Friday, November 17, 2017

Marshall Handmade Market on Saturday!

From the Marshall Handmade Market website:

Join us for our ninth annual Handmade Market!

The Marshall Handmade Market happens every autumn on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC, from 10am to 5pm. The studios are housed in a 1920's two story brick high school, which is nestled on a little island in the French Broad River. On show day the spacious, sunny auditorium is filled with some of the best makers in the region, and the resident artists open the doors of their classrooms-turned-studios to visitors. We'll have delicious Thai food from the Bun Intended food truck,sweet and savory pastries from OWL Bakery, a musician or two, and plenty of seating on the generous back deck. Our idyllic island setting, the charming historic high school and fantastic artists all combine to make the Marshall Handmade Market a favorite among holiday markets for locals and visitors.

More information here:

and here:

Friday, November 10, 2017

Recap: November Clay Club at Mars Hill University

Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting Clay Club at Mars Hill University! We had our potluck in the sculpture room, and we also got to see the wheel room, kiln area, and chemicals/glaze supplies closet. Shane told us about the ceramics program at Mars Hill, which has been running since at least the 1960s. The school offers a BFA with a concentration in ceramics/sculpture. Shane is hoping to open up some opportunities, maybe summer workshops, to the community - keep an eye out for that.

Josh Copus brought his brick factory to the meeting. He demonstrated making bricks from local clay dug in Leicester using the water striking method. He’s currently working on bricks for the Old Marshall Jail; the bricks will be formed into a public monument there. He brought stamps and tools for folks to inscribe bricks - you can see some of the results in the photos. Read more about the brick project here: (There are still a few more days to inscribe bricks for the project - schedule and more details on the website.)

Thanks again to Shane, Josh and everyone who came!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Clay Club on Wednesday at Mars Hill University!

Clay Club is tomorrow today at Mars Hill University! Thanks again to Shane Mickey for hosting us.


When: 5-7 pm on Wednesday, November 8th (note the change from our usual meeting time)

What: Shane will give a tour and talk about the program at Mars Hill. In addition, Josh Copus will bring bricks for us to inscribe. This is part of Josh’s Building Community Brick Project which you can read about here:

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, so please bring drink to share, just nothing alcoholic.

Mitchell and Yancey area folks: Sarah House is interested in carpooling from Micaville and she has room for 3-4 people. If you’re interested, contact her at

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow tonight!

Clay for sale in Asheville (or can be delivered at Clay Club on Wednesday)

Here are the details from Hannah McGehee:

FOR SALE 450lbs Laguna Soldate 60 (Cone 10)- This is an awesome sculpture clay which is also wonderful for throwing small and large pieces. We are getting ready to move to Montana and I can't take it all with me in the freezing winter so let me know if you are interested in all or some of it. Unopened bags/ boxes ready to use. I can bring it to the November Clay Club meeting at Mars Hill or you can pick it up in Asheville. Contact for pricing and more info.

Call for creative entrepreneurship speakers

The Center for Craft Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Mountain BizWorks (MBW) have issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for creative sector entrepreneurship instructors. From the RFP:

Responses requested by November 17, 2017

RFP Overview

The RFP process serves to identify speakers for the creative entrepreneurship workshop series. As speaking opportunities emerge, applications will be considered from RFP respondents on topics identified by 300+ maker business owners in the region. Topics include: scaling your business, e-commerce, product photography and exporting (see Workshop Schedule below for expanded titles).

The Center for Craft Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Mountain BizWorks (MBW) welcomes speaker submissions from arts, design and new media faculty; active entrepreneurs with a documented track record of success in the identified topic areas; and, renowned makers who are widely acclaimed for their business acumen. Applicants may submit proposals for multiple topics. The topic submission period is from October 27, 2017 through November 17, 2017 for events and workshops beginning January 25, 2018.

Workshop Schedule

January 25, 2018: Creative Entrepreneur Series Kickoff
February 17, 2018 (2/20/18 inclement weather date): To Scale or Not to Scale
March 1, 2018 (3/7/18 inclement weather date): Building an Effective E-Commerce Store
March 22, 2018 (3/24/18 inclement weather date): Implementing Best Photography Practices in Multi-Channel Markets
April 10, 2018 (4/17/18 back up date): Expanding Your Exported Goods Market: Growing Your Sales Outside of the Local Market

Presentation Topics

We seek presenters to share best practices, leading-edge ideas and inspire maker CEOs to engage in the content for implementation. Topics are developed based on information collected from the 2017 WNC Makers survey, success of past events, and relevance of topics across multiple maker industry businesses.

Each workshop contains different objectives but the primary goal of each workshop is to provide content that business owners will implement and develop and find support in peer-to-peer engagement. CCCD and MBW will decide the best fit for the speakers and presentation topics. The goals of these CCCD and MBW events and education are to:

• Provide maker business owners with opportunities for practical and up-to-date
information, training and education on relevant topics of interest

• Provide maker industry business owners and professors who have subject matter
expertise the opportunity to increase their exposure in the community

• Provide high quality, knowledgeable speakers to workshop and event attendees

View the complete Request for Proposal here:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Walker pug mill for sale in Asheville

Stainless steel Walker pug mill for Sale. $1500. The mill is on wheels for easy moving. Also includes a table to receive clay as it is extruded from the mill.

Located in Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., River Arts District. Asheville, NC

Please call Tyrone or Julie Larson at 828-280-1107 to make an appointment if you are interested in seeing the machine.

Kiln for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

For sale in bakersville, NC. old, very used Olympic oval. I low bisque if we call it that. Not sure if it will go beyond ^08. It is what you see. 300 bucks obo email:

Friday, November 3, 2017

November Clay Club with Shane Mickey at Mars Hill University!

November Clay Club will be next Wednesday, November 8th, at Mars Hill University from 5-7 pm (note that the time is different from our usual schedule). Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us!

Shane will give a tour of the ceramic studio facilities and talk about the program at Mars Hill. He may also do a demonstration if there’s time.

Directions to Mars Hill University are available here:

Shane provided these directions to the ceramics studio after using the above directions to get to the campus: turn left at Wells Fargo Bank. The studio is down the driveway to the right. The white garage door will be open - look for piles of brick. I will inform campus security so people can park wherever since by that time it should be pretty empty as everyone was gone home.

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, so please bring drink to share, just nothing alcoholic.

Mitchell and Yancey area folks - let me know if you’re interested in carpooling.

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

See you next Wednesday!

Western North Carolina Pottery Festival this Saturday in Dillsboro

November 4th 2017 10am-4pm

Front Street Dillsboro NC 28725

(828) 631-5100 Or (828) 586-3601


The festival will go on rain or shine.
Join us for our 13th annual festival!
This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques.

Come see why it's become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by several thousand aficionados of pottery.

More information here:

And here:

Weaverville Art Safari this weekend!

Weaverville Art Safari
Fall Studio Tour
Sat – Sun | November 4-5, 10 – 5
Preview Party: Friday, November 3, 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.

More information here:

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In Tandem Gallery November Exhibition: Sanam Emami

In Tandem Gallery - November Exhibition 

- Sanam Emami -

Some ceramicists have such a distinctive style that they stand out from the crowd no matter what.  Sanam Emami's work exemplifies this.  Her pots are time consuming; with layered stencils, geometric patterns and ornamentation that are full of floral and arabesque imagery.  She takes her historic influences of middle eastern work and modernizes it, giving a contemporary look and feel.  What ties it all together?  That chocolatey clay body and the functionality of it all.  Enjoy!!

In Tandem Gallery 
20 N. Mitchell Ave.Bakersville, NC 28705 • (828) 688-6428

Meet and Greet with Martha Grover at the Asheville Ceramics Gallery on November 3rd

Nationally renowned ceramic artist, Martha Grover, will be the featured artist at the Asheville Ceramics Gallery in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC during November. There will be a gallery opening where the public is encouraged to come and meet Martha on Friday, November 3 from 6 – 9 PM.

Martha Grover has exhibited her work internationally and is recognized as one of the leading figures in functional ceramics today. Martha travels the country giving workshops on her special techniques and has been featured in several magazines and books. Asheville Ceramics Gallery is the only gallery in the Asheville area to carry Martha’s unique and beautiful art.

Grover’s pots have a striking, special-occasion quality to them, meant to encourage the user to pause and fully experience interacting with the ceramic vessel. Reminiscent of orchids, flowing dresses, and the body, Martha thinks of the fluid visual movement around a piece, as a choreographer would move dancers across a stage. She says of her pots, “transmitting desire – there is a sense of revealing and concealing, a layering of details that serves to catch our attention immediately.”

About Martha Grover

Martha lives in Bethel, Maine. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After college, she attended several prestigious artisan residencies throughout the country. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and can be found at galleries across the country.

About Asheville Ceramics Gallery

Asheville Ceramics Gallery is a cooperative gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District. The gallery shows work, in an elegant formal gallery environment, by local ceramic artists working in both functional and sculptural realms. The portfolio is periodically augmented with top-notch visiting artists from across the country.

The Asheville Ceramics Gallery is located in the Phil Mechanic Studios Building at 109 Roberts St. in the River Arts District.

More info here:

And here:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Candler Housing available - Nov. 1

Room available November 1 in a Two-Bedroom cottage in Candler.

Would be shared with myself and my lab mix. Would prefer no other dogs, but a cat would be okay, indoor or out.

10 minutes from the parkway, 25 minutes from downtown, 15 minutes to West Asheville.

$450/month plus utilities, $450 deposit required.

Wood stove, fenced back yard, raised beds, shed storage and a huge garage that currently houses my pottery studio.

Contact: Jenay Martin at

THE Mug Show at Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery in Boone

Potters of the Blue Ridge are sponsoring THE Mug Show, an invitational show of potters primarily from the northwestern Region of NC. The opening will correspond with Downtown Boone’s Art Crawl, November 3rd from 5:30-8:30 pm, hosted by Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery on West King Street and will run through December 31st. This is a great opportunity see samples of a wide assortment of work from over a dozen different potters in Northwestern NC. Mugs will be for sale at the show and will provide a great opportunity to pick out an affordable unique piece of pottery for yourself or that special someone, a co-worker, customer, family member.

“When you buy handmade, you aren’t buying

just a thing,

You are buying a piece of someone’s heart,

a bit of soul,

a private moment from their creative life.”

Location and contact info

Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery
585 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-1127

Monday, October 23, 2017

Kiln for sale in Canton, North Carolina


Andrew Brewer has a kiln for sale in Canton:

The kiln is an Olympic F2527HE cone ten, and comes complete with vent, shelves, furniture and repair kit. It is in excellent condition and has never been used. Does not include stand. Dimensions are 36 and a half inches long, 24 and three quarters inches wide, and 27 inches deep. It is a 240 volt single phase electric. Pictures are attached below, asking price is $2650, and I can be reached at 505-920-5712.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Amaco Glazes - new and unopened - for sale

6 X 16oz. Amaco Stone Texture Liquid and sealed. 
Lead-free but not food safe.
Fire to Cone 05.

ST-40  Green
ST-30 Rust
ST-20 Blue
ST-33 Straw
ST-25 Blue-Gray
ST-53 Ivory-Beige

Retail $68 or B/O.

Dale Poklemba

Invitation to participate in online survey of craft artists for the Blue Ridge Craft Trails project

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) held listening sessions across Western North Carolina as part of Phase 1 of their Blue Ridge Craft Trails project. They are now conducting an online survey of Western North Carolina craft artists.

From the BRNHA website:

The Craft Trails project builds on the groundbreaking work of HandMade in America, a nonprofit which created the original Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina in the 1990s, connecting visitors to hundreds of craft studios, galleries, schools, historic places and inns across the mountains. The 3rd edition of the Craft Heritage Trail book was published in 2003, featuring nearly 500 different sites.

This project will update those listings for the digital age, offering an online portal for desktop and mobile applications. As phases of the project are completed, technology will allow collectors to connect with craft artisans to purchase their wares and visit the studios, galleries and festivals in Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Craft Trails project is funded with a $90,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and contributions from the North Carolina Arts Council and WNC Community Foundation.

The listening sessions drew more than 110 participants. Exposure and experiential tourism are themes that emerged in both comments and written surveys taken at the seven listening sessions. Key comments from participants included:

• Participants (artists, arts organizations, tourism entities) overwhelmingly welcomed the idea.

• Training artists in marketing and interpretation would be helpful. That came up repeatedly.

• Visitors should be educated in etiquette, expectations, and the significance of the traditions.

• Many suggested a robust itinerary builder on the website module that would allow visitors to the region to identify and navigate their way to specific craft artists in the 25-county region.

• The Blue Ridge Craft Trails project is a chance to gain national exposure. Tennessee and Virginia have made significant investments in marketing their craft artists.

• The website should be geared to the needs of visitors interested in authentic craft. Bottom line, artists need more visitors to get more sales.

• The market for crafts appears to be changing, and there may need to be greater emphasis placed on providing craft experiences, which could include studio tours, demonstrations, and hands-on classes. “Visitors really want something to do.” The millennial generation wants engagement and activity rather than just making purchases.

Click here to read more about the Craft Trails project and take the survey:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tour d'Art in downtown Morganton on October 19th

Enjoy a creative stroll through downtown Morganton's finest selection of arts.

Thursday, October 19th from 5-8 pm

Stop in at at the many participating locations:

Hamilton Williams Gallery & Studio

Jenluma Clayworks - Featuring new works by local potter, Melissa Dunn.

OSuzannah's Yarn on Union - The exciting textile arts of Eileen Hallman and Joyce Tromba.

West Union Art Studios - 2nds sale, introducing Millie Gentry.

Overmountain Cycles

Burke Arts Council - Nation Pastel Society Show.

Sketch Art Space - Gallery featuring Fall Student Art & White
Pumpkin Canvas Painting class in studio!

Treat - Joey Allen Martin a primarily self-taught multimedia artist specializing in realism and working mostly in oil paint.

Oak Hill Iron + Wood - Fabulously designed quilts by Candace Dorr McGuire.

Green Eggs and Jam - Alvin Ward and his Franken-Jesus paintings on display. Adult refreshments served.

Morganton City Hall - Pennsylvania native, artist, teacher and graphic designer, Kathi Yarnall watercolor and acrylic paintings - refreshments will be served.

Facebook event page with links to artists and galleries here:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Middle of the Month Show: Being in Touch at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville

Middle of the Month' Show: Being in Touch

One of the primary qualities of ceramics is its feel; literally!
Getting work that is beautiful visually and/or functionally is great BUT ceramics is so often interacted with physically.  How something feels against the skin is of huge importance.  We touch it with our hands; press it against our lips; hold it; caress it; and get to know its texture and tactile qualities.  This show is all about that one, wonderful, intimate thing.  We so hope you get to experience it too - daily.
In Tandem Gallery 
20 N. Mitchell Ave.Bakersville, NC 28705 • (828) 688-6428

Call to artists for the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences Handcrafted Exhibition

The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is accepting entries for its Handcrafted exhibition. The exhibition will be held from January to May, 2018.

From their website:


$1000 – Acquisition Award
$300 – First Place
$200 – Second Place
$100 – Third Place

Acquisition Award: The work selected for the Acquisition Award will become part of the Arts Center’s Permanent Collection. Any artist not willing to accept the $1,000 award must submit a written statement to declare their work not eligible for this award. This statement must be submitted at the time of entry. Works not for sale will be ineligible for the award.

Media: Traditional and non-traditional craft media including but not limited to: ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, paper, or any combination of craft media.

Eligibility: Open to all U.S. artists 18 years of age or older. Work must be original and executed within the past three years. Work must not have been previously exhibited at the Arts Center. Entry in this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions listed in the prospectus.

Entry Fee: Each artist may submit digital images of a maximum of four works. Two additional detail shots of each work is permissible. A non-refundable entry fee of $25 must accompany the entry form and images.

More information and link to prospectus here:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

LOTS of chemicals for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

Andy Palmer has a large quantity of chemicals for sale in Bakersville. Here’s what he says about what he’s got:

I've kind of got a LOT of chemicals in storage here and would love to get rid of them. I'm actually going up to NY to bring down the last of what I've got there - probably around another 2000 lbs or so. Sooooo here's the chemicals I've got BEFORE I head to NY to pick of the rest of what I've got there. Anything that doesn't have an amount written, I've got 10lbs or less of it. I tried to look up the prices of things and found what the 10lb cost at Highwater, Standard, Laguna, Clayking., etc ..was; which is how I came up with the prices listed - but a lot of the things I couldn't find anywhere (does anyone even sell mined Albany Slip? or Cadmium Carbonate?)

Pictured here is just the first of four pages of what Andy has for sale. Download the complete list here:

Contact Andy at or 607-345-5461.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Call to Artists for The Ubiquitous Bowl

Call to artists for The Ubiquitous Bowl exhibition at the Hamilton Williams Gallery in Morganton, North Carolina:

Among the most approachable of handmade objects, the bowl form remains one of the most available for artisan reinvention and expression. The Ubiquitous Bowl presents the variety of form, color, design, and surface development that is possible while maintaining the utility of this common household object.

Event Dates: February 9, 2018 - March 17, 2018

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2017

Submission Parameters ~
Bowls should be sized for individual servings. Maximum dimensions: 8” in diameter, 5” in height
Bowls must be functional and safe for food/drink use.
Bowls must be available for purchase.
All media will be considered.

To Submit Work ~
Please provide the following materials via email to by the entry deadline.
• Digital images (1-3) of each bowl submitted (images of at least 1200x1200 pixels in .jpeg format
• Artist statement & biography
• Artist image
• Complete contact information [name, mailing/shipping address, email, phone number(s),
relevant social media links]

More information in the flyer. Download a PDF version of the flyer here:

Hamilton Williams Gallery
403 E Union St, Morganton, NC

Spruce Pine Potters Market this weekend

The 11th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market is this weekend at the Historic Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine. The show and sale includes thirty-two regional artists: Stanley Mace Andersen, William Baker, Barking Spider Pottery, Pam Brewer, John Britt, Cynthia Bringle, Melisa Cadell, Cristina Cordova, Claudia Dunaway, Susan Feagin, Terry Gess, Becky Gray, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Shawn Ireland, Lisa Joerling, Nicholas Joerling, Michael Kline, Suze Lindsay, Shaunna Lyons, Jeannine Marchand, Courtney Martin, Kent McLaughlin, Teresa Pietsch, David Ross, Michael Rutkowsky, Ken Sedberry, Ron Slagle, Gertrude Graham Smith, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Valerie Schnaufer and Joy Tanner. Admission to the Market is free, (**but visitors are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets for work donated by four of the artists. This year, those artists are Kent McLaughlin, Jeannine Marchand, David Ross and Ken Sedberry. A portion of the raffle proceeds will benefit Safe Place, a non-profit organization working for the prevention of domestic and sexual violence). Food will be available for purchase on site.

Mountain Xpress has a nice piece on the event:

More info here:

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Artisan League of Little Switzerland Fall Arts & Crafts Market this Friday and Saturday

The Artisan League of Little Switzerland will have their Fall Arts & Crafts Market on October 13 & 14, 2017. Visit Friday & Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm for the latest in local art including ceramics, wood carvings, jewelry, paintings, basketry, paper art, textiles, and more. Held in Geneva Hall, next to The Switzerland Inn. Milepost 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

More info here:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Highway 80 Art Hop this weekend

The annual Highway 80 Art Hop is this weekend! A destination weekend tour of open studios and galleries along Highway 80S following the scenic South Toe River.

10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th.

More info here:

And here: