Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An evening with Justin Lambert at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville

Justin Lambert at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville

Saturday, July 2, 5-7 pm

Join In Tandem Gallery to celebrate the beautiful work of Justin Lambert.

Justin will explain the woodfired process and his techniques.
Part of the show will include hot-from-the-kiln pieces fired in late June in Jack Troy’s Anagama Kiln. This will be the first time Justin will show the large vessels he has been working on for the past year.

In Tandem Gallery is located at 20 North Mitchell Ave in Bakersville, NC.

After the opening enjoy the 4th of July fireworks in Bakersville.

More info on the In Tandem Gallery website:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Village Potters in Asheville are now a Laguna Clay Distributer

The Village Potters in Asheville, NC is proud to be a Laguna Clay Distributor!

All clay orders are available for pick up at The Village Potters, River Arts District, Asheville, NC OR shipped to specified location for additional shipping fee. Next order deadline is Friday, July 15th at 5pm.

Visit website for more details:

For questions or more info call Lindsey at (828) 253-2424.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Special invitation to include work in a fast fire wood-salt kiln for July Clay Club

July Clay Club will be at Joey Sheehan's Melting Mountain Pottery "kiln zone" in Marshall at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 13th. Thanks to Joey Sheehan for hosting us! Joey has a special invitation for Clay Clubbers to include work in a fast-fire wood-salt firing that will take place that day. Here are the details about the firing from Joey:

I have a small fast fire wood-salt kiln that is very experimental. It takes about 10-12 hours to fire this and I thought that it would be really fun to peak this firing and introduce the salt during the clay club meeting. I will have plenty of loading materials and loads of wood, but would like to invite clubbers to drop off work to be loaded into the kiln by July 6 in Asheville. I would need cone 10 bisque fired work. I will do all the loading in advance and begin the firing on clay club day morning. It could be lined with glaze but only have slips or raw clay exteriors.

Here's how to include work in the firing: All work must be cone 10 bisque-fired. The interior can be lined with glaze, but only slips or raw clay on the exterior. Bring it to the Asheville Ceramics Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Building at 109 Roberts Street in the River Arts District in Asheville by July 6. The gallery hours are 11-6 Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday 12-5. Bring the work in a bag or box with your name on it.

***Mitchell/Yancey folks - if you're interested in participating but can't get to Asheville by July 6, let me know and we'll see what we can figure out.***

Questions? Contact Joey at You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

I will post more details about July Clay Club soon.

Thanks again to Joey!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Paragon Janus27 kiln for sale in New Market, Tennessee

Heather Spontak is selling a Paragon Janus27 kiln in New Market, Tennessee. Here's the info from Heather:

I am selling my Janus27 Paragon Kiln. It is fully operational, ready to use and is in excellent condition. It was in storage for 7 years and was used lightly for bisque for the past 2.

It just had all the relays replaced and is rated up to cone 10.
Great for clay or glass!
Retails $2500-$3000
Asking $2,000 o.b.o

Kiln is ready for pick up in New Market, TN

Please contact Heather at (828) 337-0820

See info about the Paragon Janus27 kiln here on the Paragon website:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WNC potter seeks small kiln

Diana Gillispie is looking for a small kiln:

Looking for a small used reliable electric kiln about 4-5 cu ft single phase.

Text 828-768-9050 if you know of one or have one sitting around.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Candlelight vigil for Pulse victims in Spruce Pine

There will be a candlelight vigil for Pulse victims at 8 pm on Monday, June 20th, in Riverside Park in Spruce Pine.

Facebook event page here:

If you're not in the Spruce Pine area, you can find an international list of events to remember the victims and survivors of the Orlando shooting here:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Intro To Sculpture With Mac McCusker

Oriented towards beginners and "seasoned" beginners, students will learn to sculpt by using a solid block of clay and a wooden paddle. Working from the larger areas to the smaller details, students will create several small animal sculptures before completing a larger piece. Sculptures will then be cut apart into multiple pieces, hollowed, and reassembled. Students will also learn how to use balance and dynamic poses when creating their sculptures. Drying, firing, and finishing techniques will also be discussed.

Click here to register online.

Date: Tuesdays, July 12- August 9
Time: 6:30-9pm
Level: Beginner And All Skill Levels Welcome
Tuition: $185 + $30 Lab Fee
Location: Odyssey ClayWorks

Mac McCusker graduated from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia with a BA in Art and went on to teach and manage the Ceramics Department for the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs for several years. She received an MFA in Ceramics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Graduate school enabled Mac to work at other ceramic studios including MudFire, Meadowlark Studios, and Arrowmont. Her work has been in exhibitions nationally. Mac has been teaching workshops and classes at the college level in Savannah at Armstrong State University and Savannah State University before joining Odyssey as a Resident Artist and instructor in 2015. Click here to visit Mac's website.

Craft Hut craft show tent for sale in Asheville


Here are the details from Virgil Jones:

Crafthut, 10x10 heavy-duty craft-show tent.
$650.00 In GREAT shape.

Skylight, roof vents, awnings, backside shelter, frontside windows and window shades, zippered roll-up door-ways in all walls for various privacy or ventilation, extra sidewall, weights, tie-downs, stakes, etc. Ready to go to a show!!

Great for doing shows in the unpredictable eastern U.S. weather! A new one like this is $2000+!!

Call Virgil Jones 828-284-2163

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bailey wheel, ware cart and more pottery equipment for sale in Linville, North Carolina

Here's the info from Kimbrell Frazier:

I am selling the last of my equipment and parting with my much-loved wheel. You can see more pictures on my website.

• BAILEY PRO X wheel with all the bells and whistles
• BAILEY WARE CART with 26 divisions and LOTS of shelves

I also have an adjustable potters stool, some very large bats, and a nice assortment of Hydro-Bats.

Everything is available for pick up near Linville and Pineola in Avery County.

More photos and prices on Kimbrell's website:

Contact Kimbrell at

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Potter moving to Western North Carolina seeks work in exchange for kiln space

Here are the details from potter Cindy Gibson:

There will be a new potter moving to the Brevard, NC area in mid-July who is looking to help out with anything and everything clay related involving wood, salt, or soda firings in exchange for kiln space. Her name is Cindy Gibson and you can contact her via email at She has spent the last two years being a studio assistant to several wood-fire potters in Goshen, IN and will provide those who are interested in having extra hands around the kiln references. She is willing to drive anywhere in NC to help out fellow clay lovers.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Controversy over Toe River Arts Council's decision to remove sculpture from exhibit

A sculpture by Melisa Cadell was removed from the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) Studio Tour exhibit at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery. Apparently TRAC considered the piece too controversial for display. (I say apparently because I do not have firsthand knowledge for their reasoning, but that is the explanation I have seen reported by at least one person who saw a sign posted by TRAC in the exhibit.) You can see the sculpture and read a little about it here:

Not surprisingly, there has been a lot of discussion about TRAC's decision to remove this piece. Some people have called it censorship while others have expressed support, or at least understanding for what TRAC did. Here is a response from Denise Cook, TRAC's Executive Director (posted for Denise on facebook by a TRAC staff member):

On behalf of TRAC, from Denise Cook, Executive Director:
I first want to say that this decision was not based on funding at all. Rather the decision was made knowing the arts at many times may push the edge, and we want that so we can grow and learn. But, as the arts council, we sometimes walk a delicate balance in service to our many constituencies, and this can present challenges. This is a very complex conversation with many sensitivities for TRAC and our community to consider. I would like to set up a forum with the arts community to explore this topic in a deeper conversation. I invite anyone who would like to be included in the conversation to let me know by contacting me at ( and 828-682-7215) so you will be included as we plan the time to meet. I hope you will join us.

In response to a comment on this post, the TRAC staff member said they would let everyone know when this forum is scheduled, but if you're interested, you might let Denise know.

M.C. Richards exhibit and events at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art, 100 Years is currently on exhibit at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) in downtown Asheville. From the website:

Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards (1916 – 1999) was born in Weiser, Idaho and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Reed College and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1945 she joined the faculty at Black Mountain College (BMC) where she taught writing, translated plays, danced, studied pottery and founded The Black Mountain Review. She was one of BMC’s most popular faculty members in the late 1940s and later wrote: “I have no criticism of Black Mountain, it was an entirely transforming, maturing and inspiring experience.” While at BMC, Richards played an essential role in maintaining community balance in the wake of Josef and Anni Albers’ resignation and the rise of Charles Olson as the college’s leader during the 1950s. Richards was among those who participated in the 1952 Happening at BMC titled Theater Piece No. 1, a multi-media experimental performance conceived by John Cage and David Tudor.

Centering: Life + Art – 100 Years celebrates the many contributions M.C. Richards on the occasion of her centennial. The exhibition is accompanied by a digital catalogue with contributions from James C. Anderson, Paulus Berensohn, Julia Connor, Deborah Haynes, Diedra Heitzman + Sherry Wildfeuer, Matthew Fox, Irwin Kremen, Jenni Sorkin, and Jeffrey Spahn. The exhibition includes work from the BMCM+AC collection and from various lenders. Highlights for this exhibition include:

• Works in clay made from Richards’ Black Mountain College years (1940s-50s) up to the 1990s, including a collaborative pot made with Peter Voulkos
• Paintings including selections from her Egg Series
• Poems, broadsides and typescripts from BMC and after, including Richards’ first book of poems printed at Black Mountain College
• Photographs and ephemera related to Richards’ book Centering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person and other publications.

The exhibition runs through August 20th and there are several events related to it, including a roundtable panel, poetry reading, birthday party, film screening and weekend workshop. Visit the exhibit website for more information:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Recap: June Clay Club at Reems Creek Pottery

Thank you Rachel Smith, Jim McDowell and everyone at Reems Creek Pottery for hosting an awesome Clay Club!

Rachel told us a little of the history of the location of Reems Creek Pottery. (The space was once a wood drying kiln for Lane furniture!) She talked about deciding to start the studio and everything they've done to transform the space into a working pottery studio. Reems Creek Pottery is a shared pottery studio with space for five studio potters and small classes. They have a gallery, too. Check out the photos below - it's a terrific space!

Rachel talked about the found items she uses as texture tools, which started a more general discussion of what folks use in place of store-bought ($$) ceramic texture tools. One I liked was a child's lace hat that I think Rachel said she paid less than a dollar for at a yard sale. She also talked about using a hot-glue gun to make texture tools - here's a blog post by Emily Murphy on how to do that:

Rachel talked about how she uses Facebook to promote Reems Creek Pottery and events at the studio. Check out the photos of Clay Club she posted on the Reems Creek Pottery page:

She also talked about the many pottery and ceramic Facebook pottery and ceramic groups and how helpful they can be for networking, troubleshooting and more. Here's a (super helpful!) list of Facebook groups Rachel provided:

Amaco 5/6 exchange:
Open group. Just about Amaco cone 5/6 glazes. (Public group, just click and you are joined. Almost 5,000 members.)

ClayConFlab for Handbuilders:
(Closed Group. Just ask to be added.)

Clay Buddies:
(Closed Group. Ask to be added. Almost 13,000 members (worldwide). Lots to see and learn.)

The Potters Attic:
Great place to post unwanted tools, look for used wheels, kilns, books and
more. (Public Group)

Tim See who is a big presence on Facebook pottery has created a list of about 30 pottery Facebook groups - here is a link to that list and descriptions of each group:

Thanks again to Rachel, Jim and everyone who came!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Clay Club tomorrow (June 8th) in Weaverville!

Clay Club is tomorrow!


When: 6 pm Wednesday, June 8th

Where: Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville (see link below for directions). Weaverville is only a short drive from Asheville and is closer to Spruce Pine and Burnsville than Asheville.

What: 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. Please bring your favorite handmade or found items to share with the group.

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

Also - if you have a folding chair you can bring that would be great.

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow!

ProPanels for sale in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Rebecca Holbrook is selling her ProPanels. Here's the info, provided by Rebecca:

Bought in 2013. Used very little. New condition. I've included photos of the actual panels in use, the order slip to show all pieces available and a photo from the website. $950 or best offer. Delivery possible depending on distance from North Wilkesboro, NC. Please contact Rebecca at

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ceramic equipment and property with ceramic studio for sale in Arden, North Carolina

Hank Goodman is selling his property in Arden, NC, and it includes a ceramic studio. Hank says it would be a great place for a younger potter to walk in and get to work. You can view the property here:

He is also selling the ceramic equipment listed below. Contact Hank at 828-458-1478 or for additional information.

Equipment for sale:

7 Bailey ware carts 32x24” board space

4 Axner ware carts 32xz32” board space

Peter Pugger Clay mixer 100 lb. dry capacity

Van Ho deairing Pug mill 2500 llb/hr capability 5

55 gallon slip mixer with pneumatic pump

30 ton Ram press with dies, die racks, lift dolly and catch boards

Fiber car kiln with 2 forced air gas burners 55 cubic feet of stacking space

52 14x28” nitrate bonded silicon carbide shelves

L&L DaVinci X3227-D 20 cubic foot electric kiln

Numerous steel shelving units

Vacuum packing machine with film and boards

Pottery grinders, electric jack hammer and numerous tools

Friday, June 3, 2016

NEXT WEEK! Designing And Making Multiples Workshop with Nick Moen

What Is YOUR Shape?
Designing And Making Multiples With Precision

5-Day Workshop with Nick Moen
In this workshop students will learn techniques for making multiples and matching sets that fit together cohesively. We will start by contemplating how objects can enhance our lives in deliberate and meaningful ways. Demos will include plaster moldmaking, bisque molds, masonite templates, slump and hump molds. These methods of making will allow students to design and execute their ideas with precision. Student Discount Available, call for information 828-285-0210.

Date: Monday- Friday, June 6-10
Time: 9:30am- 4:30pm
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $595 + $60 Lab Fee
Student Discount: 50% off tuition
Location: Odyssey ClayWorks

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend

The Toe River Spring Studio Tour starts Friday and runs through Sunday, 10-5 each day. 100+ artists, including a number of Clay Clubbers, in Mitchell and Yancey counties. Reception at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) Gallery 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday. Details on the TRAC website:

Kids Summer Clay Camp at Odyssey ClayWorks

We are thrilled to offer another solid line up of exceptional programming for kids this summer. We are starting off with a bang with Round and Round, and My Pet Dinosaur Clay Camps, June 13-17. Calling all young artists! Join us for a full week of creating unique works of art with clay. Sibling discount available. Click here for more information, or call 828-285-0210.