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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Exhibition at In Tandem Gallery: Peter Karner

New Exhibition at 
In Tandem Gallery

The work of Peter Karner definitely has some stylistic traits; the first being that his pieces are truly beautiful! You can see a far east / Mediterranean influence with a strong geometric patterned surface that’s softened with his firing and glaze application. All in all they’re totally stunning and I love them (My opinion in a nutshell).
View Peter's work online

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Downtown Morganton Art Crawl this Thursday

Downtown Morganton Third Thursday Art Crawl
Thursday, May 16th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

From the Facebook event page:

Burke Arts Council: The students of Morganton Day School Art Exhibition. Light Refreshments will be served.

Criativo International Art Gallery will feature the work of Dirce Heath, gallery owner and artist. Light refreshments will be served.

Morganton City Hall: “Ruckus”- Various Artists – Mixed Media. Kyle Buttram, Jenna Hernandez, Susan McRae, Kirksey Lowther, Kathryn Ervin, and Hannah Thrower are inspired by the ideas of how art in Morganton can change and shape the town. Light refreshments will be served.

Hamilton Williams Gallery: “Featuring the Walk-In Workshop! Try your hand at a little clay work… no cost to participate!” Light refreshments will be served.

Sketch Art Space will feature Kahly Antal, the creative floral artist and owner of Thistle & Twig Floral Design. She is passionate about using in-season, locally-grown stems to create super unique floral arrangements. Light refreshments will be served.

Art & Soul: Painter and mixed media artist Carla Allen and painter, stained glass artist Catherine Bruggeman will be present. Light refreshments.

West Union Art Studio will feature our newest work by David Clayton, and Kara Jones. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

OSuzannah will having a weaving demonstration with a small table loom available for visitors to try and will be featuring a selection of handwoven items. Light refreshments will be served.

Oak Hill Iron Showroom will feature the works of the Oak hill Iron artists and will offer light refreshments.

(image from the Facebook event page)

Creative Sector Summit May 16th and 17th in Asheville

Asheville Area Arts Council’s 9th Annual Creative Sector Summit

May 16th: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Opening Reception
Dina Bailey: Telling The Whole Story
YMI Cultural Center
Free; registration required

May 17th: 10am – 4pm
Creative Sector Summit: Art in Full Color
Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center
Asheville Area Arts Council Members $25
Non-Members $35

From the Asheville Area Arts Council website:

The Asheville Area Arts Council’s 9th Annual Creative Sector Summit will focus on the equity and inclusion of underrepresented artists in Buncombe County. Join us as we reflect on problematic historic issues, celebrate current successes, and strategize to increase arts access and opportunity for those that are empowering our community with art.

Through presentations, group panels, and open discussion, this conference highlights local community leaders who will examine the past, present, and future for a more equitable and representative arts community. These discussions will help us to understand the challenges that underrepresented artists and cultural workers face, and explore innovative solutions for better collaboration between artists, arts organizations, and their audiences.

We believe the arts can be used as a profound catalyst for progress by elevating change agents and untapped talent in our community. Join us to share your voice, and help set solution-oriented initiatives to create a more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous Buncombe County. Together, we can develop ideas to spur long-term changes.

More info and link to registration:

(image from the Asheville Area Arts Council website)

Monday, May 13, 2019

New work and artists at Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk on May 24th

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm

It’s a new season with new work and new artists.

See Claudia Dunaway’s wonderful transformation from clay to woodblock prints. Her richly carved and patterned pottery made the leap from pots to woodblock prints a natural transition. Mica members are also excited by artist Carmen Grier painting on canvas, using handmade oil sticks, and oil with cold wax. And Carmen’s gorgeous scarves are a don’t miss.

Mica continues to show 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.

So, join us 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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Cinder blocks for sale in Bakersville, NC

Terry Gess has 50 standard size cinder blocks for sale — $25.00 for the bunch.

Terry Gess Pottery
770 Wing Road
Bakersville, NC

Slab roller, wheel and kiln for sale in Seagrove, NC

North Star 30" Super Slab Roller Package
Includes a North Star 30" super slab roller, 6' work table, wagon wheel handle, and canvas.
Slab thickness 0" to over 2" thick (2.75" for standard and 2.25" for super machines.) Size roller 4” aluminum rollers w/ steel drive gears
Table 72"
Handle Wagon Wheel
Cost: $750

Shimpo Wheel - Master 1
Cost: $350

Olympic Kiln 2827 HT 240V
Drop setter with timer, new elements, comes with cones, shelves etc.. Cost: $550

Contact: Bobbie @ Thomas Pottery, Seagrove NC - 336-879-4145

Friday, May 10, 2019

Help! I need a new insurance company

My insurer, Farm Bureau of North Carolina, has decided to quit insuring studios with kilns inside. That means I need a new insurance company. Can anyone recommend one that is OK with having an electric kiln inside the building? Many thanks!

John C. Campbell Folk School Friends & Family Day this Saturday

(image from the John C. Campbell Folk School blog)

John C. Campbell Folk School Friends & Family Day
Saturday, May 11th
10am - 4 pm

From the John C. Campbell Folk School blog:

Join us for Friends & Family Day on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our new community event is open to everyone, of all ages, and free. Bring your family, friends, or anyone who is curious about the Folk School. Learn about who we are and what we offer, and have lots of hands-on fun while you’re here!

See craft demonstrations and learn about the history of the Folk School in the History Center. Watch music & dance performances by Brasstown Morris, Folk School Cloggers, Junior Appalachian Musicians, and more in the Keith House Community Room. Visit the Craft Shop, open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Food made by local vendors will be available in the Keith House parking lot from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

More info, including open craft studios and projects in each studio:

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Recap: May Clay Club at McAvoy Pottery

Thanks again to Dennis McAvoy for hosting Clay Club at his studio in Burnsville! Dennis showed us his beautiful high-fired crystalline glazed work and talked about his process of making it. His pieces are once-fired, meaning he does not bisque fire but rather glazes his greenware and fires everything just once. He pours glazes inside and sprays the outside. He shared some newly fired pieces, some still in the kiln.

Dennis also shared some CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) work that he has been doing recently. He walked us through the old-school process of making plaster molds for production work and then showed us how he now uses CAD/CAM techniques to make more molds more quickly. (He used an example of being able to make 50 plaster mug molds in two days rather than two weeks.) He uses Fusion 360 software to design and has the 3D printing done by a business in Weaverville. He also showed us how he is designing and making custom stamps, and talked through how he uses his ram press in his work.

Dennis is participating in the Toe River Studio Tour May 31st through June 2nd which would be a great time to check out his studio and work in person.

June Clay Club will be on Wednesday, June 12th, at The Village Potters in Asheville. We will be having a White Elephant exchange - look for more details about that soon.

Thanks again to Dennis and to everyone who came!

Toe River Arts Juried Exhibit

Artist Call

We are now accepting applications for the Toe River Arts Juried Exhibit, Sept. 28-Nov 2.

The exhibit will be on display at our Spruce Pine gallery September 28th - November 2nd. There is a $35 submission fee and $1500 in cash awards. It is open to artists in NC, SC, GA, TN and VA. The juror is Mary Ann Redding, curator and Assistant Director of the Turchin Center for Visual Arts in Boone. Artists will be notified via email by August 24.

Accepted work is due in the gallery Sept. 17-21.

Please contact Exhibits Manager, Kathryn Andree
( or 828-765-0520)

Electric potter's wheel for sale in Green Mountain, NC

Here are the details from Gail Peterson:

This is a new Speedball Big Boss wheel for sale. I have used it 5 maybe 10 hours tops. I paid $800 will sell for $600. Comes with warranty. You can look it up on, that is where I got it. The wheel has a 14 inch wheelhead.

Contact Gail at or 828-385-0734.

Most awesome Spinach Balls

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SPINACH BALLS (via Silvia Ferrari)
1 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2  (+) cups Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs ( I used real Panko)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 small green onion, finely chopped -Or one medium onion chopped /sauteed 
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt and Pepper to taste

From into balls and bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 F for 10 minutes (I did it for 20 minutes and broil to make brown)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gas kiln and more for sale in Burnsville, NC

Gas Kiln for Sale
Located in Burnsville
Designed and built by Tracy Dotson.
60” h x 40” w. (Bag wall to bag wall 27” w.)
All the metal, Four B-4 burners, regulators, 11 kiln shelves, large assortment of posts, both arch forms, extra brick.
+ Tracy’s drawings with dimensions. $5000.
More photos on request or visit the Yummy Mud Puddle to visit.
Claudia Dunaway

Also: Glaze chemicals, wheel bats, tools, and books. Complete list upon request.

Yummy Mud Puddle
264 Clear View Lane
Burnsville, NC 28714

Monday, May 6, 2019

Special Exhibition, Bob Brotherton THIS Saturday at The Village Potters

Bob Brotherton: Humble Pots from a Gentle Man

Special Exhibition at The Village Potters Clay Center

Opening ReceptionSaturday, May 11, 2019 from 5:00-7:00PM

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The Village Potters Clay Center will host an opening reception for this very special tribute exhibit at our gallery space on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 5:00-7:00PM.
You may have never heard about Bob Brotherton. Bob Brotherton worked as a studio potter in the mountains of Western North Carolina for over 40 years, was happiest in his studio or with his family, and lived a quiet, simple life. Bob was also a good friend and mentor to Sarah Wells Rolland, founder of The Village Potters Clay Center, having met 30 years ago while she was a student at Haywood Community College. It was through that friendship that he agreed to be our first instructor in our Master Series Workshops. He taught with humor and humbleness, but displayed a high bar of excellence and integrity in his work that inspired potters of all levels. When he passed away unexpectedly over a year ago, he was in the process of producing a kiln load of pots.

It is fitting and deeply meaningful that Sarah Wells Rolland is honoring her long friendship with Bob by seeing through this final load of work that has been transferred to The Village Potters Clay Center. The pots that he had glazed are being fired in our kilns, and Sarah is lovingly seeing the work that he had completed but not yet glazed through completion in our reduction and wood-ash kilns, in glazes and manners to compliment his known work. We are all truly humbled to be a part of this process, and to honor his legacy with this exhibit.
The exhibit and sale of his pots will run from May 11 – July 6, 2019, and proceeds will benefit both The Village Potters Clay Center Scholarship Fund and the Brotherton Family Fund.
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Clay Club on Wednesday!

May Clay Club will be at McAvoy Pottery in Burnsville this Wednesday, May 8th from 6-8pm. Thanks again to Dennis McAvoy for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

***Special request: please bring one or more chairs if you can.***

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!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Call for Artists - Open Art Exhibits at TC Arts

Exhibit runs May 24 – June 21
Deliver  Artwork May 20 & 21

Exhibit runs September 27 – October 18
Deliver Artwork September 23 & 24

Exhibit runs November 22 – December 20
Deliver Artwork November 18 & 19

To get an application:
Call 828-884-2787 or Email

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Bakersville Art Walk on May 24th

The galleries of Bakersville invite you to begin your summer season with an Art Walk on Friday, May 24th from 4-7pm. Stroll through the five galleries and find local, regional, and national works of art. Anita’s Atelier and David’s on the Corner are both artist workshops. Anita's Atelier showcases Anita Connelly’s fine watercolors, many depicting life in Bakersville, and David’s on the Corner features the work of potter David Westmeier, a raku specialist. In Tandem Gallery represents over 100 artists of contemporary ceramics and jewelry. Mica is a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft with thirteen artist members from the Toe River Valley. Bowditch Antiques and Collectables focuses on antique ceramics, art glass, books and home furnishings from the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Each of these galleries will be open after hours on May 24th.

Mark your calendars for Bakersville’s Art Walks throughout 2019; June 14, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, and November 1.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

In Tandem Gallery - Featured Artist for the month of May Carole Epp

In Tandem GalleryFeatured Artist for the month of May

Carole Epp

A little love story in every piece 

This month’s show seems to be all about color; beautiful, happy, eye-popping color (and those whimsical drawing are ADORABLE!!). Carole Epp is the master of ceramics that just make you feel good. Need a boost? Setting a table w/ bunnies, cats, hearts, flowers, rainbows, space pets…

In Tandem Gallery in Our State

Very cool to see In Tandem Gallery - and Silvia and Andy - in the May issue of Our State magazine!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Call for entries: Workhouse Clay International 2019

Workhouse Arts Center
Lorton, Virginia
9th Annual Workhouse Clay International 2019

Entry Submittal deadline: May 15, 2019

Exhibition Dates: August 10 - October 13, 2019

The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its annual Workhouse Clay International Exhibition 2019. This is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks. The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting and exhibiting the best of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the US and abroad.

Juror-Peter Beasecker
Peter Beasecker was born in Toledo, Ohio and received a BS degree from Miami University and his MFA from Alfred University. He is a Professor of Art teaching ceramics and graduate studies at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Beasecker has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career, most recently being named a NYFA Fellow for 2015. He has exhibited extensively in national and international venues, and his work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Mint Museum in North Carolina. Beasecker has been a visiting artist and workshop leader at over sixty institutions, including Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Penland School of Crafts. He has been the co-coordinator of the Utilitarian Clay Symposium at Arrowmont since 1996. He currently maintains a studio in Cazenovia, New York.

Entry Guidelines

Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older.

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media. The juror will make final determinations. Size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable. Large scale installations shall be installed by artist. Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs. per section. Work must have been produced within the last 3 years.

Visit, for a detailed prospectus or visit for details and to apply.

Monday, April 29, 2019

For sale: central North Carolina pottery studio and retail store


4000sq’ metal workshop on 2 acres: cement floor, 1BA, Heat, A/C, 400amp service, 220 outlets. Attached 1250sq’ wooden retail store w/ separate Heat & A/C could easily be converted to living quarters by accessing full bath through common wall of workshop. Large parking lot on visible road frontage. 300 cu’ anagama soda/wood kiln under 1700sq’ kiln shed. Cooperative marketing/events with 70 potteries in historic Seagrove area, “”. Cooperative marketing/events with “Seagrove Potters of Historic Busbee Road” – 12 shops along a 3-mile drive from Ben Owen Pottery on the corner of Hwy 705/Busbee Road to Jugtown Pottery on Jugtown Road/Busbee Road. $250,000

910 464 5661

More details in the images below. Click here to download a pdf of all three pages.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

May Clay Club at McAvoy Pottery in Burnsville

(screenshot from the In Tandem Gallery instagram account)

May Clay Club will be at McAvoy Pottery in Burnsville on Wednesday, May 8th from 6-8pm. Thanks to Dennis McAvoy for hosting us!

Dennis will share some of the things he is doing with crystalline glazes and some of the work he's been doing regarding CAD/CAM and designing for production. Check out this Laurel of Article article for more about Dennis and his work:

We'll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Dennis will provide beer and soft drinks.

***Special request: please bring one or more chairs if you can.***

McAvoy Pottery is located at 79 Janie Ln, Unit 9 in Burnsville. Google maps will get you there: (note: these directions are for 79 Janie Ln #6, but will work for Dennis' studio)

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 May 8th!

Weaverville Art Safari this weekend

Weaverville Art Safari
Spring Studio Tour
Sat and Sunday, April 27-28, 10 – 5
Preview Party: Friday, April 26, 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.

(image from the Weaverville Art Safari facebook event page)

The Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva, NC on April 27th

It's this weekend!


Erika K. Arroyo, The Laughing Potter, will be at
the Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva, NC, on Saturday, April 27, 2019
Festival Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Greening Up the Mountains Festival, now in its 22nd year, is a heritage arts festival that celebrates the arrival of Spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, and beverage which honor our community and local artisans. The festival is sponsored by both the Town of Sylva and the Main Street Sylva Association and will be held in historical downtown Sylva, North Carolina. The Greening Up The Mountains Festival enjoys crowds upwards of 12,000 attendees and has 175 vendor booth spaces. In addition to a variety of arts, crafts, and food vendors, attendees can enjoy a 5k run, youth talent contest, beverage arts featuring local craft breweries, and live music throughout the day on two stages. 

Be sure to visit both Main Street and Bridge Park to enjoy all the festival has to offer. More info at

PARKING: There will be a drop off area for patrons with disabilities, as well as parking in front of the Sylva Police Station on West Main Street. You can park and walk, or ride the shuttle, to the festival from two locations. The shuttle is $1 per person, each way.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Article: The Rise and Fall of Internet Art Communities

Artsy has an article looking back at artists and art communities online before social media and even before the web. It's more focused on art than craft, but I fondly remember (and miss) these sorts of online forums and communities. Here's the beginning of the article:

Today, sharing art on social media is like running on a treadmill forever. At least, that’s how illustrator Lois van Baarle describes it. “You have to post constantly,” Van Baarle, who got her start in the early aughts on DeviantArt, explained. “Otherwise, the algorithm decides you’re not interesting, and will not show your posts to your followers.”

Before big tech shepherded the vast number of online users onto a handful of sleek websites, there was a scrappier internet—where offbeat chat rooms and eccentric niche websites reigned, and carefully crafted “away statuses” were a kind of personal branding—back when you could be away from the internet. Until attention spans became a commodity, the internet was dreamed of as a “bastion for people to direct their own education,” as Charles Broskoski, co-founder of internet bookmarking site, remembers.

Artists, too, forged communities in the spirit of collaboration and learning. From the gothic underworlds of Breed and Abnormis, to hyper-specific pixel art sites, to larger communities like DeviantArt, the internet presented a breadth of opportunity for all kinds of artists—often of marginalized identities or with artistic interests unrecognized by institutions.

– Kelsey Ables, writing for Artsy

Read the whole article here:

Monday, April 22, 2019

Applications open for Art on Main in Hendersonville, NC

Art on Main
September 28 & 29, 2019
10am-5pm both days,
Historic Downtown
​Hendersonville, NC

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

From the application:

Thank you for applying to the 60th annual “Art on Main” Fine Art/Fine Craft Show! The Art on Main committee is thrilled to have had the show named to Sunshine Artist’s Top 200 List last fall! We continue to work on improving the show for the artists and the public. The show will be located on Main Street of downtown Hendersonville with a layout in the street allowing a connected booth layout, storage behind each booth and a safe event for artists and the public. We will be promoting the show to make sure we bring lots of art lovers and art buyers to downtown Hendersonville. The committee has an aggressive marketing campaign designed to draw audiences from Henderson and adjoining counties and broader regions – including North and South Carolina and Georgia.

More info and link to application:

Friday, April 19, 2019

UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale this Saturday

UNC Asheville Spring 2019 Student Ceramics and Art Sale
Saturday, April 20th
10am - 4pm

From the UNCA website:

The annual spring UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at 838 Riverside Drive, at the intersection with Broadway Street.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, and other artwork crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History.

Everyone is welcome – cash or checks only.

Kiln for sale in Kingsport, Tennessee


For sale: Skutt KilnMaster 822 electric kiln with EnviroVent 2 system. Inside dimensions are 16 1/2" x 22" high. The kiln comes with 6 shelves and extra bricks and lots of posts. 3" bricks. About 2 1/2 years old. Asking $1200. Owners Manuals included.

Nadine H McNutt
Kingsport, TN

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Recap: April Clay Club at Haywood Community College

Thanks to Emily Reason and her students for hosting April Clay Club in the ceramics studio at Haywood Community College (HCC)! It was great to get to see and hear about the Professional Crafts Program at HCC, which includes ceramics, metals, textiles and wood. Emily told us that this is the 42nd year of the program. (Side note: Duffy Baum told us that she was in the very first class of the program, in the wood program.) It is a full-time, two-year program. Ceramics students can focus on the type of work (e.g., production, art, etc.) that they want to. The program includes extensive studio time and classes in craft history, design, business issues and more. This is really a fantastic program and very reasonably priced: in-state tuition is estimated at $2410 per year (!), not including program fees and materials. Registration is currently open.

Emily told us about her history and education, including her earlier time in WNC (in case you didn't know - and despite her denials - Emily was the original Clay Club President). She's also featured on the newest episode (out today!) of The Potters Cast: Some Professional Tips | Emily Reason | Episode 516. Check it out here:

We enjoyed our potluck on the kiln pad with the soda, car, wood and raku kilns. After that, Emily led us on a tour of the ceramics studio and the rest of the Creative Arts Facility. The building includes the professional crafts and continuing education studios, computer lab, photo studio and gallery spaces. We got to see the current exhibit of work by students in the ceramics program, with works inspired by historical ceramics and explanatory write-ups about the works written by the students. (I included photos of a couple of these works; click to enlarge them and read the write-ups.)

Emily told us about several upcoming events:

Public lecture with Visiting Artist Jason Bige Burnett on Monday, April 22nd: His ceramics have been exhibited nationally, and he has been featured in several publications. He will visit HCC Monday, April 22, 4 to 5 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Creative Arts Building, room 7105 and is free and open to the public.

More info:

and here:

Professional Crafts Summit on Wednesday, April 24th: a one day summit specifically designed to address needs and challenges faced by current and prospective craft artist business owners. Arts based businesses are unique ventures and require special business planning methods. Free but registration required.

More info:

and here (with link to registration):

Spring Student Sale April 24-26th
: a portion of the proceeds from these sales support student participation in professional craft shows, such as the American Craft Council show in Atlanta and the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in Asheville.

Graduate Exhibit at the Folk Art Center in May. Look for more details about the exhibit and opening reception here on the blog.

May Clay Club will be at Dennis McAvoy's studio in Burnsville on Wednesday, May 8th; look for more info closer to the date.

Thanks again to Emily and her students, and to everyone who came!