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

Thank you for supporting our friends!

Support the fundraiser for Kent and Suze here:

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
Rabbit Rabbit
75 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Artists can choose to participate by consignment or in person

Details and link to applications:

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:

Full article with more photos here (fair warning: paywalled):

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:

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


Clay Studio Assistant

Reports to:

Executive Director


Work Exchange, Part-Time, 20 Hours Per Week


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.


Submit the below application packet to 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

Monday, May 3, 2021

Potter's wheel and slab roller for sale in Bakersville

Kent McLaughlin

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.