Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Meet Gillian Parke at In Tandem Gallery

  An Evening  

  with the Artist  

Gillian Parke will be at In Tandem Gallery

    Saturday 18th - 4-7pm.    
The first time I saw this work I was honestly blown away.
In my opinion, Gillian Parke's creations are the epitome of high elegance - but with an edge.  She uses this wonderful porcelain clay body and then mixes in big and rough feldspar particles to it; also known as 'Chicken Grit' if you've done some farming... See that contrast I'm talking about?
She then applies underglazes, wax resist, glazes, decals, multiple types of lusters, overglazes.... then, fires a bunch of times for each layer and viola; absolutely gorgeous pieces come out.

In Tandem Gallery  

20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428 • •

Come to Leicester Studio Tour this weekend!

Rabbit Hole by Valerie Berlage

Come to Leicester Studio Tour
August 18th-19th
10 am - 6 pm both days

For the 13th year in a row, artists in this small community will open their studios to the public for the annual Come to Leicester Studio Tour. This free, self-guided event is held every third weekend in August, with this year’s tour dates being August 18 and 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day.

Visitors will be able to view unique, hand-crafted work, see how it’s made first hand, and even purchase a piece that can be taken home and treasured for years to come. Leicester Tour artists are comprised of both local and visiting artists from nearby communities, and make work in a variety of media including clay, fiber, jewelry, metal, mixed media, natural materials, painting, and wood. This means all manner of fine art and craft may be found, including brooms, furniture, pottery, iron work, turned bowls, quilts, wearable art, and much more.

As they make their way along the tour stops, visitors may once again choose to participate in a raffle. Each artist has a code at their studio which guests can write on a scorecard they’ve been given, and drop off at a designated location when they have completed the tour. This year there are a number of prizes, and they are all wonderful works of art donated by some of the participating artists.

In addition to being one of the stops hosting a handful of artists, Addison Farms Vineyard will be offering wine tastings, and for those who get hungry along the way, lunch may be enjoyed at one of the food sponsors on the tour. The Burger Stop, Gossett’s Grocery and Deli (only open Saturday), and Turkey Creek Grill will all be welcoming tour visitors, and can be located on this year’s map.

Leicester artists this year include Elizabeth Albright, Wesley Angel, Frank Barbara, Valerie Berlage, Marlow Gates, Pat Gentilella, Trish Golay, Jean Hord, Cat Jarosz, Beth Hampton Jones, Matt Jones, Dort Lee, Michelle Liepold, Sandra LoCastro, Deanna Lynch, Patrick McDermott, Nirado, Mike L Robinson, Jessica Sanchez, Steve Schroeder, Kay Smith, Anita Walling, Kathleen Weir-West, Joanna White, and Brad Worden.

The Come to Leicester Studio Tour has, over the last thirteen years, proven to be an enduring tradition, enjoyed equally by the artists and the community in which they live, work, and serve. Visit or @ComeToLeicester on Facebook for more information about the artists and sponsors, directions for the raffle, and map.

(If you missed it, we got a sneak peak of Cat Jarosz’s Leicester studio when she hosted Clay Club in April:

More info:

Final week of Cynthia Bringle Clay+ exhibit in Spruce Pine

The Clay+ exhibit of Cynthia Bringle’s work at the Toe River Arts Council gallery in Spruce Pine is terrific - if you haven’t seen it yet, you have till this Saturday, August 18th. Highly recommended - go see it!

More info here:

Edit: after I posted this, I saw that the Mitchell News-Journal included this photo of Cynthia’s “Punch Bowl with Ladle and 40 Cups” in today’s paper:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine call for artists

(Note: a quick scan of this info didn't turn up any mention of what would happen to the artwork if the sale of Mission Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America goes through.)

Celebrating North Carolina Art & Culture - Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine Call for Artists

Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018, closes 12:00 AM (EST)

Requirements: Must be a resident of Western North Carolina

Mission Health, in partnership with EL Design Studios & Gallery VI, is recruiting all artists, galleries and art organizations for work that may be considered for purchase and display at the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine.

