Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FREE Workshop at Haywood Community College North Carolina

If you are in the area and want a stimulating and informative ceramic workshop ....this is your chance and to top it off it is FREE. Spread the word.

Artist Statement

I suspect what keeps me engaged in the making of pots is the rich history and complex process of ceramics. The materials, kilns, firings, and the rhythm of the studio have become a comfortable part of my life, almost akin to a refuge.

I tend to make complex pots, not understated in form or surface. An interplay between shape and decoration creates a visual tension, which I find to be a rewarding artistic goal. By thinking of pottery as an avenue to explore color, line, surface and form, I have discovered a wellspring of inexhaustible creative opportunities.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Village Potters selling Laguna Clays!

Purchase Laguna Clays today!
 Asheville, NC

Click HERE for more info or
call (828) 253-2424

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Electric front-loading kiln for sale in Leicester, North Carolina

Bill Muerdter is selling an Olympic FL12E electric front-loading kiln in Leicester, North Carolina, near Asheville:

New kiln - only bisque fired once

Kiln with furniture & Orton Vent for sale - asking $5500

Details in the flyer

Contact Bill at bobag@charter.net or 828-683-1515

Friday, October 21, 2016

Update on Toe River Arts Council exhibit controversy

I've posted before about the controversy over an artwork being removed from an exhibit at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) gallery. Denise Cook, Executive Director of TRAC, said that TRAC would hold a forum on the controversy and that they would everyone know when the forum was scheduled. This week I received an email from Denise saying TRAC would not hold a forum after all. Here's the text of her email:

Dear Amy,

I am writing you to let you know that the TRAC Board is developing an exhibit policy so that artists will feel confident about TRAC's display parameters. TRAC serves a wide constituency: from local school students, families, local residents, and visitors to the area. The TRAC goal for its galleries is that they be places where individual expression is valued, and where all members of our community are welcomed and respected.

I would like to ask for your patience as we seek to engage in a process of determining a policy that is both inclusive and respectful. We hope for your participation in that process through feedback once we have a draft policy to work with. Though initially a forum seemed like a way to do it, upon further reflection it doesn't seem like a really effective way to do it.

I would like to stress that the TRAC Board is taking seriously its responsibility to develop an inclusive, respectful policy the membership can use.



Toe River Arts Council

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Greenpatch 421 for sale in Weaverville

Nancy Nehls Nelson has one more item for sale from her husband's studio:

GREENPATCH - 421 - Electric Kiln Repair/Patch, MORTAR ... Kiln Repair, Refractory Cement kiln patch repair hole filler crack patcher...... After applying patch allow to dry for several days and apply kiln wash if applied to inside of kiln ...needs stirred up.Apply with a putty knife ............. .Information on Ingredients Kyanite percent 10 - 20 Mullite percent [Warning:.This is a refractory material which is hazardous to your health if ingested or inhaled. Wear gloves and mask when handling.]

1 - 55LB PAIL - $25
2 - 15LB CANS - $10


Western North Carolina Makers Survey

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design wants input from Western North Carolina makers and designers!

From the email:

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and UNC Asheville recently partnered to launch the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE) in downtown Asheville. CCE will offer business workshops and classes designed specifically for makers and students with support from Mountain BizWorks.

CCCD seeks your input via a short 10-minute survey to ensure that programming is relevant to the WNC maker community.

As a special thank you, all participants will be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card and two tickets to a Blind Pig Supper Club event.

Survey participants must:

• Be a full-time, legal resident in one of the 23 Western North Carolina counties.

• Identify as a maker and/or designer with a craft-inspired business

Here's the survey link from the CCCD Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2dliMkM

Or go to the CCCD website and click on the link: http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cynthia Bringle Demonstration Workshop at the North Carolina Pottery Center

A Day with Cynthia Bringle Demonstration Workshop at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

Saturday, October 29th
Exact time 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Spend some quality time with Cynthia Bringle and see how she makes her incredible pottery.

$60 NCPC Member
$75 Nonmembers
(price includes lunch)

To register, please contact membership@ncpotterycenter.org or call 336-873-8430.

Registration Deadline: October 22nd

Monday, October 17, 2016

Update: ceramics equipment for sale in Asheville

David Samuel Harold recently posted some ceramics equipment for sale in Asheville; the post has now been updated with photos. Check them out here:


Friday, October 14, 2016

Free/Cheap Pottery Studio Materials in Weaverville

***UPDATE: 10/19/16: everything is gone***

Here are the details from Nancy Nehls Nelson:

My husband, Curtis Nelson, died two weeks ago. I have many items from his clay studio to give away and sell. I need to remove stuff by Monday, October 17th. I don’t know what is in many of these buckets. Please call me if you’re interested in ANYTHING! Lots of wall shelves w. brackets, work table, drying shelves, granite work slab, grinder, clay, slip, grit,etc.

828-658-9945 or 828-273-7317

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Studio fire at Reems Creek Pottery

From Rachel Smith (who hosted Clay Club in June):

I had a small studio fire over the weekend that thank goodness the sprinkler put it out. Just want to put some things out there for everyone. Check your insurance policies. Make sure it will cover what you have. Also if you rent a studio you really need renters insurance. And if people rent space in your studio they need their own policies.

I hope you can help spread the word. With the way that there are 2 policies covering the damage I will have about $1500 in deductibles I need to pay. I can handle that.

It is amazing how much I had in my work area for handbuilding today n a 4' square space. What is harder are my lost forms wooden bowls for molds, antique lace, years of collecting cookie cutters and rubber stamps, and my templates. Interesting my books should be ok but the one with the worse water damage was John Britt's cone 5/6 glaze book. My tools are fine except lost my mothers rolling pin which I used as a child., my bevel tool which was a present from a dear friend and my pony roller. Oh well. No one injured.

I will now have a reason to go back to yard sales and build a new proper work bench. But if anyone had wooden or bisque or plaster molds or cookie cutters or texture stamps that they really don't use I'd be glad to help you purge your studios. I really can't come to you to pick up as everyday I have to be at studio during clean up. However Weaverville is beautiful this time of year. And I can offer you some compensation.

Rachel Smith
Reems Creek Pottery
181 Reems Creek Rd # 6, Weaverville. NC

Monday, October 10, 2016

Large bats for sale in Linville, North Carolina


6 Large Bats For Sale. Fit Standard 10” Pins $50 for All

• 1, 22” Wood-Like material, I’m not sure what it is, but it is about 3/4” thick
• 1, 16” Plastic
• 1, 20” Hydro-Bat, a proprietary hard plaster-like material ($48.95 new)
8 3, 14” Hydro-Bats

Available for pick-up near Linville Land Harbor (Pineola/Linville area)

Kimbrell Frazier

Friday, October 7, 2016

Michael Rutkowsky on the Spruce Pine Potters Market

Michael Rutkowsky talked with WTOE's Bruce Ikard about the Spruce Pine Potters Market: www.ourlocalcommunityonline.com/pages/11119641.php (can't make a direct link - scroll down to "SP Pottery Market")

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is this Saturday and Sunday at the Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine: www.sprucepinepottersmarket.com

October Clay Club Canceled; November Clay Club at East Tennessee State University

We will not meet in October, but please make plans to attend November Clay Club at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) on Wednesday, November 9th. Thanks to Lindsay Rogers and the ETSU Student Ceramics Association for hosting us! I will share more details about this closer to the meeting date but wanted to go ahead and let you know.

If you're interested in carpooling to ETSU, let me know and I will put folks in touch.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

4th Annual Highway 80 South Art Hop this Saturday and Sunday

A fall destination weekend tour of Open Studios and Galleries.

Meet with over 15 artists along 7 miles of Highway 80 S following North Carolina’s Scenic South Toe River.

Pottery- Fine Art- Glassworks- Jewelry- and more!


Monday, October 3, 2016

Looking for Tracy Dotson Pottery

Here are the details from Mindy Weck:

I have been all over the internet searching for Tracy Dotson & read that he passed away. I am sorry to hear this. I did not know him, but I have enjoyed his beautiful pottery made by himself & Catherine (former spouse?) with fish scale blue glaze. My husband & I received a full set of Dotson dinner ware & serving dishes for our wedding in 2002, and we have been enjoying them ever since. I can’t find anything like it anywhere else. I am wondering if there is more of Tracy’s & Catherine’s fish scale blue glaze pottery out there somewhere. Would you be willing to let me know if you have any leads?

Have a lead? Contact Mindy at

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Invitation to join Western North Carolina STARworks clay order

As discussed during September Clay Club, some Bakersville folks are organizing an order of STARworks clay to be delivered to Western North Carolina and they're inviting folks to join them. For more information or to get in on the order, contact Andy Palmer at ajpalmer2121@gmail.com. They're hoping to finalize the order by this Friday, October 7th. Details about STARworks clay bodies can be found here: http://www.starworksnc.org/ceramics/supply-shop/157-starworks-clay.html

Friday, September 30, 2016

October Featured Artist at In Tandem Gallery - Carolanne Currier

Just wanted to let every one know that our good friend Carolanne Currier will be having a show at In Tandem Gallery Saturday, October 1st.  Her work is the most dramatic and beautiful soda fired pieces I've ever seen; with purple halo's and intense orange flashing.  By reducing with water on the cool down she achieves a gorgeous carbon black transition that pumps up the contrast.  It's all online as well if you're unable to stop by.  It certainly is something thats got to be seen though.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner this Friday in Burnsville

From the Dig In! website:

Join us for the 6th annual Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner on September 30, 2016 from 4:30 – 7:30pm at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville, NC. Proceeds raised benefit Dig In!’s work to grow and give vegetables so that everyone eats in Yancey County.

Join your family and neighbors for a meal that celebrates our community’s ability to feed each other so that everyone eats. Tickets can be purchased at the door or the following venues: Appalachian Java, Burnsville Wine And …, Yancey Chamber of Commerce, OOAK Gallery, Pig & Grits, and Reconciliation House.

More here: https://diginyancey.org/2016/08/03/2016-dig-in-empty-bowls/

Display pedestals for sale in Linville, North Carolina




Here are the details from Kimbrell Frazier:


They are lightweight, fold and pack down easily and make a beautiful display.
I have at least $950 invested in them. Will sell for $200 cash.
Pick up in Linville NC, near Pineola.

12” square x 41” high - 2
12” square x 36” high - 2
12” square x 24” high - 3
16” square x 42” high - 3
16” square x 36” high - 3
16” square x 30” high - 5

Kimbrell Frazier

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spruce Pine Potters Market October 8-9, 2016

Join us at the historic Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine, North Carolina

October 8 and 9, 2016

10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique gathering of our region’s greatest potters and clay artists. Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend. Admission is free and lunches are available for purchase on site.

Visitors to the show can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful

piece of art donated by four of our participating artists.

The winner does not need to be present at the time of the drawing.

Monday, September 26, 2016

General and Special: Designer Talk with Ole Jensen this Wednesday in Asheville

General and Special: Designer Talk with Ole Jensen
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in downtown Asheville

From The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design website:

Copenhagen-based ceramist and designer Ole Jensen will provide insights into his process transforming everyday materials into contemporary forms. Jensen will include examples of his own designs that contain both the special and the general.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Register at: generalandspecial.eventbrite.com

About Ole Jensen

Ole Jensen is a ceramist and designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is educated from The Arts and Crafts College in Kolding and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Since 1985, Jensen has taught at several design schools, exhibited his works in museums including Designmuseum Denmark, Victoria and Albert Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. He is the recipient of a number of design grants and awards including a Life-long Honorary Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation and has been involved in numerous product design collaborations, such as Royal Copenhagen, Normann Copenhagen and Muuto.


This event is held in conjunction with The Future of Fixing, on view at Benchspace Gallery & Workshop September 2, 2016 – January 20, 2017.

More info here: http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/general-and-special/

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ceramics equipment and supplies for sale in Asheville

***10/18/16 UPDATE: the wheel has been sold - other items are still available***

***10/17/16 UPDATE: spray glaze setup and compressor have been sold - other items are still available***

David Samuel Harold has the following items for sale in Asheville (check back for photos which will be added soon):

Wheel: 500

beam balance: 50

banding wheel: 45

angle grinder: 30

spray glaze setup: 40

compressor: 50

^6 glazes in buckets, various chemistry: prices based on grouped items

Contact David at davidsamuelh@gmail.com

More bowls needed for Dig In! Community Garden's Empty Bowls

Here are the details, from Victoria Hicks:

There's still time to help provide fresh produce to hungry people in our community. The Dig In! Community Garden's Empty Bowls event is Sept. 30, and they NEED MORE BOWLS!

They'd like to receive bowls by this Saturday, September 24
Bowls can be dropped off at ANY of these participating locations:

Yancey County Farmers' Market on the Burnsville Town Square. Saturday mornings from 8:30-12:30 am with Jacquie Lopez, Market Manager
Creekside Cafe & Bakery, Burnsville
Yancey County Library 321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714
The Ice Cream Deck, 621 Micaville Loop, Micaville 28755
AFTER RENOVATIONS/SEPT 22: OOAK gallery in Micaville (573 Micaville Loop, Micaville, NC 28755)
Spruce Pine Library 142 Walnut Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, phone (828) 765-4673

Or, to coordinate a pick up, Please contact Jacquie Lopez
cell/txt 703-232-2145, jacquie@blackdogendeavors.net, in person at the Yancey County Farmers' Market Saturdays 8:30 - 12:30


Please drop a business card in each of your donated bowls so that the recipient knows who to thank for their special treasure!
Bowls of any type are welcome: Ceramic, thrown, handbuilt, wood, etc!

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grass roots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. It is a project of Imagine Render, a 501c3 non-profit organization. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Empty Bowls and the 6th annual Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner. It will be held on Friday, September 30th from 4:30-7:30 pm at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. In years past, the DigIn! Empty Bowls event has seen over 600 attendees!