Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sweet ’n Salty Pots Labor Day Weekend Pottery Show and Sale

You’re invited!
Sweet ’n Salty Pots
Labor Day Weekend Pottery Show and Sale

Saturday Aug. 31, 10-5
Sunday, Sept. 1, 10-5
Penland, NC 28765

great pots, good conversation, delicious snacks, libations

and Guest Artists:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Free Fire Bricks

A friend in S.C. is giving away an assortment of used firebricks (see photo).
Contact Elena Roberts, 864-680-4452

Monday, August 19, 2019

Kiln, wheel, pedestals, tables and more for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Several items for sale by Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, NC. Details and photos below.

Cady Clay Works, Seagrove NC
landline 910 464 5661
Beth cell 336 588 0248


Very sturdy, with cutout handles. Great for shows - transport and display all in one. Can be stacked and re-configured according to need. We bought a barn full of these 30 years ago. I had these for sale in our store for $25 each as we were closing (due to arthritis). We have 15 left. 15"x18"x13". Make an offer! Delivery possible.


$900 obo

This is one of the first DaVinci models. They were using a new element holder material that did not hold up so after a few years we got a new kiln body with new element holders and at that time upgraded the wiring to heavier-duty. I fired this kiln to a hard cone 8 weekly until March. The lid does not look great but I have had no problems with it.
Also have 14"x28"x1" high alumina shelves, some new and some used, that can be purchased with the kiln.

This kiln is $7800 new. More photos available.


The metal-front tables are made of 2x4s. Tops are 100-yr-old floor boards from a farmhouse that was being torn down nearby. Long tables $100 each, shorter tables $85 each. We have 2 of each.
The other long table is made of 2x4s with birch plywood top and shelf. $100.
24"deep x 93"wide x 34"tall
24"deep x 48"wide x 40"tall
Delivery possible.


PEDESTALS - 2 left:
18"sq x 27" tall
That is the base dimension, the wooden pieces are just resting on the top and overlap about 3" total. They are cherry cabinet door blanks.
$47 each.
They are hollow so very lightweight and easy to move. They could also be inverted and used for storage.


The table is dining-height, covered in grey-blue laminate. Very sturday. 42" sq x 29"high. $45
Delivery possible.

FOR SALE - PACIFICA GlydeTorc Model 400 Potter's Wheel
"The very high torque even at slow speeds is one of our special features. Our custom designed load sensor increases the drive current in exact proportion to the load on the clay..."

Applications open for the Mountain Glory Festival in Marion, NC

36th Annual Mountain Glory Festival
October 12, 2019
Downtown Marion, North Carolina

Application deadline September 13, 2019

From the festival website:

Marion, North Carolina celebrates the arrival of autumn in the Blue Ridge during their annual Mountain Glory Festival. For 36 years, beautiful downtown Marion has hosted this popular celebration on the 2nd Saturday in October. This year, make plans to visit on October 12th between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Celebrate small-town life in the mountains. Visitors looking for original handicrafts will find plenty of choices shopping with three jam packed blocks, featuring locally made arts and crafts. Enjoy lots of festival foods and the wide variety of live entertainment, focusing on old time mountain music.

Don’t miss the annual Mountain Glory Quilt Show inside the McDowell Arts Council. The quilt show is the gallery’s featured October exhibit.

The kids will have fun in the “Children’s Arena” with hands-on activities, local entertainment and the ever popular best-dressed pet contest.

The festival is sponsored by the City of Marion. For festival information visit call 828-652-2215.

More info and link to application:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Free Fixer Upper Kiln in Asheville

UPDATE: the kiln has been taken!

Giving away this little kiln for free. Three phase, no sitter, switch doesn’t work and the brick inside between the elements is broken so it can’t be fired before repairing that. Les from Highwater took a look at it and said it would take about $400 to fix and even then shouldn’t be used for cone 6 because you’d have to watch the cones and can't program it. HOWEVER he said it could be converted to a raku kiln easily.

MUST get rid of it this ASAP!

Contact me if you'd like it - must be able to pick up in Asheville ASAP

Friday, August 16, 2019

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction on Saturday

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction
Saturday, August 17th
Spruce Pine First Baptist Church
125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine, NC

The 2019 Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff Empty Bowls Fundraiser and Silent Auction to benefit the Shepherd’s Staff food bank will be held Saturday August 17th from 5:00 pm -7:30 p.m. at the Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, located at 125 Tappan Street in Spruce Pine. Tickets are $25 and include a hand-crafted bowl filled with soup, as well as bread, dessert and a drink. Call 828-765-5385 to order tickets. Now accepting credit cards.

Facebook event page:

Successful Clay Club barrel firing!

A successful firing from Clay Club this week!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Clay Club this past Wednesday! I am so excited to say that everybody's pieces that went into the barrel kiln have come out and they look spectacular! Here are some photos of the kiln and the results. Anyone who had pieces in the kiln may come by and pick them up at any time that is convenient to you, they are sitting in front of the house on the mulch. I had such a great time going through this experiment with all of you, thank you for doing it with me.

if you have any questions or can't find your pieces please call me at 585-507-5731.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Recap: August Clay Club at Motyl Pottery

Thanks to Tori Motyl for hosting Clay Club! Several people took Tori up on her offer to participate in a barrel firing. She walked us through the setup and loading of the barrel and told us about the process of the firing. (She's been using Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques by James C Watkins and Paul Andrew Wandless as a reference.) Because of a threat of rain during Clay Club, Tori is doing the firing today and she'll remove the pieces on Friday. Look for photos of the finished pieces here on the blog.

Tori also shared her experimentation with digging her own clay. Inspired by Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish of Bandana Pottery, and with encouragement from Andy Palmer, she dug up some dirt/clay from beside her driveway to try. She walked us through the process of wetting this clay in buckets, sieving it, and removing excess water by drying it on a bedsheet tacked onto a wooden frame. The clay you see on the bedsheet in the photos has been there 2-3 days; Tori estimated that it would need another couple days to get to the right level of moisture. She has had great initial success: in some of the photos Tori is holding a lovely small pot made from this clay. She fired it successively to cone 04, cone 6 and finally cone 10 to see how high it could be fired, and you can see that it held up very well.

September Clay Club will be at Mars Hill University. Look for more details about that soon, and thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us next month!

Thanks again to Tori, and to everyone - including John Britt - who came!

Come To Leicester Studio Tour this weekend

14th Annual Come To Leicester Studio Tour
August 17th and 18th
10am - 6pm both days
Leicester, North Carolina

From the Come To Leicester Studio Tour Facebook event page:

The Leicester Artists cordially invite you to join us for our 14th Annual Come to Leicester Studio Tour! This free, self-guided tour is held every year on the third weekend in August; for 2019, that is the 17th-18th of August. Our incredible community of artists create in a variety of mediums, and you'll find all manner of fine art and craft on the Tour. This year includes painting, iron work, wood work, textiles, pottery, jewelry, glass, mixed media, figurative art, and brooms. We welcome you to Come to Leicester to see for yourself all the wonderful work this beautiful area inspires!

(image from the Come To Leicester Studio Tour Facebook event page)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Welcome back, John!

So great to see John Britt back at Clay Club tonight!

Craft Your Commerce: Marketing For Makers workshop series

Craft Your Commerce: 2019 Workshop Series
Marketing For Makers
September 12 - October 24
Early-Bird registration pricing through August 25

From the Mountain BizWorks website:

Craft Your Commerce is a Mountain BizWorks led project in partnership with Center for Craft, UNC Asheville, and area creative entrepreneurs. It aims to connect, elevate and advance craft-centered companies of all kinds through a series of business training workshops and classes designed by makers for makers.

The theme for this year’s 2019 Workshop Series is “Marketing for Makers.” In a landscape that constantly shifts and evolves, marketing often ranks as one of the top business challenges for makers. As such, we’ve designed “Marketing for Makers” to be a comprehensive and practical learning journey aimed to increase business reach, visibility and profitability.

The format of this year’s series is comprised of three training segments:

• We launch with the “Half-Day Hustle” on September 12, a seminar style event that features three short sessions. We will explore the big-picture, strategic view of marketing, engage in a thoughtful discussion on the importance of authenticity, and get an overview of the various online sales platforms where makers “hustle” to grow their business.
• The second segment of the Workshop Series involves 4 different, deep-dive workshops covering the following topics: Social Media, Photography, Shopify and Etsy. These hands-on workshops will be led by experts who themselves are creatives or who’ve had experience working with other creative entrepreneurs.
• “Marketing for Makers” will then culminate with our flagship business planning courses, Alpine & Foundations for Makers. These intensive courses are designed to equip creative entrepreneurs with the business skills they need to get going and growing, and will be facilitated within a cohort learning environment made up of makers learning from other makers.

Although the training segments are offered à la carte, we hope you will take advantage of the Half or Full Series Pass and journey through the entirety of this integrative learning experience.

More info and link to registration:

(image from the Mountain BizWorks website)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Applications open for Old Depot Art by the Tracks in Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain Old Depot Art by the Tracks
Saturday, October 26th
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Final deadline to apply for the Fall Show is September 1st

From the Old Depot website:

Please join us for the 22nd year of Old Depot's Art Show in downtown Black Mountain, NC on Sutton. Ave this year on Saturday, October 26th, 2019.

Each year the Old Depot sponsors two juried art shows, one in the spring and one in the fall. Our Spring Art Show is always the first Saturday in June, and our Fall Art Show is the last Saturday in October, in the heart of leaf season. We highlight extraordinary art and craft from throughout the region in this renowned juried art show.

From the 1930's to the mid 1950's the town was home for Black Mountain College, which still claims alumni of worldwide renown in the arts. More and more, the town is becoming a center for arts and crafts, antiques and furniture, which attracts tourists from throughout the nation for its unique offerings.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just 15 miles east of Asheville, Black Mountain has long been a rich and varied arts and crafts community.

More info and link to application:

(image from the Old Depot website)

A Jarring Romance: Pottery and Fermentation with Shinara Taylor at Odyssey ClayWorks

A Jarring Romance: Pottery and Fermentation

Shinara Taylor

Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville

Thursdays 3-5:30pm
August 29-October 3

Add flavor to your kitchen and pottery repertoire with these specialized fermentation jars. Learn how to make a kombucha brewing vessel; a countertop container for compost scraps (a different type of ferment!?); and a sauerkraut crock. These functional jars will be constructed with multiple thrown and hand-built parts. You’ll be guided through the process with demos and even fermented foods and recipes (free kombucha starters for all!). Find the “fun” in “functional”!

Tuition: $235 + $40 Lab Fee
Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Monday, August 12, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

August Clay Club will be at Motyl Pottery near Burnsville from 6-8pm this Wednesday, August 14th. Thanks again to Tori Motyl for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

Carpooling: if you're interested in carpooling, leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.

See you Wednesday!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Morning of Mimosas and Muffins at Mica Gallery in Bakersville on Sunday, August 11th

Join Mica artists on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 9 am – Noon for a Morning of Mimosas and Muffins at Mica.

Plenty of coffee will be on hand too!
So, come in for some Sunday morning fun.
All Bakersville Galleries will be open.

See you there.

Mica is open daily Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12-5 p.m. Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. For more information visit or call 828.688.6422.

Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

August Clay Club at Motyl Pottery (*with invitation to participate in firing*)

August Clay Club will be at Motyl Pottery near Burnsville from 6-8pm on Wednesday, August 14th. Thanks to Tori Motyl for hosting us! (Note to Asheville-area folks: Tori is west of Burnsville, so just about 30 minutes from Asheville.)

Tori will give a little talk about digging your own clay and she will be firing a new down draft barrel kiln she is building. Folks are invited to bring unglazed bisqueware to participate in the firing. Here are the details about the firing from Tori:

It'll probably be the first firing so people should bring pieces (unglazed bisqueware) they don't mind accidentally blowing up. Anyone who wants to get in on the firing should plan to arrive by 6:15 so we can load and fire the kiln which should take about 45 minutes according to what I read but who knows.

My hope is to get the kiln to 1800 (about cone 07) so that should be good for really any clay. Bisque temp doesn't matter because I have no idea what to expect except I would say if you are using like a mid range or high fire clay bisquing to 06/04 would be pretty standard and should do well. People can even put in greenware if they wanted!

We'll have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Motyl Pottery is at 1082 Sweet Hollow Road, Burnsville. Google maps will get you there:

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, let me know and I will put folks in touch. You can also leave a comment here on this blog post or on this facebook post.

See you on the 14th!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Bakersville Art Walk tonight!

Andy Palmer has the details on tonight's Art Walk in Bakersville:

I so hope you all aren't getting sick of these notices. I try to keep them short and sweet - just to remind you (or give you the first heads up) that we're having another Art Walk this Friday in Bakersville from 4:00-7:00.

As always, the businesses in town will have snacks and drinks, a relaxed atmosphere, probably some background music playing, and definitely some great artwork for your viewing and purchasing pleasure.

In Tandem has ceramicist Mark Chuck's opening: he makes fish inspired cups, shot glasses, mugs, etc out of clay... They're really beautiful - and I didn't even know they were about fish til someone else told me. I just loved the way they looked and felt.

Mica always has fantastic things there. And the people are truly the best! You can see all sorts of paintings, fabrics/textiles, ceramics, glass, woodworking... just about every craft there is, and all in one space. So, don't miss that.

And Anita has every inch of wall space covered in these fantastic nature paintings or historic paintings or sculptures... it goes on and on. It's amazing how much she can pack into her shop.

Bowditch's Antiques is like a walk down memory lane. There are great furniture pieces and historic pottery and just about anything you'd want to decorate your home with to make it look comfortable and homey. And Steve and Sharon can give you all sorts of information about the background and whatnot of the pieces (their knowledge about things always amazes me. Just the amount of love and care they put into the displays and selections are a sight to behold.)

The Southern Ridge Cafe is always a good thing to stop in and get something to eat - anytime. They've always got delicious homemade desserts, and sandwiches, and ice cream, and whatever you could want for a snack or a meal PLUS they're coming up on their one-year anniversary!! How cool is that?

So, check things out this Friday evening. You'll be happy you did.

(More about the Art Walk here:

and here:

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Galleries Art Walk

Enjoy an evening with art, friends, and refreshment in the lovely town of Bakersville

Solo Exhibition with Mark Chuck at In Tandem Gallery

Solo Exhibition with 
Mark Chuck

Fish Never Looked So Good!
The first time I saw Mark Chuck’s work I fell in love with the design, and colors, and just the whole look and feel of his ceramics. It wasn’t until awhile later that I found out that they were totally about the beauty of fish!! I may not be the most perceptive person but I do know that Mark makes fantastic work (And the fish thing is pretty darn cool too.)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Call for entries for "Fine Contemporary Craft"

Fine Contemporary Craft at Artspace in Raleigh, NC
Deadline: September 23, 2019
Juror: Mia Hall, Executive Director of Penland School of Craft

From the Artspace website:

Artspace invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter Fine Contemporary Craft, a biennial national juried exhibition. Work will be juried by Mia Hall, Executive Director of Penland School of Craft. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes. A brochure will be produced for the exhibition.

While Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible, we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well. We encourage anyone to submit for our open calls-for-art . If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter a call for art, please contact Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or

More info and link to application:

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk this Friday

Join Mica Gallery on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk.

Summer is cooler here in the mountains, and the artists of Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft in downtown Bakersville, NC, are ready to greet you.

Come to the Bakersville Art Walk on Friday August 2nd, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the galleries and shops in downtown Bakersville open their doors to showcase more than 100 artists.

See new work by our 13 member artists as well as our consignment artists, and you don’t want to miss the beautiful work by our current Guest Artists - Shaker and Salt, the collaborative team of glass artists Courtney Dodd and Nick Fruin.

There will be refreshments, libations and the opportunity to meet some local artists. Spend the evening eating, sipping and enjoying the galleries and the wonderful conversations with artists and patrons.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair is this weekend!

Every year more than 200 artists, crafters and musicians bring their talents to the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, which is ranked annually as a top summer event in the  mountains of North Carolina.

The two-day event draws artists, craftspeople, musicians and food vendors from North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and beyond, and attracts thousands of people to Burnsville Town Square. This year’s event will be held August 2-3, 2019, Friday & Saturday, 9am to 5pm.

For more information, check out

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Styrofoam Peanuts - TAKEN

A big bag of Styrofoam peanuts needs a home. Can be picked up in Weaverville or Biltmore Park.

Call for demonstrators for Art on Main in Hendersonville, NC

The Arts Council of Henderson County is accepting applications for demonstrators for Art on Main, which will be held September 28th and 29th in Hendersonville, NC. The application deadline is August 1st.

Application available here:

More about Art on Main here:

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

SYLVA Pop-Up ART SHOW this Friday

Friday, July 26th
Black Balsam Outdoors in downtown Sylva

From the Smoky Mountain News:

The Sylva Art + Design Committee will present its Pop-Up Art Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Black Balsam Outdoors in downtown Sylva.

This public art installation will showcase the original work of over 20 local artists and includes pottery, watercolors, masks, jewelry, woodworking, crafts, acrylics, mixed media, photography, ceramics, and more.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. All the work is for sale, prices range from $20-$350, and a portion of the proceeds will support future SADC events through the Main Street Sylva Association.

For updates, to join or to make a monetary donation to the SADC, go to Facebook and search “Sylva Art + Design.” You can also find the organization on Instagram: @sylvaartdesigncommittee.

Facebook event page:

(Image from the Sylva Art + Design Facebook page)