Friday, August 29, 2014

RIP Gerry Williams!

From The NCECA page:


Photo: Gerry and Julie Williams,
2001 NCECA Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina
Photo by Glen Blakely
Gerry made a difference. His insight and influence will be felt for generations to come. Those who never knew the man will surely know his legacy… those who did, will remember his knowing, soft chuckle, and quiet determination.
~John Neely via Facebook
Gerry Williams, founding editor of The Studio Potter magazine passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 in New Hampshire. Anyone fortunate enough to have hosted a visit with Gerry and his wife Julie Williams became a link to a community that embraced and connected potters throughout regions, across a nation and to other countries. Their work made ours more meditative, meaningful and memorable. Inevitable maker, sensitive listener and illuminating storyteller, Gerry inspired clay-covered legions through his work as a studio potter, writer, editor and ambassador for mindfulness and materiality.
Born in 1926, Williams spent his childhood in India with his parents who ran a missionary school in Bengal. Williams recalled in an interview with Colby Sawyer College that Gandhi had learned about a septic system his father had developed for the school and asked that he build one for his own home. Although he never had the opportunity to meet the great man, Gandhi’s thinking about the importance of handicraft, growing things, and making things for use by other people made an indelible impression on his outlook. “[Gandhi] also influenced me in my ethics and moral life. I became a pacifist and spent time in jail as a conscientious objector. He allowed me to say 'what am I going to do with my life that will be ethical and politically responsible?' Being a potter is what I came to believe the answer to that question was.”
Williams returned to the United States to study at Cornell College in Iowa. He was called up to the military and left college for several years in alternative war service. In the late 1940s, while living in a cabin he had built on Vinal Haven Island, off the coast of Maine, Williams became involved in pottery for the first time, inspired after reading a passage by Arthur Morgan about the meaning of making pots.
After learning through a friend about the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Williams moved to Concord in 1949 to study and subsequently became one of a small number of potters of the era able to support himself through his work. He met his wife Julie, a radio personality in New Hampshire, when she interviewed him for her station. They purchased a property and in 1953, built a home and studio in rural Dunbarton.
In 1972, Williams founded The Studio Potter magazine without any prior experience in publishing. He said, “During the years I was editor I attempted to travel everywhere in the country to interview people…active studio people rather than designers or gallery owners exclusively or in the college environment… Everyone had a special story to tell. I especially liked to find someone who had given up something to become a potter.”

Past NCECA President and 2015 On-Site Conference Liaison, Jay Lacouture writes, “I first met Gerry Williams in the autumn of 1976 when he showed up at Rhode Island College to deliver some pots for an exhibition. I helped him carry his work into the gallery. This chance meeting turned into a quick beer, a good conversation and an invitation to join him the next summer to build the first Phoenix Woodfire Kiln. I was a 26 year-old idealistic ceramics major, immediately impressed with Gerry's warmth and generous spirit. By the end of our conversation, he had me believing ceramics could save the world. My path had been cleared by Gerry.”

Above: Pottery by Gerry Williams, photo by Alicia Bergeron

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey and Liz Zlot Summerfield AMAZING Show this weekend!!

DIGIN' POTS is a home sale featuring the work of
Linda McFarling, Shane Mickey, and Liz Zlot Summerfield.

Event LocationLinda McFarling's Studio
39 Pisgah Mine Rd Burnsville NC 28714
828 467-1208
Date: August 30,31 10am-5pm

The weekend also includes
guided tours of the Dig In! Yancey community garden,
pottery demonstrations, and tasty delights.

Monday, August 25, 2014

STUDIO SHARE -- Former Pottery -- 250 sq ft -- $350

My friend and former studio mate, Amber Mahler is looking to share a sweet studio in West Asheville.
The space was originally outfitted as a clay studio and is well established.  Located near Harvest Records, just off Haywood Rd.

Miles Dreyer Obituary

Miles Dreyer Obituary

Alexander Miles Dreyer, age 33, of Celo, North Carolina, died suddenly after a brief illness on August 19, 2014. Miles was born in his grandparents’ home in Celo in 1981. He was a curious and inventive child with a propensity for turning the hillside above his house into elaborate water channels and mysterious piles of assorted materials into giant puppets. He had a quirky take on almost everything and was one of the funniest kids ever. He attended South Toe Elementary School, East Yancey Middle School, and Mountain Heritage High School. When he was 16, he left high school and completed his GED, graduating with honors. 

Yancey County has an unusual concentration of glassblowers, and Miles became fascinated by this craft at a young age. He was welcomed into the studio of Billy and Katie Bernstein, first as a spectator and eventually as an assistant. After he left high school, he took his first class at Penland School of Crafts (with a special underage exception), a two-month workshop taught by Sally Prasch, who became a lifelong friend. Miles was a student in a number of Penland workshops between 1997 and 2002, he was a studio assistant at Penland in 2000, 2004, and 2007. In 2011, Penland invited him to teach a workshop in flameworked glass.

Between 1997 and 2003, Miles was an assistant to Yancey County glass artists Billy and Katie Bernstein, Robert Hynes, and David Wilson, and he worked as a glass lathe operator for Miles Henry. During this time he converted an old Airstream trailer into a flameworking studio, which he affectionately referred to as “The Lab.” He traveled alone to Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand, twice attended the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and did a two-week internship at Hot Island Glass on Maui, Hawaii. He also worked for several summers as a cook at Camp Celo.

In 2003 and 2004, he was the head of the flameworking studio in the summer high school craft program at Snow Farm in Massachusetts, and in 2004 he was hired as a glass assistant at Hot Island Glass. During three-and-half years on Maui, he did daily production glassblowing and greatly extended his skills with hot glass. He also snorkeled, surfed, hiked, and spent endless hours exploring Maui’s nooks and crannies (especially the crannies). In 2006, he was joined by his partner Polly Lorien, a glass artist he met at Penland School. They worked together at Hot Island Glass until they returned to Yancey County in 2008.

Miles and Polly were married in Celo on July 25, 2009. Together they started The People’s Glass and The Token Project, small-scale glass operations that produce affordable handmade glass objects using techniques that minimize fuel consumption. They moved into a house in Celo Community, Inc., the land-trust community on South Toe River, and applied for membership in the community. Miles was involved with a large community garden and became a wonderful gardener. Polly is a musician and, together with their friend George Stephens, Miles and Polly hosted regular open-mic nights at the Pizza Shop in Spruce Pine. In 2013, Polly gave birth to their beautiful daughter Ginger Mae Lorien.

Upon his return to Yancey County, Miles worked for Atomic Solar, where he was proud to be involved with sustainable energy. In recent years, he ran the shipping department at Mountain Electronics, and he also did weekly information collection from a Mount Mitchell weather station that is part of a national climate trends research project.

Miles Dreyer lived life fully and with passion. He was brilliant, clever, and funny. He worried about the state of the world, challenged other people’s ideas, advocated for fairness in everything he did, and pursued knowledge for its own sake. He was an artist, a cook, a problem-solver, and a skilled maker of useful things. He was reliable, he kept his commitments, and he took tender care of his family and his friends. He was taken from us too soon, but he touched countless lives in the time he was given.

He is survived by his wife, Polly; his daughter, Ginger Mae Lorien; his brother, Julian Dreyer, of Asheville; his parents Robin Dreyer and Tammy Hitchcock, of Celo; and his grandmother, Donna Jean Dreyer, of Celo.

The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and nurses who did everything they could to try to save his life. We will miss him so much.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 31 under a tent at the Celo Community soccer field on Hannah Branch Road, rain or shine. All are invited.

Some friends have started a memorial blog here:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finding Forever Exhibition FREE and items for sale to benefit Children in Foster Care

Yo Clubbers, 

Pam Kinsmith is working on a project to bring awareness to kids in the foster care system. Click on her link below for the prospectus and details. She is not asking for a donation - all work is for sale and all proceeds will either go to the cost to put on the event (all hours worked are volunteer) and Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange or to you.

Here is her letter:
I would like to invite your members to participate in a very special cup show this November, National Adoption Month, in Western Massachusetts. The attached letter explains my desire to bring attention to the kids in the foster care system through a showcase of cups and mugs each representing a child. The prospectus is also attached for your consideration. There is no cost to participate and I am not asking for donations of work. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I hope to hear from you soon!


Pam Kinsmith
Finding Forever: Giving Voice to the Children of Foster Care

Entry form on webpage link above:

Opening: Friday, November 7th, 2014, showcased throughout the month
Submission Details:
• All work must be received by October 1, 2014
• All work must be handmade, use food safe glazes and be ready for sale.
• Since all children are of equal value and this event is designed to represent them, all pieces will be priced at $50
each. The proceeds from the sale will be as follows: $20 to the artist, $20 to the Massachusetts Adoption
Resource Exchange (MARE), and $10 to produce the event*. Any funds remaining after the event is produced
will go directly to MARE.
• Any pieces received after the October 1, 2014 deadline will be held as stock to refill the exhibit as pieces sell out.
Pieces left unsold at the end of the exhibition will be kept for Finding Forever 2015.
• Local Western MA artists can arrange to have work picked up by calling 413.773.1214
• Work should be shipped to Pam Kinsmith, 93 Homestead Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jim Kransberger Show in Mobile Alabama

Here is an image from Phillip Counselman, the curator of the "Visiting Artist" Exhibition, at the University of Mobile in their Marilyn Foley Art Gallery. This show opened this Monday and runs through September.


Friday, August 15, 2014

New Pigs 2014

Finally got some new Pigs with a nice glaze combo!

Free Fire Brick Micaville NC GONE< GONE, GONE, GONE

I have about 50 to 75 ea. - 3" 3000 degree Used insulating firebrick to give away to anyone who will come and get them. I will also throw in some half  hardbricks for kiln furniture. Know anyone who would be interested?


Mold Situation

Slip casting friends,
One of my former co-worker friends sent me an e-mail last week about plaster molds for sale.  Here is her message:
"Friends of mine Tom and Augusta Saucer are in Johnson City, TN. They bought a lot of ceramic molds, and some ceramic equipment. They wanted the equipment mostly. When they got there with the truck the number of molds was misrepresented by thousands.. and now have a rather large collection of molds they don't need. Do you know of other artist in the community who would be interested in purchasing them? There selling them for a couple dollars each, mostly focused on getting rid of them.  If you are, Tom's number is: 423-557-6382 and Augusta is 423-557-6381."
I just called Tom today and these molds are still for sale, from $1 to $10 each. He said it's fine to call him at his number 423-557-6382 if you need more molds in your life. Alrighty then!

Leicester Pottery Studio Tour this weekend!

The Come to Leicester Studio Tour is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 & 17, from 10-6 each day. This year the free self-guided tour will feature the work of twenty potters. Local and invited potters will open their studios located throughout scenic Leicester, North Carolina, just outside Asheville. Samples of each artist's work will be displayed at Wildberry Lodge Bed & Breakfast to help you plan your route. Check out the Come to Leicester website for artist info, a map of studios and more. The potters participating in this year's tour are:

Linda Boswell, Julie Calhoun-Roepnack, Denise Dvoretz, Amy Goldstein-Rice, Sue Grier, Cat Jarosz, Maggie Jones, Matt Jones, John Lawson, Laurey-Faye Long, Ernst Meyer, Andrew Stephenson, The Village Potters, Amy Waller, Anita Walling & Doc Welty

So - Come to Leicester this weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clay club August 2014 Review

Had a great time at Clay Club last night.  Lots of folks came out from all over, Asheville, Black mountain, Old Fort, Bakersville, Spruce Pine, etc.

It was good to see everyone and catch up on things. 

And nice to share glaze information!

John Hartom told how well the Dig in Garden is going, He is looking for Collector's Bowls for the upcoming events. These are higher priced pieces which will provide 3 meals per Dollar raised. So if you donate a $100 bowl that equates to 300 meals for hungry people!!  Contact him at

Oh I have a book coming out and we are planning a book signing at Crimson Laurel sometime when the books actually arrive!

The next Clay Club's are :

September 10, 2014 At David Harlod's Studio in Asheville

October 8, 2014 at Odyssey in Asheville

November ? TBD

December? TBD

Oh I have a book coming out and we are planning a book signing at Crimson Laurel sometime when the books actually arrive!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting set-up For Clay Club

Getting set-up for tonight!  Not sure if it will be more confusing ......I got tired so I stopped!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Leicester Tour Maps

If anyone coming to Clay Club Wednesday night has the Leicester Tour brochures with a map, please bring some. The online version of the map is too small to read, at least for my old eyes.

Monday, August 11, 2014

FREE Shelf

Beefy Shelf
6' tall x 38" wide x 25" deep

FREE to the first person who comes to pick it up!  It's big, bring a truck?
It's located in the lower, left hallway of Marshall High Studios which is usually open during the day time.
I'm not there, so email & I will try to confirm whether or not it's still available ( Otherwise, just go get you a shelf!

Wasps in the kiln vent

A family of wasps, yellow jackets, made a home in my kiln vent.  The inlet pipe is completely clogged. Any suggestions for removal without harming the vent.  Thanks. Michon

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sweet Heart Underwing Moth

This cool but very large moth came soaring into the house last night.  Had to work fast before the cat got it. He went crazy!

The Sweetheart Underwing Moth -- Catocala amatrix

Anyway when I was Googling I found this page : 

Who knew that there was a moth photographers group!  I guess I should have known!  It is 2014!

At least I think that is it??

Chocolate Cups with Rich Chocolate Mousse (Ladies Home Journal 2000)

Chocolate Cups with Rich Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Cups with Rich Chocolate Mousse (Ladies Home Journal 2000)

Makes: 8  servings
Prep 2 hrs
Chill 1 hr

8  -5 inch round talc-free balloons
20 - ounces  semisweet chocolate squares, divided
1-  10 ounce package frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed
2-  tablespoons  raspberry-flavored liqueur
9-  ounces  semisweet chocolate squares, coarsely chopped
1/3- cup  lukewarm water
3-  cups  heavy or whipping cream
1-  tablespoon  vanilla extract

1. To make chocolate cups, line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper; secure with tape. Inflate balloons to measure 3-3/4 inches in diameter; twist and knot. Wipe balloons with damp paper towels and let dry.

To temper chocolate:
2. Coarsely chop 16 ounces of chocolate; transfer to a small microwave proof bowl. Microwave chocolate on Medium, 2 minutes. Stir and microwave 1 minute more, stirring every 10 seconds, until two thirds of chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth and chocolate registers less than 90 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. If chocolate registers 90 degrees F or more, chop remaining 4 ounces chocolate into large chunks. Stir into the melted chocolate until the proper temperature is reached. Remove and reserve any extra chunks.

3. Gently plunge each balloon 1-1/2 inches into tempered chocolate. Jiggle over bowl to drain any excess chocolate. Arrange dipped side down on prepared cookie sheets. Repeat, arranging balloons 2 inches apart. Refrigerate balloons 10 to 15 minutes until chocolate is chilled and firm. Reserve remaining tempered chocolate.

4. To make filigree scrolls, draw a filigree scroll pattern or use your imagination for a desired drawing (butterfly, tulip, heart) on paper; place on a large cookie sheet and top with waxed paper. Be sure drawing is dark enough to show through the top sheet. Set aside.

5. Microwave reserved tempered chocolate on Medium, 30 seconds. If temperature registers 90 degree F or more, stir in reserved chocolate chunks until proper temperature is reached. Spoon into pastry bag fitted with a 1/16-inch (#1) round tip. Using pattern, pipe eight scrolls or desired designs, squeezing and elevating the tip slightly while tracing pattern of scroll. Refrigerate scrolls until firm, 5 minutes. Carefully slide a thin metal spatula under scrolls to loosen. Turn scrolls over; pipe chocolate along the back of scrolls. Refrigerate 5 minutes until scrolls are firm and dry.

6. To release chocolate cups, pop each balloon by snipping a tiny hole near top with sharpened scissors. Gently pull popped balloons from chocolate cups. Refrigerate until firm.

7. For strawberry sauce, puree strawberries and liqueur in food processor or blender. Strain through a sieve into a bowl.

8. For chocolate mousse, microwave the 9 ounces chocolate in bowl on Medium for 3 minutes; stir until smooth. Add water all at once, whisking until smooth. Cool 10 minutes, whisking occasionally.

9. Beat cream and vanilla together in large mixer bowl at low speed 3 minutes, until cream starts to thicken. At medium-high speed, beat 30 seconds, until mixture is the consistency of thick cake batter. Add chocolate all at once. At medium speed, beat until mousse is thick enough to hold its shape, scraping bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula.

10. Spoon mousse into a large pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch star tip. Decoratively pipe mousse into prepared chocolate cups. Divide and drizzle strawberry sauce onto each of 8 dessert plates. Arrange 1 chocolate cup in the center of each plate. Garnish each serving with chocolate filigree scrolls. Makes 8 servings.

Make Ahead Tip
The chocolate cups and scrolls, sauce, and chocolate mousse can be made ahead; loosely cover cups and scrolls and refrigerate overnight. Cover sauce and refrigerate overnight. Cover mousse and refrigerate up to 3 hours.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Clay Club August 13, 2014 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Ok, Looks like we are on for August 13, 2014 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. for Clay Club at my studio :

John Britt Pottery
154 Sparks Road
Bakersville NC 28705

Call if you have problems 828-467-5020

I will lay out some cone 6  tiles which we can discuss.

The pot luck will be whatever you want to bring but I will have a couple of pans of spinach and black bean enchiladas.

All are welcome.

Should be fun!

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Chairs

Rolling out some new Chairs.


I know I have told people how little Boo is when he is wet but it is really hard to believe. When he is fluffed up he looks much bigger.

Partially dry....

Looking good.....

Mr. Cutie !

August Clay Club 2014

Yo Clubbers,

I am thinking of having Clay Club at my studio this coming Wednesday August 13th from 6 -8:30. 

I was thinking of having a bunch of my cone 6 tiles laid out and we can talk about them. I finished the book (which will be out in October/November 2014) but can never get all the tiles images in a book so I have a lot of information that just sits in boxes. 

If that is of interest I will do it, but you need to let me know.

Does anyone one else have ideas for Clay Club? Any venues? I know people from Asheville don't like driving all this way but I need someone to volunteer to host us in Asheville. 

I can always host here and will probably do a demopalooza in September unless someone offers a venue.

Let me know.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mushroom on the Parkway

New Pollen

Collected some new pollen from the bees the other day.

I presume it was from :


Production Potter needed in Black Mountain NC

PRODUCTION POTTER for home studio in Black Mountain, NC.

Part-Time, Flexible Hours

Piece Work (trimmed and finished).

Pricing per piece, example:

Mugs, $3.50

Goblets, $6.00

Pie Plates, $6.00

Cups, $2.00

Bowls, $3.00

Please send me an email ( with photographs of your work attached. Tell me a little more about you and other ceramic skills that you have.

No smokers please :-)

You need your own transportation.

Thank you,

Cristal Rose Fox

Sunday, August 3, 2014

For Sale: Skutt Kick Wheel with Motor,SOLD SOLD SOLD


Classic Skutt Thomas-Stuart kick wheel with motor assist. Condition is excellent as this wheel has been little used. Equipped with a motor assist attachment and with detachable splash tray. Very heavy duty, one of the industry's best wheels. $600


Saturday, August 2, 2014

TRAC Studio Tour Deadline August 22, 2014

Can't have too many reminders for the:::

  DEADLINE! Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5pm

at either of the TRAC facilities. Pick up an application at either TRAC gift shops or download one from the website.

And the deadline for placing an ad in the Guide (10,000 copies printed each tour) is September 1. 

Email Laura or call 828.682.7215 for more information.

Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair in Burnsville NC Today!!

58th annual Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair this weekend in Burnsville [Aug 1-2]. Over 200 artisans will have their work on display. 

Hours are 9 to 5pm both Friday and Saturday. 

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce, 828.682.7413.

Come be BAD in Bakersville!

Looking for some fun this evening? Visit with us in beautiful downtown Bakersville for Bakerville Art and Dine.
The members of Mica invite you to stroll the town, check out fabulous pottery and artwork, and eat locally!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Turtle Island Pottery

Check out the world's best pottery folks!

Turtle Island Pottery, handmade pottery nc

Since 1984 Maggie and Freeman Jones have been producing a functional and decorative line of stoneware pottery. Their showroom is located in a small house just 2 and .5 miles south of I-40 exit 73 at Old Fort, NC.

Crimson Laurel Shows for August 2014

If you're interested in seeing work such as Raku, Horse Hair, Pit Fired, and Naked Raku we'll have examples by some fantastic mid-state North Carolinians tomorrow - and for the next two months.  Edge Barnes, Maureen McGreggor, and Conrad Weiser are having an opening titled "Alternative Firing" from 6:00-8:30 Sat. August 2nd (that's tomorrow evening).

Also, Josh Copus,who has been firing in Australia for the past three months is also having an opening that evening (tomorrow) at the same time in the lower gallery.  His show "A Response to Place" will exhibit all his new work that he made while in Australia and will express how a setting  can totally influence what you create.

All four artists will be here, so if you have any questions etc. feel free to ask them.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.  Again, the opening is tomorrow evening from 6:00-8:30 at the Crimson Laurel Gallery.  Hope to see you there.