Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist Program 2017 Job Description
The Bascom strives to provide quality visual arts learning experiences, stimulating, inspirational and educational opportunities for all visitors, regardless of their age, economic background, education, and/or physical/mental ability. Candidates are required to pass a security background check before being hired.
To meet these goals, the Resident Artist will:
• Design lesson plans that reflect quality arts education and correlate with other Bascom ceramic programs
• Support critical aspects of education program planning through demonstrations, talks, lectures, etc.
• Manage all aspects of the studio, including, but not limited to:
o Load/unload kilns
o Mix glaze
o Creativity coach for Studio Members
o Organize/clean studio daily
o Make studio is equipped with wading, glaze cookies, Saggers for discarding glaze, kiln wash shelves and other duties as assigned by the Director
• $100 per week for 52 weeks for a total of $5200 for 20 hours a week of teaching
o additional teaching outside of the required 20 is $30 an hour, excluding ABA’s which are
$30 per session
• Studio manager 10 hours a week as needed. When not teaching or studio manager, Resident is expected to work on personal studio practice
• 1,000 lbs of clay per 6 months
• Option to purchase additional clay at wholesale cost through The Bascom
• Housing provided
Other General Responsibilities:
• Take photos and post to Facebook.
• Blog once a week, Bascom Life. Word Press
• Upload photos to our Instagram studio barn account
• Share Studio manager role with Director
• Studio Assistant for workshops as needed
• Act as Bascom Ambassador
• Create work for exhibition (must apply)
• Access to studio, equipment, and materials 24/7
• Personal work space
Sale of Works:
Works made on grounds using Bascom materials and equipment must first be sold through The Studio Barn at The Bascom. Works made on campus using equipment and materials are not allowed to be sold in other shops, galleries, store fronts within a 25 mile radius of The Bascom, excluding shows, craft fairs, and private showings. Use of a personal or business website to sell works must be approved by Director. Artist/Bascom Split is 60/40. Resident can apply to The Bascom for works to be sold through the Gift Shop.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
1. Cover letter describing your interest in the resident position and proposal of residency project
2. Artist Statement (less than 300 words)
3. Résumé or CV
4. 15-20 numbered high-resolution images (accepting jpg, tif, pdf on CD, email, or through
DropBox, Hightail, etc.*)
5. Image inventory (docx or pdf) with
6. 2 professional references with contact information.
Images may be sent separately. All other application materials should be included in one submission.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All residency candidates are subject to a background check.
There are a number of Day of the Dead events at Ya Ya Yoga & Market (co-owned by Clay Clubber Anita Blackwell) this Friday and Saturday (October 28 and 29), including an art reception Friday evening from 7 - 9 pm.
Our Day of the Dead weekend spans from an Art Reception Friday evening, to pumpkin carving, tarot readings, and barbeque at the Saturday farmer's market 10 am - 2 pm, to an Herbs of the Otherworld workshop Saturday afternoon from 3 - 5 pm.
We are participating in a time-old tradition (records of this holiday go back thousands and thousands of years) of honoring the time of year when the veil between spirit and physical is thinnest. We celebrate our ancestors and our own connection with spirit through harvest, altars, art, and celebration.
Art Reception & Prize Drawing for Artists, 7 - 9 pm
Our open-entry art show will culminate in this reception, with wine, cheese, altars, and a prize drawing for the artists. Share your reactions to the various pieces at "Response Stations".
Parkway Farmers Market, 10 am - 2 pm
Vendors will be in costume, pumpkin carving for children, barbeque and boiled peanuts! What a fun time!
Tarot Readings by Barbara Kahn, 12 - 5 pm
Barbara's readings are from her own beautifully illustrated Ancient Oracle Deck and Handbook. Her original system includes numerology, information about the elements and directions, and philosophy and prose about the images. 10 minute reading for $10.
Herbs of the Otherworld, an herbal workshop by Asia Suler, 3 - 5 pm.
n exploration of the herbs that can take us beyond the gateways of our normal day-to-day perception to interact with the vast mystery and healing of the Otherworld. Come prepared to taste, journey, and experience the core plant magics of the season, and to interact with the distinct magic of the unknown. $25. Please pre-register at http://www.onewillowapothecaries.com/products/herbs-for-the-otherworld
Ya Ya Yoga & Market is located at 14480 NC-226 in Spruce Pine.
If you are in the area and want a stimulating and informative ceramic workshop ....this is your chance and to top it off it is FREE. Spread the word.
I suspect what keeps me engaged in the making of pots is the rich history and complex process of ceramics. The materials, kilns, firings, and the rhythm of the studio have become a comfortable part of my life, almost akin to a refuge.
I tend to make complex pots, not understated in form or surface. An interplay between shape and decoration creates a visual tension, which I find to be a rewarding artistic goal. By thinking of pottery as an avenue to explore color, line, surface and form, I have discovered a wellspring of inexhaustible creative opportunities.
I am writing you to let you know that the TRAC Board is developing an exhibit policy so that artists will feel confident about TRAC's display parameters. TRAC serves a wide constituency: from local school students, families, local residents, and visitors to the area. The TRAC goal for its galleries is that they be places where individual expression is valued, and where all members of our community are welcomed and respected.
I would like to ask for your patience as we seek to engage in a process of determining a policy that is both inclusive and respectful. We hope for your participation in that process through feedback once we have a draft policy to work with. Though initially a forum seemed like a way to do it, upon further reflection it doesn't seem like a really effective way to do it.
I would like to stress that the TRAC Board is taking seriously its responsibility to develop an inclusive, respectful policy the membership can use.
Nancy Nehls Nelson has one more item for sale from her husband's studio:
GREENPATCH - 421 - Electric Kiln Repair/Patch, MORTAR ... Kiln Repair, Refractory Cement kiln patch repair hole filler crack patcher...... After applying patch allow to dry for several days and apply kiln wash if applied to inside of kiln ...needs stirred up.Apply with a putty knife ............. .Information on Ingredients Kyanite percent 10 - 20 Mullite percent [Warning:.This is a refractory material which is hazardous to your health if ingested or inhaled. Wear gloves and mask when handling.]
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design wants input from Western North Carolina makers and designers!
From the email:
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and UNC Asheville recently partnered to launch the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE) in downtown Asheville. CCE will offer business workshops and classes designed specifically for makers and students with support from Mountain BizWorks.
CCCD seeks your input via a short 10-minute survey to ensure that programming is relevant to the WNC maker community.
As a special thank you, all participants will be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card and two tickets to a Blind Pig Supper Club event.
Survey participants must:
• Be a full-time, legal resident in one of the 23 Western North Carolina counties.
• Identify as a maker and/or designer with a craft-inspired business
My husband, Curtis Nelson, died two weeks ago. I have many items from his clay studio to give away and sell. I need to remove stuff by Monday, October 17th. I don’t know what is in many of these buckets. Please call me if you’re interested in ANYTHING! Lots of wall shelves w. brackets, work table, drying shelves, granite work slab, grinder, clay, slip, grit,etc.
I had a small studio fire over the weekend that thank goodness the sprinkler put it out. Just want to put some things out there for everyone. Check your insurance policies. Make sure it will cover what you have. Also if you rent a studio you really need renters insurance. And if people rent space in your studio they need their own policies.
I hope you can help spread the word. With the way that there are 2 policies covering the damage I will have about $1500 in deductibles I need to pay. I can handle that.
It is amazing how much I had in my work area for handbuilding today n a 4' square space. What is harder are my lost forms wooden bowls for molds, antique lace, years of collecting cookie cutters and rubber stamps, and my templates. Interesting my books should be ok but the one with the worse water damage was John Britt's cone 5/6 glaze book. My tools are fine except lost my mothers rolling pin which I used as a child., my bevel tool which was a present from a dear friend and my pony roller. Oh well. No one injured.
I will now have a reason to go back to yard sales and build a new proper work bench. But if anyone had wooden or bisque or plaster molds or cookie cutters or texture stamps that they really don't use I'd be glad to help you purge your studios. I really can't come to you to pick up as everyday I have to be at studio during clean up. However Weaverville is beautiful this time of year. And I can offer you some compensation.
We will not meet in October, but please make plans to attend November Clay Club at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) on Wednesday, November 9th. Thanks to Lindsay Rogers and the ETSU Student Ceramics Association for hosting us! I will share more details about this closer to the meeting date but wanted to go ahead and let you know.
If you're interested in carpooling to ETSU, let me know and I will put folks in touch.
I have been all over the internet searching for Tracy Dotson & read that he passed away. I am sorry to hear this. I did not know him, but I have enjoyed his beautiful pottery made by himself & Catherine (former spouse?) with fish scale blue glaze. My husband & I received a full set of Dotson dinner ware & serving dishes for our wedding in 2002, and we have been enjoying them ever since. I can’t find anything like it anywhere else. I am wondering if there is more of Tracy’s & Catherine’s fish scale blue glaze pottery out there somewhere. Would you be willing to let me know if you have any leads?
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.