Potters of the Blue Ridge is partnering with ASU's Appalachian Ceramics Association to host a one day workshop by Sunshine Cobb on April 28th. It's free and open to the public, and there's a parking deck within walking distance. More details in the flyer (click to enlarge).
Rabbit Creek Pottery will be closing shop at its current location in Dillsboro, NC at the end of June this year. It would be an ideal turn-key opportunity for a potter wanting to get into business in a beautiful little mountain town!
Light and Airy with Easy Access
Equipment and Gallery Furniture for Sale
Building For Rent
Ideal for someone ready to start their own pottery business.
Available July 1st 2018.
For Further Information:
Annie Burrell 828-371-3808
Elise Delfield shared this info and adds the following:
Walk in traffic
Cute crafty community
45 minutes from Asheville
Discover how Scale Up artist, Adam Ledford answers this provocative question by creating a portrait of mid-century America through the recreation of objects with clay and charcoal drawings in his project, Don’t Worry About the Government. Ledford will discuss a visual reimagining of Levittown, an archetypal post-war suburb of Philadelphia, and how his work invites us to look at post-war America’s changing relationship with nature, work, and food as evidenced by the proliferation of home gadgets, convenience foods, and decoration.
Friday, May 11
Center for Craft
67 Broadway St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from award-winning Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Adam Ledford in an upcoming workshop co-hosted by the Center for Craft and Odyssey Clayworks. In this large-scale hand-building workshop, students will work with Ledford and learn techniques to create large vessel forms. Emphasis will be placed on how clay texture impacts building techniques and experimentation with non-traditional clay tools can lead to unique shapes and textures. The workshop will include hands-on studio time and Ledford will also share images from his travels and from historical research he has conducted of various museum collections. The cost of this workshop includes the $150 tuition and a $30 lab fee.
Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.
About Adam Ledford
In 2011, Ledford was awarded a Windgate Fellowship which allowed him to pursue a course of research through visiting storage and handling historical decorative arts collections along the Eastern Seaboard, Pacific Northwest, England and United Arab Emirates.
In addition to his residency at the Archie Bray Foundation, Ledford has been an artist in residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in New Castle, Maine and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Center in Skælskør, Denmark. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including Denmark, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Italy and Poland. Ledford has upcoming solo exhibitions at the University City Arts League in Philadelphia and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington.
The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have are conducting a survey to “quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of 'Keep Asheville Creative,' is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.”
FAQ from the survey website:
What are we doing?
We are working to create affordable artist housing and work space solutions in Asheville and we need your help!
Why do you need me?
Your voice is critical in helping us quantify the demand for space and prioritizing the types of spaces, features and amenities that will be considered for the project. Other local development efforts may also be inspired by the survey results.
How can I help?
TAKE THE SURVEY AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS! (Download media kit here) Click the survey link(s) above to take the survey(s) that pertains to you. Each survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and may be taken at separate times. Both are best viewed on a computer, laptop, or other device with a large screen. At the end of each survey, please click on the "Submit" button to ensure that your responses have been recorded. We greatly value your time and perspective!
Should I take both surveys?
No, if your circumstance is fully reflected in one of the survey descriptions. Yes, if you have different individual and business/organizational space needs.
Who is involved?
The Center for Craft and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership with dozens of local arts and creative organizations, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, UNC Asheville, and Artspace, a national nonprofit leader in developing affordable space solutions for artists and creatives. Please join us!
What’s the idea?
To create permanently affordable artist housing and studio/work space in a mixed-use arts development. The project could include space for creative sector organizations and businesses. For additional information and background, please read these FAQ questions or click HERE to view the preliminary feasibility report that Artspace published in August 2017.
Who is funding this?
The Arts Market Survey has been generously funded by: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Center for Craft, Ted and Senator Terry Van Duyn, Duke Energy Foundation, HomeTrust Bank, Dana and Jana Stonestreet, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Diamond Brand Gear.
Looking for something fun and creative for your children to do this summer?
Join us for a high energy, super fun week in the clay studio. You’ll explore the many different ways to create wonderful works of art with clay. Use your imagination to bring wacky creatures to life. Take a spin on the potter’s wheel and learn to make cups and bowls that you can use at home. Your one-of-a-kind, amazing creations will dazzle your friends and family.
