Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reception to honor artist Michael Sherrill + film screening in Flat Rock, NC

This event is free but RSVP is required. Call the gallery at 828-698-7000 or RSVP on the gallery website,

What: Reception to honor artist Michael Sherrill, with film screening
When: 1 p.m., January 19
Where: The Gallery at Flat Rock, 2702-A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock
How much: Free and open to the public; RSVP required

The Gallery at Flat Rock is pleased to host a special reception in honor of artist Michael Sherrill at the gallery at 1 p.m. on January 19. The event will include a screening of a mini-documentary film detailing the career path of one of the most respected artists living in North Carolina. A retrospective exhibit of Sherrill’s work in ceramic, metal and glass is currently on display at the Mint Museum in Charlotte until April 7. The exhibit will then travel to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Ariz. and to a third museum venue yet to be disclosed.

The afternoon reception will feature a mini-documentary that follows the trajectory of Sherrill’s work from his early functional pottery pieces to his meticulous mixed media sculptures. Sherrill’s early work revealed his innate talent for innovative thinking about shape and color as a clay artist. His later works, largely inspired by the natural forms of plants that surround his studio, located deep in a mountain cove in the Bat Cave area of Henderson County, reveal Sherrill’s continued focus on form and color while pushing structural limits using his innovative techniques in manipulating materials to create forms that reveal his careful observations of the outer world.

“I am compelled by the sensation of seeing things fresh; as if for the first time,” says Sherrill in his artist statement. “It is as if I have been asleep, and when I wake up, I am surprised by the things that surround me. In my case, it is the flora and fauna surrounding my studio that continue to surprise me. For me, these discoveries are epiphanies. My desire is to create something that might bring its observer to the same place of discovery. It's one thing too for me to respond to a stimulant and then to make work. It is another thing for that work to go the next step and bring a likewise response from the viewer.”

In 1974, Sherrill moved from Charlotte to the mountains of Western North Carolina, determined to make a living from making pottery. Mostly self-taught, he was influenced by the North Carolina folk pottery tradition and the community of artists at Penland School of Crafts and the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. A shift occurred in Sherrill’s work in the 1990s, when his functional pieces morphed into vessels that expressed more of his growing interest and focus on form, rather than function. His later work, exploding with the color and grace inherent in natural botanical forms, are the outcome of what Sherrill describes as his shift “from potter to artist.”

“(Sherrill) explores the beauty in natural growth and decay with bright colors, often through painstaking technical processes. Sherrill’s exceptional skill is based in his innovative approach to using tools, technology, and his keen sense of materials together to achieve what he calls his ‘natural narratives,’” according to the Mint Museum literature on the retrospective. “Working with clay, glass, and metal, his exquisite floral forms have the allure of Martin Johnson Heade’s passion flower and orchid paintings and the botanical engravings of John James Audubon, at the same time they are remarkably new.”

This event is free and open to the public, but participants are required to submit an RSVP in order to attend. Those interested can call the gallery at 828-698-7000 or visit the website at

The Gallery at Flat Rock represents finely curated art and craft, and is located in Flat Rock Square at 2702-A Greenville Highway in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 3 p.m.; or by appointment. To learn more, please visit the gallery website at or call the gallery at 828-698-7000.

(image from the January 16, 2018 Asheville Citizen-Times)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

FREE bamboo in Hendersonville

Dian Magie has free bamboo:

The recent storm crushed my small stand of black bamboo. I had to cut it all down. If anyone wants some it’s free.

Dian Magie Pottery, 108 Turner Lane, Hendersonville.

Poetry Slam at David on the Corner

David On The Corner announces the first in an ongoing series of Poetry Slams!

Monday January 21st, and every month thereafter on the 21st day of each month, everyone is invited to a poetry reading, musical open mic (unplugged version) and performances of any kind at all, at David On The Corner, 7 N. Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville N.C.
The January Slam will begin at 6 p.m., and last until ???
Minimal victuals will be provided.
Standing room only because I don't believe in chairs.
Poetry written and read by you, or loved by you, or hated by you, musical lyrics by you or by anyone else, all are invited to be performed!
Join us now, before I start charging admission!!! LOL

See you there.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Registration open for the 2019 North Carolina Potters Conference

North Carolina Potters Conference
March 1-3, 2019
Asheboro, North Carolina

From the North Carolina Pottery Center email:

Are you a potter or ceramic artist? If so, are you aware that the 31st annual North Carolina Potters Conference, hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild, is March 1-3, in Asheboro, NC? Registration is in full swing right now! Check it out and sign up. This year's conference features three British potters - Nic Collins, Doug Fitch, and Lisa Hammond - who will be demonstrating, as well as Dan Finnegan, Mark Hewitt, John Burrison, and Brett Riggs who will be speaking.

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be hosting an open house that Sunday afternoon, March 3, from 1:30-4:30 pm in conjunction with the conference.

More info from the conference website:

The North Carolina Potters Conference is a premier ceramics conference. Through its history the conference has featured the some of the best ceramics artists from around the world. This conference centers on simultaneous demonstrations cultivating a dialogue of techniques, concepts, and experiences between the artists and the audience. Unlike other conferences, you do not have to pick and choose which workshops to attend. All the demonstrations and presentations are scheduled for the entire group. Potters at any skill level will come away with new ideas and inspiration to improve their work. Even non-potters have found the weekend a worthwhile introduction into the world of ceramics.

Visit the conference website for more details and registration:

(flyer from the North Carolina Potters Conference website)

Bank Art Building artist studios in downtown Spruce Pine

The Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about the Bank Art Building (formerly the Bank of America building) in downtown Spruce Pine. From the story:

The Bank Art building has artist studio spaces available for $200 per month.

Kent Dauderman of WNC Rentals, who is fielding inquiries for the available spaces, said three of the eight spaces had been rented.

Each space is about 200 square feet, and some of the spaces have outside windows.

There is a common area Dauderman said may one day be made into a shared artist gallery area.

– Mitchell News-Journal

Read the full story here:

This building was included in a February, 2017 tour of downtown Spruce Pine buildings - see some photos here:

See this earlier post for Kent Dauderman's contact information:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Job opening: Part-time Programs Coordinator for Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County, North Carolina

(note: the last person to hold this job is now a core fellow at Penland, which is located in Mitchell County)

Part-time Programs Coordinator
Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County

Administrate and support partnerships serving Mitchell County Schools students, and work directly with students in programs. Must be committed to serving children equitably in a rural setting. Must demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, as well as ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. Must be able to design and execute creative activities for after-school programs. Must be an effective team member in a fully collaborative setting, providing leadership to our community partners. Supporting education or work/life experience required.

13.5 hours a week, 12 months a year, $12 an hour. Responsibilities include two middle school after school art clubs, an in-school chess club at MECHS, and Roan Readers elementary book club at the Mitchell County Library. Paid sick and personal leave provided. Questions? Contact Lori Gilcrist, 828.467.0970. Send both a cover letter and resume to

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pottery studio equipment for sale in Gatlinburg

Dennis McAvoy has studio equipment for sale:

1. Venco de-airing pugmill. Works great. $1200

2. Air King studio air filter. $600

Both items are located in Gatlinburg.

Contact Dennis by phone or text at 865-414-6141 or by email at

Reed Handle Making Workshop at The Village Potters

Reed Handle Making Workshop

with Tori Motyl

at The Village Potters

Tori Motyl explores reed handles on her pots and has developed some very wonderful approaches and unique looks. Tori is a former apprentice at The Village Potters and sells her work their gallery. But for those of you who have not met her yet here are a few words that come to mind when when thinking of Tori: powerhouse, skilled, motivated, inspiring, hard working, delightful and fun!

Tori is a great teacher too. She received her Masters of Science in Education in Visual Art from State University of New York. She wholesales and retails her work across the region and country and she founded, her brain child, The North Carolina Ceramics Arts Festival in 2017 with a small group of potters. It is already a successful and sought after show for potters.
So we encourage you to jump into this workshop. It’s going to be a great experience, enhance your work and be a great time too!

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 10am – 12pm
Fee: $40
Register: click HERE

Congratulations to Joy Tanner!

Congratulations to Joy Tanner on being awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG)! The RAPG program provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Joy will use the award to purchase new burners.

And in case you missed it, check out Joy and her husband Will Baker in the December 2018 Ceramics Monthly. The magazine paid a visit to Wood Song Pottery, the studio Joy and Will operate together in Bakersville NC:

Wood Song Pottery in Ceramics Monthly

See all the 2018-2019 RAPG grant awardees from Buncombe, Madison and Mitchell counties here:

Congratulations to Joy and to all the RAPG awardees!

Calls for Entry for 2 National Ceramic Exhibitions: Twin Cups and Off the Table: Clay for the Wall

Calls for Entry for Twin Cups and Off the Table: Clay for the Wall
Deadline for both is January 19th, 2019

The Missouri Western State University (MWSU) Clay Guild is sponsoring two national ceramic exhibitions. The deadline for each is January 19, 2019. Both exhibitions will be offering awards of $500-Best of Show, $200-1st Place, and $100-2nd Place. If you are interested in participating, please review the information about each exhibition at the following links:

Twin Cups Prospectus and Online Application:

Off the Table Prospectus and Online Application:

FREE Tax and Bookkeeping Workshop for Artists in Asheville

Tax and Bookkeeping Workshop for Artists
3-5pm Tuesday, January 15th
Asheville Area Arts Council (207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801)
Free to attend (RSVP requested)

From the Asheville Area Arts Council website:

Join us on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00pm, for a FREE tax and bookkeeping workshop for musicians, artists, and other creative professionals, presented by CPAs from the Asheville accounting firm of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A. in collaboration with the Asheville Area Arts Council and Asheville Music Professionals.

Topics will include: income tax preparation and forms, getting all the available deductions, bookkeeping and record keeping, tax planning, tax structures (LLCs, and corporations), estimated taxes, crowdfunding and taxes, sales taxes, 1099s, etc. Also, the CPAs will be discussing new topics including a big federal tax act and a Supreme Court decision requiring internet retailers, including sellers of art, crafts and music recordings, to collect sales tax for the state to which the goods are shipped. ALL musicians and artists are welcome, from beginners to established pros.

Free to attend but RSVP requested. RSVP on the Facebook event page:

(note: RSVPs are requested but not required. If you want to RSVP and don't have a facebook account, contact

More info here:

Monday, January 7, 2019



I work for the Yancey Humane Society and we have a Memorial Brick Paver program that provides for a lovely engraved brick paver (5 ½ x 8 inches) placed in our memorial garden at the Shelter in Burnsville, NC.

We have recently run into problems with our engraver, and we are looking for a new provider that can take a brick of this size and engrave a custom message.

Does anyone out there have an engraver of this type, who can engrave the smaller size paver that we use? Does anyone want to sell an engraver at a reasonable price? Are there any, better ideas?
Please contact me at or txt/call 703-232-2145

Call for artists for the Saluda Arts Festival

Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda, North Carolina
May 18th, 2019

Application deadline March 15th, 2019

From the Saluda Business Association website:

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the Arts, the Saluda Business Association and Saluda Downtown Foundation invite you to submit your hand-made art and highlight your talents in the 16th Annual Saluda Arts Festival on May 18, 2019. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina and crowds of locals from the surrounding Tri-State areas.

Application Deadline: Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2019.

More info and link to application: