Friday, May 27, 2016

FREE Slide Lecture Tonight at Odyssey ClayWorks

Melisa Cadell & Susannah Zucker will be giving a slide lecture TONIGHT at 7pm at Odyssey ClayWorks FREE and open to the public. Please join us!

America's First Kaolin - The Wedgwood-Cherokee Connection tonight in Little Switzerland

If you missed Alex Glover's Clay Club presentation on the Wedgwood Cherokee Connection, he will be presenting an updated version of it at 5 pm today in Little Switzerland. Here are the details:

Little Switzerland Books & Beans Presents!
Alex Glover, Professional Geologist
Speaking on America's First Kaolin

America's First Kaolin - The Wedgwood-Cherokee Connection
Alex Glover, Professional Geologist, has graciously consented to PRESENT a talk at Little Switzerland Books & Beans. Alex will speak on America's First Kaolin-The Wedgwood-Cherokee connection. Friday evening, May 27th 5 p.m. until ??

This is a fascinating story of the conquest of Josiah Wedgwood to acquire Cherokee Kaolin from Franklin, NC and the results of that acquisition.

Hope to see you on Friday, May 27th at LSBB!

FREE Wine & Cheese Samples!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

June Clay Club: Social media and texture tools at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville

June Clay Club will be at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 8th. Thanks to Rachel Smith and Reems Creek Pottery for hosting us!

Reems Creek Pottery was founded in the fall of 2015 as a shared pottery studio in Weaverville with space for five studio potters and small classes.

Rachel Smith will share some of the business decisions that were made to start the studio. In addition she will talk about setting up a business Facebook page and how to create an event in Facebook and promote it through social media.

Rachel would also like to do a show and tell about handmade or found texture tools and molds. As primarily a hand-builder she scavenges yard sales and thrift stores for textures as well as learning new ways to make her own low cost items. Please bring your favorite hand made or found items to share with the group.

Reems Creek Pottery is at 181 Reems Creek Rd, Unit #6. Go about 1.5 miles down Reems Creek Rd from Merrimon Avenue. It is the second industrial building on the right. Go past the entrance with the Karpen Steel Sign and turn in the next driveway. There is a large parking lot with ample room for everyone to park. If you come early and need some exercise there is a 1/4 mile walking track next door around the Karpen Soccer field.

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too. Since it will be summer bring lots of salads and other summery type foods.

The studio is spacious but seating is limited so if you have a folding chair you can bring that would be great.

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

***Mitchell and Yancey County folks: if you're interested in carpooling, let me know.***

See you on June 8th!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gas kiln for sale and clay studio for rent in Ashe County, North Carolina

Dottie Baker has a gas kiln for sale and a clay studio for rent in southern Ashe County, North Carolina (half an hour from Boone):


30.38 cubic foot Minnesota Flat Top Car Kiln

all soft brick rated to cone 10

metal framework for kiln

complete stainless steel chimney

two forced air burners


complete set of shelves and posts

instructional CD w/pictures

original handbook w/schematics

all in good working condition

$2500 OBO
















CONTACT DOTTIE BAKER - or call 1-336-877-1634

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spruce Pine Mining District presentation postponed

Tonight's presentation by Alex Glover about the Spruce Pine Mining District has been postponed until next Monday, May 23rd. It will still take place at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville at 7 pm.

Here's the email from the Mitchell County Historical Society:




May Clay Club recap: Ikebana pots, functional and aesthetic requirements with Lynn Forbes

Thanks to Dian Magie for coordinating an awesome Clay Club with Ikebana expert Lynn Forbes! Lynn is a certified Ikebana associate master in the Ichiyo School. She provided a terrific introduction to Ikebana pots with lots of examples of what Ikebana floral artists and teachers want in pots as well as what they don't want. A few tips for potters:

Containers must be water tight. Lynn suggested testing containers for 3-5 days to ensure that they don't leak or seep.

Two general types of containers are Moribana or low bowl containers and Nageire or tall containers.

Colors that resemble colors found in nature are preferred.

Containers that are not heavy are preferred.

A matt surface may be preferred as well as a textured surface. It can be helpful for containers to have lines or ridges inside that help materials and kenzans (needle-point holders) stay in place. Edges that are straight or lean inward are helpful for the same reason.

A number of Clay Clubbers brought pots for Lynn to critique. It was really helpful to see this information applied to specific pots and how they might or might not work well for Ikebana.

This is just a small sample of the information Lynn shared! If you want to learn more about Ikebana, consider attending the demonstration and workshop that Lynn is presenting on June 22 from 10 am - 12:30 pm at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn about the history of this art form, observe a demonstration and perhaps a slide show and create an arrangement under the guidance of a certified Ichiyo instructor. The registration deadline is June 8. Contact Lynn at for more information.

A couple websites to check out:

Thanks again to Dian and Lynn, to Odyssey ClayWorks for hosting us for a second month in a row, and to everyone who came!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Artist’s talk with Roberto Lugo tonight in Asheville

Roberto Lugo will give an artist's talk at 6:30 pm tonight at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design tonight in downtown Asheville.

From the the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design website:

Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect, Artist’s Talk with Roberto Lugo

Roberto Lugo, Professor of Ceramics at Marlboro College will discuss his work in relationship to eclecticism and culture. By juxtaposing street graffiti, European decorative patterning, and rich symbolism drawn from his Puerto Rican heritage, Roberto Lugo will discuss how his work serves as a hybrid of visual art traditions and stimulates new conversations surrounding cultural tolerance.

More info here:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Coming from Penland to Clay Club???

If you are coming from Penland to Clay Club today, and have a truck, is it possible to pick up a lift chair from Gloria Schulman and bring it to my home in Asheville? Please call 828-458-7148 if you can.  Any other day would be fine too.

Clay Club tonight: Ikebana pots at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville

Clay Club is tonight!


When: 6 pm tonight

Where: Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville (see link below for directions).

What: Dian Magie has coordinated with Lynn Forbes to provide a special presentation about Ikebana pots. The program is titled, "Ikebana pots, functional and aesthetic requirements." Lynn will provide an opportunity for a critique of Clay Clubbers' Ikebana pots and everyone is encouraged to bring one or two pots that could be used for Ikebana for Lynn to critique. More details at the link below.

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Dian will bring spring rolls, a large Asian salad, sake – think Asian for eats if you can. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Directions and more details here:

See you tonight!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mica Goes Blue!

Mica Goes Blue!

On Saturday, May 14th, from 5-8 PM, Mica, fine crafts cooperative gallery in beautiful downtown Bakersville, invites you to a fun-filled Artists' Reception for their current show "Blue: Members Interpret", featuring blue-inspired artwork by Mica members. Come dressed in blue, enjoy blue beverages, blues music, and blue surprises.
The show is on view now and runs through June 27th.

Open daily: Mon-Sat: 10-5. Sun: Noon-5.
Find us on the web:
Like us on Facebook:
37 N. Mitchell Ave. Bakersville, NC.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Super Sweet small kiln for sale!!! Larry takes care of his equipment.

sold sold sold sold sold sold sold

For sale very lightly used Skutt 822-3 kiln. This kiln has been used primarily for bisque firing although some cone 6 firings have been done in this kiln. The kiln is in excellent condition as evidenced by the attached photographs. This kiln retails for $1359.88 at Clay-King without shelving. It is a 240 volt single phase. Included will be shelving. Price is $950.00. I have purchased another kiln and have no room for three kilns in my studio so this one needs to go.  
Feel free to contact me at 910-840-6784 before 9:30 pm or text to same number. You may also email me at The kiln is located in Lenoir.

Student Discount For Summer Workshops at Odyssey ClayWorks

50% Off Student Discount!! We are offering a special discount on the tuition for our summer workshops for college students. Please call to register 828-285-0210. Click here to view the workshop schedule.

Alex Glover presentation on the Spruce Pine Mining District on May 16

Alex Glover will present a talk titled, "The Spruce Pine Mining District -- Before Humans Arrived" at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville at 7 pm on Monday, May 16th. The talk is presented by the Mitchell County Historical Society and entrance is free. Alex gave a terrific presentation about the Wedgwood Cherokee kaolin connection to Clay Club last year - this is a great opportunity to hear him again!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Making Large Vessels Workshop With Daniel Johnston

We are looking forward to welcoming Daniel Johnston to Odyssey for a 5-day workshop, Making Large Vessels. Participants will learn to make large pots with a coiling technique derived from Northeast Thailand. After learning to make pots in this method, students will learn slip trailing and other decoration skills adapted for large vessels. Daniel will discuss his own method of firing and how this process of making supports his business model.

Student Discounts Available! Call for more information 828-285-0210.
Date: Monday- Friday, May 23-27
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Odyssey ClayWorks

May Clay Club: Ikebana pots, functional and aesthetic requirements at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville on May 11

May Clay Club will be next Wednesday, May 11th, at 6 pm at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville. Dian Magie has coordinated with Lynn Forbes to provide a special presentation about Ikebana pots. The program is titled, "Ikebana pots, functional and aesthetic requirements."

Lynn will provide an opportunity for a critique of Clay Clubbers' Ikebana pots. See the information below, and consider bringing Ikebana pots to May Clay Club for this special opportunity.

Lynn has studied Ichiyo School of Ikebana, a contemporary school, for 10 years. She has served as Vice President of the Ikebana International Chapter #74 in Asheville for the last 6 years and was instrumental in bringing the North American Regional Conference to Asheville in 2014 that included an exhibition of Ikebana and Ikebana pottery at Blue Spiral Gallery. She has exhibited her Ikebana arrangements at Art in Bloom at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and the annual Ikebana exhibit at the NC Arboretum.

At the May 11th meeting Lynn will outline the functional and aesthetic qualities sought for Ikebana arrangements. This can be a lucrative niche market for potters as Ikebana exhibitors are always looking for new pots to best show off the creativity of arrangements. Tours of pottery studios and markets are held for Ikebana members. There are qualities of pottery that make them more desirable or rejected.

Members are invited to bring two pots that could be used for Ikebana, for Lynn to critique; a low flat vase or a tall vase. The low flat containers can be round, oval, square of rectangular in shape, small or large in size. Tall vases can have varying tops; torn tops are popular with advanced students.

See the document above for some basic Ikebana container designs.

As usual, we will have a potluck, so bring food to share. Dian Magie is helping to organize this meeting and will bring spring rolls, a large Asian salad, sake – think Asian for eats if you can. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Directions: Odyssey ClayWorks is at 236 Clingman Avenue in Asheville. The Contact Page on the Odyssey website has a Google map you can use to get directions.

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

***Mitchell and Yancey area folks: if you're interested in carpooling, let me know.***

Thursday, April 28, 2016

North Carolina Pottery Center Directory of Potters and Ceramic Artists

The North Carolina Pottery Center has a new online directory of North Carolina potters and ceramic artists. It looks like even if you were included in their previous directory you will need to submit your information to be included in the new directory.

Here's the information from the North Carolina Pottery Center:

There is also a new Directory of North Carolina Potters available via our website.

Note: As a North Carolina potter/ceramic artist, you must self-submit your listing if you wish to be included in our directory.

You may self-submit your listing by using the "Submit A Listing" button on the Directory of Potters page and following any instructions. Please also click on the "Instructions for Submitting A Listing" link on that page and read the instructions prior to filling out and submitting your entry.

As our mission (promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making) focuses on North Carolina pottery/ceramics, only North Carolina potters and ceramic artists who both live in and sell work in North Carolina are eligible to be listed in the North Carolina Pottery Center’s Directory of Potters.

Any potters meeting the above criteria are eligible for inclusion in the North Carolina Pottery Center’s Directory of Potters with a free base listing. (The North Carolina Pottery Center may later introduce some features that are eligible only to members of the North Carolina Pottery Center or that are fee-based.)

As the number of potters/ceramic artists listed in the directory grows, it will become increasingly useful to the public as they embark on their pottery adventures (and buying sprees) around our state and increasingly beneficial to potters as means of promoting their business.

To see an example of how your entry might look in the directory, please see “Joe Example Ceramics” in the directory.

For more information and to submit your listing visit

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hitch a ride from Penland School to Asheville or Haywood and back?

I'l trying to arrange a ride for a Penland School Spring Concentration clay student who does not drive. He wants to visit Haywood to check out our great pottery program. Anyone making a trip from Mitchell County in the next couple of weeks to Asheville or to Waynesville? I can meet you to pick him up, have him back for your return trip in a couple of hours. Thanks for your help!

Terry Gess
 Instructor, Professional Crafts - Clay
 Haywood Community College
828 467 0166

Final call for artists for the NC Rhododendron Festival

Final call for artists and craftspeople for the NC Rhododendron Festival, which will be held in Bakersville, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The application deadline is May 1, 2016.

Here's the email:


We invite all local & regional artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and other commercial vendors to apply for space at the 70th Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on June 18th, 10am to 5pm.

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

An application has been attached to this email. Also attached for food vendors is an application for Temporary Food Service that must be completed and approved by the Mitchell County Health Department before any food service can be provided. You may obtain additional applications and information at, or send a request to

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 contact me at your convenience or call 828-688-2113.

Best Regards,
Dan Barron
Artist & Vendor Coordinator

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tom Turner Pottery, Art & Antiques Sale in Mars Hill April 30 and May 1

Huge Pottery, Art & Antiques Sale

April 30 and May 1, 2016 9:00 to 5:00

Tom Turner is offering buyers and collectors the opportunity to view and buy pots spanning his 50+ year career. He is also offering his lifelong collection of quality pots by many of the most influential potters from around the world.

Just some of what is for sale:

• 19th & 20th century studio pottery from all over the United States
• Japanese, Chinese, and Korean pottery dating to the Sung Dynasty
• Antiques tools and farm items, oxen yoke, barn beam drill, plank saw
• Paintings, prints, and photos
• Antique 1963 Clark 100 Yardlift, 10,000 capacity

Items available at great prices for any size pocket book or wallet. Just in time for Mother’s Day. If you have not seen Tom’s collection, add it to your bucket list.

Tom Turner
381 Turner Lane
Mars Hills, NC 28754
(828) 606-0416

From Asheville take I-26 towards Tennessee
Take exit 9, exiting to the right on Rt.19 East, go 1/2 block and turn left onto Rt. 23A North
Go two miles, turn left onto Sprinkle Creek Road
Go 1/2 mile on Sprinkle Creek Road, turn left over the bridge onto Turner Lane.
Proceed to the top of the ridge to the house and studio. Park at the lower level which is the studio.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Textures, Slabs, and Wheel with Zan Barnes at The Village Potters in Asheville

The Village Potters Master Series: Textures, Slabs, and Wheel with Zan Barnes

Saturday, June 4 at The Village Potters in Asheville

This workshop is for every potter who loves the functional pot and wants to make excellent, unique work. Zan will be demonstrating her process of using multiple techniques to create her wonderful body of Soda Fired pots. Her passion for her life as a potter and her work is sure to inspire you!

Zan Barnes was born into a family of potters right here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of North Texas and works out of Riverwood Pottery in Dillsboro, NC. Zan believes that pottery invites a tactile experience. Her work reflects that by featuring strong textures, unique forms, and gorgeous soda fired blushings that beg to be explored by the human hand.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10am – 5pm

Fee: $145 (discounts available to TVP students)

To register: call (828) 253-2424 or visit

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shawn Ireland Exhibit at Haywood!

HCC is honored to present an exhibition of  
North Carolina potter Shawn Ireland.
Travel, Collect, Create: A Potter's Inspiration
Shawn’s work & his collection of objects are both deeply influenced by his study and travels in many divergent cultures.
He's brought a lively collection of these inspiring objects as well as examples of his lovely pottery -- all on display at HCC.
Not to be missed!

Good words from Shawn:
“I love to travel & search for objects which have a spirit, a voice, or some quality that speaks to me.   This quality I believe is derived from a unique relationship between adept craftsmanship and a makers respect for a chosen material. An energy can exist in objects which is difficult to describe, but this energy can resonate and communicate.
These collected objects enrich my home environment and inform my pottery and sculpture. In our visually connected culture, we have access to so many images of world-class folk craft and art, but  these images cannot compare to actually living and interacting with handmade objects. 

The renowned Japanese potter, Shoji Hamada, has said of his collections: ‘I was sustained and nourished by them and I am grateful to these objects… they watch me, they watch over me in my work. The things in my collection make sure that I do not lower my standards… They become part of you and everything that is part of you goes directly into your potting.’ ”
Mon 4/25 - 10:30am 
Creative Arts Gallery at Haywood
Free & open to the public!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bailey car kiln for sale in Pittsboro, North Carolina


Jim Pringle has a kiln for sale in Pittsboro, North Carolina - here are the details from Jim:

I have a 72 cu ft Bailey car kiln for sale. It was purchased around 1994 and used for about 12 years. Shelves and posts are included. There is rust on some of the sheet metal, but the fiber and fire bricks are in reasonably good shape. I have a small amount of fibre for repairs.

Burners are set up for propane. They haven’t been used in a long time, so there are probably some insects to be cleaned out before firing. The kiln is under a shed, so it has never been exposed to rain. There is a controller on it, which I mostly by-passed since I use cones and experience when firing. I have the original documentation with it, so the controller and ignition system could be brought back to original conformation it you want. It is placed in a bad spot for moving it out, so I have found a local mover to remove it safely. He will pull it out from under the shed, drive it up a steep hill, and place it on a flat-bed roll back. I know he is capable, because he put it in years ago.

From there, you can have him transfer it to another truck or drive it to your location. I strongly advise having him deliver, since he has moved it before and is very gentle with large items like this. I want $1500 for the kiln. I estimate it will cost about $500 to get it moved out and on his truck. I am willing to charge $2000 for the kiln and include the removal costs if you are more comfortable with that. If you are interested in having him drive the kiln to your location, you will pay him for mileage. I can ask him what is mileage charge is.

I can send many more photos and details.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Recap: April Clay Club at Odyssey ClayWorks

A big thank you to Gabriel Kline and the Odyssey All Stars Flying Circus for an amazing demo-filled Clay Club at Odyssey ClayWorks!

Gabriel started things off with an overview of the clay recycling program at Odyssey.

Then he and Anja Bartels started their team throwing demo by throwing 25 pounds for the base of the pot together.

David Voorhees periscoped some of this:

See a couple more videos from Clay Club here:

Gabriel offered a lot of good advice throughout the evening. A sampling:

Always buy one size bigger than you need.


Switch to the metric system. Just do it.

Next up was Paul Gisondo with a faceting demonstration.

Gabriel and Anja continued on their collaborative project.

Julia Claire demonstrated her decal process which includes the use of a china paint printer.

Cayce Kolstad did a slip decoration demo.

More work on Gabriel and Anja's collaboration.

Mac McCusker demonstrated slab carving.

(Plug: Mac will be doing a 3-day "Discovering Decals" workshop at Odyssey in August.)

Putting the top on the collaborative project.

Kyle Cramer did a slab cylinder demo.

Checking the collaborative project with a level.

Putting on the handle.

And - the collaboration is almost finished. Final pre-trimming weight: 67.5 pounds of clay.

(Plug: Anja and Gabriel will be doing a 5-day large-scale pottery workshop at Odyssey this summer.)

Wow! Thanks again to Gabriel, Anja, Paul, Julia, Cayce, Mac, Kyle, and everyone who came!

And a reminder: next month's Clay Club will also be at Odyssey - check out the details and make some Ikebana pots to bring to this special critique opportunity!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Question on Conversion

I found a glaze I want to test, but I'm not sure how to interpret it. Does this mean percentages or weight?  How do I go about converting this recipe into grams?  G200 0.381 Barium Carbonate 0.19 EPK 0.096 Flint 0.095 Gillespie Borate 0.095 Zinc Oxide 0.094 Copper Carbonate 0.049.  I'm been using the same glazes for so long that I haven't had to do this and I'm feeling really math challenged right now.

Clayworks 10th Year Anniversary Symposium

Clayworks in Charlotte, North Carolina, is holding a 10th year anniversary symposium. From the Facebook event page:

Clayworks is celebrating its 10th year anniversary as an independent non-profit organization. Please join us for a weekend celebrating ten years of growth.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Reception and lecture on North Carolina Contemporary Pottery
with Dr. Barbara Perry 6:30pm. Free and open to the public

May 21 & May 22, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am to 4pm
Demonstration workshop with four renowned North Carolina artist showing their diverse methods.
Josh Copus, Liz Zlot Summerfield,
Fred Johnston, and Carol Gentithes
Tuition: $195 covers the two day workshop and a boxed lunch each day

Saturday May 21, 2016
Artist Panel Discussion
“The role of each artist in the broader context of community”
4:30pm – 5:30pm. Free and open to the public

More info on the Clayworks website: