Thursday, December 12, 2019

Recap: December Clay Club at The Village Potters

Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting December Clay Club! We had a most excellent mug/object exchange and it was great to get to see everyone as we come to the end of 2019.

Before I go on with the recap, we have a question for all you Clubbers. Sarah Wells Rolland has proposed the idea of a Clay Club "Coffee Club": holding Clay Club at The Village Potters on a Saturday morning instead of our usual Wednesday evening time. This would be a one-time thing with a tentative date of April 18th. We're hoping to get some feedback about this idea: Would you come on a Saturday morning? Would it make a difference if it started at 9/9:30/10? Is there anything else you want us to consider? Leave a comment here on the blog or shoot me an email ( and let me know.

Lori Theriault shared information about upcoming events and workshops at The Village Potters:

First up, this weekend The Village Potters will participate in the River Arts District Second Saturdays on Saturday and Riverview Station's Holiday Market on Sunday.

And they have these workshops coming up in 2020:

• Demonstration: “Responsive Clay” with Bandana Pottery on February 1
• Hands On: Raku Day with Judi Harwood on February 29
• Hands On: THROWING BIG Intensive Workshop with Sarah Wells Rolland, March 16-20
• Demonstration: “Cone 6 Glazing: workshop and discussion” with John Britt, April 11 & 12
• Hands On: Throwing with Finesse: “Take it to the Limit” with Sarah Wells Rolland May 18-29
• Hands On: “Design and Execute“ with Sarah Wells Rolland June 8-19th

More details about all the workshops (including registration info) here:

Also - remember that The Village Potters are a Laguna Clay distributer in addition to selling tools, kilns and wheels. (More about that from June Clay Club at TVP:

Thanks again to all the amazing Village Potters and to everyone who came!

Trish Salmon now at Art Garden AVL

Trish Salmon is now at Art Garden AVL in Riverview Station in the River Arts District in Asheville. (Riverview Station is where The Village Potters - where we held Clay Club this month - are located.) Art Garden AVL will be participating in the River Arts District 2nd Saturdays this Saturday, December 14th, and in Riverview Station's Holiday Market this Sunday, December 15th.

See Trish's work on her website:

Odyssey ClayWorks Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House this Saturday

Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House
Saturday, December 14th
10am - 6pm
Odyssey ClayWorks
236 Clingman Avenue, Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

Join us on Saturday, December 14th for our Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House from 10am-6pm! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, free kids activities from 11-2pm AND one of our truly epic holiday seconds sales with 50-80% off overstock and seconds! Be sure to arrive early for the best selection. This event is free and open to the public.

(image from the Odyssey ClayWorks Facebook page)

Monday, December 9, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville this Wednesday, December 11th, at 6:15 pm (reminder that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks again to The Village Potters for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

Carpooling: John Britt and I will be carpooling from Mitchell County - let us know if you want to join us. And if you're interested in carpooling from anywhere else, leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.

See you Wednesday!

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Big Crafty this weekend in Asheville

The Big Crafty
U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville
December 7th and 8th
12-6 pm both days
Saturday: $5 Preview Party

Voted WNC’s favorite art event for the past decade, The Big Crafty returns for a day of hand-to-heart artful craft on Saturday & Sunday December 7 & 8 from 12-6pm at Asheville’s US Cellular Center.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend

The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

FREE, and self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they travel to Toe River Artist’s studios. Meet the artists, see where they create, and where they live.

Toe River Arts sponsors a Meet-The-Artist reception at their Spruce Pine Gallery on Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm. A sampling of participants will be on display geographically so one can plan a route for the rest of their journey.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Join us at the 33rd Annual Appalachian Potters Market!

Join us at the 33rd Annual Appalachian Potters Market! 

The show will be this Saturday, 

December 7, 2019, from 10am to 4pm at 

McDowell High School
1525 N Main St
Marion, NC 28752

...we'd love to see you! 

Print or have this coupon ready (pre-load or download it to your phone) for $1 off at the door this Saturday.

For more information, go to

December Clay Club at The Village Potters

December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville next Wednesday, December 11th at 6:15 (note that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting us!

We'll have our traditional December mug/cup/object exchange. If you haven’t been before, here are the details of the exchange, as explained by John Britt:

"The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.”

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

The Village Potters are located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District at:

191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Directions available here:

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

See you next Wednesday!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Join Mica Gallery on Small Business Saturday for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk

Just in time for the holidays. Join Mica Gallery on Small Business Saturday November 30, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk.

See work by our special guest, craft artist Louise Grenell. Her nature-inspired soft sculptures interpret animal forms, creating objects with a life of their own.

It’s also time again for our Winter Wrap-Up featuring handmade wearables by Liz Spear, Neal Howard, and Deanna Lynch.

So, come for the Tree Lighting and enjoy some fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with the artists. See new work, including ornaments and many wonderful Holiday gifts.

See you there!

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Center for Craft Public Grand Reopening this Saturday

Center for Craft Public Grand Reopening
Saturday, November 16th
67 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

The Center for Craft will host a Public Grand Reopening in their newly renovated space in downtown Asheville to welcome the community and introduce them to the new National Craft Innovation Hub.

Please join us for the reopening of our space in a building-wide celebration of the future of craft, which includes:

>> Craft Futures 2099 exhibition: To celebrate the Grand Reopening, the Center for Craft has invited ten local and national artists to imagine and create a craft object of the future! Influenced by the 1939 New York Worlds Fair, the first fair of its kind to use to the "future" as an organizing theme, the reopening exhibition is an exploration of what’s been and what’s to come in the world of craft, and it sets the tone for the Center’s ambitious programming ahead.

>> First look at the new coworking, event and meeting spaces tailored to meet the needs of Asheville’s creative sector.

Premier of five new artists commissions and installations by Jamil D. Harrison, Harvey Littleton, Old Wood Company, Tanya Aguiñiga, Andrew Hayes, and Shelter Collective.

>> UNC Asheville’s inaugural exhibition: Making Meaning looks towards the spaces where artworks collide and converge, where the viewer is called to change their own perspective and embrace new material languages that create meaning and imagine futures.

>> Plus additional future-themed immersive installations, hands-on activities, music, food and more!

More info here:

Free tickets here:

(image from the Facebook event page)

Monday, November 11, 2019

Description of UMF (Unity Molecular Formula) Structure in Ceramic Glazes

December Clay Club at The Village Potters

Quick update: The Village Potters will host Clay Club on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:15pm (note that we'll start 15 minutes later than our usual time). I'll share more details closer to the date.

Remember there's no Clay Club this month. See you in December!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Dr. Margaret Carney lectures at Warren Wilson College and UNCA

Leah Leitson shared this info about two talks Dr. Margaret Carney, a specialist in world ceramics, will be giving:

• on November 19th, she will be speaking about the anomalies of dinnerware. I think you will find it both entertaining and informative.

• On November 20th, she will be speaking at UNCA on Ten Thousand Years of World Ceramics.

More info in the flyers above.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Price reduced: mixed glaze for sale in Asheville

The price is reduced to $50 per bucket.

Here's the original post from Squeaky Wheel member Patricia Robertson:

This is a glaze that was mixed for Squeaky Wheel members and was too close to our Spearmint to really serve the purpose of variety.

The Glaze is Sea Foam Green and here is the recipe:

Seafoam Green 10,000 Gram bucket (5 gallons)

F-4 Mini feldspar 3800 grams
Whiting 1400 grams
Zinc Oxide 1200 grams
Kentucky Ball Clay 600 grams
Flint Slicia 3000 grams
Copper Carbonate 500 grams
Titanium Dioxide 500 grams

We have two 5-gallon buckets of the glaze and it is $90.00now $50.00/bucket. It is cone 6. No photos of the fired glaze are currently available but may be possible upon request. If anyone is interested she/he can get in touch with me via email or phone ( 828-273-3645).

November and December Clay Club update

Hey Clubbers - we won't have Clay Club in November. I'm working on December Clay Club and will post those details soon.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Call for artists for the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival
Franklin, North Carolina
May 22- May 24, 2020

The inaugural Cowee Valley Pottery Festival is a juried competition, exhibition and sale held at Cowee Pottery School in the beautiful Cowee valley of Franklin, NC.

Application Deadline: December 1

More info and link to application:

Friday, November 1, 2019

Copper in various cone 6 base glazes

Carolina Pottery Festival this Saturday in Shelby, NC

20th Annual Carolina Pottery Festival
November 2nd, 2019, 10am-4pm

-Over 100 Potters!
-Free, Convenient Parking
-All types of pottery
-Just in time for Holiday Shopping
-$5 Admission (under 12 free)

Festival Location:
LeGrand Center
1800 E. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28152

Held in Shelby since 2001. One hundred of the finest potters and ceramic artists in a three state area convene at the LeGrand Center in Shelby, NC to show and sell their handmade pottery. The opportunity to meet and talk with the artists on site make this day special for all who attend. And just in time for holiday shopping!

Pottery...Functional, artistic, creative, handmade and fun. Items created from clay; jewelry, cooking dishes, Christmas ornaments, sculptures, piglets, angels, vases and more!!

Weaverville Art Safari this weekend

Weaverville Art Safari
Fall Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd
10 – 5 both days
Preview Party: Friday, November 1st, 6 – 8pm

The Weaverville Art Safari is one of the original studio tours in the Asheville Area. It is a self guided free event that offers a unique look at the artist’s work in their working environment, featuring artists who specialize in handmade pottery, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, painting, drawing, fiber art, wood art and more.

The Preview Party provides an opportunity to see all of the artists work together the Friday evening before the tour. There is a silent auction and raffle/door prizes of artists work as well as beer, wine and snacks.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Margaret Bohls Workshop Cancelled !!!!

Regretfully the Margaret Bohls workshop scheduled for tomorrow Friday Nov 1, at Haywood Community College is cancelled due to the cancellation of Margaret's flight :(
We are so sorry!