CSE is hosting its second annual Shop for Equality on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Participating Asheville-area businesses will donate at least 5% of proceeds to CSE and all funds will go towards our work for full LGBTQ equality across the South.
THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE SIGNED UP FOR 2018 (CHECK BACK FOR MORE LISTINGS!):
Loretta’s (10% donation); Curate; Button & Co. Bagels; Mayfel’s (participating on Monday, December 10 & donating 10%); Chestnut; Blue Dream Curry (10% donation)
COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES & SWEETS:
Cafe Yuzu; Izzy’s Coffee Den (WAVL and Downtown locations); Dynamite Roasting; Liberty House Cafe; Trade & Lore
O’Henrys (10% donation); Crow & Quill (10% donation); The Block Off Biltmore; Nightbell; MG Road (10% donation)
SHOPS & OTHER:
Adorn salon; Akira Satake Ceramics; Asheville Emporium; East Fork Pottery (10% from in-store purchases); Horse and Hero; The Big Crafty; Hip Replacements; One of a Kind Art Gallery (Micaville); Patton Avenue Pet Company (All 3 locations); C&Co.; WellFit; Lexington Glassworks; SmartSign (Sponsor); Cindy Smith, Animal Communicator; JuneBug Retro Resort (Sponsor); The Big Crafty (Sponsor)
Here's what Andy Palmer has to say about the last Bakersville Art Walk of 2018, happening today from 4-7 pm in downtown Bakersville:
Excellent time to come out; see what's happening in town, check out some great artwork, eat some wonderful baked goods at Southern Ridge Cafe (plus hors-d'oeuvres at the galleries), chat with folks and just basically enjoy the evening before the big snowstorm hits and you're home eating all the eggs and milk and bread you bought for the potential snowpocalypse (sounds more like a recipe for french toast then anything else).
And last week the Yancey Times Journal featured a photo of Linda Powell of High Country Ceramic Arts in a front page story about the studio tour - I can't find it online but the print version is below (click to enlarge).
We're celebrating the end of the season with 3 of my favorite ceramicists!! We titled this group show "Reinventing the Classics - Modern Functional Ceramics Based on Historic Styles”.
Not the shortest heading but so apropos.
Melanie Sherman's work is super (and I mean SUPER) decorated in the Rococo style where more is definitely more; gold bling, patterns, delicate paintings... all on every square inch. It's like a sugar rush for the eyes.
Mike Stumbrasis more subdued; elegant but more subtle. His is much more Baroque in nature with flourishes on the handle and raised embellishments on the body. The work really has that sense of elegance and grandeur - and, it's all high fired with soda added to create that aged and atmospheric look. Lovin it!
Blair Clemo is for you more modern Art Deco appreciators! He's super geometric in both form and decoration yet he also has this undulating clay that gives his work a soft but noticeable texture that disrupts the patterning adding another layer to visual drama. Super classy and fun.
It is such a great show and we're thrilled to have them at the gallery, plus having the 'historic styles' unite them really has made it great to see together. So, if you do get a chance; stop by the gallery and tell us what you think; and if you can't, doing the online perusing is good too.
From Potters' Holiday Pop-Up organizer Duffy Baum:
Some of the best potters, ceramic sculptors & Raku artists will be under one roof from 10AM-4PM at Club Eleven 11 Grove St this Saturday December 8th. 11 Grove St is located between S French Broad & Asheland Ave. Free parking across the street in downtown Asheville. Holiday gift giving on your mind? Great opportunity to see some of your favorite artists in one location.
Here's the email from the festival artist & vendor coordinator:
We hope you will accept our invitation for all local & regional artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and other commercial vendors to apply for space at the 73nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on Saturday and Sunday June 22-23, 10am to 5pm.
The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Arts and Craft Fair with food vendors and live music throughout the day, a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing, and the famous Ducky Derby.
An application is attached to this email. Also attached for food vendors is an application for Temporary Food Service that must be completed and approved by the Mitchell County Health Department by 1 June 2018 for any food service to be provided. You may obtain additional applications and information at http://ncrhododendronfestival.org, send a request to email@example.com or call 828-284-1914.
Please note that as per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-255, everyone who sells tangible property at a festival is required to collect and remit NC state & county sales tax, and to have and display their Sales & Use Tax Certificate of Registration at their booth. Failure to comply with this statute is a Class 1 Misdemeanor offence and the individual can be charged as such. If you don’t have a number, registration is free and can be completed online at w̶w̶w̶.̶d̶o̶r̶n̶c̶.̶c̶o̶m̶/̶p̶r̶e̶s̶s̶/̶2̶0̶1̶2̶/̶n̶o̶f̶e̶e̶.̶h̶t̶m̶l̶ (this link appears to be dead - try: https://www.ncdor.gov/taxes-forms/sales-and-use-tax/sales-and-use-tax-registration).
You will be notified within 48 hours as to whether your application has been accepted.
Feel free to forward this email to others you believe might be interested in participating. We are looking forward to the Festival and hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call me @828-284-1914 at your convenience.
Join us for our annual Professional Crafts Holiday Sale Friday, December 7, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Buy custom and handcrafted holiday gifts from our students in the fiber, jewelry, ceramics, and wood programs! Want to beat the crowds? Visit us for the Preview Sale Thursday, December 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
This student-led holiday sale is a valuable opportunity for students to practice the marketing and sales skills they learn in the Professional Craft program, as well as a fun way to engage with community members about craft.
Bob Brotherton's 60 cu. ft. stacking space car kiln is for sale. Must disassemble and move from Canton/Clyde, NC. FULL SALE ONLY - not breaking this up into pieces. Incredible price of $3500.00 !! Needs to be moved ASAP. INCLUDED (images below): Fully intact, lightly used 60 cu. ft. downdraft car kiln Two B-5 Burners with Baso Safety Valves and pressure gauges 20+ Advancer Shelves Kiln posts Metal and Track Inquiries: lori @ thevillagepotters.com
And the new Bank of Art (located in the former Bank of America building, just down the street from the TRAC gallery at 337 Oak Avenue), is holding an open house starting at 6 pm. The Bank of Art has artist studio spaces available for $200/month. Contact Kent Dauderman at email@example.com or 828-467-7806 for more info.
It is almost our favorite time of the year...APM 2018!
32nd Annual Appalachian Potter's Market
Saturday December 1st from 10 to 4pm
McDowell High School's Commons Area + Gymnasium
600 McDowell High School Rd, Marion, NC 28752
APM is hosted by us-folks at McDowell Arts Council Association & The Blue Ridge Traveler!
Are you a pottery nerd? Collector? Newbie? Looking for unique and beautiful Christmas gifts? Or maybe you are ready and willing to check out the wide variety of work within a regional heritage art form you've never considered before! Treat yourself...Appalachian Potters Market is the place to be :) Spend the first weekend in December with us and see what it is all about. We host 60+ Regional North Carolina Potters every year and always find the best functional, decorative, and even silly pieces of pottery and ceramics art to enjoy or gift to friends and loved ones!
This year our Featured Potter is Brenda Schramm of Flame Pottery Boone, NC
The awesome folks at Bruce's Fabulous Foods join us every year on-site so you can grab a great local lunch while you shop.
APM has 31 years of history and tradition to share, through 60+ North Carolina potters. Admission is just $5.00 (we take cash or card at both entrances..though cash makes for a shorter wait-time in line for everyone) Free admission for those 16 yrs old or younger :)
Hours: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person
Directions: I-40/Exit 73/Old Fort
North on Catawba Avenue to US Hwy. 70, turn right driving approximately 10.7 miles to McDowell High School Road. At stoplight, turn right, driving onto campus. Parking and high school entrances are on the right.
Join us for a 10th Year Holiday Preview Party ($5 + free for kids) on Saturday, or come out on Sunday for a free-and-fun-for-all day!
Featuring 170 carefully-selected artists, crafters and makers + sweet mugs + big hugs.
The Big Crafty is proud to have been voted WNC's favorite art event for 10 straight years. We support the creative community in all its go-for-broke, full-of-heart, boundary-pushing, human-scale, all-in, full-tilt glory. MAKE the world you need.
The Big Crafty is produced with generous support from the Asheville Area Arts Council and the City of Asheville.
