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 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:

Contact: 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.

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 ( 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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Free Studio Stuff

 *Update, only thing left is memory foam*

I closed my studio two years ago and the stuff is still here and taking up space. It’s bubble wrap, plastic sheeting, a small amount of Styrofoam peanuts and memory foam.  I also have a small dolly on wheels. It doesn’t have a handle it’s not that kind of dolly. I want someone to take all of it. The bubble wrap is all folded and packed. It would be good if someone brought something to put it in as well as the plastic sheets and bags. I’m setting up a new studio doing something different and I need the space. People can contact me by text

Thank you very much

Toni DeLisa

August Clay Club 8/10

 August Clay Club is coming up next week! Click the link to learn more. See you there!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Homemade Velvet Black Underglaze

Does anyone have a recipe for underglaze that resembles Amoco's Velvet?  I've run out in the middle of a commission. I need to rub it into texture on white slip and don't want underglaze anywhere but in the depressions (LUG, for instance, looks muddy on white).The recipe I have is equal parts OM4, stain and frit. 3110 or 3124?