Just wanted to let every one know that our good friend Carolanne Currier will be having a show at In Tandem Gallery Saturday, October 1st. Her work is the most dramatic and beautiful soda fired pieces I've ever seen; with purple halo's and intense orange flashing. By reducing with water on the cool down she achieves a gorgeous carbon black transition that pumps up the contrast. It's all online as well if you're unable to stop by. It certainly is something thats got to be seen though.
Join us for the 6th annual Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner on September 30, 2016 from 4:30 – 7:30pm at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville, NC. Proceeds raised benefit Dig In!’s work to grow and give vegetables so that everyone eats in Yancey County.
Join your family and neighbors for a meal that celebrates our community’s ability to feed each other so that everyone eats. Tickets can be purchased at the door or the following venues: Appalachian Java, Burnsville Wine And …, Yancey Chamber of Commerce, OOAK Gallery, Pig & Grits, and Reconciliation House.
Join us at the historic Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine, North Carolina
October 8 and 9, 2016
10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday
The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique gathering of our region’s greatest potters and clay artists. Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend. Admission is free and lunches are available for purchase on site.
Visitors to the show can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful
piece of art donated by four of our participating artists.
The winner does not need to be present at the time of the drawing.
Copenhagen-based ceramist and designer Ole Jensen will provide insights into his process transforming everyday materials into contemporary forms. Jensen will include examples of his own designs that contain both the special and the general.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Ole Jensen is a ceramist and designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is educated from The Arts and Crafts College in Kolding and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Since 1985, Jensen has taught at several design schools, exhibited his works in museums including Designmuseum Denmark, Victoria and Albert Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. He is the recipient of a number of design grants and awards including a Life-long Honorary Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation and has been involved in numerous product design collaborations, such as Royal Copenhagen, Normann Copenhagen and Muuto.
This event is held in conjunction with The Future of Fixing, on view at Benchspace Gallery & Workshop September 2, 2016 – January 20, 2017.
There's still time to help provide fresh produce to hungry people in our community. The Dig In! Community Garden's Empty Bowls event is Sept. 30, and they NEED MORE BOWLS!
They'd like to receive bowls by this Saturday, September 24
Bowls can be dropped off at ANY of these participating locations:
Yancey County Farmers' Market on the Burnsville Town Square. Saturday mornings from 8:30-12:30 am with Jacquie Lopez, Market Manager
Creekside Cafe & Bakery, Burnsville
Yancey County Library 321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714
The Ice Cream Deck, 621 Micaville Loop, Micaville 28755
AFTER RENOVATIONS/SEPT 22: OOAK gallery in Micaville (573 Micaville Loop, Micaville, NC 28755)
Spruce Pine Library 142 Walnut Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, phone (828) 765-4673
Or, to coordinate a pick up, Please contact Jacquie Lopez
cell/txt 703-232-2145, email@example.com, in person at the Yancey County Farmers' Market Saturdays 8:30 - 12:30
Please drop a business card in each of your donated bowls so that the recipient knows who to thank for their special treasure!
Bowls of any type are welcome: Ceramic, thrown, handbuilt, wood, etc!
ABOUT THE EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT
The Empty Bowls Project is an international grass roots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. It is a project of Imagine Render, a 501c3 non-profit organization. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Empty Bowls and the 6th annual Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner. It will be held on Friday, September 30th from 4:30-7:30 pm at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. In years past, the DigIn! Empty Bowls event has seen over 600 attendees!
Thanks to Hitomi and Takuro Shibata for a super interesting Clay Club program, and to Silvia Ferrari-Palmer for hosting us at In Tandem Gallery!
Hitomi and Takuro shared a slide presentation and talked about their pottery and how they ended up in North Carolina. Hitomi and Takuro both established ceramic careers in Shigaraki, Japan before coming to the US in 2001. They came to ceramics through very different paths: Hitomi from a ceramic arts background and Takuro from a non-arts engineering background. Today they share a studio, Studio Touya, in Seagrove, North Carolina, focused on wood-firing. They told us "Touya" means "pottery house" in Japanese. Check out their work on their website, www.studiotouya.com.
Takuro gave us a video tour of STARworks Ceramics showing how the clay bodies are prepared. STARworks uses North Carolina clays to make clay bodies. Takuro brought samples of STARworks clay bodies for folks to try - a number of clubbers took advantage of this generous offer. I hope some of you will consider sharing your results!
Kent McLaughlin and Andy Palmer are talking about putting in a group order for STARworks clay - I'll post more details about this, but if you think you might be interested, let one of them or me know.
Thanks again to Hitomi, Takuro and Silvia, and to everyone - including those who ended up on the Shane Mickey overflow deck next door - who came!
Come meet international wood-fire sensation Ben Richardson for a screening of his documentary Fire Works, followed by a panel discussion and reception. Topics will include his Tasmanian studio and kiln and recent commissions to produce work for 4 of the top 10 restaurants in Australia. Odyssey is honored to host this unique chance to spend an evening with a world class, ceramic artist.
What: Hitomi and Takuro Shibata will talk about their pottery and how they ended up in North Carolina. Hitomi and Takuro are originally from Japan, where they established ceramic careers in Shigaraki. Their main focus is wood firings. Takuro will also talk about STARworks Ceramics where he is the director. Takuro will bring samples of STARworks clay bodies for us to check out, and Silvia Ferrari-Palmer will also tell us about In Tandem Gallery, which she opened in April, 2016.
We'll have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.
***Asheville area folks: Linda Falcone is hoping to connect with Asheville area folks to carpool to Bakersville for this Clay Club. Contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!***
Your Work Your Own: using commercial glazes in low fire oxidation
Join us for
an afternoon with Angelique as she shows us how to make custom, one-of-a-kind underglaze
colors and demonstrates layering those glazes in combination with underglaze
pencils and commercial glazes to create truly unique and expressive functional
work that is sure to inspire the creative spirit!
focused on creating functional, whimsical pottery with a sculptural approach,
always going to that “magic nation” for inspiration. Her work is shown in the
permanent collection at New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in New Orleans,
Louisiana. In 2010 Angelique was selected to be one of The WNC Top 10 Emerging
artist and in 2011 she was selected as one of Ceramic Monthly’s Top 15 National
Emerging Clay Artist. Angelique has been featured in various prominent national
publications, most recently featured in back to back issues of Clay Times for
her unique glazing style. Angelique is the founder Fly Coop Studios, located in
the Asheville’s River Arts District at Curve Studios and Garden.
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
(TVP ongoing student discount $55)
To register: call (828) 253-2424 or visit http://thevillagepotters.com/product/tvp-master-series-with-angelique-tassistro/
I have more stuff that I'm wanting to get rid of in the studio.
I have one and one half gallon jugs of porcelain slip: Free to anyone who wants it.
Two boxes of Lymen Red clay: GONE
Two jars of a high fire clear glazes, I think they fire to cone 9: GONE
I also have a half jar of a high fire clear satin, cone 9: free
A heavy duty ware cart with shelves! My mom had it, but it's too big for the studio! Asking $450 OBO. I can send pictures if anyone is interested in it. You can also come to my studio and check it out if you wanted. Cart has 33 shelves. The shelves are 32" X 16".
I also have a small Paragon test kiln. The control box isn't attached to the kiln, it would need to be attached. It needs some TLC. Kiln has no kiln sitter on it. It has some kiln furniture and two small shelves. $50.
I can be reached via emial at email@example.com
Grants will be available to qualifying new businesses (like, say, artists) in downtown Spruce Pine, North Carolina through the Downtown Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (DEAP). The program starts next Monday, September 12th. You can also take one or more of the classes even if you're not interested in applying for a grant. Here are some of the details from the Mayland Community College website:
Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a Small Business Center Entrepreneurship Certificate opportunity. In a six-class series, students will learn the basics of business. The SBC’s goal is to assist small business owners with building a functional and loan-ready business plan. Attend one or all six classes! Upon completion of all six classes, participants will receive a certificate from the MCC Small Business Center that can be included with business plans. Week one begins with how to start and finance a small business on September 12 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus. All classes in this series will be held on the Mitchell Campus and will begin at 5:30 PM.
As an extra incentive to attend the SBC Entrepreneurship Certificate opportunity, MCC has partnered with Spruce Pine Main Street, Mitchell County Economic Development, and the Town of Spruce Pine to offer start-up assistance to select new businesses via the Downtown Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (DEAP).
Start-up grants will be available to qualifying new businesses that settle in the downtown section of Spruce Pine. In order for a prospective business to apply for the DEAP start-up grant, participants must complete the Mayland Small Business Center Entrepreneurship Certificate Course, provide a business plan, and formally present their business proposal to a review committee. Business proposals and plans will be reviewed by an outside panel who will recommend grant award winners. Grants will cover select start-up expenses for the winning business. For detailed requirements about DEAP, contact Spruce Pine Main Street Director Libby Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.765.3008.
To enroll in one or all six of the MCC Small Business Center Entrepreneurship Certificate classes visit www.mayland.edu and click on the Continuing Education link for the Small Business Center or call 828.766.1295.
Looking for hard fire brick. Will pick up. Located in Marshall and could go to Penland, Black Mountain or Hendersonville to pick up. Please contact Amanda Hollomon-Cook at email@example.com with rough amount and price. Thank you!
My friend Chris Bueker has an older motorized kickwheel that he wants to pass on to another potter.
I did not see a manufacture plate but it appears to be well built, has a motor that did work at one time (might need some work), concrete flywheel, aluminum wheel head and plywood deck and seat. You must load and haul (read: heavy). Chris has a bad back. Contact him at 864-918-9882 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post SOLD when it is called for.
September Clay Club will take place Wednesday, September 14, at 6 pm at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville. Thank you to Silvia Ferrari-Palmer for hosting us and organizing this Clay Club!
Hitomi and Takuro Shibata will talk about their pottery and how they ended up in North Carolina. Hitomi and Takuro are originally from Japan, where they established ceramic careers in Shigaraki. Their main focus is wood firings. See their work on their website, www.studiotouya.com. Takuro will also talk about STARworks Ceramics where he is the director. STARworks is located in Star, North Carolina. Here's a little about STARworks from their website:
STARworks is an arts-centered work community that promotes community and economic development by providing outstanding artistic educational programs and business ventures. We strive to engage the community with artwork and artists of the highest caliber.
STARworks Ceramics uses native NC wild clays to produce clay bodies that are manufactured with a filter press on site.
Takuro will bring samples of STARworks clay bodies for us to check out. Silvia will also tell us about her gallery which opened in April, 2016.
We'll have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.
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 email@example.com for more info.