Friday, January 31, 2014

NEEDED spare L& L elements in Asheville Area.

Does anyone have some extra L & L elements ? I have an L & L E-23T 240 single phase Easy Fire.

I had one break and I do have a spare but just can't get the new ones until Tuesday or Wednesday and I have a workshop. I am worried that one may break and then I will be in trouble.

So if anyone has a back up or two ---I would really appreciate it!!

Thanks a million


Odyssey ClayWorks Presents Legends: Peter Callas

Internationally renowned artist Peter Callas will be giving a two-day workshop demonstrating his signature ways to deal with throwing, slab, and altering surfaces and forms.

Demonstrations will include techniques emphasizing one-of-a-kind forms and the sculptural challenges of abstracting vessels. Peter will also give a PowerPoint presentation on his 40-year career, sharing his influences and highlighting his 23-year collaboration with Peter Voulkos.

2-Day Demonstration Workshop
March 29-30
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm
Tuition: $250

Workshop with Ellen Shankin in Tuscany Italy 2014

Hey all,

I am teaching a workshop in Italy. It will be the 8th time I am teaching at La Meridiana. It is a well designed workshop, honed over time, with a terrific blend of hard work in the studio promoting lots of skill development and design understanding, blended with delightful Italian experiences which include meeting italian potters and watching them work, field trips to pottery rich destinations, and plenty of chianti and Italian Cuisine.

I really appreciate if you could spread the word for me.  It is great fun!!

Ellen Shankin

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Workshops

Odyssey ClayWorks is happy to announce our Summer 2014 Workshop Series.
Click here for details about our upcoming workshops.

Penland School Community Open House

Hey Folks,

Penland School’s Community Open House is coming up Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 1 to 5 PM. All the studios are open and the public is invited to come in and make stuff in each studio free of charge. You can make a glass paper weight, a steel garden stake, a metal bracelet, a sheet of paper, or who knows what. It’s a lot of fun for everyone! Put it on your calendar.


I always need volunteers in the clay studio and if you’d like to participate behind the scenes, I will be forever grateful to you. Volunteers get lunch and special souvenir apron to take home. In the clay studio we allow visitors a chance to play on the wheel with one–on–one help from a volunteer or visitors can make a tiny sculpture or hand built pot. Volunteers arrive at 11 AM and leave soon after 5 PM, but you don't have to stay the whole time and you can leave early if you need to. Everyone just wants to have fun and, trust me, you will look like the ceramics expert. If you’re interested, please contact me, Susan, at or call 828-765-2359, ext. 125. Thanks y’all!

HyperGlaze, anyone?
I'm new to using HyperGlaze and looking for a bit of tutoring on the ins and outs. I can meet up at NCECA in March if that is more convenient then meeting locally. Contact: Thanks!

Kiln and Wheel For Sale (Near Asheville NC) _DEAL OF THE CENTURY!!!!! SOLD, SOLD,SOLD,SOLD


MOVING IN 2 WEEKS MUST SELL: Electric Kiln – Cress FX27 - single phase 240v up to cone 10. Industry leader, excellent condition, coils are in excellent condition, total of 30 firings since purchase new. All kiln furniture and shelving included, also 50’ of copper #2 wire and plug-in outlets. Currently suggested retail price of $2399.00. Hurry priced to sell quickly. $300.00. If you are in the ceramic art trade, you know this is a great deal. Please respond via email. Located in Mars Hill on Gabriels Creek Road.

MOVING IN 2 WEEKS MUST SELL: Stand up Potters Kick Wheel, custom made, smooth operation, environmentally sustainable – leg powered. Stainless steel drip pan, all grease bearing construction, plaster bats & plastic bats, it has made thousands of beautiful pots. Looking for a new home. Hurry priced to sell quickly. $150.00. If you are in the ceramic art trade, you know this is a great deal. Please respond via email. Located in Mars Hill on Gabriels Creek Road.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Red Lodge Residency 2014

Armand Ramos "Lotion Motion"

Dear Clay Colleague,

Please pass this link along to your students or interested Ceramic artists.

The Red Lodge Clay Center Long Term Residency deadline is February 1, 2014.

This is an 11.5 month work-exchange residency. The artist will receive an apartment, a private studio, a monthly stipend in exchange for 20 hours a week working in the gallery, studio, and community classroom. This exchange will mentor each artist in becoming a Ceramics instructor, gallery inventory, curating and preparing exhibitions, and becoming a studio technician.

Apply Online

Thank you,

Deborah Harris Workshop in Raleigh NC 2014

Carbon Trap Shino Cannister Set

The Triangle Potters Guild in Raleigh is putting on a demo-only
workshop next month (February 15-16, 2014). The fabulously talented
Deborah Harris will be our presenter this year. Deborah is an amazing
and funny potter with a variety of throwing, hand building and
finishing skills. In her two-day, demo only workshop, she'll throw,
alter and hand-build pots, boxes, stamped dishes and her lively
drape-mold platter. Plus she'll discuss ergonomic solutions to common
potter issues.

