We are looking forward to our annual K-12 Educator Workshop with
Jennifer Hoolihan & Kelsey Sickmeyer. The workshop meets April 8-9,
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9-4pm.
Time to get creative and have fun
while connecting and networking with other teaching professionals. This
workshop will include plenty of hands-on time learning new projects you
can share with your students.
Friday night we will experiment with pattern using plastic stencils and low fire glaze layering on bisque tile.
Tiles will be fired Friday night and unloaded Saturday afternoon.
During loading we will discuss kiln maintenance and repair. Each
participant will leave with two finished tiles.
Saturday morning we will create hand built platters to explore a wide
variety of surface decoration, including image transfer and mishima
inlay techniques with slips and underglazes. After lunch we will have a
raku firing! Participants will glaze pots with both raku and low fire
glazes and learn about the intricacies of the raku process. At the end
of the day educators will receive a certificate for 10 hours towards 1
professional development credit for attending the workshop.
All materials will be provided. Students should bring their sketchbooks, apron and favorite clay tools.
The Village Potters has a great Master Series Workshop coming up this weekend with Shadow May. This is a great opportunity for all different types of potters at all different levels. There are some spaces still available for registrants - see the flyer and check the website:
Jerry Compton has an Olympic 23 raku kiln and an oxy probe for sale in Abingdon, Virginia. Here's what Jerry says about the equipment:
This is a cone 10 raku kiln that I purchased new about 6 years ago. I used it maybe 25 times. I have gone electric. The kiln is 7 cubic feet with three burners. It burns great and will get to cone 10 in 3 hours (not necessary of course). I paid $2100 for it and will take $975.
I also have an oxy probe which was used maybe 10 times. I paid $1000 and will take $550.00
I live in Abingdon Va about an hour and half drive from Asheville.
I am pleased to announce that the Student Ceramics Association at East Tennessee State University will be hosting a free demonstration workshop with potter Michel Kline, Thursday March 24th and Friday March 25th. Public lecture to be held Thursday evening March 24th at 6:00 PM. See schedule on the poster for time and location details. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Feel free to spread the word. Hope to see you there!
It's primary election day in North Carolina - if you didn't vote early, vote today! Polls are open till 7:30 pm. The North Carolina State Board of Elections website has all the details, including sample ballots, voter ID requirements, and a polling place search:
Thank you, Linda Powell (second from left in the pic above), for hosting an awesome and very well-attended Clay Club! Folks came from all over, including Asheville and even a couple students from ETSU's Ceramics program! Thanks to everyone who came.
High Country Ceramic Arts (HCCA) is a terrific facility in Burnsville, offering classes, studio space, private lessons and parties. Here are some current options (click on the image to make it bigger):
Thank you, too, to Garold Amsberry for doing a demo and leading a discussion on efficiencies in production pottery.
Garold talked about "efficiency in simplicity" throughout the process - from knowing that his yarn bowls take 2.75 pounds of clay; to packing bisque kilns right up to the kiln wall (and sometimes using just one kiln shelf); to efficiencies in shipping, including packing for shipping and the differences among the various shippers. Garold also talked about selling on Amazon Handmade - check out his yarn bowl on Amazon Handmade here: http://amzn.com/B01CTQXMLQ
We talked a little about Crimson Laurel Gallery and Appalachian Terroir ceramic businesses moving to Micaville. You can read more about the Crimson Laurel and Appalachian Terroir news here, here and here.
We didn't get a tour of HCCA - there were just too many of us there! Thank you again to Linda, Garold and all the HCCA members and students - and all the Clay Clubbers - for a wonderful Clay Club!
***3/14/16 UPDATE: the wheel has sold - the clay and some other items are still available***
Marla Bollak has the following equipment for sale in Asheville:
Electric Potter’s Wheel – Excellent Condition
Baily Pro-XL $750 (List price for just the wheel is $1463)
-> Centers 100 Pounds of Clay
-> Smooth Foot Petal
-> 1-Piece Counter Pan with Drain
-> Reversible Direction Switch
-> Bat Pin Holes 10” Off Center
-> 24-1/2” wide x 29” deep x 20-1/4” high (not including counter)
->120 Volt Grounded Plug
->Short Extension Legs (List Price: $36)
-> Wrap-around Counter (List Price: $175)
-> Wheel Head Extension (List Price: $28)
Standard Clay Aged (10+ yrs, hard) – Make an Offer:
-> Std 365 - Grolleg 7/07 – cone 6: 375 lbs; list price .84 per pound, total list: $315
-> Std 308 - Brooklyn Red; C 4-8: 325 lbs; list price .72 per pound, total list: $234
-> Std 181 - White Stone w/molochite; c 6-10: 375 lbs; list price .84 per pound, total list: $315
-> Std 547 – Red Sculpture; c 2-6: 375 lbs; list price .60 per pound, total list: $15
Also have scales, bats, buckets, cobalt, tin, etc.
Karen Newgard passed along this opportunity from Matthew Duerstock, Assistant Camp Director at Camp Cedar Cliff (located five miles east of Asheville):
Camp Cedar Cliff is looking for someone to take ownership of our Craft Skill this summer with the emphasis on Pottery. The dream is to have kids experience camp and also learn the creativity of pottery and leave with the item they made. The item would be something with a theme for each year, and should be small.
Our camp week starts on Saturday afternoon and ends Friday morning. Our schedule typically allows kids to work on the craft piece Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday is when we hope for them to have everything complete and ready to take home, although if necessary we could have it finished on Friday morning.
Our camp runs from June 11th - July 29th and is broken down into 7 week sessions. Each week we will have 70 - 200 overnight campers. We also have day camp and other options but they do not partake in pottery.
We are open to the option of having several people help teach, one professional teach, or even training some of our staff ahead of time to do the job. We would also like for someone to visit and help us set up our craft cabin the way it should be. In regards to the drying cabinets and accelerators, I am prepared to build whatever necessary to make a successful program. Included are some pictures of the craft area.
What: Garold Amsberry of Midnight Sun Pottery will do a wheel and finishing demo, highlighting efficiencies to aid in functional pottery production. Linda Powell will also talk about her studio and program at HCCA.
Taking a break from the Crimson Laurel/Appalachian Terroir news to make sure everyone knows that Penland's annual community open house is this Saturday, March 5th. This is an awesome event - and it's free! If you've never been, go!
From the Penland website:
The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to between 350 and 500 adults and children from Mitchell County and beyond, engaging them in free, quality hands-on studio experiences. The Community Open House also offers information about Penland's upcoming workshops and other programs.
Each year, over 100 artist volunteers from the surrounding community make this day possible by helping visitors with the hands-on activities in the studios.
The 2016 Penland School of Crafts community open house will be on Saturday, March 5 from 1-5 pm. A range of craft activities will take place around the Penland campus, from making a clay pot on a potter's wheel to developing a black-and-white image from film negatives.
Here's the front-page story from this week's Yancey Times Journal about the opening of Appalachian Terroir, Crimson Laurel Gallery and Smoky Mountain Pottery in Micaville. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) The headline is, "More good news for local economy as Appalachian Terroir expands business with new facility at old Taylor Toggs building in Micaville."
The newspaper has also posted about the story on their Facebook page. The text is different from the print edition story and there are several more photos. Here's the Facebook post and a couple of the photos:
Appalachian Terroir combining three ceramic operations, creating jobs at Micaville’s former Taylor Toggs facility
Local officials gathered in Micaville on Monday for an economic development announcement by Appalachian Terroir founder and CEO Ben Philips that he is consolidating three operations in the former Taylor Toggs manufacturing facility that has been sitting empty for years.
Appalachian Terroir, designer and producer of original artisan dinnerware and housewares, is integrating its business with two sister companies, Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio and Crimson Laurel Gallery, at the location. The facility is currently being renovated for the combined operation and could open as early as April.
Philips said the company will launch five inspirational dinnerware collections designed by a roster of celebrated ceramics artists in addition to its own line of home decor and accessory products created by their in-house design team.
“We are inspired by the traditions of our region’s craft: quality materials, hand work, and expectations of excellence. We’re proud that the majority of the talent is locally sourced and all products are made within this community,” he said of the new venture.
According to Yancey’s Economic Development Commission director Wanda Proffitt, “Appalachian Terroir reflects innovation and creativity that further strengthens Yancey County’s economy. We are excited they have chosen our county for their new operations, and each new job has the potential to change someone’s life.”
Proffitt said EDC, the county and town worked with Philips on a different location but he determined that the Micaville site was larger and better suited for his operation. “We are so pleased that Ben is investing in our community to create a totally new business that taps into the arts and creative aspect of our county and diversifies our economy and work force.”
The word terroir, pronounced ter’wa, is of French origin and refers to a complete set of local conditions that influence the quality of the product being produced.
The company acquired Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio of Sevierville, Tennessee in December 2015. The ceramics manufacturer has been in business for nearly 30 years. Former Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio owner Dennis McAvoy joins Appalachian Terroir as operations manger at the new location in Micaville.
Philips previously acquired nationally-known Crimson Laurel Gallery, a retailer of fine studio ceramics located in Bakersville. This retail operation will continue at the Micaville facility showcasing a selection of curated works.
The company will initially hire 25 (plus or minus) workers and plans a $1.5 to $2 million initial investment and create 50 jobs, more or less, with an average salary of $45,000 annually, with pay varying according to position. Jobs currently advertised are for a ceramics mold maker, glazer, pack and ship coordinator, press operator, sales coordinator, slip casting tech, and green ware cleaner.
Yesterday I shared the news that Crimson Laurel Gallery is moving from Bakersville to Micaville. WTOE has a short story on the news. (A little background: Bakersville is in Mitchell County and Micaville is in neighboring Yancey County. WTOE and WKYK are radio stations serving Mitchell and Yancey counties and their joint website shares news about both counties.) The headline is "New Jobs Coming to Micaville" and, unlike the Mitchell News-Journal I shared yesterday, it doesn't mention the effect of the loss of Crimson Laurel Gallery on the small town of Bakersville. The WTOE news story includes a few photos, including the two above.
The owner of Crimson Laurel Gallery, Ben Philips, is selling the gallery in Bakersville and moving to Micaville. Crimson Laurel opened in Bakersville in 2002 and is widely known for its studio ceramics selection. The gallery has been a big draw for tiny Bakersville, population 454.
In addition, Philips has started a company that licenses and reproduces the designs of ceramic artists. This company will also be located in Micaville.
The Mitchell News-Journal has the story:
Ceramics company will call Micaville home
A ceramics company is bringing new life to a vacant facility, and a Bakersville gallery is relocating.
Appalachian Terroir – pronounced “ter’wa” – announced Monday it will operate out of the Taylor Togs facility on Hwy. 19E. The company, formed last year, licenses with ceramic artists to use their designs for homeware it produces – many of the artists currently sell their pieces through Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville.
Ben Phillips owns the company and also owns Crimson Laurel Gallery. The galley is in the process of being moved to the Taylor Togs facility. Phillips said he plans to sell the building that currently houses the gallery. Another company, Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio, will also be located at the Micaville facility.
And here's the statement from the Crimson Gallery owners:
Announcement from Crimson Laurel Gallery
February 29, 2016
CLG Announces New Partnership
Announcement from Crimson Laurel Gallery
Thank you for making 2015 memorable.
There is so much to tell you.
First, some very exciting news...when CLG reopens for the 2016 season, we will be in a new location just down the road in Micaville, where we will be integrating CLG with two sister companies.
Our vision, inspired partly by the amazing artisan community of our region, is for a housewares company operating in the home décor and home accessories markets. This company, named Appalachian Terroir, pronounced (ter'wa), uniquely designs and produces artisanal dinnerware and housewares.
Our mission is to share the beauty and integrity of the artist's works and stories with you. Terroir, a concept originated by the winemakers of France, is the unique character imbued by the land to its produce. In the spirit of Lucy Morgan, founder of Penland School of Crafts, Appalachian Terroir embraces both preservationist objectives and social improvement by creating economic opportunities for local people. In keeping with this tradition, the majority of our talent is locally sourced and all products are made within our local community.
We hope you, too, will be inspired by the simple elegance of this art of our region, the terroir of Appalachia, as you develop your own appreciation for the traditions and exacting standards of our region's craft: quality materials, hand work and expectations of excellence.
In December of 2015, Appalachian Terroir acquired the assets of Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio of Sevierville, Tennessee, a ceramics manufacturer in business for nearly 30 years. We are pleased to welcome Dennis McAvoy, former Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio owner, as our new operations manager.
We will set up shop at our new location in Micaville, North Carolina combining CLG, Appalachian Terroir and Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio under one roof.
It is a delightful experience nurturing Crimson Laurel's rich tradition by not only supporting its artists, but by supporting their dreams as well. This year, once again, CLG will fund a full clay workshop scholarship at Penland School of Crafts, which assists students with exceptional talent and financial need. Appalachian Terroir will, once again, support Penland's Annual Benefit Auction at the sponsorship level. It is our privilege to be surrounded by such beauty.
In summary, CLG continues with retail operations in Micaville showcasing a selection of studio ceramics curated to amaze. Appalachian Terroir launches five inspirational dinnerware collections designed by a roster of celebrated ceramic artists in addition to its own line of home décor and accessory products. Smoky Mountain Pottery Studio carries on providing quality products to the gift, retail and specialty advertising markets.
We’ll be in touch as more news develops. Thank you again for your part in making all this possible.
We look forward to greeting you in our new Micaville location.
March Clay Club will be at High Country Ceramic Arts (HCCA) in Burnsville at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 9th. Thank you to Linda Powell and her HCCA members and students for hosting us!
Garold Amsberry of Midnight Sun Pottery will do a wheel and finishing demo, highlighting efficiencies to aid in functional pottery production. Linda will also talk about her studio and program at HCCA.
We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share, though Linda says don't feel that you have to! Linda has also generously offered to provide beer, wine and soft drinks.
HCCA is located at 552 W US 19E in Burnsville. Here's what Linda says about directions:
Some GPSs work and some do not because at one point the building was in Google as E VS W. Anyway, as you come into Burnsville on 19E from Spruce Pine/Micaville, you first come to the light where United Community Bank is on the left. This is where 19E intersects with 197 from/to Bakersville. As you enter the town on 19E, you will see the Shell station. Stay to the left of it on 19e. You will see Ace Hardware on the left, followed by a Citgo station, then us! Take a left onto the construction side street at the Citgo station, then up our driveway it is a periwinkle and white building.
From Asheville, take 19-23 (future I-26) to the Burnsville exit (exit 9). Take 19E to Burnsville. From this direction HCCA will be on your right, .4 mile after you pass the Ingles (also on your right). Take a right onto the construction side street at the Citgo station, then up the driveway it is a periwinkle and white building.
Wood-fire potters, get your kiln listed on the World Map of Wood-fire Kilns a project of Simon Levin's. Simon says "This is a growing project, with your help it will become a valuable resource. If you have a woodkiln and would like it listed on this map, please email me Woodfirebook@gmail.com with your kiln address, type and size of kiln, contact information, and any website you would like linked."
Here is the link to the World Map: http://simonlevin.com/worldmap
Here is my wood-fired car kiln with Bourry firebox and pizza/bread oven (current photo) in Zirconia, NC:
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.