Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Penland Kids Camp needs a 28 inch kiln lid!

The Kids Camp at Penland wonders if someone might have a 28 inch kiln lid they do not need. They're willing to pay. Have a lid or a lead? Contact Cynthia Bringle at 828-765-0240.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Free glaze calculation software for Windows, Mac and iOS

In case you missed it, John Hesselberth’s GlazeMaster glaze calculation software is now free. There had been some issues with the Mac version for the most recent OSs; those have now been resolved. A Windows version is also available.

More info and GlazeMaster for Windows and Mac downloads here:

In addition, Lanse Stover is working on a version of GlazeMaster for iOS, GlazeMaster Go. It’s currently in development and Lanse is offering free trial downloads of the beta version. I’ve been trying it and though I usually use Insight, I can definitely see the usefulness of having glaze calculation software on a phone or tablet that works without an internet connection (looking at you, Country Cablevision ...).

More info and GlazeMaster Go iOS download request here:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

New artists group in the Black Mountain and Swannanoa River Valley

The Black Mountain Creatives formed in January of this year and held their first 3rd Saturday Market in June. (Their next market is scheduled for next Saturday, July 21st.) From the Black Mountain Creatives website:

Black Mountain Creatives came together in January 2018 to unite the artist and creatives living in the Black Mountain and Swannanoa River Valley of Western North Carolina. The group originated in the Black Mountain Exchange and one idea led to another and the group was formed.

The purpose is to network, meet other artists, socialize and make new friends. We are here to support one another in our creative ventures and encourage new ideas and new ways of doing things. We are better together.

Our events include a third Saturday of the month art market in downtown Black Mountain. This event runs from May through November. Come out and see what we are creating. We also host meetings and friendly get-togethers at our local breweries and restaurants. Our last ones have been at Lookout Brewery Pot Luck style.

All forms of art are encouraged including visual, crafters, builders, jewelers, metalsmithing, pottery, music, writing, dance, to digital such as graphic, web, and videography. We are a diverse group and welcome you all.

More info:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Call for Empty Bowls for Feeding Avery Families

Empty Bowls for Feeding Avery Families August 25, 2018

Hello, this is just a quick reminder that we are approaching the time for our event at Land Harbor Recreation Center in Newland. We are so grateful that last year the $25,000 raised provided a higher quality of food for those in need, including fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy. As we continue to teach people to feed themselves and their children a healthy way to eat, we offer thanks for the generosity of our potters who make our fundraiser possible. We ran out of bowls last year as 200 unexpected donors arrived! A great problem as all understood and still contributed, but we sure are scurrying for bowls this year!

Thanks to you who have already called for pickup or pledged bowls for the event. And please know that I am happy to drive wherever if it means your art is on our table. We are very happy to put out your cards so that people remember you, and ditto with Silent Auction art. Thanks for your big hearts. We appreciate you. Blessings!

Lynn Von Nessen, Co-Ordinator
(386) 337-1648

Friday, July 13, 2018

Bakersville Art Walk today!

Andy Palmer sent this about today’s Art Walk in Bakersville:

On Friday the 13th, Bakersville is having an Art Walk. What is that you ask?? It's when all the galleries in town (and there's a bunch of them) have a whole bunch of snacks, drinks, wine, beer, .... and ART to show off and sell to folks - as well as just provide a nice social time for people to chat and hang out. MICA is having a 'Wine Down Friday' and In Tandem will be having a show by Matt Kelleher as well as Joey Sheehan's newest work. Anita always has great paintings on hand and you can check out David Westmeir's new digs.

There's also going to be live music (at David's on the Corner). Dave Wiseman will be playing a set of blues, folk, and ballads which will be great to listen to. And again, tons of artwork for ya.

Hope people are able to come! It's from 4:00 - 7:00 this Friday.

Facebook event page here:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Recap: July Clay Club at John Ferlazzo's

Thanks to John Ferlazzo for hosting us for our 10th anniversary! Back in our first year, John hosted four meetings at what came to be known as “John’s fun house” and/or “club house.” It was great to be back in his former clay studio (now an Airbnb apartment - complete with pool table (!) and skeeball (!!)). The views are still pretty awesome, and John has also added an upper deck that is pretty sweet. John isn’t making pottery these days but he is making some beautiful work with wood - check out his cutting boards below.

A couple announcements:

Jacquie López shared information about the Empty Bowls events in Mitchell and Yancey counties. She is coordinating the bowl donations for both. Want to donate? See this post:


Duffy Baum shared a call for artists for the Potters’ Holiday Pop-Up in Asheville on December 8th. More info about that here:

Thanks again to John and to everyone who came. Our August meeting will be hosted by Ruth and Michael Rutkowsky on August 8th. See you then!

Call for artists for the Potters’ Holiday Pop-up


Potters’ Holiday Pop-Up

Vendors can set up as early as 8:00 AM. All you’re
required to bring is a drop cord for lighting if you need
it, and your work. Vendors may share a table if they like.
Please only apply if you sell high-quality goods.

For more information email:
or visit:

Download the application here:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kiln sharing opportunity

Here are the details from Nick LaFone:

Are you a clay artist that needs the use of a kiln and has a place for it? I have a Skutt 1027 in good shape and I would like to find a studio that is wired to host it and share firings in exchange. I would only bring my work in to fire about once a month and would not need studio workspace. If you would have about the same schedule, that would be preferable over a high production pottery space. It could be a mutual win win for both of us. I’m in E. Asheville, Swanannoa area, so the closer the better.

Contact Nick at

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday!

Clay Club is tomorrow at John Ferlazzo’s near Bakersville. Thanks again to John for hosting us!


When: Wednesday, July 11th from 6-8pm

What: We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Clay Club! John says to “bring your fun hats” …

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Where: John Ferlazzo’s near Bakersville. John’s address is 110 Gage Branch Road, Bakersville, NC 28705.

Directions and more info here:

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, especially from in/around Asheville, let me know and I will put folks in touch. You can also leave a comment right here on this blog post or on this facebook post.

See you tomorrow!

"Free" Kiln Bricks

Update:  Kiln bricks have been claimed.  Thank you for your interest.

Hello All,
The day has come that the kiln at East Fork needs to come down.  For those who are not familiar this is a large single chamber anagama style kiln with a very large chimney.  It has been fired 18 times.  The kiln has been salt fired so the brick has a good coating of salt-glaze.

We are offering the brick to anyone who can dismantle the kiln and remove the brick.  It will be a big job for whoever takes it on.  The chimney will require the rental of staging to dismantle.  While the hot face of the brick is coated with salt it could easily be turned around in it's second life so that there is a new clean face on the interior.

The floor has rare large 3" thick tiles that I would also recommend flipping.

If anyone is interested please call me -
978 660 8032 or email

The kiln needs to be gone by September 1.


Alex Matisse
East Fork Pottery

Monday, July 9, 2018

July Asheville Art News

Jim Kransberger shared the July issue of Asheville Art News - see it at

WNC potter looking for temporary home for slab roller

Here are the details from Linda Falcone:

I need a temporary home for the slab roller until I find another house. If the person who is kind enough to house it they of course are more than welcome to use it until I can come and get it. It is a Shimpo 30" x 50" I haven't even seen it yet. This has all been done by email. By the way I am still looking for an electric kiln. I've talked to Les at highwater and I'd be better off with a smaller kiln like maybe 18" in measurement across. I tend to agree as we had that in HCC and I really liked that kiln the best.

Contact Linda at

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Cynthia Bringle Clay+ exhibit in Spruce Pine

Cynthia Bringle shared her upcoming exhibit at the Toe River Arts gallery in Spruce Pine.

Here’s the press release about the exhibit:

“What means the most to me is that I can still make pots.”

Beginning on July 14 at the Spruce Pine Gallery, Toe River Arts will recognize that ability with Clay + and the work of Cynthia Bringle.

Bringle began her studies in painting until, during her second semester at Memphis Academy of Art, she wrapped her hands around a ball of clay in one of the required classes. She continued to paint but from that semester on clay guided her passion.

In 1963, Bringle came to Penland School of Crafts for a few weeks during the summer while she finished up her undergraduate work at Memphis and graduate studies at Alfred University. In 1970, she moved to Penland.

The exhibit acknowledging Cynthia Bringle’s contribution to the arts at the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery runs from July 14 through August 18. A special reception is planned for Saturday, July 28 from 5 to 7pm and coincides with the “Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina” reception being held on the second floor in the Dottie Owen Great Room/Gallery.

Bringle’s exhibit pieces will run the gamut from years-old pieces to new work. And paintings. Cynthia has never stopped painting. She says this exhibit is not a retrospective of her life’s work but reflects what she has done, what she is doing, and what she might be considering in the future. In 2009, Bringle was named a North Carolina Living Treasure for her contribution to the global ceramics arena, an honor she recognizes with deep appreciation. “Clay +” will celebrate her life from yesterday when she picked up a brush in Tennessee to tomorrow when she throws another pot.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July Clay Club at John Ferlazzo's near Bakersville

"Cigar John" Ferlazzo

July Clay Club will be next Wednesday, July 11th, from 6-8 pm at John Ferlazzo’s near Bakersville. Thanks to John for hosting us!

We’ll be celebrating 10 years of Clay Club. Our first meeting was at John Britt’s studio in June, 2008, and our second meeting was at John Ferlazzo’s studio/clubhouse. We’ll also talk about Clay Club’s future. What would you like to see in the next 10 years of Clay Club? Come with suggestions!

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


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.

Google Maps will also get you there:

We’ll be meeting in John’s former clay studio, upstairs in the building on the left as you come up the driveway.

See you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

“Art and Manufacturing” at Mars Hill University

“Art and Manufacturing” at the Weizenblatt Art Gallery at Mars Hill University (MHU):

The exhibition is a community collaboration and features The Bright Angle as a creative collaboration showcasing the relationship between art and the manufacturing industry. The Bright Angle is a designer-maker collaborative pottery studio formed in Asheville in 2016 by Nick Moen Studios. Each studio piece follows a process of sketches, 3D-prototypes, molds, firing, and refining, all using particular porcelain and glaze formulas. The Bright Angle sources wood, glass, and other materials from local craftspeople, sharing their commitment to American-made and thoughtfully sourced raw goods.

The exhibit is open 10am to 4pm weekdays July 6-August 10 (no holidays) in the Weizenblatt Art Gallery in MHU’s Moore Fine Arts Building located at 79 Cascade Street. Opening reception July 15th from 5-7 pm.

More info:

Monday, July 2, 2018

Made in NC Awards

From the Made in NC Awards website:

The Made in NC Awards is for all you North Carolina makers, bakers, crafters, and creators. Maybe you run a microbrewery or sell handmade soaps at your local farmers market. Perhaps you’re a skilled woodworker or create incredible custom clothing. Whatever it is that you make and sell, you’re proud to produce it right here in North Carolina — and we want to help you show it off to the entire state.

If you wish to enter, you will have nine weeks, spanning from May 16 to July 18, 2018, to submit your product to the Made in NC Awards. After the submission period, our esteemed panel of judges will spend one month, from July 19 to August 22, 2018, carefully tasting, testing, and inspecting top-notch entries. The judges will choose one winner and two honorable mentions for each category. Winners will be announced on August 23, 2018.

Note: Judges from the Our State Store and Mast General Store will consider all submissions for merchandising opportunities.

More info:

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July Exhibition - Matt Kelleher

In Tandem Gallery July Exhibition 

Matt Kelleher 

 Probably many of you know Matt Kelleher from when he lived in the area around Marshall and Penland? Well, we were able to schedule him for a show at the gallery even though he's now a big shot Ceramics faculty person at Alfred University in NY. Fortunately, it hasn't gone to his head and he's as personable as ever. So, come on by and check out his new work - I know you'll love it! (He wasn't able to stay for the opening after doing a stint at Penland because of other commitments back home, but he does give his regards and is just as easygoing as ever) Show starts July 1st and runs the entire month.

In Tandem Gallery  

20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428 • •

Alex Irvine makes a new arm for a ceramic sculpture at Biltmore

Nice article in the Asheville Citizen-Times about the work Alex Irvine is doing at Biltmore. Complete article here:

Friday, June 29, 2018

Call for bowls for Empty Bowls in Mitchell and Yancey counties

Call for bowls for Empty Bowls in Mitchell and Yancey counties:

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.

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose sole purpose is to provide temporary food and heating assistance to Mitchell County residents who are in need. This fulfills our mission of, "No one goes hungry in Mitchell County." Contact Martha Gordon at

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden’s mission is to grow a community garden that is shared so everyone has the chance to eat fresh produce in Yancey County. Dig In! is a hands-on learning site to teach, inspire, and empower people in Yancey County to grow their own healthy foods using both traditional and modern sustainable methods. Contact Kathleen Wood at

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.

Additionally, in our communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fiber artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors, gardeners, and other artists and craftspeople. Last year, Shepherd Staff hosted a silent auction of donated pieces, and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden sold vases filled with flowers.

When and where are the local events?

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank hosts their Empty Bowls event this year on August 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. $25 call (828) 765-5385 for more information

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden is hosting their Empty Bowls event on October 19, 2018 at the Burnsville Town Center. $25 visit

How to donate

Please donate one or many bowls of any material: ceramic, wood, glass, stone, etc. Generally, the bowls are soup-sized, but larger bowls are happily accepted to sell or auction for a higher price.

We invite you to place your business card in each bowl so that the final recipient can know who to appreciate and admire for all the years to come!

Bowl Drop off Locations

● Yancey Library 321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714 828-682-2600
● Spruce Pine Library 142 Walnut Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 828-765-4673
● OOAK Art Gallery 573 Micaville Loop Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 675-0690


There is no deadline, we can always use bowls for next year, but we would love to have as many as is possible by October 1, so we can estimate how many tickets we can sell for the event.

Who to Contact

Contact Jacquie López if you have questions about donating bowls 703-232-2145

Special Thank You Event for Bowl Donors!

We are planning a casual thank you celebration for bowl donors on September 22 from 11-2pm at the brand new Burnt Mountain Pottery Studio on 39 Castanea Street in Bakersville.

If you like, you can bring your finished bowls to this little shindig, mingle with generous friends, sip a frosty beverage and have a few bites to go along with our eternal gratitude.
RSVP by September 15 to Jacquie López
or voice/txt 703-232-2145

Monday, June 25, 2018

2018/2019 Regional Artist Project Grants

(Note: artists in other North Carolina counties can find information here:

Attention artists in Avery, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties of North Carolina.

Are you an artist interested in writing a Regional Artist Project Grant for your next big project or idea? The idea of writing a grant may seem intimidating and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, the Asheville Area Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council will all host grant information workshops before the grant deadline of October 12, 2018, by 5 pm.

The Regional Artist Project Grant, funded by N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Application and guidelines can be found at

Regional Artist Project Grant information sessions and workshops will be held at multiple locations (4 in Buncombe County). Anyone can attend. No preparation is required and questions are encouraged. Join our grants managers at one of the sessions below.

• August 15, 5:30-6:30 pm: Enka-Candler Public Library, 1404 Sandhill Rd. [828.258.0710]
• August 27, 5-6 pm: Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St. [828.258.0710]
• August 29, 4-5pm:Administration offices, Burnsville Gallery, 102 W. Main St. [828.682.7215]
• August 30, 4-5pm: Arts Resource Center (2nd floor Spruce Pine Gallery, 269 Oak Ave.)[828.682.7215]
• September 5, 5:30-6:30 pm: Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. [828.258.0710]
• September 12, 4-5 pm: Asheville Area Arts Council, 207 Coxe Ave. [828.258.0710]
• Please call the Madison County Arts Council for more information [828.649.1301]

This grant is sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), Madison County Arts Council (MCAC), and the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC). Support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural Resource Department, with additional contributions by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Avery County, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council.

More info:

Call for entries for the Marshall Handmade Market

The 2018 Marshall Handmade Market will take place November 17th and 18th. From the website:

Hardworking, creative craftsfolk and artisans ~ we heartily invite you to apply for the 2018 Marshall Handmade Market! The market has been growing steadily over the last few years, so this year we are expanding to a two day show - Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm!

Application deadline is July 31st.

More info and application here:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Wine-Down-Friday with Mica Artists and Their Special Guests on July 13th

Celebrate Another Wine-Down-Friday with Mica Artists and Their Special Guests

Join us at Mica on July 13, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm for another episode of Wine-Down-Friday

Meet our special guests: Award winning glassblower Colin O’Reilly, our summer guest artist and Marian Miller, a metalsmith and jeweler, who is new to the area.

So, come for the fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with the artists.

See you there!

Mica is in downtown Bakersville at 37 N. Mitchell Ave., 828-688-6422

Thursday, June 21, 2018

L&L vent system component for sale in Weaverville, North Carolina

A L&L lightly used vent system component that retails for $350 from L&L. Plus this very expensive heavy duty cable for 30AMP with a 240 female plug. $50 total for both. Contact Duffy

Vent System Component - Assembled Fan/Blower Motor

Vent-Sure Vent System Assembled Fan/Blower Motor - Unit includes the Motor with Inlet Duct, Outlet Duct, Motor Mounting Plate, 90 Deg Elbow and Power Cord attached. (Does not include vent bypass box or flexible duct).

Part Number: M-V-FANK/00
Price: $385.00 / Each

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina


Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln - Complete - $4,995
Terry Gess 828 467 0166

I’m selling my well-built and slightly-used cone 10 kiln. Excellent condition. (I’m switching to another type of firing.)

Buyer will need to dismantle but I’ll provide guidance as well as free assistance & guidance with rebuilding at your site.

The kiln measures 49 1/2” x 63” on the outside
35 cu ft stacking space inside
The kiln holds ten to fourteen 12”x 24” shelves - 2 rows deep


2 Ransom b-4 burners with Baso Safety Systems and piggy back pilots, pressure regulators ($858 value)
Currently used with propane - can be adjusted to natural gas as needed
Fluke II pyrometer ($400 value)
Thermocouple and sleeve ($76 value)
Eight 12” x 24” silicon carbide shelves (used)
Almost-new K26 3” bricks in wall and arched ceiling (wider brick means less cracks = fuel savings)
Almost-new Jet DP hard brick in floor and fireboxes
12 foot stack (used soft brick)
All plumbing for burners
Misc shelf stacking furniture (used)
All steel cut and drilled to correct specs
Complete set of detailed instructions and pictures to assist you with rebuilding
Arch form for rebuilding arch
Free assistance & guidance on rebuilding at your site

Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln - Complete - $4,995
Terry Gess 828 467 0166

Pugmill for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Here are the details from Beth Gore:


Description from VENCO:
Robust, suitable for de-airing, blending, mixing, and reworking clay.
Stainless steel mixer shaft and blades.
240 volt system (single phase).
Cast aluminum barrel — split longitudinally for easy cleaning.
4 inch nozzle

The vacuum pump is "New In Box". We have two pugmills and have always run them from one pump. We can give you a demonstration with the one we are still using. Works great - we just don't use 2 different clay bodies any longer.

Contact Beth at