Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Nick Moen featured on Making it in Asheville

Nick Moen is featured on the current episode of the Making it in Asheville podcast. From the podcast website:

Nick Moen of The Bright Angle Combines Artistry with Technology

Nick’s focus is on bridging the gap between design and craft by using technology to create home decor and lighting. The BrightAngle recently landed a position as a partner for YLighting, with an exclusive ceramic brand contract, The Bright Angle’s team of four is taking porcelain and the use of the technology within pottery creation to the next level.

In this episode, we interview Nick Moen, the founder of The Bright Angle, a technology-driven porcelain design studio.

Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

• Why being relentless in outreach efforts is so important
• The Bright Angle’s exciting new partnership with YLighting
• How in the 1700s Porcelain was such a hot commodity that  Europe sent ships to China full of gold in exchange
• How hosting local events with chefs and musicians helped Nick’s visibility in the restaurant scene
• The challenges in the life of a potter: then vs now

Listen wherever you listen to podcasts. More details here: https://makingitinasheville.com/episode/nick-moen-the-bright-angle/

Monday, January 25, 2021

Young Individual Seeking Opportunity in Ceramic Apprenticeship

Greetings!

My name is Catherine Siravantha, and I just moved to Asheville, NC recently.  I have taken beginner ceramic classes while in high school and college, and I fell in love with the connection I felt to the earth and my hands while working in the trade.  Since graduating college, I have been removed from the practice with difficulties accessing space and finances to work with clay.  After moving to WNC and being inspired by the amazing ceramicists and potters in the area, I have been deeply yearning to reconnect with, learn much more about, and be able to practice ceramic making again.

I have basic understandings of hand building techniques and have more experience in ceramic sculpture, but I would also love to learn more about functional ceramic making and other techniques as well.  I am a fast and dedicated learner and would love to help with any duties and tasks (general maintenance, mixing glazes, firing kilns, making clay, helping with sales, etc.) in the studio that you may need assistance with.

If you need some assistance in your studio and are interested in taking on an apprentice or just have any general advice for me, please feel open to contact me at the email below—I would be honored to be able to more in-depthly speak with you about both of our interests and needs!  

Thank you so much for reading, and I wish you all well!

Catherine Siravantha
csiravan@gmail.com
csiravantha.com

Pottery wheel for sale in Hendersonville, NC

Here are the details from Lisa Renee:

FOR SALE ASAP: $600 OBO Selling my pottery wheel! It is an electric pottery kick wheel.

Trying to sell as soon as possible it has cosmetic flaws but works beautifully. It is definitely an antique the only reason I'm getting rid of it is because I'm moving. It comes with lots of bats. It is a kick wheel with a motor addition on it it is not pristine but works so good I wish I didn't have to get rid of it but it is to big. I paid 600 for it 2 years ago and want to be fair!

Located in Hendersonville, NC

Also am looking for a smaller electric wheel.

Text me at 828-333-3521 or email snugglehats@gmail.com

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Make Better Pots - enhance your skills!


 THE VILLAGE POTTERS CLAY CENTER
Asheville, NC

Make Better Pots - 6 week class - with Julia Mann

When: Thursdays from 10am - 12:30pm

Sessions Dates: February 4 - March 11, 2021

Where: The Village Potters Clay Center, 191 Lyman St. #180, Asheville, NC 28801

Register (or more info) HERE: https://tinyurl.com/makebetterpots or call us at (828) 253-2424

This intermediate class is designed for potters who desire to create and improve their skills, refine their abilities and make excellent forms. Julia will help you expand your skill set by challenging you to push your boundaries in clay. You can expect to explore a variety of forms and bring your interests and goals to class! You will walk away with vastly improved work and abilities as a potter. 

This class fires in cone 6 oxidation or cone 10 reduction kilns.

*Please visit our website to read about our COVID-19 safety policies regarding in-person classes: https://tinyurl.com/makebetterpots 

Testimony from Student: Julia Mann’s class is a must-take for any intermediate potter! The class has a realistic pace and provides studio time between sessions to complete each type of piece. Julia’s demos are clear and she adapts them to the design ideas of each student. Hard parts? Julia will walk you through them. If you get stuck while throwing (making the same mistake over and over), Julia can watch your technique, identify exactly what you are doing wrong, and tell you what you need to change. She is patient and encouraging, and wants every student to succeed. At the end of the class, all pieces are fired to Cone 10, which can add beautiful reduction effects to the glazes. Don’t miss the opportunity to take this class (or any other) from Julia Mann! – Barbara Hebert






Friday, January 15, 2021

Clay 101 at Haywood Community College

Registration for Clay 101 at Haywood Community College now through February 25. 

This course provides extensive time and studio access for new and seasoned potters and clay artists to explore the medium. Weekly instruction will include demonstrations, discussions and skill-building exercises in hand building, wheel throwing and glazing and firing techniques. 

Class meets Thursdays from 9am-1pm March 11 - May 6 (excluding April 1).

$444 covers tuition and clay. More information and registration can be found HERE.



Thursday, January 7, 2021

Kiln and kiln controller for sale in Huntersville, NC

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Kiln For Sale:

Used Olympic Torchbearer updraft gas kiln 2827. This kiln was a used electric kiln converted by Olympic to natural gas. Easily re-fitted for propane. I have fired the kiln to cone 6 in reduction; haven’t tried cone 10. Comes with custom made vent hood to use with 8” B-vent chimney pipe. Inside of kiln has some cracks; burners are new.
$600

Bartlett Controller V6-CF. Bought new for $685, used only as pyrometer. $450 or best offer.

Email for more photos.

Both in Huntersville, NC.

Lynn
704 576 5060
lypoland@davidson.edu


Memorial for Jeff Kleckner Pottery online


From Terry Gess: Memorial for Jeff Kleckner Pottery online

Happy New Year to you.

We’re honored to announce the launch of our website tribute to our potter-friend Jeff Kleckner who passed away late August, 2020. More than 25 of his fellow potters, collectors, gallery clients, former teachers and students have submitted tributes and recollections in his honor. There’s lovely, perceptive insights, lots of respect, as well as some hilariously-recalled encounters with Jeff from good folks fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. Lots of old and new photos of Jeff Kleckner and his work. See young Jeff way back when in art school!

Here’s how potter Mark Shapiro begins his contribution:
"It kills me to think of the guy gone. Kleckner. His droll voice: nasal and magnetic. His stories, his self-deprecating humor. The world was all a hopeless mess, full of missed opportunities and crappy deals, intentions impure or gone awry: his, ours, everyone’s. Making pottery was the most noble gesture he could come up with. Jeff was way ahead of most people understanding the now commonplace concept of precarity, whether it was the gig economy of adjuncting, the unpredictability of craft-show juries and sales, or the scant remuneration and micro-humiliations of wholesaling to galleries. But he made the indignities funny, too, savoring the ironies and the (perhaps too rare) pleasures of sharing them with colleagues and friends."

Visit the site: https://jeff-kleckner-pottery-tribute.weebly.com