The Craft Trails project builds on the groundbreaking work of HandMade in America, a nonprofit which created the original Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina in the 1990s, connecting visitors to hundreds of craft studios, galleries, schools, historic places and inns across the mountains. The 3rd edition of the Craft Heritage Trail book was published in 2003, featuring nearly 500 different sites.
This project will update those listings for the digital age, offering an online portal for desktop and mobile applications. As phases of the project are completed, technology will allow collectors to connect with craft artisans to purchase their wares and visit the studios, galleries and festivals in Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Craft Trails project is funded with a $90,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and contributions from the North Carolina Arts Council and WNC Community Foundation.
The listening sessions drew more than 110 participants. Exposure and experiential tourism are themes that emerged in both comments and written surveys taken at the seven listening sessions. Key comments from participants included:
• Participants (artists, arts organizations, tourism entities) overwhelmingly welcomed the idea.
• Training artists in marketing and interpretation would be helpful. That came up repeatedly.
• Visitors should be educated in etiquette, expectations, and the significance of the traditions.
• Many suggested a robust itinerary builder on the website module that would allow visitors to the region to identify and navigate their way to specific craft artists in the 25-county region.
• The Blue Ridge Craft Trails project is a chance to gain national exposure. Tennessee and Virginia have made significant investments in marketing their craft artists.
• The website should be geared to the needs of visitors interested in authentic craft. Bottom line, artists need more visitors to get more sales.
• The market for crafts appears to be changing, and there may need to be greater emphasis placed on providing craft experiences, which could include studio tours, demonstrations, and hands-on classes. “Visitors really want something to do.” The millennial generation wants engagement and activity rather than just making purchases.
One of the primary qualities of ceramics is its feel; literally!
Getting work that is beautiful visually and/or functionally is great BUT ceramics is so often interacted with physically. How something feels against the skin is of huge importance. We touch it with our hands; press it against our lips; hold it; caress it; and get to know its texture and tactile qualities. This show is all about that one, wonderful, intimate thing. We so hope you get to experience it too - daily.
In Tandem Gallery
20 N. Mitchell Ave.Bakersville, NC 28705 • (828) 688-6428
The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is accepting entries for its Handcrafted exhibition. The exhibition will be held from January to May, 2018.
From their website:
$1000 – Acquisition Award
$300 – First Place
$200 – Second Place
$100 – Third Place
Acquisition Award: The work selected for the Acquisition Award will become part of the Arts Center’s Permanent Collection. Any artist not willing to accept the $1,000 award must submit a written statement to declare their work not eligible for this award. This statement must be submitted at the time of entry. Works not for sale will be ineligible for the award.
Media: Traditional and non-traditional craft media including but not limited to: ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, paper, or any combination of craft media.
Eligibility: Open to all U.S. artists 18 years of age or older. Work must be original and executed within the past three years. Work must not have been previously exhibited at the Arts Center. Entry in this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions listed in the prospectus.
Entry Fee: Each artist may submit digital images of a maximum of four works. Two additional detail shots of each work is permissible. A non-refundable entry fee of $25 must accompany the entry form and images.
Andy Palmer has a large quantity of chemicals for sale in Bakersville. Here’s what he says about what he’s got:
I've kind of got a LOT of chemicals in storage here and would love to get rid of them. I'm actually going up to NY to bring down the last of what I've got there - probably around another 2000 lbs or so. Sooooo here's the chemicals I've got BEFORE I head to NY to pick of the rest of what I've got there. Anything that doesn't have an amount written, I've got 10lbs or less of it. I tried to look up the prices of things and found what the 10lb cost at Highwater, Standard, Laguna, Clayking., etc ..was; which is how I came up with the prices listed - but a lot of the things I couldn't find anywhere (does anyone even sell mined Albany Slip? or Cadmium Carbonate?)
Pictured here is just the first of four pages of what Andy has for sale. Download the complete list here: https://goo.gl/sKsTWn
Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-345-5461.
Call to artists for The Ubiquitous Bowl exhibition at the Hamilton Williams Gallery in Morganton, North Carolina:
Among the most approachable of handmade objects, the bowl form remains one of the most available for artisan reinvention and expression. The Ubiquitous Bowl presents the variety of form, color, design, and surface development that is possible while maintaining the utility of this common household object.
Event Dates: February 9, 2018 - March 17, 2018
Entry Deadline: December 15, 2017
Submission Parameters ~
Bowls should be sized for individual servings. Maximum dimensions: 8” in diameter, 5” in height
Bowls must be functional and safe for food/drink use.
Bowls must be available for purchase.
All media will be considered.
To Submit Work ~
Please provide the following materials via email to email@example.com by the entry deadline.
• Digital images (1-3) of each bowl submitted (images of at least 1200x1200 pixels in .jpeg format
• Artist statement & biography
• Artist image
• Complete contact information [name, mailing/shipping address, email, phone number(s),
relevant social media links]
The 11th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market is this weekend at the Historic Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine. The show and sale includes thirty-two regional artists: Stanley Mace Andersen, William Baker, Barking Spider Pottery, Pam Brewer, John Britt, Cynthia Bringle, Melisa Cadell, Cristina Cordova, Claudia Dunaway, Susan Feagin, Terry Gess, Becky Gray, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Shawn Ireland, Lisa Joerling, Nicholas Joerling, Michael Kline, Suze Lindsay, Shaunna Lyons, Jeannine Marchand, Courtney Martin, Kent McLaughlin, Teresa Pietsch, David Ross, Michael Rutkowsky, Ken Sedberry, Ron Slagle, Gertrude Graham Smith, Liz Zlot Summerﬁeld, Valerie Schnaufer and Joy Tanner. Admission to the Market is free, (**but visitors are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets for work donated by four of the artists. This year, those artists are Kent McLaughlin, Jeannine Marchand, David Ross and Ken Sedberry. A portion of the raffle proceeds will benefit Safe Place, a non-profit organization working for the prevention of domestic and sexual violence). Food will be available for purchase on site.
The Artisan League of Little Switzerland will have their Fall Arts & Crafts Market on October 13 & 14, 2017. Visit Friday & Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm for the latest in local art including ceramics, wood carvings, jewelry, paintings, basketry, paper art, textiles, and more. Held in Geneva Hall, next to The Switzerland Inn. Milepost 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Raine is a native of the area and currently lives and works in Denver, NC. Though her forms are influenced by traditional NC pottery, Raine's focus is definitely on surface design – taking inspiration from nature with a hint of asian/textile influence. Her wheel thrown, porcelain pots are decorated with a process called sgraffito (carving through a layer of color to the clay body below) and fired in a salt kiln which adds a softness to the surface.
In Tandem Gallery
20 N. Mitchell Ave.
Bakersville, NC 28705 (828) 688-6428
firstname.lastname@example.org • www.InTandemGallery.com
Snazzy Surfaces with Molly Morning-glory & Laurie Caffery Harris Beginner Wheel Throwing with Julia Claire Weber Intermediate Wheel with Cayce Kolstad Enchanting Handbuilding with Cynthia Lee Creative Sculpture with Mac McCusker Raku Magic One-Day Workshop with Paul Gisondo Terrific Tiles For Kids Ages 8-12 with Cassie Mazur Ready, Set, Throw One night Pottery Classes Click here to register online, or call 828-285-0210 for more information.
Here are the details from Kelli Crowder, a student of Andy Palmer at Mayland Community College:
I am currently getting my general education at Mayland so I can further my education with an art degree. I love pottery and textiles. As well as drawing and painting. I am getting married this month and I was hoping to become a studio assistant part time.
Contact Kelli at email@example.com or 828-467-3123
You are invited to join Village Potters to their studios and gallery for this special event on Saturday, October 14 from 12:00 - 5:00pm at their studios in Asheville, NC. There will be kiln openings, pots being sold directly from those kilns, Raku firings, and more. All of the proceeds from the event's sales will directly benefit The Village Potters' Scholarship Fund and build-out of Incubator Studios.
Check out our video invitation below for more info and feel free to share with others!
The Village Potters' Scholarship Fund raises money to offer financial aid/scholarships to a select handful of ceramic arts students who are in unique situations where they are able to pursue their dreams in clay, but would not be able to without financial assistance. The Village Potters offers 4 full one-year scholarships and 4 half one-year scholarships to their two-year Independent Study & Mentoring program.
The Village Potters are in the midst of building six 10'x10' Incubator Studios for potters that are on the brink of owning successful businesses in clay, but do not have access to studio space or are not equipped for a home studio.
For Sale Skutt Kiln 1018 $900 great condition, new elements, new relays, new feeder wires, new harness wires, newly replaced bricks, 1p, 240v, stand included, 2 1/2" brick, environvent included, Cone 10, 4.6 cu ft, at least 10 years old. This puppy fits in the back of my Prius. The Skutt KM-1018 is an ideal kiln for smaller studios or individuals who will never need to fire objects over 18" high. This kiln gives you nearly five cubic feet of capacity in a low, wide firing chamber, which is what makes it so easy to load -- the KM-1018 fits about 26 bowls that are 6 inches in diameter and 3 inches high. Whether the task is delicate porcelain or heavy stoneware, the Cone 10 capable KM-1018 can do it all. Email for info: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are celebrating alongside the Asheville Area Arts Council for first Friday in the Refinery Creator Space on October 6th from 5-8:00 pm. The event will feature a special sale with samples and one of a kind pieces marked up to 70% off retail prices, local craft brews and delicious snacks.
I've lost one of the sliders with the holes in it, to hold the rods, for my giffin grip. If anyone has an extra please contact me, I'd sure appreciate it. I can be reached at email@example.com or 828 251 8212 call or text.
I’m excited to share details about our next few meetings! Please save the dates for:
November Clay Club on Wednesday, November 8 from 5-7 pm (note the change from our usual meeting time) at Mars Hill University. Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us!
December Clay Club on Wednesday, December 13th from 6-8 pm at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville. We’ll have our annual mug/cup/object exchange. Thanks to Gabriel Kline and everyone at Odyssey for hosting us!
January Clay Club on Wednesday, January 10th from 6-8 pm at John Britt Pottery near Penland. We will have an oil spot kiln opening during the meeting. Everyone is invited to participate in the firing, which will take place before the meeting. John will provide glazes and glazing opportunities at his studio, probably in the first week in January. Pieces should be made with cone 10 clay (John uses Helios, Orangestone, and Phoenix). If you know about oil spot glazes and John’s expertise with them, you know this is a special opportunity. (John has written and presented widely on oil spot glazes, including this Ceramics Today article and this Ceramic Arts Network article.) More details will be provided, but John needs to know how many people will be participating so if you’re interested, let me know by sending me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks to John for proposing and planning this, and for hosting us!
I will share more details about all of these meetings closer to their dates.
I’m working on 2018 Clay Club meetings - if you have an idea for a meeting and/or are interested in hosting, let me know.
A big thank you to Missy Batten, LeElaine Comer and Molly Walter - aka the Mudhoneyz - for hosting September Clay Club at their studio in Weaverville!
Missy, LeElaine and Molly are all Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program grads. During their time at Haywood they lucked into meeting some older Haywood Crafts grads - woodworkers and other master craftspeople - who planted the seed of the three of them building their own studio together. They started planning in November 2013 and started building in 2014. In June 2015 they ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build their kiln and kiln shed. They were extraordinarily successful, raising more than their target goal in a very short amount of time. Somebody asked how they went about setting up such a successful Kickstarter campaign and the answer was research, research, research: before they launched their campaign they learned as much as they could about how to run a successful one. You can check out their Kickstarter campaign here:
The kiln is a hybrid catenary arch kiln fueled by gas to about 800 degrees and then with wood (see the pile of wood in the photo!). The kiln is fired with salt and soda. They aim to fire about every 2.5 months, and they recently had their sixth firing.
The three of them talked about working together and what that’s like. One place they got guidance from was AB Tech’s Small Business Center, including free consultations with a CPA. (Community Colleges throughout North Carolina have small business centers that provide classes and services, much of it at no cost.) They said they initially kept track of how much time they each spent working, but quickly - like, after a day - gave that up. They acknowledged having different strengths and weaknesses in the different aspects of running the studio, and they talked about how they work to take advantage of each others' strengths.
One word that kept coming up from all three of them was community: they lucked out in getting taken under the wing by a community of older Haywood Community College craft grads who helped them see what could be possible; the Village Potters in Asheville have been a source of inspiration for what a ceramic community can look like; and they have a vision of the community that their joint studio is and can be. The Mudhoneyz model is a unique and special way to be professional potters - here’s hoping this is just the beginning of a long and successful collaboration for the three of them.
Thanks again to Missy, LeElaine and Molly for hosting us, and to everybody who came!
The Toe River Valley exhibit presents two gallery talks on Saturday, September 16 Location: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Geology of the Toe by Alex Glover, retired professional geologist Presentation includes a powerpoint of geological process of the formation of the riverbed rocks and the manner in which the Toe River cut across the Appalachians. Rock samples and geologic models will be used during the presentation.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. People of the Toe Valley by David Biddix, Coordinator of Digital Media at Western Piedmont Community College. David's passion for local history has led him to a partnership with Chris Hollifield to form Longleaf Media. They have produced two Images of America books (for Spruce Pine, NC in 2009 and Little Switzerland, NC in 2010) for Arcadia Publishing), along with a video documentary celebrating the centennial of Little Switzerland, released in June, 2010. He also completed a project with Jonathan Bennett that produced Images of America: Mount Mitchell in 2015.
FREE - 1 gas kiln and 1 electric kiln. These were pulled out of a decommissioned factory in Mexico and were included in a truckload of equipment we recently purchased. The electric kiln comes with some manuals and the gas kiln has less information. If you are handy these could be right for you!
We have a forklift to load onto your truck. Kilns are in downtown Marshall. Please email Dan to arrange pickup at email@example.com
Note: We have some shelves and hoods that could be negotiated but would need to be purchased.
What: Missy Batten, LeElaine Comer and Molly Walter will talk about how they got together to form their studio; give a tour of their studio; talk about their Kickstarter project and how they fire, and what it’s like working together. Also possibly a throwing/brushwork/carving demo if there is interest/time.
We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.
Econo-Kiln and K Model JD23, JD230, JD236, JD245, J23, J230, J236, J245, K23,
K230 240 Volt/1 & 3 Phase Small Standard Element (.34" Outside
Diameter) - Used on All JD2300 & J2300 Series Kilns at this Voltage without
a "V" designation in the Model Number and with a Serial Number
preceding "010196-A" (Made before January 1, 1996). Also used on K23
and K230 Kilns.
Element Voltage: 240
Element Size: Small (.38" OD, Prior
Element Alloy: Kanthal A1
Element Wiring: Parallel
Configuration: Two Rows of Elements per
They cost me 240 w s/h. Call or e-mail please to arrange pick up, here in Old Fort or possible meet in Asheville. $200.00 828-337-0992 Maggie Tipottery@gmail.com
This equipment is for sale in preparation for moving and downsizing.
I will give a 5% discount for purchases over $500 and 10% for purchases over $1000.
Please forward to anyone else that might be interested.
18 Rockwood Lane
Arden NC, 28704
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.