Friday, April 27, 2018

Artists wanted for monthly arts and crafts market in Spruce Pine

Poppy’s Wildcraft invites artists, including potters and other craft artists, to apply to participate in a new monthly Arts & Crafts Market in downtown Spruce Pine:

May through October
Will be held the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Space Available for Local Artists & Crafters
Application Fee: $5.00 (non-refundable)
Space: $10.00 per month
All proceeds go toward marketing.
Located at Poppy’s Wildcraft
297 Oak Avenue
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Artists can apply to participate in one or more of the monthly markets.

Note: inquiries, applications and images may be submitted to Kim Hageman by email at Inquiries and images may also be texted to 828-275-2755.

Application available here:
(or go to and click on the link)

Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM)
April 28 - July 22, 2018

Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay is guest curated by founder emeritus of BRAHM and North Carolina potter, Herb Cohen. North Carolina has long been recognized for its skilled potters and iron-rich red clay. Potters throughout the state would pull their material directly from the earth and use this clay to form jugs, jars, bowls, platters, and vases, all by hand. Then and now, these utilitarian vessels exist with a sense of humanity, history, and purpose unique to the craft-enriched past of the south. These traditions have both persisted and expanded in potteries and clay studios across the state. Handcrafted presents ceramic vessels and sculpture made by over 40 contemporary North Carolina potters and artists. The works are functional and decorative with a broad range of scales, techniques, concepts, and forms. Together, this exhibition takes a look at the diversity of contemporary ceramics in our state, as well as the stories and relationships these artists have with their work and one another.

Exhibiting artists in Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay include Steve Abee, Michel Bayne, Glenn Bolick, Lula Owens Bolick, Cynthia Bringle, Lisa Clague, Herb Cohen, Josh Copus, Cristina Córdova, Donna Craven, Adrienne Dellinger, Susan Filley, Carol Gentithes, Terry Gess, Mark Hewitt, Lynn Jenkins, Nick Joerling, Daniel Johnston, Fred Johnston, Kate Johnston, Matt Jones, Eric Knoche, Stacy Lambert, Leah Leitson, Jeannine Marchand, Bob Meier, Ben Owen III, Bayle Owens, Pamela Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Jane Peiser, Akira Satake, Pat Scull, Ken Sedberry, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Eric Serritella, Liz Summerfield, Charlie Tefft, Kathy Triplett, and Julie Wiggins.

More info:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Weaverville Art Safari this weekend!

Weaverville Art Safari
Spring Studio Tour
Sat – Sun | April 28-29, 10 – 5
Preview Party: Friday, April 27, 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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kazegama wood ash firing invitation details

We wanted to re-up the invitation to all clay clubbers to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be happening on May 9th during the evening of the Clay Olympics at The Village Potters and add the important detail that this firing is for Cone 10 clay.

(Check out this blog post to see the results of a 2017 firing of The Village Potters' Kazegama kiln:

Here’s the original invitation:

Kazegama wood ash firing: Clay Clubbers are invited to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be going on during the evening of the Clay Olympics. Here are the details: 1-2 pots each (not guaranteed to get both in, though), no more than 8 inches in any direction, liner glazes only, and raw clay or bisque-fired slip only on the outside. Pots need to be delivered to The Village Potters by May 1 (they can be dropped off in the gallery). Contact Lori ( for more info.

Vases and Blooms show at Doe Ridge Pottery in Boone

Doe Ridge Pottery in partnership with Potters of the Blue Ridge is hosting a Vases and Blooms show at Doe Ridge, 585 King Street in Boone NC. The show will include handmade vases and vessels for flowers made by regional potters. The show will open during May's First Friday event and local gardeners will be on hand to demonstrate how to arrange flowers in these unique vases.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Clay Olympics update and Kazegama wood ash firing invitation

As previously announced, the 2018 Clay Olympics will take place Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8 pm at The Village Potters in Asheville. Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting and organizing! Here’s an update on how you can help (plus an invitation to participate in a special firing):

Events: The Village Potters are donating the clay for the olympics and everyone is invited to participate. Events being considered include blindfolded throwing, team throwing, and perhaps a 'fastest/biggest' competition. Is there an event you’d like to participate in (and/or watch others compete in)? Let Lori Theriault ( or me know.

Sponsors: A big thank you to everyone who has already offered to sponsor! We’re currently at $500 in cash prizes and a number of additional non-cash prizes have also been offered. Additional sponsorships of cash or prizes would be welcome - contact Lori ( or me if you’d like to be a sponsor. Once we have a final list, we will post all the sponsors on the Clay Club blog.

Kazegama wood ash firing: Clay Clubbers are invited to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be going on during the evening of the Clay Olympics. Here are the details: 1-2 pots each (not guaranteed to get both in, though), no more than 8 inches in any direction, liner glazes only, and raw clay or bisque-fired slip only on the outside. Pots need to be delivered to The Village Potters by May 1 (they can be dropped off in the gallery). Contact Lori ( for more info.

UPDATE: the Kazegama wood ash firing is a cone 10 firing. More info here:

Thanks everyone!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University

From Norma Hendrix, Executive Director of Cullowhee Mountain ARTS:

Cullowhee Arts hosts a great Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University each summer in June. We are now in our 7th year but many artists are still unaware of this great opportunity to come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, stay on the lovely campus of WCU and take a workshop in; Ceramics, Book Arts, Encaustic, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography and Printmaking. The studios in the WCU School of Art & Design are state-of-the art with great lighting and ventilation systems. Included in the week is a visit to the WCU Fine Art Museum with artist talks.

More information here:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Travel Log from Cuba: Food and Farming Discussion

Not exactly clay, but wanted to share this event sponsored by Dig In! Community Garden (thanks to John Britt and John Hartom for sharing).

Facebook event page here:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Madison County Potters Market this Saturday

8th Annual Madison County Potters Market
Saturday April 14th, 2018 9am - 4pm
Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC

From the Facebook event page:

Potters of Madison County Show and Sale

Join us at Marshall High Studios Saturday April 14 for the eighth annual Potters of Madison County show and sale! Come see the wares of some of the finest potters in the region and beyond, in historic Marshall, NC ~ 25 minutes north of Asheville. Artisan pastries, coffee and lunch will be available for purchase on site.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mark Errol at ETSU TODAY!

Just a quick reminder that MARK ERROL will be giving a short demonstration workshop from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Art Annex on the campus ETSU today. There is one change in plans from the original post - Mark will be giving his slide talk at the START of the event. 

Please join us! 

The Art Annex is located at 695 JL Seehorn Rd. We will have parking passes available in the Annex to put in your windshield. If you arrive a few minutes early we can point you in the direction of parking spots.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ceramic Materials and Process Workshop- Saturday April 14, 2018

Several spots open!!

April 14, 2018

Learn almost everything you ever wanted to know about clays and glazes in a small intimate setting from internationally renowned experts.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
This is your chance to hear three experts in their respective fields share their thoughts followed by question and answer sessions. If you are interested in clays and glazes and how they work together then this workshop is perfect for you. Think of it as a mini-NCECA in your own backyard!  
Alex Glover is an internationally known geologist who recently retired with over 38 years of experience in industrial minerals. He has worked all over the world with various companies including: The Georgia Marble Company, Vulcan Materials Company,  Zemex Industrial Minerals Corporation,  and Active Minerals International.  He is amazing knowledgeable about geology, the formation of ceramics materials and how industry works. He will speak on his work finding Josiah Wedgwood’s original clay deposits in Franklin NC. He is an excellent and engaging speaker who is able to explain complex subjects in a down to earth style.
Steve Blankenbeker researches and develops materials for Taylor Clay Products and Brick Company in Salisbury, NC. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Ceramics from NC State University.  He worked for Cedar Heights Clay for 18 years and 16 years with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury NC.  Steve loves to help potters find and use local or regional clays in NC, OH and WV. He will talk on geology of local sourced clays as well as his amazing knowledge of the brick industry.
Michael Tkach is recently retired after 20 years as the Director of Ceramic Engineering at the Homer Laughlin China Company who produces Fiestaware. He has amazing knowledge of the ceramic industry and how things are produced, how to control slips and glazes and how to have success with glazes. Michael is a firm believer that understanding the relationship between specific gravity, viscosity, glaze application weights, and application techniques will give any potter the ability to develop and reproduce the glaze effects they desire.


9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Arrive have coffee and rolls
10:00-12:00 Alex Glover
12:00- 1:00 Delicious lunch of soup and salad included
1:00 – 3:00 Steve Blankenbeker
3;00 – 5:00 Michael Tkach

Cost: $100 – Delicious lunch provided
Registration requires full non-refundable payment to hold your spot.  (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

Send a check to the address below to hold your spot on Paypal at my email address.


John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705
Any questions contact John Britt 828-467-5020

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We are looking for a festival/art fair tent

We're looking to purchase a used festival/art fair tent,  it needs to be at least a "commercial grade" or better (That's what they told us) and any other things that we might need - displays, lights, table skirts, etc... 
For info contact Andy at 607 345 5461 -

Monday, April 9, 2018

More info about the Bill van Gilder workshop in Jonesborough, Tennessee

We posted last week about the workshop with Bill van Gilder in Jonesborough, Tennessee - Kerry Porche shared this flyer and link to the Facebook event page:

See the earlier blog post here:

Fabulous Bakersville Gala and Gallery Walk!

Join the four galleries in Bakersville to celebrate spring!

Friday, April 13th, 4–7.

Anita’s Atelier, meet new local artists Mariella and Nathan Favors.

In Tandem, selection of national, local ceramics, and jewelry.

Mica, All day coffee and crumpets,

4-7 Wine Down the Week with fine wine, beer, delicious snacks.

A handmade gift with each purchase while supplies last!

Meet our newest members JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco Fyreglas Studio!

Shane Mickey Pottery, ceramics by Mickey, others, and resident artist Mac McCusker.

Recap: April Clay Club at Cat Jarosz’s studio

Thanks to Cat Jarosz for hosting us for Clay Club! Cat and her husband John made a big pot of delicious chili that was perfect for a chilly Saturday evening - thanks to both of them for that. It was great to get to see Cat's studio and other work spaces, including her “office” (aka dining table), glaze room and photography studio. Her gallery spaces are sweet.

Cat gave us a comprehensive handle demo - she told us she loves making handles and it really shows. Some of her tools for making handles include patterned rolling pins and extruder dies, including using two dies together to create different forms. She showed us how to use the angles of the piece you’re attaching the handle to for figuring out where to place the handle - but she said that this system didn’t always work: everybody has their own preferences about handles and rules don’t always work. She uses magic water to attach handles. She also showed us how she uses a propane torch to speed drying.

Cat is located in Leicester, not far at all from Asheville, and easy to get to from I-26. Her house and studio are truly lovely. She’ll be on the Come to Leicester Studio Tour in August which would be a great time to visit.

Thanks again to Cat for hosting and demonstrating, and to everyone who came!

Free workshop at ETSU TODAY & TOMORROW

Please join us! 

Location: Art Annex, ETSU Main Campus. 695 JL Seehorn Jr Rd

Friday, April 6, 2018

Clay Club on Saturday!

Clay Club is tomorrow at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester! Thanks again to Cat for hosting us.


When: Saturday, April 7th from 6-8 pm (note the change from our usual meeting time).

What: Cat will do a handle demo and tell us about her work and her studio.

Cat and her husband are making chili for our potluck - please bring food and drink to go with that.

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New for Summer 2018 – Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes

Resolve to get your hands dirty this summer, with the Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes. Cultivate your creativity and progress your personal style with CVCC’s non-credit pottery classes. No experience necessary, and the only requirements for students are a tool kit, purchased at the CVCC bookstore or local craft store, and a desire to create. All classes are $166.25, and include $125 registration fee, $40 supply fee and $1.25 insurance fee.

Hand Built Pottery Techniques with Evelyn Arnold

Tuesdays, May 29 – July 31, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 3, 2018.

For students of all skill levels, including beginners, this course is designed to teach the many varied techniques and applications for hand building with clay. Students will focus on various ways and tools that can be used to make many forms for utilitarian use. This course will explore the use of molds, slabs and coils with an emphasis on surface design and glazing techniques.

Pottery on the Wheel with Evelyn Arnold

Wednesdays, May 30 – August 1, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 4, 2018.

This class is designed for the beginner through intermediate level potter. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters’ wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.

Pottery on the Wheel II with Preston Tolbert

Thursdays, May 31 – August 2, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 5, 2018.

Designed for experienced as well as beginner level potters, students will learn to create a variety of forms including pitchers, vases and lidded jars. Also included is instruction on how to apply glazes and the proper procedure for loading and firing an electric kiln. Upon completion, students will be familiar with working on the potter's wheel, glaze application and firing techniques.

Class space is limited. For more information about the courses please email Evelyn Arnold at; to register email Cheri Toney at or contact the Continuing Education Department at 828-327-7037.

Call for entries for the 2019 Art of Clay National Juried Show

From the NC Pottery Center website:

The National Juried Show with the International Twist!
(March 3 – June 15, 2019)



1st place – $1000 / 2nd place – $500 / 3rd place – $250 / Honorable Mentions


This juried show is open to all US artists/residents (ages 18+) working in clay/ceramics. Works must be original, handcrafted, and have been completed in the past two years. Works submitted for consideration must fit on a 24”x24” or 15”x15” pedestal. Works may not have been previously exhibited at the North Carolina Pottery Center. Submission of an entry to this show constitutes an agreement by the artist to all conditions and stipulations listed in this Call for Entries.


Artists may submit images of up to three (3) works for a non-refundable $35 fee. Submissions will not be considered complete until both the entry submission and the entry fee have been received by the North Carolina Pottery Center.


Douglas Fitch (
Doug is also going to be one of the featured presenters at the 2019 North Carolina Potters Conference, sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild, in Asheboro, NC, the first weekend in March 2019.

Deadline for receipt of entries is December 15, 2018.

More info here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

FREE Workshops at ETSU Next Week!


Please join us for two exciting workshops next week at East Tennessee State University!

Visiting artist Hanna Schelb will be on campus Monday, April 9 & Tuesday, April 10, with a public lecture to be held Monday morning at 9:00 am in the Ceramics Studio. She will be demonstrating her techniques for merging the human figure & the vessel in clay. A full schedule of events is listed on the flyer. 

Visiting Artist Mark Errol will be demonstrating his finishing & surface design techniques on Thursday 4/12 from 2:00 -5:00 with an artist talk to follow. 

We are located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building. A campus map is located here:

Parking on campus can be tricky. You may plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can find parking. If you come to the Annex first, we will have a parking pass for you to put in your windshield. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Both events are sponsored by the Student Ceramics Association and are FREE and open to the public! 

Hope to see you next week!
Lindsay Rogers

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pottery Workshop with Bill van Gilder in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Thanks to Dennis McAvoy for sharing this info:

There will be a Bill van Gilder workshop in Jonesborough, TN, May 10-12 at the McKinney Center (103 Franklin Ave., Jonesborough TN, 423-753-0562).

Go to, page down to the workshop and click on "More Information" below the workshop info.

There is an outline for the workshop and the last page is a registration form. I would call and get on the list, if interested, and then submit the form and payment.

Wesley Anderegg and Ryan Myers at In Tandem Gallery

In Tandem Gallery's starting its season with a great show entitled "About Face" with artists Wesley Anderegg and Ryan Myers.  Both artists focus on figurative elements; Wesley's folk / naive-like people and dogs are sculptural with an edge to them (kind of awkward, a bit creepy and scary, but wonderfully created and memorable) while Ryan's work is functional but decorated with fairly detailed and realistic surfaces (lifelike enough to straddle the line between functional and sculptural with a definite Latin American look to them). 

So, join us for an Opening reception Friday, April 13th, 4pm-8pm if you can and let's celebrate the start of our 3rd year with some drinks, snacks, and really really fantastic ceramics.

In Tandem Gallery 
20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428 • •
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Clay Club this Saturday at Cat Jarosz’s studio!

April Clay Club is this Saturday, April 7th, from 6-8 pm at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester. (Please note the special time.) Thanks to Cat for hosting us!

Cat makes beautifully handcrafted stoneware pottery and she will do a handle demo, including how to pull a great handle and all the steps involved. She’ll also show us her studio and tell us about her work. She is a focus artist at Odyssey Co-Op Gallery this month - check out her work here:

Cat and her husband will be making chili, so bring food and drink to go along with that for our potluck.

Cat is located at 1177 Bear Creek Rd, Leicester NC 28748. Cat says: “my house is off the road but I have brick pillars with white concrete rabbits atop them at the road.” Google maps will get you there:

Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey folks - let me know if you’re interested in carpooling. Folks from elsewhere who are interested in carpooling - let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or this Facebook post and we’ll see what we can figure out.

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

See you Saturday!