The Village Potters in Asheville, NC is proud to be a Laguna Clay Distributor!
All clay orders are available for pick up at The Village Potters, River Arts District, Asheville, NC OR shipped to specified location for additional shipping fee. Next order deadline is Friday, July 15th at 5pm.
July Clay Club will be at Joey Sheehan's Melting Mountain Pottery "kiln zone" in Marshall at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 13th. Thanks to Joey Sheehan for hosting us! Joey has a special invitation for Clay Clubbers to include work in a fast-fire wood-salt firing that will take place that day. Here are the details about the firing from Joey:
I have a small fast fire wood-salt kiln that is very experimental. It takes about 10-12 hours to fire this and I thought that it would be really fun to peak this firing and introduce the salt during the clay club meeting. I will have plenty of loading materials and loads of wood, but would like to invite clubbers to drop off work to be loaded into the kiln by July 6 in Asheville. I would need cone 10 bisque fired work. I will do all the loading in advance and begin the firing on clay club day morning. It could be lined with glaze but only have slips or raw clay exteriors.
Here's how to include work in the firing: All work must be cone 10 bisque-fired. The interior can be lined with glaze, but only slips or raw clay on the exterior. Bring it to the Asheville Ceramics Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Building at 109 Roberts Street in the River Arts District in Asheville by July 6. The gallery hours are 11-6 Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday 12-5. Bring the work in a bag or box with your name on it.
***Mitchell/Yancey folks - if you're interested in participating but can't get to Asheville by July 6, let me know and we'll see what we can figure out.***
Questions? Contact Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact me at email@example.com or at 828-467-1183.
I will post more details about July Clay Club soon.
Oriented towards beginners and "seasoned" beginners, students will
learn to sculpt by using a solid block of clay and a wooden paddle.
Working from the larger areas to the smaller details, students will
create several small animal sculptures before completing a larger piece.
Sculptures will then be cut apart into multiple pieces, hollowed, and
reassembled. Students will also learn how to use balance and dynamic
poses when creating their sculptures. Drying, firing, and finishing
techniques will also be discussed.
Date: Tuesdays, July 12- August 9
Level: Beginner And All Skill Levels Welcome Tuition: $185 + $30 Lab Fee
Location: Odyssey ClayWorks
McCusker graduated from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia
with a BA in Art and went on to teach and manage the Ceramics
Department for the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs for
several years. She received an MFA in Ceramics from Georgia State
University in Atlanta, Georgia. Graduate school enabled Mac to work at
other ceramic studios including MudFire, Meadowlark Studios, and
Arrowmont. Her work has been in exhibitions nationally. Mac has been
teaching workshops and classes at the college level in Savannah at
Armstrong State University and Savannah State University before joining Odyssey as a Resident Artist and instructor in 2015.Click here to visit Mac's website.
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Here are the details from Virgil Jones:
Crafthut, 10x10 heavy-duty craft-show tent.
$650.00 In GREAT shape.
Skylight, roof vents, awnings, backside shelter, frontside windows and window shades, zippered roll-up door-ways in all walls for various privacy or ventilation, extra sidewall, weights, tie-downs, stakes, etc. Ready to go to a show!!
Great for doing shows in the unpredictable eastern U.S. weather! A new one like this is $2000+!!
There will be a new potter moving to the Brevard, NC area in mid-July who is looking to help out with anything and everything clay related involving wood, salt, or soda firings in exchange for kiln space. Her name is Cindy Gibson and you can contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has spent the last two years being a studio assistant to several wood-fire potters in Goshen, IN and will provide those who are interested in having extra hands around the kiln references. She is willing to drive anywhere in NC to help out fellow clay lovers.
A sculpture by Melisa Cadell was removed from the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) Studio Tour exhibit at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery. Apparently TRAC considered the piece too controversial for display. (I say apparently because I do not have firsthand knowledge for their reasoning, but that is the explanation I have seen reported by at least one person who saw a sign posted by TRAC in the exhibit.) You can see the sculpture and read a little about it here:
Not surprisingly, there has been a lot of discussion about TRAC's decision to remove this piece. Some people have called it censorship while others have expressed support, or at least understanding for what TRAC did. Here is a response from Denise Cook, TRAC's Executive Director (posted for Denise on facebook by a TRAC staff member):
On behalf of TRAC, from Denise Cook, Executive Director:
I first want to say that this decision was not based on funding at all. Rather the decision was made knowing the arts at many times may push the edge, and we want that so we can grow and learn. But, as the arts council, we sometimes walk a delicate balance in service to our many constituencies, and this can present challenges. This is a very complex conversation with many sensitivities for TRAC and our community to consider. I would like to set up a forum with the arts community to explore this topic in a deeper conversation. I invite anyone who would like to be included in the conversation to let me know by contacting me at (email@example.com and 828-682-7215) so you will be included as we plan the time to meet. I hope you will join us.
In response to a comment on this post, the TRAC staff member said they would let everyone know when this forum is scheduled, but if you're interested, you might let Denise know.
M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art, 100 Years is currently on exhibit at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) in downtown Asheville. From the website:
Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards (1916 – 1999) was born in Weiser, Idaho and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Reed College and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1945 she joined the faculty at Black Mountain College (BMC) where she taught writing, translated plays, danced, studied pottery and founded The Black Mountain Review. She was one of BMC’s most popular faculty members in the late 1940s and later wrote: “I have no criticism of Black Mountain, it was an entirely transforming, maturing and inspiring experience.” While at BMC, Richards played an essential role in maintaining community balance in the wake of Josef and Anni Albers’ resignation and the rise of Charles Olson as the college’s leader during the 1950s. Richards was among those who participated in the 1952 Happening at BMC titled Theater Piece No. 1, a multi-media experimental performance conceived by John Cage and David Tudor.
Centering: Life + Art – 100 Years celebrates the many contributions M.C. Richards on the occasion of her centennial. The exhibition is accompanied by a digital catalogue with contributions from James C. Anderson, Paulus Berensohn, Julia Connor, Deborah Haynes, Diedra Heitzman + Sherry Wildfeuer, Matthew Fox, Irwin Kremen, Jenni Sorkin, and Jeffrey Spahn. The exhibition includes work from the BMCM+AC collection and from various lenders. Highlights for this exhibition include:
• Works in clay made from Richards’ Black Mountain College years (1940s-50s) up to the 1990s, including a collaborative pot made with Peter Voulkos
• Paintings including selections from her Egg Series
• Poems, broadsides and typescripts from BMC and after, including Richards’ first book of poems printed at Black Mountain College
• Photographs and ephemera related to Richards’ book Centering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person and other publications.
The exhibition runs through August 20th and there are several events related to it, including a roundtable panel, poetry reading, birthday party, film screening and weekend workshop. Visit the exhibit website for more information:
Thank you Rachel Smith, Jim McDowell and everyone at Reems Creek Pottery for hosting an awesome Clay Club!
Rachel told us a little of the history of the location of Reems Creek Pottery. (The space was once a wood drying kiln for Lane furniture!) She talked about deciding to start the studio and everything they've done to transform the space into a working pottery studio. Reems Creek Pottery is a shared pottery studio with space for five studio potters and small classes. They have a gallery, too. Check out the photos below - it's a terrific space!
Rachel talked about the found items she uses as texture tools, which started a more general discussion of what folks use in place of store-bought ($$) ceramic texture tools. One I liked was a child's lace hat that I think Rachel said she paid less than a dollar for at a yard sale. She also talked about using a hot-glue gun to make texture tools - here's a blog post by Emily Murphy on how to do that:
She also talked about the many pottery and ceramic Facebook pottery and ceramic groups and how helpful they can be for networking, troubleshooting and more. Here's a (super helpful!) list of Facebook groups Rachel provided:
Where: Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville (see link below for directions). Weaverville is only a short drive from Asheville and is closer to Spruce Pine and Burnsville than Asheville.
What: Rachel Smith will share some of the business decisions that were made to start the studio. In addition she will talk about setting up a business Facebook page and how to create an event in Facebook and promote it through social media.
Rachel would also like to do a show and tell about handmade or found texture tools and molds. Please bring your favorite handmade or found items to share with the group.
We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.
Also - if you have a folding chair you can bring that would be great.
Rebecca Holbrook is selling her ProPanels. Here's the info, provided by Rebecca:
Bought in 2013. Used very little. New condition. I've included photos of the actual panels in use, the order slip to show all pieces available and a photo from the website. $950 or best offer. Delivery possible depending on distance from North Wilkesboro, NC. Please contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hank Goodman is selling his property in Arden, NC, and it includes a ceramic studio. Hank says it would be a great place for a younger potter to walk in and get to work. You can view the property here:
What Is YOUR Shape? Designing And Making Multiples With Precision
5-Day Workshop with Nick Moen
In this workshop students will learn techniques for making multiples
and matching sets that fit together cohesively. We will start by
contemplating how objects can enhance our lives in deliberate and
meaningful ways. Demos will include plaster moldmaking, bisque molds,
masonite templates, slump and hump molds. These methods of making will
allow students to design and execute their ideas with precision. Student Discount Available, call for information 828-285-0210.
Date: Monday- Friday, June 6-10
Time: 9:30am- 4:30pm
Level: All Levels Tuition: $595 + $60 Lab Fee
Student Discount: 50% off tuition
Location: Odyssey ClayWorks
The Toe River Spring Studio Tour starts Friday and runs through Sunday, 10-5 each day. 100+ artists, including a number of Clay Clubbers, in Mitchell and Yancey counties. Reception at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) Gallery 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday. Details on the TRAC website: http://www.toeriverarts.org/studio-tour/
We are thrilled to offer another solid line up of exceptional
programming for kids this summer. We are starting off with a bang with
Round and Round, and My Pet Dinosaur Clay Camps, June 13-17. Calling all young artists! Join
us for a full week of creating unique works of art with clay. Sibling discount available. Click here for more information, or call 828-285-0210.
Little Switzerland Books & Beans Presents!
Alex Glover, Professional Geologist
Speaking on America's First Kaolin
America's First Kaolin - The Wedgwood-Cherokee Connection
Alex Glover, Professional Geologist, has graciously consented to PRESENT a talk at Little Switzerland Books & Beans. Alex will speak on America's First Kaolin-The Wedgwood-Cherokee connection. Friday evening, May 27th 5 p.m. until ??
This is a fascinating story of the conquest of Josiah Wedgwood to acquire Cherokee Kaolin from Franklin, NC and the results of that acquisition.
June Clay Club will be at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 8th. Thanks to Rachel Smith and Reems Creek Pottery for hosting us!
Reems Creek Pottery was founded in the fall of 2015 as a shared pottery studio in Weaverville with space for five studio potters and small classes.
Rachel Smith will share some of the business decisions that were made to start the studio. In addition she will talk about setting up a business Facebook page and how to create an event in Facebook and promote it through social media.
Rachel would also like to do a show and tell about handmade or found texture tools and molds. As primarily a hand-builder she scavenges yard sales and thrift stores for textures as well as learning new ways to make her own low cost items. Please bring your favorite hand made or found items to share with the group.
Reems Creek Pottery is at 181 Reems Creek Rd, Unit #6. Go about 1.5 miles down Reems Creek Rd from Merrimon Avenue. It is the second industrial building on the right. Go past the entrance with the Karpen Steel Sign and turn in the next driveway. There is a large parking lot with ample room for everyone to park. If you come early and need some exercise there is a 1/4 mile walking track next door around the Karpen Soccer field.
We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too. Since it will be summer bring lots of salads and other summery type foods.
The studio is spacious but seating is limited so if you have a folding chair you can bring that would be great.
Thanks to Dian Magie for coordinating an awesome Clay Club with Ikebana expert Lynn Forbes! Lynn is a certified Ikebana associate master in the Ichiyo School. She provided a terrific introduction to Ikebana pots with lots of examples of what Ikebana floral artists and teachers want in pots as well as what they don't want. A few tips for potters:
Containers must be water tight. Lynn suggested testing containers for 3-5 days to ensure that they don't leak or seep.
Two general types of containers are Moribana or low bowl containers and Nageire or tall containers.
Colors that resemble colors found in nature are preferred.
Containers that are not heavy are preferred.
A matt surface may be preferred as well as a textured surface. It can be helpful for containers to have lines or ridges inside that help materials and kenzans (needle-point holders) stay in place. Edges that are straight or lean inward are helpful for the same reason.
A number of Clay Clubbers brought pots for Lynn to critique. It was really helpful to see this information applied to specific pots and how they might or might not work well for Ikebana.
This is just a small sample of the information Lynn shared! If you want to learn more about Ikebana, consider attending the demonstration and workshop that Lynn is presenting on June 22 from 10 am - 12:30 pm at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn about the history of this art form, observe a demonstration and perhaps a slide show and create an arrangement under the guidance of a certified Ichiyo instructor. The registration deadline is June 8. Contact Lynn at email@example.com for more information.
Clay Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.