Friday, October 29, 2021
4th Annual Beaverdam Studio Tour
October 30 and 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30th 10am to 5pm
Sunday, October 31st noon to 5pm
25 artists working in Beaverdam Valley—plus 5 guest artists—are excited to welcome visitors to their studios and homes to see their work, talk with them, and purchase handmade art and craft. Media include ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, paper art, photography, and more.
All studios are off Beaverdam Road which is off Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville
Studio tour map and more info here: beaverdamstudiotour.com
(Image from the Facebook event page)
Thursday, October 28, 2021
2022 NC Potters Conference: Korean Influences
March 3-6, 2022
Seagrove, North Carolina
Korean Influences! Our 2022 conference will feature several wonderful Korean potters and explore various Korean techniques and styles, both traditional and contemporary, as well as take a look at how Korean ceramics have changed and their influence on potters and pottery here in North Carolina.
Our Demonstrating Artists are Master Lee Hang Koo, Yeonsoo Kim, and KyoungHwa Oh. Our Speakers are Steven Young Lee, Sunkoo Yuh, Yoonjee Kwak, and Seo Eo.
Early Bird Registration ends November 31st.
Learn more and register via www.ncpottersconference.org!
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
The Bracker Raku Kiln is a lightweight and portable design for firing ceramic pieces in your own backyard. The kiln we make today was designed by Bill Bracker in the early 1970's utilizing the technology of ceramic fiber. The kiln is made by lining a cage of wire fence material and a metal garbage can lid with one-half inch thick fiber blanket. The fiber is then rigidized with a mixture of sodium silicate and water. The use of the fiber allows the ceramicist to have the insulating qualities of 2-1/2 inches of soft insulating firebrick, yet it is light enough that anyone is able to pick it up.
• The raku kiln
• Soft insulating firebricks – 1 box (24 bricks) • Concrete blocks - 8
• Propane torch/burner
• Propane tanks
• Tongs with teeth
• Pair of welder’s gloves
• 2 Small metal garbage cans
• Raku Clay
• 2 books on Raku
• Does not include shelf
Brackers.com has How-To videos
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Mica, the members owned cooperative fine craft gallery in downtown Bakersville, NC., continues its monthly special “Featured Artist Spotlight” series exhibiting the work of its member artists.
In November, the gallery features the work of its member, Teresa Pietsch. “My pottery reflects the cycles of life and growth.” she explains. “My inspiration comes from the colors and textures of the flora on hillsides, fields, and the sides of the road. I use colored clay slips on top of a red clay body to give an earthiness and life to my work. By firing my work in a soda kiln, I give a variation and richness to the finished forms.”
“I decorate each piece using a mono-print slip transfer method. I start by painting slip onto newsprint and then burnishing it onto the leather hard clay. When I peel away the newsprint the image has been transferred onto the clay. This creates a slight texture and adds an aspect of imperfection. I then embellish the image with slip dots or carved lines for another degree of texture and detail.”
Mica showcases the craft work of its 15 artist-members including sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber, wearables, painting, printmaking, and functional pottery. This extraordinary collection, enhanced by a yearlong rotation of featured 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, 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, October 23, 2021
Terry Gess is donating the materials and labor to build a small, wood fire raku kiln for the students at Arthur Morgan School in Celo, NC. https://www.arthurmorganschool.org/mission-history/
All they have now is an electric kiln - what kid do you know who doesn't need to experience making and firing pots with real fire? We have all the materials to build but am lacking raku tongs and long raku gloves. Anyone have anything extra? All help will be appreciated! firstname.lastname@example.org
Text 828 467 0166
Friday, October 22, 2021
October 23, 2021
North Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC
Enjoy Doc Brown’s BBQ and Sunshine Sammies at NCCAF this year!
Featured Artist: Zan Barnes Pottery
Artists: Byers Pottery * Carlisle Ceramics * Club Polska Pottery * Converse Creations * Crazy Green Studio * Gillan Doty Pottery * Goodnight Pottery * Green Thumb Pottery * Hannah Sidner Ceramics * Home Plate Pottery * IyaBlu' Inc * Jenny Cartee Pottery * Julie Koenke * Katie Meili Pottery * Kristen Easters Ceramics * Leslie Dinga Pottery * Lindsay Bostic Pottery * Little Blackberry Creek Pottery * Molly Walter Pottery * Motyl Pottery * Peaceful Path Pottery * Plays in Mud Pottery * Pure Ritual * RGHCreative * SoulPlay Clayworks * Sprouting Earth Pottery * Susan Coe Pottery * Turning Earth Studios
(image from the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival Facebook page)
Sunday, October 17, 2021
• BRAND NEW MEDIUM DUTY GEIL GAS KILN
• see kilns.com for specs
• STILL IN CRATE
• PAID $10,000.00 -- ASKING $9,000.00
• BRAND NEW HOOD ALSO AVAILABLE
• PAID $1000.00 -- ASKING $500.00
• MAY NEED TO BE RE-ENGINEERED FOR YOUR SITUATION
• HOLLOW CORE SHELVING KIT ALSO AVAILABLE
• PAID $491.00 -- ASKING $200.00
• YOU SHIP OR PICK UP (HUNTERSVILLE, NC)
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thanks to everyone who came to our first virtual Clay Club! We got to see friends new and old; some we haven't seen since before COVID and others we got to meet for the first time. Thanks to everyone for putting up with my limited Zoom skills and special thanks to John Britt for co-hosting with me and making sure everything went smoothly (and answering some glaze questions, natch). We talked about what we've all been doing during the pandemic. For some of us, getting studio time has been harder. Lots of events got canceled and galleries were closed, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, but some have been pleasantly surprised by old and new revenue streams.
We talked about possibilities for upcoming Clay Club meetings. John is working on a group firing opportunity. Another popular topic idea was a social media panel. We've done social media focused Clay Clubs before, but it's been a while. Some folks who attended the Zoom meeting talked about difficulties coming to in-person meetings and there definitely seems to be interest in continuing to have some meetings virtually. Let me know if you have ideas for Clay Club topics and/or how to hold upcoming meetings.
Lori Theriault shared that The Village Potters Clay Center Gallery is open and tonight (Friday the 15th) there will be a virtual opening for Grounded Flow. From the Facebook event page:
Grounded Flow is a special exhibit and sale featuring the works of TVPCC Apprentices Caroline Woolard and Keira Peterson. We will host a Live-Stream Opening Reception on Friday, October 15 at 5:00PM. Caroline and Keira will tour us through their exhibit and answer any questions in simultaneous Facebook and Instagram Live-Streams. We hope you'll join us!
The Village Potters Clay Center is also open for classes and clay sales. Check out their COVID policies here: https://thevillagepotters.com/but-wait-theres-more/covid-19-pandemic-policies/
Lori and Tori Motyl shared that the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival (NCCAF) will take place next Saturday, October 23rd, in North Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Check out all the details about the NCCAF here: www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com
Tori also told us about Double Island Studio, a teaching studio in Green Mountain, NC started by Liz and Scott Summerfield. They'll be coming out with their 2022 summer workshop schedule soon. (Tori will be teaching Wild Clay and Throwing Big workshops!) Check out more about Double Island Studio on instagram at doubleislandstudio. (You should also check out this totally unbiased review of Double Island Studio by Roby Summerfield here: https://nicelocal.com/north-carolina/utility_service/double_island_studio/) If you're interested in the possibility of teaching at Double Island Studio, contact Tori at email@example.com
Thanks again to everyone who came and participated in the first virtual Clay Club!
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Submission deadline: October 22nd
From the Mountain BizWorks website:
Mountain BizWorks and Craft Your Commerce would like to invite any artist, maker, and/or creative product business to submit their information to be included in our Handmade for the Holidays Gift Guide. Participation is free and inclusive. Anyone who submits by the deadline of October 22, will be included. Your business must be located inside the Mountain BizWorks’ service region.
We want to celebrate the ways in which you have developed resiliency, innovative ways to reach your customers, and strength through learning new skills by promoting what you make or offer to our audience for the 2021 holiday season. This virtual gift guide is all inclusive and will organize your products and services by category.
Any artist, maker and/or creative product business located in the Mountain Bizworks service region (26 western most counties in WNC) who submits their information will be included, but you MUST submit by the deadline of October 22, 2021. While having an e-commerce website is preferred, it is not required to participate.
They are also offering an Instagram takeover opportunity.
More details and links to submission forms here: https://www.mountainbizworks.org/event/cyc-2021-handmade-for-the-holidays-gift-guide/
Monday, October 11, 2021
I sent out the Zoom link for October Clay Club last night (Sunday night) by email. The meeting will take place this Wednesday, October 13th at 6pm. If you'd like to join us but didn't receive the email with the subject line October Clay Club this Wednesday!, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will hook you up.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Judith Duff Pottery
STUDIO GALLERY EVENT
From the website event page:
Since Judith's passing in March of this year, I have been thinking of ways to share the significant collection of her work that she left behind, much of which has not previously been viewed by the public.
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville honored Judith's life work, interwoven with the words and art of potters she had influenced, in a Memorial Exhibition this past May and June. It was deeply gratifying to me and I am pleased that the gallery continues to showcase a selection of her pots.
Now I hope you will join me for a special Gallery Showing at Judith's Studio during this beautiful time of year in our mountain setting as a tribute to Judith's artistic talent, creativity, and kindness.
The event will be even more special because three of Judith's close friends, influenced by her in different ways, have graciously agreed to be part of this special show.
Nancy Green - Pottery - Watkinsville, GA
Christine Kisoba - Ceramic Sculpture - Brevard, NC
Shannon Whitworth - Paintings - Brevard, NC
In addition, there will be ceramic works made by the amazing Korean Potter, Seungho Yang, who joined Judith to put on an unforgettable workshop at Judith's studio in 2015.
Please come and join Judith's many other admirers at this celebration of Judith's legacy.
Friday Oct 22: 5 pm - 8 pm
Saturday Oct 23: 10 am - 4 pm
450 Cedar Lane
Brevard, NC 28712
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
The Mars Hill Farmers & Artisans Market is now accepting applications for its 2021 Holiday Market. The Holiday Market will be held on Saturdays from November 6 - December 18, 2021. If accepted into the market, fees are $10/day.
Application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCNKULM9-WTPrBUO3mYN3Os5MzikLYVJe55Qp2T9DrCUOWMA/viewform
Monday, October 4, 2021
***UPDATE MONDAY AFTERNOON, 10/4/21: The glaze materials are SOLD. The slab roller is still available.***
Here are the details from Pam Witters:
I am liquidating my studio and selling my entire glaze kitchen materials and talisman sieve. The attached spreadsheet details every material with its current cost per Highwater Clays website. I am also including my talisman rotary sieve with an 80 mesh screen. I am asking $500 for everything. The detail file and photos are attached below.
I also have a Northstar Slab Roller with 4 canvas sheets for sale $250.
Text Pam at 828-575-4445 if you are interested.
See the spreadsheet with materials details here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pFSIBMxSr3jhqUtw2HYXrfXovgDYKUbOulNsNfza-pg/edit?usp=sharing
Friday, October 1, 2021
October 2021 Clay Club will take place virtually Wednesday, October 13th at 6 pm. More details coming soon, but the meeting will include John Britt sharing the details of an upcoming Clay Club glaze firing he'll be coordinating.
How to participate:
I'll share the meeting link soon via email. If you received an email from me with the subject line Clay Club returns! (sent yesterday, September 30th), you are on the email list and will automatically receive the meeting link. If you didn't receive that email, contact me at email@example.com
See you on October 13th!
UPDATE 10/2/21: the tent has been adopted and is no longer available.
Greg Stuart now says he would like to donate his tent to the the first interested party. Here are the details from his earlier post:
The tent is an 8(H)x10(L)x10(W) trimline canopy, purchased from Flourish Displays in 2002 and used only 5 times. Flourish brand is the "Cadillac" of display tents. A mesh display panel was added in 2010. All in mint condition.
All I ask is a small offer for this $1,500 value.
Contact Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org