Friday, February 16, 2018

Master Series Workshop with Kyle Carpenter at The Village Potters

The Village Potters
Master Series Workshop

with Kyle Carpenter

Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9am - 5pm

REGISTER HERE or call The Village Potters, (828) 253-2424

The Village Potters Teaching Center presents the second installment of their 2018 Masters Series Workshop with a one-day demonstration workshop featuring Asheville studio potter Kyle Carpenter. The workshop will take place in their Independent Study and Mentoring Studio.

The workshop will focus primarily on developing visual interest on a clay surface, and will explore basic and complex surface decoration. Demonstration will include throwing, stamping, roping, slip application, wax resist, and painting with commercial underglazes.

As a studio potter, Kyle Carpenter works diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. “As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I’m interested in folk pottery of many origins. Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.”

The Village Potters’ Masters Series Workshop are a part of their Independent Study & Mentoring Program, and are offered to artists who have been accepted to that studio, with a limited number of tickets available to the general public. 

Tickets are $165 for the general public, and may be reserved by contacting The Village Potters at 828-253-2424 or online at

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Recap: February Clay Club at YaYa Yoga & Market

Thanks to Anita Blackwell for hosting Clay Club at YaYa Yoga & Market! YaYa Yoga & Market is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine. It is a “a yoga studio, sanctuary, art gallery, gift shop, healing space, indoor market and a space for holding beautiful events for empowerment and celebration.” The yoga room is a calm space with wonderfully decorated walls. It is truly a lovely place.

Anita led us through series of yoga movements, concentrating on areas of specific concern to potters and ceramic artists. Among the tips she shared: a lot of us work in a way that has our body hunched over, while throwing or otherwise working with clay. Be aware of that and remember to move in the opposite direction to counteract that. She suggested the idea of “qualifying your pain”: paying attention to your pain and rating it, then trying to address it with movement. So, for example, if your back hurts and you rate the pain as 7/10, try some movements to counteract that, then qualify your pain again and see if it has lessened. (Anita was also clear that if you’re experiencing pain that needs to be addressed by a physician, that should definitely be done to rule out anything that needs to addressed medically.) While you’re working, Anita suggested pausing every hour to consider your body and how you might move to counteract or prevent pain.

I am just barely touching on everything Anita shared with us! Anita is a Registered Yoga Teacher *and* a ceramic artist - she understands what we do and how to address it. If you have an opportunity to take a class or private lesson with her, I highly recommend it. Here’s a little about Anita's path to teaching yoga and owning and running YaYa Yoga & Market:

After 15 years working as a nurse practitioner in Florida, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. My life was changed forever, and yoga would become my “go to” in life — a path out of suffering. I quit medicine and started my healing touch and art career.

I moved to Spruce Pine, NC in 2008 to retire and be near Penland School of Crafts and to continue my exploration of clay and art. Excited to find a wonderful afternoon yoga class at our local bookstore, I began to attend class and substitute teach on occasion. That was the beginning of my passion to teach yoga and open a studio. In 2008, I completed a Yoga Alliance approved teacher training in Subtle Yoga with Kristine Kaoverii Weber, in Asheville, NC, and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher.

Here’s what’s going in February at YaYa Yoga & Market:

Check out more about Anita and YaYa Yoga & Market (including the current schedule of yoga classes) on their website:

YaYa Yoga & Market is on Facebook, too:

Thanks again to Anita, and to everyone who came!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spring Clay Classes At Odyssey ClayWorks

Stackable Sculptures with Molly Morning-glory
Drinking Buddies with Cayce Kolstad
Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Nich Daunis
Insight Into Altered Forms with Tyler-James Anderson
Clay Fountains with Mac McCusker
Pottery Wheel Essentials with Gillan Doty
Terra Flora with Sara Ballek
Imaginary Creatures For Kids Ages 7-12 with Laurie Caffery Harris
Raku Magic One-Day Workshop With Paul Gisondo
Ready, Set, Throw! One-Day pottery class with Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

Click here for more information about classes at Odyssey ClayWorks, or call 828-285-0210

Call to artists for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Applications are now open for the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival (NCCAF). From the festival website:

September 22, 2018
11am - 5pm
Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC

NCCAF vendors are ceramic artists from all over. They are tile makers, sculptors, potters, and jewelers. They make wall pieces, kitchen pieces, statement pieces, anything they can dream up and execute in clay!

NCCAF vendors make their work by hand in working studios, sometimes alone, sometimes with the help of studio assistance or apprentices, spouses and friends. We welcome any ceramic artist looking for another outlet to promote and sell their work to apply.

Our 2018 event in Pack Square will provide ceramic artists a great sales opportunity to reach thousands of customers in the heart of bustling downtown Asheville.

More info and link to applications here:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Exhibition Opening with Ken Sedberry!

Exhibition Opening 

with Ken Sedberry!

Openings are always a fun time for us, but when the artist is able to attend, it makes it way more enjoyable (especially when it's such a wonderful, sweet, and talented person like Ken.) 

So, join us if you can on 

Saturday, February 17th from 5:00 - 8:00 

at the gallery for a time of celebration - good appetizers - drinks - and conversation.  
And take the opportunity to see Ken's latest work.  Something not to be missed! 

In Tandem Gallery 
20 N. Mitchell Ave • Bakersville, NC, 28705
Phone: (828) 688 6428

Studio space wanted

Here are the details from Kathy Knapton:

ISO pottery studio space to rent or share. New to the area, Woodfin or nearby area preferable but not necessary. Storefront would be nice but not necessary. Really just needing space to work right now. Please call Kathy 518-524-2782 or thanks!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday!

Clay Club is this Wednesday at YaYaYoga & Market in Spruce Pine! Thanks again to Anita Blackwell for hosting us.


When: 6-8 pm, Wednesday February 14th

What: Anita is putting together a special program for us - wear comfortable clothes:

Healing Yoga Poses for Artists, Especially Ceramic Artists…….

Here are some of the common complaints I hear from my artist friends:
Tension in neck and shoulders
Pain in upper back, between shoulder blades
Chronic or intermittent low back pain
Pain deep in the sacral/hip area

Come to an evening of exploration, fun and healing. Learn simple yoga poses, gentle stretches, and breath work to release tension, stress and shift the perception of pain. Only 10 to 15 minutes everyday could begin to change your body, affecting how you work and move through your creative life.

Anita Blackwell, RYT has owned YaYaYoga in Spruce Pine for 10 years since moving here from Sarasota, Florida. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, almost as long as she has been doing clay. Penland was a large part of her decision to move here and she has taught yoga and movement at three concentration classes, 2012, 2013, 2015.

Note: we will do the program first and have our potluck after - please bring food and drink to share with that in mind. Anita has a microwave and hot plate that can be used if needed.

Carpooling: anyone in the greater Asheville area who is interested in carpooling: let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or on this post on Facebook and we’ll see what we can coordinate.

Directions and more details here:

See you Wednesday!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Part Time Ceramic Studio Assistant Needed in Morganton, North Carolina

Morganton, NC, ceramic sculptor, Michelle MacKenzie, is looking for 1 or 2 part time studio assistants.

Ceramic experience is helpful, however, assistants will be fully trained in processes unique to her business.

Michelle MacKenzie creates ceramic horses, birds, hearts, houses, etc. and wholesales to craft galleries across the country.

This is an opportunity for ceramic artists who wish to learn more about the business side of their art, gain insight to gallery/artist relationships, and acquire skills that will enhance their ceramic experience.

This is also ideal for casual ceramic artists to learn skilled techniques and enjoy community with other artists in a positive, inspiring studio environment.

Please contact Michelle for more information:

View my art by visiting my Etsy shop, here's the link!

Delightful Pottery with Elise Delfield at The Bascom

May 20-25
Hands-on workshop on making delightful pottery!
Throwing and decorating with Elise Delfield of Pincu Pottery
More info:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lithium Carbonate and Cobalt carbonate Prices

Hey all you potters, I put on my commodity trading hat and just did a search for lithium carbonate at pottery suppliers and the prices are rising fast. Laguna (Axner ) is now $43.00 a pound.
The cheapest I found is Highwater Clay at $13.50. Then Big Ceramic Store it $15.50, USpignemt is $24, The Ceramic Shop $24....and everyone else is over $30 on the way to $40...Sheffield, Armadillo, Georgies, etc.
If you use Lithium Carbonate in your glazes now may be the time to get some. May be worth the shipping cost. ..Thanks Elon Musk and lithium/cobalt batteries for cars...phones too . Assume that cobalt is next ..Highwater is best $20 Axner is $37.

Sculptural Surfaces Workshop Workshop Southern California -Feb.12-16, 2018

Los Angeles Sculptural Glaze Workshop

February 12- 16, 2018

Five Day-Sculptural Ceramic Surface Glaze Testing Workshop
This is a 5-day glaze testing workshop designed to show students how to test a base recipe and get various colors (color blend) as well as vary the strength of colors (progression test). We will also run other tests as the group decides, like a 50%/50% volumetric blends, line blend, triaxial, and then some work with slips, terra sigillatas, and washes as well as high temp pencils, pastels and other specialty things if the group wants. (Other non-firing possibilities may include: graphite with hot wax, acrylics, distressing, sandblasting, acid washes, etc.)
 It will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on but not limited to low fire and cone 6 glazes. It is designed for beginner to intermediate potters. We will discuss clays, slips, cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles to achieve a variety of sculptural glaze surfaces.
These will be non-functional glazes for sculptural pieces only. There is no concern for functional glazes. These are often patinas or even painted surfaces.

Cost: $450 plus $50 lab and firing fee.
Registration requires full non-refundable payment.  (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)

For more information contact:
Richard Kopcho – 310-200-4171 or
Eugene Daub – 310-872-9854 or
John Britt – 828-467-5020
I can email a schedule of the workshop upon request as well as supply list.
Location:  Blue Water Clay Studio

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Pottery studio equipment for sale in Burnsville, North Carolina

Here are the details from Dennis McAvoy:

The slab roller is a 30” Shimpo from Clay King. I have been very satisfied with it but recently acquired a Bailey 40” slab roller and need to free up some studio space. The Shimpo lists for $730 and I am asking $500.

The Kerosene heater is a 215,000 BTU heater with a thermostat. It works great but I but a propane space heater in my studio to have more control of the heat when I am away from the shop. I am asking $100.

I also have a nice Porter Cable portable air compressor that I purchase last November. The retail price is $430 at Tractor Supply. I am selling it for $325.

Contact Dennis by phone or text at 865-414-6141 or by email at

Friday, February 2, 2018

Brent B wheel for sale.

It is a Brent B. It is a little over a year old and used probably less than 20 times. My wife has decided that she wants to primarily do hand building and she can use my wheel if she wants to throw anything. Of course, still under the Brent warranty. I’m asking $950.

Larry moore at Email is

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kiln shelves for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Here are the details from Mark Heywood:

The attached picture is of shelves for sale. High alumina 14 x 28's from Acme Marls and Thorley 1" x 26" half dodecahedrons.

The 14 x 28's are well used but cared for and have a good bit of life left in them. I have 15 of them at $10 ea. or $80 for all. I'd really prefer to see them all go at once.

The others are in really good shape. I'm calling them good to very good because I don't want to oversell them. $60. for four of them.

Contact Mark by email at or call 336-873-9276.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Penland Core Fellows Studio Sale this Wednesday

From the Penland twitter account:

Our 2nd year core fellows are having a studio sale TOMORROW, 1/31 from 3-6PM! Join them outside the Pines and maybe pick up some supplies, samples, seconds, and finished pieces. #penlandcore #828isgreat

Monday, January 29, 2018

February Clay Club at YaYaYoga & Market in Spruce Pine!

(image from the YaYaYoga & Market Facebook page -
made by Anita Blackwell at Penland)

February Clay Club will be at YaYaYoga & Market in Spruce Pine from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 14th. Thanks to Anita Blackwell for hosting us!

Anita is putting together a special program for us:

Healing Yoga Poses for Artists, Especially Ceramic Artists…….

Here are some of the common complaints I hear from my artist friends:
Tension in neck and shoulders
Pain in upper back, between shoulder blades
Chronic or intermittent low back pain
Pain deep in the sacral/hip area

Come to an evening of exploration, fun and healing. Learn simple yoga poses, gentle stretches, and breath work to release tension, stress and shift the perception of pain. Only 10 to 15 minutes everyday could begin to change your body, affecting how you work and move through your creative life.

Anita Blackwell, RYT has owned YaYaYoga in Spruce Pine for 10 years since moving here from Sarasota, Florida. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, almost as long as she has been doing clay. Penland was a large part of her decision to move here and she has taught yoga and movement at three concentration classes, 2012, 2013, 2015.

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

YaYaYoga & Market is located at 14480 Highway 226S in Spruce Pine. Google maps will get you there:

Questions? Contact Anita at You can also contact me at or at 828-467-1183.

See you on February 14th!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Vendors wanted for December event in Asheville

Here are the details from Duffy Baum:

Looking for Clay Club members interested in being a vendor at an event on December 8th, 2018 at Club Eleven at 11 Grove St Asheville. The cost for a table is $55 for the day. Some tables will be provided. We will be able to set-up at 8AM, open the doors to the public at 10AM and close the doors at 4PM. If you're not familiar with this location I suggest you Google it. There will be plenty of parking in the lot across the street.

The deposit has already been made to reserve the space and all you'll be required to bring would be a drop cord for some lighting and your work.

Club Eleven has some permanent seating fixtures but the rest of the furniture will be removed for the day. I don't think we can fit more than 20 tables, at the most. If you'd like to share a table with someone else, that would be fine.

The show will have an array of potters from professional to those working out of rented studio space. The work in the show should be of high standards. Please email me personally if you'd like to be a part of this one day event:

Friday, January 26, 2018

NCECA ridesharing opportunity

Anyone going to NCECA needing a ride? My chariot is a Subaru Outback. My plans are to go up on Tuesday, March 13 and return on Saturday March 17. Would really like someone to help with the driving. Contact Rachel Smith. 828-230-2526 or email Leaving from Weaverville.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Kiln elements for sale

New elements! 3 phase. 240V
Sized for L&L e28T kiln - 46" Outside Diameter.
6 elements included (total needed for a complete change out) Be sure you are on 3 phase electric.
Usually $82 each. I would like $50 each.

If interested, email These may be picked up in Bryson City, NC or Asheville, NC. I will ship, too.

Monday, January 22, 2018

South Carolina Clay Conference February 23-25 in Newberry, South Carolina

South Carolina Clay Conference 2018
February 23-25, 2018
Moving Clay Forward: Transformations of Surface & Form

Purchase by 1/31/18 at regular price

CONFERENCE PRESENTERS: Michael Kline, Lisa Orr, & Shadow May

The Newberry Arts Center is pleased to announce the date for the 4th annual South Carolina Clay Conference. The Conference will be held February 23 through 25, 2018. This annual conference is for professional and amateur clay artists and takes place in Newberry, South Carolina. The conference also hosts one of the largest displays of South Carolina clay art available for sale.

Conference website (with registration info):

and Facebook page:

Silicon carbide kiln shelves for sale in Bakersville, North Carolina

Silicon Carbide Kiln Shelves for sale - $35.00 each

I have thirty Silicon Carbide shelves for sale - 15" x 16" x 5/8th thick (they are all slightly trapezoidal)
Used but not warped or cracked - pick through and choose.

New shelves = $68.00 (plus $$$ shipping) — I am selling these for $35.00 each, pickup at my studio here in Bakersville.

Way cheaper than buying new shelves and paying shipping!

Terry Gess Pottery
828 467 0166

Friday, January 19, 2018

Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects opens today at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville without Josh Copus installation

Josh Copus is one of the 10 artists in this exhibit and his work is featured in the photographs accompanying today’s Asheville Citizen-Times article about the exhibit. You might remember that Josh brought his brick factory to our November Clay Club meeting at Mars Hill University. Unfortunately, Josh’s Monument to Place installation will not be included in this exhibit. From Josh’s Facebook post:

It is with great sadness that I am forced to announce that the Monument to Place installation will not be included in the upcoming Scale Up exhibition at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. This monument, comprised of 1,500 individually marked handmade bricks, was produced by the community surrounding Marshall NC during the Old Marshall Jail Project from August-December 2017.

After months of planning and nearly 4 days of installation work in the CCCD building itself, I was told that the staff had structural concerns with floor of their gallery. Nothing about this was ever mentioned to me in any of the planning leading up to the show. Nothing about my installation was a surprise. I did exactly what I said I was going to do.

At the time that I was alerted about the concern, my team had moved all of the materials into the gallery and installed the wooden form. We were about to start facing it with brick.

See Josh’s complete post, with an accompanying video, here (no Facebook account needed):

The opening reception for the exhibit is tonight from 5-8 pm. Here are the details from the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design website:

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Windgate Fellowship, the Center for Craft awarded a total of ten, $10,000 Project Grants. This exhibition showcases how the next generation of craft artists used their funds to explore scale, installation, and community practice.

Artists: Andrea Donnelly (Richmond, VA), Josh Copus (Marshall, NC), Dustin Farnsworth (Montreal, QC), Brian Fleetwood (La Mesilla, NM), Ani Geragosian (Salem, MA), Adam Ledford (Philadelphia, PA), Rebecca Manson (Bedford Hills, NY), Rachel Mauser (Louisville, KY), Aaron McIntosh (Richmond, VA), and Mark Reigelman II (Brooklyn, NY).

Opening reception Friday, January 19, 5-8pm

Exhibit runs January 19 – July 28, 2018


Facebook event page here:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

“Movies at the Museum: MC Richards: The Fire Within” POSTPONED

Tonight’s event at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, “Movies at the Museum: MC Richards: The Fire Within,” has been postponed due to the inclement weather. It will be rescheduled. The event has been scheduled for February 8th at the same time, 6-8 pm. Thanks to Cynthia Bringle for sharing this update, and stay safe out there!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Work by Paul Silverman

Paul Silverman shared these photos of his work, all interpreted in clay:

Antique irons

Oil cans

Industrial “impeller”, mechanical device

Flyfishing feel

Paul is currently taking a class at Odyssey. Thanks for sharing, Paul!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

"MC Richards: The Fire Within" film showing and discussion in Blowing Rock on January 18th

UPDATE - postponed till February 8th due to weather:

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is showing the film MC Richards: The Fire Within, followed by a discussion led by Cynthia Bringle. From the museum website:

Movies at the Museum: MC Richards: The Fire Within
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm

$5 students with ID, seniors, active military, EBT cardholders, $7 general admission

In the film, we witness M.C. Richards engaging in contemplative questioning regarding the nature of art, imagination, wholeness, community, and our place in the cosmos. She inspires us to live creatively, to believe in ourselves, to experience the sensuality of existence. This is a film not just about M.C. It’s about all of our quests to become authentic creators of art and community.

Also active in Greenwich House Pottery, M.C. was a central player in the New York avant-garde scene in the early 50s when she lived in Stony Point, New York with composers John Cage and David Tudor, potters Karen Karnes and David Weinrib, architect Paul Williams and children's author Vera Williams.

Her influence goes well beyond the visual art world. As the first English translator of THE THEATER AND ITS DOUBLE, by French actor/playwright/activist Antonin Artaud, M.C. is credited by director Arthur Penn and avant-garde Living Theater co-founder Judith Malina, as being instrumental in changing the course of theater in America for all time. The translation, to this day, is considered the authority.

In this thought-provoking documentary, you hear from a cadre of her associates and followers as they carry on her important work of inspiring people to live creatively. The hour documentary features interviews with many renowned artists, poets, thinkers, and theologians including: Marjory Bankson, Paulus Berensohn, Julia Connor, Merce Cunningham, Adriana Diaz, Martin Duberman, Howard Evans, Matthew Fox, Gertrude Hughes, Karen Karnes, George Kokis, Judith Malina, Amy Evans McClure, Arthur Penn, and Robert Turner.

After the film, we will have a discussion led by M.C.’s student and friend Cynthia Bringle. Cynthia graduated from NY State College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. She is a North Carolina Living Treasure and holds an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art.