Monday, September 15, 2014

Liz Kohler Brown Lecture at App. State

Liz Brown Poster

Artist Talk by Liz Kohler Brown
SEPTEMBER 22, 11:00 A.M.

Liz Brown is a multi-media artist and art instructor who currently lives and works in Raleigh, NC. She specializes in slip casting, plaster modeling, and image transfer onto clay, generating work that includes a wide range of materials.

Brown received a Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC in 2013 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2009. Her work is held in the Maria V. Howard Arts Center Permanent Collection in Rocky Mount, NC and the Plemmons Student Union Appalachian Artist Collection in Boone, NC.

For more information contact Lynn Duryea at   DURYEAL@APPSTATE.EDU

Presented by The Clay Area in the Department of Art and Smith Gallery

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Oil Spot Bowls

Got some nice new oil spots that I am taking down to Clemson Art Center for the 20 x 20 Show this weekend!  Hope to have some other new ones tomorrow.

Monster Spider

Saw  this monster spider in the yard yesterday! Yikes!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Do you need a Pottery Assistant in Asheville Nc?

Looking for a potter's assistant position in or around Asheville, NC. 

I have six years of experience with clay and I am looking to work under an established Artist in order to increase my exposure to different ceramic styles and techniques. I'm very hardworking and willing to work with whatever your schedule may be. I also have academic ceramic references available if desired.

If you have a position available or questions, feel free to contact Lena Walshe at:

lookin' for a "new to me" 10 x 10 tent

anybody have an extra?

contact gluckarooni at

20 x 20 Pottery Show at Clemson Art Center this weekend

September 12 - September 14

Sep 12 at 6:00pm to Sep 14 at 3:00pm

Clemson Arts Center
212 Butler St, Clemson, South Carolina 29631

20 Artists from SC & NC bring 20 pieces each of their ceramic artwork for sale=400 pieces of ceramic work here for a weekend. Save the date, as it is one of the biggest and best ceramic sales in our area! On Friday evening there will be a Collectors Preview Gala, ticketed event for those that want first choice and a chance to visit with the artists. Saturday and Sunday are Free and open to the public!

And the Salt and Pepper Shaker show:

Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation of Salt & Pepper Sets

The ARTS Center of Clemson Gallery presents Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation into Salt and Pepper Sets. A diverse selection of artists are invited from SC, NC, and GA to contemplate the formal and conceptual challenges in design and execution of salt and peppers sets. Each 20×20 artist is invited to create a Salt and Pepper Set for a month long gallery exhibition as well as, invite one friend to make a Salt and Pepper set. Exhibition dates are September 12th –October 10th, 2014. All salt and peppers sets will be available for sale.

Gallery opening September 12, 2014 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Gala Preview Opening of The 4th Annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale. Tickets available for purchase at the ARTS Center office, online or by contacting The ARTS Center at (864) 633-5051. To purchase click HERE. Tickets are $30.00 each or 2 for $50.00.

Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and admission to the exhibit is free.

2014 Participating Artists
Deighton Abrams
Andrew Avakian 

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Clay Club 9-10-2014 Wednesday from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Yo Clubbers,

David Harold has offered to host the Clay Club this month. It is Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

He will demo some of his mugs and other stuff (to be determined) and he will show some of his recent testing processes and glazes.

Potluck is general. Dave is vegetarian but isn't offended by meat or meat eaters! So bring what you like.

See you there!

David Harold Studio
25A Little Knob Rd. Asheville, NC 28803

If you have trouble call Dave
phone 207 249 9104 (my cell)

or John Britt

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NEED splash pan and banding wheel ---Asheville NC

Hi! Does anyone have a Pacifica splash pan that they would be willing to lend me for a couple of days? I would need it get it by Monday (8th) afternoon and could return it as early as needed on Wednesday (10th). I also thought of making a temp. one, but no solid good ideas.

I'm also looking for a Shimpo banding wheel. If you have one you would like to sell, I'm your guy!

Thanks in advance:

Laura Somervill

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Opening and Reception at the Crimson Laurel Gallery

I just wanted to let everyone know that this Saturday - September 6th, from 6:00pm - 8:30pm we're having an opening and reception for our featured artist Joe Singewald and an Rob Pullyen's exhibition of his new sculptural (kind of functional?) pieces. 

​I know a lot of you probably know Rob from his association with all sorts of things in the area...
So, I just wanted to formally invite and let you  all know.
Hope you'll be able to make it.
Thanks folks

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yesterday's ride to Asheville

I was trying to get a photo of me on a bike (of which I have none -after 44 years of riding) but it is hard not to look in pain. Probably because I am in pain!  Here is the route:

Asheville 50 by johnbrittpottery at Garmin Connect - Details

Thistle in full bloom this year

One thing I can say for Duke spraying everywhere with Roundup is the "weeds" are back in full bloom. Thistle is loving this !

Best Crab Cakes Ever


1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbls cooked red peppers

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
2 Tbls panko bread crumbs
2 Tbls fresh basil
1/4 cup cooked red peppers (roasted or fried)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FIRST : Cook onions (scallions) red petters and garlic in a skillet. Set aside.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Then add onions, garlic and red peppers.  Divide into 6 equal portions. Form each into 1"-thick patties. Place  1/2 cup panko bread crumbs on a plate. Coat cakes with panko. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.

Heat- 4 Tbls of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Fry until golden brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes per side.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014







1,850  2.5 INCH IFB STRAIGHTS - K2300 & K2600 IN BOXES (UNUSED)

AUCTION ENDS Tomorrow morning!



phone  828 565 4159    



Auction Link:

Monday, September 1, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

RIP Gerry Williams!

From The NCECA page:


Photo: Gerry and Julie Williams,
2001 NCECA Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina
Photo by Glen Blakely
Gerry made a difference. His insight and influence will be felt for generations to come. Those who never knew the man will surely know his legacy… those who did, will remember his knowing, soft chuckle, and quiet determination.
~John Neely via Facebook
Gerry Williams, founding editor of The Studio Potter magazine passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 in New Hampshire. Anyone fortunate enough to have hosted a visit with Gerry and his wife Julie Williams became a link to a community that embraced and connected potters throughout regions, across a nation and to other countries. Their work made ours more meditative, meaningful and memorable. Inevitable maker, sensitive listener and illuminating storyteller, Gerry inspired clay-covered legions through his work as a studio potter, writer, editor and ambassador for mindfulness and materiality.
Born in 1926, Williams spent his childhood in India with his parents who ran a missionary school in Bengal. Williams recalled in an interview with Colby Sawyer College that Gandhi had learned about a septic system his father had developed for the school and asked that he build one for his own home. Although he never had the opportunity to meet the great man, Gandhi’s thinking about the importance of handicraft, growing things, and making things for use by other people made an indelible impression on his outlook. “[Gandhi] also influenced me in my ethics and moral life. I became a pacifist and spent time in jail as a conscientious objector. He allowed me to say 'what am I going to do with my life that will be ethical and politically responsible?' Being a potter is what I came to believe the answer to that question was.”
Williams returned to the United States to study at Cornell College in Iowa. He was called up to the military and left college for several years in alternative war service. In the late 1940s, while living in a cabin he had built on Vinal Haven Island, off the coast of Maine, Williams became involved in pottery for the first time, inspired after reading a passage by Arthur Morgan about the meaning of making pots.
After learning through a friend about the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Williams moved to Concord in 1949 to study and subsequently became one of a small number of potters of the era able to support himself through his work. He met his wife Julie, a radio personality in New Hampshire, when she interviewed him for her station. They purchased a property and in 1953, built a home and studio in rural Dunbarton.
In 1972, Williams founded The Studio Potter magazine without any prior experience in publishing. He said, “During the years I was editor I attempted to travel everywhere in the country to interview people…active studio people rather than designers or gallery owners exclusively or in the college environment… Everyone had a special story to tell. I especially liked to find someone who had given up something to become a potter.”

Past NCECA President and 2015 On-Site Conference Liaison, Jay Lacouture writes, “I first met Gerry Williams in the autumn of 1976 when he showed up at Rhode Island College to deliver some pots for an exhibition. I helped him carry his work into the gallery. This chance meeting turned into a quick beer, a good conversation and an invitation to join him the next summer to build the first Phoenix Woodfire Kiln. I was a 26 year-old idealistic ceramics major, immediately impressed with Gerry's warmth and generous spirit. By the end of our conversation, he had me believing ceramics could save the world. My path had been cleared by Gerry.”

Above: Pottery by Gerry Williams, photo by Alicia Bergeron

FIRE BRICK - For Auction- Haywood Community College

This Is it!

Great Deal on New Soft Brick!





1,850  2.5 inch straights - K2300 & K2600 in boxes (unused)

SUBMIT SEALED BIDS BY Wednesday Sept 3,2014 AT 10 AM



phone  828 565 4159    



Auction Link:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Eighteen Artists Receive North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship

Ten visual artists, four craft artists, two filmmakers, and two choreographers have been awarded North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowships for 2014–15.

In the visual arts category, the following artists will receive fellowships: Maready Evergreen, drawing/printmaking (Durham); Kiki Farish, drawing (Raleigh); Dustin Farnsworth, sculpture (Penland); Heather Gordon, painting (Durham); Harrison Haynes, installation/multimedia (Durham); Stacey Kirby, performance art (Durham); Peter Oakley, sculpture (Blowing Rock); Robert Ray, painting (Ocracoke); Damian Stamer, painting (Hillsborough); and Aaron Wilcox, sculpture (Wilmington.)

The craft artists selected for the fellowship are: David Chatt, fiber (Penland); Jeana Eve Klein, fiber (Boone); Richard Prisco, wood (Boone); and Tom Shields, wood (Penland.)

The fellowship will be awarded to two filmmakers: Josh Gibson, documentary film (Durham); and Elisabeth James, documentary film (Durham.)

In the choreography category, two artists will receive awards: Sara Baird, modern dance (Asheville); and Cara Hagan, modern dance (High Point).

Full announcement:

Eighteen Artists Receive North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship

From the Earth to Your Mouth Eating Clay Is Touted by Celebrities

Here is an interesting article in the NY Times by

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey and Liz Zlot Summerfield AMAZING Show this weekend!!

DIGIN' POTS is a home sale featuring the work of
Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey, and Liz Zlot Summerfield.

Event LocationLinda McFarling's Studio
39 Pisgah Mine Rd Burnsville NC 28714
828 467-1208
Date: August 30,31 10am-5pm

The weekend also includes
guided tours of the Dig In! Yancey community garden,
pottery demonstrations, and tasty delights.

Soda Chicks and Chet Pottery Home Sale

 Labor Day Weekend 2014.
Aug. 30: 10-6 & Aug. 31: 10-5. 
Join local potters Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay (aka "Soda Chicks") and Kent McLaughlin (aka "Chet") with special guest artists, Dan Finnegan and Julie Wiggins. Bring your friends, enjoy the day, great pots, delicious food and drink, and great company!
Located at 1782 Fork Mountain Rd. Bakersville, NC.
More information at:

We look forward to visiting with you!
Julie Wiggins Mugs
Dan Finnegan Jars

Monday, August 25, 2014

STUDIO SHARE -- Former Pottery -- 250 sq ft -- $350

My friend and former studio mate, Amber Mahler is looking to share a sweet studio in West Asheville.
The space was originally outfitted as a clay studio and is well established.  Located near Harvest Records, just off Haywood Rd.

Miles Dreyer Obituary

Miles Dreyer Obituary

Alexander Miles Dreyer, age 33, of Celo, North Carolina, died suddenly after a brief illness on August 19, 2014. Miles was born in his grandparents’ home in Celo in 1981. He was a curious and inventive child with a propensity for turning the hillside above his house into elaborate water channels and mysterious piles of assorted materials into giant puppets. He had a quirky take on almost everything and was one of the funniest kids ever. He attended South Toe Elementary School, East Yancey Middle School, and Mountain Heritage High School. When he was 16, he left high school and completed his GED, graduating with honors. 

Yancey County has an unusual concentration of glassblowers, and Miles became fascinated by this craft at a young age. He was welcomed into the studio of Billy and Katie Bernstein, first as a spectator and eventually as an assistant. After he left high school, he took his first class at Penland School of Crafts (with a special underage exception), a two-month workshop taught by Sally Prasch, who became a lifelong friend. Miles was a student in a number of Penland workshops between 1997 and 2002, he was a studio assistant at Penland in 2000, 2004, and 2007. In 2011, Penland invited him to teach a workshop in flameworked glass.

Between 1997 and 2003, Miles was an assistant to Yancey County glass artists Billy and Katie Bernstein, Robert Hynes, and David Wilson, and he worked as a glass lathe operator for Miles Henry. During this time he converted an old Airstream trailer into a flameworking studio, which he affectionately referred to as “The Lab.” He traveled alone to Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand, twice attended the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and did a two-week internship at Hot Island Glass on Maui, Hawaii. He also worked for several summers as a cook at Camp Celo.

In 2003 and 2004, he was the head of the flameworking studio in the summer high school craft program at Snow Farm in Massachusetts, and in 2004 he was hired as a glass assistant at Hot Island Glass. During three-and-half years on Maui, he did daily production glassblowing and greatly extended his skills with hot glass. He also snorkeled, surfed, hiked, and spent endless hours exploring Maui’s nooks and crannies (especially the crannies). In 2006, he was joined by his partner Polly Lorien, a glass artist he met at Penland School. They worked together at Hot Island Glass until they returned to Yancey County in 2008.

Miles and Polly were married in Celo on July 25, 2009. Together they started The People’s Glass and The Token Project, small-scale glass operations that produce affordable handmade glass objects using techniques that minimize fuel consumption. They moved into a house in Celo Community, Inc., the land-trust community on South Toe River, and applied for membership in the community. Miles was involved with a large community garden and became a wonderful gardener. Polly is a musician and, together with their friend George Stephens, Miles and Polly hosted regular open-mic nights at the Pizza Shop in Spruce Pine. In 2013, Polly gave birth to their beautiful daughter Ginger Mae Lorien.

Upon his return to Yancey County, Miles worked for Atomic Solar, where he was proud to be involved with sustainable energy. In recent years, he ran the shipping department at Mountain Electronics, and he also did weekly information collection from a Mount Mitchell weather station that is part of a national climate trends research project.

Miles Dreyer lived life fully and with passion. He was brilliant, clever, and funny. He worried about the state of the world, challenged other people’s ideas, advocated for fairness in everything he did, and pursued knowledge for its own sake. He was an artist, a cook, a problem-solver, and a skilled maker of useful things. He was reliable, he kept his commitments, and he took tender care of his family and his friends. He was taken from us too soon, but he touched countless lives in the time he was given.

He is survived by his wife, Polly; his daughter, Ginger Mae Lorien; his brother, Julian Dreyer, of Asheville; his parents Robin Dreyer and Tammy Hitchcock, of Celo; and his grandmother, Donna Jean Dreyer, of Celo.

The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and nurses who did everything they could to try to save his life. We will miss him so much.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 31 under a tent at the Celo Community soccer field on Hannah Branch Road, rain or shine. All are invited.

Some friends have started a memorial blog here:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finding Forever Exhibition FREE and items for sale to benefit Children in Foster Care

Yo Clubbers, 

Pam Kinsmith is working on a project to bring awareness to kids in the foster care system. Click on her link below for the prospectus and details. She is not asking for a donation - all work is for sale and all proceeds will either go to the cost to put on the event (all hours worked are volunteer) and Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange or to you.

Here is her letter:
I would like to invite your members to participate in a very special cup show this November, National Adoption Month, in Western Massachusetts. The attached letter explains my desire to bring attention to the kids in the foster care system through a showcase of cups and mugs each representing a child. The prospectus is also attached for your consideration. There is no cost to participate and I am not asking for donations of work. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I hope to hear from you soon!


Pam Kinsmith
Finding Forever: Giving Voice to the Children of Foster Care

Entry form on webpage link above:

Opening: Friday, November 7th, 2014, showcased throughout the month
Submission Details:
• All work must be received by October 1, 2014
• All work must be handmade, use food safe glazes and be ready for sale.
• Since all children are of equal value and this event is designed to represent them, all pieces will be priced at $50
each. The proceeds from the sale will be as follows: $20 to the artist, $20 to the Massachusetts Adoption
Resource Exchange (MARE), and $10 to produce the event*. Any funds remaining after the event is produced
will go directly to MARE.
• Any pieces received after the October 1, 2014 deadline will be held as stock to refill the exhibit as pieces sell out.
Pieces left unsold at the end of the exhibition will be kept for Finding Forever 2015.
• Local Western MA artists can arrange to have work picked up by calling 413.773.1214
• Work should be shipped to Pam Kinsmith, 93 Homestead Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jim Kransberger Show in Mobile Alabama

Here is an image from Phillip Counselman, the curator of the "Visiting Artist" Exhibition, at the University of Mobile in their Marilyn Foley Art Gallery. This show opened this Monday and runs through September.


Jim Kransberger
85 East Euclid Parkway
Asheville, NC 28804