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

 

SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
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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)