Friday, July 28, 2017

Pine Mountain Mine tours August 3rd and 4th

Quartz Corporation in Spruce Pine is offering mine tours during the NC Mineral and Gem Festival. Here are the details from the festival website:

We are excited to partner with Quartz Corporation to offer two nights of mine tours during the NC Mineral and Gem Festival this year.


Thursday August 3rd 7-9 PM
Friday August 4th 7-9 PM

Tours will meet at the NC Mineral and Gem Festival site 30 minutes prior to the tour for safety training. Transportation to and from the mine will be provided. Tours will be conducted by staff from the mine (Quartz Corporation).

Hard hats and safety goggles will be provided. Mine Tour participants are welcome to bring gathering bags or buckets and any tools. Tour participants will be able to collect and keep what they find during the tour.

Mine Tour participants must reserve their spot in advance by contacting the Festival office at 828-765-9033 or emailing $25 Per Person

Hard hats and safety goggles will be provided. Mine Tour participants are welcome to bring gathering bags or buckets and any tools. Tour participants will be able to collect and keep what they find during the tour.


Pine Mountain Mine is one of the largest operating mines in North America. Mining began in the 1950's in the Pine Mt Mine for Feldspar. The primary ore is Pegmatite and Alaskite. The minerals that can be found there in large quantities are Quartz (Smokey and Pink), Feldspar (potassium and calcium), Muscovite mica, garnet, and Biotite schist. The mine is currently being mined for Feldspar, Quartz, and Mica and is active and supplies both processing facilities at Minpro and Altapass in Spruce Pine.


Events at Mica Gallery in Bakersville

Events today and Saturday at Mica Gallery in Bakersville:

Wine Down the Week this Friday
at Mica
Friday, July 28th at 4-5 pm.
Enjoy a sneak preview of our new show,
visit with neighbors for libations, conversation.

Please join us at Mica in Bakersville
for the Artist Reception!
Saturday, July 29th, 5-8PM.
Meet the artists, see the work, enjoy light refreshments.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Call for artists for "Cups in Common" exhibition at Clayworks in Charlotte

Clayworks in Charlotte, North Carolina, the fourth largest non-profit ceramic teaching facility in the country, seeks applicants for Cups in Common, an exhibition celebrating the ceramic mug. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to exhibit in Clayworks Gallery alongside a small group of nationally-recognized artists invited to participate by Clayworks.

Juror: Linda Arbuckle, well-known majolica artist, and professor emerita of ceramics at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Eligibility: All artists over the age of 18 working in ceramic media in the continental US are eligible. All works must be original works made by the applicant, completed in the past two years, and not previously exhibited at Clayworks. All works must for sale and cannot be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition.

When: The exhibition will run October 12 – November 11, 2017, culminating on November 11 with a fundraiser/event.

Deadline: August 21, 2017

Entry Fee: $25

Application Process: Submit up to three submissions (individual mugs or sets) via

More details here:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Take a Walk on the Wild Side" Pottery and Ceramics Sculpture show at Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery in Boone

“Take a Walk on the Wild Side” the 2nd Annual Pottery and Ceramics Sculpture show sponsored by Potters of the Blue Ridge, will once again be hosted by Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery located in the Historic Downtown Boone.

Potters of the Blue Ridge is encouraging local potters to step outside their boxes and create unique and interesting work that is a bit on the wild side. The opening will correspond with Downtown Boone’s Art Crawl, August 4th also known as First Friday, from 5:30-8:30 pm. The show will run through Sunday, August 20th.

During the Art Crawl there will be demonstrations of clay work by area potters, on the sidewalk outside the gallery. There will also be opportunity for the public to participate and put their hands to clay. Folks will be given the chance to have their work fired at the Doe Ridge Pottery Studio, just downstairs.

All of the work from the artists in the show will be available for sale. Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery will be contributing all proceeds to the artists and sponsoring organization.

After the opening on the evening of August 4th, the show can be seen every day from 10 am - 6 pm through August 20th.

Man Gave Names to all the Animals at The Pottery in Saluda

"He saw an animal that liked to growl
Big furry paws and he liked to howl
Great big furry back and furry hair
Ah, think I'll call him a bear" - Bob Dylan

"Man Gave Names to all the Animals", an exhibit and sale of twenty six animal sculptures will run August 5 through 31 at The Pottery in historic downtown Saluda, North Carolina.

From Aardvark to Zoorila the exhibit showcases a host of wild animals and the sometimes unusual names man gave them. Since the dawn of time man has exercised his dominance over the beasts, giving each their own purpose that suited him, resulting in a myriad of relationships with animals. Some chosen to be companions, some to be a hat or coat and some for dinner.

Each piece in the exhibit requires the animal's lot in life to be a planter.

In consideration of our complex relationship with and stewardship for other living things a portion of the proceeds from the sculpture sale will go to the Polk county Humane Society for their work in animal rescue and adoption services.

The opening reception is August 5 from 4-7 pm. Animal crackers will be served.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Open studio event at The Bright Angle in Asheville

Here are the details from The Bright Angle (located at 207 Coxe Ave Studio 15 in Asheville):

Join us for an open studio event! We are celebrating alongside the Asheville Area Arts Council for first Friday in the Refinery Creator Space on Friday, August 4 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The event will feature our newest collection, a special spring sale, local craft brews and yummy hors d'oeuvres.

We will be giving the community a chance to get to know us and tour our studio. Our new ceramic collection is a collaboration with local Asheville artists, including leather components by In Blue Handmade and glass pieces by Hayden Wilson Glass.

The Refinery will also be hosting two exhibition openings! Learn more about those here:

More information about us:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Paulus Berensohn Memorial Celebration

From the Penland website:

Paulus Berensohn Memorial Celebration
July 22, 2017
Penland School of Crafts
Penland, North Carolina

Come one, come all!
It is time to celebrate the life of Paulus Berensohn by circling together with joy and gratitude. You are invited to attend any or all of these offerings amid our day at Penland together. Note: If you cannot make it but would like to send a story, see below.

Our program, subject to change and invention:

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Visit Paulus’s home for a quiet moment of looking and reading

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Make Something Together in our Makerspace on the porch of Ridgeway

Anytime: WalkAbout! Hike the path to the top of Otter’s Knob on the Paulus Path. (Find the trail head sign just uphill from the Penland Wood Studio.)

2:00 - 2:45 PM: Choir Practice! If you would like to help with the singing in the Knoll Service, meet on the Dye Shed porch for chants and songs with Joy Seidler and others.

3:30 PM: Service for Paulus Berensohn on the Penland Knoll

Immediately following the service, join the procession from the Knoll to Ridgeway for Paulus’s SPLASH—his ritual early evening toast to the day with friends. Come raise a glass of (cheap) scotch and grapefruit juice “with a bit of nibbles,” as he would say. (We welcome food donations of light appetizers for this event.)

Invitation to ALL: Do you have a Paulus story to share?
Write/draw/stitch/paint/express the Paulus story you would like to give us! Create your story in a 8 ½ x 11 format on paper, cloth or ? and we will add it to the Story Thread Banner we will be building at Ridgeway. All the stories will later be saved in a Remembrance Book for his archive.

Send your story pages to Debra Frasier, PO Box 6, Penland NC, 28765 by July 20, 2017. Running late? Bring your page along with you to the Celebration and add them to the banner lines at Ridgeway upon your arrival (—but early sending is GREATLY appreciated.) Questions? Email

Visiting Paulus’ Resting Spot on Earth…
In the summer of 2016 Paulus set in motion a plan to create a “green burial” in order to minimize the ecological impact of his physical death and to, like his later pots, gracefully dissolve back into the earth with the help of rain, insects, and sun. (Last summer he even helped decorate his cardboard coffin with paint and paste paper.) He also elected to draw on Buddhist traditions in order to approach death with his “slow and savor” way, and this soul soothing passage was clearly felt by all who tended him. (Caverly Morgan has written an eloquent piece about this experience.) Visit for words and photos.) Paulus’ peaceful transition was aided by the wider community who came to sit in quiet with him in his living room before burial.

Part of Paulus’ mission was to use this moment as a way to “behave artistically” and to share what he learned from the experience. He encouraged photos and postings to help show more people about the possibility of a green burial. Along the way he often said to tell YOU that he welcomed visits to his new “change of address” on a North Carolina ridge, in earshot of a creek, at The Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, just south of the Asheville Airport. If you would like to visit go to for directions.) Once there, cross over the bridge and take the right fork in the path going up. Look for the mound of fresh earth…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Village Potters Independent Study & Mentoring Program in CLAY, Now Accepting Applications for November 1 Entry!

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Our Independent Study & Mentoring Program (ISM) is a directed mentorship program for both the developing potters, as well as, serious hobby artists who want to refine his or her skills. The ISM Program is specifically designed to offer a non-traditional/relational experience to help the potters hone current skills, develop new ones, and if desired, make the move into a career in clay with a thorough understanding of what it take to run a creative business.
The ISM Program includes a fully equipped pottery studio with wheels, slab roller, bisque kilns, personal shelving, extruder, oxidation kilns, gas reduction kilns, raku kiln, and access to our newest kiln, a Kazegama wood ash kiln. Students have access to the studio Monday – Sunday, and in addition to paying a monthly program fee students must provide their own personal tools and bats. Students also purchase their own clay, from a list of Laguna clays that The Village Potters sells, and pay firing fees.
There are community firings scheduled (Kazegama and Raku) where students are invited to participate. Students will experience loading kilns, firing, unloading, and assessing firings with discussions. Other firings are reserved by individual students after specific studio/kiln training has occurred, and students may also have access to the glaze mixing kitchen after proper training in that area.
The ISM Program includes pairing students with a mentor that rotates quarterly. Invitations to 1-hour Lunch & Learns about every 2 months where a specific arts business topic is presented. Various 30-60 minute clay demonstrations are offered by mentors on a monthly basis. Tuition includes automatic registration to The Village Potters’ Master Series workshops that occur every two months throughout the year. The Master Series Workshop program is open to the public. These workshops are when The Village Potters invites a dynamic potter/ceramic artist that is an expert in a specific area of clay to teach for a Saturday. Most Master Series topics range from advanced techniques in clay to what it takes to have a successful career.
Enrolled ISM students also receive a 20% discount on other Teaching Center opportunities such as weekly classes.
To request more information about the program and how to apply please contact: or call us (828) 253-2424.
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 25th for November 1st, 2017 entry into the program.
*** The ISM Program may be right for you if you are an emerging potter OR if you have been working with clay for years, but wish to explore new avenues in your work. The ISM Program allows potters to have regular access to a studio (7 days a week), community with other potters, opportunities to explore multiple firing techniques, mentorship and tuition from professional and teaching ceramic artists, and periodic exhibition opportunities. We believe that in two years a potter can hone their skills and develop a unique body of work that will equip them to launch into even more creative clay pursuits. This program, like all things at The Village, is designed to be highly relational, and in many ways custom to the goals of each ISM student. Whether you plan to be a professional potter or a part-time creative, this program will afford you the opportunity to go as far as you wish in clay. This non-traditional program makes it possible for potters with other jobs, families, and other unique circumstances to live out their artistic dreams.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Seconds for Scholarships sale at Odyssey ClayWorks!

Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville will be holding their big pottery sale this month! Odyssey Clayworks will be raising money for our scholarship fund with a big markdown on handmade ceramics. Work donated by participating artists will be 50-75% off.

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman avenue on Saturday, July 22nd at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside.

Participating artists include Director Gabriel Kline as well as numerous Resident Artists and Studio Assistants! If there is a special piece you have your eye on they suggest you come early.

Odyssey is a community minded studio and it is their goal to make classes and workshops available to all members of the community regardless of income level. To support their scholarship fund Odyssey holds their annual auction as well as occasional sales such as this one.

Learn more and register for classes at

Donna is moving to the Bakersville/Spruce Pine area and she's looking for a job

Donna is moving to the Bakersville/Spruce Pine area and she's looking for a job.

My name is Donna Trueblood. I have recently moved into the Spruce Pine area and am looking for work with a potter or pottery.
I am a self taught potter amd have been learning and selling for about 3 years and had my own shop for 2 years.
I had to close the shop so decided to take the  opportunity to be of help to another potter and in the process, learn more of our craft.
My cell number is 318-286-2525
I am attaching some of my recent work.
Thank you for your consideration."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ceramic materials and equipment for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

Andy Palmer has a variety of ceramic material and equipment available for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina. These are items he purchased when Appalachian Terroir/Crimson Laurel Gallery went out of business. Click on the image to enlarge it or download a PDF here:

Contact Andy at or 607-345-5461.

Flights of Fancy at Mica Gallery in Bakersville

Mica, contemporary craft gallery in Bakersville, NC opens its newest mixed media exhibition of Flights of Fancy featuring artists Josh Cote (wire), Elizabeth Brim (iron), Shane Fero (glass) and Mary Webster (paintings), joining in a celebration of birds, on July 27th through October 15, 2017. A reception will be held on July 29 from 5 - 8 PM. Please come and join us.

Recap: July Clay Club at Andy Palmer’s studio in Bakersville

Thanks to Andy Palmer for hosting Clay Club! It was great to get to see his studio and kiln pad (complete with climbing wall). Andy led an excellent discussion on teaching in your home studio, including considerations in structuring the size of classes and length of sessions, and how to determine what to charge. (Andy charges a set rate per pound of clay that covers the clay, glazes and firings, in addition to the class fee.) On his list of things to avoid is not to be taken advantage of. When figuring out what to charge - however you do it - know your hourly rate and don’t undersell yourself! Andy encouraged everyone to give teaching a try.

Andy is currently offering classes at his studio in Bakersville - see his flyer above for more details. His enthusiasm for teaching came through in his talking about it, and his studio setup is terrific. The large pots and teapots in the photos below were made by his students. Anybody would be lucky to get to learn from him. Contact Andy at or 607-345-5461 for more info.

Thanks again to Andy (and Silvia), and to everyone who came!

Used Skutt kiln for sale, $300

A friend in Zirconia has this older Skutt kiln for sale. $300 OBO, pick up only.
It was purchased new has been used for bisque and cone 6 firings and is still very serviceable.  It will need a new power cord.
Skutt model 231X (same size as current model 1027) with kiln setter, no limit timer
2380F, cone 10 capacity
230V, 45 amp, 10,400 watts
The lid is in poor but usable condition
The base is sound and it comes with a metal stand.
Some brick deterioration and a few drooping elements needing repinning.
All elements in good condition.
Some kiln shelves and posts come with it.
Dawson kiln setter in good condition.
The power cord has a section that got too close to the kiln and needs to be replaced.
Contact me if you want more info or want the kiln. You must move it, I can help you load it.
Located in Zirconia, NC 45 minutes south of Asheville off US 25.
David Voorhees

Tuesday, July 11, 2017



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The Village Potters in Asheville, NC is hiring a Studio Apprentice.
Review the job description below.

The Village Potters Clay Center Apprentice Position Description

The purpose of Studio Apprentice (SA) program at The Village Potters (TVP) is to provide a full mentoring experience to selected emerging potters that show promise as future professionals in ceramics. This program is designed to help SA develop excellent skills and nurture an original voice in clay. SA are trained in glaze experimentation and kiln loading/firing processes. SA will experience working in a gallery setting and sales, packaging and shipping of ceramics, gain knowledge of wholesale business, retail shows, and many other aspects of a ceramics studio, gallery, teaching center, and Independent Study & Mentoring program (ISM).
SA must have a passion for community. Our studio consists of very committed potters that work together to meet TVP’s mission of inspiring a passion for ceramic art and nurturing creative exploration through education, experience, relationships, and community.
Studio Assistant Responsibilities:
We require a one-year commitment that includes a minimum of 8-12 hours of work per week. However, there occasional events where all hands are on deck and you may be asked to work up to additional hours for TVP special events, workshops, etc.

Responsibilities and tasks vary with the changing daily operations of the Resident Potters’ studio, Teaching Center studio, and Independent Study & Mentoring studio. Each studio apprentice has a designated zone upkeep that rotates on a monthly basis and will be responsible for additional tasks as delegated. The tasks and zone work includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Kiln loading
  2. Cleaning of Resident studio, Teaching Center studio, and ISM studio
  3. Gallery sales and gallery cleaning
  4. Glaze mixing for the Teaching Center and ISM
  5. Assisting in group events (TVP events & workshops set up/breakdown)
  6. Reclaiming clay
  7. ISM assistance and evening hours oversight
  8. Assist instructors preparing for glazing days in Teaching Center
  9. Potential for administrative work and photography work based on skills and training
  10. Other assigned duties as needed

Some of the Many Benefits of a Studio Apprentice:
  1. Free entry into the Independent Study & Mentoring program
(includes mentorship, sales & marketing opportunities, master series workshop attendance, and more)

  1. Personal Designated work space and or shelving
  2. Access to studio Monday-Sunday, 6am - 12am
  3. Use of ISM wheels/equipment
  4. Access to firing in kilns (must pay TVP firing fees), access to glaze ingredients and mixing (TVP fees apply)
  5. Free Attendance to any one Teaching Center class at a given time that has an opening
  6. One-on-one training in all areas of working a professional pottery business
  7. Potential teaching and other money making opportunities
  8. Behind-the-scenes experience of a fully functioning premier clay center.



Clay Club on Wednesday in Bakersville!

Clay Club is tomorrow at Andy Palmer’s studio in Bakersville!


When: 6-8 pm on Wednesday, July 12th

What: Andy is going to talk about the process of teaching ceramic classes in your home studio.

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

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow!

Monday, July 10, 2017

For sale: soda kiln near Bakersville, North Carolina and pottery studio equipment in Bluffton, South Carolina

7/22/17 update: all of the items in Bluffton have been sold. The soda kiln and accessories in Bakersville are still available.

Here are the details from Steve White:

Pottery studio equipment for sale in Bluffton, South Carolina (photos below):

L&L easy fire kiln, e28T, 240V, phase 1, 93 bisques to cone 06 with kiln furniture and vent, new digital mother board

Pottery Wheel, Shimpo VL Whisper, with additional unused foot pedal

LG studio air-conditioner

Shop Vac

Tall rolling stool

3 scales, 2 OHaus, 1 Pelouze

Talisman sieve glaze mixer

Room air filter

About 30 Masonite bats

8 predrilled plaster bats


giffin grip

some molds

8” bench grinder with new course and fine green ceramic wheels

pancake compressor, with bailey’s spray set up

heavy duty banding wheel

75-100 tools, lots of dolan and some custom made

glaze components

1100 pounds of cone 6-10 clay, angela fina and tom coleman porcelain, pre 2012 phoenix, halfnhalf, star oki medium, zellastone

3 sam’s club rolling shelves with heavy duty plastic shelf lines, capacity about 600 pounds each

potter’s stool

gleco sink trap

Also a Shane Mickey custom made 18 cubic feet heavy duty brick soda kiln in Bakersville, North Carolina built in 2007 with 40 firings. There are 2 B4 propane burners, Venturi type, about 25 (12x24) shelves, nitride bonded silica carbide, and the newer oxide bonded silica carbide, the latter (7) used once. There is a rolling door frame to hold the dismantled brick door. And a myriad of heavy duty brick furniture. Six miles from Penland. You must deconstruct.

I want to sell all the Bluffton equipment to one person if possible-$4435. You must pick up and take away. The soda kiln and accessories is $3500. Pictures available.

Steve White
843 540 3857

Call for Empty Bowls for Feeding Avery Families

Here are the details from Lynn Von Nessen:

Hi, I'm Lynn Von Nessen and I co-ordinate an annual Empty Bowls event to help sustain Feeding Avery Families, a 501 (c) (3) food pantry. This is our 4th annual event, and we have grown each year as the only fundraiser for the pantry. I would appreciate your considering a donation of any pottery, particularly bowls, to assist us in our effort. Our entirely volunteer group struggles to keep healthy food flowing for families where one in three children of our area do not know where the next meal will come from. If you can help, please contact me by email ( or call (386) 337-1648 and I will be happy to answer any questions. Thank you for your assistance!

Friday, July 7, 2017

In Tandem Gallery July Featured Artist Didem Mert

In Tandem Gallery July Featured Artist 
Didem Mert
One of the most productive and talented 'up and coming' ceramic icons is here at the gallery this month.  
Didem Mert has been showing her work in over 40 exhibitions nationally, been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and CFile (so maybe 'up and coming' isn't the right description?). Didem's thrown, handbuilt, and pinched forms are both fun and elegant, adding terra sigillata, underglazes, lustres, etc. to create that colorful functional surface.  Beautiful, Wonky, and so very cool - Get it while you can!
With more than 66 ceramic artists, 15 Jewelry and 2 painters and one metalsmith, In Tandem Gallery offers one of the best selections of studio ceramics, jewelry, and art from all over America and beyond. 
In Tandem Gallery is in the historic brick bank in the heart of downtown Bakersville.  The feel and appearance adds a special nuance to the space with the original bank vault, plaster walls with exposed brick, tin ceilings, and wooden plank floors.  A delight to experience. -