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John Britt has been a potter and teacher for 22 years.
He lives in mountains of western North Carolina although he grew up in Dayton, Ohio.

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Potter John Brittis primarily a self-taught potter who has worked and taught at universities, colleges and craft centers across the country, including the Penland School of Crafts where he was the Clay Coordinator for three years and is currently the Studio Manager. He is the author of the “The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glaze; Glazing & Firing at Cone 10” which was published by Lark Books in 2004, was the juror for the book; "500 Bowls”, and has written numerous articles for ceramics publications including: Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Review, Clay Times, Ceramic Technical and The Log Book.

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Flambé Stem Cup”, Thrown and assembled, 8”x 8” x 6”, cone 10 reduction, 2003.

Flambe Stemmed Cup

Dimpled Jar” 8” x 5” x 3”, thrown altered and assembled, wood fired cone 10, Malcolm’s shino and natural ash, 2000.
Dimpled Jar

Goldstone Vase” 11” x 6” x 6”, Thrown and assembled, oxidation fired with extended cooling, cone 9.5, 2004.

Goldstone Vase

Oil spot Cup”, 4”x 4” x 5”, thrown, dark porcelain, cone 11 oxidation, 2003.

Oil Spot Cup

Little Green Jar”, 11”x 8”x 7”, Thrown altered and assembled, soda fired, 2000.

Little Green Jar

Neolithic Pyre”, 7” x 5”x 4”, Press molded; cut altered and assembled, cone 6 slips and stains, 1996.

Neolithic Pyre

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The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

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