Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop

Several spots open!!

April 14, 2018

Learn almost everything you ever wanted to know about clays and glazes in a small intimate setting from internationally renowned experts.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.

This is your chance to hear three experts in their respective fields share their thoughts followed by question and answer sessions. If you are interested in clays and glazes and how they work together then this workshop is perfect for you. Think of it as a mini-NCECA in your own backyard!  

Alex Glover is an internationally known geologist who recently retired with over 38 years of experience in industrial minerals. He has worked all over the world with various companies including: The Georgia Marble Company, Vulcan Materials Company,  Zemex Industrial Minerals Corporation,  and Active Minerals International.  He is amazing knowledgeable about geology, the formation of ceramics materials and how industry works. He will speak on his work finding Josiah Wedgwood’s original clay deposits in Franklin NC. He is an excellent and engaging speaker who is able to explain complex subjects in a down to earth style.

Steve Blankenbeker researches and develops materials for Taylor Clay Products and Brick Company in Salisbury, NC. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Ceramics from NC State University.  He worked for Cedar Heights Clay for 18 years and 16 years with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury NC.  Steve loves to help potters find and use local or regional clays in NC, OH and WV. He will talk on geology of local sourced clays as well as his amazing knowledge of the brick industry.
Michael Tkach is recently retired after 20 years as the Director of Ceramic Engineering at the Homer Laughlin China Company who produces Fiestaware. He has amazing knowledge of the ceramic industry and how things are produced, how to control slips and glazes and how to have success with glazes. Michael is a firm believer that understanding the relationship between specific gravity, viscosity, glaze application weights, and application techniques will give any potter the ability to develop and reproduce the glaze effects they desire.

Schedule:

9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Arrive have coffee and rolls
10:00-12:00 Alex Glover
12:00- 1:00 Delicious lunch of soup and salad included
1:00 – 3:00 Steve Blankenbeker
3;00 – 5:00 Michael Tkach

Cost: $100 – Delicious lunch provided
Registration requires full non-refundable payment to hold your spot.  (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

Send a check to the address below to hold your spot on Paypal at my email address.

Location:

John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705
Any questions contact John Britt 828-467-5020

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