Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Applications open for 2021 Made in NC Awards

Made in NC Awards
Submission deadline August 16, 2021

From the Our State magazine website:

The Made in NC Awards are for all you North Carolina makers, bakers, crafters, and creators. Maybe you run a microbrewery or sell handmade soaps at your local farmers market. Perhaps you’re a skilled woodworker or create incredible custom clothing. Whatever it is that you make and sell, we know you’re proud to produce it right here in North Carolina — and we want to help you show it off to the entire state. 

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Craft category

Craft includes decorative and functional artisan items that aesthetically enhance your everyday life. This category includes: paper goods, such as stationery and journals; celebratory creations, such as party decorations and wedding products; carefully crafted embroidery; and knitted, dyed, and quilted goods. Decorative pieces such as candles, ceramics, and glasswork also fall into this category. Visual art, such as wall prints, is included as long as items can be merchandised or reproduced for sale.

Entries may include:

    • Paper
    • Pottery
    • Glass
    • Artisan textiles
    • Fine basketry
    • Woodwork
    • Metalwork
    • Instruments
    • Candles
    • Artisan soap
    • Body products
    • Other

More info and link to application: https://www.ourstate.com/madeinnc/

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Call for artists for the Madison Heritage Arts Festival

Madison Heritage Arts Festival
October 2nd, 2021
10am - 4pm
Mars Hill, NC

From the festival website:

This year’s Madison Heritage Arts Festival date is Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Welcome to the Madison Heritage Arts Festival! We are excited to be back after a year off due to COVID. Our last Madison Heritage Arts Festival in 2019 had 61 vendors participate in our traditional First Saturday in October event. The crowds were great and many vendors reported record sales for the day.

For all of its years, this festival has run concurrently with the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival which began in 1967. This Old Time Music festival is held on the Upper Quad (Lunsford Quad) of Mars Hill University which adjoins College Street where the Madison Heritage Arts Festival is held. With the Quad filled with music and College Street filled with arts and crafts, the Town of Mars Hill will be hoppin’ on the first Saturday in October!

As in years past, we plan to close College Street in downtown Mars Hill, and will provide shuttle service from the Ingles parking lot to minimize parking problems. We will use a one-way vehicle pattern for vehicle entry and exit for setup and breakdown. Separate setup instructions will be sent closer to the event.

For returning Artist/Crafter Exhibitors, if you wish to request the same booth space as last year, your application must be received by August 30, 2021. Booth spaces not reserved by this date may be assigned to other applicants. Corner booths are $60 and Standard Booths $50.

After the August deadline has passed, all booths still available will be assigned to our Waiting List of artists. This process will continue until all booth spaces have been assigned.


More info and link to online application: https://marshillheritagefestival.wordpress.com/vendors/

Monday, July 19, 2021

Mica Gallery Presents August Featured Artists

Mica Gallery - the members owned cooperative fine craft gallery in downtown Bakersville, NC - presents a monthly special “Featured Artist Spotlight” exhibiting the work of its member artists.

For the month of August, Mica members Vicki Essig and David Ross will be featured in the gallery.

Essig’s exhibit, “Memento Mori,” will show how some of her work is a collaboration between silkworms and herself as the artist. “The silkworm process is fascinating and educational,” she notes. “Some of my diaphanous fabric is created entirely by approximately three hundred silkworms -- with the help of choreographed interventions by myself.

“The process of designing and planning a piece such as this begins when the silkworms (caterpillars) hatch from their eggs and begin to eat. After four weeks and pounds of mulberry leaves the worms are ready to spin. The silkworms try in earnest to find a corner to attach their silk web, so the process of building a protective cocoon can begin.

“It is not in the silkworm’s nature to create fabric or even spin their silk on flat surfaces. The worms need continual reminding to work on the flat surface and not to wander; at this stage, the worms are placed on a platform that is cut to the size of the finished art piece. “Three days later they enter their resting state, without a cocoon. I careful collect and protect them, allowing for their transformation into adult silk moths. Two weeks later, they are ready to mate and lay eggs. The eggs are gathered and kept cold.

“The following May, when the mulberry trees begin to leaf out the eggs will be ready for the process to begin again.”

Ross will exhibit a collection entitled, “Africa Dreaming.” Ross explains, “The Pandemic gave me time to read and reflect on the series of historical novels by Wilbur Smith -  set during African Colonization, which inspired me to create a series of pottery with African imagery.”

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit micagallerync.com. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

ETSU is hiring a Ceramics Technician & Artist in Residence

East Tennessee State University is seeking a Ceramic Technician & Artist in Residence for the upcoming academic year. This is a paid 12 month, part-time (20 hr/week) position in which the resident will serve as the technician for the ceramics studio. Duties will include tasks like maintaining proper levels of shop materials, reclaiming clay, loading and firing kilns, etc. For the full job description and outline of the requirements of the position, please see the link included in this post. In addition to monetary compensation, this position will also offer the selected candidate access to the ceramics facility and a private studio space in a communal area to produce their own work. The ceramics studio is equipped with gas, electric, wood, soda, and raku kilns. 

ETSU is located in beautiful Johnson City, TN. The campus is one hour from Asheville, NC, one hour from Penland School of Crafts, and two hours from Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Please share with anyone who may be interested in applying.

Job Description:
https://jobs.etsu.edu/postings/19154

Information on the ceramics area at ETSU:
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/art/areas_of_study/ceramics.php
https://www.instagram.com/etsuceramics/
https://www.facebook.com/etsuceramics

Kindly,
Lindsay Rogers
(Associate Professor, Ceramics - ETSU)

Friday, July 16, 2021

Fire brick for sale in Bakersville, NC

Here are the details from János Herr:

K-23 (2300 F) Insulating Fire Brick: 9" x 4.5" x 4.04 x 2.5"
Regular price $5-$5.25 selling it $3/ea.
These are so-called key bricks; one end is slightly smaller than the other (see dimensions above). You can still use it as regular even sided bricks. I have 35 boxes of 25, 875 bricks all together.

János Herr and Jindra Vylet
828 260 6734
We are in Bakersville, and this is our website: https://www.egfstudio.com/

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Update: Buncombe County Commissioners vote unanimously in favor of economic development agreement with East Fork Pottery

From WLOS:

Buncombe County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into an economic development agreement with East Fork Pottery.

East Fork Pottery asked the county to provide economic development incentives to help it with its expansion and the creation of new jobs. The ceramic dishware manufacturer and distributor, which employs about 100 people, recently announced plans to invest $2.38 million in its Asheville operations. The investments will include renovating and purchasing property, adding 50 full-time jobs that pay an average wage of $22.46 an hour, and hiring from disadvantaged populations.


Full story here: https://wlos.com/news/local/buncombe-county-east-fork-pottery-enter-into-economic-development-agreement

Monday, July 12, 2021

Fundraiser for Kim & Pete McWhirter

Christina Gordon is coordinating a fundraiser, including a Music Benefit at OOAK Gallery in Micaville, for Kim & Pete McWhirter. From the Facebook event page:

What: Music Benefit for Kim & Pete McWhirter

When: July 24th, 2021 - 1pm to 5pm

Where: OOAK Gallery in Micaville, NC

Why: Supporting neighbors in need!

Who: Multiple Bands & Musicians:
    ♫ Denny Hawthorne of Denny Blue
    ♫ David Wiseman of Micaville Music
    ♫ Pine Blue: Eric Witherspoon and Steve Barnes
    ♫ Ron & Minnie Powell
    ♫ Jodi Pred
    ♫ Smokey Joe
    ♫ Z & the Tallboys

;)  Please see "Here's how you can help" details at the end!

Nestled in a little river valley below the Black Mountain range in Yancey County, N.C. is a small pottery shop that has been operating since 1963. Here you will find two dear souls, Pete and Kim McWhirter, who have been creating beauty for the community here in more ways than one for many a year. Here you will find music, pottery and love.

Working with clay mixed by hand and lead free glazes they make themselves, this duo creatively blends, mixes, tests, forms, carves, glazes and fires pieces that hold nourishment and joy for anyone who uses them.

Broke Holler is the name you'll hear when their music is the topic. These two talented songwriters have picked a lot of strings and sung hundreds of songs for many to enjoy, from gigs as large as Merle Fest to hometown events like Mount Mitchell Craft Fair, backyard BBQ's and weddings. They have also been key supporters offering their talents at multiple music benefits like the “Hard Times, Helping Hands” fundraising concert for our local Reconciliation House, to help neighbors in need in Yancey County.

2020 brought about hard times for humanity. Some have thrived, but most have struggled. After a lifetime that Kim describes as “so abundant and so blessed”, they have hit some hard curves in the road. Amidst the pandemic unfolding and their music and pottery festival work closing, Kim was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Hard times occasionally hit more than once and the cancer diagnosis was followed by a pottery kiln breakdown, foundation issues with their home, multiple vehicle repairs and a severe hand injury. The medical bills are beginning to roll in along with the kiln repair, auto repair and foundation expenses. Insurance only goes so far.

While Kim is navigating this new road with cancer and treatment, Pete is right beside her and caring for her. This now also leaves Pete as the sole employee many days at their McWhirter Pottery store on Hwy 80 South. With a reality that their capacity to bring in income is also now diminished, not only by their journey with cancer, but also through the needed kiln repairs in order to keep some pottery production happening, they could use our support.
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♥  Here's how you can help:

1. Send some love. A card, a picture, a story of how they helped you or made you smile and, if you are able financial support. Everything helps. Let them know you are here and they are not alone. If you plan to include a monetary gift, please make a note of GIFT in the memo line on checks or money orders. Cash is nice too and hand delivered cards or gifts can go direct to the store as well.

Mailing/Store address is:
    
McWhirter Pottery
139 Red Clay Rd.
Burnsville NC 28714

2. Shop with McWhirter Pottery. Purchase some pottery and let them know it's ok to send it later, maybe some months down the road, if needed. Better yet, buy a gift card for yourself or think ahead on gifts for others this year and buy a few gift cards now.

You can buy pottery and gift cards on their website:  https://www.mcwhirterpottery.com/

3. Support the “Music Benefit for Kim and Pete McWhirter”.

~ Participate in the Benefit:
Join us Saturday, July 24thth at OOAK Gallery in Micaville from 1pm to 5pm for a free music event. Please consider a “Gift” of $25-$50 (or more) made direct to Kim and Pete McWhirter.

If you cannot make it the Music Benefit, you can make a gift through Venmo here: @Kim-Mcwhirter-3

~ Volunteer to help us work the music benefit. We will need actual bodies to make this happen. If you are available and want to support these two dear friends, please also contact Christina Gordon at: cg@animalphat.com

5. Help spread the word. Share this notification and let's drum up some support. These two people have reached far and wide with their work and good spirit and we want those folks who may not be physically close in proximity to know their love and support helps also.

(image from the Facebook event page)

Sunday, July 11, 2021

East Fork Pottery looks to expand

Today's Asheville Citizen Times has the details on East Fork's expansion plans. From the article:

A local pottery company is set to begin an expansion that will make it one of the country's largest of its kind, investing $2.8 million and hiring 50 workers, including people who may have barriers to finding work because of involvement with the criminal justice system.

East Fork Pottery, started in 2009 on a former Madison County tobacco farm, will spend the money primarily on a 30,000 square-foot expansion of a facility at 144 Caribou Road, between the Asheville neighborhoods of Shiloh and Oakley.founder Alex Matisse said July 9.

"(It) includes increased kiln capacity, advanced forming processes and an expansion of our fulfillment capacities. The overall project will give East Fork a production capacity of around 1,000,000 units per year making us one of the largest dinnerware manufacturers in the U.S."

For the investment and creation of new jobs, which will pay an average of $22.46 an hour, Buncombe County government has offered East Fork an economic incentive of $40,000, a deal that is set for a vote by the county's Board of Commissioners July 13.

East Fork currently employs 100 at two retail locations in downtown Asheville and Atlanta and a Biltmore Village production facility.

The expansion's estimated completion date is 2023.

"A portion of the grant may only be earned if East Fork demonstrates its ability to hire from a disadvantaged population as defined in the Buncombe County Economic Development Policy (e.g., STEP Program, justice-involved individuals)," according to a report to commissioners by county Economic Development Director Tim Love.
 

Complete article (with online title "East Fork Pottery to hire 50 at $22.46/hour average, including those with criminal records") here: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2021/07/09/east-fork-pottery-plans-expansion-50-job-openings-hiring-people-criminal-records/7904439002/

Saturday, July 10, 2021

2021 Spruce Pine Potters Market Returns This October

Ruth Rutkowsky, Plate with Dots

Jason Hartsoe, Bottle Vase

Liz Summerfield, Box

The 15th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market will return to Spruce Pine’s historic Cross Street Commerce Center in downtown Spruce Pine, NC on Saturday and Sunday October 9th & 10th, 2021 from 10am–5pm.

Noted for its small scale and intimate layout, this event offers visitors an opportunity to view a variety of pottery work as well as the chance to meet and converse with each maker. “It’s a very friendly show, lots of lovely work and a chance to shop a wide variety of pottery,” noted one past-years visitor.

The Spruce Pine Potters Market was designed and built by a group of Mitchell County, NC potters as a collaborative venture. Currently, the members of the Spruce Pine Potters Market work together on all phases of the show, from management, promotion, display set-up, and all of the many particulars of a very successful annual event. “The Market is unique because of the extraordinary quality of the work produced by its members,” says Spruce Pine Potters Market member Jenny Lou Sherburne. “Individually, the participating artists are some of the finest craftsmen in the country. Collectively, they bring their high standards, imagination and camaraderie together to produce a really outstanding show.”

This year’s participating Potters Market members include: Stanley Mace Andersen, Terry Gess, Ken & Galen Sedberry , Michael & Ruth Rutkowsky, Cynthia Bringle, Pam Brewer, Gertrude Graham Smith, Nicholas & Lisa Joerling, Susan Feagin, Shaunna Lyons, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Teresa Pietsch, Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey, Melisa Cadell, David Ross, Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish, Courtney Martin, Joy Tanner, Jenny Lou Sherburne.

In addition, this year’s show will include visiting artists Lynne Hobaica & Rickie Barnett, Jason Hartsoe, and Reiko Miyagi.

While admission to the Potters Market is free, all visitors are encouraged to join the potters in supporting a selected local non-profit organization. This year, several participating potters have donated pottery door prizes for this raffle.

For more information:
Website: www.SprucePinePottersMarket.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sprucepinepottersmarket/
Instagram: @sprucepinepottersmarket
Email: info@sprucepinepottersmarket.com
Phone: 828 467-0166

Friday, July 9, 2021

Registration OPEN Professional Crafts Clay at HCC



Registration for the Fall semester in the Professional Crafts Clay program at Haywood Community College is OPEN through August 6. To schedule a tour and interview contact Emily Reason at eareason@haywood.edu

Be sure to check out the HCC Professional Crafts Graduate Exhibition at the Folk Art Center in Asheville through August 22. 



The Big Crafty this Sunday in Asheville

The Big Crafty Together Again
Sunday, July 11th
12pm-7pm
Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

Join us on July 11 for good times with great artists!

Through this long quiet, artists have kept Asheville's creative fires burning hot. Our artists have forged new paths, explored new mediums, and embarked on new collaborations, and we can't wait to glory in the creative efflorescence of it all with you all.

The Big Crafty is a hand-to-heart celebration of creative exuberance held twice annually in the heart of beautiful Asheville, NC. Our guiding principle is that supporting creative venturers makes for a stronger community, and our aim is to make doing so fun.

We extend warm welcome to the rich pageant of basement and backyard artists, juried prize-winners, and those who delight in them. And we’re so grateful to have been voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair (Mountain Xpress) every year since we began in 2008! Join us as we support our creative communities in all their go-for-broke, full-of-heart, boundary-pushing, human-scale, all-in, full-tilt glory.

The Big Crafty is made possible through community partnerships with the Asheville Area Arts Council, The City of Asheville, & Explore Asheville.  

thebigcrafty.com

Thursday, July 8, 2021

July is Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month in Henderson County

 

This July Hendersonville encourages you to follow some of the most creative routes in the region and meet the artists who live and work here.

Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month highlights three distinct trails throughout Henderson County that bring together studios and galleries filled with work by nationally renowned artists.

This year’s event includes artist demonstrations, exhibit openings and other special events.

“When people come to our area, they have things in mind that we are known for, and one of those is handmade, one-of-a-kind crafts,” says Michelle Owens, director of Henderson County Tourism. “Craft Trails Month is a way to highlight these wonderful artisans, so visitors are able to find what they’re looking for.”

The second annual Craft Trails Month is a partnership between the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, which introduced the trails in 2020 and is working on similar initiatives in 25 WNC counties.

“We’re excited that Henderson County is celebrating July as Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month,” says Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “This monthlong event emphasizes the richness of talent in the area. Henderson County is a perfect example of how Western North Carolina is a vibrant center for craft.”

The three trails are: Touring the Heart of Hendersonville, Wandering Flat Rock and Finding Wonders in the Outskirts. Fourteen sites are located along the trails, and visitors are encouraged to create their own itineraries based upon geography and personal interest.

Throughout the month, visitors can experience a wood kiln firing at Dian Magie Pottery, see Lorraine Cathey work her magic with needle felting, marvel as Melinda Lawton turns metal and stones into intricately designed jewelry, and watch blocks of wood transform into children’s toys at Apple Country Woodcrafters.

While most galleries keep regular hours, some studios are open by appointment only, so visitors should call ahead. For information about Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month in Henderson County — including maps, artist profiles and a full listing of special events — go to visithendersonvillenc.org/businesses/craft-trails or call (800) 828-4244. Printed map brochures are also available.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Free online programs from Haystack

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine is running an impressive series of online programs through October. The presentations are free and open to the public. (Registration is required.) From the Haystack website:

Haystack’s 2021 online programming will feature 70 presentations across 10 program threads led by an innovative group of artists, designers, writers, curators, and historians. Through our commitment to increasing access to the School, each of these online programs will be presented as free and open to the public.

Presentations include artist talks, panel discussions, craft history & theory, craft & technology, demonstrations, professional practices, craft of critique, writing workshops, and mentorship & collaboration. The July programs are listed in the image above. See the complete schedule with more details and links to registration here: www.haystack-mtn.org/online-programs

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Clay for sale

Anita Walling is trying to find if there is anyone who uses Laguna B-3 brown clay. Interested? Contact Anita at prayerpots@anitawalling.com.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Update: following the blog by email

For folks who follow the blog by email, hopefully you're reading this post in an email from the follow.it service. I have turned off the old service so (fingers crossed!) you shouldn't receive duplicate messages from the two services.

If you're not following the blog by email but want to, you can enter your email address in the upper right corner of the blog (in desktop mode, as shown in the image below) to subscribe. You can also go to follow.it/clay-club to subscribe and/or make changes to your subscription.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Final day of the COTA online Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb

Today is the second and final day of the COTA online Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb. Donating artists are listed in the image above. View the auction items and bid until the auction ends this evening at 8 pm at the link below!  

www.biddingowl.com/COTAforMaryRuth

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Reminder: changes coming to following the Clay Club blog by email

Just a reminder that, if you follow the blog by email, we'll be switching to the follow.it service. I'm planning on making the switch over this coming weekend. More details here: ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2021/06/changes-to-following-clay-club-blog-by.html

Applications open for the Church Street Art & Craft Show in Waynesville, NC

Church Street Art & Craft Show
Saturday, October 9th
Waynesville, NC
Application deadline: August 1st (but note: "All applicants will be juried for the 2021 show. Space is limited. Applicants will be judged on a first-come-first-served basis. Apply early!")

About the festival, from the application form:

Held during the height of the color season in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Church Street Art & Craft Show attracts more than 20,000 visitors. Over 125 artists, crafters and food vendors from throughout the southeast will line Waynesville's Historic Main Street to help celebrate the festival.

What began as a small gathering of artists and craftsmen has evolved into a high quality, well-balanced, juried show now widely known as one of the finest in the region. Downtown Waynesville's picturesque Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic the day of the show, transforming it into an art and craft marketplace.

Local musicians and dancers perform, adding to the festive atmosphere and the mountains provide a dramatic backdrop. Founded in 1983 by artist Teresa Pennington and Richard Miller, the Church Street Art & Craft Show is now sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.

Application here: www.downtownwaynesville.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/CSS-2021-vendor-app.pdf

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Arts & Crafts Drive-About in Graham and Swain counties this Friday and Saturday

Arts & Crafts Drive-About
Friday and Saturday, June 25th and 26th
10 am - 5 pm both days
Graham and Swain counties in Western NC

Featuring artists and artisans in Graham and Swain counties. Admission is free. Tour maps available in the Artisans Gallery at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Stecoah (Robbinsville) and at the website below. 

www.stecoahvalleycenter.com/artisans.html

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Artists wanted for the Jackson Arts Market in Sylva, NC

The Jackson Arts Market is a weekly outdoor arts and music festival in downtown Sylva, North Carolina. It takes place every Saturday from 1-5 pm and artists are invited to sign up to participate. 

Here's a recent article about the market from The Laurel of Asheville: thelaurelofasheville.com/arts/visit-the-jackson-arts-market-saturdays-in-sylva

Visit the Jackson Arts Market website for more info and to sign up to participate: www.jacksonartsmarket.com

Monday, June 21, 2021

Changes to following the Clay Club blog by email

Google is ending the Feedburner "follow by email" option that lets users receive a daily digest of Clay Club blog posts. We'll be moving to the follow.it service which will continue to send a daily digest of posts. If you're already signed up to receive the daily digest of Clay Club blog posts, you'll automatically be transferred to the new service. 

A couple differences to note about the follow.it blog post digests:

• messages will be sent from the email address hi@follow.it (you may need to add this email address to your contacts or make other changes to your email settings to ensure that the messages land in your inbox) 

• the subject line will read "Clay Club - new message"

Here's what a follow.it digest looks like:

We'll be making the switch in the next few days. Until then, recipients will continue to receive the same "follow by email" blog post digests. I'll post at least one more reminder about this change before making the switch. Once we make the switch to the new service, I'll turn off the old service.

Questions? Send me an email at amy@amywallerpottery.com or leave a comment below.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

COTA Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb

Mary Ruth Webb is an artist here in Western NC. The second image is of her sculpture "The Great Escape" (cone 10 stoneware with handmade paper) photographed during a Digital Photo Workshop with John Britt and Joy Tanner.

COTA Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb

A fundraiser to benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of Mary Ruth Webb

This online art auction is being held for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of Mary Ruth Webb, an artist in Western North Carolina who received a life-saving kidney transplant in December, 2020, at the Jason Ray Transplant Clinic, UNC Medical Center, in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Mary Ruth was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease in the mid-1980s during an ultrasound for an unrelated situation. Due to the genetic nature of her illness, COTA is assisting local volunteers with the efforts to raise an estimated $35,000 for COTA in honor of Mary Ruth.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), is a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and 100% of funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.

This auction, sponsored by Mary Ruth’s friends, features over 100 pieces of work from over 65 of our area’s favorite fine artists and craftspeople. A special auction feature will be work by the transplant recipient herself.

An online preview is posted at https://www.BiddingOwl.com/COTAforMaryRuth; the event will go live at 8 am on June 25 and last through 8 pm on June 26th. Major credit cards will be accepted for any purchase or donation. Contributions made above the fair retail value are 100% tax deductible.

If you don't want to bid, but still want to help: Donations can be made online at the auction site.

A Jeff Kleckner tribute update from Terry Gess

A Jeff Kleckner tribute update from Terry Gess:

As you might recall, we lost the very fine potter Jeff Kleckner a while back. The good news is that a man who taught at the college with Jeff - (novice potter, English professor) - was able to buy Jeff’s studio and all of its contents (including the leaky roof... and a reprieve on the 35-years of sewer bills that the city realized had never been mailed out!)

He and his wife are working on archiving Jeff’s career and the contents of Jeff’s amazing studio building in Bethlehem, PA. They intend to turn Jeff’s fab building into a neighborhood clay space with a focus on supporting the local low income neighborhood. They are off to a great start. Seems to me like it is an unbelievably rich conclusion and tribute to Jeff’s memory - who could ask for anything greater.

They’re documenting the progress & process on Instagram: #klecknerworkshop

jeff-kleckner-pottery-tribute.weebly.com

Friday, June 18, 2021

Plays in Mud Pottery is Hiring 2 Positions

 Plays In Mud Pottery is Hiring


Two positions have opened up at Plays In Mud Pottery located in convenient and exciting West Asheville. Plays In Mud is a studio pottery and gallery focusing on wholesale and retail production and sales. Work directly with the owner and artist, Kelsey Schissel, and experience the life of a potter as you become an integral part of the team.


If you are someone who is task oriented, dependable, can work independently, and has a love for clay, these opportunities are for you.


Position 1: Production Potter

Responsibilities: Replicating Plays in Mud wheel thrown forms. You will be provided with specific dimensions and quantities of clay.

Experience: Experience replicating forms for multiples in the same sitting.

Hours: 10-15 hours a week. Schedule is flexible and can be broken down into 2-5 hour increments.

Pay: $3/piece. Expected pace is 10 pieces/hour. Estimated hourly pay is $30/hour



Position 2: Studio Assistant

Responsibilities: Help in stamping, underglazing, and simple hand forming of clay. 

Experience: Experience touching clay and familiarity with the elements and principles of design.

Hours: 15-20 hours a week with lots of flexibility

Pay: $13/hour with a raise to $15/hour after training


If you have questions or to apply, contact Kelsey Schissel at kelsey@playsinmud.com

No resume needed but please include photos and a paragraph about your work.

Applications now being accepted for the Fall Toe River Studio Tour

November Toe River Studio Tour
November 12th-14th, 2021
Mitchell and Yancey counties
Application deadline: July 16th, 2021

Toe River Arts is hosting a studio tour in November for artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties. Artists in those counties are welcome to host guest artists from elsewhere; guest artists must join Toe River Arts at the $100 membership level in order to participate. The application deadline is July 16th, 2021. This tour takes the place of the usual (pre-pandemic usual) December studio tour; here's a note from Dennis McAvoy, Chair of the Studio Tour Committee, about this year's studio tour (note the part about first-time participants not having to pay the application fee!):

The COVID-19 pandemic has required many of us to rethink and adapt to an ever-changing environment. As an organization, we are using this time to explore new approaches and think innovatively about our work. Because of an increase in competing events and changing artist needs, we recognize the December Studio Tour dates and format need to be reevaluated. This November, we will host an in-person Studio Tour. We are hopeful that by summer 2022, we will be able to host the Summer Studio Tour the first weekend of June as in previous years. We are grateful for a talented, hard-working Studio Tour Committee. The Studio Tour Committee has worked diligently to explore many options. We are excited to work with Bridge the Gap Marketing to ensure the success of this November’s tour. We are also excited to announce that first-time participating members will have a waived application fee. We hope this will encourage the participation of new artists. We look forward to a successful event!

– Dennis McAvoy, Chair, Studio Tour Committee

More about the November Toe River Studio Tour and link to application here: https://www.toeriverarts.org/studio-tour/