Friday, September 21, 2018

Free workshop: Business Building Tips from a Local Master Potter


Business Building Tips from a Local Master Potter
Wednesday, September 26
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine (in the upstairs classroom - entry to classroom and parking are located behind the gallery)
Fee: No Cost

Established local artists, Jon Ellenbogen and Rebecca Plummer have been successfully operating “The Barking Spider Pottery” in Penland for over 40 years. In this class, explore topics such as establishing credibility, record keeping, tax considerations, insurance strategies, business practices, operating a co-operative gallery, creating your own crafts show, and much more!

Register here: https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=310380114

Thursday, September 20, 2018

More kiln bricks for sale in Marshall, North Carolina


Todd Runkle has more bricks for sale:

Turns out there are 80 bricks still available, they are a different size than the rest, they are straights, 9 by 4.5 by 2.5. $1.50 a brick. My contact information is Todd Runkle, trunkle66@gmail.com, 4048494858 cell, I’m located in Marshall outside of Asheville.

See the original post and photos here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/09/kiln-bricks-for-sale-in-marshall-north.html

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival this Saturday in Asheville



The North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival will take place this Saturday, September 22nd in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. From the festival website:

The North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival is an Asheville, NC event that focuses on ceramic arts of all genres including tilework, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. The festival includes over 40 ceramic art vendors, food trucks, raku demonstrations and live entertainment. Come for a day of fun and enjoy lunch from local food trucks, listen to buskers, check out street performers, and shop the beautiful and diverse ceramic artist booths.

NCCAF 2018 will take place at Pack Square Park, right in the heart of downtown Asheville. Fall in downtown Asheville attracts thousands of visitors each weekend, giving our artists fantastic sales opportunities and giving our visitors a bustling, artistic shopping experience in the middle of restaurants, breweries, shops, and entertainment. The venue is surrounded by 5 inexpensive parking garages within a few blocks walk.

Show Schedule

11:00 am: Show Opens
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Raku Demonstrations by Judi Harwood
12:00 pm: Booth Award Announcements
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Raku Demonstrations by Joe Frank McKee
5:00 pm: Show Closes

Running throughout the day

• Make-and-Take paint your own pottery area provided by Open Hearts Art Center

• Raffle in the sponsorship tent provided by The Village Potters Teaching Center and Laguna Clay Distributor with raffle award provided by our featured artist Sarah Wells Rolland and other participating artists.

• Food and dessert trucks and live music!

www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com

www.instagram.com/ncceramicartsfestival
www.facebook.com/NCceramicartsfestival

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Local potters at the Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational



Nice to see this photo of Mitchell and Yancey County potters at the Mint Museum Invitational in the local papers today! It ran in both the Yancey Times Journal and The Mitchell News-Journal; this is from the Mitchell paper.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Applications open for Crafty Feast in Columbia, South Carolina


Crafty Feast is a juried indie craft fair in Columbia, SC featuring nearly 100 makers from across the southeast. This year's event is Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 12-6 pm at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Applications are open now and will close Monday, September 24 at 5 pm.

Application and more info: http://www.craftyfeast.com/apply/

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Kiln bricks for sale in Marshall, North Carolina


09/20/18 update: Todd has more bricks for sale - details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/09/more-kiln-bricks-for-sale-in-marshall.html


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Todd Runkle has bricks for sale:

I have really good condition soft kiln bricks to sell. I have roughly 200-300 straights and 50 2A arches. Mostly BNZ 2300. Excellent condition very few broken. I’m asking 1.50 a brick. My contact information is Todd Runkle, trunkle66@gmail.com, 4048494858 cell, I’m located in Marshall outside of Asheville. Attached pics show some of the bricks and their condition.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Clay-King retail store opening in Spartanburg, South Carolina



Thanks to Rachel Smith for sharing this info about Clay-King’s retail store opening next week in Spartanburg.

According to their website, they have “everything for the ceramic artist": http://www.clay-king.com/

Friday, September 14, 2018

UPDATE! InstaCrafty & The Clay Olympics This Weekend in Johnson City

Hi Everyone,
I wanted to let you all know about an event that is coming up this weekend in Johnson City, TN.

On Sunday, September 16th the InstaCrafty Art Fair will take place at 309 East Main St, in downtown Johnson City from noon to 6pm (no longer in the pavilion). This new INDOOR location was arranged because of the high probability of windy conditions from the outer bands of hurricane Florence.

As part of this event, there will also be a special event called the Clay Olympics! During the Clay Olympics, participants will compete with other ceramic artists in a variety of different categories. This will all be done in the spirit of good ol' pottery fun and we hope you will join us as a challenger.  Highwater Clays has generously sponsored this event and have provided all sorts of prizes from gift certificates, to tools, to magazines and more.

If you are interested in participating in the Clay Olympics, the events will take place between 2:00 and 6:00 pm (full details and exact timing in the image below). Registration for events officially starts at noon on Sunday, but feel free to email me with any questions/requests ahead of time at: rogersle@etsu.edu.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Best,
Lindsay


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Recap: September Clay Club at Black Mountain Studios



Many thanks to Maud and Austin Boleman for hosting Clay Club! It was great to get to see their studio and gallery even as they gear up to close it soon. Clubbers bought a lot of the items they were selling, but there are still some left. They are priced super reasonably and need to be gone by October 4th. See the price list below for an idea of what’s available (there were also clay, cones, chemicals, and probably more things I’m forgetting), and contact Maud at mauds.stuff@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Lindsay Rogers couldn’t make the meeting, but she wanted to share an event happening this weekend in Johnson City: InstaCrafty in downtown Johnson City happens about 3-4 times per year. It is largely organized by Lisa LaPella, a potter in Tennessee.

This weekend, on Sunday the 16th, the fall Instacrafty will take place in the covered pavilion right in the middle of downtown Johnson City. Along with the art fair, there will be a Clay Olympics! This event is sponsored by Highwater Clay and will include opportunities for challenging fellow potters to things like throwing, handbuilding and wedging challenges. There will also be prizes! The event will take place roughly from 3-6 on Sunday.

Lindsay is hopefully going to post some information here on the blog about signing up for Clay Olympics events, so look for that and/or check out the event website: https://www.instacrafty.com/

Thanks again to Maud and Austin, and best wishes to both of them on whatever comes after production pottery (as Maud said: “production pottery sounds like fun till you do it a couple thousand times”)!

October Clay Club will be at Mars Hill University from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, October 10th. Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us! I’ll share more info closer to the date.








Bakersville Art Walk this Friday



Bakersville Art Walk
Friday, Sept. 14th, 4-7pm.
Good company, delicious snacks and libations,
and GREAT ART!
Support your local art galleries and have fun too!

Visit Mica, In Tandem, Anita’s Atelier, David on the Corner.

And check out Bakersville’s most exciting latest neighbor
Southern Ridge Cafe
open until 7pm!

Links to all the Bakersville gallery websites here: http://www.bakersville.com/bakersville-galleries.html

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Meet Barry Rhodes at In Tandem Gallery


Opening with Barry Rhodes and the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk

Friday 14th, 4-7pm! 

Barry Rhodes will be at the gallery for the inauguration of his Solo Show.  Come to Bakersville on Friday and celebrate the Arts with us.  




Great Art and Artists, Food, Drinks and Friends


In Tandem Gallery  

20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428 • www.intandemgallery.com • intandemgallery@gmail.com

Penland Winter Residency application deadline this Saturday


Apologies for the late notice, but the deadline to apply for a Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency is this Saturday, September 15th. From their website:

Penland Winter Residency is an opportunity for a small community of artists to work independently for a short term in our studios during Penland’s quiet season. There will be a limited number of artists per studio—enough people to provide conversation and creative camaraderie, but not so many that focused time in the studio is compromised. Our goal is to provide professional opportunities for individual or collaborating artists and encourage experimentation and inquiry in all media.

Penland Winter Residencies include:

• Well-equipped studios, unfettered time, and a beautiful retreat setting

• The following studios will be available: books, clay, drawing/painting, hot glass, flameworking, iron, letterpress, metals, printmaking, photography, papermaking, textiles, wood, and writing.

• We welcome writers. We offer shared work spaces for resident writers in one of our quieter studios.

• There will be a studio assistant in each studio to help residents with projects if and as needed. Please note: our studio assistants are not instructors; we assume all residents are able and willing to work independently with only minimal assistance here and there.

Residencies run one to four weeks between December 30, 2018 and January 26, 2019.

More info and application details here: http://penland.org/residencies/winter-residency/

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Call for artists for Artisphere 2019


Applications are now being accepted for Artisphere, which will take place May 10-12, 2019, in Greenville, South Carolina. Application deadline is October 4, 2018.

About Artisphere:

2019 marks the 15th anniversary for the top ranking Artisphere festival in Greenville, SC. Despite its short history, Artisphere has distinguished itself as both a regional and national highlight. A supportive, art-loving community, beautiful setting, notable on-site artist amenities and hospitality, and over 500 volunteers make Artisphere a standout show for exhibiting artists and patrons alike. Renowned artist hospitality includes complimentary meals, snacks & beverages, convenient load-in and load-out, parking, 24 hour security, booth sitters, and reduced hotel rates. Artisphere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization. Proceeds are used to produce the annual arts festival and are distributed back to local non-profit arts organizations as part of Artisphere's Volunteer Arts Partnership Program.

More info: https://artisphere.org/for-artists/

and here: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=6790

STARworks Clay Studio now accepting applications for resident artists


STARworks Clay Studio
www.STARworksNC.org

STARworks Clay Studio in Star, North Carolina is accepting resident artist applications for the 2019 January - June sessions. The resident artist program provides resources to develop new work or expand current work. Residents are provided with time and materials to push personal, professional, technical and conceptual limits. Financial compensation is available. STARworks Clay Studio is a fully equipped studio with numerous kilns, wheels and a ceramic supply store on site that manufactures local clay bodies using wild North Carolina clays.

Submission deadline is September 30, 2018

More information, application materials and instructions here: https://www.starworksnc.org/clay-studio-artist-program

Monday, September 10, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday!


September Clay Club is at Black Mountain Studios in Swannanoa from 6-8 pm this Wednesday, September 12th. Thanks again to Maud and Austin Boleman for hosting us!

Details and directions here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/09/september-clay-club-at-black-mountain.html

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

See you Wednesday!

"Clay Baked" experience at the new Asheville culinary festival


Jason Sandford of Ashvegas has some more details on East Fork Pottery’s role in the new Asheville culinary festival being planned for September, 2019:

A Clay Baked experience that would include a tour of East Fork Pottery, a demonstration of making clay cups and a dinner featuring a game hen wrapped in clay and cooked in a pit fire. Guests would get a craft cocktail in the clay cups, which guests would then smash as part of a Bengali tradition to return the artwork back to the earth

Read the whole article here: http://ashvegas.com/breaking-down-ashevilles-ambitious-new-food-festival

More on the festival from the Asheville Citizen-Times here: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/08/29/buncombe-tourism-officials-pledge-financial-boost-new-asheville-food-festival/1131769002/

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Applications open for The Big Crafty



Applications are now being accepted for The Big Crafty, taking place December 1-2 at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The Big Crafty features the work of 150 carefully-selected artists, makers and crafters who embody the dynamism of the independent creative community.

Application deadline is October 1.

More info and application here: http://thebigcrafty.com/apply/

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fall pottery classes at Catawba Valley Community College



Upcoming pottery classes at Catawba Valley Community College. More info in the flyer and here: http://www.cvcc.edu/CCE/Learning_And_Personal_Enrichment/Comm_SVC/Pottery.cfm

Hand Built Pottery

For students of all skill levels, including beginners, this course is designed to teach the many varied techniques and applications for hand building with clay. Students will focus on various ways and tools that can be used to make many forms for utilitarian use. This course will explore the use of pinch, slab, and coil techniques with an emphasis on surface design and glazing techniques.

Open Pottery Workshop: Hand Building and Wheel

This class is open to anyone with previous hand building or wheel experience. Students have the opportunity to work on individual clay projects of their choice and at their own pace to develop the skill level and personal style while receiving guidance from an instructor. Students will have full use of workshop facilities including glazes and kilns.

Pottery on the Wheel - Level I


This class is designed for the beginning. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters' wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.

Pottery on the Wheel - Level II

Designed for students with prior experience using the potters' wheel, students will learn to create a variety of forms including pitchers, vases, and lidded jars. Also included is instruction on how to apply glazes and the proper procedure for loading and firing an electric kiln. Upon completion, students will be familiar with working on the potter's wheel, glaze application and firing techniques.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wallace Chan’s "unbreakable porcelain"




Jewelry artist Wallace Chan has developed what he says is an unbreakable porcelain that he is using to make high-end jewelry, including rings and bracelets. Anthony DeMarco has some details about how it's made in a Forbes article:

To increase the porcelain’s hardness, he reinforces it with iron, silicon, zirconium and one other ingredient that he isn’t ready to reveal. It’s then heated in a furnace to more than 1,600 degrees Celsius (about 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit), higher than porcelain is usually fired. An important thing Chan had to consider during the firing process is that as the moisture evaporates, the material reduces in size by about 10 to 20 percent. So each piece has to be sized in a way that takes this shrinkage into account.

(It passes the high fire test, but I can still almost imagine the clayart discussions about whether this should even be called porcelain …)

Read the Forbes article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonydemarco/2018/09/03/high-jewelry-artist-wallace-chan-invents-unbreakable-porcelain/

The New York Times ran an article by Rachel Felder about it earlier this summer:

But this wasn’t just any old porcelain. It was a porcelain seven years in the making, which Mr. Chan invented and which he says is five times harder than steel.

The material — called for the time being, a little unimaginatively, Wallace Chan Porcelain — is made of specially chosen ingredients that Mr. Chan treats like the equivalent of a state secret out of fear of industrial espionage (the jewelry world is, apparently, a paranoid place). But the ingredients are, he said, almost devoid of impurities.

Pieces are fired in one of his two custom-built German kilns, to about 1,650 degrees Celsius (3,000 degrees Fahrenheit), or about 200 degrees Celsius more than in the traditional process. The result is a dense, strong porcelain with an unusual shiny luster.


Read the New York Times article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/fashion/jewelry-porcelain-wallace-chan.html

Monday, September 3, 2018

Call for Artists for Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar in Asheville



Applications are now being accepted for Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar, which will take place October 6, 13, 20 and 27 in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Ooh La La Curiosity Market is not only a fabulous market for local artists it is also a fundraiser for Animal Haven, a no kill shelter in East Asheville​. Email oohlalacuriositymarket@gmail.com for information about becoming a vendor.

More info: http://www.oohlalacuriositymarket.com/

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Clay Club at Black Mountain Studios



September Clay Club will be at Black Mountain Studios in Swannanoa from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 12th. Thanks to Maud and Austin Boleman for hosting us!

The Bolemans are retiring and selling their studio, and they have invited Clay Clubbers to have the opportunity to purchase equipment and supplies they will no longer need. Items they’re selling include bats, chemicals, bottled underglazes, cone 5-6 bottled glazes, metal carts, extruder, wedging table, and hand tools.

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

Directions: Black Mountain Studios is located at 626 Old Lytle Cove Road in Swannanoa. Google Maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/XMrM2jnvRc12

Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey County folks - if you're interested in carpooling, let me know. If you’re interested in carpooling from elsewhere, 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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Cousins in Clay this weekend near Bakersville



Cousins in Clay is a Show and Sale of Contemporary Ceramic Art. Cousins in Clay is a kinship rooted in a pursuit of excellence within the diverse language of pottery. Visit the mountains and add to your collection the beautiful work by our potters.

Come for the day or stay for the Labor Day weekend in the mountains of NC near Bakersville and enjoy great pottery, delicious woodfired pizza, and cold refreshments.
This summer's guests are Troy Bungart and Kyle Carpenter, from Three Rivers MI and Asheville NC respectfully. Live pottery demonstrations each day. All are welcome!

Cousins in Clay
September 1-2
Location: Michael Kline Pottery,
4062 Snow Creek Rd, Bakersville, North Carolina 28705

More info:
http://www.cousinsinclay.com
https://www.instagram.com/cousinsinclay/
https://www.facebook.com/Cousinsinclay/

10 Friends in Their Element this weekend in Spruce Pine



The mountains of Western North Carolina heat up once again this Labor Day Weekend with the return of 10 Friends In Their Element: The Show and Sale in the Upper Gallery of TRAC in Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Avenue. 10 Friends will be September 1 and 2 10am – 5pm each day. On Sunday, join 10 Friends for a Jazz Brunch from 11:30am – 1:00pm with food and beverages by the Friends.

10 Friends In Their Element showcases the works of 10 artists that live and work in the Toe River area in the areas of clay, glass, fiber, jewelry, painting, and wood. This year, you will find potters Robbie Bell, Susan Feagin, and Lisa Joerling; glass blowers Scott Summerfield and Terrane Glass; fiber artist Carmen Grier; jewelers Lisa Joerling and Connie Schulze; painters Kat Turczyn and Jim Waters; and woodworker Rolf Holmquist.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Guest artists at Mica for September Bakersville Art Walk



Join us at Mica for a glass of wine and a snack during the Bakersville Art Walk 
Friday, September 14th, from 4-7 p.m. All Bakersville Galleries Open!

See the work of Guest Artist Margaret Cogswell (mixed media), meet Kat Turczyn (paint), and Stacey Lane (jewelry) and browse the work of Mica’s 15 member-artists.

Mica is open daily Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12-5 p.m. Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. For more information visit micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram.

Pottery wheel and kiln for sale in Blowing Rock, North Carolina


9/3/18 update: the wheel has been sold

Marianne Hall from Blowing Rock is selling her kiln and wheel. See the attached pictures. Her note with kiln pricing is the last image. She is asking $400.00 for the wheel.

You can reach Marianne at hall7015@bellsouth.net. She says "The kiln price is negotiable. When pricing it, I spoke with Maggie Black and she felt this was a good price. We would be willing to deliver free up to 100 miles."