Saturday, March 31, 2018

Call to Artists for the 72nd Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville, North Carolina

Here are the details from Dan Barron:

Please accept this invitation for all local & regional artists and craftspeople to apply for space at the 72nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on June 15-16th, 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.

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

Feel free to forward this email to others you feel 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.

The application deadline is May 1st.

More info and application here:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

FREE Book!!!

***4/2/18 update: the book has been taken!***

Karen Mickler is giving away this book:

Ceramic Glazes 3rd ed, 1973., CW Parmelee

(more about this book here:

Yellow Branch Pottery
828 479 6710

Kick Wheel For Sale

Thomas Stuart Kick Wheel
with Splash Pan and Motor Attachment
Today's price new $1319
Our price on this used wheel including splash pan and motor attachment: $550
Table top could use a new coat of urethane.
Otherwise excellent shape.
Call Brian at Odyssey Studios, Asheville.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

FREE Talk on Wholesaling to Galleries at The Village Potters

FREE Talk on Wholesaling to Galleries
at The Village Potters

Join The Village Potters this Saturday, March 31st from 12:00-1:00pm as they welcome in Sherry Masters to discuss approaching and wholesaling to GALLERIES.

This is a free creative business discussion and all are welcome.

Bring a lunch/snack (optional), pen, and paper. 

RSVP's are appreciated and you may do so by calling (828) 253-2424.

Sherry Masters served as general manager to Grovewood Gallery for over 20 years. She now owns and runs Art Connections Tours. Which serves as the link, the bridge, or ‘connection’ if you will, to give art lovers and collectors access to high-quality professional artist studios in the Asheville and Western North Carolina region.

The Village Potters Clay Center
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday, March 24, 2018

April and May Clay Club: Saturday meeting and Clay Olympics!

Here’s what’s coming up in April and May:

April Clay Club will be at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester on Saturday, April 7th from 6-8pm. I’ll post more details closer to the date, but please note the special time and make plans to join us!

May Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm. Lori Theriault and the rest of The Village Potters are organizing a Clay Olympics. (It’s been a while since we’ve done this - check out the first Clay Club Clay Olympics here: The Olympics will have an Empty Bowls theme, and one hope is that folks will commit to making bowls for Empty Bowls events (either the Asheville Empty Bowls in September or another Empty Bowls event in your area). Judges will include Alisa Hixson from MANNA FoodBank and Melissa Weiss.

We need sponsors for prizes for Clay Olympics winners! If you’re interested, please let me know (

Thanks to Cat, Lori and everyone who’s involved in organizing and hosting these meetings!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Applications open for the Venture Local Fair in Asheville

3/21/18 update from Asheville Grown: the date provided for May was wrong. The May fair will take place Saturday, May 26th.

The 2018 Venture Local Fair will occur at 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville every 4th Saturday for 6 months, May through October. Please mark your calendars for these dates: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27.

From the announcement:

Mark your calendars for every 4th Saturday of each month from May through October 2018, and help us transform 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville into the Pit of Love!

The Venture Local Fair cultivates a community of localists. We come together to create a supportive environment where small businesses grow. Watch as makers, artists, collectors, musicians, chefs, entertainers and inventors magically turn 68 Haywood into a bustling, family-friendly, mini-village of discovery.

Our first event is Saturday May 27 26 from Noon - 7pm. If you are a local maker, artist, service provider or found-objects purveyor we want you to join us in making this festival come alive!

Vendors can apply for any or all of the 6 dates.

The Venture Local Fair is a project of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.

More info and link to application here:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

FREE Sunshine Cobb workshop at Appalachian State University

Potters of the Blue Ridge is partnering with ASU's Appalachian Ceramics Association to host a one day workshop by Sunshine Cobb on April 28th. It's free and open to the public, and there's a parking deck within walking distance. More details in the flyer (click to enlarge).

Friday, March 16, 2018

Dillsboro, North Carolina pottery business closing (building for rent; equipment and gallery furniture for sale)

Rabbit Creek Pottery will be closing shop at its current location in Dillsboro, NC at the end of June this year. It would be an ideal turn-key opportunity for a potter wanting to get into business in a beautiful little mountain town!

Light and Airy with Easy Access
Equipment and Gallery Furniture for Sale
Building For Rent
Ideal for someone ready to start their own pottery business.
Available July 1st 2018.
For Further Information:
Annie Burrell 828-371-3808

Elise Delfield shared this info and adds the following:

Dillsboro, NC
Walk in traffic
Cute crafty community
Gas kiln
45 minutes from Asheville

Adam Ledford Artist Talk and Workshop in Asheville


What would Levittown look like as Pompeii?

Discover how Scale Up artist, Adam Ledford answers this provocative question by creating a portrait of mid-century America through the recreation of objects with clay and charcoal drawings in his project, Don’t Worry About the Government. Ledford will discuss a visual reimagining of Levittown, an archetypal post-war suburb of Philadelphia, and how his work invites us to look at post-war America’s changing relationship with nature, work, and food as evidenced by the proliferation of home gadgets, convenience foods, and decoration.

Friday, May 11
6:30 p.m.
Center for Craft
67 Broadway St.
Asheville, NC 28801



Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from award-winning Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Adam Ledford in an upcoming workshop co-hosted by the Center for Craft and Odyssey Clayworks. In this large-scale hand-building workshop, students will work with Ledford and learn techniques to create large vessel forms. Emphasis will be placed on how clay texture impacts building techniques and experimentation with non-traditional clay tools can lead to unique shapes and textures. The workshop will include hands-on studio time and Ledford will also share images from his travels and from historical research he has conducted of various museum collections. The cost of this workshop includes the $150 tuition and a $30 lab fee.

Saturday, May 12
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Odyssey Clayworks
236 Clingman Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Cost: $180


These events are held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19 – July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft.

About Scale Up

Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

About Adam Ledford

In 2011, Ledford was awarded a Windgate Fellowship which allowed him to pursue a course of research through visiting storage and handling historical decorative arts collections along the Eastern Seaboard, Pacific Northwest, England and United Arab Emirates.

In addition to his residency at the Archie Bray Foundation, Ledford has been an artist in residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in New Castle, Maine and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Center in Skælskør, Denmark. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including Denmark, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Italy and Poland. Ledford has upcoming solo exhibitions at the University City Arts League in Philadelphia and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington.

Learn more about Ledford on his website:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Potters of the Blue Ridge Tea Party postponed

The Potters of the Blue Ridge annual Tea Party scheduled for today has been postponed until next Wednesday, March 21st. Stay safe and warm everyone!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Call to artists for the Come to Leicester Studio Tour

Applications are now being accepted for the Come to Leicester Studio Tour, which will take place August 18th and 19th, 2018. The deadline is March 15th, though that may be extended if space is available. Details in the flyer. Download the application here:

Contact Sandra LoCastro at or 828-768-4481 for more information.

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Keep Asheville Creative" Arts Market Survey

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have are conducting a survey to “quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of 'Keep Asheville Creative,' is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.”

FAQ from the survey website:

What are we doing?

We are working to create affordable artist housing and work space solutions in Asheville and we need your help!

Why do you need me?

Your voice is critical in helping us quantify the demand for space and prioritizing the types of spaces, features and amenities that will be considered for the project. Other local development efforts may also be inspired by the survey results.

How can I help?

TAKE THE SURVEY AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS! (Download media kit here) Click the survey link(s) above to take the survey(s) that pertains to you. Each survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and may be taken at separate times. Both are best viewed on a computer, laptop, or other device with a large screen. At the end of each survey, please click on the "Submit" button to ensure that your responses have been recorded. We greatly value your time and perspective!

Should I take both surveys?

No, if your circumstance is fully reflected in one of the survey descriptions. Yes, if you have different individual and business/organizational space needs.

Who is involved?

The Center for Craft and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership with dozens of local arts and creative organizations, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, UNC Asheville, and Artspace, a national nonprofit leader in developing affordable space solutions for artists and creatives. Please join us!

What’s the idea?

To create permanently affordable artist housing and studio/work space in a mixed-use arts development. The project could include space for creative sector organizations and businesses. For additional information and background, please read these FAQ questions or click HERE to view the preliminary feasibility report that Artspace published in August 2017.

Who is funding this?

The Arts Market Survey has been generously funded by: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Center for Craft, Ted and Senator Terry Van Duyn, Duke Energy Foundation, HomeTrust Bank, Dana and Jana Stonestreet, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Diamond Brand Gear.

Learn more and take the survey by March 26th at

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kids Summer Clay Camp

Looking for something fun and creative for your children to do this summer? 

Join us for a high energy, super fun week in the clay studio. You’ll explore the many different ways to create wonderful works of art with clay. Use your imagination to bring wacky creatures to life. Take a spin on the potter’s wheel and learn to make cups and bowls that you can use at home. Your one-of-a-kind, amazing creations will dazzle your friends and family. 

Camps meet Monday- Friday, 9am-12pm or 2-5pm
Tuition: $225, $25 sibling discount for same week. 
Click here for more information and to register online.
Or call 828-285-0210

Pottery wheel and kilns for sale in Sylva, North Carolina

3/22/18 update: some of these items have been sold. The potters wheel and Paragon kiln are still available.

Bernie Velluti has the following items for sale:

On the first page are the working pieces that have been in use until recently. The Jewelry/test kiln has 3 or 4 shelves that fit it that I will include with it. The wheel also has a lever to control the speed of the wheel as well as a foot pedal. (Click on the flyer to enlarge it or download a pdf here:

On the second page are pictures of 2 different kilns that have been in my storage unit for a couple of years, they both need to be reworked. I tested the continuity on the elements on the larger kiln and it measured consistent resistance. I’m sure if someone wants to rebuild them they would want to replace the old elements with new ones. Which are listed in as well. These units belonged to my girlfriend and I think she intended to have them rebuilt but found her main work on smaller items. (Click on the flyer to enlarge it or download a pdf here:

I really would like to see these go to someone or place who can find a use for them either to rebuild or convert to gas or Raku firing. If they were to buy the new elements I’d give them the kilns. Would like to hear any ideas on what to do with the equipment or where to find a home for them.

Contact Bernie at or 828-508-9958.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Accepting new members at Toe River Crafts

Clay Clubbers. 

I know this is probably last minute. The current working members are meeting this Saturday and are seeking new members. We aren't just seeking potters, if you all know anyone works in another medium and is interested in joining our shop this year, please let us know. Toe River Crafts has been around for 45 years!!!! Visit to our website and download the application information. We look forward to hearing form you! :)

If interested, please return application information on Friday by midnight.

Thanks again.

Toe River Crafts
6274 Highway 80 S
Burnsville NC 28714

Dear prospective members:

Toe River Crafts is a 45-year-old for profit, artist run cooperative gallery. We are located in Celo 15 minutes north of Burnsville NC. We currently have 11 working members and 24 consignment artists. We welcome new artists thru twice a year jury process, in April and July. Your artwork will be evaluative your technical skill, continuity of style and original view point. As a cooperative we will factor in other existing artists working in your medium and gauge the sell ability of your work in our gallery. Artists members fit well in our cooperative spirit.

Our cooperative is as vital to our success as we are to our crafts. The basis for this cooperative is the trust and respect we have for each other. This allows us to work steadily towards the growth of Toe River Crafts and all of our members. This is why we ask you to include the information requested on the application form.
Toe River Crafts juries are traditionally twice a year, in April and July.

There are a few points to consider before completing the application and submitting your work to be juried.
You are essentially applying to be a partner in a retail crafts gallery business. If you are accepted, every member must meet the following requirements:
Pay the $100.00 initiation fee
Commit to the business both functionally and financially, for a minimum of six months.
Work all of your scheduled hours in the gallery or pay a substitute to work them for you. Penalties will be assessed if your hours are not covered.
Train for a minimum of eight hours on gallery procedures before your first scheduled work day
Price your own work and label it so it can be read
Read, understand and adhere to all bylaws and operating policies
Attend 4 meetings per year
Receive 75% commission

As a member in good standing, you will be expected to serve on at least two committees.

Please email your completed application to the gallery along with 5 images of your work at least TWO WEEKS before the jury date. These craft items should reflect the full range for work you wish to display and sell.
The jury chairperson will notify you within 7 days after the jury as to our decisions concerning your acceptance. If accepted, you will be expected to train during the first month of membership to learn gallery procedures and work regular member hours.

6274 HIGHWAY 80 S
Application for jury

NAME:____________________________________________________                                                                                                                          DATE:__________________________

BUSINESS NAME:___________________________________________
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:_____________________________________________
PHONE: ___________________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS:____________________________________
WEBSITE/ FACEBOOK :______________________________________________
OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:__________________________________________________________

Please send your 5 images as jpegs. along with a little bit about yourself to Please return the application once you have filled it out.
Thank you.

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THE SAMPLES PROVIDED TO THE JURY HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE APPLICANT (SIGN):_____________________________________________________


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN ARTIST?_________________________________
WHERE HAVE YOU STUDIED?_______________________________________________
WHERE DO YOU SELL YOUR WORK?___________________________________________________
 IS THERE ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE FOR US TO KNOW ABUOT YOUR WORK?___________________________________________________
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT TOE RIVER CRAFTS?________________________________________________________

Thank you for your interest in Toe River Crafts

Seeking kiln repair person

Lee Wolfe is looking for a kiln repair person in the Asheville area. Know someone or have any suggestions of where to look? Contact Lee at

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Potters of the Blue Ridge Teapot Challenge Tea Party on March 14th

The Potters of the Blue Ridge have invited Clay Clubbers to join them next Wednesday, March 14th, for their annual Tea Party. (This is happening at our usual meeting time and will take the place of a regular meeting for us this month.) Thanks to Cindy Pacileo, Bob Meier and all the Potters of the Blue Ridge for inviting us!

Potters of the Blue Ridge members will be unveiling the 13 teapots they made for their Teapot Challenge. They each made a teapot body, handle, spout and lid from cone 6 clay, then exchanged parts so they got none of their own, took them home and crafted a teapot out of mismatched parts. The teapots will auctioned off at Watauga High School's annual Empty Bowls event benefiting their local food bank.

The tea party will take place next Wednesday, March 14th, at 6 pm at Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery and Studio in Boone. Please bring hearty finger foods and drink to share.

Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery and Studio is located at 585 West King Street, Suite D in Boone. The studio is right downtown, with free parking after 5 in the lot beside and behind the studio. The main entrance is on King Street and down a flight of stairs, but it's easier to park in the lower part of the parking lot next door and come in the back door. Directions available here:

Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey county folks: I’ll be going from Bakersville if anyone would like to ride with me. Asheville and other area folks: let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or on this post on Facebook and we’ll see what we can coordinate.

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

See you next Wednesday!

Brent pottery wheel for sale in Asheville


Here are the details from Tyler-James Anderson:

I am currently moving studios and realizing it's time to get rid of my wheel. I am selling my Brent model i.e. 1/3 hp wheel for 700 obo. Bought it a little over a year ago and barely used it. Works great but I am trying to downsize and I do mostly slipcasting these days. Wheel is located in Asheville up off Bingham rd. If you have any questions please feel free to text or email me back at 951 639 7108, or

Opening Exhibition with Susan Feagin

Opening Exhibition with Susan Feagin

We're having an upcoming show with a local celebrity - the internationally famous and locally loved ceramicist, educator, and just all around wonderful person, Susan Feagin will be gracing us with both her work as well as her presence on Saturday, March 10th.  

So, join us at In Tandem Gallery from 5:00pm - 9:00pm for a time of food, drink,  and some amazing pieces fresh out of the kiln.  

She really is amazing and her work is so nuanced with layers of texture and color and imagery and print,... all handbuilt and extremely labor intensive.  Susan is currently the Penland School of Crafts Ceramics Supervisor / Coordinator. 

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

Studio space available in West Asheville

$450-$775 / 400ft2 -800 SQ ft- Bright and Beautiful West Asheville Commercial Studio (West ASHEVILLE)


Potters! Bright and beautiful West Asheville commercial work space for you. Available immediately. Vent and 220 voltage for kiln already in place. Drain trap already installed.
Move in March 15th-April 1st. ...400 SQ ft to 800 SQ ft available.

Newly painted walls with low VOC paint. Skylights and multiple windows. Landlord maintains the gardens. Ground floor. Designated gravel parking spots with overflow. Cement floor. Gas heat. Walking distance to best coffee shops and bakeries: Flora's Forage and the Owl Bakery. Flexibility with move in.

Could possibly be a co-working space. Come check it out. Current artists are moving out -- take over our lease and get a better rate! Please email to schedule a showing or to discuss further details. Thank you.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pottery/ceramics books for sale

Ned Guttman has books for sale:

Below is a list with prices (Asheville pickup or plus cheapest postage). Almost all are like new, some are a little more worn but still very good. My email addy and phone number are at the bottom.

Pottery Form - Daniel Rhodes paperback (2 copies) $10 each

The Potter's Eye - Hewitt and Sweezy $30

Functional Pottery - Robin Hopper 2nd ed. $40

Copper red Glazes - Tichane $12

Ceramic Glazes - Parmelee 3rd ed. hardback $55

Glazing Techniques - Chavarria $7

Penland Book of Ceramics $20

Penland Book of Ceramics - withdrawn from library - $15

Wheel thrown Pottery - van Gilder $8

Soda Glazing - Tudball $20

The Practical Potter - Warshaw $10

Ceramic Formulas: The Complete Compendium - Conrad $25

Electric Kiln Pottery - Cooper hardback $15

The Potter's Palette - Constant and Ogden $18

Wheel thrown ceramics - Davis $6

Thrown Pottery Techniques Revealed - Chappelhow hardcover $18

A Potter's Workbook - Illian $18

Ceramics A Potter's Handbook - Nelson $13

The Craft and Art of Clay - Peterson $8

Pioneer Pottery - Cardew hardback $100

Kitchen Ceramics - Slesin et al. hardback $20

Pottery Decoration - Shafer hardback $5

Creative Pottery - Coakes $15

Getting Into Pots - Wettlaufer $8

Ned Guttman

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Penland School of Crafts Community Open House

Penland’s annual open house is this Saturday. From the Penland website:

The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to between 350 and 500 adults and children from Mitchell County and beyond, engaging them in free, quality hands-on studio experiences. The Community Open House also offers information about Penland’s upcoming workshops and other programs.

Each year, over 100 artist volunteers from the surrounding community make this day possible by helping visitors with the hands-on activities in the studios.

The 2018 Penland School of Crafts Community Open House will be Saturday, March 3 from 1-5 PM. Please join us for a range of craft activities around the Penland campus.

The Mitchell High School Marching Band Boosters will be selling hot dog lunches in front of the Pines Dining Hall at Penland from 12:30 until 5pm. The Penland Coffee House will also be open to sell drinks and snacks.

More info here:

Open Studio and Sample Sale at The Bright Angle

This Friday head to The Bright Angle for an open studio and sample sale! The Bright Angle will be celebrating in their studio on Friday March 2nd from 5-8:00 pm at the Refinery Creator Space - 207 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, NC.

The event will feature a special sale with samples and one of a kind pieces. Spend $50 or $100 to fill up an entire box of products. Enjoy local craft brews and delicious snacks and hang with the community!