Friday, October 28, 2016

Residency opportunity at The Bascom in Highlands, North Carolina

Here are the details, from Frank Vickery:

Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist Program 2017 Job Description

The Bascom strives to provide quality visual arts learning experiences, stimulating, inspirational and educational opportunities for all visitors, regardless of their age, economic background, education, and/or physical/mental ability. Candidates are required to pass a security background check before being hired.

To meet these goals, the Resident Artist will:

• Design lesson plans that reflect quality arts education and correlate with other Bascom ceramic programs

• Support critical aspects of education program planning through demonstrations, talks, lectures, etc.

• Manage all aspects of the studio, including, but not limited to:

o Load/unload kilns

o Mix glaze

o Creativity coach for Studio Members

o Organize/clean studio daily

o Make studio is equipped with wading, glaze cookies, Saggers for discarding glaze, kiln wash shelves and other duties as assigned by the Director

Work exchange:

• $100 per week for 52 weeks for a total of $5200 for 20 hours a week of teaching

o additional teaching outside of the required 20 is $30 an hour, excluding ABA’s which are

$30 per session

• Studio manager 10 hours a week as needed. When not teaching or studio manager, Resident is expected to work on personal studio practice


• 1,000 lbs of clay per 6 months

• Option to purchase additional clay at wholesale cost through The Bascom


• Housing provided

Other General Responsibilities:

• Take photos and post to Facebook.

• Blog once a week, Bascom Life. Word Press

• Upload photos to our Instagram studio barn account

• Share Studio manager role with Director

• Studio Assistant for workshops as needed

• Act as Bascom Ambassador

• Create work for exhibition (must apply)


• Access to studio, equipment, and materials 24/7

• Personal work space

Sale of Works:

Works made on grounds using Bascom materials and equipment must first be sold through The Studio Barn at The Bascom. Works made on campus using equipment and materials are not allowed to be sold in other shops, galleries, store fronts within a 25 mile radius of The Bascom, excluding shows, craft fairs, and private showings. Use of a personal or business website to sell works must be approved by Director. Artist/Bascom Split is 60/40. Resident can apply to The Bascom for works to be sold through the Gift Shop.

Application Deadline:

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Please submit:

1. Cover letter describing your interest in the resident position and proposal of residency project


2. Artist Statement (less than 300 words)

3. Résumé or CV

4. 15-20 numbered high-resolution images (accepting jpg, tif, pdf on CD, email, or through

DropBox, Hightail, etc.*)

5. Image inventory (docx or pdf) with

a. Title

b. Year

c. Medium

d. Dimensions

6. 2 professional references with contact information.

Images may be sent separately. All other application materials should be included in one submission.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All residency candidates are subject to a background check.

Address Applications to:

Frank Vickery
323 Franklin Rd
Highlands, NC 28741

Questions? Contact Frank at

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day of the Dead weekend at Ya Ya Yoga & Market in Spruce Pine

There are a number of Day of the Dead events at Ya Ya Yoga & Market (co-owned by Clay Clubber Anita Blackwell) this Friday and Saturday (October 28 and 29), including an art reception Friday evening from 7 - 9 pm.

From the facebook event page:

Our Day of the Dead weekend spans from an Art Reception Friday evening, to pumpkin carving, tarot readings, and barbeque at the Saturday farmer's market 10 am - 2 pm, to an Herbs of the Otherworld workshop Saturday afternoon from 3 - 5 pm.

We are participating in a time-old tradition (records of this holiday go back thousands and thousands of years) of honoring the time of year when the veil between spirit and physical is thinnest. We celebrate our ancestors and our own connection with spirit through harvest, altars, art, and celebration.

Art Reception & Prize Drawing for Artists, 7 - 9 pm
Our open-entry art show will culminate in this reception, with wine, cheese, altars, and a prize drawing for the artists. Share your reactions to the various pieces at "Response Stations".

Parkway Farmers Market, 10 am - 2 pm
Vendors will be in costume, pumpkin carving for children, barbeque and boiled peanuts! What a fun time!

Tarot Readings by Barbara Kahn, 12 - 5 pm
Barbara's readings are from her own beautifully illustrated Ancient Oracle Deck and Handbook. Her original system includes numerology, information about the elements and directions, and philosophy and prose about the images. 10 minute reading for $10.

Herbs of the Otherworld, an herbal workshop by Asia Suler, 3 - 5 pm.
n exploration of the herbs that can take us beyond the gateways of our normal day-to-day perception to interact with the vast mystery and healing of the Otherworld. Come prepared to taste, journey, and experience the core plant magics of the season, and to interact with the distinct magic of the unknown. $25. Please pre-register at

Ya Ya Yoga & Market is located at 14480 NC-226 in Spruce Pine.

Ya Ya Yoga & Market website:

Ya Ya Yoga & Market facebook page:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

4th Annual Odyssey Auction

Now accepting donations of all kinds for the Odyssey Auction.
Click here for donation information. Thank you for your support!

A limited number of tickets are available at no charge for this special event. Please click here to reserve your tickets.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FREE Workshop at Haywood Community College North Carolina

If you are in the area and want a stimulating and informative ceramic workshop ....this is your chance and to top it off it is FREE. Spread the word.

Artist Statement

I suspect what keeps me engaged in the making of pots is the rich history and complex process of ceramics. The materials, kilns, firings, and the rhythm of the studio have become a comfortable part of my life, almost akin to a refuge.

I tend to make complex pots, not understated in form or surface. An interplay between shape and decoration creates a visual tension, which I find to be a rewarding artistic goal. By thinking of pottery as an avenue to explore color, line, surface and form, I have discovered a wellspring of inexhaustible creative opportunities.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Village Potters selling Laguna Clays!

Purchase Laguna Clays today!
 Asheville, NC

Click HERE for more info or
call (828) 253-2424

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Electric front-loading kiln for sale in Leicester, North Carolina


Bill Muerdter is selling an Olympic FL12E electric front-loading kiln in Leicester, North Carolina, near Asheville:

New kiln - only bisque fired once

Kiln with furniture & Orton Vent for sale - asking $5500

Details in the flyer

Contact Bill at or 828-683-1515

Friday, October 21, 2016

Update on Toe River Arts Council exhibit controversy

I've posted before about the controversy over an artwork being removed from an exhibit at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) gallery. Denise Cook, Executive Director of TRAC, said that TRAC would hold a forum on the controversy and that they would everyone know when the forum was scheduled. This week I received an email from Denise saying TRAC would not hold a forum after all. Here's the text of her email:

Dear Amy,

I am writing you to let you know that the TRAC Board is developing an exhibit policy so that artists will feel confident about TRAC's display parameters. TRAC serves a wide constituency: from local school students, families, local residents, and visitors to the area. The TRAC goal for its galleries is that they be places where individual expression is valued, and where all members of our community are welcomed and respected.

I would like to ask for your patience as we seek to engage in a process of determining a policy that is both inclusive and respectful. We hope for your participation in that process through feedback once we have a draft policy to work with. Though initially a forum seemed like a way to do it, upon further reflection it doesn't seem like a really effective way to do it.

I would like to stress that the TRAC Board is taking seriously its responsibility to develop an inclusive, respectful policy the membership can use.



Toe River Arts Council

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Greenpatch 421 for sale in Weaverville

Nancy Nehls Nelson has one more item for sale from her husband's studio:

GREENPATCH - 421 - Electric Kiln Repair/Patch, MORTAR ... Kiln Repair, Refractory Cement kiln patch repair hole filler crack patcher...... After applying patch allow to dry for several days and apply kiln wash if applied to inside of kiln ...needs stirred up.Apply with a putty knife ............. .Information on Ingredients Kyanite percent 10 - 20 Mullite percent [Warning:.This is a refractory material which is hazardous to your health if ingested or inhaled. Wear gloves and mask when handling.]

1 - 55LB PAIL - $25
2 - 15LB CANS - $10


Western North Carolina Makers Survey

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design wants input from Western North Carolina makers and designers!

From the email:

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and UNC Asheville recently partnered to launch the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE) in downtown Asheville. CCE will offer business workshops and classes designed specifically for makers and students with support from Mountain BizWorks.

CCCD seeks your input via a short 10-minute survey to ensure that programming is relevant to the WNC maker community.

As a special thank you, all participants will be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card and two tickets to a Blind Pig Supper Club event.

Survey participants must:

• Be a full-time, legal resident in one of the 23 Western North Carolina counties.

• Identify as a maker and/or designer with a craft-inspired business

Here's the survey link from the CCCD Facebook page:

Or go to the CCCD website and click on the link:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cynthia Bringle Demonstration Workshop at the North Carolina Pottery Center

A Day with Cynthia Bringle Demonstration Workshop at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

Saturday, October 29th
Exact time 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Spend some quality time with Cynthia Bringle and see how she makes her incredible pottery.

$60 NCPC Member
$75 Nonmembers
(price includes lunch)

To register, please contact or call 336-873-8430.

Registration Deadline: October 22nd

Monday, October 17, 2016

Update: ceramics equipment for sale in Asheville

David Samuel Harold recently posted some ceramics equipment for sale in Asheville; the post has now been updated with photos. Check them out here:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Free/Cheap Pottery Studio Materials in Weaverville

***UPDATE: 10/19/16: everything is gone***

Here are the details from Nancy Nehls Nelson:

My husband, Curtis Nelson, died two weeks ago. I have many items from his clay studio to give away and sell. I need to remove stuff by Monday, October 17th. I don’t know what is in many of these buckets. Please call me if you’re interested in ANYTHING! Lots of wall shelves w. brackets, work table, drying shelves, granite work slab, grinder, clay, slip, grit,etc.

828-658-9945 or 828-273-7317

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Studio fire at Reems Creek Pottery

From Rachel Smith (who hosted Clay Club in June):

I had a small studio fire over the weekend that thank goodness the sprinkler put it out. Just want to put some things out there for everyone. Check your insurance policies. Make sure it will cover what you have. Also if you rent a studio you really need renters insurance. And if people rent space in your studio they need their own policies.

I hope you can help spread the word. With the way that there are 2 policies covering the damage I will have about $1500 in deductibles I need to pay. I can handle that.

It is amazing how much I had in my work area for handbuilding today n a 4' square space. What is harder are my lost forms wooden bowls for molds, antique lace, years of collecting cookie cutters and rubber stamps, and my templates. Interesting my books should be ok but the one with the worse water damage was John Britt's cone 5/6 glaze book. My tools are fine except lost my mothers rolling pin which I used as a child., my bevel tool which was a present from a dear friend and my pony roller. Oh well. No one injured.

I will now have a reason to go back to yard sales and build a new proper work bench. But if anyone had wooden or bisque or plaster molds or cookie cutters or texture stamps that they really don't use I'd be glad to help you purge your studios. I really can't come to you to pick up as everyday I have to be at studio during clean up. However Weaverville is beautiful this time of year. And I can offer you some compensation.

Rachel Smith
Reems Creek Pottery
181 Reems Creek Rd # 6, Weaverville. NC

Monday, October 10, 2016

Large bats for sale in Linville, North Carolina


6 Large Bats For Sale. Fit Standard 10” Pins $50 for All

• 1, 22” Wood-Like material, I’m not sure what it is, but it is about 3/4” thick
• 1, 16” Plastic
• 1, 20” Hydro-Bat, a proprietary hard plaster-like material ($48.95 new)
8 3, 14” Hydro-Bats

Available for pick-up near Linville Land Harbor (Pineola/Linville area)

Kimbrell Frazier

Friday, October 7, 2016

Michael Rutkowsky on the Spruce Pine Potters Market

Michael Rutkowsky talked with WTOE's Bruce Ikard about the Spruce Pine Potters Market: (can't make a direct link - scroll down to "SP Pottery Market")

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is this Saturday and Sunday at the Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine:

October Clay Club Canceled; November Clay Club at East Tennessee State University

We will not meet in October, but please make plans to attend November Clay Club at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) on Wednesday, November 9th. Thanks to Lindsay Rogers and the ETSU Student Ceramics Association for hosting us! I will share more details about this closer to the meeting date but wanted to go ahead and let you know.

If you're interested in carpooling to ETSU, let me know and I will put folks in touch.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

4th Annual Highway 80 South Art Hop this Saturday and Sunday

A fall destination weekend tour of Open Studios and Galleries.

Meet with over 15 artists along 7 miles of Highway 80 S following North Carolina’s Scenic South Toe River.

Pottery- Fine Art- Glassworks- Jewelry- and more!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Looking for Tracy Dotson Pottery

Here are the details from Mindy Weck:

I have been all over the internet searching for Tracy Dotson & read that he passed away. I am sorry to hear this. I did not know him, but I have enjoyed his beautiful pottery made by himself & Catherine (former spouse?) with fish scale blue glaze. My husband & I received a full set of Dotson dinner ware & serving dishes for our wedding in 2002, and we have been enjoying them ever since. I can’t find anything like it anywhere else. I am wondering if there is more of Tracy’s & Catherine’s fish scale blue glaze pottery out there somewhere. Would you be willing to let me know if you have any leads?

Have a lead? Contact Mindy at

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Invitation to join Western North Carolina STARworks clay order

As discussed during September Clay Club, some Bakersville folks are organizing an order of STARworks clay to be delivered to Western North Carolina and they're inviting folks to join them. For more information or to get in on the order, contact Andy Palmer at They're hoping to finalize the order by this Friday, October 7th. Details about STARworks clay bodies can be found here: