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.

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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. 

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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