Monday, February 27, 2017

Liz Zlot Summerfield Workshop This Week

Hi Everyone! Just a quick reminder that the Liz Zlot Summerfield workshop at East Tennessee State University is this Wednesday, March 1st from 9AM - 4PM, with a public lecture to be held Weds evening at 5:00 PM.

We are located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building. A campus map is located here:

Parking on campus can be tricky. You may plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can find parking. If you come to the Annex first, we will have a parking pass for you to put in your windshield. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email address below.

The workshop is free and open to the public! Hope to see you then!

Lindsay Rogers

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Call to artists for the 71st North Carolina Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair

***03/03/2017 update: Some of the information here is wrong. Dan Barron has provided an update, including the corrected 2017 application. See it here:***

Here’s the email from Dan Barron, Artist & Vendor Coordinator for the North Carolina Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair. Download the application here:


We invite all local & regional artists and craftspeople to apply for space at the 71st Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on June 17th, 10am to 5pm.

The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Arts and Craft Fair with food vendors and live music throughout the day, a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing, and the Ducky Derby.

An application is attached to this email. You may obtain additional applications and information at, or send a request to .

Please note that as per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-255, everyone who sells tangible property at a festival is required to collect and remit NC state & county sales tax, and to have and display their Sales & Use Tax Certificate of Registration at their booth. Failure to comply with this statute is a Class 1 Misdemeanor offence and the individual can be charged as such. If you don’t have a number, registration is free and can be completed online at

Feel free to forward this email to others you feel might be interested in participating. We are looking forward to the Festival and hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please email me or call me @828-284-1914 at your convenience.

Thank You and Best Regards,

Dan Barron

Artist & Vendor Coordinator

Friday, February 24, 2017

Woodfire NC 2017 in Star, NC with pre-conference events across North Carolina

Woodfire NC 2017 will take place June 8—11, 2017 in Star, North Carolina. From the conference website:

An International Woodfire Conference at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in Star, N.C. A collaboration between STARworks, the North Carolina Pottery Center, and the woodfire potters of North Carolina, the conference will be preceded by several firing workshops across the state.

Pre-conference events will take place in Eastern North Carolina, Seagrove and in the NC Mountains in Western NC. Here’s the description of the NC Mountains Pre-Conference:

NC Mountains Pre-Conference, June 1-7

They are calling it the PreHEAT of western North Carolina. Participants and organizers of the NC Mountains pre-conference have assembled the region’s top woodfirers and a host of national and international guests for seven days of complete immersion into the exciting world of woodfiring. They have created an action-packed week, from June 1st through June 7th, of programming full of firings, exhibition receptions, demonstrations, studio tours, feasts, parties, and music, which promises to offer something special for everyone involved!

Starting June 1st, the NC Mountain Pre-Conference Artists and Invited Guests will be loading and firing nine kilns, each one a distinct style, at seven kiln sites across the region, and participants will get a chance to experience an array of different firing styles and see their work fired with a variety of unique effects. Participants are guaranteed to get 4.5 CU FT of work in the firings. That equals 3 shelves (12” x 24”) of 9” pots OR a 20” cube. (All work for the firing should be bisqued and preferably decorated/glazed prior to arrival. Limited glaze and slips will be provided at each of the 7 kiln sites. Please direct all shipped work to 119A Roberts St Asheville NC 28801)

National and International Guest Artists Include:

Ben Richardson
Alix Brodeur
Perry Haas
Kevin Lips
Tom Alward
Simon Levin
Joshua Kuensting
David Peters
Sandy Lockwood
Jennifer Halli

When a participant is not actively involved in loading or firing one of the nine kilns, there will be plenty of other opportunities to explore the rich woodfiring community of this area. Guided tours of area potteries will allow participants a direct insight into the studio practices and kiln philosophies of our presenters.

This pre-conference offers four full days of demonstrations by some of the field’s top makers, numerous exhibition openings, and a special evening banjo concert by our very own Akira Satake (and friends). The week will culminate at the Copus Compound with a woodfired pizza celebration as all three of Josh’s kilns are finished at the same time. All participants will receive a registration email detailing information about shipping work, what to expect when you arrive, and how best to prepare for the pre-conference after you register. No transportation is provided for traveling to the various pre-conference event sites.

Get the details on all the Woodfire NC pre-conference and conference events here:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Independent Study At Odyssey ClayWorks

Independent Study
With Open Studio Hours Every Day
March 20- April 27

Click here to register online
Back by popular demand! Odyssey ClayWorks is proud to offer this dynamic studio experience custom tailored to your needs: Self directed study, with studio representatives available for technical advice and support. The Independent Study will feature 8 optional one-hour demos on various aspects of studio practice for beginner to advanced students as well as a kiln talk by Les Powell of Highwater Clays. As a bonus, each Friday you are invited to the Director's Discussion, an open dialogue about ceramic technique, aesthetics, and valuation with Odyssey Director Gabriel Kline. Bring ideas for projects and an inquisitive mind. There will be open studio hours every day. Click here to view the demo schedule.

Will downtown Spruce Pine become a destination for artists?

The Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about last week’s tour of downtown Spruce Pine for artists and entrepreneurs. From the article:

Nearly 50 artists and entrepreneurs attended a tour this past Friday of available buildings and spaces in downtown Spruce Pine.

There were 14 buildings and spaces for either sale or rent on the tour ranging from 600 to 8,000 square feet, $500 to $1,500 a month rent and for sale from $123,000 to $250,000. Spruce Pine Main Street Executive Director Libby Phillips led the tour and provided would-be renters and buyers with information about the properties and property owners, some of whom were on the tour as well.

Read the complete article (currently not paywalled) here:

And you can weigh in: the paper’s weekly poll question asks, “Will downtown Spruce Pine become a destination for artists?” (As of this writing, the no votes outnumber the yes votes.) Take the poll here:

See some photos from the tour here:

Monday, February 20, 2017

March Clay Club: Kazegama kiln firing and opening at The Village Potters in Asheville

March Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, March 8th. Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting us!

I’m posting this a little early since, as announced before, there will be a special Kazegama kiln opening during Clay Club and clubbers are invited to participate in the firing. Here again are the details on how to participate:

Use Cone 10 clay. Keep it to smaller works (mugs, tumblers, small bowls/vases - 6-8" tops), and liner glazes only, flashing slips if they have them but no outside glazes. We'll wad here, and open the kiln and have a de-wadding party at Clay Club! Drop off works at The Village Potters between February 22nd - March 1st.

The Village Potters are located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District at:

191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Directions available here: (or use the Clay Club Studios Map)

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

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

See you on March 8th!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pics from the tour of properties available in downtown Spruce Pine

Some pics from the tour for artists and entrepreneurs of properties available for rent or sale in downtown Spruce Pine. Contact Libby Phillips, Executive Director of Spruce Pine Main Street, at 828-765-3008 for more info.

second floor above the Market on Oak

second floor of the Bank of America building

second floor of the Bank of America building

view from the third floor of the Bank of America building

view from the roof of the Bank of America building

second floor of the Wellborn's building

first floor of the McCall's building

first floor of the McCall's building

Crystal Place building

second floor of the McCall's Building

second floor of the McCall's Building

Liz Zlot Summerfield Workshop at ETSU

Hi Everyone!

I am pleased to announce that the Student Ceramics Association of East Tennessee State University will be hosting a free demonstration workshop with Liz Zlot Summerfield on Wednesday March 1st from 9AM - 4PM, with a public lecture to be held Weds evening at 5:00 PM. See schedule on the poster for more details. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Feel free to spread the word. Hope to see you there!

Lindsay Rogers

Friday, February 17, 2017

The end of the line for Appalachian Terroir

Production PotteryLiquidation Sale

Located in Micaville, NC

For a complete list
of sale items and prices
call or e-mail today.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Opening for Courtney Martin

Opening for Courtney Martin

Need a break from the winter weather (even though it's not so bad)?
Looking for something to do after Valentines day?

Hoping to see some fantastic pottery and hang out; eat some home made Italian   snacks; drink various beverages; and rub elbows with the rich and famous (I just made that last one up - but all the rest are true)?
Then come by In-Tandem Galleries opening for Courtney Martin's latest and greatest work, February 18th from 5:00-8:00.  PLUS, you can be the first to see the new addition to the gallery - 600 sq. ft. of pure gallery pleasure (but it's not finished yet).
So, make it an event.  Come by and enjoy.  We can't wait to see you there.
Again, that's this Saturday from 5:00-8:00, opening of new work from Courtney Martin!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Summer Studio Assistant opportunity in Brevard, North Carolina

***Update 3/8/17: this position has been filled!***

Howe Pottery in Brevard, North Carolina seeks a Summer Studio Assistant (note: although the description mentions ceramic students, anyone is welcome to apply).

Here are the details from Stuart Howe:

DESCRIPTION OF OPPORTUNITY: Summer opportunity for ceramic students looking to get an idea about the life and work of a full-time studio potter. Work will relate to the entire ceramic process from clay preparation to marketing and pricing. Primary tasks will include weighing and preparing clay for throwing, throwing or hand building items (depending on ability), cleaning leather hard work, transporting wares and loading bisque kilns, waxing, glazing, loading glaze kilns, assisting in firings and final sanding and pricing work for sale. Other potential jobs may include photography, social media, etc.

Applicants should expect to work hard and to learn and grow by large amounts in both hard and soft skills. Through example, repetition and critique the assistant will learn the basic tools of a studio potter. Considering this is the pilot year; flexibility and feedback from both sides will be important to make the position successful for 2017 and future summers.

Compensation, housing and more details in the flyer.

Download a PDF of the flyer here:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Kiln for sale in Asheville

***Update 2/19/17: this kiln is no longer available***


KM-1222-3. Skutt

Production Quality Kiln with venting system (in Asheville)

· It's interior dimensions are 28.13'' in diameter and 22'' tall

· 4 years old (medium amount of use)

· This includes all furniture (7 shelves, motorized venting system, 12 large and small plate setters, 28 medium to tall posts, and 15 short posts

· It is currently wired for 240V (even though it is labeled 208V)

· I also have an extra lid (but it is peeling) that you can have

$1,995 Firm

If interested contact Maggie Minor at

Friday, February 10, 2017

Call to Artists for the Georgia JugFest

The Georgia JugFest is seeking folk and studio potters to participate in the May 20th event in Knoxville, Georgia. Application deadline is March 17th.

Details and application on the festival website:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples at Odyssey ClayWorks

THIS WEEKEND! Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples

We have a special treat in store for this Valentine's Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We'll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don't mind getting a little...dirty.

Click on the date to register online:
Friday, February 10, 7-9pm
Sunday, February 12, 4-6pm
Tuesday, February 14, 7-9pm

February Clay Club recap: Critiques at High Country Ceramic Arts

What a great Clay Club! Thanks to Linda Powell for hosting us at High Country Ceramic Arts and to Garold Amsberry, Michael Rutkowsky and Yaffa Todd for leading the critiques and discussion. And special thanks to everyone who shared their work with us - it takes courage to do that and is very much appreciated.

Linda Powell was first with her Speckled Brownstone dish:

Garold said the lines reminded him of an image of a cutaway of the earth showing the different strata. Michael said he liked how the lines lead you to the handles. Linda had used felt pieces on the bottom to prevent it from scratching surfaces. This led to a discussion of other ways to handle the bottom, such as making individual clay feet (this might require more than 4 feet to prevent sagging, or maybe placing a cookie underneath to support it during firing) or smoothing the surface with silicon carbide or a coarse emery cloth. Here are some posts with advice on smoothing bottoms:

Sanding Pots

Do You Like a Smooth Bottom

(and a useful post by John Britt on smoothing lid flanges)

John Maddox shared his Pig Bear which he hand built on a hump mold:

He made the eyes (they are wonderful!) with an old ginseng bottle. Someone asked about his inspiration and John said, “I don’t know where these marching orders come from sometimes.” Michael said that being ambiguous gave the Pig Bear more character. John designed it to hang and there was some discussion of how to make pieces ready to hang. Adhesives were discussed; Joy Bennett said she uses E6000 and Bridget Fox recommended PC-7 or PC-11 two-part epoxies. Michael advised that when it comes to designing a piece to hang on a wall, it is better to overkill on that for buyers.

Karen Miller was next with her rooster egg platter:

She said she was laughing with her piece - and looking at her delightful platter it’s easy to see why! Yaffa suggested that it might be nice to make it so it could hang and be displayed in addition to being functional. Bridget Fox suggested designing it so that it could hold a plastic baggie of ice underneath to keep the eggs cool. Yaffa talked about the edges which she said were sharp in places. She suggested working on edges in the leather stage to make sure they’re smooth.

Martin Stankus shared his raku pot:

He talked about how he made it, including using masking tape to mask areas to make the black lines on the pot. Sarah House suggested using pinstripe tape (available from auto supply stores) because it’s easier to make curved lines with that. Yaffa said she liked how the lines follow the piece. There was some discussion of the foot and the rim. Garold suggested possibly trimming the foot to mirror the rim.

Yaffa said it was a gift that Martin can throw any form he wants. This led to a discussion of clay bodies and how they differ in terms of throw-ability. Martin said throwing with raku clay is much easier than other clay bodies and is good for learning to throw. Some folks mentioned changes they have noticed in Highwater clay bodies that have affected their throw-ability. We talked about other options available locally, including Standard clays carried by Highwater, Laguna clays sold by The Village Potters and STARworks clay (not available locally, but a number of Clay Clubbers put in a joint order after the STARworks Clay Club presentation).

See more of Martin's work on his website:

Diane McGrath’s flower plate was last:

Yaffa said it was a beautiful plate and that the detail took hours to do. The texture of the brown breaks up the design. (Click on the image to see this better.) Someone asked whether the glazes are all food safe, and they are. This led to a discussion of the piece being both functional and decorative and what price it might fetch. Kari Weaver of OOAK Gallery talked about how her customers look for functional items vs. how they look for decorative items. Someone suggested making it a little larger, with a hanger, and that that might increase the price.

Really great discussions on all the pieces! Thanks again to Linda, Garold, Michael and Yaffa; to everyone who shared their work; and to everyone who came and participated in the discussions.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Clay Club is on Wednesday in Burnsville! ***with an update on the “critiques” and how to participate***

Clay Club is tomorrow at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville! Thanks again to Linda Powell for hosting us.


When: 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 8

What: We will be having critiques. Linda has lined up three fabulous artists to lead the critiques: Catharine Brown (here, too), Michael Rutkowsky and Yaffa Todd.

It has been suggested that “critique” maybe isn’t quite the right word. This is how they were described the last time we did this: “this is a very informal, unique opportunity for folks to get feedback on their work. This could be finished work as well as work you may be working on but just want some input of ideas from others as how to improve or more forward.” (Check out the recap to see the diversity of work that time.) All ceramic artists (wheel throwers, hand builders, functional potters, sculptors, etc.) of all levels are welcome to participate. This is a terrific opportunity and there is still room. If you'd like to participate, let me know.

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

***Asheville area folks: Linda Falcone is hoping to carpool. Contact her at***

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Downtown Spruce Pine, NC tour for artists and entrepreneurs

Here are the details from Stacey Lane:

Attention Artists and Entrepreneurs

This is an invitation to a tour of available properties (for rent and sale) in downtown Spruce Pine. The tour will take place on Friday, February 17th, and will begin at the Main Street Pocket Park meeting room at 2pm. The tour should conclude by 4:30, and will be followed by a casual gathering at Spoon for those interested in continuing discussions about the possibilities.