On the first page are the working pieces that have been in use until recently. The Jewelry/test kiln has 3 or 4 shelves that fit it that I will include with it. The wheel also has a lever to control the speed of the wheel as well as a foot pedal. (Click on the flyer to enlarge it or download a pdf here: https://goo.gl/EVbcT5)
On the second page are pictures of 2 different kilns that have been in my storage unit for a couple of years, they both need to be reworked. I tested the continuity on the elements on the larger kiln and it measured consistent resistance. I’m sure if someone wants to rebuild them they would want to replace the old elements with new ones. Which are listed in as well. These units belonged to my girlfriend and I think she intended to have them rebuilt but found her main work on smaller items. (Click on the flyer to enlarge it or download a pdf here: https://goo.gl/gdusdC)
I really would like to see these go to someone or place who can find a use for them either to rebuild or convert to gas or Raku firing. If they were to buy the new elements I’d give them the kilns. Would like to hear any ideas on what to do with the equipment or where to find a home for them.
Contact Bernie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-508-9958.
I know this is probably last minute. The current working members are meeting this Saturday and are seeking new members. We aren't just seeking potters, if you all know anyone works in another medium and is interested in joining our shop this year, please let us know. Toe River Crafts has been around for 45 years!!!! Visit to our website and download the application information. We look forward to hearing form you! :)
If interested, please return application information on Friday by midnight.
Toe River Crafts is a 45-year-old for profit, artist run cooperative gallery. We are located in Celo 15 minutes north of Burnsville NC. We currently have 11 working members and 24 consignment artists. We welcome new artists thru twice a year jury process, in April and July. Your artwork will be evaluative your technical skill, continuity of style and original view point. As a cooperative we will factor in other existing artists working in your medium and gauge the sell ability of your work in our gallery. Artists members fit well in our cooperative spirit.
Our cooperative is as vital to our success as we are to our crafts. The basis for this cooperative is the trust and respect we have for each other. This allows us to work steadily towards the growth of Toe River Crafts and all of our members. This is why we ask you to include the information requested on the application form.
Toe River Crafts juries are traditionally twice a year, in April and July.
There are a few points to consider before completing the application and submitting your work to be juried.
You are essentially applying to be a partner in a retail crafts gallery business. If you are accepted, every member must meet the following requirements:
•Pay the $100.00 initiation fee
•Commit to the business both functionally and financially, for a minimum of six months.
•Work all of your scheduled hours in the gallery or pay a substitute to work them for you. Penalties will be assessed if your hours are not covered.
•Train for a minimum of eight hours on gallery procedures before your first scheduled work day
•Price your own work and label it so it can be read
•Read, understand and adhere to all bylaws and operating policies
•Attend 4 meetings per year
•Receive 75% commission
As a member in good standing, you will be expected to serve on at least two committees.
Please email your completed application to the gallery along with 5 images of your work at least TWO WEEKS before the jury date. These craft items should reflect the full range for work you wish to display and sell.
The jury chairperson will notify you within 7 days after the jury as to our decisions concerning your acceptance. If accepted, you will be expected to train during the first month of membership to learn gallery procedures and work regular member hours.
TOE RIVER CRAFTS
6274 HIGHWAY 80 S
BURNSVILLE, NC 28714
Application for jury
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:_____________________________________________
WEBSITE/ FACEBOOK :______________________________________________
OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:__________________________________________________________
PLEASE DESCRIBE THE MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES USED IN YOUR WORK
Please send your 5 images as jpegs. along with a little bit about yourself to email@example.com. Please return the application once you have filled it out.
NUMBER EACH SAMPLE TO CORRESPOND TO THE DECSCRIPTION ON THIS APPLICATION FORM
1. RETAIL PRICE
2. RETAIL PRICE
3. RETAIL PRICE
4. RETAIL PRICE
5. RETAIL PRICE
THE SAMPLES PROVIDED TO THE JURY HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE APPLICANT (SIGN):_____________________________________________________
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN ARTIST?_________________________________
WHERE HAVE YOU STUDIED?_______________________________________________
WHERE DO YOU SELL YOUR WORK?___________________________________________________
IS THERE ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE FOR US TO KNOW ABUOT YOUR WORK?___________________________________________________
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT TOE RIVER CRAFTS?________________________________________________________
The Potters of the Blue Ridge have invited Clay Clubbers to join them next Wednesday, March 14th, for their annual Tea Party. (This is happening at our usual meeting time and will take the place of a regular meeting for us this month.) Thanks to Cindy Pacileo, Bob Meier and all the Potters of the Blue Ridge for inviting us!
Potters of the Blue Ridge members will be unveiling the 13 teapots they made for their Teapot Challenge. They each made a teapot body, handle, spout and lid from cone 6 clay, then exchanged parts so they got none of their own, took them home and crafted a teapot out of mismatched parts. The teapots will auctioned off at Watauga High School's annual Empty Bowls event benefiting their local food bank.
Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery and Studio is located at 585 West King Street, Suite D in Boone. The studio is right downtown, with free parking after 5 in the lot beside and behind the studio. The main entrance is on King Street and down a flight of stairs, but it's easier to park in the lower part of the parking lot next door and come in the back door. Directions available here: http://doeridgepottery.homestead.com/contact.html
Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey county folks: I’ll be going from Bakersville if anyone would like to ride with me. Asheville and other area folks: let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or on this post on Facebook and we’ll see what we can coordinate.
Questions? Contact Cindy Pacileo at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact me at email@example.com or at 828-467-1183.
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Here are the details from Tyler-James Anderson:
I am currently moving studios and realizing it's time to get rid of my wheel. I am selling my Brent model i.e. 1/3 hp wheel for 700 obo. Bought it a little over a year ago and barely used it. Works great but I am trying to downsize and I do mostly slipcasting these days. Wheel is located in Asheville up off Bingham rd. If you have any questions please feel free to text or email me back at 951 639 7108, or firstname.lastname@example.org
We're having an upcoming show with a local celebrity - the internationally famous and locally loved ceramicist, educator, and just all around wonderful person, Susan Feagin will be gracing us with both her work as well as her presence on Saturday, March 10th.
So, join us at In Tandem Gallery from 5:00pm - 9:00pm for a time of food, drink, and some amazing pieces fresh out of the kiln.
She really is amazing and her work is so nuanced with layers of texture and color and imagery and print,... all handbuilt and extremely labor intensive. Susan is currently the Penland School of Crafts Ceramics Supervisor / Coordinator.
$450-$775 / 400ft2 -800 SQ ft- Bright and Beautiful West Asheville Commercial Studio (West ASHEVILLE)
Potters! Bright and beautiful West Asheville commercial work space for you. Available immediately. Vent and 220 voltage for kiln already in place. Drain trap already installed.
Move in March 15th-April 1st. ...400 SQ ft to 800 SQ ft available.
Newly painted walls with low VOC paint. Skylights and multiple windows. Landlord maintains the gardens. Ground floor. Designated gravel parking spots with overflow. Cement floor. Gas heat. Walking distance to best coffee shops and bakeries: Flora's Forage and the Owl Bakery. Flexibility with move in.
Could possibly be a co-working space. Come check it out. Current artists are moving out -- take over our lease and get a better rate! Please email email@example.com to schedule a showing or to discuss further details. Thank you.
Penland’s annual open house is this Saturday. From the Penland website:
The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to between 350 and 500 adults and children from Mitchell County and beyond, engaging them in free, quality hands-on studio experiences. The Community Open House also offers information about Penland’s upcoming workshops and other programs.
Each year, over 100 artist volunteers from the surrounding community make this day possible by helping visitors with the hands-on activities in the studios.
The 2018 Penland School of Crafts Community Open House will be Saturday, March 3 from 1-5 PM. Please join us for a range of craft activities around the Penland campus.
The Mitchell High School Marching Band Boosters will be selling hot dog lunches in front of the Pines Dining Hall at Penland from 12:30 until 5pm. The Penland Coffee House will also be open to sell drinks and snacks.
This Friday head to The Bright Angle for an open studio and sample sale! The Bright Angle will be celebrating in their studio on Friday March 2nd from 5-8:00 pm at the Refinery Creator Space - 207 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, NC.
The event will feature a special sale with samples and one of a kind pieces. Spend $50 or $100 to fill up an entire box of products. Enjoy local craft brews and delicious snacks and hang with the community!
I have 2 kilns for sale, on is an LnL TB3418, 13.8 cubic feet, 431/2 L X 30 1/2 W !8 D on matel stand Dtnatrol digital controller, new top and controller. retail $6905, asking $3300...and a sckutt LT-3K sitter kiln with digital controller, asking $750. Pick up only. We are in West Asheville, you are welcome to come and have a look, text me on 831 291 6546. Also have around 80- 100 molds, some slip cast, some 3 D and lots of hand done fish and marine molds. $5, 10 and $20, or $400 the lot.
Planning an exciting workshop here at my studio. I think it will be super fun and informative for all potters who wish to understand more about our field and processes. Don't miss this rare opportunity!! Cheap too!!! With a delicious lunch provided.
Attached is a list of refractory materials I have for sale. I have undercounted some of these but the numbers printed are guaranteed and there are some things not listed that need to go home with anyone interested in the whole list as well.
Sturdy, handmade, pine timberframe potter's kickwheel made by a professional potter. Dovetail joints. Cast concrete kickwheel spins easily and maintains rotation with minimal foot action. Comfortable to use.
44W x 41D x 49H(adjustable)
The wheel is located at Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, North Carolina. Delivery possible.
REGISTER HERE or call The Village Potters, (828) 253-2424
The Village Potters Teaching Center presents the second installment of their 2018 Masters Series Workshop with a one-day demonstration workshop featuring Asheville studio potter Kyle Carpenter. The workshop will take place in their Independent Study and Mentoring Studio.
The workshop will focus primarily on developing visual interest on a clay surface, and will explore basic and complex surface decoration. Demonstration will include throwing, stamping, roping, slip application, wax resist, and painting with commercial underglazes.
As a studio potter, Kyle Carpenter works diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. “As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I’m interested in folk pottery of many origins. Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.”
The Village Potters’ Masters Series Workshop are a part of their Independent Study & Mentoring Program, and are offered to artists who have been accepted to that studio, with a limited number of tickets available to the general public.
Thanks to Anita Blackwell for hosting Clay Club at YaYa Yoga & Market! YaYa Yoga & Market is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine. It is a “a yoga studio, sanctuary, art gallery, gift shop, healing space, indoor market and a space for holding beautiful events for empowerment and celebration.” The yoga room is a calm space with wonderfully decorated walls. It is truly a lovely place.
Anita led us through series of yoga movements, concentrating on areas of specific concern to potters and ceramic artists. Among the tips she shared: a lot of us work in a way that has our body hunched over, while throwing or otherwise working with clay. Be aware of that and remember to move in the opposite direction to counteract that. She suggested the idea of “qualifying your pain”: paying attention to your pain and rating it, then trying to address it with movement. So, for example, if your back hurts and you rate the pain as 7/10, try some movements to counteract that, then qualify your pain again and see if it has lessened. (Anita was also clear that if you’re experiencing pain that needs to be addressed by a physician, that should definitely be done to rule out anything that needs to addressed medically.) While you’re working, Anita suggested pausing every hour to consider your body and how you might move to counteract or prevent pain.
I am just barely touching on everything Anita shared with us! Anita is a Registered Yoga Teacher *and* a ceramic artist - she understands what we do and how to address it. If you have an opportunity to take a class or private lesson with her, I highly recommend it. Here’s a little about Anita's path to teaching yoga and owning and running YaYa Yoga & Market:
After 15 years working as a nurse practitioner in Florida, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. My life was changed forever, and yoga would become my “go to” in life — a path out of suffering. I quit medicine and started my healing touch and art career.
I moved to Spruce Pine, NC in 2008 to retire and be near Penland School of Crafts and to continue my exploration of clay and art. Excited to find a wonderful afternoon yoga class at our local bookstore, I began to attend class and substitute teach on occasion. That was the beginning of my passion to teach yoga and open a studio. In 2008, I completed a Yoga Alliance approved teacher training in Subtle Yoga with Kristine Kaoverii Weber, in Asheville, NC, and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Here’s what’s going in February at YaYa Yoga & Market:
Check out more about Anita and YaYa Yoga & Market (including the current schedule of yoga classes) on their website: yayamarket.com
Stackable Sculptures with Molly Morning-glory Drinking Buddies with Cayce Kolstad Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Nich Daunis Insight Into Altered Forms with Tyler-James Anderson Clay Fountains with Mac McCusker Pottery Wheel Essentials with Gillan Doty Terra Flora with Sara Ballek Imaginary Creatures For Kids Ages 7-12 with Laurie Caffery Harris Raku Magic One-Day Workshop With Paul Gisondo Ready, Set, Throw! One-Day pottery class with Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.