00 First Pace: Israel Davis – Caroline’s Radio Flyer Dreaming / Christina’s Bath Time Dreaming – $200.00 Second Place: Gin O’Keefe – Handle This ! – $100.00 See more fabulous cups … Continue reading

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Making Impressions Class

Making Impressions Class

We had a great turn-out for our first meeting of the year! There were a lot of great suggestions for future meetings. Our next meeting will be Sunday April 6th from 1-4.
Kiln repair and glazing will be the topic. Watch your email for more details!

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February 9th meeting postponed

Due to the forecast for snow on Sunday the 9th; the potters group meeting and Making Impressions Class is being postponed to February 23rd from 1-4. Stay safe! We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd…

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Making Impressions Class

Just a quick update about the Pa Potters Group meeting at Riverbottom Pottery on February 9th 1-4 PM. Our original plan was to have a demo on making your own custom rolling stamps. We have decided that it might be … Continue reading

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2014 Mifflin-Juniata Arts Festival Artisan Information and Application

I have attached the application for this years festival. PDF located below in Downloads -“2014 Application” It will be in the same location, and time as last year. Date: May 17, 2014 Location: Downtown, Lewistown, Penna The cost is a … Continue reading

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22nd Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National juror named.


This year, the 22nd Strictly Functional Pottery National (SFPN) will be juried by Christa Assad.

Assad is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a productive independent ceramic artist.  She is best known for her Re-Objectification series—teapot designs based on objects and buildings from American industry


Assad is a teacher and traveler, as well as full time ceramicist with an MFA from Indiana University.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University Museum, and the Penn State Fulbright Scholar Collection. She was named, “Ceramic Artist of the Year”, in 2012 by Ceramics Monthly.

The 22nd Strictly Functional Pottery National showcases the best in contemporary American functional ceramics.  The deadline to enter is June 1, 2014 with a late fee for entries until June 10.

Please visit http://www.strictlyfunctionalpotterynational.net for details about SFPN and to see last years’ show.  For additional information, please contact Kevin Lehman ant kevin@klpottery.com or 717-509-7547

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February 9th Meeting

Hello, Happy New Year 2014! The plan is, weather permitting, to gather together in February and discuss future plans for the PA Potters Group. Bob has generously offered to allow us to continue to gather at Riverbottom Pottery for our … Continue reading

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Strictly Functional Pottery National show

The reception on Friday, September 14 starts at 6 pm. Our group will be selecting the piece to receive an award from the Central PA Potters Group. Directions to Kevin Lehman Studio in Lancaster are found at his website: http://www.klpottery.comContinue reading

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