Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Purple Spotted GlazeTests

Camp Judaea - Ceramics Lead Instructor Wanted

Ceramics Lead Instructor
The Ceramics lead instructor is responsible for the programming that takes place in the
ceramics studio and for building and implementing the curriculum for Ceramics. Projects should
have Judaic or Zionist content and be age appropriate. The Ceramics Lead supervises the
ceramics counselor, making sure he/she is performing duties to full expectations. The Lead
Instructor is responsible for communicating all supply needs to the Program Director and
ensuring that inventory is maintained. When possible, the Ceramics Lead Instructor should be
present at campwide events and activities as another set of eyes for camper supervision and
The responsibilities of the Ceramics Lead Instructor include but are not limited to:
● Planning age appropriate activities for each unit
● Incorporating Judaism and Zionism into your projects, if possible
● Keeping an inventory of supplies
● Executing the budget given by the Camp Director
● Monitoring the distribution and return of all supplies
● Ordering more supplies with the approval of the camp director
● Helping to distribute supplies to the staff for the cabin decorations before each session
● Working with a special day va’ad to create their needed decorations
● Keeping a log of activities, for future years
● Communicating with the merakez if a madrich/a is not participating
● Communicating with the staff any problems with the chanichim
● Attending all camp-wide events (Flagpole, Hatzagot, etc)
● Helping keep the children in order during camp-wide events
● Checking in and covering for their assigned cabin
● Participating in your eda’s tochniot erev (evening activities)
Camp Judaea employees must at all times present him/herself as a
Dugma Ishit (Personal Example) in and outside of Camp Judaea.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to stoop, kneel, bend, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, work with fingers,
grasp, feel, talk, hear and perform repetitive motions. Ability to perform light work exerting up to 40 pounds of
force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
WORK CONDITIONS: Activities occur both inside and outside and employee is subject to both environmental
conditions; however, employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


Gayle Kaplan
Office Administrator

Workshop Opportunity by Liz Zlot Summerfield

Cream and Sugar Through Soft Slabs
Date & Time: May 23, 2020. 9:00am-4:30pm

Location: Double Island Studio, 2459 Double Island Rd, Green Mountain, NC

Cost: $175

Space limited to 10 participants (minimum of 4)

This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and paper patterns, and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Participants will learn the basics of slab building through the vein of a cream and sugar set. Demonstrations and hands-on work time will include pattern making and the construction of a handbuilt spout, lid, and flange.

There will be extensive discussion and demonstration on surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes. Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired.  Small batches of tera sigillata will be available for purchase.

The format of this workshop is demonstration and hands-on work time.

Materials Provided: Clay, test tiles, terra sigillata, and underglaze. A small materials list will be emailed prior to the workshop.

Email with questions:

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Glazing Empty Bowls at Penland Saturday!

Hey clay club friends!

This is a reminder that this Saturday we will be glazing all of the empty bowls that so many of us made last week! If you would like to join us please come to the ceramic studio at penland from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. . Come on the earlier side as it may not take the full amount of time to glaze all of the pots. We may just over 200 so way to go everybody! if you have any questions please call me at 585-507-5731. Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

-Tori Motyl

Monday, February 17, 2020

Looking for potter Rachael (Rachel) Jones

Rachel Smith sends this message:

Any body know a potter named Rachael (or Rachel) Jones? Here is a picture from about 15 years ago. If so, let me know... someone came into my studio today because they found my business (pottery by Rachel) on the internet. But I’m not the right person. She was living in Western NC at the time these photos were taken.

Do you know Rachael (Rachel) Jones? Contact Rachel Smith at

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Recap: February Clay Club at Warren Wilson College

Thanks to Leah Leitson and her students for a really wonderful Clay Club at Warren Wilson College!

Leah led a discussion based on several questions that her students proposed. A number of clubbers shared their experience and advice on making a living as a potter/ceramic artist. Leah told us about Warren Wilson College, including the history of the college and the ceramics program in particular. Leah has been teaching at Warren Wilson for 17 years. Under her leadership, students have the opportunity to participate in a ceramics-focused study abroad program at La Meridiana in Italy every other year. She also talked about how students participate in campus work crews and community service in addition to academics – she described it as Penland with academics, and it was easy to see that comparison.

One thing that came up during the discussion was John Britt's collection of videos, including a number of videos of demos by clubbers. Check them out on his youtube channel: (Sarah Wells Rolland's Cut Bowl demo from 2012 – with 98,000+ views! – was mentioned in particular; check that video out here:

Leah also told us about the college's new Critical Craft Studies graduate program. Here's a little about the program from the college's website:

Craft has received an unprecedented level of academic attention during the past two decades. This burst in scholarship, historical study, theoretical investigation, and curatorial attention connects to parallel interest in material, labor, and cultural practices in the visual arts.

The MA in Critical Craft Studies is the first program in the U.S. to focus its curriculum on craft history and theory, and brings together a rotating faculty from multiple disciplines and varied cultural and global locations to broaden understanding of craft as a field of study.

Students will investigate research methods from archives to oral histories, public modes of presenting craft from street fairs to museum exhibitions, forms of writing in the field from exhibition reviews to academic journal articles, and alternative forms of documenting and communicating history, such as podcasts, symposia, online platforms, and curricular development. The program challenges the boundaries of craft and spans media specific work to craft-like contemporary art, folk art to artisanal explorations. Research as an applied practice is the principle that will connect students’ project work in the Swannanoa/Asheville area to that in their own hometowns, offering training in primary and secondary source analysis and experience while studying and shaping a new field.

Learn more about the program at the above link and here:

At the end of the evening, Leah gave us a tour of the facilities, including the studio and kiln pad (where a gas kiln firing was in progress), as well as Holden Art Center where the exhibit “Drawing Discourse” is currently on display. Here's a little about the exhibit from the college's website:

The Elizabeth Holden Gallery at Warren Wilson College is hosting UNC Asheville’s juried international exhibition, Drawing Discourse. The exhibition features 44 works of contemporary drawing selected from among more than 1,000 submissions by more than 300 artists in five nations. The exhibit opens with special events on Jan. 17-18, featuring renowned artists including juror William Beckman.

Also on display in Holden Art Center is the exhibit "Failed: A Senior Showcase" – I've included one photo of a ceramic piece (and artist narrative) from this exhibit but definitely recommend checking out both exhibits if you have the opportunity.

"Drawing Discourse" is on exhibit until February 21st; read more about it here:

March Clay Club will be at Haywood Community College on Wednesday, March 11th from 5-7 pm (note the change from our usual meeting time). We'll have the opportunity to see "HCC Clay in Retrospect" – an exhibition featuring the work of 20 artists from the college’s 46 years of clay programming. (Leah's work is included in this exhibit; click this link to see a photo: Look for more details closer to the date.

Thanks again to Leah and her students, and to everyone who came!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Clay Club this Wednesday! ~with a carpooling update~

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

Details and directions here:

Carpooling update: we've got a carpool going from Spruce Pine and Susan Whitington is interested in carpooling from Burnsville. If you’re interested in carpooling from either of these places, let me know. If you're interested in carpooling from anywhere else, you can let me know or leave a comment on that same blog post or on this facebook post.

See you Wednesday!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Matt Repsher Workshop at ETSU

On March 4 Matt Repsher will be giving a one-day demonstration workshop on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. The event is free and open to the public. Mark your calendars!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Woodfire NC 2020 - EnVision International Woodfire Conference + NC Mountains Pre-Conference

Joey Sheehan shared information about Woodfire NC 2020 - EnVision, happening this May in Star, NC with pre-conference events in the WNC mountains and in Seagrove. Joey especially wanted to encourage registration in the Mountain PreHeat - he says it is a great way to participate in wood firing in several kilns and the price is incredibly low. Learn more about the NC Mountains Pre-Conference here:

Visit the conference website here:

More about the conference and pre-conference events from the eventbrite page:

Woodfire NC 2020 - EnVision is an International Woodfire Conference at STARworks in Star, N.C. It is a collaboration between STARworks, the North Carolina Pottery Center, and the woodfire potters of North Carolina. The conference will be preceded by several firing workshops across the state.

