Friday, May 25, 2018

Free Alex Glover presentations this weekend at MineFest 2018



MineFest is this weekend at Emerald Village near Little Switzerland and will include two free presentations by geologist Alex Glover:

At 4:00 PM on Saturday, renowned Geologist Alex Glover will share a free amazing presentation on the formation and the geology of the world-famous Emerald Village mines.

Then, at 4:00 on Sunday Alex will reveal the fascinating story connecting Wedgwood China to western North Carolina, involving Indians, Feldspar mining, the world’s best China, and the father of Evolution, followed by a free short talk inside the underground Bon Ami Mine!

www.emeraldvillage.com

More info: http://www.ourlocalcommunityonline.com/event/minefest-at-emerald-village/2018-05-26/

and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/224026868155952/

Odyssey ClayWorks Seconds Sale this Saturday



Join Odyssey ClayWorks Saturday May 26th for our big pottery sale! To make way for new amazing work and raise money for our scholarship fund we are having a big markdown! 50-75% off!

The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman Avenue at 11:00 AM and will continue until we close at 6:00 PM. If weather does not permit we will have the sale inside!

Participating artists include Director Gabriel Kline as well as numerous Resident Artists and Studio Assistants! We will be posting pictures leading up to the event! If there's a special piece you have your eye on we suggest you come early!

Cups, bowls, plates, ornaments, sponge holders, casseroles, vases, and the list goes on! OH YEAH!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/624036821280575/

www.odysseyclayworks.com

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Kenilworth Art Studio Tour this weekend



Kenilworth Art Studio Tour

May 26-27, 2018

From the Facebook event page:

Artists open their studios on Memorial Day Weekend in the Kenilworth neighborhood between downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village. The free, self-guided tour is fun for both, the serious art buyer or the casual browser. Tour 10 AM-5 PM each day.

Since its inception in 2008, the Kenilworth Artists Association tours have brought thousands of art lovers to the historic neighborhood. The tour includes artists working in a wide range of media, including painters offering works in oil, watercolor, and acrylic. Also in the mix are jewelry, pottery, ceramic tile, glass beads, fiber, furniture, mixed- media, photography, paper, and collage. Come experience where these artists work in their home studios and enjoy the wonderful eclectic Asheville neighborhood atmosphere.

A tour map and brochure can be downloaded at kenilworthartists.org.

www.kenilworthartists.org
www.facebook.com/KenilworthArtistsAssociation

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Studio Space Available in Weaverville, North Carolina


Studio Space Available in Weaverville

1000 sq ft block building. 10' ceiling. 8x8' door. Open layout. 12 minutes to downtown Asheville.

Lots of 110 power outlets. One 220 outlet. On large lot with great sun. OK to have a kiln outside or inside.

There is a residence on site which I could rent (furnished or not).

$1000/month for shop, negotiable.

Photos can be found by searching Craigslist for "1000 ft2 shop/studio space in Weaverville".

Any Mudhoney can provide my character reference.

Jamie 828-231-3705

Monday, May 21, 2018

Western North Carolina potter seeks equipment


Linda Falcone is looking for equipment:

I am looking for some reasonably priced equipment in good condition a slab roller, electric wheel, programmable kiln. If anyone has anything I'd appreciate it if they would email me at claymaster69@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gas kiln for sale in Evensville, Tennessee


Here are the details from Dawn Raburn:

Retiring from gas firing and have a great old kiln for sale with lots of accessories.

Kiln inside dimensions-45”W x 36”D x 50” H (approx. 46 cubic ft)

Included:
374 Hard brick
643 IFB
110 Arch brick
Steel frame
2-Dedell Burners for natural gas (last fired 2012 and need cleaning)
Axner OXYPROBE
Pyrometer and thermocouple
Brand New Roll of Isofrax blanket Insulation-never opened
19-shelves
Posts
4-SILICON CARBIDE SHELVES
High fire cones
Misc drawings and plans for construction
You disassemble and transport.
Asking $2499

Email daraburn@charter.net or call 423-775-2039 (leave message if no answer)






Monday, May 14, 2018

Central North Carolina pottery homestead for sale


Artful 2000sq ft house on 2 acres of mature oaks: 2BA, 2BR + loft. Cedar siding, Pella clad windows, Anderson clad French door, metal roof, deck, all utilities underground. $188,000.

4000sq ft metal workshop on 2 acres: cement floor, 1BA, Heat, A/C, 400amp service. Attached 1250sq ft wooden retail store with heat and A/C, could easily be converted to living quarters by accessing full bath through common wall of workshop. Large parking lot on visible road frontage. 300 cu ft anagama soda/wood kiln under 1700sqft kilnshed. $278,000. Cooperative marketing/events with 70 potteries in historic Seagrove area.

cadyclay@yahoo.com

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mother's Day Sale at Odyssey ClayWorks Gallery!



This weekend is all about celebrating moms! Come by and pick up a beautiful hand-made
 

gift you can feel good about while supporting your favorite local artists.

20% off the entire Odyssey ClayWorks gallery!

We will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm.

We can't wait to see you!

Odyssey ClayWorks Gallery
 
236 Clingman Ave, Asheville NC 28801

Recap: 2018 Clay Olympics!



The 2018 Clay Olympics were a ton of fun! Thanks to The Village Potters for hosting us and for all of their organizational and prep work - and keeping everything running smoothly during and between events. Special thanks again to Lori Theriault for EVERYTHING (it was a lot!) she did to make the Olympics possible.

Thanks also to the judges: Linda McFarling, Angelique Tassistro and Kara Irani, of MANNA FoodBank. The olympics were organized around an Empty Bowls theme, and most of the events resulted in bowls that will be finished and fired for the Asheville Empty Bowls event. Kara told us about the impact Empty Bowls has in our community: over a thousand bowls donated and each bowl provides 140 meals. Participants made a total of 43 bowls during our olympics, which Kara told us will provide 6000 meals (!). The Village Potters is a drop-off point for Asheville Empty Bowls; keep an eye on their social media accounts to learn more about how to participate. And if you’re not in or near Asheville, look for an Empty Bowls event in your area.

Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners! Results are below - scroll down for photos of all the events. The top three winners in each event received cash and other prizes - thanks again to all of our sponsors for making that possible.


Blindfolded throwing

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: David Westmeier
3rd place: Ruth Rutkowsky


Team throwing

1st place: Maggie Jones and Molly Morning-glory
2nd place: Martin Stankus and David Westmeier
3rd place: Mary Mikkelsen and Kurt Yun


Fastest AND best

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: Clive Earnhart
3rd place: Maggie Jones


Most bowls in five minutes

1st place: Clive Earnhart
2nd place: Michael Rutkowsky
3rd place: Tori Motyl


Longest coil in 3 minutes

1st place: Karen Dubois 85"
2nd place: Tori Motyl 78"
3rd place: Lee Wolfe 76"


Best coil bowl

1st place: Tori Motyl
2nd place: Lee Wolfe
3rd place: Mary Jane Findley

























Wednesday, May 9, 2018

FREE Demo by Adam Ledford at Odyssey ClayWorks

You are invited!

FREE
Scale Up Handbuilding Demo by Adam Ledford at Odyssey ClayWorks
Saturday, May 12, 10am-12pm


Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from award-winning Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Adam Ledford in an upcoming demo co-hosted by the Center for Craft and Odyssey Clayworks. In this large-scale hand-building demo, visitors will learn techniques to create large vessel forms. Emphasis will be placed on how clay texture impacts building techniques and experimentation with non-traditional clay tools can lead to unique shapes and textures. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register online.

Thank you Clay Olympics sponsors!


Thank you to all of our Clay Olympics Sponsors!

John Britt and Sarah Wells Rolland/The Village Potters each provided $200 sponsorships. These sponsorships are making up a big chunk of our cash awards. A special thank you to them!

The following folks also provided cash prizes:

ARTsCENTERed/Jann Verrill
Linda McFarling
Judy Muncy
Amy Waller

And the following donated prizes:

12 Bones BBQ
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.
French Broad Chocolates
Hopey & Company
Akira Satake
Standard Ceramics
Lori Theriault
Lee Wolfe

A big thank you again to The Village Potters for hosting us and donating the clay for the events.

We couldn’t do this without our sponsors - please support them the way they support us.

Come on out tonight to cheer on the participants at the 2018 Clay Olympics!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kiln for sale in Bryson City, North Carolina


Elise Delfield has a kiln for sale:

L&L e28T , 240V Single phase
New computer
elements, thermocouple and relays used 20 times (cone 06 and cone 3)
Hard wired
Interior in great condition. Takes 26" shelves (not included)
Some rust

GREAT BISQUE KILN!

$1200 OBO
Buyer picks up

Located in Bryson City, NC

Contact Elise at pincupottery@gmail.com






Monday, May 7, 2018

Clay Olympics this Wednesday at The Village Potters in Asheville!


The Clay Olympics are this Wednesday from 6-8pm at The Village Potters in Asheville! Thanks again to Lori Theriault and everyone who has worked to organize this for us. Special thanks to all of our sponsors for donating cash and other prizes that will be awarded to the winners.

Want to compete? Check the current sign-ups here: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/05/clay-club-clay-olympics-this-wednesday.html

If you want to sign up in advance for blindfolded throwing (just one spot left!) or any of the other events, contact Lori (lori@thevillagepotters.com) and let her know. Sign-ups are first come, first served - if there are any spaces available on the 9th, you can sign up on site.

Details:

When: Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm

Where: The Village Potters are located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District at:

191 Lyman Street, #180
Asheville, NC 28801

Directions available here: thevillagepotters.com/where-to-find-us/

We will have the usual potluck, so bring food to share. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Carpooling: if you’re interested in carpooling, let me know. (Mitchell/Yancey folks: I have to go to Asheville earlier and may not be able to provide rides there, but I will put people in touch.)

Clay Club: Clay Olympics this Wednesday!

Hi all - here is the current status of sign ups for the Clay Olympics, taking place this Wednesday's Clay Club at The Village Potters in the River Arts District. There are six spots available for each event (and six 'teams' for the Team Throwing event).

Sign up will be available on Wednesday for any spots left. If you would like to sign up for an event, email lori @ thevillagepotters.com.

1. Blindfolded Throwing 2. Team Throwing
1. Mindy McCormick 1. David Westmeier
2. David Westmeier 2. Clive Earnhart
3. Akira Satake 3. 
4. Clive Earnhart 4. 
5. Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky  5. 
6.  6. 
3. Fastest Bowl 4. Most Bowls in 10
1. David Westmeier 1. David Westmeier
2. Clive Earnhart 2. Clive Earnhart
3.  3. Michael Rutkowsky
4.  4. 
5.  5. 
6.  6. 
5. Longest Coil 6. Best Coil Bowl
1. David Westmeier 1. David Westmeier
2. Mary Jane Findley 2. Mary Jane Findley
3. Michael Rutkowsky 3.  
4.  4.  
5.  5.  
6.  6.  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Red Handed Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee



Red Handed Symposium

May 25-27th

on The Clay Lady’s Campus in Nashville, Tennessee

Invitational exhibition of ceramic artists working with red earthenware

Featured demonstrations by Liz Zlot Summerfield, Marty Fielding, Amy Sanders, and Ronan Peterson

Keynote Presentation by Linda Arbuckle & Panel Discussion led by The Red Clay Rambler, Ben Carter

Cost $325

Register at www.theclaylady.com/rehanded


Red Handed Symposium Facebook page
Red Handed Symposium Instagram

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Plaster Masters Lab Workshop

With Alex Irvine and Nick Moen
At Odyssey ClayWorks
May 21-25
Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm

This workshop will be co-taught by two of Asheville most exciting mold-makers, Alex Irvine and Nick Moen. Alex specializes in solid clay forming methods while Nick primarily uses hollow masters as the basis for his molds. Together these two dynamic personalities bring a wide range of ceramic molding and casting experience to the table. Projects and demonstrations will begin with the basics, from weighing and mixing plaster to simple one-piece molds. Building on this knowledge, you will learn to create multi-part molds for casting complex forms. With plenty of studio time throughout the week, you will leave will several molds that you can use for years to come and the ability to cast nearly any object in clay.

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Sign up for Clay Olympics events!


The Clay Olympics will take place from 6-8 pm next Wednesday, May 9th at The Village Potters! The event list is below and sign-ups are first come, first served. As soon as there are six in any heat, it’s full. If you want to sign up in advance, email Lori Theriault (lori@thevillagepotters.com) and let her know. If there are any slots still available on the 9th, people can sign up on site.

With thanks to our sponsors, there will be cash and other prizes for the winners of each event!

Wheel Heats - 6 spots available:
Blindfolded throwing: best 'finished' bowl in 5 minutes (1.5 lbs)
Team Throwing: best 'finished' bowl (2 lbs - 5 minutes.)
Fastest Finished Bowl (2 lbs - 5 minutes or less - or another format if you think it's better)
Most finished bowls in 10 minutes (1 lb. balls)

Handbuilding - 6 spots available:
Longest unbroken coil (1/2 lb - 5 minutes)
Best coil-made bowl (1/2 lb - 10 minutes - includes making coil then making bowl)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kiln for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina



Here’s the info from Donna Harrington:

Used Olympic electric kiln for sale, model 1827 240V 1PH with electronic controller, rated cone 10. Recently all coils and switches have been replaced. Two full and 2 half shelves included. Bakersville area. Asking $400.

Contact Donna at libpickens@gmail.com.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Artists wanted for monthly arts and crafts market in Spruce Pine



Poppy’s Wildcraft invites artists, including potters and other craft artists, to apply to participate in a new monthly Arts & Crafts Market in downtown Spruce Pine:

May through October
Will be held the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Space Available for Local Artists & Crafters
Application Fee: $5.00 (non-refundable)
Space: $10.00 per month
All proceeds go toward marketing.
Located at Poppy’s Wildcraft
297 Oak Avenue
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
828-520-1253

Artists can apply to participate in one or more of the monthly markets.

Note: inquiries, applications and images may be submitted to Kim Hageman by email at kim@poppyswildcraft.com. Inquiries and images may also be texted to 828-275-2755.

Application available here: http://www.poppyswildcraft.com/Arts_and_Crafts_Market_Vendor_Application.pdf
(or go to www.poppyswildcraft.com and click on the link)

Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum


Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM)
April 28 - July 22, 2018

Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay is guest curated by founder emeritus of BRAHM and North Carolina potter, Herb Cohen. North Carolina has long been recognized for its skilled potters and iron-rich red clay. Potters throughout the state would pull their material directly from the earth and use this clay to form jugs, jars, bowls, platters, and vases, all by hand. Then and now, these utilitarian vessels exist with a sense of humanity, history, and purpose unique to the craft-enriched past of the south. These traditions have both persisted and expanded in potteries and clay studios across the state. Handcrafted presents ceramic vessels and sculpture made by over 40 contemporary North Carolina potters and artists. The works are functional and decorative with a broad range of scales, techniques, concepts, and forms. Together, this exhibition takes a look at the diversity of contemporary ceramics in our state, as well as the stories and relationships these artists have with their work and one another.

Exhibiting artists in Handcrafted: North Carolina Clay include Steve Abee, Michel Bayne, Glenn Bolick, Lula Owens Bolick, Cynthia Bringle, Lisa Clague, Herb Cohen, Josh Copus, Cristina Córdova, Donna Craven, Adrienne Dellinger, Susan Filley, Carol Gentithes, Terry Gess, Mark Hewitt, Lynn Jenkins, Nick Joerling, Daniel Johnston, Fred Johnston, Kate Johnston, Matt Jones, Eric Knoche, Stacy Lambert, Leah Leitson, Jeannine Marchand, Bob Meier, Ben Owen III, Bayle Owens, Pamela Owens, Travis Owens, Vernon Owens, Jane Peiser, Akira Satake, Pat Scull, Ken Sedberry, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Eric Serritella, Liz Summerfield, Charlie Tefft, Kathy Triplett, and Julie Wiggins.

More info: http://blowingrockmuseum.org/see-do/exhibitions/current-upcoming-exhibitions.html/title/handcrafted-north-carolina-clay

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Weaverville Art Safari this weekend!



Weaverville Art Safari
Spring Studio Tour
Sat – Sun | April 28-29, 10 – 5
Preview Party: Friday, April 27, 6 – 8pm

The Weaverville Art Safari is one of the original studio tours in the Asheville Area. It is a self guided free event that offers a unique look at the artist’s work in their working environment, featuring artists who specialize in handmade pottery, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, painting, drawing, fiber art, wood art and more.

The Preview Party provides an opportunity to see all of the artists work together the Friday evening before the tour. There is a silent auction and raffle/door prizes of artists work as well as beer, wine and snacks.

www.weavervilleartsafari.com
www.facebook.com/pg/WeavervilleArtSafari

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kazegama wood ash firing invitation details


We wanted to re-up the invitation to all clay clubbers to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be happening on May 9th during the evening of the Clay Olympics at The Village Potters and add the important detail that this firing is for Cone 10 clay.

(Check out this blog post to see the results of a 2017 firing of The Village Potters' Kazegama kiln: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2017/03/march-clay-club-recap-kazegama-kiln.html)

Here’s the original invitation:

Kazegama wood ash firing: Clay Clubbers are invited to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be going on during the evening of the Clay Olympics. Here are the details: 1-2 pots each (not guaranteed to get both in, though), no more than 8 inches in any direction, liner glazes only, and raw clay or bisque-fired slip only on the outside. Pots need to be delivered to The Village Potters by May 1 (they can be dropped off in the gallery). Contact Lori (lori@thevillagepotters.com) for more info.

Vases and Blooms show at Doe Ridge Pottery in Boone


Doe Ridge Pottery in partnership with Potters of the Blue Ridge is hosting a Vases and Blooms show at Doe Ridge, 585 King Street in Boone NC. The show will include handmade vases and vessels for flowers made by regional potters. The show will open during May's First Friday event and local gardeners will be on hand to demonstrate how to arrange flowers in these unique vases.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Clay Olympics update and Kazegama wood ash firing invitation


As previously announced, the 2018 Clay Olympics will take place Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8 pm at The Village Potters in Asheville. Thanks to Lori Theriault and all of The Village Potters for hosting and organizing! Here’s an update on how you can help (plus an invitation to participate in a special firing):

Events: The Village Potters are donating the clay for the olympics and everyone is invited to participate. Events being considered include blindfolded throwing, team throwing, and perhaps a 'fastest/biggest' competition. Is there an event you’d like to participate in (and/or watch others compete in)? Let Lori Theriault (lori@thevillagepotters.com) or me know.

Sponsors: A big thank you to everyone who has already offered to sponsor! We’re currently at $500 in cash prizes and a number of additional non-cash prizes have also been offered. Additional sponsorships of cash or prizes would be welcome - contact Lori (lori@thevillagepotters.com) or me if you’d like to be a sponsor. Once we have a final list, we will post all the sponsors on the Clay Club blog.

Kazegama wood ash firing: Clay Clubbers are invited to participate in the Kazegama wood ash firing that will be going on during the evening of the Clay Olympics. Here are the details: 1-2 pots each (not guaranteed to get both in, though), no more than 8 inches in any direction, liner glazes only, and raw clay or bisque-fired slip only on the outside. Pots need to be delivered to The Village Potters by May 1 (they can be dropped off in the gallery). Contact Lori (lori@thevillagepotters.com) for more info.

UPDATE: the Kazegama wood ash firing is a cone 10 firing. More info here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/04/kazegama-wood-ash-firing-invitation.html

Thanks everyone!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University



From Norma Hendrix, Executive Director of Cullowhee Mountain ARTS:

Cullowhee Arts hosts a great Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University each summer in June. We are now in our 7th year but many artists are still unaware of this great opportunity to come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, stay on the lovely campus of WCU and take a workshop in; Ceramics, Book Arts, Encaustic, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography and Printmaking. The studios in the WCU School of Art & Design are state-of-the art with great lighting and ventilation systems. Included in the week is a visit to the WCU Fine Art Museum with artist talks.

More information here: http://www.cullowheemountainarts.org/Spring-Fall-Calendar