Join us at Marshall High Studios Saturday April 14 for the eighth annual Potters of Madison County show and sale! Come see the wares of some of the finest potters in the region and beyond, in historic Marshall, NC ~ 25 minutes north of Asheville. Artisan pastries, coffee and lunch will be available for purchase on site.
Just a quick reminder that MARK ERROL will be giving a short demonstration workshop from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Art Annex on the campus ETSU today. There is one change in plans from the original post - Mark will be giving his slide talk at the START of the event.
Please join us!
The Art Annex is located at 695 JL Seehorn Rd. We will have parking passes available in the Annex to put in your windshield. If you arrive a few minutes early we can point you in the direction of parking spots.
Learn almost everything you ever wanted to know about clays and glazes in a small intimate setting from internationally renowned experts. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
This is your chance to hear three experts in their respective fields share their thoughts followed by question and answer sessions. If you are interested in clays and glazes and how they work together then this workshop is perfect for you. Think of it as a mini-NCECA in your own backyard!
Alex Glover is an internationally known geologist who recently retired with over 38 years of experience in industrial minerals. He has worked all over the world with various companies including: The Georgia Marble Company, Vulcan Materials Company, Zemex Industrial Minerals Corporation, and Active Minerals International. He is amazing knowledgeable about geology, the formation of ceramics materials and how industry works. He will speak on his work finding Josiah Wedgwood’s original clay deposits in Franklin NC. He is an excellent and engaging speaker who is able to explain complex subjects in a down to earth style.
Steve Blankenbeker researches and develops materials for Taylor Clay Products and Brick Company in Salisbury, NC. He holds a degree in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Ceramics from NC State University. He worked for Cedar Heights Clay for 18 years and 16 years with Taylor Clay Products in Salisbury NC. Steve loves to help potters find and use local or regional clays in NC, OH and WV. He will talk on geology of local sourced clays as well as his amazing knowledge of the brick industry.
Michael Tkach is recently retired after 20 years as the Director of Ceramic Engineering at the Homer Laughlin China Company who produces Fiestaware. He has amazing knowledge of the ceramic industry and how things are produced, how to control slips and glazes and how to have success with glazes. Michael is a firm believer that understanding the relationship between specific gravity, viscosity, glaze application weights, and application techniques will give any potter the ability to develop and reproduce the glaze effects they desire.
9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Arrive have coffee and rolls
10:00-12:00 Alex Glover
12:00- 1:00 Delicious lunch of soup and salad included
1:00 – 3:00 Steve Blankenbeker
3;00 – 5:00 Michael Tkach
Cost: $100 – Delicious lunch provided Registration requires full non-refundable payment to hold your spot. (If you cannot attend you will only be refunded if we find a replacement on the waiting list.)
Send a check to the address below to hold your spot on Paypal at my email address.
WANTED: We're looking to purchase a used festival/art fair tent, it needs to be at least a "commercial grade" or better (That's what they told us) and any other things that we might need - displays, lights, table skirts, etc... For info contact Andy at 607 345 5461 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Cat Jarosz for hosting us for Clay Club! Cat and her husband John made a big pot of delicious chili that was perfect for a chilly Saturday evening - thanks to both of them for that. It was great to get to see Cat's studio and other work spaces, including her “office” (aka dining table), glaze room and photography studio. Her gallery spaces are sweet.
Cat gave us a comprehensive handle demo - she told us she loves making handles and it really shows. Some of her tools for making handles include patterned rolling pins and extruder dies, including using two dies together to create different forms. She showed us how to use the angles of the piece you’re attaching the handle to for figuring out where to place the handle - but she said that this system didn’t always work: everybody has their own preferences about handles and rules don’t always work. She uses magic water to attach handles. She also showed us how she uses a propane torch to speed drying.
Cat is located in Leicester, not far at all from Asheville, and easy to get to from I-26. Her house and studio are truly lovely. She’ll be on the Come to Leicester Studio Tour in August which would be a great time to visit.
Thanks again to Cat for hosting and demonstrating, and to everyone who came!
Resolve to get your hands dirty this summer, with the Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes. Cultivate your creativity and progress your personal style with CVCC’s non-credit pottery classes. No experience necessary, and the only requirements for students are a tool kit, purchased at the CVCC bookstore or local craft store, and a desire to create. All classes are $166.25, and include $125 registration fee, $40 supply fee and $1.25 insurance fee.
Hand Built Pottery Techniques with Evelyn Arnold
Tuesdays, May 29 – July 31, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 3, 2018.
For students of all skill levels, including beginners, this course is designed to teach the many varied techniques and applications for hand building with clay. Students will focus on various ways and tools that can be used to make many forms for utilitarian use. This course will explore the use of molds, slabs and coils with an emphasis on surface design and glazing techniques.
Pottery on the Wheel with Evelyn Arnold
Wednesdays, May 30 – August 1, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 4, 2018.
This class is designed for the beginner through intermediate level potter. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters’ wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.
Pottery on the Wheel II with Preston Tolbert
Thursdays, May 31 – August 2, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 5, 2018.
Designed for experienced as well as beginner level potters, students will learn to create a variety of forms including pitchers, vases and lidded jars. Also included is instruction on how to apply glazes and the proper procedure for loading and firing an electric kiln. Upon completion, students will be familiar with working on the potter's wheel, glaze application and firing techniques.
Class space is limited. For more information about the courses please email Evelyn Arnold at email@example.com; to register email Cheri Toney at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Continuing Education Department at 828-327-7037.
The National Juried Show with the International Twist!
(March 3 – June 15, 2019)
CALL FOR ENTRIES
1st place – $1000 / 2nd place – $500 / 3rd place – $250 / Honorable Mentions
This juried show is open to all US artists/residents (ages 18+) working in clay/ceramics. Works must be original, handcrafted, and have been completed in the past two years. Works submitted for consideration must fit on a 24”x24” or 15”x15” pedestal. Works may not have been previously exhibited at the North Carolina Pottery Center. Submission of an entry to this show constitutes an agreement by the artist to all conditions and stipulations listed in this Call for Entries.
Artists may submit images of up to three (3) works for a non-refundable $35 fee. Submissions will not be considered complete until both the entry submission and the entry fee have been received by the North Carolina Pottery Center.
Douglas Fitch (www.douglasfitch.co.uk)
Doug is also going to be one of the featured presenters at the 2019 North Carolina Potters Conference, sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild, in Asheboro, NC, the first weekend in March 2019.
Deadline for receipt of entries is December 15, 2018.
Please join us for two exciting workshops next week at East Tennessee State University!
Visiting artist Hanna Schelb will be on campus Monday, April 9 & Tuesday, April 10, with a public lecture to be held Monday morning at 9:00 am in the Ceramics Studio. She will be demonstrating her techniques for merging the human figure & the vessel in clay. A full schedule of events is listed on the flyer.
Visiting Artist Mark Errol will be demonstrating his finishing & surface design techniques on Thursday 4/12 from 2:00 -5:00 with an artist talk to follow.
We are located on the Main Campus of ETSU in the Art Annex Building. A campus map is located here: http://www.etsu.edu/etsuhome/maps.aspx
Parking on campus can be tricky. You may plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can find parking. If you come to the Annex first, we will have a parking pass for you to put in your windshield. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the email address below.
Both events are sponsored by the Student Ceramics Association and are FREE and open to the public!
In Tandem Gallery's starting its season with a great show entitled "About Face" with artists Wesley Anderegg and Ryan Myers. Both artists focus on figurative elements; Wesley's folk / naive-like people and dogs are sculptural with an edge to them (kind of awkward, a bit creepy and scary, but wonderfully created and memorable) while Ryan's work is functional but decorated with fairly detailed and realistic surfaces (lifelike enough to straddle the line between functional and sculptural with a definite Latin American look to them).
So, join us for an Opening reception Friday, April 13th, 4pm-8pmif you can and let's celebrate the start of our 3rd year with some drinks, snacks, and really really fantastic ceramics.
April Clay Club is this Saturday, April 7th, from 6-8 pm at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester. (Please note the special time.) Thanks to Cat for hosting us!
Cat makes beautifully handcrafted stoneware pottery and she will do a handle demo, including how to pull a great handle and all the steps involved. She’ll also show us her studio and tell us about her work. She is a focus artist at Odyssey Co-Op Gallery this month - check out her work here: https://www.odysseycoopgallery.com/#/catjarosz/
Cat and her husband will be making chili, so bring food and drink to go along with that for our potluck.
Cat is located at 1177 Bear Creek Rd, Leicester NC 28748. Cat says: “my house is off the road but I have brick pillars with white concrete rabbits atop them at the road.” Google maps will get you there: https://goo.gl/maps/ihuTc9rgg892
Carpooling: Mitchell and Yancey folks - let me know if you’re interested in carpooling. Folks from elsewhere who are interested in carpooling - let me know by email, or leave a comment here on this blog post or this Facebook post and we’ll see what we can figure out.
Questions? Contact Cat at email@example.com. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828-467-1183.
Please accept this invitation for all local & regional artists and craftspeople to apply for space at the 72nd Annual NC Rhododendron Festival Arts and Craft Fair, held along the Creek Walk in Bakersville, North Carolina on June 15-16th, 10am to 5pm.
The NC Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Arts and Craft Fair with food vendors and live music throughout the day, a classic car show, a 10K run, 2 nights of street dancing, and the famous Ducky Derby.
Please note that as per N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-255, everyone who sells tangible property at a festival is required to collect and remit NC state & county sales tax, and to have and display their Sales & Use Tax Certificate of Registration at their booth. Failure to comply with this statute is a Class 1 Misdemeanor offence and the individual can be charged as such. If you don’t have a number, registration is free and can be completed online at www.dornc.com/press/2012/nofee.html.
Feel free to forward this email to others you feel might be interested in participating. We are looking forward to the Festival and hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please email me email@example.com or call me @828-284-1914 at your convenience.
Join The Village Potters this Saturday, March 31st from 12:00-1:00pm as they welcome in Sherry Masters to discuss approaching and wholesaling to GALLERIES.
This is a free creative business discussion and all are welcome.
Bring alunch/snack (optional), pen, and paper.
RSVP's are appreciated and you may do so by calling (828) 253-2424.
Sherry Masters served as general manager to Grovewood Gallery for over 20 years. She now owns and runs Art Connections Tours. Which serves as the link, the bridge, or ‘connection’ if you will, to give art lovers and collectors access to high-quality professional artist studios in the Asheville and Western North Carolina region.
April Clay Club will be at Cat Jarosz’s studio in Leicester on Saturday, April 7th from 6-8pm. I’ll post more details closer to the date, but please note the special time and make plans to join us!
May Clay Club will be at The Village Potters in Asheville on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm. Lori Theriault and the rest of The Village Potters are organizing a Clay Olympics. (It’s been a while since we’ve done this - check out the first Clay Club Clay Olympics here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2013/01/clay-olympics-at-odyssey-center-for.html) The Olympics will have an Empty Bowls theme, and one hope is that folks will commit to making bowls for Empty Bowls events (either the Asheville Empty Bowls in September or another Empty Bowls event in your area). Judges will include Alisa Hixson from MANNA FoodBank and Melissa Weiss.
We need sponsors for prizes for Clay Olympics winners! If you’re interested, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks to Cat, Lori and everyone who’s involved in organizing and hosting these meetings!
3/21/18 update from Asheville Grown: the date provided for May was wrong. The May fair will take place Saturday, May 26th.
The 2018 Venture Local Fair will occur at 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville every 4th Saturday for 6 months, May through October. Please mark your calendars for these dates: May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27.
From the announcement:
Mark your calendars for every 4th Saturday of each month from May through October 2018, and help us transform 68 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville into the Pit of Love!
The Venture Local Fair cultivates a community of localists. We come together to create a supportive environment where small businesses grow. Watch as makers, artists, collectors, musicians, chefs, entertainers and inventors magically turn 68 Haywood into a bustling, family-friendly, mini-village of discovery.
Our first event is Saturday May 27 26 from Noon - 7pm. If you are a local maker, artist, service provider or found-objects purveyor we want you to join us in making this festival come alive!
Vendors can apply for any or all of the 6 dates.
The Venture Local Fair is a project of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.
Potters of the Blue Ridge is partnering with ASU's Appalachian Ceramics Association to host a one day workshop by Sunshine Cobb on April 28th. It's free and open to the public, and there's a parking deck within walking distance. More details in the flyer (click to enlarge).
Rabbit Creek Pottery will be closing shop at its current location in Dillsboro, NC at the end of June this year. It would be an ideal turn-key opportunity for a potter wanting to get into business in a beautiful little mountain town!
Light and Airy with Easy Access
Equipment and Gallery Furniture for Sale
Building For Rent
Ideal for someone ready to start their own pottery business.
Available July 1st 2018.
For Further Information:
Annie Burrell 828-371-3808
Elise Delfield shared this info and adds the following:
Walk in traffic
Cute crafty community
45 minutes from Asheville
Discover how Scale Up artist, Adam Ledford answers this provocative question by creating a portrait of mid-century America through the recreation of objects with clay and charcoal drawings in his project, Don’t Worry About the Government. Ledford will discuss a visual reimagining of Levittown, an archetypal post-war suburb of Philadelphia, and how his work invites us to look at post-war America’s changing relationship with nature, work, and food as evidenced by the proliferation of home gadgets, convenience foods, and decoration.
Friday, May 11
Center for Craft
67 Broadway St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from award-winning Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Adam Ledford in an upcoming workshop co-hosted by the Center for Craft and Odyssey Clayworks. In this large-scale hand-building workshop, students will work with Ledford and 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. The workshop will include hands-on studio time and Ledford will also share images from his travels and from historical research he has conducted of various museum collections. The cost of this workshop includes the $150 tuition and a $30 lab fee.
Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.
About Adam Ledford
In 2011, Ledford was awarded a Windgate Fellowship which allowed him to pursue a course of research through visiting storage and handling historical decorative arts collections along the Eastern Seaboard, Pacific Northwest, England and United Arab Emirates.
In addition to his residency at the Archie Bray Foundation, Ledford has been an artist in residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in New Castle, Maine and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Center in Skælskør, Denmark. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including Denmark, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Italy and Poland. Ledford has upcoming solo exhibitions at the University City Arts League in Philadelphia and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington.
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 email@example.com for more info.