Tuesday, December 31, 2019

January Clay Club at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville

January Clay Club will be next Wednesday, January 8th, from 6-8pm at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville. Andy will demo his technique of textured slab making and how he attaches the slabs to wheel thrown pieces, and special guest John Britt will demo his use of a textured slab roller he has recently acquired. Thanks to Andy for hosting us and to both Andy and John for demoing!

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

Andy's studio is located at 287 Longview Drive in Bakersville. This is on the road to the new Mitchell County Courthouse and is the only driveway on that road. Google maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/2iFZ1GQ9rUqGrERy7

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

See you next Wednesday!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Community Clay Studio Memberships and Classes in Burnsville

High Country Ceramic Arts is a community studio located in Burnsville. We offer studio memberships for $260/ a quarter (3 months). A trial one month membership is available for $100. For those newer to clay, we also offer a Beginner's Package special for $180— this includes 1 month of membership as well as three 2-hour lessons on wheel-throwing, hand-building, and/or glazing.

Membership includes:
24/7 access to the studio
Free cone 6 kiln firings
Access to community tools, molds, slips, glazes, etc
Access to our slab roller, extruder, and 8 pottery wheels
Ability to show and sell work in our member gallery
A supportive and fun clay community!

Clay is the only additional cost and is available on-site for purchase at $15 per 25 lb bag.

The studio also offers classes in wheel-throwing and hand-building.

Our next class is Beginning and Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Garold Amsberry:

Meets Tuesdays 1-4pm
8 weeks from January 14 - March 3
$180 + clay (15$ for 25 pounds)

The class is open to absolute beginners as well as intermediate wheel throwers wanting to improve their technique and work towards throwing 5+ pounds of clay.

If any of this sounds like a great holiday gift, we’re also offering gift certificates!

For more information visit our website at http://www.highcountryceramicarts.com, or like us on Facebook @HighCountryCeramicArts.

Monthly Queer Artist Meet Ups in Asheville

If you're interested but missed last night's Queer Artist Meet Up, just wanted to make sure everyone knows it's an ongoing, monthly event:

Email Liz Williams at liz@southernequality.org to stay on top of the Queer Artist Meet Ups, coordinated by Southern Equality Studios, a program of Campaign for Southern Equality.

(image from the Campaign for Southern Equality twitter feed)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Queer Artist Meet Up tonight in Asheville

With apologies for the late notice, here are the details from the Campaign for Southern Equality:

Hey, Asheville –

After our Southern Equality Studios panel discussion this Summer and the debut of Up/Rooted, the exhibition featuring work by Southern Equality Studios artists Al Murray and Liz Williams, we knew that we wanted to continue the conversation and keep building connections with LGBTQ artists in the Asheville area.

That's why Al, Liz, and other artists have been hosting Queer Artist Meet Ups each month – and the latest one is tonight! Join us tonight, December 19, from 7-8pm at Revolve Studios (821 Riverside Drive #179, Asheville, NC 28801).

Whether you're a photographer, painter, graphic designer, sculptor, or any other sort of artist, we want to meet you tonight from 7-8pm!

Can't make tonight's meet up, but interested in getting involved at the next one? Email Liz Williams at liz@southernequality.org to stay on top of the Queer Artist Meet Ups, coordinated by Southern Equality Studios, a program of Campaign for Southern Equality.

Thank you so much,
The Campaign for Southern Equality team

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Recap: December Clay Club at The Village Potters

Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting December Clay Club! We had a most excellent mug/object exchange and it was great to get to see everyone as we come to the end of 2019.

Before I go on with the recap, we have a question for all you Clubbers. Sarah Wells Rolland has proposed the idea of a Clay Club "Coffee Club": holding Clay Club at The Village Potters on a Saturday morning instead of our usual Wednesday evening time. This would be a one-time thing with a tentative date of April 18th. We're hoping to get some feedback about this idea: Would you come on a Saturday morning? Would it make a difference if it started at 9/9:30/10? Is there anything else you want us to consider? Leave a comment here on the blog or shoot me an email (amy@amywallerpottery.com) and let me know.

Lori Theriault shared information about upcoming events and workshops at The Village Potters:

First up, this weekend The Village Potters will participate in the River Arts District Second Saturdays on Saturday and Riverview Station's Holiday Market on Sunday.

And they have these workshops coming up in 2020:

• Demonstration: “Responsive Clay” with Bandana Pottery on February 1
• Hands On: Raku Day with Judi Harwood on February 29
• Hands On: THROWING BIG Intensive Workshop with Sarah Wells Rolland, March 16-20
• Demonstration: “Cone 6 Glazing: workshop and discussion” with John Britt, April 11 & 12
• Hands On: Throwing with Finesse: “Take it to the Limit” with Sarah Wells Rolland May 18-29
• Hands On: “Design and Execute“ with Sarah Wells Rolland June 8-19th

More details about all the workshops (including registration info) here: https://thevillagepotters.com/product-category/workshops/

Also - remember that The Village Potters are a Laguna Clay distributer in addition to selling tools, kilns and wheels. (More about that from June Clay Club at TVP: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/06/recap-june-clay-club-at-village-potters.html)

Thanks again to all the amazing Village Potters and to everyone who came!

Trish Salmon now at Art Garden AVL

Trish Salmon is now at Art Garden AVL in Riverview Station in the River Arts District in Asheville. (Riverview Station is where The Village Potters - where we held Clay Club this month - are located.) Art Garden AVL will be participating in the River Arts District 2nd Saturdays this Saturday, December 14th, and in Riverview Station's Holiday Market this Sunday, December 15th.


See Trish's work on her website: www.clayworkbyhand.com

Odyssey ClayWorks Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House this Saturday

Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House
Saturday, December 14th
10am - 6pm
Odyssey ClayWorks
236 Clingman Avenue, Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

Join us on Saturday, December 14th for our Holiday Seconds Sale and Open House from 10am-6pm! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, free kids activities from 11-2pm AND one of our truly epic holiday seconds sales with 50-80% off overstock and seconds! Be sure to arrive early for the best selection. This event is free and open to the public.

(image from the Odyssey ClayWorks Facebook page)

Monday, December 9, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville this Wednesday, December 11th, at 6:15 pm (reminder that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks again to The Village Potters for hosting us!

Details and directions here: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/december-clay-club-at-village-potters.html

Carpooling: John Britt and I will be carpooling from Mitchell County - let us know if you want to join us. And if you're interested in carpooling from anywhere else, leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.

See you Wednesday!

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Big Crafty this weekend in Asheville

The Big Crafty
U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville
December 7th and 8th
12-6 pm both days
Saturday: $5 Preview Party

Voted WNC’s favorite art event for the past decade, The Big Crafty returns for a day of hand-to-heart artful craft on Saturday & Sunday December 7 & 8 from 12-6pm at Asheville’s US Cellular Center.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend

The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

FREE, and self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they travel to Toe River Artist’s studios. Meet the artists, see where they create, and where they live.

Toe River Arts sponsors a Meet-The-Artist reception at their Spruce Pine Gallery on Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm. A sampling of participants will be on display geographically so one can plan a route for the rest of their journey.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Join us at the 33rd Annual Appalachian Potters Market!

Join us at the 33rd Annual Appalachian Potters Market! 

The show will be this Saturday, 

December 7, 2019, from 10am to 4pm at 

McDowell High School
1525 N Main St
Marion, NC 28752

...we'd love to see you! 

Print or have this coupon ready (pre-load or download it to your phone) for $1 off at the door this Saturday.

For more information, go to

December Clay Club at The Village Potters

December Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville next Wednesday, December 11th at 6:15 (note that we're starting 15 minutes later than usual - if you arrive early and they're not quite ready, you're welcome to browse the gallery). Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting us!

We'll have our traditional December mug/cup/object exchange. If you haven’t been before, here are the details of the exchange, as explained by John Britt:

"The Cup Exchange doesn't have to be a cup but more like any "object" , so think creatively about what you have laying around. Just something to swap. You could even bring an old used shitty cup from the cupboard as long as it is a Hamada made it.”

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

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: thevillagepotters.com/where-to-find-us/

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

See you next Wednesday!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Join Mica Gallery on Small Business Saturday for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk

Just in time for the holidays. Join Mica Gallery on Small Business Saturday November 30, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Tree Lighting and Art Walk.

See work by our special guest, craft artist Louise Grenell. Her nature-inspired soft sculptures interpret animal forms, creating objects with a life of their own.

It’s also time again for our Winter Wrap-Up featuring handmade wearables by Liz Spear, Neal Howard, and Deanna Lynch.

So, come for the Tree Lighting and enjoy some fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with the artists. See new work, including ornaments and many wonderful Holiday gifts.

See you there!

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Center for Craft Public Grand Reopening this Saturday

Center for Craft Public Grand Reopening
Saturday, November 16th
67 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

The Center for Craft will host a Public Grand Reopening in their newly renovated space in downtown Asheville to welcome the community and introduce them to the new National Craft Innovation Hub.

Please join us for the reopening of our space in a building-wide celebration of the future of craft, which includes:

>> Craft Futures 2099 exhibition: To celebrate the Grand Reopening, the Center for Craft has invited ten local and national artists to imagine and create a craft object of the future! Influenced by the 1939 New York Worlds Fair, the first fair of its kind to use to the "future" as an organizing theme, the reopening exhibition is an exploration of what’s been and what’s to come in the world of craft, and it sets the tone for the Center’s ambitious programming ahead.

>> First look at the new coworking, event and meeting spaces tailored to meet the needs of Asheville’s creative sector.

Premier of five new artists commissions and installations by Jamil D. Harrison, Harvey Littleton, Old Wood Company, Tanya Aguiñiga, Andrew Hayes, and Shelter Collective.

>> UNC Asheville’s inaugural exhibition: Making Meaning looks towards the spaces where artworks collide and converge, where the viewer is called to change their own perspective and embrace new material languages that create meaning and imagine futures.

>> Plus additional future-themed immersive installations, hands-on activities, music, food and more!

More info here: https://www.centerforcraft.org/grand-reopening-event

Free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/center-for-craft-grand-reopening-tickets-71557505425

(image from the Facebook event page)

Monday, November 11, 2019

Description of UMF (Unity Molecular Formula) Structure in Ceramic Glazes

December Clay Club at The Village Potters

Quick update: The Village Potters will host Clay Club on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:15pm (note that we'll start 15 minutes later than our usual time). I'll share more details closer to the date.

Remember there's no Clay Club this month. See you in December!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Dr. Margaret Carney lectures at Warren Wilson College and UNCA

Leah Leitson shared this info about two talks Dr. Margaret Carney, a specialist in world ceramics, will be giving:

• on November 19th, she will be speaking about the anomalies of dinnerware. I think you will find it both entertaining and informative.

• On November 20th, she will be speaking at UNCA on Ten Thousand Years of World Ceramics.

More info in the flyers above.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Price reduced: mixed glaze for sale in Asheville

The price is reduced to $50 per bucket.

Here's the original post from Squeaky Wheel member Patricia Robertson:

This is a glaze that was mixed for Squeaky Wheel members and was too close to our Spearmint to really serve the purpose of variety.

The Glaze is Sea Foam Green and here is the recipe:

Seafoam Green 10,000 Gram bucket (5 gallons)

F-4 Mini feldspar 3800 grams
Whiting 1400 grams
Zinc Oxide 1200 grams
Kentucky Ball Clay 600 grams
Flint Slicia 3000 grams
Copper Carbonate 500 grams
Titanium Dioxide 500 grams

We have two 5-gallon buckets of the glaze and it is $90.00now $50.00/bucket. It is cone 6. No photos of the fired glaze are currently available but may be possible upon request. If anyone is interested she/he can get in touch with me via email or phone (robertpe0530@gmail.com/ 828-273-3645).

November and December Clay Club update

Hey Clubbers - we won't have Clay Club in November. I'm working on December Clay Club and will post those details soon.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Call for artists for the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival
Franklin, North Carolina
May 22- May 24, 2020

The inaugural Cowee Valley Pottery Festival is a juried competition, exhibition and sale held at Cowee Pottery School in the beautiful Cowee valley of Franklin, NC.

Application Deadline: December 1

More info and link to application: https://www.coweevalleypotteryfestival.com/artist-application

Friday, November 1, 2019

Copper in various cone 6 base glazes

Carolina Pottery Festival this Saturday in Shelby, NC

20th Annual Carolina Pottery Festival
November 2nd, 2019, 10am-4pm

-Over 100 Potters!
-Free, Convenient Parking
-All types of pottery
-Just in time for Holiday Shopping
-$5 Admission (under 12 free)

Festival Location:
LeGrand Center
1800 E. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28152

Held in Shelby since 2001. One hundred of the finest potters and ceramic artists in a three state area convene at the LeGrand Center in Shelby, NC to show and sell their handmade pottery. The opportunity to meet and talk with the artists on site make this day special for all who attend. And just in time for holiday shopping!

Pottery...Functional, artistic, creative, handmade and fun. Items created from clay; jewelry, cooking dishes, Christmas ornaments, sculptures, piglets, angels, vases and more!!


Weaverville Art Safari this weekend

Weaverville Art Safari
Fall Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd
10 – 5 both days
Preview Party: Friday, November 1st, 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.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Margaret Bohls Workshop Cancelled !!!!

Regretfully the Margaret Bohls workshop scheduled for tomorrow Friday Nov 1, at Haywood Community College is cancelled due to the cancellation of Margaret's flight :(
We are so sorry!

THE HEART & ART OF TWINS Reception with Cynthia and Edwina Bringle in Apex, NC


Friday, Nov 8th 5:30 – 9:00 pm

at Cocoon Gallery, 221 N Salem St, Downtown Apex NC

contact us at: Cocoongallerync.com 919-267-4321

Spend an evening with Author Marilyn Shannon & North Carolina treasures, the Bringle Sisters, from Penland. Ceramic Artist Cynthia Bringle and Textile Artist Edwina Bringle will share their creations and discuss their 50 years of professional crafting as well as how being twins influences their unique artistic perspectives. Marilyn will share the similarities and differences of their experiences to those of the twins presented in her book, Listening into the Hearts of Twins, from her ‘In Just One Afternoon’ book series.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Visiting Artist Night

Visiting Artist night is this coming Monday! Please help us spread the word. Here's all the pertinent information:

Visiting Artist Night
Monday, November 4, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Featuring Royce Yoder and Tony Winchester

Hosted by the Nantahala School for the Arts and the SCC Ceramic Arts Club. Admission is $5 or FREE with covered dish, drinks, or desert. Each artist will have work for sale.
  • Potluck starting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Demonstration starting at 6:00 p.m.
Address for navigation: 60 Almond School Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713
Parking: Turn right into lot entrance after turning onto Almond School Road.  

If you are on social media, make a post and share our event. Here's the link to our Visiting Artist Night on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2450612471876159/


Hope to see you there!

Potters of Madison County exhibit at Mars Hill University

Potters of Madison County
October 23rd-November 14th
Reception 6-9 pm on November 6th
Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University

From the gallery website:

Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will host an exhibition of works by the Potters of Madison County. The Potters, all living and/or working in Madison County, North Carolina, all have unique styles, all of which have been carefully developed and widely recognized for their exceptional beauty and quality.

In the last decade, the quiet mountain towns and townships of Madison County, North Carolina have attracted an ever growing community of artists and craftspeople. Madison County’s rich rural and agricultural history and its inhabitants’ collective respect for tradition and craft make a natural setting for the production of handmade functional and sculptural ceramics. The Potters of Madison County was created in order to unite, acknowledge and support the skilled and diverse group of men and women currently creating work in Madison County, North Carolina.

The Potters consists of Julie Covington, Josh Copus, Becky Lloyd, Jim and Shirl Parmentier, Rob Pulleyn, Barry Rhodes, Joey Sheehan, and Shane Mickey. Their styles, methods, and output are as varied as they are beautiful. Julie graduated with a degree in Fine Art from UNC Asheville and “aims to create simple, sturdy tableware that looks and feels pretty good and is equally at home on an intimate dinner table or on the floor of an old pickup truck”. Josh also has a fine arts degree from UNCA and co-founded Clayspace Co-Op to promote members’ artistic growth and success. Becky’s work features delicate and intricate black and white patterns called sgraffito. Jim and Shirl have been making decorative ceramics together for over 35 years. Rob creates works that are sculptural, often with a hidden functional ability. Barry’s small sculptural works are in many collections, including the Mint Museum in Charlotte. Joey’s decorative work can be functional, figurative, or both at the same time. Shane’s work is rooted in functional design while expressing ideas of spontaneity. All the Potters have had their work in galleries, museums, and exhibits around the country.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday, October 23rd, through Thursday, November 14th. There will be a reception on Wednesday, November 6, from 6-9 pm. Weizenblatt Gallery is in the Moore Fine Arts Building. It is open 10-4, Monday through Friday, and admission is always free. For more information, contact Skip Rohde, the gallery director, at 828.273.6476.


(image from the Weizenblatt Gallery facebook page)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

FREE Workshop with Margaret Bohls

Friday November 1, 10am-4pm, Haywood Community College, Creative Arts Building 7000

The schedule for Friday is:
10am-12pm – Workshop in the Clay studio room 7220
12-1pm – Break for lunch. Feel free to pack a lunch of visit the Coffee Cup café (about 1 mile away)
1-2pm – Artist talk/ lecture room 7105
2-4pm – Workshop resumes in the Clay studio room 7220

Contact Emily with questions 828-627-4671, eareason@haywood.edu

Please excuse our mess! Our main campus entrance is currently undergoing construction. Follow the yellow arrows to the Creative Arts Building 7000. link to map

Monday, October 28, 2019

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk this Friday

Join Mica Gallery on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk

Come to the Bakersville Art Walk on Friday November 1st, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the galleries and shops in beautiful downtown Bakersville open their doors to showcase more than 100 artists.

See new work by our 15 member artists, our consignment artists and our Guest Artist – Louise Grenell. Louise creates nature-inspired, soft sculptures which represent and interpret animal forms. Her work, shown in the flyer, will be on display until December 31st.

Wonderful refreshments prepared by our artists will be served. Spend this evening enjoying the galleries and engaging in wonderful conversations with artists and patrons.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Used slab roller wanted

Barbara Gilson is looking for a used slab roller. Have one or a lead on one? Contact Barbara at bjgpotter@hotmail.com or 828-448-0816.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Carolina Pottery Festival

Carolina Pottery Festival

November 2, 2019 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Legrand Center

ShelbyNC 28152

• More than 100 Potters!
• Free, Convenient Parking
• All types of pottery
• Just in time for Holiday Shopping
• $5 Admission (under 12 free)
Tickets available in advance or at the door.


Beaverdam Studio Tour this weekend

Beaverdam Studio Tour
Saturday, October 26th 10am to 5pm
Sunday, October 27th noon to 5pm
All studios are off Beaverdam Road which is off Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville

From The Laurel of Asheville:

You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Beaverdam Studio Tour! 30+ artists will showcase ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass, paper, and textile art. Join us for a self-guided driving tour of artists’ studios, Saturday, October 26, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, October 27, noon to 5pm. All studios are off Beaverdam Road, North Asheville. Find tour maps at beaverdamstudiotour.com, in our brochure, Facebook, fb.me/beaverdamstudiotour, and Instagram, instagram.com/beaverdamstudiotour.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Weave Pop-Up Market at Salvaterra Pottery In Weaverville on Saturday

The Weave Pop-Up Market at Salvaterra Pottery
Saturday, October 26th
Salvaterra Pottery
30 Cole Road, Weaverville

This Fall outdoor market will feature over 25 local artists and small businesses. Watercolor paintings, wire bonsai tree art, jewelry, organic clothing, natural home cleaning products, locally sourced seasonings and herbs, leather goods, home décor, Hemp/CBD Products and much more!


(image from the Facebook event page)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Bauhaus film showing in Asheville

Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
Thursday, October 24
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
120 College Street in downtown Asheville

This film gives a fascinating look at how the Bauhaus ideas about art, theater, design, and architecture continue to shape our world today. The film celebrates the cultural history of modern spatial thinking against the background of the Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary.

Free for BMCM+AC members + students with ID; $8 for non-members

More info: http://www.blackmountaincollege.org/filmsbmcmac-bauhaus-spirit-100-years-of-bauhaus/

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

2020 North Carolina Potters Conference

2020 North Carolina Potters Conference
Conference Dates: March 5-8, 2020
Early Bird registration ends November 1, 2019

From the email announcement:

About the Transition

For the past thirty-two years, the Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, has done a fine job of hosting the North Carolina Potters Conference. Here at the North Carolina Pottery Center in nearby Seagrove, NC, we are honored to begin organizing and implementing the conference starting with the 2020 conference! Join us March 5-8, 2020, as we explore The Similarities in our Differences.

About the NC Potters Conference

The North Carolina Potters Conference is the Southeast’s premier ceramics conference. Through its history, the conference has featured some of the best ceramics artists from around the world. This conference centers on simultaneous demonstrations cultivating a dialogue of techniques, concepts, and experiences between the artists and the audience. Unlike other conferences, you do not have to pick and choose which workshops to attend. All the demonstrations and presentations are scheduled for the entire group. Potters at any skill level will come away with new ideas and inspiration to improve their work. Even non-potters have found the weekend a worthwhile introduction into the world of ceramics.

2020 Demonstrating Artists: Bede Clarke, Lisa Naples and Dan Finnegan.

2020 Speakers: Alex Matisse, Connie Matisse, Ron Philbeck, and Thomas Schmidt.

Register here: https://www.ncpottersconference.org/registration


(image from the ArtsGreensboro website)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Fall foliage and fine craft in Western North Carolina

The Asheville Citizen-Times has a front-page article today about where to see the fall colors. Their Burnsville-Mount Mitchell Tour recommends stops at the Toe River Arts Council in Burnsville, OOAK Gallery in Micaville, and the art and craft studios along NC 80:

Burnsville-Mount Mitchell Tour

The Mount Mitchell Scenic Highway is a slow-paced loop drive starting in Asheville. Fall color should just be starting in lower elevations including Burnsville (3,000 feet) and peaking on the Blue Ridge Parkway just north and south of Asheville.

Start: From Asheville, take future I-26 West about 17 miles to Exit 9. Continue on U.S. 19 East for 14 miles to Burnsville. The drive is about 35 miles.

Stop: All parking is free in Burnsville. Stop at the Visitor Center, 106 West Main St., 828-682-7413, for maps and information on hikes, mountain biking, fishing spots and scenic drives. Visit the Toe River Arts Council next door for an overview of the area’s robust art scene and list of art studios. Check out the historic Nu-Wray Inn, Southern Drifters Outfitters, clothing and trinket shops, and restaurants like Appalachian Java and the Garden Deli.

Drive: Take U.S. 19 East about 6 miles toward Micaville. Stop at OOAK (One of a Kind) Art Studio at the intersection with N.C. 80. Head south for 14 miles on N.C. 80, dotted with pottery, glass, jewelry and other art studios.

Stop: Carolina Hemlocks Campground for a short hike or a picnic, or to set up camp. Walk along the South Toe River. Stop at Mount Mitchell Golf Course and Black Mountain Campground.

Last stop: Folk Art Center at MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bathrooms, crafts of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, National Park Service ranger on duty, maps, guidebooks.

– Karen Chávez, writing for the Asheville Citizen-Times

Read the complete article here: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2019/10/18/fall-foliage-color-has-finally-come-mountains-western-north-carolina/4000809002/

Friday, October 18, 2019

7th Annual Odyssey Gala & Auction

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS announces the 7th Annual Odyssey Auction. Taking place November 2nd in their studio and gallery from 6-9pm, this year’s auction will feature over 140 items by established artists and local businesses. This year the auction will feature work by renowned potters Perry Haas, Bandana Pottery, and Will Dickert.

In addition to providing over $7000 in scholarships and tuition assistance to students annually, proceeds from the auction directly support the studio’s work with veterans suffering from PTSD, substance and alcohol abuse recovery programs, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Over 200 guests are expected to attend this lively event featuring a silent and live auction, beautifully catered food and drink, as well as music and dancing throughout the night. According to Studio Director Gabriel Kline, “Odyssey is known throughout the ceramics world as a premier teaching studio and we have made tremendous connections over the years. We will have work available by some of the finest artists in the country. The auction is a unique opportunity to bid on works by some of America’s most collectible ceramic artists.”

A limited number of tickets are available for the event on the Odyssey ClayWorks website, www.odysseyclayworks.com. Please call the studio for more information at 828 285 0210.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

FREE Workshop with Margaret Bohls

Please join us at Haywood Community College for a free workshop with Margaret Bohls
Friday November 1, 10am-4pm with a lecture by the artist at 1pm.
Questions? Contact Emily Reason, 828-627-4671, eareason@haywood.edu

Monday, October 14, 2019

Studio available for potter, ceramicist or other artist in the River Arts District in Asheville

Beautiful artist’s studio available for 6 month sublease available December 1 in the newly renovated Foundation Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District. Join a talented community of artists in several media. 216 square feet in Studio 15. Good lighting and great display/retail opportunity. It is wired for 240 volts AC, 2W, 1 Phase 48 amps 11520 watts kiln. Heavily discounted fixture fee involved. Kiln venting through the roof is required and is the renter’s responsibility. The opportunity is open to artists who are not ceramicists as well. $450 a month plus $50.00 utilities ($500). Contact: Trish Salmon, trishsalmon@bellsouth.net, 828-246-1930 to visit the space.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Spruce Pine Potters Market this weekend

Spruce Pine Potters Market
October 12 and 13, 2019
10am - 5pm both days
At The Historic Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine, NC

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique gathering of our region’s greatest potters and clay artists. Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend. Admission is free and lunches are available for purchase on site.

More about this year's Market from the Mitchell News-Journal:

The 13th annual Spruce Pine Potters Market is all set to take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Cross Street Building, 31 Cross St. in Spruce Pine. This annual event features more than 30 potters from Mitchell, Yancey and Avery counties, and this year the Market is inviting three guest potters.

Admission is free.

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique opportunity to meet many of the diverse potters of the high-country region as well as to see the variety of their work in one location. The Market showcases the diversity of ceramics being made in Mitchell and Yancey counties. From table settings to display pieces and sculptures, the range of objects presented is just as wide as the styles represented.

All potters will be present at the event for conversation, discussion and general comradery. A lunch and refreshments provided by FRESH Wood Fired Pizza will be on sale each day.

Special to this year’s roster of participant potters are three invited artists: Kyle Carpenter, Ronan Peterson and Donna Polseno.

Read the full article here: https://www.mitchellnews.com/news/annual-potters-market-all-set


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Recap: October Clay Club at West Union Art Studios

Thanks to Adam Mackay for hosting Clay Club at West Union Art Studios in Morganton! Adam did a demo of throwing a large platter. He shared a number of great tips, including the way he puts his clay in a large tub with water so that it softens up before he throws with it.

Adam also led a really thoughtful discussion of running and participating in a group studio. (He did this while throwing the platter - impressive!) He raised a number of issues, from the pros and cons of working in a group studio to legal and tax concerns that group studio owners and participants should be aware of and take into consideration. We also talked about the need for potters to have healthcare coverage and to plan for retirement - clubbers shared some interesting stories about these issues from their own careers.

There are currently nine potters and a total of 14 artists at West Union Art Studios. The second floor of the building has been refurbished for use as a studio space along with a music studio with a piano that provides space for music lessons (and another income stream). The work in the gallery from all of the artists is wonderful and my photos don't do it justice. Check out the West Union Art Studios Instagram feed and if you're in Morganton, definitely check out West Union Art Studios in person.

We don't currently have a host for November Clay Club. I know this is a busy time of year for a lot of us. Let me know if you're interested in hosting in November or have any other ideas or suggestions for upcoming Clay Clubs.

Thanks again to Adam and his wife Molly, too, and everyone at West Union Art Studios, and to everyone who came!