Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clay Camp Begins June 11

We still have room in many of our Summer Clay Camps at Odyssey ClayWorks. Clay Camp meets Monday-Friday 9am-12pm or 2-5pm. Summer Camps cover a range of fun topics for young artists ages 4-15. Click here for more information and to register online.  Are you enrolling for two? There is a $25 discount for a sibling in the same camp. Enter promotional code "sibling25" when registering 2 children on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Western North Carolina potter seeks studio space

Here are the details from Steve Schimmel:

I am a potter, looking for studio space to rent that has a wheel (that can be used by left handed potter) and hopefully access to kiln/glazes, but at least a wheel. I am neat, clean and trustworthy.

I am currently studying at village potters, and need a place to hone my skills and practice more. I only need to space May to November.

I am in the Candler area, so would prefer something close to that.

Contact Steve at

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bakersville Art Walk today

Bakersville will host an art walk today, May 26th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! There will be drinks, snacks, and lots of fun!

Facebook event page:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Free Alex Glover presentations this weekend at MineFest 2018

MineFest is this weekend at Emerald Village near Little Switzerland and will include two free presentations by geologist Alex Glover:

At 4:00 PM on Saturday, renowned Geologist Alex Glover will share a free amazing presentation on the formation and the geology of the world-famous Emerald Village mines.

Then, at 4:00 on Sunday Alex will reveal the fascinating story connecting Wedgwood China to western North Carolina, involving Indians, Feldspar mining, the world’s best China, and the father of Evolution, followed by a free short talk inside the underground Bon Ami Mine!

More info:

and here:

Odyssey ClayWorks Seconds Sale this Saturday

Join Odyssey ClayWorks Saturday May 26th for our big pottery sale! To make way for new amazing work and raise money for our scholarship fund we are having a big markdown! 50-75% off!

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman Avenue at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside!

Participating artists include Director Gabriel Kline as well as numerous Resident Artists and Studio Assistants! We will be posting pictures leading up to the event! If there's a special piece you have your eye on we suggest you come early!

Cups, bowls, plates, ornaments, sponge holders, casseroles, vases, and the list goes on! OH YEAH!

Facebook event page:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Kenilworth Art Studio Tour this weekend

Kenilworth Art Studio Tour

May 26-27, 2018

From the Facebook event page:

Artists open their studios on Memorial Day Weekend in the Kenilworth neighborhood between downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. The free, self-guided tour is fun for both, the serious art buyer or the casual browser. Tour 10 AM-5 PM each day.

Since its inception in 2008, the Kenilworth Artists Association tours have brought thousands of art lovers to the historic neighborhood. The tour includes artists working in a wide range of media, including painters offering works in oil, watercolor, and acrylic. Also in the mix are jewelry, pottery, ceramic tile, glass beads, fiber, furniture, mixed- media, photography, paper, and collage. Come experience where these artists work in their home studios and enjoy the wonderful eclectic Asheville neighborhood atmosphere.

A tour map and brochure can be downloaded at

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Studio Space Available in Weaverville, North Carolina

Studio Space Available in Weaverville

1000 sq ft block building. 10' ceiling. 8x8' door. Open layout. 12 minutes to downtown Asheville.

Lots of 110 power outlets. One 220 outlet. On large lot with great sun. OK to have a kiln outside or inside.

There is a residence on site which I could rent (furnished or not).

$1000/month for shop, negotiable.

Photos can be found by searching Craigslist for "1000 ft2 shop/studio space in Weaverville".

Any Mudhoney can provide my character reference.

Jamie 828-231-3705

Monday, May 21, 2018

Western North Carolina potter seeks equipment

Linda Falcone is looking for equipment:

I am looking for some reasonably priced equipment in good condition a slab roller, electric wheel, programmable kiln. If anyone has anything I'd appreciate it if they would email me at

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gas kiln for sale in Evensville, Tennessee

Here are the details from Dawn Raburn:

Retiring from gas firing and have a great old kiln for sale with lots of accessories.

Kiln inside dimensions-45”W x 36”D x 50” H (approx. 46 cubic ft)

374 Hard brick
643 IFB
110 Arch brick
Steel frame
2-Dedell Burners for natural gas (last fired 2012 and need cleaning)
Pyrometer and thermocouple
Brand New Roll of Isofrax blanket Insulation-never opened
High fire cones
Misc drawings and plans for construction
You disassemble and transport.
Asking $2499

Email or call 423-775-2039 (leave message if no answer)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Central North Carolina pottery homestead for sale

Artful 2000sq ft house on 2 acres of mature oaks: 2BA, 2BR + loft. Cedar siding, Pella clad windows, Anderson clad French door, metal roof, deck, all utilities underground. $188,000.

4000sq ft metal workshop on 2 acres: cement floor, 1BA, Heat, A/C, 400amp service. Attached 1250sq ft wooden retail store with heat and A/C, could easily be converted to living quarters by accessing full bath through common wall of workshop. Large parking lot on visible road frontage. 300 cu ft anagama soda/wood kiln under 1700sqft kilnshed. $278,000. Cooperative marketing/events with 70 potteries in historic Seagrove area.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mother's Day Sale at Odyssey ClayWorks Gallery!

This weekend is all about celebrating moms! Come by and pick up a beautiful hand-made

gift you can feel good about while supporting your favorite local artists.

20% off the entire Odyssey ClayWorks gallery!

We will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm.

We can't wait to see you!

Odyssey ClayWorks Gallery
236 Clingman Ave, Asheville NC 28801

Recap: 2018 Clay Olympics!

The 2018 Clay Olympics were a ton of fun! Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting us and for all of their organizational and prep work - and keeping everything running smoothly during and between events. Special thanks again to Lori Theriault for EVERYTHING (it was a lot!) she did to make the Olympics possible.

Thanks also to the judges: Linda McFarling, Angelique Tassistro and Kara Irani, of MANNA FoodBank. The olympics were organized around an Empty Bowls theme, and most of the events resulted in bowls that will be finished and fired for the Asheville Empty Bowls event. Kara told us about the impact Empty Bowls has in our community: over a thousand bowls donated and each bowl provides 140 meals. Participants made a total of 43 bowls during our olympics, which Kara told us will provide 6000 meals (!). The Village Potters is a drop-off point for Asheville Empty Bowls; keep an eye on their social media accounts to learn more about how to participate. And if you’re not in or near Asheville, look for an Empty Bowls event in your area.

Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners! Results are below - scroll down for photos of all the events. The top three winners in each event received cash and other prizes - thanks again to all of our sponsors for making that possible.

Blindfolded throwing

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: David Westmeier
3rd place: Ruth Rutkowsky

Team throwing

1st place: Maggie Jones and Molly Morning-glory
2nd place: Martin Stankus and David Westmeier
3rd place: Mary Mikkelsen and Kurt Yun

Fastest AND best

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: Clive Earnhart
3rd place: Maggie Jones

Most bowls in five minutes

1st place: Clive Earnhart
2nd place: Michael Rutkowsky
3rd place: Tori Motyl

Longest coil in 3 minutes

1st place: Karen Dubois 85"
2nd place: Tori Motyl 78"
3rd place: Lee Wolfe 76"

Best coil bowl

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: Lee Wolfe
3rd place: Mary Jane Findley

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

FREE Demo by Adam Ledford at Odyssey ClayWorks

You are invited!

Scale Up Handbuilding Demo by Adam Ledford at Odyssey ClayWorks
Saturday, May 12, 10am-12pm

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from award-winning Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Adam Ledford in an upcoming demo co-hosted by the Center for Craft and Odyssey Clayworks. In this large-scale hand-building demo, visitors will 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. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register online.

Thank you Clay Olympics sponsors!

Thank you to all of our Clay Olympics Sponsors!

John Britt and Sarah Wells Rolland/The Village Potters each provided $200 sponsorships. These sponsorships are making up a big chunk of our cash awards. A special thank you to them!

The following folks also provided cash prizes:

ARTsCENTERed/Jann Verrill
Linda McFarling
Judy Muncy
Amy Waller

And the following donated prizes:

12 Bones BBQ
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.
French Broad Chocolates
Hopey & Company
Akira Satake
Standard Ceramics
Lori Theriault
Lee Wolfe

A big thank you again to The Village Potters for hosting us and donating the clay for the events.

We couldn’t do this without our sponsors - please support them the way they support us.

Come on out tonight to cheer on the participants at the 2018 Clay Olympics!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kiln for sale in Bryson City, North Carolina

Elise Delfield has a kiln for sale:

L&L e28T , 240V Single phase
New computer
elements, thermocouple and relays used 20 times (cone 06 and cone 3)
Hard wired
Interior in great condition. Takes 26" shelves (not included)
Some rust


$1200 OBO
Buyer picks up

Located in Bryson City, NC

Contact Elise at

Monday, May 7, 2018

Clay Olympics this Wednesday at The Village Potters in Asheville!

The Clay Olympics are this Wednesday from 6-8pm at The Village Potters in Asheville! Thanks again to Lori Theriault and everyone who has worked to organize this for us. Special thanks to all of our sponsors for donating cash and other prizes that will be awarded to the winners.

Want to compete? Check the current sign-ups here:

If you want to sign up in advance for blindfolded throwing (just one spot left!) or any of the other events, contact Lori ( and let her know. Sign-ups are first come, first served - if there are any spaces available on the 9th, you can sign up on site.


When: Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm

Where: The Village Potters are located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District at:

191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Directions available here:

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

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, let me know. (Mitchell/Yancey folks: I have to go to Asheville earlier and may not be able to provide rides there, but I will put people in touch.)

Clay Club: Clay Olympics this Wednesday!

Hi all - here is the current status of sign ups for the Clay Olympics, taking place this Wednesday's Clay Club at The Village Potters in the River Arts District. There are six spots available for each event (and six 'teams' for the Team Throwing event).

Sign up will be available on Wednesday for any spots left. If you would like to sign up for an event, email lori @

1. Blindfolded Throwing 2. Team Throwing
1. Mindy McCormick 1. David Westmeier
2. David Westmeier 2. Clive Earnhart
3. Akira Satake 3. 
4. Clive Earnhart 4. 
5. Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky  5. 
6.  6. 
3. Fastest Bowl 4. Most Bowls in 10
1. David Westmeier 1. David Westmeier
2. Clive Earnhart 2. Clive Earnhart
3.  3. Michael Rutkowsky
4.  4. 
5.  5. 
6.  6. 
5. Longest Coil 6. Best Coil Bowl
1. David Westmeier 1. David Westmeier
2. Mary Jane Findley 2. Mary Jane Findley
3. Michael Rutkowsky 3.  
4.  4.  
5.  5.  
6.  6.  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Red Handed Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee

Red Handed Symposium

May 25-27th

on The Clay Lady’s Campus in Nashville, Tennessee

Invitational exhibition of ceramic artists working with red earthenware

Featured demonstrations by Liz Zlot Summerfield, Marty Fielding, Amy Sanders, and Ronan Peterson

Keynote Presentation by Linda Arbuckle & Panel Discussion led by The Red Clay Rambler, Ben Carter

Cost $325

Register at

Red Handed Symposium Facebook page
Red Handed Symposium Instagram

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Plaster Masters Lab Workshop

With Alex Irvine and Nick Moen
At Odyssey ClayWorks
May 21-25
Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm

This workshop will be co-taught by two of Asheville most exciting mold-makers, Alex Irvine and Nick Moen. Alex specializes in solid clay forming methods while Nick primarily uses hollow masters as the basis for his molds. Together these two dynamic personalities bring a wide range of ceramic molding and casting experience to the table. Projects and demonstrations will begin with the basics, from weighing and mixing plaster to simple one-piece molds. Building on this knowledge, you will learn to create multi-part molds for casting complex forms. With plenty of studio time throughout the week, you will leave will several molds that you can use for years to come and the ability to cast nearly any object in clay.

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Sign up for Clay Olympics events!

The Clay Olympics will take place from 6-8 pm next Wednesday, May 9th at The Village Potters! The event list is below and sign-ups are first come, first served. As soon as there are six in any heat, it’s full. If you want to sign up in advance, email Lori Theriault ( and let her know. If there are any slots still available on the 9th, people can sign up on site.

With thanks to our sponsors, there will be cash and other prizes for the winners of each event!

Wheel Heats - 6 spots available:
Blindfolded throwing: best 'finished' bowl in 5 minutes (1.5 lbs)
Team Throwing: best 'finished' bowl (2 lbs - 5 minutes.)
Fastest Finished Bowl (2 lbs - 5 minutes or less - or another format if you think it's better)
Most finished bowls in 10 minutes (1 lb. balls)

Handbuilding - 6 spots available:
Longest unbroken coil (1/2 lb - 5 minutes)
Best coil-made bowl (1/2 lb - 10 minutes - includes making coil then making bowl)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kiln for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

Here’s the info from Donna Harrington:

Used Olympic electric kiln for sale, model 1827 240V 1PH with electronic controller, rated cone 10. Recently all coils and switches have been replaced. Two full and 2 half shelves included. Bakersville area. Asking $400.

Contact Donna at