Libby Phillips, Director of Spruce Pine Main Street, will lead the tour and will have information about rental costs and sale prices, as well as information provided by the owners. In some cases, the owners will be present to answer questions. Buildings included in the tour are for commercial use, and in some cases also have potential living spaces. Following is a list of properties currently on the tour. If you are interested in a property and don’t see it on this list, please contact Libby at 828-765-3008 to inquire about its inclusion.

McCall’s, Bank of America, Wellborns, Old Town Hall, Old Spruce Pine Grocery/Leoni property, Twisted Laurel, Not Bob’s Antiques, Crystal Building, Toe River Garage (property view from street only), Market on Oak (upstairs), Foxfire Restaurant, Barber Shop

We are hoping that this will make it easy for folks looking for spaces to get a good idea of what is available, and also to connect folks who might be looking for similar types of studios/spaces. After the tour, we can discuss further ways to support artists and entrepreneurs in finding and creating great workspaces in downtown Spruce Pine.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this e-mail with anyone you feel might be interested. An RSVP to will be helpful as we plan the tour, but is not required in order to attend. All are welcome!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Call to Artists for the 2017 Cup Show at The Pottery in Saluda, NC

Doc Welty shared this call to artists for the 2017 Cup Show April 1-30 at The Pottery in Saluda, NC. No entry fee and potter-friendly terms.

Deadline to enter is March 1. Delivery deadline is March 18.

Download an entry form here:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Art and Sōl kiln and wheel repair

My friend Pete is looking for a job and I thought I'd help if I could.

He has been working in the Solar Panel industry for many years. Unfortunately, with the new administration and uncertainty in the renewable energy market, all projects were put on hold and so he no longer has work. Why post on clay club??


Because of his background as an electrical engineer, he has rewired a ton of kilns/ control panels / recoiled and replaced elements... you name it. So, if you need your kiln upgraded or repaired OR are thinking about solar as an energy source - give him a call.

Art and Sōl
Kiln and wheel repairs...
All brands.
Art lighting... home, studio, gallery, or one art work.
See your art in the best possible light.
Colored mood lighting, hi-tech,
and green(hi-efficiency) lighting also.
Anything electrical...
Solar engineering consultant underemployed since election.
Pete 754-246-9260

Joy in the Mountains

Came across this book, Joy in the Mountains, published in 1977 (40 years ago!). It’s about all the attractions in the “tri-state mountain corner of n.c.-tenn.-va.”

The pages here (click to enlarge) are from the chapter titled “beautiful hands, busy fingers” that's about all the crafts in the region. There are some familiar names here - McWhirter Pottery, Jim Sockwell’s Pottery, Toe River “Craftsmen” - and many more that aren’t familiar to me but maybe are to some of you?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Clay Club: Critiques at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville

February Clay Club will be at High Country Ceramic Arts (HCCA) in Burnsville next Wednesday, February 8th at 6 pm. Thanks to Linda Powell for hosting us and for organizing this Clay Club!

We will be having critiques. This is a follow-up by request to the critiques we did at Linda McFarling’s studio in 2015. Linda has lined up three jurors to lead the critiques: Catharine Brown (here, too), Michael Rutkowsky and Yaffa Todd. Thanks to all three of them for doing this! This is a great opportunity but slots are limited. If you’d like your work to be critiqued, you need to sign up ahead of time - send me an email ( and let me know.

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

HCCA is located at 552 W US 19E in Burnsville. Google maps will get you there: (Warning: Linda says that some GPSs work and some do not because at one point the building was in Google as E VS W.)

***Asheville area folks: there is a potter hoping to come who is in need of a ride. If you can provide one, let me know.***

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

See you next Wednesday!