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 www.workhousearts.org, www.workhouseceramics.org for a detailed prospectus or visit www.juriedartservices.com 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, “DiscoverSeagrove.com”. 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: https://thelaurelofasheville.com/arts/visual-arts/feature-artist-dennis-mcavoy/

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: https://goo.gl/maps/Vhzrm5DJMaNofUWP8 (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 http://www.greeningupthemountains.com

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 are.na, 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: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-rise-fall-internet-art-communities

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: http://www.acofhc.org/art-on-main.html

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: https://thepotterscast.com/516

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: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/04/visiting-artist-lecture-at-haywood.html

and here: https://www.haywood.edu/news/2019-04-03/professional-crafts-department-hosts-two-visiting-artists-in-april

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: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2019/04/professional-crafts-summit-at-haywood.html

and here (with link to registration): https://www.haywood.edu/small-business-center/professional-craft-artist-summit

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!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Visiting Artist Lecture at Haywood Community College

Join us at Haywood Community College for a public lecture with 
Visiting Artist Jason Bige Burnett
Monday April 22, 4pm
Creative Arts Building room 7105
all are welcome

There are layers of stories on the surfaces of Burnett's pots: stories created using both traditional and contemporary ceramic processes and told through pop-culture imagery, text, line work, patterning, and a knowing use of color. Pulling from his emotion, surroundings, past, and a world well beyond his touch, he gathers them into a harmonious whole.
               -Ceramics Monthly, 2013

Advanced Throwing Class at The Village Potters

Advanced Wheel Throwing, Part One:
“Take it to the Limit”
with Sarah Wells Rolland
Join Sarah and refine your throwing skills, develop your forms, make excellent attachments, alter, stretch, throw in sections, great fitting lids and push the limits of the clay. We will all throw defined forms in order to be adept at moving clay efficiently. Weekly discussions will include critiques and learning to see. Sarah will give input on integrated design and technical considerations. This is a very popular and valuable part of the class.
Class includes 24 hours of Open Studio time, and enrolled students may purchase additional open studio hours for $10/hour. This is a 12-week session.
*Intermediate throwing skills in clay required (please call to discuss any questions)
When: Wednesdays, 9am-12:30pm
Start Date: April 24 – July 17 2019*
*There will be no class on May 15
Where: The Village Potters Clay Center, Asheville, NC
Fee: $675.00
Click HERE to register.
Space is limited to 8 students.
“I could not have asked for a better teacher. Sarah’s not only informative but positive in her critiques to find something of value in all I did or tried to do.” - Duffy Baum
“Loved the class! Sarah was an amazing teacher. She’s full of incredible expertise and flush with enthusiasm. My throwing improved in leaps and bounds in only 3 months. Highly  recommended!” - Joshua Lewandowski
“This class advanced my skill as a potter quite a bit…we were taught by a master at the wheel whose enthusiasm for her art is contagious…Sarah makes you believe you can do this! Worth every penny!” - William Moore
“I consider myself an experienced thrower, tight, technical and able to manage a lot of clay. I hadn’t been in a class in a while. I just never come across advanced classes. So when I saw this one at TVPCC, I jumped on it. And it delivered! Sarah is a competent and talented teacher, and not shy about saying what needs saying.  Sarah revisits core skills or habits and builds upon these each week, dissecting and analyzing our work, and ultimately stretching our abilities and capabilities. Not just technical skills, but soft ones as well, like attention to detail, balance and linking design elements within and across our body of work. I also learned some awesome new tricks. I am so happy I took this class. I honed my skills, learned new things and gained a critical eye in a way only possible with Sarah’s knowledgeable and honest feedback. Today, I am a better potter. This class was everything I had hoped for, structured and focused yet still loads of fun! I’m so sad it ended. I can’t wait for part 2.” - Pam Witters
“Last summer I had the privilege of taking Sarah Wells Rolland’s 12 week advanced throwing class, which was both challenging and rewarding. Going into the class I could barely center 4 pounds of clay, and by the end I was confidently and efficiently throwing 5 and 6 pounds. The weekly demos and critiques by Sarah and Julia were extremely helpful in examining both craftsmanship and design. Sarah promised me at the start of the class that I would be at least twice as good of a potter as when I came in, and she was absolutely right. Her class was definitely a turning point in my education.” - Rebecca Wilcox