Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mica’s 10th Anniversary Season Springs Into April

Mica, the cooperative gallery in downtown Bakersville, NC, opens for its 10th Anniversary season on April 1st, 2021. The gallery, owned by the artists who exhibit their work, is a large, comfortable space following strict Covid safety procedures. Visitors to the gallery are asked to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and help Mica do our part in stopping the spread of the Covid virus.

New to the gallery this year is our latest member, Penland-based artist Vicki Essig. Essig’s studio work includes weaving and paper making. Her work is noted for its quiet, contemplative, and deliberate qualities. Her process incorporates found and ancient objects into visual compositions. She notes, “On my daily hikes my pockets gradually fill with artifacts and curiosities that I find along my path. These small treasures, often overlooked, are archived into my fine handwoven cloth. Many of my compositions incorporate nearly two-hundred year old manuscripts and texts. The fragments of this rag paper, with barely detectable messages, are hand woven into the silk cloth producing an intricate structure that weaves the past with the present. This ritual has lead me to pursue the spirituality of art, which is presented to me every day as I thread my loom, collect a dried pod, or work out a design. In viewing my work, I hope that, for at least a moment, you become lost in the discovery of the minute, the quiet of repetition, and the beauty of nature and pattern.”

In celebration of its 10th year, Mica will highlight each of its member-artists monthly with special featured exhibits. In April, our highlighted artist’s work will be the colorful pottery of Jenny Lou Sherburne in a collection of serving dishes and mix/match serving sets that she cleverly refers to as “To Serve, with Love.” 

In May, Terry Gess and Carmen Grier will share the special feature highlight.  Gess will present a selection of Mother’s Day gift-worthy pottery. He notes, “Spring is the potter’s season – all those flowers in the garden and all manner of vases for bringing them into the house.”

Grier will present a new series of small, oil and cold wax landscape paintings. “I never set out to paint a particular scene,” she says, “I let landscapes from everywhere inspire me. While each scene in this collection is unique, they also work together as family, The highlight of my day is working in my studio. I hope this joy is evident in my paintings.”
 
Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. 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.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Classes and Summer Camps

 Summer Session 2021

May 31st – July 25th

Odyssey ClayWorks 
 
www.odysseyclayworks.com
 
Summer Classes

Intermediate Handbuilding: Surface and Slabs
 
Instructor: Tyler Anderson

Mondays, 6:30 – 9pm
May 31st – July 19th 

Let’s get the week started right! In this jam-packed series of Monday night classes, you’ll have fun expanding your handbuilding skills through plenty of cool demos and projects. Together we’ll make beautiful dishes and serving sets using soft slabs and molds. We’ll explore traditional handbuilding techniques from around the world as well as some new technologies that make design work a cinch!
 
Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 

Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee
 
Summer Glaze Dayz
 
Instructor: Allison Cochran

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9pm
June 1st – July 20th

Join Allie and take a deep dive into all things color! This class is perfect for glaze enthusiasts who want to gain more control of their process. We will learn the basics of glaze mixing and several methods for applying glaze. We will then explore axial systems for testing glazes as a means to create infinite colors!  We will also cover colored slips, underglazes and decals. You will learn how to create almost any effect imaginable.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Colorful Compositions
 
Instructor: Sara Ballek and Casey Engel
 
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm
June 2nd – July 21st 

Pinching, designs, patterns, and lines! This 8-week series will be loaded with demos focusing on color, surface technique, and constructing forms. Using a combination of hand building and the and work on the wheel, we will dive into some fun research that will ignite inspiration and help you develop your personal “style”. In this course students will work with a rich, red clay body that works beautifully with  colorful underglazes, slips, image transfers and more! Join Sara and Casey as they lead you through a colorful course filled with exciting technique that bring a lively presence to your work.
Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel with Ryan

Instructor: Ryan Rennie

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm
May 3rd – July 22nd

Join our new Resident Artist Ryan Rennie for a beginner’s guide to the potter’s wheel. You’ll learn the basics in a series of fun demonstrations and gain a solid understanding of thrown forms. We will begin with centering and work our way through techniques that can be used to make cups, bowls, plates, and more! No experience needed! Each week we focus on a specific form you can make all your own.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel with Shinara

Instructor: Shinara Taylor

Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:30pm

June 5th – July 24th

Have you dreamt of making a personalized mug or bowl but feel boggled by the process?  Don’t be nervous, every proficient potter once started where you are. This class will boost your clay confidence with inspiring demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and plenty of practice time. Through exploration of tools and foundational techniques you will be able to create distinct and useful pots. Each student will be encouraged to establish a strong skill base while also pursuing their individual interests and goals. Get ready to use your hands and make pots you can be proud of!

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner 

Tuition: $315 + $65 Lab Fee

Amazing Glaze Workshop

Instructor: Gabriel Kline

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
August 9th – 13th

Do you hate glazing? I mean, do you really HATE glazing?  Have you experienced the frustration of making a beautiful piece, then ruining it with flawed, or perhaps worse, boring glaze? Would you rather spend your time doing just about ANYTHING else, even cleaning your studio? Then this is the workshop for you! Join best-selling author of the book, Amazing Glaze, as he reveals the techniques that will help you learn to love the glazing process, achieve more dynamic results, and get your work noticed. Topics will include under and overglaze decoration, glazing large and delicate work, spraying glazes, and multiple firings. We will also examine the basics of formulating, mixing, and altering a glaze.
Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Tuition: $595 + $75  Lab Fee, Includes a copy of the book Amazing Glaze.

Mold Making: Process and Application Workshop
 
Instructor: Tyler Anderson

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
August 16th – 20th

Want to make some truly fun work that is highly replicable? This workshop is designed with as a gentle introduction to mold making.  All skill levels are welcome! We will be covering the fundamentals of mold making and slip casting. You’ll create a variety of molds you will be able to take home and use for years to come. Topics will include wooden and bisque molds, one- and two- piece plaster molds, and mixing slip for casting. 

Level: All Levels 

Tuition: $595 + $75  Lab Fee


Summer Camps
 
Clay Camp  2021

Fun, Colorful Clay
Ages 6 - 10
Kristen Easters

June 7th – 11th
9am – 12pm

In this camp, designed for the youngest age group, we’ll create beautiful and functional pottery forms on and off the potter’s wheel. We’ll decorate our masterpieces using colors we love and fire them so that you can use them at home for years to come. Join Kristen for a colorful and fun week in the studio!

Here We Throw!
Ages 8 - 12
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

June 7th – 11th
9am – 12pm

Wheel 101- Come dressed to make a mess!
We are going to go learn how to use a pottery wheel to make cups, bowls, vases and plates!  Students will learn different ways to decorate these vessels, and once finished, they will be food safe treasures for the whole family!

Pedal to the Metal
Ages 8 – 12
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

June 14th – 18th
2 – 5pm

We are going to go learn how to use a pottery wheel to make cups, bowls, vases and plates!  Students will learn different ways to decorate these vessels, and once finished, they will be food safe treasures for the whole family! This is a fun exploration of the clay studio for kids age 8-12.

Colorful Clay!
Ages 6 - 10
Allison Cochran

June 21st – 25th  
9am – 12pm
During this fun filled week, campers will dive into all things colorful! Students will learn basic handbuilding and wheel throwing as a way to create a blank canvas to decorate! We will spend time learning about color theory, techniques for applying glazes as well as learning how to make their own custom colors! 

Find Your Spirit Animal
Ages 8 – 12
Paige Janeri

June 21st – 25th  
2 – 5pm

We can learn a lot from nature when we observe animals in the wild. It’s fun to observe their natural characteristics, habitats, and more. In this week of camp, we will dig into some clay and explore our spirit animals. No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy creating hand-built sculptures and wheel thrown vessels that resemble your favorite animals.

Advanced Wheel
Ages 10 - 14
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

June 28th – July 2nd
9am – 12pm

This is the camp for students who have taken at LEAST one camp or class at Odyssey in the last year or two that was focused on the potter’s wheel. Students will be encouraged to develop their throwing skills to create bigger and better vessels on the wheel! We will move faster and have more freedom, so start sketching some ideas now and we will make them come alive!

A Bug’s Life
Ages 6 - 10
Paige Janeri

June 28th – July 2nd
2 – 5pm

What do you think of bugs? Are they eww gross? Or way cool?! One thing is for certain, they are super important for a healthy planet. We can learn a lot from these little critters, and in this camp, we will do just that! We’ll dig in the dirt and watch our ideas take flight. Come on all you earthworms and ladybugs! Let’s party!

Young Potter’s Wheel Camp
Ages 8 – 12
Kristen Easters

July 5th – 9th
9am – 12pm

Ready? Set? Throw! Let’s explore what clay can do! We’ll use the potter’s wheel to make cereal bowls, candlesticks, storage jars and more. Join Amy as she shows you how to spin some amazing creations in the studio!

Just Keep Spinning!
Ages 8 – 12
Allison Cochran

July 12th – 16th
9am – 12pm

This class is an introduction to the pottery wheel for all ages and skill levels. Students will learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel as well as how to decorate and glaze the pieces. This class can also be a great refresher for students with prior pottery experience!

Take it Up a Notch!
Ages 10 - 14
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

July 12th – 16th
2 – 5pm

This is the camp for students who have taken at LEAST one camp or class at Odyssey in the last year or two that was focused on the potter’s wheel. Students will be encouraged to develop their throwing skills to create bigger and better vessels on the wheel! We will move faster and have more freedom, so start sketching some ideas now and we will make them come alive!

