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: