Monday, June 27, 2022

Workshop Narrative Form and Surface with Lynne Hobaica and Rickie Barnett: July 11th-15th, 2022 at Double Island Studio

This workshop will bridge the gap between using form and surface to depict narrative. We’ll begin by using basic clay building techniques—slab, pinch, coil—to create stylized figurative components. Once the figurative objects are complete, they will become 3-D canvases that we’ll use to explore a number of decorating techniques involving building layers and carving back into them. We’ll discuss why storytelling is important and offer tools to develop a creative way to recount or invent history.  Firing not included.

Date & Time: July 11th-15th 10am-5pm

Age & Level: 16+ All levels welcome

Format: Hands-on & Demonstration

Materials Provided: Redstone Clay (you are welcome to bring clay from home; it is suggested to work with a red body for this workshop), all temperature slips,  Amaco Velvet Underglazes. Student materials list will be emailed upon registration.

Learn more and sign up at:

Friday, June 24, 2022

Mica Gallery Featured Artists for July

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – is pleased to introduce our Highlighted Artist-Members for the month of July, Sondra Dorn and Teresa Pietsch.

Dorn is a mixed media artist whose paintings are reminiscent of abstract landscapes. “I generate ideas in several ways,” Dorn says as she describes visits to botanical gardens and examining objects under a microscope. “I take photographs while walking and driving around and ideas evolve just by working--one idea always leads to another--each a new discovery.” Dorn’s new work for the July Mica exhibition will feature black and white gel plate monotypes that she will work back into with color for a painterly, gestural final effect. Dorn was a Core Fellow and Resident Artist at Penland School of Craft. She lives in Asheville.

Pietsch finds imagery and inspiration by walking her dogs in the quiet of the woods. “Working in earthenware with colored slips,” she says, “allows me to respond to the textures and colors I see in all seasons. Each new piece I make and decorate is like a page from a sketchbook." Pietsch makes works that are objects of beauty and functional at the same time. Her cups, pitchers, vases and platters are her way of translating gardens onto a canvas. Her work, she reflects, “speaks to growth cycles and the passage of time.” Pietsch grew up in Washington State and graduated from Seattle Pacific University. After a residency at the Energy Exchange, she settled near Penland School of Craft.

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wanted: Carpentry Help

 Looking to hire someone with carpentry skills for a small job in the Fairview area. I have a walkout basement and level ground where I would like to locate my electric kiln. Something very simple to protect it from the elements. I will bring in an electrician to run the electrical. Referrals also appreciated.



Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Introduction to Block Printing with Roby Summerfield: June 25th, 2022

Introduction to Block Printing with Roby Summerfield: June 25th, 2022

 Description: This workshop offers the essential components to creating unique relief block prints. Participants will learn how to carve linoleum, ink blocks, and print their own personal imagery. Demonstrations include imagery transfer, building texture, and instruction of the required tools needed to create their own prints. There will be plenty of hands-on work time and each participant will leave with several prints and the required skills to continue their printmaking journey.

Date & Time: June25th 10am-3pm

Age & Level: Open to all levels. Ages 14 +

Format: Hands-on & Demonstration

Materials Provided: All printmaking tools required for this workshop (ink, carving tools, brayers, paper, and lino) Student materials list will be emailed upon registration.

Cancellation policy: 100% refund if we can fill your spot. 50% refund if we cannot fill your spot. No refund for cancellations received less than 2 weeks from workshop date.

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Roby Summerfield resides in beautiful Bakersville, North Carolina. She’s passionate about printmaking and draws inspiration from her enormous botanical collection. She has taught and assisted in a variety of printmaking workshops and community events.

When she is not in her studio, she is actively involved in community service, loving on her animals, and going to high school at Mayland Early College. Her most recent accomplishments include creating Bakersville’s first Little Free Library and participating in Toe River Arts massive scale wood block print workshop, Big Ink. 

June Clay Club Follow Up

 Hello Clubbers!

June Clay Club was an immersive time at Rodney Leftwich's home and studio in Mills River. We were treated to a tour of his lovely studio and property with a beautiful pond, and to an in-depth talk about the history of pottery in our area beginning with the Native Americans. 

Rodney has an extensive knowledge that he has not only put down into writing, but also explored in the work he has created over the years. Next time you see him, ask him about it, you will be in for a treat. 

Next Clay Club: July 13th 6-8 at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville. More information to come

Form and Function with Cynthia Bringle at Penland

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JULY 31 – AUGUST 12, 2022


Cynthia Bringle

Form and Function

Learn ways to make wheelthrown pots with integrity that speak to your own sensibility. We will address the challenge of making strong forms with high functionality. We’ll work with stoneware clay. This workshop is about exploring forms rather than making work for the next craft fair. Intermediate level: basic wheelthrowing skills required. Upper clay studio.


NOTE: There are 14 spaces available in this workshop. Registration will begin at Noon ET on Monday, May 23.

All scholarships have been awarded for summer and are not available for this workshop. Transfers are not available for this workshop.


Studio potter and workshop teacher; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Anderson Ranch (CO), Campbell Folk School (NC), Penland; fellow and trustee emeritus of the American Craft Council, North Carolina Award for Fine Arts, honorary doctorate from Memphis College of Art; collections: Mint Museum (NC), High Museum (GA), Gregg Museum (NC), Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Asheville Museum of Art (NC).

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Ceramic Artist Looking For Work

 If you are in need of a studio assistant, Ahdonnica is looking for a position. You can contact her at:

or via text at 704-930-9097

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Take a Workshop with Liz Zlot Summerfield June 9-12

 Fold and Fabricate with Soft Slabs with Liz Zlot Summerfield: June 9th-12th, 2022

Description: This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and offers the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. Students will be introduced to the techniques of working with earthenware clay slabs and paper patterns. They will begin with simple functional forms and expand to include components such as lids, feet, and spouts. There will be discussion and work time allotted towards surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes. Firing not included.

This workshop emphasizes one-on-one interaction in a supportive, positive environment where experimentation is encouraged and individual development nurtured.

Expect to spend 4 days together creating & connecting, learning new skills, and visiting select galleries & studios. 

Date & Time: June 9th-12th 10am-5pm, 10am-3pm (Sunday)

Age & Level: 18+  This workshop is designed to accommodate all clay enthusiasts from beginner to advanced. Some clay experience is helpful.

Format: Hands-on & Demonstration

Materials Provided: Earthenware clay (students may bring their own), underglazes, terra sigillata, earthenware slip for slip trailing, hand-outs. Student materials list will be emailed upon registration.

Happy Hour Date: Students are invited to stay for lite snacks and beverages on June 9th from 5-6pm.

Cancellation policy: 100% refund if we can fill your spot. 50% refund if we cannot fill your spot. No refund for cancellations received less than 2 weeks from workshop date. 

Learn more and sign up at:

Clay Club Next Wednesday, June 8th!

June Clay Club

For new fellow clay lovers, there is no registration or fee to be a part of clayclub or attend a monthly meeting. You were a member the whole time *twilight zone music*

Hello Clay Clubbers!

The details:

When: June 8th, 6-8pm

Who: Rodney Leftwich, Leftwich Folk & Art Pottery

Where: 126 Bane Road Mills River, NC 28759 (Go to end of drive. Limited parking - more available across from Bane Rd. drive) Located near Hwy. 280 abut 10 miles south of the Airport going towards Brevard.

Topic: Inspirations from historical Western NC folk and art pottery traditions

Food Situation: Light snacks but this will be more of a potluck. Please bring something to pass as well as any items needed to eat it. Ex: napkins, spoons

Follow this link for more information: (I know the URL says March, I'm not great with computer things)

Production Potters Wanted - Motyl Pottery

I run a small pottery based in Weaverville, NC just north of Asheville located inside the Reems Creek Pottery Community Studio. Currently there is just me, Tori, owner and maker, and my studio assistant, Morgan. I am looking to hire some production potters to replicate my forms in their own studio, bisque to 04, and deliver to my studio. The following are items I am currently needing. I am including weight, dimensions, and price I can pay per piece. I will provide clay as well as pre-extruded and cut to size handles. I use B-mix 5 with grog. 

  • Tumblers, 1lb, 4.5t x 3.5 rim, $7
  • Cereal Bowls, 1.5lb, 4.5t x 6 rim, $10
  • Mugs, 1lb, 5.5t x 3.5 rim, handle, $11
  • Dinner Bowls, 2lb, 3t x 7.5 rim, $12
  • Small Bakers, 2lb, 3t x 7.5 rim, $12
  • Soup Bowls, 1.5lb, 4.5t x 6 rim, handle, $13
  • Large Bakers, 3lb, 2t x 9.5 rim, $17
  • Serving Bowls, 4lb, 6t x 6 rim, $20

All of these forms are simple shapes with no foot rings for quick and easy trimming. I am including some images below of the cereal bowl, dinner bowl, large baker, and soup bowl. 

To apply, send an email to, Tori Lynn Motyl at gmail . com, no resume or cover letter needed, and we can set up a time for you to come to my studio, throw some pots together, and if we both feel it's a good fit, we can move forward. 

The ideal candidate is someone who: 
  • Can replicate my form with some practice.
  • Can set realistic deadlines for delivering the bisqueware, communicate those deadlines to me, and communicate if those deadlines need to change due to unforeseen circumstances. 
  • Has access to a wheel and kiln for producing and bisque firing work to cone 04. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Tori Motyl
585 507 5731

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Wanted: De-Airing Pug Mill

 If you have a used pug mill that you would like to sell, contact Tori Motyl at

Monday, May 23, 2022

Mica Gallery Featured Artists for June

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – is pleased to introduce our Highlighted Artist-Members for the month of June, Lisa Joerling and Jean Mclaughlin

Joerling’s playful ceramic animals always bring a smile to the gallery’s visitors. Eliciting joy and evoking laughter are key components of Joerling’s sculptural practice. “We need humor in our lives, and I want my animals to fill a space with happiness,” Joerling comments. Her work draws upon her imagination, her years of living in Florida, and her love of animals. New work for the exhibition in June will include chickens and a variety of other birds. “I have made sculptures of chickens in a morning coffee klatch and fowls at play to give you an idea of what is to come!” Lisa laughs. Recently Lisa and her husband Nick Joerling built new studios that will be open for the Toe River Arts Studio Tour. They designed their workspaces to meet the needs of their varied personalities and ways of working. Lisa Joerling’s space has a brightly painted turquoise floor and is filled with objects that delight the eye. “It is my happy place,” adds Joerling.

McLaughlin will be showing monotypes and woodcuts. Her fascination with the many ways water manifests itself in our lives will be prominent in the works on view. “Throughout my life, I have studied clouds, watched the rain fall, and delighted in the way water dances as I swim,” McLaughlin reflects. “The fact that gardens thrive with water links my imagery to flowers and flowers to my family who passes plants down from generation to generation. I want to capture this love of gardening and the landscape in my work.” “Lately,” McLaughlin noted, “the war in Ukraine has surfaced in my work, and some of the prints have gotten a bit stormy.” A native to North Carolina, McLaughlin studied at UNC Chapel Hill, the California College of the Arts, and NC State University.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC. Mica is open daily, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. The gallery continues to follow guidance from the CDC and state of North Carolina with regards to controlling the spread of Covid-19. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Job Opportunity

 New Horizons Book Loft looking to offer pottery classes at their location. Contact them on Instagram at

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Free kiln in Weaverville


Monday, May 16, 2022

Job Opening

 Good morning,

My name is Emily and I work for a summer camp south of Asheville in Mills River. We are looking for a ceramics instructor for the summer. We are reaching out to local studios to find an instructor. They can have minimal experience, they just need a desire to learn, teach and instill a love for creating in young people. We are a co-ed camp with campers ages 6-16 years old so there is much opportunity for someone to grow their ability to teach and share the arts. There is housing on site available but we also permit someone to commute to camp each day. Pay is based upon age & if housing is included.

Please let me know if you have anyone interested or would be interested in sharing this opportunity with candidates.

They can check out our website about who we are, email me ( for more information or begin our staff application.

Thank you for your time!

Have a wonderful day!
Emily Petrilla

Camp Highlander
Assistant Director
(828) 891-7721 |

Have a wonderful day!
Emily Petrilla

Camp Highlander
Assistant Director
(828) 891-7721 |

May Clay Club Recap

 Hey Clubbers,

We had a great clay club last week talking about wild clay and eating lots of treats at Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville. There was 18 of us total which was amazing! 

Here are some photos so if you weren't able to come, you can see what we were up to. 

I hope to see you all, and more faces, at our June Clay Club on June 8th at Rodney Leftwich's as we all get inspired as he talks about historical western NC folk and art pottery traditions! More info to come.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Free soft kiln bricks

 Please contact Kelsey at Plays in Mud Pottery by phone 828-280-4618 or email . These are free soft brick for L&L kilns. Must pick up. Will not deliver. Need gone ASAP.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Clay Club Wednesday 5/11


When: May 11th, 6-8pm

Who: Tori Motyl with Motyl Pottery

Where: Reems Creek Pottery 181 Reems Creek Rd, Weaverville

Topic: Wild Clay and Wild Glaze

Food Situation: There will be light snacks and bubbly water.

See you all at 6!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Wanted: Used Tent

 If anyone is looking to sell a used tent, contact Remo Piracci at

Friday, April 29, 2022

Artist Call for all WNC Students


Eligible artists must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated* from a WNC college/university art or craft program. The applicant’s college/ university must be in one of the WNC counties (see website below).

*“Recently graduated,” applicants are those that have graduated between 2021-2022.

• Submissions must be the artist’s original work.

• HCAC Artist Membership is not required but is encouraged. Learn more here

• Artwork must be for sale.
• 2-D artwork must arrive gallery-ready, ready to hang and be presented professionally. Unframed work must have edges considered to be “finished” and in cohesive relation to the overall piece.
• 2- Dimensional Work: Height 6 feet, Width 6 feet, including frame.
• 3- Dimensional Work: Sculptural and small installation work is encouraged.

Learn more at: 

Friday, April 22, 2022

One Week Left To Apply for NCCAF


One week left to apply for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

We welcome both new and veteran ceramic vendors. We can pre-review your application images before you apply (send an email to and we also offer mentorship for accepted artists to help prepare for the big day! This is great if you are new to shows! 



Emerging Artist Application:

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Mica Gallery Presents Featured Artists for May

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – is pleased to introduce our Highlighted Artist-Member for the month of May, Jenny Lou Sherburne. Mica also wants to welcome guest artist, Tria Turrou.

Sherburne has been a potter for over 30 years, making colorful, whimsical, functional works. Her inspirations range from “garlic cloves to onion domes, from the Land of Oz to the Isle of Crete, from Antonio Gaudi to Dr. Seuss.” Her goals are described as, “wanting what I make to reflect my ideal, that our lives can be imbued with a sense of energy and joy which grows when shared. That hope is what helps me move forward.” Sherburne is a founding member of Mica Gallery and has lived in the area for 17 years.

Turrou is an earthenware potter. She refers to her creations as “truly one of a kind as each piece is hand-decorated and painted. I use a combination of underglazes and slips as the foundation of my decoration process, then apply glazes that I mix myself over the flat color to enhance the appearance of each piece.” Turrou will be at Mica until September.

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wild Clay Workshop

 Tori Motyl will be teaching a Wild Clay workshop at Double Island Studio May 14-15.

Learn to dig, process, test, and make with clay from your own back yard or around town.

Great for surface design, throwing, hand building, tile work, jewelry, and more. 

Sign up at