Saturday, June 12, 2021

2021 Spruce Pine Potters Market Returns This October

The Spruce Pine Potters Market will return to Spruce Pine’s historic Cross Street Commerce Center in downtown Spruce Pine, NC on Saturday and Sunday October 9th & 10th, 2021 from 10am–5pm.

Noted for its small scale and intimate layout, this event offers visitors an opportunity to view a variety of pottery work as well as the chance to meet and converse with each maker. “Its a very friendly show, lots of lovely work and a chance to shop a wide variety of pottery,” noted one past-years visitor.

The Spruce Pine Potters Market was designed and built by a group of Mitchell County, NC potters as a collaborative venture. Currently the members of the Spruce Pine Potters Market work together on all phases of the show, from mamagement, promotion, display set-up and all of the many particulars of a very successful annual event. “The Market is unique because of the extraordinary quality of the work produced by its members”, says Spruce Pone Potters Market member Jenny Lou Sherburne. “Individually, the participating artists are some of the finest craftsmen in the country. Collectively, they bring their high standards, imagination and camaraderie together to produce a really outstanding show.”

This year’s participating Potters Market members includes: Stanley Mace Andersen, Terry Gess, Ken & Galen Sedberry , Michael & Ruth Rutkowsky, Cynthia Bringle, Pam Brewer, Gertrude Graham Smith, Nicholas & Lisa Joerling, Susan Feagin, Shaunna Lyons, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Teresa Pietsch, Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey, Melisa Cadell, David Ross, Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish, Courtney Martin, Joy Tanner, Jenny Lou Sherburne.

In addition, this year’s show will include visiting artists Lynne Hobaica & Rickie Barnett, Jason Hartsoe, and Reiko Miyagi.

While admission to the Potters Market is free, all visitors are encouraged to join the potters in supporting a selected local non-profit organization. This year, several participating potters have donated pottery door prizes for this raffle.

For more information:
Facebook: Instagram: @sprucepinepottersmarket
Phone: 828 467-0166

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Two Generations: Ken and Galen Sedberry at Toe River Arts

Two Generations
June 19th - July 24th
Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery

Two Generations showcases the unique art created by artists Ken and Galen Sedberry. The work of this father and son duo involves the detailed craft of wood firing. Galen and Ken have shared physical spaces of studio, kiln, booth space, as well as shared aesthetic space where ideas are translated into pots. This father and son team aspires to highlight how these shared spaces deliver work that is both parallel and divergent.

Ken has been working in clay for thirty-one years and has focused on achieving vibrant colors at stoneware temperatures. With the development of chambered climbing kilns came decorative stoneware and porcelain. “Much of my work comes out of this tradition,” says Ken. He uses various resist techniques to contrast glazes in both color and texture. He has been working on a new body of work – animal sculptures, thrown and altered. “The idea of lifting the images off the pots and into three dimensions has been gestating for a long time. Layering slips and glazes that crackle and move and firing them in a wood kiln has led to an exciting new direction.”

Ken earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. He has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Catholic University of America in Washington DC, Penland School of Craft and John C. Campbell Folk School. He opened Sedberry Studios in Bakersville, NC in 1982. Ken’s work is collected all over the world and he has participated in hundreds of invitational and juried exhibits including exhibitions at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Contemporary Ceramics Museum in Hokkaido, Japan, the University of Iowa, Blue Spiral in Asheville, the Columbia Museum of Art and Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston.

Galen Sedberry says, “Growing up as the son of a potter and using almost exclusively handmade pots for meals, I am keenly aware of the gravity of holding and using handmade objects. Their weight, balance and texture are individual and unique, becoming over time as comforting as holding the hand of someone you love.” Galen’s training began as a child just through spending time in his father’s studio.

Galen graduated from Mitchell High School and earned a BS degree from Appalachian State University in 2012. He began assisting and working with his father in 2016 and has been there ever since, working as a studio assistant and developing and exploring his own style and techniques. Galen says that he is currently investigating the possibilities between deliberate surface decoration and the limitless variables of wood firing.

Galen has been exhibiting his work since 2018 at the Spruce Pine Potters Market, Green Hill Art Center, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston Salem, Cedar Creek Gallery, Taupe Gallery in Wilkesboro and In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville.

Two Generations will open to the public for viewing at Toe River Arts, 269 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine during normal operating hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 5 PM. More information can be found at

(image: article from the Mitchell News-Journal)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Seconds Sale this weekend

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Seconds Sale
Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th
Odyssey ClayWorks
236 Clingman Ave Ext
Asheville, NC 28801

From the email invitation:


Join us this weekend for our Summer Seconds Sale here at Odyssey ClayWorks!

Pretty Pots
We will have beautiful seconds for sale outside on the side walk in front of the studio and in the kiln yard on the side. Of course you're more than welcome to come in and check out the amazing firsts in the Gallery!

There will be beer and a lemonade bar! Buy a cup and we'll fill it up!

What is a "second"?
A second is a ceramic piece that has an imperfection. These pretty pots are discounted 25-75%.

(image from the Facebook event page)

Friday, June 4, 2021

Applications open for the Greening Up The Mountains Festival in Sylva, NC

Greening Up The Mountains Festival
Sylva, North Carolina
Festival date: August 28, 2021
Application deadline: June 30, 2021

Applications are being accepted through June 30th for the Greening Up The Mountains Festival in Sylva, NC. The festival is a celebration of spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, and beverage which honor our community and local artisans.

The festival has COVID-19 compliance requirements:

The planning committee will continue to monitor the ongoing status of COVID 19 protocols statewide and locally and will issue further guidelines regarding festival participation in compliance with any COVID 19 restrictions and protocols which may remain in place at that time. However, the GUTM Planning Committee has made the decision that all vendors will be required to wear masks throughout the duration of the festival, including unloading and loading times, regardless of the status of the statewide mask mandate in place at that time and regardless if you have received a vaccine. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to 100% compliance with the mask requirement, as well as any additional guidelines which will be issued to all vendors prior to festival day. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED DUE TO LACK OF WILLINGNESS TO COMPLY WITH COVID 19 PROTOCOLS. Please take the time to consider this issue before applying, as no exceptions will be made to the requirements once they have been determined. This includes the mask requirement, which has already been implemented.

If the festival has to be cancelled due to COVID 19 restrictions which may remain in place at that time, all vendors will receive a full refund of their application fee.

More info and link to application:

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Burnsville potter seeks Raku kiln shelf

Here are the details from Martin Stankus:

Looking for a local supplier for a 13” round Raku kiln shelf. Contact Martin at

Open Studios, Pottery Sale, & Mountain Music at Township10 near Marshall, NC


Open Studios, Pottery Sale, & Mountain Music 
June 12 & June 13
12-5 p.m.

We are hosting our first open house at Township10, a new ceramics residency near Marshall, NC. Come by for ceramic DEMONSTRATIONS and pottery SALE by current Resident Artists Chris Suarez, Yoon Hwang and Kyle Lawson, CHAT with residency director Marjorie Dial, & enjoy LIVE old-time mountain music by local treasures, Don Pedi on dulcimer and Bruce Greene on fiddle. Sale starts at 12. Music from 3-5 pm. There will be Mexican inspired street food for light snacking.

This event is FREE. Please bring a water bottle and chair if you want to sit for the music. Closed toe shoes recommended for the farm. Please tell your friends who are art & mountain music lovers!! We are 40 minutes north of Asheville at 310 Ras Grooms Road Marshall, NC 28753

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Mica Gallery Presents Two Featured Artists in June

Mica Gallery - the members owned cooperative fine craft gallery in downtown Bakersville, NC presents a special “Featured Artists” exhibit in the month of June with the work of two of its member artists, Sondra Dorn and Gertrude Graham Smith.

For her exhibit, Dorn will share a sampling of work from a series entitled “Imaginary Topography: Daily Paintings”.

 “A few years ago I took time to try out some new materials and ideas,” Dorn states. “I started small, mostly working on a TV tray from the couch. That began my series of ‘Daily Paintings’.  I used materials new to me: water-soluble graphite, color pencils and ink sticks, Micron pens and watercolor paints, which led to some very fun discoveries. I enjoyed the small format as well since I could finish a piece within the same day.”

Dorn later returned to these works and continued by scanning them into her computer. “I focused in on details, removed color and built up a whole new series of black and white compositions and abstractions generated from the original.  Similar but different!”

Mica member Gertrude Graham Smith will exhibit a special collection entitled  “Baskets” - clay vessels with handles over the top.

She notes, “Because my pottery celebrates the soft, tactile, responsive nature of porcelain clay, as it's thrown on the potter’s wheel, I find the form of baskets especially satisfying - a handle directly invites the hand to touch.”

Smith fires her pots to a very high temperature inside a soda kiln, where flames decorate textured surfaces and glazes respond with brilliance to the kiln’s atmospherics. She says, “These baskets remind us to enjoy life's pleasures - especially the senses. A piece of pottery filled with fruit or flowers is a fragrant and colorful delight.”

Mica showcases the craft work of its 15 artist-members including sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber, wearables, painting, and functional pottery. This extraordinary collection, enhanced by a yearlong rotation of guest artists and the welcoming and beautiful setting, make Mica a must-see destination for those who appreciate the hand made. 

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

GoFundMe fundraiser for Kent McLauglin and Suze Lindsay

Silvia Ferrari-Palmer, Silvia Ferrari-Palmer and Liz Zlot Summerfield have organized this GoFundMe fundraiser for Kent McLauglin and Suze Lindsay:

Friends and Family,

Our dear friends, Kent McLaughlin and Suze Lindsay, need our support!

This past year, Kent has not been feeling 100%, and in April, after many medical visits and two emergency surgeries, he was finally diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer.

He has undergone 2 chemotherapy treatments and began seeing an acupuncturist that specializes in cancer patients.

His protocol includes chemotherapy to shrink the tumor before he is a candidate for a rather complicated Whipple surgery to remove the tumor. Once the is tumor removed, he will follow up with more cycles of chemotherapy.

Each day comes with its challenges, and Kent and Suze are bravely navigating this new normal for them.

It is a long road ahead for both Kent and Suze but as a collective community, we can help lighten the load. Suze is the now the primary caretaker which includes driving Kent to medical appointments, acupuncture, unexpected ER visits, and managing their medical bills. She and Kent are both not working in their studios which offers an additional financial burden.

How can you help?

Donate any amount to this fundraiser. All donations will go directly to Kent and Suze which will not only help with medical bills, but also help with all routine expenses.

Send cards to brighten their day

Send positive thoughts on healing and recovery

You can follow Kent’s progress here and at

Thank you for supporting our friends!

Support the fundraiser for Kent and Suze here:

Friday, May 28, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Applications open for Summer Pop Up Shop & Markets in downtown Asheville

Applications are now being accepted for Summer Pop Up Shop & Markets in downtown Asheville

Markets will be held Sundays June 13th and July 18th
Rabbit Rabbit
75 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Artists can choose to participate by consignment or in person

Details and link to applications:

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Old Marshall Jail project in today's Asheville Citizen Times

Today's print edition of the Asheville Citizen Times has an article on Josh and Emily Copus' (with partners Big House LLC) very cool Marshall Jail project.  

Josh talked about the Old Marshall Jail and brought his "brick factory" to demonstrate making bricks from local clay and give clubbers an opportunity to decorate bricks to a Clay Club at Mars Hill University in 2017:

Full article with more photos here (fair warning: paywalled):

Monday, May 17, 2021

Virtual Craft Research Talk: "The New Politics of the Handmade" on May 20th

The New Politics of the Handmade
May 20, 2021
3:00 pm–4:30 pm ET
Cost: free (donation optional)

From the Center for Craft website:

Join us for the premier Craft Research Talks program, featuring a lively virtual discussion with authors and Craft Research Fund recipients Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch about their latest book, "The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art, & Design."

More info and link to registration:

Tryon Arts & Crafts School Job Announcement: Clay Studio Assistant, Work Exchange

Tryon Arts & Crafts School
May 2021
Job Announcement:
Clay Studio Assistant, Work Exchange

Tryon Arts & Crafts School seeks a part-time Clay Studio Assistant to be compensated through a work exchange arrangement. Budding potters who know their way around the ceramics studio need apply. If you are pursuing a career in ceramic arts or teaching, this is a great opportunity to get practical experience in the field. In return for your assistance you will receive clay, studio access, sales opportunities, a solo exhibition, and professional development. Candidates with teaching experience may qualify for paid contract teaching opportunities in addition to your work exchange.

About TACS

Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s (TACS) mission is to provide creative opportunities for everyone through education, instruction, and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts in a friendly, stimulating and enriching environment.

TACS is located in Tryon, North Carolina, approximately 40 miles southeast of Asheville, 33 miles northeast of Greenville, and 90 miles west of Charlotte.

The school is housed in a retrofitted public-school building situated adjacent to Harmon Field parks and recreational lands and the Pacolet River. The facilities include an artisan retail shop, gallery, 200-object Heritage Collection, and seven independent studios, covering a range of media – Blacksmithing, Clay, Enameling, Fiber, Glass, Silversmithing, Welding, and Wood.

The town of Tryon has a rich history in the arts since its establishment as an artists’ colony during the craft revival in the early twentieth century. The town’s accessibility to Asheville by rail and its mild, “thermal belt” climate made it a desirable destination for affluent lovers of arts and literature. Today, the climate and beautiful scenery still team with the arts and equestrian communities to uphold Tryon’s historic charm. Its location along US-176 and near I-26 make it easily accessible from Brevard, Asheville, Hendersonville, Spartanburg, and Greenville.

Basic Clay Studio Equipment List

7 wheels
Slab roller
2 electric kilns
(top-loading Skutt and front-loading Paragon) Bench grinder
Canvased Workstations
Wedge Station
Assorted tools and bats
Assorted glazes, underglazes


Clay Studio Assistant

Reports to:

Executive Director


Work Exchange, Part-Time, 20 Hours Per Week


Tryon Arts & Crafts School March 2021
Job Description

Prior experience in maintenance and upkeep of Ceramic Arts studio. Knowledge of the chemical properties of clay, glaze, and raw materials. Advanced kiln operation skills. Minor kiln repair experience preferred. Completion of BFA or BA in Ceramics. MFA in Ceramics preferred but not required. Ceramics instructional experience preferred. Superior verbal communication and organizational skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Understanding of customer service and positive ambassadorship in a business setting. Position requires work on Saturdays and some evenings.

Studio Duties

  • Model and reinforce best Clay Studio practices for students

  • Oversee cleaning and maintenance procedures for Clay Studio and Kilns, working with instructors and volunteers

  • Operate and log routine kiln schedule, loading and unloading

  • Monitor and report routine inventory of studio materials and tools

  • Mix glazes

    Education Duties

  • Keep Clay Studio open in evenings and Saturday afternoons for student independent study, aka “Studio Time”

  • Provide educational demonstrations for beginner students, intermediate students, and events

  • Teach periodic community outreach courses, such as in-school art enrichment

  • Act as teaching assistant for select visiting artist workshops

  • Paid contract instructional opportunities, supplemental to work exchange (subject to course proposal and approval)

    Admin Duties

  • Liaison between TACS Clay Studio and administrative office; attend and observe Education Committee meetings

  • Work with TACS marketing to provide photo content of studio for press and social media

    Other Duties, as Assigned

    Compensation and Benefits:

    • 1,000 lbs. of raw clay per year (or equivalent amount for shorter period of time)

    • 24-hour access to a shared studio space, glaze, wax, and other standard ceramic studio materials

    • Solo exhibition opportunity

    • Consignment in TACS Retail Shop (60:40 Artist:TACS)

    • Free enrollment opportunities in TACS classes and workshops (conditions apply)

    • Discount on TACS Retail Shop purchases

Background check required.


Submit the below application packet to A .pdf file containing all required materials is preferred.

1. Letter of Interest (less than 350 words)

2. Resume/CV, including link to online portfolio – website and/or social media addresses. 

3. Portfolio of 10-15 high-resolution (300DPI) digital images of original ceramic work.
* If submitting through a file transfer host (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) share a single link to a folder containing all images. Do not share a list of separate links to individual images. 
4. Image Inventory
• Artwork Title
• Year
• Medium
• Approximate Dimensions

5. 2 References. At least 1 reference must attest to your experience in ceramic studio operations. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Soft brick, kiln shelves and more for sale in the Asheville area

***UPDATE 6/7/21: the bricks and shelves have been sold; the Insblock fiberboard and the buttons are still available***

Bill Muerdter has the following for sale in the Asheville area:  

Insblock 19 Fiberboard 

        1’ x 3’ x 2”   great for adding insulating back up to kilns or in making a raku kiln - still in original sealed box  (8 pieces per box)                                                      

(Ward Burner System has it for $239. box)   (have 2 boxes)       $ 98. box

Ceramic Fiber buttons for securing ceramic fiber blanks

(have 57)          (Axner $1.25 ea.)                 $ .50 ea  

contact Bill Muerdter   (Asheville area)  at

Monday, May 3, 2021

Potter's wheel and slab roller for sale in Bakersville

Kent McLaughlin

Selling my Brent C potters wheel. Used and maintained professionally- $650. Also a Brent slab roller- $ 375. Call 828-688-9297. Leave a return phone number on message machine.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Applications open for the Ooh La La Curiosity Market in downtown Asheville

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 season of the Ooh La La Curiosity Market, held May through October on select Saturdays in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville.

Email for information about becoming a vendor in this year's markets.

Details in the flyer above and at

Thursday, April 22, 2021

UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale this Saturday

UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale
Saturday, April 24th
10am - 4pm

UPDATE: Due to the rainy forecast, the UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale will be held in the lower level of the Sherrill Center Parking Deck on Saturday, April 24. The gate will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

To protect the students and fellow attendees, please follow Covid-19 protocols: wear masks and social distance.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery and other artwork crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History.

The sale is open to the public. Cash or checks only.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Call for artwork for "Celebrating the Flora of the Smoky Mountains" at the Haywood County Arts Council

Celebrating the Flora of the Smoky Mountains at the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) in Waynesville, NC. The exhibit will run from May 7 - 31. Contract is due April 9th. Open to HCAC Artist Members and non-members. Here's the email invitation:

In May, the Haywood County Arts Council will be showcasing our beautiful native wildflowers, flowering shrubs, and trees in a member show entitled “Celebrating the Flora of the Smoky Mountains." The contract is due on Friday, April 9.

We are asking HCAC artist members & non-members to highlight one to three flora subjects in their artwork in the medium of their choice. The plant life must be native to the Smoky Mountain region. The expression of the subject can range from precise botanical illustrations to landscapes. Each plant you choose, however, should be recognizable and should be included in the title of your work.

A list of suggestions of plant life has been added, but artists may come up with their own subject matter. Please research your choice to make sure it is native to this area.

Up to three artworks may be entered. One 32” x 40”, two 16” x  20”, or  three 11” x 14” or smaller. Jewelers and potters may provide up to three pieces, but we may not be able to display all pottery at one time. Three-dimensional sculpture may include one floor piece or pedestal piece.

Please join us in welcoming back our native flora this spring in Waynesville, Gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park, with this special show.

The Gallery Committee
Haywood County Arts Council    

Smoky Mountain Flora
Dwarf Iris
Wild Phlox
Common Violet
Wild Strawberry
Jack-in-the Pulpit
Dutchman’s Pipe
Showy Orchis
Star Grass
Wild Ginger
Lady’s slipper
Bleeding Heart
Mountain Laurel
Goat’s Rue
Blue-eyed Grass
Tulip Tree
Wood Sorrel
Flame Azalea
Butterfly Weed
Indian paintbrush
Trumpet Honeysuckle
Wild Potato Vine
Ox Eye Daisy
Cardinal Flower
Spider Wort
Pink Turtlehead
Black-eyed Susan
Turk’s-cap Lily
Obedient Plant
Red Maple
Fraser Magnolia

Try out our new online contract! Flora of Smoky Mountains ONLINE Contract Link: (scroll down for the Flora of Smoky Mountains contract)

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Midwestern State University (MSU Texas) – Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts – Art Department (Ceramics) Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence: 2021-2022

Midwestern State University (MSU Texas) – Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts

Art Department (Ceramics)

Dates of Residency: August 15, 2021 through August 15, 2022 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal)

Application Deadline:  Applications received by April 16, 2021, will be given full consideration. The position will be open until filled.

Description: This self-directed, residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with university based studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment, while enhancing the art program at MSU Texas. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an adjunct professor, an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramic studio at MSU Texas, please go to:

MSU Ceramics

Minimum qualifications: An MFA in ceramics (or related discipline) is required. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review, qualifications, and individual artistic and professional merit.

Duties and Expectations for the Resident Artist: This is a part-time position.  Work will include a combination of the below duties and activities up to a limit of 19 hours per week (final combination of duties may vary, and will be determined in consultation with the ceramics professor):

• Assistance with studio management and maintenance, including but not limited to loading and unloading kilns, materials inventory, mixing clay, mixing glaze, firing kilns, equipment repairs and cleaning, etc.

Facilitate the making of bowls for the Wichita Falls Empty Bowls event

• Teach one non-for-credit continuing education course per semester, with the possibility of one additional art foundations or general education (adjunct) class per semester (*)

• Attend opening receptions and special events

• Help set up and work the Mother’s Day Ceramic Sale

• Help fire the wood kiln once per semester

• Give one public lecture on her/his work

• Donate one piece of artwork for MSU’s permanent collection

• Other duties may be assigned by Ceramics professor or Chair of the department

Midwestern provides:

• A utilities paid apartment located on campus with discounted rent is possible (details to be discussed during the interview process)

• Reasonable supply of materials and firing privileges

• A small office with internet access and storage space

• 24-hour/7 days per week access

• Studio space in the common 4000 square foot studio area

• Access to adjunct faculty privileges (library access, wellness center, etc.)

Compensation of $6,000 per year, divided throughout the year and paid on hourly rate basis. This is not a stipend.  The resident is paid by the hours worked, which are approximately 12 hours per week.  A timeclock must be used.

• An exhibition (details to be discussed during the interview process)

* Optional and possible additional compensation of $2,500 for each art foundations or general education course taught as an adjunct professor (combination of all teaching and non-teaching duties to be determined each semester, and will not exceed 19 hours per week or its equivalency for both teaching and non-teaching duties. Up to one adjunct course per semester may be allowed).

The ceramics studio at the Harvey School of Visual Art is equipped with the following (available to the resident artist):

• Three computer controlled electric kilns

• Large Brent slab roller

• Two extruders

• Three pugmills

• Soldner mixer

• Separate well equipped glaze room

• Spray booth

• Separate materials and clay mixing/storage room

• Three 3D ceramic printers

• 18 electric wheels

• One wheelchair accessible wheel

• Ball mill

• 5,000 square foot covered kiln yard with the following:

• Two 40 cubic foot computer-controlled Geil car kilns

• A 30 cubic foot “fast fire” wood kiln

• Two older updraft kilns

• A 30 cubic foot downdraft soda kiln

• A 3 cubic foot updraft test kiln

Artist in residence may have access, by permission, to the following studios:

• Painting

• Sculpture

• Metals

• Printmaking

• 24 station Adobe Suite equipped Mac lab with large format printers 

Application: For consideration, please use a PDF compression software such as SMALLPDF to compress your document, and email it to Steve Hilton at  I will not receive your document if you do not compress it to less than 5MB 

Please put your documentation in A SINGLE PDF, in the following order:

• Letter of interest including a short paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU

• CV

• Artist's statement

• 20 jpegs of recent work (please note your website URL (web address) if possible) If you list your website address, you do not need to include images in your PDF

• If available, a minimum of 10 jpegs of student work. These can be on your website as well.

• Contact information (email and cell phone) for 3 references . . . Please make one reference a graduate ceramic professor and one an undergraduate ceramic professor.  A reference from a current employer is preferred for your third reference.

Questions may be sent to Steve Hilton at:

Midwestern State University is AN EEO/ADAAA COMPLIANCE EMPLOYER

This position is designated as security sensitive and requires the finalist to complete a criminal background check.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mica’s 10th Anniversary Season Springs Into April

Mica, the cooperative gallery in downtown Bakersville, NC, opens for its 10th Anniversary season on April 1st, 2021. The gallery, owned by the artists who exhibit their work, is a large, comfortable space following strict Covid safety procedures. Visitors to the gallery are asked to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and help Mica do our part in stopping the spread of the Covid virus.

New to the gallery this year is our latest member, Penland-based artist Vicki Essig. Essig’s studio work includes weaving and paper making. Her work is noted for its quiet, contemplative, and deliberate qualities. Her process incorporates found and ancient objects into visual compositions. She notes, “On my daily hikes my pockets gradually fill with artifacts and curiosities that I find along my path. These small treasures, often overlooked, are archived into my fine handwoven cloth. Many of my compositions incorporate nearly two-hundred year old manuscripts and texts. The fragments of this rag paper, with barely detectable messages, are hand woven into the silk cloth producing an intricate structure that weaves the past with the present. This ritual has lead me to pursue the spirituality of art, which is presented to me every day as I thread my loom, collect a dried pod, or work out a design. In viewing my work, I hope that, for at least a moment, you become lost in the discovery of the minute, the quiet of repetition, and the beauty of nature and pattern.”

In celebration of its 10th year, Mica will highlight each of its member-artists monthly with special featured exhibits. In April, our highlighted artist’s work will be the colorful pottery of Jenny Lou Sherburne in a collection of serving dishes and mix/match serving sets that she cleverly refers to as “To Serve, with Love.” 

In May, Terry Gess and Carmen Grier will share the special feature highlight.  Gess will present a selection of Mother’s Day gift-worthy pottery. He notes, “Spring is the potter’s season – all those flowers in the garden and all manner of vases for bringing them into the house.”

Grier will present a new series of small, oil and cold wax landscape paintings. “I never set out to paint a particular scene,” she says, “I let landscapes from everywhere inspire me. While each scene in this collection is unique, they also work together as family, The highlight of my day is working in my studio. I hope this joy is evident in my paintings.”
Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m.
For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Classes and Summer Camps

 Summer Session 2021

May 31st – July 25th

Odyssey ClayWorks
Summer Classes

Intermediate Handbuilding: Surface and Slabs
Instructor: Tyler Anderson

Mondays, 6:30 – 9pm
May 31st – July 19th 

Let’s get the week started right! In this jam-packed series of Monday night classes, you’ll have fun expanding your handbuilding skills through plenty of cool demos and projects. Together we’ll make beautiful dishes and serving sets using soft slabs and molds. We’ll explore traditional handbuilding techniques from around the world as well as some new technologies that make design work a cinch!
Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 

Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee
Summer Glaze Dayz
Instructor: Allison Cochran

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9pm
June 1st – July 20th

Join Allie and take a deep dive into all things color! This class is perfect for glaze enthusiasts who want to gain more control of their process. We will learn the basics of glaze mixing and several methods for applying glaze. We will then explore axial systems for testing glazes as a means to create infinite colors!  We will also cover colored slips, underglazes and decals. You will learn how to create almost any effect imaginable.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Colorful Compositions
Instructor: Sara Ballek and Casey Engel
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm
June 2nd – July 21st 

Pinching, designs, patterns, and lines! This 8-week series will be loaded with demos focusing on color, surface technique, and constructing forms. Using a combination of hand building and the and work on the wheel, we will dive into some fun research that will ignite inspiration and help you develop your personal “style”. In this course students will work with a rich, red clay body that works beautifully with  colorful underglazes, slips, image transfers and more! Join Sara and Casey as they lead you through a colorful course filled with exciting technique that bring a lively presence to your work.
Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel with Ryan

Instructor: Ryan Rennie

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm
May 3rd – July 22nd

Join our new Resident Artist Ryan Rennie for a beginner’s guide to the potter’s wheel. You’ll learn the basics in a series of fun demonstrations and gain a solid understanding of thrown forms. We will begin with centering and work our way through techniques that can be used to make cups, bowls, plates, and more! No experience needed! Each week we focus on a specific form you can make all your own.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel with Shinara

Instructor: Shinara Taylor

Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:30pm

June 5th – July 24th

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: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner 

Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Amazing Glaze Workshop

Instructor: Gabriel Kline

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
August 9th – 13th

Do you hate glazing? I mean, do you really HATE glazing?  Have you experienced the frustration of making a beautiful piece, then ruining it with flawed, or perhaps worse, boring glaze? Would you rather spend your time doing just about ANYTHING else, even cleaning your studio? Then this is the workshop for you! Join best-selling author of the book, Amazing Glaze, as he reveals the techniques that will help you learn to love the glazing process, achieve more dynamic results, and get your work noticed. Topics will include under and overglaze decoration, glazing large and delicate work, spraying glazes, and multiple firings. We will also examine the basics of formulating, mixing, and altering a glaze.
Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Tuition: $595 + $75  Lab Fee, Includes a copy of the book Amazing Glaze.

Mold Making: Process and Application Workshop
Instructor: Tyler Anderson

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
August 16th – 20th

Want to make some truly fun work that is highly replicable? This workshop is designed with as a gentle introduction to mold making.  All skill levels are welcome! We will be covering the fundamentals of mold making and slip casting. You’ll create a variety of molds you will be able to take home and use for years to come. Topics will include wooden and bisque molds, one- and two- piece plaster molds, and mixing slip for casting. 

Level: All Levels 

Tuition: $595 + $75  Lab Fee

Summer Camps
Clay Camp  2021

Fun, Colorful Clay
Ages 6 - 10
Kristen Easters

June 7th – 11th
9am – 12pm

In this camp, designed for the youngest age group, we’ll create beautiful and functional pottery forms on and off the potter’s wheel. We’ll decorate our masterpieces using colors we love and fire them so that you can use them at home for years to come. Join Kristen for a colorful and fun week in the studio!

Here We Throw!
Ages 8 - 12
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

June 7th – 11th
9am – 12pm

Wheel 101- Come dressed to make a mess!
We are going to go learn how to use a pottery wheel to make cups, bowls, vases and plates!  Students will learn different ways to decorate these vessels, and once finished, they will be food safe treasures for the whole family!

Pedal to the Metal
Ages 8 – 12
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

June 14th – 18th
2 – 5pm

We are going to go learn how to use a pottery wheel to make cups, bowls, vases and plates!  Students will learn different ways to decorate these vessels, and once finished, they will be food safe treasures for the whole family! This is a fun exploration of the clay studio for kids age 8-12.

Colorful Clay!
Ages 6 - 10
Allison Cochran

June 21st – 25th  
9am – 12pm
During this fun filled week, campers will dive into all things colorful! Students will learn basic handbuilding and wheel throwing as a way to create a blank canvas to decorate! We will spend time learning about color theory, techniques for applying glazes as well as learning how to make their own custom colors! 

Find Your Spirit Animal
Ages 8 – 12
Paige Janeri

June 21st – 25th  
2 – 5pm

We can learn a lot from nature when we observe animals in the wild. It’s fun to observe their natural characteristics, habitats, and more. In this week of camp, we will dig into some clay and explore our spirit animals. No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy creating hand-built sculptures and wheel thrown vessels that resemble your favorite animals.

Advanced Wheel
Ages 10 - 14
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

June 28th – July 2nd
9am – 12pm

This is the camp for students who have taken at LEAST one camp or class at Odyssey in the last year or two that was focused on the potter’s wheel. Students will be encouraged to develop their throwing skills to create bigger and better vessels on the wheel! We will move faster and have more freedom, so start sketching some ideas now and we will make them come alive!

A Bug’s Life
Ages 6 - 10
Paige Janeri

June 28th – July 2nd
2 – 5pm

What do you think of bugs? Are they eww gross? Or way cool?! One thing is for certain, they are super important for a healthy planet. We can learn a lot from these little critters, and in this camp, we will do just that! We’ll dig in the dirt and watch our ideas take flight. Come on all you earthworms and ladybugs! Let’s party!

Young Potter’s Wheel Camp
Ages 8 – 12
Kristen Easters

July 5th – 9th
9am – 12pm

Ready? Set? Throw! Let’s explore what clay can do! We’ll use the potter’s wheel to make cereal bowls, candlesticks, storage jars and more. Join Amy as she shows you how to spin some amazing creations in the studio!

Just Keep Spinning!
Ages 8 – 12
Allison Cochran

July 12th – 16th
9am – 12pm

This class is an introduction to the pottery wheel for all ages and skill levels. Students will learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel as well as how to decorate and glaze the pieces. This class can also be a great refresher for students with prior pottery experience!

Take it Up a Notch!
Ages 10 - 14
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

July 12th – 16th
2 – 5pm

This is the camp for students who have taken at LEAST one camp or class at Odyssey in the last year or two that was focused on the potter’s wheel. Students will be encouraged to develop their throwing skills to create bigger and better vessels on the wheel! We will move faster and have more freedom, so start sketching some ideas now and we will make them come alive!

Dream BIG

Ages 10 - 14
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

July 19th – 23rd
9am – 12pm

This week we will focus on HANDBUILDING strategies to make BIG pots and sculptures that you actually get to KEEP!  We are aiming for 1-2 foot sculptures and vessels.  We’ll warm up to proper construction methods on the first day with 1-2 smaller pieces that we will raku on the last day, and then spend the rest of the time focusing on just 2-3 larger pieces- constructing them well so they can survive the firing, while bringing those dreams to life!  Come with BIG ideas :)

The Magical and Mystical
Ages 8 – 12
Paige Janeri

July 19th – 23rd
2 – 5pm

Once upon a time, fairytales and folklores were told to explain great mysteries, share epic stories, and teach awesome lessons. Ever wanted to dream up your own fairytale? In this clay camp, we will rehash on some of our old favorites and craft our very own stories using clay! No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy working on our projects together. We will hand build and use the pottery wheel in this clay camp to create functional and decorative items that tell our stories.

Advanced Wheel with Allie
Ages 10 – 14
Allison Cochran

July 26th – 30th
9am – 12pm

This camp  is designed for students with some wheel experience who are looking to create bigger and better pieces! We will build on our basic understanding of the wheel and refine our skills so that students can create one-of-a-kind pieces. We will focus on making plates, jars, vases and even learn how to alter pieces off of the wheel!

Claying with Your Food
Ages 6 – 10
Paige Janeri

July 26th – 30th
2 – 5pm

Food is something that everybody needs, deserves, and enjoys! In this week of camp, we will prepare some of our personal favorites in the clay studio.  No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy hand building sculptures that resemble our favorite things to eat. We will literally be playing with our food! Students will have the opportunity to use the wheel to make a bowl or plate to serve their favorite meals. These fun exercises will get us thinking creatively about what we like to eat and get us talking about the importance of balanced nutrition.

Mosaic Madness
Ages 6 - 10
Allison Cochran

August 2nd – 6th
9am – 12pm

In this class students will focus on collaboration and teamwork to achieve a mosaic masterpiece! Students will collectively design their mosaic and will then work together to create each piece. In this class we will focus on basic handbuilding & glazing techniques that will allow students to make the mosaic but will also give them the tools to create their own works of art! This class will give students the chance to foster their own creativity while working and learning from their peers!
Onward and Upward!
Ages 8 - 12
Kristen Easters

August 2nd – 6th
2 – 5pm

Let’s go big! In this class, we’ll roll slabs, coil, and pinch pots so big they will blow your mind! The sky is the limit in this class, so bring your imagination and we will make your big ideas into reality.

Tuition: $235
$25 discount for a sibling in the same camp. Use discount code “KIDSCLAY” at checkout.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Bowls! Make at home. Glaze with us. An Empty Bowls event Hosted by Penland School of Craft

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden are two local organizations 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? 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 the catalyst for raising awareness about hunger and funds for local organizations addressing that hunger. While we don’t yet know if we will be able to have an in person event this fall, we do know our neighbors experience food insecurity and these organizations are responding. Artists have been critical to this response through Empty Bowls for many years and are appreciated for their role in our community’s response to hunger.

We have Clay! Since we can’t yet gather we are asking you to make and bisque fire bowls, mugs, cups, and vases in your own studios. While supplies last we have cone 10 Phoenix stoneware clay from Highwater for you that can be picked-up or delivered! Contact Marianna Popp to coordinate (info below).

Glaze with us! April 24, 10am–6pm:Glazing. Glazing. Glazing. Outside and distanced.

What to bring?
Yourself of course! An Apron if you want to protect your clothes. Wear your mask, we will be practicing social distancing. And if you have a favorite brush or glazing tool bring that too!

Can’t come?
We need help firing and sanding bottoms on other days, how would you like to help? Donations from your personal studio also very welcome and appreciated!

Questions? Contact Marianna Popp,, 706-410-3937 (text)

For more information about these organizations go to their websites:
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden
Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank

Gas kiln for sale in Weaverville


Large gas kiln for sale. Very difficult to move and might be best used for parts, bricks. Etc. Hoping for $250 OBO. We just want to have it removed. Has not been fired since it was moved to our studio about 4 years ago. Call, text, or email to make an appointment to come see it. Phone/cell 828-230-2526. Email Located at Reems Creek Pottery. 181 Reems Creek Rd. Weaverville.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Call for Artists for the 2021 Come To Leicester Studio Tour


Come To Leicester Studio Tour
August 21-22, 2021
Leicester, NC

Welcoming artists from throughout Western North Carolina

Application deadline April 1st

Application here:

(image from the Come To Leicester Facebook Page)

Friday, March 12, 2021

Pottery and ceramic books for sale in Linville, NC

15 Books for potters and ceramic artists or students. All in Good condition, some in Like New Condition. $90 for all 15. Must take all for 1 price. Pickup will be in front of the Police Department in Linville Land Harbor. 

Kimbrell Frazier