We have created an exciting three day event in the rural, mountainous Franklin, North Carolina area.
Cowee Valley Pottery Festival: Sharing our beautiful venue with prominent potters from near and far and with pottery lovers. Celebrating ceramic arts of today and honoring our past.
The Cowee Pottery School is located in the historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. We are a non-profit, volunteer driven organization. We teach classes, do community outreach through local organizations, and strive to educate all about the importance of heritage arts. www.coweevalleypotteryfestival.com
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Terry Gess is selling this photo tent:
FOR SALE — Large Photo Tent
Retails for $140+
Sell for $48.00
4 foot Lastolite Cubelite
Easily collapses flat
Features a unique base diffusion system
Ideal for pottery product shots
The Cubelite allows the photographer to control the lighting of products, minimizing shadows and isolating the subject from the background. It's never been easier to take quick and crisp product shots on location or in the studio. Simply set up the Cubelite, place lights on the outside and you're good to go.
Contact Terry at email@example.com or 828-467-0166.
Thank you for your
interest in being an exhibitor for Gallery 101's new rotating monthly
exhibition space. Each month Gallery 101 will host 1-2 artists in the
upstairs gallery at its 56 S Lexington Ave Unit 101 location in
downtown Asheville. Together you the artist and we the gallery will
work to make your exhibition a success.
The following is a
breakdown of responsibilities for your exhibition:
distribution of press releases and inclusion on 3rd party online
and distribution of posters and postcards in collaboration with the
Planning an opening
and/or closing reception including providing food, drinks, and
materials such as pedestals and shelves
Printing and hanging
print material such as show and artist statements
Providing price tags
for continuity in the show
Providing a check for
sales to the artist within 7 days of the event closing
Responsibilities of the
Provide images of
your work 30 days before the opening of your exhibition. Gallery 101
will then design posters and postcards to your specifications. The
artist is responsible for covering the cost of these materials and
has discretion on quantities and budget. Both the artist and Gallery
101 will distribute materials to their respective contact lists.
Promotion of the
exhibition on social media if the artist utilizes it as well as any
other avenues the artist traditionally uses for self promotion
The option to
provide additional display materials especially if they may be
specific to the work and enhance the exhibition display
to the artist:
providing the budget for posters and post cards to be used for
promotion of the show and distributed by both the gallery and the
The artist receives
70% of sales and the gallery receives 30% of sales
If you are interested in
working together please contact us to set up a time to come and view
the gallery and discuss any questions you may have. If you are ready
to jump in, send the following information to the email below:
5 images of your
3-5 images of your
work in a gallery setting if available
The Village Potters Clay Center is excited to kick off their Clay Business Hour series in 2020. These 1-hour business presentations/talks are free. We welcome potters and creatives of all kinds.
See details below.
Intro to Money Mindset Makeover:
for Artists, Creatives, and Rebels
with Jen Aly, Money Coach for Creatives
Friday, January 24th from 10:00 - 11:00am
The Village Potters Clay Center - ISM Studio
191 Lyman St., #180
Asheville, NC 28801
RSVP to Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
This interactive presentation creates a complete mindset shift in how participants view money.
Do you want more freedom in your life? Are you open to a new, empowering relationship with money? Are you ready to earn what you’re worth & get to the next level?
Discover empowering insights about your financial life
Gain tools and practices to shift your money life into prosperity
Create a new inspiring perspective on marketing & sales
Learn the most important thing to focus on that will generate income
See your money and your business in a whole new light!
Jen Aly is a bridge between the financial & business world and artists & creatives. For the past 20 years, it has been her passion to help people reclaim and harness the creative process to succeed. Today that translates into supporting creatives to succeed in the business world by supporting them to apply business skills in a way that leverages their genius. A creative herself, she bootstrapped an Asheville-based jewelry design business that has grown every year since its start in 2013. A coach since 2003, Jen is committed to empowering creatives to thrive in expression, money, and business via coaching, workshops, and community programs. In 2019 she did a TEDx talk "Harness Creativity as Your Greatest Business Asset." Learn more at JenAlyCoaching.com.
Hosted by Penland School of Craft February 15 & 22
Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden are two local organizations are focused on ending hunger in our neighborhood – and they need your support! Each year, these organizations host popular Empty Bowls events to raise money for the cause. This year, we are combining our efforts to gather together the many beautiful bowls it takes to make these events possible.
What is Empty Bowls?
If you have not participated before, Empty Bowls asks participating artists to create and donate bowls for events, at which a simple and delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert is provided from local restaurants and families. Guests choose a bowl that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Ticket sales help to fund the hunger-fighting organizations, and bring folks together for an evening of sharing and community.
Join us! We’ll be making bowls, mugs, cups, and vases in the Clay studio
February 15, 10am – 6pm: Wheel throwing till 2pm/trimming till 6pm & hand building all day. Clay has been generously donated by The Village Potters & Laguna Clay
February 22,10am–6pm: Glazing. Glazing. Glazing.
What to bring? Yourself of course! A Pot-luck snack or drink to share, your favorite tools, apron, towel and bucket.
Can’t come? We need help firing and sanding bottoms on other days, how would you like to help?
Dan Anderson March 15-16 and Matt Schiemann April 18-19th workshops are $150 for two days of demonstrations. Space reserved by full payment, first checks in, first spots. Dan's already has a few spots filled!
Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic arts summer workshop series are hands on week long classes that take place on the campus of Mars Hill University.
Class fees are $600 and housing and meals are available on campus (see flyer for total costs)
For information on how to register contact Shane Mickey at: email@example.com
Thanks to Andy Palmer for hosting an awesome first Clay Club of 2020! It was great to get to see so many clubbers - including several who traveled quite a ways.
Andy demonstrated how he uses textured rollers to decorate slabs and then how he joins these slabs to thrown pieces. He also walked us through how makes his own textured rollers. John Britt brought a textured roller he recently acquired. It is a Sharon Hoppe Designs rolling pin and is available from The Texture Shoppe.
Thanks to Robbie Bell and Rob Heffron for bringing a cake and leading us in wishing Andy a belated happy birthday.
Cynthia Bringle let us know that the Penland summer catalog is out and reminded us about the Penland standby program that lets residents of some WNC counties as well as K-12 teachers and post-secondary educators from anywhere to take available spaces for half-price tuition. Standby applications open on January 13th. More details here: https://penland.org/workshops/standby-program/
February Clay Club will be at Warren Wilson College on February 12th - more details about that soon.
Thanks again to Andy - and his wife Silvia - and to everyone who came!
Someone left this water bottle at West Union Art Studios in Morganton when we had Clay Club there in October. Is it yours? Let me know so we can get it back to you. (Thanks to Molly and Adam Mackay for bringing it to Clay Club last night!)
28705 Business Breakfast: 2020 Business Growth Planning Session
Thursday, January 9th
8 am - 9:30 am
Networking and Breakfast Starts at 7:30 am
Historic Courthouse in Bakersville
For Bakersville folks (sorry for the late notice - they will be holding these monthly though). The registration for this is so large that they've moved the event to the Historic Courthouse.
FREE EVENT - Registration is requested (link below) to ensure a seat and estimate breakfast requirements but not required - Walk-ins are welcome
The 28705 Business Breakfast is a great place to gain valuable local information, build networking, discuss entrepreneurship, and grab a light breakfast. Sponsored by the Mitchell County EDC, the Town of Bakersville, the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayland Small Business Center, the free breakfast workshops place a focus on providing applicable information and business networking that will link entrepreneurs and spur local growth. Starting January 9, meetings will be on the second Thursday of each month through October. In this first meeting of 2020, Allen Cook, Director the Mayland Small Business Center will discuss key areas that affect local business growth. Allen will also be asking for input from attendees on areas where local businesses need help in 2020. 2020 breakfast workshops topics will be built from your input. Networking and the light breakfast will start at 7:30 am with the workshop beginning promptly at 8:00 am. The meetings are always finished up by 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome at the business breakfast so make plans to attend.
January Clay Club will be next Wednesday, January 8th, from 6-8pm at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville. Andy will demo his technique of textured slab making and how he attaches the slabs to wheel thrown pieces, and special guest John Britt will demo his use of a textured slab roller he has recently acquired. Thanks to Andy for hosting us and to both Andy and John for demoing!
We'll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.
Andy's studio is located at 287 Longview Drive in Bakersville. This is on the road to the new Mitchell County Courthouse and is the only driveway on that road. Google maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/2iFZ1GQ9rUqGrERy7
If you're interested in carpooling, leave a comment on here on this blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.
High Country Ceramic Arts is a community studio located in Burnsville. We offer studio memberships for $260/ a quarter (3 months). A trial one month membership is available for $100. For those newer to clay, we also offer a Beginner's Package special for $180— this includes 1 month of membership as well as three 2-hour lessons on wheel-throwing, hand-building, and/or glazing.
24/7 access to the studio
Free cone 6 kiln firings
Access to community tools, molds, slips, glazes, etc
Access to our slab roller, extruder, and 8 pottery wheels
Ability to show and sell work in our member gallery
A supportive and fun clay community!
Clay is the only additional cost and is available on-site for purchase at $15 per 25 lb bag.
The studio also offers classes in wheel-throwing and hand-building.
Our next class is Beginning and Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Garold Amsberry:
Meets Tuesdays 1-4pm
8 weeks from January 14 - March 3
$180 + clay (15$ for 25 pounds)
The class is open to absolute beginners as well as intermediate wheel throwers wanting to improve their technique and work towards throwing 5+ pounds of clay.
If any of this sounds like a great holiday gift, we’re also offering gift certificates!
With apologies for the late notice, here are the details from the Campaign for Southern Equality:
Hey, Asheville –
After our Southern Equality Studios panel discussion this Summer and the debut of Up/Rooted, the exhibition featuring work by Southern Equality Studios artists Al Murray and Liz Williams, we knew that we wanted to continue the conversation and keep building connections with LGBTQ artists in the Asheville area.
That's why Al, Liz, and other artists have been hosting Queer Artist Meet Ups each month – and the latest one is tonight! Join us tonight, December 19, from 7-8pm at Revolve Studios (821 Riverside Drive #179, Asheville, NC 28801).
Whether you're a photographer, painter, graphic designer, sculptor, or any other sort of artist, we want to meet you tonight from 7-8pm!
Can't make tonight's meet up, but interested in getting involved at the next one? Email Liz Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org to stay on top of the Queer Artist Meet Ups, coordinated by Southern Equality Studios, a program of Campaign for Southern Equality.
Thank you so much,
The Campaign for Southern Equality team
Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting December Clay Club! We had a most excellent mug/object exchange and it was great to get to see everyone as we come to the end of 2019.
Before I go on with the recap, we have a question for all you Clubbers. Sarah Wells Rolland has proposed the idea of a Clay Club "Coffee Club": holding Clay Club at The Village Potters on a Saturday morning instead of our usual Wednesday evening time. This would be a one-time thing with a tentative date of April 18th. We're hoping to get some feedback about this idea: Would you come on a Saturday morning? Would it make a difference if it started at 9/9:30/10? Is there anything else you want us to consider? Leave a comment here on the blog or shoot me an email (email@example.com) and let me know.
Lori Theriault shared information about upcoming events and workshops at The Village Potters:
• Demonstration: “Responsive Clay” with Bandana Pottery on February 1
• Hands On: Raku Day with Judi Harwood on February 29
• Hands On: THROWING BIG Intensive Workshop with Sarah Wells Rolland, March 16-20
• Demonstration: “Cone 6 Glazing: workshop and discussion” with John Britt, April 11 & 12
• Hands On: Throwing with Finesse: “Take it to the Limit” with Sarah Wells Rolland May 18-29
• Hands On: “Design and Execute“ with Sarah Wells Rolland June 8-19th
Join us on Saturday, December 14th for our Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House from 10am-6pm! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, free kids activities from 11-2pm AND one of our truly epic holiday seconds sales with 50-80% off overstock and seconds! Be sure to arrive early for the best selection. This event is free and open to the public.
December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville this Wednesday, December 11th, at 6:15 pm (reminder that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks again to The Village Potters for hosting us!
Carpooling: John Britt and I will be carpooling from Mitchell County - let us know if you want to join us. And if you're interested in carpooling from anywhere else, leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.
The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.
FREE, and self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they travel to Toe River Artist’s studios. Meet the artists, see where they create, and where they live.
Toe River Arts sponsors a Meet-The-Artist reception at their Spruce Pine Gallery on Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm. A sampling of participants will be on display geographically so one can plan a route for the rest of their journey.
December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville next Wednesday, December 11th at 6:15 (note that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting us!
We'll have our traditional December mug/cup/object exchange. If you haven’t been before, here are the details of the exchange, as explained by John Britt:
"The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.”
We'll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.
The Village Potters are located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District at:
Just in time for the holidays. Join Mica Gallery on Small Business Saturday November 30, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk.
See work by our special guest, craft artist Louise Grenell. Her nature-inspired soft sculptures interpret animal forms, creating objects with a life of their own.
It’s also time again for our Winter Wrap-Up featuring handmade wearables by Liz Spear, Neal Howard, and Deanna Lynch.
So, come for the Tree Lighting and enjoy some fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with the artists. See new work, including ornaments and many wonderful Holiday gifts.
See you there!
Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.
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.