Thursday, February 25, 2021

Wanted: old, broken kiln shelves

Here are the details from Patricia Thompson in Mars Hill:

I have a very muddy backyard and have the idea of creating a walk way with old, broken kiln shelves; preferably ones without sharp, stuck glaze on them.

Have some shelves or a lead on some? Contact Patricia at 704-208-0940 or

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Pottery Northwest Speaks: A Roundtable Discussion with Tip Toland, Patti Warashina, and Richard Notkin

Via John Britt and Terry Gess, an invitation from Richard Notkin for this online event this Friday, February 26th (link at the bottom has all the details):

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This Friday evening, February 26, at 6:00 PM PST, I will be in a roundtable discussion with two artists with whom I have a long history, Tip Toland and Patti Warashina.  I admire both greatly, and both have been inspirational to me over the years on many levels.  Tip is a great ceramic/figurative artist (and, as many of you know, my sister-in-law).  Patti is one of the true icons in contemporary ceramic arts, a leader in the West Coast clay movement of the 1960’s. and an early inspiration in my own work.  Between the three of us, there are more than 150 years of experience working in clay sculpture, and we will be discussing our histories as artists — our passions and the role that culture and current events have played in the ongoing directions of our work.  Expect some new insights, some humor, and an enjoyable hour as three long-time artist friends look back on their work and reflect on where our art might venture in the future.  

Registration for this virtual/zoom event is available in the attachment below.  The event is free, but donations to Pottery Northwest are encouraged.  If you wish, a suggested donation of between $10 and $25 would be most appreciated.  This is a voluntary fundraising event for this worthy non-profit arts organization in these difficult times.  Thank you for your consideration.  And please pass this on to anyone you might think interested, including your students.  

Hope you can join us!  Stay safe and be well,



Friday, January 29, 2021

Follow-up from Akira Satake on Mountain Xpress article ("Local Artists Respond to Pandemic Challenges in Creative Ways")

Akira asked to share this follow-up statement about his interview with the Mountain Xpress:

I was extremely flattered and honored to be interviewed for the article in the Mountain Express, “Local Artists Respond to Pandemic Challenges in Creative Ways,” but I would like to clarify one point where I feel I may have been misinterpreted due to my still imperfect English. The interviewer asked me toward the end of our talk whether “the darkness of current events shows up” in my work and I honestly had to say no. It is my nature to find joy in creating. Having the great fortune to able to do what I do makes me happy and find positivity. I hope that no one reading this interview felt I was at all indifferent, or unaffected by the hardships brought on by the pandemic to artists in Asheville and throughout the world. The challenges are very serious and have been felt by all of us. It is my sincere hope we all can come out of it stronger and more resilient in the face of this challenge and whatever lies ahead.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Registration now open for all-virtual 2021 NCECA Conference

Registration is now open for the 2021 NCECA Virtual Conference, to be held March 17th-21st. There are a number of registration options available. From NCECA:

Registration for the 2021 NCECA Virtual Conference, Rivers, Reflections and Reinventions is now open! NCECA has adopted a flexible pricing model for this event. You can review the options here. Select the rate that best meets your circumstances at this challenging time. This virtual event will include a wide array of programming and a densely packed schedule. It will be easier for you to attend and explore ideas and trends to deepen your interests and expand your awareness of ceramic art, teaching, and learning.

All individuals, including those who chose to defer their 2020 Richmond conference fees to 2021, will need to register through NCECA’s User Portal here. Email or with any questions or concerns.

Let’s jump into Conference Mode! As we finalize our 2021 NCECA Virtual Conference experience for March 2021, follow NCECA on Instagram at #nceca2021 and #nceca to get a preview of upcoming content, Demonstrating Artists, Keynote Sessions, and Speakers that will make up NCECA’s robust conference environment! Follow our stories to hear directly from the presenters on what they will be discussing during the conference days. In February, we will be announcing the 2021 Emerging Artists and additional information on upcoming registration dates. Join us daily as we reveal the NCECA 2021 Virtual Conference Experience!

More info here:

(image from the NCECA website)

Akira Satake on creativity during the pandemic

11/29/21 update: Akira asked to share a follow-up statement about his interview with the Mountain Xpress. Read it here:

Akira Satake talked to the Mountain Xpress about working and creating during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Like many artists, Akira Satake’s creative rhythms suffered an interruption in March 2020. “My domestic and overseas workshops got canceled,” says the ceramist. At first, he panicked but then centered himself and began to think about the future.

“This is a time for me to focus, to create something very new, a little bit more adventurous,” he decided. “I thought that would be kind of a wonderful idea, because I always wanted to have a little bit more time to focus on my art.” But he felt a responsibility toward the six people working for him.

So with his gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District closed to the public, he shifted to online sales. “We put out 500 pieces of work,” Satake says. Between his mailing list and social media, he was able to reach a wide audience. “And surprisingly,” Satake says, “that did well.”

He also decided to be adventurous, launching Convergence, an online workshop in collaboration with Ken Matsuzaki, a potter based in Japan. The three-day workshop attracted students from around the globe. “We sold out in four hours,” Satake says, with amazement in his voice.

Read the whole article here:

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Nick Moen featured on Making it in Asheville

Nick Moen is featured on the current episode of the Making it in Asheville podcast. From the podcast website:

Nick Moen of The Bright Angle Combines Artistry with Technology

Nick’s focus is on bridging the gap between design and craft by using technology to create home decor and lighting. The BrightAngle recently landed a position as a partner for YLighting, with an exclusive ceramic brand contract, The Bright Angle’s team of four is taking porcelain and the use of the technology within pottery creation to the next level.

In this episode, we interview Nick Moen, the founder of The Bright Angle, a technology-driven porcelain design studio.

Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

• Why being relentless in outreach efforts is so important
• The Bright Angle’s exciting new partnership with YLighting
• How in the 1700s Porcelain was such a hot commodity that  Europe sent ships to China full of gold in exchange
• How hosting local events with chefs and musicians helped Nick’s visibility in the restaurant scene
• The challenges in the life of a potter: then vs now

Listen wherever you listen to podcasts. More details here:

Monday, January 25, 2021

Young Individual Seeking Opportunity in Ceramic Apprenticeship


My name is Catherine Siravantha, and I just moved to Asheville, NC recently.  I have taken beginner ceramic classes while in high school and college, and I fell in love with the connection I felt to the earth and my hands while working in the trade.  Since graduating college, I have been removed from the practice with difficulties accessing space and finances to work with clay.  After moving to WNC and being inspired by the amazing ceramicists and potters in the area, I have been deeply yearning to reconnect with, learn much more about, and be able to practice ceramic making again.

I have basic understandings of hand building techniques and have more experience in ceramic sculpture, but I would also love to learn more about functional ceramic making and other techniques as well.  I am a fast and dedicated learner and would love to help with any duties and tasks (general maintenance, mixing glazes, firing kilns, making clay, helping with sales, etc.) in the studio that you may need assistance with.

If you need some assistance in your studio and are interested in taking on an apprentice or just have any general advice for me, please feel open to contact me at the email below—I would be honored to be able to more in-depthly speak with you about both of our interests and needs!  

Thank you so much for reading, and I wish you all well!

Catherine Siravantha

Pottery wheel for sale in Hendersonville, NC

Here are the details from Lisa Renee:

FOR SALE ASAP: $600 OBO Selling my pottery wheel! It is an electric pottery kick wheel.

Trying to sell as soon as possible it has cosmetic flaws but works beautifully. It is definitely an antique the only reason I'm getting rid of it is because I'm moving. It comes with lots of bats. It is a kick wheel with a motor addition on it it is not pristine but works so good I wish I didn't have to get rid of it but it is to big. I paid 600 for it 2 years ago and want to be fair!

Located in Hendersonville, NC

Also am looking for a smaller electric wheel.

Text me at 828-333-3521 or email

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Make Better Pots - enhance your skills!

Asheville, NC

Make Better Pots - 6 week class - with Julia Mann

When: Thursdays from 10am - 12:30pm

Sessions Dates: February 4 - March 11, 2021

Where: The Village Potters Clay Center, 191 Lyman St. #180, Asheville, NC 28801

Register (or more info) HERE: or call us at (828) 253-2424

This intermediate class is designed for potters who desire to create and improve their skills, refine their abilities and make excellent forms. Julia will help you expand your skill set by challenging you to push your boundaries in clay. You can expect to explore a variety of forms and bring your interests and goals to class! You will walk away with vastly improved work and abilities as a potter. 

This class fires in cone 6 oxidation or cone 10 reduction kilns.

*Please visit our website to read about our COVID-19 safety policies regarding in-person classes: 

Testimony from Student: Julia Mann’s class is a must-take for any intermediate potter! The class has a realistic pace and provides studio time between sessions to complete each type of piece. Julia’s demos are clear and she adapts them to the design ideas of each student. Hard parts? Julia will walk you through them. If you get stuck while throwing (making the same mistake over and over), Julia can watch your technique, identify exactly what you are doing wrong, and tell you what you need to change. She is patient and encouraging, and wants every student to succeed. At the end of the class, all pieces are fired to Cone 10, which can add beautiful reduction effects to the glazes. Don’t miss the opportunity to take this class (or any other) from Julia Mann! – Barbara Hebert

Friday, January 15, 2021

Clay 101 at Haywood Community College

Registration for Clay 101 at Haywood Community College now through February 25. 

This course provides extensive time and studio access for new and seasoned potters and clay artists to explore the medium. Weekly instruction will include demonstrations, discussions and skill-building exercises in hand building, wheel throwing and glazing and firing techniques. 

Class meets Thursdays from 9am-1pm March 11 - May 6 (excluding April 1).

$444 covers tuition and clay. More information and registration can be found HERE.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Kiln and kiln controller for sale in Huntersville, NC


Kiln For Sale:

Used Olympic Torchbearer updraft gas kiln 2827. This kiln was a used electric kiln converted by Olympic to natural gas. Easily re-fitted for propane. I have fired the kiln to cone 6 in reduction; haven’t tried cone 10. Comes with custom made vent hood to use with 8” B-vent chimney pipe. Inside of kiln has some cracks; burners are new.

Bartlett Controller V6-CF. Bought new for $685, used only as pyrometer. $450 or best offer.

Email for more photos.

Both in Huntersville, NC.

704 576 5060

Memorial for Jeff Kleckner Pottery online

From Terry Gess: Memorial for Jeff Kleckner Pottery online

Happy New Year to you.

We’re honored to announce the launch of our website tribute to our potter-friend Jeff Kleckner who passed away late August, 2020. More than 25 of his fellow potters, collectors, gallery clients, former teachers and students have submitted tributes and recollections in his honor. There’s lovely, perceptive insights, lots of respect, as well as some hilariously-recalled encounters with Jeff from good folks fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. Lots of old and new photos of Jeff Kleckner and his work. See young Jeff way back when in art school!

Here’s how potter Mark Shapiro begins his contribution:
"It kills me to think of the guy gone. Kleckner. His droll voice: nasal and magnetic. His stories, his self-deprecating humor. The world was all a hopeless mess, full of missed opportunities and crappy deals, intentions impure or gone awry: his, ours, everyone’s. Making pottery was the most noble gesture he could come up with. Jeff was way ahead of most people understanding the now commonplace concept of precarity, whether it was the gig economy of adjuncting, the unpredictability of craft-show juries and sales, or the scant remuneration and micro-humiliations of wholesaling to galleries. But he made the indignities funny, too, savoring the ironies and the (perhaps too rare) pleasures of sharing them with colleagues and friends."

Visit the site:

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Kiln shelf cart for sale in Weaverville


For Sale

Kiln Shelf Cart in Weaverville. $275 Cart only. Good Condition.  

Contact Sue at or 828-333-1371


Monday, December 28, 2020

Available - Sawdust for Raku Reduction

I am a woodworker in the Weaverville, NC area with a dust collection system that collects wood shavings/dust from a variety of woodworking equipment. I understand that many ceramic artists use this material in the reduction process for producing raku. I want to make this material available if there is any interest. Please contact me at or 828-707-8388. Thanks.

Randy Hintz, Manager
Refined Rustic Woodworks, LLC
65 Cherry Ridge Lane
Weaverville, NC 28787
Find us on the web at

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Spray booth for sale in Weaverville, NC


Here are the details from Kim Dryden:

Homemade down draft spray booth for sale $200. The booth is on casters and fits in a doorway to outside. Used to spray pottery glazes. Powerful Dayton 115 watt/4.5 amp fan that pulls down to flap opening. Light, 3 used spray guns and power cord included. Works great, you would just need a small compressor to start spraying.



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Odyssey ClayWorks Winter 2021 Classes

 Winter Session 2021

January 4th – February 28th

Odyssey ClayWorks

Colored Clay: Blends, Tests, and Beyond! 

Instructor: Allison Cochran

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9pm
January 5th – February 23rd

Do you love using color in your work, but can’t always find the color you need? Coloring your clay is a unique and affordable way to get just the look you want! Using mason stains and other commercial products to create vibrant colored clays, you will learn basic and advanced methods for blending, mixing and testing materials. Whether you like to slip cast, throw on the wheel, decorate with underglaze or just plain love to glaze, these systems for color development can be infinitely applied to your own processes.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $315 + $60 Lab Fee

Salty and Sassy

Instructor: Linda McFarling
Wednesdays, 1 – 4pm
January 13th, January 27th, February 10th, and February 24th

Concentrating on soulful forms well-suited to salty atmospheric firing, this class will bring the sass! Explore faceting, fluting, paddling, roping, and altering as ways to add interest and movement to your forms and enhance the salty results. Enjoy learning about and creating work to be fired exclusively in our brand-new Salt/Soda Kiln!

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $210 + $75 Lab Fee

Beginner SKULLpture

Instructor: Lauren Breitling

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9pm
January 7th – February 25th

Come join Lauren in this beginner sculpting class where we explore all things… UNUSUAL. Using different sculpting and handbuilding techniques we will create animal skulls, body parts, and more, then transform them into functional or sculptural pieces. You are welcome to bring in your own weird and random sculpture ideas or inspirations or see where the class takes you! Nothing is off limits as we learn to build what we see and imagine with clay.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $315 + $60 Lab Fee

Bigger Pots Made Easy

Instructor: Gabriel Kline and Anja Bartels

Fridays, 10am – 12:30pm
January 8th – February 26th

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? The truth is, you don’t have to be a big, strong person to make big, strong pots! Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large scale pottery. Demos will include throwing wide diameter bowls, section building skyscraper pots, centering 50-100 lbs. of clay, and creative ways to make voluminous storage jars. These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You’ll be amazed at the pieces you create! The class will include plenty of studio and one-on-one time with the instructors.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $315 + $75 Lab Fee*
*Includes 50lbs of clay and firing of large work

Beginner Wheel: Find Your Center

Instructor: Shinara Taylor

Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm
January 9th – February 27th

Have you dreamt of making a personalized mug or bowl but feel boggled by the process?  Don’t be nervous, every proficient potter once started where you are. This class will boost your clay confidence with inspiring demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and plenty of practice time. Through exploration of tools and foundational techniques you will be able to create distinct and useful pots. Each student will be encouraged to establish a strong skill base while also pursuing their individual interests and goals. Get ready to use your hands and make pots you can be proud of!

Level: All Levels
Tuition: Tuition: $315 + $60 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel: Welcome to the Wheel!

Instructor: Julie Cantwell
Sundays, 10am – 12:30pm
January 10th – February 28th
Everyone approaches clay a little differently and that is part of the beauty! In this entry level throwing class, we take the philosophy that if it’s working for you and feels good, you’re doing it right! That being said, we will also demo the most successful methods for throwing mugs, bowls, vases, plates, and  just about anything else you want to learn to throw on the potter’s wheel!

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $315 + $60 Lab Fee

Kid’s Class: Creative Clay, Ages 8 - 12

Instructor: Nora Watkins

Thursdays, 10am – 12pm
January 7th – February 11th

This jam-packed class will get your creativity flowing to light up the chilly winter months. Together, we’ll make lots of cool projects like hanging sculptures, lanterns, treasure boxes, planters and more along with time for unique passion-projects and creative exploration. Younger kids welcome with older siblings!

Tuition: $235
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class. Discount code “claycamp25” on one ticket.

Kid’s Class: Sculpting from Scratch, Ages 6-10

Instructor: Kristen Easters

Mondays, 4 – 6pm
January 11th – February 15th

During this six-week course, students will unleash their inner creativity and imagination and explore sculpting with clay. We’ll start with animal sculptures, with plenty of one-on-one support. Then the students will be encouraged to bring in their own ideas which we will transform into reality. The learning objective of this course will focus on helping students understand how to come up with ideas and follow the creative process from start to finish. What will you sculpt?!

Tuition: $235
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class. Discount code “claycamp25” on one ticket.

Kid’s Class: Wheel Throwing, Hand-Building, and Beyond! Ages 10 - 14

Instructor: Allison Cochran

Tuesdays, 4 – 6pm
January 19th – February 23rd

Get ready to get muddy and have fun in the studio! In this after-school class, students will get a chance to learn wheel throwing, handbuilding AND animal sculpting! Everyone will have individual & group projects as well as the opportunity to discover their own creativity through self-directed work. This class is perfect for all students, no matter the skill level or experience!

Tuition: $235
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class. Discount code “claycamp25” on one ticket.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Looking to rent a portable slab roller

From Jamie of Mucha Empanadas:

We make empanadas in Woodfin and think using a slab roller will provide the efficiency we need in preparing our dough. We recently tested our theory on a friend's large integrated-table slab roller and it worked great. We would need a portable slab roller that we can move in and out of the kitchen and would like to try our process on a machine of the size that we would eventually buy.

We would like to rent a portable slab roller for a weekend or two. We might buy a used one if we can test it first for our needs. Thanks!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Small-batch ceramic manufacturing job opportunity in Burlington, NC

December, 2020:

Haand, a small scale porcelain manufacturing company in Burlington, NC is hiring to expand its production and support team.

Who we are looking for: We are hiring for multiple positions with a variety of roles and are looking for qualified candidates to join our team. We are offering a first step in a career in small-batch ceramic manufacturing with us. The ideal candidate is a hard working, positive individual with a passion for pottery as well as the technical side of ceramic production.

Who we are: Started in 2012, Haand is a small, slip cast porcelain production studio based in Burlington, NC. From humble beginnings, we now employ a team 15 strong, manufacturing tableware and home decor. We work closely with the hospitality and retail industries. We have an international clientele and our products can be found on the tables in homes and restaurants around the world.

What we believe: We believe that making an object with love, care, and intention improves everyone’s quality of life- both the maker and the end user. Our entire production processes, the glazes, and clay bodies have all been developed and refined in house. We offer an inclusive, positive work environment and value team players with a high standard of craft and attention to detail. We are 
currently open and operational, and have implemented Covid-19 safety guidelines to maintain a healthy and safe environment for everyone here.

To apply: Please contact us via email with any questions or to set up a remote interview.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Potter seeks pug mill

Here are the details from Bruce Bohon:

After looking at all the mills, the peter pugger VPM-20 is my choice, however, I might be open to a different one after a discussion with the owner.

Pug Mill type wanted: Peter Pugger VPM-20 Power Wedger (

Contact: Bruce Bohon

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

New Kazegama Class at TVPCC with Tori Motyl



Pots for the Kazegama Kiln

with Tori Motyl

When: Tuesdays from 2:00 - 4:30pm, 8 weeks
Start Date: January 19th - March 2, (last day is firing day, depends on weather)
Fee: $445
Materials Fee: $50
Register/More Info:
Bring in 2021 with an exciting adventure! This class is for the quintessential adventuresome potter. Together with Tori you will explore making forms that love soda and wood ash. You will learn about flashing slips, and prepping your pots for the 12 hour wild trip in the Kazegama kiln. Our Kazegama kiln is a forced air, propane fueled, cross draft kiln and you will have the full experience through the firing. When the kiln gets to cone 9 we will introduce wood ash and sodium carbonate into the kiln creating the amazing effects of wood and soda. We will make pottery in a variety of cone 10 clays and discuss the different challenges that we are likely to encounter while firing such an exciting kiln! We will be throwing thick incorporating liner glazes and flashing slips. Come ready to shake up your work and experiment in new styles! Not all pots make it in this wild kiln but when they do it is exhilarating! 
So, come ready to work hard during the prepping, loading, firing, unloading and clean up of this kiln. We will work in teams. You will most likely experience some loss as such a turbulent kiln environment created by the strong heat currents can cause problems during firing. 
Materials fee includes flashing slips, liner glazes and firing.
Students are asked to provide their own throwing tools, towels, and apron. 

The class includes your first 25 lbs. of clay and 12 hours of Open Studio (Fri-Sun). Additional Open Studio hours may be purchased for $10/hour for enrolled students. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Openings for new members at Odyssey Co-Op Gallery in Asheville

Here are the details from Diana Gillispie:

There are several openings at Odyssey Co-Op Gallery, a clay cooperative of 25 artists, in the River Arts District in Asheville.

Please contact for info. Act fast! Deadline 12/7.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Looking to purchase used potter's wheel

Here are the details from Patricia Thompson:

My name is Patricia. I am looking for a used potters wheel. I am located near Asheville, NC and am willing to travel around 3 hours to pick up a wheel.

Have a wheel for sale or a lead on one? Contact Patricia at

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Brevard Clay is looking for new ownership!

Brevard Clay is looking for new ownership!

Our ceramic studio, gallery, and paint your own pottery shop on Main Street in downtown Brevard is looking for new owners! My wife has accepted a new job out of state that will be taking us away at the end of the year. After 3 profitable years, we'd love to see the store stay open. As a turnkey business, it could be a great next step for a fellow potter. I have used it as my production studio and gallery which kept me busy year round. The paint your own pottery is easy, fun and a great revenue source. Given the uncertainty of COVID and our desire for its continued success, we are planning to sell at cost (~$16,000) which is less than I would expect to take in during December, for reference. 

Please feel free to reach out or share with folks that might fit. We have detailed spreadsheets and data for interested buyers. 

Stuart Howe
cell- 828-553-6481 
Shop address is 16 W Main St. Brevard NC 28712

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Star order - anyone interested?

Terry Gess Pottery is making a clay order from Star Works. Anyone want to go in with me on the shipping? Let me know ASAP.


Terry Gess Pottery
770 Wing Road
Bakersville, NC 
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cell 828.467.0166