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.


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

Cafe Yuzu; Izzy’s Coffee Den (WAVL and Downtown locations); Dynamite Roasting; Liberty House Cafe; Trade & Lore

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

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: (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:

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:

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).

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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:

There's also an editorial about the tour:

Editorial: Studio tours have far-reaching benefits

Online version here:

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 • •

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.

Facebook event page:

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

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


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, send a request to 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:

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 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.

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

For More Information:
Emily Reason