Saturday, January 18, 2020

Regular and late application deadlines coming up for the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival
May 22-23, 2020
Franklin, North Carolina

Application deadline: January 31, 2020
Late application deadline: February 15, 2020 (additional fee)
Link to application:

About the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival:

We have created an exciting three day event in the rural, mountainous Franklin, North Carolina area.

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival: Sharing our beautiful venue with prominent potters from near and far and with pottery lovers. Celebrating ceramic arts of today and honoring our past.

The Cowee Pottery School is located in the historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. We are a non-profit, volunteer driven organization. We teach classes, do community outreach through local organizations, and strive to educate all about the importance of heritage arts.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Photo tent for sale in Bakersville


Terry Gess is selling this photo tent:

FOR SALE — Large Photo Tent
Perfect condition
Retails for $140+
Sell for $48.00

4 foot Lastolite Cubelite

    Easily collapses flat
    Reflection control
    Features a unique base diffusion system
    Ideal for pottery product shots

The Cubelite allows the photographer to control the lighting of products, minimizing shadows and isolating the subject from the background. It's never been easier to take quick and crisp product shots on location or in the studio. Simply set up the Cubelite, place lights on the outside and you're good to go.

Contact Terry at or 828-467-0166.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Exhibition Opportunity Call To Artists

Call for Artists
Gallery 101
Monthly Exhibition Opportunity

Local Artists,

Thank you for your interest in being an exhibitor for Gallery 101's new rotating monthly exhibition space. Each month Gallery 101 will host 1-2 artists in the upstairs gallery at its 56 S Lexington Ave Unit 101 location in downtown Asheville. Together you the artist and we the gallery will work to make your exhibition a success.

The following is a breakdown of responsibilities for your exhibition:

Responsibilities of Gallery 101:

  • Writing and distribution of press releases and inclusion on 3rd party online calendars
  • Designing, printing, and distribution of posters and postcards in collaboration with the artist
  • Social Media promotion
  • Planning an opening and/or closing reception including providing food, drinks, and tableware
  • Providing display materials such as pedestals and shelves
  • Printing and hanging print material such as show and artist statements
  • Providing price tags for continuity in the show
  • Providing a check for sales to the artist within 7 days of the event closing

Responsibilities of the artist:

  • Provide images of your work 30 days before the opening of your exhibition. Gallery 101 will then design posters and postcards to your specifications. The artist is responsible for covering the cost of these materials and has discretion on quantities and budget. Both the artist and Gallery 101 will distribute materials to their respective contact lists.
  • Promotion of the exhibition on social media if the artist utilizes it as well as any other avenues the artist traditionally uses for self promotion
  • The option to provide additional display materials especially if they may be specific to the work and enhance the exhibition display

Financial Responsibility to the artist:

  • Deciding and providing the budget for posters and post cards to be used for promotion of the show and distributed by both the gallery and the artist
  • The artist receives 70% of sales and the gallery receives 30% of sales

If you are interested in working together please contact us to set up a time to come and view the gallery and discuss any questions you may have. If you are ready to jump in, send the following information to the email below:

  • 5 images of your individual work
  • 3-5 images of your work in a gallery setting if available
  • Artist Statement and/or Artist Bio

Thank you
Jun Seo
Tori Motyl
Gallery 101
Phone : (585)507-5731
Email :

Monday, January 13, 2020

FREE Clay Business Hour: Money Mindset Makeover at The Village Potters Clay Center

The Village Potters Clay Center is excited to kick off their Clay Business Hour series in 2020. These 1-hour business presentations/talks are free. We welcome potters and creatives of all kinds. 

See details below.

Intro to  Money Mindset Makeover:
for Artists, Creatives, and Rebels
with Jen Aly, Money Coach for Creatives

Friday, January 24th from 10:00 - 11:00am

The Village Potters Clay Center - ISM Studio
191 Lyman St., #180
Asheville, NC 28801
RSVP to Lindsey at
This interactive presentation creates a complete mindset shift in how participants view money.
Do you want more freedom in your life? Are you open to a new, empowering relationship with money? Are you ready to earn what you’re worth & get to the next level?
  • Discover empowering insights about your financial life
  • Gain tools and practices to shift your money life into prosperity
  • Create a new inspiring perspective on marketing & sales
  • Learn the most important thing to focus on that will generate income
See your money and your business in a whole new light!


Jen Aly is a bridge between the financial & business world and artists & creatives. For the past 20 years, it has been her passion to help people reclaim and harness the creative process to succeed. Today that translates into supporting creatives to succeed in the business world by supporting them to apply business skills in a way that leverages their genius. A creative herself, she bootstrapped an Asheville-based jewelry design business that has grown every year since its start in 2013. A coach since 2003, Jen is committed to empowering creatives to thrive in expression, money, and business via coaching, workshops, and community programs. In 2019 she did a TEDx talk "Harness Creativity as Your Greatest Business Asset." Learn more at

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Let’s make bowls! Hosted by Penland School of Craft February 15 & 22

Let’s make bowls!

Hosted by Penland School of Craft February 15 & 22

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden are two local organizations are focused on ending hunger in our neighborhood – and they need your support! Each year, these organizations host popular Empty Bowls events to raise money for the cause. This year, we are combining our efforts to gather together the many beautiful bowls it takes to make these events possible.

What is Empty Bowls?

If you have not participated before, Empty Bowls asks participating artists to create and donate bowls for events, at which a simple and delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert is provided from local restaurants and families. Guests choose a bowl that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Ticket sales help to fund the hunger-fighting organizations, and bring folks together for an evening of sharing and community.

Join us! We’ll be making bowls, mugs, cups, and vases in the Clay studio

February 15, 10am – 6pm: Wheel throwing till 2pm/trimming till 6pm & hand building all day. Clay has been generously donated by The Village Potters & Laguna Clay

February 22,10am–6pm: Glazing. Glazing. Glazing.

What to bring? Yourself of course! A Pot-luck snack or drink to share, your favorite tools, apron, towel and bucket.

Can’t come? We need help firing and sanding bottoms on other days, how would you like to help?

Questions? Contact Marianna Popp,, 706-410-3937 (text)

For more information about these organizations go to their websites:
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden
Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Workshops at the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts

Dan Anderson March 15-16 and Matt Schiemann April 18-19th workshops are $150 for two days of demonstrations. Space reserved by full payment, first checks in, first spots. Dan's already has a few spots filled!

Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic arts summer workshop series are hands on week long classes that take place on the campus of Mars Hill University.

Class fees are $600 and housing and meals are available on campus (see flyer for total costs)

For information on how to register contact Shane Mickey at:

Recap: January Clay Club at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville

Thanks to Andy Palmer for hosting an awesome first Clay Club of 2020! It was great to get to see so many clubbers - including several who traveled quite a ways.

Andy demonstrated how he uses textured rollers to decorate slabs and then how he joins these slabs to thrown pieces. He also walked us through how makes his own textured rollers. John Britt brought a textured roller he recently acquired. It is a Sharon Hoppe Designs rolling pin and is available from The Texture Shoppe.

Thanks to Robbie Bell and Rob Heffron for bringing a cake and leading us in wishing Andy a belated happy birthday.

Cynthia Bringle let us know that the Penland summer catalog is out and reminded us about the Penland standby program that lets residents of some WNC counties as well as K-12 teachers and post-secondary educators from anywhere to take available spaces for half-price tuition. Standby applications open on January 13th. More details here:

February Clay Club will be at Warren Wilson College on February 12th - more details about that soon.

Thanks again to Andy - and his wife Silvia - and to everyone who came!

Missing a water bottle?

Someone left this water bottle at West Union Art Studios in Morganton when we had Clay Club there in October. Is it yours? Let me know so we can get it back to you. (Thanks to Molly and Adam Mackay for bringing it to Clay Club last night!)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

South Carolina Clay Conference February 28-March 1

The 6th Annual South Carolina Clay Conference
February 28, 29, March 1, 2020
Newberry, South Carolina

Friday and Saturday Presenters
Akira Satake + Kristin Schoonover

Sunday Morning
Rosa + Winton Eugene

Sunday Afternoon
Beyond the Surface — Building Community Through Clay

Register at

Early Bird Registration by 5pm January 31, 2020 $225 ($125 Student)
Regular Registration by 5 pm February 18, 2020 $275 ($175 Student)

For more information call 803-597-1125 or email

28705 Business Breakfast on Thursday, January 9th

28705 Business Breakfast: 2020 Business Growth Planning Session
Thursday, January 9th
8 am - 9:30 am
Networking and Breakfast Starts at 7:30 am
Historic Courthouse in Bakersville

For Bakersville folks (sorry for the late notice - they will be holding these monthly though). The registration for this is so large that they've moved the event to the Historic Courthouse.

FREE EVENT - Registration is requested (link below) to ensure a seat and estimate breakfast requirements but not required - Walk-ins are welcome

The 28705 Business Breakfast is a great place to gain valuable local information, build networking, discuss entrepreneurship, and grab a light breakfast. Sponsored by the Mitchell County EDC, the Town of Bakersville, the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayland Small Business Center, the free breakfast workshops place a focus on providing applicable information and business networking that will link entrepreneurs and spur local growth. Starting January 9, meetings will be on the second Thursday of each month through October. In this first meeting of 2020, Allen Cook, Director the Mayland Small Business Center will discuss key areas that affect local business growth. Allen will also be asking for input from attendees on areas where local businesses need help in 2020. 2020 breakfast workshops topics will be built from your input. Networking and the light breakfast will start at 7:30 am with the workshop beginning promptly at 8:00 am. The meetings are always finished up by 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome at the business breakfast so make plans to attend.

More info and registration:

Monday, January 6, 2020

Clay Club this Wednesday!

January Clay Club will be at Andy Palmer's studio this Wednesday, January 8th, at 6pm. Thanks again to Andy for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

Carpooling: if you're interested in carpooling, 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!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

January Clay Club at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville

January Clay Club will be next Wednesday, January 8th, from 6-8pm at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville. Andy will demo his technique of textured slab making and how he attaches the slabs to wheel thrown pieces, and special guest John Britt will demo his use of a textured slab roller he has recently acquired. Thanks to Andy for hosting us and to both Andy and John for demoing!

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

Andy's studio is located at 287 Longview Drive in Bakersville. This is on the road to the new Mitchell County Courthouse and is the only driveway on that road. Google maps will get you there:

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

See you next Wednesday!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Community Clay Studio Memberships and Classes in Burnsville

High Country Ceramic Arts is a community studio located in Burnsville. We offer studio memberships for $260/ a quarter (3 months). A trial one month membership is available for $100. For those newer to clay, we also offer a Beginner's Package special for $180— this includes 1 month of membership as well as three 2-hour lessons on wheel-throwing, hand-building, and/or glazing.

Membership includes:
24/7 access to the studio
Free cone 6 kiln firings
Access to community tools, molds, slips, glazes, etc
Access to our slab roller, extruder, and 8 pottery wheels
Ability to show and sell work in our member gallery
A supportive and fun clay community!

Clay is the only additional cost and is available on-site for purchase at $15 per 25 lb bag.

The studio also offers classes in wheel-throwing and hand-building.

Our next class is Beginning and Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Garold Amsberry:

Meets Tuesdays 1-4pm
8 weeks from January 14 - March 3
$180 + clay (15$ for 25 pounds)

The class is open to absolute beginners as well as intermediate wheel throwers wanting to improve their technique and work towards throwing 5+ pounds of clay.

If any of this sounds like a great holiday gift, we’re also offering gift certificates!

For more information visit our website at, or like us on Facebook @HighCountryCeramicArts.

Monthly Queer Artist Meet Ups in Asheville

If you're interested but missed last night's Queer Artist Meet Up, just wanted to make sure everyone knows it's an ongoing, monthly event:

Email Liz Williams at to stay on top of the Queer Artist Meet Ups, coordinated by Southern Equality Studios, a program of Campaign for Southern Equality.

(image from the Campaign for Southern Equality twitter feed)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Queer Artist Meet Up tonight in Asheville

With apologies for the late notice, here are the details from the Campaign for Southern Equality:

Hey, Asheville –

After our Southern Equality Studios panel discussion this Summer and the debut of Up/Rooted, the exhibition featuring work by Southern Equality Studios artists Al Murray and Liz Williams, we knew that we wanted to continue the conversation and keep building connections with LGBTQ artists in the Asheville area.

That's why Al, Liz, and other artists have been hosting Queer Artist Meet Ups each month – and the latest one is tonight! Join us tonight, December 19, from 7-8pm at Revolve Studios (821 Riverside Drive #179, Asheville, NC 28801).

Whether you're a photographer, painter, graphic designer, sculptor, or any other sort of artist, we want to meet you tonight from 7-8pm!

Can't make tonight's meet up, but interested in getting involved at the next one? Email Liz Williams at to stay on top of the Queer Artist Meet Ups, coordinated by Southern Equality Studios, a program of Campaign for Southern Equality.

Thank you so much,
The Campaign for Southern Equality team

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.