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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Asking $300 or best reasonable offer. Anything over $200 goes to John Britt go fund me fund for his recuperation.
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.
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:
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
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 whitesquirrelfestival.com for more info.
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).
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
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 saluda.com to see more information about the festival.
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)
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 www.InTandemGallery.com
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.
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.
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 micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.
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
Handle Wagon Wheel
Shimpo Wheel - Master 1
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Clayking.com, that is where I got it. The wheel has a 14 inch wheelhead.
Contact Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-385-0734.
Special Exhibition at The Village Potters Clay Center
Opening ReceptionSaturday, May 11, 2019 from 5:00-7:00PM
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.
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.
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…
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Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome!