Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Gabriel Kline and Anja Bartels are giving a free slide lecture today at 1pm, please join us!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Digin' Pots! Linda Mcfarling and Shane Mickey's home sale

Join Linda Mcfarling and Shane Mickey for their annual Pottery sale!
located at Linda's studio: 39 Pisgah mine road, Burnsville, nc 28714

Saturday Morning Mimosa's and Pomosa's!

Joining us is Deana and Chuck from Selena Glass!!
check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/diginpots/

We hope to see you labor day weekend, Mike will be grilling up his famous wings and sausage and Chuck and Deana's food always delights!

Spread the word, share, enjoy!!!


Just Reduced!  Now $232,800

11 Killian Road

Hidden Gem in North Asheville. This storybook bungalow is surrounded by pastoral beauty. Wrap around front porch made for relaxing! Kitchen has been updated, but still keeps it's 1929's charm.  Bathroom updates includes beautiful tile work and custom vanity. Beautiful hardwood floors and tile.  Private fenced backyard with patio. Detached garage.  The 132 Sq. ft. Sun room is perfect for a home studio, with plumbing for a utility sink and wiring on the adjacent covered patio for a kiln. See photos below.

2 Bedrooms 1 Bath 1048 sq ft  
Directions:  Merrimon Avenue North, Right to Beaverdam Road, left on Killian. Follow to right on gravel lane to yellow house on left. 


Natalie Kramer
Asheville Realty Group
47 Patton Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bowls wanted for Dig In! Empty Bowls in Yancey County

Here are the details, from Victoria Hicks:

Dig In! is asking potters to donate bowls for its 6th annual Empty Bowls Dinner. Proceeds from the event, which will take place on September 30, will benefit Dig In!’s work to grow and distribute vegetables so that everyone eats in Yancey County.

Organizers are hoping to collect as many as 400 bowls, so they need lots of help! Here’s how to donate:

The dinner will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on September 30 at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or at the following venues: Appalachian Java, Burnsville Wine And …, Yancey Chamber of Commerce, OOAK Gallery, Pig & Grits, and Reconciliation House.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Paragon Model A-66B kiln for sale in Fairview, North Carolina

The kiln is in Fairview, North Carolina, near Asheville. Here are the details from Annie Clingenpeel:

Paragon top loading electric kiln for sale
Model A-66B
1.40 cubic feet
14.5” wide x 13.25” deep
Has kiln sitter
No stand available
Bricks in great condition
Max temperature 2300

Email me at
annieclingenpeel@gmail.com or call 828-231-3127.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wood Kiln Construction Workshop with Bruce Dehnert

John Britt passed along this info:

Wood Kiln Construction Workshop with Bruce Dehnert October 15-29, 2016 at Tabor Cottage, near Butler, Ohio

This will be a hands-on experience, building a wood-fired kiln and (if possible) firing it for the first time. If you’re interested in kiln construction, wood-firing and work well with others, this workshop is for you.

Dehnert has built kilns all over the U.S. and in other countries, including the first soda kiln in China. Since receiving his MFA from Alfred University, He has taught at universities around the world, including Hunter College and Parsons School of Design in New York City, the School of Art in New Zealand, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak on the island of Borneo and UMASS Dartmouth in Massachusetts. He has been published in, among others, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception and New Zealand Potter. He has received many awards for his work, including three Fletcher Challenge International Awards, the Carnegie Premiere Prize for Works on Paper, and the 2007 New Jersey Artist Fellowship Award. Bruce is currently head of Ceramics at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey.

Tabor is in Ohio’s Amish country. It belongs to the Sisters of the Transfiguration and is home to two members of the Order. Please do plan to bring a half-dozen bisqued pieces to fire in the new kiln (we hope). There will be glazes you can use if you’d like.

Workshop Tuition $575 for the workshop, which will last 10 days to two weeks, depending on how quickly the work goes. Participants are invited to stay in our guest house and share family style meals at no additional cost - there will be a bed for each - most rooms will be shared with one or two others, and you will need to tidy up after yourselves. For those who prefer, we are next door to a nice KOA camp. Butler and Loudonville, Ohio are both 6 or 8 miles away.

For more information or to enroll contact the Sisters at hilaritas@aol.com

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pottery Showcase: “Soda Chicks and Chet” Home Sale

Celebrating its fourteenth year, “Soda Chicks and Chet” Pottery Home Sale is a must stop on your Labor Day weekend calendar. Bakersville potters, Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin, and their special invited guests, Will Baker, Joy Tanner and Ronan Peterson will come together to help you discover why handmade pottery enriches your home and life. The hosts invite you to join them in a toast to this next generation of young NC potters who will exhibit with them this year. Join us for good company, delicious food displayed on hand made pots, and view gorgeous flower arrangements in our vases! The open house is at Fork Mountain Pottery in Bakersville NC on Saturday September 3rd, 10-6 and Sunday, September 4th from 10-5. Go to www.sodachicks.com for more information on the potters, their work and home sale location.

Burners, kiln and wheel for sale in Sewanee, Tennessee

Here are the details from Claire Reishman:

I would like to sell 2 unused Ransome B-4 Burners (EQ) Natural - bought for $190 each from Axner (Item #A257795 I have the sales slip.) I would happily send them for $150 each - and I will pay postage.

Also, a friend here in Sewanee, TN has a Skutt Model 1027-24 kiln and a Shimpo 21 electric wheel for sale. Is anyone interested in purchasing them? Both are in good condition. The Kiln is $200, and the wheel is $150. The kiln comes with shelves and shelf posts. You would need to come to Sewanee to take them away.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these items - creishman@gmail.com.

Claire Reishman, Sewanee TN (creishman@gmail.com)

Memorial celebration for Jane Hatcher

There will be a memorial celebration for Jane Hatcher on Saturday, September 17th, from 2-4 pm on the knoll at Penland School and then at the Pines (dining hall).

A scholarship is being started in Jane’s name at the school. (Penland School, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765).

If you haven't seen it, there is an obituary for Jane here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ledger-enquirer/obituary.aspx?n=Jane-MacDonald-Hatcher&pid=181052113

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jenni Sorkin lecture tonight at Penland

The lecture is tonight, Sunday, August 21st, at 8:15pm in Northlight on the Penland campus. Free and open to all.

From the Penland website:

Jenni Sorkin, Penland's 2016 Andrew Glasgow Writer in Residence, will present a talk about her new book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community. While at Penland, Jenni will draw on her work as a contemporary art historian to write an essay about abstraction and textiles for a 2018 show at the National Gallery of Art.

More info here: http://penland.org/blog/2016/08/jenni-sorkin-2016-resident-writer/

(Directions to Penland and campus map here: http://penland.org/about/directions_map.html)

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Mac McCusker will be presenting a slide lecture tomorrow, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 at 7pm at Odyssey ClayWorks FREE and open to the public. Please join us.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bigger Pots, Made Easy Workshop With Gabriel Kline & Anja Bartels

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? Have you ever stood in front of a giant pot, and wondered just how it was made?

Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large-scale pottery on the potter's wheel. Demos will include a 50 lb bowl, a 40" diameter platter, team throwing, and sectional building techniques that allow the potter to build pots head high, or taller!

These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You'll be amazed at the pieces you create. In addition to the demos, the week will include discussions on glazing and firing techniques, as well as plenty of studio time to practice with individual help from the instructors.

Click here to register
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $595 + $85 Lab Fee
Includes 150 lbs of clay

Monday, August 15, 2016

Slab Roller for sale

Hello all.
My mom has a 36 year old Brent slab roller that we are wanting to  selling. She has been carting this thing around for forever, and now it's time for it to move on and go to a new home. The cables underneath have been replaced as have the roller. It's a great slab roller!!! It's an SR-14. If you would like to come to the studio to check it out you are welcome to do so.
Asking  $450.
You can email me at triaturrougirl@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cabin, land, kiln and outbuildings for sale in Mitchell County, North Carolina

Here are the details from Steve White:

This log cabin is on 4.9 acres mostly pasture at 1264 Rebels Creek Rd in Bakersville but is 20 minutes from Burnsville, Bakersville or Spruce Pine. It is on a scenic black top “holler” road 3.6 miles up Hwy 80N and is about 6 miles from Penland Craft School. It was built in 1998 and is 1800 sq ft. There are two bedrooms, two baths, one jetted. The refrigerator and water heater are new. There is a wood stove for heat. Floors are solid oak. Great view of the whole Black Mountain Range. Kiln is hard brick soda/salt, 500 gallon propane tank, fired 39 times. Separate utility building can be a studio. Furnished or not. $260,000, appraised at $275,000. Call Steve White 843 540 3857 or docwhite@hargray.com for further info.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Recap: August Clay Club at Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom

Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting Clay Club! We figured it all out with our forum on maintaining growth and new ideas in the studio - ask Shane for the details the next time you see him.

Seriously, we had a good discussion and a good time. Thanks again to Shane, and to everyone who came!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

September classes at Odyssey ClayWorks

Independent Study/ Open Studio
September 6- October 11

Odyssey Clayworks is proud to announce a new studio experience: Self directed study, with studio representatives available at all times for technical advice and support. The Independent Study/ Open Studio will also feature 10 optional one-hour demos on various aspects of studio practice including use of the extruder and spray booth, artfully grinding your pots, and rolling perfect slabs. As a bonus, each Friday you are invited to the Director's Discussion, an open dialogue about ceramics technique, aesthetics, and valuation with Odyssey Director Gabriel Kline. Bring ideas for projects and an inquisitive mind. Tons of open studio hours to practice.

Click here to register
Level: Seasoned Beginner to Advanced
Tuition: $200 + $25 Lab Fee*

Beginner Wheel Throwing with Cayce Kolstad
September 6- October 4, Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm

With an emphasis on ceramic tableware, this class is a perfect introduction to throwing on the potter's wheel. We will explore the fundamental forms for functional pottery and work towards altering them to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. We will also cover the basics of glazing in order to finish with food safe pots you can use at home.

Click here to register
Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $185 + $35 Lab Fee

Handbuilder's Hangout with Laurie Caffery Harris
September 8- October 6, Thursdays, 6:30-9pm

This class is designed to be an introduction to traditional and non-traditional techniques for making ceramics off the potter's wheel. We will hand build a variety of forms such as cups, tumblers, vases, and platters. Students will also learn how to create large-scale work using slabs, coils and pinch methods. Demonstrations will include carving unique images or designs on your vessels. We will also discuss finishing techniques, glazing, and firing methods.

Click here to register
Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $185 + $35 Lab Fee

Ben Richardson Lecture
Sunday, September 18th, 7-9pm.
Free and open to the public

Come meet international wood-fire sensation Ben Richardson for a screening of his documentary Fire Works, followed by a panel discussion and reception. Topics will include his Tasmanian studio and kiln and recent commissions to produce work for 4 of the top 10 restaurants in Australia. Odyssey is honored to host this unique chance to spend an evening with a world class, ceramic artist.

Sponsored by the Odyssey Scholarship Fund

Remembering Jane Hatcher

I'm sad to share the news that Jane Hatcher passed away Monday night. Jane was - among other things - a potter, massage therapist, yoga teacher and friend to many, especially in and around the Penland area. She was curious about people and the things they did and made and thought, and genuinely a joy to be around. She was a Clay Clubber going way back - a quick search brought her up in photos from our second meeting in July 2008.

I met Jane not long after I moved to Bakersville. In the winter of 2007-08 we took a glaze class with John Britt, along with a number of other clubbers. Jane, John Ferlazzo and I worked on some of the class assignments together - this photo is from that time.

Rest in peace, Jane. We will miss you.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Clay Club this Wednesday in Bakersville!

Clay Club is tomorrow tonight!


When: Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm

Where: Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom in Bakersville (see link below for directions)

What: We will have an open forum on maintaining growth and new ideas in the studio. Bring your thoughts and experiences and questions about this topic!

***Special request: please bring one or more chairs if you can!***

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

Contact Shane at danielshanemickey@gmail.com or at 828-467-1208. You can also contact me at amy@amywallerpottery.com or at 828-467-1183.

Directions and more details here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-clay-club-at-shane-mickey.html

See you tomorrow tonight!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

CJ Niehaus Opening Reception at In Tandem Gallery on August 6

From Silvia Ferrari-Palmer, owner of In Tandem Gallery:

In Tandem Gallery is honored to host CJ Niehaus as our August Featured Artist. After following her on Facebook, I was ecstatic when she was willing to not only have work at the gallery but to travel here with her husband Christopher and her dog Mickey for her Featured Artist Opening! CJ has a draftsman-like ability with her underglaze pencils. Her illustrative drawings of insects and fauna are bright and vibrant; you can't help but see the happiness and sensitivity she incorporates into each and every piece. Her work is available ONLINE and in the gallery www.InTandemGallery.com.

Opening Reception with CJ, Saturday August 6th, 5-8pm. CJ will be at the gallery answering questions regarding her technique.

In Tandem Gallery is located at 20 North Mitchell Avenue in Bakersville.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WNC potters seek kiln lid

Here's the request, from Maggie of Turtle Island Pottery:

Hi Folks, We are needing a used, good lid for our kilns. Average 7 cubic 10-sided. 27" diameter. Anybody have a lead please contact me at TiPottery@gmail.com Thanks, Maggie

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Clay Club at Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom in Bakersville

August Clay Club will be next Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm at Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom in Bakersville. Thanks to Shane for hosting us!

We will have an open forum on maintaining growth and new ideas in the studio. Bring your thoughts and experiences and questions about this topic!

Shane Mickey Pottery & Showroom is at 24 N. Mitchell Avenue in downtown Bakersville. Google Maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/SwrIW

***Special request: please bring one or more chairs if you can!***

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

Questions? Contact Shane at danielshanemickey@gmail.com or at 828-467-1208. You can also contact me at amy@amywallerpottery.com or at 828-467-1183.

See you next Wednesday!