Friday, September 13, 2019

Reminder: Odyssey Clayworks Yard and Seconds Sale this Saturday!



Odyssey Clayworks Yard and Seconds Sale
Saturday, September 14th
8am - 6pm
236 Clingman Avenue Extension, Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

Odyssey's kiln yard has become overcrowded with items we can't fit in the studio. We need to create more space and lighten the load! Please help us to clear some of our clutter, while getting great deals on all kinds of super useful studio tools and equipment. We will have a great selection of wheels, kiln shelves, stilts and furniture, bricks, storage containers and shelving, pedestals and gallery displays, lighting, power tools, office supplies, dry materials, glazes, buckets, tongs, O-haus scales, screens and sieves and much, much more.

In addition, we will be having another one of our famous seconds sales! Join us for 50-75% off select seconds and overstock from our fabulous Odyssey Artists. These pieces don't last long, so please act quickly!

Come join us Saturday, September 14th for free donuts from Geraldine's Bakery and coffee from Izzy's Coffee Den. Get there early for the best selections and deals. They won't last long!

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks at 236 Clingman Avenue Extension at 8:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside.

www.odysseyclayworks.com

Opening reception tonight for "Natural Disaster" at Gallery 101 in Asheville



Gallery 101
Seung Jun Seo Ceramics
56 S. Lexington Ave. Unit 101
Asheville, NC 28801

Opening reception 7pm tonight

Asheville-based, Korean-born ceramics artist Seung Jun (“Jun”) Seo opens exhibition titled “Natural Disaster” in new downtown art gallery

• As a child raised by his grandmother in rural South Korea, Jun’s only friends were the clay figures he created from the ground

• “Natural Disaster” is based on the violent dichotomy of the volcano and the earthquake—and attempts to build a bridge of acceptance between the two

• “Natural Disaster” will be on display from September 5th through October 27th, 2019, at Gallery 101 in downtown Asheville. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 13th, at 7:00 P.M. and is open to the public

www.junceramics.com

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Recap: September Clay Club at Mars Hill University



Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting September Clay Club! Shane told us this is the start of his fourth academic year at Mars Hill University. He gave us a tour of the department, aka Mars Hill Center for Ceramic Arts, at the end of the evening and it is pretty impressive!

Shane did a very thorough handle demo, taking us through all his steps in making handles for his mugs and also showing us how he makes tiny handles for his gnome pots. I've included a lot of photos below.

We also had a short discussion of tips and tricks. Props and thanks to Duffy Baum for sharing a tip. I shared one, too, but I'm sure more of you have tips and tricks (right?!) and I'm hoping we can maybe try this again.

Mars Hill University offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Art Education, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with two concentrations: Graphic Design/Photography or Ceramics/Sculpture. Read more about their program here: https://www.mhu.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/art-visual-arts/

Mars Hill Center for Ceramic Arts is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marshillcenterforceramicarts/

And Shane is on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shanemickeypottery/

October Clay Club will be at West Union Art Studios in Morganton on Wednesday, October 9th - more details about that soon.

Thanks again to Shane, and to everyone who came!














Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Booth for sale in Asheville



Here are the details from Karen Newgard:

Booth for Sale! This hard wall booth fits in a standard 6’ bed pick up and many handy features. Magnets hold the wall panels together while you fit and tighten bolts. Knock down hardware built into the display parts so easy to put together. Stained with deck stain so water proof. Storage under display for back stock. Magnets secure curtains to hide back stock. Tables made like an airplane wing so very light! Protective carrying cases for all display parts. Packing area in back. Point of sale with shelving and more display. Cup rack that mounts on the wall panels. All tied together with the light bars-very wind secure and extremely sturdy. Can be configured for corner or standard booth assignment. Packs well and easy to load-able to load work on top of booth too. Selling with lights for $850

Contact Karen at info@karennewgardpottery.com

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Applications open for the Holiday Pop Up Shop in Asheville



Holiday Pop Up Shop
November 29 - December 21
Asheville Social Hall
Downtown Asheville, NC

Application deadline: September 30th

From the application:

We're popping up for over 3 weeks at the Asheville Social Hall for our upcoming Holiday Pop Up Shop!

There are no booths! Vendors drop off your inventory and we'll transform the venue into a retail pop up shop with a central checkout - creating a curated boutique experience our shoppers have come to love. Vendors do NOT have to be at the Pop Up Shop! Our team will merchandise, style, and work the entirety of the Pop Up Shop.

More info and link to application: https://www.showandtellpopupshop.com/apply

Monday, September 9, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!


September Clay Club will be at the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts at Mars Hill University this Wednesday, September 11th from 5-7pm (note the change from our usual meeting time). Thanks again to Shane Mickey for hosting us!

Details and directions here: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/09/september-clay-club-at-mars-hill.html

Carpooling: if you're interested in carpooling, 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!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Wheel Thrown Pottery with Michael Rutkowsky at High Country Ceramic Arts


WHEEL THROWN POTTERY WITH MICHAEL RUTKOWSKY

Learn the fundamental skills to throw pottery for your personal use or to be a successful potter making pottery for market. This class will be beneficial for all skill levels; focusing on improving each persons throwing skills through individualized instruction. Taught by Michael Rutkowsky who has been throwing pottery for over 40 years and is the joint owner of Rutkowsky Pottery in Burnsville. Class size is limited and starts September 9 and meets Monday and Wednesday afternoons 2:00 to 5:00 PM for 6 weeks. All levels are welcome; class size is limited and meets at High Country Ceramic Arts (HCCA) in Burnsville.

To register, call Linda Powell at 828-284-5760.

$280

High Country Ceramic Arts offers pottery classes in wheel throwing and hand-building, as well as studio memberships. For more information please visit the website at http://www.highcountryceramicarts.com or like us on Facebook @HighCountryCeramicArts.

Friday, September 6, 2019

End of Summer Art Walk tonight in Bakersville



More details from Andy Palmer on tonight's Art Walk in Bakersville:

Hey Folks - So, this is Bakersville 'End of Summer' Art Walk. Silvia's in the kitchen making focaccia, mini-frittata's, and all sorts of Italian snacks right now for the event (and I'm on the couch drinking coffee).

Our friend Steve Loucks will be having an exhibition of his work at In Tandem Gallery AND he and his wife, Lynnette Hesser will be there to visit and answer any questions you might have etc... They're really an absolutely lovely couple! Steve's work has been in a ton of books and magazines, plus he's just recently written a book of his own on glazes that he's created and how they work and how to apply and fire and all sorts of things about the processes. So, if you have any technical questions - or not so technical - he's a great teacher and can explain anything you'd like to know.

And as always, Mica, Anita's Atelier, Bowditch Antiques & Collectibles, Southern Ridge Cafe,... will help celebrate with AMAZING food and art and cool things to see and great people to visit with and just a fun and relaxing evening for everyone! You'll love it - Promise!

So, tonight, Friday, September 6th, from 4-7 in Bakersville; a nice event for all.

(Image from the Bakersville, NC facebook page)

More on tonights Art Walk here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/09/meet-steve-loucks-and-bring-with-you.html

And here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/09/see-new-work-by-mica-gallery-artists.html

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Kiln for sale in Asheville


Here are the details from Kim Dryden:

Paragon Model TNF283 - 240 volt

This Kiln is in great shape. It is easy to use and has an electronic controller. It has new elements, thermocouple, and relay switch. I have fired to cone 04 a few times since replacing parts and it did great. It is rated to 2150°F, ideal for low-fire ware. The kiln also comes with 12 half shelves and several different sized posts.

The kiln is located in West Asheville and the price is $1000.

Contact Kim at kimdryden1@gmail.com



Meet Steve Loucks and bring with you your glaze-questions

Our friend Steve Loucks will be having an exhibition of his work AND he and his wife, Lynnette Hesser will be there to visit and answer any questions you have, etc...  
They're really an absolutely lovely couple!  
Steve's work has been in a ton of books and magazines, plus he's just recently written a book of his own on glazes that he's created and how they work and how to apply and fire.  So, if you have any technical questions - or not so technical - he's a great teacher and can explain anything you'd like to know.

Hope to see you at the Art Walk - remember, it's tomorrow, Friday from 4-7 in Bakersville!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Used kiln shelves and posts wanted in Asheville


Here are the details from Kati Robbins:

I teach at Franklin School of Innovation in Asheville and we have a new kiln but still need to acquire shelves and posts. We are hoping to find some used that someone may be selling. The shelf size for the kiln is 26 inches but we would be willing to go smaller if necessary.

Have some shelves and/or posts for sale - or know someone who does? Contact Kati at krobbins@thefsi.us

September Clay Club at Mars Hill University



September Clay Club will be at the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts at Mars Hill University next Wednesday, September 11th from 5-7pm (note the change from our usual meeting time). Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us!

Shane will do a handle demo and lead a discussion of favorite tips and tricks. Bring your best tip or trick to discuss and share!

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, so please bring drink to share, just nothing alcoholic.

Directions to Mars Hill University are available here: https://www.mhu.edu/about/where-we-are/

Once you get to the campus, the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts is located at 79 Cascade Street in Mars Hill. Coming from Highway 19-23 (Future Interstate 26), turn left at Wells Fargo Bank. The studio is down the driveway to the right. For help with directions, email Shane at dmickey@mhhu.edu.

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 next Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Space available in Cynthia Bringle's upcoming Wildacres class


Here are the details from Cynthia:

I have had 2 students drop from my Wildacres class due to operations and broken bones. Sept. 23-Sept. 29. 5 days of working in clay (no firing). Come with an idea of what you need to work on. This class is about improving skills and designs. $880. Double rooms, class.

Contact Cynthia at cynthiabringle@gmail.com or 828-765-0240

Odyssey Clayworks Pottery Yard Sale on September 14th



Odyssey's kiln yard has become overcrowded with items we can't fit in the studio. We need to create more space and lighten the load! Please help us to clear some of our clutter, while getting great deals on all kinds of super useful studio tools and equipment. We will have a great selection of wheels, kiln shelves, stilts and furniture, bricks, storage containers and shelving, pedestals and gallery displays, lighting, power tools, office supplies, dry materials, glazes, buckets, tongs, O-haus scales, screens and sieves and much, much more.

In addition, we will be having another one of our famous seconds sale! Join us for 50-75% off select seconds and overstock from our fabulous Odyssey Artists. These pieces don't last long, so please act quickly!

Come join us Saturday, September 14th for free donuts from Geraldine's Bakery and coffee from Izzy's Coffee Den. Get there early for the best selections and deals. They won't last long!

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks at 236 Clingman Avenue Extension at 8:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/488609518630657/

Website: https://www.odysseyclayworks.com/

Western North Carolina potter looking for a wheel


Claudia Green is looking for a wheel. She's in Celo and is willing to drive about two hours for a good running electric wheel.

Have a wheel or a lead on one? Contact Claudia at claudiagreen.green@gmail.com

Monday, September 2, 2019

See new work by Mica Gallery artists and Guest Artist Nathan Favors at Mica Gallery during the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk this Friday



Join Mica Gallery on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk.

It’s feeling like fall, and the artists of Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft in downtown Bakersville, NC, are having another open house!

Come to the Bakersville Art Walk on Friday September 6th, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the galleries and shops in downtown Bakersville open their doors to showcase more than 100 artists.

See new work by our 13 member artists, our consignment artists and our brand new Guest Artist – Bowlmaker Nathan Favors.

Favors create wooden bowls and vases out of exotic woods sourced from Costa Rica, Austria, the United States and elsewhere. In addition, you can see his decorative wood fruit pieces.

There will be refreshments, libations and the opportunity to meet some local artists. Spend the evening eating, sipping and enjoying the galleries and the wonderful conversations with artists and patrons.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Solo Exhibition with Steven Loucks




Undulating profiles, fancy little curlicues, lusciously dripping glazes… These are all hallmarks of the wonderful Steven Loucks work. How could you not be jealous of it?? And every piece has a built in display element that elevates, shows it off, and just takes it to another level. Sooo gorgeous!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Applications open for Art on the Island in Marshall, NC



Art on the Island
Saturday, September 28th
Marshall, North Carolina

Application deadline September 20, 2019 (applications received after September 20 will be charged a $15 late fee)

From the Madison County Arts Council website:

The Madison County Arts Council is pleased to present the 8th annual ‘Art On The Island’ Festival on beautiful Blannahassett Island in downtown Marshall on Saturday, September 28. Art on the Island serves as an economic and cultural celebration of creativity in Madison County and Western North Carolina. There will be special hands-on demonstrations for young and old. This all day affair presents artists, crafters, food, hands-on fun, and kid’s activities from 10am until 6pm and is free and open to the public

More info and link to application: https://madisoncountyarts.com/events/art-on-the-island-2019/

Pottery and fine craft events in Mitchell County this weekend



Cousins in Clay, Sweet ‘n’ Salty Pots, and 10 Friends in Their Element are all taking place this Saturday and Sunday in Mitchell County. Cousins in Clay is at Michael Kline's studio, Sweet ‘n’ Salty Pots is in the Ridgeway building on the Penland campus, and 10 Friends in Their Element is in downtown Spruce Pine.

More info about all three events in the Mitchell News-Journal article shown here and also here: https://thelaurelofasheville.com/arts/visual-arts/mitchell-county-art-events-for-labor-day-weekend/

More info about the individual events at the links below:

Cousins in Clay: www.cousinsinclay.com

Sweet ‘n’ Salty Pots: www.sweetnsaltypots.com and here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/08/sweet-n-salty-pots-labor-day-weekend.html

10 Friends in Their Element: www.speckleddogpottery.com

Thursday, August 29, 2019

CORRECTION! 1-hour Clay Business Talk at TVPCC, Friday, 9/20/19



You're Invited!


CLAY BUSINESS HOUR 
(FREE 1-Hour Presentation)

Characteristics of an Excellent Salesperson 

The Village Potters Clay Center would like to invite you to their next Clay Business HourCharacteristics of an Excellent Salesperson is a 1 hour presentation and interview with Elizabeth Pou, S.C.O.R.E., will be interviewing Mingon Mandon, pottery saleswoman extraordinaire! They will cover a range of topics from how to greet and engage customers to how to close a sale and more!

When: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
Where: 
The Village Potters Clay Center
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

  R.S.V.P. to Lindsey at <lindsey@thevillagepotters.com>

FREE 1-hour Clay Business Talk at The Village Potters Clay Center



You're Invited!


CLAY BUSINESS HOUR 
(FREE 1-Hour Presentation)

Characteristics of an Excellent Salesperson 

The Village Potters Clay Center would like to invite you to their next Clay Business HourCharacteristics of an Excellent Salesperson is a 1 hour presentation and interview with Elizabeth Pou, S.C.O.R.E., will be interviewing Mingon Mandon, pottery saleswoman extraordinaire! They will cover a range of topics from how to greet and engage customers to how to close a sale and more!

When: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
Where: 
The Village Potters Clay Center
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

  R.S.V.P. to Lindsey at <lindsey@thevillagepotters.com>

Help wanted with question on raku firing


Jan Fisher sends this question:

Asking this question for Jim McDowell. He's done a custom order for a media set...they needed colonalware from early 1800s...It's been bisque fired and then fired raku style. No glaze. Came out fine but smells like smoke. People will need to eat and drink out of it on set. We'd like to get the smoke smell out. Any ideas?

Have any ideas or suggestions? Contact Jan at gotwords@hotmail.com

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ward burners for sale in Leicester, NC


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For sale: two Ward MB400 power burners with venturi pilots. $400. for both (originally $715.00 each).

Contact Doc Welty at ssignworks.tgif@gmail.com

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sweet ’n Salty Pots Labor Day Weekend Pottery Show and Sale



You’re invited!
Sweet ’n Salty Pots
Labor Day Weekend Pottery Show and Sale

Saturday Aug. 31, 10-5
Sunday, Sept. 1, 10-5
Penland, NC 28765

great pots, good conversation, delicious snacks, libations

Featuring:
and Guest Artists:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Free Fire Bricks

A friend in S.C. is giving away an assortment of used firebricks (see photo).
Contact Elena Roberts, 864-680-4452

Monday, August 19, 2019

Kiln, wheel, pedestals, tables and more for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina


Several items for sale by Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, NC. Details and photos below.

Cady Clay Works, Seagrove NC
landline 910 464 5661
Beth cell 336 588 0248
cadyclayworks@yahoo.com


FOR SALE: ANTIQUE WOODEN FRUIT CRATES

Very sturdy, with cutout handles. Great for shows - transport and display all in one. Can be stacked and re-configured according to need. We bought a barn full of these 30 years ago. I had these for sale in our store for $25 each as we were closing (due to arthritis). We have 15 left. 15"x18"x13". Make an offer! Delivery possible.



15 CU FT L&L DAVINCI ELECTRIC KILN

$900 obo

This is one of the first DaVinci models. They were using a new element holder material that did not hold up so after a few years we got a new kiln body with new element holders and at that time upgraded the wiring to heavier-duty. I fired this kiln to a hard cone 8 weekly until March. The lid does not look great but I have had no problems with it.
Also have 14"x28"x1" high alumina shelves, some new and some used, that can be purchased with the kiln.

This kiln is $7800 new. More photos available.






DISPLAY TABLES FOR SALE

The metal-front tables are made of 2x4s. Tops are 100-yr-old floor boards from a farmhouse that was being torn down nearby. Long tables $100 each, shorter tables $85 each. We have 2 of each.
The other long table is made of 2x4s with birch plywood top and shelf. $100.
24"deep x 93"wide x 34"tall
24"deep x 48"wide x 40"tall
Delivery possible.




DISPLAY FURNITURE FOR SALE

PEDESTALS - 2 left:
18"sq x 27" tall
That is the base dimension, the wooden pieces are just resting on the top and overlap about 3" total. They are cherry cabinet door blanks.
$47 each.
They are hollow so very lightweight and easy to move. They could also be inverted and used for storage.


SQUARE TABLE

The table is dining-height, covered in grey-blue laminate. Very sturday. 42" sq x 29"high. $45
Delivery possible.



FOR SALE - PACIFICA GlydeTorc Model 400 Potter's Wheel
"The very high torque even at slow speeds is one of our special features. Our custom designed load sensor increases the drive current in exact proportion to the load on the clay..."
$400

Applications open for the Mountain Glory Festival in Marion, NC



36th Annual Mountain Glory Festival
October 12, 2019
Downtown Marion, North Carolina

Application deadline September 13, 2019

From the festival website:

Marion, North Carolina celebrates the arrival of autumn in the Blue Ridge during their annual Mountain Glory Festival. For 36 years, beautiful downtown Marion has hosted this popular celebration on the 2nd Saturday in October. This year, make plans to visit on October 12th between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Celebrate small-town life in the mountains. Visitors looking for original handicrafts will find plenty of choices shopping with three jam packed blocks, featuring locally made arts and crafts. Enjoy lots of festival foods and the wide variety of live entertainment, focusing on old time mountain music.

Don’t miss the annual Mountain Glory Quilt Show inside the McDowell Arts Council. The quilt show is the gallery’s featured October exhibit.

The kids will have fun in the “Children’s Arena” with hands-on activities, local entertainment and the ever popular best-dressed pet contest.

The festival is sponsored by the City of Marion. For festival information visit call 828-652-2215.

More info and link to application: https://mtngloryfestival.com

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Free Fixer Upper Kiln in Asheville


UPDATE: the kiln has been taken!

Giving away this little kiln for free. Three phase, no sitter, switch doesn’t work and the brick inside between the elements is broken so it can’t be fired before repairing that. Les from Highwater took a look at it and said it would take about $400 to fix and even then shouldn’t be used for cone 6 because you’d have to watch the cones and can't program it. HOWEVER he said it could be converted to a raku kiln easily.

MUST get rid of it this ASAP!

Contact me if you'd like it - must be able to pick up in Asheville ASAP lauriecaffery@gmail.com




Friday, August 16, 2019

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction on Saturday



Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction
Saturday, August 17th
5-7:30pm
Spruce Pine First Baptist Church
125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine, NC

The 2019 Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff Empty Bowls Fundraiser and Silent Auction to benefit the Shepherd’s Staff food bank will be held Saturday August 17th from 5:00 pm -7:30 p.m. at the Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, located at 125 Tappan Street in Spruce Pine. Tickets are $25 and include a hand-crafted bowl filled with soup, as well as bread, dessert and a drink. Call 828-765-5385 to order tickets. Now accepting credit cards.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1240389159462816/