Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tom Coleman & Chris Gustin Woodfire Workshop at Dan Finch Pottery in Bailey, NC


Tom Coleman & Chris Gustin Woodfire Workshop
at Dan Finch Pottery in Bailey, NC
Woodfire Hands-on & Demo Workshop
April 27—May 11, 2019
Registration Fee $750.00

From the workshop brochure:

The excitement of WOODFIRING with Tom Coleman and Chris Gustin! Can you imagine Tom stepping away from his beautiful Cone 10 Gas Reduction firings?!?!?!?!? Can you imagine well-known kilnmaster Chris Gustin firing the Finch Pottery Anagama (“Mama”)?!?!?!?!? With the knowledge, expertise, and experience of Tom, Chris, and Dan, as well as the attendees, this should be an exciting two weeks! Several special “surprise” guests will be in attendance as well! Demonstrations, camaraderie, firing, relaxation, and more…. The Workshop is limited to twenty-five (25) attendees. Each attendee is allowed 10 cubic feet. There is potential for each attendee to work 4 shifts in the firing of “Mama”.

Complete brochure (with registration details) available here: http://www.danfinch.com/2019ASH.pdf

Friday, March 22, 2019

Chris Pickett Workshop at ETSU (Free and Open to Public)



The Student Ceramics Association of East Tennessee State University will be hosting a demonstration workshop by Chris Pickett on Wednesday & Thursday, April 10 & 11. See schedule on the flyer below for time and location details. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Feel free to spread the word. Hope to see you there!




Locations: 

Workshop:
The ceramics studio is located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building.

Artist Lecture:
The lecture will be held in the Ball Hall Auditorium (also on Main Campus).

A campus map is located here:
http://www.etsu.edu/etsuhome/maps.aspx

Parking: 

Parking on campus can be tricky. You may plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can find parking. We will have parking passes available for you to put in your windshield at the Annex and Ball Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Thanks!
Lindsay Rogers
rogersle@etsu.edu

Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival this weekend



Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival
Hickory Metro Convention Center
Hickory, North Carolina
March 22-23, 2019
Friday Night Preview Party, 7 pm - 10 pm - $45
Saturday Festival, 9 am - 5 pm - $6.00, 12 and under: $2.00

From the festival website:

2019 marks the 22nd Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival. Its goal was and continues to be, showcasing the history of Catawba Valley alkaline glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Since most potters utilize wood-fired kilns at home sites, information about sales was tenuous, with customers relying on word-of-mouth or post cards. The CVP&AF provided an annual sale where pottery made in Catawba Valley, could be purchased. Over the years, development and growth have allowed the Festival to include potters from across the state and the South, as well as dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South.

The Festival is a juried event, and will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC. More than 115 potters and vendors will offer their wares and antiques. Items include historical pottery, textiles, baskets, furniture and miniature items; with contemporary potters selling items ranging from coffee mugs to amazing works of art.

Along with the festival, Saturday includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest.

The CVP&AF is a non-profit event benefiting the Catawba County Historical Association in Newton, and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. More than $500,000 has been donated to the institutions over the past 20+ years. The primary fundraiser is the Friday Night Preview Party, which offers guests an early buying opportunity, live music, a chance at a $200 shopping spree at the Festival, two complimentary drinks, a cash bar, and tables of Southern fare. The Friday Night Preview Party is held on March 22 from 7 pm - 10 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Saturday Festival runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm, on Saturday; tickets are purchased at the door and are $6.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 3 to 12.

www.catawbavalleypotteryfestival.org

(image from the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival Facebook page)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Brown's Pottery in Transition?



Answer Man John Boyle answered a reader's question about Brown's Pottery in today's Asheville Citizen-Times. Here's the beginning of the piece:

Question: What is going on with Brown’s Pottery in Arden? Are they closing?

My answer: You mean after just 319 years in business?

Real answer: Brown’s Pottery has had family members producing pottery here and in Georgia since 1700, which is why they tout themselves as the “oldest continuing producers of Ugly Face Jugs and Southern Folk pottery in America.” More about those ugly face jugs in a minute.

Brown’s Pottery has been in Arden since the 1920s, first at a nearby location where the Wells Fargo bank is now, and then at 2398 Hendersonville Road since 1940.

“We’ve been on this ground right here for five generations,” Charlie Brown said.

And now that’s coming to an end — in this location.

“We will be out of here March 31,” Brown said. “We are not closing, though. We are relocating. We’re saying to people we would like everybody to come by and see us.”

– John Boyle, writing for the Asheville Citizen-Times

Read the whole piece here: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/03/21/answer-man-browns-pottery-arden-transition/3213663002/

Seeking Bowls for Empty Bowls Event in Henderson County, NC

We are seeking functional soup bowls for our 3rd Annual Empty Bowls event on April 28th in Henderson County. All proceeds benefit the Flat Rock Backpack Program providing weekend food to school age kids in need.  Please consider making a few bowls for our efforts as we are aiming to have 500 bowls available.  
Details:  email me voorheespottery@gmail.com or Carol Freeman caroltaylorfreeman@gmail.com  if you can help. Carol can take bowls at the Squeaky Wheel Pottery Studio in the River Arts District, Asheville through mid-April. Bowls can also be dropped off at the Gallery at Flat Rock. Pick up available.
Join us for the Empty Bowls event on Sunday, April 28th at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock, NC 5-7 pm.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Odyssey ClayWorks Salt Kiln Fund Raiser



Dear Odyssey Family,

At Odyssey ClayWorks, we take enormous pride in our studio. As staff, we work hard to create a safe and supportive environment for our students. We offer stimulating classes, dynamic instructors, and unique opportunities in clay, including specialized topics like glaze chemistry, making large scale work, atmospheric firing and kiln building. It is our goal to be the best equipped, friendliest, and most welcoming pottery studio in the entire Southeast. For many, Odyssey has become a home away from home, a place where a shared love of the material has created a warm and welcoming community.

As part of that community, we are reaching out to you in the hopes that you will be able to support our fundraising campaign to save our beloved salt kiln, which is in desperate need of rebuilding! Please help us to raise the funds needed to construct an upgraded salt kiln that will be used to educate the next generation of Odyssey students in this unique artistic process. We have enlisted the expertise of master kiln builder Shane Mickey, and will use the tear down, rebuild, and test firing of the new kiln as educational opportunities for our students.

There are several ways you can support this project –

1) Contribute! We need to raise $9000 to cover the material and labor costs of rebuilding the salt kiln. Our Indiegogo campaign runs from March 12th to April 11th. We have some tremendous perks at all donation levels. Additionally, we already have received 2 matching grants from anonymous donors totaling $3000. If we are able to raise the first $3000, the donors will match the amount to help us reach our goal! https://igg.me/at/odysseysaltkiln

2) Help us spread the word! Reposting about the campaign on your social media accounts is the single best way we can help to get the word out about our campaign. We will be using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram regularly to update the status of the project. Thanks in advance for helping us to get the word out.

3) Donate brick or materials. This will help to lower the overall project cost. If you have used or new brick in good condition and are willing to donate it to this project, please contact Gabriel at odysseyclayworks@gmail.com.

We thank you for being part of our community and appreciate all of your support for our studio over the years. Because of you, we are the number one destination in North Carolina to experience the love of clay.

All my best,

Gabriel Kline
Director
Odyssey ClayWorks

New artists at Mica Gallery for the First Bakersville Art Walk of 2019



Join us on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the
First Bakersville Art Walk of 2019

2019 brings two new members to the long-standing craft venture: Sondra Dorn and Terry Gess. Both are well-established studio artist in Western North Carolina. Dorn is no stranger to Mica - the gallery has shown her work over previous seasons. Gess, who is married to Mica artist Carmen Grier, joins the gallery with his work in stoneware pottery.

See work by our special guest, environmental artist, Bryant Holsenbeck. The Durham, NC artist will present a glimpse into the results of her wide-ranging pursuit of environmental activism through art. She will also present a reading from her new book, “The Last Straw: A Continuing Quest for Life without Disposable Plastic,” Friday April 5th at 4:15 pm.

It’s a new season with new work and new artists.
Join us for fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations.

Mica opens Thursday April 4, 2019. In April, Mica will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. On May 1st Mica opens daily Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12-5 p.m. Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. For more information visit micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Friday, March 15, 2019

FREE Clay

500# Stan's Red from Highwater Clays, firm, but useable
200# Stan's Red hard, needs reclaimed

About 150# usable recalim clay, various c6 bodies

email Emily
reasonpots@gmail.com

SOLD!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Recap: March Clay Club at East Fork Pottery



Thanks to Alex Matisse and everyone at East Fork Pottery for an awesome Clay Club! We started with a potluck eating off real and wonderful East Fork plates, with most clubbers sitting together at one long table. Alex told us about the history of East Fork Pottery and how he and the pottery went from East Fork in Madison County to the current factory (where we were last night) and two stores in Asheville and Atlanta. (If you weren't there or haven't seen it, check out this recap from the February 2011 Clay Club at the original Madison County East Fork Pottery: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2011/02/great-clay-club.html)

Alex led us on a tour of the factory, showing and telling us about every step of the East Fork process. We started the tour with the larger of the two Blaauw kilns East Fork is currently using. A glaze firing was set to go and Alex rolled the ware into the kiln and started the kiln with us watching. He told us that the kiln would be ready to open around noon today (!), going from "cold to cold" in about 18 hours..

(One more Clay Club flashback: in 2015 Jeff Chown of Blaauw was in Western North Carolina, installing a kiln at the original East Fork Pottery; he came and gave a presentation about Blaauw at a Clay Club meeting at Haywood Community College - see the recap here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2015/09/recap-september-clay-club-at-haywood.html)

Alex continued the tour showing us all the technology they're using (some new and some not so new) and walking us through all the processes they use, including designing pieces on the wheel, the use of ram presses and jiggering, drying pieces, glazing and more. The tour ended with a demo of the boxing process, with Alex talking about the importance of the unboxing experience. From our potluck with East Fork ware to the boxing demo at the end of the tour, one thing that came through to me was the tremendous amount of thoughtfulness that goes into how every piece of East Fork pottery will be opened, handled, used and appreciated.

April Clay Club will be at Haywood Community College on Wednesday, April 17th from 5-7 (note this is a different time and day than our usual schedule) - save the date and look for more details about that soon.

Thanks again to Alex and everyone at East Fork, and to everyone who came, with a special thank you to everyone who stayed and helped clean up after!
















Potters of Madison County

Be sure to check out our 2019 Potters Market April 13, 2019 at the Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC.  The sale is open 9 - 4 and admission is free.

http://www.pottersofmadisoncounty.com/

Potters of Madison County
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FREE Materials

Coarse Bone Ash    Free Glaze Materials have been claimed!

Lithium Carb
Petalite
Calcined Alumina
Volcanic Ash

Free for the taking
email Emily: reasonpots@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Various studio materials/equipment for sale from Raku Artist in Black Mountain - UPDATED

Raku Artist Toni DeLisa is retiring and selling off her studio - some is already sold, but below is a list of remaining items, and more will be added as they are discovered. Toni has had multiple physical set backs, including a broken back, so all items must be picked up at her home studio in Black Mountain, and all inquiries should be directed to her, preferably via text message.  You can reach her at 828-777-7573.


  4-inch Raku burner, 10 ft. quick release hose w/regulator and steel stand: $75.00



Long Raku gloves, with maille mittens for lifting large work & a fire shirt: $20


Muro Box: very large box for curing (Kintsugi) or can be used for storage or a low-dry box. It's got built-in handles and a light fixture inside. $30




 studio stools: $5 each

(2) Ostrich Egg molds, with casting slip and darvan: $25






 Hoist: $50




Parafin Wax Hand Spa: $5


 (3) 18" metal bowls: $10


Call to artists for "Balance" in Brevard, North Carolina


BALANCE an open show

Call for Artists - deliver artwork May 20 & 21

Exhibit runs May 24 – June 21

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has placed a call for artists for their open exhibit BALANCE. All art forms accepted as long as the artist explores the theme of BALANCE. To get an application call 828.884.2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net. The TC Arts Council Gallery is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC and is open Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

www.tcarts.org

Monday, March 11, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!


March Clay Club will be at East Fork Pottery in Asheville this Wednesday, March 13th, from 6-8 pm. Thanks again to Alex Matisse and everyone at East Fork for hosting us!

Directions and details here: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/03/march-clay-club-at-east-fork-pottery-in.html

Carpooling: if you're interested in carpooling from the Mitchell/Yancey counties area or from anywhere else, leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.

See you Wednesday!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Help us make a list of as many pottery festivals and clay centers as possible!

Help us make a list of as many pottery festivals and clay centers as possible!


Hello Clay Club,

I coordinate the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival with an awesome team of potters and we have begun creating a resource page of all the pottery festivals and clay centers in the country. I was hoping you all might be able to help grow the list and share it so that we can all have a good spot to go to and find out about clay related things all around the country. Great for when you are traveling and want to stop in a new workshop space or find a new clay specific show to participate in!


Please send suggestions to Tori@MotylPottery.com or comment below.

Thank you everyone for your help in growing this list for us all to share and connect with one another easier!


-Tori Motyl and the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Friday, March 8, 2019

Hands-on with art: Penland Community Open House on the front page



The Penland Community Open House made the front page of the Mitchell News-Journal, including a photo of David Westmeier and a quote from Susan Feagin:

Penland’s clay studio coordinator Susan Feagin said the open house is all about allowing the visitors to have fun making their creations. Feagin worked her 11th Community Open House this past weekend.

“It’s really great to see the community come together as a group in support of the arts,” Feagin said. “It’s so exciting to provide a safe space for it to happen.”

– Cory Spiers, writing for the Mitchell News-Journal

Read the complete article here: https://www.mitchellnews.com/news/hands-art

Odyssey ClayWorks Seconds Sale this Saturday



Pottery Seconds Sale
Odyssey ClayWorks
236 Clingman Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Saturday, March 9th 11am - 6pm

From the Facebook event page:

Join us Saturday March 9th for our big pottery sale! To raise money for our Scholarship Fund and rebuild our Odyssey Salt Kiln we are having a big markdown! 50-75% off

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman Avenue at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside.

We will be posting photos of work leading up to the event - we will have bowls, plates, ornaments, sponge holders, casseroles, vases, and the list goes on!

www.odysseyclayworks.com

(image from the Facebook event page)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Western North Carolina potter looking for handbuilding/animal sculpture workshop


Barbara Gilson is in Morganton and is hoping to locate a workshop within an hour or so of there. Here's what Barbara is looking for:

I would like to learn to sculpt animals. I have seen postings of classes offered but none remotely close. Check out Green Man Ceramics (Linda Erliz). That is what I am searching for. Surely there must be someone offering this type of classes. I am very appreciative of your help.


Have a suggestion? Contact Barbara at bjgpotter@hotmail.com

Creative Capital Workshop – Strategic Planning + Communications for Artists at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville


Creative Capital Workshop – Strategic Planning + Communications for Artists at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC)

Friday, March 15 – 10am – 5pm

BMCM+AC
120 College Street
Asheville NC, 28801

Participants learn key business, management, and communications skills and hear first-hand from artists who have used these tools to achieve success—as they define it. Topics include business management, goal setting, writing and talking about your work, and negotiation. In addition to lecture presentations, participants engage in interactive exercises, have the opportunity to meet with leaders in small working groups, and are given a Strategic Planning workbook to help guide their process. Consultant and arts activist, Colleen Keegan and NC based artist, Beverly McIver will lead the workshop.

$20 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $25 non-members

More info and registration here: https://www.blackmountaincollege.org/creative-capital-workshop-strategic-planning-communications-for-artists/

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tryon Arts & Crafts School seeks instructors


Teach at Tryon Arts & Crafts School (TACS) in Tryon, North Carolina

TACS Seeks 2019 & 2020 Art Instructors

Tryon Arts & Crafts School, Tryon, NC,
welcomes unique ideas for creative learning experiences
from locally and regionally based artists.

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You are invited to submit to:
(1) TACS' open calling for course proposals, or
(2) one of the specific postings at the bottom of this message.

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STUDIO AREAS
Ceramics
Enameling
Fiber Arts
Glass
Jewelry
Lapidary
Metals
Wood

EMPHASIS
Specific Projects, Skills-Building, Process, and/or Technique

SCHEDULES
One-Day Workshops, Multi-day Intensives, or Weekly Ongoing Instruction

LEVELS
Beginner, Intermediate, and/or Advanced

- - -

Specific Postings
(your proposals need not be limited to the below openings)

Ceramic Glaze Calculation
Flamework (Glass) *
Hand Quilting
Lapidary
Macramé
Obvara
Raku
Welding *
Wood Carving
Wood Turning
Writing


* New Studio, Spring 2019!

- - -

Download TACS' Course Proposal Form here: https://files.constantcontact.com/c496a53b001/0b706071-5bda-48b6-9c97-217b3de3d51e.doc

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019 ceramics workshops at The Bascom in Highlands, North Carolina


Registration is now open for 2019 workshops at The Bascom in Highlands, North Carolina. More information and links to registration here: http://www.thebascom.org/ceramics-artists-workshops-1

3+3=6:3 Days, 3 Ceramic Artists, 6 Vessels with Alice Ballard, Dow Redcorn, & Corbin Tucker
April 16th – 18th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

All Things Spring with Colette Clark
May 15th and May 22nd
10 am – 1 pm
Levels: All

Clay on the Wall with Don Williams
May 17th – May 19th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm

Expressive Pots on the Wheel with Ron Philbeck
May 31st – June 2nd
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Face Jug with Colette Clark
June 5th
10 am – Noon
Levels: All

Slippin and Slabbin with Sang Roberson
June 24th – June 28th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Bold Pots with Shadow May
July 12th – 14th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Thrown and Altered: Expressing Your Surface with Jen Mecca
August 2nd – 4th
10am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Sculpting Animals: Going Vertical with Christine Kosiba
August 23rd – August 25th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All
Sold Out.

Saints and Sorcerers with Colette Clark
September 3rd and 10th
10 am – 1 pm
Levels: All

Pushing the Surface of the Clay with Lora Rust
September 13th – 15th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Traditional Techniques & Contemporary Practice: Pottery Pattern with Stamped & Painted Imagery with Michael Kline
September 27th – 29th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: Some experience necessary

Gestural Throwing/Atmospheric Effects for Electric with Steven Hill
September 30th – October 5th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Creative Hand Building With Custom Texture with Amy Sanders
October 11th – 13th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: Some Experience Helpful

Sculpting Animals: Going Vertical with Christine Kosiba
October 25th – October 27th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Ceramics Congress 2019: free online video workshops


Erika Arroyo shared The Ceramics Congress 2019 where you can watch 20+ videos between March 1st and March 8th for free. Videos are posted each day and are available for 24 hours. It looks like you have to register with an email address in order to view them.

The videos are also for sale; until March 8th, all 26 workshop videos can be purchased for $59. After March 8th, each video will be sold for $49.

The website says that the videos are "brought to you by The Ceramic School and The Ceramics Community."

www.ceramicscongress.com

Friday, March 1, 2019

March Clay Club at East Fork Pottery in Asheville


(Read the Architectural Digest article mentioned in this post here: www.architecturaldigest.com/story/east-fork-pottery-business-profile)

March Clay Club will be at East Fork Pottery in Asheville from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, March 13th. Thanks to Alex Matisse and everyone at East Fork for hosting us!

We'll be meeting at the recently-opened East Fork factory in Biltmore Village. We will get to tour the new East Fork factory space and hear about the work they are doing there.

We'll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

The East Fork factory is located at 531 Short McDowell Street in Asheville. Google maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/ox4YYqFHh3R2. The map below (click to enlarge) has information about parking.

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, let me know and I will put folks in touch. You can also leave a comment here on this blog post or on this facebook post.

See you on March 13th!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Call for artists for Folkmoot


2019 Folkmoot Festival
Haywood County, North Carolina
July, 2019
Application deadline: March 28, 2019

There are several opportunities for craft vendors at Folkmoot. From the Folkmoot website:

The 2018 Folkmoot Festival was one of the most successful in recent history with more ticket sales, more venues and special events, more sponsors and more donors than we could have imagined. We are expecting to grow in 2019 and we are now accepting applications for vendor space and hope you are interested! Join Folkmoot friends for the events described below.

With good weather, we anticipate that the 2019 festival will attract more than 25,000 people to downtown Waynesville and more than 5,000 people to our other events in Hazelwood and Canton. Please notice below, we have two new events. For detailed information about the festival schedule, please visit folkmoot.org. For a brief synopsis of the vendor-related opportunities through Folkmoot, please read on:


Many Cultures Day (MCD) on Saturday, July 20, 2019 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Folkmoot is accepting 30 vendors for this event. The MCD focuses on children and families and features live entertainment by youthful singers and dancers, free dance lessons by international dancers, an arts and craft tent, food vendors as well as non profit organizations. This is the fourth year of MCD and we expect between 3,000 and 5,000 guests.


Mootennany- Americana Day, Sunday, July 21, 2019 12:00 pm -10:00 pm


A first year event, the Mootenany is a celebration of American culture, with an emphasis on Southern Appalachian folk music, arts, crafts, foods and beverages. Folkmoot will host musical acts on a main stage, dance lessons and vendors who specialize in southern Appalachian culture. We expect the Mootenanny will attract 1,500 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.


Folkmalt, Friday, July 26, 2019 4:00 pm- 10:00 pm

Celebrating WNC beer culture and the plethora of world cuisine in our region, Folkmoot is expanding our scope on Friday, July 26th to build a new festival event at Sorrells Park in Canton. We are looking for vendors who provide handmade international arts, crafts or who produce other cultural items including clothing, personal accessories are welcomed. We expect the Folkmalt will attract a minimum of 3,000 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.


International Festival Day (IFD), takes place on Saturday, July 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


We are accepting 100 vendors that offer unique, handmade items. Sales of quality arts and cultural crafts, gifts with an international flair and local and international foods have been successful at IFD. International Day is in its 36th year and Folkmoot anticipates a minimum of 25,000 guests to this event.



You must successfully submit your application by Thursday, March 28, 2019 in order to be considered in our review/ selection process.

Accompanying this letter, you will find our vendor guidelines and an application form. Please read the guidelines and complete the application online at https://folkmoot.org/applications/. The application must be submitted with three (3) to six (6) color images of the work the applicant intends to sell and one (1) booth image, along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.

We prefer that vendors submit applications online but will accept hard copy applications, postmarked by March 28, 2019.

Please contact Elizabeth Burson at 828-452-2997 or vendors@folkmoot.org if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

More info and link to application: https://folkmoot.org/apply-vendor-many-cultures-carnival-day/

Penland Community Open House this Saturday


Penland School of Craft Annual Community Open House
Saturday, March 2nd
1-5 pm

From the Penland website:

The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to more than 500 adults and children from Mitchell County and beyond, engaging them in free, quality hands-on studio experiences. The Community Open House also offers information about Penland’s upcoming workshops and other programs.

Each year, over 100 artist volunteers from the surrounding community make this day possible by helping visitors with the hands-on activities in the studios.

The 2019 Penland School of Craft Community Open House will be Saturday, March 2 from 1-5 PM.

The Mitchell High School Marching Band Boosters will be selling hot dog lunches in front of the Pines Dining Hall at Penland from 12:30 until 5pm. The Penland Coffee House will also be open to sell drinks and snacks.

More information here: penland.org/local/community-open-house