Monday, March 14, 2016

Recap: March Clay Club at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville

Thank you, Linda Powell (second from left in the pic above), for hosting an awesome and very well-attended Clay Club! Folks came from all over, including Asheville and even a couple students from ETSU's Ceramics program! Thanks to everyone who came.

High Country Ceramic Arts (HCCA) is a terrific facility in Burnsville, offering classes, studio space, private lessons and parties. Here are some current options (click on the image to make it bigger):

Thank you, too, to Garold Amsberry for doing a demo and leading a discussion on efficiencies in production pottery.

Garold talked about "efficiency in simplicity" throughout the process - from knowing that his yarn bowls take 2.75 pounds of clay; to packing bisque kilns right up to the kiln wall (and sometimes using just one kiln shelf); to efficiencies in shipping, including packing for shipping and the differences among the various shippers. Garold also talked about selling on Amazon Handmade - check out his yarn bowl on Amazon Handmade here:

We talked a little about Crimson Laurel Gallery and Appalachian Terroir ceramic businesses moving to Micaville. You can read more about the Crimson Laurel and Appalachian Terroir news here, here and here.

We didn't get a tour of HCCA - there were just too many of us there! Thank you again to Linda, Garold and all the HCCA members and students - and all the Clay Clubbers - for a wonderful Clay Club!

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