Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Workshop at Haywood Community College -- Credit Card Know-how!

Free Workshop at Haywood Community College!
"Mobile Payment Systems for Business Owners"

When: Thursday,  April 30, 2014    5-6:30pm
Where: HCC Room 201

Cost: FREE!

Sign up: Call (828) 627.4512 to register today!
Currently own a business, looking to open a business or on the
verge of an idea? Does the world of mobile payment systems, credit
card processing, and online payment systems seem a bit daunting?

During the workshop you will
• Receive an overview of the most popular
mobile payments systems for business owners
• Gain hands-on experience in setting up and
maintain 3 of the most popular mobile payment
• Leave with a basic understanding of popular
mobile payments systems and methods to use
them to your full advantage

Sign up:  Call (828) 627.4512 to register today!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Art Sale at UNC Asheville April 24-25

UNC Asheville's Department of Art and Art History will hold its annual Spring Art Sale from 4–7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall on campus. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, call 828.251.6559.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Western North Carolina potter seeks replacement pottery tools

I had to give up my studio several years ago and I made a horrible mistake. Being so upset about having to do this I sold over 100 or more tools for $50. I know, I know I was crazy. I really can't afford to re-buy them so I'm asking if any potter out there has doubles or more of one of their tools and can afford to give them away please contact me. Or, if some other potter is selling their tools at a very low price, again please contact me.

Thank you,

Linda Falcone

Eric Knoche Workshop

Asheville resident, Eric Knoche has established himself as a premier ceramic sculptor capturing the drama of wood firing on his graceful forms.  Knoche’s command of slab and coil hand building has allowed him to produce works of impressionable scale.  Covered in layers of slips his sculptures act as canvases to document his comprehensive understanding of the wood firing process.  The generous and dynamic forms have a strong response to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina where Knoche maintains his studio. 

If you are interested making larger forms with precision and confidence join Eric Knoche from June 8th-12th at Odyssey Clayworks. Click here for more information. Student Discounts Available!

NEEDED STUDIO ASSISTANT in Brevard NC Summer/fall 2015

The Duckpond Pottery is interested to find a studio assistant for the summer/fall of 2015. 

This position is especially for those with an adventurous spirit who have an interest in wood firing and working with native clay. Interest in natural building, kayaking, or wood fired hot tubs couldn't hurt either. 

Please call Nick to discuss further details: 828.883-4512 or email,

A bit about The Duckpond Pottery:

Perched above the French Broad River with a deck surrounded by giant poplar trees, The Duckpond Pottery produces a full range of rustic wood fired pottery made exclusively from the distinctive clay dug within Transylvania's French Broad River valley. Special focus exists on custom architectural work including handcrafted sinks, decorative tile work, and accent lighting fixtures. Through the summer and fall months the pottery also plays host to a twice monthly music series featuring live original music from local and national touring artists.

Nick Friedman
The Duckpond Pottery
Brevard, N.C. 28712

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Beginners Clay Workshop & Childrens Camp in Boone, NC

This summer the Clay Studio at The Art of Living Retreat Center will be offering hand-building workshops + clay summer camps.

For more information please email or visit

For more information on the teacher, visit her website

In Search of an Apprenticeship

Gabriella Schmid was a student of mine at the University of Florida in 2011. She is seeking a studio assistantship in the WNC region. See her message below.  - Lindsay Rogers
My name is Gabriella Schmid and I am looking for a studio potter in need of an apprentice! I am finishing up my last year at the University of Florida studying Ceramics.  I would love to get hands on experience with established studio artists and believe it would be a very valuable opportunity for me. 

At the University of Florida my professors have been Nan Smith and Charlie Cummings for the past two years. This semester I have been interning for Charlie at the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida. I have also always been interested in glassblowing and have had to take my own initiative to experience glass outside of school, due to the fact that my university doesn't offer any glass courses. I have been to Penland School of Craft twice within the past two summers and was instructed by Marc Vandenburg (flameworking) and Jen Elek (glassblowing). In St. Petersburg, Fl, I have interned for Charlie Parker, a studio potter at Charlie Parker's Pottery, and Christian Zvonik, a studio glassblower at Zen Glass. Combining both glass and clay into functional objects is something I have been working on this year as part of my University's Scholars Research Program. 

My work focuses on the nurturing aspects of pottery, food, and communityAs a ceramicist, I aspire to explore the idea of collective consciousness through the use of functional pottery, which serves as a material that bridges society. If you have any information regarding studio assistant opportunities please contact me at Thanks!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Shout Out to Susan Feagin - Thanks for the super workshop at Haywood Community College!

Susan Feagin, Clay coordinator at Penland School, gave a FANTASTIC workshop to our Haywood Professional Crafts Clay students and community potters! 
She is a GREAT presenter!


 Next up in our Haywood Clay Visiting Artist Series: 
Jason Burnett

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
10 am - 5pm
Professional Crafts - Clay Program
Creative Arts Building
Haywood Community College
Call Terry Gess for more info: 828 565 4159 or email

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bede Clarke workshop in Asheville and Hendersonville

Bede Clarke bowl, fired in fast-fire wood kiln

Bede Clarke teapot fired in fast-fire wood kiln

Bede Clarke workshop
Odyssey Clayworks, August 17-21

PART 1 - techniques with slip, ash, and glazes for work fire (August 16-17-18) Cougar Kiln, Hendersonville Beginning with unloading bisque and reception Sunday evening. Monday students will glaze, slip work and load kiln. Bede will review approaches to glazing, slips and placement of wadding and ash that result in work that appears to have been fired in longer wood firings. Firing techniques will be introduced during firing on Tuesday.

Part 2 – Forms and designs created for wood fire – Demonstrations – workshop (August 19-20-21)
Oddysey Clayworks, Asheville Demonstration and workshop on design and form of work until noon Friday

UNLOAD KILN review placement kiln impacting firing.
2-5pm Friday, August 21

Bede Clarke has been a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri since 1992. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa, and BFA from Eckerd College. Bede’s work is found in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. He maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he produces his ceramic art work and continue to exhibit worldwide, recently at: Yinge Ceramic Museum 2012 Taiwan; Ceramics Biennale; Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Galleries exhibiting his work include AKAR, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge Clay Center, and Red Star Studios. His work was the cover and feature article in the September 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly. His work and fast-fire wood kiln were featured in the Log Book.

Cougar Kiln – Hendersonville, NC
The name “Cougar Kiln” referenced a kiln designed for women over 50 who wanted to wood fire. Initially a joke, it stuck when a wood carved “cougar” face was donated and attached to the front of the kiln. Elements designed to lessen the physical demands of wood firing include: standing while loading, stoking at waist level, cross-draft fast fire reaching cone 11 in 10-12 hours, and metal dampers. The stacking area is 36 cubic feet, three 12x24 shelves wide and 6 ft. high at top of arch. It requires 1.5 cords of wood to reach temperature. Designed by potter Will Baker, it is located at Dian Magie Pottery, 25 miles south of Asheville.

Summer Night Classes At Odyssey ClayWorks

Session #1 Classes Begin May 26
Beginner Wheel With Lindsay Rogers
The Handbuilder's Hangout With Cayce Kolstad
Dynamic Narrative Expressions With Travis Winters

Session #2 Classes Begin July 6
Beginner Wheel Continued With Lindsay Rogers
Clay Jewelry With Nina Kawar
Pitcher Perfect: Summertime Pottery With Heather Spoontak

For more information, visit, or call 828-285-0210.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Glazes Workshop in South Carolina June 5-7, 2015

This looks to be a really great workshop!  We have 21 already and if we can get people to test at home then it will be like doing a 3 - 4 day workshop for the price of a 2 day!!  This is the one to attend. 

ONLY $200 A PERSON!!!!

When you sign up just tell Laura you want to run the tests and she will send a sheet and the videos of how to do it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Donation Sought: Kick Wheel

The Community Coalition for Haiti is looking for a free kick wheel. They provide Health Care, Education and Community Development in Haiti and would like a wheel to expand their Empty Bowls efforts.

You may learn more at:

Contact John Hartom at 828.675.0008

Thursday, April 9, 2015

April Clay Club recap

We had a terrific Clay Club at Little Blackberry Creek Pottery last night! Thanks to Lynda Gayle Banner for hosting and to everyone who braved all the construction on Highway 80 to make it. Our first book (and magazine) swap was a success.

John Hartom shared with us about the exhibit "Working Together - Everyone Eats: 25 Years of the Empty Bowls Project" at the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University. The exhibit has been very well received and has already been extended. John highly recommends a visit if you find yourself in Providence in the next few months. (He also suggests a Clay Club road trip - if you want to organize this, please get in touch with John.)

Thanks for a great Clay Club, everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Glaze Discussion in Greenwood SC June 5-7, 2015

Ceramic Workshops Summer 2014 in Sewanee, TN

There's still space in some great clay workshops at Shakerag this summer. Come take a class, meet some new creative friends, explore lush, beautiful Sewanee in the summertime and eat incredible food!! 

Session One: June 14 - 20, 2015
Bernadette Curran - When Animals Go Tactile 

Jill Solomon - Saggar Firing Techniques

Session Two: June 21 - 27, 2015

Neil Patterson - Throw, Facet, Stretch, Dart! The Wheel as a Creative Tool

Sandi Pierantozzi - Flat to Form: Handbuilding Pots

About Shakerag:
Shakerag Workshops is an adult studio art workshop program, which started in 2004, with week-long classes offered in various different media. Participants register for one class each week, and each day classes meet from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. Students and faculty members often work together in the studios during the late afternoons and evenings, as they choose, occasionally taking time off from their artistic endeavors for swimming or yoga. There are plenty of beautiful nature trails to explore right outside the studios and an incredible swimming hole which is just perfect for refreshing and rejuvenating before an amazing dinner and slide presentations. Enrollment is limited to allow artist instructors plenty of time for one-on-one instruction, and there is always a great mix of students with varying levels of experience.

Fee Information and Registration 
Claire Reishman, Director
931-598-5651 x3165

Clay Club tonight!

Clay Club is tonight!


When: 6 pm tonight

What: book swap and studio equipment sale

Where: Lynda Gayle Banner's Little Blackberry Creek Pottery (see link below for directions)

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Directions and more details here:

See you tonight!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

K-12 Educators Workshop

Odyssey's Annual Workshop For Educators
2-Day Workshop
April 10-11
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9:30am- 4:30pm

Click here to register

Get your hands dirty and have some fun while renewing your professional development credits! Friday night we will explore image transfer techniques and test low fire metallic glazes. Glazed tiles will get fired overnight and unloaded the next day. Saturday morning we will create monoprint images by decorating plaster slabs with underglaze and casting slip, then see a unique bobble head sculpture lesson plan. Wrapping up the afternoon, paper patterns will be used to construct complex folded forms with soft slabs of clay.

Gas Kiln FOR SALE 2015 Durham Area NC SOLD, SOLD,SOLD, SOLD,


Sharpe Pots's photo.

Sharpe Pots's photo.

Gas kiln for Sale: I am dismantling my gas kiln. I have hundreds of soft bricks, hard brick for chimney, shelves, posts and new 1/2 of a koawool ceramic blanket roll.
TWO Mark Ward MB300 variable speed burners with electric solenoid valve and ransome piggyback venturi burners. All are in good condition, and work great!

Selling ALL together for $3200. 

You can even get the roof and flooring if you want!


Sharpe Pots's photo.

Sharpe Pots's photo.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Skutt KM 1227 kiln for sale in Asheville

Skutt KM 1227, very good condition $1200  obo. 240V, 1 phase, 48 amps. Interior dimensions 28" x 26 1/2" deep.
Upgraded Euclid heavy duty elements elevating top temp to cone 9-10. Very sound lid, base and bricks. 12 half shelves (26" dia.) included, no posts. Seldom used; older potter, fewer pots. Time to sell.

Purchased from David Voorhees and never fired. My life changed direction. David purchased it used about 12 years ago and fired the kiln only about 25 times, mostly to bisque temperature. David replaced the elements a few years after he bought it with the upgraded Euclid elements. Skutt uses the same element in the 1227 as the smaller 1027 (I have both size kilns) and therefore it has a lower top temperature rating of cone 8 instead of cone 10. Euclid made the elements with a heavier duty wire and longer length to boost firing speed, temp and element life. Only issue for the kiln is the LCD panel has some light dots out so reading the panel is a little tricky, but it all functions properly and bricks are in great shape. I have not looked into the cost of replacing the panel.

Contact Heather at or 828-782-8307. Must pick up in Asheville, 28806.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Free Demo Raine Middleton at Arts Centered in Bakersville NC

Raine Middleton whose sgraffito designs and technique will inspire and awe you. Promise.
This Tue, 12:30 - 3. If not enrolled in Tue class may I suggest bringing a folding chair?

April Clay Club: pottery book swap at Lynda Gayle Banner's studio

April Clay Club will be this coming Wednesday, April 8, at 6 pm at Lynda Gayle Banner's Little Blackberry Creek Pottery in Yancey County.

We are going to have a book swap, so bring one or more new or used pottery/ceramics related books and/or magazines that you would like to pass on to another ceramic artist. In return you'll get to take home something new to you.

Also, Kari Weaver is selling studio equipment - chemicals, slab roller etc. - and people are welcome to shop during Clay Club.

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


Little Blackberry Creek Pottery is at 25 Blue Bonnet Drive south of Micaville.

From OOAK gallery in Micaville:

* Go 80 South
* Turn right on Hickory Springs Road
* Pass the Convenience Center and Hickory Springs factory
* Turn Left on Blue Bonnet and cross the bridge. You'll see the Mushroom Factory right away.
* Drive just past the Mushroom Factory and park in the back

Lynda says that GPS will work to get you there.

Questions? Contact Lynda at You can also contact me at or 828-467-1183.

See you Wednesday!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Steve Mills RIP

Steve was a great guy and had a nice CD on Backyard Kilns. He was a long time member of Clayart.

Call for Artists for the Come to Leicester Studio Tour

The 10th annual "Come to Leicester Studio Tour" will be held August 15-16. Organizers are seeking additional artists to enter this free self guided tour of local artists studios in the scenic Leicester community.

Guest artists will be accommodated at studios or at the winery in Leicester .

Apply by April 21, by submitting 3-4 examples of your work in jpg images no less than 800 pixels electronically to:

All work will be considered by 3 person jury. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 28. Fee of $175 due by May 1.

For more information contact:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Are you a college student or know a student interested in participating in our Summer Workshop Series? Good News! We are offering a special discount for students- 25% off workshop tuition. Use discount code student25 when registering on EventBrite. Or call 828-285-0210.