Friday, September 25, 2020

Free online webinar: 10 Tips to Grow Sales at Artist Markets

10 Tips to Grow Sales at Artist Markets

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Presented by Maryland Community College Small Business Center and Toe River Arts

A Zoom Link will be sent upon registration for this event.

Explore ten tips to boost sales at artist markets. Seminar will cover top tactics to market, display, and pitch your art. Join us for a fun and informative session!

Speaker(s): Martin Brossman and Jeanne Munoz

Co-Sponsor(s): Toe River Arts

Fee: No Cost

More info and link to registration: https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=310400052

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Odyssey ClayWorks Fall 2020 Classes

 Fall Session 2020

October 12th – December 13th

Odyssey ClayWorks 
 
www.odysseyclayworks.com

 Bigger Pots Made Easy

Instructor: Gabriel Kline and Anja Bartels

Mondays, 10am – 12:30pm
October 12th – December 7th
No Class October 19th

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? The truth is, you don’t have to be a big, strong person to make big, strong pots! Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large scale pottery. Demos will include throwing wide diameter bowls, section building skyscraper pots, centering 50-100 lbs. of clay, and creative ways to make voluminous storage jars. These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You’ll be amazed at the pieces you create! The class will include plenty of studio and one-on-one time with the instructors.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $75 Lab Fee*
*Includes 50lbs of clay and firing of large work


Charting New Waters

Instructor: Anja Bartels
 
Tuesdays, 10am – 12:30pm
October 13th – December 8th
No Class November 3rd
 
Are you curious about expressing yourself through pottery but don’t know where to start? Let Anja take you on a surface design journey in this 8-week hands-on course. We will take a close look at forms and shapes that give us the best canvases to decorate before we dive deep into storytelling through illustrative Sgraffito and Mishima, adding texture with slip to create phantasmagorical creatures, and using lusters and decals to make your creations shine.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee


Let’s Get Salty!

Instructor: Gillan Doty

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9pm
October 13th – December 8th
No Class November 3rd

Get ready to fire your pottery in our newly built Salt and Soda Kiln! This class will focus on making pots for everyday use to fill your cabinets, dish rack, and dinner table. Hone your skills and artistic pursuits by learning to make more complex cups, plates, bowls, and pitchers. You’ll be astounded by the dynamic surfaces you can achieve by using a variety of slips and Cone 10 glazes. Students will participate in the unforgettable experience of firing our Salt and Soda kiln.

Level: Intermediate 
Tuition: $310 plus $55 Lab Fee


Beginner Sculpture:  Personifying Clay Creations 

Instructor: Mike Zukoski

Wednesdays, 10am – 12:30pm
October 14th – December 9th
No Class November 25th

This class will cover the basics of ceramic sculpture.  We will use introductory hand-building techniques and sculpt using solid forms, coil, and slab methods. Each student will be encouraged to bring their own ideas and we will work to bring them to life in 3D.  Everyone is welcome—from complete beginners to advanced potters who are interested in learning new techniques and methods.

Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $310 +$55 Lab Fee


From Line to Form

Instructor: Allison Cochran

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9pm
October 14th – December 9th
No Class November 25th

Join Allie for an exploration of design methods that can enhance your creative process. In this class we will use drawing as a means for pattern making, translating lines and shapes into 3-d ceramic forms. Drawing shapes provides a quick way to explore new ideas. Students will apply these methods to make sets, coils, slabs, tiles, or working reductively with clay.
 
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee


Beginner Wheel: You Can Handle It!


Instructor: Shinara Taylor

Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm
October 17th – December 12th
No Class November 28th  

Have you dreamt of making a personalized mug or bowl but feel boggled by the process?  Don’t be nervous, every proficient potter was a beginner once—just like you. This class will boost your clay confidence with inspiring demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and plenty of practice. Through exploration of tools and foundational techniques you’ll be able to create distinct and useful pots. Each student with be encouraged to establish a strong skill base while also pursuing their individual interests and goals. Get ready to use your hands and make something you’re proud of!

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee


Beginner Wheel: Clay All Day

Instructor: Lauren Breitling

Sundays, 10am – 12:30pm
October 18th – December 13th
No Class November 29th

Want to learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel? No experience? No problem! In this class, students will learn the foundations of wheel throwing. Starting with the basics and building upon them, students will gain the necessary skills to create mugs, bowls, vases, and more! There will be plenty of instruction as well as independent time to explore the mud and the studio. Join Lauren this fall for a playful and clay-full journey!

Level: All Levels
Tuition: Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee


Kid’s Class: Monday Clay Play

Instructor: Kristen Easters

Ages 6-10

Mondays, 4 - 6pm
October 12th – November 9th

Ready to play in the mud?! In this after-school ceramics class, we will focus on learning the basics of wheel throwing in addition to some hand-building techniques. Class activities will include both group and individual projects. Students will be encouraged to navigate their own path and feel the freedom to gravitate towards techniques that they are most inspired by. Kristen will provide one-on-one guidance to help each student transform their creative ideas from concept to clay!

Tuition: $235
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class. Discount code “claycamp25”



Kid’s Class: Earth Day Everyday
 

Instructor: Paige Janeri

Ages 8-12

Thursdays, 4 - 6pm
October 29th – December 10th
No Class November 26th

The process of making with clay is fun, creative, and expressive, especially with its tactile properties and many uses. This six-week class will add originality and innovation to your child’s day. Using beautiful brown clay, we will start with the basics and then build on our knowledge by combining hand-building, wheel throwing, and team projects.  The activities in this class are designed to let the students work at their own pace and get as detailed as they desire. We’ll learn about the personality of clay, make friends, collaborate on ideas, and create what makes us happy, while honoring the earth we all share.

Tuition: $235
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class. Discount code “claycamp25”

Wheels and kilns included in Tryon Arts & Crafts School Yard Sale this weekend

Tryon Arts & Crafts School invites collectors, thrifters, and bargain hunters to the School’s CDC-compliant Yard Sale benefit. The sale takes place Friday, 12 PM to 6 PM, and Saturday, 8 AM to 1 PM. TACS members are invited to a presale at 11:30 on Friday. Memberships are available through TACS’ website tryonartsandcrafts.org.

TACS welcomes gently used furniture, appliances, arts and crafts items and supplies, seasonal items, sports equipment, linens, toys, musical instruments, garden items, and tools.

TACS has received many stand-out items, such as commemorative Presidential gold-plated coins in a Rosewood box, glass top stove, MahJong set, designer purses, African drum, locking mailbox, potter’s wheels, clay and fused glass kilns, and industrial stainless-steel sheeting. Items in other categories include vintage collectibles, craft supplies, high-end boutique items, unique d├ęcor, and furniture.

Posted signage will lead arriving guests to the rear parking lot, near the open-air gym. Eager consumers are expected to line up outside on Friday morning to be part of the initial rush. However, the rush will be slightly slowed as TACS is following new procedures to ensure the safety of guests and volunteers. All donations have been quarantined prior to sale. Guests are required to exercise social distancing and to wear masks – TACS has a limited supply of free masks for those in need. Hand sanitizer will be provided to all guests before entering the building. The building will hold a limit of 25 people at one time, and foot traffic will be directed one-way from entry to check-out.

All sale proceeds will go toward the operations and art education programs of Tryon Arts and Crafts School, a nonprofit organization serving the extended Polk County area.

Outside of the forthcoming Yard Sale, TACS has partially reopened with small classes, workshops, and Studio Time. Only registered students and instructors are permitted inside the school’s main building during scheduled class times. No others are permitted inside the building without an appointment. TACS’ gallery and shop are not currently open to the general public.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School is a non-profit organization that exists to provide creative opportunities for everyone through education, instruction and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts in a friendly, stimulating and enriching environment. For more information about the School, please contact the office at (828) 859.8323 or visit our website www.TryonArtsandCrafts.org

Tryon Arts & Crafts School
373 Harmon Field Rd.
Tryon, NC 28782
828-859-8323
www.tryonartsandcrafts.org

Question about Georgies glazes/Bailey’s Ceramic Suppy


From Anita Walling:

Does anyone use Georgies glazes or order from Bailey’s Ceramic Suppy?

I want to try one of Georgies glazes (speckled Sienna) but to get a 4oz jar that costs $4 there is a $16 postage charge.

Wondering if anyone has some of this glaze or I could piggy back on someone’s next order to Georgies or Bailey’s. I’m near Asheville.

Thanks,
Anita
prayerpots@anitawalling.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

GoFundMe fundraiser for Sheehan family medical expenses



Diane Puckett shared the sad news that Joey and Mandy Sheehan lost their infant son to stillbirth late last week. Our hearts go out to Joey and Mandy at this time.

Joey's brother has set up a GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sheehan-family-medical-expenses

(image from the GoFundMe page)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Cone 05 glazes for sale

 

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The glazes are in Fairview, near Asheville. Here are the details from Annie Clingenpeel:          

 

Amaco Cone 05 Liquid Gloss Glazes

Lead Free 16 oz. each

(most have never been opened)

$4 each

 

Dark Blue LG-21                     

Turquoise Green LG-25                 

Turquoise LG-26                                                              

Emerald Green LG-45                    

Leaf Green LG-46                            

Chrome Green LG-48                     

Mulberry Red LG-54                       

Intense Red LG-57                          

Brilliant Red LG-58                          

Hot Red LG-59                                  

Brilliant Yellow LG-63      


Interested?  

annieclingenpeel@gmail.com             

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Obituary - Jeffrey Kleckner, Studio Potter

Obituary - Jeffrey Kleckner, Studio Potter
For more information: Terry Gess   (828)267-0166   tgesspottery@gmail.com

Jeffery Kleckner, Studio Potter from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 65 years of age, passed away late August, 2020 while at work in his studio. Born and raised in Allentown Pennsylvania, Jeff maintained a studio in Bethlehem since 1988. His pottery interest piqued when he took a college level ceramic class in high school, which then led him to go on to art school. With a BFA in Ceramics from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH, Jeff furthered his education and received his MFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Over the many decades of his career, Jeff taught ceramics at multiple locations, with his work exhibited and sold throughout the United States in venues including the Clay Studio and the Schaller Gallery. He also exhibited and sold his work at the highest quality craft shows and art festivals, including the American Craft Council shows, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the Longs Park Art Festival, and the Peter’s Valley Craft Fair. A 6 ft. x 9 ft. oil on canvas painting by Dana Van Horn, “Jeff Kleckner at Work” is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/632973

Jeff’s development as a studio potter was directly nurtured by his parents as well as early teachers, Bill Clark and Joe Zeller, and his graduate school affiliation with Dan Anderson. Along the way, he engaged deeply with the rich history and complex processes of ceramics. He found inspiration across the field: 16th Century Japanese Oribe pots, the masterful work of Ogata Kenzan, Persian pattern, as well as the mid-20th Century concept of Mingei as nurtured by Shoji Hamada, and the examples set by studio potters such as John Glick, Michael Simon and Clary Illian. In these experiences and insights, Jeff discovered ways to approach pottery as avenues for exploration of color, line, surface and form - a wellspring of inexhaustible creative opportunities.

Jeff’s career can be summed up by his complete devotion to his calling. He never sacrificed the integrity of his work despite the hardships and constant rigors of his chosen craft.

Jeff is survived by his many friends and admirers and the many collectors of his work. A memorial in his honor is being planned for a future date.






Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Potter seeking pug mill to borrow or rent in Fayetteville, NC area

Art Carlson is looking for pug mill to borrow or rent (I know Fayetteville is a little outside of our usual area, but I'm hoping someone may have a lead for Art). Here are the details from Art:

At age 70 and having suffered a stroke 3 years ago, my strength isn’t what it used to be. Thankfully, pottery skills were not touched! At the moment, I have a bit more than 200-pounds of clay slurry and scraps I would like to reclaim but no real desire to do so manually.

Might there be anyone within 30-50 miles from my region (Fayetteville) with a de-airing pug mill I might borrow or rent?  I would bring the clay to them and certainly pay for the use of their machine… even handle the pugging myself… just need to know whether there’s equipment available.

As I mentioned, I’m retired, so any use can be scheduled for the least disruption to routine.

Art Carlson
Hidden Pines Pottery
Fayetteville NC
art.carlson@mac.com
850-445-9204

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Applications open for the 2020 Show & Tell Holiday Pop Up Shop

Applications are now open for the 2020 Show & Tell Holiday Pop Up Shop. The show will be online this year and is sponsored by the Center for Craft. The application deadline is September 15th.

From the Show & Tell Pop Up Shop website:

Things are going to look a little different this winter holiday season. We’re going virtual, bringing the pop up shop you know and love Home For the Holidays!  

COVID-19 has really shifted the landscape for so many of us. We knew we wanted to have an online store, but we were torn as to whether we wanted to host in-person shopping as well. After much consideration, we decided that as a small team with limited resources, we wanted to focus our efforts on an online store with engaging virtual experiences for our community of vendors and shoppers.

Although we are going to miss decking the halls, we are so excited to reach a wider audience with our online presence and can’t wait to bring together and showcase the best in handmade, vintage, fair trade, and packaged bites from Asheville, NC and beyond.

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Sweet 'n Salty Pots this weekend

 Sweet 'n Salty Pots will be online this weekend:

Please join us for our sale online!
Saturday, September 5th @ 10:00am EST- 

Sunday, September 6th, ending @ 5:00pm

Gay Smith, Teresa Pietsch, and
Amy Sanders, with guest potters Kristin Schoonover, Joy Tanner and Will Baker

Due to the uncertainties of the pandemic and a desire to keep our guests, community and artists as safe as possible, we have moved our event online this year. We will miss seeing you all in person! 

Please see links to each artist's shop, listed below.

Each of us will have a nice selection of pots, as we normally would at our in-person sale. Customers can purchase pots from each individual potter and they will ship your work the following week. Each potter will outline their shipping policies and information on their shop page.  
 
Gay Smith: etsy.com/shop/gertrudegrahamsmith

www.sweetnsaltypots.com  

(image from the Sweet 'n Salty Pots Facebook page)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Entire ceramic studio for sale!

An entire ceramic studio for sale!!! KS-1027 Skutt kiln with sitter on casters in great condition, 2 whole kiln shelves, 10 half shelves, lots of shelf furniture of various sizes, cones, Brent rolling ware shelf, molds, tools, glaze making materials, craft fair displays, sturdy work table, kick wheel, electric wheel, and more. Serious inquiries only.

Located in the Yancey/Mitchell counties area.

Sarah Cook
greenleafpotter@gmail.com

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Kiln for sale in Jonesborough, TN

 Skutt kiln for sale - $400

This is a manual kiln with kiln sitter and comes with 6 half shelves, 2 full shelves and some shelf scrap that could be used as 1/4 shelves or what have you. The shelves are in excellent condition. I also have a variety of furniture and an assortment of cones to go along. Inside dimensions - 22” diameter and 28” tall. Outside dimensions are 28” diameter and 40” tall. The kiln has 3 sections that can come apart for transporting. The arm that holds the door up for loading needs some attention - should be an easy fix.

The panel only says “Skutt Electric Kiln with 3 Heat Switches” so I’m not entirely sure what model this is. It comes with an exhaust fan that it stands on top of. It’s 240W and 48A and will need a new power cord. I have the old cord, plug, and outlet to use as an example so it will be simple enough to just get new cord to match and you can still use the old plug and outlet if you choose to. Was working last time it was used for bisque and was rewired with coils replaced and hasn’t been fired many times since. If you have any questions, please let me know.

I am selling because I am moving. Kiln is located in Jonesborough, TN and I can help you load it into your vehicle!

Thanks everyone!

Eva
360-807-3215 (text works best)
evaleach@gmail.com

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Western NC potter seeks studio assistant/production pottery job

 Hello all, I am a visual artist, cellist, and licensed massage therapist based out of Weaverville NC. I have previous experience working in production pottery at DBO Home based out of Sharon, CT. I am tactile, quick to learn, and eager to develop my skills through working. I am looking for a part time studio assistant/production pottery job and am willing to travel within 30/40 mins but am flexible if the right situation lies just a tad farther away! I was hoping to cast a net within the community to see if anyone’s needs fit mine! You can reach me by email at [Danielle.eden.hill@gmail.com] or by phone (413)854/3692. I look forward to connecting.

Cheers,

Danielle Hill 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

North Carolina Artist Support Grants and informational webinars

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. The Artist Support Grants will support projects from December 2020 – June 30, 2021.  Awards may range from $500-$1,000. Applicants may receive full or partial funding.

All completed Artist Support Grant applications will be judged by a multi-county panel of established artists, arts professionals, and arts educators and administrators who will review and evaluate the applications and allocate funds for selected projects.

More information

Avery, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey Counties: http://www.toeriverarts.org/
Application Deadline: October 5, 2020

Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania Counties: http://www.haywoodarts.org/
Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties: https://www.coweeschool.org/
Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

(These grants are available in participating North Carolina counties. For counties outside the ones listed above, visit https://www.ncarts.org/invest-arts/grants-artists/artist-support-grants)

Informational webinars

Haywood County Arts Council Artist Support Grant Workshop #1
August 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
http://haywoodarts.org/event/artist-support-grant-workshop-1/

Haywood County Arts Council Artist Artist Support Grant Workshop #2
September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
http://haywoodarts.org/event/artist-support-grant-workshop-2/

A workshop for interested artists will be offered on Zoom August 24, 2:30 – 3:30 PM. Please contact Melanie Finlayson at melanie@toeriverarts.org or 828.765.0524 for more information or to register. The Zoom workshop will have limited availability but will then be made available for all to watch on our websites a few days after the workshop.

Region 18 Grant Workshop
Click here to view a recording of the informational workshop held on August 19th: files.nc.gov/ncarts/macon-asg-8.19.20.mp4

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Kiln shelves and more studio items for sale in Tryon, NC

Amy Goldstein-Rice is in the process of moving her studio to a much smaller location and is getting rid of a few things:

6, HALF DODECAGON CERAMIC SHELF 26" x 13" x 1" $60 each or all 6 $320

2  Half round ceramic shelves $100

Light Dome Tent, 10x10 with 4 walls, 2 awnings 26”, 3 stabilizing bars, weights  $700

Contact Amy at (864)592-1546 or amy@amygoldsteinrice.com


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Come to Leicester Studio Tour this weekend

 


Come to Leicester Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th
10am - 6pm both days

From the Facebook event page:

Our Annual Come to Leicester Studio Tour is held the third weekend of every August to showcase our local talent and to continue to build awareness of our vibrant arts community. We have 20 artists this year spread out at 10 stops. Artists will be showing outdoors or in areas where they can distance themselves and provide good ventilation. Plan your visit ahead of time by visiting our website (www.cometoleicester.org) - we have a few artist who are only going to be open Saturday, and others that will be selling on Saturday and Sunday as usual. Our brochures will include a map of all the stops with color coding beside each artist's name to help navigate these changes. We ask that you please stay home if you feel sick and remember the three "W's" as we will all be following the recommended NCDHHS and Buncombe County public health guidelines of "Wear, Wait, and Wash." Wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands. We want this to be a wonderful experience as usual, but we also want it to be a safe event for all our customers and artists. Thanks so much, we are looking forward to seeing all of your smiling eyes and sharing our work with you!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Late August - October Classes at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville


September Session 2020
 
August 22nd – October 3rd
 
Odyssey ClayWorks 
 
www.odysseyclayworks.com



Me, You and Raku

Instructor: Paul Gisondo
 
Mondays, 11am – 1:30pm
August 31st – September 28th
 
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


Matt’s Class: Handbuilding ABOVE and Beyond

Instructor: Matt Wegleitner

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9pm
September 3rd – October 1st

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: $200 + $35 Lab Fee


Colored Clay: Blends and Tests

Instructor: Allison Cochran

Fridays, 6:30 – 9pm
September 4th – October 2nd

Do you love using color in your work, but can’t always find the right underglaze or glaze? Coloring your clay is a unique and affordable way to get just the look you want! Join Allie in this fun exploration of all thing color. Using mason stains and other commercial products to create vibrant colored clays, you’ll learn basic and advanced methods for blending, mixing and testing materials. Whether you like to slip cast, throw on the wheel, decorate with underglaze or just plain love to glaze, these systems for color development can be infinitely applied to your own processes.

Levels: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Tuition: $200 + $35 lab fee


Beginner Wheel: Get Centered!
Instructor: Nora Watkins
Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm
September 5th – October 3rd

A perfect introduction for those just beginning their pottery journey and seasoned beginners who want to sharpen their skills. You’ll learn the basics of making bowls, mugs, and other functional pieces through group demonstrations and plenty of individual instruction. You’ll glaze and then we’ll fire your work, resulting in microwavable, dishwasher safe pieces you’ll treasure for years to come.
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $200 + $35 Lab Fee


Sunday Funday: Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel


Instructor: Kristen Easters

Sundays, 10am – 12:30pm
September 6th – October 4th

Got Sunday mornings free and want to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Seasoned beginner and looking to hone your skills? Join Kristen and dive deep into the magic of wheel throwing. You’ll learn the fundamentals of creating an aesthetically pleasing pot, the basics of surface design and a lesson on how to glaze. We will focus on the wonderful ability of clay to encourage mindfulness and attention to the present moment.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $200 + $35 Lab Fee


Writing for Creatives: The Well-Crafted Word
 
Instructors: Shinara Taylor and Gabriel Kline
 
Tuesdays, 11am – 1pm
September 8th – October 6th

In art as in life, good writing will always win the day! That being said, many artists struggle with this important career skill. Gabriel and Shinara are here to demystify the process. We have created a laid back, but jam-packed, 5-week business class focusing on writing for artists in all media. We’ll start by showing you ten ways to dynamize your writing while covering topics like artists statements, resumes, teaching proposals, grant applications and more. Each class will feature one-on-one time with the instructors to give you feedback on your specific writing projects.

Tuition $150
Level: All Levels, Artists working in all media are welcome
Note: This class does not include access to open studio hours.


Salty and Sassy with Soul


Instructor: Linda McFarling

Wednesdays, 1 – 6pm
September 9th, October 14th, November 11th, December 9th

Concentrating on soulful forms well-suited to salty atmospheric firing, this class bring the sass! Explore faceting, fluting, paddling, roping, and altering as ways to add interest and movement to your forms. This class is for intermediate to advanced students only! If you have any question regarding your skill level, please contact the instructor.

Level: Intermediate and advanced
Tuition: $310 + $65 lab fee


Muddy Makers

Instructor: Paige Janeri

Ages 8-12

Tuesdays, 4 - 6pm
September 1st – September 29th

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. Discount code “claycamp25”


Kiln Maintenance for Great Firings

Instructor: Les Powell

Saturday, August 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 101
Instructor: Tyler-James Anderson

September 18th – 20th
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm

This workshop will  demystify the basics of mold making for slipcast objects. We will be  making one- and two-part molds that you will be able to use for decades to come. This workshop is designed with beginners and those new to plaster in mind, but all skill levels are welcome. Over the weekend, participants will become comfortable with plaster and will learn how to use the materials in a variety of interesting ways.

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


Amazing Glaze

Instructor: Gabriel Kline and Evan Cornish-Keefe

August 24th – 28th
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.
 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Mitchell County Empty Bowls online starting Saturday

The Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff will move online this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Bidding for handcrafted bowls by local artisans opens online on Saturday, August 8th at 9:00 am and closes Friday August 14th at 9:00 pm at biddingowl.com/shepherdsstaff. To win a bowl, participants must donate at least $40. There are a limited number of bowls available. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their unique handcrafted bowls by drive-through Saturday, August 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Spruce Pine First Baptist Church. Due to the new format, bidders will not be able to select their bowls, a tangible reminder that many people in the county are unable to select the food they want to eat.

Visit the online auction here: biddingowl.com/shepherdsstaff

 (above article from the Mitchell News-Journal)

Monday, August 3, 2020

High Country Ceramic Arts: current studio opportunities and pottery sale

High Country Ceramic Arts, a community pottery studio in Burnsville, welcomes the public to our first annual sale, this Friday and Saturday, August 7 & 8, from 10am-4pm. The sale will include 10% off everything in the gallery, as well as 10% off beginners and membership packages.

Our gallery features both sculptural ceramic arts and functional pottery created by gallery artists; Linda Powell, John George, Katrina George, John Maddox, Diane McGrath, Cheryl Munyan, Kemberly McKinney, Karen Miller, Melanie Risch, Donna Sol, Martin Stankus, and Yaffa Todd.

Due to COVID-19, we cannot currently schedule classes, but can still offer one-on-one lessons. Masks will be required for all those who enter the gallery and studio space. The beginner's package includes three lessons and one month of membership for $180.

Memberships are $260 for three months and include 24/7 access to the studio and community equipment and the opportunity to sell their work through the gallery.

Our gallery is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 4pm. Community members who are interested in seeing the gallery and studio space are welcome to come and look around. Stop by High Country Ceramic Arts this Friday and Saturday to see locally made pottery and support Burnsville’s craft culture.

For more information about membership, call Linda Powell at 284-5760. Visit the studio at 552 East US Hwy. 19E.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Potential pottery co-op space: Warehouse for rent in rural Weaverville, 25 minutes north of Asheville


From Hart and Mary Morgaine Squire:

Seeking tenant (s) for a large, rural warehouse located at the end of Reems Creek Road on Maney Branch.

The earth-brimmed, green-design warehouse is over 6,000 square feet, not including the large dock area. About 1,000 square feet of that is a walk-in cooler (which can be used as a room if not needed as a cooler). There is access to single phase, 3-phase, 220 and a converter for electricity.  The warehouse has domed skylights that provide plenty of light without ever having to turn on the lights. There is a garage door, kitchen and one bathroom. The warehouse is surrounded by an active organic farm/gardens, nature trail and residential community. It has an access for trucks, though we'd like to curtail most semi-traffic. $3,000 a month in rent, plus $3000 deposit. We provide water, sewer and garbage. Tenants would be responsible for electric, recycling, refrigeration and propane. Ideally the tenants would have low to no semi-traffic as well as moderate septic needs.

Additional photos available on request.

We look forward to hearing from you if this is up your alley

Thank you and,
Green Blessings,
Hart and Mary Morgaine Squire
Herb Mountain Farm
    Weaverville, NC
~Mary Morgaine Squire
marymorgaine@gmail.com

@herbmountainfarm
www.herbmountainfarm.com

Free kiln in Weaverville

*****UPDATE: the kiln has been taken!*****



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 NOW FREE!

call jim 828-989-8484

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Kilns and more for sale in Banner Elk, NC


Note forwarded from Banner Elk potter Tim Turner:

I'm having to move my studio and am getting rid of a few things.
2 Skutt Kiln KM 1027
With shelves and furniture
$1500 each
Northstar extruder
$240
Have a couple hundred pounds of Phoenix and Zellastone and some dry
chemicals.
If you spread the word that would great.
Thanks Tim

Tim Turner's phone and text number is 828-260-6016.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Help the Barnes' Recover after Studio + Kiln Barn Burned Down



Help The Barnes' After Devastating Fire!




CHECK OUT GOFUNDME PAGE AND DONATE: 


From Brant & Karen Barnes:

'Riverwood Pottery (located in Dillsboro, NC) is the face of our family's clay business, but our barn was the heart of it.  It was where the alchemy happened, where we built our kilns and glazed & fired our ware.  It's where we started out in 1984 and where we were planning to retire.  Watching it burn was beyond heartbreaking.

We had been firing our wood kiln since 5:00 am, something we love and have done so many times over the years.  After we reached temperature and finished salting, we went through our shutdown routine and headed to the house for showers and dinner around 6:00 pm.

At 8:30 we heard an explosion and looked out to see the whole barn in flames.  It was already obvious that it was beyond saving, but the fire department was able to keep it from spreading to our 330-gallon propane tank (!) and our truck (the taillights were melted, but can be replaced). They got it put out around 11:00pm. 

The destruction was complete--but our house and the neighbors were OK, so we're hugely grateful for that.  The wood kiln we think we can repair--it was at the edge of the fire--but our glaze kiln was in the middle of it and we'll need to rebuild it, along with our studio.

There are a lot of things we can't replace:  our glaze & firing notebooks, our favorite tools and our pottery collection are gone.  But we can build new kilns and a nice little studio to come home to--it's all we need, so that's what we plan to do."

Monday, July 6, 2020

Kiln (Skutt) Master Controller for Sale

SOLD!
This lightly used controller comes with an older Gare electric kiln (7 cu ft). The Gare kiln was originally a manual controlled kiln, retrofitted with the Skutt Kiln Master Controller for more convenient, automatic firing capabilities.
The Master Controller was purchased new in 2013 and fired approximately 10 times (to bisque temperature). The Gare kiln is well worn, but fired fine to bisque temperatures until 2017 when its was put in storage. It may have the ability to fire higher, we just never have. At last firing in 2017, all electrical components functioned fine. Pick up only in Canton, NC 28716.
$400 firm.










Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Slab roller for sale in High Point, NC


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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 bohonpottery@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Kiln for sale in Weaverville

*****UPDATE 8/2/20: the kiln has been taken!*****




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 Now free!
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
lauriecaffery@gmail.com

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 chiwaz@earthlink.net

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 Joey@meltingmountainpottery.com

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Mica Gallery re-opening July 1st



Who: MICA
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 micagallerync@gmail.com, 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 micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

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: https://www.mountainbizworks.org/event/webinar-mindset-reset-for-creatives/

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

CAROTEX CLAY?

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 eareason@haywood.edu

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 

VIRTUAL CUPS - LIVE BIDDING BEGINS!
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 sylviesclay1@outlook.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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 brickmatch@yahoo.com or one of the phone numbers below:

Office:423-357-1464
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 micagallerync.com/shop and you will be taken to a virtual gallery displaying a sampling of work by all of Mica’s artists.

For more information visit micagallerync.com 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
potterybiz@yahoo.com
Located in Seagrove NC

photos of the custom-made clay cutters: