Friday, June 29, 2018

Call for bowls for Empty Bowls in Mitchell and Yancey counties

Call for bowls for Empty Bowls in Mitchell and Yancey counties:

Two local organizations are focused on ending hunger in our neighborhood – and they need your support! Each year, these organizations host popular Empty Bowls events to raise money for the cause. This year, we are combining our efforts to gather together the many beautiful bowls it takes to make these events possible.

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose sole purpose is to provide temporary food and heating assistance to Mitchell County residents who are in need. This fulfills our mission of, "No one goes hungry in Mitchell County." Contact Martha Gordon at

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden’s mission is to grow a community garden that is shared so everyone has the chance to eat fresh produce in Yancey County. Dig In! is a hands-on learning site to teach, inspire, and empower people in Yancey County to grow their own healthy foods using both traditional and modern sustainable methods. Contact Kathleen Wood at

What is Empty Bowls?

If you have not participated before, Empty Bowls asks participating artists to create and donate bowls for events, at which a simple and delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert is provided from local restaurants and families. Guests choose a bowl that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Ticket sales help to fund the hunger-fighting organizations, and bring folks together for an evening of sharing and community.

Additionally, in our communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fiber artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors, gardeners, and other artists and craftspeople. Last year, Shepherd Staff hosted a silent auction of donated pieces, and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden sold vases filled with flowers.

When and where are the local events?

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank hosts their Empty Bowls event this year on August 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. $25 call (828) 765-5385 for more information

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden is hosting their Empty Bowls event on October 19, 2018 at the Burnsville Town Center. $25 visit

How to donate

Please donate one or many bowls of any material: ceramic, wood, glass, stone, etc. Generally, the bowls are soup-sized, but larger bowls are happily accepted to sell or auction for a higher price.

We invite you to place your business card in each bowl so that the final recipient can know who to appreciate and admire for all the years to come!

Bowl Drop off Locations

● Yancey Library 321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714 828-682-2600
● Spruce Pine Library 142 Walnut Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 828-765-4673
● OOAK Art Gallery 573 Micaville Loop Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 675-0690


There is no deadline, we can always use bowls for next year, but we would love to have as many as is possible by October 1, so we can estimate how many tickets we can sell for the event.

Who to Contact

Contact Jacquie López if you have questions about donating bowls 703-232-2145

Special Thank You Event for Bowl Donors!

We are planning a casual thank you celebration for bowl donors on September 22 from 11-2pm at the brand new Burnt Mountain Pottery Studio on 39 Castanea Street in Bakersville.

If you like, you can bring your finished bowls to this little shindig, mingle with generous friends, sip a frosty beverage and have a few bites to go along with our eternal gratitude.
RSVP by September 15 to Jacquie López
or voice/txt 703-232-2145

Monday, June 25, 2018

2018/2019 Regional Artist Project Grants

(Note: artists in other North Carolina counties can find information here:

Attention artists in Avery, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties of North Carolina.

Are you an artist interested in writing a Regional Artist Project Grant for your next big project or idea? The idea of writing a grant may seem intimidating and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, the Asheville Area Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council will all host grant information workshops before the grant deadline of October 12, 2018, by 5 pm.

The Regional Artist Project Grant, funded by N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Application and guidelines can be found at

Regional Artist Project Grant information sessions and workshops will be held at multiple locations (4 in Buncombe County). Anyone can attend. No preparation is required and questions are encouraged. Join our grants managers at one of the sessions below.

• August 15, 5:30-6:30 pm: Enka-Candler Public Library, 1404 Sandhill Rd. [828.258.0710]
• August 27, 5-6 pm: Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St. [828.258.0710]
• August 29, 4-5pm:Administration offices, Burnsville Gallery, 102 W. Main St. [828.682.7215]
• August 30, 4-5pm: Arts Resource Center (2nd floor Spruce Pine Gallery, 269 Oak Ave.)[828.682.7215]
• September 5, 5:30-6:30 pm: Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. [828.258.0710]
• September 12, 4-5 pm: Asheville Area Arts Council, 207 Coxe Ave. [828.258.0710]
• Please call the Madison County Arts Council for more information [828.649.1301]

This grant is sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), Madison County Arts Council (MCAC), and the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC). Support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural Resource Department, with additional contributions by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Avery County, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council.

More info:

Call for entries for the Marshall Handmade Market

The 2018 Marshall Handmade Market will take place November 17th and 18th. From the website:

Hardworking, creative craftsfolk and artisans ~ we heartily invite you to apply for the 2018 Marshall Handmade Market! The market has been growing steadily over the last few years, so this year we are expanding to a two day show - Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm!

Application deadline is July 31st.

More info and application here:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Wine-Down-Friday with Mica Artists and Their Special Guests on July 13th

Celebrate Another Wine-Down-Friday with Mica Artists and Their Special Guests

Join us at Mica on July 13, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm for another episode of Wine-Down-Friday

Meet our special guests: Award winning glassblower Colin O’Reilly, our summer guest artist and Marian Miller, a metalsmith and jeweler, who is new to the area.

So, come for the fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with the artists.

See you there!

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

L&L vent system component for sale in Weaverville, North Carolina

A L&L lightly used vent system component that retails for $350 from L&L. Plus this very expensive heavy duty cable for 30AMP with a 240 female plug. $50 total for both. Contact Duffy

Vent System Component - Assembled Fan/Blower Motor

Vent-Sure Vent System Assembled Fan/Blower Motor - Unit includes the Motor with Inlet Duct, Outlet Duct, Motor Mounting Plate, 90 Deg Elbow and Power Cord attached. (Does not include vent bypass box or flexible duct).

Part Number: M-V-FANK/00
Price: $385.00 / Each

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina


Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln - Complete - $4,995
Terry Gess 828 467 0166

I’m selling my well-built and slightly-used cone 10 kiln. Excellent condition. (I’m switching to another type of firing.)

Buyer will need to dismantle but I’ll provide guidance as well as free assistance & guidance with rebuilding at your site.

The kiln measures 49 1/2” x 63” on the outside
35 cu ft stacking space inside
The kiln holds ten to fourteen 12”x 24” shelves - 2 rows deep


2 Ransom b-4 burners with Baso Safety Systems and piggy back pilots, pressure regulators ($858 value)
Currently used with propane - can be adjusted to natural gas as needed
Fluke II pyrometer ($400 value)
Thermocouple and sleeve ($76 value)
Eight 12” x 24” silicon carbide shelves (used)
Almost-new K26 3” bricks in wall and arched ceiling (wider brick means less cracks = fuel savings)
Almost-new Jet DP hard brick in floor and fireboxes
12 foot stack (used soft brick)
All plumbing for burners
Misc shelf stacking furniture (used)
All steel cut and drilled to correct specs
Complete set of detailed instructions and pictures to assist you with rebuilding
Arch form for rebuilding arch
Free assistance & guidance on rebuilding at your site

Cone 10 Downdraft Sprung Arch Kiln - Complete - $4,995
Terry Gess 828 467 0166

Pugmill for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina


Here are the details from Beth Gore:


Description from VENCO:
Robust, suitable for de-airing, blending, mixing, and reworking clay.
Stainless steel mixer shaft and blades.
240 volt system (single phase).
Cast aluminum barrel — split longitudinally for easy cleaning.
4 inch nozzle

The vacuum pump is "New In Box". We have two pugmills and have always run them from one pump. We can give you a demonstration with the one we are still using. Works great - we just don't use 2 different clay bodies any longer.

Contact Beth at

Friday, June 15, 2018

Toe River Crafts jurying new members

Toe River Crafts will be jurying in new working members this July. If you are interested, please submit five images and a little something about yourself via email to For more information about our jurying process, please check out our website or call 828-675-6068. Our jury date is July 11. Please make sure you get your information in TWO WEEKS before July 11.

Toe river crafts is a small cooperative gallery located in the South Toe River Valley. Toe River Crafts has works in several different mediums like clay, weaving, book arts, paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, printmaking, and handmade greeting cards. Toe River Crafts has been a part of the Toe River Valley for over 45 years.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Artisan League of Little Switzerland Arts & Crafts Spring Market this weekend

The Artisan League of Little Switzerland cordially invites you to attend our annual Spring Arts and Crafts Market. Enjoy local pottery, jewelry, basketry, wood and metal works, photography, paintings,and much more!! Located at Geneva Hall ( beside the Switzerland Inn) on Saturday June 16th and Sunday June 17th from 10:00am- 4:00pm.

Facebook event page:

NC Rhododendron Festival this Friday and Saturday in Bakersville

The 72nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival
June 15th & 16th, 2018
Bakersville, North Carolina

The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Craft Fair with food vendors, children's activities, and live music throughout the day, as well as a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing. Come discover our Small Town Mountain Paradise!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

FREE pedestals/tables and fridge in Asheville

From Alyx Perry:

We have 2 tall pedestals/tables and a small beer fridge (about 1/2 the size of a dorm fridge) up for grabs at Squeaky Wheel Pottery in the AVL RAD. (1 Roberts St by White Duck Taco)

The tables are 45" high with a 24x24 table top. They're not pretty, basic plywood construction, but could be great for gallery displays- especially with a cover/tablecloth.

Squeaky Wheel doesn't have regular open hours, but there's usually someone around- just ask them to open up the storage closet.

If you'd like to schedule a time, email Alyx

We'll take these to Habitat if they're not taken this week.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cat Yoga (and more!) fundraiser for Mitchell County Animal Rescue this Saturday at YaYa Yoga & Market in Spruce Pine

A fundraiser will be held for Mitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) on Saturday, June 9th at 14480 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC. The YaYa Village Farmers Market will be held from 9 AM to 2 PM, with produce, crafts, pottery wheel turning, and more. Also available will be cat yoga classes: Kids Cat Yoga (12 and under) from 9:30 to 10 AM for $5, and Adult Cat Yoga from 10 to 11 AM ($10). Additional cash donations and donations of cat food, cat toys and cat litter are welcome. Animals will be available for adoption. All funds raised will be donated to Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

June edition of Asheville Art News

From Jim Kransberger:

The update was a day late to be completed, but was uploaded last weekend. Notice the page index bar at the bottom of the page. The bar only appears when you pull down on the bottom of the page. Slick, no? Not too bad for a fledgling pub, that is just a little over 60 days old. BTW — our mailing list will reach past the 1,000 mark next week . . . the way it is growing. If you want to assure you get notice of each new issue, just send me an email with a “yes” in the subject line:

The sooner we get your news information for July’s edition, the better.

Hope you like our ever-improving look.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Clay Club update for June and July

Hey Clubbers - we won’t be having a June meeting (sorry about that!), but I wanted to let let you know that our July meeting will be at John Ferlazzo’s near Bakersville at our regular time (Wednesday, July 11th from 6-8). Thanks to John for hosting us! We will be celebrating 10 years of Clay Club - I’ll share more details closer to the date. Hope to see you in July!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Kiln for sale in Dillsboro, North Carolina

Here are the details from Annie Burrell:

Olympic electric kiln purchased in 2002, model 2331H. Needs hardwired to 70/80 amps. L&L vent-sure downdraft kiln vent system, never used. Comes with gloves, five shelves, variety of kiln furniture, peep plugs, manuals and kiln wash. $350. Must be picked up by June 25.

Annie Burrell

Friday, June 1, 2018

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend!

The 25th Annual Toe River Studio Tour runs from June 1-3, Friday through Sunday, from 10am to 5pm all three days. Guide booklets are available from both galleries and in venues around the region in May and can also be downloaded (link below). For more information about the exhibition, call 828-765-0520 or the administration office at 828-682-7215.

From May 12 through the last day of the tour on June 3, the Spruce Pine Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue, mounts a participant artist exhibit that gives visitors an opportunity to plan their route — a great place to begin the tour or take a break from a day of non-stop art and artists. And on the first evening of the tour, artists lock their studio doors, visitors park their cars and converge at the Spruce Pine facility for a free “meet-the-artist” reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

More info (including downloadable tour guide) here: