Thursday, December 31, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

New York Times: handmade ceramics are white hot

In case you missed it: the New York Times says handcrafted ceramics are "white hot." Excerpt:

"Robert Sullivan, the contributing editor at Vogue who wrote the magazine’s ceramics article, said that ceramics are popular now because they are 'among the most obviously and literally handmade things.'

"'It’s an antidote to all the electronics,' he added.

"Julie Carlson, editor in chief of the design website Remodelista, has chronicled the rise. 'It’s entwined with the farm-to-table movement,' she said. 'It’s this desire to know the origin of what’s in your kitchen.'

"'It’s hard to keep track of them,' she added of new ceramists. 'In the beginning, it seemed like there were just a few, but now there are more than we can cover, and more than we can invite to our markets.'"

The article is titled, "Why Handmade Ceramics Are White Hot." Read it here:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Toe River Arts Council Annual Meeting tonight in Spruce PIne

The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) will hold its Annual Meeting at 5:30 pm today at Spruce Pine TRAC (upstairs in the Arts Resource Center). Here's the announcement from the WTOE website:

The TRAC Annual Meeting and Potluck dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 16, at 5:30pm at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine (wheelchair accessible entrance is around the back of the TRAC Gallery, 269 Oak Avenue, on the second floor). An evening to meet new friends, connect with old friends, be introduced to the new board of director members, and learn a bit more about your Arts Council. Executive Director, Denise Cook, will reflect on the year’s activities, the branding initiatives now being developed, and the future of TRAC in our community. The meeting/dinner is free and the public is invited. Bring a friend or come alone. Bring a dish to share or just smile.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Peter Pugger Mfg. Pugger and Mixer for Sale in South Asheville


Peter Pugger Mfg. Pugger and Mixer for Sale in South Asheville

Asking $2,700.00 OBO
VPM 20 Pugger-Mixer
110 Volts, 1 phase with rolling stand
Purchased August 2001 - used 3 times with stoneware
Purchase Price $3,829.00
Current 2015 retail price is $4,427.00
Call 828 684 9608 - leave message and please repeat your contact info twice.

A call for artists to serve in Asheville

Asheville Citizen-Times writer Emily Patrick continues her focus on artists and the arts in Asheville, this time writing about opportunities for artists to serve on Asheville government boards and commissions, and how civic participation like that can influence the future and growth of the city. The Asheville Downtown Commission has put out a call for someone with an arts connection to apply to serve, and there are openings on other boards and commissions, too.


"The Asheville Downtown Commission, which advises City Council on development and infrastructure, is seeking an arts professional to join its ranks.

"Since the cultural arts superintendent position was eliminated from city staff after Diane Ruggiero departed in 2012, boards are the main way arts professionals contribute directly to city policy.

"'If we’re going to be a part of that community, we need to be integrated into that community and find ways to help that community grow and sustain or better serve because we all want this to be a great place to live and work,' said John Ellis, executive director of the Diana Wortham Theatre. Ellis serves on the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority."

The article is titled, "Arts on board: Can city political posts lead to power?" Read it here:

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Riverview Station Holiday Market today!

The 2nd Annual Riverview Station Holiday Market takes place from 4-8 pm today! 30+ artists, including The Village Potters, our December Clay Club hosts, at Riverview Station in the River Arts District in Asheville.

More info on the Riverview Station Holiday Market Facebook event page:

The Mountain Xpress has a list of Asheville and Western North Carolina craft events happening this weekend and next here:

Friday, December 11, 2015

North Carolina Pottery Center Survey of NC Potters/Ceramic Artists

The North Carolina Pottery Center is conducting a survey of North Carolina Potters. You may have received an email with a link to the survey, but if not, you can contact the center and they will send you one. (Links are one-time use only.) Here's the announcement from the NC Pottery Center Facebook page:

Notice for NC Potters/Ceramic Artists:

The North Carolina Pottery Center is conducting a "Survey of NC Potters/Ceramic Artists." We sent this survey out via SurveyMonkey on Tuesday, December 1st, to every person who is identified as a North Carolina potter or ceramic artist in our database *AND* for whom we had an email address.
The survey is anonymous and broken down into two sections: 1) Basic Demographic Information, and 2) Questions relating specifically to the North Carolina Pottery Center.

We are collecting basic demographic information so that we may have a clearer overall picture of the make-up of our state's Potters/Ceramic Artists. Such information may help us better fulfill our mission and could potentially be useful for grant-writing purposes.

Your answers to the questions relating specifically to the North Carolina Pottery Center will provide us with feedback on how well the Center is doing at fulfilling its mission and give us insight and input into how the Center may be able to improve the services it provides to Potters/Ceramic Artists as well as Visitors.

If you are a NC Potter/Ceramic Artist and have not yet received this email/survey, it doesn't mean we don't like you! It means:

1. You may need to check your Spam/Social/Promotions folders to make sure the survey didn't end up there.
2. Your email address, and perhaps other contact information, may not be in our database.

We do want feedback from as many of the state's potters/ceramic artists as possible, so if you haven't yet received the survey and wish to participate, please contact us at the center ( or 336-873-8430), so that we may get any necessary additional email addresses added to our database and also have SurveyMonkey send out additional anonymous surveys.

All survey responses must be received by midnight on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

The North Carolina Pottery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and our mission is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.

We hope that as many NC potters and ceramic artists as possible will take the opportunity to take this survey and provide us with useful and thoughtful feedback.

Lindsey Lambert
Executive Director


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Recap: December Clay Club at The Village Potters in Asheville

A big thank you to The Village Potters for hosting December Clay Club! The Village Potters are located in Riverview Station in the River Arts District in Asheville, and their facility includes studios, teaching space, a gallery and more. We met in their new Independent Study/Mentoring (IS/M) studio. Lori Theriault provided an overview of the IS/M program - here's a little about it from their website:

"The Village Potters Independent Study & Mentoring Program (IS/M Program) will accommodate 8-20 artists, and will offer a directed mentorship program for the developing potter as well as the serious hobby artist who wants to refine his or her skills. The IS/M Program is designed to offer a non-traditional/relational experience to help the emerging potter hone skills and, if desired, make the move into a career with a thorough understanding of business in the arts.

"This program is designed for emerging potters who desire to have regular access to studio as well as relationship and community with other potters and opportunities to explore many firing techniques. We believe that in two years a potter can hone their skills and develop a unique body of work that will equip them to launch into even more creative clay pursuits. The program, like all things at The Village is designed to be highly relational, and in many ways custom to the goals of each IS/M student. Whether you plan to be a professional potter or a part time creative, this program will afford you the opportunity to go as far as you wish in clay."

Interested in applying for the IS/M program? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the next review date being March 24, 2016, to start May 1, 2016. Details on The Village Potters website:

Big news: The Village Potters are now a Laguna Clays distributor. They think their next order will be in March 2016 - if you're interested in possibly participating, keep an eye on their website for details or shoot them an email at

The Village Potters are still working on their Kazegama wood-influenced kiln project - you can support their work on it here:

Lori led us on a tour of the studios and multi-room gallery, which you can see from the photos here are quite impressive. After a little more socializing we had the annual cup/object exchange - thanks again to Lori for leading it masterfully. (I am loving my Sarah Wells Rollands mug!)

The Village Potters will be participating in the Riverview Station Holiday Market this Saturday, December 12th:

The Village Potters have A LOT going on! Check out their website for information on classes, workshops, events, and everything they're doing:

Thanks again to Lori, Sarah and all of The Village Potters, and to everyone who came!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Clay Club tonight at The Village Potters in Asheville

Clay Club is tonight!


When: 6 pm tonight

Where: The Village Potters in the River Arts District in Asheville (see link below for directions).

What: tour and description of The Village Potters new Independent Study/Mentoring Program and updates on their Kazegama kiln build. We'll also have the annual Clay Club cup/mug/object exchange (see the link below for details about the exchange).

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

Directions and more details here:

*** Mitchell and Yancey folks - if you're interested in joining our car pool from Micaville, let me know, preferably by noon. ***

See you tonight!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

December Clay Club at The Village Potters in Asheville on Wednesday, December 9

Awesome news! The Village Potters in the River Arts District in Asheville will host Clay Club in their new Independent Study/Mentoring studio this coming Wednesday, December 9th, from 6-8 pm. Thank you, Lori, Sarah and all of The Village Potters!

They will give a tour and description of their new Independent Study/Mentoring Program and updates on their Kazegama kiln build.

We'll also hold the annual mug/object exchange. (In case you haven't been before, here are the details on the exchange, as explained by John Britt for a previous exchange: "The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.")

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

The Village Potters are located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District at:

191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Directions available here:

Questions? Contact The Village Potters at or 828-253-2424. You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

*** Mitchell and Yancey folks - if you're interested in carpooling, let me know. ***

Thanks again to The Village Potters! See you Wednesday.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend!

The Toe River Holiday Studio Tour starts today and runs through Sunday in Mitchell and Yancey Counties. Pictures here are from the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) Spruce Pine Gallery where you can see work by all the artists participating in the tour.

Here's the info from the TRAC website:

The Holiday Tour is December 4-6, 2015!

Hours of the Tour are 12 to 4PM on Friday, 10AM to 5PM Saturday and Sunday.

Reception will be December 4 at the Spruce Pine Gallery from 5 to 7PM.

This year’s holiday tour boast 58 studios, 109 artists (18 new) and 8 galleries. The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

FREE, self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live.

Here's a listing of artists participating in this tour:

Get all the details, including maps and a downloadable tour guide, here:

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gas Kilns for Sale Addendum

Got so excited that I actually had the connectivity to send images to the blog I skipped some contact info.

As I posted the kilns are in Greeneville Tennessee. I am about an hour away near Gatlinburg, but can meet anyone most any time with a little notice. I will do as much as I can on this end to get them on a truck headed to you. The shed has a wide barn style door and plenty of flat ground around it to make it easy to get a trailer close. I can fabricate an arch brace and whatever else might be needed.

My phone is 865-217-2839 and I leave an answering machine on.
My email is It is an old account, but still works best at the shop.

Reasonable offers will be considered.

I apologize for the double posting.

Patrick Houston
Rocky Flats Pottery

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Clay Club? Looking for an Asheville-area host

Robbie Bell offered to host December Clay Club in his Mitchell County studio, but we've learned that the Spruce Pine Potters Market potters are holding a meeting on December 9th. We know it's hard for Asheville-area folks to make it to Bakersville, and the Potters Market meeting would leave out a lot of Mitchell and Yancey County potters. We considered postponing our December meeting till the next Wednesday, but the Toe River Arts Council is holding their annual meeting on December 16th. Robbie has kindly offered to host Clay Club in January instead. (Thanks, Robbie!) Make plans to join us at Robbie's Speckled Dog Pottery on Wednesday, January 13th.

We can hold our annual December Clay Club mug/object exchange if someone in the Asheville area would like to host on December 9th - if that someone is you, send me an email at and let me know.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gas Kilns for Sale

Finishing up my good friend Steve Roberts estate. Cancer takes another good man too soon.

Bailey 34/B Shuttle Kiln

Bailey shuttle kiln set up for propane, Galvanized hood, flue, chains, roof jack and chimney cap built new for this kiln. Stack of 14 x 14 Bailey shelves, Buckets of kiln furniture. Plumb it up and go. Bailey makes a 32 shuttle now and it is $21,000 stripped down, no crating or shipping.  

Asking $ 6500 for the whole package.

Geil Portable Downdraft

Geil fiber lined updraft kiln, Uses up firing venturi burners. Hood, flue, roof jack, and chimney cap. Shelves and furniture. Geil is still making this model for $14,800 with no crating or shipping from California.

Asking $4500 for the whole deal.

Kilns are in Greeneville Tennessee in a purpose built kiln shed. Easy access around shed. They were probably bought in the early 90's, but I know have not been fired since 2004 when I helped Steve build the shed and place the kilns. Old and dusty, will have to be gone through, but a lot of value for the money. I will help in any way I can to make things go easier. Will consider reasonable offers. 

Patrick Houston
Rocky Flats Pottery

Sunday, November 29, 2015

WNC potters seek kiln lid

We are in need of a 28" kiln lid (octagonal) for use in converting an old electric kiln to a gas kiln. We can pick up. Contact Jim McDowell at 828-989-8484 or Rachel Smith at 838-230-2526 or This is for the new Reems Creek Pottery studio. Thanks in advance if you can help us out.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Citizen-Times: In Asheville, does art compete with food and beer?

More in the Asheville Citizen-Times on the art scene in Asheville, this time with a comparison to Burnsville:

"'Let’s take Burnsville, for example," she [Karen Wells of Arts North Carolina] said. 'They don’t have the beer industry. They don’t have the food. … Boy oh boy they can really shine when it comes to considering the arts as an economic development engine.'

"Evidence of the strength of the arts in Burnsville: The Toe River Arts Council, which represents roughly 33,000 people in Mitchell and Yancey counties, raised 35 percent more in contributions, gifts and grants in 2014 than the Asheville Area Arts Council, which represents about 250,000 people."

The article by Emily Patrick is titled, "In Asheville, does art compete with food and beer?" Ceramic artist Robert Milnes is quoted in it, too. Read it here:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Winter Clay Classes At Odyssey ClayWorks

Interactive Narrative Sculpture With Mac McCusker
Refining Your Focus: Creating An Engaging Body Of Work With Laura Peery
Flowerpots In the Garden With Cynthia Lee
Setting Up Shop On Etsy With Raina Lee Scott
Mastering Porcelain With Anja Bartels
Beginner Wheel With Julia Weber
Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples
Arctic Blast Pottery For Kids Ages 6-10

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Newspaper editorial on the creative campus planned for downtown Asheville

I posted earlier this month about the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's plans for The Hive, a creative campus that would be located in their building in downtown Asheville. Now the Asheville Citizen-Times has run an editorial about The Hive titled, "Our view: A step forward for arts scene in Asheville?"

Here's an excerpt:

"With apologies to Charles Dickens, this is the best of times and the worst of times for such a venture. Asheville has an outstanding base of artists upon which to build. At the same time, the competition for public and private dollars is intense."

Read the whole editorial here:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Brand New Stihl MS 170 Chainsaw for Sale

Hey wood fire people!
Stihl MS 170 Chainsaw for Sale
Used once - still in perfect condition
(Thought my old one was dead but I got it running again)
Bought this new last month for $180.00  + tax
Sell it to you for $145.00

Terry Gess
828 467-0166

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Marshall Handmade Market today!

The Marshall Handmade Market is today!

From the Marshal Handmade Market website:

The Marshall Handmade Market is something special among holiday shows. This November 21, from 10:00 to 5:00, you can shop your heart out while enjoying a peek into the eclectic Marshall High Studios on Blannahassett Island, touring resident artist studios and taking in the work of local artists, designers and craftspeople handpicked by the artists of MHS.

The renovated high school from 1929 sits in the middle of the French Broad River and has attracted an interesting mix of creative people. For the past seven years MHS artists have come together to organize and present one of the most popular shows in the area. This year the exhibition showcases over 50 artists and fine craft artisans from Western North Carolina as well as gourmet food artisans, handmade soap and apothecary arts. The organizers take great pride in focusing attention on Madison County artists as well as emerging artists from the surrounding areas.

More at

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holiday Art Sale at UNCA Asheville November 20-21

Featuring ceramics, prints, photographs, paintings, glass, and sculpture

UNC Asheville's Department of Art and Art History will hold its annual Holiday Art Sale from 4:00–7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, and 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, in UNC Asheville's S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass, and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, call UNC Asheville's Department of Art at 828.251.6559.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Silvia Ferrari-Palmer Photography

Hey Everybody,

For the past year and half I’ve taken thousands of photos of the work at the Crimson Laurel Gallery.
After leaving the CLG I decided to open a photographic studio of my own.
I know that many artists don’t have the facilities, time, or background to do there own images and so I just wanted to get the word out there that I’m available if you need. My training is in graphics (my degree in Italy), website updating, photography, and painting. My email is, my phone number is 828 434 0146 and please follow, share and like my FB Page
Let me know if I can help.


Grant Applications for Artists - free workshop tonight in Spruce Pine

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Toe River Arts Council Spruce Pine Gallery
Spruce Pine, NC

Grant opportunities exist for individual artists, but the application process often seems intimidating, time-consuming, and overwhelming. This seminar will clarify the process of grant applications and help the participant understand how to draft a compelling proposal. Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.

Speaker(s): Chris Sacco

Co-Sponsor(s): Toe River Arts Council and Handmade in America, Inc.

Free but registration requested.

More info and online registration:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Student scholarship opportunity for 2016 North Carolina Potters Conference

From the NC Potters Conference Facebook page:

Dwight M. Holland Scholarship – Deadline December 31, 2015

For this year's 29th North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro, NC on March 6-8, 2016

In 2012 a scholarship fund was started to honor Dwight Holland, his vision, and his years of leadership for the NC Potters Conference. A limited number of scholarships will be available for students to attend the conference.

To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate studies program with a focus on ceramics.

To apply, send an email to with the following:
3 – 5 images of your work
Essay 500 words or less about why attending conference would be of benefit to your education and career.
Deadline December 31, 2015.

#NCPottersConf 2016- Demonstrating Potters are Tony Clennell, Steven Godfrey, and Sunshine Cobb. The NC Potters Conference Speakers are Chris Staley, Ulysses Dietz, Garth Johnson and Art Markman.


More about the 2016 NC Potters Conference here:

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November Clay Club recap: The Wedgwood Cherokee kaolin connection

A big thank you to Alex Glover for his presentation on the Wedgwood Cherokee connection of North Carolina kaolin at this month's Clay Club, and to John Britt for hosting us at his studio.

A little about Alex: Alex Glover recently retired as Director of Mining and Mineral Resources from Active Minerals International of Baltimore, Maryland. AMI is a major clay producer specializing in kaolin and attapulgite clays. After a 40-year career as a Professional Industrial Minerals Geologist, including 10 years as Chief Geologist of the Feldspar Corporation, Alex now teaches geology at Mayland Community College.

Alex has done a lot of research into Josiah Wedgwood and the kaolin Wedgwood imported into England from North Carolina in the 18th century. Josiah Wedgwood was born into a family of potters. As a child he contracted smallpox, which left one leg impaired; as a result, he couldn't operate a potter's wheel. (As an adult he had the leg amputated below the knee. Without anesthesia!) Wedgwood succeeded in the pottery business by developing clay bodies, glazes and ceramic designs; implementing division of labor factory practices; and using innovative marketing techniques to increase sales. Had he been able to operate a wheel, maybe he wouldn't have made all of these advances.

In the late 1760s, Wedgwood needed kaolin. He had learned that there was high-quality kaolin in North America in an area controlled by the Cherokee. He funded an expedition to locate the kaolin, hiring a man named Thomas Griffiths to lead the effort. Griffiths located the Cherokee kaolin and had several tons transported to the port in Charleston, South Carolina, and then back to England. This was the Wedgwood Cherokee clay connection.

The precise location of the kaolin Griffiths found isn't known for certain, but it is believed to be near Franklin, North Carolina. The kaolin was high quality, but transporting it was difficult and expensive, and Wedgwood did not continue to get kaolin from North Carolina. (Kaolin had been discovered in England earlier in the 18th century and began to be mined more extensively around the time of this expedition, negating the need for importing kaolin.)

There are records of Wedgwood using the Cherokee clay to make Jasperware. At the Museum Of North Carolina Minerals, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine, there is a Wedgwood vase made with Cherokee kaolin.

There is much more to the story (including a connection to Charles Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood's grandson), but it is Alex's to tell. If you have a chance to hear him, don't miss it! We're hoping to get Alex to come back and do an another presentation.

John Britt also posted about Alex's presentation on his blog:

November Clay Club saw the return of Jim and Sheila Sockwell, who we haven't seen at Clay Club for quite a while. Jim is doing well and it was great to see him and Sheila. Thanks again to John Britt for hosting, to Alex Glover for his presentation, and to everyone who came!

Professional potter moving to Asheville area seeks studio space

Full Time Professional Potter moving to the Asheville Area January/February 2016

I am in need of studio space. I will accept either a solo studio or shared studio.
I have kilns, wheel, slab roller and other equipment I am willing to share if anyone wishes to share studio space.
Open to location....Simply looking for a studio space!

Any information welcome via email:

Michael Hamlin

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Asheville River Arts District Studio Stroll this weekend

From the Artists of the River Arts District blog:

Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend as they host the Fall Studio Stroll and Art Sale, welcoming you to experience and collect amazing art in their studios.

During the stroll you can meet the artists, learn about their process at live demonstrations and do some shopping. This year, we have teamed up with MANNA FoodBank and will have areas where canned goods can be donated throughout the 22 buildings on the stroll. These cans will be collected and given to MANNA to help fight hunger in the Western North Carolina region.

EASY Free Parking and Free Trolleys! No tickets required.

FULL Fold-Out MAPS available in all the studios.



More info and links on the Artists of the River Arts District website homepage:

Friday, November 13, 2015

November Clay Club pre-recap

I will post about last night's Clay Club with Alex Glover at John Britt's studio, but since I may not be able to do that today, for now I'll direct you to John's post on his blog:


Not an understatement - check it out! Thanks to Alex for his awesome talk - and thanks to John for hosting!

Grand Opening/Open House for Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville

Reems Creek Pottery is having its grand opening / open house on Saturday November 21st from 10-3. This studio is the shared studio space that has been created by Rachel S Smith in Weaverville. She has filled all of the spaces and there are a total of 5 potters, a couple of which are in the process of moving in. Jim McDowell (the Black Potter) and Rachel Smith will both have pieces to sell, along with their desire to show you around the cooperative studio space. Located at 181 Reems Creek Rd, Unit #6. This is in the Karpen Steel Building, at the end of the building facing the Karpen Soccer Field. There is plenty of parking and light refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you there.

Reems Creek Pottery on Facebook:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Clay Club TOMORROW, Thursday, November 12!

Friendly reminder that this month's Clay Club will be TOMORROW (Thursday) evening, not tonight.


When: 6 pm Thursday, November 12

What: Guest speaker Alex Glover give a presentation on his research into Wedgwood and North Carolina kaolin. The title of the talk is, "America's First Kaolin - The Cherokee Wedgwood Connection."

Where: John Britt Pottery near Penland

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

Directions and more details here:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Creative campus planned for downtown Asheville

Asheville Citizen-Times writer Emily Patrick writes about the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's (CCCD) plans for The Hive, "[a]n arts campus that would provide space for craftspeople, artists and designers to create, test and market new products." The Hive would be located in the CCCD's building in downtown Asheville.

"When complete, The Hive will include the makerspace, the coworking center, a nontraditional conference facility and rooftop event space, and the galleries that already exist on the ground floor — the center's Benchspace Gallery and a Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center expansion."

The center has raised $500,000 for this project and wants to raise $1-2 million more before beginning.

Read the whole article here:

More on The Hive:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Help Light My Fire! I have recently launched an Indiegogo Fundraiser to help with my kiln rebuilding project:    Follow the link to read the story, see images of the newly-completed kiln, and check out the many perks I am offering as a thank you for your support.  I would love a bit of help from the clay community, Thanks!

Kiln and slab roller for sale


From Linda Starr:

I am selling my Olympic Torchbearer Gas (propane) Raku Reduction kiln
and my 4 x 2 ft custom built slab roller.
Details, photos and my contact info in the link on my blog.
I am about 2 hours from Asheville in zip 30512

Saturday, November 7, 2015

November Clay Club: The Cherokee Wedgwood Connection at John Britt Pottery

November Clay Club will take place this coming Thursday, November 12, at 6 pm at John Britt Pottery near Penland. (Note that it's not our usual Wednesday time.)

Guest speaker Alex Glover will give a presentation on his research into Wedgwood and North Carolina kaolin. The title of the talk is, "America's First Kaolin - The Cherokee Wedgwood Connection." The talk presents Josiah Wedgwood's quest for Cherokee Clay from the Americas as he commissions Charleston planter Thomas Griffiths to acquire the clay that was reportedly used by Andre Duche. Griffiths encountered many difficulties along the 300 mile journey but did acquire 5 tons of clay and delivered it to Staffordshire England, and there is more to the story!

John Britt Pottery is at 154 Sparks Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705. Google Maps will get you there:

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

Have a question? Contact John at or at 828-467-5020. You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you Thursday!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Katey Schultz lecture at Haywood Community College on November 19

Writer - and Clay Club friend - Katey Schultz will be talking at Haywood Community College on Thursday, November 19. Highly Recommended! And free! You should go if you can!

From the Haywood Community College website:

Haywood Community College’s Creative Arts Visiting Artist Program will host a lecture by professional writer Katey Schultz on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Schultz will share her seasoned perspective on what it takes for artists to attract positive exposure, and particularly what it’s like to work with a professional writer to obtain features in major publications and more.

According to her website, Schultz is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor who works with individual writers, lifelong learners, artists, arts organizations, and students to help improve writing skills, generate new fiction or memoir material, edit manuscripts, or press manage for arts events. She has interviewed more than 70 artists and published essays about their unique creative processes in magazines both nationally and abroad. Her services include consults, website content and proofing, grant/school/residency/cover letter application assistance, artist statement revision, exhibition catalog content, and press management.

For more information about HCC’s Creative Arts Visiting Artist Program or the lecture by Schultz, please call 627-4672.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Empty Bowls at Penland this week

From the Penland Blog:

Students in the clay concentration with Suze Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin are hosting an Empty Bowls event this week at the Penland Coffee House. Visitors can make a $20 donation to fight hunger, enjoy a simple lunch-time meal of soup prepared by the Penland kitchen, and take home a unique bowl made by a student in the class. The Empty Bowls meal will be available at the Penland Coffee House Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Read more here:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3rd Annual Odyssey Auction

You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Odyssey Auction. Saturday, November 7 at 7pm.

Doors Open/ Silent Auction 7pm
Live Auction 8pm
Followed by a lively after party. 
A limited number of tickets are available. 
For tickets, call 828-285-0210, or stop by the office.

In support of several very important programs we offer free of charge as part of our business model, proceeds from the Auction will directly fund our work with underprivileged, middle school youth from our community participating in the G.R.A.C.E. and Open Doors Programs. Proceeds will also provide a total of 22 scholarships to need based students for our 2016 series of classes and workshops.
We are accepting donations of all kinds to support our fundraiser. 
Please call 828-285-0210 or email if you are interested in donating to support Odyssey ClayWorks.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff is open in Asheville

In case you missed it, the Asheville Cheap Joe's Art Stuff location is now open, not too far from Highwater Clays. Read more about it (and get a coupon . . . and sign up for their mailing list) on their facebook page:

Nice to have an art supply store again in Asheville!

Monday, October 26, 2015

John Britt Pottery : Sylvia's Painted Creations

John Britt Pottery : Sylvia's Painted Creations: I know many of you know Sylvia Ferrari-Palmer and Andy Palmer. Sylvia has lost her job at Crimson Laurel Gallery a...

Friday, October 23, 2015

Arts, culture and economic development in Asheville and Buncombe County

Interesting article in today's Asheville Citizen-Times about the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County removing arts and culture as a prominent sector from its strategic plan. The headline is, "Artists to economists: Don't count us out." Here's an excerpt:

The Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County announced in September that its strategic plan, the AVL 5x5 Vision 2020, will no longer include arts and culture as a prominent sector. The arts had been one of the five economic sectors, along with advanced manufacturing, science and technology, health care, and entrepreneurship, since 2010.

The Economic Development Coalition changed its view on the arts and will focus on talent development instead, said Kit Cramer, CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, of which the EDC is a part.

“To think that we were going to generate big numbers out of arts and culture – that’s just not the way," she said. "That area grows more organically. We have to look for places where we can get the highest return on investment for our investors’ dollars. Two-thirds of economic development is funded by the private sector in our community, so they’re looking for return on investment.”

But some artists said the EDC's stance undervalues their contributions to the economy — the full scale of which has never been explored by the numbers people.

Read the whole article here:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes

Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Do you have a friend who always wanted to learn to throw but doesn't want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do on a Friday night. Well, look no further - Ready, Set, Throw is here!

We guarantee you'll make at least one pot on the wheel in this special one-night class. Even if you've never touched clay before, our highly skilled staff will guide you through the entire process. It's the perfect opportunity to get creative and have fun! Click on the date below to register online.

Friday, October 23, 7-9pm
Friday, November 20, 7-9pm
Friday, December 4, 7-9pm

Black Mountain potter looking for pottery studio work

My name is Sarah Wheatley and I am a 25-yr old woman who just relocated to Black Mountain from Maine in order to get my massage certification in Asheville and to build upon my pottery skills. Although I studied Sustainable Food Systems in college, I've been hand-sculpting with high-fire porcelain for about 7 years as a co-owner of my mother's business, Tewksbury Creche. My present goal is to continue to develop my own body of work. That said, I am searching for part-time work in the art field.

Ideally, I am looking for work in a pottery studio and am hoping there might be a local artist who could use an extra hand (at the very least in preparation for the holiday season).

Given this information, if you have any other networking suggestions for me, I would be very grateful for the added input! My e-mail is and my phone number is (803) 319-8632. Thank you for your consideration.

Monday, October 19, 2015

John Britt Pottery : I Need a Cone 6 Glaze that Doesn't Craze!!!!

John Britt Pottery : I Need a Cone 6 Glaze that Doesn't Craze!!!!: Check out my downloadable new article on cone 6 crazing. 8 excellent glaze recipes.

Two week introductory sale  only $4.99 regularly $7.50....

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Marketing: Storytelling For Creative Entrepreneurs workshop in Asheville on October 29

New Marketing: Storytelling For Creative Entrepreneurs w/ Karie Reinertson at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville on October 29

From the eventbrite page:

In this 2 hour workshop participants will learn various methods for promoting their work online and in the real world. They will spend time considering the story they would like to tell about their business, and working with others on marketing ideas. This workshop is suitable for creative "solopreneurs", artists, designers, and makers that would like to market their own work.

+ Consider what your story is and how to present it
+ Identify the core values of your business and why you want to market it
+ Look at different approaches to sharing your values with the world
+ Work with other participants on marketing ideas for other businesses

Karie Reinertson is the Co Founder and Principal Designer for SHELTER, a multidisciplinary design studio that she founded in 2010 with her husband, Robert Maddox. Their interests lie at the intersection of art, craft, and design. Projects and offerings include modern residential and cabin design / build, interior design, creative direction and styling, product design including a line of handbags, display and exhibition design, and location and talent scouting. She lives and works in West Asheville with her husband Rob and kitten Moons.

Order tickets on eventbrite:

See also the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design Facebook event page for this workshop:

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Spruce Pine Potters Market October 10 and 11

This weekend! 30+ potters, mostly from Mitchell and Yancey Counties.

From the Spruce Pine Potters Market website:

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique gathering of our region’s greatest potters and clay artists. Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend. Admission is free and lunches will be available. The market will take place at the historic Cross Street Building in downtown Spruce Pine on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th, 10 am to 5 pm both days.

More here:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Anita Funston wins gold at the North Carolina SilverArts competition in Raleigh

On September 25, 2015 Local artist, Anita Funston, was awarded the gold medal, in Sculpture, at the North Carolina Senior Games SilverArts competition, in Raleigh, NC.

Anita Funston lives in Henderson County and has been recently creating art at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. Regarding the event, she stated, “It was an honor to represent Henderson County in the State competition and I was thrilled to learn that I was awarded the gold medal.”

Anita qualified for the state competition by winning first place with her sculpture, titled Chief, at The Four Seasons SilverArts competition held in Henderson County on May 7, 2015. “I greatly appreciate how hard The Henderson County Parks and Recreation Department works every year to hold Silver Games and SilverArts; they make it possible for participants to compete locally and qualify for the state competition.“ Funston continued.

For more information about the NC SilverArts competition can be found at

About Anita Funston Artist: Anita Funston creates one of a kind sculptures. She is inspired by nature. Her works incorporate harmony and humor. Her website can be found at She can also be reached at

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Akira Satake Shamisen (Japanese banjo) Concert TONIGHT at Penland

Sorry for the last minute notice but if you're near Penland you should go to this! (Thanks to Ron Greene for the reminder.) You might remember that Akira played for us when he hosted Clay Club a couple years ago.

When: 8:15 tonight (Wednesday, October 7)
Where: Pines Dining Hall at Penland School of Crafts

“Akira Satake first discovered the banjo through his older brother’s Flatt and Scruggs recordings while growing up in Osaka, Japan. After relocating to New York City in his early 20's he spent two decades honing his innovative banjo style in venues from Village clubs to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He went on to master the shamisen (Japanese banjo) in his own original style, and has made it an important part of his repertory.

“Satake garnered international attention with his collection of original compositions, ‘Cooler Heads Prevail,’ and shared the 1998 German Music Critics’ Award for Best World Music Recording with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Shawn Colvin, Nancy Griffith, Jim Lauderdale, Hazel Dickens, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka, and produced award-winning CDs for Tim O’Brien, Mamadou Diabate, Johnny Cunningham and flamenco guitarist Gerardo Nunez.

“American banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka calls Satake, "a brilliant banjoist with a split-level passion for the fiery breakdowns of southern Appalachia and the kaleidoscopic rhythms and melodies of World Music." In 2004, a short documentary film about him and his music was shown on New York City cable television."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Free Introduction to Canva workshop in Spruce Pine on Wednesday, October 7

Free Introduction to Canva workshop:

When: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Council Arts Resource Center (upstairs) in Spruce Pine

Canva is a free graphics program that is simple and easy to use. This seminar will show participants how to create flyers, business cards, web postings, and more. Please bring a laptop PC, Mac, or iPad (with power adapter) to class! Sponsored by Handmade in America, TRAC, and SBC.

Register by calling 828-766-1295 or online at

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Clay Club is canceled

Back in August I asked folks to let me know if they would like to meet in October since it can be a busy time. All of the responses I got said to cancel, so: October Clay Club is CANCELED. Our next meeting will be in November, with guest speaker Alex Glover. Alex will give a presentation on his research into Wedgwood and North Carolina kaolin. Alex teaches on Wednesdays, so this meeting will be on Thursday, November 12, at John Britt's studio near Penland. You can read more about November Clay Club here and I'll also post a reminder closer to the meeting date.

I'm looking for someone to host December Clay Club so we can have our annual mug/object exchange. Our regular second Wednesday meeting time would be December 9th at 6 pm. If you or someone you know is interested in hosting, let me know.

Thanks everybody!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Artist Talk with Daniel Johnston at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville on Thursday, October 1

Here's the info from the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design:

Potter Daniel Johnston of Seagrove, NC will be presenting on his creative process from digging local clay to creating installations of large, wood-fired vessels.

This artist talk is held in conjunction with Johnston's 'Made in WNC' installation, '783-804', on view at CCCD October 1 – 29, 2015.

Johnston will create an immersive architectural environment using ceramic vessels to reverse the role of viewer and object.

About Daniel Johnston:

Daniel Johnston began his career as a potter apprenticing with Mark Hewitt in North Carolina. He has trained with Clive Bowen in England, as well as studied traditional large jar-making techniques in Sawein Silikom’s jar factory in Northeast Thailand. Daniel is now working with installation art that examines craft through the context of art. Daniel Johnston Pottery was established in 2003 in Seagrove, North Carolina. The pottery focuses on functional wood-fired tableware made from local materials as well as large-scale ceramic vessels.

Free and open to the public.

To learn more, visit:

'Made in WNC' was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

(Info here from the CCCD Facebook event page:

Monday, September 28, 2015

Empty Bowls success in Western North Carolina

Awesome news: Dig In! Yancey Community Garden held their 5th Annual Empty Bowls this past Friday and raised over $10,000. In Mitchell County, Shepherd's Staff Food Bank raised over $7,000 at their Empty Bowls event in August. Manna Food Bank in Asheville sold out both their lunch and dinner Empty Bowls events. I think there have been more Empty Bowls events in Western North Carolina - anybody have any more reports? And if you know of any more Empty Bowls events coming up, let us know.

Thanks to Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom for starting Empty Bowls 25 years ago - and to all the Clay Clubbers who contributed to these WNC events!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Odyssey Co-op Gallery

The Odyssey Co-op Gallery is taking ongoing applications. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Anna Koloseike,

The Freer Sackler digital bookshelf

The Freer and Sackler Galleries have digitized a number of their publications. The publications can be read online or downloaded for free. (If I'd known this was coming, I might have held off on tracking down a copy of "Ceramics from the World of Islam.") The ceramics titles are listed below, but books in other subjects - Arts of the Islamic World, Chinese Art, Japanese Art, Korean Art, etc. - would probably be of interest to ceramic artists, too.

Check it out here:

Ceramics publications:

Esin Atil, Ceramics from the World of Islam (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1973).

Louise A. Cort, Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2008).

Louise A. Cort, Korean Ceramics in the Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2012).

Richard L. Wilson, The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Arts of the Islamic WorldCeramics (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2001).

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Classes Begin October 14

Fun And Functional Teapots With Laura Peery
Sculpting Animals In Clay With Mac McCusker
Low Fire Surface Embellishment With Cynthia Lee
Modeling The Female Form With Karen Powell
Give It A Whirl Pottery For Beginners With Heather Spontak
 Ready, Set, Throw One Night Pottery Class With Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad
Click here for more information about upcoming classes or call 828-285-0210.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ceramic studio available for rent in the River Arts District in Asheville

Available early October in Phil Mechanic Studios in the heart of Asheville's River Arts District. Light filled top floor studio with four big windows! 450sf, built in shelves. 220 wiring for a kiln. $500 includes all electricity including firings if you are a ceramic artist, propane heat (wall mounted vented heater) and internet. Large utility sink with hot and cold water just outside studio. Wonderful community of artists!

If interested contact Laura at

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Rain Perform Saturday at Burnsville Town Center

John Britt Pottery : Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Rain Perform Saturd...: 30th ANNUAL MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS FOLK FESTIVAL Saturday, September 26 5:30 to 9pm Burnsville Town Center 6 South Main Street http:/...

1st Annual Women Potters of Catawba Valley Barn Sale on Saturday, October 3

Women at the Wheel in Catawba Valley

For years the Catawba Valley has been well known for its pottery. Names like Craig, Ellington, Abee and Reinhardt, just to name a few, ring through the hills, steeped in the age-old tradition of turning pots and stoking kilns. In the past, and even now, men have dominated the world of pottery in the Catawba Valley. All that is about to change.

There are several women potters in the Catawba Valley area who are turning at the wheel and handbuilding some masterful and beautiful pieces of all shapes, styles and colors. A few of the women go as far as to find, dig and use the clay that can be found in the Catawba Valley.

One day during a class at the CVCC Potters’ Workshop, three women began to talk and a master plan began to bloom! Why not hold our own show? Make it all about Women Potters of Catawba Valley!

Needless to say this idea has taken off and has now become reality! Eight local women potters, will be coming together to throw the 1st annual Women Potters of Catawba Valley Barn Sale. You can expect to find a wide array of pieces to encompass sculpted, wheel, hand built, functional, decorative and folk pottery. The potters participating in this show include Raine Middleton, Michelle Flowers, Sybil Scronce Hedspeth, Carla Brandel, Evelyn Arnold, Jennifer Sigmon, Briana Blackwelder and Debra Zimmerman.

The date is Saturday October 3rd 10 am to 4pm located at 4223 Rifle Range Rd Conover, NC. Come spend a lovely fall day shopping for local pottery while enjoying some apple cider and meeting some truly remarkable women. For any further information on this event you can like us on Facebook at: Women Potters of Catawba Valley or contact Carla at (507) 261-5476.

Craft vendors wanted for Bakersville Apple Butter Festival on Saturday, October 24

Here's the email the Mitchell County Historical Society sent out about the Bakersville Apple Butter Festival on October 24. I can't upload the application - contact the historical society or I can email it to anyone who wants.

Dear Members, Friends, and Potential Vendors..

We are in preparation to make our Annual Apple Butter Festival this year one of the best events of the season. We welcome any local craftspeople/artists to become vendors at the Festival, which will be held at the Creek Walk in Bakersville, beginning at 9 AM, on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

We have attached below the 2015 Vendor Application needed to register. There are no changes from last year: we are charging a fee of $15 for a 10' x 10' display area and $30 for (2) 10' x 10' areas. All proceeds, of course, go to the furtherance and operation of the Mitchell County Historical Society, and we do appreciate it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 828-688-4371 (Weds. through Sat., 10 to 4). If you cannot print out the application below, please come by our office in the Historic Courthouse at 11 No. Main Street in Bakersville, NC. We will have copies available.

Look forward to seeing you there....

The Mitchell County Historical Society

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bailey slab roller for sale in Weaverville



Bailey 24 inch slab roller. Comes with very sturdy, custom built table (as shown in photographs) plenty of room to store clay. Excellent condition! $650.

Call Margaret McLeod for more information. 828-658-2109