Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clay Club is on Twitter!



Clay Club is now on Twitter! Check us out at twitter.com/ncclayclub. This account will automatically post all our blog posts and we can also use it to tweet about WNC potters and events and other items of interest.

We have an awesome Clay Club logo thanks to Kyle Carpenter, who created it and posted it on the blog back in 2008:

http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2008/12/sticker-contest-anyone.html

Thank you Kyle! (Check out his post and his idea for Clay Club stickers. He also suggested Clay Club t-shirts. I think these are great ideas. This might be something for a separate post or discussion, but what do you all think?)

I know some Clay Clubbers who are on twitter, and I'll be on the lookout for more - if you're on twitter and I don't find you, let me know!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hand Built Studio Work Tables Available

For Sale/Order:

Sturdy studio work tables, middle supports under both levels, smooth casters and side pegboards for additional utility.

All tables are 3' tall x 2' wide, and are available in the following lengths:

4 feet: $375

6 feet: $450

8 feet: $525

(plus tax)

Contact The Village Potters to see what's currently available or to order.

info @ thevillagepotters.com or call 828.253.2424.






Gas Kiln for sale - $800

Olympic Torchbearer 2327 gas kiln for sale. 

Spies have been enlarged to brick size to facilitate seeing cones and a small gauge has been welded to the gas hookup to make documenting settings easier. 

Kiln is in good shape. Kiln logs available. Some furniture included. Kiln is currently in the Bakersville/Penland area. 

Cash only. Price firm



Contact me at mlparkes@gmail.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Toe River Arts Council Post Studio Tour Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Spruce Pine


TRAC will be holding a Post Studio Tour Meeting at 4 pm on Tuesday, January 27. The meeting will be held upstairs at Spruce Pine TRAC. From the email about the meeting:

On the agenda will be a short discussion about the survey results, also:

Should the guide separate Host studios and their guest from the individual studio listings?

Should galleries continue to be included in the Studio Tour

Should there be a greater push to invite out-of-the-area artist to host studios and should there be a different fee structure?

Discussion about the volunteerism for the Tour

Should we keep the current three tour days or eliminate Friday?

Modeling Stands for Sale

Update: these modeling stands are located in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.

8- Modeling Stands with castors
PERFECT FOR WORKSHOPS
Four legs
40-46" adjustable height
16" square turntable
Two shelves for supplies and tools
$960 for all


and
FOR YOURSELF
HEAVY DUTY MODELING STAND
adjustable height
laminate top
legs fold in
$165


Contact Jennifer Kincaid at jennifer@kincaid.net

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Celebrate Clay at the South Carolina Clay Conference




There is something new and exciting in South Carolina – the 1st Annual South Carolina Clay Conference – Moving Clay Forward. The conference is sponsored by the City of Newberry PRT and will be held on February 27 & 28 and March 1, 2015 at the Newberry Arts Center in historic downtown Newberry, South Carolina. For this first SCCC, art program and conference organizer Marquerite F. Palmer has brought together presenters Sue Grier from Asheville, North Carolina and Mike Vatalaro from Greenville, South Carolina. With many years experience each, both potters will demonstrate their talents and techniques during the conference. The overriding theme for this year is Altered Vessels. Also during the weekend, the presenters will have their work for sale along with pieces from the conference attendees. The pottery sale will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, February 27th & 28th. The Newberry Arts Center is located at 1107 College St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Modeled after well-known clay conferences in North Carolina and Alabama, the conference will allow for presenters and attendees to be immersed in conversation on ‘all things clay’. Included will be a Friday evening reception and Saturday evening BBQ. Sunday morning, the conference will close with an informative lecture on a clay related topic. Professionals, educators, amateurs and students can all enjoy the creative atmosphere which this type of intimate gathering promotes.

Of the conference, Palmer says ”The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has put forth great efforts to create an art center that educates and nurtures the community and surrounding areas with visual art experiences for all ages. Newberry Arts Center – NAC – is thrilled to be hosting the first South Carolina Clay Conference. Instruction in pottery is a large part of our center. Newberry Arts Center is excited to be bringing clay artists together from all over South Carolina and beyond to help build a stronger clay community and move clay forward in South Carolina,”

For more information and registration details, contact: Marquerite Palmer, Art Program Coordinator, (803) 321- 1015 or mpalmer@cityofnewberry.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pottery For Couples On Valentine's Day


Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We'll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don't mind getting a little...dirty.
Level: All Levels, No Experience Necessary
Click Here To Register

Paragon Touch and Fire Kiln for Sale!! Penland area

Dear Clay Club Folks,

Paragon Touch and Fire Kiln for Sale!! $250 OBO

Needs TLC and a good home. The interior of the kiln is 23 1/2” wide and 29” deep. The sale of the kiln includes 7 replacement bricks, kiln stand, the Paragon Instruction & Service manual for S, SnF & TnF Series , heating elements, miscellaneous kiln furniture (see picture), and peep-hole plugs.

Come and get it! It’s about 3 miles from Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, NC. If you have any questions, please contact me at 570 412 9368 or aufuego67@yahoo.com

Thank you,

Kristen








Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Summer Workshop Series

Odyssey ClayWorks is proud to announce our 2015 Summer Workshop Series
Click here for workshop details or call 828-285-0210.

May 25- 29:  Deb Schwartzkopf
June 1-5:  Ben Carter
June 8-12:  Eric Knoche
July 13-17:  Paul Lewing
July 17-19:  Joe Campbell
July 20-24:  Magda Gluszek
August 1-2:  Amy Sanders & Jennifer Mecca
August 17-21:  Bede Clarke
August 31- September 4:  Justin Rothshank

2015 Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival


The Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival will take place this year in June. From the festival facebook page:

We are happy to announce that, due to popular demand and a great deal of community & financial support, the Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival will be continuing in 2015!

Our one big change is that the BCWAF will no longer be held in September, but in June! After much deliberation and discussion with local civic groups, galleries, and businesses, the decision was reached to “merge” with the NC Rhododendron Festival, Bakersville’s other flagship event. The Rhododendron Festival, which will celebrate its 69th year in 2015, draws visitors from all over the region during the 3rd week in June. During that weekend, the town features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, a car show, a 10K run, street dancing, and a (non-juried) craft show. It is our hope that adding our juried fine art show to the mix will decrease operating costs and increase attendance for both festivals.

Read the rest (with a link to artist application info) here:
https://www.facebook.com/BakersvilleFestival/posts/1072347969457397

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

February and March Clay Club



Great news: February Clay Club will be at Robbie Bell's Speckled Dog Pottery and in March we'll try again at John Ferlazzo's. Thanks to Robbie and John for offering to host! I'll post details and directions when we get closer to those dates (February 11 and March 11).

Odyssey ClayWorks Classes and Summer Workshops

Odyssey ClayWorks will be offering the following classes and workshops.  Please go to www.odysseyceramicarts.com to sign up for classes or Call 828-285-0210.

Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples
Cayce Kolstad & Kelsey Sickmeyer
February 13
Friday, 7- 9pm
Cayce and Kelsey have a special treat in store for this Valentine's Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We'll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don't mind getting a little...dirty.
Level: All Levels, No Experience Necessary
Tuition: $85 Per Couple


Mold Making 101
Nick Moen
2-Day Workshop
February 7- 8
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Join Nick Moen as he presents a gentle introduction to plaster as a material, and the beauty of the mold making process. Over the weekend, students will make their own plaster molds that they will be able to take home and begin using in their own studios.
Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $250 + $35 Lab Fee


Tricks of the Trade: Altered Forms
Deb Schwartzkopf 5-Day Workshop
May 25- 29
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Break out of the round and experiment with creating more expressive, functional forms. Both those fluent in wheel throwing and handbuilding will benefit from blending the processes covered in this weeklong workshop. Playful, technique based exercises will hone skills of altering, attaching, and working with slabs to make interesting curvilinear and angled forms. Develop a variety of building blocks using templates, molds, and the wheel, then puzzle them all together into lively and curious shapes! Discussions about influences, idea building and surface decoration will round out this workshop.
Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee
 

From The Garden To The TableBen Carter 5-Day Workshop
June 1-5
Monday- Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm
Taking inspiration from the beauty of southern gardens, participants will design dinnerware for sharing a large meal. A litany of forms will be explored to make a varied and dynamic table service. Ben will cover throwing, handbuilding, and mold making techniques as well as various forms of surface decoration including sgraffito drawing, underglaze painting, texture and stamps. Bring images of your favorite fruits, flowers and vegetables to inform your designs.
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee
 

Scaling Up: Handbuilding BigEric Knoche 5-Day Workshop
June 8- 12
Monday-Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Have you ever dreamed about making large work, but are not sure where to start? This workshop is all about handbuilding BIG work and the challenges and rewards that come with it. Topics will include choosing and preparing the right clay, designing a workable project with sketches and maquettes, engineering and reverse engineering the process, problem solving and repairs. We will also discuss making work for outdoors, and how to dry and fire large work.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab Fee, Includes extra clay and firing

 

New Directions In China PaintingPaul Lewing 5-Day Workshop
July 13- 17
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
For the ceramicist who is also a painter, china paint is the perfect medium. From brilliant color to subtle effects, china paint can do anything paint or ink can do, and it's the same color after firing. For this hands-on workshop we will do many firings, and go home with finished pieces. Explore materials and effects most potters have never heard of such as raised pastes, glass ice, chip-off powder and more. We will be using only non-toxic water based mediums. Open to all who are interested in learning painting techniques on clay. No clay experience necessary.
Level: All Levels, No Clay Experience Necessary
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee
 

The Potter's Brush: A Brush Making And Decorating WorkshopJoe Campbell 2 ½-Day Workshop
July 17- 19
Friday 6- 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am -4:30pm
Learn all about brush making and decorating the ceramic surface in this hands-on workshop. Join Joe Campbell as he shows you how to make and use beautiful brushes for underglaze, slips, and glazes. Workshop participants will create unique, handmade brushes, then practice using them with dexterity and flair.
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250 + $30 Lab Fee
 

 We're Only Human: The Expressive Figure
Magda Gluszek
5-Day Workshop
July 20- 24
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Examine the human figure as a vehicle for personal expression in clay. We will discuss how historical and contemporary artists communicate content through gesture, expression, distortion and fragmentation. This class will feature a live model, with focus on basic proportions and anatomy. Learn solid-building techniques with a simple, removable armature, followed by hollowing and re-assembly of the sculpture. Ceramic and non-ceramic surfaces will be demonstrated.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab & Model Fee
 

 
Serving Pieces: Two Approaches
Amy Sanders and Jennifer Mecca
2-Day Demonstration Workshop
August 1- 2
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Broaden your skills and learn new techniques while witnessing two unique approaches to working with clay. Jen will demonstrate throwing porcelain while Amy will be handbuilding with earthenware. Demonstrations will include building serving pieces such as baskets, trays, cake plates and bowls; also decorative mark making, glazing, firing and displaying. Participate in lively discussions about studio management, as well as balancing productivity and studio practices with limited studio time. This workshop is Demo Only.
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250, No Lab Fee

 

 
Wood Fired Pots: Reservation and Restraint
Bede Clarke
5-Day Workshop
August 17- 21
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Investigate how your pots can be made special through understatement and restraint while building on your basic wheel throwing skills. Explore concepts such as altered forms, inverted throwing, gesture and "skin" of the pot. We will seek to improve throwing skills, but more, we will seek to clarify strategies for creating articulate pottery forms for wood firing. Work will be wood fired in the "Cougar" kiln in Hendersonville, NC.
Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab Fee

 

 The Dynamic DecalJustin Rothshank
5-Day Workshop
August 31- September 4
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Are you curious about integrating decals into your pottery or sculpture? This workshop will set you up for successfully transferring your own imagery onto ceramic surfaces. Topics will include image preparation, printing onto decal paper, transferring images onto greenware and glazed ware to create unique work. Justin will demonstrate layering, commercial decals, and firing temperatures for various types of decals. We will also examine low temperature salt fire as a means for finishing and creating additional layers of subtlety and depth.
Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Clay Club tonight is cancelled

After checking the weather report and talking with John Ferlazzo, we've decided to cancel tonight's Clay Club. We won't reschedule for January, but I will let you know the plans for February as soon as I can.

Monday, January 12, 2015

JOBS Ceramics 2015- Teaching Hamilton College NY

http://apply.interfolio.com/28175
Hamilton College
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

Location: Clinton, NY 13323

Closes: Feb 15, 2015at midnight Eastern Time
(GMT-5 hours)

Hamilton College invites applications for a one-semester sabbatical replacement, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in sculpture and ceramics. Demonstrated interest in contributing to a contemporary interdisciplinary setting with an increasingly diverse student body is desirable. Responsibilities include: teaching three classes for the semester, participating in Senior Projects, and maintaining 3D studio facilities. Ability to teach Introduction to Sculpture and Introduction to Ceramics is required. An established exhibition record is expected, along with working knowledge of the historical and theoretical discourse surrounding sculpture. Hamilton College offers competitive salary and benefits. The position begins on July 1, 2015, with an expectation of arriving to on campus by August 18, 2015. We recently moved into a new state of the art facility. To learn more about the Art Department at Hamilton please visithttp://www.hamilton.edu/academics/departments/Home?dept=Art.
QUALIFICATIONS

MFA or equivalent and a minimum of two years teaching experience at the college level required.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Each document must be submitted in PDF format: cover letter, CV, artist’s statement, teaching philosophy, and a list of three references. Place 15 images of your own work in a single PDF (not to exceed 5MB) including your name, title, medium, dimensions, and date. Please do the same with 10 student images as a single PDF. Interfolio recommends saving each image at 3MB, placing images into powerpoint and saving the document as a PDF. Powerpoint will compress the file into the appropriate upload size of 5 MB or less. Please contact help@interfolio.com if you have questions or problems with your uploads. Interfolio is free for candidates. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2015.This institution is using Interfolio's ByCommittee to c

JOBS in Ceramics 2015


Tenure Track Position in Ceramics



Tenure Track Position in Ceramics Marlboro College invites applications from broadly trained, dedicated teachers for a full-time, tenure-track position in Ceramics. The successful candidate's core responsibilities will be to teach introductory and intermediate courses in Ceramics as well as a second subject such as drawing or two-dimensional design and will support advanced, independent, often cross-disciplinary undergraduate work in a liberal arts setting. Applicants should be solidly grounded in the vessel tradition; should have knowledge of form, function, and design principles; and should also have knowledge of the diverse field of contemporary ceramics. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for and ability to maintain the studio, kilns, and glazing facility that are a crucial part of the broader visual arts program at Marlboro. College teaching beyond the graduate assistant level desired. MFA required.


https://nook.marlboro.edu/public/offices/hr/jobs/application/61

Saturday, January 10, 2015

CLAY STORIES - come tell yours

Picture

The ClayStories website is expanding and we are posting guest blogs now. If you have any stories you would like to share please e-mail to me along with any photos and I will be most happy to post them.

http://www.claystories.org/claystories-blog


Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Owen

PS Please tell every potter you know!

Mug Revolution

The Things of Life / The Life of Things



An Exhibit of Bowls



Interesting way to display these bowls.

All of these bowls were part of various cultures, at certain times with people using them on a daily basis, but now displayed as hollow vessels in a cold austere, impersonal table out of context to the life they once served.

These are skeletons of long forgotten lives.

Wyndham

Women Working With Clay- Hollins University

https://www.hollins.edu/academics/workshops-online-writing-courses/women-working-with-clay-symposium/


JUNE 8-11, 2015
This symposium is about women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture. We emphasize the creative process from every level. At the same time, we look at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.

Presenters: Christa Assad, Linda Christenson, Christa Cordova, and Shoko Teruyama
Keynote Speaker: Leila Philip
Director: Donna Polseno

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

From Inspiration and Ideas to the Actual Making and Finishing
Explore the connections of the long history of women as vessel makers, artists, and artisans in cultures all over the world.
Examine how the sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers reflects that history.
Work closely with faculty who have extensive experience and training.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Clay Club: the return to John Ferlazzo's!



Awesome news: January Clay Club will be at John Ferlazzo's! We'll be meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 14.

The topic will be Show and Tell. This idea was proposed at the very first Clay Club meeting in 2008 but, as far as I know, we've never done a full-blown Show and Tell. So - bring something (something you've made, something you're in the process of making, and/or something else related to what you make) and be ready to tell us all about it.

There may also be a campfire. (Not an all-out bonfire, for those of you who remember a certain memorable Clay Club at John's Fun House a while back . . .)

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food and/or drink to share. John has a kitchen in the space where we'll be meeting, so if you want to bring something that needs to be heated, that's doable. If you want to come a little early, contact John at 828-688-1354 ahead of time.

Directions:

John is at 110 Gage Branch Road, near Bakersville.

Coming from Spruce Pine, drive north on NC 226 (toward Bakersville) for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn left onto Mine Creek Road/NC 226A. Go 2.8 miles and turn left onto Gage Branch Road. John's is the first driveway on the right. Follow the driveway up - all the way up! - to the top.

You can also use Google Maps to get to John's (be sure to expand all the details of the directions if that doesn't happen automatically):

https://goo.gl/maps/s1Hju

Questions? Call John at 828-688-1354. You can also contact me by email (amy@amywallerpottery.com) or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Classes Begin Next Week At Odyssey







Mystery Pot

I am Katey Schultz's dad. Last night, one of my favorite vases broke. We don't know who the potter is as the vase was given to the Spruce Pine Montessori School and used to hold flowers on one of the tables.

Before it broke, it was about 8" high and nearly perfectly round. Katey suggested I send you a photograph of a couple of the pieces, thinking you might be able to identify the potter.

Thanks! Bill Schultz





Czech ceramic artist looking for a summer job

Posting at the request of Patty Bilbro:

Hello,
My name is Michal Sembera. I am a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (Czech Republic), specializing in sculpture. But I come from a family pottery workshop, where I worked from childhood. There is an example of my skills:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_THbaHN9dk

I am writing to you because I'm looking for a summer job (July, August, September). I would like to earn money for paying school fees.

I could of course look for work in other fields (farms, au-pair), but work in my field would be better for my personal development.

Thank you for reading this letter and CV.

I look forward to your response.

With the best regards.
Michal
michal.c.sembera @ gmail.com