Monday, December 31, 2018

Buying pottery in Asheville

A comment by Reddit user 4Nails on the Asheville subreddit post, "Awkward Asheville Conversation, or #NotPortlandia":

20 years ago I moved to Asheville for a job and got an apartment while my wife and son stayed where they where until I decided if I liked the job. So I needed a dish on which to place a candle. I drop in a pottery shop and saw a dish I liked. I take it to the register. "Don't you just love his new glazes?" The person at the register said. I had no idea what she was talking about. She Flipped over the dish and taped to the bottom was a photo of the Potter, a description of his choice of clay (there are choices?), and a full description of the potter's journey from one glaze to another and finally the one on the plate I was buying. I figured right then Asheville was not your average place. I also never again took for granted that simple things were not commodities but work's from an individual. It made common place things, personal things.

– Reddit user 4Nails

Here's the original post by Reddit user 6seed that 4Nails was commenting on:

Me: A coffee for here, please

Him: We have a single-origin Ethiopian, or a blend of two different Ethiopian varieties

Me: How would I choose?

Him: Uh . . . you just tell me which you want, and I get it for you.

Me: . . .

Me: What I meant was, you said there are two choices, but they are very similar sounding, can you help me decide which one I might like?

Him: well, they are both going to have deep, floral, and fruity flavors.

– Reddit user 6seed

The post has gotten 51 comments - see them all here:

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Craft Conversations at the Center for Craft in Asheville

From the Center for Craft website:

Join us for public conversations about research and projects connected to craft studies!

Craft Conversations is a five-part series organized by the MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies and hosted at the Center for Craft, Program Founding Partner, in downtown Asheville.

These are not formal lectures. Instead, we invite you into the evening classroom of the MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College, where you can hear how people conduct, analyze, share, and discuss their work on craft history and theory.

Programs begin promptly at 6:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM. Programs are free and open to the public; Reservations requested (see link below); light refreshments will be available.

You will have the opportunity at this final conversation in the series to hear from Warren Wilson College President Lynn Morton, MA Program Director Namita Gupta Wiggers (USA), and Core Faculty Benjamin Lignel (FRANCE) and Linda Sandino (UK).

The evening ends with a rapid-fire Pecha Kucha-style presentation of research-in-progress by currently enrolled candidates in the MA in Critical and Historical Craft Studies Program:


Schedule of presentations:

January 5 Craft Conversations Series: T'ai Smith + Namita Wiggers

January 8 Craft Conversations Series: Lisa Vinebaum + Linda Sandino

January 10 Craft Conversation Series: Ben Lignel + Judith Leemann

January 15 Craft Conversation Series: Christina Burke + Marilyn Zapf

January 16 Craft Conversation Series: The MA in Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College + Student Pecha Kucha

Make reservations here:

Call for artists for the Ooh La La Curiosity Market in Asheville

Applications now being accepted for the 2019 season of the Ooh La La Curiosity Market, held in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville from May through September. Market dates in the flyer above.

Please e-mail for information about becoming a vendor in this years markets.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Asheville potter seeks wheel

Here are the details from Beth:

I’m in Asheville but will be willing to travel. Looking for a wheel with pins so I can use a bat system.

Have a wheel for sale or a lead on one? Contact Beth at

Sculpture with Ruth at High Country Ceramic Arts

Sculpture with Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky

High Country Ceramic Arts
Burnsville, NC (828) 284-5760
Contact/sign up with Linda Powell
questions for Ruth:

Four 3.5 hr classes

Jan 12- Feb 23

Sat 10:30 – 2pm*
Price: $150 plus clay

Please email Ruth for any specific questions about class content. Please contact Linda Powell for registration and payment.

More details in the flyer (click to enlarge)

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winter Clay Classes at Odyssey ClayWorks

Winter classes begin January 7.

Transition From Figurative To Abstract Sculpture with Leonid Siveriver
Handbuilt Tableware with Tyler-James Anderson
Post Firing Sculpture Repair with Molly Morning-glory & Mac McCusker
How To Create Visual Interest On Simple Forms with Laurie Caffery Harris
Introduction To Sculpture with Mac McCusker
Introduction To The Potter's Wheel with Halima Flynt & Alyssa Ruberto
What's In The Kitchen? Pottery Class For Kids Ages 6-12 with Sara Ballek
Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes
Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples
Private lessons and Gift Certificates available!
For more information, please visit, or call 828-285-0210.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Recap: December Clay Club at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville

Thanks to Linda Powell and everyone at High Country Ceramic Arts (HCCA) for an awesome end-of-year Clay Club! Special thanks to John Silver of Homeplace Beer Company in Burnsville for providing the keg of beer - as far as I know this was our first kegger, and it was pretty great.

Linda has set up a gallery space since we held our last Clay Club at HCCA - check it out in the photos below or in person when you're in Burnsville.

Tori Motyl announced that the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival will take place September 21, 2019, and applications will be open from January to March. Check the festival website for details:

And Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky shared information about her upcoming sculpture class at HCCA. Look for more details about that here on the blog soon.

We had our traditional mug/cup/object exchange - there were some first-timers and some old hands and everyone looked happy with their exchanges. I'm really loving my Pam Witters mug!

We don't currently have a host for January - if you're interested in hosting or have a suggestion for a meeting location, let me know.

I know this is a busy time of year - hope the upcoming holidays give those who need it a break. See you in the new year!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Clay Club on Tuesday (~with a beer update~)!

Clay Club is tomorrow, Tuesday December 18th, from 6-8 pm at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville. Thanks again to Linda Powell for hosting us!

Note from Linda: No need for anyone to bring beer. John Silver, Homeplace Beer Co., is treating us to a keg of Brown Mule!

Directions and details here:

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Registration open for the South Carolina Clay Conference

5th Annual South Carolina Clay Conference
February 22-24, 2019
Moving Clay Forward: Narrative Surface & Form
Registration & Ticket Sales NOW OPEN!

From the conference website:

In partnership with the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum, the Newberry Arts Center - NAC is proud to announce the presenters for the 5th Annual South Carolina Clay Conference.

CONFERENCE PRESENTERS: Winnie Owens-Hart, Matt Jones, Kevin Snipes, Keith Brown, and Chief Bill Harris of the Catawba Indian Nation

This annual conference is for professional and amateur clay artists and takes place in Newberry, South Carolina. The conference also hosts one of the largest displays of South Carolina clay art available for sale.

2019 SCCC Agenda Coming Soon
2019 SCCC Pottery Sale:
Friday, February 22 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, February 23 10 am - 6 pm

More info and link to registration here:

(image from the South Carolina Clay Conference facebook page:

Friday, December 14, 2018

Call for artists for the Eastern Carolina Pottery Festival

From the Craven Arts Council website:

Craven Arts Council is now accepting applications for artists to the 2019 Eastern Carolina Pottery Festival! Located at the NC History Center for Tryon Palace in downtown New Bern, this well attended festival allows artists the chance to meet the public, showcase what makes their work so special and unique, and sell the work directly without consignment fees.

This year's festival will take place April 13, 2019, from 9am to 5pm. CAC&G has eliminated the entry fee for guests into the festival in hope of raising attendance, and is currently working on a new marketing plan to extend our reach in to the community. The festival will also occur the same weekend at the highly anticipated New Bern Historical Society's Spring Homes Tour, and Juice on the Neuse, a local wine festival. The hope is to create a destination weekend through cross promotion and advertising, so that we can insure a successful and rewarding weekend for our our vendors.

Application deadline is March 1, 2019.

More info, prospectus and application here:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Brevard Potters' Row Holiday Open House this weekend

(note: this event was originally scheduled for last weekend but was postponed due to the weather)

From the Transylvania Times:

Brevard’s Potters’ Row will hold its annual Holiday Open House Dec. 14-16. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1-5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shops participating include Duckpond Pottery, Mountain Forest Studio and Mud Dabbers Pottery.

Potters’ Row shops are located between two and four miles south of downtown Brevard on U.S. 276. Highlights of the open house will include locally produced pottery, demonstrations, refreshments and live music.

Duckpond Pottery will showcase the culmination of a year-long adventure making wood-fired pottery from locally gathered Transylvania County clay. Potter Nick Friedman also will show his new line of functional terra cotta pots. Other featured artists are Jerry Trapp with wabi sabi side tables, Paula Patane with jewelry and sculpture and Theresa Reuter with raku-fired jewelry.