Dream BIG

Ages 10 - 14
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Anja Bartels

July 19th – 23rd
9am – 12pm

This week we will focus on HANDBUILDING strategies to make BIG pots and sculptures that you actually get to KEEP!  We are aiming for 1-2 foot sculptures and vessels.  We’ll warm up to proper construction methods on the first day with 1-2 smaller pieces that we will raku on the last day, and then spend the rest of the time focusing on just 2-3 larger pieces- constructing them well so they can survive the firing, while bringing those dreams to life!  Come with BIG ideas :)

The Magical and Mystical
Ages 8 – 12
Paige Janeri

July 19th – 23rd
2 – 5pm

Once upon a time, fairytales and folklores were told to explain great mysteries, share epic stories, and teach awesome lessons. Ever wanted to dream up your own fairytale? In this clay camp, we will rehash on some of our old favorites and craft our very own stories using clay! No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy working on our projects together. We will hand build and use the pottery wheel in this clay camp to create functional and decorative items that tell our stories.

Advanced Wheel with Allie
Ages 10 – 14
Allison Cochran

July 26th – 30th
9am – 12pm

This camp  is designed for students with some wheel experience who are looking to create bigger and better pieces! We will build on our basic understanding of the wheel and refine our skills so that students can create one-of-a-kind pieces. We will focus on making plates, jars, vases and even learn how to alter pieces off of the wheel!

Claying with Your Food
Ages 6 – 10
Paige Janeri

July 26th – 30th
2 – 5pm

Food is something that everybody needs, deserves, and enjoys! In this week of camp, we will prepare some of our personal favorites in the clay studio.  No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy hand building sculptures that resemble our favorite things to eat. We will literally be playing with our food! Students will have the opportunity to use the wheel to make a bowl or plate to serve their favorite meals. These fun exercises will get us thinking creatively about what we like to eat and get us talking about the importance of balanced nutrition.

Mosaic Madness
Ages 6 - 10
Allison Cochran

August 2nd – 6th
9am – 12pm

In this class students will focus on collaboration and teamwork to achieve a mosaic masterpiece! Students will collectively design their mosaic and will then work together to create each piece. In this class we will focus on basic handbuilding & glazing techniques that will allow students to make the mosaic but will also give them the tools to create their own works of art! This class will give students the chance to foster their own creativity while working and learning from their peers!
 
Onward and Upward!
Ages 8 - 12
Kristen Easters

August 2nd – 6th
2 – 5pm

Let’s go big! In this class, we’ll roll slabs, coil, and pinch pots so big they will blow your mind! The sky is the limit in this class, so bring your imagination and we will make your big ideas into reality.



Tuition: $235
$25 discount for a sibling in the same camp. Use discount code “KIDSCLAY” at checkout.



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Bowls! Make at home. Glaze with us. An Empty Bowls event Hosted by Penland School of Craft

Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden are two local organizations 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? 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 the catalyst for raising awareness about hunger and funds for local organizations addressing that hunger. While we don’t yet know if we will be able to have an in person event this fall, we do know our neighbors experience food insecurity and these organizations are responding. Artists have been critical to this response through Empty Bowls for many years and are appreciated for their role in our community’s response to hunger.

We have Clay! Since we can’t yet gather we are asking you to make and bisque fire bowls, mugs, cups, and vases in your own studios. While supplies last we have cone 10 Phoenix stoneware clay from Highwater for you that can be picked-up or delivered! Contact Marianna Popp to coordinate (info below).

Glaze with us! April 24, 10am–6pm:Glazing. Glazing. Glazing. Outside and distanced.

What to bring?
Yourself of course! An Apron if you want to protect your clothes. Wear your mask, we will be practicing social distancing. And if you have a favorite brush or glazing tool bring that too!

Can’t come?
We need help firing and sanding bottoms on other days, how would you like to help? Donations from your personal studio also very welcome and appreciated!

Questions? Contact Marianna Popp, specialevents@Penland.org, 706-410-3937 (text)

For more information about these organizations go to their websites:
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden https://diginyancey.org/
Mitchell County Shepherd Staff Food Bank https://www.mcshepherdsstaff.org/

Gas kiln for sale in Weaverville

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Large gas kiln for sale. Very difficult to move and might be best used for parts, bricks. Etc. Hoping for $250 OBO. We just want to have it removed. Has not been fired since it was moved to our studio about 4 years ago. Call, text, or email to make an appointment to come see it. Phone/cell 828-230-2526. Email potterybyrachel@gmail.com Located at Reems Creek Pottery. 181 Reems Creek Rd. Weaverville.



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Call for Artists for the 2021 Come To Leicester Studio Tour

 

Come To Leicester Studio Tour
August 21-22, 2021
Leicester, NC

Welcoming artists from throughout Western North Carolina

Application deadline April 1st

Application here: http://cometoleicester.org/contact

cometoleicester.org
www.facebook.com/ComeToLeicester


(image from the Come To Leicester Facebook Page)

Friday, March 12, 2021

Pottery and ceramic books for sale in Linville, NC

15 Books for potters and ceramic artists or students. All in Good condition, some in Like New Condition. $90 for all 15. Must take all for 1 price. Pickup will be in front of the Police Department in Linville Land Harbor. 

Kimbrell Frazier
sks.frazier@gmail.com

Sweetgrass Artisan Mercantile in Bakersville seeks artists

Sweetgrass Artisan Mercantile in Bakersville, NC is seeking consignment artists who create quality and dynamic fine art and crafts with emphasis on folk art, pottery, glass, textiles and jewelry. Preference will be for those in the NC or Blue Ridge Region. 

www.sweetgrassartisanmercantile.com

Thursday, March 11, 2021

One year ago today, Clay Club edition


March 11, 2020: COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Dr. Fauci testified that "it's going to get worse," the NBA shut down, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they had tested positive – and Clay Club had its last meeting, at Haywood Community College. Hopefully we'll be able to get together in person again soon! 
 

Paragon Kiln for Sale

 Posting this on behalf of Ron Van Dyke in Maggie Valley, NC. This kiln is in VERY good condition. Used only for low temperature firings for China paint.

Paragon Kiln for Sale

asking $1000

model A82B3, single phase, max temp 2350 F.

Call Ron 828-734-4913






Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Applications open for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Calling all Ceramic Artists! We are accepting Applications to the 4th Annual North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival taking place October 23rd in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Are you new to shows? We have two great services for emerging artists! First we are available to review your application photos and provide feedback before applying so that you can put your best foot forward to our judges. Second, accepted artists have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor who will help you plan your display, put together a production list, discuss pricing your work, make a list of what you will need for the show, and answer any questions and provide guidance as you prepare for the event. Learn more and apply now at https://www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com/apply

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Craft Your Commerce Spring 2021 Workshops

Mountain BizWorks presents Craft Your Commerce virtual workshops starting March 12th:

This fresh series of Craft Your Commerce workshops will explore a variety of skill development to help you understand how to create sales strategies, develop diverse revenue streams, and sell without having to feel “salesy.” Join us for this series of workshops as we bring in guest presenters who are subject matter experts in their field, exposing you to new ideas, and helping you find innovation and comfort in selling your products.

The CYC Spring Workshop Series will feature the following:


A virtual networking event to kick off the series – Makers Mixer
5 separate virtual workshops that focus on various aspects of Selling designed to help you gain paying customers through effective, innovative tools and strategies.
Crafting Commerce Cohort (C3) Labs will glean insights from the workshops and develop actionable plans in a collaborative, peer-to-peer learning setting.
Learn more about all the workshops at: craftyourcommerce.com

Pay What You Wish

Mountain BizWorks is excited to offer this spring series of workshops as a Pay What You Wish (PWYW) option. What does this mean? It means we recognize that the economic realities of the pandemic has put a huge financial strain on many households and we do not want price to be a limiting factor in order for creative entrepreneurs to benefit from our programs. In effect, we are trusting you to pay what you consider to be a fair price given your economic situation, beyond a $5 minimum placeholder. We hope this allows as many craft and creative individuals to be able to participate and grow their business skills leading to sustainable businesses!

craftyourcommerce.com 

www.mountainbizworks.org/craft-your-commerce/cyc-spring-series/

Friday, March 5, 2021

RIP Judith Duff

Judith Duff with Nina Hole, Danish wood fire sculpture and students at 2006 residency at ASU sponsored by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

From Dian Magie:

It is with sad heart the clay community will mourn the passing of Judith Duff, internationally recognized ceramic artist, March 4, 2021 after battling dementia over the last few years. A leader in the woodfire ceramics she has been a mentor to many in the field of woodfire ceramics. From her studio in Brevard, NC, Judith and Royle, her husband of 55 years, welcomed students from around the country to fire with her, in her train and anagama kilns. For several years Judith hosted workshops with world renown artists in the media, who were her friends and peers, including Shozo Michikawa and John Dix from Japan, and US clay artist Peter Callas. Judith curated many woodfire exhibits in the region and throughout the country introducing the public to the beauty and process of woodfire ceramics. Judith and Royle traveled often to Japan, where Judith studied and fired with leading Japanese potters. Her work is found in collections throughout the U.S. and Japan. judithduff.com provides a full history of her work and images of her pottery. With her ready smile, gracious approach to fellow artists, Judith will be greatly missed.