Thursday, August 31, 2017

Discover Old Fort’s Artist Trail this weekend

"Discover Old Fort’s Artist Trail" includes two potteries, Turtle Island Pottery (top photo) and Grove Hill Pottery (bottom photo).

"Discover Old Fort’s Artist Trail"

Old Fort, North Carolina

September 2nd-3rd 10-4 both days

From the McDowell News:

This Labor Day weekend, Old Fort’s artists will welcome visitors to their studios and show off their unique and fascinating creations.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be able to participate in “Discover Old Fort’s Artists Trail.” This free and self-guided tour will allow you to see the talented artists and their studios in the Old Fort community. Artists on the trail will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more information, search for Discover Old Forts Artists Trail on Facebook. Look for a special page on the trail in Friday’s edition of The McDowell News.

Turtle Island Pottery has maps and more details about "Discover Old Fort’s Artist Trail" here:

10 Friends in Their Element this weekend in Spruce Pine

10 Friends in Their Element: The Show and Sale opens Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, from 10 - 4 in the Upstairs Gallery of TRAC, Spruce Pine and join us for a Jazz Brunch on Sunday from 11:30 - 1:00pm. 10 Friends features a mix of fine craft and 2D art. There is something for everyone.

Artists for 10 Friends include:

Clay: Robbie Bell, Susan Feagin, Valerie Schnaufer

Fiber: Carmen Grier, Laura Walters

Glass: Colin O'Reilly

Painting: Kat Turczyn, Jim Waters

Silver: Connie Schulze

Wood: Rolf Holmquist

More info here:

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cousins in Clay this weekend

From the Cousins in Clay website:

You are invited to visit with the "Cousins in Clay - Mountains" for their 7th annual Show and Sale of contemporary art pottery. The event takes place under the mighty oaks on the breezy ridge near the Kline Pottery in the mountain town of Bakersville, NC. Watch pottery demonstrations, enjoy some awesome red beans and rice, drink some cold ones and celebrate the art of the potter.

This Weekend!

We know you are a lover of great pottery, so we urge you to visit the NC Mountains north of Asheville for some serious pottery collecting events in Bakersville, NC and the surrounding area.

Join the Cousins in Clay, Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke, and myself for our 7th Annual Labor Day Mega Pottery Show & Sale at Kline Pottery. This year we are very excited to welcome Cincinnati, OH artist, Didem Mert to the family and proud to share her wonderful pottery with you.

The sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept 2 and 3rd, 10-5 rain or shine. We will be serving George's red beans and rice and have plenty of beverages for all.

On Sunday afternoon, Didem Mert will be giving a free demonstration of her techniques.

More info here:

and here:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Digin' Pots this weekend

LABOR DAY WEEKEND... Sept 2nd and 3rd

Digin' Pots Home Sale 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Linda McFarling - Shane Mickey - Courtney Martin - John Geci

Enjoy the weekend in the mountains and discover pieces for everyday use or that special place in your home. Light food, wine and beer served throughout the day

Where: Linda's Studio. On 19E take Pensacola Rd S. Go 1 mile then take left fork onto Bolens Creek Rd.. Sale is 3 miles on left at 39 Pisgah Mine Rd Burnsville NC

For more information: Call 828-467-1208 or visit

Monday, August 28, 2017

Western North Carolina potter seeks kiln lid

Jim Mcdowell is looking for a 23 inch lid for an L & L kiln. Jim is located in Weaverville and is willing to drive an hour or more. Have a lid or ideas on how to find one? Contact Jim at

Sweet ’n Salty Pots

Gay Smith, Ronan Peterson, and Teresa Pietsch
for our
New Pottery Sale!
Sweet ’n Salty Pots
Labor Day Weekend 2017
Sat. Sept. 2: 10-6.
Sun. Sept. 3: 10-5.
on Penland Campus
Ridgway Building
Lucy Morgan Lane
Right across from the extraordinary Penland Gallery
a must-see.
Also near Bringle Gallery
and Penland Coffee House.

Gay Smith Teresa Pietsch Ronan Peterson
With guests: Amy Sanders Tom Spleth

sweet n salty snacks & great pots and art!

More info:

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Used once, stored indoors
$300 for all or items priced individually:

19 Soft fire brick $30
27 Hard fire brick $80
2 raku tongs, w/o teeth $50
1 pair Kevlar raku gloves  $20
1 Ward single burner $120
1 Trash can kiln lined with Kaowool  $10
2 small galvanized trash cans   $5

Located in Weaverville/N Asheville

Diane Puckett 828-713-4195 or

Friday, August 25, 2017

Final listening session for the Blue Ridge Craft Trails on August 31st in Asheville

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has been holding listening sessions around Western North Carolina as part of the Blue Ridge Craft Trails project. This project is envisioned as an updating of HandMade in America’s Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina guidebooks. Project organizers invite craft artists, gallery owners, arts groups, businesses and anyone interested to attend and offer their comments. If you haven’t attended one of these listening sessions yet, the last one will be held at the Folk Art Center in Asheville next Thursday, August 31st, from 2-4 pm. Registration is requested - more information and registration info here:

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Let's help Stan Andersen

Our dear neighbor and potter Stan Andersen's life partner and wife, Karen, passed away in early August.