Saturday afternoon Duckpond will host members of the Pretty Little Goat Band. On Sunday, the pottery will have its wood-fired pizza oven going for those who would like to bring a few toppings and make their own pizza.

The functional and sculptural pottery of Mary Murray will be available at Mountain Forest Studio. The shop showcases handmade items by local artists, including teddy bears by Sam Cope, quilted wall hangings by Claire Cope, pottery by Susan Phillips and Zelda Davis from The Flying Cat Studio in Dillsboro and by Jody Temple of Saluda. A variety of wood work, baskets, quilts, copper enameling and wooden utensils also are available. Refresh-ments will be served.

Mud Dabbers Pottery features the work of more than 30 area potters. Wheel-throwing demonstrations, refreshments and live music will be offered in the Carwile-Dodson Studio located next door to the gallery.

On Friday, musical entertainment will be provided by All Natural Jam (9-11 a.m.), The Empty Room String Band from (11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.) The Blue Ridge Bakery Boys from (2-3:30 p.m.) and The Cracked Pots (3:45-5:30 p.m.).

On Saturday, muscians will include Next of Kiln from (9-11), Marc Brown (11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.), Celtic Conspiracy (1:30-3:30 p.m.) and Road Apples (3:45-5:30 p.m.).

Sunday’s musical entertainment will be provided by East Fork Gals (12-2) and Trillium (2:15-4:15 p.m.).

For more information on the Open House, call (828) 884-5131.

(image from the Transylvania Times)

Holiday Open House, Seconds Sale and Book Signing this Saturday at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville

From the Odyssey Clayworks email announcement:

Join us Saturday December 15th for our Holiday Open House!

We will be celebrating in style with one of our fabulous seconds sales! Enjoy 50-80% Off Seconds and Overstock from our Odyssey artists. Prices are low and the artwork is beautiful, so we recommend arriving promptly at 11am and shopping quickly.

Also enjoy Buy-One-Get-One FREE on all of our handmade Odyssey flatware, free kids activities and free beer! How can you beat that?

The event will take place at Odyssey Clayworks (236 Clingman Avenue Extension) at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM.

This special holiday edition of our seconds sale is truly special, featuring the widest selection we have ever had of discounted seconds and firsts for the holidays.

Amazing Glaze Book Signing 12-1pm

In other news, it's so good to have a few copies of Amazing Glaze in hand! We already knew it was a beautiful book, but it looks even more beautiful in person. Thank you to all who have pre-ordered your copies. If you haven't gotten yours yet it will make an excellent Christmas gift to any pottery lover in your life! We have a handful in stock in the gallery, come by and grab your copy this weekend or order online. Gabriel will be signing copies from 12-1pm on Saturday.

(Check out Gabriel Kline's Amazing Glaze: Techniques, Recipes, Finishing, and Firing, officially out next Tuesday, here:

(image from the facebook event page,

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December Clay Club at High Country Ceramic Arts

December Clay Club will be at High Country Ceramic Arts (HCCA) in Burnsville next Tuesday, December 18th at 6 pm (note that the day is different from our usual schedule). Thanks to Linda Powell for hosting us!

We'll have our traditional December mug/cup/object exchange. If you haven’t been before, here are the details of the exchange, as explained by John Britt:

"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.”

In addition, Linda will talk with us about teaching opportunities at her studio.

We'll have our 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.)

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, you can leave a comment here on this blog post or on this facebook post, or let me know and I will put folks in touch.

See you next Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian State University

The Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian State University offers community classes in pottery and other crafts. From the Craft Enrichment website:

The Craft Enrichment Program offers affordable community craft classes taught by craft artists with local and regional reputations. Most classes are held on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Whether you are a novice or an advanced student, our small, lively classes provide professional-level equipment and individual attention from instructors who are committed both as teachers and craft artists. Come and discover your artistic signature.

• Craft Enrichment classes are open to everyone 16 years old or older. Affiliation with the university is not required.
• Classes are highly affordable. Materials for class projects are included in most registration fees.
• Parking passes are included in the registration fee for weekday classes. Free, convenient parking for evening and weekend classes is readily available.

More info and registration here:

Monday, December 10, 2018

Shop For Equality to support the Campaign for Southern Equality on December 11th

The Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) does amazing work across the South - it's awesome to see Clay Clubbers and other makers participating in this event.

From the CSE website:

CSE is hosting its second annual Shop for Equality on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Participating Asheville-area businesses will donate at least 5% of proceeds to CSE and all funds will go towards our work for full LGBTQ equality across the South.


Loretta’s (10% donation); Curate; Button & Co. Bagels; Mayfel’s (participating on Monday, December 10 & donating 10%); Chestnut; Blue Dream Curry (10% donation)

Cafe Yuzu; Izzy’s Coffee Den (WAVL and Downtown locations); Dynamite Roasting; Liberty House Cafe; Trade & Lore

O’Henrys (10% donation); Crow & Quill (10% donation); The Block Off Biltmore; Nightbell; MG Road (10% donation)

Adorn salon; Akira Satake Ceramics; Asheville Emporium; East Fork Pottery (10% from in-store purchases); Horse and Hero; The Big Crafty; Hip Replacements; One of a Kind Art Gallery (Micaville); Patton Avenue Pet Company (All 3 locations); C&Co.; WellFit; Lexington Glassworks; SmartSign (Sponsor); Cindy Smith, Animal Communicator; JuneBug Retro Resort (Sponsor); The Big Crafty (Sponsor)

From: (where you'll also find a map of LGBTQ-friendly businesses in the Asheville area and businesses participating in Shop for Equality)

Facebook event page:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Holiday pop-up markets in and around Asheville

The Mountain Xpress has a good roundup of holiday pop-up markets in and around Asheville, including a number that clay clubbers organized and/or are participating in - check it out here:

Holiday Art Walk this evening in Bakersville

Here's what Andy Palmer has to say about the last Bakersville Art Walk of 2018, happening today from 4-7 pm in downtown Bakersville:

Excellent time to come out; see what's happening in town, check out some great artwork, eat some wonderful baked goods at Southern Ridge Cafe (plus hors-d'oeuvres at the galleries), chat with folks and just basically enjoy the evening before the big snowstorm hits and you're home eating all the eggs and milk and bread you bought for the potential snowpocalypse (sounds more like a recipe for french toast then anything else).

(image from

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Toe River Studio Tour in the news

The current Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about last weekend's Toe River Studio Tour. The photo features David Westmeier's studio and gallery, David on the Corner in Bakersville. Read the full story here:

There's also an editorial about the tour:

Editorial: Studio tours have far-reaching benefits

Online version here:

And last week the Yancey Times Journal featured a photo of Linda Powell of High Country Ceramic Arts in a front page story about the studio tour - I can't find it online but the print version is below (click to enlarge).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"Reinventing the Classics - Modern Functional Ceramics Based on Historic Styles” at In Tandem Gallery

We're celebrating the end of the season with 3 of my favorite ceramicists!!  We titled this group show "Reinventing the Classics - Modern Functional Ceramics Based on Historic Styles”.  
Not the shortest heading but so apropos.     

Melanie Sherman's work is super (and I mean SUPER) decorated in the Rococo style where more is definitely more; gold bling, patterns, delicate paintings... all on every square inch.  It's like a sugar rush for the eyes.  

Mike Stumbras is more subdued; elegant but more subtle.  His is much more Baroque in nature with flourishes on the handle and raised embellishments on the body. The work really has that sense of elegance and grandeur - and, it's all high fired with soda added to create that aged and atmospheric look.  Lovin it!

Blair Clemo is for you more modern Art Deco appreciators! He's super geometric in both form and decoration yet he also has this undulating clay that gives his work a soft but noticeable texture that disrupts the patterning adding another layer to visual drama. Super classy and fun. 

 It is such a great show and we're thrilled to have them at the gallery, plus having the 'historic styles' unite them really has made it great to see together.  So, if you do get a chance; stop by the gallery and tell us what you think; and if you can't, doing the online perusing is good too.   
And Happy Holidays to you all!!!

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Potters' Holiday Pop-Up Featuring Mac McCusker this Saturday in Asheville

From Potters' Holiday Pop-Up organizer Duffy Baum:

Some of the best potters, ceramic sculptors & Raku artists will be under one roof from 10AM-4PM at Club Eleven 11 Grove St this Saturday December 8th. 11 Grove St is located between S French Broad & Asheland Ave. Free parking across the street in downtown Asheville. Holiday gift giving on your mind? Great opportunity to see some of your favorite artists in one location.

Facebook event page:

Call for artists for the NC Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville, North Carolina

Here's the email from the festival artist & vendor coordinator:


We hope you will accept our invitation for all local & regional artists, craftspeople, food vendors, and other commercial vendors to apply for space at the 73nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on Saturday and Sunday June 22-23, 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 famous Ducky Derby.

An application is attached to this email. Also attached for food vendors is an application for Temporary Food Service that must be completed and approved by the Mitchell County Health Department by 1 June 2018 for any food service to be provided. You may obtain additional applications and information at, send a request to or call 828-284-1914.

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 w̶w̶w̶.̶d̶o̶r̶n̶c̶.̶c̶o̶m̶/̶p̶r̶e̶s̶s̶/̶2̶0̶1̶2̶/̶n̶o̶f̶e̶e̶.̶h̶t̶m̶l̶ (this link appears to be dead - try:

You will be notified within 48 hours as to whether your application has been accepted.

Feel free to forward this email to others you believe 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,

Daniel Barron

Artist & Vendor Coordinator

Monday, December 3, 2018

Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Holiday Sale December 6th and 7th

From the facebook event page:

Join us for our annual Professional Crafts Holiday Sale Friday, December 7, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Buy custom and handcrafted holiday gifts from our students in the fiber, jewelry, ceramics, and wood programs! Want to beat the crowds? Visit us for the Preview Sale Thursday, December 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

This student-led holiday sale is a valuable opportunity for students to practice the marketing and sales skills they learn in the Professional Craft program, as well as a fun way to engage with community members about craft.

Creative Arts Building, 2nd Floor
HCC campus: 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde NC, 28721

For More Information:
Emily Reason


Friday, November 30, 2018



Bob Brotherton's 60 cu. ft. stacking space car kiln is for sale. Must disassemble and move from Canton/Clyde, NC. FULL SALE ONLY - not breaking this up into pieces.

Incredible price of $3500.00 !!  Needs to be moved ASAP.

INCLUDED (images below):

Fully intact, lightly used 60 cu. ft. downdraft car kiln 
Two B-5 Burners with Baso Safety Valves and pressure gauges
20+ Advancer Shelves
Kiln posts 
Metal and Track

Inquiries: lori @

Artists reception + Bank of Art open house tonight in Spruce Pine

The Toe River Studio Tour starts today and there will be an artists reception from 5:30-7:30 this evening at the Toe River Arts Council gallery in Spruce Pine. Details here:

And the new Bank of Art (located in the former Bank of America building, just down the street from the TRAC gallery at 337 Oak Avenue), is holding an open house starting at 6 pm. The Bank of Art has artist studio spaces available for $200/month. Contact Kent Dauderman at or 828-467-7806 for more info.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Appalachian Potters Market this Saturday in Marion, NC

From the facebook event page:

It is almost our favorite time of the year...APM 2018!

32nd Annual Appalachian Potter's Market
Saturday December 1st from 10 to 4pm
McDowell High School's Commons Area + Gymnasium
600 McDowell High School Rd, Marion, NC 28752

APM is hosted by us-folks at McDowell Arts Council Association & The Blue Ridge Traveler!

Are you a pottery nerd? Collector? Newbie? Looking for unique and beautiful Christmas gifts? Or maybe you are ready and willing to check out the wide variety of work within a regional heritage art form you've never considered before! Treat yourself...Appalachian Potters Market is the place to be :) Spend the first weekend in December with us and see what it is all about. We host 60+ Regional North Carolina Potters every year and always find the best functional, decorative, and even silly pieces of pottery and ceramics art to enjoy or gift to friends and loved ones!

This year our Featured Potter is Brenda Schramm of Flame Pottery Boone, NC

The awesome folks at Bruce's Fabulous Foods join us every year on-site so you can grab a great local lunch while you shop.

APM has 31 years of history and tradition to share, through 60+ North Carolina potters. Admission is just $5.00 (we take cash or card at both entrances..though cash makes for a shorter wait-time in line for everyone) Free admission for those 16 yrs old or younger :)


Hours: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person
Directions: I-40/Exit 73/Old Fort

North on Catawba Avenue to US Hwy. 70, turn right driving approximately 10.7 miles to McDowell High School Road. At stoplight, turn right, driving onto campus. Parking and high school entrances are on the right.

The Big Crafty this weekend in Asheville

The Big Crafty
December 1st and 2nd
Noon to 6 pm both days
US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville

From the facebook event page:

It's the art party that's a decade in the making!

Join us for a 10th Year Holiday Preview Party ($5 + free for kids) on Saturday, or come out on Sunday for a free-and-fun-for-all day!

Featuring 170 carefully-selected artists, crafters and makers + sweet mugs + big hugs.

The Big Crafty is proud to have been voted WNC's favorite art event for 10 straight years. We support the creative community in all its go-for-broke, full-of-heart, boundary-pushing, human-scale, all-in, full-tilt glory. MAKE the world you need.

The Big Crafty is produced with generous support from the Asheville Area Arts Council and the City of Asheville.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WNC potter looking for wheel and kiln

Linda Falcone is looking for an electric wheel and a programmable kiln. Have one or both for sale, or a lead for Linda? Contact her at

Now Enrolling Winter 2019 Clay Classes At Odyssey ClayWorks

At Odyssey ClayWorks, we believe that the work we do with clay can help to sculpt a better world, and that exposure to the creative arts improves the health of the community. Our studio is home to a thriving creative community that encourages exploration, passion and curiosity for working with clay. From beginner to professional, our classes offer inspirational experiences to artists of all levels. Winter classes begin January 7.

Transition From Figurative To Abstract Sculpture with Leonid Siveriver
Handbuilt Tableware with Tyler-James Anderson
Post Firing Sculpture Repair with Molly Morning-glory & Mac McCusker
Salty And Sassy With Soul with Linda McFarling
How To Create Visual Interest On Simple Forms with Laurie Caffery Harris
Introduction To Sculpture with Mac McCusker
Alternatives To Glaze with Cynthia Lee
Introduction To The Potter's Wheel with Alyssa Ruberto & Halima Flynt
What's In The Kitchen? Pottery Class For Kids Ages 6-12 with Sara Ballek
Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes
Valentine's Day Pottery For Couples
Private lessons and Gift Certificates available!
For more information, please visit, or call 828-285-0210.

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend

Toe River Studio Tour
November 30 - December 2
10 am to 5 pm all three days

Artists reception
5:30 - 7:30 Friday November 30th
Spruce Pine TRAC gallery (269 Oak Avenue)

Twice a year, collectors of fine art and craft head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for the Toe River Studio Tour known for over a quarter century as an event of unsurpassed quality, beauty, and innovative thinking. And beginning November 17, a new excitement will crinkle through the air as the Studio Tour Exhibition opens at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Each participating studio tour artist and gallery are invited to share two of their best pieces with the public in an exhibit mounted on the gallery floor. Displays are arranged geographically and coordinate with the Tour Guide. With only three tour days and so many studios and artists, choices are difficult. The exhibition allows a viewer an opportunity to plan their adventure. And if they aren’t able to be here for the tour, pieces may be purchased until the end of the year.

“This tour welcomes a record 18 new artists, 13 in their own studios. Every year is unique. The artists change; the work evolves. I’m always excited when the boxes arrive—to see a new artist’s work or the evolution of a more seasoned artist.” said Kathryn Andree, who has been Toe River Arts Exhibits Coordinator for over a decade. The participant shows are the biggest exhibits during the year averaging over 150 pieces on pedestals, tables, walls, with a few bigger pieces relegated to the floor. And they are the most diverse, with media ranging from 2-dimensional to glass to clay, wood, and fiber—something for every palate, every wallet. And it’s all just a sampling of what one will find during tour weekend, November 30-December 2.

Stop by and get a sneak preview of tour participant art at the Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. And don’t forget the “Meet-the-Artists” reception on the first evening of the tour, Friday, November 30. Join artists, staff, and all the volunteers who make the tour the best and one of the longest continually running self-guided tours in the country, as we toast the completion of another great year in the Toe River Arts Region of Western North Carolina. Complete information, including the guide, is available online at or by calling 828-682-7215.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Potters Holiday Pop-Up Featuring Mac McCusker

Potters Holiday Pop-Up Featuring Mac McCusker

20+ potters working in the Asheville area are hosting a cooperative pop-up market showcasing the sculptural work of featured artist, ​Mac McCusker​, as well functional pottery perfect for holiday gift buying. The Potters Holiday Pop-Up will be held on Saturday, December 8th, from 10 AM - 4 PM at ​Club Eleven​, a diverse downtown Asheville venue at 11 Grove Street.

Featured artist, Mac McCusker, has an MFA in Ceramics from Georgia State University and has worked as a professional ceramic artist for 18 years. Currently living in Asheville, McCusker is an instructor at Odyssey Clayworks and was named a ​2018 Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly​. While McCusker’s functional pottery often incorporates serious social commentary made more palatable by humor, his main focus is on narrative sculpture. His current work focuses on prejudices about transgender and non-binary individuals as well as issues challenging the larger LGBTQIA community. Through personal narrative, he communicates political and social concerns he hopes will educate others. As an activist artist, he has become both visible and vulnerable, a position he shares to one degree or another, with all transgender folk seeking to live as their authentic selves in a derisive, often dangerous social and political climate. “It was never my intent to put myself in the forefront,” McCusker says. “But if you Google #transgenderartist or #fucktrump, I’m what comes up.” McCusker’s sculptural work portraying endangered animal species empowered by wearing armor also illustrate an aspect of his personal journey.

Including twenty other potters and ceramic artists associated with Odyssey Clayworks and The Village Potters, the Potters Holiday Pop-Up came together as a cooperative effort to highlight some important issues of the day and market local work for holiday gift buying. Says Duffy Baum, the event’s organizer, “​I'm a hugely political person. If politics is personal, then Mac exemplifies that in his work better than anyone. Every day is a challenge just to stay alive because of the prejudices he faces. When I asked Mac to be our featured artist, he was able to pull in extremely accomplished potters and sculptors for the market. Because this sale is short and includes very high-end artists, we hope it will be well attended.” Participating artists look forward to holiday sales and to supporting an ongoing conversation about issues affecting our LGBTQIA community.

For more information about the Potters Holiday Pop-Up contact Buffy Daum at​.

December Clay Club date change

December Clay Club will take place Tuesday, December 18th from 6-8 pm at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville. The date change is due to the Toe River Arts Council holding its annual meeting during our regular meeting time. Linda Powell, our host, is a board member. I encourage any Clay Clubbers who are TRAC members to attend since decisions such as the election of board members take place during the annual meeting.

More details to come, but save the date and join us on December 18th!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Holiday Kiln Opening at Andrew Stephenson Pottery

Holiday Kiln Opening at Andrew Stephenson Pottery
Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th
Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd
Andrew Stephenson Pottery
121 Middle Oaks Dr
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Holiday Kiln Opening. Stephenson Pottery at 121 Middle Oaks Trail, outside Rutherfordton just east of Lake Lure will be holding its seventh annual Holiday Kiln opening for two weekends. Plan to visit between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25 or Dec. 1 and 2 to see the potters' fresh work emerge from firing and shop for unique, handmade local gifts. All of the pots are wood fired and salt glazed stoneware and include everything from mugs to bowls to vases. To learn more or make an appointment for a visit at a different time, call 828-712-3134 or email Andrew Stephenson at

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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More on East Fork Pottery opening in Asheville

The Asheville Citizen-Times has a front page story today on East Fork Pottery opening in Biltmore Village in Asheville. Here's the start of the story:

If you didn't know where it was, you might miss the new East Fork Pottery facility. From the street, it's a largely unremarkable building cast in a fading white paint, effectively tucked away near the line between Asheville's River Arts District and Biltmore Village.

To CEO Alex Matisse, it's just the latest step in his company's ambitions to grow, both locally and far beyond.

"It was important to us we found a beautiful space to work in and not just a metal shed on the outskirts of town," Matisse said during a recent tour of the property, where his 15-year-old dog, Zuma, greets most visitors. "Where we have been was really an idyllic and beautiful spot, but we wanted something that was going to be very different from that, obviously, but we still were looking for a space with good bones and integrity.

"This was kind of a sleeper building that you could drive by and not even realize it’s there."

Matisse signed on to lease the 531 Short McDowell St. property in late 2017. It is formerly the home of Kenny Pipe & Supply, and is owned by Sea-Nic Enterprises Inc. East Fork gradually has moved in its equipment as well as roughly 40 employees, split evenly between production staffers and its marketing and sales teams.

Using all North Carolina clay, East Fork, which was founded by Matisse on an ex-Madison County tobacco farm in 2009, remains true to its pottery roots, crafting cereal bowls, dinner plates and vases onsite, as well as a number of other products shipped to an array of commercial and home consumers. Its creations can be found at several popular local restaurants, such as chef Katie Button's C├║rate and chef Brian Canipelli's Cucina 24.

Read the full story here:

WLOS also featured East Fork Pottery's opening:

Monday, November 19, 2018

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk this Saturday

Join Mica Gallery on November 24, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk

See work by special guest, glass artist Valerie Beck.

Her blown glass “Story Bowls” are an amazing trip back to your childhood.

It’s also time again for our Winter Wrap-Up featuring handmade wearables by Liz Spear, Neal Howard, and Deanna Lynch.

So, come for the Tree Lighting and enjoy some fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with
the artists. See new work, including ornaments and many wonderful Holiday gifts.

See you there!

Mica is in downtown Bakersville, NC at 37 N. Mitchell Ave., 828-688-6422

For more information visit

Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Annual Holiday Art & Ceramics Sale at UNC Asheville on Saturday

Annual Holiday Art & Ceramics Sale
November 16 and 17, 2018
Friday, 4-7 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
University of North Carolina Asheville

(Apologies for not posting this earlier - just saw this flyer today at Highwater.)

From the UNCA website:

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass, and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5 on November 16 and 17, 2018. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History. The sale is open to the public. The 2018 Holiday Art Sale will be in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. Visit the sale between 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday and between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Open to the Public with No admission charge.


East Fork Pottery now open in Biltmore Village

The Mountain Xpress has an update on East Fork Pottery's new Biltmore Village factory:

East Fork, the pottery studio whose simple plates and bowls are used by several Asheville restaurants, has opened a new factory in Biltmore Village that could help it increase production by 800 percent by 2020.

Among local restaurants that use East Fork’s dinnerware are Curate, Cucina 24, Gan Shan Station, Table, The Montford Rooftop bar and Sovereign Remedies.

East Fork has moved into the defunct Kenny Pipe building at 531 Short McDowell St. The 14,500-square-foot space houses all of East Fork’s manufacturing and shipping operations, as well as support services and areas that will be used for community events. The revitalized space even includes a commercial kitchen in which employees sometimes cook the communal lunch the whole team shares every day around a 26-foot-long table. “Sharing a meal together around one table is something that felt very important to us when designing this new space,” brand manager Erin Hawley says.

Read the full article here:

Marshall Handmade Market this weekend

Marshall Handmade Market
November 17th and 18th
10 am - 5 pm
Marshall High Studios
Marshall, North Carolina

From the market website:

Join us for our tenth annual Handmade Market!

The Marshall Handmade Market will be held the weekend 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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Recap: November Clay Club at David on the Corner in Bakersville

Thanks to David Westmeier and his studio partner Sage Morgan for hosting Clay Club! It was great to get to see David's studio and gallery space, David on the Corner, in downtown Bakersville.

David did several demos. The first was the throwing of a tall piece that he said was inspired by an equisetum. He explained that an equisetum or horsetail fern is a living fossil and that the piece represented its struggle. He also showed us a mushroom cluster and a sconce decorated with mushrooms. He said he was inspired by his Sage's work (more on that below) and a mushroom hunting trip at Penland. His last demo was throwing a large platter. Check out the ice cube bins he uses for holding water when throwing: he stacks two together for sturdiness, and places them on both sides of the wheel so he has easier access to the water. Genius idea!

Sage showed us her work and talked through her process. Her favorite subjects are mushrooms and slugs, as is immediately apparent from her work. She talked about how she resisted sketching in the past but more recently has become a convert - and how she thinks that has made her work better. She shared her sketchbook which was full of really superb sketches. She showed us the DiamondCore tools that she uses to sketch her designs on her pieces and to carve them. Sage's studio name is Grumpy Dwarf Pottery - see more of her work at and

David and Sage will be participating in the Toe River Studio Tour, November 30th - December 2nd. That would be a great time to visit the studio and gallery and see all of their work.

December Clay Club will be at High Country Ceramic Arts in Burnsville on December 12th. I'll share more details closer to the date.

Thanks again to David and Sage for a terrific clay club - and to everyone who came out despite the unpleasant weather last night!