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:

https://www.haywoodarts.org/gallery-exhibitions 

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 nccafest@gmail.com) and we also offer mentorship for accepted artists to help prepare for the big day! This is great if you are new to shows! 

Website: https://www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com/

Application: https://www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com/artistresources

Emerging Artist Application: https://www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com/scholarship




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 micagallerync.com. 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 https://www.doubleislandstudio.com/workshops/p/wild-clay-and-the-big-throwdown-with-tori-motyl-may-14th-15th-2022-9am-5pm







Saturday, April 16, 2022

Woodfire Conference 2022

Our region is full of amazing opportunities and one of the biggest for wood firing is the Wood fire Conference. 

With so much change on the horizon, this conference will be a convergence of ideas and thoughts regarding where Woodfire is today and where it’s going. We are calling this year’s conference Envision: 2022, gathering incredible artists from around the world to discuss the future of our practice as wood firing artists. The 2022 conference will kick off May with two pre-conference events in separate locations in NC: preHEAT: Mountain and preHEAT: Seagrove, where local and visiting artists will load and then fire dozens of NC kilns located around the Asheville area and Seagrove. The main conference will begin May 27th at STARworks with topics ranging from kiln design, to group firings as well as community engagement and market presence. STARworks has a cafĂ© and taproom onsite and will host live music and food trucks throughout the conference. For more information on preHEAT events prior to the conference and any specifics regarding panel discussions, visiting artists, presentations, exhibitions and workshops, check out the site. 

https://www.woodfirenc.com/

Sodaposium

Are you into soda firing or are interested in learning? Check out the Sodaposium! It takes place in Nashville and many local potters you know and love here are presenters!  

SodaPosium is a weekend long educational event bringing together a community of potters and artists enthused about soda firing. The event includes workshops with experienced soda fire practitioners, a pre-conference soda firing, a juried show, soda-fired pottery sales, networking, community building, and discussions about accessing soda kilns. 

https://www.theclaylady.com/sodaposium/

Thursday, April 14, 2022

April 2022 Clay Club at Michael Kline's Studio



Hey all!

Second Clay Club in a row!! 

Had a great time at Michael Kline's Studio last night. Beautiful weather and Michael and Stacey prepared pizza dough and everyone made their own pizzas and "fired" them in Michael's Pizza oven.

Thanks to Stacey and Michael for your hospitality!!




And thank you Rachel Smith for running the Club this month and getting images!


Michael gave a tour of his studio and kiln area. Told all about his process and how things are done as well as his latest methods of selling. Really showed the way you have to be adaptable in our world and change with the times, either artistically, by growing and changing, or practically, by reacting to market conditions and selling various ways. 

Had a great group and looking forward to the May Clay Club.


Also showed his chickens and the movable coop as well as his Scythe collection.


















 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

April Clay Club

The details:

When: April 13th, 6-8pm

Who: Michael Kline with Kline Pottery

Where: 4062 Snow Creek Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705

Topic: E-Commerce

Food Situation: Michael will have the pizza oven heated up with dough and sauce. Bring toppings, including your cheese of choice. Cans of fizzy water will be provided.


Future Clay Clubs:

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


Meet Michael

Michael Kline makes utilitarian ceramics with botanical-themed painted and stamped surfaces. For most of his career, Kline has worked with wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware, usually with organic patterns painted on a thick white slip surface, glass”runs,” and an alkaline ash glaze. As a resident at Penland (1998 - 2001), he began making large pots inspired by the traditional stoneware of Catawba Valley and Seagrove, North Carolina. He also briefly experimented with translucent porcelain in 2000, the floral patterns becoming a raised, topographical feature. In 2015 he visited the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and was struck by 15th C. examples of the Korean sanggam technique. Since then, he has focused on applying this technique to his own work and aesthetic, creating floral stamps and inlaying the impressions with white slip on a dark stoneware base, and firing in a gas kiln. This new body of work currently makes up a third of his output. Kline’s work is consistently identifiable in its delicate pattern systems contrasted with robust forms and somewhat coarse materials.

Kline began working with clay in college, and while he initially pursued a civil engineering degree, he graduated with a BFA in Ceramics in 1986. He taught at the Westside YMCA in New York (1986 - 1989) before attending a Michael Simon Workshop at Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC) in 1989. Following the workshop, he became a full time studio potter, sharing a work space with Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor in Western Massachusetts (1988 - 1998). In 1998, he came back to Penland as a Resident Artist. Following his residency, he set up a studio in nearby Bakersville, where he continues to work today. He has taught numerous workshops across the country, and in 2000 was a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School of Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN).

 

Monday, April 4, 2022

Test Kiln For Sale

 *sold*

AIM Test Kiln

120 Volt-15amp
Includes fairly new kiln elements plus extra set and cones for kiln
$300

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Pottery ware racks for sale in Seagrove, NC

AMACO BRENT 32" WELDED STEEL POTTERY WARE RACKS
(note: Two Racks are available. $400 each.)

8-division ware rack features sturdy rungs with 8 inches between shelf divisions. Will hold either 16 12"x32" ware boards (included) or 8 24" x 32" ware boards. Loading and unloading kilns is so much easier with the help of this steel constructed heavy duty cart. With 8 shelf supports there are dozens of stacking options.

Constructed from 1" heavy wall pipe and welded shelf supports. 72.75H x 35W x 24D. Heavy-duty casters make even the heaviest loads easy to move. The ware boards are high quality 1/2" plywood.

We used these racks in our production pottery for many years but have retired due to arthritis. If you are comparing our price to new carts, remember that the new shelves are priced separately!

Beth Gore
3883 Busbee Rd
Seagrove NC 27341
336-588-0248 (please text, I don't answer unknown callers)

Friday, April 1, 2022

Opportunity to give to the greater community

 Community building and charity opportunity for potters to support. 


My name is Fallon Hyder, and I am a lover and advocate for the arts. During my first couple of years of undergrad, I took pottery courses and felt inspired and motivated to further use craft to serve the community. During my time there, I also helped plan for and see to fruition the “Empty Bowls” events held in town. I was told via the WNC Potters Facebook Page that you might be able to help me with a little project I am working on.


While a lot of things have changed over time, my interest in bridging the gap of craft & community together is still very evident in the work I do. I am so passionate about helping put pieces together for families in the community and celebrate local folks and local work. I am currently serving at the YMCA Youth Services Center off Merrimon Avenue as a Camp & After-School Site Director. During my time at the Y, I’ve served in several different capacities in the community to help meet basic needs. In amidst the pandemic, we’ve shifted our programming and how we serve. Coming out of the pandemic and into a “new normal,” we’re refocusing still. We are about to enter our community phase of our annual campaign to raise money to further take our programming and services to a higher level. Our Annual Campaign goes to support these focus areas:


Healthy food for those who are hungry

Reliable child care for parents who need to go to work

Nurturing spaces for kids to attend after-school

In person and virtual workouts to help people regain health after diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes

Outreach to seniors who are feeling isolated

Safe places for the community to come together

Opportunities for children to have the summer camp experience that might not get to

I was hoping to do something similar to what I’ve done in the past for Empty Bowls, where I get local ceramic artists to donate a piece of their work for a silent auction held here at our Youth Services Center and for the community to come and take part. 


Thank you so much!


If you would like to give, you can contact Fallon at fhyder@ymcawnc.onmicrosoft.com