Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Opening with Will Dickert

In Tandem Gallery presents 
the work of ceramicist Will Dickert

Will Dickert will be at the Gallery
 for the opening of his Exhibition
Saturday, November 3rd, 4-7pm
We hope you can be there

The exhibit features stoneware and porcelain finished with slips, shino and celadon glazes and ranging in form from functional pots and wares to sculptural pieces.
“This show is about wood firing and form,” says In Tandem co-owner Andy Palmer. “Will has a strong body of work with a combination of highly sculptural and functional qualities.”
Using a limited pallet, Dickert allows ashes and flame to paint his pieces in a natural and organic way. The ashes that fall onto his work during firing eventually melt to create a directional glaze that ranges in glossiness depending on proximity to the firebox. This ash creates rivulets and drips that run and collect on edges and lips, highlighting the forms.
Dickert pays strong attention to shape, resulting in work with a precise, tight geometric feel that counterbalances the soft, spontaneous effects of wood firing. “The contrast between these two things is what I think makes Will's work really stand out,” says Palmer. “There's a rugged sensibility attached to the highly refined shaping of his pieces.” 

View the Exhibition Online 

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

Weaverville Art Safari this weekend

Weaverville Art Safari
Fall Studio Tour
Sat – Sun | November 3-4, 10 – 5
Preview Party: Friday, November 2, 6 – 8pm

From the Weaverville Art Safari website:

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.

Save the date for the Potters’ Holiday Pop-up on December 8th in Asheville

Potters’ Holiday Pop-up
Saturday, December 8th
Club Eleven
11 Grove Street
Asheville, North Carolina

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Free online access to pottery/ceramics magazines, books and more through your local library

ICYMI, you can read Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated and Studio Potter articles online with your library card. NC LIVE is a service available through North Carolina libraries that provides access to magazines, journals and books. You just need your library card number and possibly a password (available from your library).

(The magazines and books are different from the ones available through RBdigital (formerly Zinio for Libraries) and Overdrive, two other services that might be available through your local library and are also pretty awesome.)

The following magazines are available through NC LIVE:

Ceramics Monthly (09/2011 to present)

Pottery Making Illustrated (07/2000 to present)

Studio Potter (01/2016 to present)

And here are a few books I’ve seen recently on NC LIVE:

The art of Toshiko Takaezu: in the language of silence by Peter Held

Ceramics by Philip Rawson

A chosen path: the ceramic art of Karen Karnes by Mark Shapiro

The Pilgrim Art: Cultures of Porcelain in World History by Robert Finlay

Visit NC LIVE here:

Individual local libraries offer some other pretty cool resources, too. The Buncombe County Public Library provides free access to which normally costs $24.99/month. offers classes on all kinds of topics that might be of interest to artists and entrepreneurs (website design, photography, selling on ETSY, etc.). More info about Buncombe County Public library electronic resources here:

What other services are available through the North Carolina libraries that should we know about? Does your local library offer any cool resources?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Save the date: Appalachian Potters Market on December 1st

32nd Annual Appalachian Potters Market
Marion, North Carolina
Saturday, December 1st
10 am - 4 pm

From the Facebook event page:

Are you a pottery nerd? Collector? Newbie? Looking for unique and beautiful Christmas gifts? Or maybe you are ready and willing to check out the wide variety of work within a regional heritage art form you've never considered before! Treat yourself...Appalachian Potters Market is the place to be :) Spend the first weekend in December with us and see what it is all about. We host 60+ Regional North Carolina Potters every year and always find the best functional, decorative, and even silly pieces of pottery and ceramics art to enjoy or gift to friends and loved ones!

More info:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Beaverdam Studio Tour this weekend

Beaverdam Studio Tour
North Asheville
Saturday October 27th 10am - 5pm
Sunday October 28th noon - 5pm

Visit 30 artist's studios in a self-guided tour in North Asheville on and off Beaverdam Road.

From the Beaverdam Studio Tour Instagram page:

Join us for a self-guided tour of artists’ studios in North Asheville. We are 30 artists living and working in beautiful Beaverdam Valley, showcasing ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass, and textile art. We invite you to meet us and purchase our artwork. All studios are off Beaverdam Road, reached from Merrimon Avenue. Tour maps are available online and in our brochure.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Michael Sherrill Retrospective at the Mint Museum

Michael Sherrill Retrospective
Mint Museum Uptown
Charlotte, NC
October 27 2018 - April 7 2019

From the Mint Museum website:

In his delicately rendered sculptures Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers, and to make them see things fresh. Working with clay, glass, and metal, his exquisite floral forms have the allure of Martin Johnson Heade’s passion flower and orchid paintings and the botanical engravings of John James Audubon, at the same time they are remarkably new. This retrospective will illustrate the artist’s evolution over his more than 40-year career and highlight his contributions to contemporary art, craft, and design. Primarily a self-taught artist, Sherrill moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to the Western North Carolina mountains in 1974. His early influences came from the North Carolina folk pottery tradition and the community surrounding Penland School of Crafts and the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. Sherrill began his career by making functional clay vessels in the 1970s and 1980s, but his desire for continued growth led him to create altered vessels of more abstracted form in the 1990s. Ultimately he shifted his focus to multimedia sculptures inspired by nature, as seen in Temple of the Cool Beauty (Yucca). He explores the beauty in natural growth and decay with bright colors, often through painstaking technical processes. Sherrill’s exceptional skill is based in his innovative approach to using tools, technology, and his keen sense of materials together to achieve what he calls his “natural narratives.”

Sherrill’s artistic evolution led him to master techniques of metalworking and glass working, and to invent new tools where needed. In 1995, out of need for tools that did not exist, he designed Mudtools®, now a successful line of tools for potters and sculptors. He is a frequent instructor at Penland and has taught at craft schools and workshops across the country. In 2003, The Mint Museum honored him as Artist of the Year. Sherrill served a two-month residency at the John Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI in 2006. His work is in several major museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As part of the World Ceramic Exposition/KOCEF, Sherrill was one of ten artists invited to build outdoor sculptures placed permanently at The Museum at Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, in 2004. He received a United States Artists Windgate Fellowship in 2010.

More info:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Gold Shino (a.k.a. iron gold and iridescent glazes)

Call for local artists from The Market on Oak in Spruce Pine

The Market on Oak in Spruce Pine is looking for new products from local artists. From their Facebook page:

We are gearing up for the holiday season and are accepting new products from local artists. Please share this post with your friends and family. Our store is a part of a non-profit project that was established in 2003 to support local artists, crafters, farmers, authors and musicians. We would love to support new local folks with their products this holiday season! Give us a call or stop by the store! 828-765-0571

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mark your calendar for Will Dickert

Opening night with Will Dickert

The November Exhibition at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville is with ceramist Will Dickert.
Opening with the Artist
November 3rd, 4-7pm

Dickert's show I about wood firing and form. He uses a really limited pallet as far as surface goes, allowing the ashes and flame to paint his pieces in an extremely natural and organic way.
One of Dickert's stronger suit is his attention to the shapes of his work.

Mark your calendar and celebrate with us Will's stunning creations.

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

The UpCycle! Community Open House on Saturday

From the WTOE website:

The UpCycle! will hold a Community Open House Saturday October 20th from 10:00am-4:00pm at Mayland’s Earth to Sky Park, located at 66 Energy Xchange Drive in Burnsville. Open House, Open Craft Tables, Open Materials Warehouse! Join your creative community and learn more about our nonprofit project that aims to support education, the arts, the environment, and economic development.

More info in this article from the Yancey Times Journal:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands this weekend in Asheville

The Village Potters Teaching Center will be among the demonstrators at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands!

"Seagrapes" is growing! Sarah has gorgeous, smaller versions of this piece (it's huge!) that just came out of the kiln,...
Posted by The Village Potters Clay Center on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

71st Anniversary Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
October 19 – 21, 2018
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00pm
Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center in Downtown Asheville, NC

In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.

More info:

Call to artists for "Clay: A Southern Census"

"Clay: A Southern Census"
Juror: Mel Buchanan
March 1-30, 2019

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks applicants for “Clay: A Southern Census,” an annual juried exhibition devoted to ceramic work by artists residing in the states that make up the U.S. Census Bureau’s “South Region,” which includes AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.

Open to ceramic vessels, sculptures and wall-mounted works, this exhibition will be on display March 1 to 30, 2019 in the Clay Center’s new gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

Entries due October 30, 2018

More info and link to application and prospectus:

Dig In! Empty Bowls this Friday in Burnsville

Friday, October 19th 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Burnsville Town Center
6 S Main St, Burnsville, North Carolina

From the Facebook event page:

Join us to support Dig In! Yancey Community Garden so that together we can put fresh food on everyone's table in Yancey County.

Come pick out a handcrafted bowl made by a local artist, and enjoy a tasting of delicious soups, homemade breads, and desserts lovingly donated by your favorite local restaurants and families.

Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the door or from any of these fine local establishments:
Appalachian Java, Burnsville Wine and..., Chamber of Commerce, OOAK, Gallery, Pig & Grits, and Reconciliation House.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Crafting Affrilachia at UNC Asheville

Crafting Affrilachia
October 20, 2018 - 12:45 p.m.
UNC Asheville’s Wilma M. Sherrill Center
Free admission with advance registration

From the Center for Craft (formerly The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design) website:

A roundtable discussion in partnership with UNC Asheville’s 5th Annual African Americans in Western NC and Southern Appalachia Conference

Crafting Affrilachia is a roundtable discussion featuring contemporary Appalachian craftspeople of color sharing and raising the visibility of their work and documenting how their practic impacts their identity, community, and cultural history. Crafting Affrilachia will be led by independent scholar, Marie T. Cochran, artist, educator, curator, and the founder of the Affrilachian Artist Project, which has generated a network of individuals and organizations which celebrate the intersection of cultures in Appalachia. Panelists include ceramic tile artist & mosaicist Sharon Jones (Pendelton, SC), furniture designer and maker Jd Harrison (Greenville, SC), and jewelry designer and maker Viola Spells (Asheville, NC).

Conference Overview

The Fifth Annual African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference offers scholars and the community an opportunity to illuminate the African American experience in Southern Appalachia. The three-day event from Oct. 18-20 will feature a variety of topics, including race in education, social justice, and history while highlighting regional African American culture, with a theme of “Making the Invisible Visible.”

Conference activities are free and open to everyone with advance registration requested. The conference will begin with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the YMI Cultural Center, scholarly presentations and community panels Oct. 19-20 at UNC Asheville, and an awards night at The Collider on Saturday, Oct. 20 to conclude the weekend.

More info here:

Admission is free to conference activities with advance registration.

Conference website:


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Multi-sectional Ewers

Finally, Thanks to Marian Parkes I have a new Flip camera and Cheryl helped me make this video...more to week.

Clare Twomey: Producing Production: Craft as an Action at Western Carolina University

From the Western Carolina University Ceramics Facebook page:

2 Free Events!

The Western Carolina University School of Art + Design warmly invites you to join us for Clare Twomey’s lecture on “Producing Production: Craft as an Action.” Clare Twomey is a British artist, researcher, and curator and is a leading figure in clay practice. Twomey’s work negotiates the realms of performance and transience. Clare Twomey’s lecture will be on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 4pm in Room 130 at the WCU Bardo Arts Center.

We would also be delighted for you and your students to join us on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 for “Production Line,” an all-day project with Clare starting at 9am and ending at 5pm in Room 224. In this one-day factory, guests will participate in the step by step process of creating pinch pots in a socially engaged service learning project designed to promote the ceramic arts. The work produced during “Production Line” will be placed on display in Gallery 256 on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Participants will be invited to return and select a pot as a memento of the experience.

Bardo Arts Center is located at 199 Centennial Drive on the WCU Cullowhee campus. This event is free and open to the public, visitor parking is available. Visit for details on parking.

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For more information about the events, contact Heather Mae Erickson,

Facebook event page here:

Friday, October 12, 2018

Bakersville Art Walk today

Bakersville Art Walk
Friday, October 12th
4-7 pm

Andy Palmer shared this about today’s Art Walk in Bakersville:

Well, this Friday from 4:00-7:00 is the Bakersville Art Walk. It's a great way to end the week, visit some local businesses, chat with some friends, get some snacks & drinks,... AND see some great artwork.

Most everyone in town has something to show off (plus the Cafe will be open for whatever your dietary needs.)

There’s a Facebook event page on the Bakersville, North Carolina Facebook page but I’m getting an error for it. You can try it at:

Also see this post from Mica Gallery:

The Bakersville, NC website has info about all the galleries:

Spruce Pine Potters Market this weekend

Spruce Pine Potters Market
October 13th and 14th
10 am - 5 pm both days
In the Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Here’s the beginning of the article about the Potters Market in this week’s Mitchell News-Journal:

The 12th annual Spruce Pine Potters Market is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct 14, in the Cross Street Building, 31 Cross St. in Spruce Pine.

A favorite event for many who appreciate fine craft, the Spruce Pine Potters Market is an annual weekend sale in the mountains of North Carolina, happening during the height of the fall season.

Including the work of local artists with important national reputations, this invitational market showcases the diversity of ceramics made in Mitchell and Yancey counties. From table settings to display pieces and sculpture, the range of objects presented is just as wide as the styles represented.

For pottery collectors and ceramic enthusiasts who attend the event, there is a specialness to bringing unique handmade objects into one’s home. In addition to decorative ceramic works, utilitarian pottery such as bowls, platters, mugs, and tumblers can be “works of art that are integrated into our daily living,” said exhibiting artist Suze Lindsay. She adds, “I envision functional pottery not only concerning straightforward usefulness but also, its ability to invite the user to take pleasure in everyday activities, inviting participation, promoting hospitality.”

Read the full article here:’s-premier-ceramics-venues

(For some reason the article leaves out two of this year’s participants, Linda McFarling and Shane Mickey. They are listed on the website:

Read Suze Lindsay’s September 2018 Ceramics Monthly article about the market here:

Glass and Clay this Saturday in Spruce Pine

Glass and Clay
Saturday, October 13th
10 am to 5 pm

Featuring the work of Terrane Glass & Speckled Dog Pottery
Colin O’Reilly & Robbie Bell

211 Roan Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(10 blocks west of Toe River Arts on Upper Street)

Contact (828) 434-0353

Highway 80 South Art Hop this weekend in Yancey County

Sixth Annual Highway 80 South Art Hop
Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th
10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

A destination weekend tour of 20 Open Studios and Galleries along NC Highway 80 South in Yancey County, following the South Toe River on the Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway. Start your tour and pick up maps at One of a Kind Art Gallery, 573 Micaville Loop, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Recap: October Clay Club at Mars Hill University

Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting Clay Club at the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts at Mars Hill University! Shane proposed a Show and Tell program, and almost everyone came with work of their own and/or from their personal collection to share. Pieces ranged from low to high fire and from old (1600s!) to (almost) newly out of the kiln. It was awesome to get to see and hear about it all.

Several of Shane’s students participated in the meeting. They asked some excellent questions - signs of a good teacher for sure. Mars Hill University offers a BFA with a concentration in ceramics/sculpture. If you missed our last meeting at MHU with Shane, check out more photos of the ceramics/scuplture facilities here:

November Clay Club will be at David on the Corner in Bakersville on Wednesday, November 14th. Thanks to David Westmeier for hosting us! I’ll share more info closer to the date.

Thanks again to Shane and his students - and to everyone who came!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Artisan League of Little Switzerland Fall Arts and Crafts Market this weekend

Artisan League of Little Switzerland Fall Arts and Crafts Market
October 13th and 14th
10 am - 4 pm both days
Geneva Hall in Little Switzerland, North Carolina

Enjoy the wonderful variety of very talented and locally made artworks,basketry, photography, lotions, stained glass, wood works, jewelry, paintings, candle arts, pottery, fiber arts, marbling, metal works, and much more! A perfect time to find unique holiday gifts for loved ones!

Facebook event page:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The UpCycle opening at the Earth to Sky Park (formerly the Energy Xchange) in Yancey County

The UpCycle! is a new nonprofit creative reuse center, opening at the Earth to Sky Park (former Energy Xchange) October 20th. We aim to creatively support education, the arts, the environment and economic development, by keeping materials out of the waste stream and in the hands of our creative community for repurposing. We're actively seeking volunteers!

Volunteer Orientation, Saturday October 13th, 11am-1pm

Community Open House, Saturday October 20th, 10am-4pm: Open craft tables for last minute costume inspiration. Refreshments and Merriment! The material warehouse will be operating on a cash only, donation basis.

The Laughing Potter at Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar this Saturday

New to the Asheville area, The Laughing Potter (Erika) will be at Ooh La La’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, 13 October, with a selection of pottery art pieces, woven bead bracelets, glass-n- bead earrings, and other art-cessories!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday!

October Clay Club is at the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts at Mars Hill University from 5-7 pm (note that the time is different from our usual schedule) this Wednesday, October 10th. Thanks again to Shane Mickey 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!

Friday, October 5, 2018

John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival this weekend

John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival
October 6, 2018 — October 7, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adults $5; Ages 12 - 17, $3; under 12, free.
Location: Folk School Campus
Brasstown, North Carolina

From the Facebook event page:

Golden fall sunlight and brightly colored leaves provide a scenic backdrop for the John C. Campbell Folk School's Fall Festival. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School's Brasstown, North Carolina campus, heralds its 44th anniversary in October.

Visit over 240 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school's winding wooded paths. Watch more than 40 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend.

Children will enjoy the pony rides, petting the alpacas, and visiting the animals at the Humane Society's pet adoption booth. Face painting and arts and crafts activities will be offered by the Cherokee County Arts Council.

Hungry festivalgoers can satisfy their appetites with a tasty lunch, dessert, or snack. Vendors' concession proceeds benefit several non-profit and community organizations.

The Folk School's renowned Craft Shop, containing fine crafts from over 300 juried regional artists, will draw visitors throughout the weekend and be offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Craft Shop.

There are no ATM’s on campus: While many vendors accept credit cards, attendees are encouraged to bring cash to pay for tickets and food.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Mica Customer Appreciation Day! Friday, October 12th

Mica Gallery in Bakersville

Friday, October 12th is
Customer Appreciation Day

Then . . .
Wine Down the Week: 3-6 pm

Mica Customer Appreciation Day!
Friday, October 12th

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Call for bowls for Dig In! Yancey Community Garden Empty Bowls

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden is hosting their Empty Bowls event on October 19, 2018 at the Burnsville Town Center and bowls are still needed!

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

More information in the flyer or see this earlier post:

Contact Jacquie López if you have questions about donating bowls:

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Clay Club at Mars Hill University

October Clay Club will be at the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts at Mars Hill University from 5-7 pm (note that the time is different from our usual schedule) on Wednesday, October 10th. Thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us!

The program will be show and tell, sharing your collection. Shane says: Clubbers are encouraged to bring 1 to 2 pieces to discuss and share at Clay Club. These can be pieces you made yourself or pieces from your collection made by someone else.

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, so please bring drink to share, just nothing alcoholic.

Directions to Mars Hill University are available here:

Once you get to the campus, the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts is located at 79 Cascade Street in Mars Hill. Coming from Highway 19-23 (Future Interstate 26), turn left at Wells Fargo Bank. The studio is down the driveway to the right. For help with directions, email Shane at

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

See you next Wednesday!

October with Charlie Tefft At In Tandem Gallery

October Exhibition with Charlie Tefft

Are you In love with animals?  

Do you like a bit of lifelike painting on your ceramics? Want some totally functional and useful tableware that could just as easily be displayed on your wall (actually, on a shelf would probably work best...)??  Well, this months exhibition is the perfect blend of all those things.  Charlie Tefft is the consummate artist; combining beautiful pottery with exquisite paintings; of adorable wrens, curled up foxes, bouncing rabbits, strolling bears, raccoons, possums, squirrels... it goes on and on.

In Tandem Gallery  

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