Anita Walling is trying to find if there is anyone who uses Laguna B-3 brown clay. Interested? Contact Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, June 28, 2021
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Saturday, June 26, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Church Street Art & Craft Show
Saturday, October 9th
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
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.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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
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Sunday, June 20, 2021
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
Friday, June 18, 2021
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 email@example.com
No resume needed but please include photos and a paragraph about your work.
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/
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
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:
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.
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.
1456 Bear Creek Road
Bakersville, NC 28705
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
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:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sprucepinepottersmarket/ Instagram: @sprucepinepottersmarket
Phone: 828 467-0166
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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
Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th
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!
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!
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%.
(image from the Facebook event page)
Friday, June 4, 2021
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
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
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
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.