Friday, August 30, 2019

Applications open for Art on the Island in Marshall, NC

Art on the Island
Saturday, September 28th
Marshall, North Carolina

Application deadline September 20, 2019 (applications received after September 20 will be charged a $15 late fee)

From the Madison County Arts Council website:

The Madison County Arts Council is pleased to present the 8th annual ‘Art On The Island’ Festival on beautiful Blannahassett Island in downtown Marshall on Saturday, September 28. Art on the Island serves as an economic and cultural celebration of creativity in Madison County and Western North Carolina. There will be special hands-on demonstrations for young and old. This all day affair presents artists, crafters, food, hands-on fun, and kid’s activities from 10am until 6pm and is free and open to the public

More info and link to application:

Pottery and fine craft events in Mitchell County this weekend

Cousins in Clay, Sweet ‘n’ Salty Pots, and 10 Friends in Their Element are all taking place this Saturday and Sunday in Mitchell County. Cousins in Clay is at Michael Kline's studio, Sweet ‘n’ Salty Pots is in the Ridgeway building on the Penland campus, and 10 Friends in Their Element is in downtown Spruce Pine.

More info about all three events in the Mitchell News-Journal article shown here and also here:

More info about the individual events at the links below:

Cousins in Clay:

Sweet ‘n’ Salty Pots: and here:

10 Friends in Their Element:

Thursday, August 29, 2019

CORRECTION! 1-hour Clay Business Talk at TVPCC, Friday, 9/20/19

You're Invited!

(FREE 1-Hour Presentation)

Characteristics of an Excellent Salesperson 

The Village Potters Clay Center would like to invite you to their next Clay Business HourCharacteristics of an Excellent Salesperson is a 1 hour presentation and interview with Elizabeth Pou, S.C.O.R.E., will be interviewing Mingon Mandon, pottery saleswoman extraordinaire! They will cover a range of topics from how to greet and engage customers to how to close a sale and more!

When: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
The Village Potters Clay Center
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

  R.S.V.P. to Lindsey at <>

FREE 1-hour Clay Business Talk at The Village Potters Clay Center

You're Invited!

(FREE 1-Hour Presentation)

Characteristics of an Excellent Salesperson 

The Village Potters Clay Center would like to invite you to their next Clay Business HourCharacteristics of an Excellent Salesperson is a 1 hour presentation and interview with Elizabeth Pou, S.C.O.R.E., will be interviewing Mingon Mandon, pottery saleswoman extraordinaire! They will cover a range of topics from how to greet and engage customers to how to close a sale and more!

When: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
The Village Potters Clay Center
191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

  R.S.V.P. to Lindsey at <>

Help wanted with question on raku firing

Jan Fisher sends this question:

Asking this question for Jim McDowell. He's done a custom order for a media set...they needed colonalware from early 1800s...It's been bisque fired and then fired raku style. No glaze. Came out fine but smells like smoke. People will need to eat and drink out of it on set. We'd like to get the smoke smell out. Any ideas?

Have any ideas or suggestions? Contact Jan at

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ward burners for sale in Leicester, NC


For sale: two Ward MB400 power burners with venturi pilots. $400. for both (originally $715.00 each).

Contact Doc Welty at

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sweet ’n Salty Pots Labor Day Weekend Pottery Show and Sale

You’re invited!
Sweet ’n Salty Pots
Labor Day Weekend Pottery Show and Sale

Saturday Aug. 31, 10-5
Sunday, Sept. 1, 10-5
Penland, NC 28765

great pots, good conversation, delicious snacks, libations

and Guest Artists:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Free Fire Bricks

A friend in S.C. is giving away an assortment of used firebricks (see photo).
Contact Elena Roberts, 864-680-4452

Monday, August 19, 2019

Kiln, wheel, pedestals, tables and more for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Several items for sale by Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, NC. Details and photos below.

Cady Clay Works, Seagrove NC
landline 910 464 5661
Beth cell 336 588 0248


Very sturdy, with cutout handles. Great for shows - transport and display all in one. Can be stacked and re-configured according to need. We bought a barn full of these 30 years ago. I had these for sale in our store for $25 each as we were closing (due to arthritis). We have 15 left. 15"x18"x13". Make an offer! Delivery possible.


$900 obo

This is one of the first DaVinci models. They were using a new element holder material that did not hold up so after a few years we got a new kiln body with new element holders and at that time upgraded the wiring to heavier-duty. I fired this kiln to a hard cone 8 weekly until March. The lid does not look great but I have had no problems with it.
Also have 14"x28"x1" high alumina shelves, some new and some used, that can be purchased with the kiln.

This kiln is $7800 new. More photos available.


The metal-front tables are made of 2x4s. Tops are 100-yr-old floor boards from a farmhouse that was being torn down nearby. Long tables $100 each, shorter tables $85 each. We have 2 of each.
The other long table is made of 2x4s with birch plywood top and shelf. $100.
24"deep x 93"wide x 34"tall
24"deep x 48"wide x 40"tall
Delivery possible.


PEDESTALS - 2 left:
18"sq x 27" tall
That is the base dimension, the wooden pieces are just resting on the top and overlap about 3" total. They are cherry cabinet door blanks.
$47 each.
They are hollow so very lightweight and easy to move. They could also be inverted and used for storage.


The table is dining-height, covered in grey-blue laminate. Very sturday. 42" sq x 29"high. $45
Delivery possible.

FOR SALE - PACIFICA GlydeTorc Model 400 Potter's Wheel
"The very high torque even at slow speeds is one of our special features. Our custom designed load sensor increases the drive current in exact proportion to the load on the clay..."

Applications open for the Mountain Glory Festival in Marion, NC

36th Annual Mountain Glory Festival
October 12, 2019
Downtown Marion, North Carolina

Application deadline September 13, 2019

From the festival website:

Marion, North Carolina celebrates the arrival of autumn in the Blue Ridge during their annual Mountain Glory Festival. For 36 years, beautiful downtown Marion has hosted this popular celebration on the 2nd Saturday in October. This year, make plans to visit on October 12th between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Celebrate small-town life in the mountains. Visitors looking for original handicrafts will find plenty of choices shopping with three jam packed blocks, featuring locally made arts and crafts. Enjoy lots of festival foods and the wide variety of live entertainment, focusing on old time mountain music.

Don’t miss the annual Mountain Glory Quilt Show inside the McDowell Arts Council. The quilt show is the gallery’s featured October exhibit.

The kids will have fun in the “Children’s Arena” with hands-on activities, local entertainment and the ever popular best-dressed pet contest.

The festival is sponsored by the City of Marion. For festival information visit call 828-652-2215.

More info and link to application:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Free Fixer Upper Kiln in Asheville

UPDATE: the kiln has been taken!

Giving away this little kiln for free. Three phase, no sitter, switch doesn’t work and the brick inside between the elements is broken so it can’t be fired before repairing that. Les from Highwater took a look at it and said it would take about $400 to fix and even then shouldn’t be used for cone 6 because you’d have to watch the cones and can't program it. HOWEVER he said it could be converted to a raku kiln easily.

MUST get rid of it this ASAP!

Contact me if you'd like it - must be able to pick up in Asheville ASAP

Friday, August 16, 2019

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction on Saturday

Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction
Saturday, August 17th
Spruce Pine First Baptist Church
125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine, NC

The 2019 Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff Empty Bowls Fundraiser and Silent Auction to benefit the Shepherd’s Staff food bank will be held Saturday August 17th from 5:00 pm -7:30 p.m. at the Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, located at 125 Tappan Street in Spruce Pine. Tickets are $25 and include a hand-crafted bowl filled with soup, as well as bread, dessert and a drink. Call 828-765-5385 to order tickets. Now accepting credit cards.

Facebook event page:

Successful Clay Club barrel firing!

A successful firing from Clay Club this week!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Clay Club this past Wednesday! I am so excited to say that everybody's pieces that went into the barrel kiln have come out and they look spectacular! Here are some photos of the kiln and the results. Anyone who had pieces in the kiln may come by and pick them up at any time that is convenient to you, they are sitting in front of the house on the mulch. I had such a great time going through this experiment with all of you, thank you for doing it with me.

if you have any questions or can't find your pieces please call me at 585-507-5731.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Recap: August Clay Club at Motyl Pottery

Thanks to Tori Motyl for hosting Clay Club! Several people took Tori up on her offer to participate in a barrel firing. She walked us through the setup and loading of the barrel and told us about the process of the firing. (She's been using Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques by James C Watkins and Paul Andrew Wandless as a reference.) Because of a threat of rain during Clay Club, Tori is doing the firing today and she'll remove the pieces on Friday. Look for photos of the finished pieces here on the blog.

Tori also shared her experimentation with digging her own clay. Inspired by Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish of Bandana Pottery, and with encouragement from Andy Palmer, she dug up some dirt/clay from beside her driveway to try. She walked us through the process of wetting this clay in buckets, sieving it, and removing excess water by drying it on a bedsheet tacked onto a wooden frame. The clay you see on the bedsheet in the photos has been there 2-3 days; Tori estimated that it would need another couple days to get to the right level of moisture. She has had great initial success: in some of the photos Tori is holding a lovely small pot made from this clay. She fired it successively to cone 04, cone 6 and finally cone 10 to see how high it could be fired, and you can see that it held up very well.

September Clay Club will be at Mars Hill University. Look for more details about that soon, and thanks to Shane Mickey for hosting us next month!

Thanks again to Tori, and to everyone - including John Britt - who came!

Come To Leicester Studio Tour this weekend

14th Annual Come To Leicester Studio Tour
August 17th and 18th
10am - 6pm both days
Leicester, North Carolina

From the Come To Leicester Studio Tour Facebook event page:

The Leicester Artists cordially invite you to join us for our 14th Annual Come to Leicester Studio Tour! This free, self-guided tour is held every year on the third weekend in August; for 2019, that is the 17th-18th of August. Our incredible community of artists create in a variety of mediums, and you'll find all manner of fine art and craft on the Tour. This year includes painting, iron work, wood work, textiles, pottery, jewelry, glass, mixed media, figurative art, and brooms. We welcome you to Come to Leicester to see for yourself all the wonderful work this beautiful area inspires!

(image from the Come To Leicester Studio Tour Facebook event page)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Welcome back, John!

So great to see John Britt back at Clay Club tonight!

Craft Your Commerce: Marketing For Makers workshop series

Craft Your Commerce: 2019 Workshop Series
Marketing For Makers
September 12 - October 24
Early-Bird registration pricing through August 25

From the Mountain BizWorks website:

Craft Your Commerce is a Mountain BizWorks led project in partnership with Center for Craft, UNC Asheville, and area creative entrepreneurs. It aims to connect, elevate and advance craft-centered companies of all kinds through a series of business training workshops and classes designed by makers for makers.

The theme for this year’s 2019 Workshop Series is “Marketing for Makers.” In a landscape that constantly shifts and evolves, marketing often ranks as one of the top business challenges for makers. As such, we’ve designed “Marketing for Makers” to be a comprehensive and practical learning journey aimed to increase business reach, visibility and profitability.

The format of this year’s series is comprised of three training segments:

• We launch with the “Half-Day Hustle” on September 12, a seminar style event that features three short sessions. We will explore the big-picture, strategic view of marketing, engage in a thoughtful discussion on the importance of authenticity, and get an overview of the various online sales platforms where makers “hustle” to grow their business.
• The second segment of the Workshop Series involves 4 different, deep-dive workshops covering the following topics: Social Media, Photography, Shopify and Etsy. These hands-on workshops will be led by experts who themselves are creatives or who’ve had experience working with other creative entrepreneurs.
• “Marketing for Makers” will then culminate with our flagship business planning courses, Alpine & Foundations for Makers. These intensive courses are designed to equip creative entrepreneurs with the business skills they need to get going and growing, and will be facilitated within a cohort learning environment made up of makers learning from other makers.

Although the training segments are offered à la carte, we hope you will take advantage of the Half or Full Series Pass and journey through the entirety of this integrative learning experience.

More info and link to registration:

(image from the Mountain BizWorks website)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Applications open for Old Depot Art by the Tracks in Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain Old Depot Art by the Tracks
Saturday, October 26th
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Final deadline to apply for the Fall Show is September 1st

From the Old Depot website:

Please join us for the 22nd year of Old Depot's Art Show in downtown Black Mountain, NC on Sutton. Ave this year on Saturday, October 26th, 2019.

Each year the Old Depot sponsors two juried art shows, one in the spring and one in the fall. Our Spring Art Show is always the first Saturday in June, and our Fall Art Show is the last Saturday in October, in the heart of leaf season. We highlight extraordinary art and craft from throughout the region in this renowned juried art show.

From the 1930's to the mid 1950's the town was home for Black Mountain College, which still claims alumni of worldwide renown in the arts. More and more, the town is becoming a center for arts and crafts, antiques and furniture, which attracts tourists from throughout the nation for its unique offerings.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just 15 miles east of Asheville, Black Mountain has long been a rich and varied arts and crafts community.

More info and link to application:

(image from the Old Depot website)

A Jarring Romance: Pottery and Fermentation with Shinara Taylor at Odyssey ClayWorks

A Jarring Romance: Pottery and Fermentation

Shinara Taylor

Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville

Thursdays 3-5:30pm
August 29-October 3

Add flavor to your kitchen and pottery repertoire with these specialized fermentation jars. Learn how to make a kombucha brewing vessel; a countertop container for compost scraps (a different type of ferment!?); and a sauerkraut crock. These functional jars will be constructed with multiple thrown and hand-built parts. You’ll be guided through the process with demos and even fermented foods and recipes (free kombucha starters for all!). Find the “fun” in “functional”!

Tuition: $235 + $40 Lab Fee
Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Monday, August 12, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

August Clay Club will be at Motyl Pottery near Burnsville from 6-8pm this Wednesday, August 14th. Thanks again to Tori Motyl for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

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!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Morning of Mimosas and Muffins at Mica Gallery in Bakersville on Sunday, August 11th

Join Mica artists on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 9 am – Noon for a Morning of Mimosas and Muffins at Mica.

Plenty of coffee will be on hand too!
So, come in for some Sunday morning fun.
All Bakersville Galleries will be open.

See you there.

Mica is open daily Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12-5 p.m. Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. For more information visit or call 828.688.6422.

Follow us on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.