Friday, February 26, 2016

Artist talks tonight at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

Tonight at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in downtown Asheville.

From the CCCD Facebook page:

2015 Windgate Fellowship Project Grant recipients, Andrea Donnelly (Richmond, VA), Aaron McIntosh (Baltimore, MD), and Mark Reigelman II (Brooklyn, NY) will be presenting a series of rapid fire artist talks from 6 - 7:30 pm tonight (2/26) at Benchspace. The event is free and open to the public.

More here:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Potters of the Blue Ridge take part in teapot challenge for Empty Bowls

From High Country Press:

The Potters of the Blue Ridge members were all smiles as they prepped for the Teapot Challenge on a recent evening at Doe Ridge Pottery below King Street. The Teapot Challenge is a recurring benefit for the annual Empty Bowls event at Watauga High School, which takes place on Saturday, March 19.

About 10 local potters gathered in the downtown Boone pottery shop and exchanged handcrafted teapot parts. All the potters crafted the individual parts, and then the members randomly selected the various parts, such as the handle, spout, body and lid, to form a unique teapot.

Basically, the only rule is that no one is allowed to use a part they made for their finished, charity teapot.

“It sort of an exercise in trying to get people out of their comfort zone when making things,” Doe Ridge Pottery owner Bob Meier said prior to the event.

Complete article with more pics here:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Amy Sanders and Ron Philbeck Pottery Workshop

In this one day demonstration workshop both Amy and Ron will work to show the making of various pots. Ron will work on the treadle wheel and Amy will be hand-building. You can expect to see mugs, bowls, vases, plates, jars, as well as other forms. We will each discuss how we work and make decisions regarding form, decoration, and firing methods. We are both happy to talk about how we market our work and other aspects of being a full time professional potter. It should be a fun day of learning and sharing. Ron and Amy will both have a selection of their work for sale at the workshop.

Date: June 4th, 2016 9am - 5pm

Location: Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC

Cost: $85

For more info and to register contact Ron at 704-480-6046 or

For more information on Ron and Amy visit their websites:

Monday, February 22, 2016

Toe River Arts Council gift shop jury deadline February 26

From the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) website:

2016 GIFT SHOP JURY: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26: Once a year, TRAC juries in new artists into our two gift shops. You must be a current TRAC member and live in either Avery, Mitchell or Yancey Counties. Evaluations are done by a rotating jury viewing the actual pieces. TRAC is looking for work that exemplifies the talent, professionalism, and originality of the artists in our region.

The application has more information and is available here: (click on "2016 Gift Shop Application/Information")

Call to Artists for 70th North Carolina Rhododendron Festival Craft Fair

You might remember that the Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival was combined with the Rhododendron Festival last year. The board of the Creek Walk Festival has decided that that event will not continue. (You can read the Creek Walk Festival announcement about their decision here.) The Rhododendron Festival is continuing and also features a craft fair. It will take place Saturday, June 18th, in Bakersville, North Carolina. Here's the information for artists from the festival website:

We invite all local & regional artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and other commercial vendors to apply for space at the NC Rhododendron Festival Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk on Saturday, June 18th, 10am to 5pm.

The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Craft Fair with food vendors and live music throughout the day, a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing.

Applications for the Craft Fair are available for download here:

Please carefully read the rules, guidelines, and application instructions below (also contained within the application) before applying. Booth fees are due at the time of application. If your application is not accepted, your fee will be returned. All decisions by the Festival Committee as to which vendor application are accepted are final.

More info on the Rhododendron Festival website:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Kiln, wedge table and work bench for sale in East Asheville

***2/22/16 UPDATE: the envirovent has sold, too - table and work bench still available***

***2/21/16 UPDATE: the kiln has sold - other items are still available***

David Samuel Harold has the following for sale in East Asheville:

kiln for $1800. it's a year old. fired about ten times bisque and ^04 and ^7. it's a skutt KM1027

envirovent for $200. also a year old

wedge table hand built $50

work bench hand built $100

Contact David at

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Bascom now accepting applications for 2017 Resident Artist Program

The Bascom in Highlands, North Carolina is now accepting applications for the 2017 Resident Artist Program.

The Bascom’s Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist Job Description

The Bascom strives to provide quality visual arts learning experiences, stimulating, inspirational and educational opportunities for all visitors, regardless of their age, economic background, education, and/or physical/mental ability. We strive to engage all audiences in "active viewing" and hands-on learning experiences. Prior experience in arts administration, visual arts education, or studio arts. Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree preferred. Experience with ceramic arts programs for youth or adults desired. To meet these goals, the Resident Artist will assist the Director of Ceramics and the Education Department to:

· Design lesson plans that reflect quality arts education and correlate with other Bascom ceramic programs

· Support critical aspects of education program planning through demonstrations, talks, lectures, etc.

· Manage aspects of the studio, including, but not limited to:

o Load/unload kilns

o Mix glaze

o Creativity coach for Studio Members

o Organize/clean studio daily

o Teach

General Responsibilities:

• Studio manager

• Studio Assistant for all workshops

• Teach Resident Artist Series Adult and Youth Ongoing Clay Class

• Be available for Art by Appointments and private classes

• Maintain studio

• Act as Bascom Ambassador

• Create work for exhibition (must apply)

The application can be found at:

For more information, please contact Frank Vickery, Director of Ceramics at The Bascom:

SOLD! Test Kiln SOLD!

SOLD! Test Kiln SOLD!

SOLD! Electric Kick Wheel

Electric Kick Wheel
Lockerbie Model K
Very good condition

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

K-12 Educators Workshop

Time to get creative and have fun while connecting and networking with other teaching professionals. This workshop will include plenty of hands-on time learning new projects you can share with your students.

Friday night we will experiment with pattern using plastic stencils and low fire glaze layering on bisque tile. Tiles will be fired Friday night and unloaded Saturday afternoon. During loading we will discuss kiln maintenance and repair. Each participant will leave with two finished tiles.

Saturday morning we will create hand built platters to explore a wide variety of surface decoration, including image transfer and mishima inlay techniques with slips and underglazes. After lunch we will have a raku firing! Participants will glaze pots with both raku and low fire glazes and learn about the intricacies of the raku process. At the end of the day educators will receive a certificate for 10 hours towards 1 professional development credit for attending the workshop.

All materials will be provided. Students should bring their sketchbooks, apron and favorite clay tools.

Click here to register online
April 8-9
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9-4pm
Odyssey ClayWorks

Madison County Potters Market on April 2

The Potters of Madison County are excited to announce it's members and the guests that we have joining us for the sixth annual Potters Market to be held on April 2nd at historic Marshall High Studios. For more information, go to

Members - Joey Sheehan, Julie Covington, Josh Copus, Rob Pulleyn, Becca Floyd, Becky Lloyd, Barry Rhodes, Alex Matisse, Jim and Shirl Parmentier

Guests - Julie Wiggins, Matt Jones, Steven Cheek, Rick Hensley, Michel Bayne, Heather Mae Erickson, Amelia Stamps, Kate Johnston, Fred Johnston, Carol Gentithes, Zan Barnes, Courtney Martin, Kristen Schoonover, Charlie Teft and Dan Finnegan

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WNC Potter seeks 12x24 shelves for wood fire kiln

From Dian Magie:

I'm looking for some 12x24 shelves for my wood fire kiln. Checked with Larkin and they want $75 for "slightly warped" shelves. Would like shelves without slits. Any ideas other than Minnesota?

Have an idea? Email Dian at or leave a comment here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Masters Of The Mountains Series At Odyssey ClayWorks

The Spring Masters of the Mountain Series will feature 2-hour demonstrations by 12 of the area's finest clay artists. Students may customize their experience by attending any or all of the demos. The series includes use of the 7 days a week studio during open studio hours.

1. Sarah Wells Rolland: Monday, March 21, 3-5pm
2. Karen Newgard: Friday, March 25, 10:30am-12:30pm
3. John Britt: Tuesday, March 29, 6:30-8:30pm
4. Suze Lindsay: Friday, April 1, 12-2pm
5. Michael Kline: Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8:30pm
6. Akira Satake: Sunday, April 10, 12-2pm
7. Gay Smith: Thursday, April 14, 3-5pm
8. Diana Gillispie: Monday, April 18, 3-5pm
9. Lindsay Rogers: Friday, April 22, 10:30am-12:30pm
10. Bob Kinzie: Wednesday, April 27, 3-5pm
11. Nick Joerling: Sunday, May 1, 12-2pm
12. Angelique Tassistro: Wednesday, May 4, 10:30am-12:30pm

March 21- May 4, 2016
Level: All Levels Welcome
Click here to register online
Or call 828-285-0210 for more information.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Curator's Talk with Garth Johnson at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design on February 11

One more chance to hear Garth Johnson this week: he'll be speaking at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in downtown Asheville this Thursday, February 11th, at 6:30 pm.

Garth curated the Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion exhibit, on display at CCCD until May 21, 2016. (More about the exhibit here:

Here's the description of Thursday's lecture from the CCCD Facebook event page:

This 60-minute multimedia lecture explores the work of a new generation of young artists who grew up with easy access to video and social media. Recent years have seen an explosion of work that uses video to not only document process, but to show the use (and abuse) of the work and extend their studio practice. Warning: THIS LECTURE CONTAINS AN EROTIC POETRY READING that may be unsuitable for some audiences.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Clay Club: Linda Christianson and Garth Johnson in WNC

There will be no formal Clay Club in February. Instead I'd like to encourage everyone to attend one or more of these FREE events next week with Linda Christianson and Garth Johnson.

Linda will be at Haywood Community College next Monday and Tuesday, February 8th and 9th. Terry Gess posted about this here:

Linda and Garth will both be at Western Carolina University (WCU) doing a number of events next week, including a joint demo session on Wednesday, February 10th, at our usual 6 pm meeting time. Highly recommended!

They will also be giving public lectures on Monday, February 8th:

Public Lecture 6-7:10 PM, Garth Johnson
Intermission/ Reception 7:10-7:40 PM
Public Lecture 7:40-8:50, PM, Linda Christianson
Bardo Art Center, Room 130

Here are the descriptions of the lectures and a little more about both of the presenters:

Garth Johnson

Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Art Museum &
ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center.
Artist, Writer, Curator & Educator

Garth’s multimedia lecture will examine a new generation of ceramic artists has added the video camera to their usual arsenal of tools. Filmed documentation of the crafts is as old as film itself, but there is something distinctive about the approach taken by young ceramic artists who have grown up with video and social media. Instead of using the camera to merely document process, many artists use the camera to document how their work is being used… or abused. Others use video as a promotional tool. Still others fuse all of the above strategies with wild abandon.

Linda Christianson
Studio Potter & Educator, MN

“Where Ideas Come From”
Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. She studied at Hamline University (St Paul, Minnesota), and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada). She exhibits nationally and internationally, including one person exhibits in London and St. Louis. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. An itinerate educator, Linda has taught at colleges and universities, including Carleton College and the Hartford Art School. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation. Her recent writing appeared in Studio Potter and The Log Book. One of her goals is to make a better cup each day.

Linda and Garth are doing other events at WCU, too - check out the complete schedule on the WCU School of Art and Design Facebook page:

Thanks to Terry Gess and John Britt for letting me know about these events!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Market on Oak seeks WNC artists and craftspeople

Here's the announcement from The Market on Oak's Facebook page:

Calling All Artists! The Market on Oak in Spruce Pine is accepting applications from artists and craftspeople for the 2016 year! Do you have a home based business where you create handmade items? Do you travel to festivals and shows with your products but would love a retail home? Give us a call! Artists and Craftspeople must live in one of the 23 WNC counties to participate in The Market on Oak! We currently serve over 125 artists, farmers, musicians and authors from WNC and would love to help you! Call us at 765-9033 for an application and to learn more! "Celebrating 10 Years!" Be sure to share with your friends!