Main Conference: May 28 - 31

The main conference includes a series of interviewers, panelists, lecturers and demonstrations that will explore all aspects of wood firing, beginning with a lively discussion of "Why Woodfire." An examination of the role clay has in the woodfire practice and other topics, including community, sculpture, glaze, kiln design and marketing will follow. Plenary lectures and keynote addresses from some of the field's most noted thinkers, as well as simultaneous demonstrations featuring sculptors and functional pottery makers will be interspersed throughout the proceedings. There will be an opening reception at the NC Pottery Center, May 28, 5pm.

NC Mountains Pre-Conference: May 21 - 27

Seven days filled with firings, exhibitions, demonstrations, studio tours, feasts, parties, music and the tango, featuring guest artists Neill Hoffmann, Henry Crissman and James Kasper. Participants will experience an array of different firing styles and see their own work fired with a variety of unique effects. Five kilns, each with a distinct style, will be fired at two kiln sites, featuring firings with Josh Copus and Joey Sheehan. The Penland Tour includes Michael Hunt, Naomi Dalglish, Courtney Martin and Shane Mickey. The Kiln South Tour includes David Vorhees, Dan Magie and Andrew Stephenson.

Seagrove Pre-Conference: May 23 - 27

Five days of exhibitions, pottery tours, wood kiln firings, special evening events and opportunities to participate in firing shifts, featuring guest artists Ken Matsuzaki, Randy Johnston, Chris Gustin, John Neely and Jari Vesterinen. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute pots to three of sx kilns being fired, including firings with Ben Owen III, Anne Pärtna, Fred Johnston, Michael and Levi Mahan, Sid and Matt Luck, and Takuro and Hitomi Shibata. Participants are welcome to visit all firings, but will only be allowed to put pots in three firings unless otherwise notified.

For more information, visit For questions, email or call (910) 428-9001.

February Clay Club at Warren Wilson College: all the details edition!

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 and everyone at Warren Wilson for hosting us!

Leah will give us a tour of the facilities and an overview of the program at Warren Wilson and we'll have a discussion with Leah's students. Some questions to think about to get the discussion started:

• How did you get started as a potter/ceramic artist?
• What do you do that makes your work unique to you?
• If you make a living at being a potter/ceramic artist, what is that like?
• What advice would you give to someone interested in making a living at it?

Leah will also set up a wheel for a demo for anyone interested in giving one.

We’ll have our usual potluck, so bring food to share. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, so please bring drink to share, just nothing alcoholic.

Directions from Leah:

• Take exit 55 off of I 40, turn left and then turn rt. onto highway 70.
• At the stoplight, Shell gas station is on left at the light, turn left onto Warren Wilson Rd.
• Pass Silo on right and then count four driveways on the right, including the first one which is the service drive.
• Turn Rt. into the 4th driveway, just past Kitteridge Theatre, cinderblock bldg. on Right.
• The ceramic studio is the middle bldg. of three, called 3D Studio.
• Feel free to stop anyone to ask where the 3D Studio- Ceramics is.
• I will have my cell phone on just in case anyone is lost, 828-230-7676

Carpooling: Claudia Green, John Britt and I are planning on carpooling from Mitchell County – let us know if you want to join us. If you’re interested in carpooling from anywhere else, leave a comment here on this blog post or on this facebook post. You can also let me know and I will put folks in touch.

See you next Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

"Don’t Know, We’ll See: The Work of Karen Karnes" film screening at BMCM+AC on February 6th

Don’t Know, We’ll See: The Work of Karen Karnes – Film Screening

Thursday, February 6th, 7pm
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
120 College Street in downtown Asheville

This documentary by award-winning filmmaker Lucy Massie Phenix is an intimate study of the work and life of master clay artist, Karen Karnes. It takes the viewer into her creative process, into the evolution of a single sculptural piece, and into Karnes’ body of work of over 60 years.

FREE for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $8 non-members

Facebook event page: