A big thanks to everyone donating their time, energy and bowls for The Dig In! Yancey Community Garden 4th Annual Empty Bowls event. As John Britt has indicated, it was a huge success. The guests were thrilled with the bowls and everyone had a great time. There were about 15 soups, donated by local restaurants and individuals, great bread and sweets, and a wonderful atmosphere.
Dig In! is in its fifth season and has now donated over 18,000 pounds of produce to five different organizations in Yancey County that provide food and meals to the our neighbors in need of food assistance. Please come and visit the garden. You can see hundreds of photographs and learn more at www.diginyancey.org. It is located next to Linda McFarling's pottery and showroom in Burnsville so you can see both the beautiful garden and some of Linda's great pots at one place. You will be about half an hour from Penland so there is a lot to see nearby. Contact me to set up a tour.
Again, many thanks. Your continuing efforts make a huge difference in our region.
And just in case you have not heard yet, Manna raised $50,000 at their recent Empty Bowls events on September 15th. That will provide 150,000 meals to western North Carolina residents. Those bowls really do great things.
Thanks to all your efforts the Empty Bowl event for Dig In Garden raised over $8,000. I want to thank everyone who participated to make this possible - from the dozens of people who came out for our 1,000 bowl challenge in May, to the people who helped glaze and fire the bowls, to the ones who sent in finished bowls this past week.
I can't list all the names but here are the ones I know who helped this past week and responded to our request for finished bowls: Joy Tanner, Gay Smith, Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky, Sue Grier, Paul Frye, Michael Rutkowsky , Susan Feagan, Nelle Pingree, Cynthia Bringle, Claudia Dunaway, Robbie Bell, David Ross, Marian Parkes, Diane Puckett, Helen Purdum, Lisa Gluckin, Joey Sheehan, Patty Robertson (If I missed anyone please let me know.) Marian Parkes and Kristen Flournoy helped glaze a load of bowls each. THANKS AGAIN!! It will make the garden happen again next year!
We are currently seeking a Temporary Full-Time Sales Associate to work at the gallery October through December.
Starting Pay: $11/hr. Must be able to be on your feet for 8 hour shifts. Must be available to work weekends and holidays. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Interest and/or knowledge of art and crafts preferable but not necessary.
The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) is offering an exciting opportunity as the Projects Coordinator (PC) for the Toe River Arts; encompassing Mitchell and Yancey counties in western North Carolina. The Projects Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the establishment of the Toe River Arts District and developing resources available through the TRAC Arts Resource Center (ARC). The PC, reporting to the Executive Director of the Toe River Arts Council, will be a key member of the leadership team – planning, managing, and implementing the overall branding, marketing, and wayfinding campaigns and coordinating arts resource services.
The Project : Toe River Arts Project
This project will brand, unify and market the rural, mountainous Toe River Arts area as a single cultural arts district and will establish an arts-driven wayfinding system that facilitates easy access to studios and cultural art sites. Professional designers and a wayfinding consulting team will work with the innovative talent of local artists to create, place, and install unique geographic indicators, public art signage, gateways, a central website, maps, kiosks, and mobile phone tours to engage local residents and visitors. Mayland Community College and Altec, Inc. will collaborate with artists to design and fabricate many of the signs. The PC will provide support to consultants hired to establish a brand and create a logo, website, and a marketing plan for the district and will coordinate cooperative marketing efforts for area arts groups, cultural events and/or artists. The Projects Coordinator will work with consultant(s) to develop and implement wayfinding strategies for the Mitchell/Yancey region.
Arts Resource Center Project.
This project will expand the resources available to artists and the community-at-large. The PC will organize, manage and schedule workshops for the public and artists, lectures, performances and other events at the ARC and will oversee any volunteers, prepare monthly reports and annual ARC operating and program budgets. Coordinator will be a consultant to the arts community and continually identify new sources of artist related suppliers, exhibition opportunities, and various other art related opportunities.
History and Mission of the Toe River Arts Council:
The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) has served the rural counties of Mitchell and Yancey, North Carolina since 1976. TRAC is a nonprofit arts agency that promotes the arts through educational and community-wide programs and services. Our mission is to engage in any phase of the creative or performing arts; to assist in the establishment of new cultural, educational activities in fields where none now exist; to sponsor cooperative planning, research, fund raising and public educational awareness. TRAC is committed to creating a work environment which is free from discrimination and sexual harassment.
The ideal candidate will:
Work with multiple constituencies with intelligence and tact
Work independently and with team members.
Exhibit exceptional organizational skills and meet critical deadlines
Prepare, monitor and administer program budgets and contracts
Engage individuals and groups to accomplish goals
Speak articulately and write clearly and succinctly
Organize workload and pay attention to detail.
Manage all phases of the design, fabrication and installation of signage.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work
Be knowledgeable about community development through the arts.
Office in the Artist Resource Center of TRAC, 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
Work Time Frame
The position will be full-time starting ASAP (Dec 2014/Jan 2015) through August, 2016 with the potential for longer-term employment. Annual compensation range is $35, 000-40,000. Benefits limited to sick/vacation time.
Minimum qualification: Bachelor’s Degree
Major course work in any of the following areas a plus: Arts, Arts Administration, Business Administration, Marketing, Nonprofit Management.
Three years professional experience in arts programming, branding, or community development.
For those that have asked .. Applications for spring concentration assistants are due by Nov.28 ,2014.
and FYI . Sending overnight does not work here ,allow a few days ..
Penland web site has the info ...
Everyone is getting ready for holiday sales so if you need any extra help around your studio, give a call to or e-mail Becky Derby. She is a stained glass artist in Bakersville, NC and has a lot of pottery production experience as well. Becky can pack pots for shipping, load and unload kilns, glaze stuff, and do all kinds of general schlepping and book keeping. Here is her contact information: 828-385-2272, email@example.com. Thanks y'all!
Just wanted to thank everyone who donated bowls for the Dig In Garden Event tonight at Higgins Church in Burnsville, NC. We were a bit worried but now have more than enough! Thanks you everyone who helped. I don't have all the names but I know Paul Frye, Michael Rutkowski , Susan Feagan, Nelle Pingree, Cynthia Bringle, Claudia Dunaway, Robbie Bell, David Ross, Marian Parkes, Diane Puckett, Helen Purdum, Lisa Gluckin, Joey Sheehan, Patty Robertson......and may more!!! Linda McFarling is organizing the event and will get me everyone name...but thank you in advance.
The Auction will benefit the Veteran's Program and
the Children's Program, including work with the
Special Education Program at Asheville Middle School. It will also benefit the Odyssey Scholarship fund,which provides scholarships for adults and children, in the hopes of making our classes available
to all members of our community, regardless of income level.
The night will be fueled by live music, organic, local cuisine and beer and a lively after party at the studio.
Used Propane Gas Kiln For Sale (Marshall, NC)
Inside dimensions are 30" x 34" x 34", brick/insulation. All 6 burners work (though the kiln hasn't been fired in a few years) the door and insulation are both new and the shelves and kiln furniture are included.
I was wondering if anyone could help donate 2 -3 finished soup bowls for our Empty Bowl event this Friday?
We are trying to make the deadline with a good variety of bowls but may need some help.If you can spare a couple for a good cause please drop them at one of the following locations by Wednesday September 24. I know it is short notice but we are crunching.
John Britt Studio
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705
Linda McFarling Studio
Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts
The Event is for Dig In Garden in Burnsville which grows fresh fruits and vegetables for local persons in need of food assistance. It is Friday September 26 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Higgins Methodist Church in Burnsville NC if anyone wants to come !
4th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - Friday, September 26, 2014
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden's Fourth Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, September 26, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:30pm at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church. The annual fundraiser provides the means for developing and maintaining Dig In!'s ever expanding garden.
Tickets are $25 each and include a variety of hearty soups, breads, desserts, a beautiful handmade pottery bowl to take home, and lots of fun! Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticket holder.
To avoid standing in line at the door, you may purchase your advance tickets at Reconciliation House, Design Gallery, Burnsville Wine and..., and the Yancey County Farmers' Market.
Many of you know Tracy Dotson and he is now in Assisted Living in Mitchell County NC. His daughter, Day Dotson, is trying to get everyone to help Tracy keep connected with the world of potters and friends. Tracy was a great fun loving guy who would help out anyone and now it is time to give back a bit. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE WHO KNEW TRACY!!
Tracy Dotson Postcards.
Tracy(my dad) want's Postcards to connect him the world again. He lives at Mitchell House Assisted Living, 13681 hwy 226 S, Spruce Pine NC, 28777.
We hung up a US map he wants to tag Post Marks all over. SOOOOOOOO Anyone and everyone please drop him a line, get creative, go wild, from anywhere, European friends-we'll stick you in the ocean tehe. Thankyou for supporting this FUN-raiser and my Dad. We'll post photos of cards as they come in....with pure love...Day........please
The unintended consequences of the MFA movement (satire -bitch)
Last spring, I attended the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Design Conference in San Francisco. Ben Kaufman, the CEO of Quirky, was one of the speakers in a conference that unabashedly celebrated consumption (and only had three female speakers, but that’s another story). Kaufman went on at length about the dearth of MFA graduates reaching the marketplace — and how his company was helping to remedy that. Critiques were on the way, examinations and accreditations were on the way, he went on, but Universities were committed to getting as many MFA's to market as quickly as possible, indeed at least twenty a week on average.
Universities have been clever in melding the old-school notion of being an “worker/craftsman” with the new-school notion of being a “artist.” But somewhere in the course of entering the pop culture zeitgeist, the warm and fuzzy self-empowered “artist” idea got turned into an engine for output and profit for the University. No one is too talent-less. Many of the artists that the university graduates are painters, photographers or potters who are self employed like “Pierre,” while others are seeking work with an a University or craft center. It felt to me that the very purpose of The University endeavor was to get more graduates in the marketplace, or what he referred to as “social product development.”
Not so long ago it felt like we were beginning to recognize that as a society, our patterns of education and consumption were not sustainable. Aritcles like "The MFA Pyramid Scheme" went viral, refocusing our collective eyes on our culture’s stunning education wastefulness. But that period was short, and the resolve for change it seemed to herald has all but evaporated. While many innovative Universities have been focusing on the teaching experience rather than making art, the drive to produce more has only accelerated.
Universities have become not only more sophisticated, but access grants and loans have become relatively more affordable and accessible. With this, ideas around art and making have shifted and sectors of the maker movement have veered from basement workshop projects to the 10,00o square foot galleries for mud slung "installations" where the meaning is completely "interpreted" because the Artist feels that giving a meaning is restricting the meaning.
I won’t point the finger at one University or one discipline but I am struck by the absence of sustainable discourse in the MFA movement. Daily, we read swooning odes to maker as artist, the studio potter and other cutting edge marketing gymics like Farm to Table Shows focusing on unique food paired with unique handmade ceramics but read almost nothing that approaches these developments through a much-needed critical lens. Every art form/venue is celebrated as if it were as significant as the wheel or the printing press.
In Japanese culture, there is a word for this: chindogu. The literal translation is “weird tool,” but the concept is about utility, or lack thereof. Kenji Kawakami coined the term as a way to point out objects that are made under the premise of solving a problem, but which, in practice, only generate more problems, rendering them devoid of utility. Kawakami humorously calls them “unuseless,” which is to say, they have a function, it’s just not one that helps us (and it may be one that harms us). This term can be used to describe the 10's of thousands of MFA graudates- sometimes called "artists"- a "weird tool".
Day after day I read glowing “stories” (aka slightly modified press releases) on egregious programs that just keep pumping out artists who can only collect objects and assemble them into "installations". As artistic commentary on our current cultural condition, such an artist is worthy. It points to the meaninglessness in our lives and our need to find meaning in chaos along side our increasing physical isolation. But the highest purpose of such an artist is in the artist statement. In the internet age, a good concept artist can be made made into a movement in minutes.
In Why Things Bite Back, Edward Tenner writes of what he calls the “ironic unintended consequences’’ of human ingenuity, ranging from antibiotics that promise the cure of disease but end up breeding resistant microorganisms, to a new football helmet, designed to reduce injuries, that actually encourages a more violent style of playing, thus creating the risk of more serious injury. We’re experiencing some of these ironies now as we use college degrees to solve the wrong problems. We’re in a period where almost anyone has the tools to be an artist – but are they real artists? Or just fakes?
Looking for a place to sell your wares? Outdoor stalls in Little Switzerland (between the bookstore/cafe and Little Switzerland Glass Works) can be rented by the day ($10 for one day, $15 for two days with longer rentals available). Contact Jaymee or Moira at Little Switzerland Book and Beans by phone at 828-766-2601 or through their facebook page:
Artist Talk by Liz Kohler Brown SEPTEMBER 22, 11:00 A.M. WEY HALL 208
Liz Brown is a multi-media artist and art instructor who currently lives and works in Raleigh, NC. She specializes in slip casting, plaster modeling, and image transfer onto clay, generating work that includes a wide range of materials.
Brown received a Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC in 2013 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2009. Her work is held in the Maria V. Howard Arts Center Permanent Collection in Rocky Mount, NC and the Plemmons Student Union Appalachian Artist Collection in Boone, NC.
Looking for a potter's assistant position in or around Asheville, NC.
I have six years of experience with clay and I am looking to work under an established Artist in order to increase my exposure to different ceramic styles and techniques. I'm very hardworking and willing to work with whatever your schedule may be. I also have academic ceramic references available if desired.
If you have a position available or questions, feel free to contact
20 Artists from SC & NC bring 20 pieces each of their ceramic artwork for sale=400 pieces of ceramic work here for a weekend. Save the date, as it is one of the biggest and best ceramic sales in our area! On Friday evening there will be a Collectors Preview Gala, ticketed event for those that want first choice and a chance to visit with the artists. Saturday and Sunday are Free and open to the public!
Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation of Salt & Pepper Sets
The ARTS Center of Clemson Gallery presents Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation into Salt and Pepper Sets. A diverse selection of artists are invited from SC, NC, and GA to contemplate the formal and conceptual challenges in design and execution of salt and peppers sets. Each 20×20 artist is invited to create a Salt and Pepper Set for a month long gallery exhibition as well as, invite one friend to make a Salt and Pepper set. Exhibition dates are September 12th –October 10th, 2014. All salt and peppers sets will be available for sale.
Gallery opening September 12, 2014 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Gala Preview Opening of The 4th Annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale. Tickets available for purchase at the ARTS Center office, online or by contacting The ARTS Center at (864) 633-5051. To purchase click HERE. Tickets are $30.00 each or 2 for $50.00.
Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and admission to the exhibit is free.
Hi! Does anyone have a Pacifica splash pan that they would be willing to lend me for a couple of days? I would need it get it by Monday (8th) afternoon and could return it as early as needed on Wednesday (10th). I also thought of making a temp. one, but no solid good ideas.
I'm also looking for a Shimpo banding wheel. If you have one you would like to sell, I'm your guy!
I just wanted to let everyone know that this Saturday - September 6th, from 6:00pm - 8:30pm we're having an opening and reception for our featured artist Joe Singewald and an Rob Pullyen's exhibition of his new sculptural (kind of functional?) pieces.
I know a lot of you probably know Rob from his association with all sorts of things in the area...
So, I just wanted to formally invite and let you all know.
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbls cooked red peppers
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
2 Tbls panko bread crumbs
2 Tbls fresh basil
1/4 cup cooked red peppers (roasted or fried)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
FIRST : Cook onions (scallions) red petters and garlic in a skillet. Set aside.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Then add onions, garlic and red peppers. Divide into 6 equal portions. Form each into 1"-thick patties. Place 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs on a plate. Coat cakes with panko. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
Heat- 4 Tbls of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry until golden brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes per side.
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Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome!