Sunday, August 7, 2022

Workshops at the John C Campbell Folk School

 The John C Campbell Folk School wants to spread the word about two great classes they have later this year! 

Chris Jones, of Western NC, is teaching Cone 10 Reduction Firing for Color September 16-22


Jesus Minguez, from Orlando FL, is teaching Fast Fire Soda Kiln Experiments December 4-9. 

Both are going to be excellent classes! You can search the new website for other classes as well.

Saturday, August 6, 2022


 Henry Pope died this morning with Mary by his side. She may be contacted at

Mary Mikkelsen

8227 SW 86th Court Rd.

Ocala, Fl. 34481

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

DigIn Empty Bowls Needs Your Help

*In addition to the drop off locations below, Tori will be collecting bowls during Clay Club*

Call for Bowls!

Hello fellow artists! The Dig In! Empty Bowls fundraiser is now in its 12th year! We are once again hoping for your support in this event, which raises money for our work to address food insecurity in our community, uplift the message that fresh food is a right and not a privilege, and help remind our neighbors that when we share, there’s enough for everyone.

What is Empty Bowls?

If you have not participated before, Empty Bowls fundraisers bring folks together to raise money in support of organizations addressing food insecurity. At our event, guests choose a beautiful handmade bowl to take home, and receive a delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert provided by local restaurants and families. The empty bowls are a reminder of the prevalence of hunger in our world.

We ask local potters to donate these bowls (or vases and mugs) to be the center of this event. But it doesn’t have to stop at clay! We have had some donations in the past of glass and wood – any artist can participate.

Who is Dig In?

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden’s works within our community in Yancey County to grow and share from our gardens so that everyone can eat well. Our garden is a hands-on learning site to teach, inspire, and empower people in Yancey County to grow their own food, and all of the food grown at the garden is shared directly with the community. Our collaborative food sharing programs serve hundreds of families each week.


When is the event?

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden is hosting their Empty Bowls event on October 14, 2022 at the Burnsville Town Center. Check our website ( and social media for more information.

How to donate

Please donate one or many bowls/mugs/vases of any material: ceramic, wood, glass, stone, etc. Generally, the bowls are soup-sized, but larger bowls are happily accepted to sell or auction for a higher price.

We invite you to place your business card in each bowl so that the final recipient can know who to appreciate and admire for all the years to come!

Bowl Drop off Locations

  • ●  Yancey Library – 321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714 – 828-682-2600

  • ●  Spruce Pine Library – 142 Walnut Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 – 828-765-4673

  • ●  OOAK Art Gallery – 573 Micaville Loop Burnsville, NC 28714 – 828-675-0690


    There is no deadline, we can always use bowls for next year, but we would love to have as many as possible by October 1, so we can estimate how many tickets we can sell for the event.

    Who to Contact

    Contact Sarah House at SKH Pottery in South Toe for questions about donating bowls.

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Free Studio Stuff

 *Update, only thing left is memory foam*

I closed my studio two years ago and the stuff is still here and taking up space. It’s bubble wrap, plastic sheeting, a small amount of Styrofoam peanuts and memory foam.  I also have a small dolly on wheels. It doesn’t have a handle it’s not that kind of dolly. I want someone to take all of it. The bubble wrap is all folded and packed. It would be good if someone brought something to put it in as well as the plastic sheets and bags. I’m setting up a new studio doing something different and I need the space. People can contact me by text

Thank you very much

Toni DeLisa

August Clay Club 8/10

 August Clay Club is coming up next week! Click the link to learn more. See you there!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Homemade Velvet Black Underglaze

Does anyone have a recipe for underglaze that resembles Amoco's Velvet?  I've run out in the middle of a commission. I need to rub it into texture on white slip and don't want underglaze anywhere but in the depressions (LUG, for instance, looks muddy on white).The recipe I have is equal parts OM4, stain and frit. 3110 or 3124?

Friday, July 22, 2022

Mica Gallery’s Featured Artist for August Focuses on Light

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – is pleased to present a special exhibition of Gay Smith’s ceramic works during the month of August.

Smith will be showing candle holders, menorahs, candelabra, containers to hold candles, and lamps. “Anything to do with light,” Smith reports. “I am passionate about creating vehicles that spread light in our world.” Smith describes her work as extraordinary pots for ordinary use, to be enjoyed every day. “I make pots on the wheel that celebrate the responsiveness of porcelain clay to spontaneous, yet thoughtful, manipulation of soft form and surface, and to the flames of my soda kiln that create vibrant colors leaving luscious marks on anticipated edges.”

Smith has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and Penland School of Craft. Her sought-after workshops have been held at Penland, Haystack, Harvard, Findhorn, Scotland, among other venues.

Mica, located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC, is open daily, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. The gallery follows guidance from the CDC and state of North Carolina with regards to controlling the spread of Covid-19. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

July ClayClub Recap

 July ClayClub was a great time where clubbers got a chance to eat some delicious food and not only watch a demo on two great techniques - transfers and screen printing - but also got a chance to try it out for themselves! Check out these great pictures of Rachel Smith demoing these two techniques, and the rest of us with our hands in clay and water and slip!

See you next month at The Village Potters for August Clay Club - more info to come. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

New ClayClubber looking for equipment

 Greetings! I am Emily Ankeney, my 16 year old son Jasper and I took a wheel throwing class at Odyssey Clayworks in the spring and we are both thrilled to continue our exploration. It had been 27 years since I had taken a hand building class in college and I forgot how much I love ceramics. If anyone happens to have a pottery wheel or other home studio supplies for sale, we are hoping to create a work space in our basement. I am an artist who has focused mostly on painting and I am also seeking a studio space in the River Arts District. My email is I look forward to meeting other clay enthusiasts from this group!


Thursday, July 7, 2022

July Clay Club Next Week!

Hey guys! July Clay Club is coming up next Wednesday! Check out the entire email with all the info you need here:

Hey guys! July Clay Club is coming up next Wednesday! Check out the entire email with all the info you need here:

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Looking for kiln shelves

 Barry Rhodes, a Madison County NC potter is looking for three 18” x 18” silicon carbide shelves either nitride or oxidation bonded for a small wood kiln I am building. If anyone has some spare shelves this size for sale, barter, or to get rid of, please contact me at Thanks.

Barry Rhodes

Monday, July 4, 2022

Workshop - Handbuilding FUN-damentals! with Didem Mert: July 22-24, 2022

Put the fun into the FUN-damentals of handbuilding! Beginners, intermediate students, and advanced clay peeps are all welcome for this "handy" workshop. Didem Mert (she/they) will teach participants how to make pinched cups, slab mugs, over three different handle designs, coil and pinched and paddled large coil vessels, jewelry, and more! Oh, you thought we were only building in this workshop? Guess again! Didem will also show participants how to use terra sigs., underglazes, stencils and more to create one of a kind surfaces that POP and feel alive! A perk of the decorating/surfacing techniques taught and used in this workshop is that these surfaces will be applied to pieces pre-bisque firing! Firing not included.

Date & Time: July 22nd-24th 10am-5pm

Age & Level: All levels welcome. 14+

Format: Hands-on & Demonstration

Materials Provided: Clay (Redstone, Speckled Brownstone, and Porcelain P5), Various Amaco Velvet Underglazes, Colored Porcelain, Terra Sigillata, NiChrome Wire for Jewelry, Printer Paper. Each participant will also receive a Didem Mert and Troy Bungart collaboration Paddle Tool and Handle Attachment Tool as a gift! Student materials list will be emailed upon registration.

Happy Hour Date: Students are invited to stay for lite snacks and beverages on July 22 from 5-6pm.

Learn more and sign up at

Monday, June 27, 2022

Workshop Narrative Form and Surface with Lynne Hobaica and Rickie Barnett: July 11th-15th, 2022 at Double Island Studio

This workshop will bridge the gap between using form and surface to depict narrative. We’ll begin by using basic clay building techniques—slab, pinch, coil—to create stylized figurative components. Once the figurative objects are complete, they will become 3-D canvases that we’ll use to explore a number of decorating techniques involving building layers and carving back into them. We’ll discuss why storytelling is important and offer tools to develop a creative way to recount or invent history.  Firing not included.

Date & Time: July 11th-15th 10am-5pm

Age & Level: 16+ All levels welcome

Format: Hands-on & Demonstration

Materials Provided: Redstone Clay (you are welcome to bring clay from home; it is suggested to work with a red body for this workshop), all temperature slips,  Amaco Velvet Underglazes. Student materials list will be emailed upon registration.

Learn more and sign up at:

Friday, June 24, 2022

Mica Gallery Featured Artists for July

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – is pleased to introduce our Highlighted Artist-Members for the month of July, Sondra Dorn and Teresa Pietsch.

Dorn is a mixed media artist whose paintings are reminiscent of abstract landscapes. “I generate ideas in several ways,” Dorn says as she describes visits to botanical gardens and examining objects under a microscope. “I take photographs while walking and driving around and ideas evolve just by working--one idea always leads to another--each a new discovery.” Dorn’s new work for the July Mica exhibition will feature black and white gel plate monotypes that she will work back into with color for a painterly, gestural final effect. Dorn was a Core Fellow and Resident Artist at Penland School of Craft. She lives in Asheville.

Pietsch finds imagery and inspiration by walking her dogs in the quiet of the woods. “Working in earthenware with colored slips,” she says, “allows me to respond to the textures and colors I see in all seasons. Each new piece I make and decorate is like a page from a sketchbook." Pietsch makes works that are objects of beauty and functional at the same time. Her cups, pitchers, vases and platters are her way of translating gardens onto a canvas. Her work, she reflects, “speaks to growth cycles and the passage of time.” Pietsch grew up in Washington State and graduated from Seattle Pacific University. After a residency at the Energy Exchange, she settled near Penland School of Craft.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. Mica is open daily, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wanted: Carpentry Help

 Looking to hire someone with carpentry skills for a small job in the Fairview area. I have a walkout basement and level ground where I would like to locate my electric kiln. Something very simple to protect it from the elements. I will bring in an electrician to run the electrical. Referrals also appreciated.



Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Introduction to Block Printing with Roby Summerfield: June 25th, 2022

Introduction to Block Printing with Roby Summerfield: June 25th, 2022

 Description: This workshop offers the essential components to creating unique relief block prints. Participants will learn how to carve linoleum, ink blocks, and print their own personal imagery. Demonstrations include imagery transfer, building texture, and instruction of the required tools needed to create their own prints. There will be plenty of hands-on work time and each participant will leave with several prints and the required skills to continue their printmaking journey.

Date & Time: June25th 10am-3pm

Age & Level: Open to all levels. Ages 14 +

Format: Hands-on & Demonstration

Materials Provided: All printmaking tools required for this workshop (ink, carving tools, brayers, paper, and lino) Student materials list will be emailed upon registration.

Cancellation policy: 100% refund if we can fill your spot. 50% refund if we cannot fill your spot. No refund for cancellations received less than 2 weeks from workshop date.

Sign up at:

Roby Summerfield resides in beautiful Bakersville, North Carolina. She’s passionate about printmaking and draws inspiration from her enormous botanical collection. She has taught and assisted in a variety of printmaking workshops and community events.

When she is not in her studio, she is actively involved in community service, loving on her animals, and going to high school at Mayland Early College. Her most recent accomplishments include creating Bakersville’s first Little Free Library and participating in Toe River Arts massive scale wood block print workshop, Big Ink. 

June Clay Club Follow Up

 Hello Clubbers!

June Clay Club was an immersive time at Rodney Leftwich's home and studio in Mills River. We were treated to a tour of his lovely studio and property with a beautiful pond, and to an in-depth talk about the history of pottery in our area beginning with the Native Americans. 

Rodney has an extensive knowledge that he has not only put down into writing, but also explored in the work he has created over the years. Next time you see him, ask him about it, you will be in for a treat. 

Next Clay Club: July 13th 6-8 at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville. More information to come