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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Contact Tori Motyl at Tori@MotylPottery.com if you have any questions or would like to be added to our monthly newsletter which details each month's clay club meeting. (different than signing up for blog emails below.)
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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!