Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kiln shelves for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Here are the details from Mark Heywood:

The attached picture is of shelves for sale. High alumina 14 x 28's from Acme Marls and Thorley 1" x 26" half dodecahedrons.

The 14 x 28's are well used but cared for and have a good bit of life left in them. I have 15 of them at $10 ea. or $80 for all. I'd really prefer to see them all go at once.

The others are in really good shape. I'm calling them good to very good because I don't want to oversell them. $60. for four of them.

Contact Mark by email at or call 336-873-9276.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Penland Core Fellows Studio Sale this Wednesday

From the Penland twitter account:

Our 2nd year core fellows are having a studio sale TOMORROW, 1/31 from 3-6PM! Join them outside the Pines and maybe pick up some supplies, samples, seconds, and finished pieces. #penlandcore #828isgreat

Monday, January 29, 2018

February Clay Club at YaYaYoga & Market in Spruce Pine!

(image from the YaYaYoga & Market Facebook page -
made by Anita Blackwell at Penland)

February Clay Club will be at YaYaYoga & Market in Spruce Pine from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 14th. Thanks to Anita Blackwell for hosting us!

Anita is putting together a special program for us:

Healing Yoga Poses for Artists, Especially Ceramic Artists…….

Here are some of the common complaints I hear from my artist friends:
Tension in neck and shoulders
Pain in upper back, between shoulder blades
Chronic or intermittent low back pain
Pain deep in the sacral/hip area

Come to an evening of exploration, fun and healing. Learn simple yoga poses, gentle stretches, and breath work to release tension, stress and shift the perception of pain. Only 10 to 15 minutes everyday could begin to change your body, affecting how you work and move through your creative life.

Anita Blackwell, RYT has owned YaYaYoga in Spruce Pine for 10 years since moving here from Sarasota, Florida. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, almost as long as she has been doing clay. Penland was a large part of her decision to move here and she has taught yoga and movement at three concentration classes, 2012, 2013, 2015.

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

YaYaYoga & Market is located at 14480 Highway 226S in Spruce Pine. Google maps will get you there:

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

See you on February 14th!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Vendors wanted for December event in Asheville

Here are the details from Duffy Baum:

Looking for Clay Club members interested in being a vendor at an event on December 8th, 2018 at Club Eleven at 11 Grove St Asheville. The cost for a table is $55 for the day. Some tables will be provided. We will be able to set-up at 8AM, open the doors to the public at 10AM and close the doors at 4PM. If you're not familiar with this location I suggest you Google it. There will be plenty of parking in the lot across the street.

The deposit has already been made to reserve the space and all you'll be required to bring would be a drop cord for some lighting and your work.

Club Eleven has some permanent seating fixtures but the rest of the furniture will be removed for the day. I don't think we can fit more than 20 tables, at the most. If you'd like to share a table with someone else, that would be fine.

The show will have an array of potters from professional to those working out of rented studio space. The work in the show should be of high standards. Please email me personally if you'd like to be a part of this one day event:

Friday, January 26, 2018

NCECA ridesharing opportunity

Anyone going to NCECA needing a ride? My chariot is a Subaru Outback. My plans are to go up on Tuesday, March 13 and return on Saturday March 17. Would really like someone to help with the driving. Contact Rachel Smith. 828-230-2526 or email Leaving from Weaverville.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Kiln elements for sale

New elements! 3 phase. 240V
Sized for L&L e28T kiln - 46" Outside Diameter.
6 elements included (total needed for a complete change out) Be sure you are on 3 phase electric.
Usually $82 each. I would like $50 each.

If interested, email These may be picked up in Bryson City, NC or Asheville, NC. I will ship, too.

Monday, January 22, 2018

South Carolina Clay Conference February 23-25 in Newberry, South Carolina

South Carolina Clay Conference 2018
February 23-25, 2018
Moving Clay Forward: Transformations of Surface & Form

Purchase by 1/31/18 at regular price

CONFERENCE PRESENTERS: Michael Kline, Lisa Orr, & Shadow May

The Newberry Arts Center is pleased to announce the date for the 4th annual South Carolina Clay Conference. The Conference will be held February 23 through 25, 2018. 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.

Conference website (with registration info):

and Facebook page:

Silicon carbide kiln shelves for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

Silicon Carbide Kiln Shelves for sale - $35.00 each

I have thirty Silicon Carbide shelves for sale - 15" x 16" x 5/8th thick (they are all slightly trapezoidal)
Used but not warped or cracked - pick through and choose.