We know there are many of us who would like to reach out and help Stan during this difficult time. An idea that has been raised is to gather funds to help Stan with his sizable medical bills.

In order to streamline the collection, the steering committee of Spruce Pine Potters Market has offered to collect all contributions and then give them to Stan in one lump sum.

Everyone is welcome to contribute whatever you wish. If you would like to contribute to this, please send to:

Michael Rutkowsky/SPPM Treasurer
1489 Cane Branch Road
Burnsville, NC 28714

If sending a check: It needs to be written to SPPM, with a notation at bottom, “For Stan Andersen.”

Michael will then deposit all contributions into SPPM's account, and write Stan a final check for the amount raised.

We are asking monies to be sent by the Wednesday, September 13th so a check can be given to him at the end of Sept.

Thanks so much,

Suze Lindsay & Terry Gess on behalf of Spruce Pine Potters Market

Monday, August 21, 2017

Kiln shelves for sale


Cordite Kiln Shelves for sale - Never Used - $20 each
I have 10 26 x 13 x 1 inch kiln shelves - half round — completely flat and very strong.
$20 each
Terry Gess
(828) 467-0166

Thorley kiln furniture is manufactured using superior quality body formulations, well regulated production and quality control procedures, and an exceptionally long and tightly controlled firing cycle. These procedures result in a finished product composed of 50% cordierite and 35% mullite, with lesser amounts of corundum and other combined mineralogical forms. This combination of high cordierite and high mullite yields excellent mechanical properties and the remarkably high resistance to thermal shock unique to Thorley kiln furniture.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Come to Leicester studio tour this weekend

For the 12th year, local and visiting artists this weekend will open their studios and demostrate their talents for visiting art and craft lovers as part of the Come to Leicester Studio Tour.

The tour dates are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20. The tour has continued to grow since its inception, this year including 26 artists.

It's a free, self-guided event that encompasses a variety of media, including clay, fiber, jewelry, metal, mixed media, natural materials, painting and wood. The resulting works of fine art and craft include dolls, brooms, candles, furniture, pottery, iron work, quilts, wearable art and more.

A raffle for three $50 gift cards will be held, with one going to the patron who visits the most studios and two to participants drawn at random.

In addition to being one of the stops hosting a handful of artists, Addison Farms Vineyard will be offering wine tastings, and three food sponsors will offer lunch for purchase: Gossett Grocery and Deli (only open Saturday), Turkey Creek Grill and Sandy Mush Community Center.

To learn more, find a list of artists and see a map, visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Call for entries for the Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina

Here are the details from Artspace:

Application Deadline:
September 22, 2017

Artspace invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter the Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition, a biennial national juried exhibition. Work will be juried by Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum of Art + Design. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes. A brochure will be produced for the exhibition.

While Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible, we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well. We encourage anyone to submit for our open calls-for-art . If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter a call-for-art please contact Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or

More info here:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Toe River Arts Council studio tour meeting and new membership fees

The post-studio tour meeting is this Wednesday - here’s the info from TRAC:

We have scheduled a post tour meeting for Wednesday, August 16th from 6 to 7 pm at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine. We will be presenting the results from the June Tour survey, and introducing our new tour chair, Liz Summerfield.
Please try to attend. Light refreshments.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, TRAC is changing their membership fee structure. Dues for artists who want to participate in studio tours will go from $35 a year to $100 a year. (There are some other additional benefits, too.) Going forward, all memberships will run from August-August, rather than on a rolling basis as they have been. There is a $50 discount for the first year of the new fees, and, if you’ve already paid for a membership in 2017, there is also a pro-rated discount. Here's the letter I received about these changes and the new membership form (pdf versions here:

There is also some information on the TRAC website at

If you’re considering whether to participate in the December studio tour, the application deadline is August 30th. It looks like guest artists from outside Mitchell and Yancey counties can still participate if they pay the new $100 membership fee. (It’s unclear whether artists outside this two-county area will be able to benefit from other membership benefits.) It looks like the studio tour fee for artists is unchanged at $100, but the non-volunteer fee has been raised from $20 to $40.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Free kiln in Arden, North Carolina

From Hank Goodman:

I will be moving from my studio and need to remove my gas kiln from the outbuilding. I'll be scaling down and learning to fire cone 6 electric. I'll include the 2 Ward burners, ($1500 ea. new) and the oxygen probe upon removal of the fiber, steel and bricks.


The roof is made from 12" x 12" x 10" high, 2800 degree fiber blocks. These are suspended with 1/4" Stainless bolts and with care could be salvaged for rebuilding a flat top kiln. The walls are made with 10" of fiber in 4 layers pinned with pins of my own design, (My pin design is easy and works better than those commercially available). This kiln has about 60 cubic feet of stacking space. With careful salvage, a kiln of 25 to 40 cubic feet of stacking space could be constructed. Some new materials would be needed but the savings could be significant.

Hank Goodman
18 Rockwood Lane, Arden NC 28704
Email preferred;

Friday, August 11, 2017

Looking for a new home for...

6 bags (150 lbs) MCS 
Cone 6 Porcelain paper clay
From Bailey Pottery Supply

I paid $21.56 a bag Shipping was twice that 😱
I'll take $100.00 for all 6 
Paperclay is fabulous stuff
I'm just not a Porcelain person. 

Contact me at

Wheel for sale

Wheel for sale. 200 obo
Call steve 467 8791

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mitchell News-Journal Artist Spotlight: Jeannine Marchand

Mitchell County ceramic artist Jeannine Marchand is featured on the front page of the current Mitchell News-Journal! Read the complete article here: (Thanks to the Mitchell News-Journal for not paywalling this article.)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Artist talks at STARworks on August 9th

STARworks in Star, North Carolina is hosting artist talks this Wednesday, August 9th, at 5:30 pm.

From the Facebook event page:

Ceramic artists Yang Chen and Levi Mahan, and glass artists Josh Fredock and Grace Phillips will present slides and discuss their work.

Artist talks are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company is available for purchase.

Yang Chen is a ceramic sculptor and installation artist from Bejing, China. Levi Mahan is a ceramic artist from Seagrove, NC. Josh Fredock is a metal and glass artist from Merriam, Kansas. Grace Phillips is a glass artist from Chicago, Illinois.

Learn more about these very talented artists at

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Looking for short-term housing in Raleigh in October

Can you help out a potter long distance? :)

Here are the details from Ruthanne Tudball:

My son and his wife, who are both actors, have a two week job in Raleigh, NC, October 11 to the 22nd and are looking for an inexpensive place to stay. I don't think I know of anybody who actually lives in Raleigh who I can ask, but I thought someone in the NC Potters might possibly know something or someone who could give me information about possible places for them to stay. I'd be grateful for any suggestions you might be able to make.

Have an idea? Contact Ruthanne at

Clay Club meetings update

A quick note about upcoming Clay Club meetings: we won’t have a meeting in August (folks are busy!), but please save the date and plan to come in September when Clay Club will be held at Mudhoneyz Studio in Weaverville from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 13th. Thanks to Missy Batten, LeElaine Comer and Molly Walter for hosting us! I will share more detailed info closer to the date.

See you in September!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair this Friday and Saturday in Burnsville

The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair takes place this Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th, from 9-5 each day on the Burnsville, NC town square. Here’s the press release:

On the first weekend of August, Burnsville’s historic Town Square and quaint Main Street reflect Americana at its finest during the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair.

On Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, crafters line the street with handmade quilts, blown glass, wooden carvings, paintings, pottery and furniture. Attendees watch as potters mold clay on their wheels, chair makers braid strips of cane to form seats, and weavers push and pull looms to turn yarn into textiles.

“The quality and variety of the work really set the crafts fair apart,” says Ginger Johnson, executive director of the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event. “Artists come from all over the Southeast.”

More than 200 vendors set up to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills, while approximately 20,000 people browse and shop. Now in its 61st year, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Yancey County and the surrounding Toe River Valley are known for the large concentration of artists with a diverse array of talents.

Local musicians and dancers provide entertainment each day. Friday’s lineup includes: Roberta Whiteside, Rob Levin, Jonah Riddle, Thistle Dew, Hot Duck Soup, Ragged But Right, Broke Holler, Austin Sound and Debbie Phillips & The 42nd Street Jazz Band. Saturday’s performers are: Logan Boone, WCD Cloggers, Kirby Troutman, David Wiseman, Dance Express, Ron & Minnie Powell, Sparkle N Shine All-Star Cheerleaders and Typical Mountain Boys. Actors from Parkway Playhouse will also perform.

No Southern festival is complete without a variety of tasty treats. Crafts Fair staples include barbecue, sweet tea, kettle corn and homemade ice cream.

“It’s a great two days to be in Burnsville,” Johnson says. “The mountain weather is fabulous. After you browse the crafts, you can bring a lawn chair and sit under the shade trees on Town Square to listen to the music and people watch.”

Hours for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission to the fair is free. For more information about the crafts fair, and other attractions and lodging options in Yancey County, visit or call (828) 682-7413.

More info here:

Facebook event page here: