Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Slab roller for sale in High Point, NC

Bailey 22 inch Mini Might II Slab Roller with Legs (M-400-002).

Note: this roller uses masonite (or other material) sheets to control thickness.

Asking $100.

Please contact Bruce at

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Kiln for sale in Weaverville

Here are the details from Jim McDowell:

selling thermos lite two burner gas kiln. three sections good shape. thought I could fire this as a regular but could not control the temp. make a great raku kiln. 100.00 firm
call jim 828-989-8484

Wanted: tabletop slab roller

Asheville potter looking for a table top slab roller in good condition. Please contact me by email if you have a lead, thanks!

Laurie Caffery Harris

Friday, June 19, 2020

Sales booth available for free

Here are the details from Chris Chiwa Clark‎:

For Free - My loved sales booth -

This is a great sales booth for someone selling wall work. I have used it on the Concourse at the Cellular Center for years during the Guild Show (6’ x 15’), and downstairs at the Guild show before that as a 10X10, and outdoors as a booth under a tent as well. It is made of about 15 hollow core doors (2 are solid), put together with hinges. The doors are 80” tall and vary from 15” to 2 ‘. There are two wooden bars that go across the front for lights, that can be placed on a triangle of doors for more display and support. It can have two corners of 3 shelves.

You can see one corner of shelves in the picture below. The rug is available as well - a Pier One import of long ago - It is rattan and in 1 ft. squares - so it can be configured to your booth as well.

I have used it and loved it for over 30 years (it was made by a woodworker friend up in MA) I would love to see it have more years as a display booth.

It is being lovingly stored right now at a friends place in West Asheville. E-mail me if you are interested… Chiwa

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wanted: kiln shelves for a reduction gas kiln

Here are the details from Joey Sheehan:

I am looking for some 12 x 24 clay shelves for a reduction gas kiln. Just wanted to put the call out to see if anybody had any to get rid of. They can email me at

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Mica Gallery re-opening July 1st

What: Opening the Gallery
When: July 1, 2020
Where: Downtown Bakersville, NC

Mica is pleased to announce that the gallery will be open once again!

On July 1st Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft will re-open its doors to friends and customers. July hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. And Mica will be open by appointment Sundays through Tuesdays. To make an appointment, please phone Terry Gess at 828-467-0166, the gallery at 828-688-6422, or email, a least a day ahead to be met at Mica for special showing by one of Mica’s artist members.
Mica is following CDC, state, and federal guidelines to keep our gallery healthy. Please be prepared to wear masks and practice social distancing when visiting.

Be assured that Mica will be sanitizing surfaces regularly throughout the day and between visitors. Hand sanitizer will be available upon arrival and paper masks are provided if you forgot to wear yours.

The gallery is brimming with fresh artwork, and Mica artists are excited to welcome our wonderful neighbors, collectors, and friends again. So, please visit us, or make an appointment, and see what’s new.

Mica artists are so grateful for your patience and continued support during this unprecedented time.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. Our hours of operation currently are Wed. - Sat. 10am – 5pm. For more information visit or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Friday, June 12, 2020

FOR SALE: Electric Kiln, Wheel, plus accessories: $1000

PACKAGE PRICE ONLY - no splitting - all questions and any inquiries to or 305-389-1189. Pick up from Chunns Cove, AVL (28805) area:

Manual electric kiln with stand, bottom shelf and four half shelves, plus posts.

Clay boss wheel with bats, giffin grip, assorted molds.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Penland School online slide nights

Penland is sharing slide presentations online starting tonight. From the email announcement:
We can't gather in Northlight right now, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a slide night or two! Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing a series of slide presentations by Penland staff. Each one will go live on the dates listed below—at 8:15 PM, of course! We encourage you to tune in then for maximum slide night nostalgia, but the videos will remain up afterwards so you can view them at your leisure.
  • June 3—Ian Henderson (tessellation and tiles) & Nancy Lowe (art, science, and stitching)
  • June 10—Sarah Parkinson (screen printing and natural dyes) & Lynne Hobaica (sculptural ceramics)
  • June 17—Tom Condon (photographs and chemigrams), Alena Applerose (illustration and metalsmithing), Wes Still (video paintings)
Note: These links will display "video unavailable" until 8:15 PM on the date listed

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Free Webinar: Mindset Reset for Creatives

Free Mountain BizWorks webinar: Mindset Reset for Creatives
Friday, June 5
2pm - 4pm

Creative mindset coaches Jen Aly and Johanna Hagarty will address their perspectives on mindset and how important it can be as we move through a time of crisis. Each will also lead us through a variety of exercises and how to cultivate a growth mindset in a time of a broken economy.

Link to registration here:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Is anyone familiar with Carotex clay mined in SC? Googling tells me its a kaolin marketed for masonry applications, but i'm wondering if anyone has used it for pottery making?
I've got access to a palette full if anyone is interested in picking some up from Haywood Community College. email Emily

Thursday, May 21, 2020

NCECA Virtual Cup Exhibition and Sale

(Apologies for the weird formatting. I copied and pasted this from an email announcement that was sent to me.)

virtual cup exhibition and sale 

NCECA's first monthly eBay Cup Exhibition and Sale opens for bidding on Thursday May 21st at 4pm MDT* and closes on May 31st. This inaugural auction is a wonderful opportunity to add to your cup collection or purchase beautiful gifts for those you care about while advancing the field of contemporary ceramic art and learning. Proceeds benefit NCECA’s Fund for Artistic Development which supports creative research and diversity fellowships, international residencies, and student scholarships. Visit this link on and after May 21st to see and bid on cups that are available for purchase at auction. If you are interested in bidding but not yet a user of the eBay platform, you may wish to review this brief instructional video and this page on the auction site.

Each year, NCECA provides more than $50,000 in direct support to artists and students. Beginning tomorrow, new cups will be featured each month on NCECA’s website and NCECA’s eBay Seller Page. Cup makers will retain possession of their works until a winning bid is determined at the close of each month’s auction. NCECA provides makers with a prepaid shipping label to transport the cup to its new owner. 

If you missed the deadline to have your cup featured in the first month of auction items, don’t despair. You can still contribute your work through the participation form at this link.



Amaco glazes for sale

Annie Clingenpeel has cone 05 glazes for sale; details in the flyer above. Annie is near Asheville in Fairview, but will be happy to meet folks.

Contact Annie at

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Large gas kiln for sale in Franklinton, NC

Here are the details from Leslie Martin:

The interior is 35 cubic feet. 47” in height from the floor to the bottom of the arch. The interior front to back and side to side are 34” X 34”. It’s a downdraft and the exit flue is 4.5” X 9” placed vertically. I use a 20” tall bag wall. I place the first shelf about 7” from the floor. The door is a soft brick stack door that needs to be redone. I bought it in July 2003 from Sure fire mfg. high fire kilns and paid $6000. Kiln is on skids and can be moved with a "roll back" tow truck. Chimney needs to be taken down and bricks are included if they are wanted. Will help with dismantling chimney but cost does not include moving.

The hot face lining is 2600* insulation fire brick, 4.5” thick. The sub-lining is 1900* block insulation , 2” thick.

The hearth is high duty firebrick. It is encased in metal and is on a metal skid for transport. The weight is 4000 to 5000 pounds. The kiln has a cone 10 (2381*) max capacity.

It’s fired with 4 raku burners.

I have fired it 90 times. The kiln reduces very well.

I’m asking $4000 and that includes an Axner oxy probe (paid $800 new) and about 13 advancer (lightweight) kiln shelves (paid $2000 new).

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wanted: LOTS of tile setters

Here are the details from Lynda Evans:

I am shopping for a LOT of stackable tile setters, the triangular corner kind. I need to match a large tile order and don't have kiln furniture for this. They are 12" x 12" x 1" and I need to stack high, with air spaces of course. Flexible re solution, if anyone is retiring from tile stacking, maybe we can find each other.

Have some of these tile setters or any leads on some? Contact Lynda at or one of the phone numbers below:

Cell: 423-358-5645
Shop: 423-357-3669

Mica Gallery announces its 2020 season opening online

Mica, the fine contemporary crafts cooperative in downtown Bakersville, NC, showcases the work of its 15 artist-members including sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber, wearables, painting, and functional pottery.

However, during this time of COVID-19 Mica’s doors are closed until it becomes safe to open them again.

Mica has great news though: you can now shop at Mica online.

Mica has established an online store for you to purchase the artists’ crafts.

Simply go to and you will be taken to a virtual gallery displaying a sampling of work by all of Mica’s artists.

For more information visit or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Updated list of Cady Clay Works studio supplies and equipment for sale

(Original posts here and here)

Custom-made Clay Cutters (photos below) - Drop a log of clay, up to 30" long, onto one of these wired cutters and Hey, Presto - you have multiple pieces of clay the same weight.  Using these will cut so much prep time from your production.  They are set up at 1.25", 2", 3.25" and 3.5".  If you use a 4" diameter log from a pugmill, 1" equals 1 lb.   $35 each or all 4 for $120.

55# Bucket of Refractory Cement, unopened:  Alsey Pilot Super Duty Mortar 2A2050 (up to 2600*)  $45

#8 Inswood-HP Ceramic Fiber Blanket 1" x 24"x 19ft (new in box) $40

1/2 Round High Alumina Kiln Shelves 26" x 13" x 1":  4 - good shape  $25 each/  14 - need grinding  $15 each

Rectangular High Alumina Kiln Shelves 28" x 14" x 1":  5 - never used $60 each

1 1/4" Top Diameter Corks - 83 rough, 36 smooth  $45 all

Beth Gore
336 588 0248 Text
910 464 5661 Landline
Located in Seagrove NC

photos of the custom-made clay cutters:

Free Webinar: Art Gallery Marketing Checklist

Art Gallery Marketing Checklist
Free Online Webinar
Thursday, May 14th

This workshop will focus on strategies to grow foot traffic and increase sales to local area art galleries. Instructor, Martin Brossman, will discuss the latest and most current marketing practices for art galleries. Don’t miss this special event!

Details and link to registration:

Offered via the Small Business Center Network,
North Carolina Community College System
(Facilitated by Mayland Community College Small Business Center)

Monday, May 11, 2020

Kiln for sale in Asheville

From Sandra Wright:


Gently Used Skutt 1018 (2-Ring) Kiln. Features: Easy Loading, Kiln Master Controller, EnviroVent, includes extra thermocouple, shelves, kiln furniture. (firing log available) $750 Call 828-712-8034

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Request: clay to-go kits and firing services in Asheville?

My name is Kayla Rakower, I am a New Yorker and a full-time UX Designer at IBM, staying with family in Asheville and looking for an opportunity to stay creative. Back home I am a member of a pottery studio and have been for about 3 years now. They are doing to-go kits where we can pick up clay and drop off work to be fired. I am really just looking to get my hands dirty and hand build, but with confidence that I will be able to have whatever I were to make bisque fired in a state that wont break when I eventually get to travel home. Alternatively, I would love to rent a wheel or a kiln. In exchange, I am happy to offer my UX Design services or pay a deposit.

Contact Kayla at if you are offering something like this or know of anyone/any place that is.

(note: I've shared with Kayla the info about Tryon Arts & Crafts School's new clay takeout and delivery services, but is anyone doing this in or closer to Asheville?)

Tryon Arts & Crafts School call for 2021 instructor proposals and clay takeout and delivery services

Two announcements from Tryon Arts and Craft School:

Tryon Arts & Crafts School is now accepting proposals for 2021 courses. More info and application here:


Tryon Arts & Crafts School announces their new clay takeout & delivery services, including raw clay purchases, kiln firing services and pick-up and delivery. More info here:

(Tryon Arts and Craft School is located in Tryon, NC, about 45 miles south of Asheville.)

Custom-made clay cutters for sale

Custom-made Clay Cutters For Sale:

Drop a log of clay, up to 30" long, onto one of these wired cutters and Hey, Presto - you have multiple pieces of clay the same weight. Using these will cut so much prep time from your production. They are set up at 1.25", 2", 3.25" and 3.5". If you use a 4" diameter log from a pugmill, 1" equals 1 lb.

$35 each or all 4 for $120.

Beth Gore
336 588 0248 Text
910 464 5661 Landline
Located in Seagrove NC

(note: these cutters are part of a larger list of items for sale:

Thursday, May 7, 2020

2020 Madison County Potters Market Show + Sale now online

Very cool: the 10th annual Madison County Potters Market Show + Sale, originally scheduled for April 18th and canceled due to COVID-19, is now online on the In Tandem Gallery website!

(image from the Potters of Madison County Facebook page)

Western North Carolina potter looking for used potters wheel

Western North Carolina potter looking for used potters wheel in good condition. Prefer Shimpo or Brent but would consider anything in good condition. I am willing to drive 2-1/2 hours from Asheville. Please contact me by phone or email.

Catherine Rael
828 595-6182

Ward burners for sale in Bakersville, NC

2 GACO MR 100 Venturi Burners for sale

$70 for the set including shut off valves (sell at $220.00+ new)
Used and a bit rusty but serviceable
Terry Gess Pottery, Bakersville, NC
(828) 467-0166

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Western NC potter looking for wheel and kiln

My name is Rachel Gunsch and I am a 2020 graduate and am building my own ceramics studio. I am looking to buy a used wheel and electric kiln that are in good condition. I am looking for a Shimpo or Brent wheel that is of standard classroom capabilities. I am also looking for a top loading skutt electric kiln. I am willing to travel anywhere in NC to pick it up. You can contact me by email at or by phone at 704-431-0456.

Pottery studio supplies and equipment for sale

5/5/20 update: items that have been crossed out have been sold.

Hey Potters
I hope everyone is well. John and I are mostly living in WI but have not sold our shop yet (Cady Clay Works in Seagrove). We came back in March to do maintenance we still are! Glad we had a couple masks left from mixing glazes.

While doing more cleaning, we have unearthed some miscellaneous supplies/equipment for sale:

80 mesh bowl sieve - I have one good one and one that has a crack around the rim (duct-taped) but it seems to work OK that way.
$15 for both

4 - Wire Cutter Frames for an extruded log of clay - instantly turn a log into multiple lumps of a consistent weight (with a 4" barrel pug mill, 1" = 1lb)  $35 each or all 4 (different sizes) for $120 (see photos of these wire cutter frames here:

31" Kemper Raku Tongs w/Teeth  $25

Precision Dual Scale Hydrometer (new in box) $20

22 Bats - range in size from 11.5" to 22.5", masonite or plywood  $40 all

1 1/4" Top Diameter Corks - 83 rough, 36 smooth  $45 all

Omega Digital Pyrometer with 3 Extra-High-Temperature 12" Probes (2 new, 1 slightly used)  $95 all

55# Bucket of Refractory Cement, unopened:  Alsey Pilot Super Duty Mortar 2A2050 (up to 2600*)  $45

#8 Inswood-HP Ceramic Fiber Blanket 1" x 24"x 19ft (new in box) $40

1/2 Round High Alumina Kiln Shelves 26" x 13" x 1":  4 - good shape  $25 each/  14 - need grinding  $15 each

Rectangular High Alumina Kiln Shelves 28" x 14" x 1":  5 - never used $60 each/   7 - good shape $45 each/   9 - need grinding  $20 each

15 cubic ft Rectangular L&L daVinci Kiln - we were firing this weekly to cone 8 when we closed last year  $500 OBO

We could meet you halfway to Asheville before May 19 to deliver the goods! (except for the kiln)

Beth Gore  336 588 0248
Land line 910 464 5661

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Two Hands-On Workshop Opportunities taught by Liz Zlot Summerfield

Cream and Sugar through Soft Slabs

Date & Time: June 27, 2020. 9:00am-4:30pm

Location: Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC

Cost: $175

Space limited to 8 participants (minimum of 4)

This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and paper patterns, and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Participants will learn the basics of slab building through the vein of a cream and sugar set. Demonstrations and hands-on work time will include pattern making and the construction of a handbuilt spout, lid, and flange.

There will be extensive discussion and demonstration on surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes. Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired.  Small batches of terra sigillata will be available for purchase.

The format of this workshop is demonstration and hands-on work time.

Materials Provided: Clay, test tiles, terra sigillata, and underglaze. A small materials list will be emailed prior to the workshop.

Click for more details and registration info (limited space available as of 5/1)

Exploring Low Fire Surfaces

Date & Time: July 11, 2020. 9am-12pm.

Location: Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC

Cost: $125

Space limited to 10 participants (minimum of 4)

Are you interested in working at low fire but feel intimidated with addressing the surface? This workshop intends to demystify low fire surfaces by introducing you to several techniques. The combination of these techniques will provide you with a unique depth that can only be achieved at low fire. The workshop will cover slip trailing, underglazes, sgraffito, and terra sigillata. These techniques can be applied to sculptural and functional forms.

Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired.  Small batches of terra sigillata will be available for purchase.

The format of this workshop is demonstration and hands-on work time.

Materials Provided: Slip, test tiles, terra sigillata, and underglaze. A small materials list will be emailed prior to the workshop.

Click for more details and registration information

A message to the Clay Community and Friends of Odyssey ClayWorks

Greetings, Clay Community, Friends of Odyssey,

The cancellation of our Spring Session and closure of our gallery due to the COVID-19 emergency has left Odyssey ClayWorks with a significant financial deficit that endangers the future of the studio. We are facing a budget shortfall of nearly $60,000 now, for the time period between March 18th and our tentative reopen date of May 15th.

Click here to donate and view our AWESOME perks!

Our staff has been working tirelessly to pursue stopgap funding, including applying for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the SBA. We submitted our materials and applications well before the deadline, but, like many other small businesses, did not receive a loan before the money ran out.

Odyssey ClayWorks, chosen as one of the best places to learn craft in Asheville 12 years in a row, has been a ceramics center for a thriving community of young artisans, students of all ages, professional potters and gifted instructors since 1994. Our staff consists of 27 hardworking creatives, many of whom are self-employed and derive the majority of their income from gallery sales and teaching opportunities at Odyssey. 

We enjoy providing creative and educational services around the year and we sincerely miss having everyone in the studio! We love having the opportunity to work with veterans in the studio, as well as offering offsite classes. Our instructors enjoy working with individuals in alcohol and substance recovery programs. We have been developing curriculum with Blue West Opportunities, an organization that advocates for adults with developmental disabilities.  A Blue West administrator shared with us that “this is the favorite part of their week!” In the summertime, our studio is filled with the laughter and energy of over 200 of Asheville’s children, and we love every minute!

At Odyssey ClayWorks, we offer scholarship opportunities to students of all ages at every skill level and believe that everyone should experience the love of clay! To make this possible, we rely heavily on our annual Auction fundraiser. Due to the virus, we are unsure if we will be able to host our yearly event and are anticipating that this will be our major fundraiser for the year.

We hope to continue providing amazing experiences for all members of our community, creating a warm, inviting, supportive and safe atmosphere for everyone who comes through our doors.

Throughout the duration of Stay Home, Stay Safe, our staff has been producing online content as a form of connecting with our community, far and wide. Stay tuned and follow along on our Instagram and Facebook for educational videos, giveaways, and more! 

As a thank you for donating, we have some awesome perks listed below! Please email us at if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting us now in our time of need.

Our Best,

Gabriel Kline and Odyssey ClayWorks

Two free 92nd Street Y/NCECA Virtual Clay events

These events are free but registration is required:

92Y Virtual Clay and NCECA Presents
Online Ceramic Education: A Conversation
Bryan Hopkins, Stephanie Rozene, Bobby Silverman, and Chris Staley
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 7 pm ET

92Y Virtual Clay and NCECA Presents
A Conversation About Stress and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19
Victor Schwartz M.D., Chief Medical Officer, The JED Foundation
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7 pm ET


Join 92Y and NCECA for two upcoming sessions focused on critical issues facing ceramic art and ceramic education. Our field and those working within it are continuing to be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. While ceramicists and other arts practitioners have worked to respond to the crisis quickly, teachers, learners, arts centers, cooperative studios, major arts institutions, school systems and universities are navigating unknown territory without established maps or core philosophies. Our first presentation, Online Ceramic Education: A Conversation takes place at 7pm EDT, Tuesday, May 5 with Brian Hopkins, Stephanie Rozene, Chris Staley and Bobby Silverman.

The next session A Conversation About Stress and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 takes place at 7pm EDT on Wednesday, May 13 and features Victor Schwartz M.D., Chief Medical Officer of The JED Foundation. Pre-registration is required to gain free access to these timely and important presentations.

More info and links to registration:

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Western North Carolina potter looking for a wheel

Here are the details from Dusty Benedict in Swannanoa:

I am looking for possibly a used wheel my wife Nancy. It doesn't have to be a high end one as Nancy has some experience but not advanced. I would be willing to do a days drive in a circle from Asheville, probably as far as Columbia, Charlotte, Winston Salem, Bakersville, Knoxville and Murphy.

Have a wheel or know of one? Contact Dusty at or (828) 450-6799

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Free firewood in Weaverville

Here are the details from Duffy Baum:

I'm going to be taking down five fairly large hickory trees and hope that someone from Clay Club will want free firewood. The trees are about 20 yards from the street and will have to be hauled out.

Interested? Contact Duffy at

Friday, April 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers was designed by Americans for the Arts. From the survey website:

We imagine you’ve had enough of surveys—thanks for taking this one anyway. The information we’re gathering is crucial to telling the story of creative workers and making sure that you are supported during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery. This survey should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete, and requires no preparation.

This survey is entirely anonymous and is not connected with any application to Artist Relief or any other funding application.

Your responses won’t just sit in a database. We will be developing a simple dashboard to summarize the results, educate decision-makers, craft ways of supporting creative workers, and more.

At the end, there is an optional request to share your email address so that Americans for the Arts can follow up with you—those email addresses will not be shared, and will be used only to follow up on the information in this survey, unless you indicate otherwise.

More info and survey here:

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Artist Relief Fund has been created

Today, a consortium of funders (see list below*) announced the creation of the Artist Relief, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Artists or creative workers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis should visit the Artist Relief webpage and funding application, which includes a COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers designed by Americans for the Arts.

*The $10 million fund created by Artist Relief is comprised of a $5 million matching gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as contributions from 7|G Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arison Arts Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Jerome Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Salomon Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

Stay up-to-date on the latest updates by visiting WESTAF’s COVID-19 Resources and Information page.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New Artist Residency in WNC

I wanted to say hello and introduce Township10, a new artist residency in Western North Carolina. I feel very fortunate to have taken on the property of the original East Fork Pottery and have developed it as a place for art practice and community building with a focus on ceramics. You can find more about the mission, residency, etc. at

Really look forward to meeting you & being part of this dynamic community. We would like to host a Clay Club as soon as that is possible. In the meantime, hope everyone is doing okay out there and staying safe!

Marjorie Dial

Monday, April 6, 2020

Anyone Ordering Brick?

I realize its not the opportune time to accomplish anything, but I'm wondering if anyone is placing a large brick order with Larkin in the near future. Trying to piggy back on someone's freight shipment. Just need a couple cases of IFB. Thanks and be well!

Free webinar: Marketing New Art

Free Mayland Community College webinar: Marketing New Art
Wednesday, April 8th
5:30-7:30 pm

From the website:

Handmade art is fun and exciting for new and existing customers. Learn marketing tactics that will create customer enthusiasm and generate sales. Attendees will receive a sample marketing template to assist them in properly rolling out new creations to customers.

Speaker(s): Alicia Sharpou

Fee: No Cost

Register here:

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Glazing with Spotted Purple for Clay Buddies mini-NCECA

Clay Club Coronavirus/Covid-19 update

Hey Clubbers – I hope everyone is doing all right as the number of cases of coronavirus/Covid-19 increase in Western North Carolina. It's hard to know when we might be able to meet in person again and I wanted to let you know that our April Clay Club hosts, The Village Potters, are talking about the possibility of a virtual Clay Club. We'll keep you posted about that. (April Clay Club was going to be the Clay Club Coffee Club proposed by Sarah Wells Rolland. The Village Potters are still hoping to host a Saturday morning Clay Club when we're able to meet in person – hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.)

In the meantime, stay home and stay safe!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Free Studio Potter memberships for educational institutions affected by COVID-19

Eligible educational institutions include K-12 schools, community centers and universities. From the Studio Potter website:

In light of the reality that many of our colleagues are scrambling to create online learning for their ceramics students, Studio Potter is offering a three-month free membership to educators. Our archive of over 8,000 pages of content will be accessable, and it is an excellent resource for remote ceramic education.

Any university or educational institution including all K-12 schools and community centers who teach ceramic courses that are affected by COVID-19 are eligible for the free three month membership. All students and faculty will access the journal under one log in for the three month period.

More here:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Penland Potter looking for shelter

Penland Potter looking for shelter:

I want to start by just saying thank you to any of you who are able to take the time read this and consider what I'm asking - I know this is a really trying and stressful time for everyone so I'm not expecting anything, but I thought it couldn't hurt to reach out to people in the WNC clay community and see what comes back.

As I'm sure you have all heard by now, Penland has completely closed down in light of the coronavirus situation. I was here assisting Jenny Mendes for the Spring Concentration and I am trying to figure out what to do.

I moved out of my house in California and drove out here, and was intending to stay on the East Coast for the foreseeable future. I am trying to pursue a career/life in clay, and I want to do everything I can to keep working towards that despite the reality of the moment.

Basically I'm trying to figure out a place to sleep and a way to stay busy for the next month or two. I have a wheel and my own car so I could be relatively self-sufficient, and also am very willing to help out with any studio or home-related work. I'm not looking for monetary compensation, and am willing in able to pay rent depending on the situation. I have professional experience cooking in restaurant kitchens, farming, and some production pottery experience including loading/firing wood and gas kilns (and soda firing).

If anyone of you might be able to work something out, or know someone who might, please let me know!

Wishing everyone health and the ability to maintain a sense of purpose in this time!!

- Miles McCreary

Mask donation suggestion for clay artists

From Victoria Hicks:

As clay artists, many of us keep stocks of high-quality particle masks in our studios — comparable to or more effective than the N95 masks that are now in desperately short supply for medical personnel and people particularly susceptible to COVID-19. Please consider donating any stock of masks you have to local hospitals, clinics or people you know who are elderly or have serious, chronic health conditions. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Important News From TVPCC Regarding COVID-19

Important News From TVPCC Regarding COVID-19:

We made the decision to temporarily close our Gallery and Teaching Center for the next 2 weeks (starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020). Depending on the situation in our region and country in the coming weeks, we may reevaluate our current plan, and any changes or updates will be posted on our website and social media pages.

Laguna Clay purchases and special orders can still be made via phone and email! We will work with customers on an individual basis to schedule a pick up time. If you would like to purchase clay or other Laguna Clay supplies you may contact Lindsey at or give us a call at (828) 253-2424.

Also, stay connected with us via Instagram and Facebook for some exciting things in the coming days!

We deeply appreciate your support during this time!


The Village Potters Clay Center
Sarah, George, Lindsey, Chris, Julia, Judi, Lori, Tori, Katie, Eva, and Caroline

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Odyssey ClayWorks COVID-19 Update + Spring Classes and Workshops and Summer Kids Clay Camps

Odyssey ClayWorks shared this COVID-19 update along with their upcoming schedule:

Hello students, customers, friends,

After a lot of careful deliberation, we have decided to close Odyssey ClayWorks for two weeks. We have a tentative re-opening date of Monday, March 30th, and will be in touch if that changes. The studio as well as the gallery will be closed to students, customers, and the greater public.

Our Spring Session of classes, set to start today, will be postponed two weeks. Our 8 week classes will re-start on Monday, March 30th and run through the week of May 25th (not including May 18th-22nd, due to our 5-day Amazing Glaze Workshop). Our 6-week classes will run as planned. If you would like to reserve your spot, we will keep you in the class and be in touch closer to the re-start. If you would like to have a credit for a future class or workshop, that can be arranged as well.

Thank you so much for your understanding during this time. We hope you and yours stay safe and healthy! We look forward to having you all back in the studio soon!

Odyssey ClayWorks

Spring 2020

March 16th – May 15th, 2020

The Figure, Abstracted
Leonid Siveriver
Mondays 6-9pm
March 16th – May 4th
The objective of this course is to develop a mastery of the human form in 3 dimensions based on a live model, and then add an abstract spin. We will be inspired by both the human form, as well as the geometric and abstract capabilities of clay. The result is a unique and expressive modality which captures the vitality of the human spirit. This class is open to all levels.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Tuition: $350 + $75 Lab & Live Model Fee

Better Work, Hotter Fire
Gillan Doty
Thursdays 6:30 – 9pm
March 19th – May 14th
No Class April 9th

Sign up now for a chance to fire your work in our brand-new salt kiln! This class will be dedicated to exploring dynamic surfaces at Cone 10. We will achieve intriguing surfaces by using reduction firing techniques and by utilizing a variety of slips and glazes. During class, we will focus on making more complex forms on the potter’s wheel by stacking pieces together to create taller, more intriguing pots.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Tuition: $310 + $65 Lab Fee

The Realm of Red Clay
Sara Ballek
Fridays 10 am – 12:30 pm
March 20th – May 15th
No class March 27th

Join Sara Ballek this session as she dives into the magical realm of red clay. We will be working with a red clay body fired at midrange temperatures to create rich, distinctive works of art. Sara will introduce surface design processes and finishing methods to refine each piece. Students interested in this course should have some knowledge on working with clay and understanding of a few basic construction techniques.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Matt’s Class
Matt Wegleitner
Thursdays 3 – 5:30pm

April 2nd – May 7th

Come experience the love of clay! Join instructor Matt Wegleitner and learn the skills needed to create decorative, hand-built, and functional pottery. Demonstrations will include pinch, coil, and slab techniques with a focus on creating interesting surfaces and unique forms. We’ll also cover the basics of glazing and firing your work. All skill levels welcome.

Level: All levels

Tuition: $245 + $45 Lab Fee

Me, You and Raku
Paul Gisondo
Mondays 11am – 1:30pm
April 6th - April 27th

Create dramatic wheel thrown forms with Raku in mind and in preparation for an incendiary day of hand-on firing with Raku Guru Paul Gisondo. Students will learn faceting and how to create trapped air forms, as well as how to throw towering vases in 2 parts. We will use tape and wax resist design techniques and glaze our work with a variety of crackle, iridescent luster and matte glazes. For adventurous intermediate (and above) wheel throwers.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $200 + $35 Lab Fee

Muddy Makers
Ages 8-12
Paige Janeri
Tuesdays 4 - 6pm
March 31st – May 5th

The process of working with clay is fun, creative, and expressive! “Muddy Makers” is great for students looking to meet other creative kids, while shaping, sculpting, and decorating projects you can take home and use. We will also get a chance to work on the potter’s wheel! Join Paige on this journey to learn the basics of clay, make friends, and have fun in the studio!

Tuition: $225
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class

Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes

Friday, May 8th, 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

Kiln Maintenance for Great Firings
Les Powell
unday, March 22nd
9:30 am- 4:30 pm

Want to know more about your electric kiln? Maybe how to maintain it and ensure that it lasts forever? Join Kiln Tech Les Powell, trained by Skutt, for a day dedicated to all things electric kiln. Les will show you how to replace elements, relays, bricks, and wiring. He will also demonstrate a number of best practices for loading and programs that will optimize your firings. Get the insider’s view on how to maximize your kiln’s performance.

Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $135

Plaster and Clay
Tyler-James Anderson
April 17th – 19th
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm

Join Tyler and learn the fundamentals of mold making and how to utilize plaster to accentuate your hand building and wheel throwing. Demonstrations will include how to design and cast feet, knobs, handles and other decorative elements for your pots. Students can expect to learn the basics of plaster mold making and how to implement those tools in non-traditional manners, resulting in some truly fun and highly replicable work.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $275 (all materials included)

Amazing Glaze
Gabriel Kline
May 18th – May 22nd
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
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 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, as he reveals 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, and altering a glaze.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Tuition: $595 + $75 Lab Fee, Includes a copy of the book Amazing Glaze.


Clay Camp 2020

June 8th – August 14th, 2020
10 weeks
Ages 5 - 17

A Bug’s Life
Ages 5 – 8
Paige Janeri

June 8 – 12, 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 a healthy planet. We can learn a lot from these little critters, and in this camp, we will do just that! We’ll dig in the dirt and watch our ideas take flight. Come on all you earthworms and ladybugs! Let’s party!

It's Wheely Fun!
Ages 8 – 12
Halima Flynt

June 8 – 12, 2 – 5pm

Learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel during this “wheely” fun camp! We will make and decorate mugs, bowls, flower vases and more! Join Halima for a fun camp with an upbeat atmosphere. Let’s go for a spin!

FUNctional Figures
Ages 8 - 12
Sara Ballek

June 15 – 19, 9am – 12pm

Have you ever seen a fox turn into a coffee mug? Or used a unicorn horn for an ice cream cone? In this camp we will be learning how to make several types of pots and will add details to give them their own personality! The focus will be on getting students comfortable using the wheel while having the creative freedom to turn their pots into fun characters along the way!

Pedal to the Metal
Ages 8 – 12
Kelsey Sickmeyer

June 15 – 19, 2 – 5pm

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 fun exploration of the clay studio for kids age 8-12.

On Your Marks, Get Centered, Throw!
Ages 6 – 10
Sara Ballek

June 22 – 26, 9am – 12pm

Handmade pottery is a great way to add some fun and creativity to your meals! What if you had the chance to make some of your own? Students will learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel to create a variety of objects for daily use. We will also explore painting, decorating and sculpting to add final touches to our masterpieces!

Set the Table
Ages 8 – 12
Amy Briggs

June 22 – 26, 2 – 5pm

It is scientifically proven that food taste better off of dishes you made yourself! Learn how to fill the kitchen cabinet with one of a kind bowls, cups, and plates that your family will love to use for years to come. Ding! Ding! Ding! Come to the table! Dinner’s ready!

Sculpting the Animal Kingdom
Ages 5 – 8
Instructor TBD

June 29 – July 3, 9am – 12pm

In this class we will explore the animal kingdom by making our favorite animal pals out of clay. Students will make a few animals per day on a small scale but will take on a larger project over the course of the week. On the last couple of days, we will paint our animal creations with a colorful palette that brings them to life!

Round and Round
Ages 6 – 10
Halima Flynt

June 29 – July 3, 2 - 5pm

You will 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.

Advanced Wheel
Ages 8-14
Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 6 – 10, 9am – 12pm

This is the camp for students who have taken at LEAST one camp or class at Odyssey in the last year or two that was focused on the potter’s wheel. Students will be encouraged to develop their throwing skills to create 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!

Claying with Your Food
Ages 6 – 10
Paige Janeri

July 6 – 10, 2 – 5pm

Food is something that everybody needs, deserves, and enjoys! In this week of camp, we will prepare some of our personal favorites in the clay studio. No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy hand building sculptures that resemble our favorite things to eat. We will literally be playing with our food! Students will have the opportunity to use the wheel to make a bowl or plate to serve their favorite meals. These fun exercises will get us thinking creatively about what we like to eat and get us talking about the importance of balanced nutrition.

Lovely Luminaries
Ages 6 – 10
Amy Briggs

July 13 – 17, 9am – 12pm

Light up your life this week while learning how light and clay work together. During this camp, we will create votives, candleholders, luminaries and lamps you can use at home. Plus, you’ll get a chance to try the potter’s wheel! Shine your brightest light!

Find Your Spirit Animal
Ages 8 – 12
Paige Janeri

July 13 – 17, 2 – 5pm

We can learn a lot from nature when we observe animals in the wild. We can observe their natural characteristics and habits. In this week of camp, we will dig into some clay and explore our spirit animals. No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy creating hand-built sculptures and wheel thrown vessels that resemble our favorite animals.

Here We Throw!
Ages 5 – 8
Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 20 – 24, 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!

Fantastical Sculptures
Ages 5 – 8
Kristen Easters

July 20 – 24, 2 – 5 pm

In this class, we will explore the depths of your imagination and create fantastical creatures from fairy tales, myths, and legends. Fairies, dragons, mermaids, elves and gnomes will all make an appearance in the studio this week. If you can dream it up, you can make it come to life in clay!

Dream BIG
Ages 8 – 12
Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 27 – 31, 9am – 12pm

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 :)

The Secret Life of Clay Pets
Ages 6 – 10
Sara Ballek

July 27 – 31, 2 – 5pm

Calling all animal lovers! This is the camp for you! In this class, students will create animals out of clay while learning all about the clay studio. We will be focusing on using handbuilding methods to create colorful creatures and habitats! We’ll also use the potter’s wheel to create bowls and plates so you can feed them! Join Sara for this week on the wild side!

Fun, Colorful Clay
Ages 5 – 8
Kristen Easters

August 3 – 7, 9am – 12pm

In this camp, designed for the youngest age group, we’ll create beautiful and functional pottery forms on and off the potter’s wheel. We’ll decorate our masterpieces using colors we love and fire them so that you can use them at home for years to come. Join Kristen for a colorful and fun week in the studio!

Young Potter’s Wheel Camp
Ages 8 – 12
Amy Briggs

August 3 – 7, 2 – 5pm

Ready? Set? Throw! Let’s explore what clay can do! We’ll use the potter’s wheel to make cereal bowls, candlesticks, storage jars and more. Join Amy as she shows you how to spin some amazing creations in the studio!

Handbuilt Habitats
Ages 5 – 8
Halima Flynt

August 10 – 14, 9am - 12pm
Explore your favorite animals and their habitats in this super fun week of clay activities. We’ll learn to draw animals and sculpt them out of clay. Then we’ll make homes for them to live in! We’ll build birds’ nests and fishbowls and so much more! Plus, we’ll even get a chance to use the potter’s wheel!

Onward and Upward!
Ages 10 – 14
Amy Briggs

August 10 – 14, 2 – 5pm

Let’s go big! In this class, we’ll roll slabs, coil, and pinch pots so big they will blow your mind! The sky is the limit in this class, so bring your imagination and we will make your big ideas into reality.

Tuition: $235

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