At Odyssey ClayWorks, we believe that the work we do with clay can help
to sculpt a better world, and that exposure to the creative arts
improves the health of the community. Our studio is home to a thriving
creative community that encourages exploration, passion and curiosity
for working with clay. From beginner to professional, our classes offer
inspirational experiences to artists of all levels. Winter classes begin
Toe River Studio Tour
November 30 - December 2
10 am to 5 pm all three days
5:30 - 7:30 Friday November 30th
Spruce Pine TRAC gallery (269 Oak Avenue)
Twice a year, collectors of fine art and craft head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for the Toe River Studio Tour known for over a quarter century as an event of unsurpassed quality, beauty, and innovative thinking. And beginning November 17, a new excitement will crinkle through the air as the Studio Tour Exhibition opens at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Each participating studio tour artist and gallery are invited to share two of their best pieces with the public in an exhibit mounted on the gallery floor. Displays are arranged geographically and coordinate with the Tour Guide. With only three tour days and so many studios and artists, choices are difficult. The exhibition allows a viewer an opportunity to plan their adventure. And if they aren’t able to be here for the tour, pieces may be purchased until the end of the year.
“This tour welcomes a record 18 new artists, 13 in their own studios. Every year is unique. The artists change; the work evolves. I’m always excited when the boxes arrive—to see a new artist’s work or the evolution of a more seasoned artist.” said Kathryn Andree, who has been Toe River Arts Exhibits Coordinator for over a decade. The participant shows are the biggest exhibits during the year averaging over 150 pieces on pedestals, tables, walls, with a few bigger pieces relegated to the floor. And they are the most diverse, with media ranging from 2-dimensional to glass to clay, wood, and fiber—something for every palate, every wallet. And it’s all just a sampling of what one will find during tour weekend, November 30-December 2.
Stop by and get a sneak preview of tour participant art at the Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. And don’t forget the “Meet-the-Artists” reception on the first evening of the tour, Friday, November 30. Join artists, staff, and all the volunteers who make the tour the best and one of the longest continually running self-guided tours in the country, as we toast the completion of another great year in the Toe River Arts Region of Western North Carolina. Complete information, including the guide, is available online at www.toeriverarts.org or by calling 828-682-7215.
20+ potters working in the Asheville area are hosting a cooperative pop-up market showcasing the sculptural work of featured artist, Mac McCusker, as well functional pottery perfect for holiday gift buying. The Potters Holiday Pop-Up will be held on Saturday, December 8th, from 10 AM - 4 PM at Club Eleven, a diverse downtown Asheville venue at 11 Grove Street.
Featured artist, Mac McCusker, has an MFA in Ceramics from Georgia State University and has worked as a professional ceramic artist for 18 years. Currently living in Asheville, McCusker is an instructor at Odyssey Clayworks and was named a 2018 Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly. While McCusker’s functional pottery often incorporates serious social commentary made more palatable by humor, his main focus is on narrative sculpture. His current work focuses on prejudices about transgender and non-binary individuals as well as issues challenging the larger LGBTQIA community. Through personal narrative, he communicates political and social concerns he hopes will educate others. As an activist artist, he has become both visible and vulnerable, a position he shares to one degree or another, with all transgender folk seeking to live as their authentic selves in a derisive, often dangerous social and political climate. “It was never my intent to put myself in the forefront,” McCusker says. “But if you Google #transgenderartist or #fucktrump, I’m what comes up.” McCusker’s sculptural work portraying endangered animal species empowered by wearing armor also illustrate an aspect of his personal journey.
Including twenty other potters and ceramic artists associated with Odyssey Clayworks and The Village Potters, the Potters Holiday Pop-Up came together as a cooperative effort to highlight some important issues of the day and market local work for holiday gift buying. Says Duffy Baum, the event’s organizer, “I'm a hugely political person. If politics is personal, then Mac exemplifies that in his work better than anyone. Every day is a challenge just to stay alive because of the prejudices he faces. When I asked Mac to be our featured artist, he was able to pull in extremely accomplished potters and sculptors for the market. Because this sale is short and includes very high-end artists, we hope it will be well attended.” Participating artists look forward to holiday sales and to supporting an ongoing conversation about issues affecting our LGBTQIA community.
For more information about the Potters Holiday Pop-Up contact Buffy Daum at
December Clay Club will take place Tuesday, December 18th from 6-8 pm at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville. The date change is due to the Toe River Arts Council holding its annual meeting during our regular meeting time. Linda Powell, our host, is a board member. I encourage any Clay Clubbers who are TRAC members to attend since decisions such as the election of board members take place during the annual meeting.