Artists are invited to submit both 2D and 3D work, with an emphasis on nature and/or culture inspired art. Artwork can be readily available for purchase or an artist may be open to possible commissions. Purchases will be chosen by a Steering Committee, a panel of Mission leadership, who are charged with selecting pieces that reflect the unique art community and culture of the region.


Up to 10 images of available work or sold pieces that could potentially be commissioned. Please indicate if artwork has been sold.

Image Description (not to exceed 500-characters per image). Please describe your work samples by including title, year made, medium, dimensions, and wholesale price. Include any necessary packaging and shipping cost for each artwork (as a separate line item) in the image description.

Artist’s Statement (not to exceed 2,000 – characters). Please write a brief description of your artistic intent.

Biography (not to exceed 1 page).

Resume (not to exceed 1 page).

More info:

Eating and Elephant

One bite at a time.
Cleaning our studio:
We have 300lbs of Highwater Redstone 06-02  FREE to good home.
It is a bit stiff ....rags and water in plastic bags will soften it.
Contact me at or call 828-337-0992.
Can be picked up at our showroom in Old Fort 2 and 1/2 miles S of I-40 exit 73.
Maggie Jones

Monday, August 13, 2018

Ceramics’ #metoo moment? #unfollowtortus + Equality Clay Day (#equalityclay) + NCECA statement on harassment

Is ceramics having its #metoo moment? Signs point to yes:

Last month a former employee accused Eric Landon, a potter in Copenhagen who goes by @tortus on Instagram, of sexual harassment and assault. As far as I can tell, the accusations and responses have taken place mostly on social media, and in particular on Instagram. The hashtag #unfollowtortus has been used to unify posts calling out and protesting the alleged harassment and assault and to call for an action, specifically for followers to unfollow the popular @tortus account. (See Instagram posts with this hashtag here: The @tortus account apparently deleted and/or edited some posts (and deleted some comments), making it hard to judge his side of the story - or at least hard to judge without wondering why he would do that. This reddit thread has an overview and the discussion in the comments raises some interesting points:

These reddit threads have more discussion:


Equality Clay Day is taking place worldwide on Saturday, August 25th. You can read more about Equality Clay Day on the organizers’ website, In their FAQ, the organizers say this is not really about #unfollowtortus: “It [#unfollowtortus] just brought these issues to light. This isn’t even just about sexual assault or harrassment. Its about leveling the ceramics community so all voices are heard, all people are respected, and the community reflects the multifaceted people that are actually potters.”

Here’s how they start the answer to the question, what is #EqualityClay?


#equalityclay is a call to action.

Our intention is to promote a dialogue of inclusion and diversity in the ceramics community. The hashtag #equalityclay was created in response to growing community movements of outreach, responsibility, and accountability among ceramic makers, educators, businesses, and other organizations.

Our goal is to use our brand and social media to establish a network of people with similar social activism interests and to initiate specific dates for localized discussions of allyship. Together, we are stronger.

Read more on their website:

The website also includes a listing of Equality Clay Day events. There was an Equality Clay Day event scheduled to take place in Asheville, but it apparently has been canceled. There was another North Carolina event that also appears to have been canceled. It looks like the closest event currently listed is at MudFire in Decatur, Georgia. Does anyone know if there’s a closer Equality Clay Day event happening in or near Western North Carolina?

Meanwhile, NCECA just today released a “Statement on Harassment.” The statement is unsigned. It was posted by Joshua Green, Executive Director. It doesn’t mention Eric Landon or Equality Clay Day.

Here’s the beginning of the statement:

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is committed to creating and sustaining an environment and culture free from harassment in which all people are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.

NCECA believes that organizations serving people, the arts, teaching and learning will benefit all when they develop, implement, and share policies that address harassment in programs and the fields they serve. Initiatives like these will be most effective when they are linked to broader efforts to achieve equality, inclusion, and fairness. NCECA will be adopting a policy on harassment that will be included in all future presenter, volunteer, employment, and board service agreements.

The statement mentions that NCECA has established an email address ( to “enable members of our community to share, in confidence, reports of harassment that may occur and impact our programming and decisions as an organization.” It also states that they hope to address this issue at the NCECA conference in Minneapolis in March, 2019.

Read the full statement here:

The accusations against Eric Landon aren’t the first in professional ceramics or even the first since the larger #metoo movement began last fall (see, for example, this story about accusations against Felt + Fat ceramic design studio co-founder Nate Mell from November, 2017), but it does seem that they have contributed to the ceramics profession having this #metoo moment right now. Here’s hoping this moment and movement can continue to shine light on this issue and help lead to change where needed.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Potters wanted for the WNC Fermenting Festival

I'm submitting the following for a friend I worked with last year on the first Ferment Fest in Marshall -- it was a blast and very successful. Meg is looking for potters that sell work related to fermenting: bowls and crocks.

I am writing to invite you to participate in this years' 2nd Annual WNC Fermenting Festival!
Our festival was incredibly well attended last year and we were able to garner lots of media attention for our efforts. Including articles in the Mountain Express, WNC Woman Magazine, Bold Life Magazine and Edible Asheville Magazine. We are working hard and we are very excited about this years’ event and have been already generating lots of interest and advertising venues.
A little bit more about last years’ event:
We were able to bring together 27 various vendors and 8 demo instructors! This got us between 700-1000 bottoms in the door last November 5th. (I lost count at 750 but several eyewitnesses suggest closer to 1k attendees!) We had 5 vendors sell out completely and several more came very close! We had attendees from 6 neighboring states and generated over $700 in cash donations to the Beacon of Hope Food Pantry.
Contact Meg at for Vendor Application Forms.
Vendor Fee for a 10 x 10 booth, (w/ Free Social Media Advertising)     $40
Last year, we were able to raise $700 for the Beacon of Hope Services (Food Bank). Our goal for this year is $2000! And we can easily achieve this. For this year’s event, we will be widening our advertising efforts, expanding our FREE Demos and adding more items to our Raffle! If you would like to donate anything to the raffle please email me.
Event Details:   
Location-                NC Co-Operative Extension Office, 258 Carolina Ln. Marshall, NC 28753
Time/Duration-      Saturday November 3rd   12pm-6pm   (Unloading and Set-up Starts at 10am)
Instagram-              @wncfermentingfestival
Booth Fee:             $40 per full 10 x 10 booth space, Payable in Cash, Square & Check (made out to   Fermenti. LLC)  All Fees: MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE WE CONIRM YOUR SPACE &  ADD YOU TO OUR WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS
Demos:                  Demos are TBA and if you would like to offer a Demo, lmk ASAP!
*We will have ONLY 6 Demo Artists Total and they will have 45min to Instruct as well as a 15min for set-up/clean-up after each Demo. This is an incredible way to promote your craft, booth, book, web-site or social media influence. We have use of a quiet separate full kitchen on site and you will have use of a fridge, sink, oven, microwave, recycling bins, trash cans, ice machine and will be supplied with towels (or paper towels if you prefer)
*No Refunds will be given for cancellations after Oct 1st.
*All funds raised during the event through the raffle, donations and surplus operating costs will be donated to the Beacon of Hope Food Bank. 
*More Details to Come
We look forward to hearing from you and please send a logo, promo pictures and a short promo “blurb” about your company, along with your application(s) so we can get started asap on your promotion!
We have a NEW website at
Keep Fermenting Friends,
Meg Chamberlain

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Recap: August Clay Club at Rutkowsky Pottery

Thanks to Ruth and Michael for an awesome Clay Club at Rutkowsky Pottery! It was great to see everyone who came despite the rain (and the massive power outage in Asheville!). And it was terrific to see the Rutkowsky Pottery studio and gallery - what a sweet setup in a beautiful location.

Michael did a detailed demo of wiring a ceramic lamp. He has been making lamps for about twenty years and has definitely developed a system for it. (As Ruth said: he makes it look easy.) He throws lamps the size he demoed in two pieces and then joins them, and throws the finials off the hump. He shared some useful tips (like, for example, the switch should be on the opposite side from where the cord exits the lamp). He gets parts from W.N. deSherbinin ( and lampshades from Shade Designs in Kentucky. The diagram pictured below shows the W.N. deSherbinin parts he uses.

After the demo, we got to wish Michael a Happy Birthday and enjoy the birthday cake. Michael got help from other August birthday celebrators in blowing out the candles.

Thanks again to Ruth, Michael and everyone who came!

September Clay Club will take place at our regular second Wednesday time, from 6-8 pm on September 12th, at Maud and Austin Boleman’s Black Mountain Studios. I’ll share more info closer to the date.

Pug mill, kilns and supplies for sale in Cleveland, South Carolina

Don Lewis has the following for sale:


In Perfect Working Condition - $750

I’m retiring, after 50+ years as a studio potter. I also have two electric kilns, many glaze chemicals and a couple of tons of dry clay to sell or dispose of.

Contact Don at 864-979-7827 or

Spruce Pine silica highlighted in new book

Wired Magazine has an excerpt from Vince Beiser’s new book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization. The excerpt focuses on the silica found in the Spruce Pine Mining District. (The subhead reads “The processor that makes your laptop or cell phone work was fabricated using quartz from this obscure Appalachian backwater.”)

Searching the book at Google Books brings up only a few references to the use of silica in ceramics (“ceramic” and “ceramics” show up on just two pages each and “pottery” on just one). Glass appears to have a bigger presence (“glass” shows up on 69 pages).

Here’s the beginning of the Wired excerpt:

FRESH FROM CHURCH on a cool, overcast Sunday morning in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, Alex Glover slides onto the plastic bench of a McDonald’s booth. He rummages through his knapsack, then pulls out a plastic sandwich bag full of white powder. “I hope we don’t get arrested,” he says. “Someone might get the wrong idea.”

GLOVER IS A recently retired geologist who has spent decades hunting for valuable minerals in the hillsides and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains that surround this tiny town. He is a small, rounded man with little oval glasses, a neat white mustache, and matching hair clamped under a Jeep baseball cap. He speaks with a medium‑strength drawl that emphasizes the first syllable and stretches some vowels, such that we’re drinking CAWWfee as he explains why this remote area is so tremendously important to the rest of the world.

Spruce Pine is not a wealthy place. Its downtown consists of a somnambulant train station across the street from a couple of blocks of two‑story brick buildings, including a long‑closed movie theater and several empty storefronts.

The wooded mountains surrounding it, though, are rich in all kinds of desirable rocks, some valued for their industrial uses, some for their pure prettiness. But it’s the mineral in Glover’s bag—snowy white grains, soft as powdered sugar—that is by far the most important these days. It’s quartz, but not just any quartz. Spruce Pine, it turns out, is the source of the purest natural quartz—a species of pristine sand—ever found on Earth. This ultra‑elite deposit of silicon dioxide particles plays a key role in manufacturing the silicon used to make computer chips. In fact, there’s an excellent chance the chip that makes your laptop or cell phone work was made using sand from this obscure Appalachian backwater. “It’s a billion‑dollar industry here,” Glover says with a hooting laugh. “Can’t tell by driving through here. You’d never know it.”

Read the full excerpt here:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday!

Wednesday afternoon update: Just a note to let everyone know that despite the widespread power outage in Asheville, the power is on at Rutkowsky Pottery and Clay Club is on for this evening. Hope to see everyone there!

Clay Club is tomorrow at Rutkowsky Pottery near Burnsville. Thanks again to Ruth and Michael for hosting us!


When: Wednesday, August 8th from 6-8pm

What: Michael is going to do a demo on how to wire a lamp. He will discuss how he makes his lamps on the wheel 'to spec' so the lamp parts fit nicely. Then he'll discuss the lamp parts he uses to make his lamps and how to order them.

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

Where: Rutkowsky Pottery at 1489 Cane Branch Road, Burnsville (actually between Burnsville and Micaville).

Directions and more info here:

Carpooling: in case you missed it, Linda Falcone is interested in carpooling from Asheville. See her message in a comment at that same link (

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Extruder for sale in Waynesville, North Carolina

Bailey #9 Extruder For Sale – Wall Mount - Manual

If you want to see what it looks like, go to the Bailey Pottery website....main extruder page and it is the Bailey 9 - the largest of the extruders. Takes a full bag of clay to fill the barrel.

11 large dies of varying shapes – some standard; some custom.

$400 for the extruder, and all the dies.

Please contact Kaaren at

Studio in Waynesville, NC. Pick-up only.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Call to artists for Art on the Island in Marshall, North Carolina

Artists wanted for Art on the Island in Marshall, North Carolina on Saturday, September 29th from 10am - 5 pm.

Booth Fee: $50 for Madison County Arts Council (MCAC) members; $85 for non-members.

Applications due to the Madison County Arts Council office no later than September 14, 2018. 2018.

If you are NOT already a member, apply before September 4, 2018, pay $85, and get a booth and a one year membership.

Applications received after September 1st will be charged a flat fee of $85, which will NOT be applied to membership.

More info and link to application:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

August Asheville Art News and the new Asheville Art Calendar

Jim Kransberger shared the the August issue of Asheville Art News, which includes information about the new Asheville Art Calendar:

It is up and running, and now both Asheville and WNC readers, and visitors, have access to comprehensive Art & Craft event information which previously could only be found by dredging through numerous websites. Posting to this calendar is both open access and free to Artists, Galleries, Exhibitions, Art Walks, Studios, Schools and Classes, Associations, and Open Houses . . . everyone who promotes Arts & Crafts. If this sounds altruistic, it is ... we want the emerging artist or crafter, as well as those established, to have the opportunity to be seen.

The success of this site is largely dependent upon the willingness of people who make and/or sell art to take an active role in entering their events so that their customers or clients (some yet unknown) can attend, or make plans to attend, an opening, exhibition, etc.

All the bells and whistles are yet to be connected. It is functional and you can “occupy your dates” well in advance of an event.

Asheville Art News:
Asheville Art Calendar:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair this Friday and Saturday

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair
Burnsville, North Carolina
9am - 5pm, Friday and Saturday, August 3rd and 4th

The 62nd Annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair is held on the Town Square in Burnsville, NC on the first Friday and Saturday of August. With approximately 200 juried crafters, this event more than qualifies as a craft shopper’s paradise, as evidenced by the over twenty thousand people who attend this event each year searching for those special, one-of-a-kind items created by artisans from across the Blue Ridge. Shoppers browse a wide selection of items, including handmade quilts, jewelry, hand-turned wooden household items, pottery, art fabrics, rustic furniture, traditional mountain musical instruments, blacksmith creations, candles, soaps & lotions, and artwork of all mediums. Have a seat and watch as the artisans produce their craft throughout the day. Enjoy a lunch of southern favorites such as barbeque and sweet tea on the square as you listen to the live music and entertainment or perhaps try to keep up with the cloggers and other dancers as they kick up their heels on the stage. Step back into the past as you enjoy an old-fashioned Town Square event that exhibits Southern Hospitality at its best.

More info:

WTOE has more info, including the schedule of entertainment:

The fair is hosted by the Yancey Chamber of Commerce:

Monday, July 30, 2018

Comments on the blog

Hey everyone - it looks like the blog stopped sending notifications of comments that needed to be moderated sometime earlier this month and I missed a few. I’ve posted them now and am working on figuring out why the notifications stopped. My apologies to everyone whose comment this affected! You can see the most recent comments by looking at the blog on a desktop (or in desktop mode on a mobile device); look for “recent comments” in the sidebar on the right.

7/31/18 update: looks like this is a pretty widespread issue with Blogger (Blogspot), possibly related to the GDPR (European privacy and data protection regulation) rollout. I think (fingers crossed) that I’ve solved this problem from my end. If you have any problems trying to post a comment, feel free to contact me by email (

Western North Carolina potter seeks electric kiln

Here are the details from Jim McDowell:

I am in need of a good electric kiln. Size about a Skutt 1027. Contact or phone 828-989-8484. Do not text.

September Class Listing for Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville

Odyssey ClayWorks
September Session 2018
August 27- October 4

Beginner Wheel Throwing

Cayce Kolstad

Tuesdays 3-5:30pm
August 28- October 2

With an emphasis on ceramic tableware, this class is a perfect introduction to throwing on the potter's wheel. We will explore the fundamental forms of functional pottery and work towards altering them to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. We will also cover the basics of glazing in order to create food safe pots you can use at home.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $235 + $35 Lab Fee

Plates and Mugs: Focusing On Surface and Form

Laurie Caffery Harris

Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm
August 28- October 2

These two popular forms offer endless possibilities of expression to the clay artist. In this intermediate level class, we will use the potter’s wheel to create our forms, then focus on creating a unique surface that reflects your individuality. Through demonstrations and practice on our own test tiles, we will cover surface design including mishima (slip inlay), painting, and sgraffito carving. There will also be a heavy emphasis on handle making, as we seek to create forms that are both beautiful, and easy to use.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee

The Art of Etsy

Raina Lee Scott

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
4 Weeks, September 5-26

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to sell their handmade work or vintage goods online, using the Etsy platform. This class is for beginners, as well as established sellers who want a shop overhaul so they can startmoving their work. We will thoroughly go into how to use SEO (search engine optimization) within Etsy’s new search algorithm, so that your items will get easily found on Etsy and Google search. This includes helping you develop searchable key words in the title and how to use tags in your listings, and write an enticing item description. We will also cover shop branding and give you photography tips to get your shop looking congruent with your personality and get a brand that will represent you and your product in this day’s market.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $185, No Lab Fee

Handbuilding Sculptural Vases

Mac McCusker

Thursdays 11am-1:30pm
August 30- October 4

Have you ever wanted to scale up the size of your work, but weren’t sure how? The sky is the limit in this class, so let’s go big! Join Mac McCusker as you learn to make large, freestanding floor vases with slabs and coils. You can then theme your piece by adding imagery to the leather hard clay. Demonstrations will include experimenting with carving, additive methods, surface design, sgraffito, underglazes, and the use of decals to achieve a visually stunning finished piece. All skill levels are welcome.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee

Introduction To Modeling The Human Figure

Leonid Siveriver

Thursdays, 6-9pm
August 30- October 4

You’ve asked for it, and this session we are pleased to announce that a live model, figurative sculpture class will be returning to Odyssey ClayWorks! Working from a live model each week, students will hone their understanding of basic anatomy, proportions and the mechanics of movement in 3 dimensions. After first creating multiple fast sketches in clay to work out technique, students will then advance to a longer-term sculpture based on a single pose, with more attention to detail. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to work with decorated sculptor, Leonid Siveriver.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $255 + $75 Lab and live model fee

Amazing Glaze

Gabriel Kline

Fridays 10am-12:30pm
August 31-October 5

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 a 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 class for you! Join Gabriel each Friday as he demystifies 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, or altering a glaze.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee

Kids Class

Young Potter’s Wheel Workshop

Ages 8-12 Halima Flynt

Wednesdays, 4-6pm
September 5-October 3

Looking for something fun and creative to do after school? In this 5-week class, kids will learn how to center clay on the potter’s wheel, pull up the walls and form a variety of shapes including bowls, cups and plates. A little hand building will be involved as we embellish our pottery with handles and decoration. At the end we will paint and glaze all of our creations making them food safe and durable. Class includes one on one instruction and the room to grow and experiment with clay.

Tuition: $225

Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes

Cayce Kolstad & Laurie Caffery Harris

Friday, September 7, 7-9pm
Friday, September 21, 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

Weekend Workshop:

Surface Showcase: Newsprint Image Transfer

Molly Morning-glory

2-Day Workshop
September 28- 29
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Join Molly Morning-glory this September to learn the secrets of this simple method for printing on clay! Molly will demonstrate how to use newsprint, underglaze, and slip to transfer your original imagery onto slabs, which can then be used to create any number of fantastic forms. We will have lots of time to practice, troubleshoot, and really get this method down. Bring sketches, inspirational quotes, and your favorite imagery to transfer. You’ll leave this weekend feeling inspired and motivated to make new work!

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $295 +35 Lab Fee

August Clay Club at Rutkowsky Pottery on August 8th!

Ruth and Michael Rutkowsky at the Clay Olympics

August Clay Club will be at Rutkowsky Pottery from 6-8pm on Wednesday, August 8th. Thanks to Ruth and Michael for hosting us!

Michael is going to do a demo on how to wire a lamp. He will discuss how he makes his lamps on the wheel 'to spec' so the lamp parts fit nicely. Then he'll discuss the lamp parts he uses to make his lamps and how to order them.

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too. Michael’s birthday is on the 9th - there will be cake and a chance to wish him a happy birthday.

Directions: Rutkowsky Pottery is at 1489 Cane Branch Road. Cane Branch Road is off 19E between Burnsville and Micaville. At the Crabtree Baptist Church sign, turn onto Cane Branch Road and go 1.5 miles. The studio is on the left close to the road (look for the RED mail box). Ruth and Michael add this info (note the warning about GPS):

There is construction on our road, and a rather long traffic light can make you wait for what seems like forever! Do not be discouraged! There is cake at the end of the road! (We are 1/4 mile from where the pavement ends.) Home & studio CLOSE to the road. GPS will tell you you've arrived when you have a mile to go!

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

See you next Wednesday!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Reception this evening for Clay+ exhibit showcasing work of Cynthia Bringle

The Toe River Arts Gallery in Spruce Pine is hosting Clay+, an exhibit showcasing the work of Cynthia Bringle and the reception is this evening:

The exhibit acknowledging Bringle’s contribution to the arts is at the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery through August 18. A special reception is planned for Saturday, July 28 from 5 to 7pm and coincides with the “Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina” reception being held on the second floor in the Dottie Owen Great Room/Gallery.

Bringle’s exhibit pieces run the gamut from years-old pieces to new work and includes handmade bead jewelry. And paintings. Cynthia has never stopped painting. She says this exhibit is not a retrospective of her life’s work but reflects what she has done, what she is doing, and what she might be considering in the future. “Clay +” celebrates her life from yesterday when she picked up a brush in Tennessee to tomorrow when she throws another pot.

More info about the exhibit here:

Friday, July 27, 2018

Vintage "Mineral Map of Spruce Pine Area"

Found this “Mineral Map of Spruce Pine Area” and “Safety Tips for Rockhounds” brochure in a used book I bought. No date on either one, but the safety tips brochure was published by the North Carolina Department of Labor and names T. Avery Nye, Jr. as commissioner. Nye was commissioner from 1975-1977. The map is compliments of D.O. Blevins Sons, Spruce Pine, N.C., Marketers Sinclair Products, and includes this message: “Welcome to the Spruce Pine area. We hope you enjoy your stay with us. For good courteous service stop at your Sinclair Dealer. He will be glad to furnish you with any information you might need.”

Download a PDF of the map and brochure here:

Monday, July 23, 2018

Master Series Workshop with Nick Joerling at The Village Potters

Master Series Workshop
1 Day Demonstration with NICK JOERLING
“Pots & Possibilities”

Beginning with round pots coming from the wheel, Nick Joerling will push, cut, coax, and stretch those forms. The focus of his demonstration workshop will be on utilitarian pots, but he will take some liberties with that notion! In addition to his demonstration, Nick will present a brief slide talk to give an overview of the kinds of pots he makes, and then we will have lively conversations about everything from making a living to making pots personal.


Date:    Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 10:00AM-4:00PM
Fee:      $195 (TVP ongoing student discount $125)  
To register: call (828) 253-2424 or click HERE