New shelves = $68.00 (plus $$$ shipping) — I am selling these for $35.00 each, pickup at my studio here in Bakersville.

Way cheaper than buying new shelves and paying shipping!

Terry Gess Pottery
828 467 0166

Friday, January 19, 2018

Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects opens today at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville without Josh Copus installation

Josh Copus is one of the 10 artists in this exhibit and his work is featured in the photographs accompanying today’s Asheville Citizen-Times article about the exhibit. You might remember that Josh brought his brick factory to our November Clay Club meeting at Mars Hill University. Unfortunately, Josh’s Monument to Place installation will not be included in this exhibit. From Josh’s Facebook post:

It is with great sadness that I am forced to announce that the Monument to Place installation will not be included in the upcoming Scale Up exhibition at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. This monument, comprised of 1,500 individually marked handmade bricks, was produced by the community surrounding Marshall NC during the Old Marshall Jail Project from August-December 2017.

After months of planning and nearly 4 days of installation work in the CCCD building itself, I was told that the staff had structural concerns with floor of their gallery. Nothing about this was ever mentioned to me in any of the planning leading up to the show. Nothing about my installation was a surprise. I did exactly what I said I was going to do.

At the time that I was alerted about the concern, my team had moved all of the materials into the gallery and installed the wooden form. We were about to start facing it with brick.

See Josh’s complete post, with an accompanying video, here (no Facebook account needed):

The opening reception for the exhibit is tonight from 5-8 pm. Here are the details from the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design website:

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Windgate Fellowship, the Center for Craft awarded a total of ten, $10,000 Project Grants. This exhibition showcases how the next generation of craft artists used their funds to explore scale, installation, and community practice.

Artists: Andrea Donnelly (Richmond, VA), Josh Copus (Marshall, NC), Dustin Farnsworth (Montreal, QC), Brian Fleetwood (La Mesilla, NM), Ani Geragosian (Salem, MA), Adam Ledford (Philadelphia, PA), Rebecca Manson (Bedford Hills, NY), Rachel Mauser (Louisville, KY), Aaron McIntosh (Richmond, VA), and Mark Reigelman II (Brooklyn, NY).

Opening reception Friday, January 19, 5-8pm

Exhibit runs January 19 – July 28, 2018


Facebook event page here:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

“Movies at the Museum: MC Richards: The Fire Within” POSTPONED

Tonight’s event at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, “Movies at the Museum: MC Richards: The Fire Within,” has been postponed due to the inclement weather. It will be rescheduled. The event has been scheduled for February 8th at the same time, 6-8 pm. Thanks to Cynthia Bringle for sharing this update, and stay safe out there!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Work by Paul Silverman

Paul Silverman shared these photos of his work, all interpreted in clay:

Antique irons

Oil cans

Industrial “impeller”, mechanical device

Flyfishing feel

Paul is currently taking a class at Odyssey. Thanks for sharing, Paul!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

"MC Richards: The Fire Within" film showing and discussion in Blowing Rock on January 18th

UPDATE - postponed till February 8th due to weather:

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is showing the film MC Richards: The Fire Within, followed by a discussion led by Cynthia Bringle. From the museum website:

Movies at the Museum: MC Richards: The Fire Within
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm

$5 students with ID, seniors, active military, EBT cardholders, $7 general admission

In the film, we witness M.C. Richards engaging in contemplative questioning regarding the nature of art, imagination, wholeness, community, and our place in the cosmos. She inspires us to live creatively, to believe in ourselves, to experience the sensuality of existence. This is a film not just about M.C. It’s about all of our quests to become authentic creators of art and community.

Also active in Greenwich House Pottery, M.C. was a central player in the New York avant-garde scene in the early 50s when she lived in Stony Point, New York with composers John Cage and David Tudor, potters Karen Karnes and David Weinrib, architect Paul Williams and children's author Vera Williams.

Her influence goes well beyond the visual art world. As the first English translator of THE THEATER AND ITS DOUBLE, by French actor/playwright/activist Antonin Artaud, M.C. is credited by director Arthur Penn and avant-garde Living Theater co-founder Judith Malina, as being instrumental in changing the course of theater in America for all time. The translation, to this day, is considered the authority.

In this thought-provoking documentary, you hear from a cadre of her associates and followers as they carry on her important work of inspiring people to live creatively. The hour documentary features interviews with many renowned artists, poets, thinkers, and theologians including: Marjory Bankson, Paulus Berensohn, Julia Connor, Merce Cunningham, Adriana Diaz, Martin Duberman, Howard Evans, Matthew Fox, Gertrude Hughes, Karen Karnes, George Kokis, Judith Malina, Amy Evans McClure, Arthur Penn, and Robert Turner.

After the film, we will have a discussion led by M.C.’s student and friend Cynthia Bringle. Cynthia graduated from NY State College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. She is a North Carolina Living Treasure and holds an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art.


Tryon Arts & Crafts School Annual Meeting

Tryon Arts & Crafts School is holding its annual meeting from 6-8 pm on January 23rd. All are welcome; RSVP requested. Details in the flyer.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Toe River Studio Tour meeting

All area artists are invited, even if you didn’t participate in the most recent studio tour. Here’s the information from the Toe River Arts Council:

Post Studio Tour Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
4 to 5 pm
Dottie Owen Room, Arts Resource Center
Second Floor Spruce Pine Gallery

We welcome all artists in the area to please join us for our post Holiday studio tour meeting. We'll have the results of the survey, entertain suggestions, and discuss changes—all to improve the tour experience for both artists and visitors. It's our 25th year!

If you have any questions, please email or call 828-682-7215.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Call for artists for “CLAY: A SOUTHERN CENSUS”

From the Clay Center of New Orleans website:

"Clay: A Southern Census"
Juried by Jan Katz
March 2 - 31, 2018

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks applicants for “Clay: A Southern Census,” a juried exhibition devoted to ceramic work made by artists residing in any of the states that make up the U.S. Census Bureau’s South Region, including Arkansas, Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Open to both vessel-based and sculptural work, this exhibition will be on display March 2 to 31, 2018 in the Clay Center’s new gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

Entries due January 30, 2018

Links to application and prospectus here:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Recap: January Clay Club at John Britt Pottery

Thanks to John Britt for hosting our first Clay Club of 2018! Several people participated in glazing their pieces for the oil spot firing, which John will do in the next few days. In addition, a number of folks came just to enjoy getting together, including several Penland winter residents - thanks to Susan Feagin for helping to make that happen!

John had his wood-fired pizza oven up and running. He provided the dough, sauce and cheese, and clubbers brought all sorts of toppings. This was really fun! We made a lot of pizzas and ate them all.

Jim Kransberger told us about the on-line ARTS & CRAFTS e-zine he is working on - if you’re interested in knowing more or being included, check out this post and contact Jim at

Clive Earnhart said that applications for the second North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival will be available soon. He told us about the first festival, which was held in September 2017 at the French Broad River Park in Asheville and was quite a success. Look for info about applications here on the blog and check out the festival’s website and Facebook page.

Thanks again to John and everyone who participated in the oil spot glazing, and to everyone who came!

Odyssey Co-op Gallery Seconds Sale this weekend

The Odyssey Co-op Gallery in the River Arts District in Asheville is holding their Seconds Sale this Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm both days. From their Facebook page:

Come on out to our Seconds Sale next weekend!! Our artists will be selling their seconds at discounted prices. Whether you'd like to add to your handmade pottery and ceramic art collection on the cheap, or you just need an opportunity to get out and experience some art and music in Asheville, our annual seconds sale has something great for you!

The Odyssey Co-op Gallery is located at 238 Clingman Avenue in Asheville.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday! (with oil spot glazing, wood-fired pizza, and carpooling updates)

Clay Club is this Wednesday at John Britt Pottery! Thanks again to John for hosting us.


When: 6-8 pm on Wednesday, January 10th

What: oil spot glazing session for the upcoming oil spot firing. If you’re participating in the glazing, John has brushes, but you might want to bring your own. You might also consider waxing your pieces ahead of time if you want.

John will have his wood-fired pizza oven running during the meeting. He’ll provide the dough, sauce and cheese - bring your preferred toppings (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, etc.). Please bring additional food items (sides, salads, desserts, etc.), too, to go with the pizza for the potluck. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Carpooling: during December Clay Club, we talked about trying to better coordinate carpooling from in and around Asheville for meetings that are held in other places. Duffy Baum is driving from Weaverville and has space for one more person. She is coming early for more glazing time - if that might work for you, contact Duffy at Anyone else in the greater Asheville area who is interested in carpooling (if you’re driving and have room for additional people or if you're looking for a ride): let me know by email (, or leave a comment here on this post or on this post on Facebook and we’ll see what we can coordinate.

Directions and more details here:

See you on Wednesday!

Studio space for rent in Asheville

Maria Andrade Troya‎ has studio space for rent in the River Arts District in Asheville:

Studio for Rent $410 I have a great studio space available at 12 Riverside in the River Arts District, Asheville. This is a retail space shared with two jewelers and one potter. For more information, please contact Maria 828-280-2962.

Kickwheel for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina


Here are the details from Beth Gore:


Sturdy, handmade, pine timberframe potters kickwheel made by a professional potter. Dovetail joints. Cast concrete kickwheel spins easily and maintains rotation with minimal foot action. Comfortable to use.

44W x 41D x 49H(adjustable)

The wheel is located at Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, North Carolina.

Contact Beth at 910-464-5661.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Free tax and bookkeeping workshop for artists and musicians in Asheville

Here are the details from the Asheville Area Arts Council:

Join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 for a FREE tax and bookkeeping workshop for musicians, artists and other creative professionals, presented by CPAs from the Asheville accounting firm of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A. in collaboration with the AAAC and Asheville Music Professionals.

Topics will include: income tax preparation and forms, getting all the available deductions, bookkeeping and recordkeeping (using QuickBooks, other software and manual systems), dealing with employees and freelancers, tax planning, tax structures (LLCs, corporations, and such), estimated taxes, crowdfunding and taxes, sales taxes, 1099s, etc.

ALL musicians and artists are welcome, from beginners to established pros. The presentation will last about 2 hours, and the CPAs will stick around until all questions are answered.

Link to register here:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January Clay Club at John Britt Pottery!

January Clay Club will be from 6-8 pm next Wednesday, January 10th, at John Britt’s studio near Penland. Thanks to John for hosting us and organizing this Clay Club!

John will be hosting an oil spot glazing session for folks who signed up to take part in the firing. Everyone is welcome to come, even if you didn’t sign up for the firing.

John will have his wood fired pizza oven running during the meeting. He’ll provide the dough, sauce and cheese - bring your preferred toppings (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, etc.). Please bring additional food items (sides, salads, desserts, etc.), too, to go with the pizza for the potluck. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

John Britt Pottery is at 154 Sparks Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705. Google Maps will get you there:

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

See you next Wednesday!

Final days of Intro — Emerging Ceramicists in Western North Carolina at the Asheville Area Arts Council

(Image from

With apologies for not posting about this earlier, there are a few more days to see this exhibit at the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC). It runs through this Friday, January 5th. From the AAAC website:

The AAAC is pleased to host Akira Satake‘s ceramic invitational, Intro — Emerging Ceramicists in Western North Carolina from December 1, 2017 – January 5, 2018. This year we will be highlighting some of Buncombe County’s best emerging ceramic artists.

Akira says:

“The thing that defines a tradition is the way it grows and develops over time. No traditional art form, whether it be music, painting or ceramics, remains static and easily labeled for very long. New influences are always coming into play, as upcoming generations learn to appreciate and revere the work of established artists but are inevitably inspired to interpret the art in new and sometimes brilliant ways.

This year, we look towards a fresh generation of potters inspired by the rich traditions of our region’s ceramics. We are very proud to feature these exceptional young artists in the exhibition, Intro — Emerging Ceramicists in Western North Carolina, and we look forward to seeing how their talents and vision shape the traditions of our ceramic heritage in the coming years.”

Participating artists: Anja Bartels, Amanda Hollomon-Cook, Candice Hensley, Dustin Fowler, Kristen Schoonover, Matt Wegleitner, Micah Thanhauser, Molly Morning-Glory, Nina Kawar, Samantha Oliver, Tara Underwood, The Bright Angle


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Call for Artists from Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Here’s the information from the Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Call for Artists

Red Carpet Artist of the Year Show

February 2 to March 16, 2018

Tryon Arts and Crafts School would like to extend an invitation for entries into our elegant Red Carpet Artist of the Year Show in the Best Supporting Artist category. Emerging or professional craft artists working in a variety of media and disciplines are invited to submit one piece. We are looking for outstanding art in all categories from jewelry, fiber, pottery, glass, forge, wood, collage, painting, photography and more. The piece must be predominantly red (80%) with a small amount of white, black, gray and/or silver.

Take-in dates for the show are Friday, January 19, through Saturday, January 27, between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Artists may submit 1 piece. Please note: no entries will be accepted after 1pm on January 27 without prior approval by Kai Hamilton.

The exhibit will open in the Gallery at Tryon Arts & Crafts School on Friday, February 2, with a Red Carpet Gala from 6-8:30pm. "Peoples' Choice" prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening.

More info and link to entry application here: