Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Seagrove building for sale

 Cady Clay Works Building located in the historic Westmoore Community of Seagrove. 4000sqft warehouse area and also includes additional retail area in front. A wood fired kiln built in the ground is located on the property. This space would be ideal for shared studio space for artisans. Zoned RA please refer to Moore County Zoning for uses. There is additional land available for interested parties separate from this listing.


Free Clay

Terry Grss tgesspottery@gmail.com 828 467 0166 has 200 lbs STARworks cone 10 New Catawba wild clay FREE to anyone who wants to come pick it up. At my studio.--

Terry Gess Pottery

770 Wing Road

Bakersville, NC 

  2  8  7  0  5

phone 828.467.0166



Friday, November 25, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Looking for old kiln

 Looking for an electric kiln to convert to another fuel. Can be in any condition. The electrical parts will not be used.

Please contact Macmahone at blue.fire.macmahon@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Wednesday Car Pool to UNCA

 I am going to Clay Club on Wednesday and wondered if anyone wanted to car pool. I will drive but thought we could travel together. Leaving from Spruce Pine around 4:30 p.m. and coming home around 7:30 pm.  Call or text 828.467.5020

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

November Clay Club


Need Anything from Star Works?

 Anyone want to get in on an order from Star Works Clay?

I am preparing for a ton order of clay from Star Works for delivery in November. Anyone want to add to my order and pay your portion of shipping fee? We can arrange payment and pickup of your portion of the order. I will need your interest ASAP!

Terry Gess

text 828 467 0166


Monday, October 31, 2022

Don't miss the Carolina Pottery Festival!

 Info links: https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=carolina+pottery+festival+2022&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&ibp=htl;events&rciv=evn&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj-9smluYj7AhX5FFkFHW1NCx8Q5bwDegQIHhAB#fpstate=tldetail&htidocid=L2F1dGhvcml0eS9ob3Jpem9uL2NsdXN0ZXJlZF9ldmVudC8yMDIyLTExLTA1fF82NzAxMDk0MjY5NDc1MDY3MTA5&htivrt=events&mid=/g/11pv4vq13k



Saturday, October 29, 2022

Equipment for sale

*If you are having trouble reaching Kathryn, you can try these numbers:

 404-841-8211 and 404-229-8227 

Equipment for sale:

> Olympic Oval Bartlett digital high fire kiln.  Asking $3,900. (Retails for $6,500, have seen delivered price at $5,400 plus $450+ for kiln furniture) Includes two sets of shelves, kiln posts. In really good condition.

> Bluebird Pugmill, #425 non deair and extruder.  Asking $1750.  (Retails for $3,500 plus extruder dies $450+).  Includes full set of extruding dies plus custom dies. 

> Northstar table top 24” stainless slab roller.  (Retail $729+).  Asking $150. 

> 8 tier rolling ware cart.  Heavy duty, in good condition.  Asking $240. (these retail from $655 up to $850+)

> 5 tier rolling ware cart.  Sturdy. Asking $75.

> Display pedestals, white, several heights. Asking $40-$50.

> Custom made art fair show display pedestals, low table, also use as packing containers.  Grey.  Asking $95 for entire grouping. 

> 10X10 Blue pop up tent with new blue top. Asking $45.

> 10X10 Black pop up tent, used once. Asking $45.

> Large 4X8 work table on casters.  Has lower storage shelf.  Asking $75.

> Chrome and melamine white 5 tier display shelf.  Asking $65.

> Clay by the bag.  Majority Aardvark Soldate 60, excellent absorbing thermal shock, throwing, high fire.  Retail $13.50, asking $10 per 25lb bag. 

> Other misc. clays, high fire stoneware…. Standard 112, etc.  $10 bag.  Some bags stiffer than others as have been in studio fir 10+ months.  Can hydrate by putting 1 cup water in bag, twist tight, put in 5 gal. bucket water up to twist tie, overnight and should be good to go.  In total have a ton+ of clay.

> Sleeper sofa.  Camel back designer style. Recently reupholstered.  Arm protectors. Asking $240, have $ wiggle room.

> 2 and 3 drawer metal file cabinets.  Asking $18 each. 

> Room / studio space dividers, white. 4X8 and 4X4.  Asking $50-$75 each.

> Glaze minerals.  Full range of base chemicals, colorants.  Will have full inventory and weights in two weeks.  Approx value for all is $3K.  Will price well below current retail. 

>Tile Press, 12X12 up to 16X16.  Includes custom spacers.  Excellent condition.

Asking $90. 

Contact Kathryn Bryant <katybryant@bellsouth.net>

A Very Special Exhibit at Mars Hill University

 The Harvest Gathered: 

New Work by Terry Gess (Clay) & Colleen Connolly (Textiles)   

 Oct 19th - Nov 10th, 2022 

For this exhibit, Terry Gess will be presenting a series of large thrown forms - exploring scale, surface treatment and the beauty of irregularity.

Please join us for the Exhibit Reception: Wed, Nov 2nd - 6 to 8 pm’

Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University 

79 Cascade Street 

Mars Hill, NC 28754 

Gallery hours open: Mondays - Wednesdays -Thursdays -  Fridays 10am–4pm

Looking to borrow a 24" bat for a couple of weeks

 I promise to return it, and in the same shape as when I borrow it. Jillian Wolf bisoncrow@gmail.com 828-275-0878 talk or text.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Looking for Bricks

 I am looking for a small quantity of high heat/super duty hard bricks (straights). I thought I had enough for an upcoming project, but I am shy by about 50 or so bricks. Either used or new brick will work! If anyone has any they would be willing to sell me, or any leads, I would appreciate it. My email address is hello@lindsayrogersceramics.com - Thanks! Lindsay Rogers

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Lost Key at Clay Club

 If you lost a set of keys at Clay Club, send an email to Tori@MotylPottery.com

"Cider Sippin' Seconds Sale" at Odyssey this weekend

 *You may need to click the photo to enlarge and see the whole flier* 

Special Event This Weekend - GR Pottery Forms

 Special Event, Sunday Oct. 23, 2:00 PM at Reems Creek Pottery

Location: 181 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville

Jeff Rottman, Owner and Founder of GR Pottery Forms is hitting the road to introduce a new product to their line — the WA2 system. The WA system is designed to make plates utilizing the GR forms and a wheel, which produces good quality, consistent plates especially good for adding a variety of surface decorations. He will be demonstrating this new product as well as answering any questions that you have regarding the use of the GR forms in general.

His itinerary is taking him to Clay King on Monday, Oct 24th. At this point he is not scheduled to be at Highwater Clays, so it is quite an opportunity for us to do a meet and greet and watch him demonstrate. If you are not familiar with the product line check it out on Facebook, instagram or the website at www.GRpotteryforms.com  (for those of you that don’t know, GR stands for Grand Rapids, which is where they are located).

Rachel Smith of Reems Creek Pottery has been using these forms for about 6 years, and reached out to Jeff when she found out that he would be spending the weekend in Asheville during his promo tour. She also let him know about the NCCAF that is happening on Saturday, Oct 22nd at Pack Place. So, if you are one of the vendors there, you may see him checking out the festival.

If you have any questions, reach out to Rachel:  potterybyrachel@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Buckets Available

*Claimed. No longer available* 

 I have a source for lots of used 5 gallon buckets with lids. Just need rinsing out - otherwise clean. For farm and studio use, not for food use.

Terry Gess - tgesspottery@gmail.com text (828)467-0166

October Clay Club Follow Up

 Hello Clubbers!

What a fantastic and festive fall clay club we had at Baxters!

Here are the links to the lights and https://a.co/d/4J6lKnf for those of us that are inspired to up our photography game!

See you all in November!

Friday, October 14, 2022

 Just wanted you let you know.....Estate Liquidation sale in Bakersville NC at David's on the Corner. It is on Main Street. This is all I know...I just drove past them setting up. Probably a lot of pottery equipment and gallery shelving. Katy Bryant 404-229-8227

Friday, September 30, 2022

Wanted: Slab Roller

 If you are looking to sell a slab roller, please contact Tori at torilynnmotyl@gmail.com

New Clay Program at the Folk School

There is a new Traditional Craft Mentorship program at the Folk School and next year one of the program areas is clay!

The application is open now and closes Monday, October 24th.

Click the link to more info: https://www.folkschool.org/programs/residency-program/#sec-trad-craft-mentorship

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Display Shelving/Wall for Sale

 FOR SALE: Custom Shelves for Vending & Retail display

- $250 for set of 2 panels 

- Each panel measures 6' tall x 3'8'' wide 

- Break down for easy transport to markets & events 

- Shelves & hanging dowels are mix & match, & can be configured in various ways 

- Could be double sided 

- Pegboard panel fits into station wagon easily

- Contact Mae at 704-533-0708

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Studio Assistant Needed

Plays in Mud is Hiring!

15 - 25 hours a week

Pay depends on experience $12.50 to $17.50 per hour. 

The ideal candidate will have some clay handling experience, but I will also happily consider someone with no clay experience.  


  • High attention to detail
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Takes pride in their work
  • Wants to be a potter or at least wants to work in clay

If interested call Kelsey at 828-280-4618 or email info@playsinmud.com

Join the Potter Directory

 The North Carolina Pottery Center keeps a directory of potters. This is a great reference and if you're not on it, there are instructions on how to submit a listing.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Mica Gallery Features Speckled Dog Pottery in October

Mica -- A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – presents “Mise en Place,” new work by Robbie Bell of Speckled Dog Pottery during the month of October.

“Mise en Place,” a French culinary term, means “to put into place” or “gather.”  His show is about gathering the pots one needs to prepare for those who love to eat--mixing bowls, baking dishes, plates, cups, etc. Speckled Dog pots are made of porcelaneous stoneware and fired in an electric kiln. “They are made to be used every day…they are made for those who love food because that is one of the simplest pleasures of life,” Bell describes.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC.  Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays from noon-5:00pm. 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 micagallerync.com. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Looking to Hire 2 People For The Day - October 22nd


the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival is looking to hire 2 booth sitters for the event Saturday, October 22nd, from 9am-5pm at $100/day. Responsibilities include sitting inside the booth of vendors who need a break. There is ample time for your own breaks and enjoyment of the festival. 

If interested or of you have any questions, please email Tori Motyl at NCCAFest@gmail.com 

Friday, September 16, 2022

Another Successful ClayClub!

 Thank you to everyone who came out to Haywood Community College on Wednesday for good food, good company, and a tour of the beautiful HCC Campus. Thank you to Emily Reason for being our host and bringing us all together!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Carpooling to ClayClub

 Hey clubbers! 

Gail Stockdale is offering carpooling for anyone from the avl area to Haywood for clayclub this week. Call or email her at 828-458-1633 or stockdales7@yahoo.com

Artist Talk

 Artist Talk by Donté K. Hayes 

Thursday, September 15th at 6 pm

Kittredge Theater at Warren Wilson College

You are invited to hear Ceramic Artist Donté K. Hayes speaking on his work and art practice at Warren Wilson College on September 15th at 6 pm. Presented by the Elizabeth Holden Gallery in connection with the current exhibition Reside: Reflections from Township10. There will be an exhibition viewing and reception before the talk from 5-6pm.

The sculptural ceramic work of Donté K. Hayes is informed by researching traditional African heirlooms and initiation rites that speak to the greater African diaspora. Hayes uses this research along with his interest in hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of the African Diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage. Hayes combines ceramics with printmaking, installation, and performance to elevate his ceramic sculptures as a historical and creative base materials to inform memories of the past.

(Photo credit Colin Conces)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Workshop: Savvy Surfaces at Low Fire with Liz Zlot Summerfield: September 24-25, 2022

Are you interested in working at low fire but feel intimidated with addressing the surface? This workshop intends to demystify low fire surfaces by introducing several techniques, many of which can be used at any temperature. The layering of these techniques has the ability to create a unique depth to the surfaces of your work. The workshop will cover slip trailing, stamping, underglazes, sgraffito, and making and applying terra sigillata. All of these techniques can be applied to sculptural and functional forms.

There will discussions on the myths and facts of clay bodies, firing temperatures and cone charts, and suggestions on how to personalize your surfaces.

Participants will explore surface through test tiles that may be taken home and fired. Small batches of terra sigillata will be available for purchase.

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

Expect to spend 2 days together creating & connecting while learning new skills.

Date & Time: September 24th 10am-5pm, September 25 10am-3pm

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 test tiles (students may bring their own), underglazes, terra sigillata, earthenware slip for slip trailing, hand-outs. Student materials list will be emailed upon registration.

Sign up at: https://www.doubleislandstudio.com/workshops/p/savvy-surfaces-a-tlow-fire-with-liz-zlot-summerfield-september-24-25-2022

Friday, August 26, 2022

Mica Gallery Features New Weavings Incorporating Mica and Functional Ceramics in September

Mica -- A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft – presents new work by Vicki Essig and David Ross in focus exhibitions in September.

Essig, known for her intricate and intimate weavings with silk, will be exploring the mineral mica in this body of work. “I have made handwoven pieces along with a collection of sculptural books that all include components of the gallery's namesake, mica,” Essig says. While Essig’s work might appear to be quite fragile, its silk and mica are actually quite strong. She continues, “My work is about the strength we can find in all that might appear to be fragile.”

Fifty years after first studying ceramics at Appalachian State University, Ross continues to delight in making high fired stoneware and porcelain platters. Coastal images from his childhood in Florida to mountain images of hummingbirds, bears and trout are drawn onto the surfaces of his functional works. “When people use my work, I want them to connect with their own memories of the animals I depict,” Ross explains.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC.  Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays from noon-5:00pm. 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 micagallerync.com. Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Upcoming Solo Exhibition for Nina Kawar at Continuum Gallery

Upcoming Solo Exhibition for Nina Kawar at Continuum Gallery

“Journey Home”

July 16- October 9, 2022

Continuum Art

147 c 1st Ave. Hendersonville, NC 28792

M-Sun: 11am-7pm

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Private Art Studio For Rent

 Private ARTIST STUDIO For Rent

LOCATION : Double Island Studio, Green Mountain, North Carolina (15 minutes from Penland School of Craft and 50 minutes from Asheville



•Rental agreement is for 1 year with option to extend

•RENT/TRADE - $125 fee per month includes water and Internet Renter pays utilities based on use

•Trade includes: feeding indoor studio cats, seasonal mowing & watering,  additional studio tasks

•Renter must be responsible, communicative, & CLEAN

•Detailed lease provided upon approval


To apply: https://forms.gle/mejanSqTP5U4p8Zx8

Contact: doubleislandstudio@gmail.com for questions


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Last Night's Clay Club

 Hello Everyone!

Last night's Clay Club was AMAZING! Jim gave an amazing presentation on Dave, a slave potter who's memory has endured thanks to his skill and knowledge and the inscriptions he would write on his pots. Jim himself demonstrated many traditional pieces thrown on the wheel that Dave himself would have made, and he captivated all of us with his stories told both from the point of view of Dave as well as from his own point of view as a potter today. Many of us walked away with lessons Dave and Jim taught us and a reminder to continue to be true to ourselves and our craft while we make in clay. When in doubt, go back to the clay, it has the answers.

We hope to see you all and many more again next month at Haywood Community College. Be on the lookout for an email early next month with all the details. 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Workshops at the John C Campbell Folk School

 The John C Campbell Folk School wants to spread the word about two great classes they have later this year! 

Chris Jones, of Western NC, is teaching Cone 10 Reduction Firing for Color September 16-22


Jesus Minguez, from Orlando FL, is teaching Fast Fire Soda Kiln Experiments December 4-9. 

Both are going to be excellent classes! You can search the new website for other classes as well. www.folkschool.org

Saturday, August 6, 2022


 Henry Pope died this morning with Mary by his side. She may be contacted at

Mary Mikkelsen

8227 SW 86th Court Rd.

Ocala, Fl. 34481


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

DigIn Empty Bowls Needs Your Help

*In addition to the drop off locations below, Tori will be collecting bowls during Clay Club*

Call for Bowls!

Hello fellow artists! The Dig In! Empty Bowls fundraiser is now in its 12th year! We are once again hoping for your support in this event, which raises money for our work to address food insecurity in our community, uplift the message that fresh food is a right and not a privilege, and help remind our neighbors that when we share, there’s enough for everyone.

What is Empty Bowls?

If you have not participated before, Empty Bowls fundraisers bring folks together to raise money in support of organizations addressing food insecurity. At our event, guests choose a beautiful handmade bowl to take home, and receive a delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert provided by local restaurants and families. The empty bowls are a reminder of the prevalence of hunger in our world.

We ask local potters to donate these bowls (or vases and mugs) to be the center of this event. But it doesn’t have to stop at clay! We have had some donations in the past of glass and wood – any artist can participate.

Who is Dig In?

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden’s works within our community in Yancey County to grow and share from our gardens so that everyone can eat well. Our garden is a hands-on learning site to teach, inspire, and empower people in Yancey County to grow their own food, and all of the food grown at the garden is shared directly with the community. Our collaborative food sharing programs serve hundreds of families each week.


When is the event?

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden is hosting their Empty Bowls event on October 14, 2022 at the Burnsville Town Center. Check our website (diginyancey.org) and social media for more information.

How to donate

Please donate one or many bowls/mugs/vases of any material: ceramic, wood, glass, stone, etc. Generally, the bowls are soup-sized, but larger bowls are happily accepted to sell or auction for a higher price.

We invite you to place your business card in each bowl so that the final recipient can know who to appreciate and admire for all the years to come!

Bowl Drop off Locations

  • ●  Yancey Library – 321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714 – 828-682-2600

  • ●  Spruce Pine Library – 142 Walnut Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 – 828-765-4673

  • ●  OOAK Art Gallery – 573 Micaville Loop Burnsville, NC 28714 – 828-675-0690


    There is no deadline, we can always use bowls for next year, but we would love to have as many as possible by October 1, so we can estimate how many tickets we can sell for the event.

    Who to Contact

    Contact Sarah House at SKH Pottery in South Toe for questions about donating bowls.

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sarah@skhpottery.com 828-284-3026