Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Applications open for 2021 Made in NC Awards

Made in NC Awards
Submission deadline August 16, 2021

From the Our State magazine website:

The Made in NC Awards are for all you North Carolina makers, bakers, crafters, and creators. Maybe you run a microbrewery or sell handmade soaps at your local farmers market. Perhaps you’re a skilled woodworker or create incredible custom clothing. Whatever it is that you make and sell, we know you’re proud to produce it right here in North Carolina — and we want to help you show it off to the entire state. 

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Craft category

Craft includes decorative and functional artisan items that aesthetically enhance your everyday life. This category includes: paper goods, such as stationery and journals; celebratory creations, such as party decorations and wedding products; carefully crafted embroidery; and knitted, dyed, and quilted goods. Decorative pieces such as candles, ceramics, and glasswork also fall into this category. Visual art, such as wall prints, is included as long as items can be merchandised or reproduced for sale.

Entries may include:

    • Paper
    • Pottery
    • Glass
    • Artisan textiles
    • Fine basketry
    • Woodwork
    • Metalwork
    • Instruments
    • Candles
    • Artisan soap
    • Body products
    • Other

More info and link to application: https://www.ourstate.com/madeinnc/

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Call for artists for the Madison Heritage Arts Festival

Madison Heritage Arts Festival
October 2nd, 2021
10am - 4pm
Mars Hill, NC

From the festival website:

This year’s Madison Heritage Arts Festival date is Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Welcome to the Madison Heritage Arts Festival! We are excited to be back after a year off due to COVID. Our last Madison Heritage Arts Festival in 2019 had 61 vendors participate in our traditional First Saturday in October event. The crowds were great and many vendors reported record sales for the day.

For all of its years, this festival has run concurrently with the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival which began in 1967. This Old Time Music festival is held on the Upper Quad (Lunsford Quad) of Mars Hill University which adjoins College Street where the Madison Heritage Arts Festival is held. With the Quad filled with music and College Street filled with arts and crafts, the Town of Mars Hill will be hoppin’ on the first Saturday in October!

As in years past, we plan to close College Street in downtown Mars Hill, and will provide shuttle service from the Ingles parking lot to minimize parking problems. We will use a one-way vehicle pattern for vehicle entry and exit for setup and breakdown. Separate setup instructions will be sent closer to the event.

For returning Artist/Crafter Exhibitors, if you wish to request the same booth space as last year, your application must be received by August 30, 2021. Booth spaces not reserved by this date may be assigned to other applicants. Corner booths are $60 and Standard Booths $50.

After the August deadline has passed, all booths still available will be assigned to our Waiting List of artists. This process will continue until all booth spaces have been assigned.


More info and link to online application: https://marshillheritagefestival.wordpress.com/vendors/

Monday, July 19, 2021

Mica Gallery Presents August Featured Artists

Mica Gallery - the members owned cooperative fine craft gallery in downtown Bakersville, NC - presents a monthly special “Featured Artist Spotlight” exhibiting the work of its member artists.

For the month of August, Mica members Vicki Essig and David Ross will be featured in the gallery.

Essig’s exhibit, “Memento Mori,” will show how some of her work is a collaboration between silkworms and herself as the artist. “The silkworm process is fascinating and educational,” she notes. “Some of my diaphanous fabric is created entirely by approximately three hundred silkworms -- with the help of choreographed interventions by myself.

“The process of designing and planning a piece such as this begins when the silkworms (caterpillars) hatch from their eggs and begin to eat. After four weeks and pounds of mulberry leaves the worms are ready to spin. The silkworms try in earnest to find a corner to attach their silk web, so the process of building a protective cocoon can begin.

“It is not in the silkworm’s nature to create fabric or even spin their silk on flat surfaces. The worms need continual reminding to work on the flat surface and not to wander; at this stage, the worms are placed on a platform that is cut to the size of the finished art piece. “Three days later they enter their resting state, without a cocoon. I careful collect and protect them, allowing for their transformation into adult silk moths. Two weeks later, they are ready to mate and lay eggs. The eggs are gathered and kept cold.

“The following May, when the mulberry trees begin to leaf out the eggs will be ready for the process to begin again.”

Ross will exhibit a collection entitled, “Africa Dreaming.” Ross explains, “The Pandemic gave me time to read and reflect on the series of historical novels by Wilbur Smith -  set during African Colonization, which inspired me to create a series of pottery with African imagery.”

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit micagallerync.com. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

ETSU is hiring a Ceramics Technician & Artist in Residence

East Tennessee State University is seeking a Ceramic Technician & Artist in Residence for the upcoming academic year. This is a paid 12 month, part-time (20 hr/week) position in which the resident will serve as the technician for the ceramics studio. Duties will include tasks like maintaining proper levels of shop materials, reclaiming clay, loading and firing kilns, etc. For the full job description and outline of the requirements of the position, please see the link included in this post. In addition to monetary compensation, this position will also offer the selected candidate access to the ceramics facility and a private studio space in a communal area to produce their own work. The ceramics studio is equipped with gas, electric, wood, soda, and raku kilns. 

ETSU is located in beautiful Johnson City, TN. The campus is one hour from Asheville, NC, one hour from Penland School of Crafts, and two hours from Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Please share with anyone who may be interested in applying.

Job Description:
https://jobs.etsu.edu/postings/19154

Information on the ceramics area at ETSU:
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/art/areas_of_study/ceramics.php
https://www.instagram.com/etsuceramics/
https://www.facebook.com/etsuceramics

Kindly,
Lindsay Rogers
(Associate Professor, Ceramics - ETSU)

Friday, July 16, 2021

Fire brick for sale in Bakersville, NC

Here are the details from János Herr:

K-23 (2300 F) Insulating Fire Brick: 9" x 4.5" x 4.04 x 2.5"
Regular price $5-$5.25 selling it $3/ea.
These are so-called key bricks; one end is slightly smaller than the other (see dimensions above). You can still use it as regular even sided bricks. I have 35 boxes of 25, 875 bricks all together.

János Herr and Jindra Vylet
828 260 6734
We are in Bakersville, and this is our website: https://www.egfstudio.com/

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Update: Buncombe County Commissioners vote unanimously in favor of economic development agreement with East Fork Pottery

From WLOS:

Buncombe County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into an economic development agreement with East Fork Pottery.

East Fork Pottery asked the county to provide economic development incentives to help it with its expansion and the creation of new jobs. The ceramic dishware manufacturer and distributor, which employs about 100 people, recently announced plans to invest $2.38 million in its Asheville operations. The investments will include renovating and purchasing property, adding 50 full-time jobs that pay an average wage of $22.46 an hour, and hiring from disadvantaged populations.


Full story here: https://wlos.com/news/local/buncombe-county-east-fork-pottery-enter-into-economic-development-agreement

Monday, July 12, 2021

Fundraiser for Kim & Pete McWhirter

Christina Gordon is coordinating a fundraiser, including a Music Benefit at OOAK Gallery in Micaville, for Kim & Pete McWhirter. From the Facebook event page:

What: Music Benefit for Kim & Pete McWhirter

When: July 24th, 2021 - 1pm to 5pm

Where: OOAK Gallery in Micaville, NC

Why: Supporting neighbors in need!

Who: Multiple Bands & Musicians:
    ♫ Denny Hawthorne of Denny Blue
    ♫ David Wiseman of Micaville Music
    ♫ Pine Blue: Eric Witherspoon and Steve Barnes
    ♫ Ron & Minnie Powell
    ♫ Jodi Pred
    ♫ Smokey Joe
    ♫ Z & the Tallboys

;)  Please see "Here's how you can help" details at the end!

Nestled in a little river valley below the Black Mountain range in Yancey County, N.C. is a small pottery shop that has been operating since 1963. Here you will find two dear souls, Pete and Kim McWhirter, who have been creating beauty for the community here in more ways than one for many a year. Here you will find music, pottery and love.

Working with clay mixed by hand and lead free glazes they make themselves, this duo creatively blends, mixes, tests, forms, carves, glazes and fires pieces that hold nourishment and joy for anyone who uses them.

Broke Holler is the name you'll hear when their music is the topic. These two talented songwriters have picked a lot of strings and sung hundreds of songs for many to enjoy, from gigs as large as Merle Fest to hometown events like Mount Mitchell Craft Fair, backyard BBQ's and weddings. They have also been key supporters offering their talents at multiple music benefits like the “Hard Times, Helping Hands” fundraising concert for our local Reconciliation House, to help neighbors in need in Yancey County.

2020 brought about hard times for humanity. Some have thrived, but most have struggled. After a lifetime that Kim describes as “so abundant and so blessed”, they have hit some hard curves in the road. Amidst the pandemic unfolding and their music and pottery festival work closing, Kim was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Hard times occasionally hit more than once and the cancer diagnosis was followed by a pottery kiln breakdown, foundation issues with their home, multiple vehicle repairs and a severe hand injury. The medical bills are beginning to roll in along with the kiln repair, auto repair and foundation expenses. Insurance only goes so far.

While Kim is navigating this new road with cancer and treatment, Pete is right beside her and caring for her. This now also leaves Pete as the sole employee many days at their McWhirter Pottery store on Hwy 80 South. With a reality that their capacity to bring in income is also now diminished, not only by their journey with cancer, but also through the needed kiln repairs in order to keep some pottery production happening, they could use our support.
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♥  Here's how you can help:

1. Send some love. A card, a picture, a story of how they helped you or made you smile and, if you are able financial support. Everything helps. Let them know you are here and they are not alone. If you plan to include a monetary gift, please make a note of GIFT in the memo line on checks or money orders. Cash is nice too and hand delivered cards or gifts can go direct to the store as well.

Mailing/Store address is:
    
McWhirter Pottery
139 Red Clay Rd.
Burnsville NC 28714

2. Shop with McWhirter Pottery. Purchase some pottery and let them know it's ok to send it later, maybe some months down the road, if needed. Better yet, buy a gift card for yourself or think ahead on gifts for others this year and buy a few gift cards now.

You can buy pottery and gift cards on their website:  https://www.mcwhirterpottery.com/

3. Support the “Music Benefit for Kim and Pete McWhirter”.

~ Participate in the Benefit:
Join us Saturday, July 24thth at OOAK Gallery in Micaville from 1pm to 5pm for a free music event. Please consider a “Gift” of $25-$50 (or more) made direct to Kim and Pete McWhirter.

If you cannot make it the Music Benefit, you can make a gift through Venmo here: @Kim-Mcwhirter-3

~ Volunteer to help us work the music benefit. We will need actual bodies to make this happen. If you are available and want to support these two dear friends, please also contact Christina Gordon at: cg@animalphat.com

5. Help spread the word. Share this notification and let's drum up some support. These two people have reached far and wide with their work and good spirit and we want those folks who may not be physically close in proximity to know their love and support helps also.

(image from the Facebook event page)

Sunday, July 11, 2021

East Fork Pottery looks to expand

Today's Asheville Citizen Times has the details on East Fork's expansion plans. From the article:

A local pottery company is set to begin an expansion that will make it one of the country's largest of its kind, investing $2.8 million and hiring 50 workers, including people who may have barriers to finding work because of involvement with the criminal justice system.

East Fork Pottery, started in 2009 on a former Madison County tobacco farm, will spend the money primarily on a 30,000 square-foot expansion of a facility at 144 Caribou Road, between the Asheville neighborhoods of Shiloh and Oakley.founder Alex Matisse said July 9.

"(It) includes increased kiln capacity, advanced forming processes and an expansion of our fulfillment capacities. The overall project will give East Fork a production capacity of around 1,000,000 units per year making us one of the largest dinnerware manufacturers in the U.S."

For the investment and creation of new jobs, which will pay an average of $22.46 an hour, Buncombe County government has offered East Fork an economic incentive of $40,000, a deal that is set for a vote by the county's Board of Commissioners July 13.

East Fork currently employs 100 at two retail locations in downtown Asheville and Atlanta and a Biltmore Village production facility.

The expansion's estimated completion date is 2023.

"A portion of the grant may only be earned if East Fork demonstrates its ability to hire from a disadvantaged population as defined in the Buncombe County Economic Development Policy (e.g., STEP Program, justice-involved individuals)," according to a report to commissioners by county Economic Development Director Tim Love.
 

Complete article (with online title "East Fork Pottery to hire 50 at $22.46/hour average, including those with criminal records") here: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2021/07/09/east-fork-pottery-plans-expansion-50-job-openings-hiring-people-criminal-records/7904439002/

Saturday, July 10, 2021

2021 Spruce Pine Potters Market Returns This October

Ruth Rutkowsky, Plate with Dots

Jason Hartsoe, Bottle Vase

Liz Summerfield, Box

The 15th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market will return to Spruce Pine’s historic Cross Street Commerce Center in downtown Spruce Pine, NC on Saturday and Sunday October 9th & 10th, 2021 from 10am–5pm.

Noted for its small scale and intimate layout, this event offers visitors an opportunity to view a variety of pottery work as well as the chance to meet and converse with each maker. “It’s a very friendly show, lots of lovely work and a chance to shop a wide variety of pottery,” noted one past-years visitor.

The Spruce Pine Potters Market was designed and built by a group of Mitchell County, NC potters as a collaborative venture. Currently, the members of the Spruce Pine Potters Market work together on all phases of the show, from management, promotion, display set-up, and all of the many particulars of a very successful annual event. “The Market is unique because of the extraordinary quality of the work produced by its members,” says Spruce Pine Potters Market member Jenny Lou Sherburne. “Individually, the participating artists are some of the finest craftsmen in the country. Collectively, they bring their high standards, imagination and camaraderie together to produce a really outstanding show.”

This year’s participating Potters Market members include: Stanley Mace Andersen, Terry Gess, Ken & Galen Sedberry , Michael & Ruth Rutkowsky, Cynthia Bringle, Pam Brewer, Gertrude Graham Smith, Nicholas & Lisa Joerling, Susan Feagin, Shaunna Lyons, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Teresa Pietsch, Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey, Melisa Cadell, David Ross, Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish, Courtney Martin, Joy Tanner, Jenny Lou Sherburne.

In addition, this year’s show will include visiting artists Lynne Hobaica & Rickie Barnett, Jason Hartsoe, and Reiko Miyagi.

While admission to the Potters Market is free, all visitors are encouraged to join the potters in supporting a selected local non-profit organization. This year, several participating potters have donated pottery door prizes for this raffle.

For more information:
Website: www.SprucePinePottersMarket.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sprucepinepottersmarket/
Instagram: @sprucepinepottersmarket
Email: info@sprucepinepottersmarket.com
Phone: 828 467-0166

Friday, July 9, 2021

Registration OPEN Professional Crafts Clay at HCC



Registration for the Fall semester in the Professional Crafts Clay program at Haywood Community College is OPEN through August 6. To schedule a tour and interview contact Emily Reason at eareason@haywood.edu

Be sure to check out the HCC Professional Crafts Graduate Exhibition at the Folk Art Center in Asheville through August 22. 



The Big Crafty this Sunday in Asheville

The Big Crafty Together Again
Sunday, July 11th
12pm-7pm
Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville

From the Facebook event page:

Join us on July 11 for good times with great artists!

Through this long quiet, artists have kept Asheville's creative fires burning hot. Our artists have forged new paths, explored new mediums, and embarked on new collaborations, and we can't wait to glory in the creative efflorescence of it all with you all.

The Big Crafty is a hand-to-heart celebration of creative exuberance held twice annually in the heart of beautiful Asheville, NC. Our guiding principle is that supporting creative venturers makes for a stronger community, and our aim is to make doing so fun.

We extend warm welcome to the rich pageant of basement and backyard artists, juried prize-winners, and those who delight in them. And we’re so grateful to have been voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair (Mountain Xpress) every year since we began in 2008! Join us as we support our creative communities in all their go-for-broke, full-of-heart, boundary-pushing, human-scale, all-in, full-tilt glory.

The Big Crafty is made possible through community partnerships with the Asheville Area Arts Council, The City of Asheville, & Explore Asheville.  

thebigcrafty.com

Thursday, July 8, 2021

July is Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month in Henderson County

 

This July Hendersonville encourages you to follow some of the most creative routes in the region and meet the artists who live and work here.

Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month highlights three distinct trails throughout Henderson County that bring together studios and galleries filled with work by nationally renowned artists.

This year’s event includes artist demonstrations, exhibit openings and other special events.

“When people come to our area, they have things in mind that we are known for, and one of those is handmade, one-of-a-kind crafts,” says Michelle Owens, director of Henderson County Tourism. “Craft Trails Month is a way to highlight these wonderful artisans, so visitors are able to find what they’re looking for.”

The second annual Craft Trails Month is a partnership between the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, which introduced the trails in 2020 and is working on similar initiatives in 25 WNC counties.

“We’re excited that Henderson County is celebrating July as Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month,” says Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “This monthlong event emphasizes the richness of talent in the area. Henderson County is a perfect example of how Western North Carolina is a vibrant center for craft.”

The three trails are: Touring the Heart of Hendersonville, Wandering Flat Rock and Finding Wonders in the Outskirts. Fourteen sites are located along the trails, and visitors are encouraged to create their own itineraries based upon geography and personal interest.

Throughout the month, visitors can experience a wood kiln firing at Dian Magie Pottery, see Lorraine Cathey work her magic with needle felting, marvel as Melinda Lawton turns metal and stones into intricately designed jewelry, and watch blocks of wood transform into children’s toys at Apple Country Woodcrafters.

While most galleries keep regular hours, some studios are open by appointment only, so visitors should call ahead. For information about Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month in Henderson County — including maps, artist profiles and a full listing of special events — go to visithendersonvillenc.org/businesses/craft-trails or call (800) 828-4244. Printed map brochures are also available.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Free online programs from Haystack

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine is running an impressive series of online programs through October. The presentations are free and open to the public. (Registration is required.) From the Haystack website:

Haystack’s 2021 online programming will feature 70 presentations across 10 program threads led by an innovative group of artists, designers, writers, curators, and historians. Through our commitment to increasing access to the School, each of these online programs will be presented as free and open to the public.

Presentations include artist talks, panel discussions, craft history & theory, craft & technology, demonstrations, professional practices, craft of critique, writing workshops, and mentorship & collaboration. The July programs are listed in the image above. See the complete schedule with more details and links to registration here: www.haystack-mtn.org/online-programs

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Clay for sale

Anita Walling is trying to find if there is anyone who uses Laguna B-3 brown clay. Interested? Contact Anita at prayerpots@anitawalling.com.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Update: following the blog by email

For folks who follow the blog by email, hopefully you're reading this post in an email from the follow.it service. I have turned off the old service so (fingers crossed!) you shouldn't receive duplicate messages from the two services.

If you're not following the blog by email but want to, you can enter your email address in the upper right corner of the blog (in desktop mode, as shown in the image below) to subscribe. You can also go to follow.it/clay-club to subscribe and/or make changes to your subscription.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Final day of the COTA online Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb

Today is the second and final day of the COTA online Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb. Donating artists are listed in the image above. View the auction items and bid until the auction ends this evening at 8 pm at the link below!  

www.biddingowl.com/COTAforMaryRuth

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Reminder: changes coming to following the Clay Club blog by email

Just a reminder that, if you follow the blog by email, we'll be switching to the follow.it service. I'm planning on making the switch over this coming weekend. More details here: ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2021/06/changes-to-following-clay-club-blog-by.html

Applications open for the Church Street Art & Craft Show in Waynesville, NC

Church Street Art & Craft Show
Saturday, October 9th
Waynesville, NC
Application deadline: August 1st (but note: "All applicants will be juried for the 2021 show. Space is limited. Applicants will be judged on a first-come-first-served basis. Apply early!")

About the festival, from the application form:

Held during the height of the color season in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Church Street Art & Craft Show attracts more than 20,000 visitors. Over 125 artists, crafters and food vendors from throughout the southeast will line Waynesville's Historic Main Street to help celebrate the festival.

What began as a small gathering of artists and craftsmen has evolved into a high quality, well-balanced, juried show now widely known as one of the finest in the region. Downtown Waynesville's picturesque Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic the day of the show, transforming it into an art and craft marketplace.

Local musicians and dancers perform, adding to the festive atmosphere and the mountains provide a dramatic backdrop. Founded in 1983 by artist Teresa Pennington and Richard Miller, the Church Street Art & Craft Show is now sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.

Application here: www.downtownwaynesville.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/CSS-2021-vendor-app.pdf

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Arts & Crafts Drive-About in Graham and Swain counties this Friday and Saturday

Arts & Crafts Drive-About
Friday and Saturday, June 25th and 26th
10 am - 5 pm both days
Graham and Swain counties in Western NC

Featuring artists and artisans in Graham and Swain counties. Admission is free. Tour maps available in the Artisans Gallery at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Stecoah (Robbinsville) and at the website below. 

www.stecoahvalleycenter.com/artisans.html

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Artists wanted for the Jackson Arts Market in Sylva, NC

The Jackson Arts Market is a weekly outdoor arts and music festival in downtown Sylva, North Carolina. It takes place every Saturday from 1-5 pm and artists are invited to sign up to participate. 

Here's a recent article about the market from The Laurel of Asheville: thelaurelofasheville.com/arts/visit-the-jackson-arts-market-saturdays-in-sylva

Visit the Jackson Arts Market website for more info and to sign up to participate: www.jacksonartsmarket.com

Monday, June 21, 2021

Changes to following the Clay Club blog by email

Google is ending the Feedburner "follow by email" option that lets users receive a daily digest of Clay Club blog posts. We'll be moving to the follow.it service which will continue to send a daily digest of posts. If you're already signed up to receive the daily digest of Clay Club blog posts, you'll automatically be transferred to the new service. 

A couple differences to note about the follow.it blog post digests:

• messages will be sent from the email address hi@follow.it (you may need to add this email address to your contacts or make other changes to your email settings to ensure that the messages land in your inbox) 

• the subject line will read "Clay Club - new message"

Here's what a follow.it digest looks like:

We'll be making the switch in the next few days. Until then, recipients will continue to receive the same "follow by email" blog post digests. I'll post at least one more reminder about this change before making the switch. Once we make the switch to the new service, I'll turn off the old service.

Questions? Send me an email at amy@amywallerpottery.com or leave a comment below.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

COTA Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb

Mary Ruth Webb is an artist here in Western NC. The second image is of her sculpture "The Great Escape" (cone 10 stoneware with handmade paper) photographed during a Digital Photo Workshop with John Britt and Joy Tanner.

COTA Art Auction in Honor of Mary Ruth Webb

A fundraiser to benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of Mary Ruth Webb

This online art auction is being held for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of Mary Ruth Webb, an artist in Western North Carolina who received a life-saving kidney transplant in December, 2020, at the Jason Ray Transplant Clinic, UNC Medical Center, in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Mary Ruth was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease in the mid-1980s during an ultrasound for an unrelated situation. Due to the genetic nature of her illness, COTA is assisting local volunteers with the efforts to raise an estimated $35,000 for COTA in honor of Mary Ruth.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), is a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and 100% of funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.

This auction, sponsored by Mary Ruth’s friends, features over 100 pieces of work from over 65 of our area’s favorite fine artists and craftspeople. A special auction feature will be work by the transplant recipient herself.

An online preview is posted at https://www.BiddingOwl.com/COTAforMaryRuth; the event will go live at 8 am on June 25 and last through 8 pm on June 26th. Major credit cards will be accepted for any purchase or donation. Contributions made above the fair retail value are 100% tax deductible.

If you don't want to bid, but still want to help: Donations can be made online at the auction site.

A Jeff Kleckner tribute update from Terry Gess

A Jeff Kleckner tribute update from Terry Gess:

As you might recall, we lost the very fine potter Jeff Kleckner a while back. The good news is that a man who taught at the college with Jeff - (novice potter, English professor) - was able to buy Jeff’s studio and all of its contents (including the leaky roof... and a reprieve on the 35-years of sewer bills that the city realized had never been mailed out!)

He and his wife are working on archiving Jeff’s career and the contents of Jeff’s amazing studio building in Bethlehem, PA. They intend to turn Jeff’s fab building into a neighborhood clay space with a focus on supporting the local low income neighborhood. They are off to a great start. Seems to me like it is an unbelievably rich conclusion and tribute to Jeff’s memory - who could ask for anything greater.

They’re documenting the progress & process on Instagram: #klecknerworkshop

jeff-kleckner-pottery-tribute.weebly.com

Friday, June 18, 2021

Plays in Mud Pottery is Hiring 2 Positions

 Plays In Mud Pottery is Hiring


Two positions have opened up at Plays In Mud Pottery located in convenient and exciting West Asheville. Plays In Mud is a studio pottery and gallery focusing on wholesale and retail production and sales. Work directly with the owner and artist, Kelsey Schissel, and experience the life of a potter as you become an integral part of the team.


If you are someone who is task oriented, dependable, can work independently, and has a love for clay, these opportunities are for you.


Position 1: Production Potter

Responsibilities: Replicating Plays in Mud wheel thrown forms. You will be provided with specific dimensions and quantities of clay.

Experience: Experience replicating forms for multiples in the same sitting.

Hours: 10-15 hours a week. Schedule is flexible and can be broken down into 2-5 hour increments.

Pay: $3/piece. Expected pace is 10 pieces/hour. Estimated hourly pay is $30/hour



Position 2: Studio Assistant

Responsibilities: Help in stamping, underglazing, and simple hand forming of clay. 

Experience: Experience touching clay and familiarity with the elements and principles of design.

Hours: 15-20 hours a week with lots of flexibility

Pay: $13/hour with a raise to $15/hour after training


If you have questions or to apply, contact Kelsey Schissel at kelsey@playsinmud.com

No resume needed but please include photos and a paragraph about your work.

Applications now being accepted for the Fall Toe River Studio Tour

November Toe River Studio Tour
November 12th-14th, 2021
Mitchell and Yancey counties
Application deadline: July 16th, 2021

Toe River Arts is hosting a studio tour in November for artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties. Artists in those counties are welcome to host guest artists from elsewhere; guest artists must join Toe River Arts at the $100 membership level in order to participate. The application deadline is July 16th, 2021. This tour takes the place of the usual (pre-pandemic usual) December studio tour; here's a note from Dennis McAvoy, Chair of the Studio Tour Committee, about this year's studio tour (note the part about first-time participants not having to pay the application fee!):

The COVID-19 pandemic has required many of us to rethink and adapt to an ever-changing environment. As an organization, we are using this time to explore new approaches and think innovatively about our work. Because of an increase in competing events and changing artist needs, we recognize the December Studio Tour dates and format need to be reevaluated. This November, we will host an in-person Studio Tour. We are hopeful that by summer 2022, we will be able to host the Summer Studio Tour the first weekend of June as in previous years. We are grateful for a talented, hard-working Studio Tour Committee. The Studio Tour Committee has worked diligently to explore many options. We are excited to work with Bridge the Gap Marketing to ensure the success of this November’s tour. We are also excited to announce that first-time participating members will have a waived application fee. We hope this will encourage the participation of new artists. We look forward to a successful event!

– Dennis McAvoy, Chair, Studio Tour Committee

More about the November Toe River Studio Tour and link to application here: https://www.toeriverarts.org/studio-tour/

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival application deadline June 30th

The 4th North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival (​NCCAF) will take place Saturday, October 23rd, in downtown Asheville. Applications are being accepted through June 30th. From the festival website:

​NCCAF artists are ceramic artists from all over. They are tile makers, sculptors, potters, and jewelers. They make wall pieces, kitchen pieces, statement pieces, anything they can dream up and execute in clay!

NCCAF artists make their work by hand in working studios, sometimes alone, sometimes with the help of studio assistants, apprentices, spouses, and friends. We welcome any ceramic artist looking for another outlet to promote and sell their work to apply.

Our 2021 event in Pack Square will provide ceramic artists a great sales opportunity to reach thousands of customers in the heart of bustling downtown Asheville. 

​In 2019 we had over 7,500 visitors through our gates and we can't wait to see that number grow in 2021!

More info for artists here: https://www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com/artists

Application here: https://www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com/apply

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Free admission to Willis Observatory for artists from four Western NC counties

Willis Observatory in Mitchell County is opening on July 1st and is offering free admission to artists in Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and McDowell counties. (Students, teachers and school employees in those counties are also eligible for free admission.) The current Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about the observatory which can be read here: www.mitchellnews.com/local-news/observatory-allows-astronomical-discoveries

A little background on Willis Observatory...

Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers and his wife Vicky own the Willis Observatory. From the observatory website:

Chris is a retired liberal clergyperson, who continues to work for the equality of all people, especially LGBTQ people.  Chris believes life and faith must be informed by science.  

Vicky grew up on Bear Creek, and loves the mountains and her relatives who live in this beautiful area.

There have been negative responses locally to Chris and the observatory for his/their support for LGBTQ equality. Chris responded to this criticism on Facebook:

Chris Ayers

February 12

Willis Observatory has NOT received any official documents about criticism of the observatory due to my very public stances on LGBTQ equality, however, concerned people have had conversations with the Mitchell County school board and there have been many posts on FB, etc. so I thought a response would be in order.  Feel free to repost on your FB page and share in conversations.

My calling from God to share that one's sexual orientation/gender identity are gifts from God and not a sin is widely known and has been for 25 years, including in Mitchell County.  Nothing is more important to me, including the observatory, than the full equality of all people.

While inclusivity and diversity are listed as values of Willis Observatory in the draft below of our Mission Statement, please note sex education on school field trips to the observatory or any other observatory activity with school groups is NOT part of our mission.  And for the record, sex education is NOT part of our mission at public star parties.  At public gatherings, we may encourage everyone present to be who they are, be the best they can be, to reach for the stars, and not worry about what others think about them, but that message is important for all people, not just LGBTQ people.  People, as the movie/musical The Prom, teaches should "wear their crown."  At appropriate private star parties we will free to talk about anything and everything and fly our rainbow and trans flags.

Here is a draft of our Mission Statement.

Willis Observatory is a private astronomical observatory based in western North Carolina. Our mission is to educate and inspire; we hope to reach students and the public who previously have not had the opportunity to gain access to the wonders of the universe.  We will mentor some students in astrophotography, enabling them to appreciate the colors and beauty of the cosmos.  

We value diversity, inclusivity and above all curiosity, as we bring the universe to our doorstep through a sense of community, humility and awe.

We do this with high quality astronomical equipment, expertise from our community of professionals and always with a sense of fun!

Final comments for this post.  Vicky grew up on Bear Creek.  She was in the 1st graduating class of Mitchell High.  I can't begin to tell you how much joy it gives us to be able to give back to the community.  Vicky loves the mountains and her relatives who live/or lived in this beautiful area, and she loves even those who strongly disagree with her about LGBTQ not being a sin.  We have made so many new friends in Western North Carolina because of the observatory and we feel so blessed.  We can't wait to meet our new friends in person once Covid is solved.

(from www.facebook.com/christophermarkayers/posts/10218876114630100)

Kudos and thanks to Chris, Vicky and everyone at Willis Observatory for opening this cool and inclusive facility in Mitchell County!

Tickets required, including for free entry. Tickets available on the observatory website.

Willis Observatory

1456 Bear Creek Road 

Bakersville, NC 28705

www.willisobservatory.com

www.facebook.com/Willis-Observatory-106345637490333

Applications open for the Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair in Waynesville, NC

Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair

Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd

Shelton House, Waynesville NC

Application deadline July 1st

The Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend (BRHW) Arts and Crafts Fair 2021 will be located just 3 blocks from downtown Waynesville (a popular tourist destination) on the grounds of the Shelton Campus. The campus includes the Historic Shelton House and its Museum of NC Handicrafts; the Haywood Historic Farmers Market; and the prestigious HART theatre. On Saturday and Sunday, Shelton House will host the juried BRHW Arts and Crafts Fair and a special exhibit on the history of medicine in Haywood county (held in the barn), Local musicians will provide entertainment on the grounds and food trucks will be strategically placed. On Saturday, the Haywood Historic Farmers Market, which typically attracts 800+ people on its own each week, will offer local fresh farm vegetables, meats, dairy, bakery, food items and other local products. We are hopeful that HART theater will be open to live performances again by August. Check their website for show and ticket information. Attendance at the 3rd Annual Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend is potentially very large, with 2,500+ people expected on Saturday alone. 

More details and link to application: www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9268

Saturday, June 12, 2021

2021 Spruce Pine Potters Market Returns This October

The Spruce Pine Potters Market will return to Spruce Pine’s historic Cross Street Commerce Center in downtown Spruce Pine, NC on Saturday and Sunday October 9th & 10th, 2021 from 10am–5pm.

Noted for its small scale and intimate layout, this event offers visitors an opportunity to view a variety of pottery work as well as the chance to meet and converse with each maker. “Its a very friendly show, lots of lovely work and a chance to shop a wide variety of pottery,” noted one past-years visitor.

The Spruce Pine Potters Market was designed and built by a group of Mitchell County, NC potters as a collaborative venture. Currently the members of the Spruce Pine Potters Market work together on all phases of the show, from mamagement, promotion, display set-up and all of the many particulars of a very successful annual event. “The Market is unique because of the extraordinary quality of the work produced by its members”, says Spruce Pone Potters Market member Jenny Lou Sherburne. “Individually, the participating artists are some of the finest craftsmen in the country. Collectively, they bring their high standards, imagination and camaraderie together to produce a really outstanding show.”

This year’s participating Potters Market members includes: Stanley Mace Andersen, Terry Gess, Ken & Galen Sedberry , Michael & Ruth Rutkowsky, Cynthia Bringle, Pam Brewer, Gertrude Graham Smith, Nicholas & Lisa Joerling, Susan Feagin, Shaunna Lyons, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Teresa Pietsch, Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey, Melisa Cadell, David Ross, Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish, Courtney Martin, Joy Tanner, Jenny Lou Sherburne.

In addition, this year’s show will include visiting artists Lynne Hobaica & Rickie Barnett, Jason Hartsoe, and Reiko Miyagi.

While admission to the Potters Market is free, all visitors are encouraged to join the potters in supporting a selected local non-profit organization. This year, several participating potters have donated pottery door prizes for this raffle.

For more information:
Website:
www.SprucePinePottersMarket.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sprucepinepottersmarket/ Instagram: @sprucepinepottersmarket
Email: info@sprucepinepottersmarket.com
Phone: 828 467-0166

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Two Generations: Ken and Galen Sedberry at Toe River Arts


Two Generations
June 19th - July 24th
Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery

Two Generations showcases the unique art created by artists Ken and Galen Sedberry. The work of this father and son duo involves the detailed craft of wood firing. Galen and Ken have shared physical spaces of studio, kiln, booth space, as well as shared aesthetic space where ideas are translated into pots. This father and son team aspires to highlight how these shared spaces deliver work that is both parallel and divergent.

Ken has been working in clay for thirty-one years and has focused on achieving vibrant colors at stoneware temperatures. With the development of chambered climbing kilns came decorative stoneware and porcelain. “Much of my work comes out of this tradition,” says Ken. He uses various resist techniques to contrast glazes in both color and texture. He has been working on a new body of work – animal sculptures, thrown and altered. “The idea of lifting the images off the pots and into three dimensions has been gestating for a long time. Layering slips and glazes that crackle and move and firing them in a wood kiln has led to an exciting new direction.”

Ken earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. He has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Catholic University of America in Washington DC, Penland School of Craft and John C. Campbell Folk School. He opened Sedberry Studios in Bakersville, NC in 1982. Ken’s work is collected all over the world and he has participated in hundreds of invitational and juried exhibits including exhibitions at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Contemporary Ceramics Museum in Hokkaido, Japan, the University of Iowa, Blue Spiral in Asheville, the Columbia Museum of Art and Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston.

Galen Sedberry says, “Growing up as the son of a potter and using almost exclusively handmade pots for meals, I am keenly aware of the gravity of holding and using handmade objects. Their weight, balance and texture are individual and unique, becoming over time as comforting as holding the hand of someone you love.” Galen’s training began as a child just through spending time in his father’s studio.

Galen graduated from Mitchell High School and earned a BS degree from Appalachian State University in 2012. He began assisting and working with his father in 2016 and has been there ever since, working as a studio assistant and developing and exploring his own style and techniques. Galen says that he is currently investigating the possibilities between deliberate surface decoration and the limitless variables of wood firing.

Galen has been exhibiting his work since 2018 at the Spruce Pine Potters Market, Green Hill Art Center, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston Salem, Cedar Creek Gallery, Taupe Gallery in Wilkesboro and In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville.

Two Generations will open to the public for viewing at Toe River Arts, 269 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine during normal operating hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 5 PM. More information can be found at toeriverarts.org.

(image: article from the Mitchell News-Journal)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Seconds Sale this weekend

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Seconds Sale
Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th
11am-5pm
Odyssey ClayWorks
236 Clingman Ave Ext
Asheville, NC 28801

From the email invitation:

SUMMER SECONDS SALE

Join us this weekend for our Summer Seconds Sale here at Odyssey ClayWorks!

Pretty Pots
We will have beautiful seconds for sale outside on the side walk in front of the studio and in the kiln yard on the side. Of course you're more than welcome to come in and check out the amazing firsts in the Gallery!

Refreshments
There will be beer and a lemonade bar! Buy a cup and we'll fill it up!

What is a "second"?
A second is a ceramic piece that has an imperfection. These pretty pots are discounted 25-75%.

www.odysseyclayworks.com

(image from the Facebook event page)

Friday, June 4, 2021

Applications open for the Greening Up The Mountains Festival in Sylva, NC

Greening Up The Mountains Festival
Sylva, North Carolina
Festival date: August 28, 2021
Application deadline: June 30, 2021

Applications are being accepted through June 30th for the Greening Up The Mountains Festival in Sylva, NC. The festival is a celebration of spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, and beverage which honor our community and local artisans.

The festival has COVID-19 compliance requirements:

The planning committee will continue to monitor the ongoing status of COVID 19 protocols statewide and locally and will issue further guidelines regarding festival participation in compliance with any COVID 19 restrictions and protocols which may remain in place at that time. However, the GUTM Planning Committee has made the decision that all vendors will be required to wear masks throughout the duration of the festival, including unloading and loading times, regardless of the status of the statewide mask mandate in place at that time and regardless if you have received a vaccine. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to 100% compliance with the mask requirement, as well as any additional guidelines which will be issued to all vendors prior to festival day. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED DUE TO LACK OF WILLINGNESS TO COMPLY WITH COVID 19 PROTOCOLS. Please take the time to consider this issue before applying, as no exceptions will be made to the requirements once they have been determined. This includes the mask requirement, which has already been implemented.

If the festival has to be cancelled due to COVID 19 restrictions which may remain in place at that time, all vendors will receive a full refund of their application fee.


More info and link to application: www.greeningupthemountains.com/vendors.html

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Burnsville potter seeks Raku kiln shelf

Here are the details from Martin Stankus:

Looking for a local supplier for a 13” round Raku kiln shelf. Contact Martin at mstinroofpottery@gmail.com

Open Studios, Pottery Sale, & Mountain Music at Township10 near Marshall, NC

 

Open Studios, Pottery Sale, & Mountain Music 
June 12 & June 13
12-5 p.m.

We are hosting our first open house at Township10, a new ceramics residency near Marshall, NC. Come by for ceramic DEMONSTRATIONS and pottery SALE by current Resident Artists Chris Suarez, Yoon Hwang and Kyle Lawson, CHAT with residency director Marjorie Dial, & enjoy LIVE old-time mountain music by local treasures, Don Pedi on dulcimer and Bruce Greene on fiddle. Sale starts at 12. Music from 3-5 pm. There will be Mexican inspired street food for light snacking.

This event is FREE. Please bring a water bottle and chair if you want to sit for the music. Closed toe shoes recommended for the farm. Please tell your friends who are art & mountain music lovers!! We are 40 minutes north of Asheville at 310 Ras Grooms Road Marshall, NC 28753

www.township10.org/post/open-studios-pottery-sale

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Mica Gallery Presents Two Featured Artists in June


 
Mica Gallery - the members owned cooperative fine craft gallery in downtown Bakersville, NC presents a special “Featured Artists” exhibit in the month of June with the work of two of its member artists, Sondra Dorn and Gertrude Graham Smith.


For her exhibit, Dorn will share a sampling of work from a series entitled “Imaginary Topography: Daily Paintings”.

 “A few years ago I took time to try out some new materials and ideas,” Dorn states. “I started small, mostly working on a TV tray from the couch. That began my series of ‘Daily Paintings’.  I used materials new to me: water-soluble graphite, color pencils and ink sticks, Micron pens and watercolor paints, which led to some very fun discoveries. I enjoyed the small format as well since I could finish a piece within the same day.”

Dorn later returned to these works and continued by scanning them into her computer. “I focused in on details, removed color and built up a whole new series of black and white compositions and abstractions generated from the original.  Similar but different!”

Mica member Gertrude Graham Smith will exhibit a special collection entitled  “Baskets” - clay vessels with handles over the top.

She notes, “Because my pottery celebrates the soft, tactile, responsive nature of porcelain clay, as it's thrown on the potter’s wheel, I find the form of baskets especially satisfying - a handle directly invites the hand to touch.”

Smith fires her pots to a very high temperature inside a soda kiln, where flames decorate textured surfaces and glazes respond with brilliance to the kiln’s atmospherics. She says, “These baskets remind us to enjoy life's pleasures - especially the senses. A piece of pottery filled with fruit or flowers is a fragrant and colorful delight.”

Mica showcases the craft work of its 15 artist-members including sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber, wearables, painting, and functional pottery. This extraordinary collection, enhanced by a yearlong rotation of guest artists and the welcoming and beautiful setting, make Mica a must-see destination for those who appreciate the hand made. 

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit micagallerync.com. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

GoFundMe fundraiser for Kent McLauglin and Suze Lindsay

Silvia Ferrari-Palmer, Silvia Ferrari-Palmer and Liz Zlot Summerfield have organized this GoFundMe fundraiser for Kent McLauglin and Suze Lindsay:

Friends and Family,

Our dear friends, Kent McLaughlin and Suze Lindsay, need our support!

This past year, Kent has not been feeling 100%, and in April, after many medical visits and two emergency surgeries, he was finally diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer.

He has undergone 2 chemotherapy treatments and began seeing an acupuncturist that specializes in cancer patients.

His protocol includes chemotherapy to shrink the tumor before he is a candidate for a rather complicated Whipple surgery to remove the tumor. Once the is tumor removed, he will follow up with more cycles of chemotherapy.

Each day comes with its challenges, and Kent and Suze are bravely navigating this new normal for them.

It is a long road ahead for both Kent and Suze but as a collective community, we can help lighten the load. Suze is the now the primary caretaker which includes driving Kent to medical appointments, acupuncture, unexpected ER visits, and managing their medical bills. She and Kent are both not working in their studios which offers an additional financial burden.

How can you help?

Donate any amount to this fundraiser. All donations will go directly to Kent and Suze which will not only help with medical bills, but also help with all routine expenses.

Send cards to brighten their day

Send positive thoughts on healing and recovery

You can follow Kent’s progress here and at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kentmclaughlin

Thank you for supporting our friends!

Support the fundraiser for Kent and Suze here: www.gofundme.com/f/help-kent-and-suze-with-their-medical-care

Friday, May 28, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Applications open for Summer Pop Up Shop & Markets in downtown Asheville

Applications are now being accepted for Summer Pop Up Shop & Markets in downtown Asheville

Markets will be held Sundays June 13th and July 18th
12-6pm
Rabbit Rabbit
75 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Artists can choose to participate by consignment or in person

Details and link to applications: www.showandtellpopupshop.com/apply

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Old Marshall Jail project in today's Asheville Citizen Times

Today's print edition of the Asheville Citizen Times has an article on Josh and Emily Copus' (with partners Big House LLC) very cool Marshall Jail project.  
 

Josh talked about the Old Marshall Jail and brought his "brick factory" to demonstrate making bricks from local clay and give clubbers an opportunity to decorate bricks to a Clay Club at Mars Hill University in 2017: ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2017/11/recap-november-clay-club-at-mars-hill.html

Full article with more photos here (fair warning: paywalled): www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2021/05/04/new-market-deli-hotel-turns-old-marshall-jail-living-museum-josh-emily-copus/7401818002/

Monday, May 17, 2021

Virtual Craft Research Talk: "The New Politics of the Handmade" on May 20th

The New Politics of the Handmade
May 20, 2021
3:00 pm–4:30 pm ET
Cost: free (donation optional)

From the Center for Craft website:

Join us for the premier Craft Research Talks program, featuring a lively virtual discussion with authors and Craft Research Fund recipients Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch about their latest book, "The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art, & Design."

More info and link to registration: www.centerforcraft.org/event/craft-research-talks-the-new-politics-of-the-handmade

Tryon Arts & Crafts School Job Announcement: Clay Studio Assistant, Work Exchange

Tryon Arts & Crafts School
May 2021
Job Announcement:
Clay Studio Assistant, Work Exchange

Tryon Arts & Crafts School seeks a part-time Clay Studio Assistant to be compensated through a work exchange arrangement. Budding potters who know their way around the ceramics studio need apply. If you are pursuing a career in ceramic arts or teaching, this is a great opportunity to get practical experience in the field. In return for your assistance you will receive clay, studio access, sales opportunities, a solo exhibition, and professional development. Candidates with teaching experience may qualify for paid contract teaching opportunities in addition to your work exchange.

About TACS

Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s (TACS) mission is to provide creative opportunities for everyone through education, instruction, and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts in a friendly, stimulating and enriching environment.

TACS is located in Tryon, North Carolina, approximately 40 miles southeast of Asheville, 33 miles northeast of Greenville, and 90 miles west of Charlotte.

The school is housed in a retrofitted public-school building situated adjacent to Harmon Field parks and recreational lands and the Pacolet River. The facilities include an artisan retail shop, gallery, 200-object Heritage Collection, and seven independent studios, covering a range of media – Blacksmithing, Clay, Enameling, Fiber, Glass, Silversmithing, Welding, and Wood.

The town of Tryon has a rich history in the arts since its establishment as an artists’ colony during the craft revival in the early twentieth century. The town’s accessibility to Asheville by rail and its mild, “thermal belt” climate made it a desirable destination for affluent lovers of arts and literature. Today, the climate and beautiful scenery still team with the arts and equestrian communities to uphold Tryon’s historic charm. Its location along US-176 and near I-26 make it easily accessible from Brevard, Asheville, Hendersonville, Spartanburg, and Greenville.

Basic Clay Studio Equipment List

7 wheels
Slab roller
Extruder
2 electric kilns
(top-loading Skutt and front-loading Paragon) Bench grinder
Canvased Workstations
Wedge Station
Assorted tools and bats
Assorted glazes, underglazes

Title:

Clay Studio Assistant

Reports to:

Executive Director

Status:

Work Exchange, Part-Time, 20 Hours Per Week

Qualifications:

Tryon Arts & Crafts School March 2021
Job Description

Prior experience in maintenance and upkeep of Ceramic Arts studio. Knowledge of the chemical properties of clay, glaze, and raw materials. Advanced kiln operation skills. Minor kiln repair experience preferred. Completion of BFA or BA in Ceramics. MFA in Ceramics preferred but not required. Ceramics instructional experience preferred. Superior verbal communication and organizational skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Understanding of customer service and positive ambassadorship in a business setting. Position requires work on Saturdays and some evenings.

Studio Duties

  • Model and reinforce best Clay Studio practices for students

  • Oversee cleaning and maintenance procedures for Clay Studio and Kilns, working with instructors and volunteers

  • Operate and log routine kiln schedule, loading and unloading

  • Monitor and report routine inventory of studio materials and tools

  • Mix glazes

    Education Duties

  • Keep Clay Studio open in evenings and Saturday afternoons for student independent study, aka “Studio Time”

  • Provide educational demonstrations for beginner students, intermediate students, and events

  • Teach periodic community outreach courses, such as in-school art enrichment

  • Act as teaching assistant for select visiting artist workshops

  • Paid contract instructional opportunities, supplemental to work exchange (subject to course proposal and approval)

    Admin Duties

  • Liaison between TACS Clay Studio and administrative office; attend and observe Education Committee meetings

  • Work with TACS marketing to provide photo content of studio for press and social media

    Other Duties, as Assigned

    Compensation and Benefits:

    • 1,000 lbs. of raw clay per year (or equivalent amount for shorter period of time)

    • 24-hour access to a shared studio space, glaze, wax, and other standard ceramic studio materials

    • Solo exhibition opportunity

    • Consignment in TACS Retail Shop (60:40 Artist:TACS)

    • Free enrollment opportunities in TACS classes and workshops (conditions apply)

    • Discount on TACS Retail Shop purchases

Background check required.

APPLICATION

Submit the below application packet to director@tryonartsandcrafts.org. A .pdf file containing all required materials is preferred.

1. Letter of Interest (less than 350 words)

2. Resume/CV, including link to online portfolio – website and/or social media addresses. 

3. Portfolio of 10-15 high-resolution (300DPI) digital images of original ceramic work.
 
* If submitting through a file transfer host (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) share a single link to a folder containing all images. Do not share a list of separate links to individual images. 
 
4. Image Inventory
• Artwork Title
• Year
• Medium
• Approximate Dimensions

5. 2 References. At least 1 reference must attest to your experience in ceramic studio operations. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Soft brick, kiln shelves and more for sale in the Asheville area

***UPDATE 6/7/21: the bricks and shelves have been sold; the Insblock fiberboard and the buttons are still available***

Bill Muerdter has the following for sale in the Asheville area:  

Insblock 19 Fiberboard 

        1’ x 3’ x 2”   great for adding insulating back up to kilns or in making a raku kiln - still in original sealed box  (8 pieces per box)                                                      

(Ward Burner System has it for $239. box)   (have 2 boxes)       $ 98. box

Ceramic Fiber buttons for securing ceramic fiber blanks
              

(have 57)          (Axner $1.25 ea.)                 $ .50 ea  

contact Bill Muerdter   (Asheville area)  at  buddyhobo@gmail.com

Monday, May 3, 2021

Potter's wheel and slab roller for sale in Bakersville

Kent McLaughlin
kentpots@gmail.com

Selling my Brent C potters wheel. Used and maintained professionally- $650. Also a Brent slab roller- $ 375. Call 828-688-9297. Leave a return phone number on message machine.
 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Applications open for the Ooh La La Curiosity Market in downtown Asheville

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 season of the Ooh La La Curiosity Market, held May through October on select Saturdays in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville.

Email oohlalacuriositymarket@gmail.com for information about becoming a vendor in this year's markets.

Details in the flyer above and at www.oohlalacuriositymarket.com