Thursday, October 31, 2019

Margaret Bohls Workshop Cancelled !!!!

Regretfully the Margaret Bohls workshop scheduled for tomorrow Friday Nov 1, at Haywood Community College is cancelled due to the cancellation of Margaret's flight :(
We are so sorry!

THE HEART & ART OF TWINS Reception with Cynthia and Edwina Bringle in Apex, NC


Friday, Nov 8th 5:30 – 9:00 pm

at Cocoon Gallery, 221 N Salem St, Downtown Apex NC

contact us at: 919-267-4321

Spend an evening with Author Marilyn Shannon & North Carolina treasures, the Bringle Sisters, from Penland. Ceramic Artist Cynthia Bringle and Textile Artist Edwina Bringle will share their creations and discuss their 50 years of professional crafting as well as how being twins influences their unique artistic perspectives. Marilyn will share the similarities and differences of their experiences to those of the twins presented in her book, Listening into the Hearts of Twins, from her ‘In Just One Afternoon’ book series.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Visiting Artist Night

Visiting Artist night is this coming Monday! Please help us spread the word. Here's all the pertinent information:

Visiting Artist Night
Monday, November 4, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Featuring Royce Yoder and Tony Winchester

Hosted by the Nantahala School for the Arts and the SCC Ceramic Arts Club. Admission is $5 or FREE with covered dish, drinks, or desert. Each artist will have work for sale.
  • Potluck starting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Demonstration starting at 6:00 p.m.
Address for navigation: 60 Almond School Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713
Parking: Turn right into lot entrance after turning onto Almond School Road.  

If you are on social media, make a post and share our event. Here's the link to our Visiting Artist Night on Facebook:


Hope to see you there!

Potters of Madison County exhibit at Mars Hill University

Potters of Madison County
October 23rd-November 14th
Reception 6-9 pm on November 6th
Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University

From the gallery website:

Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will host an exhibition of works by the Potters of Madison County. The Potters, all living and/or working in Madison County, North Carolina, all have unique styles, all of which have been carefully developed and widely recognized for their exceptional beauty and quality.

In the last decade, the quiet mountain towns and townships of Madison County, North Carolina have attracted an ever growing community of artists and craftspeople. Madison County’s rich rural and agricultural history and its inhabitants’ collective respect for tradition and craft make a natural setting for the production of handmade functional and sculptural ceramics. The Potters of Madison County was created in order to unite, acknowledge and support the skilled and diverse group of men and women currently creating work in Madison County, North Carolina.

The Potters consists of Julie Covington, Josh Copus, Becky Lloyd, Jim and Shirl Parmentier, Rob Pulleyn, Barry Rhodes, Joey Sheehan, and Shane Mickey. Their styles, methods, and output are as varied as they are beautiful. Julie graduated with a degree in Fine Art from UNC Asheville and “aims to create simple, sturdy tableware that looks and feels pretty good and is equally at home on an intimate dinner table or on the floor of an old pickup truck”. Josh also has a fine arts degree from UNCA and co-founded Clayspace Co-Op to promote members’ artistic growth and success. Becky’s work features delicate and intricate black and white patterns called sgraffito. Jim and Shirl have been making decorative ceramics together for over 35 years. Rob creates works that are sculptural, often with a hidden functional ability. Barry’s small sculptural works are in many collections, including the Mint Museum in Charlotte. Joey’s decorative work can be functional, figurative, or both at the same time. Shane’s work is rooted in functional design while expressing ideas of spontaneity. All the Potters have had their work in galleries, museums, and exhibits around the country.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday, October 23rd, through Thursday, November 14th. There will be a reception on Wednesday, November 6, from 6-9 pm. Weizenblatt Gallery is in the Moore Fine Arts Building. It is open 10-4, Monday through Friday, and admission is always free. For more information, contact Skip Rohde, the gallery director, at 828.273.6476.

(image from the Weizenblatt Gallery facebook page)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

FREE Workshop with Margaret Bohls

Friday November 1, 10am-4pm, Haywood Community College, Creative Arts Building 7000

The schedule for Friday is:
10am-12pm – Workshop in the Clay studio room 7220
12-1pm – Break for lunch. Feel free to pack a lunch of visit the Coffee Cup café (about 1 mile away)
1-2pm – Artist talk/ lecture room 7105
2-4pm – Workshop resumes in the Clay studio room 7220

Contact Emily with questions 828-627-4671,

Please excuse our mess! Our main campus entrance is currently undergoing construction. Follow the yellow arrows to the Creative Arts Building 7000. link to map

Monday, October 28, 2019

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk this Friday

Join Mica Gallery on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm for the Bakersville Galleries Art Walk

Come to the Bakersville Art Walk on Friday November 1st, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the galleries and shops in beautiful downtown Bakersville open their doors to showcase more than 100 artists.

See new work by our 15 member artists, our consignment artists and our Guest Artist – Louise Grenell. Louise creates nature-inspired, soft sculptures which represent and interpret animal forms. Her work, shown in the flyer, will be on display until December 31st.

Wonderful refreshments prepared by our artists will be served. Spend this evening enjoying the galleries and engaging in wonderful conversations with artists and patrons.

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.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Used slab roller wanted

Barbara Gilson is looking for a used slab roller. Have one or a lead on one? Contact Barbara at or 828-448-0816.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Carolina Pottery Festival

Carolina Pottery Festival

November 2, 2019 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Legrand Center

ShelbyNC 28152

• More than 100 Potters!
• Free, Convenient Parking
• All types of pottery
• Just in time for Holiday Shopping
• $5 Admission (under 12 free)
Tickets available in advance or at the door.


Beaverdam Studio Tour this weekend

Beaverdam Studio Tour
Saturday, October 26th 10am to 5pm
Sunday, October 27th noon to 5pm
All studios are off Beaverdam Road which is off Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville

From The Laurel of Asheville:

You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Beaverdam Studio Tour! 30+ artists will showcase ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass, paper, and textile art. Join us for a self-guided driving tour of artists’ studios, Saturday, October 26, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, October 27, noon to 5pm. All studios are off Beaverdam Road, North Asheville. Find tour maps at, in our brochure, Facebook,, and Instagram,

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Weave Pop-Up Market at Salvaterra Pottery In Weaverville on Saturday

The Weave Pop-Up Market at Salvaterra Pottery
Saturday, October 26th
Salvaterra Pottery
30 Cole Road, Weaverville

This Fall outdoor market will feature over 25 local artists and small businesses. Watercolor paintings, wire bonsai tree art, jewelry, organic clothing, natural home cleaning products, locally sourced seasonings and herbs, leather goods, home décor, Hemp/CBD Products and much more!

(image from the Facebook event page)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Bauhaus film showing in Asheville

Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
Thursday, October 24
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
120 College Street in downtown Asheville

This film gives a fascinating look at how the Bauhaus ideas about art, theater, design, and architecture continue to shape our world today. The film celebrates the cultural history of modern spatial thinking against the background of the Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary.

Free for BMCM+AC members + students with ID; $8 for non-members

More info:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

2020 North Carolina Potters Conference

2020 North Carolina Potters Conference
Conference Dates: March 5-8, 2020
Early Bird registration ends November 1, 2019

From the email announcement:

About the Transition

For the past thirty-two years, the Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, has done a fine job of hosting the North Carolina Potters Conference. Here at the North Carolina Pottery Center in nearby Seagrove, NC, we are honored to begin organizing and implementing the conference starting with the 2020 conference! Join us March 5-8, 2020, as we explore The Similarities in our Differences.

About the NC Potters Conference

The North Carolina Potters Conference is the Southeast’s premier ceramics conference. Through its history, the conference has featured some of the best ceramics artists from around the world. This conference centers on simultaneous demonstrations cultivating a dialogue of techniques, concepts, and experiences between the artists and the audience. Unlike other conferences, you do not have to pick and choose which workshops to attend. All the demonstrations and presentations are scheduled for the entire group. Potters at any skill level will come away with new ideas and inspiration to improve their work. Even non-potters have found the weekend a worthwhile introduction into the world of ceramics.

2020 Demonstrating Artists: Bede Clarke, Lisa Naples and Dan Finnegan.

2020 Speakers: Alex Matisse, Connie Matisse, Ron Philbeck, and Thomas Schmidt.

Register here:

(image from the ArtsGreensboro website)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Fall foliage and fine craft in Western North Carolina

The Asheville Citizen-Times has a front-page article today about where to see the fall colors. Their Burnsville-Mount Mitchell Tour recommends stops at the Toe River Arts Council in Burnsville, OOAK Gallery in Micaville, and the art and craft studios along NC 80:

Burnsville-Mount Mitchell Tour

The Mount Mitchell Scenic Highway is a slow-paced loop drive starting in Asheville. Fall color should just be starting in lower elevations including Burnsville (3,000 feet) and peaking on the Blue Ridge Parkway just north and south of Asheville.

Start: From Asheville, take future I-26 West about 17 miles to Exit 9. Continue on U.S. 19 East for 14 miles to Burnsville. The drive is about 35 miles.

Stop: All parking is free in Burnsville. Stop at the Visitor Center, 106 West Main St., 828-682-7413, for maps and information on hikes, mountain biking, fishing spots and scenic drives. Visit the Toe River Arts Council next door for an overview of the area’s robust art scene and list of art studios. Check out the historic Nu-Wray Inn, Southern Drifters Outfitters, clothing and trinket shops, and restaurants like Appalachian Java and the Garden Deli.

Drive: Take U.S. 19 East about 6 miles toward Micaville. Stop at OOAK (One of a Kind) Art Studio at the intersection with N.C. 80. Head south for 14 miles on N.C. 80, dotted with pottery, glass, jewelry and other art studios.

Stop: Carolina Hemlocks Campground for a short hike or a picnic, or to set up camp. Walk along the South Toe River. Stop at Mount Mitchell Golf Course and Black Mountain Campground.

Last stop: Folk Art Center at MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bathrooms, crafts of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, National Park Service ranger on duty, maps, guidebooks.

– Karen Chávez, writing for the Asheville Citizen-Times

Read the complete article here:

Friday, October 18, 2019

7th Annual Odyssey Gala & Auction

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS announces the 7th Annual Odyssey Auction. Taking place November 2nd in their studio and gallery from 6-9pm, this year’s auction will feature over 140 items by established artists and local businesses. This year the auction will feature work by renowned potters Perry Haas, Bandana Pottery, and Will Dickert.

In addition to providing over $7000 in scholarships and tuition assistance to students annually, proceeds from the auction directly support the studio’s work with veterans suffering from PTSD, substance and alcohol abuse recovery programs, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Over 200 guests are expected to attend this lively event featuring a silent and live auction, beautifully catered food and drink, as well as music and dancing throughout the night. According to Studio Director Gabriel Kline, “Odyssey is known throughout the ceramics world as a premier teaching studio and we have made tremendous connections over the years. We will have work available by some of the finest artists in the country. The auction is a unique opportunity to bid on works by some of America’s most collectible ceramic artists.”

A limited number of tickets are available for the event on the Odyssey ClayWorks website, Please call the studio for more information at 828 285 0210.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

FREE Workshop with Margaret Bohls

Please join us at Haywood Community College for a free workshop with Margaret Bohls
Friday November 1, 10am-4pm with a lecture by the artist at 1pm.
Questions? Contact Emily Reason, 828-627-4671,

Monday, October 14, 2019

Studio available for potter, ceramicist or other artist in the River Arts District in Asheville

Beautiful artist’s studio available for 6 month sublease available December 1 in the newly renovated Foundation Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District. Join a talented community of artists in several media. 216 square feet in Studio 15. Good lighting and great display/retail opportunity. It is wired for 240 volts AC, 2W, 1 Phase 48 amps 11520 watts kiln. Heavily discounted fixture fee involved. Kiln venting through the roof is required and is the renter’s responsibility. The opportunity is open to artists who are not ceramicists as well. $450 a month plus $50.00 utilities ($500). Contact: Trish Salmon,, 828-246-1930 to visit the space.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Spruce Pine Potters Market this weekend

Spruce Pine Potters Market
October 12 and 13, 2019
10am - 5pm both days
At The Historic Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine, NC

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique gathering of our region’s greatest potters and clay artists. Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend. Admission is free and lunches are available for purchase on site.

More about this year's Market from the Mitchell News-Journal:

The 13th annual Spruce Pine Potters Market is all set to take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Cross Street Building, 31 Cross St. in Spruce Pine. This annual event features more than 30 potters from Mitchell, Yancey and Avery counties, and this year the Market is inviting three guest potters.

Admission is free.

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique opportunity to meet many of the diverse potters of the high-country region as well as to see the variety of their work in one location. The Market showcases the diversity of ceramics being made in Mitchell and Yancey counties. From table settings to display pieces and sculptures, the range of objects presented is just as wide as the styles represented.

All potters will be present at the event for conversation, discussion and general comradery. A lunch and refreshments provided by FRESH Wood Fired Pizza will be on sale each day.

Special to this year’s roster of participant potters are three invited artists: Kyle Carpenter, Ronan Peterson and Donna Polseno.

Read the full article here:

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Recap: October Clay Club at West Union Art Studios

Thanks to Adam Mackay for hosting Clay Club at West Union Art Studios in Morganton! Adam did a demo of throwing a large platter. He shared a number of great tips, including the way he puts his clay in a large tub with water so that it softens up before he throws with it.

Adam also led a really thoughtful discussion of running and participating in a group studio. (He did this while throwing the platter - impressive!) He raised a number of issues, from the pros and cons of working in a group studio to legal and tax concerns that group studio owners and participants should be aware of and take into consideration. We also talked about the need for potters to have healthcare coverage and to plan for retirement - clubbers shared some interesting stories about these issues from their own careers.

There are currently nine potters and a total of 14 artists at West Union Art Studios. The second floor of the building has been refurbished for use as a studio space along with a music studio with a piano that provides space for music lessons (and another income stream). The work in the gallery from all of the artists is wonderful and my photos don't do it justice. Check out the West Union Art Studios Instagram feed and if you're in Morganton, definitely check out West Union Art Studios in person.

We don't currently have a host for November Clay Club. I know this is a busy time of year for a lot of us. Let me know if you're interested in hosting in November or have any other ideas or suggestions for upcoming Clay Clubs.

Thanks again to Adam and his wife Molly, too, and everyone at West Union Art Studios, and to everyone who came!

Highway 80 South Art Hop this weekend

7th Annual Highway 80 South Art Hop
October 12th and 13th
10am - 5pm both days

A destination weekend tour of Open Studios and Galleries along NC Highway 80 South in Yancey County following the Scenic South Toe River.

2019 Highway 80 South Art Hop participants:

Garold Amsberry
Lynda Gayle Banner
Bernstein Glass
Stephanie Thomas Berry
Paige Davis
Paul Eisenhauer
Bridget Fox
Kathryn House
Sarah House
Johnny Dean McCurry
Rob Levin
McWhirter Pottery
Rosemary & Wood
Charlie Smith
Toe River Crafts
Kat Turczyn
Matt Willig
OOAK Art Gallery

Facebook event page:

East Fork Pottery Seconds Sale this Saturday in Asheville

East Fork Pottery Seconds Sale
Saturday, October 12th
12pm - 3pm
At New Belgium Brewery (21 Craven Street, Asheville, NC 28806)

From the East Fork website:

EF Seconds Sales makes its way back to Asheville at New Belgium Brewery! Snag some imperfectly perfect East Fork pots, mugs, plates, and more on Saturday, October 12th from 12-3pm—and sip on some delicious New Belgium brews, of course. This Seconds Sale is in-person only, with the sale lasting as long as the pots do—so don’t be late! We recommend bringing your own bags and boxes to lug your haul back home with you.

More info here:

(image from the New Belgium Asheville Instagram page)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Map to Visiting Artist talks at HCC

Please excuse our mess! Follow yellow to the Creative Arts Building & parking .
East Fork pottery will be here today 3-5 and 
Michael Manes of Blue Spiral will be here tomorrow 9am

Monday, October 7, 2019

Clay Club this Wednesday!

October Clay Club will be this Wednesday, October 9th, from 6-8pm at West Union Art Studios in Morganton. Thanks again to Adam Mackay and everyone at West Union Art Studios for hosting us!

Details and directions here:

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, let me know and I will put folks in touch. You can also leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post.

See you Wednesday!

Visiting Artists at HCC during American Craft Week

Join us for two Visiting Artist Presentations at Haywood Community College this week in recognition of American Craft Week.

FREE and open to the Public!

Wednesday October 9, 3-5pm Creative Arts Building rm 7105

Michael Manes Director of BLUE SPIRAL 1 GALLERY, on Working with Galleries
Thursday October 10, 9am,  Creative Arts Building rm 7105
And, mark your calendars for November 1, 9am with MARGARET BOHLS
Questions? Contact Emily Reason,, 828-627-4671

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Cone 6 mixed glaze for sale in Asheville

Here are the details from Squeaky Wheel member Patricia Robertson:

This is a glaze that was mixed for Squeaky Wheel members and was too close to our Spearmint to really serve the purpose of variety.

The Glaze is Sea Foam Green and here is the recipe:

Seafoam Green 10,000 Gram bucket (5 gallons)

F-4 Mini feldspar 3800 grams
Whiting 1400 grams
Zinc Oxide 1200 grams
Kentucky Ball Clay 600 grams
Flint Slicia 3000 grams
Copper Carbonate 500 grams
Titanium Dioxide 500 grams

We have two 5-gallon buckets of the glaze and it is $90.00/bucket. It is cone 6. No photos of the fired glaze are currently available but may be possible upon request. If anyone is interested she/he can get in touch with me via email or phone ( 828-273-3645).

Friday, October 4, 2019

Odyssey Clayworks Fall 2019 Class Schedule

Fall Session 2019
October 14- December 21
Odyssey Clayworks
236 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC

Animal Pots
Lynne Hobaica
Mondays 10am-12:30pm
October 21 – December 9
Clay can tell a story in unique and thoughtful ways. In this class, students will use different handbuilding techniques to create stylized animal shaped vessels that double as functional objects. The story will continue on the surface as we transform the pieces through color and decoration. What story do you have to tell?

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

The Enchanting Realm of Red Clay
Sara Ballek
Mondays 3-5:30pm
October 21 - December 9

Working with a red clay body fired at a midrange temperature creates rich, distinctive works of art. Come experience this magical realm with red clay enthusiast Sara Ballek. The class will hone in on the use of red clay with the potter’s wheel, pinching, coiling, and slabwork. Sara will introduce several surface design processes and finishing methods to refine each piece. Students for this course should have an understanding of the basics of constructing clay forms.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Potter’s Wheel 2.0:
Wheel Throwing for the Seasoned Beginner

Alyssa Ruberto
Mondays 6:30-9pm
October 14 - December 2

Feel like you’ve got the hang of wheel throwing, but would like to refine your skills? Perhaps you’ve taken the beginner wheel class a few times, but you’re not quite ready to call yourself “intermediate.” This class is specifically designed for potters who have experience on the wheel at a seasoned beginner level who would like to learn a set of new forms. Through skill-building “challenges” you will master the techniques that will bring vibrancy to your work. Students are expected to have basic throwing skills before taking this class.

Level: Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Introduction to Sculpture
Mike Zukoski
Tuesdays 11am-1:30pm
October 22 - December 10

Everyone is welcome! From complete beginners who have never tried sculpture before to advanced potters who are interested in learning new methods to enhance their work, this class will cover the basics of ceramic sculpture. We will practice hand-building techniques and sculpt using solid forms, coils and stiff slabs. Each student will be encouraged to bring their own ideas and we will bring them to life in 3-D.

Level: Beginner, All Levels
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Exciting Surfaces
Tyler-James Anderson
Tuesdays 6:30-9pm

October 22- December 10

Come join effect wizard Tyler Anderson and explore exciting surface design techniques like stencil work, glaze layering, mishima inlay, sgraffito, and much more. This class will focus less on form and more on decoration, so students should have a basic understanding of clay prior to taking the course. Students can expect to learn new ways to engage playfulness in their work by utilizing an array of finishing methods.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Matching Sets: Repetition and Intention
Laurie Caffery Harris
Thursdays 10am-12:30pm
October 17 – December 12, No class November 28th

Can you make a beautiful pot, but find it hard to replicate? Do your sets stack up a little funky? Come learn the tools and tricks of the trade to making pots with precision. Laurie will explain the use of rulers, calipers and throwing gauges in the production process. You’ll explore pots of all sizes and shapes to create forms that reflect your unique style. Class will also include a discussion and practice of surface design techniques including Mishima, painting, sgraffito, carving, and glazing.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Lifting the Lid: The Inner Life of Jars
Shinara Taylor
Thursdays 6:30 – 9pm
October 17- December 12, No class November 28

“A pot has form but its emptiness makes it useful.”
Let’s explore the mysterious inner life of jars! Jars surround us, yet their nuances and useful designs are easy to take for granted. With guided instruction, students will increase their precision with lidded forms by throwing multiple types of lids. To decorate, we will add attachments, playing with scale, surface decoration, and positive/negative space. Through crafting jars, we practice the valuable skill of shaping disparate fragments into a purposeful whole.
Level: Seasoned Beginner and Intermediate
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Bigger Pots Made Easy

Anja Bartels and Gabriel Kline
Fridays 10am-12:30pm
October 18 – December 13
No class November 29

Do you want to increase the scale of your work, but feel intimidated by large pieces of clay? The truth is, you don’t have to be a big, strong person to make big, strong pots! Join Anja and Gabriel as they demystify the techniques used to produce large scale pottery. Demos will include throwing wide rimmed bowls, section building skyscraper pots, centering 50-100 lbs. of clay, and creative ways to make voluminous storage jars. These techniques are simple, fun, and easy to learn. You’ll be amazed at the pieces you create! The class will include plenty of studio and one on one time with the instructors.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Tuition: $310 + $75 Lab Fee includes 50lbs of clay and firing of large work

Make It, Take it, Use It: The Beginner’s Guide to Throwing Pots
Nich Daunis
Every Other Saturday, 10am-1pm

October 26- December 21

This class will equip those curious about clay with the knowledge and skills necessary to create work of their very own. Step-by-step instructions along with demonstrations of an array of basic techniques will make the process enjoyable for those new to clay who wish to expand their horizons and throw with confidence.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $265 + $45 Lab Fee

Kids Classes

Clay Play
Ages 8-12

Paige Janeri
Tuesdays 4-6pm

November 5 - December 10

The process of making with clay is fun, creative, and expressive. There are so many different techniques to do and try! This class is great for homeschooled students looking to meet peers with similar interests and for students looking to have fun while excelling in art. We will start with the basic techniques of making and decorating pots, including making pots on the potter’s wheel. The projects in this class are designed to let the students work at their own pace but get as detailed as they desire. Our goals for “Clay Play” are to learn the basics of clay, make friends, work together as a team, and create things that makes us happy.

Tuition: $235, $25 sibling discount

Weekend Workshops

The Monster Mask Bash

Paige Janeri
1-Day Workshop

Saturday, 10am-3pm
October 12

Come enjoy a fall workshop full of family, fun, and artistic expression!

“Monster Mask Bash” is a shared clay experience for children and their guardians. In this special Halloween edition, we will learn how to sculpt art masks that can later be hung as a wall piece. Spending time in the studio strengthens and deepens relationships through teamwork and the fun of creating in true Halloween spirit! Spooky treats and healthy snacks will be provided. There will be a 45-minute break for lunch.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $95 per Child/Guardian Combo

Raku Magic
Paul Gisondo
1-Day Workshop
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
October 19

Experience the drama, amazement and instant gratification of Raku in this one-day firing workshop. Bring up to 5 bisque fired pieces (vertically oriented vase and cylinder forms up to 12 inches in height preferred). We will glaze the pieces using a variety of crackle, iridescent luster and matte glazes and fire the work outdoors in our Raku kiln. Pieces will be removed from the red-hot kiln and quickly transferred into ash cans lined with flammable materials. Participants will go home the same day with dramatically transformed, finished work! 

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $115 + $25 Lab Fee

Lovely Lobes:
Creating Ceramic Jewelry

Laurie Caffery Harris & Sara Ballek
Saturday- Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm
November 16-17

In this class we will make beautiful ceramic jewelry that will become your family’s heirlooms! From designing earrings with the perfect weight to necklaces that hang just right - we will investigate jewelry of all shapes to create pieces that reflect your personal aesthetic. We will discuss and practice firing techniques, using ceramic wire. Finishing options includes inlay, painting sgraffito, and carving. By the end of the weekend we will have pieces that are not only visually interesting, but speak to your own style and sensibilities. 

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $250 + $25 Lab Fee

Open House Haywood Community College Saturday Oct 5, 10am-2pm

Open House! Tomorrow, in the Creative Arts Building at Haywood Community College. 10am-2pm. Students and faculty in Professional Crafts will present demonstrations in fiber, wood, metals and clay. Get here early to paint a majolica bowl for Haywood Pathway's annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. The house is brimming with exhibits of student and graduate pieces. Join us for a day of craft!  The event is free and open to the public, so please tell your friends and family.
Warning: our main campus drive is CLOSED for construction. Follow signs to "Main Campus," and "Open House."
Haywood Community College is located at 185 Freedlander Drive Clyde, NC 28721. 
email for questions. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Extruder and Raw Materials For Sale

Old AMACO Brent extruder for sale with barely used new die kit $200.

Hawthorne Bond fire clay 31 lbs $11
Kyanite 48 mesh 7.5 lbs $4
Aluminum Oxide 9 lbs $15
*raw materials priced at 50lb amounts from Axner*

All available for pickup at my new studio location at the Shops at Celo outside Burnsville/Spruce Pine. Contact Bridget at

Fall Clay Classes at Odyssey Clayworks

Our fall clay classes  and workshops are online and open for enrollment. As always, the class options range from beginner to advanced, pottery to sculpture, and we have so many wonderful instructors and subjects to choose from! We are also offering workshops, kids classes and one night pottery classes.   Click here to check out our fall class schedule.

Studio available in the River Arts District in Asheville

Beautiful artist’s studio available for 6 month sublease available November 1 in the newly renovated Foundation Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District. Join a talented community of artists in several media. 216 square feet in Studio 15. Good lighting and great display/retail opportunity. It is wired for 240 volts AC, 2W, 1 Phase 48 amps 11520 watts kiln. Heavily discounted fixture fee involved. Kiln venting through the roof is required and is the renter’s responsibility. The opportunity is open to artists who are not ceramicists as well. $450 a month plus $50.00 utilities ($500). Contact: Trish Salmon,, 828-246-1930 to visit the space.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Join Mica Gallery for the Bakersville Art Walk this Friday

Welcome Autumn in the Mountains with the artists of Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine contemporary craft in downtown Bakersville, NC.

Come to the Bakersville Art Walk on Friday October 4th, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the galleries and shops in downtown Bakersville open their doors to showcase more than 100 artists.

See new work by our 13 member artists, our consignment artists and our Guest Artist – Bowlmaker Nathan Favors. Nathan’s work will be on display only until October 21st!

Wonderful refreshments prepared by the artists will be served.
Spend the evening enjoying the galleries and interesting conversations with artists and patrons.

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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Clay Club at West Union Art Studios in Morganton

October Clay Club will be at West Union Art Studios in Morganton on Wednesday, October 9th, from 6-8pm. Thanks to Adam Mackay and everyone at West Union Art Studios for hosting us!

Adam will give a large platter throwing demonstration and lead a group discussion on being in a shared cooperative space.

Here's a little about West Union Art Studios from their website:

West Union Art Studios, LLC is a group studio, gallery and music education program in downtown Morganton, North Carolina. We opened in November of 2014 and have been serving the community since through donations to local non-profits, giving of lessons, and the renovation of a historic building in downtown Morganton. We have multiple art studios consisting of working potters, painters, fiber artists and music lessons. Resident artists rent studio space to work in, or use as personal display space, and help keep the gallery open. In our gallery we showcase work from the artists and participants of the Signature Day Program of the Enola Group consisting of paintings, drawings, embroidery, and ceramics.

West Union Art Studios is a central hub of art activity in the heart of downtown Morganton.

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food and drink to share.

West Union Art Studios is located at 113 West Union Street in Morganton. Google maps will get you there:

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 next Wednesday!