Thursday, March 24, 2022

For Sale

 For sale, Located in Weaverville:

Orton Kiln Vent on stand, with 20+ feet of ventilation hose: $150 OBO

Crusader Ceramic Kiln 224s, missing floor, could be used for raku, or rebuilt: $75 OBO

Various kiln furniture and shelves: $75 OBO

Kilntronics Analog Pyrometer: $100 OBO

Take it all!: $300

Contact Joe and Pat Rhodes for details. Text or email only. 828-768-4720

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Take a Workshop at Double Island Studio this year!

Is it time to infuse your work with fresh ideas and inspiration? Then sign up for a workshop at Double Island Studio this year! Take a class in clay or try a new medium! 

Learn more at or send questions to

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

UNCA job posting Ceramics Lecturer

 UNCA looking for lecturer in Ceramics. Job posting below.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting NumberF0122
DepartmentArt & Art History: Two Year Lecturer in Ceramics
Tenure StatusNon Tenure Track
Position Summary
Lecturer in Ceramics

The Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for a Lecturer in Ceramics, to begin Fall 2022. We invite candidates to apply who are seeking a faculty position at a liberal arts institution with a strong desire to provide excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants must hold an MFA in Ceramics, and specialize in wheel-thrown functional and decorative ceramics, glaze calculation, slip casting and kiln operation and maintenance as our curriculum prides itself on teaching students how to be practitioners beyond what the University facilities provides. The Lecturer will rotate teaching all levels (I-IV) of undergraduate ceramics courses, three-dimensional design and the BFA senior capstone course. This position requires knowledge and willingness to co-manage the high studio demands that is required of the Ceramics concentration.

UNC Asheville is a leading public liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to teaching. It is the designated liberal arts university of the UNC system and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The faculty at UNC Asheville teach across our required interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core (LAC) curriculum, in courses that include first-year seminars; diversity intensive courses; courses that engage scientific perspectives, the intersection of arts and ideas, and a central component of the curriculum—our Humanities Program.

Furthermore, UNCA has been and continues to be a national leader in undergraduate research. Over 60% of our students graduate each year having been engaged in this important learning experience and the University embraces the mentoring of undergraduate research as one of the highest forms of teaching. This commitment makes it essential for all faculty to be engaged in the current trends of their disciplines and this is demonstrated in the outstanding research and scholarship produced by the faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 3 courses (12 contact hours) per semester, engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession, and work with our students in some area of the discipline specific to their expertise. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and interest in a career at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNCA is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be excited to engage a diverse community of learners, including first-generation college students and students from under-represented groups and/or under-resourced high schools, through varied, innovative, and student-focused pedagogies. UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.

The successful candidate will have extensive mentorship, and support for the development of their pedagogy and scholarship. The term of appointment is 2 years. Following this term, the Lecturer may be offered a renewed or extended contract or a tenure-track position in the Department.

Applicants should submit the following electronically at

● Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position, why you are a fit for our undergraduate institution, a description of your creative and scholarly interests, and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
● Curriculum Vitae
● Recent Samples of Scholarship: 15-20 images of your
professional/research work, identified with title, date, medium and dimensions
● Teaching Philosophy: 1-2 pages describing your approach to teaching undergraduates at a liberal arts university.
● Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
● References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately if needed. These references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program and working studio.

Review of applications will begin April 15 and continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries only should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Megan Wolfe (

QualificationsMFA in Ceramics
Months per Year9 months
DivisionAcademic Affairs
DepartmentArt and Art History
Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions Summary
Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.

Review of applications will begin April 15th, 2022.

Inquiries only may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Megan Wolfe ( Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.

Posting date03/17/2022
Close date
Open Until FilledYes
Anticipated Start Date

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. If you have experience at a liberal arts institution, please indicate in what capacity (student, graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, faculty member, administrator, staff).

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • UNC Asheville website
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • LinkedIn
    • HERC
    • NC Works Online (formerly Employment Security)
    • UNC System website (
    • Twitter
    • Circa (formerly Local Job Network)
    • Handshake
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Recent Sample of Scholarship
  5. Diversity Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents

Monday, March 21, 2022

Mica Gallery Opens April 1st

Mica - A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Craft - opens for the 2022 season on April 1st. Two artists are new to the gallery this year, Nathan Favors and Jean McLaughlin. Returning member artists will be featured throughout the year in monthly spotlights.
Favors, a woodturner of functional and sculptural objects, moved to the area 5 years ago from a small community near Philadelphia. Prior to woodturning, Favors made scientific machines and ran a landscaping and tree removal business. In 1998, after attending a woodturning convention, he knew he had found his calling. Favors is self-taught and a keen observer: “I love to study a raw piece of wood and then expose the exquisite patterns hidden inside.”. After 25 years at the lathe, Favors says, “This is by far the best career move I have ever made.”

McLaughlin returned to printmaking after retiring from a career in arts management. She served as director of Penland School of Craft for 20 years and a program director at the NC Arts Council for the sixteen years prior to Penland.  She notes, “I was engaged with artists every day of my career in the nonprofit world. One important role I played was in developing programs to help their work evolve. Now, after 45 years, I have set up my own studio.” McLaughlin works with a variety of printmaking techniques from woodcuts to lithographs to painterly and stencil-based monoprints. Her subject matter, she says, “is drawn from an observation of the world around me, a love of textiles and abstraction, and experimentation with process.”

Featured artists in April, JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco own and operate Fyreglas Studio where they make decorative and functional kilnformed works in glass. Brown is a retired fire chief from Miami and Rosasco an art educator and former healthcare professional from Pensacola. Their kilnformed art is created from sheets of glass that they cut, pattern and layer into plates, bowls, and panels. “ We are fortunate to have such a tremendous palette of colorful glass with which to create our art,” Brown comments, “as our influences include nature and imagination.”

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.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

John Dix Workshop (Zoom $30)


Saw a workshop post from John Dix who is an incredible maker and saw it was only $30 for a Zoom workshop. Thought that was a great deal for anyone interested!


Live Online Class: Social Media 101: Instagram for your craft business with Katie Messersmith

If the idea of setting up an Instagram account for your business or pottery studio makes you queasy, this class is for you! We will cover the BASICS, from setting up your actual page, how to post,12-2 tagging, mentions, Instagram Stories, Lives, Reels, and more. You need not already have an account to take this class, and if you already have an account, that’s great too – we will have practical homework each week, and comprehensive video breakdowns showing you the step-by-step process for each activity.

When: Tuesdays from 12-2pm (EDT), 3/29/22 – 4/19/22 (4 weeks), You will have all the class video recordings for 1 year after the last class or purchase date.

Where: via ZOOM

Fee: $145

To Register:

Outline of this Class

Week 1: Elements of your Page, and the Basics

We will break down navigation of the app, what and where everything is and how to connect your account to Facebook (if applicable).

Week 2: Creating a post

Posting Images as a single post, carousel of images, collages, and videos.

Creating a narrative, hashtags, tagging will be included.

Week 3: Reels & TikTokt

Reels: IG’s TikTok – if you’re familiar with one, it’ll help you with the other. We will cover setting up content, editing options, adding text, music,

voice-over, setting cover images, tagging.

Week 4: Stories, Analytics, and Wrap Up

How and when to use stories, how to read and use analytics

*The class is taught on the Zoom platform and will be recorded. It will be uploaded into your membership account on our website no late than 24 hours after the class takes place. In normal circumstances it is in your account within a few hours.

Non refundable: You will have all the class video recordings for 1 year after the last class or purchase date.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

In need of a bisque firing!

 Asheville artist Viola Spells is in need of a bisque-level firing for an Earthenware (HWC white earthenware) sculptural piece that measures 16" tall x 15" wide x 6" deep. She needs the piece fired by Monday (3/21).

If you can help her, please contact her:

Viola Spells

Thank you!

Thursday, March 10, 2022

March 9th, 2022 NC CLAY CLUB Meeting at Play in Mud Pottery Studio with Kelsey Schissel

Thought I would give a brief report on the March 9, 2022 Clay Club at Plays in Mud Pottery which is owned and operated by the wonderful Kelsey Schissel . She was a fantastic host and provided some light  snacks and beverages from Whole Foods. It was the first in person Clay Club in 2 years so were were very happy to get together and laugh a bit.

She has a wonderful shop which is right on Haywood Road next to The Biscuit Head at 735C Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 where she has a gallery and production space where she also hosts classed Wedding and large group parties as well as Date Nights. Here is her website:

The topic was pricing your work and so we all sat in a circle and and had a really interesting discussion amongst the 15 of us.  There were a lot of different perspectives and thoughtful ideas expressed which is quite usual for the NC Clay Club. (just kidding) But was a fun night and hopefully the start of many more to come!

We missed Amy Waller and Tori Moyl (our officially leaders) but will look forward to seeing them next time.

The April 13th meeting will be at Michael Kline's studio on Bakersville NC. All are welcome. We will get you the details later in the month.


Summer Workshops at Mars Hill University

Copy of Email from Shane Mickey:

Hey Folks!
Hope this email finds you full of sunshine, hope, and love!
Attached is a flyer with workshop info and word document showing the breakdown of pricing for our 2022 summer workshops.
Email me with questions about housing, meals, daily schedules, etc. Below is the verbiage for reserving a space.

Space in workshops is based on first come first serve. Spaces are reserved by sending a check in the full amount to the address below. Workshops that do not run due to low participation receive a full refund. Housing is private single rooms with shared bathrooms( sorry no private bath). Meals are in the schools cafeteria and in the past participants have been pleasantly pleased. The cost includes 1 bag of clay and any slips/glazes. Class Fee are $700 for full week and $350 for short workshops. Information about high school summer camp, just ask!

Please make checks payable to; Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts and send them to:

Mars Hill University

Attn: Moore Auditorium Ceramic workshop/ Shane Mickey

P.O. Box 370

100 Athletic Street

Mars Hill, NC 28754

Daniel Shane Mickey, Associate Prof. of Art
Chair, Department of Art
Director, Mars Hill Center for the Ceramic Arts
Mars Hill University

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Cone 5/6 trimmings

I have almost 100 lbs of clay trimmings I'd like to give to someone who can reclaim it because it's too much for me to process. All clay is cone 5/6, light and dark in separate bags, from Standard, StarWorks, Plainsman, and Highwater. I can bring it to the clay club meeting this Wednesday or meet up some other time.

Contact me at if you're interested.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Pro Panel Pedestals for sale

Pro Panel Pedestals for sale 

Great condition, stored in original boxes. 6 pedestals total, measurements as follows:

2 @ 12"x12"x 37" 
2 @ 16"x16"x 37"
2 @ 16"x 16x 43"

150 each or 700 takes all. Located in Brevard. Call or text Alia 8282908141. Thanks!!
Alia Levi

Looking for Treadle Wheel


I'm looking for a treadle wheel - any kind will do, even one that needs a bit of repair. Of course, my top choice would be a used Leach style! 

Thanks! Peace, Dottie

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March Clay Club

Hello Clay Clubbers! It’s time for our first in-person Clay Club since Covid hit and we can’t wait! The details: When: March 9th, 6-8pm Who: Kelsey Schissel with Plays in Mud Pottery Where: 735C Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 Topic: Pricing your work. Bring a piece and share either how you arrived at your pricing for your work or ask the group for tips on how to price your work. Food Situation: Kelsey will be providing some appetizer trays but requests you bring your own drinks. Looking Ahead… Future Clay Clubs: April 13th: Michael Kline May 11th: Lynda Gayle Banner June 8th: Tori Motyl, Topic Wild Clay July 13th: Rachel Smith, Topic Surface Design with Underglaze Transfers August10th: The Village Potters Clay Center. Send an email to if you have any questions.