Friday, June 28, 2019

Clayworks studio manager search

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.

Job Description

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.

Required Qualifications

• 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

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,
Position will remain open until filled

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Updated list of pottery equipment and supplies for sale in Mitchell County

Andy Palmer shared this updated list of equipment and supplies that Jann Verrill is selling. Contact Jann by email at or by phone at 828-688-6012 (home) or 828-385-6342 (work).

Download a pdf of the list here:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Gas Kiln For Sale (Burnsville)

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:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wood-fired effects workshop request

Alyx Perry has a workshop request:

Seeking an instructor for a workshop focused on simulating wood-fired effects using cone 6 electric firing.

If this is something you have experience with, please holler!

Contact Alyx at or 828-713-9461.

Feeding Avery Families’ 6th Annual Empty Bowls and Silent Auction

Lynda Healy Rejkowski shared some additional info in response to questions about the upcoming Empty Bowls for Avery County:

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

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Art in the Park is at Pack Square this Saturday

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.

For more information or to sign up for a show, visit

Bowls wanted for Avery County Empty Bowls event

6/18/19 update: Lynda Healy Rejkowski shared some additional info about the Empty Bowls for Avery County event here:

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: or call (828-773-0726)

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Friday, June 14, 2019

STARworks seeks Clay Studio Director

STARworks in Star, NC is looking for a Clay Studio Director. From the STARworks website:

Position Summary:

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.

More info and application details:

Art Walk this evening in Bakersville

Andy Palmer sent this reminder of the Art Walk in Bakersville this evening:

It's time for another Bakersville Art Walk and it looks like it'll be a fantastic evening weather-wise

Fri: High of 76° / Precipitation 0% / Wind 7 mph

(and art-wise!).

We've got Anita's Atelier, Bowditch's Antiques & Framing, Mica Gallery, David's on the Corner, and Southern Ridge Cafe (and In Tandem Gallery), all open for you to visit and enjoy.

Everything starts up at 4:00 and goes til 7:00, and I know that there's a lot of new artwork and treats and drinks and just a really nice evening planned.

So, come by if you can - and enjoy

(More about what's on at Mica Gallery for the Art Walk here:

Horsehair Firing 2019 at Folk Art Center

A small sample of the fun horsehair firing demo at the Folk Art Center on Clay Day, featuring Judi Harwood from The Village Potters!

(click on the lower right hand side icon to watch the video full screen)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Recap: June Clay Club at The Village Potters

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:

• the Bob Brotherton: Humble Pots from a Gentle Man exhibit in TVP gallery:

• the Hands On Intensive Workshop, Making Successful Pots with Porcelain with David Voorhees, July 22nd-26th:

• the Master Series Surface Embellishments workshop with Cynthia Lee on October 5th

• and remember that TVP are also a Laguna Clays distributor:

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!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk this Friday

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 or call 828.688.6422. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

June Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville this Wednesday, June 12th, from 6-8pm. Thanks again to The Village Potters for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

Note: we'll be meeting gin the ISM studio; enter via the Independent Studies Studio (the door to the right of the gallery door).

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!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Let's have a Vase-And-Bowl-A-Thon!

Let's have a Vase-And-Bowl-A-Thon!

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!

Bowl Swap!

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!

Need Clay?

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,

Tori Motyl

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Southern Highland Craft Guild Clay Day this Saturday

Southern Highland Craft Guild Clay Day at the Folk Art Center in Asheville
Saturday, June 8th
10am - 4pm

From the Southern Highland Craft Guild website:

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.


Ann Gleason

Michael Rutkowsky

Batton Clayworks

Elise Delfield

Steve Forbes

Judy Harwood

Sandra Rowland

Village Potters

Jan Morris

Mary Dashiell

Cat Jarosz

Tamela Wells

Cindy Billingsley

(image from the Southern Highland Craft Guild website)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Last minute workshop opportunity: The Intuitive Nature in Clay with Pam Brewer

A last minute cancellation means a last minute opportunity for someone. One spot open!


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

Cost: $485

Material Cost: Minimum $25

For particulars, please feel free to call me at 828/733-5755.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding with Liz Zlot Summerfield

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

Cost: $200

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



Phone Number

Send full payment to

Liz Summerfield
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.