Monday, December 10, 2018

Shop For Equality to support the Campaign for Southern Equality on December 11th



The Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) does amazing work across the South - it's awesome to see Clay Clubbers and other makers participating in this event.

From the CSE website:

CSE is hosting its second annual Shop for Equality on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Participating Asheville-area businesses will donate at least 5% of proceeds to CSE and all funds will go towards our work for full LGBTQ equality across the South.

THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE SIGNED UP FOR 2018 (CHECK BACK FOR MORE LISTINGS!):

RESTAURANTS:
Loretta’s (10% donation); Curate; Button & Co. Bagels; Mayfel’s (participating on Monday, December 10 & donating 10%); Chestnut; Blue Dream Curry (10% donation)

COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES & SWEETS:
Cafe Yuzu; Izzy’s Coffee Den (WAVL and Downtown locations); Dynamite Roasting; Liberty House Cafe; Trade & Lore

BARS:
O’Henrys (10% donation); Crow & Quill (10% donation); The Block Off Biltmore; Nightbell; MG Road (10% donation)

SHOPS & OTHER:
Adorn salon; Akira Satake Ceramics; Asheville Emporium; East Fork Pottery (10% from in-store purchases); Horse and Hero; The Big Crafty; Hip Replacements; One of a Kind Art Gallery (Micaville); Patton Avenue Pet Company (All 3 locations); C&Co.; WellFit; Lexington Glassworks; SmartSign (Sponsor); Cindy Smith, Animal Communicator; JuneBug Retro Resort (Sponsor); The Big Crafty (Sponsor)

From: https://southernequality.org/shopforequality/ (where you'll also find a map of LGBTQ-friendly businesses in the Asheville area and businesses participating in Shop for Equality)

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/261705991356991/

Friday, December 7, 2018

Holiday pop-up markets in and around Asheville



The Mountain Xpress has a good roundup of holiday pop-up markets in and around Asheville, including a number that clay clubbers organized and/or are participating in - check it out here: https://mountainx.com/arts/curated-holiday-markets-offer-gift-buying-alternatives/

Holiday Art Walk this evening in Bakersville



Here's what Andy Palmer has to say about the last Bakersville Art Walk of 2018, happening today from 4-7 pm in downtown Bakersville:

Excellent time to come out; see what's happening in town, check out some great artwork, eat some wonderful baked goods at Southern Ridge Cafe (plus hors-d'oeuvres at the galleries), chat with folks and just basically enjoy the evening before the big snowstorm hits and you're home eating all the eggs and milk and bread you bought for the potential snowpocalypse (sounds more like a recipe for french toast then anything else).

(image from www.bakersville.com)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Toe River Studio Tour in the news



The current Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about last weekend's Toe River Studio Tour. The photo features David Westmeier's studio and gallery, David on the Corner in Bakersville. Read the full story here: https://www.mitchellnews.com/news/studio-tour-event-highlights-area-artists

There's also an editorial about the tour:

Editorial: Studio tours have far-reaching benefits


Online version here: https://www.mitchellnews.com/news/editorial-studio-tours-have-far-reaching-benefits

And last week the Yancey Times Journal featured a photo of Linda Powell of High Country Ceramic Arts in a front page story about the studio tour - I can't find it online but the print version is below (click to enlarge).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"Reinventing the Classics - Modern Functional Ceramics Based on Historic Styles” at In Tandem Gallery



We're celebrating the end of the season with 3 of my favorite ceramicists!!  We titled this group show "Reinventing the Classics - Modern Functional Ceramics Based on Historic Styles”.  
Not the shortest heading but so apropos.     

Melanie Sherman's work is super (and I mean SUPER) decorated in the Rococo style where more is definitely more; gold bling, patterns, delicate paintings... all on every square inch.  It's like a sugar rush for the eyes.  

Mike Stumbras is more subdued; elegant but more subtle.  His is much more Baroque in nature with flourishes on the handle and raised embellishments on the body. The work really has that sense of elegance and grandeur - and, it's all high fired with soda added to create that aged and atmospheric look.  Lovin it!

Blair Clemo is for you more modern Art Deco appreciators! He's super geometric in both form and decoration yet he also has this undulating clay that gives his work a soft but noticeable texture that disrupts the patterning adding another layer to visual drama. Super classy and fun. 

 It is such a great show and we're thrilled to have them at the gallery, plus having the 'historic styles' unite them really has made it great to see together.  So, if you do get a chance; stop by the gallery and tell us what you think; and if you can't, doing the online perusing is good too.   
And Happy Holidays to you all!!!

In Tandem Gallery  
20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428 • www.intandemgallery.com • intandemgallery@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Potters' Holiday Pop-Up Featuring Mac McCusker this Saturday in Asheville



From Potters' Holiday Pop-Up organizer Duffy Baum:

Some of the best potters, ceramic sculptors & Raku artists will be under one roof from 10AM-4PM at Club Eleven 11 Grove St this Saturday December 8th. 11 Grove St is located between S French Broad & Asheland Ave. Free parking across the street in downtown Asheville. Holiday gift giving on your mind? Great opportunity to see some of your favorite artists in one location.

pottersholidaypopup.com

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/2039589306103536/

Call for artists for the NC Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville, North Carolina


Here's the email from the festival artist & vendor coordinator:

Greetings

We hope you will accept our invitation for all local & regional artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and other commercial vendors to apply for space at the 73nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on Saturday and Sunday June 22-23, 10am to 5pm.

The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Arts and Craft Fair with food vendors and live music throughout the day, a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing, and the famous Ducky Derby.

An application is attached to this email. Also attached for food vendors is an application for Temporary Food Service that must be completed and approved by the Mitchell County Health Department by 1 June 2018 for any food service to be provided. You may obtain additional applications and information at http://ncrhododendronfestival.org, send a request to drdanbarron@gmail.com or call 828-284-1914.

Please note that as per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-255, everyone who sells tangible property at a festival is required to collect and remit NC state & county sales tax, and to have and display their Sales & Use Tax Certificate of Registration at their booth. Failure to comply with this statute is a Class 1 Misdemeanor offence and the individual can be charged as such. If you don’t have a number, registration is free and can be completed online at w̶w̶w̶.̶d̶o̶r̶n̶c̶.̶c̶o̶m̶/̶p̶r̶e̶s̶s̶/̶2̶0̶1̶2̶/̶n̶o̶f̶e̶e̶.̶h̶t̶m̶l̶ (this link appears to be dead - try: https://www.ncdor.gov/taxes-forms/sales-and-use-tax/sales-and-use-tax-registration).

You will be notified within 48 hours as to whether your application has been accepted.

Feel free to forward this email to others you believe might be interested in participating. We are looking forward to the Festival and hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please email me drdanbarron@gmail.com or call me @828-284-1914 at your convenience.

Thank You and Best Regards,

Daniel Barron

Artist & Vendor Coordinator

Monday, December 3, 2018

Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Holiday Sale December 6th and 7th



From the facebook event page:

Join us for our annual Professional Crafts Holiday Sale Friday, December 7, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Buy custom and handcrafted holiday gifts from our students in the fiber, jewelry, ceramics, and wood programs! Want to beat the crowds? Visit us for the Preview Sale Thursday, December 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

This student-led holiday sale is a valuable opportunity for students to practice the marketing and sales skills they learn in the Professional Craft program, as well as a fun way to engage with community members about craft.

Location:
Creative Arts Building, 2nd Floor
HCC campus: 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde NC, 28721

For More Information:
Emily Reason
eareason@haywood.edu
828-627-4671

Also: https://www.haywood.edu/news/2018-11-19/professional-crafts-holiday-sale-is-december-6-and-7

Friday, November 30, 2018

GAS KILN FOR SALE - Clyde/Canton, NC

Bob Brotherton's 60 cu. ft. stacking space car kiln is for sale. Must disassemble and move from Canton/Clyde, NC. FULL SALE ONLY - not breaking this up into pieces.

Incredible price of $3500.00 !!  Needs to be moved ASAP.

INCLUDED (images below):

Fully intact, lightly used 60 cu. ft. downdraft car kiln 
Two B-5 Burners with Baso Safety Valves and pressure gauges
20+ Advancer Shelves
Kiln posts 
Metal and Track

Inquiries: lori @ thevillagepotters.com








Artists reception + Bank of Art open house tonight in Spruce Pine


The Toe River Studio Tour starts today and there will be an artists reception from 5:30-7:30 this evening at the Toe River Arts Council gallery in Spruce Pine. Details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/11/toe-river-studio-tour-this-weekend.html

And the new Bank of Art (located in the former Bank of America building, just down the street from the TRAC gallery at 337 Oak Avenue), is holding an open house starting at 6 pm. The Bank of Art has artist studio spaces available for $200/month. Contact Kent Dauderman at kent@wncrentals.net or 828-467-7806 for more info.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Appalachian Potters Market this Saturday in Marion, NC



From the facebook event page:

It is almost our favorite time of the year...APM 2018!

32nd Annual Appalachian Potter's Market
Saturday December 1st from 10 to 4pm
McDowell High School's Commons Area + Gymnasium
600 McDowell High School Rd, Marion, NC 28752

APM is hosted by us-folks at McDowell Arts Council Association & The Blue Ridge Traveler!

Are you a pottery nerd? Collector? Newbie? Looking for unique and beautiful Christmas gifts? Or maybe you are ready and willing to check out the wide variety of work within a regional heritage art form you've never considered before! Treat yourself...Appalachian Potters Market is the place to be :) Spend the first weekend in December with us and see what it is all about. We host 60+ Regional North Carolina Potters every year and always find the best functional, decorative, and even silly pieces of pottery and ceramics art to enjoy or gift to friends and loved ones!

This year our Featured Potter is Brenda Schramm of Flame Pottery Boone, NC

The awesome folks at Bruce's Fabulous Foods join us every year on-site so you can grab a great local lunch while you shop.

APM has 31 years of history and tradition to share, through 60+ North Carolina potters. Admission is just $5.00 (we take cash or card at both entrances..though cash makes for a shorter wait-time in line for everyone) Free admission for those 16 yrs old or younger :)

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Hours: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person
Directions: I-40/Exit 73/Old Fort

North on Catawba Avenue to US Hwy. 70, turn right driving approximately 10.7 miles to McDowell High School Road. At stoplight, turn right, driving onto campus. Parking and high school entrances are on the right.

mcdowellarts.org
blueridgetravelers.com

The Big Crafty this weekend in Asheville



The Big Crafty
December 1st and 2nd
Noon to 6 pm both days
US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville

From the facebook event page:

It's the art party that's a decade in the making!

Join us for a 10th Year Holiday Preview Party ($5 + free for kids) on Saturday, or come out on Sunday for a free-and-fun-for-all day!

Featuring 170 carefully-selected artists, crafters and makers + sweet mugs + big hugs.

The Big Crafty is proud to have been voted WNC's favorite art event for 10 straight years. We support the creative community in all its go-for-broke, full-of-heart, boundary-pushing, human-scale, all-in, full-tilt glory. MAKE the world you need.

The Big Crafty is produced with generous support from the Asheville Area Arts Council and the City of Asheville.

thebigcrafty.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WNC potter looking for wheel and kiln


Linda Falcone is looking for an electric wheel and a programmable kiln. Have one or both for sale, or a lead for Linda? Contact her at claymaster69@yahoo.com.

Now Enrolling Winter 2019 Clay Classes At Odyssey ClayWorks

At Odyssey ClayWorks, we believe that the work we do with clay can help to sculpt a better world, and that exposure to the creative arts improves the health of the community. Our studio is home to a thriving creative community that encourages exploration, passion and curiosity for working with clay. From beginner to professional, our classes offer inspirational experiences to artists of all levels. Winter classes begin January 7.

Transition From Figurative To Abstract Sculpture with Leonid Siveriver
Handbuilt Tableware with Tyler-James Anderson
Post Firing Sculpture Repair with Molly Morning-glory & Mac McCusker
Salty And Sassy With Soul with Linda McFarling
How To Create Visual Interest On Simple Forms with Laurie Caffery Harris
Introduction To Sculpture with Mac McCusker
Alternatives To Glaze with Cynthia Lee
Introduction To The Potter's Wheel with Alyssa Ruberto & Halima Flynt
What's In The Kitchen? Pottery Class For Kids Ages 6-12 with Sara Ballek
Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes
Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples
Private lessons and Gift Certificates available!
For more information, please visit http://www.odysseyclayworks.com, or call 828-285-0210.

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend



Toe River Studio Tour
November 30 - December 2
10 am to 5 pm all three days

Artists reception
5:30 - 7:30 Friday November 30th
Spruce Pine TRAC gallery (269 Oak Avenue)

Twice a year, collectors of fine art and craft head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for the Toe River Studio Tour known for over a quarter century as an event of unsurpassed quality, beauty, and innovative thinking. And beginning November 17, a new excitement will crinkle through the air as the Studio Tour Exhibition opens at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Each participating studio tour artist and gallery are invited to share two of their best pieces with the public in an exhibit mounted on the gallery floor. Displays are arranged geographically and coordinate with the Tour Guide. With only three tour days and so many studios and artists, choices are difficult. The exhibition allows a viewer an opportunity to plan their adventure. And if they aren’t able to be here for the tour, pieces may be purchased until the end of the year.

“This tour welcomes a record 18 new artists, 13 in their own studios. Every year is unique. The artists change; the work evolves. I’m always excited when the boxes arrive—to see a new artist’s work or the evolution of a more seasoned artist.” said Kathryn Andree, who has been Toe River Arts Exhibits Coordinator for over a decade. The participant shows are the biggest exhibits during the year averaging over 150 pieces on pedestals, tables, walls, with a few bigger pieces relegated to the floor. And they are the most diverse, with media ranging from 2-dimensional to glass to clay, wood, and fiber—something for every palate, every wallet. And it’s all just a sampling of what one will find during tour weekend, November 30-December 2.

Stop by and get a sneak preview of tour participant art at the Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. And don’t forget the “Meet-the-Artists” reception on the first evening of the tour, Friday, November 30. Join artists, staff, and all the volunteers who make the tour the best and one of the longest continually running self-guided tours in the country, as we toast the completion of another great year in the Toe River Arts Region of Western North Carolina. Complete information, including the guide, is available online at www.toeriverarts.org or by calling 828-682-7215.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Potters Holiday Pop-Up Featuring Mac McCusker



Potters Holiday Pop-Up Featuring Mac McCusker

20+ potters working in the Asheville area are hosting a cooperative pop-up market showcasing the sculptural work of featured artist, ​Mac McCusker​, as well functional pottery perfect for holiday gift buying. The Potters Holiday Pop-Up will be held on Saturday, December 8th, from 10 AM - 4 PM at ​Club Eleven​, a diverse downtown Asheville venue at 11 Grove Street.

Featured artist, Mac McCusker, has an MFA in Ceramics from Georgia State University and has worked as a professional ceramic artist for 18 years. Currently living in Asheville, McCusker is an instructor at Odyssey Clayworks and was named a ​2018 Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly​. While McCusker’s functional pottery often incorporates serious social commentary made more palatable by humor, his main focus is on narrative sculpture. His current work focuses on prejudices about transgender and non-binary individuals as well as issues challenging the larger LGBTQIA community. Through personal narrative, he communicates political and social concerns he hopes will educate others. As an activist artist, he has become both visible and vulnerable, a position he shares to one degree or another, with all transgender folk seeking to live as their authentic selves in a derisive, often dangerous social and political climate. “It was never my intent to put myself in the forefront,” McCusker says. “But if you Google #transgenderartist or #fucktrump, I’m what comes up.” McCusker’s sculptural work portraying endangered animal species empowered by wearing armor also illustrate an aspect of his personal journey.

Including twenty other potters and ceramic artists associated with Odyssey Clayworks and The Village Potters, the Potters Holiday Pop-Up came together as a cooperative effort to highlight some important issues of the day and market local work for holiday gift buying. Says Duffy Baum, the event’s organizer, “​I'm a hugely political person. If politics is personal, then Mac exemplifies that in his work better than anyone. Every day is a challenge just to stay alive because of the prejudices he faces. When I asked Mac to be our featured artist, he was able to pull in extremely accomplished potters and sculptors for the market. Because this sale is short and includes very high-end artists, we hope it will be well attended.” Participating artists look forward to holiday sales and to supporting an ongoing conversation about issues affecting our LGBTQIA community.

For more information about the Potters Holiday Pop-Up contact Buffy Daum at
duffwhazzup@gmail.com​.

pottersholidaypopup.com

December Clay Club date change


December Clay Club will take place Tuesday, December 18th from 6-8 pm at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville. The date change is due to the Toe River Arts Council holding its annual meeting during our regular meeting time. Linda Powell, our host, is a board member. I encourage any Clay Clubbers who are TRAC members to attend since decisions such as the election of board members take place during the annual meeting.

More details to come, but save the date and join us on December 18th!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Holiday Kiln Opening at Andrew Stephenson Pottery


Holiday Kiln Opening at Andrew Stephenson Pottery
Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th
Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd
Andrew Stephenson Pottery
121 Middle Oaks Dr
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Holiday Kiln Opening. Stephenson Pottery at 121 Middle Oaks Trail, outside Rutherfordton just east of Lake Lure will be holding its seventh annual Holiday Kiln opening for two weekends. Plan to visit between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25 or Dec. 1 and 2 to see the potters' fresh work emerge from firing and shop for unique, handmade local gifts. All of the pots are wood fired and salt glazed stoneware and include everything from mugs to bowls to vases. To learn more or make an appointment for a visit at a different time, call 828-712-3134 or email Andrew Stephenson at potterswheelnc@hotmail.com.

ajspottery.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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More on East Fork Pottery opening in Asheville



The Asheville Citizen-Times has a front page story today on East Fork Pottery opening in Biltmore Village in Asheville. Here's the start of the story:

If you didn't know where it was, you might miss the new East Fork Pottery facility. From the street, it's a largely unremarkable building cast in a fading white paint, effectively tucked away near the line between Asheville's River Arts District and Biltmore Village.

To CEO Alex Matisse, it's just the latest step in his company's ambitions to grow, both locally and far beyond.

"It was important to us we found a beautiful space to work in and not just a metal shed on the outskirts of town," Matisse said during a recent tour of the property, where his 15-year-old dog, Zuma, greets most visitors. "Where we have been was really an idyllic and beautiful spot, but we wanted something that was going to be very different from that, obviously, but we still were looking for a space with good bones and integrity.

"This was kind of a sleeper building that you could drive by and not even realize it’s there."

Matisse signed on to lease the 531 Short McDowell St. property in late 2017. It is formerly the home of Kenny Pipe & Supply, and is owned by Sea-Nic Enterprises Inc. East Fork gradually has moved in its equipment as well as roughly 40 employees, split evenly between production staffers and its marketing and sales teams.

Using all North Carolina clay, East Fork, which was founded by Matisse on an ex-Madison County tobacco farm in 2009, remains true to its pottery roots, crafting cereal bowls, dinner plates and vases onsite, as well as a number of other products shipped to an array of commercial and home consumers. Its creations can be found at several popular local restaurants, such as chef Katie Button's Cúrate and chef Brian Canipelli's Cucina 24.


Read the full story here: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/11/19/asheville-east-fork-pottery-opens-biltmore-village-eyes-atlanta-expansion/1932911002/

WLOS also featured East Fork Pottery's opening: https://wlos.com/news/local/east-forks-new-production-facility-set-to-open

Monday, November 19, 2018

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk this Saturday



Join Mica Gallery on November 24, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk

See work by special guest, glass artist Valerie Beck.

Her blown glass “Story Bowls” are an amazing trip back to your childhood.

It’s also time again for our Winter Wrap-Up featuring handmade wearables by Liz Spear, Neal Howard, and Deanna Lynch.

So, come for the Tree Lighting and enjoy some fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with
the artists. See new work, including ornaments and many wonderful Holiday gifts.

See you there!

Mica is in downtown Bakersville, NC at 37 N. Mitchell Ave., 828-688-6422

For more information visit micagallerync.com.

Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Annual Holiday Art & Ceramics Sale at UNC Asheville on Saturday



Annual Holiday Art & Ceramics Sale
November 16 and 17, 2018
Friday, 4-7 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
University of North Carolina Asheville

(Apologies for not posting this earlier - just saw this flyer today at Highwater.)

From the UNCA website:

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass, and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5 on November 16 and 17, 2018. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History. The sale is open to the public. The 2018 Holiday Art Sale will be in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. Visit the sale between 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday and between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Open to the Public with No admission charge.

From: https://art.unca.edu/2018-holiday-art-sale

East Fork Pottery now open in Biltmore Village



The Mountain Xpress has an update on East Fork Pottery's new Biltmore Village factory:

East Fork, the pottery studio whose simple plates and bowls are used by several Asheville restaurants, has opened a new factory in Biltmore Village that could help it increase production by 800 percent by 2020.

Among local restaurants that use East Fork’s dinnerware are Curate, Cucina 24, Gan Shan Station, Table, The Montford Rooftop bar and Sovereign Remedies.

East Fork has moved into the defunct Kenny Pipe building at 531 Short McDowell St. The 14,500-square-foot space houses all of East Fork’s manufacturing and shipping operations, as well as support services and areas that will be used for community events. The revitalized space even includes a commercial kitchen in which employees sometimes cook the communal lunch the whole team shares every day around a 26-foot-long table. “Sharing a meal together around one table is something that felt very important to us when designing this new space,” brand manager Erin Hawley says.

Read the full article here: https://mountainx.com/food/small-bites-plates-popular-downtown-now-made-in-biltmore-village/

Marshall Handmade Market this weekend



Marshall Handmade Market
November 17th and 18th
10 am - 5 pm
Marshall High Studios
Marshall, North Carolina

From the market website:

Join us for our tenth annual Handmade Market!

The Marshall Handmade Market will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC, from 10am to 5pm. The studios are housed in a 1920's two story brick high school, which is nestled on a little island in the French Broad River. On show day the spacious, sunny auditorium is filled with some of the best makers in the region, and the resident artists open the doors of their classrooms-turned-studios to visitors. We'll have delicious Thai food from the Bun Intended food truck,sweet and savory pastries from OWL Bakery, a musician or two, and plenty of seating on the generous back deck. Our idyllic island setting, the charming historic high school and fantastic artists all combine to make the Marshall Handmade Market a favorite among holiday markets for locals and visitors.

www.marshallhandmade.com

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Recap: November Clay Club at David on the Corner in Bakersville



Thanks to David Westmeier and his studio partner Sage Morgan for hosting Clay Club! It was great to get to see David's studio and gallery space, David on the Corner, in downtown Bakersville.

David did several demos. The first was the throwing of a tall piece that he said was inspired by an equisetum. He explained that an equisetum or horsetail fern is a living fossil and that the piece represented its struggle. He also showed us a mushroom cluster and a sconce decorated with mushrooms. He said he was inspired by his Sage's work (more on that below) and a mushroom hunting trip at Penland. His last demo was throwing a large platter. Check out the ice cube bins he uses for holding water when throwing: he stacks two together for sturdiness, and places them on both sides of the wheel so he has easier access to the water. Genius idea!

Sage showed us her work and talked through her process. Her favorite subjects are mushrooms and slugs, as is immediately apparent from her work. She talked about how she resisted sketching in the past but more recently has become a convert - and how she thinks that has made her work better. She shared her sketchbook which was full of really superb sketches. She showed us the DiamondCore tools that she uses to sketch her designs on her pieces and to carve them. Sage's studio name is Grumpy Dwarf Pottery - see more of her work at www.instagram.com/grumpydwarfpottery and www.etsy.com/shop/GrumpyDwarfPottery

David and Sage will be participating in the Toe River Studio Tour, November 30th - December 2nd. That would be a great time to visit the studio and gallery and see all of their work.

December Clay Club will be at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville on December 12th. I'll share more details closer to the date.

Thanks again to David and Sage for a terrific clay club - and to everyone who came out despite the unpleasant weather last night!











Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Toe River Arts Council at center of controversy over performance at Mitchell High School



The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) is at the center of a controversy over the performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Mitchell High School. The current issue of the Mitchell News-Journal has a great deal of coverage of the story, including a front page story which starts:

A group of nearly 40 pastors and others gathered Friday, Nov. 9, at the Mitchell County Schools Central Office to pray for the students, teachers and parents in Mitchell County after a play performed Thursday, Nov. 8, at Mitchell High School caused controversy.

The play was “The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged,” which parodies the plays of William Shakespeare, and was sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council and performed by members of the Parkway Playhouse. The controversy stems from the performance’s coarse language, references to drinking, murder, suicide and the fact two male characters engaged in a “stage kiss.”


Read the full story here: https://www.mitchellnews.com/news/play-mhs-sparks-controversy

It's not entirely clear what happened during the performance. Statements from the Toe River Arts Council Executive Director Nealy Andrews and Board Chair Dan Barron refer to an “uncomfortable atmosphere" and “inappropriate content.” Here are those statements from the TRAC facebook page (where they were posted without any additional comment or explanation):



(from: https://www.facebook.com/toeriverarts/posts/2245196565513608)

A subsequent email from the Executive Director was equally vague:


(from: http://eepurl.com/dNr2gk).

According to one of the actors in the play, students shouted homophobic slurs at the actors. Read an account that includes this here: http://www.artsintegrity.org/worry-about-the-censorship-and-homophobia-first-then-the-prayers/

From the article (Jeff Bachar is artistic director of Parkway Playhouse and Dwight Chiles is one of the actors):

Bachar, confirming Chiles’ account of the suspension of the performance, also pointed out, “What has gone largely unmentioned is the fact that there were derogatory remarks made by a few students towards the actors. These related to being transgender and homosexual.”

Chiles confirms that, writing, “There were a few homophobic slurs and things thrown at us on stage such as when I ran out in my pink tights I heard one student say ‘gay’ and few more said it again during the stage kiss in Romeo and Juliet. Another time is when my character said “trans-global political thriller,” an audience member yelled “tranny,” which doesn’t make sense. As far as I could see there was no action taken by the teachers to stop people from saying things.”


The Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance, a community gay straight alliance, issued a statement that was included in the Mitchell News-Journal (full disclosure: I'm one of the co-founders of the GSA). Here's how we shared it on facebook this morning:

Our response to the Mitchell High School controversy in the Mitchell News-Journal this morning. Whatever the halting of the play was about, the people praying and petitioning have managed to make homophobia the topic after the fact. We call on Toe River Arts and Mitchell County Schools to make it clear that if there had been LGBTQ people in the play that in itself would not be considered inappropriate content. The gay youth in this county need to hear this from responsible adults.


(from: https://www.facebook.com/mitchellcountygsa/photos/a.210026749066732/1977646578971398/)

There is a petition circulating that reads as follows (an image of the petition is included in the Arts Integrity story):

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to ban Toe River Art (sic) Council or any other organization from all Mitchell County Public Schools that would promote Homosexuality, Incest, Suicide, or any other that would be contrary to life. We are showing by signing that we support you and stand with you to make this decision.

As a TRAC member, I'm concerned that, via their public statements so far, TRAC is appearing to support censorship in the arts; equating being gay with drinking, murder, suicide and incest - and throwing the Parkway Playhouse actors and director under the bus to boot. (To be fair, the Mitchell County Schools superintendent appeared to throw TRAC under the bus with his statement in the Mitchell News-Journal article above.)

This incident is unfortunately reminiscent of a 2015 controversy involving TRAC, the Mitchell County GSA and the Spruce Pine Town Council: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2015/09/spruce-pine-town-council-trac-toe-river.html

TRAC's handling of the 2015 controversy was disappointing to say the least. Here's hoping TRAC as an organization rises to the occasion this time.

Voorhees Family Art Show and Sale this weekend in Asheville



21st Annual Voorhees Family Art Show
November 17 and 18, 2018
Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4
89 Woodward Ave., Asheville, NC
www.voorheesfamilyart.com

The 21st Voorhees Family Art Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, November 17th, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, November 18th, 10 am to 4 pm at 89 Woodward Avenue in the Norwood Park area of North Asheville. This weekend art show and sale is free and open to the public.

This year’s annual event will feature new art work created by five Voorhees family members along with two guest artists. The event will again be featured in a family home in Norwood Park, this year at a cousin, Marien Bradsher's house. Meet this extraordinary family of artists known throughout North Carolina and the Southeast. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to MANNA FoodBank and to Kiva, helping others locally and globally.

The arts legacy began with Edwin Voorhees, (1919-1999) known for his NC coastal watercolor seascapes; and Mildred Voorhees and now their children and grandchildren. Mildred, (1924-2007) was best known for her colorful, patterned watercolors and rich oil still lifes and landscapes. Reproductions of Edwin and Mildred’s artwork will be available.

Edwin had long wanted to host a family art show as a way of gathering the clan and sharing the varied talents of those working in the arts. So, the first Voorhees Family Art Show was held in the family home in Morehead City in 1998. Edwin passed away the next year but the Voorhees Family Art Show continued in Morehead for several years. In later years the show was held in Asheville in addition to Morehead City. With Mildred’s move to Asheville the show followed with it being hosted in one of several Voorhees family homes in North Asheville. This year's show celebrates the 21st show for the Voorhees Family and continues the legacy begun by Edwin Voorhees back in 1998.

Three of Edwin and Mildred’s six children plus two daughters-in-law will be showing their work at this event: Susan Voorhees, oil and pastel paintings; Jane Voorhees, watercolors, pastels, prints, cards and calendars; David Voorhees, wood-fired stoneware and porcelain pottery; David’s wife, Molly Sharp Voorhees, sterling silver jewelry, some incorporating natural beach stones; and Amy Voorhees, oil paintings. Also exhibiting are guest artists Chad Alice Hagen, felted art and handmade books and Cheryl Stippich, stained glass.

For more information and map visit www.voorheesfamilyart.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Craft vendors wanted for Holiday Bazaar at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC


Now Opportunity School for Women at Lees McRae College
Banner Elk, North Carolina
Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
10 am to 4 pm

An opportunity to market your crafts and food items at the NOSW Market Place Event.

Cost is $20.00 per table provided with coverings and chairs, if interested call the NOSW office at 828-898-8905

Location: Cannon Student Center at LMC
Date: Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Monday, November 12, 2018

Clay Club this Wednesday!


November Clay Club will be at David on the Corner in Bakersville from 6-8 pm this Wednesday, November 14th. Thanks again to David Westmeier for hosting us!

Directions and details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/11/november-clay-club-at-david-on-corner.html

Carpooling: Martin Stankus is interested in carpooling from Burnsville. See the details in the comments on the blog post. If you're interested in carpooling with Martin, or from anywhere else, leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.

See you Wednesday!

Pug mill and kilns for sale (plus one free kiln) in Cleveland, South Carolina


Don Lewis has the following available:

Walker pug mill for sale. Asking $750 for it.

Also 2 electric kilns. A Cress model B-27H, with 8 half-shelves, and an old JenKen kiln. $200 for both. The Cress may need elements.

I also have an old Alpine gas-fired test kiln, still in good working order, which is free to anyone.

Contact Don at 864-979-7827 or donlewis33@hughes.net



Saturday, November 10, 2018

L&L Kiln, shelves, and glaze chemicals for sale - Asheville area

For Sale :  24"  x 27" (inside dimension) Econo Kiln J 230 made by L&L Manufacturing.

Cone 10, manual with Dawson kiln sitter, and separate vent hood and counterweight. Older but good condition, very solid, base and bricks

With 6 half shelves.  Good condition.  $400. Asheville area. 

Contact: Heather Hietala  heatherhietala@gmail.com 828 - 782 - 8307