Our Independent Study & Mentoring Program (ISM) is a directed mentorship program for both the developing potters, as well as, serious hobby artists who want to refine his or her skills. The ISM Program is specifically designed to offer a non-traditional/relational experience to help the potters hone current skills, develop new ones, and if desired, make the move into a career in clay with a thorough understanding of what it take to run a creative business.
The ISM Program includes a fully equipped pottery studio with wheels, slab roller, bisque kilns, personal shelving, extruder, oxidation kilns, gas reduction kilns, raku kiln, and access to our newest kiln, a Kazegama wood ash kiln. Students have access to the studio Monday – Sunday, and in addition to paying a monthly program fee students must provide their own personal tools and bats. Students also purchase their own clay, from a list of Laguna clays that The Village Potters sells, and pay firing fees.
There are community firings scheduled (Kazegama and Raku) where students are invited to participate. Students will experience loading kilns, firing, unloading, and assessing firings with discussions. Other firings are reserved by individual students after specific studio/kiln training has occurred, and students may also have access to the glaze mixing kitchen after proper training in that area.
The ISM Program includes pairing students with a mentor that rotates quarterly. Invitations to 1-hour Lunch & Learns about every 2 months where a specific arts business topic is presented. Various 30-60 minute clay demonstrations are offered by mentors on a monthly basis. Tuition includes automatic registration to The Village Potters’ Master Series workshops that occur every two months throughout the year. The Master Series Workshop program is open to the public. These workshops are when The Village Potters invites a dynamic potter/ceramic artist that is an expert in a specific area of clay to teach for a Saturday. Most Master Series topics range from advanced techniques in clay to what it takes to have a successful career.
Enrolled ISM students also receive a 20% discount on other Teaching Center opportunities such as weekly classes.
To request more information about the program and how to apply please contact: email@example.com or call us (828) 253-2424.
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 25th for November 1st, 2017 entry into the program.
*** The ISM Program may be right for you if you are an emerging potter OR if you have been working with clay for years, but wish to explore new avenues in your work. The ISM Program allows potters to have regular access to a studio (7 days a week), community with other potters, opportunities to explore multiple firing techniques, mentorship and tuition from professional and teaching ceramic artists, and periodic exhibition opportunities. We believe that in two years a potter can hone their skills and develop a unique body of work that will equip them to launch into even more creative clay pursuits. This program, like all things at The Village, is designed to be highly relational, and in many ways custom to the goals of each ISM student. Whether you plan to be a professional potter or a part-time creative, this program will afford you the opportunity to go as far as you wish in clay. This non-traditional program makes it possible for potters with other jobs, families, and other unique circumstances to live out their artistic dreams.
Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville will be holding their big pottery sale this month! Odyssey Clayworks will be raising money for our scholarship fund with a big markdown on handmade ceramics. Work donated by participating artists will be 50-75% off.
The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman avenue on Saturday, July 22nd at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside.
Participating artists include Director Gabriel Kline as well as numerous Resident Artists and Studio Assistants! If there is a special piece you have your eye on they suggest you come early.
Odyssey is a community minded studio and it is their goal to make classes and workshops available to all members of the community regardless of income level. To support their scholarship fund Odyssey holds their annual auction as well as occasional sales such as this one.
Andy Palmer has a variety of ceramic material and equipment available for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina. These are items he purchased when Appalachian Terroir/Crimson Laurel Gallery went out of business. Click on the image to enlarge it or download a PDF here: http://goo.gl/KKrPH8
Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-345-5461.
Mica, contemporary craft gallery in Bakersville, NC opens its newest mixed media exhibition of Flights of Fancy featuring artists Josh Cote (wire), Elizabeth Brim (iron), Shane Fero (glass) and Mary Webster (paintings), joining in a celebration of birds, on July 27th through October 15, 2017. A reception will be held on July 29 from 5 - 8 PM. Please come and join us.
Thanks to Andy Palmer for hosting Clay Club! It was great to get to see his studio and kiln pad (complete with climbing wall). Andy led an excellent discussion on teaching in your home studio, including considerations in structuring the size of classes and length of sessions, and how to determine what to charge. (Andy charges a set rate per pound of clay that covers the clay, glazes and firings, in addition to the class fee.) On his list of things to avoid is not to be taken advantage of. When figuring out what to charge - however you do it - know your hourly rate and don’t undersell yourself! Andy encouraged everyone to give teaching a try.
Andy is currently offering classes at his studio in Bakersville - see his flyer above for more details. His enthusiasm for teaching came through in his talking about it, and his studio setup is terrific. The large pots and teapots in the photos below were made by his students. Anybody would be lucky to get to learn from him. Contact Andy at email@example.com or 607-345-5461 for more info.
Thanks again to Andy (and Silvia), and to everyone who came!
A friend in Zirconia has this older Skutt kiln for sale. $300 OBO, pick up only.
It was purchased new has been used for bisque and cone 6 firings and is still very serviceable. It will need a new power cord.
Skutt model 231X (same size as current model 1027) with kiln setter, no limit timer
2380F, cone 10 capacity
230V, 45 amp, 10,400 watts
The lid is in poor but usable condition
The base is sound and it comes with a metal stand.
Some brick deterioration and a few drooping elements needing repinning.
All elements in good condition.
Some kiln shelves and posts come with it.
Dawson kiln setter in good condition.
The power cord has a section that got too close to the kiln and needs to be replaced.
Contact me if you want more info or want the kiln. You must move it, I can help you load it.
Located in Zirconia, NC 45 minutes south of Asheville off US 25.
The Village Potters in Asheville, NC is hiring a Studio Apprentice.
Review the job description below.
The Village Potters Clay Center Apprentice Position Description
The purpose of Studio Apprentice (SA) program at The Village Potters (TVP) is to provide a full mentoring experience to selected emerging potters that show promise as future professionals in ceramics. This program is designed to help SA develop excellent skills and nurture an original voice in clay. SA are trained in glaze experimentation and kiln loading/firing processes. SA will experience working in a gallery setting and sales, packaging and shipping of ceramics, gain knowledge of wholesale business, retail shows, and many other aspects of a ceramics studio, gallery, teaching center, and Independent Study & Mentoring program (ISM).
SA must have a passion for community. Our studio consists of very committed potters that work together to meet TVP’s mission of inspiring a passion for ceramic art and nurturing creative exploration through education, experience, relationships, and community.
Studio Assistant Responsibilities:
We require a one-year commitment that includes a minimum of 8-12 hours of work per week. However, there occasional events where all hands are on deck and you may be asked to work up to additional hours for TVP special events, workshops, etc.
Responsibilities and tasks vary with the changing daily operations of the Resident Potters’ studio, Teaching Center studio, and Independent Study & Mentoring studio. Each studio apprentice has a designated zone upkeep that rotates on a monthly basis and will be responsible for additional tasks as delegated. The tasks and zone work includes, but is not limited to the following:
Cleaning of Resident studio, Teaching Center studio, and ISM studio
Gallery sales and gallery cleaning
Glaze mixing for the Teaching Center and ISM
Assisting in group events (TVP events & workshops set up/breakdown)
ISM assistance and evening hours oversight
Assist instructors preparing for glazing days in Teaching Center
Potential for administrative work and photography work based on skills and training
Other assigned duties as needed
Some of the Many Benefits of a Studio Apprentice:
Free entry into the Independent Study & Mentoring program
(includes mentorship, sales & marketing opportunities, master series workshop attendance, and more)
Personal Designated work space and or shelving
Access to studio Monday-Sunday, 6am - 12am
Use of ISM wheels/equipment
Access to firing in kilns (must pay TVP firing fees), access to glaze ingredients and mixing (TVP fees apply)
Free Attendance to any one Teaching Center class at a given time that has an opening
One-on-one training in all areas of working a professional pottery business
Potential teaching and other money making opportunities
Behind-the-scenes experience of a fully functioning premier clay center.
Pottery studio equipment for sale in Bluffton, South Carolina (photos below):
L&L easy fire kiln, e28T, 240V, phase 1, 93 bisques to cone 06 with kiln furniture and vent, new digital mother board
Pottery Wheel, Shimpo VL Whisper, with additional unused foot pedal
LG studio air-conditioner
Tall rolling stool
3 scales, 2 OHaus, 1 Pelouze
Talisman sieve glaze mixer
Room air filter
About 30 Masonite bats
8 predrilled plaster bats
8” bench grinder with new course and fine green ceramic wheels
pancake compressor, with bailey’s spray set up
heavy duty banding wheel
75-100 tools, lots of dolan and some custom made
1100 pounds of cone 6-10 clay, angela fina and tom coleman porcelain, pre 2012 phoenix, halfnhalf, star oki medium, zellastone
3 sam’s club rolling shelves with heavy duty plastic shelf lines, capacity about 600 pounds each
gleco sink trap
Also a Shane Mickey custom made 18 cubic feet heavy duty brick soda kiln in Bakersville, North Carolina built in 2007 with 40 firings. There are 2 B4 propane burners, Venturi type, about 25 (12x24) shelves, nitride bonded silica carbide, and the newer oxide bonded silica carbide, the latter (7) used once. There is a rolling door frame to hold the dismantled brick door. And a myriad of heavy duty brick furniture. Six miles from Penland. You must deconstruct.
I want to sell all the Bluffton equipment to one person if possible-$4435. You must pick up and take away. The soda kiln and accessories is $3500. Pictures available.
Hi, I'm Lynn Von Nessen and I co-ordinate an annual Empty Bowls event to help sustain Feeding Avery Families, a 501 (c) (3) food pantry. This is our 4th annual event, and we have grown each year as the only fundraiser for the pantry. I would appreciate your considering a donation of any pottery, particularly bowls, to assist us in our effort. Our entirely volunteer group struggles to keep healthy food flowing for families where one in three children of our area do not know where the next meal will come from. If you can help, please contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (386) 337-1648 and I will be happy to answer any questions. Thank you for your assistance!
One of the most productive and talented 'up and coming' ceramic icons is here at the gallery this month.
Didem Mert has been showing her work in over 40 exhibitions nationally, been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and CFile (so maybe 'up and coming' isn't the right description?). Didem's thrown, handbuilt, and pinched forms are both fun and elegant, adding terra sigillata, underglazes, lustres, etc. to create that colorful functional surface. Beautiful, Wonky, and so very cool - Get it while you can!
... With more than 66 ceramic artists, 15 Jewelry and 2 painters and one metalsmith,In Tandem Gallery offers one of the best selections of studio ceramics, jewelry, and art from all over America and beyond.
