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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
• 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
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
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.
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 www.pottersofmadisoncounty.com.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome!