Friday, December 23, 2016

Western North Carolina Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant

The Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is open to individual artists and small groups in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

From the Asheville Area Arts Council website:

The Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is being offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to encourage artists to participate in the process of building community through the arts. This grant is sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council and Asheville Art in the Park.

Projects considered for this grant should meet many, but not necessarily all, of the following criteria (unless specified):

• Supports or enhances an existing municipal plan or local strategic goal
• Will take place or be presented in public (Strongly Suggested)
• Addresses or ameliorates a social issue
• Builds community and/or encourages community participation
• Provides or enhances an economic development opportunity for an individual artist, group or project
• Enlivens an underused or under-appreciated public space
• Creates neighborhood identity
• Displays excellence in craftsmanship and design (Required)
• Compliments the surrounding environment
• The relationship of the project to community need is well defined
• Applications should be written with a particular project in mind (Required)
• Feasibility of proposed project and likelihood of completion one year from date of first grant distribution check. (Required)

The application deadline is February 15, 2017. There will be an info session on January 18, 2017.

More information, including the grant application and guidelines, here:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

WNC Potters Facebook group

Kat McReynolds shared her WNC Potters Facebook group. It’s a public group (you’ll need a Facebook account).

Check it out here:

Lee Wolfe’s caramel popcorn recipe

If you were at December Clay Club at Cynthia Bringle’s studio you probably had some of Lee Wolfe’s delicious caramel corn. (By the time I took this photo it was pretty much devoured and it didn’t last much longer!) Lee has generously shared the recipe over on her blog:

Thanks Lee!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kiln up for auction by the City of Asheville

The City of Asheville has a kiln for up for auction. The current price (with zero bids) is $50.

Here’s the description from the auction website:

Skutt Electric kiln LT-3K
Has not been used in 5 years -would recommend having this inspected by a professional before use

Note: I think LT-3K is the kiln sitter model number, not the kiln model number. See the web listing for more info:

Thanks to Jason Sandford aka @Ashevegas for sharing this on twitter!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Potter seeks fire brick


Hi my name is Curry Wilkinson and I am looking for used/new fire brick. Ideally I would like to buy a large quantity of hard fire brick to build a large tunnel kiln. However, any amount of hard\soft brick I am interested in learning more about. I live near Seagrove but I am willing to travel to pick up brick. Also any leads or information about brick would be a appreciated as well.

If anyone has information please contact me at

Or call me at

Thanks in advance for any help or info

Curry Wilkinson

Friday, December 16, 2016

Recap: December Clay at Cynthia Bringle’s studio

Thanks to Cynthia for hosting our final Clay Club of 2016! We celebrated the end of the year and had our annual mug/cup/object exchange. I love my Tria Turrou mug! See Cynthia checking out her Andy Palmer mug below.

Thanks again to Cynthia and to everyone who came, including Lee Wolfe and her husband Ken, who I think traveled the farthest - from Candler!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Randall kickwheel for sale in Mars Hill


Here are the details from Shane Mickey:

Randall kickwheel. No cord to motor, not sure of its status.

Wheel head is a homemade wooden attachment with bat pins.

Original head to accept plaster bats still intact it appears.

Need gone ASAP! 100 bucks!

located in mars hill

TEXT ?'s to 828-467-1208

Free bricks in Hendersonville

Here are the details from Dian Magie:

Selee Corp in Hendersonville (google, international commercial industrial ceramics) has a pallet of "insulator face bricks"


contact: Scott Huntley, office 828-694-3325; cell 828-388-0983

They have a shrink-wrapped pallet on skids 3.5 x 3.5 x 4 foot

Bricks to 2300F are 9" x 4.5" x 2.5" more like soft bricks that are easily cut

A few bricks are the heavy bricks to 3000F that are great for bag walls

David Voorhees and I have both taken advantage of working with this company.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Clay Club is THURSDAY!

Clay Club is THURSDAY (note the change from our usual time) at Cynthia Bringle’s studio in Penland!


When: 6 pm THURSDAY, December 15th

What: Celebration of the end of 2016 and the annual Clay Club cup/mug/object exchange (see the link below for details about the exchange).

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

One note from Cynthia: If the parking lot gets full park on the road but do not block it. Maybe have a flashlight handy.

Directions and more details here:


Monday, December 12, 2016

Toe River Arts Council annual meeting on December 14th

Here are the details from the TRAC email newsletter (reminder that this meeting is on our usual meeting day; December Clay Club will take place this THURSDAY):

It's annual meeting time at TRAC—40 years of connecting our community with the arts. It starts at 5:30pm on Wednesday, December 14 at the Arts Resource Center above the Spruce Pine Gallery. It's a potluck repast (We'll provide the paper goods and beverages) followed by a short meeting to talk over the year's happenings and introduce the new members of the Board of Directors. It will be fun and it will be filling, friendly, and festive. Any questions, call the Burnsville office, 828.682.7215.

(Note: new board members aren’t just introduced - they’re elected during the annual meeting. If you're a member, you get a vote.)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

{Re}HAPPENING Call for Artists

Here are the details from the {Re}HAPPENING website:


Letter of Intent is due on December 21, 2016

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center announces an opportunity for artists to participate in the 2017 {Re}HAPPENING on Saturday March 25 between 3pm-10pm at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.

We invite artists to propose projects that reflect the innovative spirit of Black Mountain College. Artists are encouraged to take risks and demonstrate elements of process, spontaneity, experimentation, collaboration, and audience participation. Each selected artist project will receive a $250 honorarium.

ARTISTS OF ALL GENRES AND DISCIPLINES are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI should be a brief one-page outline that describes the project, includes participating artists and how the project connects to the Black Mountain College legacy.

The LOI deadline is December 21, 2016 – please email LOIs to

About {Re}HAPPENINGSince 2010, BMCM+AC has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance considered by many to be the first Happening in North America.

The {Re}HAPPENING is a day long event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College, known as Lake Eden – 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser and part community instigator serving as platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day.

General admission brings in hundreds of visitors annually. In addition to providing a forum for regional artists and an accessible, immersive, educational experience for attendees, every year the event is a community collaboration between local businesses and arts organizations.

More info here:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Introduction to Pottery course at The Pottery in Saluda

Here are the details from Doc Welty:

The Pottery in Saluda, NC will begin a six week course in an introduction to pottery February 1st 2017.

The class meets once a week for six weeks Feb 1 through Mar 8 3-6 pm.

Deadline to apply is Jan 15.

Download a printable PDF version of the flyer here:

Contact Doc Welty at for more information.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Grant awarded for the Blue Ridge Craft Trails

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has awarded a grant to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to help launch the Blue Ridge Craft Trails. Here are the details from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina website:

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area was awarded $25,000 to help launch the Blue Ridge Craft Trails, a craft trail system for 25 WNC counties to increase income for craft artists and businesses, enhance cultural tourism and improve local economies. This grant is contingent upon the receipt of other funds.

See a list of the 25 Western North Carolina counties that the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area includes here:

Monday, December 5, 2016

December Clay Club at Cynthia Bringle’s studio on December 15th

December Clay Club will be at Cynthia Bringle’s studio on THURSDAY, December 15th, at 6 pm. (Note the change from our regular meeting day. Mitchell and Yancey folks - TRAC is holding its annual meeting on December 14th.) Thanks to Cynthia for hosting us!

We will have our annual mug/cup/object exchange and celebrate the end of 2016. (In case you haven't been before, here are the details on the exchange, as explained by John Britt for a previous exchange: "The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.")

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

Cynthia’s studio is located at 160 Lucy Morgan Lane, Penland, NC 28765. Google maps will get you there:

Directions also available here:

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

See you next THURSDAY!

Reems Creek Pottery seeks non-production potter

Here are the details from Rachel Smith:

Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville is looking for a non-production potter to join our studio beginning January 1. This person would get about 125 square feet of dedicated space along with shared slab roller, kilns, ware racks, sales area etc. Yes, there is gas heat. Electric kilns are fired to a maximum of cone 6. If you are a thrower, it is bring your own wheel.

To see the work being done by our current studio potters go to our facebook page To discuss this opportunity, call Rachel Smith 828-230-2526 or email at to arrange for a studio tour.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend

The Toe River Holiday Studio Tour is this weekend! Artist studios and galleries are open throughout Mitchell and Yancey counties. Download a tour guide and get all the details here: