Sunday, September 30, 2018

Price reduced on kiln for sale in Blowing Rock, North Carolina


Marianne Hall still has a kiln for sale in Blowing Rock. She is willing to reduce the price to $1800.00, though with that price she cannot deliver the kiln.

Contact Marianne at

See more photos in the original post:

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fall classes and workshops at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville

Odyssey ClayWorks classes and workshops
Fall 2018 Descriptions

Introduction To Modeling The Human Figure
Leonid Siveriver
Mondays 6-9pm

October 22- December 10

Working from a live model each week, students will hone their understanding of basic anatomy, proportions and the mechanics of movement in 3 dimensions. After first creating multiple fast sketches in clay to work out technique, students will then advance to a longer-term sculpture based on a single pose, with more attention to detail. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to work with decorated sculptor, Leonid Siveriver.

Level: All Levels

Tuition: $325 + $75 Lab & Live Model Fee

Put A Lid On It
Cayce Kolstad
Tuesdays 3-5:30pm

October 23- December 11

A good casserole bakes and presents your food beautifully and certainly impresses at potlucks. But casseroles are complex forms to create and get just right. Join Cayce as he demystifies the process step-by-step, with plenty of one-on-one instruction. Techniques demonstrated will include throwing hollow, making a tight fitting lid, and plenty of variations for knobs and handles. Soon you will be creating beautiful, functional casseroles to use and enjoy for years to come.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Throwing Basics: Tips and Tricks

Julia Claire Weber

Wednesdays 6:30-9pm

October 17- December 12

No class November 21

Join Resident Artist and Odyssey Gallery Manager Julia Claire Weber as she guides you through a relaxed approach to throwing on the wheel with confidence! Class demos will focus on developing the basic techniques for throwing forms such as cups, mugs, bowls, tumblers, plates and vases. Class is geared for beginners, though seasoned potters and those looking to improve their skills are welcome!

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Ceramic Tile Design and Murals
Mac McCusker
Thursdays 11am-1:30pm

October 18- December 13
No class November 22

Tile murals can beautifully enhance your kitchen, bathroom, or outside sidewalks and paths. Students will design their own ceramic tiles using the slab roller and press molds, then incorporate ideas and imagery through carving, sgraffito, Mishima, and ceramic decals. Underglazes, glazes, and firing will be covered. Finally, we will learn how to install these finished pieces indoor or outdoor.

Level: All Levels

Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Scratching The Surface
Sara Ballek
Thursdays 6:30-9pm
October 18- December 13
No class November 22

Discover how to personalize your work with decorative techniques that will give each piece a unique finish! Using a rich clay body, along with colorful underglazes, slips, and more, we will explore how to control and enhance what happens under in final glazing process. The work made will be fired at a different mid-range temperature to reveal the beautiful reds and browns in the clay body along with the vibrancy of the added colors. We will discuss how to maintain different consistencies with the clay to accomplish various surface techniques. This class will allow students to be flexible in forming their work through hand building and wheel throwing. We will treat each piece as a canvas to explore what can happen under the glaze.

Level: All Levels

Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Weekend Workshop

Raku Magic
Paul Gisondo
One-Day Workshop
Saturday, October 27

9:30am- 4:30pm

Experience the drama, amazement and instant gratification of Raku in this one-day firing workshop. Bring up to 5 bisque fired pieces (vertically oriented vase and cylinder forms up to 12 inches in height preferred). We will glaze the pieces using a variety of crackle, iridescent luster and matte glazes and fire the work outdoors in our Raku kiln. Pieces will be removed from the red-hot kiln and quickly transferred into ash cans lined with flammable materials. Participants will go home the same day with dramatically transformed, finished work! 

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $100 + $25 Lab Fee

Pottery FUNdamentals
Ages 8-12
Halima Flynt
5-weeks, October 18- November 15
Thursdays 4-6pm

Looking for a way to get creative and messy after school? Always wanted to play around on the potter's wheel? Join Halima this fall and discover the FUNdamentals of throwing. In this class, students will learn to center clay on the wheel and the essential techniques used to craft cups, mugs, plates and bowls.  Students will create and decorate their functional masterpieces and leave with a set of handmade pots to use at home!  

Tuition: $225

Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Classes
Odyssey Staff

Friday, October 26, 7-9pm
Friday, November 16, 7-9pm
Friday, December 7, 7-9pm

Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Have you always wanted to learn to throw but you’re not sure if you want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do in Asheville on a Friday night. Well, look no further. Ready, Set, Throw is here!
Even if you’ve never touched clay before, our highly skilled staff will guide you through the entire process. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and have fun! All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Level: All Levels, Beginners Welcome

Tuition: $55 Per person, per night

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Free-Glaze Talk and Discussion- Appalachian State, ($5 for non -members)

Friday October 5, 2018

This 4 hour glaze discussion will be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to cone 6 glazes. We will discuss as much as possible in our time but it will be conducted in a casual question and answer format which will drive the content of the afternoon. Glazes will be discussed in a practical and easy to understand dialogue designed to help potters gain an understanding of glazes, firing and glazing.

2:00-6:00 p.m.

Cost : FREE for members – $5.00 for non-members  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Wey Hall -Clay Studio

Appalachian State University Campus287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608

Art on Main this weekend in Hendersonville

Art on Main
Hendersonville, NC
Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th
10-5 both days

From the Facebook event page:

The Arts Council of Henderson County presents the 59th annual Art on Main, a fine art / fine craft festival on September 29 & 30, 10am – 5pm both days. Meet more than 90 juried fine artists who will be showing and selling their work in media including fiber, wood, clay, metal, painting, photography, jewelry, glass, and more.

We are proud to announce Art on Main was recently named as one of the 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows, according to Sunshine Artist, America’s premier art & craft show magazine!

Come and see artist’s demonstrations of their creative processes, such as raku pottery firings, water marbling on silk scarves, and many others, while you enjoy Hendersonville's charming and historic Main Street.

Many of the fine artists in the show will be providing special artwork for the Arts Council’s raffle booth. Raffle items are also coming from members of our supportive Hendersonville community, so be sure to check it out! All raffle donations will benefit the Arts Council and its programs. The Arts Council is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Westtern North Carolina.

Hendersonville, North Carolina, is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 30 minutes south of Asheville. Please leave pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area.

Art on Main is free and open to the public. For more information:, 828-693-8504,

2018 marketing image: "A Woodland Dream,” acrylic on wood panel, by Deona Fish.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Art and craft vendors wanted for the Apple Butter Festival in Bakersville, NC

Art and craft vendors wanted for the 2018 Apple Butter Festival, taking place Saturday, October 13th in Bakersville. Application deadline is October 8th.

From the Mitchell County Historical Society:

The Mitchell County Historical Society is excited to announce our annual 2018 APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10 to 4 on the Creek Walk in Bakersville, NC!!

As in the past, we will be making our signature Apple Butter on site and presenting it for sale.

Music, food, raffles, home-crafted goods, coffee, cider....good fun. Our genealogy experts will be on hand to try to answer questions about your family roots here in Mitchell County.

Download the application here:

Questions/more info: call 828-688-4371 or email Applications also available at the Mitchell County Historical Society office, located in the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville. Hours: Weds. - Sat., 10 to 4.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Free workshop: Business Building Tips from a Local Master Potter

Business Building Tips from a Local Master Potter
Wednesday, September 26
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine (in the upstairs classroom - entry to classroom and parking are located behind the gallery)
Fee: No Cost

Established local artists, Jon Ellenbogen and Rebecca Plummer have been successfully operating “The Barking Spider Pottery” in Penland for over 40 years. In this class, explore topics such as establishing credibility, record keeping, tax considerations, insurance strategies, business practices, operating a co-operative gallery, creating your own crafts show, and much more!

Register here:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

More kiln bricks for sale in Marshall, North Carolina

Todd Runkle has more bricks for sale:

Turns out there are 80 bricks still available, they are a different size than the rest, they are straights, 9 by 4.5 by 2.5. $1.50 a brick. My contact information is Todd Runkle,, 4048494858 cell, I’m located in Marshall outside of Asheville.

See the original post and photos here:

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival this Saturday in Asheville

The North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival will take place this Saturday, September 22nd in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. From the festival website:

The North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival is an Asheville, NC event that focuses on ceramic arts of all genres including tilework, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. The festival includes over 40 ceramic art vendors, food trucks, raku demonstrations and live entertainment. Come for a day of fun and enjoy lunch from local food trucks, listen to buskers, check out street performers, and shop the beautiful and diverse ceramic artist booths.

NCCAF 2018 will take place at Pack Square Park, right in the heart of downtown Asheville. Fall in downtown Asheville attracts thousands of visitors each weekend, giving our artists fantastic sales opportunities and giving our visitors a bustling, artistic shopping experience in the middle of restaurants, breweries, shops, and entertainment. The venue is surrounded by 5 inexpensive parking garages within a few blocks walk.

Show Schedule

11:00 am: Show Opens
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Raku Demonstrations by Judi Harwood
12:00 pm: Booth Award Announcements
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Raku Demonstrations by Joe Frank McKee
5:00 pm: Show Closes

Running throughout the day

• Make-and-Take paint your own pottery area provided by Open Hearts Art Center

• Raffle in the sponsorship tent provided by The Village Potters Teaching Center and Laguna Clay Distributor with raffle award provided by our featured artist Sarah Wells Rolland and other participating artists.

• Food and dessert trucks and live music!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Local potters at the Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational

Nice to see this photo of Mitchell and Yancey County potters at the Mint Museum Invitational in the local papers today! It ran in both the Yancey Times Journal and The Mitchell News-Journal; this is from the Mitchell paper.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Applications open for Crafty Feast in Columbia, South Carolina

Crafty Feast is a juried indie craft fair in Columbia, SC featuring nearly 100 makers from across the southeast. This year's event is Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 12-6 pm at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Applications are open now and will close Monday, September 24 at 5 pm.

Application and more info:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Kiln bricks for sale in Marshall, North Carolina

09/20/18 update: Todd has more bricks for sale - details here:


Todd Runkle has bricks for sale:

I have really good condition soft kiln bricks to sell. I have roughly 200-300 straights and 50 2A arches. Mostly BNZ 2300. Excellent condition very few broken. I’m asking 1.50 a brick. My contact information is Todd Runkle,, 4048494858 cell, I’m located in Marshall outside of Asheville. Attached pics show some of the bricks and their condition.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Clay-King retail store opening in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Thanks to Rachel Smith for sharing this info about Clay-King’s retail store opening next week in Spartanburg.

According to their website, they have “everything for the ceramic artist":

Friday, September 14, 2018

UPDATE! InstaCrafty & The Clay Olympics This Weekend in Johnson City

Hi Everyone,
I wanted to let you all know about an event that is coming up this weekend in Johnson City, TN.

On Sunday, September 16th the InstaCrafty Art Fair will take place at 309 East Main St, in downtown Johnson City from noon to 6pm (no longer in the pavilion). This new INDOOR location was arranged because of the high probability of windy conditions from the outer bands of hurricane Florence.

As part of this event, there will also be a special event called the Clay Olympics! During the Clay Olympics, participants will compete with other ceramic artists in a variety of different categories. This will all be done in the spirit of good ol' pottery fun and we hope you will join us as a challenger.  Highwater Clays has generously sponsored this event and have provided all sorts of prizes from gift certificates, to tools, to magazines and more.

If you are interested in participating in the Clay Olympics, the events will take place between 2:00 and 6:00 pm (full details and exact timing in the image below). Registration for events officially starts at noon on Sunday, but feel free to email me with any questions/requests ahead of time at:

Thanks and hope to see you there!


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Recap: September Clay Club at Black Mountain Studios

Many thanks to Maud and Austin Boleman for hosting Clay Club! It was great to get to see their studio and gallery even as they gear up to close it soon. Clubbers bought a lot of the items they were selling, but there are still some left. They are priced super reasonably and need to be gone by October 4th. See the price list below for an idea of what’s available (there were also clay, cones, chemicals, and probably more things I’m forgetting), and contact Maud at if you’re interested.

Lindsay Rogers couldn’t make the meeting, but she wanted to share an event happening this weekend in Johnson City: InstaCrafty in downtown Johnson City happens about 3-4 times per year. It is largely organized by Lisa LaPella, a potter in Tennessee.

This weekend, on Sunday the 16th, the fall Instacrafty will take place in the covered pavilion right in the middle of downtown Johnson City. Along with the art fair, there will be a Clay Olympics! This event is sponsored by Highwater Clay and will include opportunities for challenging fellow potters to things like throwing, handbuilding and wedging challenges. There will also be prizes! The event will take place roughly from 3-6 on Sunday.

Lindsay is hopefully going to post some information here on the blog about signing up for Clay Olympics events, so look for that and/or check out the event website:

Thanks again to Maud and Austin, and best wishes to both of them on whatever comes after production pottery (as Maud said: “production pottery sounds like fun till you do it a couple thousand times”)!

October Clay Club will be at Mars Hill University from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, October 10th. Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us! I’ll share more info closer to the date.

Bakersville Art Walk this Friday

Bakersville Art Walk
Friday, Sept. 14th, 4-7pm.
Good company, delicious snacks and libations,
Support your local art galleries and have fun too!

Visit Mica, In Tandem, Anita’s Atelier, David on the Corner.

And check out Bakersville’s most exciting latest neighbor
Southern Ridge Cafe
open until 7pm!

Links to all the Bakersville gallery websites here:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Meet Barry Rhodes at In Tandem Gallery

Opening with Barry Rhodes and the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk

Friday 14th, 4-7pm! 

Barry Rhodes will be at the gallery for the inauguration of his Solo Show.  Come to Bakersville on Friday and celebrate the Arts with us.  

Great Art and Artists, Food, Drinks and Friends

In Tandem Gallery  

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

Penland Winter Residency application deadline this Saturday

Apologies for the late notice, but the deadline to apply for a Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency is this Saturday, September 15th. From their website:

Penland Winter Residency is an opportunity for a small community of artists to work independently for a short term in our studios during Penland’s quiet season. There will be a limited number of artists per studio—enough people to provide conversation and creative camaraderie, but not so many that focused time in the studio is compromised. Our goal is to provide professional opportunities for individual or collaborating artists and encourage experimentation and inquiry in all media.

Penland Winter Residencies include:

• Well-equipped studios, unfettered time, and a beautiful retreat setting

• The following studios will be available: books, clay, drawing/painting, hot glass, flameworking, iron, letterpress, metals, printmaking, photography, papermaking, textiles, wood, and writing.

• We welcome writers. We offer shared work spaces for resident writers in one of our quieter studios.

• There will be a studio assistant in each studio to help residents with projects if and as needed. Please note: our studio assistants are not instructors; we assume all residents are able and willing to work independently with only minimal assistance here and there.

Residencies run one to four weeks between December 30, 2018 and January 26, 2019.

More info and application details here:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Call for artists for Artisphere 2019

Applications are now being accepted for Artisphere, which will take place May 10-12, 2019, in Greenville, South Carolina. Application deadline is October 4, 2018.

About Artisphere:

2019 marks the 15th anniversary for the top ranking Artisphere festival in Greenville, SC. Despite its short history, Artisphere has distinguished itself as both a regional and national highlight. A supportive, art-loving community, beautiful setting, notable on-site artist amenities and hospitality, and over 500 volunteers make Artisphere a standout show for exhibiting artists and patrons alike. Renowned artist hospitality includes complimentary meals, snacks & beverages, convenient load-in and load-out, parking, 24 hour security, booth sitters, and reduced hotel rates. Artisphere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization. Proceeds are used to produce the annual arts festival and are distributed back to local non-profit arts organizations as part of Artisphere's Volunteer Arts Partnership Program.

More info:

and here:

STARworks Clay Studio now accepting applications for resident artists

STARworks Clay Studio

STARworks Clay Studio in Star, North Carolina is accepting resident artist applications for the 2019 January - June sessions. The resident artist program provides resources to develop new work or expand current work. Residents are provided with time and materials to push personal, professional, technical and conceptual limits. Financial compensation is available. STARworks Clay Studio is a fully equipped studio with numerous kilns, wheels and a ceramic supply store on site that manufactures local clay bodies using wild North Carolina clays.

Submission deadline is September 30, 2018

More information, application materials and instructions here:

Monday, September 10, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday!

September Clay Club is at Black Mountain Studios in Swannanoa from 6-8 pm this Wednesday, September 12th. Thanks again to Maud and Austin Boleman for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

Carpooling: if you're interested in carpooling, let me know and I will put folks in touch. You can also leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post.

See you Wednesday!

"Clay Baked" experience at the new Asheville culinary festival

Jason Sandford of Ashvegas has some more details on East Fork Pottery’s role in the new Asheville culinary festival being planned for September, 2019:

A Clay Baked experience that would include a tour of East Fork Pottery, a demonstration of making clay cups and a dinner featuring a game hen wrapped in clay and cooked in a pit fire. Guests would get a craft cocktail in the clay cups, which guests would then smash as part of a Bengali tradition to return the artwork back to the earth

Read the whole article here:

More on the festival from the Asheville Citizen-Times here:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Applications open for The Big Crafty

Applications are now being accepted for The Big Crafty, taking place December 1-2 at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The Big Crafty features the work of 150 carefully-selected artists, makers and crafters who embody the dynamism of the independent creative community.

Application deadline is October 1.

More info and application here:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fall pottery classes at Catawba Valley Community College

Upcoming pottery classes at Catawba Valley Community College. More info in the flyer and here:

Hand Built Pottery

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 pinch, slab, and coil techniques with an emphasis on surface design and glazing techniques.

Open Pottery Workshop: Hand Building and Wheel

This class is open to anyone with previous hand building or wheel experience. Students have the opportunity to work on individual clay projects of their choice and at their own pace to develop the skill level and personal style while receiving guidance from an instructor. Students will have full use of workshop facilities including glazes and kilns.

Pottery on the Wheel - Level I

This class is designed for the beginning. 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 - Level II

Designed for students with prior experience using the potters' wheel, 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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wallace Chan’s "unbreakable porcelain"

Jewelry artist Wallace Chan has developed what he says is an unbreakable porcelain that he is using to make high-end jewelry, including rings and bracelets. Anthony DeMarco has some details about how it's made in a Forbes article:

To increase the porcelain’s hardness, he reinforces it with iron, silicon, zirconium and one other ingredient that he isn’t ready to reveal. It’s then heated in a furnace to more than 1,600 degrees Celsius (about 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit), higher than porcelain is usually fired. An important thing Chan had to consider during the firing process is that as the moisture evaporates, the material reduces in size by about 10 to 20 percent. So each piece has to be sized in a way that takes this shrinkage into account.

(It passes the high fire test, but I can still almost imagine the clayart discussions about whether this should even be called porcelain …)

Read the Forbes article here:

The New York Times ran an article by Rachel Felder about it earlier this summer:

But this wasn’t just any old porcelain. It was a porcelain seven years in the making, which Mr. Chan invented and which he says is five times harder than steel.

The material — called for the time being, a little unimaginatively, Wallace Chan Porcelain — is made of specially chosen ingredients that Mr. Chan treats like the equivalent of a state secret out of fear of industrial espionage (the jewelry world is, apparently, a paranoid place). But the ingredients are, he said, almost devoid of impurities.

Pieces are fired in one of his two custom-built German kilns, to about 1,650 degrees Celsius (3,000 degrees Fahrenheit), or about 200 degrees Celsius more than in the traditional process. The result is a dense, strong porcelain with an unusual shiny luster.

Read the New York Times article here:

Monday, September 3, 2018

Call for Artists for Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar in Asheville

Applications are now being accepted for Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar, which will take place October 6, 13, 20 and 27 in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Ooh La La Curiosity Market is not only a fabulous market for local artists it is also a fundraiser for Animal Haven, a no kill shelter in East Asheville​. Email for information about becoming a vendor.

More info:

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Clay Club at Black Mountain Studios

September Clay Club will be at Black Mountain Studios in Swannanoa from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 12th. Thanks to Maud and Austin Boleman for hosting us!

The Bolemans are retiring and selling their studio, and they have invited Clay Clubbers to have the opportunity to purchase equipment and supplies they will no longer need. Items they’re selling include bats, chemicals, bottled underglazes, cone 5-6 bottled glazes, metal carts, extruder, wedging table, and hand tools.

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Directions: Black Mountain Studios is located at 626 Old Lytle Cove Road in Swannanoa. Google Maps will get you there:

Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey County folks - if you're interested in carpooling, let me know. If you’re interested in carpooling from elsewhere, let me know and I will put folks in touch. You can also leave a comment here on this blog post or on this facebook post.