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.
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.
• 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 https://www.clayworksinc.org/employment
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, email@example.com
Position will remain open until filled
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828-773-0726)
STARworks in Star, NC is looking for a Clay Studio Director. From the STARworks website:
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.
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:
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!
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 micagallerync.com or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.
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!
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!
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,
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.
A last minute cancellation means a last minute opportunity for someone. One spot open!
THE INTUITIVE NATURE IN CLAY
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
Material Cost: Minimum $25
For particulars, please feel free to call me at 828/733-5755.
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
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 email@example.com
Send full payment to
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.
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About Clay Club
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!