Monday, March 25, 2019

Kiln and accessories for sale in Asheville


Skutt KM 1222-3” kiln
Includes Envirovent2 + Envirolink + CoreLite Shelves + set of kiln posts and plugs

Kiln 108v/1PH Cone 8
Gently used, easier to load large kiln
Envirovent2 down draft vent
Envirolink connected to Kiln to turn on and off with the firings
CoreLite Shelves (lighter, no kiln wash) –
3 - full round 26”x26”x1”
4 - half round 26”x13”x5/8”
Kiln posts – set of 1”+2”+3”+4”+6” and kiln hole plugs

by April 18 – Loading ramp
Text 704-231-0648
Mastercard and Visa accepted

Free Introduction to Adobe Photoshop in Asheville

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Wednesday, March 27 at 6pm
North Asheville Library
1030 Merrimon Avenue

Join local artist and librarian Peter Athos at North Asheville Library for a beginner-friendly introduction to Adobe Photoshop. Athos will be covering the foundational skills of using Photoshop's vast image manipulation toolset, offering a free and easy introduction to this industry-standard software. This program is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.


Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Faculty Exhibition + Gallery Talk on March 27th

Emily Reason
Jars, Jugs & Bowls, 2017

Professional Crafts Faculty Exhibition
Mary Cornwell Gallery
Jan – April, 2019
Talk with the artists March 27th at 4pm

From the Haywood Community College website:

Please join us March 27th at 4pm for a talk with the artists!

Please visit us this term and make sure you stop by the Mary Cornwell Gallery to view works on display by our Professional Crafts faculty. All of our faculty are working craft artists and rarely do we get a chance to see their work gathered together. It’s a truly special event!

On March 27th at 4pm the faculty will all gather to discuss their work on display. Please join us for light refreshments and an evening of art and discussion!

(image from the Haywood Community College website)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tom Coleman & Chris Gustin Woodfire Workshop at Dan Finch Pottery in Bailey, NC

Tom Coleman & Chris Gustin Woodfire Workshop
at Dan Finch Pottery in Bailey, NC
Woodfire Hands-on & Demo Workshop
April 27—May 11, 2019
Registration Fee $750.00

From the workshop brochure:

The excitement of WOODFIRING with Tom Coleman and Chris Gustin! Can you imagine Tom stepping away from his beautiful Cone 10 Gas Reduction firings?!?!?!?!? Can you imagine well-known kilnmaster Chris Gustin firing the Finch Pottery Anagama (“Mama”)?!?!?!?!? With the knowledge, expertise, and experience of Tom, Chris, and Dan, as well as the attendees, this should be an exciting two weeks! Several special “surprise” guests will be in attendance as well! Demonstrations, camaraderie, firing, relaxation, and more…. The Workshop is limited to twenty-five (25) attendees. Each attendee is allowed 10 cubic feet. There is potential for each attendee to work 4 shifts in the firing of “Mama”.

Complete brochure (with registration details) available here:

Friday, March 22, 2019

Chris Pickett Workshop at ETSU (Free and Open to Public)

The Student Ceramics Association of East Tennessee State University will be hosting a demonstration workshop by Chris Pickett on Wednesday & Thursday, April 10 & 11. See schedule on the flyer below for time and location details. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Feel free to spread the word. Hope to see you there!


The ceramics studio is located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building.

Artist Lecture:
The lecture will be held in the Ball Hall Auditorium (also on Main Campus).

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. We will have parking passes available for you to put in your windshield at the Annex and Ball Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Lindsay Rogers

Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival this weekend

Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival
Hickory Metro Convention Center
Hickory, North Carolina
March 22-23, 2019
Friday Night Preview Party, 7 pm - 10 pm - $45
Saturday Festival, 9 am - 5 pm - $6.00, 12 and under: $2.00

From the festival website:

2019 marks the 22nd Annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival. Its goal was and continues to be, showcasing the history of Catawba Valley alkaline glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Since most potters utilize wood-fired kilns at home sites, information about sales was tenuous, with customers relying on word-of-mouth or post cards. The CVP&AF provided an annual sale where pottery made in Catawba Valley, could be purchased. Over the years, development and growth have allowed the Festival to include potters from across the state and the South, as well as dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South.

The Festival is a juried event, and will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC. More than 115 potters and vendors will offer their wares and antiques. Items include historical pottery, textiles, baskets, furniture and miniature items; with contemporary potters selling items ranging from coffee mugs to amazing works of art.

Along with the festival, Saturday includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest.

The CVP&AF is a non-profit event benefiting the Catawba County Historical Association in Newton, and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. More than $500,000 has been donated to the institutions over the past 20+ years. The primary fundraiser is the Friday Night Preview Party, which offers guests an early buying opportunity, live music, a chance at a $200 shopping spree at the Festival, two complimentary drinks, a cash bar, and tables of Southern fare. The Friday Night Preview Party is held on March 22 from 7 pm - 10 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Saturday Festival runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm, on Saturday; tickets are purchased at the door and are $6.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 3 to 12.

(image from the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival Facebook page)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Brown's Pottery in Transition?

Answer Man John Boyle answered a reader's question about Brown's Pottery in today's Asheville Citizen-Times. Here's the beginning of the piece:

Question: What is going on with Brown’s Pottery in Arden? Are they closing?

My answer: You mean after just 319 years in business?

Real answer: Brown’s Pottery has had family members producing pottery here and in Georgia since 1700, which is why they tout themselves as the “oldest continuing producers of Ugly Face Jugs and Southern Folk pottery in America.” More about those ugly face jugs in a minute.

Brown’s Pottery has been in Arden since the 1920s, first at a nearby location where the Wells Fargo bank is now, and then at 2398 Hendersonville Road since 1940.

“We’ve been on this ground right here for five generations,” Charlie Brown said.

And now that’s coming to an end — in this location.

“We will be out of here March 31,” Brown said. “We are not closing, though. We are relocating. We’re saying to people we would like everybody to come by and see us.”

– John Boyle, writing for the Asheville Citizen-Times

Read the whole piece here:

Seeking Bowls for Empty Bowls Event in Henderson County, NC

We are seeking functional soup bowls for our 3rd Annual Empty Bowls event on April 28th in Henderson County. All proceeds benefit the Flat Rock Backpack Program providing weekend food to school age kids in need.  Please consider making a few bowls for our efforts as we are aiming to have 500 bowls available.  
Details:  email me or Carol Freeman  if you can help. Carol can take bowls at the Squeaky Wheel Pottery Studio in the River Arts District, Asheville through mid-April. Bowls can also be dropped off at the Gallery at Flat Rock. Pick up available.
Join us for the Empty Bowls event on Sunday, April 28th at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock, NC 5-7 pm.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Odyssey ClayWorks Salt Kiln Fund Raiser

Dear Odyssey Family,

At Odyssey ClayWorks, we take enormous pride in our studio. As staff, we work hard to create a safe and supportive environment for our students. We offer stimulating classes, dynamic instructors, and unique opportunities in clay, including specialized topics like glaze chemistry, making large scale work, atmospheric firing and kiln building. It is our goal to be the best equipped, friendliest, and most welcoming pottery studio in the entire Southeast. For many, Odyssey has become a home away from home, a place where a shared love of the material has created a warm and welcoming community.

As part of that community, we are reaching out to you in the hopes that you will be able to support our fundraising campaign to save our beloved salt kiln, which is in desperate need of rebuilding! Please help us to raise the funds needed to construct an upgraded salt kiln that will be used to educate the next generation of Odyssey students in this unique artistic process. We have enlisted the expertise of master kiln builder Shane Mickey, and will use the tear down, rebuild, and test firing of the new kiln as educational opportunities for our students.

There are several ways you can support this project –

1) Contribute! We need to raise $9000 to cover the material and labor costs of rebuilding the salt kiln. Our Indiegogo campaign runs from March 12th to April 11th. We have some tremendous perks at all donation levels. Additionally, we already have received 2 matching grants from anonymous donors totaling $3000. If we are able to raise the first $3000, the donors will match the amount to help us reach our goal!

2) Help us spread the word! Reposting about the campaign on your social media accounts is the single best way we can help to get the word out about our campaign. We will be using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram regularly to update the status of the project. Thanks in advance for helping us to get the word out.

3) Donate brick or materials. This will help to lower the overall project cost. If you have used or new brick in good condition and are willing to donate it to this project, please contact Gabriel at

We thank you for being part of our community and appreciate all of your support for our studio over the years. Because of you, we are the number one destination in North Carolina to experience the love of clay.

All my best,

Gabriel Kline
Odyssey ClayWorks

New artists at Mica Gallery for the First Bakersville Art Walk of 2019

Join us on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the
First Bakersville Art Walk of 2019

2019 brings two new members to the long-standing craft venture: Sondra Dorn and Terry Gess. Both are well-established studio artist in Western North Carolina. Dorn is no stranger to Mica - the gallery has shown her work over previous seasons. Gess, who is married to Mica artist Carmen Grier, joins the gallery with his work in stoneware pottery.

See work by our special guest, environmental artist, Bryant Holsenbeck. The Durham, NC artist will present a glimpse into the results of her wide-ranging pursuit of environmental activism through art. She will also present a reading from her new book, “The Last Straw: A Continuing Quest for Life without Disposable Plastic,” Friday April 5th at 4:15 pm.

It’s a new season with new work and new artists.
Join us for fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations.

Mica opens Thursday April 4, 2019. In April, Mica will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. On May 1st Mica opens daily Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12-5 p.m. Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. For more information visit or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Friday, March 15, 2019


500# Stan's Red from Highwater Clays, firm, but useable
200# Stan's Red hard, needs reclaimed

About 150# usable recalim clay, various c6 bodies

email Emily


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Recap: March Clay Club at East Fork Pottery

Thanks to Alex Matisse and everyone at East Fork Pottery for an awesome Clay Club! We started with a potluck eating off real and wonderful East Fork plates, with most clubbers sitting together at one long table. Alex told us about the history of East Fork Pottery and how he and the pottery went from East Fork in Madison County to the current factory (where we were last night) and two stores in Asheville and Atlanta. (If you weren't there or haven't seen it, check out this recap from the February 2011 Clay Club at the original Madison County East Fork Pottery:

Alex led us on a tour of the factory, showing and telling us about every step of the East Fork process. We started the tour with the larger of the two Blaauw kilns East Fork is currently using. A glaze firing was set to go and Alex rolled the ware into the kiln and started the kiln with us watching. He told us that the kiln would be ready to open around noon today (!), going from "cold to cold" in about 18 hours..

(One more Clay Club flashback: in 2015 Jeff Chown of Blaauw was in Western North Carolina, installing a kiln at the original East Fork Pottery; he came and gave a presentation about Blaauw at a Clay Club meeting at Haywood Community College - see the recap here:

Alex continued the tour showing us all the technology they're using (some new and some not so new) and walking us through all the processes they use, including designing pieces on the wheel, the use of ram presses and jiggering, drying pieces, glazing and more. The tour ended with a demo of the boxing process, with Alex talking about the importance of the unboxing experience. From our potluck with East Fork ware to the boxing demo at the end of the tour, one thing that came through to me was the tremendous amount of thoughtfulness that goes into how every piece of East Fork pottery will be opened, handled, used and appreciated.

April Clay Club will be at Haywood Community College on Wednesday, April 17th from 5-7 (note this is a different time and day than our usual schedule) - save the date and look for more details about that soon.

Thanks again to Alex and everyone at East Fork, and to everyone who came, with a special thank you to everyone who stayed and helped clean up after!

Potters of Madison County

Be sure to check out our 2019 Potters Market April 13, 2019 at the Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC.  The sale is open 9 - 4 and admission is free.

Potters of Madison County
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FREE Materials

Coarse Bone Ash    Free Glaze Materials have been claimed!

Lithium Carb
Calcined Alumina
Volcanic Ash

Free for the taking
email Emily:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Various studio materials/equipment for sale from Raku Artist in Black Mountain - UPDATED

Raku Artist Toni DeLisa is retiring and selling off her studio - some is already sold, but below is a list of remaining items, and more will be added as they are discovered. Toni has had multiple physical set backs, including a broken back, so all items must be picked up at her home studio in Black Mountain, and all inquiries should be directed to her, preferably via text message.  You can reach her at 828-777-7573.

  4-inch Raku burner, 10 ft. quick release hose w/regulator and steel stand: $75.00

Long Raku gloves, with maille mittens for lifting large work & a fire shirt: $20

Muro Box: very large box for curing (Kintsugi) or can be used for storage or a low-dry box. It's got built-in handles and a light fixture inside. $30

 studio stools: $5 each

(2) Ostrich Egg molds, with casting slip and darvan: $25

 Hoist: $50

Parafin Wax Hand Spa: $5

 (3) 18" metal bowls: $10

Call to artists for "Balance" in Brevard, North Carolina

BALANCE an open show

Call for Artists - deliver artwork May 20 & 21

Exhibit runs May 24 – June 21

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has placed a call for artists for their open exhibit BALANCE. All art forms accepted as long as the artist explores the theme of BALANCE. To get an application call 828.884.2787 or email The TC Arts Council Gallery is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC and is open Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

March Clay Club will be at East Fork Pottery in Asheville this Wednesday, March 13th, from 6-8 pm. Thanks again to Alex Matisse and everyone at East Fork for hosting us!

Directions and details here:

Carpooling: if you're interested in carpooling from the Mitchell/Yancey counties area 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!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Help us make a list of as many pottery festivals and clay centers as possible!

Help us make a list of as many pottery festivals and clay centers as possible!

Hello Clay Club,

I coordinate the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival with an awesome team of potters and we have begun creating a resource page of all the pottery festivals and clay centers in the country. I was hoping you all might be able to help grow the list and share it so that we can all have a good spot to go to and find out about clay related things all around the country. Great for when you are traveling and want to stop in a new workshop space or find a new clay specific show to participate in!

Please send suggestions to or comment below.

Thank you everyone for your help in growing this list for us all to share and connect with one another easier!

-Tori Motyl and the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Friday, March 8, 2019

Hands-on with art: Penland Community Open House on the front page

The Penland Community Open House made the front page of the Mitchell News-Journal, including a photo of David Westmeier and a quote from Susan Feagin:

Penland’s clay studio coordinator Susan Feagin said the open house is all about allowing the visitors to have fun making their creations. Feagin worked her 11th Community Open House this past weekend.

“It’s really great to see the community come together as a group in support of the arts,” Feagin said. “It’s so exciting to provide a safe space for it to happen.”

– Cory Spiers, writing for the Mitchell News-Journal

Read the complete article here:

Odyssey ClayWorks Seconds Sale this Saturday

Pottery Seconds Sale
Odyssey ClayWorks
236 Clingman Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Saturday, March 9th 11am - 6pm

From the Facebook event page:

Join us Saturday March 9th for our big pottery sale! To raise money for our Scholarship Fund and rebuild our Odyssey Salt Kiln we are having a big markdown! 50-75% off

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman Avenue at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside.

We will be posting photos of work leading up to the event - we will have bowls, plates, ornaments, sponge holders, casseroles, vases, and the list goes on!

(image from the Facebook event page)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Western North Carolina potter looking for handbuilding/animal sculpture workshop

Barbara Gilson is in Morganton and is hoping to locate a workshop within an hour or so of there. Here's what Barbara is looking for:

I would like to learn to sculpt animals. I have seen postings of classes offered but none remotely close. Check out Green Man Ceramics (Linda Erliz). That is what I am searching for. Surely there must be someone offering this type of classes. I am very appreciative of your help.

Have a suggestion? Contact Barbara at

Creative Capital Workshop – Strategic Planning + Communications for Artists at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville

Creative Capital Workshop – Strategic Planning + Communications for Artists at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC)

Friday, March 15 – 10am – 5pm

120 College Street
Asheville NC, 28801

Participants learn key business, management, and communications skills and hear first-hand from artists who have used these tools to achieve success—as they define it. Topics include business management, goal setting, writing and talking about your work, and negotiation. In addition to lecture presentations, participants engage in interactive exercises, have the opportunity to meet with leaders in small working groups, and are given a Strategic Planning workbook to help guide their process. Consultant and arts activist, Colleen Keegan and NC based artist, Beverly McIver will lead the workshop.

$20 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $25 non-members

More info and registration here:

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tryon Arts & Crafts School seeks instructors

Teach at Tryon Arts & Crafts School (TACS) in Tryon, North Carolina

TACS Seeks 2019 & 2020 Art Instructors

Tryon Arts & Crafts School, Tryon, NC,
welcomes unique ideas for creative learning experiences
from locally and regionally based artists.

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You are invited to submit to:
(1) TACS' open calling for course proposals, or
(2) one of the specific postings at the bottom of this message.

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Fiber Arts

Specific Projects, Skills-Building, Process, and/or Technique

One-Day Workshops, Multi-day Intensives, or Weekly Ongoing Instruction

Beginner, Intermediate, and/or Advanced

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Specific Postings
(your proposals need not be limited to the below openings)

Ceramic Glaze Calculation
Flamework (Glass) *
Hand Quilting
Welding *
Wood Carving
Wood Turning

* New Studio, Spring 2019!

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Download TACS' Course Proposal Form here:

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019 ceramics workshops at The Bascom in Highlands, North Carolina

Registration is now open for 2019 workshops at The Bascom in Highlands, North Carolina. More information and links to registration here:

3+3=6:3 Days, 3 Ceramic Artists, 6 Vessels with Alice Ballard, Dow Redcorn, & Corbin Tucker
April 16th – 18th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

All Things Spring with Colette Clark
May 15th and May 22nd
10 am – 1 pm
Levels: All

Clay on the Wall with Don Williams
May 17th – May 19th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm

Expressive Pots on the Wheel with Ron Philbeck
May 31st – June 2nd
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Face Jug with Colette Clark
June 5th
10 am – Noon
Levels: All

Slippin and Slabbin with Sang Roberson
June 24th – June 28th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Bold Pots with Shadow May
July 12th – 14th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Thrown and Altered: Expressing Your Surface with Jen Mecca
August 2nd – 4th
10am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Sculpting Animals: Going Vertical with Christine Kosiba
August 23rd – August 25th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All
Sold Out.

Saints and Sorcerers with Colette Clark
September 3rd and 10th
10 am – 1 pm
Levels: All

Pushing the Surface of the Clay with Lora Rust
September 13th – 15th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Traditional Techniques & Contemporary Practice: Pottery Pattern with Stamped & Painted Imagery with Michael Kline
September 27th – 29th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: Some experience necessary

Gestural Throwing/Atmospheric Effects for Electric with Steven Hill
September 30th – October 5th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Creative Hand Building With Custom Texture with Amy Sanders
October 11th – 13th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: Some Experience Helpful

Sculpting Animals: Going Vertical with Christine Kosiba
October 25th – October 27th
10 am – Noon and 1 pm – 5 pm
Levels: All

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Ceramics Congress 2019: free online video workshops

Erika Arroyo shared The Ceramics Congress 2019 where you can watch 20+ videos between March 1st and March 8th for free. Videos are posted each day and are available for 24 hours. It looks like you have to register with an email address in order to view them.

The videos are also for sale; until March 8th, all 26 workshop videos can be purchased for $59. After March 8th, each video will be sold for $49.

The website says that the videos are "brought to you by The Ceramic School and The Ceramics Community."

Friday, March 1, 2019

March Clay Club at East Fork Pottery in Asheville

(Read the Architectural Digest article mentioned in this post here:

March Clay Club will be at East Fork Pottery in Asheville from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, March 13th. Thanks to Alex Matisse and everyone at East Fork for hosting us!

We'll be meeting at the recently-opened East Fork factory in Biltmore Village. We will get to tour the new East Fork factory space and hear about the work they are doing there.

We'll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

The East Fork factory is located at 531 Short McDowell Street in Asheville. Google maps will get you there: The map below (click to enlarge) has information about parking.

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, let me know and I will put folks in touch. You can also leave a comment here on this blog post or on this facebook post.

See you on March 13th!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Call for artists for Folkmoot

2019 Folkmoot Festival
Haywood County, North Carolina
July, 2019
Application deadline: March 28, 2019

There are several opportunities for craft vendors at Folkmoot. From the Folkmoot website:

The 2018 Folkmoot Festival was one of the most successful in recent history with more ticket sales, more venues and special events, more sponsors and more donors than we could have imagined. We are expecting to grow in 2019 and we are now accepting applications for vendor space and hope you are interested! Join Folkmoot friends for the events described below.

With good weather, we anticipate that the 2019 festival will attract more than 25,000 people to downtown Waynesville and more than 5,000 people to our other events in Hazelwood and Canton. Please notice below, we have two new events. For detailed information about the festival schedule, please visit For a brief synopsis of the vendor-related opportunities through Folkmoot, please read on:

Many Cultures Day (MCD) on Saturday, July 20, 2019 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Folkmoot is accepting 30 vendors for this event. The MCD focuses on children and families and features live entertainment by youthful singers and dancers, free dance lessons by international dancers, an arts and craft tent, food vendors as well as non profit organizations. This is the fourth year of MCD and we expect between 3,000 and 5,000 guests.

Mootennany- Americana Day, Sunday, July 21, 2019 12:00 pm -10:00 pm

A first year event, the Mootenany is a celebration of American culture, with an emphasis on Southern Appalachian folk music, arts, crafts, foods and beverages. Folkmoot will host musical acts on a main stage, dance lessons and vendors who specialize in southern Appalachian culture. We expect the Mootenanny will attract 1,500 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.

Folkmalt, Friday, July 26, 2019 4:00 pm- 10:00 pm

Celebrating WNC beer culture and the plethora of world cuisine in our region, Folkmoot is expanding our scope on Friday, July 26th to build a new festival event at Sorrells Park in Canton. We are looking for vendors who provide handmade international arts, crafts or who produce other cultural items including clothing, personal accessories are welcomed. We expect the Folkmalt will attract a minimum of 3,000 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.

International Festival Day (IFD), takes place on Saturday, July 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

We are accepting 100 vendors that offer unique, handmade items. Sales of quality arts and cultural crafts, gifts with an international flair and local and international foods have been successful at IFD. International Day is in its 36th year and Folkmoot anticipates a minimum of 25,000 guests to this event.

You must successfully submit your application by Thursday, March 28, 2019 in order to be considered in our review/ selection process.

Accompanying this letter, you will find our vendor guidelines and an application form. Please read the guidelines and complete the application online at The application must be submitted with three (3) to six (6) color images of the work the applicant intends to sell and one (1) booth image, along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.

We prefer that vendors submit applications online but will accept hard copy applications, postmarked by March 28, 2019.

Please contact Elizabeth Burson at 828-452-2997 or if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

More info and link to application:

Penland Community Open House this Saturday

Penland School of Craft Annual Community Open House
Saturday, March 2nd
1-5 pm

From the Penland website:

The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to more than 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 2019 Penland School of Craft Community Open House will be Saturday, March 2 from 1-5 PM.

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 information here:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Clay Camp for Kids 2019

Clay Camp 2019
Odyssey ClayWorks
Asheville, NC

10 Weeks
June 3- August 16, 2019

Ages 4-18

Young Adult Summer Intensive
Ages 12-18

Kelsey Sickmeyer

Saturdays 3-6pm
June 22- August 3

*No class July 5

We kept hearing that teens want more time to dive deeper in the world of clay, and that one week of the summer just isn’t enough! This class will meet Saturday afternoons, while offering additional open studio time for self-directed practice. We will be working each student on their own personal interests, be it sculpting, wheel-throwing, or a bit of both! We’re excited to bring more opportunities for our next generation to really push themselves in this exciting medium!

Tuition $225 + $35 Lab Fee

A Bug’s Life

Ages 4-8
Paige Janeri

June 3-7, 9am-12pm

What do you think of bugs? Are they eww gross? Or way cool?! One thing is for certain, they are super important for our environment and ecosystem. We can learn a lot from these little critters and in this camp, we will do just that! We will dig into the mud like worms and get wiggling away with our ideas. In this camp, we will focus on hand building techniques and use our imaginations to create unlikely bugs and their homes!

Creative Kitchen
Ages 8-12
Sara Ballek

June 3-7, 2-5pm

Learning about foods and objects in your kitchen can be exciting and fun to explore, but what if you had the chance to make some of your own? In this class students will develop work relating to items they use or find in their kitchen while learning a variety of techniques on how to make functional and sculptural objects. We will be focusing on using the wheel and a variety of hand building techniques to create fun, functional objects for everyday use or play!

Playful Patterns
Ages 4-8
Sara Ballek

June 10-14, 9am-12pm

This week at camp we are going to explore different ways to construct objects using clay and explore patterns through color and shape. This week will be filled with activities that will encourage campers to think about colors and shapes and how to put them together in different ways to create unique designs that reflect your unique personality. Each piece will be a one of a kind work of art, just like you!

You Gotta Wheely Want It!
Ages 8-12

Eliana Rodriguez

June 10-14, 2-5pm

The perfect intermediate class for students who have worked with clay before and are ready for more! We’ll spend plenty of time on the potter’s wheel, learn how to sculpt and build with coils, and spend time decorating our work with sweet patterns and designs.

Magical Mystical Creatures
Ages 4-8
Laurie Caffery Harris

June 17-21, 9am-12pm

Do you catch yourself daydreaming of a magical world full of dragons and fairies and centaurs? In this camp, we are going to sculpt all of the mystical creatures from our imaginations out of clay. Get ready for a fun week of handbuilding, working on the wheel and creating a fantastic and whimsical world!

Ages 8-12

Sara Ballek

June 17-21, 2-5pm

Your dreams of becoming a Clay DJ will come true in this week full of wheel throwing! Not only will students learn how to throw, but they will also create a variety of objects for daily use! In this course students will start with the very beginning steps of how to use the potter’s wheel and successfully develop various forms throughout the week. They will have the opportunity to explore decorating and hand building techniques to add final touches to their masterpieces!

Pedal To The Metal
Ages 6-10

Kelsey Sickmeyer

June 24-28, 9am-12pm

We are going to go learn how to use a pottery wheel to make cups, bowls, vases and plates! Students will learn different ways to decorate these vessels, and once finished, they will be food safe treasures for the whole family! This is a super fun exploration of the clay studio.

Clay In The Wild
Ages 4-8

Eliana Rodriguez

June 24-28, 2-5pm

Let nature be our inspiration as we create beautiful works of art! A great class for young beginners, we’ll learn different hand building techniques and use them to create your favorite animals, plants, and ecosystems. Experience the joys of nature and the fun of clay all mixed into one class!

Wheel Throwing 101
Ages 6-10

Laurie Caffery Harris

July 8-12, 9am-12pm

You’ll learn how to work on the potter’s wheel in this fun-packed creative camp! We will be learning all sorts of hand-building and wheel-throwing skills to create amazing works of art that you can use! Bring all of your creative and interesting ideas and we will turn them into reality.

Clay Characters
Ages 8-12

Sara Ballek

July 8-12, 2-5pm

Have you ever seen a fox turn into a coffee mug? Or used a unicorn horn for a handle? What if you could make your own with clay? This camp will focus on getting students comfortable on using the wheel while having the creative freedom to turn their pots into fun characters along the way! We will be learning how to make several types of functional objects and incorporate sculpture techniques to give them a personality!

Pottery With A Purpose

Ages 6-10
Kristen Easters

July 15-19, 9am-12pm

In this beginner wheel class, students will learn the ropes of throwing and will make their own pottery to take home and cherish for years to come. They will have the opportunity to experiment with different decoration techniques, work on a large group sculpture, and show their work in our gallery!

Dream Big!
Ages 8-14

Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 15-19, 2-5pm

This week we will focus on HANDBUILDING strategies to make BIG pots and sculptures that you actually get to KEEP! We are aiming for 1-2 foot sculptures and vessels. We’ll warm up to proper construction methods on the first day with 1-2 smaller pieces that we will raku on the last day, and then spend the rest of the time focusing on just 2-3 larger pieces- constructing them well so they can survive the firing, while bringing those dreams to life! Come with BIG ideas :)

Here We Throw!
Ages 8-12

Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 22-26, 9am-12pm

Wheel 101- Come dressed to make a mess!
We are going to go learn how to use a pottery wheel to make cups, bowls, vases and plates! Students will learn different ways to decorate these vessels, and once finished, they will be food safe treasures for the whole family!

Fantastic Folklores and Fairytales

Ages 4-8

Paige Janeri

July 22-26, 2-5pm

Once upon a time, fairytales and folklores were used to explain great mysteries, tell epic stories, and learn awesome lessons. In this clay camp, we will revisit some old favorites and create our very own stories using clay! No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy working on our projects together. We will hand build and use the pottery wheel in this clay camp to create functional and decorative items that tell our stories.

Advanced Wheel
Ages 7-14

Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 29- August 2, 9am-12pm

This is the camp for students who have taken at LEAST one wheel camp at Odyssey in the last year or two, and want to hone their skills further, making bigger and better vessels on the wheel! We will move faster and have more freedom, so start sketching some ideas now and we will make them come alive!

​Dining In Style 
Ages 6-10
Eliana Rodriguez
July 29- August 2, 2-5pm
Get ready to set the table! A great class for beginners, students will learn basic pottery techniques like wheel throwing and hand building to make beautiful ceramic pieces that they can use every day. Join in on the fun of creating your new favorite mug, bowl or plate!

Fairy Houses and Clay Critters
Ages 4-8

Laurie Caffery Harris

August 5-9, 9am-12pm

Do you love to explore the outdoors? Do you daydream about the little fairies and critters that live there? In this class, we will be creating dwellings for all of these fantastical and magical creatures to live called Clay Worlds! For everything from fairies to garden gnomes, from porgs to pollywogs – we will create a place for everyone to live. We will exercise our imagination and creativity in this hands-on class!

It’s Wheely Fun! 
Ages 8-12
Halima Flynt
August 5-9, 2-5pm
Learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel during this wheelie fun camp! We will learn how to make, and decorate, functional mugs, bowls, and more! Join Halima for a fun camp with an upbeat atmosphere.

Sculptures From Scratch 

Ages 6-10

Kristen Easters

August 12-16, 9am-12pm

In this class, students will follow their imagination to create small scale figurative sculptures of animals, people, or whatever their little heart’s desire. I will demonstrate a series of different projects for students to customize to reflect their unique worldview. All pieces will be glazed so you can take them home and use them every day.

Finding Your Spirit Animal
Ages 8-14

Paige Janeri

August 12-16, 2-5pm

We can learn a lot from nature when we observe animals in the wild. We can see their characteristics of strengths and weaknesses. In this week of camp, we will dig into some clay and explore our spirit animals; determining how they uniquely relate to us. No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy creating hand-built wall hanging tiles and sculptures of our spirit animals. Sculpture techniques will be taught in this camp and kids will gain a deeper understanding of themselves, animals, and ceramic art.

Tuition: $225. $25 discount for a sibling in the same camp. Use discount code claycamp25.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Architectural Digest profile of East Fork Pottery

Thanks to Gail Stockdale for sharing this Architectural Digest article about East Fork Pottery (ahead of East Fork hosting Clay Club on March 13th)!

Here's the start of the article:

There are probably few 21st-century business owners who can say that the spiritual foundation for their factory is based on the utopian thinking of William Morris and John Ruskin—artists and theorists who believed that craft should come before quantity, that art should be affordable and handmade, and that where you make a thing should be as important as the thing you’re making. But for married couple Connie and Alex Matisse, this idealistic philosophy is a large part of why their East Fork Pottery has been wildly successful. “Our company serves our employees and community as much as our customers,” says Connie. “Making pottery won’t necessarily be in our mission, but it’s what we do to support our mission,” adds Alex.

That sincerity has struck a deep chord among East Fork’s clientele, allowing the Asheville, North Carolina–based company to open two new retail stores (one locally; one in Atlanta) in the past year, and it’s why the company’s Instagram account—featuring mostly dinnerware—has more than 70,000 followers. It sells 5,000 pieces of pottery every month.

– Laura Raskin, writing for Architectural Digest

Read the complete article here:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Gas kiln for sale in Black Mountain, NC

The new owners of Black Mountain Studios have a Geil gas kiln for sale. Here are the details from Dolly Cairns:

Here are the specs on the main Geil kiln we are trying to sell to free up space:

Selling a great used condition kiln, that was obtained with purchase of a building/business of owner who retired. This was well taken care of and not ever used with salt items.

Pickup up only, please email to schedule a time to come look at it if you are interested.

Below are the specs for the kiln based on website.


Fiber Lined Front Loading Natural Draft Kilns

Model Number DL-18F

Inside Volume -Cu.Ft. 31

Setting Space-Cu.Ft. 18

Setting Area-Inches W D H 28x28x40

Inside Dimension-Inches 39x34x40

Outside Dimension-Inches 54x63x70

Instrumentation (Microprocessor Controller Optional Equipment) DD1 Controller

Stacking Height-Inches 40

Temperature Range 0-2500� F

Shelf Size-Inches Per Level 2-14x28 or 4-14x14

Maximum BTU/HR. Input 224,000

Maximum Gas Consumption CFH 203

Minimum Gas Pressure 6 Inches Water Column Pressure

Gas Line Inlet Inches 3/4

Number of Burners 6

Average Firing Time-Cone 06 6 Hours

Average Firing Time-Cone 10 8 Hours

Approximate Shipping Weight 2,100 lbs.

Contact Dolly at

Accessibility 101 workshop for artists and other businesses and organizations

Accessibility 101
Monday, February 25th, 2019
9:30-12:30 pm
Burnsville Town Center
6 South Main St.
Burnsville, NC 28714

From the email announcement:

Toe River Arts, in partnership with Arts Access, NC State Arts Council and the Mayland Small Business Center is pleased to offer Accessibility 101, a workshop that will enable business and cultural organizations to better include people with disabilities. The workshop content is targeted for business owners, artists, administrators, board members, volunteers, ushers, teachers, and front line staff.

We especially welcome organizations who are just beginning to address ADA accessibility issues!

Participants will learn about:

• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) overview and how it impacts arts organizations

• Common accommodations for customers with disabilities

• Sensitivity and disability etiquette in communications and offering assistance

• Emergency procedures and safety issues

• Steps for writing your organization’s ADA plan

Let us know if you need an ADA accommodation when you register (ASL, Large Print, etc)

Registration Fee: Waived

More info and registration:

Friday, February 15, 2019

Spring Class Lineup for Odyssey Clayworks

Spring 2019 Class Descriptions
Odyssey Clayworks
Asheville, NC

Spring Session
March 18-May 11, 2019

Find Your Way With Clay

Kristen Easters

Mondays 6:30-9pm
March 18-May 6

Totally new to clay? Or have you tried it out, got hooked, and can’t wait for more? In this entry-level class, we will approach making with a meditative and intentional, but lighthearted and fun mindset. We will cover all the technical basics of wheel throwing and learn to make a variety of functional forms including bowls, mugs, vases and more. We will explore several different surface design techniques to guide students in discovering new aesthetic possibilities. During the last couple weeks, we will discuss glazing and firing the work to add dynamic finishing touches.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Illustrated Layers and Handbuilt Containers

Lynne Hobaica

Tuesdays 11am-1:30pm
March 19-May 7

Join “decorated” instructor Lynne Hobaica for a fantastic exploration of surface decoration on handbuilt lidded containers. We will spend time making our forms then decorate the containers by building up layers of colorful underglazes, slips and glazes. We will carve into the clay and discuss where you can find inspiration for drawings, pattern, and design.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Good Forms, Good Firing: Making Pots For The Reduction Kiln

Gillan Doty

Tuesdays 3-5:30pm

March 19-May 7

Come experience the excitement of Cone 10 firing! This class will be geared towards making more intricate forms on the potter’s wheel intended for the reduction kiln. Building on student’s basic wheel throwing knowledge, we will explore more complicated techniques, including stacking pieces together to create taller, more intriguing pots. Students will gain insight into the Cone 10 glaze firing and will assist in firing the gas kiln.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $65 Lab Fee

Let’s Get Plastered:
Introduction To Plaster Mold Making

Tyler-James Anderson

Tuesdays 6:30-9pm

March 19-May 7

Let's Get Plastered is a mold making class for beginner to intermediate students who would like to learn new ways of creating with clay. In this class we will make and utilize mold systems to produce beautifully replicable results. While we will focus heavily on plaster casting, there will also be demonstrations on how to use our molds to create lovely, crisp finished work.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Under The Glaze: Scratching The Surface

Sara Ballek

Wednesdays 6:30-9pm

March 20-May 8

Discover how to personalize your work with decorative techniques that will give each piece a unique finish! Using a rich clay body, along with colorful underglazes, and slips, we will explore the ways of how to control and enhance what happens under the final glazing process. During this session, the work made will be fired at different mid-range temperatures to reveal the beautiful reds and browns in the clay body along with the vibrancy of the decorating colors. We will discuss how to maintain different clay consistencies to accomplish various surface techniques. This class will allow students to be flexible in forming their work through hand building and/or wheel throwing. We will treat each piece as a canvas to explore what can happen under the glaze.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Scaling Up: Creating Larger Sculptures

Mac McCusker

Thursdays 11am-1:30pm

March 21-May 9

Let's scale up your ceramic sculptures! Come learn basic sculptural techniques (building solid, using slabs and coils) and combine these skills to make larger creations. Ever make a sculpture the size of the kiln? We dare you to try! Make work up to 24 inches tall and 27 inches wide. This class is going to be challenging and loads of fun!

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $65 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel Throwing

Laurie Caffery Harris & Nich Daunis

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm

March 23-May 11

Have you never used the wheel before or are you looking to improve your throwing skills? This is the class for you! We will explore fundamental forms for functional pottery including cups, mugs, and bowls. While focusing on growth on the potter’s wheel, students will also be given creative freedom to have fun and explore new ideas. Classes will include demonstrations, group exercises, and one-on-one guidance. Expect to get messy, be challenged and leave with a new skill set!

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner

Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes

Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

#3 Friday, March 29, 7-9pm
#4 Friday, April 19, 7-9pm
#5 Friday, May 10, 7-9pm
#6 Friday, May 31, 7-9pm

Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Have you always wanted to learn to throw but you’re not sure if you want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do in Asheville on a Friday night. Well, look no further. Ready, Set, Throw is here!
Even if you’ve never touched clay before, our highly skilled staff will guide you through the entire process. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and have fun! All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Level: All Levels, Beginners Welcome
Tuition: $55 Per person, per night

Youth Classes:

Teen After School Ceramics

Ages 13-18

Alyssa Ruberto

Mondays 4-6pm

March 25-April 29

Do you know nothing about clay, but always wanted to try? Join us! Do you already take pottery class in school? Here’s two more hours of every week where you can practice those skills while learning new ones without the pressures of getting graded. Come make with us! You’ll meet students from other local schools while you get your hands dirty on your own clay creations. We will learn basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques that you can use to create amazing works of art.

Tuition: $225

Kids Class:

It’s Wheely Fun!

Ages 8-12

Halima Flynt

Thursdays 4-6pm

April 4-May 9

Learn to throw on the potter’s wheel in this super fun 6-week class for beginners. Students will learn how to make all kinds of cups, bowls, plates and more. You will leave feeling the confidence to create beautiful artwork in the studio!

Tuition $225

Weekend Workshops

Introduction To Copper Metal Clay

Barbara McGuire

April 6-7

Saturday-Sunday 1-5pm

Discover Copper Metal Clay and the dynamics of adding metal to your work. This beginning class will cover the basics in a demo/workshop format. You will create earrings, charms and adornments in your personal style. Bring your hand sculpting skills to create a classic tree of life medallion.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250 + $50 Lab Fee

Looking Into The Heart Of The Matter: Making Space With Kurinuki

Shinara Taylor

April 27
Saturday 1-4:30pm

Slow down and relax in this afternoon kurinuki workshop. Enjoy the simple, nuanced Japanese technique of carving cups, bowls, and jars out of solid blocks of clay. An introduction to creating surface textures and alterations will be provided. Participants will finish with up to four unglazed pieces fired to cone 6 (optional).

Level: All Levels

Tuition: $85, No Lab Fee

Raku Magic

Paul Gisondo

Saturday, May 18, 9:30am-4:30pm

Experience the drama, amazement and instant gratification of Raku in this one-day firing workshop. Bring up to 5 bisque fired pieces (vertically oriented vase and cylinder forms up to 12 inches in height preferred). We will glaze the pieces using a variety of crackle, iridescent luster and matte glazes and fire the work outdoors in our Raku kiln. Pieces will be removed from the red-hot kiln and quickly transferred into ash cans lined with flammable materials. Participants will go home the same day with dramatically transformed, finished work! 

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $115 + $25 Lab Fee

5-Day Workshop

Amazing Glaze

Gabriel Kline

Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm
May 20-24

Do you hate glazing? I mean, do you really HATE glazing? Have you experienced the frustration of making a beautiful piece, then ruining it with a flawed, or perhaps worse, boring glaze? Would you rather spend your time doing just about ANYTHING else, even cleaning your studio? Then this is the workshop for you! Join best-selling author of the book, Amazing Glaze, Gabriel as he demystifies the techniques that will help you learn to love the glazing process, achieve more dynamic results, and get your work noticed. Topics will include under and overglaze decoration, glazing large and delicate work, spraying glazes, and multiple firings. We will also examine the basics of formulating, mixing, or altering a glaze.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $595 + $75 Lab Fee, Includes a copy of the book Amazing Glaze.

Hand Building with Templates and Models

Eric Knoche

5-Day Workshop
 Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm
August 19-23

In this workshop we will combine simple hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, modeling and slab construction with the use of models and several different kinds of templates. Emphasis will be placed on gaining a deeper understanding of the clay itself, establishing a paradigm of creative problem solving and developing a personal set of integrated building methods that accomplishes each students’ artistic goals.

Level: All Levels

Tuition: $595 + $50 Lab Fee