Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dig-In Empty Bowls Still Needs Your Bowls

We still need your bowls!

A huge thank you to all of the artists who have donated bowls to our empty bowls event! We can not express the appreciation we feel that so many in the art community have come together to support the efforts of Dig-In as they work towards alleviating food insecurities in our neighborhoods. Our event is October 4th but we still need more bowls to make this event a success. If you would like to still donate please drop your donations off any time during normal business hours at either One Of A Kind Art Gallery or the Yancey County Library. 

Empty Bowls is not just about Pottery!

Who ever said empty bowls have to be clay? We have had some donations in the past of fiber and wood and let's keep the diversity rolling - reach out to your glass neighbors, metal neighbors, any artist can participate.

Thank you all! I am proud to be part of such a wonderful community of artists and givers. Please pass on this message to all your crafty and artist friends and spread the word!

Tori Motyl
(585)507-5731

Monday, September 23, 2019

Olympic Raku kiln for sale in Morganton, NC!!!!
Raku 18, capable of cone 10 on NG. Susie has used it on propane for raku.
2 yrs old, used a dozen times.
$1000 and its yours!
Call Susie at +18284338071

Friday, September 20, 2019

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival this Saturday in downtwown Asheville



North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival
Saturday, September 21st, 11am - 5pm
Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC

From the festival website:

The North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival is an Asheville, NC event that focuses on ceramic arts of all genres including tilework, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. The festival includes over 40 ceramic art vendors, food trucks, raku demonstrations, and live entertainment. Come for a day of fun and enjoy lunch from local food trucks, listen to buskers, check out street performers, see amazing ceramic demonstrations, and shop the beautiful and diverse ceramic artist booths.

NCCAF 2019 will take place in Pack Square Park, right in the heart of downtown Asheville. Fall in downtown Asheville attracts thousands of visitors each weekend, giving our artists fantastic sales opportunities and giving our visitors a bustling, artistic shopping experience in the middle of restaurants, breweries, shops, and entertainment. The venue is surrounded by 5 inexpensive parking garages within a few blocks walk.

www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com
www.facebook.com/NCceramicartsfestival

(image from the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival Facebook page)

Art in Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival this Saturday in Weaverville



Art in Autumn 2019
Saturday, September 21st 10 – 6 pm
Weaverville, NC

From the Art in Autumn website:

The 13th annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival takes place Saturday, September 21, 2019 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, on Main Street in downtown Weaverville, North Carolina, located in Buncombe county 7 miles from downtown Asheville.

The festival features 114 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as food and live music. Artists will be juried by our esteemed judge to receive awards of $1000 for best of show, $500 for second place, and $300 for third, as well as 4 $50 honorable mentions.

www.artinautumn.com
www.facebook.com/artinautumn

(image from the Art in Autumn Facebook page)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Spirits of Autumn: ‘A Magical Gathering of Artists’ this Friday and Saturday in Spruce Pine



Spirits of Autumn 2019: ‘A Magical Gathering of Artists’
Friday, September 20th 12-7 pm
Saturday, September 21st 10am - 5 pm

Artists reception Friday from 5-7 pm

Upstairs at Toe River Arts (269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC)

Good friends, textile artist Louise Grenell and doll maker Sally Morgan Guérard, were pondering things they enjoy creating over lunch at Weaverville’s Well Bred Bakery two years ago. Their conversation ventured into a shared love of Fall and Halloween. “We have no venue in the area for those of us who produce this kind of work,” Louise said. What evolved from that conversation is an invitational show and sale, “Spirits of Autumn, A Magical Gathering of Artists,” which will take place Friday, September 20, from noon until 7 pm, with a reception beginning at 5 pm, and Saturday, September 21, from 10 am until 5 pm, upstairs at the Arts Resource Center at Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine.

There are ten invited artists participating in the show and sale. Dorann Nelson is a mixed media artist with a background in architecture and design. Incorporating unique materials, her Halloween art presents a peculiar and uncommon take on modern classics. Lisa Gluckin is known for her bold, playful work in ceramics. Valerie Beck will contribute her celebrated blown glass Story Bowls with tales such as “The Raven,” and “The Headless Horseman.” C.R. “Pap Pap” Troxell will offer his whimsical, narrative folk paintings.

There will be weaving, ornaments, and work of flora and fauna created of hand-dyed wool from Louise Grenell. Sally Morgan Guérard will craft seasonal soft sculpture and brooms. Beverly Carroll, who works with “bewitched” media, will show jewelry and mixed media. True Kelly’s photographs will evoke spirits from another world inspired by her work with children and extensive folk art collection. Glass artist Jan Williams Ritter will focus on her special crow necklaces.

Judson Guérard, philosopher turned glass artist, says, “Halloween is a playful acting out of our fears of the unknown, engendered by the twilight of fall transitioning into the night of winter.” He will have glass pumpkins, gourds, and drinking cauldrons to offer as an antidote.

www.spiritsofautumn.com
Instagram #spiritsofautumnshownc
Facebook #spiritsofautumn

Engage in Craft this Fall at Haywood Community College

There are many reasons to come out to HCC this Fall!
Demonstrations in the studios during our Open House including paint-your-own-pottery majolica-style - Paint a bowl for Haywood Pathway's Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. We have a stellar line up of Visiting Artist presentations, and student exhibits. All are free and open to the public.


























https://www.facebook.com/events/540332796773223/
https://www.facebook.com/events/689659274883600/
https://www.facebook.com/events/2283937185068019/
https://www.facebook.com/events/614954275697762/








Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WNC potter looking for hard firebrick


Here are the details from Sam Brown:

My name is Sam Brown and I am located in Banner Elk NC. I am currently gathering materials to build my first kiln and was lucky enough to find the Clay Club! I would be forever appreciative if you know of anyone, have any resources, or could help me get my message out to help me attain some bricks! I have a big ol’ truck so I can come pick up anywhere in the mountains or piedmont of NC or surrounding states.

Have some hard firebrick or a lead on some? Contact Sam at sambrown4608@gmail.com

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!