Thursday, January 31, 2019

Crafts & Drafts with The UpCycle at Homeplace Beer Company

Crafts & Drafts
Sunday, February 10th from 2-5 pm
Homeplace Beer Company in Burnsville

The UpCycle is hosting a Valentine's Day Crafts and Drafts at Homeplace Beer Company on Sunday, February 10th. (Homeplace provided the keg for our December Clay Club.) From the Facebook event page:

Join The UpCycle, WNC at Homeplace, as we make Valentines for ourselves, our friends, and our community (sweeties optional but not required)! A buffet of reusable materials, vintage ephemera, supplies and ideas provided. Have a draft and do some crafts! Homeplace is where the heart is!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Call for artists for the Montford Arts and Music Festival

16th Annual Montford Arts and Music Festival

Saturday May 18, 2019 10-7

On Montford Avenue, between Chestnut and Cullowhee in Asheville

Sponsored by the

Montford Neighborhood Association


April 20, 2019 - Deadline to receive artists' applications
April 20, 2019 - Cancellations up to and no refunds after this date
May 18, 2019 - Show Date - (10AM-7PM approx.)
Early applications will receive best space allotment.

More info and application here:

About the festival:

Come, experience and enjoy Asheville’s largest, longest running, single day neighborhood street festival. See for yourself why so many visitors return each year to hear the music, dine on local cuisine, and shop from some of the finest artisans in the area.

Located on the main street of the Historic Montford neighborhood, the festival has a new look with an entertainment stage, artist and vendor booths, and central food court all now on one street, Montford Avenue. While visiting the neighborhood, you will walk the tree lined street, where trolley’s used to travel, marvel at unique architecture, from turn of the century “Victorian” to Arts and Craft designs and observe the diversity mix of its proud neighbors, who yearly volunteer to be your hosts for the festival.

This same neighborhood boosts a connection to many great entertainers in the area which is where we draw the flavor of the festival. You will discover an extraordinary mix of music for all tastes, both young and old that begins at 10:00 AM and continues till 7:00 PM.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Studio space needed

Studio potter needs about 300 sq. ft. of dry, heated, cooled space with water and bathroom access. Kitchen and WiFi would be great too. The space must be able to accommodate a kiln. If wiring isn't already in place, at least the possibility of putting it in would work. Must be within a 35 minute drive from Canton, NC. Having a sales opportunity in the space would be bonus. If anyone knows of such a space being available now or in the near future, please contact: Trish Salmon, Thank you.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

MFA at East Tennessee State University

If you are interested in graduate study in art and love living in the mountains of WNC, the deadline for application to the MFA program at East Tennessee State University is just one week away on February 1.

Located in Johnson City, TN, ETSU is situated in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains just one hour away from Asheville, NC and the Penland School of Crafts. The MFA at ETSU is a three-year, 60 credit program of study in studio art. Ceramics is one of ten studio areas in the ETSU Department of Art & Design, with other areas of study including Drawing, Extended Media, Fibers, Graphic Design, Jewelry, Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

The ceramics area has a comprehensive facility that is ideal for graduate study. Our kiln pad includes three newly rebuilt kilns (summer of 2018): a reduction car kiln, a downdraft soda kiln, and a catenary arch wood/salt kiln. We also have a larger manabigama wood kiln as well as pit, raku, and 6 electric kilns. Graduate students are provided individual working space within a shared graduate-only studio and ETSU offers competitive funding in the form of Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships.

Questions about the ceramics area can be directed to ceramics faculty member Lindsay Rogers at Questions about the MFA program, in general, can be directed to Graduate Coordinator Travis Graves at Thank you!

For more information:

Friday, January 25, 2019

Michael Sherrill Retrospective Tour

Mint Museum Tour with Michael Sherrill
Friday, February 1, 2019
8:00 AM 5:00 PM

The Gallery at Flat Rock is pleased to offer a very special opportunity to visit the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte to view the “Michael Sherrill Retrospective” with the artist, Michael Sherrill!


Friday, Feb 1

8:30 am Board bus at The Gallery parking lot to travel to the Mint Museum in Charlotte. The bus is equipped with a bathroom and outlets/WiFi access.

10:30am. Meet Michael for an exclusive tour.

Chance to see other exhibits, eat, visit gift store

Board bus at 3pm for return trip to The Gallery at Flat Rock parking lot.

Return by 5pm.


$45 bus/ticket

$10 ticket ( must arrive to The Mint by 10:30am for the group tour) *for those wishing to drive themselves, this is the group ticket price.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Gallery

828-698-7000 or here:

2702A Greenville Highway

Flat Rock, NC 28731 828.698.7000

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Macrame for Pottery at The Village Potters

Macrame for Pottery
at The Village Potters

The Village Potters is excited to offer a  2 hour hands on Macrame for Pottery Workshop 
with Tori Motyl  
at The Village Potters

When: Saturday, March 2nd from 10 -12pm.
Fee: 40.00
Registration: CLICK HERE
Tori Motyl will present the basics of creating macrame hangers for your pottery in this 2 hour workshop! She will cover designs and knotting. Participants will walk away with macrame hangers for their pottery and the knowledge to recreate on their own and take their newly learned skills to the next level. It’s time to elevate your pots.. literally! All skill levels are welcome. All registrants will receive a detailed email upon registration on what to expect.
Materials Provided:
  • Handout
  • Bucket(s) of dye – for an ombre look
Materials to be brought by students:
  • 65+ft cotton or other soft rope. 5mm diameter. Suggested rope – 1 spool of the Bead Landing Cotton Rope from Michaels.
  • Rage or other towel that may get stained
  • Optional: handmade pottery to place in basket when complete.
macrame close up
Tori is a former apprentice here at The Village Potters and sells her work here. But for those of you who have not met her yet here are a few words that come to mind when I think of Tori: powerhouse, skilled, motivated, inspiring, hard working, delightful and fun! 
Tori is a great teacher too. She received her Masters of Science in Education in Visual Art from State University of New York. She wholesales and retails her work across the region and country and she founded, her brain child, The North Carolina Ceramics Arts Festival in 2017 with a small group of potters. It is already a successful and sought after show for potters.
In her picture you see her with one of her first really big pots. Some of our friends at The Southern Highland Craft Guild named her “Little Big Potter” and she lives up to the name.

So we encourage you to jump into this workshop. It’s going to be a great experience.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Asheville Art in the Park membership and 2019 dates

Asheville Art in the Park takes place on three consecutive Saturdays in June and October in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. 2019 dates are June 15, 22, 29 and October 5, 12, 19. Each event runs from 10am - 5pm. Interested artists apply for membership and accepted members are eligible to participate in the six events.

More info and link to application here:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Pugmill for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina


Here are the details from Beth Gore:


This pugmill has been taken apart, cleaned, oiled, checked, ready to go! It is a real workhorse that can handle production amounts of clay.

Description from VENCO:
Robust, suitable for de-airing, blending, mixing, and reworking clay.
Stainless steel mixer shaft and blades.
240 volt system (single phase).
Cast aluminum barrel — split longitudinally for easy cleaning.
4 inch nozzle

Contact Beth at

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Kiln For Sale

Paragon TNF-24 kiln with digital sentry controller
Brent SR-20 Slabroller
Both in great condition
$1000 Each OBO
Make me an offer, I’m moving in 2 weeks and I really don’t want to move them!
Located about 20 minutes south of Asheville
More pics available upon request
PM me if interested
Brevard, NC
I really don’t want to move them!
Located about 20 minutes south of Asheville
More pics available upon request
PM me if interested

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reception to honor artist Michael Sherrill + film screening in Flat Rock, NC

This event is free but RSVP is required. Call the gallery at 828-698-7000 or RSVP on the gallery website,

What: Reception to honor artist Michael Sherrill, with film screening
When: 1 p.m., January 19
Where: The Gallery at Flat Rock, 2702-A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock
How much: Free and open to the public; RSVP required

The Gallery at Flat Rock is pleased to host a special reception in honor of artist Michael Sherrill at the gallery at 1 p.m. on January 19. The event will include a screening of a mini-documentary film detailing the career path of one of the most respected artists living in North Carolina. A retrospective exhibit of Sherrill’s work in ceramic, metal and glass is currently on display at the Mint Museum in Charlotte until April 7. The exhibit will then travel to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Ariz. and to a third museum venue yet to be disclosed.

The afternoon reception will feature a mini-documentary that follows the trajectory of Sherrill’s work from his early functional pottery pieces to his meticulous mixed media sculptures. Sherrill’s early work revealed his innate talent for innovative thinking about shape and color as a clay artist. His later works, largely inspired by the natural forms of plants that surround his studio, located deep in a mountain cove in the Bat Cave area of Henderson County, reveal Sherrill’s continued focus on form and color while pushing structural limits using his innovative techniques in manipulating materials to create forms that reveal his careful observations of the outer world.

“I am compelled by the sensation of seeing things fresh; as if for the first time,” says Sherrill in his artist statement. “It is as if I have been asleep, and when I wake up, I am surprised by the things that surround me. In my case, it is the flora and fauna surrounding my studio that continue to surprise me. For me, these discoveries are epiphanies. My desire is to create something that might bring its observer to the same place of discovery. It's one thing too for me to respond to a stimulant and then to make work. It is another thing for that work to go the next step and bring a likewise response from the viewer.”

In 1974, Sherrill moved from Charlotte to the mountains of Western North Carolina, determined to make a living from making pottery. Mostly self-taught, he was influenced by the North Carolina folk pottery tradition and the community of artists at Penland School of Crafts and the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. A shift occurred in Sherrill’s work in the 1990s, when his functional pieces morphed into vessels that expressed more of his growing interest and focus on form, rather than function. His later work, exploding with the color and grace inherent in natural botanical forms, are the outcome of what Sherrill describes as his shift “from potter to artist.”

“(Sherrill) explores the beauty in natural growth and decay with bright colors, often through painstaking technical processes. Sherrill’s exceptional skill is based in his innovative approach to using tools, technology, and his keen sense of materials together to achieve what he calls his ‘natural narratives,’” according to the Mint Museum literature on the retrospective. “Working with clay, glass, and metal, his exquisite floral forms have the allure of Martin Johnson Heade’s passion flower and orchid paintings and the botanical engravings of John James Audubon, at the same time they are remarkably new.”

This event is free and open to the public, but participants are required to submit an RSVP in order to attend. Those interested can call the gallery at 828-698-7000 or visit the website at

The Gallery at Flat Rock represents finely curated art and craft, and is located in Flat Rock Square at 2702-A Greenville Highway in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 3 p.m.; or by appointment. To learn more, please visit the gallery website at or call the gallery at 828-698-7000.

(image from the January 16, 2018 Asheville Citizen-Times)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

FREE bamboo in Hendersonville

Dian Magie has free bamboo:

The recent storm crushed my small stand of black bamboo. I had to cut it all down. If anyone wants some it’s free.

Dian Magie Pottery, 108 Turner Lane, Hendersonville.

Poetry Slam at David on the Corner

David On The Corner announces the first in an ongoing series of Poetry Slams!

Monday January 21st, and every month thereafter on the 21st day of each month, everyone is invited to a poetry reading, musical open mic (unplugged version) and performances of any kind at all, at David On The Corner, 7 N. Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville N.C.
The January Slam will begin at 6 p.m., and last until ???
Minimal victuals will be provided.
Standing room only because I don't believe in chairs.
Poetry written and read by you, or loved by you, or hated by you, musical lyrics by you or by anyone else, all are invited to be performed!
Join us now, before I start charging admission!!! LOL

See you there.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Registration open for the 2019 North Carolina Potters Conference

North Carolina Potters Conference
March 1-3, 2019
Asheboro, North Carolina

From the North Carolina Pottery Center email:

Are you a potter or ceramic artist? If so, are you aware that the 31st annual North Carolina Potters Conference, hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild, is March 1-3, in Asheboro, NC? Registration is in full swing right now! Check it out and sign up. This year's conference features three British potters - Nic Collins, Doug Fitch, and Lisa Hammond - who will be demonstrating, as well as Dan Finnegan, Mark Hewitt, John Burrison, and Brett Riggs who will be speaking.

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be hosting an open house that Sunday afternoon, March 3, from 1:30-4:30 pm in conjunction with the conference.

More info from the conference website:

The North Carolina Potters Conference is a premier ceramics conference. Through its history the conference has featured the 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.

Visit the conference website for more details and registration:

(flyer from the North Carolina Potters Conference website)

Bank Art Building artist studios in downtown Spruce Pine

The Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about the Bank Art Building (formerly the Bank of America building) in downtown Spruce Pine. From the story:

The Bank Art building has artist studio spaces available for $200 per month.

Kent Dauderman of WNC Rentals, who is fielding inquiries for the available spaces, said three of the eight spaces had been rented.

Each space is about 200 square feet, and some of the spaces have outside windows.

There is a common area Dauderman said may one day be made into a shared artist gallery area.

– Mitchell News-Journal

Read the full story here:

This building was included in a February, 2017 tour of downtown Spruce Pine buildings - see some photos here:

See this earlier post for Kent Dauderman's contact information:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Job opening: Part-time Programs Coordinator for Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County, North Carolina

(note: the last person to hold this job is now a core fellow at Penland, which is located in Mitchell County)

Part-time Programs Coordinator
Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County

Administrate and support partnerships serving Mitchell County Schools students, and work directly with students in programs. Must be committed to serving children equitably in a rural setting. Must demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, as well as ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. Must be able to design and execute creative activities for after-school programs. Must be an effective team member in a fully collaborative setting, providing leadership to our community partners. Supporting education or work/life experience required.

13.5 hours a week, 12 months a year, $12 an hour. Responsibilities include two middle school after school art clubs, an in-school chess club at MECHS, and Roan Readers elementary book club at the Mitchell County Library. Paid sick and personal leave provided. Questions? Contact Lori Gilcrist, 828.467.0970. Send both a cover letter and resume to

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pottery studio equipment for sale in Gatlinburg

Dennis McAvoy has studio equipment for sale:

1. Venco de-airing pugmill. Works great. $1200

2. Air King studio air filter. $600

Both items are located in Gatlinburg.

Contact Dennis by phone or text at 865-414-6141 or by email at

Reed Handle Making Workshop at The Village Potters

Reed Handle Making Workshop

with Tori Motyl

at The Village Potters

Tori Motyl explores reed handles on her pots and has developed some very wonderful approaches and unique looks. Tori is a former apprentice at The Village Potters and sells her work their gallery. But for those of you who have not met her yet here are a few words that come to mind when when thinking of Tori: powerhouse, skilled, motivated, inspiring, hard working, delightful and fun!

Tori is a great teacher too. She received her Masters of Science in Education in Visual Art from State University of New York. She wholesales and retails her work across the region and country and she founded, her brain child, The North Carolina Ceramics Arts Festival in 2017 with a small group of potters. It is already a successful and sought after show for potters.
So we encourage you to jump into this workshop. It’s going to be a great experience, enhance your work and be a great time too!

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 10am – 12pm
Fee: $40
Register: click HERE