Monday, April 23, 2018

Clay Olympics update and Kazegama wood ash firing invitation

As previously announced, the 2018 Clay Olympics will take place Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8 pm at The Village Potters in Asheville. Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting and organizing! Here’s an update on how you can help (plus an invitation to participate in a special firing):

Events: The Village Potters are donating the clay for the olympics and everyone is invited to participate. Events being considered include blindfolded throwing, team throwing, and perhaps a 'fastest/biggest' competition. Is there an event you’d like to participate in (and/or watch others compete in)? Let Lori Theriault ( or me know.

Sponsors: A big thank you to everyone who has already offered to sponsor! We’re currently at $500 in cash prizes and a number of additional non-cash prizes have also been offered. Additional sponsorships of cash or prizes would be welcome - contact Lori ( or me if you’d like to be a sponsor. Once we have a final list, we will post all the sponsors on the Clay Club blog.

Kazegama wood ash firing: Clay Clubbers are invited to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be going on during the evening of the Clay Olympics. Here are the details: 1-2 pots each (not guaranteed to get both in, though), no more than 8 inches in any direction, liner glazes only, and raw clay or bisque-fired slip only on the outside. Pots need to be delivered to The Village Potters by May 1 (they can be dropped off in the gallery). Contact Lori ( for more info.

Thanks everyone!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University

From Norma Hendrix, Executive Director of Cullowhee Mountain ARTS:

Cullowhee Arts hosts a great Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University each summer in June. We are now in our 7th year but many artists are still unaware of this great opportunity to come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, stay on the lovely campus of WCU and take a workshop in; Ceramics, Book Arts, Encaustic, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography and Printmaking. The studios in the WCU School of Art & Design are state-of-the art with great lighting and ventilation systems. Included in the week is a visit to the WCU Fine Art Museum with artist talks.

More information here:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Travel Log from Cuba: Food and Farming Discussion

Not exactly clay, but wanted to share this event sponsored by Dig In! Community Garden (thanks to John Britt and John Hartom for sharing):

Facebook event page here:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Madison County Potters Market this Saturday

8th Annual Madison County Potters Market
Saturday April 14th, 2018 9am - 4pm
Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC

From the Facebook event page:

Potters of Madison County Show and Sale

Join us at Marshall High Studios Saturday April 14 for the eighth annual Potters of Madison County show and sale! Come see the wares of some of the finest potters in the region and beyond, in historic Marshall, NC ~ 25 minutes north of Asheville. Artisan pastries, coffee and lunch will be available for purchase on site.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mark Errol at ETSU TODAY!

Just a quick reminder that MARK ERROL will be giving a short demonstration workshop from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Art Annex on the campus ETSU today. There is one change in plans from the original post - Mark will be giving his slide talk at the START of the event. 

Please join us! 

The Art Annex is located at 695 JL Seehorn Rd. We will have parking passes available in the Annex to put in your windshield. If you arrive a few minutes early we can point you in the direction of parking spots.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop- Saturday April 14, 2018

Several spots open!!

April 14, 2018

Learn almost everything you ever wanted to know about clays and glazes in a small intimate setting from internationally renowned experts.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
This is your chance to hear three experts in their respective fields share their thoughts followed by question and answer sessions. If you are interested in clays and glazes and how they work together then this workshop is perfect for you. Think of it as a mini-NCECA in your own backyard!  
Alex Glover is an internationally known geologist who recently retired with over 38 years of experience in industrial minerals. He has worked all over the world with various companies including: The Georgia Marble Company, Vulcan Materials Company,  Zemex Industrial Minerals Corporation,  and Active Minerals International.  He is amazing knowledgeable about geology, the formation of ceramics materials and how industry works. He will speak on his work finding Josiah Wedgwood’s original clay deposits in Franklin NC. He is an excellent and engaging speaker who is able to explain complex subjects in a down to earth style.
Steve Blankenbeker researches and develops materials for Taylor Clay Products and Brick Company in Salisbury, NC. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Ceramics from NC State University.  He worked for Cedar Heights Clay for 18 years and 16 years with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury NC.  Steve loves to help potters find and use local or regional clays in NC, OH and WV. He will talk on geology of local sourced clays as well as his amazing knowledge of the brick industry.
Michael Tkach is recently retired after 20 years as the Director of Ceramic Engineering at the Homer Laughlin China Company who produces Fiestaware. He has amazing knowledge of the ceramic industry and how things are produced, how to control slips and glazes and how to have success with glazes. Michael is a firm believer that understanding the relationship between specific gravity, viscosity, glaze application weights, and application techniques will give any potter the ability to develop and reproduce the glaze effects they desire.


9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Arrive have coffee and rolls
10:00-12:00 Alex Glover
12:00- 1:00 Delicious lunch of soup and salad included
1:00 – 3:00 Steve Blankenbeker
3;00 – 5:00 Michael Tkach

Cost: $100 – Delicious lunch provided
Registration requires full non-refundable payment to hold your spot.  (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

Send a check to the address below to hold your spot on Paypal at my email address.


John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705
Any questions contact John Britt 828-467-5020

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We are looking for a festival/art fair tent

We're looking to purchase a used festival/art fair tent,  it needs to be at least a "commercial grade" or better (That's what they told us) and any other things that we might need - displays, lights, table skirts, etc... 
For info contact Andy at 607 345 5461 -

Monday, April 9, 2018

More info about the Bill van Gilder workshop in Jonesborough, Tennessee

We posted last week about the workshop with Bill van Gilder in Jonesborough, Tennessee - Kerry Porche shared this flyer and link to the Facebook event page:

See the earlier blog post here:

Fabulous Bakersville Gala and Gallery Walk!

Join the four galleries in Bakersville to celebrate spring!

Friday, April 13th, 4–7.

Anita’s Atelier, meet new local artists Mariella and Nathan Favors.

In Tandem, selection of national, local ceramics, and jewelry.

Mica, All day coffee and crumpets,

4-7 Wine Down the Week with fine wine, beer, delicious snacks.

A handmade gift with each purchase while supplies last!

Meet our newest members JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco Fyreglas Studio!

Shane Mickey Pottery, ceramics by Mickey, others, and resident artist Mac McCusker.

Recap: April Clay Club at Cat Jarosz’s studio

Thanks to Cat Jarosz for hosting us for Clay Club! Cat and her husband John made a big pot of delicious chili that was perfect for a chilly Saturday evening - thanks to both of them for that. It was great to get to see Cat's studio and other work spaces, including her “office” (aka dining table), glaze room and photography studio. Her gallery spaces are sweet.

Cat gave us a comprehensive handle demo - she told us she loves making handles and it really shows. Some of her tools for making handles include patterned rolling pins and extruder dies, including using two dies together to create different forms. She showed us how to use the angles of the piece you’re attaching the handle to for figuring out where to place the handle - but she said that this system didn’t always work: everybody has their own preferences about handles and rules don’t always work. She uses magic water to attach handles. She also showed us how she uses a propane torch to speed drying.

Cat is located in Leicester, not far at all from Asheville, and easy to get to from I-26. Her house and studio are truly lovely. She’ll be on the Come to Leicester Studio Tour in August which would be a great time to visit.

Thanks again to Cat for hosting and demonstrating, and to everyone who came!

Free workshop at ETSU TODAY & TOMORROW

Please join us! 

Location: Art Annex, ETSU Main Campus. 695 JL Seehorn Jr Rd

Friday, April 6, 2018

Clay Club on Saturday!

Clay Club is tomorrow at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester! Thanks again to Cat for hosting us.


When: Saturday, April 7th from 6-8 pm (note the change from our usual meeting time).

What: Cat will do a handle demo and tell us about her work and her studio.

Cat and her husband are making chili for our potluck - please bring food and drink to go with that.

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New for Summer 2018 – Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes

Resolve to get your hands dirty this summer, with the Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes. Cultivate your creativity and progress your personal style with CVCC’s non-credit pottery classes. No experience necessary, and the only requirements for students are a tool kit, purchased at the CVCC bookstore or local craft store, and a desire to create. All classes are $166.25, and include $125 registration fee, $40 supply fee and $1.25 insurance fee.

Hand Built Pottery Techniques with Evelyn Arnold

Tuesdays, May 29 – July 31, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 3, 2018.

For students of all skill levels, including beginners, this course is designed to teach the many varied techniques and applications for hand building with clay. Students will focus on various ways and tools that can be used to make many forms for utilitarian use. This course will explore the use of molds, slabs and coils with an emphasis on surface design and glazing techniques.

Pottery on the Wheel with Evelyn Arnold

Wednesdays, May 30 – August 1, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 4, 2018.

This class is designed for the beginner through intermediate level potter. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters’ wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.

Pottery on the Wheel II with Preston Tolbert

Thursdays, May 31 – August 2, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 5, 2018.

Designed for experienced as well as beginner level potters, students will learn to create a variety of forms including pitchers, vases and lidded jars. Also included is instruction on how to apply glazes and the proper procedure for loading and firing an electric kiln. Upon completion, students will be familiar with working on the potter's wheel, glaze application and firing techniques.

Class space is limited. For more information about the courses please email Evelyn Arnold at; to register email Cheri Toney at or contact the Continuing Education Department at 828-327-7037.

Call for entries for the 2019 Art of Clay National Juried Show

From the NC Pottery Center website:

The National Juried Show with the International Twist!
(March 3 – June 15, 2019)



1st place – $1000 / 2nd place – $500 / 3rd place – $250 / Honorable Mentions


This juried show is open to all US artists/residents (ages 18+) working in clay/ceramics. Works must be original, handcrafted, and have been completed in the past two years. Works submitted for consideration must fit on a 24”x24” or 15”x15” pedestal. Works may not have been previously exhibited at the North Carolina Pottery Center. Submission of an entry to this show constitutes an agreement by the artist to all conditions and stipulations listed in this Call for Entries.


Artists may submit images of up to three (3) works for a non-refundable $35 fee. Submissions will not be considered complete until both the entry submission and the entry fee have been received by the North Carolina Pottery Center.


Douglas Fitch (
Doug is also going to be one of the featured presenters at the 2019 North Carolina Potters Conference, sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild, in Asheboro, NC, the first weekend in March 2019.

Deadline for receipt of entries is December 15, 2018.

More info here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

FREE Workshops at ETSU Next Week!


Please join us for two exciting workshops next week at East Tennessee State University!

Visiting artist Hanna Schelb will be on campus Monday, April 9 & Tuesday, April 10, with a public lecture to be held Monday morning at 9:00 am in the Ceramics Studio. She will be demonstrating her techniques for merging the human figure & the vessel in clay. A full schedule of events is listed on the flyer. 

Visiting Artist Mark Errol will be demonstrating his finishing & surface design techniques on Thursday 4/12 from 2:00 -5:00 with an artist talk to follow. 

We are located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building. A campus map is located here:

Parking on campus can be tricky. You may plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can find parking. If you come to the Annex first, we will have a parking pass for you to put in your windshield. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Both events are sponsored by the Student Ceramics Association and are FREE and open to the public! 

Hope to see you next week!
Lindsay Rogers

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pottery Workshop with Bill van Gilder in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Thanks to Dennis McAvoy for sharing this info:

There will be a Bill van Gilder workshop in Jonesborough, TN, May 10-12 at the McKinney Center (103 Franklin Ave., Jonesborough TN, 423-753-0562).

Go to, page down to the workshop and click on "More Information" below the workshop info.

There is an outline for the workshop and the last page is a registration form. I would call and get on the list, if interested, and then submit the form and payment.

Wesley Anderegg and Ryan Myers at In Tandem Gallery

In Tandem Gallery's starting its season with a great show entitled "About Face" with artists Wesley Anderegg and Ryan Myers.  Both artists focus on figurative elements; Wesley's folk / naive-like people and dogs are sculptural with an edge to them (kind of awkward, a bit creepy and scary, but wonderfully created and memorable) while Ryan's work is functional but decorated with fairly detailed and realistic surfaces (lifelike enough to straddle the line between functional and sculptural with a definite Latin American look to them). 

So, join us for an Opening reception Friday, April 13th, 4pm-8pm if you can and let's celebrate the start of our 3rd year with some drinks, snacks, and really really fantastic ceramics.

In Tandem Gallery 
20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428 • •
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Clay Club this Saturday at Cat Jarosz’s studio!

April Clay Club is this Saturday, April 7th, from 6-8 pm at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester. (Please note the special time.) Thanks to Cat for hosting us!

Cat makes beautifully handcrafted stoneware pottery and she will do a handle demo, including how to pull a great handle and all the steps involved. She’ll also show us her studio and tell us about her work. She is a focus artist at Odyssey Co-Op Gallery this month - check out her work here:

Cat and her husband will be making chili, so bring food and drink to go along with that for our potluck.

Cat is located at 1177 Bear Creek Rd, Leicester NC 28748. Cat says: “my house is off the road but I have brick pillars with white concrete rabbits atop them at the road.” Google maps will get you there:

Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey folks - let me know if you’re interested in carpooling. Folks from elsewhere who are interested in carpooling - let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or this Facebook post and we’ll see what we can figure out.

Questions? Contact Cat at You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you Saturday!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Call to Artists for the 72nd Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville, North Carolina

Here are the details from Dan Barron:

Please accept this invitation for all local & regional artists and craftspeople to apply for space at the 72nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on June 15-16th, 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.

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

Feel free to forward this email to others you feel 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 or call me @828-284-1914 at your convenience.

The application deadline is May 1st.

More info and application here:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

FREE Book!!!

***4/2/18 update: the book has been taken!***

Karen Mickler is giving away this book:

Ceramic Glazes 3rd ed, 1973., CW Parmelee

(more about this book here:

Yellow Branch Pottery
828 479 6710

Kick Wheel For Sale

Thomas Stuart Kick Wheel
with Splash Pan and Motor Attachment
Today's price new $1319
Our price on this used wheel including splash pan and motor attachment: $550
Table top could use a new coat of urethane.
Otherwise excellent shape.
Call Brian at Odyssey Studios, Asheville.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

FREE Talk on Wholesaling to Galleries at The Village Potters

FREE Talk on Wholesaling to Galleries
at The Village Potters

Join The Village Potters this Saturday, March 31st from 12:00-1:00pm as they welcome in Sherry Masters to discuss approaching and wholesaling to GALLERIES.

This is a free creative business discussion and all are welcome.

Bring a lunch/snack (optional), pen, and paper. 

RSVP's are appreciated and you may do so by calling (828) 253-2424.

Sherry Masters served as general manager to Grovewood Gallery for over 20 years. She now owns and runs Art Connections Tours. Which serves as the link, the bridge, or ‘connection’ if you will, to give art lovers and collectors access to high-quality professional artist studios in the Asheville and Western North Carolina region.

The Village Potters Clay Center
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday, March 24, 2018

April and May Clay Club: Saturday meeting and Clay Olympics!

Here’s what’s coming up in April and May:

April Clay Club will be at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester on Saturday, April 7th from 6-8pm. I’ll post more details closer to the date, but please note the special time and make plans to join us!

May Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm. Lori Theriault and the rest of The Village Potters are organizing a Clay Olympics. (It’s been a while since we’ve done this - check out the first Clay Club Clay Olympics here: The Olympics will have an Empty Bowls theme, and one hope is that folks will commit to making bowls for Empty Bowls events (either the Asheville Empty Bowls in September or another Empty Bowls event in your area). Judges will include Alisa Hixson from MANNA FoodBank and Melissa Weiss.

We need sponsors for prizes for Clay Olympics winners! If you’re interested, please let me know (

Thanks to Cat, Lori and everyone who’s involved in organizing and hosting these meetings!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Applications open for the Venture Local Fair in Asheville

3/21/18 update from Asheville Grown: the date provided for May was wrong. The May fair will take place Saturday, May 26th.

The 2018 Venture Local Fair will occur at 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville every 4th Saturday for 6 months, May through October. Please mark your calendars for these dates: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27.

From the announcement:

Mark your calendars for every 4th Saturday of each month from May through October 2018, and help us transform 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville into the Pit of Love!

The Venture Local Fair cultivates a community of localists. We come together to create a supportive environment where small businesses grow. Watch as makers, artists, collectors, musicians, chefs, entertainers and inventors magically turn 68 Haywood into a bustling, family-friendly, mini-village of discovery.

Our first event is Saturday May 27 26 from Noon - 7pm. If you are a local maker, artist, service provider or found-objects purveyor we want you to join us in making this festival come alive!

Vendors can apply for any or all of the 6 dates.

The Venture Local Fair is a project of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.

More info and link to application here:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

FREE Sunshine Cobb workshop at Appalachian State University

Potters of the Blue Ridge is partnering with ASU's Appalachian Ceramics Association to host a one day workshop by Sunshine Cobb on April 28th. It's free and open to the public, and there's a parking deck within walking distance. More details in the flyer (click to enlarge).

Friday, March 16, 2018

Dillsboro, North Carolina pottery business closing (building for rent; equipment and gallery furniture for sale)

Rabbit Creek Pottery will be closing shop at its current location in Dillsboro, NC at the end of June this year. It would be an ideal turn-key opportunity for a potter wanting to get into business in a beautiful little mountain town!

Light and Airy with Easy Access
Equipment and Gallery Furniture for Sale
Building For Rent
Ideal for someone ready to start their own pottery business.
Available July 1st 2018.
For Further Information:
Annie Burrell 828-371-3808

Elise Delfield shared this info and adds the following:

Dillsboro, NC
Walk in traffic
Cute crafty community
Gas kiln
45 minutes from Asheville

Adam Ledford Artist Talk and Workshop in Asheville


What would Levittown look like as Pompeii?

Discover how Scale Up artist, Adam Ledford answers this provocative question by creating a portrait of mid-century America through the recreation of objects with clay and charcoal drawings in his project, Don’t Worry About the Government. Ledford will discuss a visual reimagining of Levittown, an archetypal post-war suburb of Philadelphia, and how his work invites us to look at post-war America’s changing relationship with nature, work, and food as evidenced by the proliferation of home gadgets, convenience foods, and decoration.

Friday, May 11
6:30 p.m.
Center for Craft
67 Broadway St.
Asheville, NC 28801



Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from award-winning Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Adam Ledford in an upcoming workshop co-hosted by the Center for Craft and Odyssey Clayworks. In this large-scale hand-building workshop, students will work with Ledford and learn techniques to create large vessel forms. Emphasis will be placed on how clay texture impacts building techniques and experimentation with non-traditional clay tools can lead to unique shapes and textures. The workshop will include hands-on studio time and Ledford will also share images from his travels and from historical research he has conducted of various museum collections. The cost of this workshop includes the $150 tuition and a $30 lab fee.

Saturday, May 12
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Odyssey Clayworks
236 Clingman Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Cost: $180


These events are held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19 – July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft.

About Scale Up

Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

About Adam Ledford

In 2011, Ledford was awarded a Windgate Fellowship which allowed him to pursue a course of research through visiting storage and handling historical decorative arts collections along the Eastern Seaboard, Pacific Northwest, England and United Arab Emirates.

In addition to his residency at the Archie Bray Foundation, Ledford has been an artist in residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in New Castle, Maine and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Center in Skælskør, Denmark. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including Denmark, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Italy and Poland. Ledford has upcoming solo exhibitions at the University City Arts League in Philadelphia and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington.

Learn more about Ledford on his website:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Potters of the Blue Ridge Tea Party postponed

The Potters of the Blue Ridge annual Tea Party scheduled for today has been postponed until next Wednesday, March 21st. Stay safe and warm everyone!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Call to artists for the Come to Leicester Studio Tour

Applications are now being accepted for the Come to Leicester Studio Tour, which will take place August 18th and 19th, 2018. The deadline is March 15th, though that may be extended if space is available. Details in the flyer. Download the application here:

Contact Sandra LoCastro at or 828-768-4481 for more information.

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Keep Asheville Creative" Arts Market Survey

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have are conducting a survey to “quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of 'Keep Asheville Creative,' is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.”

FAQ from the survey website:

What are we doing?

We are working to create affordable artist housing and work space solutions in Asheville and we need your help!

Why do you need me?

Your voice is critical in helping us quantify the demand for space and prioritizing the types of spaces, features and amenities that will be considered for the project. Other local development efforts may also be inspired by the survey results.

How can I help?

TAKE THE SURVEY AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS! (Download media kit here) Click the survey link(s) above to take the survey(s) that pertains to you. Each survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and may be taken at separate times. Both are best viewed on a computer, laptop, or other device with a large screen. At the end of each survey, please click on the "Submit" button to ensure that your responses have been recorded. We greatly value your time and perspective!

Should I take both surveys?

No, if your circumstance is fully reflected in one of the survey descriptions. Yes, if you have different individual and business/organizational space needs.

Who is involved?

The Center for Craft and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership with dozens of local arts and creative organizations, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, UNC Asheville, and Artspace, a national nonprofit leader in developing affordable space solutions for artists and creatives. Please join us!

What’s the idea?

To create permanently affordable artist housing and studio/work space in a mixed-use arts development. The project could include space for creative sector organizations and businesses. For additional information and background, please read these FAQ questions or click HERE to view the preliminary feasibility report that Artspace published in August 2017.

Who is funding this?

The Arts Market Survey has been generously funded by: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Center for Craft, Ted and Senator Terry Van Duyn, Duke Energy Foundation, HomeTrust Bank, Dana and Jana Stonestreet, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Diamond Brand Gear.

Learn more and take the survey by March 26th at

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kids Summer Clay Camp

Looking for something fun and creative for your children to do this summer? 

Join us for a high energy, super fun week in the clay studio. You’ll explore the many different ways to create wonderful works of art with clay. Use your imagination to bring wacky creatures to life. Take a spin on the potter’s wheel and learn to make cups and bowls that you can use at home. Your one-of-a-kind, amazing creations will dazzle your friends and family. 

Camps meet Monday- Friday, 9am-12pm or 2-5pm
Tuition: $225, $25 sibling discount for same week. 
Click here for more information and to register online.
Or call 828-285-0210

Pottery wheel and kilns for sale in Sylva, North Carolina

3/22/18 update: some of these items have been sold. The potters wheel and Paragon kiln are still available.

Bernie Velluti has the following items for sale:

On the first page are the working pieces that have been in use until recently. The Jewelry/test kiln has 3 or 4 shelves that fit it that I will include with it. The wheel also has a lever to control the speed of the wheel as well as a foot pedal. (Click on the flyer to enlarge it or download a pdf here:

On the second page are pictures of 2 different kilns that have been in my storage unit for a couple of years, they both need to be reworked. I tested the continuity on the elements on the larger kiln and it measured consistent resistance. I’m sure if someone wants to rebuild them they would want to replace the old elements with new ones. Which are listed in as well. These units belonged to my girlfriend and I think she intended to have them rebuilt but found her main work on smaller items. (Click on the flyer to enlarge it or download a pdf here:

I really would like to see these go to someone or place who can find a use for them either to rebuild or convert to gas or Raku firing. If they were to buy the new elements I’d give them the kilns. Would like to hear any ideas on what to do with the equipment or where to find a home for them.

Contact Bernie at or 828-508-9958.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Accepting new members at Toe River Crafts

Clay Clubbers. 

I know this is probably last minute. The current working members are meeting this Saturday and are seeking new members. We aren't just seeking potters, if you all know anyone works in another medium and is interested in joining our shop this year, please let us know. Toe River Crafts has been around for 45 years!!!! Visit to our website and download the application information. We look forward to hearing form you! :)

If interested, please return application information on Friday by midnight.

Thanks again.

Toe River Crafts
6274 Highway 80 S
Burnsville NC 28714

Dear prospective members:

Toe River Crafts is a 45-year-old for profit, artist run cooperative gallery. We are located in Celo 15 minutes north of Burnsville NC. We currently have 11 working members and 24 consignment artists. We welcome new artists thru twice a year jury process, in April and July. Your artwork will be evaluative your technical skill, continuity of style and original view point. As a cooperative we will factor in other existing artists working in your medium and gauge the sell ability of your work in our gallery. Artists members fit well in our cooperative spirit.

Our cooperative is as vital to our success as we are to our crafts. The basis for this cooperative is the trust and respect we have for each other. This allows us to work steadily towards the growth of Toe River Crafts and all of our members. This is why we ask you to include the information requested on the application form.
Toe River Crafts juries are traditionally twice a year, in April and July.

There are a few points to consider before completing the application and submitting your work to be juried.
You are essentially applying to be a partner in a retail crafts gallery business. If you are accepted, every member must meet the following requirements:
Pay the $100.00 initiation fee
Commit to the business both functionally and financially, for a minimum of six months.
Work all of your scheduled hours in the gallery or pay a substitute to work them for you. Penalties will be assessed if your hours are not covered.
Train for a minimum of eight hours on gallery procedures before your first scheduled work day
Price your own work and label it so it can be read
Read, understand and adhere to all bylaws and operating policies
Attend 4 meetings per year
Receive 75% commission

As a member in good standing, you will be expected to serve on at least two committees.

Please email your completed application to the gallery along with 5 images of your work at least TWO WEEKS before the jury date. These craft items should reflect the full range for work you wish to display and sell.
The jury chairperson will notify you within 7 days after the jury as to our decisions concerning your acceptance. If accepted, you will be expected to train during the first month of membership to learn gallery procedures and work regular member hours.

6274 HIGHWAY 80 S
Application for jury

NAME:____________________________________________________                                                                                                                          DATE:__________________________

BUSINESS NAME:___________________________________________
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:_____________________________________________
PHONE: ___________________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS:____________________________________
WEBSITE/ FACEBOOK :______________________________________________
OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:__________________________________________________________

Please send your 5 images as jpegs. along with a little bit about yourself to Please return the application once you have filled it out.
Thank you.

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THE SAMPLES PROVIDED TO THE JURY HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE APPLICANT (SIGN):_____________________________________________________


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN ARTIST?_________________________________
WHERE HAVE YOU STUDIED?_______________________________________________
WHERE DO YOU SELL YOUR WORK?___________________________________________________
 IS THERE ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE FOR US TO KNOW ABUOT YOUR WORK?___________________________________________________
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT TOE RIVER CRAFTS?________________________________________________________

Thank you for your interest in Toe River Crafts

Seeking kiln repair person

Lee Wolfe is looking for a kiln repair person in the Asheville area. Know someone or have any suggestions of where to look? Contact Lee at

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Potters of the Blue Ridge Teapot Challenge Tea Party on March 14th

The Potters of the Blue Ridge have invited Clay Clubbers to join them next Wednesday, March 14th, for their annual Tea Party. (This is happening at our usual meeting time and will take the place of a regular meeting for us this month.) Thanks to Cindy Pacileo, Bob Meier and all the Potters of the Blue Ridge for inviting us!

Potters of the Blue Ridge members will be unveiling the 13 teapots they made for their Teapot Challenge. They each made a teapot body, handle, spout and lid from cone 6 clay, then exchanged parts so they got none of their own, took them home and crafted a teapot out of mismatched parts. The teapots will auctioned off at Watauga High School's annual Empty Bowls event benefiting their local food bank.

The tea party will take place next Wednesday, March 14th, at 6 pm at Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery and Studio in Boone. Please bring hearty finger foods and drink to share.

Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery and Studio is located at 585 West King Street, Suite D in Boone. The studio is right downtown, with free parking after 5 in the lot beside and behind the studio. The main entrance is on King Street and down a flight of stairs, but it's easier to park in the lower part of the parking lot next door and come in the back door. Directions available here:

Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey county folks: I’ll be going from Bakersville if anyone would like to ride with me. Asheville and other area folks: let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or on this post on Facebook and we’ll see what we can coordinate.

Questions? Contact Cindy Pacileo at You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Brent pottery wheel for sale in Asheville


Here are the details from Tyler-James Anderson:

I am currently moving studios and realizing it's time to get rid of my wheel. I am selling my Brent model i.e. 1/3 hp wheel for 700 obo. Bought it a little over a year ago and barely used it. Works great but I am trying to downsize and I do mostly slipcasting these days. Wheel is located in Asheville up off Bingham rd. If you have any questions please feel free to text or email me back at 951 639 7108, or

Opening Exhibition with Susan Feagin

Opening Exhibition with Susan Feagin

We're having an upcoming show with a local celebrity - the internationally famous and locally loved ceramicist, educator, and just all around wonderful person, Susan Feagin will be gracing us with both her work as well as her presence on Saturday, March 10th.  

So, join us at In Tandem Gallery from 5:00pm - 9:00pm for a time of food, drink,  and some amazing pieces fresh out of the kiln.  

She really is amazing and her work is so nuanced with layers of texture and color and imagery and print,... all handbuilt and extremely labor intensive.  Susan is currently the Penland School of Crafts Ceramics Supervisor / Coordinator. 

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

Studio space available in West Asheville

$450-$775 / 400ft2 -800 SQ ft- Bright and Beautiful West Asheville Commercial Studio (West ASHEVILLE)


Potters! Bright and beautiful West Asheville commercial work space for you. Available immediately. Vent and 220 voltage for kiln already in place. Drain trap already installed.
Move in March 15th-April 1st. ...400 SQ ft to 800 SQ ft available.

Newly painted walls with low VOC paint. Skylights and multiple windows. Landlord maintains the gardens. Ground floor. Designated gravel parking spots with overflow. Cement floor. Gas heat. Walking distance to best coffee shops and bakeries: Flora's Forage and the Owl Bakery. Flexibility with move in.

Could possibly be a co-working space. Come check it out. Current artists are moving out -- take over our lease and get a better rate! Please email to schedule a showing or to discuss further details. Thank you.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pottery/ceramics books for sale

Ned Guttman has books for sale:

Below is a list with prices (Asheville pickup or plus cheapest postage). Almost all are like new, some are a little more worn but still very good. My email addy and phone number are at the bottom.

Pottery Form - Daniel Rhodes paperback (2 copies) $10 each

The Potter's Eye - Hewitt and Sweezy $30

Functional Pottery - Robin Hopper 2nd ed. $40

Copper red Glazes - Tichane $12

Ceramic Glazes - Parmelee 3rd ed. hardback $55

Glazing Techniques - Chavarria $7

Penland Book of Ceramics $20

Penland Book of Ceramics - withdrawn from library - $15

Wheel thrown Pottery - van Gilder $8

Soda Glazing - Tudball $20

The Practical Potter - Warshaw $10

Ceramic Formulas: The Complete Compendium - Conrad $25

Electric Kiln Pottery - Cooper hardback $15

The Potter's Palette - Constant and Ogden $18

Wheel thrown ceramics - Davis $6

Thrown Pottery Techniques Revealed - Chappelhow hardcover $18

A Potter's Workbook - Illian $18

Ceramics A Potter's Handbook - Nelson $13

The Craft and Art of Clay - Peterson $8

Pioneer Pottery - Cardew hardback $100

Kitchen Ceramics - Slesin et al. hardback $20

Pottery Decoration - Shafer hardback $5

Creative Pottery - Coakes $15

Getting Into Pots - Wettlaufer $8

Ned Guttman

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Penland School of Crafts Community Open House

Penland’s annual open house is this Saturday. From the Penland website:

The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to between 350 and 500 adults and children from Mitchell County and beyond, engaging them in free, quality hands-on studio experiences. The Community Open House also offers information about Penland’s upcoming workshops and other programs.

Each year, over 100 artist volunteers from the surrounding community make this day possible by helping visitors with the hands-on activities in the studios.

The 2018 Penland School of Crafts Community Open House will be Saturday, March 3 from 1-5 PM. Please join us for a range of craft activities around the Penland campus.

The Mitchell High School Marching Band Boosters will be selling hot dog lunches in front of the Pines Dining Hall at Penland from 12:30 until 5pm. The Penland Coffee House will also be open to sell drinks and snacks.

More info here:

Open Studio and Sample Sale at The Bright Angle

This Friday head to The Bright Angle for an open studio and sample sale! The Bright Angle will be celebrating in their studio on Friday March 2nd from 5-8:00 pm at the Refinery Creator Space - 207 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, NC.

The event will feature a special sale with samples and one of a kind pieces. Spend $50 or $100 to fill up an entire box of products. Enjoy local craft brews and delicious snacks and hang with the community!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Kilns and molds for sale in West Asheville

Here are the details from Laurie Young:

I have 2 kilns for sale, on is an LnL TB3418, 13.8 cubic feet, 431/2 L X 30 1/2 W !8 D on matel stand Dtnatrol digital controller, new top and controller. retail $6905, asking $3300...and a sckutt LT-3K sitter kiln with digital controller, asking $750. Pick up only. We are in West Asheville, you are welcome to come and have a look, text me on 831 291 6546. Also have around 80- 100 molds, some slip cast, some 3 D and lots of hand done fish and marine molds. $5, 10 and $20, or $400 the lot.

Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop

Planning an exciting workshop here at my studio. I think it will be super fun and informative for all potters who wish to understand more about our field and processes. Don't miss this rare opportunity!! Cheap too!!! With a delicious lunch provided.

John Britt Pottery : Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop: Saturday April 14- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at John Britt Pottery studio in Bakersville NC (Near Penland or 1 hour north of Asheville NC) ...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Refractory materials for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Mark Heywood has more items for sale:

Attached is a list of refractory materials I have for sale. I have undercounted some of these but the numbers printed are guaranteed and there are some things not listed that need to go home with anyone interested in the whole list as well.

Download a pdf of the list here:

Contact Mark by email at or call 336-873-9276.

FREE Skutt kiln controller in Bakersville, North Carolina

***UPDATE: the controller has been claimed!***

From Terry Gess:


A lighting storm knocked this out last summer — but perhaps you can use it for parts?
FREE - come get it!

770 Wing Road
Bakersville, NC
2 8 7 0 5
(828) 467-0166

Monday, February 19, 2018

Potter's wheel for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Here are the details from Beth Gore:


Sturdy, handmade, pine timberframe potter's kickwheel made by a professional potter. Dovetail joints. Cast concrete kickwheel spins easily and maintains rotation with minimal foot action. Comfortable to use.

44W x 41D x 49H(adjustable)

The wheel is located at Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, North Carolina. Delivery possible.

Contact Beth at 910-464-5661.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Master Series Workshop with Kyle Carpenter at The Village Potters

The Village Potters
Master Series Workshop

with Kyle Carpenter

Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9am - 5pm

REGISTER HERE or call The Village Potters, (828) 253-2424

The Village Potters Teaching Center presents the second installment of their 2018 Masters Series Workshop with a one-day demonstration workshop featuring Asheville studio potter Kyle Carpenter. The workshop will take place in their Independent Study and Mentoring Studio.

The workshop will focus primarily on developing visual interest on a clay surface, and will explore basic and complex surface decoration. Demonstration will include throwing, stamping, roping, slip application, wax resist, and painting with commercial underglazes.

As a studio potter, Kyle Carpenter works diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. “As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I’m interested in folk pottery of many origins. Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.”

The Village Potters’ Masters Series Workshop are a part of their Independent Study & Mentoring Program, and are offered to artists who have been accepted to that studio, with a limited number of tickets available to the general public. 

Tickets are $165 for the general public, and may be reserved by contacting The Village Potters at 828-253-2424 or online at