Sad news: HandMade in America is closing its doors. Here's the press release:
The Future of HandMade in America
HandMade in America (HIA) will be closing its doors on July 31, 2015 after 20 years of service. However, HIA’s programs may continue to grow through other nonprofit organizations that serve the Western North Carolina (WNC) region. HandMade in America’s leadership has recently been in discussion with organizations that share a similar mission in an effort to pass along HIA’s programs such as the Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs and Small Town Revitalization. News will be announced as agreements are reached.
“It is very bittersweet to be making decisions around ceasing HIA’s programmatic operations. This iconic institution has served as an innovator, incubator, and brain trust for community economic development, policy/advocacy, and entrepreneurship training for over 20 years. They will be sorely missed by their nonprofit peers, WNC’s small towns and the numerous artists with whom they have tirelessly and willingly served. HandMade in America leaves a legacy of being committed to creating economies of scale for Western North Carolina artists and the small towns they reside in, towns where craft and art continue to play an integral and vital role in sustaining the economy,” says Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Board Chair for HandMade in America.
HandMade in America has seen much success over the years with their work in WNC’s small towns and their business training opportunities for creative entrepreneurs. HIA has worked with 14 small towns through their revolutionary Small Town Revitalization program. HIA’s practice for working with small towns has become known as creative placemaking and is now the driver of community and economic development in both rural and urban areas seeking their own identities. In addition to their small town work, HIA’s creative entrepreneurship training throughout the region has allowed hundreds of entrepreneurs to develop the skills they need to be innovative, small business owners. Their service area has covered 25 counties of WNC and the Cherokee Qualla Boundary, totaling 11,000 square miles.
HandMade in America was founded on their efforts to assist the small towns and communities of WNC transition their economies from the mills that once dotted the region to an economy based on the arts, culture, history, and recreation assets that define the unique and authentic character of the region that in-turn, has driven the economy of WNC for the past 20 years. HIA has been instrumental in WNC’s global reputation for a high quality of life, extensive cultural offerings, and thriving, creative community industries where craft, heritage, and culture are seen as key investments.
HandMade in America grows economies through craft and creative placemaking, transforming both individuals and communities through education, entrepreneurship and economic development. HandMade in America has a 20 year tradition of pioneering innovative ways to empower the people and towns of Western North Carolina through programs that educate and facilitate the needs of creative entrepreneurs and communities. Additional information is available online at handmadeinamerica.org or by calling (828) 252-0121.
"The Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville is currently seeking a part time floor position.
Must have good ceramic knowledge and social skills. Two days a week needed, commission paid on sales $10 / hr. - Contact Andy Palmer at email@example.com"
Editor’s note: Catherine Brown used to live in Celo, but now lives in Asheville. I wouldn’t normally send a listing for stuff being sold in Asheville, but since this is glass and clay studio equipment, I thought it would be of interest to many on this list.
Jen-Ken GS Oval 13 glass casting kiln with viewing glass window and shelves. In great condition. Retail price - $2733 My price $1000
Somaca 106" wet belt sander with 3M platen and two partially used belts. Works perfectly. Retail price - $2581 My price - $1000
Steinert Lap machine with a box of diamond pads (used but not used up). In great condition. $1000
Felker Mason-Mite 11 wet cut saw with custom metal table stand and one blade. Works like new. $300
Box of 25 fire brick rated 2300 degrees. New. $3.50 per brick
Digitry GB4 programable temperature controller with sending units & surge protector. Works reliably. Retail price - $1525 My price ~ $700
Skutt 1227 ceramic kiln (240 V, 48 amps) with Environvent and shelves. Recently totally rewired. 20 years old but in great working condition. Retail price - $2733 My price - $1000
Casting glass - Uroborus, Bullseye, and Schott - clear & some colors Half price
Bullseye frits & powders ~ many colors. Half price
This is a 3-day hands-on Cone 6
glaze testing workshop is designed to show students how to test a base recipe
and get various colors. On Friday evening we will be preparing test tiles with
a base glaze and ten colorant variations. On Sunday we will discuss the results
when they are unloaded from the kiln.
workshop will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not
limited to cone 6 glazes. We will
discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those
principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic
classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. It will be
conducted in a casual question and answer format which will drive the content
of the weekend. Glazes will be discussed in a practical and easy to understand
dialogue designed to help potters gain an understanding of glazes, firing and
discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how
to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. We will discuss glazes from
John’s new book: “The Complete Guide to
Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at Cone 4 – 7”, but will go into
more detail than the book allowed.
Instructor: John Britt
When: Friday 9/25 4 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 9/26 10
am – 5 pm
Sunday 9/27 10 am – 3 pm
Fee: Early Bird Registration
Members: $225.00* / Non-Members $250.00* *Includes $25 material
August 1: Members: $250.00* / Non-Members
your own lunch or money for group ordered-pizza. Coffee & pastries provided in AM
see website or phone us for supply list
The Hudgens Center for the Arts
in the Gwinnett Center/Arena Complex)
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300 Duluth, GA
Figurative sculptor Magda Gluszek has emerged as a leading artist in
conceptual ceramics. Gluszek's analytic mind meets her firm
understanding of ceramic materials to create a profound array of
sculptures responding to the human condition. Her work stands out
because of a strong artist statement that is a confidently portrayed in
each piece. “I use animal features and mannerisms blended with those of
humans to create hybrid forms, which reflect how our emotional actions
are tied to basic animalistic impulses."
If you are interested in
exploring figurative sculpture to convey your own unique perception of
the world, join Magda Gluszek for a 5-day, hands-on workshop, July
20th-24th at Odyssey Clayworks.
I have been told that a bunch of potters are having trouble with Highwater Clay (Phoenix and Orangestone) dunting after firing. (Cynthia Bringle and the Penland class, Jon Ellenbogen, Leah Leitson, etc).
Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing problems.
I assume it is related to Custer Feldspar loosing 2.5% potassium (went from about 10% - about 7.5%) but unsure if it is because it is in both the clay and the glaze or just a clay body problem?
Let me know so I can see if there have been any solutions found.
Here is an article on the subject if you are interested:
I have around 1400 soft bricks with I would say half broke in half but still kept together and about 100 hard brick and a hand full of angle brick and will throw in a door cart and angle iron if you buy every thing
Hard brick $ 3.00
I also have four burners don't know if they work or not and don't have an idea about price I know the worked a few years back but have not messed with them?
In Morganton, NC and will deliver if close enough and the price is right.
From Cynthia Bringle: There will be a gathering for Tracy Dotson at 4 pm on Saturday, June 20th, at the Penland Coffee House.
A little more info, from Tracy's daughter Day:
Tracy Dotson's Memorial
Coffee and Cookies with friends and family, all are welcome
Saturday, June 20th at the Penland School Coffee Shop
4pm gathering followed by open sharing of stories and memories...
In Honor of and suggested by Tracy, a donation to the Penland's kitchen of either M/L bowls or cash for clay would be most appreciated.
Dad was one of the kitchen's greatest contributors. His big thick walled dog bowls work the best. Fire On!!!!!
Thank you to everyone for your support during this Journey....
Hey if anyone wants to take a class the week of July 20-24, 2015 Emily Reason is having on a the Bascom in Highlands NC. It is a great place to take a class and Emily is a fun and knowledgeable teacher....Sign up at the link below!!
Terrific Clay Club last night at Shane Mickey Pottery! Shane's new gallery in downtown Bakersville is lovely and definitely worth checking out if you haven't already.
We had a good discussion about the state of making a living today, including selling online versus at shows versus having your own retail space. A few things that got mentioned:
Wholesale versus consignment - one school of thought was that wholesale is the only way to go - others talked about consignment being more common than wholesale than it used to be
Approaching galleries - the cold call approach versus, for example, emailing ahead of time was discussed from both the artist and gallery owner's point of view (pro tip: spell the gallery owner/manager's name right)
Restaurants - farm to table and other restaurants that want handcrafted pottery - how to make that connection
Etsy - selling there is not the same as it was when Etsy first started or even a few years ago. Etsy's changes in policies over what is handmade (and their recent IPO) have affected selling on that site. Being visible on Etsy is time-consuming and not without cost.
A couple alternatives to Etsy were mentioned: Amazon and Houzz.com
Websites and social media got mentioned - somebody said websites were dead, but I didn't catch the reasoning behind that
I'm sure I've left out some things and of course there's a lot more to be said on this topic - feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. I also see some potential future Clay Club topics here - let me know if something interests you.
Thanks again to Shane for hosting an awesome Clay Club, and to everyone who came with food and drink and ideas to share!
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The Toe River Studio Tour is this weekend and lots of Clay Clubbers are participating.
If you're near Mitchell and Yancey Counties in Western North Carolina, download a tour guide and go on a tour of the studios!
From the Toe River Arts Council website:
This year’s first tour boasts 61 studios, 94 artists (7 new) and 11 galleries. The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.
FREE, self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live.
Used EvenHeat 220volt electric kiln. Works great. Good shape.
I used it for 06-04 firings and sitter (cones) work fine. With kiln I have added 4 1/2 shelves with posts, glazes, cones, stains..etc all you'll need to have fun. 17 1/2 " diameter and 18" inches deep inside.
Handy to use for bisque ware and comes with a metal stand with legs to keep it off floor and easy to load. With stand it's 29" tall.
The recipe is Pinnell Strontium Matte at cone 6 E1 firing
60 Nepheline Syenite
20 Strontium Carbonate
1 Lithium Carbonate
10 Ball Clay–Old Mine #4
5 Titanium Dioxide
2.5 % Silicon Carbide 600 M
Apply VERY thick. And you can add up to 5% silicon carbide. You can also vary the amount of stains. See page 178 in The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes for more recipes and firing information. Electric E1 cycle. This can vary too!!
This last one is Mason 6433 at 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, and 25%
Join us Saturday, June 6 at 7pm for a live taping of Ben
Carter's Tales Of A Red Clay Rambler Podcast at Odyssey ClayWorks. The
topic for this episode is 'Sustainable Practices In The Ceramic Arts"
with panelists Kent McLaughlin, Erika Scheider and Gabriel Kline.
This special event is FREE and open to the public.
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.