Monday, April 23, 2018

Clay Olympics update and Kazegama wood ash firing invitation

As previously announced, the 2018 Clay Olympics will take place Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8 pm at The Village Potters in Asheville. Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting and organizing! Here’s an update on how you can help (plus an invitation to participate in a special firing):

Events: The Village Potters are donating the clay for the olympics and everyone is invited to participate. Events being considered include blindfolded throwing, team throwing, and perhaps a 'fastest/biggest' competition. Is there an event you’d like to participate in (and/or watch others compete in)? Let Lori Theriault ( or me know.

Sponsors: A big thank you to everyone who has already offered to sponsor! We’re currently at $500 in cash prizes and a number of additional non-cash prizes have also been offered. Additional sponsorships of cash or prizes would be welcome - contact Lori ( or me if you’d like to be a sponsor. Once we have a final list, we will post all the sponsors on the Clay Club blog.

Kazegama wood ash firing: Clay Clubbers are invited to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be going on during the evening of the Clay Olympics. Here are the details: 1-2 pots each (not guaranteed to get both in, though), no more than 8 inches in any direction, liner glazes only, and raw clay or bisque-fired slip only on the outside. Pots need to be delivered to The Village Potters by May 1 (they can be dropped off in the gallery). Contact Lori ( for more info.

Thanks everyone!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University

From Norma Hendrix, Executive Director of Cullowhee Mountain ARTS:

Cullowhee Arts hosts a great Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University each summer in June. We are now in our 7th year but many artists are still unaware of this great opportunity to come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, stay on the lovely campus of WCU and take a workshop in; Ceramics, Book Arts, Encaustic, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography and Printmaking. The studios in the WCU School of Art & Design are state-of-the art with great lighting and ventilation systems. Included in the week is a visit to the WCU Fine Art Museum with artist talks.

More information here:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Travel Log from Cuba: Food and Farming Discussion

Not exactly clay, but wanted to share this event sponsored by Dig In! Community Garden (thanks to John Britt and John Hartom for sharing):

Facebook event page here:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Madison County Potters Market this Saturday

8th Annual Madison County Potters Market
Saturday April 14th, 2018 9am - 4pm
Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC

From the Facebook event page:

Potters of Madison County Show and Sale

Join us at Marshall High Studios Saturday April 14 for the eighth annual Potters of Madison County show and sale! Come see the wares of some of the finest potters in the region and beyond, in historic Marshall, NC ~ 25 minutes north of Asheville. Artisan pastries, coffee and lunch will be available for purchase on site.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mark Errol at ETSU TODAY!

Just a quick reminder that MARK ERROL will be giving a short demonstration workshop from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Art Annex on the campus ETSU today. There is one change in plans from the original post - Mark will be giving his slide talk at the START of the event. 

Please join us! 

The Art Annex is located at 695 JL Seehorn Rd. We will have parking passes available in the Annex to put in your windshield. If you arrive a few minutes early we can point you in the direction of parking spots.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop- Saturday April 14, 2018

Several spots open!!

April 14, 2018

Learn almost everything you ever wanted to know about clays and glazes in a small intimate setting from internationally renowned experts.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
This is your chance to hear three experts in their respective fields share their thoughts followed by question and answer sessions. If you are interested in clays and glazes and how they work together then this workshop is perfect for you. Think of it as a mini-NCECA in your own backyard!  
Alex Glover is an internationally known geologist who recently retired with over 38 years of experience in industrial minerals. He has worked all over the world with various companies including: The Georgia Marble Company, Vulcan Materials Company,  Zemex Industrial Minerals Corporation,  and Active Minerals International.  He is amazing knowledgeable about geology, the formation of ceramics materials and how industry works. He will speak on his work finding Josiah Wedgwood’s original clay deposits in Franklin NC. He is an excellent and engaging speaker who is able to explain complex subjects in a down to earth style.
Steve Blankenbeker researches and develops materials for Taylor Clay Products and Brick Company in Salisbury, NC. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Ceramics from NC State University.  He worked for Cedar Heights Clay for 18 years and 16 years with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury NC.  Steve loves to help potters find and use local or regional clays in NC, OH and WV. He will talk on geology of local sourced clays as well as his amazing knowledge of the brick industry.
Michael Tkach is recently retired after 20 years as the Director of Ceramic Engineering at the Homer Laughlin China Company who produces Fiestaware. He has amazing knowledge of the ceramic industry and how things are produced, how to control slips and glazes and how to have success with glazes. Michael is a firm believer that understanding the relationship between specific gravity, viscosity, glaze application weights, and application techniques will give any potter the ability to develop and reproduce the glaze effects they desire.


9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Arrive have coffee and rolls
10:00-12:00 Alex Glover
12:00- 1:00 Delicious lunch of soup and salad included
1:00 – 3:00 Steve Blankenbeker
3;00 – 5:00 Michael Tkach

Cost: $100 – Delicious lunch provided
Registration requires full non-refundable payment to hold your spot.  (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

Send a check to the address below to hold your spot on Paypal at my email address.


John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705
Any questions contact John Britt 828-467-5020

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We are looking for a festival/art fair tent

We're looking to purchase a used festival/art fair tent,  it needs to be at least a "commercial grade" or better (That's what they told us) and any other things that we might need - displays, lights, table skirts, etc... 
For info contact Andy at 607 345 5461 -

Monday, April 9, 2018

More info about the Bill van Gilder workshop in Jonesborough, Tennessee

We posted last week about the workshop with Bill van Gilder in Jonesborough, Tennessee - Kerry Porche shared this flyer and link to the Facebook event page:

See the earlier blog post here:

Fabulous Bakersville Gala and Gallery Walk!

Join the four galleries in Bakersville to celebrate spring!

Friday, April 13th, 4–7.

Anita’s Atelier, meet new local artists Mariella and Nathan Favors.

In Tandem, selection of national, local ceramics, and jewelry.

Mica, All day coffee and crumpets,

4-7 Wine Down the Week with fine wine, beer, delicious snacks.

A handmade gift with each purchase while supplies last!

Meet our newest members JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco Fyreglas Studio!

Shane Mickey Pottery, ceramics by Mickey, others, and resident artist Mac McCusker.

Recap: April Clay Club at Cat Jarosz’s studio

Thanks to Cat Jarosz for hosting us for Clay Club! Cat and her husband John made a big pot of delicious chili that was perfect for a chilly Saturday evening - thanks to both of them for that. It was great to get to see Cat's studio and other work spaces, including her “office” (aka dining table), glaze room and photography studio. Her gallery spaces are sweet.

Cat gave us a comprehensive handle demo - she told us she loves making handles and it really shows. Some of her tools for making handles include patterned rolling pins and extruder dies, including using two dies together to create different forms. She showed us how to use the angles of the piece you’re attaching the handle to for figuring out where to place the handle - but she said that this system didn’t always work: everybody has their own preferences about handles and rules don’t always work. She uses magic water to attach handles. She also showed us how she uses a propane torch to speed drying.

Cat is located in Leicester, not far at all from Asheville, and easy to get to from I-26. Her house and studio are truly lovely. She’ll be on the Come to Leicester Studio Tour in August which would be a great time to visit.

Thanks again to Cat for hosting and demonstrating, and to everyone who came!

Free workshop at ETSU TODAY & TOMORROW

Please join us! 

Location: Art Annex, ETSU Main Campus. 695 JL Seehorn Jr Rd

Friday, April 6, 2018

Clay Club on Saturday!

Clay Club is tomorrow at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester! Thanks again to Cat for hosting us.


When: Saturday, April 7th from 6-8 pm (note the change from our usual meeting time).

What: Cat will do a handle demo and tell us about her work and her studio.

Cat and her husband are making chili for our potluck - please bring food and drink to go with that.

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New for Summer 2018 – Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes

Resolve to get your hands dirty this summer, with the Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes. Cultivate your creativity and progress your personal style with CVCC’s non-credit pottery classes. No experience necessary, and the only requirements for students are a tool kit, purchased at the CVCC bookstore or local craft store, and a desire to create. All classes are $166.25, and include $125 registration fee, $40 supply fee and $1.25 insurance fee.

Hand Built Pottery Techniques with Evelyn Arnold

Tuesdays, May 29 – July 31, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 3, 2018.

For students of all skill levels, including beginners, this course is designed to teach the many varied techniques and applications for hand building with clay. Students will focus on various ways and tools that can be used to make many forms for utilitarian use. This course will explore the use of molds, slabs and coils with an emphasis on surface design and glazing techniques.

Pottery on the Wheel with Evelyn Arnold

Wednesdays, May 30 – August 1, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 4, 2018.

This class is designed for the beginner through intermediate level potter. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters’ wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.

Pottery on the Wheel II with Preston Tolbert

Thursdays, May 31 – August 2, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 5, 2018.

Designed for experienced as well as beginner level potters, students will learn to create a variety of forms including pitchers, vases and lidded jars. Also included is instruction on how to apply glazes and the proper procedure for loading and firing an electric kiln. Upon completion, students will be familiar with working on the potter's wheel, glaze application and firing techniques.

Class space is limited. For more information about the courses please email Evelyn Arnold at; to register email Cheri Toney at or contact the Continuing Education Department at 828-327-7037.

Call for entries for the 2019 Art of Clay National Juried Show

From the NC Pottery Center website:

The National Juried Show with the International Twist!
(March 3 – June 15, 2019)



1st place – $1000 / 2nd place – $500 / 3rd place – $250 / Honorable Mentions


This juried show is open to all US artists/residents (ages 18+) working in clay/ceramics. Works must be original, handcrafted, and have been completed in the past two years. Works submitted for consideration must fit on a 24”x24” or 15”x15” pedestal. Works may not have been previously exhibited at the North Carolina Pottery Center. Submission of an entry to this show constitutes an agreement by the artist to all conditions and stipulations listed in this Call for Entries.


Artists may submit images of up to three (3) works for a non-refundable $35 fee. Submissions will not be considered complete until both the entry submission and the entry fee have been received by the North Carolina Pottery Center.


Douglas Fitch (
Doug is also going to be one of the featured presenters at the 2019 North Carolina Potters Conference, sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild, in Asheboro, NC, the first weekend in March 2019.

Deadline for receipt of entries is December 15, 2018.

More info here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

FREE Workshops at ETSU Next Week!


Please join us for two exciting workshops next week at East Tennessee State University!

Visiting artist Hanna Schelb will be on campus Monday, April 9 & Tuesday, April 10, with a public lecture to be held Monday morning at 9:00 am in the Ceramics Studio. She will be demonstrating her techniques for merging the human figure & the vessel in clay. A full schedule of events is listed on the flyer. 

Visiting Artist Mark Errol will be demonstrating his finishing & surface design techniques on Thursday 4/12 from 2:00 -5:00 with an artist talk to follow. 

We are located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building. A campus map is located here:

Parking on campus can be tricky. You may plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can find parking. If you come to the Annex first, we will have a parking pass for you to put in your windshield. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Both events are sponsored by the Student Ceramics Association and are FREE and open to the public! 

Hope to see you next week!
Lindsay Rogers

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pottery Workshop with Bill van Gilder in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Thanks to Dennis McAvoy for sharing this info:

There will be a Bill van Gilder workshop in Jonesborough, TN, May 10-12 at the McKinney Center (103 Franklin Ave., Jonesborough TN, 423-753-0562).

Go to, page down to the workshop and click on "More Information" below the workshop info.

There is an outline for the workshop and the last page is a registration form. I would call and get on the list, if interested, and then submit the form and payment.

Wesley Anderegg and Ryan Myers at In Tandem Gallery

In Tandem Gallery's starting its season with a great show entitled "About Face" with artists Wesley Anderegg and Ryan Myers.  Both artists focus on figurative elements; Wesley's folk / naive-like people and dogs are sculptural with an edge to them (kind of awkward, a bit creepy and scary, but wonderfully created and memorable) while Ryan's work is functional but decorated with fairly detailed and realistic surfaces (lifelike enough to straddle the line between functional and sculptural with a definite Latin American look to them). 

So, join us for an Opening reception Friday, April 13th, 4pm-8pm if you can and let's celebrate the start of our 3rd year with some drinks, snacks, and really really fantastic ceramics.

In Tandem Gallery 
20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428 • •
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Clay Club this Saturday at Cat Jarosz’s studio!

April Clay Club is this Saturday, April 7th, from 6-8 pm at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester. (Please note the special time.) Thanks to Cat for hosting us!

Cat makes beautifully handcrafted stoneware pottery and she will do a handle demo, including how to pull a great handle and all the steps involved. She’ll also show us her studio and tell us about her work. She is a focus artist at Odyssey Co-Op Gallery this month - check out her work here:

Cat and her husband will be making chili, so bring food and drink to go along with that for our potluck.

Cat is located at 1177 Bear Creek Rd, Leicester NC 28748. Cat says: “my house is off the road but I have brick pillars with white concrete rabbits atop them at the road.” Google maps will get you there:

Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey folks - let me know if you’re interested in carpooling. Folks from elsewhere who are interested in carpooling - let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or this Facebook post and we’ll see what we can figure out.

Questions? Contact Cat at You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you Saturday!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Call to Artists for the 72nd Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville, North Carolina

Here are the details from Dan Barron:

Please accept this invitation for all local & regional artists and craftspeople to apply for space at the 72nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on June 15-16th, 10am to 5pm.

The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Arts and Craft Fair with food vendors and live music throughout the day, a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing, and the famous Ducky Derby.

Please note that as per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-255, everyone who sells tangible property at a festival is required to collect and remit NC state & county sales tax, and to have and display their Sales & Use Tax Certificate of Registration at their booth. Failure to comply with this statute is a Class 1 Misdemeanor offence and the individual can be charged as such. If you don’t have a number, registration is free and can be completed online at

Feel free to forward this email to others you feel might be interested in participating. We are looking forward to the Festival and hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please email me or call me @828-284-1914 at your convenience.

The application deadline is May 1st.

More info and application here:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

FREE Book!!!

***4/2/18 update: the book has been taken!***

Karen Mickler is giving away this book:

Ceramic Glazes 3rd ed, 1973., CW Parmelee

(more about this book here:

Yellow Branch Pottery
828 479 6710

Kick Wheel For Sale

Thomas Stuart Kick Wheel
with Splash Pan and Motor Attachment
Today's price new $1319
Our price on this used wheel including splash pan and motor attachment: $550
Table top could use a new coat of urethane.
Otherwise excellent shape.
Call Brian at Odyssey Studios, Asheville.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

FREE Talk on Wholesaling to Galleries at The Village Potters

FREE Talk on Wholesaling to Galleries
at The Village Potters

Join The Village Potters this Saturday, March 31st from 12:00-1:00pm as they welcome in Sherry Masters to discuss approaching and wholesaling to GALLERIES.

This is a free creative business discussion and all are welcome.

Bring a lunch/snack (optional), pen, and paper. 

RSVP's are appreciated and you may do so by calling (828) 253-2424.

Sherry Masters served as general manager to Grovewood Gallery for over 20 years. She now owns and runs Art Connections Tours. Which serves as the link, the bridge, or ‘connection’ if you will, to give art lovers and collectors access to high-quality professional artist studios in the Asheville and Western North Carolina region.

The Village Potters Clay Center
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday, March 24, 2018

April and May Clay Club: Saturday meeting and Clay Olympics!

Here’s what’s coming up in April and May:

April Clay Club will be at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester on Saturday, April 7th from 6-8pm. I’ll post more details closer to the date, but please note the special time and make plans to join us!

May Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm. Lori Theriault and the rest of The Village Potters are organizing a Clay Olympics. (It’s been a while since we’ve done this - check out the first Clay Club Clay Olympics here: The Olympics will have an Empty Bowls theme, and one hope is that folks will commit to making bowls for Empty Bowls events (either the Asheville Empty Bowls in September or another Empty Bowls event in your area). Judges will include Alisa Hixson from MANNA FoodBank and Melissa Weiss.

We need sponsors for prizes for Clay Olympics winners! If you’re interested, please let me know (

Thanks to Cat, Lori and everyone who’s involved in organizing and hosting these meetings!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Applications open for the Venture Local Fair in Asheville

3/21/18 update from Asheville Grown: the date provided for May was wrong. The May fair will take place Saturday, May 26th.

The 2018 Venture Local Fair will occur at 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville every 4th Saturday for 6 months, May through October. Please mark your calendars for these dates: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27.

From the announcement:

Mark your calendars for every 4th Saturday of each month from May through October 2018, and help us transform 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville into the Pit of Love!

The Venture Local Fair cultivates a community of localists. We come together to create a supportive environment where small businesses grow. Watch as makers, artists, collectors, musicians, chefs, entertainers and inventors magically turn 68 Haywood into a bustling, family-friendly, mini-village of discovery.

Our first event is Saturday May 27 26 from Noon - 7pm. If you are a local maker, artist, service provider or found-objects purveyor we want you to join us in making this festival come alive!

Vendors can apply for any or all of the 6 dates.

The Venture Local Fair is a project of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.

More info and link to application here:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

FREE Sunshine Cobb workshop at Appalachian State University

Potters of the Blue Ridge is partnering with ASU's Appalachian Ceramics Association to host a one day workshop by Sunshine Cobb on April 28th. It's free and open to the public, and there's a parking deck within walking distance. More details in the flyer (click to enlarge).