Monday, May 23, 2022

Mica Gallery Featured Artists for June

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – is pleased to introduce our Highlighted Artist-Members for the month of June, Lisa Joerling and Jean Mclaughlin

Joerling’s playful ceramic animals always bring a smile to the gallery’s visitors. Eliciting joy and evoking laughter are key components of Joerling’s sculptural practice. “We need humor in our lives, and I want my animals to fill a space with happiness,” Joerling comments. Her work draws upon her imagination, her years of living in Florida, and her love of animals. New work for the exhibition in June will include chickens and a variety of other birds. “I have made sculptures of chickens in a morning coffee klatch and fowls at play to give you an idea of what is to come!” Lisa laughs. Recently Lisa and her husband Nick Joerling built new studios that will be open for the Toe River Arts Studio Tour. They designed their workspaces to meet the needs of their varied personalities and ways of working. Lisa Joerling’s space has a brightly painted turquoise floor and is filled with objects that delight the eye. “It is my happy place,” adds Joerling.

McLaughlin will be showing monotypes and woodcuts. Her fascination with the many ways water manifests itself in our lives will be prominent in the works on view. “Throughout my life, I have studied clouds, watched the rain fall, and delighted in the way water dances as I swim,” McLaughlin reflects. “The fact that gardens thrive with water links my imagery to flowers and flowers to my family who passes plants down from generation to generation. I want to capture this love of gardening and the landscape in my work.” “Lately,” McLaughlin noted, “the war in Ukraine has surfaced in my work, and some of the prints have gotten a bit stormy.” A native to North Carolina, McLaughlin studied at UNC Chapel Hill, the California College of the Arts, and NC State University.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Mica is open daily, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. The gallery continues to follow guidance from the CDC and state of North Carolina with regards to controlling the spread of Covid-19. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Job Opportunity

 New Horizons Book Loft looking to offer pottery classes at their location. Contact them on Instagram at

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Free kiln in Weaverville


Monday, May 16, 2022

Job Opening

 Good morning,

My name is Emily and I work for a summer camp south of Asheville in Mills River. We are looking for a ceramics instructor for the summer. We are reaching out to local studios to find an instructor. They can have minimal experience, they just need a desire to learn, teach and instill a love for creating in young people. We are a co-ed camp with campers ages 6-16 years old so there is much opportunity for someone to grow their ability to teach and share the arts. There is housing on site available but we also permit someone to commute to camp each day. Pay is based upon age & if housing is included.

Please let me know if you have anyone interested or would be interested in sharing this opportunity with candidates.

They can check out our website about who we are, email me ( for more information or begin our staff application.

Thank you for your time!

Have a wonderful day!
Emily Petrilla

Camp Highlander
Assistant Director
(828) 891-7721 |

Have a wonderful day!
Emily Petrilla

Camp Highlander
Assistant Director
(828) 891-7721 |

May Clay Club Recap

 Hey Clubbers,

We had a great clay club last week talking about wild clay and eating lots of treats at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville. There was 18 of us total which was amazing! 

Here are some photos so if you weren't able to come, you can see what we were up to. 

I hope to see you all, and more faces, at our June Clay Club on June 8th at Rodney Leftwich's as we all get inspired as he talks about historical western NC folk and art pottery traditions! More info to come.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Free soft kiln bricks

 Please contact Kelsey at Plays in Mud Pottery by phone 828-280-4618 or email . These are free soft brick for L&L kilns. Must pick up. Will not deliver. Need gone ASAP.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Clay Club Wednesday 5/11


When: May 11th, 6-8pm

Who: Tori Motyl with Motyl Pottery

Where: Reems Creek Pottery 181 Reems Creek Rd, Weaverville

Topic: Wild Clay and Wild Glaze

Food Situation: There will be light snacks and bubbly water.

See you all at 6!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Wanted: Used Tent

 If anyone is looking to sell a used tent, contact Remo Piracci at

Friday, April 29, 2022

Artist Call for all WNC Students


Eligible artists must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated* from a WNC college/university art or craft program. The applicant’s college/ university must be in one of the WNC counties (see website below).

*“Recently graduated,” applicants are those that have graduated between 2021-2022.

• Submissions must be the artist’s original work.

• HCAC Artist Membership is not required but is encouraged. Learn more here

• Artwork must be for sale.
• 2-D artwork must arrive gallery-ready, ready to hang and be presented professionally. Unframed work must have edges considered to be “finished” and in cohesive relation to the overall piece.
• 2- Dimensional Work: Height 6 feet, Width 6 feet, including frame.
• 3- Dimensional Work: Sculptural and small installation work is encouraged.

Learn more at: 

Friday, April 22, 2022

One Week Left To Apply for NCCAF


One week left to apply for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

We welcome both new and veteran ceramic vendors. We can pre-review your application images before you apply (send an email to and we also offer mentorship for accepted artists to help prepare for the big day! This is great if you are new to shows! 



Emerging Artist Application:

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Mica Gallery Presents Featured Artists for May

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – is pleased to introduce our Highlighted Artist-Member for the month of May, Jenny Lou Sherburne. Mica also wants to welcome guest artist, Tria Turrou.

Sherburne has been a potter for over 30 years, making colorful, whimsical, functional works. Her inspirations range from “garlic cloves to onion domes, from the Land of Oz to the Isle of Crete, from Antonio Gaudi to Dr. Seuss.” Her goals are described as, “wanting what I make to reflect my ideal, that our lives can be imbued with a sense of energy and joy which grows when shared. That hope is what helps me move forward.” Sherburne is a founding member of Mica Gallery and has lived in the area for 17 years.

Turrou is an earthenware potter. She refers to her creations as “truly one of a kind as each piece is hand-decorated and painted. I use a combination of underglazes and slips as the foundation of my decoration process, then apply glazes that I mix myself over the flat color to enhance the appearance of each piece.” Turrou will be at Mica until September.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville. Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wild Clay Workshop

 Tori Motyl will be teaching a Wild Clay workshop at Double Island Studio May 14-15.

Learn to dig, process, test, and make with clay from your own back yard or around town.

Great for surface design, throwing, hand building, tile work, jewelry, and more. 

Sign up at

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Woodfire Conference 2022

Our region is full of amazing opportunities and one of the biggest for wood firing is the Wood fire Conference. 

With so much change on the horizon, this conference will be a convergence of ideas and thoughts regarding where Woodfire is today and where it’s going. We are calling this year’s conference Envision: 2022, gathering incredible artists from around the world to discuss the future of our practice as wood firing artists. The 2022 conference will kick off May with two pre-conference events in separate locations in NC: preHEAT: Mountain and preHEAT: Seagrove, where local and visiting artists will load and then fire dozens of NC kilns located around the Asheville area and Seagrove. The main conference will begin May 27th at STARworks with topics ranging from kiln design, to group firings as well as community engagement and market presence. STARworks has a cafĂ© and taproom onsite and will host live music and food trucks throughout the conference. For more information on preHEAT events prior to the conference and any specifics regarding panel discussions, visiting artists, presentations, exhibitions and workshops, check out the site.


Are you into soda firing or are interested in learning? Check out the Sodaposium! It takes place in Nashville and many local potters you know and love here are presenters!  

SodaPosium is a weekend long educational event bringing together a community of potters and artists enthused about soda firing. The event includes workshops with experienced soda fire practitioners, a pre-conference soda firing, a juried show, soda-fired pottery sales, networking, community building, and discussions about accessing soda kilns.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

April 2022 Clay Club at Michael Kline's Studio

Hey all!

Second Clay Club in a row!! 

Had a great time at Michael Kline's Studio last night. Beautiful weather and Michael and Stacey prepared pizza dough and everyone made their own pizzas and "fired" them in Michael's Pizza oven.

Thanks to Stacey and Michael for your hospitality!!

And thank you Rachel Smith for running the Club this month and getting images!

Michael gave a tour of his studio and kiln area. Told all about his process and how things are done as well as his latest methods of selling. Really showed the way you have to be adaptable in our world and change with the times, either artistically, by growing and changing, or practically, by reacting to market conditions and selling various ways. 

Had a great group and looking forward to the May Clay Club.

Also showed his chickens and the movable coop as well as his Scythe collection.


Thursday, April 7, 2022

April Clay Club

The details:

When: April 13th, 6-8pm

Who: Michael Kline with Kline Pottery

Where: 4062 Snow Creek Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705

Topic: E-Commerce

Food Situation: Michael will have the pizza oven heated up with dough and sauce. Bring toppings, including your cheese of choice. Cans of fizzy water will be provided.

Future Clay Clubs:

May 11th: Lynda Gayle Banner

June 8th: Tori Motyl, Topic Wild Clay

July 13th: Rachel Smith, Topic Surface Design with Underglaze Transfers

August10th: The Village Potters Clay Center

Meet Michael

Michael Kline makes utilitarian ceramics with botanical-themed painted and stamped surfaces. For most of his career, Kline has worked with wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware, usually with organic patterns painted on a thick white slip surface, glass”runs,” and an alkaline ash glaze. As a resident at Penland (1998 - 2001), he began making large pots inspired by the traditional stoneware of Catawba Valley and Seagrove, North Carolina. He also briefly experimented with translucent porcelain in 2000, the floral patterns becoming a raised, topographical feature. In 2015 he visited the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and was struck by 15th C. examples of the Korean sanggam technique. Since then, he has focused on applying this technique to his own work and aesthetic, creating floral stamps and inlaying the impressions with white slip on a dark stoneware base, and firing in a gas kiln. This new body of work currently makes up a third of his output. Kline’s work is consistently identifiable in its delicate pattern systems contrasted with robust forms and somewhat coarse materials.

Kline began working with clay in college, and while he initially pursued a civil engineering degree, he graduated with a BFA in Ceramics in 1986. He taught at the Westside YMCA in New York (1986 - 1989) before attending a Michael Simon Workshop at Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC) in 1989. Following the workshop, he became a full time studio potter, sharing a work space with Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor in Western Massachusetts (1988 - 1998). In 1998, he came back to Penland as a Resident Artist. Following his residency, he set up a studio in nearby Bakersville, where he continues to work today. He has taught numerous workshops across the country, and in 2000 was a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School of Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN).


Monday, April 4, 2022

Test Kiln For Sale


AIM Test Kiln

120 Volt-15amp
Includes fairly new kiln elements plus extra set and cones for kiln

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Pottery ware racks for sale in Seagrove, NC

(note: Two Racks are available. $400 each.)

8-division ware rack features sturdy rungs with 8 inches between shelf divisions. Will hold either 16 12"x32" ware boards (included) or 8 24" x 32" ware boards. Loading and unloading kilns is so much easier with the help of this steel constructed heavy duty cart. With 8 shelf supports there are dozens of stacking options.

Constructed from 1" heavy wall pipe and welded shelf supports. 72.75H x 35W x 24D. Heavy-duty casters make even the heaviest loads easy to move. The ware boards are high quality 1/2" plywood.

We used these racks in our production pottery for many years but have retired due to arthritis. If you are comparing our price to new carts, remember that the new shelves are priced separately!

Beth Gore
3883 Busbee Rd
Seagrove NC 27341
336-588-0248 (please text, I don't answer unknown callers)

Friday, April 1, 2022

Opportunity to give to the greater community

 Community building and charity opportunity for potters to support. 

My name is Fallon Hyder, and I am a lover and advocate for the arts. During my first couple of years of undergrad, I took pottery courses and felt inspired and motivated to further use craft to serve the community. During my time there, I also helped plan for and see to fruition the “Empty Bowls” events held in town. I was told via the WNC Potters Facebook Page that you might be able to help me with a little project I am working on.

While a lot of things have changed over time, my interest in bridging the gap of craft & community together is still very evident in the work I do. I am so passionate about helping put pieces together for families in the community and celebrate local folks and local work. I am currently serving at the YMCA Youth Services Center off Merrimon Avenue as a Camp & After-School Site Director. During my time at the Y, I’ve served in several different capacities in the community to help meet basic needs. In amidst the pandemic, we’ve shifted our programming and how we serve. Coming out of the pandemic and into a “new normal,” we’re refocusing still. We are about to enter our community phase of our annual campaign to raise money to further take our programming and services to a higher level. Our Annual Campaign goes to support these focus areas:

Healthy food for those who are hungry

Reliable child care for parents who need to go to work

Nurturing spaces for kids to attend after-school

In person and virtual workouts to help people regain health after diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes

Outreach to seniors who are feeling isolated

Safe places for the community to come together

Opportunities for children to have the summer camp experience that might not get to

I was hoping to do something similar to what I’ve done in the past for Empty Bowls, where I get local ceramic artists to donate a piece of their work for a silent auction held here at our Youth Services Center and for the community to come and take part. 

Thank you so much!

If you would like to give, you can contact Fallon at 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

For Sale

 For sale, Located in Weaverville:

Orton Kiln Vent on stand, with 20+ feet of ventilation hose: $150 OBO

Crusader Ceramic Kiln 224s, missing floor, could be used for raku, or rebuilt: $75 OBO

Various kiln furniture and shelves: $75 OBO

Kilntronics Analog Pyrometer: $100 OBO

Take it all!: $300

Contact Joe and Pat Rhodes for details. Text or email only. 828-768-4720

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Take a Workshop at Double Island Studio this year!

Is it time to infuse your work with fresh ideas and inspiration? Then sign up for a workshop at Double Island Studio this year! Take a class in clay or try a new medium! 

Learn more at or send questions to

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

UNCA job posting Ceramics Lecturer

 UNCA looking for lecturer in Ceramics. Job posting below.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting NumberF0122
DepartmentArt & Art History: Two Year Lecturer in Ceramics
Tenure StatusNon Tenure Track
Position Summary
Lecturer in Ceramics

The Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for a Lecturer in Ceramics, to begin Fall 2022. We invite candidates to apply who are seeking a faculty position at a liberal arts institution with a strong desire to provide excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants must hold an MFA in Ceramics, and specialize in wheel-thrown functional and decorative ceramics, glaze calculation, slip casting and kiln operation and maintenance as our curriculum prides itself on teaching students how to be practitioners beyond what the University facilities provides. The Lecturer will rotate teaching all levels (I-IV) of undergraduate ceramics courses, three-dimensional design and the BFA senior capstone course. This position requires knowledge and willingness to co-manage the high studio demands that is required of the Ceramics concentration.

UNC Asheville is a leading public liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to teaching. It is the designated liberal arts university of the UNC system and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The faculty at UNC Asheville teach across our required interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core (LAC) curriculum, in courses that include first-year seminars; diversity intensive courses; courses that engage scientific perspectives, the intersection of arts and ideas, and a central component of the curriculum—our Humanities Program.

Furthermore, UNCA has been and continues to be a national leader in undergraduate research. Over 60% of our students graduate each year having been engaged in this important learning experience and the University embraces the mentoring of undergraduate research as one of the highest forms of teaching. This commitment makes it essential for all faculty to be engaged in the current trends of their disciplines and this is demonstrated in the outstanding research and scholarship produced by the faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 3 courses (12 contact hours) per semester, engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession, and work with our students in some area of the discipline specific to their expertise. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and interest in a career at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNCA is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be excited to engage a diverse community of learners, including first-generation college students and students from under-represented groups and/or under-resourced high schools, through varied, innovative, and student-focused pedagogies. UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.

The successful candidate will have extensive mentorship, and support for the development of their pedagogy and scholarship. The term of appointment is 2 years. Following this term, the Lecturer may be offered a renewed or extended contract or a tenure-track position in the Department.

Applicants should submit the following electronically at

● Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position, why you are a fit for our undergraduate institution, a description of your creative and scholarly interests, and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
● Curriculum Vitae
● Recent Samples of Scholarship: 15-20 images of your
professional/research work, identified with title, date, medium and dimensions
● Teaching Philosophy: 1-2 pages describing your approach to teaching undergraduates at a liberal arts university.
● Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
● References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately if needed. These references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program and working studio.

Review of applications will begin April 15 and continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries only should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Megan Wolfe (

QualificationsMFA in Ceramics
Months per Year9 months
DivisionAcademic Affairs
DepartmentArt and Art History
Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions Summary
Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.

Review of applications will begin April 15th, 2022.

Inquiries only may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Megan Wolfe ( Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.

Posting date03/17/2022
Close date
Open Until FilledYes
Anticipated Start Date

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. If you have experience at a liberal arts institution, please indicate in what capacity (student, graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, faculty member, administrator, staff).

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • UNC Asheville website
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • LinkedIn
    • HERC
    • NC Works Online (formerly Employment Security)
    • UNC System website (
    • Twitter
    • Circa (formerly Local Job Network)
    • Handshake
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Recent Sample of Scholarship
  5. Diversity Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents

Monday, March 21, 2022

Mica Gallery Opens April 1st

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft - opens for the 2022 season on April 1st. Two artists are new to the gallery this year, Nathan Favors and Jean McLaughlin. Returning member artists will be featured throughout the year in monthly spotlights.
Favors, a woodturner of functional and sculptural objects, moved to the area 5 years ago from a small community near Philadelphia. Prior to woodturning, Favors made scientific machines and ran a landscaping and tree removal business. In 1998, after attending a woodturning convention, he knew he had found his calling. Favors is self-taught and a keen observer: “I love to study a raw piece of wood and then expose the exquisite patterns hidden inside.”. After 25 years at the lathe, Favors says, “This is by far the best career move I have ever made.”

McLaughlin returned to printmaking after retiring from a career in arts management. She served as director of Penland School of Craft for 20 years and a program director at the NC Arts Council for the sixteen years prior to Penland.  She notes, “I was engaged with artists every day of my career in the nonprofit world. One important role I played was in developing programs to help their work evolve. Now, after 45 years, I have set up my own studio.” McLaughlin works with a variety of printmaking techniques from woodcuts to lithographs to painterly and stencil-based monoprints. Her subject matter, she says, “is drawn from an observation of the world around me, a love of textiles and abstraction, and experimentation with process.”

Featured artists in April, JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco own and operate Fyreglas Studio where they make decorative and functional kilnformed works in glass. Brown is a retired fire chief from Miami and Rosasco an art educator and former healthcare professional from Pensacola. Their kilnformed art is created from sheets of glass that they cut, pattern and layer into plates, bowls, and panels. “ We are fortunate to have such a tremendous palette of colorful glass with which to create our art,” Brown comments, “as our influences include nature and imagination.”

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. Mica is open daily, Monday through Saturday 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.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

John Dix Workshop (Zoom $30)


Saw a workshop post from John Dix who is an incredible maker and saw it was only $30 for a Zoom workshop. Thought that was a great deal for anyone interested!


Live Online Class: Social Media 101: Instagram for your craft business with Katie Messersmith

If the idea of setting up an Instagram account for your business or pottery studio makes you queasy, this class is for you! We will cover the BASICS, from setting up your actual page, how to post,12-2 tagging, mentions, Instagram Stories, Lives, Reels, and more. You need not already have an account to take this class, and if you already have an account, that’s great too – we will have practical homework each week, and comprehensive video breakdowns showing you the step-by-step process for each activity.

When: Tuesdays from 12-2pm (EDT), 3/29/22 – 4/19/22 (4 weeks), You will have all the class video recordings for 1 year after the last class or purchase date.

Where: via ZOOM

Fee: $145

To Register:

Outline of this Class

Week 1: Elements of your Page, and the Basics

We will break down navigation of the app, what and where everything is and how to connect your account to Facebook (if applicable).

Week 2: Creating a post

Posting Images as a single post, carousel of images, collages, and videos.

Creating a narrative, hashtags, tagging will be included.

Week 3: Reels & TikTokt

Reels: IG’s TikTok – if you’re familiar with one, it’ll help you with the other. We will cover setting up content, editing options, adding text, music,

voice-over, setting cover images, tagging.

Week 4: Stories, Analytics, and Wrap Up

How and when to use stories, how to read and use analytics

*The class is taught on the Zoom platform and will be recorded. It will be uploaded into your membership account on our website no late than 24 hours after the class takes place. In normal circumstances it is in your account within a few hours.

Non refundable: You will have all the class video recordings for 1 year after the last class or purchase date.