Thursday, January 28, 2016

You Might Want to Sign Up For This!

THINK BIG 2: Mastering the Marketplace 

A six-week interview series designed to get you and your ceramic career launched!

Co-hosted by Ben Carter, artist and host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast and artist-designer Molly Hatch. This six-week series covers a wide range of topics from wholesale vs. retail sales, gallery do's and don'ts, publishing articles to increase your audience, and generating sales from social media!

Ben and Molly on this session of Think Big:
"In today's art market, artists have to be more than just makers. We are marketers, sales people, web designers, and so much more. Think Big is a six week series of interviews with successful ceramic artists, art agents, dream clients and book editors. This series of interviews are designed to help you build the skills you need to expand your creative business, learn some tricks of the trade and think beyond the traditional methods of reaching your market."
Featured during this session
Justin Rothshank : on generating sales on social media
Naomi Cleary of The Clay Studio : on gallery do's & dont's
Jessica Knapp of Ceramics Monthly: on working with the press
Keith Kreeger : on working with restaurants as clients
Nicole Acquillano: on selling retail vs wholesale
Lindsay Oesteritter of Objective Clay: the online cooperative gallery

How It Works
Each week TB2 will send you a link to a video interview with a new guest around a themed topic. Think Big encourages participants to discuss the videos each week with a prompted discussion group online, where you can connect with other members of the series and have a community discussion about the topics that come up for you each week. Ben and Molly will be watching the group discussions as well as joining in.
In addition to the video interviews and discussions each week, TB2 will include downloadable bonus material in the form of a series of worksheets. The worksheets are for you to keep and work through at your own pace. By the end of the six weeks, you will have new inspiration for expanding your creative business and a clear direction for moving forward--on to BIG THINGS!

A note about tuition: Prior to February 4th the course costs $99, after February 4th the course costs $149 so...;-)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Here are a few videos from my Instagram feed showing some of the work I've been doing lately. Hover over or click the image to get the video rolling!

Click here or on the instagram logo leow any of the videos to go to my Instagram page to see other images of studio life!

Friday, November 6, 2015

More Hyper-lapse Than You Can (quickly) Shake A Stick At

Sometimes I lapse. Do you? Do lapse? Laps? Lately I've really been loving the time-lapse feature of ye olde iPhone.

Part 1 of plate trimming #wnc #ncpottery #video #hyperlapsevideo #potteryvideo

A video posted by Michael Kline (@klineola) on

There's more at my Instagram.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mason Hill Clay Studio

I just wanted to share with you Jackie Sedlock's exciting new clay project. I hope you can support it!

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Kiln a Go-Go

indiegogo, new kiln, project, campaign, fundraiser

I've launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the construction of a new soda kiln.

Here's what I wrote to introduce the project: As a potter, the kiln is a critical tool, and an enormous investment and commitment. The wood kiln I built in 2002 has served me well, and will still be fired several times a year. I have been working with master kiln builder, William Baker, to design the new propane fired soda kiln. The kiln will be smaller in scale than my wood kiln, and will be less labor intensive to fire. The smaller size will allow for a shorter turnaround as I experiment with surfaces and glazes. The new pots are time and labor intensive to make, so the scale of the kiln is important. I hired William for his design expertise as well as his meticulous attention to detail and skill as a builder. I will work alongside him to build the kiln, and I couldn't be more excited.

  To contribute to the project click here!

Thank you so much!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Are You A Solopreneur?

I listen to every one of Gary Vaynerchuk's #AskGaryVee shows/podcasts and he ALWAYS has great advice on social marketing, biz, etc. Every so often I find myself saying, "yes, that's what I want to know." Skip and FF to the question.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

When The Mud Meets The Bat

I listened to The Potters Cast #116 with Connee Mayeron and heard the most wonderful way of describing the excitement of throwing.

At 49:10 Connee explains,

I don't want to measure what I'm throwing with a caliper, because I want the tension of when the form is kind of at it's most significant moment, when it's the most alive. I want to stop throwing at that point. So whether it's an inch in or an inch out, I don't really care. I'm always looking for that vibrancy.
Connee also has great answers to a couple of Paul Blais's slightly canned "mud meets the bat" questions, at times taking him by surprise with her directness! Paul has a great sense of humor and laughs with pleasant surprise to her fresh attitude. It made for a lively convo!

It's a great episode and I totally recommend it and all of Paul's shows. If you don't already, you should subscribe [here], whether you are a potter, a sculptor, or someone who loves to get insights into the creative process.

I look forward to meeting Connee next year at the Minnesota Pottery Tour. [and talking to Paul on his podcast! ;-)]

Friday, May 15, 2015

What's Next?

Making is done, on to the deco and glazing and firing #52. 

korean pottery influence stamping kline North carolina

korean pottery influence stamping kline North carolina

Friday, May 8, 2015


12 by 12 (not including the little gem in the left foreground) 
This week has been a confluence of so many deadlines and I have made the mistake of "whack-a-moling" these projects and getting consumed in the process. 

Meanwhile, the BIG deadline is my upcoming firing. So this morning I committed myself to a simple 12 x12. I've been meaning to throw some salsa bowls and finally got to that place on my making list. 

It seems like such a simple task to make twelve pots by 12 noon, but life is full of hurdles between my morning coffee and the making of pots. 

In the beginning, innovators invent out of some kind of personal need. I developed the idea of 12x12 based on methods that two of my pottery heroes employed. Michael Simon limits the the number of pots he makes each day and varies the forms, so that  the focus and variety produces the results/pots he wants. Linda Christianson starts her day by making a half dozen smallish pots before anything else gets in the way. 

My desire and need to get  simple focus led me to combine Simon's and Christianson's methods and come up with 12x12. 

After a scattered week of making I sought to push everything out of my mind and clear the path to my wheel to make just these pots quiet the noise of my deadlines. A construct like 12x12 is just the answer for a Friday morning! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Just Pictures

here for a few choice words?? see the post above. thanks ! sorry for the redundancy. or maybe you like seeing these pots again?! 

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pottery, nc, wip, stamping, inlay, sanggam, mishima
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