Friday, June 22, 2018

Wine-Down-Friday with Mica Artists and Their Special Guests on July 13th

Celebrate Another Wine-Down-Friday with Mica Artists and Their Special Guests

Join us at Mica on July 13, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm for another episode of Wine-Down-Friday

Meet our special guests: Award winning glassblower Colin O’Reilly, our summer guest artist and Marian Miller, a metalsmith and jeweler, who is new to the area.

So, come for the fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with the artists.

See you there!

Mica is in downtown Bakersville at 37 N. Mitchell Ave., 828-688-6422

Thursday, June 21, 2018

L&L vent system component for sale in Weaverville, North Carolina

A L&L lightly used vent system component that retails for $350 from L&L. Plus this very expensive heavy duty cable for 30AMP with a 240 female plug. $50 total for both. Contact Duffy

Vent System Component - Assembled Fan/Blower Motor

Vent-Sure Vent System Assembled Fan/Blower Motor - Unit includes the Motor with Inlet Duct, Outlet Duct, Motor Mounting Plate, 90 Deg Elbow and Power Cord attached. (Does not include vent bypass box or flexible duct).

Part Number: M-V-FANK/00
Price: $385.00 / Each

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln - Complete - $4,995
Terry Gess 828 467 0166

I’m selling my well-built and slightly-used cone 10 kiln. Excellent condition. (I’m switching to another type of firing.)

Buyer will need to dismantle but I’ll provide guidance as well as free assistance & guidance with rebuilding at your site.

The kiln measures 49 1/2” x 63” on the outside
35 cu ft stacking space inside
The kiln holds ten to fourteen 12”x 24” shelves - 2 rows deep


2 Ransom b-4 burners with Baso Safety Systems and piggy back pilots, pressure regulators ($858 value)
Currently used with propane - can be adjusted to natural gas as needed
Fluke II pyrometer ($400 value)
Thermocouple and sleeve ($76 value)
Eight 12” x 24” silicon carbide shelves (used)
Almost-new K26 3” bricks in wall and arched ceiling (wider brick means less cracks = fuel savings)
Almost-new Jet DP hard brick in floor and fireboxes
12 foot stack (used soft brick)
All plumbing for burners
Misc shelf stacking furniture (used)
All steel cut and drilled to correct specs
Complete set of detailed instructions and pictures to assist you with rebuilding
Arch form for rebuilding arch
Free assistance & guidance on rebuilding at your site

Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln - Complete - $4,995
Terry Gess 828 467 0166

Pugmill for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Here are the details from Beth Gore:


Description from VENCO:
Robust, suitable for de-airing, blending, mixing, and reworking clay.
Stainless steel mixer shaft and blades.
240 volt system (single phase).
Cast aluminum barrel — split longitudinally for easy cleaning.
4 inch nozzle

The vacuum pump is "New In Box". We have two pugmills and have always run them from one pump. We can give you a demonstration with the one we are still using. Works great - we just don't use 2 different clay bodies any longer.

Contact Beth at

Friday, June 15, 2018

Toe River Crafts jurying new members

Toe River Crafts will be jurying in new working members this July. If you are interested, please submit five images and a little something about yourself via email to For more information about our jurying process, please check out our website or call 828-675-6068. Our jury date is July 11. Please make sure you get your information in TWO WEEKS before July 11.

Toe river crafts is a small cooperative gallery located in the South Toe River Valley. Toe River Crafts has works in several different mediums like clay, weaving, book arts, paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, printmaking, and handmade greeting cards. Toe River Crafts has been a part of the Toe River Valley for over 45 years.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Artisan League of Little Switzerland Arts & Crafts Spring Market this weekend

The Artisan League of Little Switzerland cordially invites you to attend our annual Spring Arts and Crafts Market. Enjoy local pottery, jewelry, basketry, wood and metal works, photography, paintings,and much more!! Located at Geneva Hall ( beside the Switzerland Inn) on Saturday June 16th and Sunday June 17th from 10:00am- 4:00pm.

Facebook event page:

NC Rhododendron Festival this Friday and Saturday in Bakersville

The 72nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival
June 15th & 16th, 2018
Bakersville, North Carolina

The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Craft Fair with food vendors, children's activities, and live music throughout the day, as well as a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing. Come discover our Small Town Mountain Paradise!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

FREE pedestals/tables and fridge in Asheville

From Alyx Perry:

We have 2 tall pedestals/tables and a small beer fridge (about 1/2 the size of a dorm fridge) up for grabs at Squeaky Wheel Pottery in the AVL RAD. (1 Roberts St by White Duck Taco)

The tables are 45" high with a 24x24 table top. They're not pretty, basic plywood construction, but could be great for gallery displays- especially with a cover/tablecloth.

Squeaky Wheel doesn't have regular open hours, but there's usually someone around- just ask them to open up the storage closet.

If you'd like to schedule a time, email Alyx

We'll take these to Habitat if they're not taken this week.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cat Yoga (and more!) fundraiser for Mitchell County Animal Rescue this Saturday at YaYa Yoga & Market in Spruce Pine

A fundraiser will be held for Mitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) on Saturday, June 9th at 14480 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC. The YaYa Village Farmers Market will be held from 9 AM to 2 PM, with produce, crafts, pottery wheel turning, and more. Also available will be cat yoga classes: Kids Cat Yoga (12 and under) from 9:30 to 10 AM for $5, and Adult Cat Yoga from 10 to 11 AM ($10). Additional cash donations and donations of cat food, cat toys and cat litter are welcome. Animals will be available for adoption. All funds raised will be donated to Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

July edition of Asheville Art News

From Jim Kransberger:

The update was a day late to be completed, but was uploaded last weekend. Notice the page index bar at the bottom of the page. The bar only appears when you pull down on the bottom of the page. Slick, no? Not too bad for a fledgling pub, that is just a little over 60 days old. BTW — our mailing list will reach past the 1,000 mark next week . . . the way it is growing. If you want to assure you get notice of each new issue, just send me an email with a “yes” in the subject line:

The sooner we get your news information for July’s edition, the better.

Hope you like our ever-improving look.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Clay Club update for June and July

Hey Clubbers - we won’t be having a June meeting (sorry about that!), but I wanted to let let you know that our July meeting will be at John Ferlazzo’s near Bakersville at our regular time (Wednesday, July 11th from 6-8). Thanks to John for hosting us! We will be celebrating 10 years of Clay Club - I’ll share more details closer to the date. Hope to see you in July!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Kiln for sale in Dillsboro, North Carolina

Here are the details from Annie Burrell:

Olympic electric kiln purchased in 2002, model 2331H. Needs hardwired to 70/80 amps. L&L vent-sure downdraft kiln vent system, never used. Comes with gloves, five shelves, variety of kiln furniture, peep plugs, manuals and kiln wash. $350. Must be picked up by June 25.

Annie Burrell

Friday, June 1, 2018

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend!

The 25th Annual Toe River Studio Tour runs from June 1-3, Friday through Sunday, from 10am to 5pm all three days. Guide booklets are available from both galleries and in venues around the region in May and can also be downloaded (link below). For more information about the exhibition, call 828-765-0520 or the administration office at 828-682-7215.

From May 12 through the last day of the tour on June 3, the Spruce Pine Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue, mounts a participant artist exhibit that gives visitors an opportunity to plan their route — a great place to begin the tour or take a break from a day of non-stop art and artists. And on the first evening of the tour, artists lock their studio doors, visitors park their cars and converge at the Spruce Pine facility for a free “meet-the-artist” reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

More info (including downloadable tour guide) here:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clay Camp Begins June 11

We still have room in many of our Summer Clay Camps at Odyssey ClayWorks. Clay Camp meets Monday-Friday 9am-12pm or 2-5pm. Summer Camps cover a range of fun topics for young artists ages 4-15. Click here for more information and to register online.  Are you enrolling for two? There is a $25 discount for a sibling in the same camp. Enter promotional code "sibling25" when registering 2 children on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Western North Carolina potter seeks studio space

Here are the details from Steve Schimmel:

I am a potter, looking for studio space to rent that has a wheel (that can be used by left handed potter) and hopefully access to kiln/glazes, but at least a wheel. I am neat, clean and trustworthy.

I am currently studying at village potters, and need a place to hone my skills and practice more. I only need to space May to November.

I am in the Candler area, so would prefer something close to that.

Contact Steve at

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bakersville Art Walk today

Bakersville will host an art walk today, May 26th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! There will be drinks, snacks, and lots of fun!

Facebook event page:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Free Alex Glover presentations this weekend at MineFest 2018

MineFest is this weekend at Emerald Village near Little Switzerland and will include two free presentations by geologist Alex Glover:

At 4:00 PM on Saturday, renowned Geologist Alex Glover will share a free amazing presentation on the formation and the geology of the world-famous Emerald Village mines.

Then, at 4:00 on Sunday Alex will reveal the fascinating story connecting Wedgwood China to western North Carolina, involving Indians, Feldspar mining, the world’s best China, and the father of Evolution, followed by a free short talk inside the underground Bon Ami Mine!

More info:

and here:

Odyssey ClayWorks Seconds Sale this Saturday

Join Odyssey ClayWorks Saturday May 26th for our big pottery sale! To make way for new amazing work and raise money for our scholarship fund we are having a big markdown! 50-75% off!

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman Avenue at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside!

Participating artists include Director Gabriel Kline as well as numerous Resident Artists and Studio Assistants! We will be posting pictures leading up to the event! If there's a special piece you have your eye on we suggest you come early!

Cups, bowls, plates, ornaments, sponge holders, casseroles, vases, and the list goes on! OH YEAH!

Facebook event page:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Kenilworth Art Studio Tour this weekend

Kenilworth Art Studio Tour

May 26-27, 2018

From the Facebook event page:

Artists open their studios on Memorial Day Weekend in the Kenilworth neighborhood between downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. The free, self-guided tour is fun for both, the serious art buyer or the casual browser. Tour 10 AM-5 PM each day.

Since its inception in 2008, the Kenilworth Artists Association tours have brought thousands of art lovers to the historic neighborhood. The tour includes artists working in a wide range of media, including painters offering works in oil, watercolor, and acrylic. Also in the mix are jewelry, pottery, ceramic tile, glass beads, fiber, furniture, mixed- media, photography, paper, and collage. Come experience where these artists work in their home studios and enjoy the wonderful eclectic Asheville neighborhood atmosphere.

A tour map and brochure can be downloaded at

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Studio Space Available in Weaverville, North Carolina

Studio Space Available in Weaverville

1000 sq ft block building. 10' ceiling. 8x8' door. Open layout. 12 minutes to downtown Asheville.

Lots of 110 power outlets. One 220 outlet. On large lot with great sun. OK to have a kiln outside or inside.

There is a residence on site which I could rent (furnished or not).

$1000/month for shop, negotiable.

Photos can be found by searching Craigslist for "1000 ft2 shop/studio space in Weaverville".

Any Mudhoney can provide my character reference.

Jamie 828-231-3705

Monday, May 21, 2018

Western North Carolina potter seeks equipment

Linda Falcone is looking for equipment:

I am looking for some reasonably priced equipment in good condition a slab roller, electric wheel, programmable kiln. If anyone has anything I'd appreciate it if they would email me at

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gas kiln for sale in Evensville, Tennessee

Here are the details from Dawn Raburn:

Retiring from gas firing and have a great old kiln for sale with lots of accessories.

Kiln inside dimensions-45”W x 36”D x 50” H (approx. 46 cubic ft)

374 Hard brick
643 IFB
110 Arch brick
Steel frame
2-Dedell Burners for natural gas (last fired 2012 and need cleaning)
Pyrometer and thermocouple
Brand New Roll of Isofrax blanket Insulation-never opened
High fire cones
Misc drawings and plans for construction
You disassemble and transport.
Asking $2499

Email or call 423-775-2039 (leave message if no answer)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Central North Carolina pottery homestead for sale

Artful 2000sq ft house on 2 acres of mature oaks: 2BA, 2BR + loft. Cedar siding, Pella clad windows, Anderson clad French door, metal roof, deck, all utilities underground. $188,000.

4000sq ft metal workshop on 2 acres: cement floor, 1BA, Heat, A/C, 400amp service. Attached 1250sq ft wooden retail store with heat and A/C, could easily be converted to living quarters by accessing full bath through common wall of workshop. Large parking lot on visible road frontage. 300 cu ft anagama soda/wood kiln under 1700sqft kilnshed. $278,000. Cooperative marketing/events with 70 potteries in historic Seagrove area.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mother's Day Sale at Odyssey ClayWorks Gallery!

This weekend is all about celebrating moms! Come by and pick up a beautiful hand-made

gift you can feel good about while supporting your favorite local artists.

20% off the entire Odyssey ClayWorks gallery!

We will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm.

We can't wait to see you!

Odyssey ClayWorks Gallery
236 Clingman Ave, Asheville NC 28801

Recap: 2018 Clay Olympics!

The 2018 Clay Olympics were a ton of fun! Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting us and for all of their organizational and prep work - and keeping everything running smoothly during and between events. Special thanks again to Lori Theriault for EVERYTHING (it was a lot!) she did to make the Olympics possible.

Thanks also to the judges: Linda McFarling, Angelique Tassistro and Kara Irani, of MANNA FoodBank. The olympics were organized around an Empty Bowls theme, and most of the events resulted in bowls that will be finished and fired for the Asheville Empty Bowls event. Kara told us about the impact Empty Bowls has in our community: over a thousand bowls donated and each bowl provides 140 meals. Participants made a total of 43 bowls during our olympics, which Kara told us will provide 6000 meals (!). The Village Potters is a drop-off point for Asheville Empty Bowls; keep an eye on their social media accounts to learn more about how to participate. And if you’re not in or near Asheville, look for an Empty Bowls event in your area.

Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners! Results are below - scroll down for photos of all the events. The top three winners in each event received cash and other prizes - thanks again to all of our sponsors for making that possible.

Blindfolded throwing

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: David Westmeier
3rd place: Ruth Rutkowsky

Team throwing

1st place: Maggie Jones and Molly Morning-glory
2nd place: Martin Stankus and David Westmeier
3rd place: Mary Mikkelsen and Kurt Yun

Fastest AND best

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: Clive Earnhart
3rd place: Maggie Jones

Most bowls in five minutes

1st place: Clive Earnhart
2nd place: Michael Rutkowsky
3rd place: Tori Motyl

Longest coil in 3 minutes

1st place: Karen Dubois 85"
2nd place: Tori Motyl 78"
3rd place: Lee Wolfe 76"

Best coil bowl

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: Lee Wolfe
3rd place: Mary Jane Findley