In Tandem Gallery is in the historic brick bank in the heart of downtown Bakersville. The feel and appearance adds a special nuance to the space with the original bank vault, plaster walls with exposed brick, tin ceilings, and wooden plank floors. A delight to experience. www.intandemgallery.com - www.facebook.com/InTandemGallery/
Complete ProPanel Setup for Sale - Like New - North Carolina
8 - 7’ Tall Oatmeal Panels 38.5” Wide with telescoping legs
2 - 7’ Tall Oatmeal Panels 30” Wide with telescoping legs
5 - 7’ Tall Ladders with telescoping legs
12 - 13” Deep Oatmeal Shelves
1 - 42” Tall Oatmeal Desk with 2 shelves with telescoping legs
1 - 42” Tall Oatmeal Pedestal (16” square)
10 - 12” Oatmeal Panel Skirts with velcro (sized to fit each 7’ panel)
1 - Haul It All Cart (designed to carry 12 Panels at one time) with Straps/6” Casters
3 - Telescoping Long Braces (provides stability and flexibility in layout)
4 - White Panel Storage Covers with Zippers & Velcro (adequate to store desk and all panels)
4 - Standard Stiffener Supports
2 - T-Stiffener Supports
3 - L-Stiffener Supports
4 - Anchor hangers with 3 extensions
5 - Cable hangers with 9 chrome plated adjustable grips
1 - Bag of Assorted black velcro, S hooks and drapery hooks
1 - Medium Ditty Bag
Price: $2,500 - Pick Up Only (Original Purchase Price: over $4,000)
Condition: Like New, gently used, never been wet, always carefully stored
For more information, contact: Debbie Sells via text - 336-813-5400 or email@example.com
Items are available for pickup from Kernersville, North Carolina
[Refer to www.propanels.com for more details about each item described]
I'm Marley Fischer, a recently graduated Warren Wilson student, who is living in the area with a strong desire to continue exploring clay and ceramic art. I am hardworking, passionate, and positively-minded and would love to work as an assistant or apprentice in a local studio or for a local artist. My experience thus far is in functional pottery, but I am interested in learning any and all other forms. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone is (864)784-3688.
Andy is located at 287 Longview Drive in Bakersville. This is on the road to the new Mitchell County Courthouse and is the only driveway on that road. Google maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/qD4byV
We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink too.
Questions? Contact Andy at email@example.com. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828-467-1183.
People committed to Western North Carolina’s rich craft heritage can help create a new craft trail across our mountains. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area seeks ideas and suggestions in the launch of the Blue Ridge Craft Trails.
The collaborative project will link traditional and contemporary artisans with more visitors to their studios and with new online markets. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s latest initiative aims to support artists, encourage cultural tourism, and strengthen rural economies by supporting local arts businesses and venues.
Seven listening sessions have been scheduled across the region. Craft artists, gallery owners, arts groups, businesses and anyone interested are invited to attend and offer their comments.
Meetings will be held 2-4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
July 13 - Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Blowing Rock
July 18 - Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee
August 1 - Tryon Arts and Crafts School, Tryon
August 3 - Yadkin Valley Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville
August 8 - John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown
August 24 - Penland School of Crafts, Penland
August 31 - Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville
“We envision the Blue Ridge Craft Trails of Western North Carolina as an online roadmap to guide visitors through our rich craft heritage and connect personally with artisans in our mountain communities,” said Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
“We’re building on the pioneering work of HandMade In America in the 1990s, which started the original Craft Heritage Trails of WNC. We want to update that guide for the Internet and provide new opportunities for the next generation of crafters,” Chandler said.
HandMade in America, first managed by Becky Anderson, 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 featuring nearly 500 different sites was published in 2003.
The BRHNA’s Blue Ridge Craft Trails of Western North Carolina will update those listings for the digital age, offering online visitors a 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, visit their studios and discover the many craft galleries and festivals found in Western North Carolina.
Crafts have created paychecks for mountain families over the past century. In the early 20th century, landmark institutions sprang up to preserve handicrafts passed down through generations.
“The Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina are the center of a thriving craft artisan community that goes back to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian,” said Wayne Martin, Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council. “Clearly, any documentation that celebrates this rich history and creates awareness about traditional and contemporary craft-making will result in economic improvements, including jobs and tourism in Western N.C.”
Professional craft artisans across the region generate $206 million annually in sales and paychecks, according to a 2008 economic impact study on the craft industry in Western North Carolina. The unique craft artworks mastered in the mountains contribute to local economies with increased tourism, the study showed. Tourists in search of handmade crafts and authentic mountain heritage spend an average of $643 a day and typically stay longer than other visitors.
Heritage tourism in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area contributes $2.39 billion annually to the regional economy, supporting more than 30,000 jobs and generating $176.5 million annually in state and local tax revenue, according to a 2014 economic impact study.
To register for specific meetings, go to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area website at www.blueridgeheritage.com and click on the link on the homepage or call Amy Hollifield at 298-5330, ext. 303.
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.