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!