Friday, August 7, 2020

Mitchell County Empty Bowls online starting Saturday

The Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff will move online this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Bidding for handcrafted bowls by local artisans opens online on Saturday, August 8th at 9:00 am and closes Friday August 14th at 9:00 pm at To win a bowl, participants must donate at least $40. There are a limited number of bowls available. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their unique handcrafted bowls by drive-through Saturday, August 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Spruce Pine First Baptist Church. Due to the new format, bidders will not be able to select their bowls, a tangible reminder that many people in the county are unable to select the food they want to eat.

Visit the online auction here:

 (above article from the Mitchell News-Journal)

Monday, August 3, 2020

High Country Ceramic Arts: current studio opportunities and pottery sale

High Country Ceramic Arts, a community pottery studio in Burnsville, welcomes the public to our first annual sale, this Friday and Saturday, August 7 & 8, from 10am-4pm. The sale will include 10% off everything in the gallery, as well as 10% off beginners and membership packages.

Our gallery features both sculptural ceramic arts and functional pottery created by gallery artists; Linda Powell, John George, Katrina George, John Maddox, Diane McGrath, Cheryl Munyan, Kemberly McKinney, Karen Miller, Melanie Risch, Donna Sol, Martin Stankus, and Yaffa Todd.

Due to COVID-19, we cannot currently schedule classes, but can still offer one-on-one lessons. Masks will be required for all those who enter the gallery and studio space. The beginner's package includes three lessons and one month of membership for $180.

Memberships are $260 for three months and include 24/7 access to the studio and community equipment and the opportunity to sell their work through the gallery.

Our gallery is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 4pm. Community members who are interested in seeing the gallery and studio space are welcome to come and look around. Stop by High Country Ceramic Arts this Friday and Saturday to see locally made pottery and support Burnsville’s craft culture.

For more information about membership, call Linda Powell at 284-5760. Visit the studio at 552 East US Hwy. 19E.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Potential pottery co-op space: Warehouse for rent in rural Weaverville, 25 minutes north of Asheville

From Hart and Mary Morgaine Squire:

Seeking tenant (s) for a large, rural warehouse located at the end of Reems Creek Road on Maney Branch.

The earth-brimmed, green-design warehouse is over 6,000 square feet, not including the large dock area. About 1,000 square feet of that is a walk-in cooler (which can be used as a room if not needed as a cooler). There is access to single phase, 3-phase, 220 and a converter for electricity.  The warehouse has domed skylights that provide plenty of light without ever having to turn on the lights. There is a garage door, kitchen and one bathroom. The warehouse is surrounded by an active organic farm/gardens, nature trail and residential community. It has an access for trucks, though we'd like to curtail most semi-traffic. $3,000 a month in rent, plus $3000 deposit. We provide water, sewer and garbage. Tenants would be responsible for electric, recycling, refrigeration and propane. Ideally the tenants would have low to no semi-traffic as well as moderate septic needs.

Additional photos available on request.

We look forward to hearing from you if this is up your alley

Thank you and,
Green Blessings,
Hart and Mary Morgaine Squire
Herb Mountain Farm
    Weaverville, NC
~Mary Morgaine Squire


Free kiln in Weaverville

*****UPDATE: the kiln has been taken!*****

Here are the details from Jim McDowell:

selling thermos lite two burner gas kiln. three sections good shape. thought I could fire this as a regular but could not control the temp. make a great raku kiln. 100.00 firm NOW FREE!

call jim 828-989-8484

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Kilns and more for sale in Banner Elk, NC

Note forwarded from Banner Elk potter Tim Turner:

I'm having to move my studio and am getting rid of a few things.
2 Skutt Kiln KM 1027
With shelves and furniture
$1500 each
Northstar extruder
Have a couple hundred pounds of Phoenix and Zellastone and some dry
If you spread the word that would great.
Thanks Tim

Tim Turner's phone and text number is 828-260-6016.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Ceramic chemicals and supplies for sale or trade in Chimney Rock, NC

Linda Castren has ceramic chemicals and supplies for sale or trade in the Chimney Rock area. The chemicals include nepheline syenite, frit 3124, Tennessee ball clay, silica and barium carbonate. There's also powdered casting slip. See the images for details.

Contact Linda at 828-253-2565.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Help the Barnes' Recover after Studio + Kiln Barn Burned Down

Help The Barnes' After Devastating Fire!


From Brant & Karen Barnes:

'Riverwood Pottery (located in Dillsboro, NC) is the face of our family's clay business, but our barn was the heart of it.  It was where the alchemy happened, where we built our kilns and glazed & fired our ware.  It's where we started out in 1984 and where we were planning to retire.  Watching it burn was beyond heartbreaking.

We had been firing our wood kiln since 5:00 am, something we love and have done so many times over the years.  After we reached temperature and finished salting, we went through our shutdown routine and headed to the house for showers and dinner around 6:00 pm.

At 8:30 we heard an explosion and looked out to see the whole barn in flames.  It was already obvious that it was beyond saving, but the fire department was able to keep it from spreading to our 330-gallon propane tank (!) and our truck (the taillights were melted, but can be replaced). They got it put out around 11:00pm. 

The destruction was complete--but our house and the neighbors were OK, so we're hugely grateful for that.  The wood kiln we think we can repair--it was at the edge of the fire--but our glaze kiln was in the middle of it and we'll need to rebuild it, along with our studio.

There are a lot of things we can't replace:  our glaze & firing notebooks, our favorite tools and our pottery collection are gone.  But we can build new kilns and a nice little studio to come home to--it's all we need, so that's what we plan to do."

Monday, July 6, 2020

Kiln (Skutt) Master Controller for Sale

This lightly used controller comes with an older Gare electric kiln (7 cu ft). The Gare kiln was originally a manual controlled kiln, retrofitted with the Skutt Kiln Master Controller for more convenient, automatic firing capabilities.
The Master Controller was purchased new in 2013 and fired approximately 10 times (to bisque temperature). The Gare kiln is well worn, but fired fine to bisque temperatures until 2017 when its was put in storage. It may have the ability to fire higher, we just never have. At last firing in 2017, all electrical components functioned fine. Pick up only in Canton, NC 28716.
$400 firm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Slab roller for sale in High Point, NC


Bailey 22 inch Mini Might II Slab Roller with Legs (M-400-002).

Note: this roller uses masonite (or other material) sheets to control thickness.

Asking $100.

Please contact Bruce at

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Kiln for sale in Weaverville

*****UPDATE 8/2/20: the kiln has been taken!*****

Here are the details from Jim McDowell:

selling thermos lite two burner gas kiln. three sections good shape. thought I could fire this as a regular but could not control the temp. make a great raku kiln. 100.00 firm Now free!
call jim 828-989-8484

Wanted: tabletop slab roller

Asheville potter looking for a table top slab roller in good condition. Please contact me by email if you have a lead, thanks!

Laurie Caffery Harris

Friday, June 19, 2020

Sales booth available for free

Here are the details from Chris Chiwa Clark‎:

For Free - My loved sales booth -

This is a great sales booth for someone selling wall work. I have used it on the Concourse at the Cellular Center for years during the Guild Show (6’ x 15’), and downstairs at the Guild show before that as a 10X10, and outdoors as a booth under a tent as well. It is made of about 15 hollow core doors (2 are solid), put together with hinges. The doors are 80” tall and vary from 15” to 2 ‘. There are two wooden bars that go across the front for lights, that can be placed on a triangle of doors for more display and support. It can have two corners of 3 shelves.

You can see one corner of shelves in the picture below. The rug is available as well - a Pier One import of long ago - It is rattan and in 1 ft. squares - so it can be configured to your booth as well.

I have used it and loved it for over 30 years (it was made by a woodworker friend up in MA) I would love to see it have more years as a display booth.

It is being lovingly stored right now at a friends place in West Asheville. E-mail me if you are interested… Chiwa

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wanted: kiln shelves for a reduction gas kiln

Here are the details from Joey Sheehan:

I am looking for some 12 x 24 clay shelves for a reduction gas kiln. Just wanted to put the call out to see if anybody had any to get rid of. They can email me at

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Mica Gallery re-opening July 1st

What: Opening the Gallery
When: July 1, 2020
Where: Downtown Bakersville, NC

Mica is pleased to announce that the gallery will be open once again!

On July 1st Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft will re-open its doors to friends and customers. July hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. And Mica will be open by appointment Sundays through Tuesdays. To make an appointment, please phone Terry Gess at 828-467-0166, the gallery at 828-688-6422, or email, a least a day ahead to be met at Mica for special showing by one of Mica’s artist members.
Mica is following CDC, state, and federal guidelines to keep our gallery healthy. Please be prepared to wear masks and practice social distancing when visiting.

Be assured that Mica will be sanitizing surfaces regularly throughout the day and between visitors. Hand sanitizer will be available upon arrival and paper masks are provided if you forgot to wear yours.

The gallery is brimming with fresh artwork, and Mica artists are excited to welcome our wonderful neighbors, collectors, and friends again. So, please visit us, or make an appointment, and see what’s new.

Mica artists are so grateful for your patience and continued support during this unprecedented time.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. Our hours of operation currently are Wed. - Sat. 10am – 5pm. For more information visit or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Penland School online slide nights

Penland is sharing slide presentations online starting tonight. From the email announcement:
We can't gather in Northlight right now, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a slide night or two! Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing a series of slide presentations by Penland staff. Each one will go live on the dates listed below—at 8:15 PM, of course! We encourage you to tune in then for maximum slide night nostalgia, but the videos will remain up afterwards so you can view them at your leisure.
  • June 3—Ian Henderson (tessellation and tiles) & Nancy Lowe (art, science, and stitching)
  • June 10—Sarah Parkinson (screen printing and natural dyes) & Lynne Hobaica (sculptural ceramics)
  • June 17—Tom Condon (photographs and chemigrams), Alena Applerose (illustration and metalsmithing), Wes Still (video paintings)
Note: These links will display "video unavailable" until 8:15 PM on the date listed

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Free Webinar: Mindset Reset for Creatives

Free Mountain BizWorks webinar: Mindset Reset for Creatives
Friday, June 5
2pm - 4pm

Creative mindset coaches Jen Aly and Johanna Hagarty will address their perspectives on mindset and how important it can be as we move through a time of crisis. Each will also lead us through a variety of exercises and how to cultivate a growth mindset in a time of a broken economy.

Link to registration here:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Is anyone familiar with Carotex clay mined in SC? Googling tells me its a kaolin marketed for masonry applications, but i'm wondering if anyone has used it for pottery making?
I've got access to a palette full if anyone is interested in picking some up from Haywood Community College. email Emily

Thursday, May 21, 2020

NCECA Virtual Cup Exhibition and Sale

(Apologies for the weird formatting. I copied and pasted this from an email announcement that was sent to me.)

virtual cup exhibition and sale 

NCECA's first monthly eBay Cup Exhibition and Sale opens for bidding on Thursday May 21st at 4pm MDT* and closes on May 31st. This inaugural auction is a wonderful opportunity to add to your cup collection or purchase beautiful gifts for those you care about while advancing the field of contemporary ceramic art and learning. Proceeds benefit NCECA’s Fund for Artistic Development which supports creative research and diversity fellowships, international residencies, and student scholarships. Visit this link on and after May 21st to see and bid on cups that are available for purchase at auction. If you are interested in bidding but not yet a user of the eBay platform, you may wish to review this brief instructional video and this page on the auction site.

Each year, NCECA provides more than $50,000 in direct support to artists and students. Beginning tomorrow, new cups will be featured each month on NCECA’s website and NCECA’s eBay Seller Page. Cup makers will retain possession of their works until a winning bid is determined at the close of each month’s auction. NCECA provides makers with a prepaid shipping label to transport the cup to its new owner. 

If you missed the deadline to have your cup featured in the first month of auction items, don’t despair. You can still contribute your work through the participation form at this link.



Amaco glazes for sale

Annie Clingenpeel has cone 05 glazes for sale; details in the flyer above. Annie is near Asheville in Fairview, but will be happy to meet folks.

Contact Annie at

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Large gas kiln for sale in Franklinton, NC

Here are the details from Leslie Martin:

The interior is 35 cubic feet. 47” in height from the floor to the bottom of the arch. The interior front to back and side to side are 34” X 34”. It’s a downdraft and the exit flue is 4.5” X 9” placed vertically. I use a 20” tall bag wall. I place the first shelf about 7” from the floor. The door is a soft brick stack door that needs to be redone. I bought it in July 2003 from Sure fire mfg. high fire kilns and paid $6000. Kiln is on skids and can be moved with a "roll back" tow truck. Chimney needs to be taken down and bricks are included if they are wanted. Will help with dismantling chimney but cost does not include moving.

The hot face lining is 2600* insulation fire brick, 4.5” thick. The sub-lining is 1900* block insulation , 2” thick.

The hearth is high duty firebrick. It is encased in metal and is on a metal skid for transport. The weight is 4000 to 5000 pounds. The kiln has a cone 10 (2381*) max capacity.

It’s fired with 4 raku burners.

I have fired it 90 times. The kiln reduces very well.

I’m asking $4000 and that includes an Axner oxy probe (paid $800 new) and about 13 advancer (lightweight) kiln shelves (paid $2000 new).

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wanted: LOTS of tile setters

Here are the details from Lynda Evans:

I am shopping for a LOT of stackable tile setters, the triangular corner kind. I need to match a large tile order and don't have kiln furniture for this. They are 12" x 12" x 1" and I need to stack high, with air spaces of course. Flexible re solution, if anyone is retiring from tile stacking, maybe we can find each other.

Have some of these tile setters or any leads on some? Contact Lynda at or one of the phone numbers below:

Cell: 423-358-5645
Shop: 423-357-3669

Mica Gallery announces its 2020 season opening online

Mica, the fine contemporary crafts cooperative in downtown Bakersville, NC, showcases the work of its 15 artist-members including sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber, wearables, painting, and functional pottery.

However, during this time of COVID-19 Mica’s doors are closed until it becomes safe to open them again.

Mica has great news though: you can now shop at Mica online.

Mica has established an online store for you to purchase the artists’ crafts.

Simply go to and you will be taken to a virtual gallery displaying a sampling of work by all of Mica’s artists.

For more information visit or call 828.688.6422. Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Updated list of Cady Clay Works studio supplies and equipment for sale

(Original posts here and here)

Custom-made Clay Cutters (photos below) - Drop a log of clay, up to 30" long, onto one of these wired cutters and Hey, Presto - you have multiple pieces of clay the same weight.  Using these will cut so much prep time from your production.  They are set up at 1.25", 2", 3.25" and 3.5".  If you use a 4" diameter log from a pugmill, 1" equals 1 lb.   $35 each or all 4 for $120.

55# Bucket of Refractory Cement, unopened:  Alsey Pilot Super Duty Mortar 2A2050 (up to 2600*)  $45

#8 Inswood-HP Ceramic Fiber Blanket 1" x 24"x 19ft (new in box) $40

1/2 Round High Alumina Kiln Shelves 26" x 13" x 1":  4 - good shape  $25 each/  14 - need grinding  $15 each

Rectangular High Alumina Kiln Shelves 28" x 14" x 1":  5 - never used $60 each

1 1/4" Top Diameter Corks - 83 rough, 36 smooth  $45 all

Beth Gore
336 588 0248 Text
910 464 5661 Landline
Located in Seagrove NC

photos of the custom-made clay cutters:

Free Webinar: Art Gallery Marketing Checklist

Art Gallery Marketing Checklist
Free Online Webinar
Thursday, May 14th

This workshop will focus on strategies to grow foot traffic and increase sales to local area art galleries. Instructor, Martin Brossman, will discuss the latest and most current marketing practices for art galleries. Don’t miss this special event!

Details and link to registration:

Offered via the Small Business Center Network,
North Carolina Community College System
(Facilitated by Mayland Community College Small Business Center)

Monday, May 11, 2020

Kiln for sale in Asheville

From Sandra Wright:


Gently Used Skutt 1018 (2-Ring) Kiln. Features: Easy Loading, Kiln Master Controller, EnviroVent, includes extra thermocouple, shelves, kiln furniture. (firing log available) $750 Call 828-712-8034