Friday, July 31, 2015



Olympic kiln/computer 2327 HE $525

Rolling Thunder slab roller 24” $225

4 boxes of misc glaze ingredients $75

Tools too numerous to count $100

New never used with bricks/burner/tongs

Two beam gram scale $5

Prices as stated cash, no checks or MO, will consider MC, Visa. Sorry but we cannot ship. Pick up only.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015


STARworks Clay Studio Program Director

STARworks Center in Star NC is currently seeking a Clay Program Director. She/he is responsible for the overall creative and artistic direction and management of STARworks’ new (and still developing) Ceramic Artist Residency Programs.

• Masters degree in ceramics or a combination of education and experience
• Professional experience in artist residencies, public art programs, or public practice programs
• Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills
• Self-motivated and ability to work independently and within a team
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
• Some travel required
• Available weekends and evenings

Other related duties as assigned.

Compensation: This is a full time, exempt salaried position with generous paid time off, holidays and 403(b) contribution plan. STARworks is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: The position will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by August 21, 2015. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position and contact information for at least 3 references to Nancy Gottovi, STARworks, PO Box 159, Star, NC 27356 or

For the the full details visit

STARworks Clay Studio Artist in Residence Program

We are currently accepting applications for residency positions of one to six months duration. The duration depends on the proposal submitted by the artist and the available studio space. Available dates start in September 2015 and run through May 2016.

The STARworks Residency is for ceramic artists who are at a crucial stage in their career and require an opportunity to experiment, refine and formalize studio practices are encouraged to apply. Residents are encouraged to use their time to push personal, professional, technical and conceptual limits.

Residents will be provided with subsidized housing, studio space and up to 500 pounds of STARworks Ceramics clay bodies each month in exchange for assistance with studio maintenance and helping with events, workshops and occasional teaching responsibilities.

Our facilities allow for large workshop spaces placed side by side, supporting a collaborative and energetic educational environment. The space allows for six or seven generous studios at one time for residents and visiting artists, serving to inspire a creative studio atmosphere and perpetuate an elevated commitment to ceramic craft and art.

More information at

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hard Fire Bricks Needed

I need about 50-100 used hard firebricks (straights)
to complete the firebox rebuild on my wood-fired kiln.  Email or call with number available, condition, price and location.
David Voorhees

Fantastic Paid RESIDENCY Opportunity for MFA Ceramics in Wichita Falls TX

Ceramics Banner

I don't usually post these thing in full but the DEADLINE is only a week a way and this is a REALLY FANTASTIC opportunity for someone with an MFA and dreams to teach ceramics!!!

PASS it on !!!


If you know anyone who might be interested in our residency program here at Midwestern State University, please forward the message below or attached document. Our residency continues to be enhanced by the inclusion of a $6,000 stipend, free housing (including utilities), and the probability/possibility of two adjunct ceramics courses at $2,500 per course.

It is pretty "late in the day” since our semester starts in a month. So . . . If you have time, please pass this around as quickly as possible. But please know, the reason why it is so late is our current resident has just told me he has a been offered a job . . . we are now 4 for 4 with our residents. All four have earned themselves a full time ceramics teaching position!!

Thank you for your time!




Artist In Residence

Midwestern State University

Ceramics Department

Dates of Residency: August 15, 2015 through August 15, 2016 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal)

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled. Priority is given to applications received by Saturday, August 1, 2015.

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with university based studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment, while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, please go to:

Midwestern will provide:
• All materials and firing
• A small office with internet access and storage space

• Studio space in the common 4000 square foot studio area

• 24-hour/7 days per week access
• Most university privileges as given to full time faculty (access to the workout facility, reserved parking ($50), library access, etc.)
• A small-furnished apartment located at a private residence three miles from MSU with utilities paid including Wi-Fi (details to be discussed during the interview process).
• A minimum stipend of $6000 per year
• The possibility of teaching one Ceramics for Non-Majors course per semester as an adjunct professor, at $2,500 per course (if the course enrolls 10 students)
• The possibility of a solo exhibition (details to be discussed during the interview process)

The Resident Artist:

• Will be responsible for 10 hours per week of studio management and maintenance (including but not limited to the following: loading and unloading kilns, clay inventory, mixing clay, mixing glaze and firing kilns, and facilitating the making of bowls for the Wichita Falls Empty Bowls event . . . The studio made over 1,000 bowls and raised $86,000 in 2015)
• Will teach one continuing education wheel-throwing course per semester
• Will teach one ceramics for non-majors class per semester if the course makes enrollment of 10 students (It has made enrollment for the fall semester of 2015)
• Will attend opening receptions and special events

• Will be responsible for all non-ceramic related expenses aside from accommodation
• Will help set up and work the Mother’s Day Ceramic Sale
• Will help fire the wood kiln once per semester
• Will give one public lecture on her/his work
• Will donate one piece for the permanent collection of MSU

Equipment available to Resident: 

• Three large electric kilns

• Large Brent slab roller

• Two extruders

• Three pugmills
• Soldner mixer
• Separate well equipped glaze room
• Spray booth

• Materials and clay mixing/storage room
• 18 electric wheels
• One wheelchair accessible wheel
• Ball mill

5,000 square foot covered kiln yard with the following:
• Two 40 cubic foot computer-controlled Geil car kilns
• A 30 cubic foot “fast fire” wood kiln
• Two older updraft kilns
• A 30 cubic foot downdraft soda kiln
• A 3 cubic foot updraft test kiln
Access by permission to the following studios:
• Painting
• Sculpture
• Metals
• Printmaking
• 24 station Adobe Suite equipped Mac lab with large format printers

Requirements: An MFA in ceramics is required as there is a probability/possibility for teaching a university level core course. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review and individual merit.


For initial consideration, please e-mail, Dropbox, or make the following available by website/blog by August 1, 2015. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. (Please do not email images):

• Letter of interest with a paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU (email)

• CV (email)

• Artist's statement (email)

• 20 jpegs of recent work (Dropbox or website/blog – website preferred)

• If available, 10 jpegs of student work (Dropbox or website/blog- website preferred)

• Contact information (email and phone) for 3 references . . . Please make one reference a former professor (email)

Steve Hilton, Associate Professor

Midwestern State University

Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts

3410 Taft Blvd.

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

(940) 613.7041

(Application deadline: August 1 or until position is filled)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Toe River Arts Council NEEDS HELP with branding suvey

Artists or citizens of Mitchel and Yancey counties

TRAC needs some help with people filling out its survey to get started on its Branding Project...Could you take a minute to fill it out?!  It would be greatly appreciated!!

If you’ve been reading the local news and opening up TRAC’s e-newsletters, you already know that we've undertaken to define our community vis-à-vis the rest of the country, perhaps the world. We’re working with North Star Destination Strategies, well known for guiding cities, counties, regions, individual entities (the list is long) to greater growth and prosperity.

One of the more important pieces of research conducted for this process is North Star’s Artist Vision Survey that has been sent out a couple of times. Thus far, we've gotten 55 responses. But, we need 80 to achieve the standard through which they can generate a more cohesive strategy.

If you've already filled it out, THANK YOU. If you haven't yet, we've extended the deadline to Sunday, July 26, at 6pm. Won’t you please take the time, and click on the link below:

TRAC, along with 18 other partners have spent the last three years getting this initiative off the ground and we're just a few inches up. We're all part of this community and all should have a stake in its future. We want your opinion. We need your opinion. The questions are open ended so you can do just that. Speak up and be one of that remaining 25.

If you have any questions, please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Heffron.

Please remember that once the link is opened, you will need to complete the survey. It can't be opened a second time.

Remember, the deadline is Sunday, July 26 at 6pm.

So, will you be one of the 25?

Copyright © 2015 Toe River Arts Council, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this because you are an artist or work in the arts in Mitchell and/or Yancey Counties and we value your contribution to our community.

Our mailing address is:

Toe River Arts Council
PO Box 882Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

Friday, July 17, 2015


Lisa Claque clay for sale. Over 350lbs for just $100! (Cheaper than the ton price). It's a very white, groggy clay that is great for sculpting. Can go to cone 3.

Call Tacy at 828-775-4624 In Weaverville, NC. Thanks!

Thank you,!

HELP Support TRAC in Mitchell County by simply voting YES

We need your help! The Town of Spruce Pine recently voted to reduce our funding from $6,000 to $3,500. Denise gave a nice interview for an article published In the Mitchell News, and the editorial staff added a "to the point" positive view of TRAC's worth in our community on the op ed page.

The Mitchell News Journal is currently conducting an online yes or no poll - Should the Town of Spruce Pine restore the money cut from TRAC? Please go to to cast your vote in support of our local arts council!

Oh, and please share.

Copyright © 2015 Toe River Arts Council, All rights reserved.

A special invitation to you because of your support for the work that the Toe River Arts Council does in Mitchell and Yancey Counties.

Our mailing address is:

Toe River Arts Council

PO Box 882

Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Brush Making Workshop With Joe Campbell

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.

Click here to register

2 ½-Day Workshop
July 17- 19
Friday 6- 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am -4:30pm
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250 + $30 Lab Fee

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Video from the July Clay Club live streaming experiment

If you missed last night's Clay Club in person and didn't catch the live stream either, Michael Kline used Katch to save some of the live streaming - check out the videos here:

Manna Empty Bowls - looking for donations

A few quick things about our organization; MANNA supplies food to well over 200 partner organizations such as shelters, schools, and food pantries throughout 16 counties of WNC. Every dollar raised from your donation can help create up to three meals for the hungry in our area.

The details for the MANNA Foodbanks Empty Bowls are as follows:

For this event, we are asking for 10+ soup sized bowls but will gladly accept more or less. Specialty pieces are also appreciated. Attendees of the event will be able to select their bowl of choice and fill it with food donations from some of the area’s best restaurants.

Empty Bowls is taking place September 15th. We are asking for donations to be picked up or dropped off no later than Aug. 31st so that we may appropriately recognize artists. If you would like donations picked up we’d be happy to do so. Please contact me at earliest convenience for time arrangement. Pieces may be dropped off at two locations; Highwater Clay (600 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801) or The Village Potters (191 Lyman Street, #180 Asheville, NC 28801). Please be sure that works are labeled so that we may again give proper recognition. We will also need contact information to send a donation form used for your tax purposes.

Attached is a donation sheet that can be used to collect information about the artists including if picking up or dropping off.

Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you again for your interest in the work done at MANNA.

Best Regards,

Tracey Childers

Recap: July Clay Club at John Britt Pottery

Super Clay Club demo-palooza at John Britt's studio last night! John demonstrated folded/cut bowls and several ways to make double-walled pots, and Michael Kline demonstrated swirl ware.

We tried to live-stream the proceedings with Meerkat with mixed results - you'll see John and Michael in some of the photos here doing the cellphone videography (and/or troubleshooting the live stream - we're still waiting on fiber optic in Mitchell County). Next time, we'll try to give everyone more advanced notice so folks can tune in from near and far.

(Edit: Some of the live-streamed video was archived and you can see it here:

Thanks to John for hosting, to John and Michael for demo-ing, and to everyone who came out to Clay Club!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

We're livestreaming Clay Club tonight!

We're live-streaming Clay Club tonight - go to to join in!

Clay Club tonight at John Britt Pottery near Penland

Clay Club is tonight!


When: 6 pm tonight

What: Demo-palooza!

Where: John Britt Pottery near Penland (see link below for directions)

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

Directions and more details here:

See you tonight!

Free display in Spruce Pine

Free display

Must take all

Call Jim Sockwell at 828-329-9807

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Last chance to register STORIED POTS with Emily Reason

July 20-24. At the Bascom in Highlands, NC

  In this workshop we’ll tap in to our personal stories to create engaging pots.   Wheel throwing and hand building techniques as well as quality craftsmanship will be emphasized.  Open to all skill levels. 
More info here

Skutt Kiln Replacement Elements For Sale - Half Price

5 sets of BRAND NEW Skutt Elements - in original packaging
Replacement elements for models: 1022, 231 or 235
240 volt single or 3 phase
Center Elements

Retail: $50.000 each
For sale: $25.00 each
828 467 0166

Monday, July 6, 2015

Pottery Equipment for Sale

Lapsed potter turned gallery owner needs to sell much-loved pottery equipment.

Bailey 18C Studio Deluxe Downdraft Kiln $8000
Includes, shelves, furniture, pyrometer and multimeter

Kiln modifications done by Ian Craven: arch top and front extended 6". Jim Bailey told me that he redesigned future kilns with these adjustments.

Bailey Electric Slab Roller $700.00

Missing safety pushing bar (it was bypassed prior to my getting it)

Evenheat 2541 LT Manual Electric Kiln


Needs elements, has been fired to cone 6

Lockerbie Kick Wheel with splash pan

Email or call OOAK Art Gallery and ask for

Kari 828-675-0690

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July Clay Club at John Britt Pottery near Penland

July Clay Club will take place this Wednesday, July 8, at 6 pm at John Britt Pottery near Penland. (Thanks, John!)

John will be holding a demo-palooza. If you have something you'd like to demo (we're talking a short 5-10 minute demo), let John know. You can see some previous Clay Club demo-palooza demos here:

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.

Want to do a demo or have a question? Contact John at or at 828-467-5020. You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you Wednesday!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 8 Clay Club

Anyone in Asheville want to host Clay Club July 8, 2015??

We have had it in Mitchell County/Bakersville/Spruce Pine a lot but can't find any hosts in Asheville.

Let me or Amy know.

Pottery Studio Stuff FOR SALE Asheville NC

Moving out of state sale!!

Misc. tools

Shimpo adjustable stool $30

24" wonder bats, $15 each or 2 for$25

Handmade work table, 36" high by 72" long by 30" deep. Extremely sturdy, top has 3 coats of poly. Paid $300, selling for $125.

various display lights

2012 Shimpo VL whisper
Lightly used Shimpo VL whisper wheel $500

Rolling ware cart

Commercial kitchen ware rack $90

Various tools and goodies ranging in price--or free with purchase of one of the items listed.

Jennifer Moore

phone: (617) 281-2057

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

200 Mug Challenge: Fire Your Mug in Our Kiln!!

Have you heard that we're building a Kazegama Wind Kiln? We are, and we are in the final days of our Kickstarter to help fund it.

Last week, we announced our 200 Mug Challenge - we're making 200 mugs for one of the first firings, and if we get 200 donations at the $60 mug level, we'll have the kiln built.

We'd like to extend that challenge and invitation to join our community to our fellow potters, with a twist: when you donate at the $60 level, you can put one of YOUR mugs in the kiln, and not only take it, but one of our mugs home as well! 

Firings for the mugs are planned for the early Fall, so you have plenty of time to get a mug made and ready, and you are welcome to join us when we load, fire and unload the kiln. And if you're not local to Asheville, NC, you can send us your piece (use the liner glaze/slips of your choice), and we'll send you back two mugs.

We appreciate every drop of support, whether it's a nice, juicy donation or just sharing the links. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch at info @ Thank you, and we hope to see you down at The Village soon!