Tuesday, December 31, 2019

January Clay Club at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville



January Clay Club will be next Wednesday, January 8th, from 6-8pm at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville. Andy will demo his technique of textured slab making and how he attaches the slabs to wheel thrown pieces, and special guest John Britt will demo his use of a textured slab roller he has recently acquired. Thanks to Andy for hosting us and to both Andy and John for demoing!

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

Andy's studio is located at 287 Longview Drive in Bakersville. This is on the road to the new Mitchell County Courthouse and is the only driveway on that road. Google maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/2iFZ1GQ9rUqGrERy7

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

See you next Wednesday!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Community Clay Studio Memberships and Classes in Burnsville



High Country Ceramic Arts is a community studio located in Burnsville. We offer studio memberships for $260/ a quarter (3 months). A trial one month membership is available for $100. For those newer to clay, we also offer a Beginner's Package special for $180— this includes 1 month of membership as well as three 2-hour lessons on wheel-throwing, hand-building, and/or glazing.

Membership includes:
24/7 access to the studio
Free cone 6 kiln firings
Access to community tools, molds, slips, glazes, etc
Access to our slab roller, extruder, and 8 pottery wheels
Ability to show and sell work in our member gallery
A supportive and fun clay community!

Clay is the only additional cost and is available on-site for purchase at $15 per 25 lb bag.


The studio also offers classes in wheel-throwing and hand-building.

Our next class is Beginning and Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Garold Amsberry:

Meets Tuesdays 1-4pm
8 weeks from January 14 - March 3
$180 + clay (15$ for 25 pounds)

The class is open to absolute beginners as well as intermediate wheel throwers wanting to improve their technique and work towards throwing 5+ pounds of clay.


If any of this sounds like a great holiday gift, we’re also offering gift certificates!

For more information visit our website at http://www.highcountryceramicarts.com, or like us on Facebook @HighCountryCeramicArts.

Monthly Queer Artist Meet Ups in Asheville



If you're interested but missed last night's Queer Artist Meet Up, just wanted to make sure everyone knows it's an ongoing, monthly event:

Email Liz Williams at liz@southernequality.org to stay on top of the Queer Artist Meet Ups, coordinated by Southern Equality Studios, a program of Campaign for Southern Equality.

(image from the Campaign for Southern Equality twitter feed)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Queer Artist Meet Up tonight in Asheville


With apologies for the late notice, here are the details from the Campaign for Southern Equality:

Hey, Asheville –

After our Southern Equality Studios panel discussion this Summer and the debut of Up/Rooted, the exhibition featuring work by Southern Equality Studios artists Al Murray and Liz Williams, we knew that we wanted to continue the conversation and keep building connections with LGBTQ artists in the Asheville area.

That's why Al, Liz, and other artists have been hosting Queer Artist Meet Ups each month – and the latest one is tonight! Join us tonight, December 19, from 7-8pm at Revolve Studios (821 Riverside Drive #179, Asheville, NC 28801).

Whether you're a photographer, painter, graphic designer, sculptor, or any other sort of artist, we want to meet you tonight from 7-8pm!

Can't make tonight's meet up, but interested in getting involved at the next one? Email Liz Williams at liz@southernequality.org to stay on top of the Queer Artist Meet Ups, coordinated by Southern Equality Studios, a program of Campaign for Southern Equality.

Thank you so much,
The Campaign for Southern Equality team

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Recap: December Clay Club at The Village Potters



Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting December Clay Club! We had a most excellent mug/object exchange and it was great to get to see everyone as we come to the end of 2019.

Before I go on with the recap, we have a question for all you Clubbers. Sarah Wells Rolland has proposed the idea of a Clay Club "Coffee Club": holding Clay Club at The Village Potters on a Saturday morning instead of our usual Wednesday evening time. This would be a one-time thing with a tentative date of April 18th. We're hoping to get some feedback about this idea: Would you come on a Saturday morning? Would it make a difference if it started at 9/9:30/10? Is there anything else you want us to consider? Leave a comment here on the blog or shoot me an email (amy@amywallerpottery.com) and let me know.

Lori Theriault shared information about upcoming events and workshops at The Village Potters:

First up, this weekend The Village Potters will participate in the River Arts District Second Saturdays on Saturday and Riverview Station's Holiday Market on Sunday.

And they have these workshops coming up in 2020:

• Demonstration: “Responsive Clay” with Bandana Pottery on February 1
• Hands On: Raku Day with Judi Harwood on February 29
• Hands On: THROWING BIG Intensive Workshop with Sarah Wells Rolland, March 16-20
• Demonstration: “Cone 6 Glazing: workshop and discussion” with John Britt, April 11 & 12
• Hands On: Throwing with Finesse: “Take it to the Limit” with Sarah Wells Rolland May 18-29
• Hands On: “Design and Execute“ with Sarah Wells Rolland June 8-19th

More details about all the workshops (including registration info) here: https://thevillagepotters.com/product-category/workshops/

Also - remember that The Village Potters are a Laguna Clay distributer in addition to selling tools, kilns and wheels. (More about that from June Clay Club at TVP: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/06/recap-june-clay-club-at-village-potters.html)

Thanks again to all the amazing Village Potters and to everyone who came!









Trish Salmon now at Art Garden AVL




Trish Salmon is now at Art Garden AVL in Riverview Station in the River Arts District in Asheville. (Riverview Station is where The Village Potters - where we held Clay Club this month - are located.) Art Garden AVL will be participating in the River Arts District 2nd Saturdays this Saturday, December 14th, and in Riverview Station's Holiday Market this Sunday, December 15th.

www.artgardenavl.com

See Trish's work on her website: www.clayworkbyhand.com

Odyssey ClayWorks Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House this Saturday



Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House
Saturday, December 14th
10am - 6pm
Odyssey ClayWorks
236 Clingman Avenue, Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

Join us on Saturday, December 14th for our Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House from 10am-6pm! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, free kids activities from 11-2pm AND one of our truly epic holiday seconds sales with 50-80% off overstock and seconds! Be sure to arrive early for the best selection. This event is free and open to the public.

(image from the Odyssey ClayWorks Facebook page)

Monday, December 9, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!


December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville this Wednesday, December 11th, at 6:15 pm (reminder that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks again to The Village Potters for hosting us!

Details and directions here: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/december-clay-club-at-village-potters.html

Carpooling: John Britt and I will be carpooling from Mitchell County - let us know if you want to join us. And if you're interested in carpooling 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!

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Big Crafty this weekend in Asheville



The Big Crafty
U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville
December 7th and 8th
12-6 pm both days
Saturday: $5 Preview Party
Sunday: FREE & FUN FOR ALL!

Voted WNC’s favorite art event for the past decade, The Big Crafty returns for a day of hand-to-heart artful craft on Saturday & Sunday December 7 & 8 from 12-6pm at Asheville’s US Cellular Center.

thebigcrafty.com

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend



The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

FREE, and self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they travel to Toe River Artist’s studios. Meet the artists, see where they create, and where they live.

Toe River Arts sponsors a Meet-The-Artist reception at their Spruce Pine Gallery on Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm. A sampling of participants will be on display geographically so one can plan a route for the rest of their journey.

www.toeriverarts.org/about-the-tour

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Join us at the 33rd Annual Appalachian Potters Market!

Join us at the 33rd Annual Appalachian Potters Market! 

The show will be this Saturday, 

December 7, 2019, from 10am to 4pm at 

McDowell High School
1525 N Main St
Marion, NC 28752

...we'd love to see you! 

Print or have this coupon ready (pre-load or download it to your phone) for $1 off at the door this Saturday.



For more information, go to
http://www.mcdowellarts.org/apm.html

December Clay Club at The Village Potters



December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville next Wednesday, December 11th at 6:15 (note that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting us!

We'll have our traditional December mug/cup/object exchange. If you haven’t been before, here are the details of the exchange, as explained by John Britt:

"The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.”

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

The Village Potters are located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District at:

191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Directions available here: thevillagepotters.com/where-to-find-us/

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

See you next Wednesday!