Thursday, November 30, 2017

Toe River studio tour this weekend!

The Toe River studio tour is this Friday-Sunday! 100+ artists and galleries in Mitchell and Yancey counties welcome visitors from 10-5 each day. There is an exhibit of participant artists’ work at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Council gallery, where there will be a reception on Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. List of artists by category below (clay is definitely the largest category!).

More information here:

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Asheville Citizen-Times: East Fork Pottery to locate new production facility in Asheville

From the story on the front page of today’s Asheville Citizen-Times:

East Fork Pottery has found a home for its new production facility.

The pottery retailer said Tuesday it has signed a lease at 531 Short McDowell St. in Asheville's Biltmore Village, the former site of Kenny Pipe & Supply. The building, which is owned by Sea-Nic Enterprises Inc., is expected to house East Fork's manufacturing, warehousing and shipping enterprises in addition to providing some multi-use office space.

It brings an end to a lengthy search for East Fork Pottery, which said it plans to scale up its online and physical presence, including adding brick and mortar sites in New York City and Atlanta, in the coming years.

The company earlier this year withdrew an application for the project at a Madison County-owned property in Marshall, according to The News-Record & Sentinel.

County officials had planned for a public hearing in September for the site, dubbed "Project Clay," slated for the one-time headquarters for the county’s maintenance department. East Fork CEO, potter and owner Alex Matisse told the The News-Record & Sentinel he had worked for months with county officials to bring the project to Madison, but pulled out after "an alternative came across our radar that was too good for us to pass up."

Read the complete story here:

(Read the earlier article from The News-Record & Sentinel that's mentioned in this article here:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Images wanted for possible local arts and crafts e-zine

Jim Kransberger is working on a possible on-line ARTS & CRAFTS e-zine (possible cover above) and he’s seeking images from Clay Clubbers. Here are more details from Jim:

My problem is that I haven’t any images of “local” artists’ work to put into it. If you feel the Clay Club generous, would you please if they’d each send me three or four images that I can use to get the dummy constructed. Use would be limited to only the dummy. If they are inclined to provide something, I need sharp images, with a bit of resolution (dpi), of work that best reflects what they would like to share with others.

Without hubris, I think I can provide the Asheville art/craft community something quite useful. The publication is titled (nothing posted yet) based upon the old I-Spy game where someone saw something and drew your attention to it. Seems a fitting description.

Played with this publication idea for the last 15 years; and, now is as good a time as any to do it. Jan and I had a monthly tabloid newspaper (The Pelican Post) in Naples, Florida and did rather well. Anyway I’ve got nothing but time on my hands for a while, so why not?

Asheville is the epicenter; WNC the demographic. Asheville is the anchoring patch.

There are ton of suckling publications, each slightly and seldomly covering arts and crafts of Asheville and its' surrounds. Hope that one more focused offering —on the day-to-day machinations of the markers and sellers in Asheville, et al— will find a niche. Hopefully, iSPY will provide a continuous voice, in the world of annual, special attention, publications. Well, we will soon see about that.

It will have a contemporary style and just may work. Why not?

Interested? Send images to Jim at

Cone 10 clay for sale in Asheville


Reupping this post from Hannah McGehee. She still has clay and is now selling 300lbs for $100 or best offer (regularly $0.47/lb). Here's the (slightly edited) post:

FOR SALE 450lbs Laguna Soldate 60 (Cone 10)- This is an awesome sculpture clay which is also wonderful for throwing small and large pieces. We are getting ready to move to Montana and I can't take it all with me in the freezing winter so let me know if you are interested in all or some of it. Unopened bags/ boxes ready to use. I can bring it to the November Clay Club meeting at Mars Hill or you can pick it up in Asheville. Contact for pricing and more info.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

History of the Blevins Building (formerly Crimson Laurel Gallery) in Bakersville, North Carolina

The Mitchell County Historical Society shared a history of the Blevins Building in Bakersville in last week’s Mitchell News-Journal. The building is currently empty but most recently housed Crimson Laurel Gallery. Here’s the final paragraph:

It became the home for a world-class fine arts gallery that attracted visitors from around the state, nation and world. The Crimson Laurel Gallery had a significantly positive economic and cultural affect on the town of Bakersville as well as Mitchell County. Unfortunately, the name of the gallery was taken to another location, where it died. The building is strong, however, and will last for many more generations and is just waiting for the right people to come along and enable its continuing service to the community.

See a pdf of the page here:

Western North Carolina potter looking to buy Giffin Grip slider

Re-upping this request from Linda Falcone, who is willing to pay for this part if anyone has one:

I've lost one of the sliders with the holes in it, to hold the rods, for my giffin grip. If anyone has an extra please contact me, I'd sure appreciate it. I can be reached at or 828 251 8212 call or text.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Winter Wrap Up Trunk Show at Mica Gallery in Bakersville

Mica invites you to

Join us for our special "Winter Wrap Up" Trunk Show

Luscious Functional Wearables

hats, jackets, wraps, more...

Meet the artists during the TRAC tour Dec. 1-3.

AND on-hand everything from hand blown glass ornaments to pottery and jewelry.

Celebrate the Solstice season by supporting local artists!

Mica is open seven days a week through the end of the year. Find more information at

Mica is located at 37 N. Mitchell Avenue in Bakersville. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12–5 p.m. For more information visit, call 828.688.6422, or visit them on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Marshall Handmade Market on Saturday!

From the Marshall Handmade Market website:

Join us for our ninth annual Handmade Market!

The Marshall Handmade Market happens every autumn on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC, from 10am to 5pm. The studios are housed in a 1920's two story brick high school, which is nestled on a little island in the French Broad River. On show day the spacious, sunny auditorium is filled with some of the best makers in the region, and the resident artists open the doors of their classrooms-turned-studios to visitors. We'll have delicious Thai food from the Bun Intended food truck,sweet and savory pastries from OWL Bakery, a musician or two, and plenty of seating on the generous back deck. Our idyllic island setting, the charming historic high school and fantastic artists all combine to make the Marshall Handmade Market a favorite among holiday markets for locals and visitors.

More information here:

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Recap: November Clay Club at Mars Hill University

Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting Clay Club at Mars Hill University! We had our potluck in the sculpture room, and we also got to see the wheel room, kiln area, and chemicals/glaze supplies closet. Shane told us about the ceramics program at Mars Hill, which has been running since at least the 1960s. The school offers a BFA with a concentration in ceramics/sculpture. Shane is hoping to open up some opportunities, maybe summer workshops, to the community - keep an eye out for that.

Josh Copus brought his brick factory to the meeting. He demonstrated making bricks from local clay dug in Leicester using the water striking method. He’s currently working on bricks for the Old Marshall Jail; the bricks will be formed into a public monument there. He brought stamps and tools for folks to inscribe bricks - you can see some of the results in the photos. Read more about the brick project here: (There are still a few more days to inscribe bricks for the project - schedule and more details on the website.)

Thanks again to Shane, Josh and everyone who came!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Clay Club on Wednesday at Mars Hill University!

Clay Club is tomorrow today at Mars Hill University! Thanks again to Shane Mickey for hosting us.


When: 5-7 pm on Wednesday, November 8th (note the change from our usual meeting time)

What: Shane will give a tour and talk about the program at Mars Hill. In addition, Josh Copus will bring bricks for us to inscribe. This is part of Josh’s Building Community Brick Project which you can read about here:

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, so please bring drink to share, just nothing alcoholic.

Mitchell and Yancey area folks: Sarah House is interested in carpooling from Micaville and she has room for 3-4 people. If you’re interested, contact her at

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow tonight!

Clay for sale in Asheville (or can be delivered at Clay Club on Wednesday)


Here are the details from Hannah McGehee:

FOR SALE 450lbs Laguna Soldate 60 (Cone 10)- This is an awesome sculpture clay which is also wonderful for throwing small and large pieces. We are getting ready to move to Montana and I can't take it all with me in the freezing winter so let me know if you are interested in all or some of it. Unopened bags/ boxes ready to use. I can bring it to the November Clay Club meeting at Mars Hill or you can pick it up in Asheville. Contact for pricing and more info.

Call for creative entrepreneurship speakers

The Center for Craft Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Mountain BizWorks (MBW) have issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for creative sector entrepreneurship instructors. From the RFP:

Responses requested by November 17, 2017

RFP Overview

The RFP process serves to identify speakers for the creative entrepreneurship workshop series. As speaking opportunities emerge, applications will be considered from RFP respondents on topics identified by 300+ maker business owners in the region. Topics include: scaling your business, e-commerce, product photography and exporting (see Workshop Schedule below for expanded titles).

The Center for Craft Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Mountain BizWorks (MBW) welcomes speaker submissions from arts, design and new media faculty; active entrepreneurs with a documented track record of success in the identified topic areas; and, renowned makers who are widely acclaimed for their business acumen. Applicants may submit proposals for multiple topics. The topic submission period is from October 27, 2017 through November 17, 2017 for events and workshops beginning January 25, 2018.

Workshop Schedule

January 25, 2018: Creative Entrepreneur Series Kickoff
February 17, 2018 (2/20/18 inclement weather date): To Scale or Not to Scale
March 1, 2018 (3/7/18 inclement weather date): Building an Effective E-Commerce Store
March 22, 2018 (3/24/18 inclement weather date): Implementing Best Photography Practices in Multi-Channel Markets
April 10, 2018 (4/17/18 back up date): Expanding Your Exported Goods Market: Growing Your Sales Outside of the Local Market

Presentation Topics

We seek presenters to share best practices, leading-edge ideas and inspire maker CEOs to engage in the content for implementation. Topics are developed based on information collected from the 2017 WNC Makers survey, success of past events, and relevance of topics across multiple maker industry businesses.

Each workshop contains different objectives but the primary goal of each workshop is to provide content that business owners will implement and develop and find support in peer-to-peer engagement. CCCD and MBW will decide the best fit for the speakers and presentation topics. The goals of these CCCD and MBW events and education are to:

• Provide maker business owners with opportunities for practical and up-to-date
information, training and education on relevant topics of interest

• Provide maker industry business owners and professors who have subject matter
expertise the opportunity to increase their exposure in the community

• Provide high quality, knowledgeable speakers to workshop and event attendees

View the complete Request for Proposal here:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Walker pug mill for sale in Asheville

Stainless steel Walker pug mill for Sale. $1500. The mill is on wheels for easy moving. Also includes a table to receive clay as it is extruded from the mill.

Located in Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., River Arts District. Asheville, NC

Please call Tyrone or Julie Larson at 828-280-1107 to make an appointment if you are interested in seeing the machine.

Kiln for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

For sale in bakersville, NC. old, very used Olympic oval. I low bisque if we call it that. Not sure if it will go beyond ^08. It is what you see. 300 bucks obo email:

Friday, November 3, 2017

November Clay Club with Shane Mickey at Mars Hill University!

November Clay Club will be next Wednesday, November 8th, at Mars Hill University from 5-7 pm (note that the time is different from our usual schedule). Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us!

Shane will give a tour of the ceramic studio facilities and talk about the program at Mars Hill. He may also do a demonstration if there’s time.

Directions to Mars Hill University are available here:

Shane provided these directions to the ceramics studio after using the above directions to get to the campus: turn left at Wells Fargo Bank. The studio is down the driveway to the right. The white garage door will be open - look for piles of brick. I will inform campus security so people can park wherever since by that time it should be pretty empty as everyone was gone home.

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, so please bring drink to share, just nothing alcoholic.

Mitchell and Yancey area folks - let me know if you’re interested in carpooling.

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

See you next Wednesday!

Western North Carolina Pottery Festival this Saturday in Dillsboro

November 4th 2017 10am-4pm

Front Street Dillsboro NC 28725

(828) 631-5100 Or (828) 586-3601


The festival will go on rain or shine.
Join us for our 13th annual festival!
This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques.

Come see why it's become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by several thousand aficionados of pottery.

More information here:

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Weaverville Art Safari this weekend!

Weaverville Art Safari
Fall Studio Tour
Sat – Sun | November 4-5, 10 – 5
Preview Party: Friday, November 3, 6 – 8pm

The Weaverville Art Safari is one of the original studio tours in the Asheville Area. It is a self guided free event that offers a unique look at the artist’s work in their working environment, featuring artists who specialize in handmade pottery, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, painting, drawing, fiber art, wood art and more.

The Preview Party provides an opportunity to see all of the artists work together the Friday evening before the tour. There is a silent auction and raffle/door prizes of artists work as well as beer, wine and snacks.

More information here:

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In Tandem Gallery November Exhibition: Sanam Emami

In Tandem Gallery - November Exhibition 

- Sanam Emami -

Some ceramicists have such a distinctive style that they stand out from the crowd no matter what.  Sanam Emami's work exemplifies this.  Her pots are time consuming; with layered stencils, geometric patterns and ornamentation that are full of floral and arabesque imagery.  She takes her historic influences of middle eastern work and modernizes it, giving a contemporary look and feel.  What ties it all together?  That chocolatey clay body and the functionality of it all.  Enjoy!!

In Tandem Gallery 
20 N. Mitchell Ave.Bakersville, NC 28705 • (828) 688-6428

Meet and Greet with Martha Grover at the Asheville Ceramics Gallery on November 3rd

Nationally renowned ceramic artist, Martha Grover, will be the featured artist at the Asheville Ceramics Gallery in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC during November. There will be a gallery opening where the public is encouraged to come and meet Martha on Friday, November 3 from 6 – 9 PM.

Martha Grover has exhibited her work internationally and is recognized as one of the leading figures in functional ceramics today. Martha travels the country giving workshops on her special techniques and has been featured in several magazines and books. Asheville Ceramics Gallery is the only gallery in the Asheville area to carry Martha’s unique and beautiful art.

Grover’s pots have a striking, special-occasion quality to them, meant to encourage the user to pause and fully experience interacting with the ceramic vessel. Reminiscent of orchids, flowing dresses, and the body, Martha thinks of the fluid visual movement around a piece, as a choreographer would move dancers across a stage. She says of her pots, “transmitting desire – there is a sense of revealing and concealing, a layering of details that serves to catch our attention immediately.”

About Martha Grover

Martha lives in Bethel, Maine. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After college, she attended several prestigious artisan residencies throughout the country. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and can be found at galleries across the country.

About Asheville Ceramics Gallery

Asheville Ceramics Gallery is a cooperative gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District. The gallery shows work, in an elegant formal gallery environment, by local ceramic artists working in both functional and sculptural realms. The portfolio is periodically augmented with top-notch visiting artists from across the country.

The Asheville Ceramics Gallery is located in the Phil Mechanic Studios Building at 109 Roberts St. in the River Arts District.

More info here:

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