Cordite Kiln Shelves for sale - Never Used - $20 each
I have 10 26 x 13 x 1 inch kiln shelves - half round — completely flat and very strong.
Thorley kiln furniture is manufactured using superior quality body formulations, well regulated production and quality control procedures, and an exceptionally long and tightly controlled firing cycle. These procedures result in a finished product composed of 50% cordierite and 35% mullite, with lesser amounts of corundum and other combined mineralogical forms. This combination of high cordierite and high mullite yields excellent mechanical properties and the remarkably high resistance to thermal shock unique to Thorley kiln furniture.
For the 12th year, local and visiting artists this weekend will open their studios and demostrate their talents for visiting art and craft lovers as part of the Come to Leicester Studio Tour.
The tour dates are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20. The tour has continued to grow since its inception, this year including 26 artists.
It's a free, self-guided event that encompasses a variety of media, including clay, fiber, jewelry, metal, mixed media, natural materials, painting and wood. The resulting works of fine art and craft include dolls, brooms, candles, furniture, pottery, iron work, quilts, wearable art and more.
A raffle for three $50 gift cards will be held, with one going to the patron who visits the most studios and two to participants drawn at random.
In addition to being one of the stops hosting a handful of artists, Addison Farms Vineyard will be offering wine tastings, and three food sponsors will offer lunch for purchase: Gossett Grocery and Deli (only open Saturday), Turkey Creek Grill and Sandy Mush Community Center.
Artspace invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter the Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition, a biennial national juried exhibition. Work will be juried by Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum of Art + Design. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes. A brochure will be produced for the exhibition.
While Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible, we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well. We encourage anyone to submit for our open calls-for-art . If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter a call-for-art please contact Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or email@example.com
The post-studio tour meeting is this Wednesday - here’s the info from TRAC:
We have scheduled a post tour meeting for Wednesday, August 16th from 6 to 7 pm at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine. We will be presenting the results from the June Tour survey, and introducing our new tour chair, Liz Summerfield.
Please try to attend. Light refreshments.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, TRAC is changing their membership fee structure. Dues for artists who want to participate in studio tours will go from $35 a year to $100 a year. (There are some other additional benefits, too.) Going forward, all memberships will run from August-August, rather than on a rolling basis as they have been. There is a $50 discount for the first year of the new fees, and, if you’ve already paid for a membership in 2017, there is also a pro-rated discount. Here's the letter I received about these changes and the new membership form (pdf versions here: goo.gl/emNU4D):
If you’re considering whether to participate in the December studio tour, the application deadline is August 30th. It looks like guest artists from outside Mitchell and Yancey counties can still participate if they pay the new $100 membership fee. (It’s unclear whether artists outside this two-county area will be able to benefit from other membership benefits.) It looks like the studio tour fee for artists is unchanged at $100, but the non-volunteer fee has been raised from $20 to $40.
I will be moving from my studio and need to remove my gas kiln from the outbuilding. I'll be scaling down and learning to fire cone 6 electric. I'll include the 2 Ward burners, ($1500 ea. new) and the oxygen probe upon removal of the fiber, steel and bricks.
ABOUT THE KILN:
The roof is made from 12" x 12" x 10" high, 2800 degree fiber blocks. These are suspended with 1/4" Stainless bolts and with care could be salvaged for rebuilding a flat top kiln. The walls are made with 10" of fiber in 4 layers pinned with pins of my own design, (My pin design is easy and works better than those commercially available). This kiln has about 60 cubic feet of stacking space. With careful salvage, a kiln of 25 to 40 cubic feet of stacking space could be constructed. Some new materials would be needed but the savings could be significant.
Ceramic artists Yang Chen and Levi Mahan, and glass artists Josh Fredock and Grace Phillips will present slides and discuss their work.
Artist talks are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company is available for purchase.
Yang Chen is a ceramic sculptor and installation artist from Bejing, China. Levi Mahan is a ceramic artist from Seagrove, NC. Josh Fredock is a metal and glass artist from Merriam, Kansas. Grace Phillips is a glass artist from Chicago, Illinois.
My son and his wife, who are both actors, have a two week job in Raleigh, NC, October 11 to the 22nd and are looking for an inexpensive place to stay. I don't think I know of anybody who actually lives in Raleigh who I can ask, but I thought someone in the NC Potters might possibly know something or someone who could give me information about possible places for them to stay. I'd be grateful for any suggestions you might be able to make.
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A quick note about upcoming Clay Club meetings: we won’t have a meeting in August (folks are busy!), but please save the date and plan to come in September when Clay Club will be held at Mudhoneyz Studio in Weaverville from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 13th. Thanks to Missy Batten, LeElaine Comer and Molly Walter for hosting us! I will share more detailed info closer to the date.
The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair takes place this Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th, from 9-5 each day on the Burnsville, NC town square. Here’s the press release:
On the first weekend of August, Burnsville’s historic Town Square and quaint Main Street reflect Americana at its finest during the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair.
On Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, crafters line the street with handmade quilts, blown glass, wooden carvings, paintings, pottery and furniture. Attendees watch as potters mold clay on their wheels, chair makers braid strips of cane to form seats, and weavers push and pull looms to turn yarn into textiles.
“The quality and variety of the work really set the crafts fair apart,” says Ginger Johnson, executive director of the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event. “Artists come from all over the Southeast.”
More than 200 vendors set up to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills, while approximately 20,000 people browse and shop. Now in its 61st year, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Yancey County and the surrounding Toe River Valley are known for the large concentration of artists with a diverse array of talents.
Local musicians and dancers provide entertainment each day. Friday’s lineup includes: Roberta Whiteside, Rob Levin, Jonah Riddle, Thistle Dew, Hot Duck Soup, Ragged But Right, Broke Holler, Austin Sound and Debbie Phillips & The 42nd Street Jazz Band. Saturday’s performers are: Logan Boone, WCD Cloggers, Kirby Troutman, David Wiseman, Dance Express, Ron & Minnie Powell, Sparkle N Shine All-Star Cheerleaders and Typical Mountain Boys. Actors from Parkway Playhouse will also perform.
No Southern festival is complete without a variety of tasty treats. Crafts Fair staples include barbecue, sweet tea, kettle corn and homemade ice cream.
“It’s a great two days to be in Burnsville,” Johnson says. “The mountain weather is fabulous. After you browse the crafts, you can bring a lawn chair and sit under the shade trees on Town Square to listen to the music and people watch.”
Hours for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission to the fair is free. For more information about the crafts fair, and other attractions and lodging options in Yancey County, visit www.ExploreBurnsville.com or call (828) 682-7413.
Quartz Corporation in Spruce Pine is offering mine tours during the NC Mineral and Gem Festival. Here are the details from the festival website:
We are excited to partner with Quartz Corporation to offer two nights of mine tours during the NC Mineral and Gem Festival this year.
Thursday August 3rd 7-9 PM
Friday August 4th 7-9 PM
Tours will meet at the NC Mineral and Gem Festival site 30 minutes prior to the tour for safety training. Transportation to and from the mine will be provided. Tours will be conducted by staff from the mine (Quartz Corporation).
Hard hats and safety goggles will be provided. Mine Tour participants are welcome to bring gathering bags or buckets and any tools. Tour participants will be able to collect and keep what they find during the tour.
Mine Tour participants must reserve their spot in advance by contacting the Festival office at 828-765-9033 or emailing email@example.com. $25 Per Person
Hard hats and safety goggles will be provided. Mine Tour participants are welcome to bring gathering bags or buckets and any tools. Tour participants will be able to collect and keep what they find during the tour.
ABOUT PINE MOUNTAIN MINE
Pine Mountain Mine is one of the largest operating mines in North America. Mining began in the 1950's in the Pine Mt Mine for Feldspar. The primary ore is Pegmatite and Alaskite. The minerals that can be found there in large quantities are Quartz (Smokey and Pink), Feldspar (potassium and calcium), Muscovite mica, garnet, and Biotite schist. The mine is currently being mined for Feldspar, Quartz, and Mica and is active and supplies both processing facilities at Minpro and Altapass in Spruce Pine.
Clayworks in Charlotte, North Carolina, the fourth largest non-profit ceramic teaching facility in the country, seeks applicants for Cups in Common, an exhibition celebrating the ceramic mug. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to exhibit in Clayworks Gallery alongside a small group of nationally-recognized artists invited to participate by Clayworks.
Juror: Linda Arbuckle, well-known majolica artist, and professor emerita of ceramics at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Eligibility: All artists over the age of 18 working in ceramic media in the continental US are eligible. All works must be original works made by the applicant, completed in the past two years, and not previously exhibited at Clayworks. All works must for sale and cannot be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition.
When: The exhibition will run October 12 – November 11, 2017, culminating on November 11 with a fundraiser/event.
Deadline: August 21, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Application Process: Submit up to three submissions (individual mugs or sets) via callforentry.org.
“Take a Walk on the Wild Side” the 2nd Annual Pottery and Ceramics Sculpture show sponsored by Potters of the Blue Ridge, will once again be hosted by Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery located in the Historic Downtown Boone.
Potters of the Blue Ridge is encouraging local potters to step outside their boxes and create unique and interesting work that is a bit on the wild side. The opening will correspond with Downtown Boone’s Art Crawl, August 4th also known as First Friday, from 5:30-8:30 pm. The show will run through Sunday, August 20th.
During the Art Crawl there will be demonstrations of clay work by area potters, on the sidewalk outside the gallery. There will also be opportunity for the public to participate and put their hands to clay. Folks will be given the chance to have their work fired at the Doe Ridge Pottery Studio, just downstairs.
All of the work from the artists in the show will be available for sale. Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery will be contributing all proceeds to the artists and sponsoring organization.
After the opening on the evening of August 4th, the show can be seen every day from 10 am - 6 pm through August 20th.
"He saw an animal that liked to growl
Big furry paws and he liked to howl
Great big furry back and furry hair
Ah, think I'll call him a bear" - Bob Dylan
"Man Gave Names to all the Animals", an exhibit and sale of twenty six animal sculptures will run August 5 through 31 at The Pottery in historic downtown Saluda, North Carolina.
From Aardvark to Zoorila the exhibit showcases a host of wild animals and the sometimes unusual names man gave them. Since the dawn of time man has exercised his dominance over the beasts, giving each their own purpose that suited him, resulting in a myriad of relationships with animals. Some chosen to be companions, some to be a hat or coat and some for dinner.
Each piece in the exhibit requires the animal's lot in life to be a planter.
In consideration of our complex relationship with and stewardship for other living things a portion of the proceeds from the sculpture sale will go to the Polk county Humane Society for their work in animal rescue and adoption services.
The opening reception is August 5 from 4-7 pm. Animal crackers will be served.
Here are the details from The Bright Angle (located at 207 Coxe Ave Studio 15 in Asheville):
Join us for an open studio event! We are celebrating alongside the Asheville Area Arts Council for first Friday in the Refinery Creator Space on Friday, August 4 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The event will feature our newest collection, a special spring sale, local craft brews and yummy hors d'oeuvres.
We will be giving the community a chance to get to know us and tour our studio. Our new ceramic collection is a collaboration with local Asheville artists, including leather components by In Blue Handmade and glass pieces by Hayden Wilson Glass.
Paulus Berensohn Memorial Celebration
July 22, 2017
Penland School of Crafts
Penland, North Carolina
Come one, come all!
It is time to celebrate the life of Paulus Berensohn by circling together with joy and gratitude. You are invited to attend any or all of these offerings amid our day at Penland together. Note: If you cannot make it but would like to send a story, see below.
Our program, subject to change and invention:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Visit Paulus’s home for a quiet moment of looking and reading
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Make Something Together in our Makerspace on the porch of Ridgeway
Anytime: WalkAbout! Hike the path to the top of Otter’s Knob on the Paulus Path. (Find the trail head sign just uphill from the Penland Wood Studio.)
2:00 - 2:45 PM: Choir Practice! If you would like to help with the singing in the Knoll Service, meet on the Dye Shed porch for chants and songs with Joy Seidler and others.
3:30 PM: Service for Paulus Berensohn on the Penland Knoll
Immediately following the service, join the procession from the Knoll to Ridgeway for Paulus’s SPLASH—his ritual early evening toast to the day with friends. Come raise a glass of (cheap) scotch and grapefruit juice “with a bit of nibbles,” as he would say. (We welcome food donations of light appetizers for this event.)
Invitation to ALL: Do you have a Paulus story to share?
Write/draw/stitch/paint/express the Paulus story you would like to give us! Create your story in a 8 ½ x 11 format on paper, cloth or ? and we will add it to the Story Thread Banner we will be building at Ridgeway. All the stories will later be saved in a Remembrance Book for his archive.
Send your story pages to Debra Frasier, PO Box 6, Penland NC, 28765 by July 20, 2017. Running late? Bring your page along with you to the Celebration and add them to the banner lines at Ridgeway upon your arrival (—but early sending is GREATLY appreciated.) Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting Paulus’ Resting Spot on Earth…
In the summer of 2016 Paulus set in motion a plan to create a “green burial” in order to minimize the ecological impact of his physical death and to, like his later pots, gracefully dissolve back into the earth with the help of rain, insects, and sun. (Last summer he even helped decorate his cardboard coffin with paint and paste paper.) He also elected to draw on Buddhist traditions in order to approach death with his “slow and savor” way, and this soul soothing passage was clearly felt by all who tended him. (Caverly Morgan has written an eloquent piece about this experience.) Visit https://www.caverlymorgan.org/journal/2017/6/22/paulus-berensohn-life-and-death for words and photos.) Paulus’ peaceful transition was aided by the wider community who came to sit in quiet with him in his living room before burial.
Part of Paulus’ mission was to use this moment as a way to “behave artistically” and to share what he learned from the experience. He encouraged photos and postings to help show more people about the possibility of a green burial. Along the way he often said to tell YOU that he welcomed visits to his new “change of address” on a North Carolina ridge, in earshot of a creek, at The Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, just south of the Asheville Airport. If you would like to visit go to https://carolinamemorialsanctuary.org/ for directions.) Once there, cross over the bridge and take the right fork in the path going up. Look for the mound of fresh earth…
Our Independent Study & Mentoring Program (ISM) is a directed mentorship program for both the developing potters, as well as, serious hobby artists who want to refine his or her skills. The ISM Program is specifically designed to offer a non-traditional/relational experience to help the potters hone current skills, develop new ones, and if desired, make the move into a career in clay with a thorough understanding of what it take to run a creative business.
The ISM Program includes a fully equipped pottery studio with wheels, slab roller, bisque kilns, personal shelving, extruder, oxidation kilns, gas reduction kilns, raku kiln, and access to our newest kiln, a Kazegama wood ash kiln. Students have access to the studio Monday – Sunday, and in addition to paying a monthly program fee students must provide their own personal tools and bats. Students also purchase their own clay, from a list of Laguna clays that The Village Potters sells, and pay firing fees.
There are community firings scheduled (Kazegama and Raku) where students are invited to participate. Students will experience loading kilns, firing, unloading, and assessing firings with discussions. Other firings are reserved by individual students after specific studio/kiln training has occurred, and students may also have access to the glaze mixing kitchen after proper training in that area.
The ISM Program includes pairing students with a mentor that rotates quarterly. Invitations to 1-hour Lunch & Learns about every 2 months where a specific arts business topic is presented. Various 30-60 minute clay demonstrations are offered by mentors on a monthly basis. Tuition includes automatic registration to The Village Potters’ Master Series workshops that occur every two months throughout the year. The Master Series Workshop program is open to the public. These workshops are when The Village Potters invites a dynamic potter/ceramic artist that is an expert in a specific area of clay to teach for a Saturday. Most Master Series topics range from advanced techniques in clay to what it takes to have a successful career.
Enrolled ISM students also receive a 20% discount on other Teaching Center opportunities such as weekly classes.
To request more information about the program and how to apply please contact: email@example.com or call us (828) 253-2424.
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 25th for November 1st, 2017 entry into the program.
*** The ISM Program may be right for you if you are an emerging potter OR if you have been working with clay for years, but wish to explore new avenues in your work. The ISM Program allows potters to have regular access to a studio (7 days a week), community with other potters, opportunities to explore multiple firing techniques, mentorship and tuition from professional and teaching ceramic artists, and periodic exhibition opportunities. We believe that in two years a potter can hone their skills and develop a unique body of work that will equip them to launch into even more creative clay pursuits. This program, like all things at The Village, is designed to be highly relational, and in many ways custom to the goals of each ISM student. Whether you plan to be a professional potter or a part-time creative, this program will afford you the opportunity to go as far as you wish in clay. This non-traditional program makes it possible for potters with other jobs, families, and other unique circumstances to live out their artistic dreams.
Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville will be holding their big pottery sale this month! Odyssey Clayworks will be raising money for our scholarship fund with a big markdown on handmade ceramics. Work donated by participating artists will be 50-75% off.
The event will take place in front of Odyssey Clayworks on Clingman avenue on Saturday, July 22nd 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! If there is a special piece you have your eye on they suggest you come early.
Odyssey is a community minded studio and it is their goal to make classes and workshops available to all members of the community regardless of income level. To support their scholarship fund Odyssey holds their annual auction as well as occasional sales such as this one.
Andy Palmer has a variety of ceramic material and equipment available for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina. These are items he purchased when Appalachian Terroir/Crimson Laurel Gallery went out of business. Click on the image to enlarge it or download a PDF here: http://goo.gl/KKrPH8
Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-345-5461.
Mica, contemporary craft gallery in Bakersville, NC opens its newest mixed media exhibition of Flights of Fancy featuring artists Josh Cote (wire), Elizabeth Brim (iron), Shane Fero (glass) and Mary Webster (paintings), joining in a celebration of birds, on July 27th through October 15, 2017. A reception will be held on July 29 from 5 - 8 PM. Please come and join us.
Thanks to Andy Palmer for hosting Clay Club! It was great to get to see his studio and kiln pad (complete with climbing wall). Andy led an excellent discussion on teaching in your home studio, including considerations in structuring the size of classes and length of sessions, and how to determine what to charge. (Andy charges a set rate per pound of clay that covers the clay, glazes and firings, in addition to the class fee.) On his list of things to avoid is not to be taken advantage of. When figuring out what to charge - however you do it - know your hourly rate and don’t undersell yourself! Andy encouraged everyone to give teaching a try.
Andy is currently offering classes at his studio in Bakersville - see his flyer above for more details. His enthusiasm for teaching came through in his talking about it, and his studio setup is terrific. The large pots and teapots in the photos below were made by his students. Anybody would be lucky to get to learn from him. Contact Andy at email@example.com or 607-345-5461 for more info.
Thanks again to Andy (and Silvia), and to everyone who came!
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.