More details to come, but save the date and join us on December 18th!
Holiday Kiln Opening at Andrew Stephenson Pottery
Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th
Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd
Andrew Stephenson Pottery
121 Middle Oaks Dr
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Holiday Kiln Opening. Stephenson Pottery at 121 Middle Oaks Trail, outside Rutherfordton just east of Lake Lure will be holding its seventh annual Holiday Kiln opening for two weekends. Plan to visit between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25 or Dec. 1 and 2 to see the potters' fresh work emerge from firing and shop for unique, handmade local gifts. All of the pots are wood fired and salt glazed stoneware and include everything from mugs to bowls to vases. To learn more or make an appointment for a visit at a different time, call 828-712-3134 or email Andrew Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Asheville Citizen-Times has a front page story today on East Fork Pottery opening in Biltmore Village in Asheville. Here's the start of the story:
If you didn't know where it was, you might miss the new East Fork Pottery facility. From the street, it's a largely unremarkable building cast in a fading white paint, effectively tucked away near the line between Asheville's River Arts District and Biltmore Village.
To CEO Alex Matisse, it's just the latest step in his company's ambitions to grow, both locally and far beyond.
"It was important to us we found a beautiful space to work in and not just a metal shed on the outskirts of town," Matisse said during a recent tour of the property, where his 15-year-old dog, Zuma, greets most visitors. "Where we have been was really an idyllic and beautiful spot, but we wanted something that was going to be very different from that, obviously, but we still were looking for a space with good bones and integrity.
"This was kind of a sleeper building that you could drive by and not even realize it’s there."
Matisse signed on to lease the 531 Short McDowell St. property in late 2017. It is formerly the home of Kenny Pipe & Supply, and is owned by Sea-Nic Enterprises Inc. East Fork gradually has moved in its equipment as well as roughly 40 employees, split evenly between production staffers and its marketing and sales teams.
Using all North Carolina clay, East Fork, which was founded by Matisse on an ex-Madison County tobacco farm in 2009, remains true to its pottery roots, crafting cereal bowls, dinner plates and vases onsite, as well as a number of other products shipped to an array of commercial and home consumers. Its creations can be found at several popular local restaurants, such as chef Katie Button's Cúrate and chef Brian Canipelli's Cucina 24.
Annual Holiday Art & Ceramics Sale
November 16 and 17, 2018
Friday, 4-7 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
University of North Carolina Asheville
(Apologies for not posting this earlier - just saw this flyer today at Highwater.)
From the UNCA website:
A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass, and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5 on November 16 and 17, 2018. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History. The sale is open to the public. The 2018 Holiday Art Sale will be in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. Visit the sale between 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday and between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Open to the Public with No admission charge.
The Mountain Xpress has an update on East Fork Pottery's new Biltmore Village factory:
East Fork, the pottery studio whose simple plates and bowls are used by several Asheville restaurants, has opened a new factory in Biltmore Village that could help it increase production by 800 percent by 2020.
Among local restaurants that use East Fork’s dinnerware are Curate, Cucina 24, Gan Shan Station, Table, The Montford Rooftop bar and Sovereign Remedies.
East Fork has moved into the defunct Kenny Pipe building at 531 Short McDowell St. The 14,500-square-foot space houses all of East Fork’s manufacturing and shipping operations, as well as support services and areas that will be used for community events. The revitalized space even includes a commercial kitchen in which employees sometimes cook the communal lunch the whole team shares every day around a 26-foot-long table. “Sharing a meal together around one table is something that felt very important to us when designing this new space,” brand manager Erin Hawley says.
The Marshall Handmade Market will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC, from 10am to 5pm. The studios are housed in a 1920's two story brick high school, which is nestled on a little island in the French Broad River. On show day the spacious, sunny auditorium is filled with some of the best makers in the region, and the resident artists open the doors of their classrooms-turned-studios to visitors. We'll have delicious Thai food from the Bun Intended food truck,sweet and savory pastries from OWL Bakery, a musician or two, and plenty of seating on the generous back deck. Our idyllic island setting, the charming historic high school and fantastic artists all combine to make the Marshall Handmade Market a favorite among holiday markets for locals and visitors.
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 email@example.com for more info.