Thursday, July 18, 2019

Flowers and Clay this weekend in Marshall, NC

Flowers and Clay
A Farm Tour and Open House
July 20-21, 2019 at 216 Ledford & Craine Road, Marshall, NC

From the Flowers and Clay website:

Spend the Day with Us — Or the Weekend

Come be part of our extended family as we open our business homes to the public for the first time ever. Flowers and Clay is an annual collaboration between Josh Copus Pottery and Carolina Flowers — also known as Josh and Emily Copus.

Walk inside a 27-foot pottery kiln and pick a dahlia from the garden. See how wild clay is made and tour the production farm where we grow tens of thousands of flowers each year. Dine with us on Saturday night — we’ll have pizza from our woodfire oven with herbs from the farm and garden.

Plan to stay awhile. We’ll have games and activities. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our mountain cove, or make a day trip to one of the nearby hikes or swimming spots. Explore downtown Marshall while you’re in the neighborhood, and be sure to walk past the Old Marshall Jail — our other creative business endeavor.

There is no cost to attend this event. Flowers and pottery will be for sale on site.

Check back for additional details, schedules and collaboration announcements.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Farm tours will take place at specific times only. The farm is short drive or walk from the pottery kiln complex, where the main event will be held. There are extensive gardens for you to enjoy at the kiln complex, but the bulk of our production happens at other sites.

Mountain Xpress story about Flowers and Clay:

(image from the Flowers and Clay Facebook event page)

2019 Made in NC Awards

Fourth Annual Made in NC Awards
Submission deadline is August 14th

From the Our State magazine website:

For 86 years, Our State has spotlighted the best creators, makers, designers, and chefs in North Carolina. This summer, Our State, in partnership with Mast General Store and Visit Winston-Salem, will celebrate the fourth annual Made in NC Awards.

The Made in NC Awards is a statewide awards program that supports local businesses, highlights craftspeople and entrepreneurs, and celebrates handmade products and creative ideas.

Our State, in partnership with Mast General Store and Visit Winston-Salem, will honor unique makers and business owners in the categories of Food, Drink, Style, Craft, and Home & Garden. All submissions will be judged upon quality, appearance, uniqueness, and authenticity.

Representing the 2019 panel of judges are: Morgan Benshoff, retail marketing specialist for the Our State Store; Lisa Cooper, president of Mast General Store; Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem; Jon Carfagno, executive director of the Hickory Museum of Art; Whit Winslow, executive director of the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council; Huston Julian, chief operations officer of Alexander Julian, Inc.; Jim Noble, executive chef/owner of Noble Food and Pursuits; and Christina Spillars, store manager of Quintessentials, Inc.

The deadline to submit a product is August 14, 2019.

More info and link to entry submission:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands starts Thursday

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
July 18 – 21
Thursday through Saturday 10:00 to 6:00pm; Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free

From the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands website:

In its 72nd 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.

2019 Featured maker: potter Zan Barnes

This year’s featured maker is potter Zan Barnes from Dillsboro, NC. Growing up in her parents pottery studio in the mountains of North Carolina, ceramics has been a tactile interaction all of her life. She finished her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of North Texas May 2014 and currently makes pots at Riverwood Pottery.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Big Crafty this Sunday in Asheville

The Big Crafty
Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville
Sunday, July 14th

From The Big Crafty website:

Voted WNC’s favorite art event for the past decade, The Big Crafty returns for a day of hand-to-heart artful craft on Sunday, July 14 from 12-6pm at downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park.

Come out for a stroll across Asheville’s flourishing creative landscape, with 150 creative venturers and total art stars, craft-infused good times, hugs and high fives.

Facebook event page:

(image from The Big Crafty website)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bandana Pottery Homesale this weekend

Bandana Pottery Homesale
Saturday July 13th 10:00 to 5:00
Sunday July 14th 12:00 to 5:00

From the Bandana Pottery Homesale Facebook event page:

It’s time for our annual pottery sale/kiln opening at our studio in Bandana, North Carolina! Two great friends and stellar potters, Shawn Ireland and Linda Christianson, will be joining us this year with fantastic new pots. This is a unique opportunity to see where we make our pottery and to pick from an entire new kiln load of pots and sculptures. Join us for a celebratory weekend - we’ll be serving handmade tamales and a variety of delicious food. The sale at our studio will be followed by an Online Sale.

For more information or questions:

Saturday July 13th 10:00 to 5:00
Sunday July 14th 12:00 to 5:00

(image from the Bandana Pottery Homesale Facebook event page:)

Empty Bowls for Feeding Avery Families – Call for Handcrafted Bowls

Call for Handcrafted Bowls

The 6th annual Feeding Avery Families' "Empty Bowls" fundraiser is August 24, 11-2 at Linville Land Harbor.

If you make decorative or functional bowls (clay, wood, glass, metal, or fiber) and would like to donate your creative work to help raise funds for food assistance for people in need in Avery County, please contact Lynda Healy Rejkowski at or 828-773-0726.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Update: July and August Clay Club

There'll be no Clay Club in July, but save the date and plan to join us for August Clay Club at Motyl Pottery in Burnsville on Wednesday, August 14th. More details about that closer to the date, and thanks to Tori Motyl for hosting us!

Bakersville's Art Walk - Friday, July 5th

Join the galleries of Bakersville in celebrating Independence Day weekend Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4-7pm. All of the galleries will be open late to showcase the great work that can be found in the Toe River Valley. Stop into Anita’s Antelier, Bowditch Antiques, David on the Corner, In Tandem Gallery, and Mica. At In Tandem Gallery, Reiko Miyagi will be on hand to discuss her pottery forms and in Mica, stop in and meet Nick Fruin and Courtney Dodd, the glass artists behind Shaker and Salt.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk this Friday

Join Mica Gallery on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk

Summer is here, and the artists of Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft in downtown Bakersville, NC, are ready to greet you.

Come to the Bakersville Art Walk on Friday July 5th, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the galleries and shops in downtown Bakersville open their doors to showcase more than 100 artists.

Come see new work by our 13 member artists as well as our consignment artists.

Mica’s new special visiting artists, Shaker and Salt, the collaborative team of glass artists Courtney Dodd and Nick Fruin, present “For Dinner”, their line of modern, stylistically elegant hand-crafted glassware for the table. Extensively trained, Dodd and Fruin have had varied residencies, workshops, and teaching experiences in the United States, Australia, Denmark, and Japan. “Our wares are meant to be used”, the couple explain, “enjoyed, laughed over...”

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 or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Monday, July 1, 2019

L&L kiln for sale in Burnsville, NC

Used L&L Easy Fire Electric Kiln (6.7 cubic feet), 17 Kiln shelves, Kiln Posts, and extra set of Elements For Sale $600

Retailing at $3540 this kiln comes complete with everything you need and is in good working condition. We have upgraded to a bigger kiln and have no space for it. It has been a great workhorse for many years for us and it shows. Included photos show the wear and tear of a kiln that has been fired hundreds of times. Must pick up everything and lot is being sold as is!

Comes complete with:

Model e23T-240 Easy-Fire Automatic Kiln with Multi-Program Three-Zoned DynaTrol computer (Retails $3540)

Assorted Kiln Funiture (See Photo)

6 Half Round Corelite Kiln Shelves (Retails @ $57 each ($342total)

5 Full Round Corelite Kiln Shelves (Retails @ $99 each ($496 total)

4 Half Round Shelves (Retails @ $30 each ($120 total)

2 Full Round Shelves (Retails @ $50 each ($100 total)

Brand New Elements (Retails $336) Kiln also had elements recently installed in it with less than 10 firings!

Please contact J.R. Page @ (828) 381-6638

Friday, June 28, 2019

Clayworks studio manager search

Studio Manager: Clayworks, located in Charlotte, NC, has an immediate need for a full-time, Studio Manager in a fast paced growing organization. This is a part-time position who reports to the Executive Director with a schedule of 40 hours per week. Health Insurance benefits are included and ability to participate in retirement plan, once all requirements are satisfied. The specific days and hours for the position will be determined by the Executive Director in consultation with the successful Studio Manager candidate.

Job Description

We require a professional with a high degree of attention to detail, entrepreneurial attitude, strong work ethic and discipline. We require excellent communication and interpersonal skills with individuals on all levels coming into our facilities. Experience in kiln equipment maintenance and technical understanding of clay and glaze materials as well as common administrative and accounting tasks are essential. The ideal candidate will have experience in a non-profit arts organization; strong interpersonal skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications and Microsoft Excel software; will be familiar with website and social media tools, such as Facebook and Instagram; and will have an ability to organize work flow and multi-task effectively.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred but not required, or equivalent experience
• Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, artists, and the general public.
• Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
• Provide assistance to the staff in aspects relating to public event planning and educational curriculum for ceramic hands-on experiences, tours, workshops and classes
• Keep track of day-to-day needs of the studio including dry materials, equipment upkeep and maintenance, cleaning supplies, tools, and safety equipment.
For the full job description please visit

Applications should include:

• Cover letter outlining your relevant experience and interest in Clayworks
• Current Resume
• 3 professional references

Send applications to Adrienne Dellinger, Executive Director,
Position will remain open until filled

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Updated list of pottery equipment and supplies for sale in Mitchell County

Andy Palmer shared this updated list of equipment and supplies that Jann Verrill is selling. Contact Jann by email at or by phone at 828-688-6012 (home) or 828-385-6342 (work).

Download a pdf of the list here:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Gas Kiln For Sale (Burnsville)

A very sweet kiln, with extremely good karma/juju, is for sale in Burnsville. If you've ever gone up to John Hartom's to throw bowls for Empty Bowls, they were fired in this kiln. 

Designed and built by Tracy Dotson and fired 19 times - sale includes the arch form, 20 shelves, two burners, lots of brick posts, a fluke thermocouple with two probes, and a few boxes of cones.

Interior is 60" high, about 28" deep, and 27" wide between the bag walls. It takes two rows of 12" x 24" shelves.

Asking $4500 for the lot, and buyer is responsible for taking the kiln down and removing it.

Serious inquiries:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wood-fired effects workshop request

Alyx Perry has a workshop request:

Seeking an instructor for a workshop focused on simulating wood-fired effects using cone 6 electric firing.

If this is something you have experience with, please holler!

Contact Alyx at or 828-713-9461.

Feeding Avery Families’ 6th Annual Empty Bowls and Silent Auction

Lynda Healy Rejkowski shared some additional info in response to questions about the upcoming Empty Bowls for Avery County:

Saturday, August 24th, 11-2, Linville Land Harbor Recreation Complex

On Saturday, August 24, area potters, churches, businesses, and volunteers are demonstrating their commitment to creativity, community, and generosity: banding together to create the 6th Annual Empty Bowls for Avery. This is a fundraiser to benefit Feeding Avery Families, Inc.™, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps provide food assistance to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Avery County.

Come to the Linville Land Harbor Recreation Complex on Saturday, August 24 anytime between 11 and 2, make a donation to Feeding Avery Families, choose a unique handmade pottery bowl, and enjoy scrumptious homemade soup, bread, and dessert. The pottery bowl you select is yours to keep as a reminder of your generosity. Browse through the extensive offerings of the Silent Auction before or after your delicious lunch. Local businesses and restaurants have generously donated a dazzling variety of items: gift certificates for services and meals, as well as gift baskets and art pieces.

Last year’s event included over 500 handmade pottery bowls, created and donated by talented potters from Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Mitchell, and Yancey counties, as well as by artists as far away as Washington DC and Melbourne FL who are enthusiastically and generously supporting our cause. Approximately 125 of the bowls were created by Mickey Banner’s art students at Avery High School, and each one shines with distinctive unique artistic flair.

This is the largest funding drive of the year for Feeding Avery Families, with all proceeds going directly to this non-profit organization. Through donations, FAF purchases food from the MANNA food bank. Food donations are also collected locally from grocery stores, farms, churches and individuals, enabling FAF to distribute food to over 1,000 Avery County individuals every month.

Empty Bowls™ is a project of the Imagine/Render Group, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Burnsville, NC that has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for anti-hunger organizations like FAF nationwide.
For more information on Empty Bowls for Avery or to volunteer or donate, or for more information on Feeding Avery Families, contact Dick Larson at

See the original post here:

Monday, June 17, 2019

Art in the Park is at Pack Square this Saturday

Asheville Art in the Park will once again be providing access to some of the finest artists in the region with its market series, now in its second decade. The event takes place this weekend, one of three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is...they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production proudly offers local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville's Pack Square Park.

Skilled workers of Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Jewelry, and metal have their creations on display to the public each Saturday.

Positioned in the center of downtown Asheville, this handmade market has created over $1M in needed income for area artists.

For more information or to sign up for a show, visit

Bowls wanted for Avery County Empty Bowls event

6/18/19 update: Lynda Healy Rejkowski shared some additional info about the Empty Bowls for Avery County event here:

Empty Bowls for Avery County -- August 24, 2019 -- Request for Soup Bowls Donation

The 6th Annual Empty Bowls for Avery County is 8 weeks away. We are looking for potters to donate soup bowls to help us feed the needy of our county. The event will be held at Land Harbor Recreation Center on Saturday August 24, 2019 (11 am – 2 pm) and includes a Silent Auction. We very much appreciate any item for the Silent Auction as well. Of course, we will pick items up at your convenience.

If you could donate any bowls or auction items, we will be happy to acknowledge you by displaying your flyers or cards with the bowls. Please contact Lynda Healy Rejkowski:

Email: or call (828-773-0726)

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Friday, June 14, 2019

STARworks seeks Clay Studio Director

STARworks in Star, NC is looking for a Clay Studio Director. From the STARworks website:

Position Summary:

The Clay Studio is a valued contributor to the dynamic programming of STARworks, a work-centered arts community bringing creative diversity and local material resource consciousness to a broader community. The duties of the Director of the Clay Studio include overseeing an artist residency program, day-to-day activities in the studio, contributing to annual events, overseeing a small production line of STARworks products, studio equipment technical maintenance, and continuing to develop production and programming for ceramic education, events and exhibitions.

We require a professional with a high degree of attention to detail, entrepreneurial attitude, strong work ethic and discipline. As our studio is open to the public, we require excellent communication and interpersonal skills with individuals on all levels coming into our facilities. Experience in kiln equipment maintenance and technical understanding of clay and glaze materials as well as common administrative and accounting tasks are essential.

The ideal candidate will have experience in a non-profit arts organization; strong interpersonal skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications and Microsoft Excel software; will be familiar with website and social media tools, such as Facebook and Instagram; and will have an ability to organize work flow and multi-task effectively.

More info and application details:

Art Walk this evening in Bakersville

Andy Palmer sent this reminder of the Art Walk in Bakersville this evening:

It's time for another Bakersville Art Walk and it looks like it'll be a fantastic evening weather-wise

Fri: High of 76° / Precipitation 0% / Wind 7 mph

(and art-wise!).

We've got Anita's Atelier, Bowditch's Antiques & Framing, Mica Gallery, David's on the Corner, and Southern Ridge Cafe (and In Tandem Gallery), all open for you to visit and enjoy.

Everything starts up at 4:00 and goes til 7:00, and I know that there's a lot of new artwork and treats and drinks and just a really nice evening planned.

So, come by if you can - and enjoy

(More about what's on at Mica Gallery for the Art Walk here:

Horsehair Firing 2019 at Folk Art Center

A small sample of the fun horsehair firing demo at the Folk Art Center on Clay Day, featuring Judi Harwood from The Village Potters!

(click on the lower right hand side icon to watch the video full screen)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Recap: June Clay Club at The Village Potters

Thanks to Lori Theriault and everyone at The Village Potters (TVP) for an awesome Clay Club! It was great to get to see the new equipment that TVP will be selling: the "Clontz Kiln" (a portable Raku Kiln), "Rolland's Reduction Kiln" (also portable), and Soldner Wheels. See them in the photos below and get in touch with The Village Potters for more info.

Lindsey Mudge (TVP Director of Operations) told us about several current and upcoming events at The Village Potters:

• the Bob Brotherton: Humble Pots from a Gentle Man exhibit in TVP gallery:

• the Hands On Intensive Workshop, Making Successful Pots with Porcelain with David Voorhees, July 22nd-26th:

• the Master Series Surface Embellishments workshop with Cynthia Lee on October 5th

• and remember that TVP are also a Laguna Clays distributor:

After the announcements and tour, it was time for the first ever (as far as I know) Clay Club White Elephant Swap. What a lot of fun! 22 clubbers brought non-mug "pots" to swap. We picked numbers and, starting with number 1, everybody got to pick a piece. Subsequent pickers could choose a remaining piece or could steal an already chosen one, in which case the stole-ee could pick (or steal) something else. Each piece could be stolen a max of two times. At first, things were pretty tame and polite, but about half-way through, the stealing began in earnest. It was sweet to get to see people's picks and steals. My first pick got stolen so I took the opportunity to steal from someone else and ended up with a lovely pot by Meredith Moyers.

We do not currently have a host for July Clay Club - if you have ideas and/or are interested in hosting, let me know.

August Clay Club will be at Motyl Pottery in Burnsville on August 14th. Thanks to Tori Motyl for hosting us in August!

Thanks again to Lori and all of The Village Potters, and to everyone who came!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk this Friday

Join Mica Gallery on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk

Practical or whimsical, Mica has something for everyone. From a functional poppy vase by Teresa Pietsch to Lisa Joerling’s “proud as a peacock” mother hen.

Come see multiple art mediums represented by our 13 member-artists as well as our consignees; including clay, glass, fabric, wood, metal, paper, and 2 dimensional work.

And there is only one month left to see work by our special guest, environmental artist, Bryant Holsenbeck. The Durham, NC artist presents a glimpse into the results of her wide-ranging pursuit of environmental activism through art.

Join us June 14th for fun, friendship, refreshments and wonderful conversations with local artists.
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 or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

June Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville this Wednesday, June 12th, from 6-8pm. Thanks again to The Village Potters for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

Note: we'll be meeting gin the ISM studio; enter via the Independent Studies Studio (the door to the right of the gallery door).

Carpooling: if you're interested in carpooling, 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, June 7, 2019

Let's have a Vase-And-Bowl-A-Thon!

Let's have a Vase-And-Bowl-A-Thon!

Hello fellow Artists! The Dig In Empty Bowls event is now in its 9th year and this year we are throwing a party for all you artists!

Empty Bowls is not just about bowls!

Empty Bowls was started by John and Lisa to lift-up the power of potters to create social change. For more than 25 years, potters have donated bowls to help the world remember that food is a human right and when we share, there’s enough for everyone. Dig In! grows flowers and shares bouquets alongside the vegetable from the garden because respecting people’s dignity and desire for a beautiful life is how John Hartom and Linda McFarling founded the organization. To honor that value, we’re accepting bud vases in addition to bowls this year for the Empty Bowls events.

Let's Have a Donation Party!

Thanks to Linda Powell at High Country Ceramic Arts, we have a venue to all get together, share food and drinks,  share our bowls, and enjoy each other's company. Starting now, we are taking pledges for bowls and vases for Dig In! and Shepherd Staff’s Empty Bowls Dinners. Our goal is to reach 1000 bowl and vase pledges to be donated by August. Then in August, all participating artists will gather at High Country with their finished donations for a celebratory party to honor the tremendous contributions that artists make to our community’s effort to ensure everyone has enough to eat.

Empty Bowls is not just about Pottery!

Who ever said empty bowls have to be clay? We have had some donations in the past of fiber and wood and let's keep the diversity rolling - reach out to your glass neighbors, metal neighbors, any artist can participate!

Bowl Swap!

Oh yeah, one more awesome thing, this year at our donation party we are going to have a bowl/vase swap! Each artist will select one bowl or vase from their donations to be included in the swap, then all artists will draw a number and get to take home another artists piece!

Need Clay?

Laguna and The Village Potters have donated a large amount of Miller 850 clay available to any artist looking to use it for Empty Bowls. The clay is firm and would be ideal for ram pressing, slab rollers, and hand building. If you have access to a pugmill then throwing may also be an option but be aware it is stiff clay. If you would like some of this clay please let me know and we can set up a time for you to pick it up from The Village Potters in the River Arts District in Asheville. If you do not head to Asheville often, we can make arrangements for you to receive it in Burnsville.

Let's Get Pledging!

Alright, it's time, email me with your bowl and vase pledge for this year’s Empty Bowls events that support the work of Dig In! and Shepherd Staff and pass the word on to other artists that you know. More information on our culminating party to come soon!

If you have any questions or would like to help in this effort, please email or call me at the information below.

Thank you all! I am proud to be part of such a wonderful community of artists and givers,

Tori Motyl

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Southern Highland Craft Guild Clay Day this Saturday

Southern Highland Craft Guild Clay Day at the Folk Art Center in Asheville
Saturday, June 8th
10am - 4pm

From the Southern Highland Craft Guild website:

Celebrate Clay Day at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center on June 8 from 10am to 4pm. Clay Day features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults. 
Clay Day has been a favorite happening at the Folk Art Center for over 20 years. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and invited guests to demonstrate throwing on the potter's wheel, hand building, surface design on clay, among other techniques.

One highlight of the day is the annual "Make-and-Take" Raku, a ceramic firing process using fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. Attendees can purchase a pot for $10, glaze and watch as the experts fire it.

While at the Folk Art Center, visitors have the opportunity to visit the craft shop, the Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, and three exhibition galleries. Outside the Folk Art Center, there are hiking trails, picnic tables, grassy areas for a picnic and free parking.


Ann Gleason

Michael Rutkowsky

Batton Clayworks

Elise Delfield

Steve Forbes

Judy Harwood

Sandra Rowland

Village Potters

Jan Morris

Mary Dashiell

Cat Jarosz

Tamela Wells

Cindy Billingsley

(image from the Southern Highland Craft Guild website)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Last minute workshop opportunity: The Intuitive Nature in Clay with Pam Brewer

A last minute cancellation means a last minute opportunity for someone. One spot open!


With Pam Brewer

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28

This 5-day workshop will explore the ancient forms of pinching and coiling clay, while addressing the concept of collaboration with the material. It will include demonstrations of ways of hand building with little to no tools, thereby eliminating the added distraction between the artist and the material.

Using low-fired clay, we will address surface finishes with demos and discussions.

All levels welcome.

Though time is limited for drying and firing, I will be happy to fire and ship work following class.

Where: Pam’s studio

When: June 24 – June 28, 9:30 to 5:00 daily

Cost: $485

Material Cost: Minimum $25

For particulars, please feel free to call me at 828/733-5755.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding with Liz Zlot Summerfield

The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding with Liz Zlot Summerfield

Date & Time: July 13, 2019. 9:30am-4pm

Location: Liz’s Studio. Bakersville, North Carolina

Cost: $200

Space limited to 6 participants (minimum of 3)

This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and paper patterns, and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Demonstrations range from simple functional forms and expand to more complex forms including lids, feet, and spouts.

There will be extensive discussion and demonstration on surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes. Students will learn how to make terra sigillata and have the opportunity to purchase small batches to take home.

The format of this workshop is demonstration and discussion. Hands-on exercises will be sprinkled in throughout the day. Exercises may include pattern making, slip trailing, and making and using terra sigillata.

How To Register

Please email the following information to



Phone Number

Send full payment to

Liz Summerfield
810 Water St
Bakersville, NC 28705

*Cancellation policy-No refunds. If I can fill your spot than I will refund 100% of your payment.

You will receive a confirmation email that you are officially enrolled once payment is received.

A materials list, accommodations recommendations, and directions will be sent prior to the workshop.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Toe River Studio Tour this weekend

Toe River Studio Tour
Mitchell and Yancey counties
May 31st - June 2nd, 10am - 5pm all three days
Artists Reception: Friday, May 31st, 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Spruce Pine TRAC gallery

From the Toe River Arts website:

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. We are also excited to announce Homeplace Beer Company as our first ever Studio Tour sponsor!

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 those many out-of-the-way 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, May 31st 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.

Start making your reservations for your cabin in the woods for the weekend now!

For more information, please call 828.682.7215 or email

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

High fire car kiln for sale in Weaverville

Here are the details from Tacy Apostolik:

I’m selling a soft brick, high fire (2600), downdraft Turner car kiln. It has a 40“ x 40“ x 52” stacking space with Big Bertha propane burners. It fires like a champ! $6,500 Price includes (24) 18x18 hollow CoreLite shelves, and plenty of stilts. Primo condition. Am relocating, otherwise I’d keep this awesome kiln for life!

Must disassemble. Call to come check it out! It’s in Weaverville. Here are a few pics of the kiln. I have more. Call Tacy for details! 828-775-4624.

More images and info on Tacy's Kiln Project blog, which records the construction of the kiln:

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


You are invited to our first annual 
Ice Cream Social!!
At Odyssey Clayworks
Saturday, June 1, 11am-6pm

This fun filled day includes:
    -Free Kids Activities from 1-4pm
    -Free Ice Cream and Toppings Bar 
    -One of our famous seconds sales (50-80% off seconds and         
    overstock!) from 11am-6pm
    -Free BEER and WINE with ID

GoFundMe fundraiser for John Britt

If you haven't heard, John Britt (former Clay Club president, glaze guru, and all around generous and super nice guy who I know has helped A LOT of Clay Clubbers over the years) had a bike accident that has left him with several serious injuries. Here are some details from the GoFundMe fundraiser that Liz Zlot Summerfield started:

On Sunday May 19th, John suffered a flucky, single person bike accident along the Virginia Creeper Trail. It has left him with multiple injuries and immobilized at home for at least 8-12 weeks. He later transitions to outpatient rehab for an indefinite period of time.

These type of injuries require long periods of rest and patience, but hopefully, he will make a full recovery.

I have received permission from John and his wife, Cheryl, to start a fundraising campaign to assist them while John recovers from his injuries. It is so early in the process that they don't even know the extent of the expenses. John is a giver at heart and very humble; he was initially reluctant to the idea of a fundraiser, but he knows many people want to help in some small way so this will provide a way to do that. They really appreciate the outpouring of advice and support from everyone far and wide.

Here's a link to John's description of the accident:

Spread the word about this GoFundMe campaign and help John out if you can by donating and/or purchasing his work:

Tom Turner porcelain pieces for sale

Rachel Smith has 3 pieces of Tom Turner Porcelain for sale. She would like to sell all 3 pieces to one person. Excellent condition. To see more pictures or see them in person at her studio in Weaverville contact Rachel at Asking $300 or best reasonable offer. Anything over $200 goes to John Britt go fund me fund for his recuperation.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Kenilworth Art Studio Tour this weekend in Asheville

Kenilworth’s Art Studio Tour 12th year is a creative art destination - Memorial Weekend in Asheville’s eclectic and historic neighborhood. This year there will be 26 artists in 15 distinct studio/homes opening their doors from 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26. Kenilworth is an easy stop, less than 2 miles from downtown and 1/4 mile from Biltmore Village.

Pick up a copy of this year’s brochure with map and studios at multiple locations around town including, the Visitors Center, Malaprops Bookstore, etc.

(image from the Kenilworth Artists website)

Bakersville Art Walk this evening!

Andy Palmer sent this reminder of the Art Walk this afternoon/evening in Bakersville:

Sorry about the late notice (if you didn't know about it already). But tonight - Friday - is the Bakersville Art Walk. It's from 4:00-7:00 and if you're needing a cheap date night for this Memorial Day Weekend (it's free unless you want to purchase something, which should be pretty tempting with all the great stuff in the shops), there are drinks and snacks available at multiple galleries, if you're hungry for something more - the Southern Ridge Cafe is always serving something delicious, and there's just sooo much to see and enjoy.

The best part is almost always the people; so many to see and connect with and all the conversation and comradery... it really is priceless.
And I love it.

So, we hope to see you there and I know you'll enjoy it.
Have a great weekend

More about tonight's Art Walk in the blog links below:

(image from the Facebook event page)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Studio equipment for sale in Asheville

Available at Odyssey, Molly is a resident artist there, getting ready for a move to Clemson for her MFA:

All barely used in great condition
Six 20” half round kiln shelves
Four 20” full round kiln shelves
$353.60 on Clay King, $325 obo

Assorted posts
Seven 1”
Sixteen 2”
Seven 3”
Four 4”
Eight 6”
Six 7”
Seven 10”
$127.27 on Clay King, $100 obo

Two work tables designed so tops can be replaced when needed. In great condition.

First is 37”h x 48”w x 24”d
Second is 33”h x 72”w x 37”d
$160 for both = materials cost with depreciation and without labor cost. Obo

Molly Morning-glory

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Balance Exhibit Opening and White Squirrel Festival

BALANCE, an exhibit where artists explore what 'balance' means to them, opens this Friday, May 24, at the Transylvania County Art Council gallery. The venue is located at 349 Caldwell Street in Brevard, and the reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

The show is comprised of both local and international artwork, with a special section for photos of the white squirrel the area is known for. (Side note follows)



Featuring two-and-a-half days of great live music, crafts, and food the White Squirrel Festival in Downtown Brevard, NC is the perfect way to experience everything this charming mountain community has to offer.  Best of all it’s FREE!  It has earned the reputation for showcasing many undiscovered artists and utilizing the abundant talent in the region.  Whether it is Jazz, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter, or Rock and Roll, the eclectic music in this beautiful setting provides something for everyone.  See for more info.

June Clay Club at The Village Potters in Asheville

June Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville from 6-8pm on Wednesday, June 12th. Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting us!

The Village Potters will host a 'White Elephant' pot swap (only rule: no mugs!) and introduction of new equipment that they will be selling at TVPCC, including the "Clontz Kiln" - a portable Raku Kiln, "Rolland's Reduction Kiln" (also portable), and Soldner Wheels. Plus a tour of the facility for anyone who hasn't been here or hasn't been here recently.

Here's more on how the White Elephant exchange will work: all pots will be on a table, and everyone will get a number (1- the number of people/pots involved). #1 picks first. #2 gets to either pick from the table, or take #1 pot, in which case #1 picks again. #3 gets the same choice, and if he/she/they 'steal' a pot, that person picks again. We keep going until everyone has picked a pot, and all the pots are gone.

No Mugs, but must be ceramic and must be made by the person submitting. Any level of work is fine - hopefully people won't use this to unload seconds or damaged work, but beginner to advanced levels welcome, and pots may be functional, decorative, or sculptural. One piece per person.

We will have the 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

We'll be meeting gin the ISM studio; enter via the Independent Studies Studio (the door to the right of the gallery door).

Directions available here:

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, 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.

See you on June 12th!

Monday, May 20, 2019

New counties added to John C. Campbell Folk School Standby Program

John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC has added new counties to its standby tuition discount program:

Local Standby Program

Our Local Standby Program offers 50% off full tuition on a space available, standby basis. The program is open to both part- and full-time local residents. Learn more about the Standby Program on our website.

New for 2019, we have added five new counties to our Local Standby Program. The new counties include Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania in NC and Monroe in TN.

The residents of the following counties qualify for our Local Standby Program:
NC: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, Transylvania and Qualla Boundary
GA: Fannin, Gilmer, Rabun, Towns, Union
TN: Monroe, Polk

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Saluda Arts Festival this Saturday

16th Annual Saluda Arts Festival
Saturday, May 18th
10am - 4pm
Downtown Saluda, North Carolina

From the Facebook event page:

The quaint mountain village of Saluda, NC celebrated its heritage and arts culture May 18, 2019 from 10am to 4pm on Historic Main Street in downtown Saluda. Visitors will enjoy a dazzling diversity of art media including oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, pottery, wood carving, metal working, sculpture, jewelry, painted furniture, stained glass, and more. Music representing Americana, blues, folk, and contemporary performances entertain festival goers. Watch artist painting, weaving, making pottery, blacksmithing. Children may explore and create in the Children’s Tent. Delicious food onsite and from local restaurants. Plenty of free parking. Visit to see more information about the festival.

Elevate & Expand with Leah Leitson at The Village Potters Clay Center

Master Series with Leah Leitson

June 8, 2019 from 9am – 4pm

Elevate & Expand

with Leah Leitson

Whether you work with porcelain or a smooth stoneware, Leah Leitson will show you how to elevate and expand your forms and design vocabulary in this one-day demonstration workshop.
Leah will explore techniques and ideas that are centered around making functional forms, as well as exploring various ways of making handles, spouts, feet, and lids. She will demonstrate making pots on the wheel and with the use of slump and hump molds. Surface decoration will include working with slips and carving on porcelain.

Leah Leitson teaches ceramics at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge and her undergraduate B.F.A. in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, New York. Leah completed ceramic residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, and Guldagergaard, an International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. She is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen and the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Leah teaches ceramic workshops throughout the world, including Arrowmont School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and workshops in Italy and Israel.

Dates: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Fee: $185 (20% off for TVPCC students)


191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-2424