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

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.


Tryon Arts & Crafts School Annual Meeting

Tryon Arts & Crafts School is holding its annual meeting from 6-8 pm on January 23rd. All are welcome; RSVP requested. Details in the flyer.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Toe River Studio Tour meeting

All area artists are invited, even if you didn’t participate in the most recent studio tour. Here’s the information from the Toe River Arts Council:

Post Studio Tour Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
4 to 5 pm
Dottie Owen Room, Arts Resource Center
Second Floor Spruce Pine Gallery

We welcome all artists in the area to please join us for our post Holiday studio tour meeting. We'll have the results of the survey, entertain suggestions, and discuss changes—all to improve the tour experience for both artists and visitors. It's our 25th year!

If you have any questions, please email or call 828-682-7215.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Call for artists for “CLAY: A SOUTHERN CENSUS”

From the Clay Center of New Orleans website:

"Clay: A Southern Census"
Juried by Jan Katz
March 2 - 31, 2018

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks applicants for “Clay: A Southern Census,” a juried exhibition devoted to ceramic work made by artists residing in any of the states that make up the U.S. Census Bureau’s South Region, including Arkansas, Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Open to both vessel-based and sculptural work, this exhibition will be on display March 2 to 31, 2018 in the Clay Center’s new gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

Entries due January 30, 2018

Links to application and prospectus here:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Recap: January Clay Club at John Britt Pottery

Thanks to John Britt for hosting our first Clay Club of 2018! Several people participated in glazing their pieces for the oil spot firing, which John will do in the next few days. In addition, a number of folks came just to enjoy getting together, including several Penland winter residents - thanks to Susan Feagin for helping to make that happen!

John had his wood-fired pizza oven up and running. He provided the dough, sauce and cheese, and clubbers brought all sorts of toppings. This was really fun! We made a lot of pizzas and ate them all.

Jim Kransberger told us about the on-line ARTS & CRAFTS e-zine he is working on - if you’re interested in knowing more or being included, check out this post and contact Jim at

Clive Earnhart said that applications for the second North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival will be available soon. He told us about the first festival, which was held in September 2017 at the French Broad River Park in Asheville and was quite a success. Look for info about applications here on the blog and check out the festival’s website and Facebook page.

Thanks again to John and everyone who participated in the oil spot glazing, and to everyone who came!

Odyssey Co-op Gallery Seconds Sale this weekend

The Odyssey Co-op Gallery in the River Arts District in Asheville is holding their Seconds Sale this Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm both days. From their Facebook page:

Come on out to our Seconds Sale next weekend!! Our artists will be selling their seconds at discounted prices. Whether you'd like to add to your handmade pottery and ceramic art collection on the cheap, or you just need an opportunity to get out and experience some art and music in Asheville, our annual seconds sale has something great for you!

The Odyssey Co-op Gallery is located at 238 Clingman Avenue in Asheville.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Clay Club on Wednesday! (with oil spot glazing, wood-fired pizza, and carpooling updates)

Clay Club is this Wednesday at John Britt Pottery! Thanks again to John for hosting us.


When: 6-8 pm on Wednesday, January 10th

What: oil spot glazing session for the upcoming oil spot firing. If you’re participating in the glazing, John has brushes, but you might want to bring your own. You might also consider waxing your pieces ahead of time if you want.

John will have his wood-fired pizza oven running during the meeting. He’ll provide the dough, sauce and cheese - bring your preferred toppings (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, etc.). Please bring additional food items (sides, salads, desserts, etc.), too, to go with the pizza for the potluck. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

Carpooling: during December Clay Club, we talked about trying to better coordinate carpooling from in and around Asheville for meetings that are held in other places. Duffy Baum is driving from Weaverville and has space for one more person. She is coming early for more glazing time - if that might work for you, contact Duffy at Anyone else in the greater Asheville area who is interested in carpooling (if you’re driving and have room for additional people or if you're looking for a ride): let me know by email (, or leave a comment here on this post or on this post on Facebook and we’ll see what we can coordinate.

Directions and more details here:

See you on Wednesday!

Studio space for rent in Asheville

Maria Andrade Troya‎ has studio space for rent in the River Arts District in Asheville:

Studio for Rent $410 I have a great studio space available at 12 Riverside in the River Arts District, Asheville. This is a retail space shared with two jewelers and one potter. For more information, please contact Maria 828-280-2962.

Kickwheel for sale in Seagrove, North Carolina

Here are the details from Beth Gore:


Sturdy, handmade, pine timberframe potters kickwheel made by a professional potter. Dovetail joints. Cast concrete kickwheel spins easily and maintains rotation with minimal foot action. Comfortable to use.

44W x 41D x 49H(adjustable)

The wheel is located at Cady Clay Works in Seagrove, North Carolina.

Contact Beth at 910-464-5661.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Free tax and bookkeeping workshop for artists and musicians in Asheville

Here are the details from the Asheville Area Arts Council:

Join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 for a FREE tax and bookkeeping workshop for musicians, artists and other creative professionals, presented by CPAs from the Asheville accounting firm of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A. in collaboration with the AAAC and Asheville Music Professionals.

Topics will include: income tax preparation and forms, getting all the available deductions, bookkeeping and recordkeeping (using QuickBooks, other software and manual systems), dealing with employees and freelancers, tax planning, tax structures (LLCs, corporations, and such), estimated taxes, crowdfunding and taxes, sales taxes, 1099s, etc.

ALL musicians and artists are welcome, from beginners to established pros. The presentation will last about 2 hours, and the CPAs will stick around until all questions are answered.

Link to register here:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January Clay Club at John Britt Pottery!

January Clay Club will be from 6-8 pm next Wednesday, January 10th, at John Britt’s studio near Penland. Thanks to John for hosting us and organizing this Clay Club!

John will be hosting an oil spot glazing session for folks who signed up to take part in the firing. Everyone is welcome to come, even if you didn’t sign up for the firing.

John will have his wood fired pizza oven running during the meeting. He’ll provide the dough, sauce and cheese - bring your preferred toppings (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, etc.). Please bring additional food items (sides, salads, desserts, etc.), too, to go with the pizza for the potluck. Clay Club is BYOB, so bring drink, too.

John Britt Pottery is at 154 Sparks Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705. Google Maps will get you there:

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

See you next Wednesday!

Final days of Intro — Emerging Ceramicists in Western North Carolina at the Asheville Area Arts Council

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With apologies for not posting about this earlier, there are a few more days to see this exhibit at the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC). It runs through this Friday, January 5th. From the AAAC website:

The AAAC is pleased to host Akira Satake‘s ceramic invitational, Intro — Emerging Ceramicists in Western North Carolina from December 1, 2017 – January 5, 2018. This year we will be highlighting some of Buncombe County’s best emerging ceramic artists.

Akira says:

“The thing that defines a tradition is the way it grows and develops over time. No traditional art form, whether it be music, painting or ceramics, remains static and easily labeled for very long. New influences are always coming into play, as upcoming generations learn to appreciate and revere the work of established artists but are inevitably inspired to interpret the art in new and sometimes brilliant ways.

This year, we look towards a fresh generation of potters inspired by the rich traditions of our region’s ceramics. We are very proud to feature these exceptional young artists in the exhibition, Intro — Emerging Ceramicists in Western North Carolina, and we look forward to seeing how their talents and vision shape the traditions of our ceramic heritage in the coming years.”

Participating artists: Anja Bartels, Amanda Hollomon-Cook, Candice Hensley, Dustin Fowler, Kristen Schoonover, Matt Wegleitner, Micah Thanhauser, Molly Morning-Glory, Nina Kawar, Samantha Oliver, Tara Underwood, The Bright Angle


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Call for Artists from Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Here’s the information from the Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Call for Artists

Red Carpet Artist of the Year Show

February 2 to March 16, 2018

Tryon Arts and Crafts School would like to extend an invitation for entries into our elegant Red Carpet Artist of the Year Show in the Best Supporting Artist category. Emerging or professional craft artists working in a variety of media and disciplines are invited to submit one piece. We are looking for outstanding art in all categories from jewelry, fiber, pottery, glass, forge, wood, collage, painting, photography and more. The piece must be predominantly red (80%) with a small amount of white, black, gray and/or silver.

Take-in dates for the show are Friday, January 19, through Saturday, January 27, between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Artists may submit 1 piece. Please note: no entries will be accepted after 1pm on January 27 without prior approval by Kai Hamilton.

The exhibit will open in the Gallery at Tryon Arts & Crafts School on Friday, February 2, with a Red Carpet Gala from 6-8:30pm. "Peoples' Choice" prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening.

More info and link to entry application here:

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Spot for sale in John Britt’s cone 6 workshop in Asheville

Here are the details from Stephanie Jones:

John Britt cone 6 workshop at The Village Potters, February 3-4. I double booked myself and need to give up my spot. If anyone is interested, please call Stephanie at 203-767-0265 or $225 for the weekend.

Details about the Glazing Cone 6 Workshop & Discussion here:

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jim McDowell featured in premiere issue of Asheville Made magazine

The premiere issue of Asheville Made magazine features Jim McDowell and his face jugs. From the article:

According to stories passed down from his fourth great-aunt Evangeline, herself a village slave potter in Jamaica, relatives would place the vessels on the graves of the recently deceased. The jugs’ grotesquely exaggerated features were meant to scare off the devil as the departed went to heaven.

Face jugs now give McDowell a medium to support contemporary social justice. In his 2012 piece “Trayvon,” for example, the artist cut a hoodie-shaped hole from the side of a jug and placed a small face on the darkly glazed inside wall, highlighting unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin’s attire and youth at the time of his killing.

Read the complete article here:

Asheville Made is “a magazine celebrating our region's makers — the artists, craftspeople, food producers, and homesteaders that give Asheville its irreplaceable vibe. Pick up your free copy at galleries, cafes and shops throughout the region.”

Check out Asheville Made here:

And here:

Monday, December 18, 2017

Booth display items for sale in Waynesville, North Carolina


John Nickerson has the following for sale at his studio in Waynesville:

A very nice booth display. 17 pedestals of varying heights. All wood tops. A nice 3 shelf unit all wood. Everything folds FLAT for easy storage and travel!! He wants 300 for all. A steal!!

Contact John at

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Recap: December Clay Club at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville

The final Clay Club of 2017 was a lot of fun! Thanks to Gabriel Kline, Anja Bartels and everyone at Odyssey Clayworks.

Anja did a terrific demo showing us how she makes her porcelain lidded jars. She talked about how she throws her porcelain pieces on bats only so she doesn’t have worry about warping them when cutting them off. She also shared a super tip for how she works on her lids by bringing her left hand over to her right side and then using the fingernail side of her left hand finger for a sharper edge. Check out Anja’s website for better photos of her finished jars and more of her beautiful work:

The evening ended with the mug/cup/object exchange. Thanks to everyone who participated in that, and thanks again to Gabriel, Anja and everyone at Odyssey - and to everyone who came!

A few notes:

Odyssey’s Holiday Sale, originally planned for last weekend, was rescheduled due to the snow. It’ll take place this Saturday, December 16th, from 11 am - 6 pm. More info here:

Our January meeting will be the oil spot glazing at John Britt’s studio near Penland. Read more about that here (and if you’d like to participate let me know by tomorrow, December 15th):

One last thing: we talked about how we might better organize carpools to Clay Club meetings, in particular for folks driving from Asheville and environs - if you’re interested in carpooling from the Asheville area and/or have thoughts about this, please let me know.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Clay Club on Wednesday at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville!

Clay Club is tomorrow at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville! Thanks again to Gabriel Kline and everyone at Odyssey for hosting us.


When: 6-8 pm on Wednesday, December 13th

What: Team throwing demo and our annual mug/cup/object exchange.

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

Directions and more details here:

See you tomorrow!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mitchell News-Journal on the Toe River Studio Tour (+ a little weather gratitude)

The Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about last weekend’s Toe River Holiday Studio Tour. Lots of quotes from clay clubbers and other artists. Read the article here:

(Side note: The snow today is lovely but so glad it missed the tour weekend. Stay safe out there!)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Opening for Julie Covington at In Tandem Gallery

We just wanted to invite you all for our last opening of the season! 

Saturday, December 9th, 5-8pm for an evening with
Julie Covington
Plus: wine, food and friends.

Julie is a local ceramicist working in Madison County at the Marshall High Studios at the old Marshall School building.  Her work is the epitome of functionality, simplicity, and elegance.  
This is a great opportunity to chat w/ Julie and get to know both her and her work.  You definitely won't be disappointed.

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

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Winter 2018 classes at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville

Now Enrolling Winter 2018 Classes at Odyssey Clayworks. Winter classes begin January 8. Please visit for information about upcoming classes for adults and kids in Asheville!

Pottery studio equipment for sale in Arden, North Carolina

Hank Goodman in Arden has several items remaining for sale before he moves in two weeks. Details in the photos below. Contact Hank at