Friday, January 30, 2015

Glaze Workshop in Sarasota Florida March 13-15, 2015

Mariooch Studio Presents: 

Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Testing with John Britt March 13 - 15, 2015 Sarasota, Florida 

This is a three day Cone 6 glaze testing workshop designed to show participants how to test a base recipe and get various colors (color blend). It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on, but not limited to, Cone 6 glazes. We will discuss clays, slips, cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc. We will discuss how and why each type of glaze works and how you can achieve them, how to adjust your glazes and how to find new ones. 

We will discuss glazes from John’s new book: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at Cone 4 - 7”, but will go into more detail than the book allowed. 

The workshop is for beginner to advanced ceramic artists and is limited to 16 participants. 
Friday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. Glaze mixing and dipping tiles and then talk about glazes 
Saturday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. Fire an electric oxidation kiln and talk about glazes 
Sunday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Unload kilns and discuss results and of course – talk about glazes. 

Cost: $275. Lab Fee - $25. After February 25, cost is $300.00 plus lab fee.

 Registration and payment by March 1, 2015

For more information, please contact: Nancy Morris at (941) 228-4045

MOLLY HATCH two day DEMO at Western Carolina University -FREE FREE

WCU School of Art and Design

Molly Hatch is coming to Western Carolina University on Feb 11th-12th. All are welcome to attend her two demonstration sessions and public lecture. (information follows and poster will be out next week)

Molly Hatch
Godfrey Seminar on the Business of Craft

Artist / Designer

Public Lecture, Bardo Art Center, room 130
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
4:30 PM

Demonstrations, Bardo Art Center, room 144
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Session 1 9:30-12:15
Session 2 2-4:45

Sponsored by both the Godfrey Fund & School of Art and Design
Western Carolina University

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clay Club is on Twitter!

Clay Club is now on Twitter! Check us out at This account will automatically post all our blog posts and we'll also tweet about WNC potters and events and other items of interest.

We have an awesome Clay Club logo thanks to Kyle Carpenter, who created it and posted it on the blog back in 2008:

Thank you Kyle! (Check out his post and his idea for Clay Club stickers. He also suggested Clay Club t-shirts. I think these are great ideas. This might be something for a separate post or discussion, but what do you all think?)

I know some Clay Clubbers who are on twitter, and I'll be on the lookout for more - if you're on twitter and I don't find you, let me know!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hand Built Studio Work Tables Available

For Sale/Order:

Sturdy studio work tables, middle supports under both levels, smooth casters and side pegboards for additional utility.

All tables are 3' tall x 2' wide, and are available in the following lengths:

4 feet: $375

6 feet: $450

8 feet: $525

(plus tax)

Contact The Village Potters to see what's currently available or to order.

info @ or call 828.253.2424.

Gas Kiln for sale - $800

Olympic Torchbearer 2327 gas kiln for sale. 

Spies have been enlarged to brick size to facilitate seeing cones and a small gauge has been welded to the gas hookup to make documenting settings easier. 

Kiln is in good shape. Kiln logs available. Some furniture included. Kiln is currently in the Bakersville/Penland area. 

Cash only. Price firm

Contact me at

Monday, January 26, 2015

Toe River Arts Council Post Studio Tour Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Spruce Pine

TRAC will be holding a Post Studio Tour Meeting at 4 pm on Tuesday, January 27. The meeting will be held upstairs at Spruce Pine TRAC. From the email about the meeting:

On the agenda will be a short discussion about the survey results, also:

Should the guide separate Host studios and their guest from the individual studio listings?

Should galleries continue to be included in the Studio Tour

Should there be a greater push to invite out-of-the-area artist to host studios and should there be a different fee structure?

Discussion about the volunteerism for the Tour

Should we keep the current three tour days or eliminate Friday?

Modeling Stands for Sale

Update: these modeling stands are located in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.

8- Modeling Stands with castors
Four legs
40-46" adjustable height
16" square turntable
Two shelves for supplies and tools
$960 for all

adjustable height
laminate top
legs fold in
(Update January 30, 2015: the heavy duty modeling stand has sold!)

Contact Jennifer Kincaid at

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Celebrate Clay at the South Carolina Clay Conference

There is something new and exciting in South Carolina – the 1st Annual South Carolina Clay Conference – Moving Clay Forward. The conference is sponsored by the City of Newberry PRT and will be held on February 27 & 28 and March 1, 2015 at the Newberry Arts Center in historic downtown Newberry, South Carolina. For this first SCCC, art program and conference organizer Marquerite F. Palmer has brought together presenters Sue Grier from Asheville, North Carolina and Mike Vatalaro from Greenville, South Carolina. With many years experience each, both potters will demonstrate their talents and techniques during the conference. The overriding theme for this year is Altered Vessels. Also during the weekend, the presenters will have their work for sale along with pieces from the conference attendees. The pottery sale will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, February 27th & 28th. The Newberry Arts Center is located at 1107 College St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Modeled after well-known clay conferences in North Carolina and Alabama, the conference will allow for presenters and attendees to be immersed in conversation on ‘all things clay’. Included will be a Friday evening reception and Saturday evening BBQ. Sunday morning, the conference will close with an informative lecture on a clay related topic. Professionals, educators, amateurs and students can all enjoy the creative atmosphere which this type of intimate gathering promotes.

Of the conference, Palmer says ”The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has put forth great efforts to create an art center that educates and nurtures the community and surrounding areas with visual art experiences for all ages. Newberry Arts Center – NAC – is thrilled to be hosting the first South Carolina Clay Conference. Instruction in pottery is a large part of our center. Newberry Arts Center is excited to be bringing clay artists together from all over South Carolina and beyond to help build a stronger clay community and move clay forward in South Carolina,”

For more information and registration details, contact: Marquerite Palmer, Art Program Coordinator, (803) 321- 1015 or

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pottery For Couples On Valentine's Day

Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We'll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don't mind getting a little...dirty.
Level: All Levels, No Experience Necessary
Click Here To Register

Paragon Touch and Fire Kiln for Sale!! Penland area

Dear Clay Club Folks,

Paragon Touch and Fire Kiln for Sale!! $250 OBO

Needs TLC and a good home. The interior of the kiln is 23 1/2” wide and 29” deep. The sale of the kiln includes 7 replacement bricks, kiln stand, the Paragon Instruction & Service manual for S, SnF & TnF Series , heating elements, miscellaneous kiln furniture (see picture), and peep-hole plugs.

Come and get it! It’s about 3 miles from Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, NC. If you have any questions, please contact me at 570 412 9368 or

Thank you,


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Summer Workshop Series

Odyssey ClayWorks is proud to announce our 2015 Summer Workshop Series
Click here for workshop details or call 828-285-0210.

May 25- 29:  Deb Schwartzkopf
June 1-5:  Ben Carter
June 8-12:  Eric Knoche
July 13-17:  Paul Lewing
July 17-19:  Joe Campbell
July 20-24:  Magda Gluszek
August 1-2:  Amy Sanders & Jennifer Mecca
August 17-21:  Bede Clarke
August 31- September 4:  Justin Rothshank

2015 Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival

The Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival will take place this year in June. From the festival facebook page:

We are happy to announce that, due to popular demand and a great deal of community & financial support, the Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival will be continuing in 2015!

Our one big change is that the BCWAF will no longer be held in September, but in June! After much deliberation and discussion with local civic groups, galleries, and businesses, the decision was reached to “merge” with the NC Rhododendron Festival, Bakersville’s other flagship event. The Rhododendron Festival, which will celebrate its 69th year in 2015, draws visitors from all over the region during the 3rd week in June. During that weekend, the town features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, a car show, a 10K run, street dancing, and a (non-juried) craft show. It is our hope that adding our juried fine art show to the mix will decrease operating costs and increase attendance for both festivals.

Read the rest (with a link to artist application info) here:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

February and March Clay Club

Great news: February Clay Club will be at Robbie Bell's Speckled Dog Pottery and in March we'll try again at John Ferlazzo's. Thanks to Robbie and John for offering to host! I'll post details and directions when we get closer to those dates (February 11 and March 11).

Odyssey ClayWorks Classes and Summer Workshops

Odyssey ClayWorks will be offering the following classes and workshops.  Please go to to sign up for classes or Call 828-285-0210.

Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples
Cayce Kolstad & Kelsey Sickmeyer
February 13
Friday, 7- 9pm
Cayce and Kelsey have a special treat in store for this Valentine's Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We'll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don't mind getting a little...dirty.
Level: All Levels, No Experience Necessary
Tuition: $85 Per Couple

Mold Making 101
Nick Moen
2-Day Workshop
February 7- 8
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Join Nick Moen as he presents a gentle introduction to plaster as a material, and the beauty of the mold making process. Over the weekend, students will make their own plaster molds that they will be able to take home and begin using in their own studios.
Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $250 + $35 Lab Fee

Tricks of the Trade: Altered Forms
Deb Schwartzkopf 5-Day Workshop
May 25- 29
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Break out of the round and experiment with creating more expressive, functional forms. Both those fluent in wheel throwing and handbuilding will benefit from blending the processes covered in this weeklong workshop. Playful, technique based exercises will hone skills of altering, attaching, and working with slabs to make interesting curvilinear and angled forms. Develop a variety of building blocks using templates, molds, and the wheel, then puzzle them all together into lively and curious shapes! Discussions about influences, idea building and surface decoration will round out this workshop.
Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

From The Garden To The TableBen Carter 5-Day Workshop
June 1-5
Monday- Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm
Taking inspiration from the beauty of southern gardens, participants will design dinnerware for sharing a large meal. A litany of forms will be explored to make a varied and dynamic table service. Ben will cover throwing, handbuilding, and mold making techniques as well as various forms of surface decoration including sgraffito drawing, underglaze painting, texture and stamps. Bring images of your favorite fruits, flowers and vegetables to inform your designs.
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

Scaling Up: Handbuilding BigEric Knoche 5-Day Workshop
June 8- 12
Monday-Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Have you ever dreamed about making large work, but are not sure where to start? This workshop is all about handbuilding BIG work and the challenges and rewards that come with it. Topics will include choosing and preparing the right clay, designing a workable project with sketches and maquettes, engineering and reverse engineering the process, problem solving and repairs. We will also discuss making work for outdoors, and how to dry and fire large work.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab Fee, Includes extra clay and firing


New Directions In China PaintingPaul Lewing 5-Day Workshop
July 13- 17
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
For the ceramicist who is also a painter, china paint is the perfect medium. From brilliant color to subtle effects, china paint can do anything paint or ink can do, and it's the same color after firing. For this hands-on workshop we will do many firings, and go home with finished pieces. Explore materials and effects most potters have never heard of such as raised pastes, glass ice, chip-off powder and more. We will be using only non-toxic water based mediums. Open to all who are interested in learning painting techniques on clay. No clay experience necessary.
Level: All Levels, No Clay Experience Necessary
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

The Potter's Brush: A Brush Making And Decorating WorkshopJoe Campbell 2 ½-Day Workshop
July 17- 19
Friday 6- 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am -4:30pm
Learn all about brush making and decorating the ceramic surface in this hands-on workshop. Join Joe Campbell as he shows you how to make and use beautiful brushes for underglaze, slips, and glazes. Workshop participants will create unique, handmade brushes, then practice using them with dexterity and flair.
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250 + $30 Lab Fee

 We're Only Human: The Expressive Figure
Magda Gluszek
5-Day Workshop
July 20- 24
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Examine the human figure as a vehicle for personal expression in clay. We will discuss how historical and contemporary artists communicate content through gesture, expression, distortion and fragmentation. This class will feature a live model, with focus on basic proportions and anatomy. Learn solid-building techniques with a simple, removable armature, followed by hollowing and re-assembly of the sculpture. Ceramic and non-ceramic surfaces will be demonstrated.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab & Model Fee

Serving Pieces: Two Approaches
Amy Sanders and Jennifer Mecca
2-Day Demonstration Workshop
August 1- 2
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Broaden your skills and learn new techniques while witnessing two unique approaches to working with clay. Jen will demonstrate throwing porcelain while Amy will be handbuilding with earthenware. Demonstrations will include building serving pieces such as baskets, trays, cake plates and bowls; also decorative mark making, glazing, firing and displaying. Participate in lively discussions about studio management, as well as balancing productivity and studio practices with limited studio time. This workshop is Demo Only.
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250, No Lab Fee


Wood Fired Pots: Reservation and Restraint
Bede Clarke
5-Day Workshop
August 17- 21
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Investigate how your pots can be made special through understatement and restraint while building on your basic wheel throwing skills. Explore concepts such as altered forms, inverted throwing, gesture and "skin" of the pot. We will seek to improve throwing skills, but more, we will seek to clarify strategies for creating articulate pottery forms for wood firing. Work will be wood fired in the "Cougar" kiln in Hendersonville, NC.
Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $75 Lab Fee


 The Dynamic DecalJustin Rothshank
5-Day Workshop
August 31- September 4
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm
Are you curious about integrating decals into your pottery or sculpture? This workshop will set you up for successfully transferring your own imagery onto ceramic surfaces. Topics will include image preparation, printing onto decal paper, transferring images onto greenware and glazed ware to create unique work. Justin will demonstrate layering, commercial decals, and firing temperatures for various types of decals. We will also examine low temperature salt fire as a means for finishing and creating additional layers of subtlety and depth.
Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Tuition: $545 + $50 Lab Fee

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Clay Club tonight is cancelled

After checking the weather report and talking with John Ferlazzo, we've decided to cancel tonight's Clay Club. We won't reschedule for January, but I will let you know the plans for February as soon as I can.

Monday, January 12, 2015

JOBS Ceramics 2015- Teaching Hamilton College NY
Hamilton College
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

Location: Clinton, NY 13323

Closes: Feb 15, 2015at midnight Eastern Time
(GMT-5 hours)

Hamilton College invites applications for a one-semester sabbatical replacement, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in sculpture and ceramics. Demonstrated interest in contributing to a contemporary interdisciplinary setting with an increasingly diverse student body is desirable. Responsibilities include: teaching three classes for the semester, participating in Senior Projects, and maintaining 3D studio facilities. Ability to teach Introduction to Sculpture and Introduction to Ceramics is required. An established exhibition record is expected, along with working knowledge of the historical and theoretical discourse surrounding sculpture. Hamilton College offers competitive salary and benefits. The position begins on July 1, 2015, with an expectation of arriving to on campus by August 18, 2015. We recently moved into a new state of the art facility. To learn more about the Art Department at Hamilton please visit

MFA or equivalent and a minimum of two years teaching experience at the college level required.

Each document must be submitted in PDF format: cover letter, CV, artist’s statement, teaching philosophy, and a list of three references. Place 15 images of your own work in a single PDF (not to exceed 5MB) including your name, title, medium, dimensions, and date. Please do the same with 10 student images as a single PDF. Interfolio recommends saving each image at 3MB, placing images into powerpoint and saving the document as a PDF. Powerpoint will compress the file into the appropriate upload size of 5 MB or less. Please contact if you have questions or problems with your uploads. Interfolio is free for candidates. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2015.This institution is using Interfolio's ByCommittee to c

JOBS in Ceramics 2015

Tenure Track Position in Ceramics

Tenure Track Position in Ceramics Marlboro College invites applications from broadly trained, dedicated teachers for a full-time, tenure-track position in Ceramics. The successful candidate's core responsibilities will be to teach introductory and intermediate courses in Ceramics as well as a second subject such as drawing or two-dimensional design and will support advanced, independent, often cross-disciplinary undergraduate work in a liberal arts setting. Applicants should be solidly grounded in the vessel tradition; should have knowledge of form, function, and design principles; and should also have knowledge of the diverse field of contemporary ceramics. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for and ability to maintain the studio, kilns, and glazing facility that are a crucial part of the broader visual arts program at Marlboro. College teaching beyond the graduate assistant level desired. MFA required.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

CLAY STORIES - come tell yours


The ClayStories website is expanding and we are posting guest blogs now. If you have any stories you would like to share please e-mail to me along with any photos and I will be most happy to post them.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!


PS Please tell every potter you know!

Mug Revolution

The Things of Life / The Life of Things

An Exhibit of Bowls

Interesting way to display these bowls.

All of these bowls were part of various cultures, at certain times with people using them on a daily basis, but now displayed as hollow vessels in a cold austere, impersonal table out of context to the life they once served.

These are skeletons of long forgotten lives.


Women Working With Clay- Hollins University

JUNE 8-11, 2015
This symposium is about women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture. We emphasize the creative process from every level. At the same time, we look at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.

Presenters: Christa Assad, Linda Christenson, Christa Cordova, and Shoko Teruyama
Keynote Speaker: Leila Philip
Director: Donna Polseno


From Inspiration and Ideas to the Actual Making and Finishing
Explore the connections of the long history of women as vessel makers, artists, and artisans in cultures all over the world.
Examine how the sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers reflects that history.
Work closely with faculty who have extensive experience and training.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Clay Club: the return to John Ferlazzo's!

Awesome news: January Clay Club will be at John Ferlazzo's! We'll be meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 14.

The topic will be Show and Tell. This idea was proposed at the very first Clay Club meeting in 2008 but, as far as I know, we've never done a full-blown Show and Tell. So - bring something (something you've made, something you're in the process of making, and/or something else related to what you make) and be ready to tell us all about it.

There may also be a campfire. (Not an all-out bonfire, for those of you who remember a certain memorable Clay Club at John's Fun House a while back . . .)

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food and/or drink to share. John has a kitchen in the space where we'll be meeting, so if you want to bring something that needs to be heated, that's doable. If you want to come a little early, contact John at 828-688-1354 ahead of time.


John is at 110 Gage Branch Road, near Bakersville.

Coming from Spruce Pine, drive north on NC 226 (toward Bakersville) for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn left onto Mine Creek Road/NC 226A. Go 2.8 miles and turn left onto Gage Branch Road. John's is the first driveway on the right. Follow the driveway up - all the way up! - to the top.

You can also use Google Maps to get to John's (be sure to expand all the details of the directions if that doesn't happen automatically):

Questions? Call John at 828-688-1354. You can also contact me by email ( or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!

Classes Begin Next Week At Odyssey

Mystery Pot

I am Katey Schultz's dad. Last night, one of my favorite vases broke. We don't know who the potter is as the vase was given to the Spruce Pine Montessori School and used to hold flowers on one of the tables.

Before it broke, it was about 8" high and nearly perfectly round. Katey suggested I send you a photograph of a couple of the pieces, thinking you might be able to identify the potter.

Thanks! Bill Schultz

Czech ceramic artist looking for a summer job

Posting at the request of Patty Bilbro:

My name is Michal Sembera. I am a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (Czech Republic), specializing in sculpture. But I come from a family pottery workshop, where I worked from childhood. There is an example of my skills:

I am writing to you because I'm looking for a summer job (July, August, September). I would like to earn money for paying school fees.

I could of course look for work in other fields (farms, au-pair), but work in my field would be better for my personal development.

Thank you for reading this letter and CV.

I look forward to your response.

With the best regards.
michal.c.sembera @

Monday, January 5, 2015

Australian Residency

Location: Australian National University School of Art

The Craft & Design Workshops at Australian National University School of Art announce the upcoming 2015 International Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residency. The inaugural residency in 2014 was awarded to Lauren Kalman (USA) whose innovative proposal involved Gold & Silversmithing, Textiles, and Bookbinding processes. More on Lauren Kalman’s extraordinary contemporary craft practice can be seen at Lauren Kalman.

Expression of Interest

International Interdisciplinary Artist In Residence

ANU School of Art Craft & Design Workshops

Deadline: 8 Sept 2014; Decisions to be announced 19 Sept 2014

Deadline: 23 January 2015; applicants notified by 28 February 2015
Australian National University School of Art seeks an Artist-in-Residence working in an interdisciplinary way across two (or more) of the Craft & Design discipline-based workshops for a period from 7 to 9 weeks including 20 July- 4 September 2015.

The individual Craft & Design Workshops at ANU School of Art include Ceramics, Wood/Furniture, Glass, Gold & Silver, and Textiles. Additional studio-based disciplines at School of Art include Photography, Painting, Sculpture, and Print Media & Drawing.

The International Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence is open to an International Artist or Designer (non-Australian resident) working within at least one of the following Craft & Design disciplines (Ceramics, Wood/Furniture, Glass, Gold & Silver, and Textiles) and additionally working across disciplines into another Craft and Design or Visual Art discipline represented by the School of Art Workshops.

The Artist-in-Residence benefits included: up to AUD$4000 towards economy-class international airfare to Canberra, Australia; use of well-equipped studio space; focused time for studio engagement; supportive interaction with fellow artists and students; up to AUD$1000 in materials allowance reimbursements; accommodation in a private flat at ANU; wireless and library access.

The expectations of the selected Artist-in-Residence include: commitment as a full-time resident artist for the designated term; being accessible to ANU School of Art students and community; producing new works and/or engaging in explorations of new directions; and
contributing to the community through a variety of activities, including offering a public lecture, participating in workshop critiques, etc.

Australian National University School of Art provides studio-based courses of study for Undergraduate through PhD (Practice-Led Research) students majoring in each of the discipline areas. The School of Art staff is professionally and research active, and is committed to encouraging new collaborations between disciplines. The ANU is situated in the nation’s capital, and is near to Australia’s national collecting institutions providing an excellent environment for study and research.

To Apply:

1. Applicant’s current contact details including address, phone number, and email address.

2. Applicant’s citizenship and country of residence.

3. Applicant’s one page CV

4. Indicate your Workshop Disciplines A+B from following menu:

A: Ceramics, Wood/Furniture, Glass, Gold & Silver, or Textiles


B: Ceramics, Wood/Furniture, Glass, Gold & Silver, Textiles, Sculpture, Drawing & Printmedia, Photography & Digital Arts, or Painting.

5. Residency Project Proposal (1000 characters maximum)

6. Artist’s Statement (700 characters maximum)

7. 10 images attached to email or available via a shared Dropbox link (jpgs not to exceed 1MB apiece, 10 MB total)

8. Image list (title, year of completion, materials, dimensions)

9. List of contact details for three professional or academic referees

Completed Expressions of Interest and inquireis should be sent to:

Subject Line: International Interdisciplinary A-I-R Application

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Smithsonian database!!

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Welcome to Phase 1 of Open F|S, the complete digitized collections of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Freer Study Collection. With more than 40,000 works being made available for high-resolution download—expanding regularly with our new acquisitions—you can explore the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art from anywhere in the world, whenever you like. Images can be used for all non-commercial purposes, from desktop wallpapers to artistic gifts for family and friends. Send us your creations and your feedback about this beta version at!

Top 5 pottery blogs Yo

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ostracon and Kintsugi

What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fern├índez’s Magnificent Commencement Address

Ostracon at 8:28 in the recording

and waiting for 10:37 for Kintsugi

And she quotes Leonard Cohen at 12:30 _ "There is a crack in everything- that is how the light gets in."

Brent Model B Pottery Wheel FOR SALE --Asheville NC area


Brent Model B Pottery Wheel

Barely Used, works perfectly.



Watercolor artist

You want to be a water-colorist?! Here is the app:

Waterlogue app.

For only $2.99 you can be both a "Photographer" and "Water-colorist"! That is a deal and they are cool to look at.

No need to put in 10,000 hours practicing! Getter done right now!

The New Artist - article from the Atlantic Magazine

Here is an interesting article Lori Gilcrest sent to me.

It relates to a previous discussion we had on this blog about how everyone wants to be called an "Artist."  In my mind this was a very complex subject which touched on many complicated social and spiritual concepts. It brought up the Artist and not just a simple "starving artist" who is basically a loser....but a "working artist", where working hard is a "badge of professional virtue". Implying that a starving artist is unsuccessful while a hard working modern savvy intelligent artist is successful, good and makes money.

It brought up the centuries old idea of Artist while missing the entire point of starving artist. One whose integrity superseded monetary gain not one who couldn't "make it".This brought up many ideas like -Hard work means success? But is a hard working serial killer better than a starving serial killer. Does body count mean something?

Or does success means monetary success? Or does poverty mean success? Or is luck and financial backing part of success? So our modern trustafarians are simply successful because they started on a higher rung of the ladder? Or  is having a benefactor or group of benefactors mean success? Or is success time dependent?  You are successful today but maybe tomorrow you are a loser even though you are a hard working loser!

So I called for some definitions rather than just throwing around words and allowing everyone to define their own terms- which ruins all the self aggrandizing fun!

So Lori sent this article which is interesting as it discusses how the paradigm of "The Artist" has been obsolete for many decades how it moved to "the professional" and what is replacing it now. It does a much better job of capsulizing this complex cultural concept and how it is evolving than I was able to do.

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

Toe River Arts Council Annual Meeting this Sunday (Jan. 4) in Spruce Pine

In case you missed the email sent out on New Year's Eve, TRAC's annual meeting will be this Sunday in Spruce Pine. Here's the info from the email:

TRAC's 38th ANNUAL MEETING AND POTLUCK Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 1pm at the Spruce Pine Arts Resource Center. A short meeting will kick off the afternoon fun with voting on the new board members. This year's slate includes:

Yancey County
Eric Howard–Yancey resident; Asheville educator.
Kirby Troutman–real estate broker/realtor with Carolina Mountain Realty in Burnsville.

Mitchell County
Natalie Monaghan–former Penland studio assistant.
Jennifer Turner–Penland volunteer, artist, and Crimson Laurel associate.

This year's meeting will serve up the customary potluck afternoon brunch with lots of food and NO SNOW! [For those of you who remember, last year's meetings were postponed twice, then cancelled because of the white stuff.] TRAC will provide the paper goods and drinks. Bring your friends and family. It's going to be a monumental 2015. Start it with good eats, good friends, new year.

Thursday, January 1, 2015