For anyone that's seen and been enthralled by her wide range of
elegant wares, now's your chance to see Deborah create that beauty in

Non-members: $105
TPG members: $75

Please complete the attached registration form or, for questions or
more information, contact Christina Sydor at

Monday, January 27, 2014

Exhibition Proposal Craft Lab at Spruce Pine TRAC on Wednesday January 29

UPDATE - this Craft Lab has been cancelled due to the weather. It hasn't been rescheduled as of yet.

The Exhibition Proposal

HandMade in America is one example of organizations offering exhibition opportunities to artists, but require a submission of an exhibition proposal. Come learn what an exhibition proposal is and what goes into one. Taught by Linda LaBelle.

4-6 pm

The class is free!

To preregister call Robert Branch, Mayland Community College Small Business Center (828) 766-1295 or e-mail


Arts Resource Center [ARC] [above the TRAC Gallery]
269 Oak Avenue Spruce Pine, NC

Sponsored by HandMade in America, TRAC and SBC

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Michael Sherril Workshop in Jackson Michigan 2014

March 7, 8, 9, 2014  Register now!!!


Presentor: Michael Sherill

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION from Michael Sherill:

"How an overgrown play dough factory (the extruder) can change the way you think about clay! This workshop will focus on extruding and manipulation of clay forms. I will start by extrudering tubes that are then pull tapered, into long spouts for sculptural vessels. My involvement in using an extruder has totally changed my thinking about it as a tool. It has widened my view of what I can do with clay. Instead of the extruder being a static tool, just to make an object, I now see it as a work station. Like a potter’s wheel, a place to make and manipulate forms. This is the concept that I would like to communicate and share with others. This technique can open up new possibilities for anyone working in clay. I will also discuss my techniques using layers of colored clay in the extruder as well as blending other materials with clay. "


ONLY  $150 before Jan 30, $165 after!!!!!!

$80 STUDENT REGISTRATION: The JCPG requires insructor-written confirmation of full time student status. "Full time" is defined as 12 hours or more per semester at a high school or post secondary institution.

NEW THIS YEAR!--MEET & GREET MUG EXCHANGE: @ The Grand River Brewery, 5:30 PM, Sat., March 8, 2014 (117 W. Louis Glick Hwy., Jackson, MI). The JCPG offers this opportunity to chat with other clay enthusiasts who are attending the 2014- 3 Days of Clay Conference. The brewery has a large glassed in area reserved for our conference. We ENCOURAGE you to bring one or more mugs to exchange--GREAT conversation starters! Mugs should be no larger than 16 oz. size please. The brewery will allow us to enjoy our brewery purchased beverage in our handmade mugs if they are in the 16 oz. size range. Beer, wine, pop, and water can be purchased. Order at the bar, join us in the glassed area!

The Grand River Marketplace has a wonderful restaurant if you choose to order dinner. Dinner is served in the seated restaurant area, not our reserved room.

The Grand River Marketplace has their own parking and there is street parking as well. If you attended last year's conference, the new Marketplace is around the corner from the historic Michigan Theatre in downtown Jackson.

See you there!! ~The Jackson Pottery & Clay Guild

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2-Day Demonstration Workshop with Angelique Tassistro

The Village Potters Master Series

the village potters, asheville, nc, clay club, angelique tassistro, workshop

Angelique Tassistro
 2 day Demonstration Workshop
“Blazing a Trail in the Potter’s World”

Explore Clay Design with Slabs and Coils

Angelique Tassistro is a fabulous potter who makes unique and highly sought after work. She is intentional in all that she does, and she will be sharing openly her creative process in design and technique as well as her strategies for business. In this workshop you will learn wonderful techniques for original design in clay using bisque molds with large and varying size slabs. Angelique has established herself securely in the potter’s market and she will share her strategies on how to find your market. This is a workshop for experienced and beginning potters and is sure to launch you forward in your own journey with clay!

Dates: March 28-29 Fri & Sat 10-4 pm
Fee: $190.00  
Call to register 828-253-2424 or register online

Clay Club studios map update and answers to some frequently asked questions

March 2019 update: we're currently in the process of updating the map. Some of the information here is outdated, but if you have a studio in Western North Carolina (specifically in one of the 25 counties served by the The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area) that is open to visitors and you would like to be included, contact Amy Waller at

Thanks to everyone who has contacted me about the Clay Club studio map. I've been adding studios and you can see how it currently looks here:

Clay Club studios map

View Clay Club studios in a larger map

This is a work in progress, and I am still adding studios. If you've sent me your information and you're not listed, it may be because I haven't gotten to you yet. But I've also gotten a lot of questions about what the map is and who can be included, and I wanted to try answering some of them here.

What is the Clay Club map?

Here's the map description. It's included at the top of the list of studio names.

The North Carolina Clay Club formed to connect potters and ceramic artists of Western North Carolina. We exchange ideas, share information and form friendships.

This map shows the locations of many of our studios. Use it to learn more about what we make and plan your own studio tour. All the studios listed here are open to the public, but contact studios first to avoid disappointment.

Who can be on the map? Can I be included if I'm not in North Carolina?

Clay Club has always operated on a very inclusive basis, and we've never really established any membership criteria. We're still not doing that, but, for this map, we're limiting studios to the 25 Western North Carolina counties that are served by Handmade in America and The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, two organizations that promote craft in this region. (You can see a map of these counties here and a list here.) We're doing this because the map is meant to help people plan studio visits in Western North Carolina.

Can any studio be on this map? What about related businesses, like galleries?

This map is for operating pottery and ceramic studios that are open to visitors in the 25 Western North Carolina counties described above. We're not including other businesses at this time.

What is a Google Places listing?

You need to register with Google to have your studio business listed on Google Places. Once you do that, your studio will be findable when people search for your business name or related key words in your local area. (For example, here are the results of a Google Maps search for "pottery Bakersville NC." All of the studios in the results have Google Places listings. These results have nothing to do with the Clay Club map - anybody searching for pottery near Bakersville will see results like this.)

If you have a Google Places listing, Google will automatically provide all of your listing information when your studio is added to the Clay Club map. If you don't have a Google Places listing, I would encourage you to consider registering to get one - it may help people find your studio (and buy your pottery!). Registering is free.

You can register with Google Places here:

Google Places for Business

What if I really don't want to register with Google Places?

For studios that aren't on Google Places, I am listing the studio name and/or potter's name, address, phone number(s) and website(s). I would encourage you to include as much of that information as you're willing to share. If you don't have a website, consider sharing another place on the web where people can see your work. For example, if you have a public business facebook page for your work (a page that anyone can see without having to log in to facebook), that would let people see what you make.

I don't like how my listing looks on the Clay Club map - can I change it?

If you have a Google Places listing, your map listing is generated automatically by that information. You can edit your Google Places listing and the changes will show up automatically in the Clay Club map. If you don't have a Google Places listing and you want something changed and/or I've gotten something wrong, just let me know and I'll change it.

When will this map be printed?

This map is intended to be an online resource and there aren't any plans to print it at this time.

What if my question isn't answered here?

Leave a comment on this post or feel free to contact me at

Thanks everyone!

Artist Co-op Help Needed

Potters wish to explore setting up a cooperative gallery @ Odyssey Studios and Gallery. 

We'd like to speak with anyone who has direct experience with a successful Co-op, preferably in North Carolina. 

Please email MaryJane Findley : with your contact information. Thanks!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Trillivision Artist Directory offer

Conrad Leavitt is starting a new local (Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties for now) artist directory on his Trillivision website, and right now he is offering to list artists at no charge. Check out his web site and get in touch with him if you'd like to be included - and share this with your non-Clay Club artist friends, too!

Free Pottery Class To Honor Our Veterans

Odyssey ClayWorks is pleased to offer a FREE pottery class for Veterans. Discover your hidden talent in the company of fellow Veterans. Experience the joy and mental health benefits of working with clay at the potter's wheel. Participants will make their own pots, glaze them and take them home.  Classes will meet for 8 weeks, Saturdays 9:00- 11:00 amFebruary 15- April 5. Please feel free to stop by Odyssey for a visit to become familiar with the studio, meet other potters and ask questions.  Call 828-285-0210 to register.

Alka-Seltzer Celadon

Satin Green Cone 10 Reduction

Pumice stone - 50.0 g.
Alka-Seltzer (Gold) - 14 tablets
Talcum powder - 10 g.

Fire on porcelain in cone 10 reduction.

This is from an article I wrote for Ceramics Monthly and it is in a collection available on my Etsy site called "Quest for the Illusive Leaf Bowl and other Selected Articles:

Clay Club Statistics 2014

Yo Clubbers,

Just so you know, the clay club blog is in its 7th year!

Amazing for a Blog.

We have average about 500 posts a year with over 750,000 page views.

It is a great FREE service, but if other people post besides me it makes it more interesting.

So feel free to post and if you aren't set up to post let me know and I will send you the permission. The more the better. You can get the word out about your shows, workshops, stupid shit that you are doing, your stuff for sale, your favorite recipes, even your WORK so we can see what you do , especially you new folks.  Step up!..and BLOG ON !


Amy made up this Google map for us:


Here is the link for Google Places for Business:

Clay Club studios

View Clay Club studios in a larger map

This is a trial map with just a few studios, to get an idea of what it might look like. The listing is in alphabetical order using the first name or name of the studio. All but one of the studios have Google listings. Yummy Mud Puddle is the one without a Google listing (at least I couldn't find one), and you might see that this studio info looks different in the list of studios. (The address, etc., is visible for that one studio in the listing, at least on my desktop browser. This map will look different depending on what device, browser, etc., you're using, so you may not see that. I haven't been able to figure out how to get a non-Google listed location to look the same as one that has a Google listing.)

Google introduced a new mapping tool about a month ago. It's more sophisticated than the classic Google Maps, but I couldn't figure out how to get directions in the new version, so this map was made with the Classic Maps tool.

The Center for Craft Creativity and Design OPENING in Asheville NC


"Friday marks an exciting new chapter in the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. This almost two-decades-old institution will celebrate its new location in downtown Asheville — 67 Broadway — with a compelling collection of contemporary craft.

The center is a nonprofit organization that has brokered millions of dollars in grants to prominent and aspiring craft artists, scholars and institution. It has operated out of a humble locations tucked in the woods in Hendersonville, and the new highly visible and dramatic building will no doubt change the direction and prestige of the organization."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TRAC Spruce Pine Arts Resource Center – Project Coordinator

Toe River Arts Council Artist Resource Center (ARC) Coordinator
and Toe River Arts area Coordinator
This individual handles all day-to-day activities and communication both online and at the Center. He/she maintains site standards and guides new developments as the need arises. The position will report to the Executive Director of TRAC and will work closely with TRAC’s staff and the artists in Mitchell, Yancey, and Avery counties. This is a full time, 35 hour-per-week position—25 hours in the office during open hours, 10 hours flexible according to the events happening; this can also include travel time to studios or working from home online.
An undergraduate degree, preferably in arts administration or management. A minimum of two years of related experience is desired, preferably in the non-profit realm. Tasks require a strong attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines. The successful candidate will have strong editorial and writing skills and an understanding of different audiences and objectives for communicating on the website and in person. The candidate should be proficient with both PC and MAC computers and able to assist those using the resource library with questions about programs and general computer basics. Ideal candidate should be knowledgeable of the region, the artists, and their crafts.
Responsibilities are included but not limited to:
  • ARC Coordinator
  • Oversee all aspects of TRAC’s Artist Resource Center under the supervision of the Executive Director
  • Develop and oversee information on the Center’s website
  • Schedule and manage all events held at the center
  • Organize and host workshops, community events, lectures, and other happenings held at the resource center
  • Assist with preparing annual operating and program budgets
  • Oversee resource center volunteers
  • Execute monthly reports
  • Organize, update, and maintain a physical library and computer lab for artists’ use
  • Research, cultivate, and recruit artists to hold workshops in their craft for the community and share business-related skills in classes for artists
  • Be a consultant and teacher to the arts community
  • Continually identify new sources of artist related suppliers, exhibition opportunities, and various other art related opportunities
  • Keep current with other artist resource centers and their programming
Branding Coordinator for Toe River Arts
  • Serve as information source and point person in the development of the Toe River Arts area
  • Develop strategic marketing plan
  • Work with Toe River Arts partners in establishing brand identity, logo, and website
  • Work with Toe River Arts partners in the development of marketing materials for the brand and work on a distribution plan
  • Coordinate cooperative marketing efforts for area arts groups, cultural events and/or artists
Hours: 35 hours a week (25 will be during regular business hours. Remaining 10 set aside for workshops and events not held during regular hours). The position is made possible by a grant and has funding for the first nine months. Notification in March. No benefits. Salary commensurate with experience – ranging from $12 to $14 an hour.
To Apply: please send resume, cover letter that includes your related experience and skills, salary expectations, and earliest possible start date to:
or mail to:
P.O. Box 882
Burnsville, NC 28714
Deadline: February 19.
Include three references. No phone calls please.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Want to get your hands in some CLAY? 

We have a great class for beginners and seasoned beginners starting Wednesday, January 15th. 
Learn the basics of this material as well as its "rules" and how to push them. 
Come explore handbuilding pots and sculptures with Genevieve VanZandt. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Looking for Ceramic Instructors in Bakersville NC

ARTsCENTERed is always looking for talented teachers for pottery classes.

Currently using 'top hat' gas kiln for raku, foil saggar, and horse hair firings, along with two oxidation kilns on premises.

Have had successful classes in reduction and soda fired methods, including the building and firing of these kilns after completion. Fun!

Sculpture instructors welcome to apply too.

Programming promotion is done for classes through one or more means: college tabloid (Mayland Community College), artscentered's facebook page, website (, free press releases, and a well established database.

For information please call 828-688-6012 or e mail  put " I Teach " in subject box.


Would you like to add some art to your garden this spring? 

There are spaces available in Cynthia Lee's class, 
Pottery And Sculpture For Gardens and Landscapes
The first class is Thursday, January 16th. Click HERE to register.

Potter Offers His Services

Hey Clay Clubbers this is JD Carter, 

I am looking to assist a potter that is within a reasonable driving distance from Morganton, NC. Someone in Asheville or as far as Bakersville NC.  I would like to try and start working for more potters in the area so that I can continue in the field of ceramics full time.  

Here are some skills I have.

Mix glazes,
Mix clay,
Run a pug mill,clay mixer,hammer mill and other equipment,
Cut wood,
Fire a wood, gas (basic knowledge), and electric(auto and manual) kiln ,
Throw (basic production),
Trimming ,
Wedging clay,
Finishing pots ,
Loading and unloading kilns,
Daily shop duties,
and just about any other shop task needed  !!

If you or anyone you know needs help - please let me know. Also if you could pass this on I would be very appreciative of it, Thank you.  JD Carter

Contact me at:

Need some bubble wrap? Let's split the bill!

Avl area potters: anyone want to split a bundle of bubble wrap w/ me? 

Bundle= 2rolls 2'x750' 3/16" bubble for $130. 

We each get 1 roll for $65. 

Holler if interested


Regional Artist Grants Announced 2013/2014

TRAC (Toe River Arts Council) Announces Grant Recipients

The Asheville Area Arts Council, the Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council are pleased to announce the 2013/2014 Regional Artist Project Grant recipients. 

The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The selection criteria include artistic merit, the potential of the project to contribute to the artist's professional growth, and the feasibility of the project itself.

This year’s process saw 41 applicants with over $42,500 in requests from all art disciplines. A total of $9,400 was awarded this year. This program is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and funds from the Asheville Area, Madison County, and Toe River Arts Councils. Additional funding came from the Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, and included funding from the Avery Arts Council.

This year’s award recipients are:

Bromelia Aerial Dance Collection [Performing Arts]: $1,200 to help fund cost for its members to attend the international recognized Aerial Dance Festival, Boulder, CO;

Julie Becton Gillum [Performing Arts]: $1200 to stage a piece entitled, “Biosphere,” part of a larger five-section work entitled, “Sphere”;

Lockie Hunter [Literary Arts]: $400 to attend a four-day poetry workshop intensive at the 18th Annual West Virginia Writer's Workshop;

Cathie Langdon [Visual Arts]: $600 to purchase an eight-harness loom;

Harper Leich [Visual Arts]: $300 to paint “Flower Essence Portraits” – six paintings of six collaborators embodying the energetic essence of six chosen plants;

Tom Pazderka [Visual Arts]: $600 to assist in producing and continuing a new body of work;

Erin Canady [Visual Arts]: $1200 to fund participation as an artist-in-residence at the Gullkistan community in Laugavartn, Iceland.

Timothy Burkhardt [Literary Arts)]: $500 to help defray travel costs for a series of nonfiction stories about three friends who travel across the U.S. while working for a carnival.

Emily Reason [Ceramic Arts]: $740 to purchase tools needed to produce a series of narrative sculptures;

Francesco Lombardo [Visual Arts]: $1200 to hire a professional assistant capable of guiding the mixing of color, and to purchase a large quantity of paint for the process.

Elisa DeFeo [Ceramic Arts]: $294.86 to purchase materials and small equipment needs for studio in order to return to full-time production;

David Eichelberger [Ceramic Arts]: $660 to purchase a mechanical slab roller;

Scott Summerfield [Ceramic Arts]: $500 to purchase a computerized temperature controller to run a recently built annealing oven. 

Denise Cook, TRAC Executive Director stated, “It’s incredible to see the amazing work created by the many artists that live and work in our region. The time, energy, passion, and unbound creativity are extremely impressive.” After a peer panel reviews applications, finalists are selected. Then a final panel interviews these finalists. Panelists are composed of artists, arts administrators, and respected community leaders from each of the five participating counties. Cook added, “These artists are well deserving of this award. We wish each of them great success with their projects and their future work.”

Clay Olympics Winners List 2014- 2nd Annual

Clay Olympics 2014


Biggest thrown vessel

1. Gabe Kline

2. Matt Kelleher

3. Joey Sheehan

Fastest thrower

1. JD Carter

2. Matt Kelleher

3. Mellie Mae Lonnemann

Blindfolded throwing

1. Joey Sheehan

2. Chris Jones

3. Travis Fox

Team throwing

1. Steve and Becky Lloyd

2. Joey and Mandy

3. Travis and Cristal Fox

Largest coil pot

1. Steve Lloyd

2. Mellie Mae Lonnemann

3. Matt Kelleher

Best Face Jug

1. Cristal Fox

2. Rob Withrow

3. Lee Wolfe

4. Honorable Mention: Nelle Pingree (nose hair is nasty)

Josh Deweese Workshop in Charlotte- Feb 1-2, 2014

On February 1sth and 2nd, 2014, Carolina Clay Matters, Inc will be hosting ceramic artist Josh Deweese for our annual winter workshop.

Josh is a really wonderful, fun presenter, and he is a FABULOUS artist. He throws large and small, and he slices, stretches, contorts and reassembles his pieces. His work is wonderfully lush and animated. He served as the director for the Archie Bray for many years, and is currently a professor at Montana State University. This is going to be a fabulous workshop, and we will be wrapping things up in time for you to get home to the Super Bowl festivities! (we end Sunday at noon).

Check out some of Josh’s work

The workshop will be held at the Central Piedmont Community College Ceramics Studio in downtown Charlotte, NC
8:00 am – 9:00 am – Check In and breakfast
9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Presentation, with break for lunch

8:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:00am to 12:00 pm Presentation

Workshop is $60 for members of Carolina Clay Matters; $120 for non-members. Non-member registrants will be eligible for free membership for 2014.

Workshop includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday, coffee and beverages throughout both days.

To register contact :

Valerie Hawkins
3458 Flat Creek Road
Lancaster, SC 29720

Monday, January 13, 2014

Custom Google map for Clay Club

Last week I suggested looking into doing a custom Google map of Clay Club member studios. I'm not a Google Maps expert, but I gave it a shot and came up with this:

Clay Club studios

View Clay Club studios in a larger map

This is a trial map with just a few studios, to get an idea of what it might look like. The listing is in alphabetical order using the first name or name of the studio. All but one of the studios have Google listings. Yummy Mud Puddle is the one without a Google listing (at least I couldn't find one), and you might see that this studio info looks different in the list of studios. (The address, etc., is visible for that one studio in the listing, at least on my desktop browser. This map will look different depending on what device, browser, etc., you're using, so you may not see that. I haven't been able to figure out how to get a non-Google listed location to look the same as one that has a Google listing.)

Google introduced a new mapping tool about a month ago. It's more sophisticated than the classic Google Maps, but I couldn't figure out how to get directions in the new version, so this map was made with the Classic Maps tool.

What do you all think?

Kiln and Wedging Table FOR SALE (Asheville NC)

Wedging table is extra sturdy, with a diagonal cut-off wire.  Plaster surface has a little damage from a constant drip of water.  $25

Kiln is a SKUTT Kiln-Master 1027:
  240 volt, single phase, 48 amps.  All shelves and posts included.  I bought a new one last year, and can't remember what what wrong with it.  Something easily fixable like thermocouple or relay, or an element.  I bought a new kiln because I had a lot of copper fuming.  Now, unfortunately I think it was just a new copper that I use.  Contact me to tell you more.  $950. 

 Kristin Schoonover  828-243-3033,  Both the table and kiln are at my house in Oakley (Asheville NC).

Friday, January 10, 2014

There is still time to register for classes at Odyssey ClayWorks! Classes begin next week, January 13th. Please visit for class descriptions and to register online. Or call 828-285-0210.
Designing Tableware, Animal Forms, Caffeine, Intro To Handbuilding, For Gardens And Landscapes, Wheel Throwing For Beginners, Bigger Pots Made Easy

Clay Olympics Winners 2014

Can anyone help me remember the winners from Wednesday night? (the dog ate my homework)

Clay Olympics 2014


Biggest thrown vessel

1. Gabriel Kline

2. Matt Kelleher

3. Joey Sheehan

Fastest thrower

1. JD Carter

2. Matt Kelleher

3.  Mellie Mae Lonnemann

Blindfolded throwing

1. Joey Sheehan

2. Chris Jones ??

3. Travis Fox??

Team throwing

1. Steve and Becky Lloyd

2. Joey and Mandy McKee

3. ??

Largest coil pot

1. Bridget Fox

2. Mellie Mae Lonnemann??

3. ??

Best Face Jug

1. Cristal Fox

2. ?

3. Lee Wolfe


Ian Meares Show at Red Lodge

Ian has some nice pieces for sale at the Red Lodge:


Ian Meares
St. Petersburg, FL

Artist's Statement
What if I told you that I am not so sure of what to make of things; I am reminded, "this too shall pass," only this feeling doesn't quite seem to... And what if I told you this is what propels me to make artwork?

In this way I make work, as a research practice, positing questions and working out explanations through things, actions, words and ideas, often intuitively and without the luxury of rationalization's authority. I work to create allegorical frameworks guided by nomadic perspectives on things and our movements amongst them.

Through my work I create analogies based in materials and a shared language and history. I use these conceptually as ready-mades to construct and compose a vocabulary, grammar and ultimately narratives. Functioning as an exploration of how things change and connect to one another and that third space created by their oscillating tension.

The work gains flexibility with my allegorical usage of materials and concepts. Fired ceramic objects relate to an implied sense of security through durability, while at the same time moist clay and slip remind us that we, like our spatial relations, are in flux. Appropriated objects point to our contextualization in this world of artifacts with meanings and histories that are beyond ours, while spatial relations reveal our proximity and sense of urgency and desire. This practice fuses light with shadow, ceramic objects with the phenomena of moist slip, and an assortment of appropriated ready-mades, to conduct a study of the terms of our embedded-ness. This is a query of how we, our selves and things, can belong to a place and time, while we simultaneously (re)conceive the world as we move through it, one step at a time, glimpsing, experiencing and adjusting.

This sort of alchemy advances the disruptive nature of the work and seeks the places where things and ideas touch. Utilizing and showing the flux and connectivity of the world, like many, I draw from my context and question it, as I can, as a means of traction. If we can recognize something we can over look it too. This is a process to create a wonder for the place we occupy and the spaces we move through and potentially opening dialogues for those whom we share a sense of the world with, ultimately reminding our selves that things change in unexpected and fascinating ways.

Artist in Residency - Dedham MA

The Artist in Residence Program at Noble and Greenough School is an eight-week residential program for visual artists. The program seeks to foster collaborative relationships between the artist and the school’s community of students, faculty and parents.

The artist will live on the Nobles campus, a 187-acre property in Dedham, Mass., and have access to studio space within the visual arts department facilities. The residency will culminate in an exhibition of work at the school’s Foster Gallery. The successful candidate will receive a $2,500 stipend in addition to room and board.

Noble and Greenough is a rigorous academic community for students in grades 7-12. The school is located 10 miles southwest of Boston and serves both day and boarding students from the surrounding area. For more information on Nobles, its programs and facilities, please explore the school’s website.

Thank YOU John Britt!

in addition to our gracious hosts, helpers, donors, thank YOU John Britt for a fun and successful Clay Club Olympics!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Clay Olympics 2014- Team Throwing

Penland spring 2014

 A work-study opportunity is available in David  Eichelbergers  clay class ….contact  the registrar if interested  ..

Clay Olympics 2014- Tallest Cylinder

Clay Olympics 6

Kyle Carpenter sent me some wonderful images from last night's festivities.  You can suggest titles:

Clay Olympics 5

Kyle Carpenter sent me some wonderful images from last night's festivities.  You can suggest titles:

Mellie Mae and Dustin 

Clay Olympics 4

Kyle Carpenter sent me some wonderful images from last night's festivities.  You can suggest titles:

Steve and Becky after 22 years of marriage!  No words were exchanged. They got 1st prize!

Clay Olympics 3

Kyle Carpenter sent me some wonderful images from last night's festivities.  You can suggest titles:

Joey uuuuhhhh  (blind folded throwing)

Clay Olympics part 2

Kyle Carpenter sent me some wonderful images from last night's festivities.  You can suggest titles:

This was a fun one of Mandy McKee and Joey Sheehan in team throwing. They got second place!

Clay Olympics 2014

This is "American Gothic with Disaproving Gaze".

Here was one of many images from last nights Clay Olympics. I will post more when I get caught up. Got some videos loading now.

But wanted to thank all our sponsors because it was a total team effort.

First I wanted to thanks Gabriel Kline at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts for providing us space and lots of food and wine.  Check out their new class schedule. 

Also wanted to thank Brian McCarthy who donate all the Raku clay from Highwater Clays in Asheville,

Then I wanted to thank Mellie Mae Lonnemann who was our organizer and one of the main reasons we did this last year and was a great help this year!!

And I want to thank Rob Withrow (Face Jug Man) who made many of the jugs that we used and brought clay for us.

Then I wanted to thank Dr. Tish and Melissa who couldn't make it because of work commitments but provided out 6ea. 1st place - $100 prizes which were gift certificate from Highwater this year. We really appreciated their support which made all the other prizes possible since we never thought of giving prizes until they stepped forward. We thought potters would do it just for the "satisifaction" . Potters live on "satisfaction".

And then we crowed source the remaining $450 in prizes (2nd - $50 and 3rd - $25) from the following:

Bruce Ciske,

JannWelch and ARTsCENTERED in Bakersville NC

John Hartom and Empty Bowls (Imagine Render)

Terry Gess and Haywood Community College

Emily Reason,

Amy Waller,

Lee Wolfe,

Marian Parkes,

Tracy Hicks,

Ellen Mulligan,

Scot Cameron-Bell,

Linda McFarling,

Nelle Pingree

Rachael Smith,

Rebecca Ayers,

If I missed anyone please let me know.

Also, as you all know I have a problem with remembering names so if I forgot anyone's name last night- pleas forgive me.  Nothing personal I just can't remember names until about 4 hours later. Weird disability.

And if anyone can remember who won what prize let me know. I lost the paper in the massive clean-up

Oh and thanks for cleaning up so well!!

Videos and photos coming soon!!

Simple Pottery Tools- "Ball Opener"

This is how you GITT'ER DONE!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Glaze Workshop in Port Chester NY --CLAY ART CENTER

There are still a few spots (3 spots) open in the upcoming glaze workshop at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester NY.  It should be a fun time and we all may learn something!

We will be running a simple color test that anyone can do and then firing them in reduction and oxidation at cone 6. It is over the 3 day President's Day Weekend.  You won't have to miss work.

Sign up today!  Should fill up quick.

Here is a link for more information:

Red Sky Gallery Closing in Charlotte NC SALE!!!!!!

Happy New Year! Hope all is  well with you.

Unfortunately, Red Sky Gallery is closing in Charlotte due to the slow economy over the past few years.

Kellie Scott and Heather Andreas are selling everything in the store which includes:

Stools – some wooden, some with metal legs black seats- all in excellent condiditon
Tables they used for display-some glass top round ones, some wooden
Check out desk
Display shelves – some large and some smaller all in wonderful condition
Wire storage shelves
Black and Decker storage plastic cabinet- (1 or 2)
Lots of jewelry displays-some black velvet for necklaces, earrings, bracelets , one or more locking jewelry displays
Wire card racks
And more, much more…

Kellie is ready to deal and must sell all of it.

Contact Kellie Scott at 704-377-6400 or e-mail her at

The gallery is located at 1523 Elizabeth Avenue Suite 120 Charlotte, NC 28204

You may want to go take a look at what is there and talk to Kellie.

There are some great buys to be found here and I told her that I thought a lot of potters would be interested in many things she has. Everything I saw was in great condition and will sell fast so call soon or it will be gone.
This is the first time she has let the public know of the display items for sale.            

Sylvia Coppola

Trillivision Chili Luncheon Open House for artists in Burnsville on Friday, January 10

From the Trillivision Open House Facebook event page (link below):

Trillivision will be hosting an open house for the artist of Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery counties. Trillivision is a video production services business located in Burnsville specializing in creating artist statement style videos. Join us for food and fellowship along with a presentation on what video will do for you as an artist.

Trillivision Chili Luncheon Open House​

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Clay Olympics

Hey, just so you all know, tomorrow is the Clay Club Clay Olympics. Bring some tools if you want - we will provide clay and leather hard jugs for the face jugs. Be creative with the face jugs. (see above)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Google map for Clay Club

Amy Waller sent me this map:

Any way to do that for Clay Club?  Can anyone tell me??

Trac needs one of these.

And I finally got my Google Place map up.,Spruce+Pine,+NC&ei=kujJUsTOB4_s2AXXzIGAAw&ved=0CGEQtwM

Clay Olympics 2014

Clay Olympics is happening on Wednesday January 8 at Odyssey in Asheville from 6- 8:30 a.m.
And for those who are worried we have been cleared by USADA and there won't be any dope testing!  So feel free to sign up.  (The next Clay Club maybe in Denver!!)

If you want in - send me an email of the events you want to compete in. There is a limited amount of space available and remember that there are $1,000 in cash prizes!!!!

Clay Olympics 2014


1. Biggest thrown vessel (8 inch base/cylinder, must have bottom, 10 pounds of clay in 10 minutes. Two balls of clay, must wedge up prior to event. Judged on height and quality.)

1. Travis Fox

2. Steve Lloyd

3. Gabe

4. JD Carter

5. Joey Sheehan




2. Fastest thrower (most 1 pound bowls, 6 “ x 2”, must have bottom, in 10 minutes, must wedge up prior to event. Judged on quantity and quality.)

1. Travis Fox

2. Steve Lloyd

3. JD Carter

4. Joey Sheehan





3. Blindfolded throwing (3 pounds of clay in 5 minutes, must bring blindfold.)

1. Nelle

2. Travis Fox

3. Emily Reason

4. Gabe

5. JD Carter

6. Joey Sheehan




4. Team throwing two people throwing together, one hand on the inside and the other persons hand on the outside. (3 pounds of clay in 10 minutes, must have bottom. Judged on height and form.)

1. Steve Lloyd

2. Joey and Mandy







5. Largest coil pot in 15 minutes with ( 6 inch base minimum- 5 pounds of clay in 15 minutes, must pre-make coils and base. Judged on height and form.)

1. Travis Fox

2. Steve Lloyd

3. JD Carter

4. Mandy





6. Best Face Jug ( Jugs provided 15 minutes. Judged on ugliness!)

1. Pat Bernard

2. Cristal Fox

3. Travis Fox

4. Emily Reason

5. Rob Withrow






NC Clay Club Blog is Among the Best!!!

visit the  link the the complete list. We clock in at #3!

Dreaming of a Studio?

Want to work in a warm, spacious, equipped, quiet, natural light-filled studio with river views?  Then join me in Marshall, NC!  I'm looking for a nice, reliable studiomate.
email Emily : for details.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Long Term Residency RED LODGE

Dear Clay Colleague,

Happy 2014, I hope the New Year finds you well!

Please forward the description for our Long Term Residency opportunity to your students, colleagues, and friends...or consider it yourself!

Red Lodge Clay Center: Long Term Residency

Apply Online

Thank you,
Andy Moon