Thursday, April 28, 2016

North Carolina Pottery Center Directory of Potters and Ceramic Artists

The North Carolina Pottery Center has a new online directory of North Carolina potters and ceramic artists. It looks like even if you were included in their previous directory you will need to submit your information to be included in the new directory.

Here's the information from the North Carolina Pottery Center:

There is also a new Directory of North Carolina Potters available via our website.

Note: As a North Carolina potter/ceramic artist, you must self-submit your listing if you wish to be included in our directory.

You may self-submit your listing by using the "Submit A Listing" button on the Directory of Potters page and following any instructions. Please also click on the "Instructions for Submitting A Listing" link on that page and read the instructions prior to filling out and submitting your entry.

As our mission (promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making) focuses on North Carolina pottery/ceramics, only North Carolina potters and ceramic artists who both live in and sell work in North Carolina are eligible to be listed in the North Carolina Pottery Center’s Directory of Potters.

Any potters meeting the above criteria are eligible for inclusion in the North Carolina Pottery Center’s Directory of Potters with a free base listing. (The North Carolina Pottery Center may later introduce some features that are eligible only to members of the North Carolina Pottery Center or that are fee-based.)

As the number of potters/ceramic artists listed in the directory grows, it will become increasingly useful to the public as they embark on their pottery adventures (and buying sprees) around our state and increasingly beneficial to potters as means of promoting their business.

To see an example of how your entry might look in the directory, please see “Joe Example Ceramics” in the directory.

For more information and to submit your listing visit

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hitch a ride from Penland School to Asheville or Haywood and back?

I'l trying to arrange a ride for a Penland School Spring Concentration clay student who does not drive. He wants to visit Haywood to check out our great pottery program. Anyone making a trip from Mitchell County in the next couple of weeks to Asheville or to Waynesville? I can meet you to pick him up, have him back for your return trip in a couple of hours. Thanks for your help!

Terry Gess
 Instructor, Professional Crafts - Clay
 Haywood Community College
828 467 0166

Final call for artists for the NC Rhododendron Festival

Final call for artists and craftspeople for the NC Rhododendron Festival, which will be held in Bakersville, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The application deadline is May 1, 2016.

Here's the email:


We invite all local & regional artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and other commercial vendors to apply for space at the 70th Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on 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.

An application has been attached to this email. Also attached for food vendors is an application for Temporary Food Service that must be completed and approved by the Mitchell County Health Department before any food service can be provided. You may obtain additional applications and information at, or send a request to

Please note that as per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-255, everyone who sells tangible property at a festival is required to collect and remit NC state & county sales tax, and to have and display their Sales & Use Tax Certificate of Registration at their booth. Failure to comply with this statute is a Class 1 Misdemeanor offence and the individual can be charged as such. If you don’t have a number, registration is free and can be completed online at

Feel free to forward this email to others you feel might be interested in participating. We are looking forward to the Festival and hope you will join us!

If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience or call 828-688-2113.

Best Regards,
Dan Barron
Artist & Vendor Coordinator

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tom Turner Pottery, Art & Antiques Sale in Mars Hill April 30 and May 1

Huge Pottery, Art & Antiques Sale

April 30 and May 1, 2016 9:00 to 5:00

Tom Turner is offering buyers and collectors the opportunity to view and buy pots spanning his 50+ year career. He is also offering his lifelong collection of quality pots by many of the most influential potters from around the world.

Just some of what is for sale:

• 19th & 20th century studio pottery from all over the United States
• Japanese, Chinese, and Korean pottery dating to the Sung Dynasty
• Antiques tools and farm items, oxen yoke, barn beam drill, plank saw
• Paintings, prints, and photos
• Antique 1963 Clark 100 Yardlift, 10,000 capacity

Items available at great prices for any size pocket book or wallet. Just in time for Mother’s Day. If you have not seen Tom’s collection, add it to your bucket list.

Tom Turner
381 Turner Lane
Mars Hills, NC 28754
(828) 606-0416

From Asheville take I-26 towards Tennessee
Take exit 9, exiting to the right on Rt.19 East, go 1/2 block and turn left onto Rt. 23A North
Go two miles, turn left onto Sprinkle Creek Road
Go 1/2 mile on Sprinkle Creek Road, turn left over the bridge onto Turner Lane.
Proceed to the top of the ridge to the house and studio. Park at the lower level which is the studio.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Textures, Slabs, and Wheel with Zan Barnes at The Village Potters in Asheville

The Village Potters Master Series: Textures, Slabs, and Wheel with Zan Barnes

Saturday, June 4 at The Village Potters in Asheville

This workshop is for every potter who loves the functional pot and wants to make excellent, unique work. Zan will be demonstrating her process of using multiple techniques to create her wonderful body of Soda Fired pots. Her passion for her life as a potter and her work is sure to inspire you!

Zan Barnes was born into a family of potters right here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of North Texas and works out of Riverwood Pottery in Dillsboro, NC. Zan believes that pottery invites a tactile experience. Her work reflects that by featuring strong textures, unique forms, and gorgeous soda fired blushings that beg to be explored by the human hand.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10am – 5pm

Fee: $145 (discounts available to TVP students)

To register: call (828) 253-2424 or visit

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shawn Ireland Exhibit at Haywood!

HCC is honored to present an exhibition of  
North Carolina potter Shawn Ireland.
Travel, Collect, Create: A Potter's Inspiration
Shawn’s work & his collection of objects are both deeply influenced by his study and travels in many divergent cultures.
He's brought a lively collection of these inspiring objects as well as examples of his lovely pottery -- all on display at HCC.
Not to be missed!

Good words from Shawn:
“I love to travel & search for objects which have a spirit, a voice, or some quality that speaks to me.   This quality I believe is derived from a unique relationship between adept craftsmanship and a makers respect for a chosen material. An energy can exist in objects which is difficult to describe, but this energy can resonate and communicate.
These collected objects enrich my home environment and inform my pottery and sculpture. In our visually connected culture, we have access to so many images of world-class folk craft and art, but  these images cannot compare to actually living and interacting with handmade objects. 

The renowned Japanese potter, Shoji Hamada, has said of his collections: ‘I was sustained and nourished by them and I am grateful to these objects… they watch me, they watch over me in my work. The things in my collection make sure that I do not lower my standards… They become part of you and everything that is part of you goes directly into your potting.’ ”
Mon 4/25 - 10:30am 
Creative Arts Gallery at Haywood
Free & open to the public!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bailey car kiln for sale in Pittsboro, North Carolina


Jim Pringle has a kiln for sale in Pittsboro, North Carolina - here are the details from Jim:

I have a 72 cu ft Bailey car kiln for sale. It was purchased around 1994 and used for about 12 years. Shelves and posts are included. There is rust on some of the sheet metal, but the fiber and fire bricks are in reasonably good shape. I have a small amount of fibre for repairs.

Burners are set up for propane. They haven’t been used in a long time, so there are probably some insects to be cleaned out before firing. The kiln is under a shed, so it has never been exposed to rain. There is a controller on it, which I mostly by-passed since I use cones and experience when firing. I have the original documentation with it, so the controller and ignition system could be brought back to original conformation it you want. It is placed in a bad spot for moving it out, so I have found a local mover to remove it safely. He will pull it out from under the shed, drive it up a steep hill, and place it on a flat-bed roll back. I know he is capable, because he put it in years ago.

From there, you can have him transfer it to another truck or drive it to your location. I strongly advise having him deliver, since he has moved it before and is very gentle with large items like this. I want $1500 for the kiln. I estimate it will cost about $500 to get it moved out and on his truck. I am willing to charge $2000 for the kiln and include the removal costs if you are more comfortable with that. If you are interested in having him drive the kiln to your location, you will pay him for mileage. I can ask him what is mileage charge is.

I can send many more photos and details.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Recap: April Clay Club at Odyssey ClayWorks

A big thank you to Gabriel Kline and the Odyssey All Stars Flying Circus for an amazing demo-filled Clay Club at Odyssey ClayWorks!

Gabriel started things off with an overview of the clay recycling program at Odyssey.

Then he and Anja Bartels started their team throwing demo by throwing 25 pounds for the base of the pot together.

David Voorhees periscoped some of this:

See a couple more videos from Clay Club here:

Gabriel offered a lot of good advice throughout the evening. A sampling:

Always buy one size bigger than you need.


Switch to the metric system. Just do it.

Next up was Paul Gisondo with a faceting demonstration.

Gabriel and Anja continued on their collaborative project.

Julia Claire demonstrated her decal process which includes the use of a china paint printer.

Cayce Kolstad did a slip decoration demo.

More work on Gabriel and Anja's collaboration.

Mac McCusker demonstrated slab carving.

(Plug: Mac will be doing a 3-day "Discovering Decals" workshop at Odyssey in August.)

Putting the top on the collaborative project.

Kyle Cramer did a slab cylinder demo.

Checking the collaborative project with a level.

Putting on the handle.

And - the collaboration is almost finished. Final pre-trimming weight: 67.5 pounds of clay.

(Plug: Anja and Gabriel will be doing a 5-day large-scale pottery workshop at Odyssey this summer.)

Wow! Thanks again to Gabriel, Anja, Paul, Julia, Cayce, Mac, Kyle, and everyone who came!

And a reminder: next month's Clay Club will also be at Odyssey - check out the details and make some Ikebana pots to bring to this special critique opportunity!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Question on Conversion

I found a glaze I want to test, but I'm not sure how to interpret it. Does this mean percentages or weight?  How do I go about converting this recipe into grams?  G200 0.381 Barium Carbonate 0.19 EPK 0.096 Flint 0.095 Gillespie Borate 0.095 Zinc Oxide 0.094 Copper Carbonate 0.049.  I'm been using the same glazes for so long that I haven't had to do this and I'm feeling really math challenged right now.

Clayworks 10th Year Anniversary Symposium

Clayworks in Charlotte, North Carolina, is holding a 10th year anniversary symposium. From the Facebook event page:

Clayworks is celebrating its 10th year anniversary as an independent non-profit organization. Please join us for a weekend celebrating ten years of growth.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Reception and lecture on North Carolina Contemporary Pottery
with Dr. Barbara Perry 6:30pm. Free and open to the public

May 21 & May 22, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am to 4pm
Demonstration workshop with four renowned North Carolina artist showing their diverse methods.
Josh Copus, Liz Zlot Summerfield,
Fred Johnston, and Carol Gentithes
Tuition: $195 covers the two day workshop and a boxed lunch each day

Saturday May 21, 2016
Artist Panel Discussion
“The role of each artist in the broader context of community”
4:30pm – 5:30pm. Free and open to the public

More info on the Clayworks website:

Upcoming pottery workshops at Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Upcoming Pottery Workshops

Obvara Firing - an ancient Russian technique April 23
with Tom Banfield

What do you think would happen if you took a red hot piece of your pottery directly from the kiln and plunged it into a bucket of cold liquid? Sounds crazy, right? But that is exactly what we will be doing during our Obvara Firing Workshop. And believe it or not, it's very exciting and a lot of fun ... and no, they don't explode. During our workshop you'll learn a little of the history of the Obvara process. You'll learn how to make your own mash, the liquid the pots are plunged into. But most importantly, you will have the opportunity to experience it yourself, as everyone will fire their own pieces and create something truly unique. There will be a lot of "hurry up and wait" as we can only fire 4 or 5 pieces at a time, but this will give us plenty of time to relax, learn and enjoy.

Saturday, April 23, 10am to 4pm

$100/members $130/non-members Materials included

Greenware Decoration - Creating your own style May 14
with Raine Middleton

One of the biggest challenges that potters face is creating pots that reflect their own personal style. We all want customers to recognize our pots without even checking the bottom of the pot for our mark. Glazes and firing atmospheres are the most common decorating techniques. But for the students who create in studio environments or with kiln restrictions, these techniques may be limited and pots can start to look alike. Decorating at the greenware stage gives potters the opportunity to develop their style with their own maker's mark. This fast paced workshop is hands on, informative, challenging, and most of all - fun! If you don't feel like an artist or the idea of drawing/designing makes your heart skip a beat, then this workshop is designed just for you. Techniques covered will be sprigging and stamping (and yes, you'll learn how to make your own sprigs and stamps), wax resist, paper resist, painting, slip trailing, carving, and sgraffito. We'll end the day with designing our own independent project. All work will be done on greenware tiles that I will supply. Students will need to bring brushes and their pottery tools. Whether you evaluate decorative pots by "less is more" or "more is more ," greenware decoration techniques will help to create your own personal pottery style.

Saturday, May 14, 10am-4pm each day

$240/members $270/non-members Materials fee: $40

More info here:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Clay Club tonight at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville

Clay Club is tonight!


When: 6 pm tonight

Where: Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville (see link below for directions).

What: A showcase of the Odyssey clay recycling program and production line, followed by the Odyssey All Stars Flying Circus, a series of 5-10 minute technique based demos by Gabriel Kline, Anja Bartels, Kyle Cramer, Mac McCusker, Julia Weber and more.

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Directions and more details here:

See you tonight!

Don't Miss it! Craft Summit at Haywood!

One day Craft Summit at Haywood!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 
9:00am  - 4:45PM

A one day conference specifically designed to address the needs and challenges faced by current and prospective business owners - giving you the skills you need to move forward.

Featuring Cathey Bolton, Owner of Art on Depot Clay Studio!

$20.00 registration fee -- includes lunch

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Summer Workshops At Odyssey ClayWorks

For more information, please visit, or call 828-285-0210.

Clay Clubbers from Yancey and Mitchell Counties.

If any of you are coming to Asheville this week, and could find it on your heart to collect a lift chair from Gloria Schulman and bring it to my house, you will have done a very good act of loving kindness. Please let me know if it can be done. Thank you,
Nelle Fastman Pingree

Free Clay! Come and Get it!

We have stopped using Phoenix from Highwater clay because we've moved onto other clays. But we have 200 lbs. of boxed Phoenix clay that is still soft and 7 full 5 gallon buckets of perfectly good recycled wet Phoenix clay that is ready right now to spread out and get ready for using.  Come and get it!

At Wood Song Pottery aka Joy Tanner and William Baker's studio in Bakersville.
524 Wilson Road, Bakersville, NC 28705

Please email Joy if you are interested in coming to get them.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tool and Surplus Craft Sale at Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Tryon Arts and Crafts School is holding a tool and surplus craft sale on Saturday, April 30th. From the email sent by Tryon Arts and Crafts School (thanks to Anita Walling for sharing it):

Save the Date
Huge Tool and Surplus Craft Sale

On sale will be surplus donated tools and craft items such as:

o Hand and power, carving and wood-turning, router table, many general shop items
o Weaving and fabric supplies, including a museum-quality loom, raw wool, roving by the pound, and much counted cross stitch fabric
o Pottery supplies -- 3 potter wheels, kilns
o Miscellaneous: electric stove, cabinets, chairs, tables

Too much to list all!
Saturday, April 30
8am - 4pm

The sale will be held in our Annex building at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon. All proceeds will go toward class and workshop programs and operations at the school.

For additional information go to or call 828-859-8323.

Friday, April 8, 2016

April Clay Club at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville

April Clay Club will be next Wednesday, April 13th, at 6 pm at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville. Thank you to Odyssey Director Gabriel Kline and everyone at Odyssey for hosting us!

Here's what Gabriel says about the program:

"We are going showcase our clay recycling program and production line, followed by the Odyssey All Stars Flying Circus, a series of 5-10 minute technique based demos by Gabriel Kline, Anja Bartels, Kyle Cramer, Mac McCusker, Julia Weber and more."

Here are some examples of the work of these artists:

Gabriel Kline

Anja Bartels

Kyle Cramer

Mac McCusker

Julia Claire

Artists profiles and contact info can be found at

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Directions: Odyssey ClayWorks is at 236 Clingman Avenue in Asheville. The Contact Page on the Odyssey website has a Google map you can use to get directions.

Questions? Contact Gabriel at You can also contact me at or at 828-47-1183.

***Mitchell and Yancey County folks: if you're interested in carpooling, let me know.***

See you next Wednesday!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Applications now being accepted for Potters of the Blue Ridge juried show

Potters of the Blue Ridge is pleased to announce it's upcoming juried show, "Blue Ridge Plates and Platters." This show will be featured in the center of Doe Ridge Pottery in Boone, NC, from August 5th through August 14th, 2016.

Applications will be accepted through May 13th, 2016. Questions? Call Bob at 828-264-1127 or email Theresa at

From the prospectus:

ELIGIBILITY - Any artist/potter living and working in the NC mountain counties of Ashe, Allegany, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes is eligible to enter Blue Ridge Plates and Platters. All work must be made primarily of clay and must have been completed within the last two years.

JURYING - Artist/potters may enter up to 5 pieces. Entered work will be juried by a panel of Potters of the Blue Ridge members. PBR members may submit actual work for jurying - all others must submit high resolution (at least 300 dpi) digital images in jpg form. There is a limit of one image per piece entered.

DIGITAL IMAGES - Digital images must be submitted in an email having the subject heading Blue Ridge Plates and Platters. All images must be at least 300dpi and no bigger than 8 inches on the longest side. Each image must be submitted as a separate attachment and not collectively in one file (no Power Points). Each image file must be labeled with the artist/potter's name and corresponding entry number. All images of accepted work will be retained for advertising purposes until after the exhibit. Any work that differs appreciably from the image submitted will be rejected at the jurors' discretion. All entries must be received no later than May 13th, 2016.

Download the complete prospectus here:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Opening event at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville this Saturday, April 9th

In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville is now open! The gallery carries a unique and beautiful selection of ceramics and jewelry from all over America.

Gallery owner Silvia Ferrari-Palmer is holding a special opening event with refreshments this Saturday, April 9th, at 4 in the afternoon.

Tom Turner is the featured artist for the month of April and he will be at the gallery on Saturday.

The gallery is located at 20 North Mitchell Avenue in Bakersville.

Check out the In Tandem Gallery website,

The gallery is also on Facebook:

and Instagram, too:

Do you want to make better pots? Haywood Professional Crafts Clay Program!

Great Program - great price - great teacher!

   1-year & 2-year courses of study -- all skill levels welcome

   Individual studio spaces  --  one-on-one instruction
   Affordable tuition -- scholarships & financial aid available
    Soda, wood, reduction, electric, raku kilns
    Innovative focus on marketing, promoting, & selling your work
    Small enrollment classes  -- Terry Gess, studio potter instructor
   Glaze Testing class & History of Pottery class
   Craft Marketing class & Craft Enterprise business class
   Hands-on sales and exhibition opportunities & experience
   Registering now for August, 2016!

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