Thursday, April 30, 2020

Two Hands-On Workshop Opportunities taught by Liz Zlot Summerfield

Cream and Sugar through Soft Slabs

Date & Time: June 27, 2020. 9:00am-4:30pm

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

Cost: $175

Space limited to 8 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 terra 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.

Click for more details and registration info (limited space available as of 5/1)

Exploring Low Fire Surfaces

Date & Time: July 11, 2020. 9am-12pm.

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

Cost: $125

Space limited to 10 participants (minimum of 4)

Are you interested in working at low fire but feel intimidated with addressing the surface? This workshop intends to demystify low fire surfaces by introducing you to several techniques. The combination of these techniques will provide you with a unique depth that can only be achieved at low fire. The workshop will cover slip trailing, underglazes, sgraffito, and terra sigillata. These techniques can be applied to sculptural and functional forms.

Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired.  Small batches of terra sigillata will be available for purchase.

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

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

Click for more details and registration information

A message to the Clay Community and Friends of Odyssey ClayWorks

Greetings, Clay Community, Friends of Odyssey,

The cancellation of our Spring Session and closure of our gallery due to the COVID-19 emergency has left Odyssey ClayWorks with a significant financial deficit that endangers the future of the studio. We are facing a budget shortfall of nearly $60,000 now, for the time period between March 18th and our tentative reopen date of May 15th.

Click here to donate and view our AWESOME perks!

Our staff has been working tirelessly to pursue stopgap funding, including applying for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the SBA. We submitted our materials and applications well before the deadline, but, like many other small businesses, did not receive a loan before the money ran out.

Odyssey ClayWorks, chosen as one of the best places to learn craft in Asheville 12 years in a row, has been a ceramics center for a thriving community of young artisans, students of all ages, professional potters and gifted instructors since 1994. Our staff consists of 27 hardworking creatives, many of whom are self-employed and derive the majority of their income from gallery sales and teaching opportunities at Odyssey. 

We enjoy providing creative and educational services around the year and we sincerely miss having everyone in the studio! We love having the opportunity to work with veterans in the studio, as well as offering offsite classes. Our instructors enjoy working with individuals in alcohol and substance recovery programs. We have been developing curriculum with Blue West Opportunities, an organization that advocates for adults with developmental disabilities.  A Blue West administrator shared with us that “this is the favorite part of their week!” In the summertime, our studio is filled with the laughter and energy of over 200 of Asheville’s children, and we love every minute!

At Odyssey ClayWorks, we offer scholarship opportunities to students of all ages at every skill level and believe that everyone should experience the love of clay! To make this possible, we rely heavily on our annual Auction fundraiser. Due to the virus, we are unsure if we will be able to host our yearly event and are anticipating that this will be our major fundraiser for the year.

We hope to continue providing amazing experiences for all members of our community, creating a warm, inviting, supportive and safe atmosphere for everyone who comes through our doors.

Throughout the duration of Stay Home, Stay Safe, our staff has been producing online content as a form of connecting with our community, far and wide. Stay tuned and follow along on our Instagram and Facebook for educational videos, giveaways, and more! 

As a thank you for donating, we have some awesome perks listed below! Please email us at if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting us now in our time of need.

Our Best,

Gabriel Kline and Odyssey ClayWorks

Two free 92nd Street Y/NCECA Virtual Clay events

These events are free but registration is required:

92Y Virtual Clay and NCECA Presents
Online Ceramic Education: A Conversation
Bryan Hopkins, Stephanie Rozene, Bobby Silverman, and Chris Staley
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 7 pm ET

92Y Virtual Clay and NCECA Presents
A Conversation About Stress and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19
Victor Schwartz M.D., Chief Medical Officer, The JED Foundation
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7 pm ET


Join 92Y and NCECA for two upcoming sessions focused on critical issues facing ceramic art and ceramic education. Our field and those working within it are continuing to be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. While ceramicists and other arts practitioners have worked to respond to the crisis quickly, teachers, learners, arts centers, cooperative studios, major arts institutions, school systems and universities are navigating unknown territory without established maps or core philosophies. Our first presentation, Online Ceramic Education: A Conversation takes place at 7pm EDT, Tuesday, May 5 with Brian Hopkins, Stephanie Rozene, Chris Staley and Bobby Silverman.

The next session A Conversation About Stress and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 takes place at 7pm EDT on Wednesday, May 13 and features Victor Schwartz M.D., Chief Medical Officer of The JED Foundation. Pre-registration is required to gain free access to these timely and important presentations.

More info and links to registration:

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Western North Carolina potter looking for a wheel

Here are the details from Dusty Benedict in Swannanoa:

I am looking for possibly a used wheel my wife Nancy. It doesn't have to be a high end one as Nancy has some experience but not advanced. I would be willing to do a days drive in a circle from Asheville, probably as far as Columbia, Charlotte, Winston Salem, Bakersville, Knoxville and Murphy.

Have a wheel or know of one? Contact Dusty at or (828) 450-6799

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Free firewood in Weaverville

Here are the details from Duffy Baum:

I'm going to be taking down five fairly large hickory trees and hope that someone from Clay Club will want free firewood. The trees are about 20 yards from the street and will have to be hauled out.

Interested? Contact Duffy at

Friday, April 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers was designed by Americans for the Arts. From the survey website:

We imagine you’ve had enough of surveys—thanks for taking this one anyway. The information we’re gathering is crucial to telling the story of creative workers and making sure that you are supported during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery. This survey should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete, and requires no preparation.

This survey is entirely anonymous and is not connected with any application to Artist Relief or any other funding application.

Your responses won’t just sit in a database. We will be developing a simple dashboard to summarize the results, educate decision-makers, craft ways of supporting creative workers, and more.

At the end, there is an optional request to share your email address so that Americans for the Arts can follow up with you—those email addresses will not be shared, and will be used only to follow up on the information in this survey, unless you indicate otherwise.

More info and survey here:

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Artist Relief Fund has been created

Today, a consortium of funders (see list below*) announced the creation of the Artist Relief, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Artists or creative workers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis should visit the Artist Relief webpage and funding application, which includes a COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers designed by Americans for the Arts.

*The $10 million fund created by Artist Relief is comprised of a $5 million matching gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as contributions from 7|G Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arison Arts Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Jerome Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Salomon Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

Stay up-to-date on the latest updates by visiting WESTAF’s COVID-19 Resources and Information page.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New Artist Residency in WNC

I wanted to say hello and introduce Township10, a new artist residency in Western North Carolina. I feel very fortunate to have taken on the property of the original East Fork Pottery and have developed it as a place for art practice and community building with a focus on ceramics. You can find more about the mission, residency, etc. at

Really look forward to meeting you & being part of this dynamic community. We would like to host a Clay Club as soon as that is possible. In the meantime, hope everyone is doing okay out there and staying safe!

Marjorie Dial

Monday, April 6, 2020

Anyone Ordering Brick?

I realize its not the opportune time to accomplish anything, but I'm wondering if anyone is placing a large brick order with Larkin in the near future. Trying to piggy back on someone's freight shipment. Just need a couple cases of IFB. Thanks and be well!

Free webinar: Marketing New Art

Free Mayland Community College webinar: Marketing New Art
Wednesday, April 8th
5:30-7:30 pm

From the website:

Handmade art is fun and exciting for new and existing customers. Learn marketing tactics that will create customer enthusiasm and generate sales. Attendees will receive a sample marketing template to assist them in properly rolling out new creations to customers.

Speaker(s): Alicia Sharpou

Fee: No Cost

Register here: