Melisa Cadell & Susannah Zucker will be giving a slide lecture TONIGHT at 7pm at Odyssey ClayWorks FREE and open to the public. Please join us!
Friday, May 27, 2016
If you missed Alex Glover's Clay Club presentation on the Wedgwood Cherokee Connection, he will be presenting an updated version of it at 5 pm today in Little Switzerland. Here are the details:
Little Switzerland Books & Beans Presents!
Alex Glover, Professional Geologist
Speaking on America's First Kaolin
America's First Kaolin - The Wedgwood-Cherokee Connection
Alex Glover, Professional Geologist, has graciously consented to PRESENT a talk at Little Switzerland Books & Beans. Alex will speak on America's First Kaolin-The Wedgwood-Cherokee connection. Friday evening, May 27th 5 p.m. until ??
This is a fascinating story of the conquest of Josiah Wedgwood to acquire Cherokee Kaolin from Franklin, NC and the results of that acquisition.
Hope to see you on Friday, May 27th at LSBB!
FREE Wine & Cheese Samples!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
June Clay Club will be at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 8th. Thanks to Rachel Smith and Reems Creek Pottery for hosting us!
Reems Creek Pottery was founded in the fall of 2015 as a shared pottery studio in Weaverville with space for five studio potters and small classes.
Rachel Smith will share some of the business decisions that were made to start the studio. In addition she will talk about setting up a business Facebook page and how to create an event in Facebook and promote it through social media.
Rachel would also like to do a show and tell about handmade or found texture tools and molds. As primarily a hand-builder she scavenges yard sales and thrift stores for textures as well as learning new ways to make her own low cost items. Please bring your favorite hand made or found items to share with the group.
Reems Creek Pottery is at 181 Reems Creek Rd, Unit #6. Go about 1.5 miles down Reems Creek Rd from Merrimon Avenue. It is the second industrial building on the right. Go past the entrance with the Karpen Steel Sign and turn in the next driveway. There is a large parking lot with ample room for everyone to park. If you come early and need some exercise there is a 1/4 mile walking track next door around the Karpen Soccer field.
We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too. Since it will be summer bring lots of salads and other summery type foods.
The studio is spacious but seating is limited so if you have a folding chair you can bring that would be great.
Questions? Contact Rachel at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact me at email@example.com or 828-467-1183.
***Mitchell and Yancey County folks: if you're interested in carpooling, let me know.***
See you on June 8th!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Dottie Baker has a gas kiln for sale and a clay studio for rent in southern Ashe County, North Carolina (half an hour from Boone):
GAS KILN FOR SALE
30.38 cubic foot Minnesota Flat Top Car Kiln
all soft brick rated to cone 10
metal framework for kiln
complete stainless steel chimney
two forced air burners
complete set of shelves and posts
instructional CD w/pictures
original handbook w/schematics
all in good working condition
COMPLETE CLAY STUDIO FOR RENT
NEED A PLACE TO WORK NOW THAT YOU'VE GRADUATED OR FOR THE SUMMER?
*340 SQUARE FOOT STUDIO
*1 KM-1227 SKUTT ELECTRIC KILN (MAX TEMP CONE 8) W/ SHELVES AND POSTS
*1 ELECTRIC RANDALL KICKWHEEL
*2 BRENT ELECTRIC WHEELS
*WORK TABLE AND VARIOUS SIZE WORK BOARDS
*GOOD SELECTION OF GLAZE MATERIALS/JIFFY MIXER
*ADJUSTABLE METAL STORAGE RACKS
*HEAT AND AC INCLUDED
*HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE SUPPORT PERSON ON SITE
*RENT DETERMINED BY NATURE OF USE
*MUST FURNISH REFERENCES
CONTACT DOTTIE BAKER - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-336-877-1634
Monday, May 16, 2016
Tonight's presentation by Alex Glover about the Spruce Pine Mining District has been postponed until next Monday, May 23rd. It will still take place at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville at 7 pm.
Here's the email from the Mitchell County Historical Society:
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, WE HAVE HAD TO POSTPONE TONIGHT’S PROGRAM TO MONDAY, MAY 23RD, AT 7:OOPM, HERE AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE.
WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE, BUT ALEX GLOVER WILL BE HERE NEXT MONDAY TO GIVE HIS TALK ON “THE SPRUCE MINE MINING DISTRICT: BEFORE HUMANS ARRIVED!”
THE MITCHELL COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Thanks to Dian Magie for coordinating an awesome Clay Club with Ikebana expert Lynn Forbes! Lynn is a certified Ikebana associate master in the Ichiyo School. She provided a terrific introduction to Ikebana pots with lots of examples of what Ikebana floral artists and teachers want in pots as well as what they don't want. A few tips for potters:
Containers must be water tight. Lynn suggested testing containers for 3-5 days to ensure that they don't leak or seep.
Two general types of containers are Moribana or low bowl containers and Nageire or tall containers.
Colors that resemble colors found in nature are preferred.
Containers that are not heavy are preferred.
A matt surface may be preferred as well as a textured surface. It can be helpful for containers to have lines or ridges inside that help materials and kenzans (needle-point holders) stay in place. Edges that are straight or lean inward are helpful for the same reason.
A number of Clay Clubbers brought pots for Lynn to critique. It was really helpful to see this information applied to specific pots and how they might or might not work well for Ikebana.
This is just a small sample of the information Lynn shared! If you want to learn more about Ikebana, consider attending the demonstration and workshop that Lynn is presenting on June 22 from 10 am - 12:30 pm at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn about the history of this art form, observe a demonstration and perhaps a slide show and create an arrangement under the guidance of a certified Ichiyo instructor. The registration deadline is June 8. Contact Lynn at email@example.com for more information.
A couple websites to check out:
Thanks again to Dian and Lynn, to Odyssey ClayWorks for hosting us for a second month in a row, and to everyone who came!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Roberto Lugo will give an artist's talk at 6:30 pm tonight at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design tonight in downtown Asheville.
From the the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design website:
Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect, Artist’s Talk with Roberto Lugo
Roberto Lugo, Professor of Ceramics at Marlboro College will discuss his work in relationship to eclecticism and culture. By juxtaposing street graffiti, European decorative patterning, and rich symbolism drawn from his Puerto Rican heritage, Roberto Lugo will discuss how his work serves as a hybrid of visual art traditions and stimulates new conversations surrounding cultural tolerance.
More info here: http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/programs-exhibitions/lectures/
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
If you are coming from Penland to Clay Club today, and have a truck, is it possible to pick up a lift chair from Gloria Schulman and bring it to my home in Asheville? Please call 828-458-7148 if you can. Any other day would be fine too.
Clay Club is tonight!
When: 6 pm tonight
Where: Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville (see link below for directions).
What: Dian Magie has coordinated with Lynn Forbes to provide a special presentation about Ikebana pots. The program is titled, "Ikebana pots, functional and aesthetic requirements." Lynn will provide an opportunity for a critique of Clay Clubbers' Ikebana pots and everyone is encouraged to bring one or two pots that could be used for Ikebana for Lynn to critique. More details at the link below.
We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Dian will bring spring rolls, a large Asian salad, sake – think Asian for eats if you can. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.
Directions and more details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2016/05/may-clay-club-ikebana-pots-functional.html
See you tonight!
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Mica Goes Blue!
On Saturday, May 14th, from 5-8 PM, Mica, fine crafts cooperative gallery in beautiful downtown Bakersville, invites you to a fun-filled Artists' Reception for their current show "Blue: Members Interpret", featuring blue-inspired artwork by Mica members. Come dressed in blue, enjoy blue beverages, blues music, and blue surprises.
The show is on view now and runs through June 27th.
Open daily: Mon-Sat: 10-5. Sun: Noon-5.
Find us on the web: www.micagallerync.com
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/micagallerync
37 N. Mitchell Ave. Bakersville, NC.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
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For sale very lightly used Skutt 822-3 kiln. This kiln has been used primarily for bisque firing although some cone 6 firings have been done in this kiln. The kiln is in excellent condition as evidenced by the attached photographs. This kiln retails for $1359.88 at Clay-King without shelving. It is a 240 volt single phase. Included will be shelving. Price is $950.00. I have purchased another kiln and have no room for three kilns in my studio so this one needs to go.
Feel free to contact me at 910-840-6784 before or text to same number. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The kiln is located in Lenoir.
Click here to view the workshop schedule.
Alex Glover will present a talk titled, "The Spruce Pine Mining District -- Before Humans Arrived" at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville at 7 pm on Monday, May 16th. The talk is presented by the Mitchell County Historical Society and entrance is free. Alex gave a terrific presentation about the Wedgwood Cherokee kaolin connection to Clay Club last year - this is a great opportunity to hear him again!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
We are looking forward to welcoming Daniel Johnston to Odyssey for a 5-day workshop, Making Large Vessels. Participants will learn to make large pots with a coiling technique derived from Northeast Thailand. After learning to make pots in this method, students will learn slip trailing and other decoration skills adapted for large vessels. Daniel will discuss his own method of firing and how this process of making supports his business model.
Student Discounts Available! Call for more information 828-285-0210.
Student Discounts Available! Call for more information 828-285-0210.
Date: Monday- Friday, May 23-27
Location: Odyssey ClayWorks
May Clay Club: Ikebana pots, functional and aesthetic requirements at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville on May 11
May Clay Club will be next Wednesday, May 11th, at 6 pm at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville. Dian Magie has coordinated with Lynn Forbes to provide a special presentation about Ikebana pots. The program is titled, "Ikebana pots, functional and aesthetic requirements."
Lynn will provide an opportunity for a critique of Clay Clubbers' Ikebana pots. See the information below, and consider bringing Ikebana pots to May Clay Club for this special opportunity.
Lynn has studied Ichiyo School of Ikebana, a contemporary school, for 10 years. She has served as Vice President of the Ikebana International Chapter #74 in Asheville for the last 6 years and was instrumental in bringing the North American Regional Conference to Asheville in 2014 that included an exhibition of Ikebana and Ikebana pottery at Blue Spiral Gallery. She has exhibited her Ikebana arrangements at Art in Bloom at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and the annual Ikebana exhibit at the NC Arboretum.
At the May 11th meeting Lynn will outline the functional and aesthetic qualities sought for Ikebana arrangements. This can be a lucrative niche market for potters as Ikebana exhibitors are always looking for new pots to best show off the creativity of arrangements. Tours of pottery studios and markets are held for Ikebana members. There are qualities of pottery that make them more desirable or rejected.
Members are invited to bring two pots that could be used for Ikebana, for Lynn to critique; a low flat vase or a tall vase. The low flat containers can be round, oval, square of rectangular in shape, small or large in size. Tall vases can have varying tops; torn tops are popular with advanced students.
See the document above for some basic Ikebana container designs.
As usual, we will have a potluck, so bring food to share. Dian Magie is helping to organize this meeting and will bring spring rolls, a large Asian salad, sake – think Asian for eats if you can. 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 Dian at email@example.com. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-467-1183.
***Mitchell and Yancey area folks: if you're interested in carpooling, let me know.***