Wednesday, May 27, 2020

CAROTEX CLAY?

Is anyone familiar with Carotex clay mined in SC? Googling tells me its a kaolin marketed for masonry applications, but i'm wondering if anyone has used it for pottery making?
I've got access to a palette full if anyone is interested in picking some up from Haywood Community College. email Emily eareason@haywood.edu

Thursday, May 21, 2020

NCECA Virtual Cup Exhibition and Sale


(Apologies for the weird formatting. I copied and pasted this from an email announcement that was sent to me.)

virtual cup exhibition and sale 

VIRTUAL CUPS - LIVE BIDDING BEGINS!
NCECA's first monthly eBay Cup Exhibition and Sale opens for bidding on Thursday May 21st at 4pm MDT* and closes on May 31st. This inaugural auction is a wonderful opportunity to add to your cup collection or purchase beautiful gifts for those you care about while advancing the field of contemporary ceramic art and learning. Proceeds benefit NCECA’s Fund for Artistic Development which supports creative research and diversity fellowships, international residencies, and student scholarships. Visit this link on and after May 21st to see and bid on cups that are available for purchase at auction. If you are interested in bidding but not yet a user of the eBay platform, you may wish to review this brief instructional video and this page on the auction site.

Each year, NCECA provides more than $50,000 in direct support to artists and students. Beginning tomorrow, new cups will be featured each month on NCECA’s website and NCECA’s eBay Seller Page. Cup makers will retain possession of their works until a winning bid is determined at the close of each month’s auction. NCECA provides makers with a prepaid shipping label to transport the cup to its new owner. 

If you missed the deadline to have your cup featured in the first month of auction items, don’t despair. You can still contribute your work through the participation form at this link.

 

 


Amaco glazes for sale



Annie Clingenpeel has cone 05 glazes for sale; details in the flyer above. Annie is near Asheville in Fairview, but will be happy to meet folks.

Contact Annie at sylviesclay1@outlook.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Large gas kiln for sale in Franklinton, NC




Here are the details from Leslie Martin:

The interior is 35 cubic feet. 47” in height from the floor to the bottom of the arch. The interior front to back and side to side are 34” X 34”. It’s a downdraft and the exit flue is 4.5” X 9” placed vertically. I use a 20” tall bag wall. I place the first shelf about 7” from the floor. The door is a soft brick stack door that needs to be redone. I bought it in July 2003 from Sure fire mfg. high fire kilns and paid $6000. Kiln is on skids and can be moved with a "roll back" tow truck. Chimney needs to be taken down and bricks are included if they are wanted. Will help with dismantling chimney but cost does not include moving.

The hot face lining is 2600* insulation fire brick, 4.5” thick. The sub-lining is 1900* block insulation , 2” thick.

The hearth is high duty firebrick. It is encased in metal and is on a metal skid for transport. The weight is 4000 to 5000 pounds. The kiln has a cone 10 (2381*) max capacity.

It’s fired with 4 raku burners.

I have fired it 90 times. The kiln reduces very well.

I’m asking $4000 and that includes an Axner oxy probe (paid $800 new) and about 13 advancer (lightweight) kiln shelves (paid $2000 new).

lesliemartinnc@gmail.com
919-270-8022

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wanted: LOTS of tile setters


Here are the details from Lynda Evans:

I am shopping for a LOT of stackable tile setters, the triangular corner kind. I need to match a large tile order and don't have kiln furniture for this. They are 12" x 12" x 1" and I need to stack high, with air spaces of course. Flexible re solution, if anyone is retiring from tile stacking, maybe we can find each other.

Have some of these tile setters or any leads on some? Contact Lynda at brickmatch@yahoo.com or one of the phone numbers below:

Office:423-357-1464
Cell: 423-358-5645
Shop: 423-357-3669

Mica Gallery announces its 2020 season opening online



Mica, the fine contemporary crafts cooperative in downtown Bakersville, NC, showcases the work of its 15 artist-members including sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber, wearables, painting, and functional pottery.

However, during this time of COVID-19 Mica’s doors are closed until it becomes safe to open them again.

Mica has great news though: you can now shop at Mica online.

Mica has established an online store for you to purchase the artists’ crafts.

Simply go to micagallerync.com/shop and you will be taken to a virtual gallery displaying a sampling of work by all of Mica’s artists.

For more information visit micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Updated list of Cady Clay Works studio supplies and equipment for sale


(Original posts here and here)

Custom-made Clay Cutters (photos below) - Drop a log of clay, up to 30" long, onto one of these wired cutters and Hey, Presto - you have multiple pieces of clay the same weight.  Using these will cut so much prep time from your production.  They are set up at 1.25", 2", 3.25" and 3.5".  If you use a 4" diameter log from a pugmill, 1" equals 1 lb.   $35 each or all 4 for $120.

55# Bucket of Refractory Cement, unopened:  Alsey Pilot Super Duty Mortar 2A2050 (up to 2600*)  $45

#8 Inswood-HP Ceramic Fiber Blanket 1" x 24"x 19ft (new in box) $40

1/2 Round High Alumina Kiln Shelves 26" x 13" x 1":  4 - good shape  $25 each/  14 - need grinding  $15 each

Rectangular High Alumina Kiln Shelves 28" x 14" x 1":  5 - never used $60 each

1 1/4" Top Diameter Corks - 83 rough, 36 smooth  $45 all

Beth Gore
336 588 0248 Text
910 464 5661 Landline
potterybiz@yahoo.com
Located in Seagrove NC

photos of the custom-made clay cutters:



Free Webinar: Art Gallery Marketing Checklist


Art Gallery Marketing Checklist
Free Online Webinar
Thursday, May 14th
10am-12pm

This workshop will focus on strategies to grow foot traffic and increase sales to local area art galleries. Instructor, Martin Brossman, will discuss the latest and most current marketing practices for art galleries. Don’t miss this special event!

Details and link to registration: https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=310400031

Offered via the Small Business Center Network,
North Carolina Community College System
(Facilitated by Mayland Community College Small Business Center)

Monday, May 11, 2020

Kiln for sale in Asheville


From Sandra Wright:

KILN FOR SALE

Gently Used Skutt 1018 (2-Ring) Kiln. Features: Easy Loading, Kiln Master Controller, EnviroVent, includes extra thermocouple, shelves, kiln furniture. (firing log available) $750 Call 828-712-8034

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Request: clay to-go kits and firing services in Asheville?


My name is Kayla Rakower, I am a New Yorker and a full-time UX Designer at IBM, staying with family in Asheville and looking for an opportunity to stay creative. Back home I am a member of a pottery studio and have been for about 3 years now. They are doing to-go kits where we can pick up clay and drop off work to be fired. I am really just looking to get my hands dirty and hand build, but with confidence that I will be able to have whatever I were to make bisque fired in a state that wont break when I eventually get to travel home. Alternatively, I would love to rent a wheel or a kiln. In exchange, I am happy to offer my UX Design services or pay a deposit.

Contact Kayla at kaylarakower@gmail.com if you are offering something like this or know of anyone/any place that is.

(note: I've shared with Kayla the info about Tryon Arts & Crafts School's new clay takeout and delivery services, but is anyone doing this in or closer to Asheville?)

Tryon Arts & Crafts School call for 2021 instructor proposals and clay takeout and delivery services


Two announcements from Tryon Arts and Craft School:

Tryon Arts & Crafts School is now accepting proposals for 2021 courses. More info and application here: https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/registration-info-forms/

AND

Tryon Arts & Crafts School announces their new clay takeout & delivery services, including raw clay purchases, kiln firing services and pick-up and delivery. More info here: https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/product/clay-takeout-and-delivery-services/

(Tryon Arts and Craft School is located in Tryon, NC, about 45 miles south of Asheville.)

Custom-made clay cutters for sale




Custom-made Clay Cutters For Sale:

Drop a log of clay, up to 30" long, onto one of these wired cutters and Hey, Presto - you have multiple pieces of clay the same weight. Using these will cut so much prep time from your production. They are set up at 1.25", 2", 3.25" and 3.5". If you use a 4" diameter log from a pugmill, 1" equals 1 lb.

$35 each or all 4 for $120.

Beth Gore
336 588 0248 Text
910 464 5661 Landline
potterybiz@yahoo.com
Located in Seagrove NC

(note: these cutters are part of a larger list of items for sale: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2020/05/pottery-studio-supplies-and-equipment.html)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

2020 Madison County Potters Market Show + Sale now online



Very cool: the 10th annual Madison County Potters Market Show + Sale, originally scheduled for April 18th and canceled due to COVID-19, is now online on the In Tandem Gallery website!

www.intandemgallery.com/pomc

(image from the Potters of Madison County Facebook page)

Western North Carolina potter looking for used potters wheel


Western North Carolina potter looking for used potters wheel in good condition. Prefer Shimpo or Brent but would consider anything in good condition. I am willing to drive 2-1/2 hours from Asheville. Please contact me by phone or email.

Catherine Rael
Raelrobinson@gmail.com
828 595-6182

Ward burners for sale in Bakersville, NC



2 GACO MR 100 Venturi Burners for sale

$70 for the set including shut off valves (sell at $220.00+ new)
Used and a bit rusty but serviceable
Terry Gess Pottery, Bakersville, NC
tgesspottery@gmail.com
(828) 467-0166

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Western NC potter looking for wheel and kiln


My name is Rachel Gunsch and I am a 2020 graduate and am building my own ceramics studio. I am looking to buy a used wheel and electric kiln that are in good condition. I am looking for a Shimpo or Brent wheel that is of standard classroom capabilities. I am also looking for a top loading skutt electric kiln. I am willing to travel anywhere in NC to pick it up. You can contact me by email at rachelgunschceramics@gmail.com or by phone at 704-431-0456.

Pottery studio supplies and equipment for sale


5/5/20 update: items that have been crossed out have been sold.

Hey Potters
I hope everyone is well. John and I are mostly living in WI but have not sold our shop yet (Cady Clay Works in Seagrove). We came back in March to do maintenance and...here we still are! Glad we had a couple masks left from mixing glazes.

While doing more cleaning, we have unearthed some miscellaneous supplies/equipment for sale:

80 mesh bowl sieve - I have one good one and one that has a crack around the rim (duct-taped) but it seems to work OK that way.
$15 for both

4 - Wire Cutter Frames for an extruded log of clay - instantly turn a log into multiple lumps of a consistent weight (with a 4" barrel pug mill, 1" = 1lb)  $35 each or all 4 (different sizes) for $120 (see photos of these wire cutter frames here: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2020/05/custom-made-clay-cutters-for-sale.html)

31" Kemper Raku Tongs w/Teeth  $25

Precision Dual Scale Hydrometer (new in box) $20

22 Bats - range in size from 11.5" to 22.5", masonite or plywood  $40 all

1 1/4" Top Diameter Corks - 83 rough, 36 smooth  $45 all

Omega Digital Pyrometer with 3 Extra-High-Temperature 12" Probes (2 new, 1 slightly used)  $95 all

55# Bucket of Refractory Cement, unopened:  Alsey Pilot Super Duty Mortar 2A2050 (up to 2600*)  $45

#8 Inswood-HP Ceramic Fiber Blanket 1" x 24"x 19ft (new in box) $40

1/2 Round High Alumina Kiln Shelves 26" x 13" x 1":  4 - good shape  $25 each/  14 - need grinding  $15 each

Rectangular High Alumina Kiln Shelves 28" x 14" x 1":  5 - never used $60 each/   7 - good shape $45 each/   9 - need grinding  $20 each

15 cubic ft Rectangular L&L daVinci Kiln - we were firing this weekly to cone 8 when we closed last year  $500 OBO

We could meet you halfway to Asheville before May 19 to deliver the goods! (except for the kiln)

Thanks, 
Beth Gore  336 588 0248
Land line 910 464 5661

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Two Hands-On Workshop Opportunities taught by Liz Zlot Summerfield



Cream and Sugar through Soft Slabs

Date & Time: June 27, 2020. 9:00am-4:30pm

Location: Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC

Cost: $175

Space limited to 8 participants (minimum of 4)

This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and paper patterns, and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Participants will learn the basics of slab building through the vein of a cream and sugar set. Demonstrations and hands-on work time will include pattern making and the construction of a handbuilt spout, lid, and flange.

There will be extensive discussion and demonstration on surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes. Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired.  Small batches of terra sigillata will be available for purchase.

The format of this workshop is demonstration and hands-on work time.

Materials Provided: Clay, test tiles, terra sigillata, and underglaze. A small materials list will be emailed prior to the workshop.

Click for more details and registration info (limited space available as of 5/1)


Exploring Low Fire Surfaces

Date & Time: July 11, 2020. 9am-12pm.

Location: Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC

Cost: $125

Space limited to 10 participants (minimum of 4)

Are you interested in working at low fire but feel intimidated with addressing the surface? This workshop intends to demystify low fire surfaces by introducing you to several techniques. The combination of these techniques will provide you with a unique depth that can only be achieved at low fire. The workshop will cover slip trailing, underglazes, sgraffito, and terra sigillata. These techniques can be applied to sculptural and functional forms.

Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired.  Small batches of terra sigillata will be available for purchase.

The format of this workshop is demonstration and hands-on work time.

Materials Provided: Slip, test tiles, terra sigillata, and underglaze. A small materials list will be emailed prior to the workshop.

Click for more details and registration information

A message to the Clay Community and Friends of Odyssey ClayWorks

Greetings, Clay Community, Friends of Odyssey,

The cancellation of our Spring Session and closure of our gallery due to the COVID-19 emergency has left Odyssey ClayWorks with a significant financial deficit that endangers the future of the studio. We are facing a budget shortfall of nearly $60,000 now, for the time period between March 18th and our tentative reopen date of May 15th.

Click here to donate and view our AWESOME perks!


Our staff has been working tirelessly to pursue stopgap funding, including applying for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the SBA. We submitted our materials and applications well before the deadline, but, like many other small businesses, did not receive a loan before the money ran out.

Odyssey ClayWorks, chosen as one of the best places to learn craft in Asheville 12 years in a row, has been a ceramics center for a thriving community of young artisans, students of all ages, professional potters and gifted instructors since 1994. Our staff consists of 27 hardworking creatives, many of whom are self-employed and derive the majority of their income from gallery sales and teaching opportunities at Odyssey. 

We enjoy providing creative and educational services around the year and we sincerely miss having everyone in the studio! We love having the opportunity to work with veterans in the studio, as well as offering offsite classes. Our instructors enjoy working with individuals in alcohol and substance recovery programs. We have been developing curriculum with Blue West Opportunities, an organization that advocates for adults with developmental disabilities.  A Blue West administrator shared with us that “this is the favorite part of their week!” In the summertime, our studio is filled with the laughter and energy of over 200 of Asheville’s children, and we love every minute!

At Odyssey ClayWorks, we offer scholarship opportunities to students of all ages at every skill level and believe that everyone should experience the love of clay! To make this possible, we rely heavily on our annual Auction fundraiser. Due to the virus, we are unsure if we will be able to host our yearly event and are anticipating that this will be our major fundraiser for the year.

We hope to continue providing amazing experiences for all members of our community, creating a warm, inviting, supportive and safe atmosphere for everyone who comes through our doors.

Throughout the duration of Stay Home, Stay Safe, our staff has been producing online content as a form of connecting with our community, far and wide. Stay tuned and follow along on our Instagram and Facebook for educational videos, giveaways, and more! 

As a thank you for donating, we have some awesome perks listed below! Please email us at odysseyclayworks@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting us now in our time of need.

Our Best,

Gabriel Kline and Odyssey ClayWorks

Two free 92nd Street Y/NCECA Virtual Clay events


These events are free but registration is required: https://www.92y.org/virtual-clay

92Y Virtual Clay and NCECA Presents
Online Ceramic Education: A Conversation
Bryan Hopkins, Stephanie Rozene, Bobby Silverman, and Chris Staley
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 7 pm ET

92Y Virtual Clay and NCECA Presents
A Conversation About Stress and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19
Victor Schwartz M.D., Chief Medical Officer, The JED Foundation
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7 pm ET

From NCECA:

Join 92Y and NCECA for two upcoming sessions focused on critical issues facing ceramic art and ceramic education. Our field and those working within it are continuing to be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. While ceramicists and other arts practitioners have worked to respond to the crisis quickly, teachers, learners, arts centers, cooperative studios, major arts institutions, school systems and universities are navigating unknown territory without established maps or core philosophies. Our first presentation, Online Ceramic Education: A Conversation takes place at 7pm EDT, Tuesday, May 5 with Brian Hopkins, Stephanie Rozene, Chris Staley and Bobby Silverman.

The next session A Conversation About Stress and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 takes place at 7pm EDT on Wednesday, May 13 and features Victor Schwartz M.D., Chief Medical Officer of The JED Foundation. Pre-registration is required to gain free access to these timely and important presentations.

More info and links to registration: https://www.92y.org/virtual-clay

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Western North Carolina potter looking for a wheel


Here are the details from Dusty Benedict in Swannanoa:

I am looking for possibly a used wheel my wife Nancy. It doesn't have to be a high end one as Nancy has some experience but not advanced. I would be willing to do a days drive in a circle from Asheville, probably as far as Columbia, Charlotte, Winston Salem, Bakersville, Knoxville and Murphy.

Have a wheel or know of one? Contact Dusty at dropknee12@gmail.com or (828) 450-6799

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Free firewood in Weaverville


Here are the details from Duffy Baum:

I'm going to be taking down five fairly large hickory trees and hope that someone from Clay Club will want free firewood. The trees are about 20 yards from the street and will have to be hauled out.

Interested? Contact Duffy at duffwhazzup@gmail.com


Friday, April 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers


The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers was designed by Americans for the Arts. From the survey website:

We imagine you’ve had enough of surveys—thanks for taking this one anyway. The information we’re gathering is crucial to telling the story of creative workers and making sure that you are supported during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery. This survey should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete, and requires no preparation.

This survey is entirely anonymous and is not connected with any application to Artist Relief or any other funding application.

Your responses won’t just sit in a database. We will be developing a simple dashboard to summarize the results, educate decision-makers, craft ways of supporting creative workers, and more.

At the end, there is an optional request to share your email address so that Americans for the Arts can follow up with you—those email addresses will not be shared, and will be used only to follow up on the information in this survey, unless you indicate otherwise.

More info and survey here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5532991/6539d78e3593

www.americansforthearts.org
www.artistrelief.org

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Artist Relief Fund has been created



WHERE ARTISTS AND ART FESTIVALS CONNECT
Today, a consortium of funders (see list below*) announced the creation of the Artist Relief, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Artists or creative workers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis should visit the Artist Relief webpage and funding application, which includes a COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers designed by Americans for the Arts.

*The $10 million fund created by Artist Relief is comprised of a $5 million matching gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as contributions from 7|G Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arison Arts Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Jerome Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Salomon Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

Stay up-to-date on the latest updates by visiting WESTAF’s COVID-19 Resources and Information page.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New Artist Residency in WNC


I wanted to say hello and introduce Township10, a new artist residency in Western North Carolina. I feel very fortunate to have taken on the property of the original East Fork Pottery and have developed it as a place for art practice and community building with a focus on ceramics. You can find more about the mission, residency, etc. at www.township10.com

Really look forward to meeting you & being part of this dynamic community. We would like to host a Clay Club as soon as that is possible. In the meantime, hope everyone is doing okay out there and staying safe!

Marjorie Dial
mdial@mindspring.com