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
 
Rhododendron
Columbine
Dogwood
Trillium
Dwarf Iris
Wild Phlox
Common Violet
Wild Strawberry
Jack-in-the Pulpit
Dutchman’s Pipe
Showy Orchis
Beardtongue
Star Grass
Wild Ginger
Lady’s slipper
Bleeding Heart
Mountain Laurel
Goat’s Rue
Blue-eyed Grass
Tulip Tree
Wood Sorrel
Sundrops
Flame Azalea
Chicory
Heal-all
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
Beebalm
Foxglove
Obedient Plant
Red Maple
Serviceberry
Sourwood
Witch-hazel
Silverbell
Fraser Magnolia

Try out our new online contract! Flora of Smoky Mountains ONLINE Contract Link: www.haywoodarts.org/call-for-artists/ (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 steve.hilton@msutexas.edu.  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:

steve.hilton@msutexas.edu

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 micagallerync.com. 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 
 
www.odysseyclayworks.com
 
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, specialevents@Penland.org, 706-410-3937 (text)

For more information about these organizations go to their websites:
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden https://diginyancey.org/
Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank https://www.mcshepherdsstaff.org/

Gas kiln for sale in Weaverville

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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 potterybyrachel@gmail.com 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: http://cometoleicester.org/contact

cometoleicester.org
www.facebook.com/ComeToLeicester


(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
sks.frazier@gmail.com

Sweetgrass Artisan Mercantile in Bakersville seeks artists

Sweetgrass Artisan Mercantile in Bakersville, NC is seeking consignment artists who create quality and dynamic fine art and crafts with emphasis on folk art, pottery, glass, textiles and jewelry. Preference will be for those in the NC or Blue Ridge Region. 

www.sweetgrassartisanmercantile.com

Thursday, March 11, 2021

One year ago today, Clay Club edition


March 11, 2020: COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Dr. Fauci testified that "it's going to get worse," the NBA shut down, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they had tested positive – and Clay Club had its last meeting, at Haywood Community College. Hopefully we'll be able to get together in person again soon! 
 

Paragon Kiln for Sale

 Posting this on behalf of Ron Van Dyke in Maggie Valley, NC. This kiln is in VERY good condition. Used only for low temperature firings for China paint.

Paragon Kiln for Sale

asking $1000

model A82B3, single phase, max temp 2350 F.

Call Ron 828-734-4913






Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Applications open for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Calling all Ceramic Artists! We are accepting Applications to the 4th Annual North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival taking place October 23rd in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Are you new to shows? We have two great services for emerging artists! First we are available to review your application photos and provide feedback before applying so that you can put your best foot forward to our judges. Second, accepted artists have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor who will help you plan your display, put together a production list, discuss pricing your work, make a list of what you will need for the show, and answer any questions and provide guidance as you prepare for the event. Learn more and apply now at https://www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com/apply

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Craft Your Commerce Spring 2021 Workshops

Mountain BizWorks presents Craft Your Commerce virtual workshops starting March 12th:

This fresh series of Craft Your Commerce workshops will explore a variety of skill development to help you understand how to create sales strategies, develop diverse revenue streams, and sell without having to feel “salesy.” Join us for this series of workshops as we bring in guest presenters who are subject matter experts in their field, exposing you to new ideas, and helping you find innovation and comfort in selling your products.

The CYC Spring Workshop Series will feature the following:


A virtual networking event to kick off the series – Makers Mixer
5 separate virtual workshops that focus on various aspects of Selling designed to help you gain paying customers through effective, innovative tools and strategies.
Crafting Commerce Cohort (C3) Labs will glean insights from the workshops and develop actionable plans in a collaborative, peer-to-peer learning setting.
Learn more about all the workshops at: craftyourcommerce.com

Pay What You Wish

Mountain BizWorks is excited to offer this spring series of workshops as a Pay What You Wish (PWYW) option. What does this mean? It means we recognize that the economic realities of the pandemic has put a huge financial strain on many households and we do not want price to be a limiting factor in order for creative entrepreneurs to benefit from our programs. In effect, we are trusting you to pay what you consider to be a fair price given your economic situation, beyond a $5 minimum placeholder. We hope this allows as many craft and creative individuals to be able to participate and grow their business skills leading to sustainable businesses!

craftyourcommerce.com 

www.mountainbizworks.org/craft-your-commerce/cyc-spring-series/

Friday, March 5, 2021

RIP Judith Duff

Judith Duff with Nina Hole, Danish wood fire sculpture and students at 2006 residency at ASU sponsored by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

From Dian Magie:

It is with sad heart the clay community will mourn the passing of Judith Duff, internationally recognized ceramic artist, March 4, 2021 after battling dementia over the last few years. A leader in the woodfire ceramics she has been a mentor to many in the field of woodfire ceramics. From her studio in Brevard, NC, Judith and Royle, her husband of 55 years, welcomed students from around the country to fire with her, in her train and anagama kilns. For several years Judith hosted workshops with world renown artists in the media, who were her friends and peers, including Shozo Michikawa and John Dix from Japan, and US clay artist Peter Callas. Judith curated many woodfire exhibits in the region and throughout the country introducing the public to the beauty and process of woodfire ceramics. Judith and Royle traveled often to Japan, where Judith studied and fired with leading Japanese potters. Her work is found in collections throughout the U.S. and Japan. judithduff.com provides a full history of her work and images of her pottery. With her ready smile, gracious approach to fellow artists, Judith will be greatly missed.

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 ptthompson18@gmail.com

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,

Love,

Dick

https://potterynorthwest.org/febartisttalk/

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 support@nceca.net or office@nceca.net 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: https://nceca.net/2021-registration-types-pricing/

(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: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2021/01/follow-up-from-akira-satake-on-mountain.html

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: https://mountainx.com/arts/local-artists-respond-to-pandemic-challenges-in-creative-ways/

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: https://makingitinasheville.com/episode/nick-moen-the-bright-angle/

Monday, January 25, 2021

Young Individual Seeking Opportunity in Ceramic Apprenticeship

Greetings!

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
csiravan@gmail.com
csiravantha.com

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 snugglehats@gmail.com

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Make Better Pots - enhance your skills!


 THE VILLAGE POTTERS CLAY CENTER
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: https://tinyurl.com/makebetterpots 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: https://tinyurl.com/makebetterpots 

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

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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.
$600

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

Email for more photos.

Both in Huntersville, NC.

Lynn
704 576 5060
lypoland@davidson.edu