Friday, January 31, 2020

Asheville Art Museum receives funding to conserve and digitize their Black Mountain College Collection

The Asheville Art Museum has received funding to create the Digital Black Mountain College Collection and Interconnective Timeline that will be freely accessible. Here are the details from AVL Today:

The funds, awarded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, a national nonprofit that works with libraries + institutions to improve resources and access to information, will help the museum create the archive over 24 months. That timeline will –

• Include hundreds of items, like archival documents, artworks, literature, pieces of furniture + more, that have never been seen before by the public
• Feature high-quality, detailed photography of the items in the museum’s collection
• Be all digital – created for scholars, students + the general public
• Be open + free – and accessible around the world

And here's the press release from the Museum:

Asheville Art Museum Receives Prestigious “Save America’s Treasures” Grant

We are thrilled to announce that the Asheville Art Museum has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its partnership with the National Park Service, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The award of $196,935 will be used to support the conservation of the Museum’s Black Mountain College Collection. This nationally and internationally significant Collection features historical materials and creative works by students and teachers who attended Black Mountain College (BMC) during its operation from 1933 to 1957.

“Through these competitive matching grants, the National Park Service and our federal, state, tribal, local government, and nonprofit partners are helping communities preserve some of our nation’s most important historic places and collections,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “By doing so we are saving these sites and stories for future generations.”

BMC opened its doors during a politically and economically volatile time in American and European history and became one of the most noteworthy experiments in the history of American art and education. BMC attracted some of the most influential artists of the 20th century including Josef and Anni Albers, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Ruth Asawa, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, and many more.

The Museum’s goals for this project include:

1) Restoring the physical integrity of endangered BMC materials through conservation

2) Stabilizing and preserve the BMC Collection for future exhibitions and research

3) Increasing public understanding and accessibility through digitization and exhibitions

(image from Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Save the date! February Clay Club at Warren Wilson College

February Clay Club will be at Warren Wilson College on Wednesday, February 12th from 5:30-7:30 pm (note that the time is different from our usual schedule). Thanks to Leah Leitson for hosting us!

We'll share all the details next week but wanted to let you know this info so you can save the date and plan on joining us.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

East Fork Pottery's Black Friday mistake

Business of Home highlighted East Fork Pottery's short-lived but costly Black Friday discount code error:

East Fork had tested their process extensively in the days running up to the sale. But the prior evening, late at night, an employee had made a mistake. It was a tiny piece of code, buried deep in the system, but it caused the discount to be applied twice instead of once. “It was an immediate catch,” says Matisse. “They found the problem and took it out. But by that time the damage was done.”

The mistake had been live for roughly four minutes. It affected 2,000 orders, and cost East Fork over $66,000. Four minutes after the double discount was fixed, the sale was over.

The story has a heartwarming ending - read the full Business of Home article here:

WLOS covered the story, too:

(image from the East Fork Pottery Instagram account)

Monday, January 27, 2020

Bowls wanted for Feeding Avery Familes Empty Bowls

Handcrafted bowls are the heart and soul of Empty Bowls, raising funds to provide food for people whose bowls might otherwise be empty. In 2019, the generosity and creativity of potters helped raise over $16,000 to purchase food for distribution by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Feeding Avery Families. Unique handmade pottery bowls were created and donated by potters from Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Mitchell and Yancey counties, as well as by artists & craftspeople from as far away as Washington, DC and Melbourne, FL.

Empty Bowls is the largest funding drive for Feeding Avery Families, with all proceeds going directly to provide food through this non-profit organization. In 2019 Feeding Avery Families gave out 506,000 pounds of food to over 1,300 Avery County individuals each month. Client Choice was successfully implemented, the Backpack Program serves 145 students each week, and Community Food Pantries have been established near 5 Avery County schools.

We are looking for generous potters to help us continue our efforts to stop hunger in Avery County in 2020. Empty Bowls for Feeding Avery Families will be held Saturday, August 22 at the Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Of course, we will pick up bowls at your convenience. We will acknowledge your generous support by displaying your flyers or cards with the bowls. Names of all donating potters will be listed on a large sign at the Empty Bowls event and on the Feeding Avery Families Facebook page.

This year, we will not be holding a Silent Auction as we have in past years. We are deeply grateful for your generosity in donating bowls to support Empty Bowls for Feeding Avery Families.

Please contact:

Lynda Healy Rejkowski, Email: or Phone: (828) 773-0726

or Patti Connor-Greene, Email:

Sunday, January 26, 2020

STAR White cone 6 clay for sale – limited time offer!

Tricia Cutler is at Penland for one more week and is interested in selling her STAR White cone 6 clay. Here are the details from Tricia:

I’m a resident artist here for another week and I’m interested in selling my clay that I picked up on my way here.

It’s star white fine cone 6 and looks beautiful in electric oxidation and soda/salt fired kilns.

I would like to sell 450lbs at .45cents a lb in total $202 roughly. If you know anyone that uses this clay please let me know! Would be happy to deliver or meet up in some way.

The reason I’m selling is because I fell in love with another clay. I need to buy that and bring it home and don’t have enough room in my car for both clays!

My only problem with phone calls and contact is that I do not have service on my phone. I’m having big issues that can’t be revolved until I leave Penland. So iPhone messages and FaceTime is my way of contact. (252-216-7580) Also, Facebook and Instagram I have access to, and email ( as well.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Opening Reception for "Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College" at BMCM+AC on January 24th

Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College
Curated by Kate Averett and Alice Sebrell
January 24 – April 25, 2020
Opening Reception Friday, January 24th at 5:30pm
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
120 College Street in downtown Asheville

This exhibition will celebrate the work and impact of the women associated with Black Mountain College, featuring borrowed works alongside pieces from the BMCM+AC collection by a wide-ranging group of artists including Anni Albers, Suzi Gablik, Ruth Asawa, Jo Sandman, M.C. Richards, and Hazel Larsen Archer. BMC was a place where women could explore their identities as artists and individuals; a space where women were expected to question things, to think critically and to explore their own self determinacy. Through artworks, personal accounts and archival film and photographs, Question Everything! details how this new generation went forward with a strong sense of what it meant to be a woman in the 20th century, forging new paths for themselves and those who followed in their footsteps.


More from the Mountain Xpress:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

HCC Clay in Retrospect Ceramic Art Exhibition at Haywood Community College

Haywood Community College announces HCC Clay in Retrospect- an exhibition featuring the work of 20 ceramic artists from HCC’s 46 years of clay programming. These artists represent the rich history of craftspeople who have studied ceramics at HCC. Gary Clontz founded the college’s clay program in 1974 and together with his colleagues, expanded the program now known as Professional Crafts, to include areas of study in Fiber, Jewelry and Wood. Now in its 44th year, Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program is the only one of its kind in the country.

“The individuality in the work of these artists is a testament to the [Professional Crafts Clay] program. No two artists’ work are alike,” says Gary Clontz of the artwork in HCC Clay in Retrospect. Emily Reason is the current Clay Instructor and adds: “These artists are demonstrating the lasting impact education can have and creative diversity that can be expressed through the ceramic medium. The devotion and passion these artists have for their craft is what we strive to instill in our students. ”

Platter by Leah Leitson, Class of 1980

HCC Clay in Retrospect runs now through April 22, 2020 and is located on the 2nd floor of the Creative Arts Building on the HCC campus (185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde NC, 28721).  The public is invited to a closing reception Wednesday April 22, 4-6pm with a Gallery Talk beginning at 4:30.
For more information, contact Emily Reason by phone at 828-627-4671 or by email at

Monday, January 20, 2020

Applications Open for NCCAF 2020

Applications open for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival now through March 31st. Email with questions and visit to learn more at

WNC potter looking to buy used pottery wheels

Here are the details from Kim Dryden:

I'm looking to buy 1-2 used pottery wheels. I'm looking for professional pottery wheels with at least 1/2 hp motor. I'm willing to travel 150 mi from Asheville, NC. If you are have anything available, please email me at Thanks!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Regular and late application deadlines coming up for the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival
May 22-23, 2020
Franklin, North Carolina

Application deadline: January 31, 2020
Late application deadline: February 15, 2020 (additional fee)
Link to application:

About the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival:

We have created an exciting three day event in the rural, mountainous Franklin, North Carolina area.

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival: Sharing our beautiful venue with prominent potters from near and far and with pottery lovers. Celebrating ceramic arts of today and honoring our past.

The Cowee Pottery School is located in the historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. We are a non-profit, volunteer driven organization. We teach classes, do community outreach through local organizations, and strive to educate all about the importance of heritage arts.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Photo tent for sale in Bakersville


Terry Gess is selling this photo tent:

FOR SALE — Large Photo Tent
Perfect condition
Retails for $140+
Sell for $48.00

4 foot Lastolite Cubelite

    Easily collapses flat
    Reflection control
    Features a unique base diffusion system
    Ideal for pottery product shots

The Cubelite allows the photographer to control the lighting of products, minimizing shadows and isolating the subject from the background. It's never been easier to take quick and crisp product shots on location or in the studio. Simply set up the Cubelite, place lights on the outside and you're good to go.

Contact Terry at or 828-467-0166.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Exhibition Opportunity Call To Artists

Call for Artists
Gallery 101
Monthly Exhibition Opportunity

Local Artists,

Thank you for your interest in being an exhibitor for Gallery 101's new rotating monthly exhibition space. Each month Gallery 101 will host 1-2 artists in the upstairs gallery at its 56 S Lexington Ave Unit 101 location in downtown Asheville. Together you the artist and we the gallery will work to make your exhibition a success.

The following is a breakdown of responsibilities for your exhibition:

Responsibilities of Gallery 101:

  • Writing and distribution of press releases and inclusion on 3rd party online calendars
  • Designing, printing, and distribution of posters and postcards in collaboration with the artist
  • Social Media promotion
  • Planning an opening and/or closing reception including providing food, drinks, and tableware
  • Providing display materials such as pedestals and shelves
  • Printing and hanging print material such as show and artist statements
  • Providing price tags for continuity in the show
  • Providing a check for sales to the artist within 7 days of the event closing

Responsibilities of the artist:

  • Provide images of your work 30 days before the opening of your exhibition. Gallery 101 will then design posters and postcards to your specifications. The artist is responsible for covering the cost of these materials and has discretion on quantities and budget. Both the artist and Gallery 101 will distribute materials to their respective contact lists.
  • Promotion of the exhibition on social media if the artist utilizes it as well as any other avenues the artist traditionally uses for self promotion
  • The option to provide additional display materials especially if they may be specific to the work and enhance the exhibition display

Financial Responsibility to the artist:

  • Deciding and providing the budget for posters and post cards to be used for promotion of the show and distributed by both the gallery and the artist
  • The artist receives 70% of sales and the gallery receives 30% of sales

If you are interested in working together please contact us to set up a time to come and view the gallery and discuss any questions you may have. If you are ready to jump in, send the following information to the email below:

  • 5 images of your individual work
  • 3-5 images of your work in a gallery setting if available
  • Artist Statement and/or Artist Bio

Thank you
Jun Seo
Tori Motyl
Gallery 101
Phone : (585)507-5731
Email :

Monday, January 13, 2020

FREE Clay Business Hour: Money Mindset Makeover at The Village Potters Clay Center

The Village Potters Clay Center is excited to kick off their Clay Business Hour series in 2020. These 1-hour business presentations/talks are free. We welcome potters and creatives of all kinds. 

See details below.

Intro to  Money Mindset Makeover:
for Artists, Creatives, and Rebels
with Jen Aly, Money Coach for Creatives

Friday, January 24th from 10:00 - 11:00am

The Village Potters Clay Center - ISM Studio
191 Lyman St., #180
Asheville, NC 28801
RSVP to Lindsey at
This interactive presentation creates a complete mindset shift in how participants view money.
Do you want more freedom in your life? Are you open to a new, empowering relationship with money? Are you ready to earn what you’re worth & get to the next level?
  • Discover empowering insights about your financial life
  • Gain tools and practices to shift your money life into prosperity
  • Create a new inspiring perspective on marketing & sales
  • Learn the most important thing to focus on that will generate income
See your money and your business in a whole new light!


Jen Aly is a bridge between the financial & business world and artists & creatives. For the past 20 years, it has been her passion to help people reclaim and harness the creative process to succeed. Today that translates into supporting creatives to succeed in the business world by supporting them to apply business skills in a way that leverages their genius. A creative herself, she bootstrapped an Asheville-based jewelry design business that has grown every year since its start in 2013. A coach since 2003, Jen is committed to empowering creatives to thrive in expression, money, and business via coaching, workshops, and community programs. In 2019 she did a TEDx talk "Harness Creativity as Your Greatest Business Asset." Learn more at

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Let’s make bowls! Hosted by Penland School of Craft February 15 & 22

Let’s make bowls!

Hosted by Penland School of Craft February 15 & 22

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden are two local organizations are focused on ending hunger in our neighborhood – and they need your support! Each year, these organizations host popular Empty Bowls events to raise money for the cause. This year, we are combining our efforts to gather together the many beautiful bowls it takes to make these events possible.

What is Empty Bowls?

If you have not participated before, Empty Bowls asks participating artists to create and donate bowls for events, at which a simple and delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert is provided from local restaurants and families. Guests choose a bowl that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Ticket sales help to fund the hunger-fighting organizations, and bring folks together for an evening of sharing and community.

Join us! We’ll be making bowls, mugs, cups, and vases in the Clay studio

February 15, 10am – 6pm: Wheel throwing till 2pm/trimming till 6pm & hand building all day. Clay has been generously donated by The Village Potters & Laguna Clay

February 22,10am–6pm: Glazing. Glazing. Glazing.

What to bring? Yourself of course! A Pot-luck snack or drink to share, your favorite tools, apron, towel and bucket.

Can’t come? We need help firing and sanding bottoms on other days, how would you like to help?

Questions? Contact Marianna Popp,, 706-410-3937 (text)

For more information about these organizations go to their websites:
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden
Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Workshops at the Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts

Dan Anderson March 15-16 and Matt Schiemann April 18-19th workshops are $150 for two days of demonstrations. Space reserved by full payment, first checks in, first spots. Dan's already has a few spots filled!

Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic arts summer workshop series are hands on week long classes that take place on the campus of Mars Hill University.

Class fees are $600 and housing and meals are available on campus (see flyer for total costs)

For information on how to register contact Shane Mickey at:

Recap: January Clay Club at Andy Palmer's studio in Bakersville

Thanks to Andy Palmer for hosting an awesome first Clay Club of 2020! It was great to get to see so many clubbers - including several who traveled quite a ways.

Andy demonstrated how he uses textured rollers to decorate slabs and then how he joins these slabs to thrown pieces. He also walked us through how makes his own textured rollers. John Britt brought a textured roller he recently acquired. It is a Sharon Hoppe Designs rolling pin and is available from The Texture Shoppe.

Thanks to Robbie Bell and Rob Heffron for bringing a cake and leading us in wishing Andy a belated happy birthday.

Cynthia Bringle let us know that the Penland summer catalog is out and reminded us about the Penland standby program that lets residents of some WNC counties as well as K-12 teachers and post-secondary educators from anywhere to take available spaces for half-price tuition. Standby applications open on January 13th. More details here:

February Clay Club will be at Warren Wilson College on February 12th - more details about that soon.

Thanks again to Andy - and his wife Silvia - and to everyone who came!

Missing a water bottle?

Someone left this water bottle at West Union Art Studios in Morganton when we had Clay Club there in October. Is it yours? Let me know so we can get it back to you. (Thanks to Molly and Adam Mackay for bringing it to Clay Club last night!)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

South Carolina Clay Conference February 28-March 1

The 6th Annual South Carolina Clay Conference
February 28, 29, March 1, 2020
Newberry, South Carolina

Friday and Saturday Presenters
Akira Satake + Kristin Schoonover

Sunday Morning
Rosa + Winton Eugene

Sunday Afternoon
Beyond the Surface — Building Community Through Clay

Register at

Early Bird Registration by 5pm January 31, 2020 $225 ($125 Student)
Regular Registration by 5 pm February 18, 2020 $275 ($175 Student)

For more information call 803-597-1125 or email

28705 Business Breakfast on Thursday, January 9th

28705 Business Breakfast: 2020 Business Growth Planning Session
Thursday, January 9th
8 am - 9:30 am
Networking and Breakfast Starts at 7:30 am
Historic Courthouse in Bakersville

For Bakersville folks (sorry for the late notice - they will be holding these monthly though). The registration for this is so large that they've moved the event to the Historic Courthouse.

FREE EVENT - Registration is requested (link below) to ensure a seat and estimate breakfast requirements but not required - Walk-ins are welcome

The 28705 Business Breakfast is a great place to gain valuable local information, build networking, discuss entrepreneurship, and grab a light breakfast. Sponsored by the Mitchell County EDC, the Town of Bakersville, the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayland Small Business Center, the free breakfast workshops place a focus on providing applicable information and business networking that will link entrepreneurs and spur local growth. Starting January 9, meetings will be on the second Thursday of each month through October. In this first meeting of 2020, Allen Cook, Director the Mayland Small Business Center will discuss key areas that affect local business growth. Allen will also be asking for input from attendees on areas where local businesses need help in 2020. 2020 breakfast workshops topics will be built from your input. Networking and the light breakfast will start at 7:30 am with the workshop beginning promptly at 8:00 am. The meetings are always finished up by 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome at the business breakfast so make plans to attend.

More info and registration:

Monday, January 6, 2020

Clay Club this Wednesday!

January Clay Club will be at Andy Palmer's studio this Wednesday, January 8th, at 6pm. Thanks again to Andy 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!