Wednesday, September 30, 2015

E.O. Wilson – Of Ants and Men premieres Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Awesome show!

E.O. Wilson – Of Ants and Men
 premieres Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Hudgens Glaze Workshop 2015

Here is our group photo from the Workshop this past weekend at Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth GA (near Atlanta) . (Unfortunately a few were missing form the photo! )Great group !!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Empty Bowls success in Western North Carolina

Empty Bowls success in Western North Carolina: Awesome news: Dig In! Yancey Community Garden held their 5th Annual Empty Bowls this past Friday and raised over $10,000 . In Mitchell Cou...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ron Nagle New York Times

The bonsai-size art of Ron Nagle, whose chief medium is glazed clay, has been cherished in certain quarters of the art world for over 40 years. But lately the admiration has been spreading. In 2012, he was drafted into theAmerican Academy of Arts and Letters; in 2013, 30 of his objects appeared in the Venice Biennale, prominently displayed with 36 anonymous Tantric paintings, also small, in a perfect harmony of intuitive shape and saturated color.

Now, Mr. Nagle, who had his first solo show in San Francisco, his hometown, in 1968, and his first in New York in 1981, is undergoing another rite of passage: the stunning, exquisitely installed rollout at a blue-chip gallery, Matthew Marks in Chelsea.

Not surprisingly “Ron Nagle: Five O’Clock Shadow” seems to be knocking off socks right and left. Half of the show’s nearly two dozen pieces radiate from individual vitrines; the remainder combust in Tiffany-window-style wall niches, finished with blond wood.

Never more than a few inches high, these pieces fill, figuratively speaking, three large spaces. Most are recent or finished this year, showing Mr. Nagle in top form. A few earlier ones remind us that this is only the tip of a very large iceberg that has yet to be examined in full. Four dark bronze vessels from 1991 allude to Mr. Nagle’s obsession with the teacup, whose elements — bowl, volume, handle — he kept in abstract rotation for years. (You can see a vestige of a teacup handle in the whiplash strand of “New Blue LaRue,” from 2008, which morphs into a central protagonist in several more recent works here.)


“New Blue LaRue” by Ron Nagle. CreditAgaton Strom for The New York Times

There are also nine drawings on sheets of brightly colored notebook paper. Their stacked shapes could be prototypes for gourmet desserts and make excellent use of a gold-leafing pen and the blazing white correction fluid once familiar to typists.


“Beirut Canal” by Ron Nagle. CreditAgaton Strom for The New York Times

Mr. Nagle seems to have little truck with the terms ceramist, ceramic artist or ceramic sculptor. None encompass his wizardry. His bonsais are hybrids of exquisitely contrasting forms, surfaces, colors and sometimes materials, including styrene and roto-cast urethane. These works represent a hybrid life: Mr. Nagle has been from the start almost as serious about music as art. He has belonged to several Bay Area rock bands (the Mystery Trend, the Fast Bucks and the Durocs). Artists as diverse as Leo Kottke, Barbra Streisand and the Jefferson Airplane have either recorded songs by or with Mr. Nagle and often his longtime music collaborator Scott Mathews. And Mr. Nagle’s 1970 solo album, “Bad Rice,” has been followed this year by “Pre-Cooked/Converted: The Bad Rice Demos.”


“Centaur of Attention” by Ron Nagle. CreditAgaton Strom for The New York Times

Mr. Nagle is primarily a lyricist, a talent that carries over into his art most directly in the titles of his objects — “Lamb Shank Redemption,” “Centaur of Attention,” and “Beirut Canal” — sometimes ludicrous puns that often illuminate their victims unexpectedly. “Centaur of Attention,” for example, features one of the attenuated, modeled shapes, this one in pale gray and resembling an inverted tree branch, that recoils in alarm, like one of George Stubbs’s hysterical horses encountering a lion.


“Lotta Wattage” by Ron Nagle. CreditAgaton Strom for The New York Times


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Mr. Nagle’s pieces have qualities that you feel — sometimes in the back of your throat — as much as see. The multiple associations include Japanese culture (sushi, netsuke, gardens, lacquer); weirdly upholstered daybeds; spindly succulents and vegetables; limbs or tentacles. Shining, oozing drips, depending upon color, conjure blood, chocolate or motor oil, as well as glaze run amok. Upright shapes referred to as wafers have rippling surfaces more akin to Carr’s water crackers, and theyintimate gravestones and sometimes even Neolithic hand axes.

Stucco is a highly favored texture; and human or maybe reptilian skin is evoked with frugal clusters of pore-like pin pricks. Sprinklings of these recur in both objects and drawings, signaled by the first work on view: the 2008 “Scrunchabunch.” Its flat-topped forms and terra-cotta hue (dusted with light blue) suggest a pair of unusually tall, thin mesas in the American Southwest that are doing their best to look short and may be made of human flesh. This is a subtle association, devoid of creepiness. For that, there’s the green, glandular growth of “Beirut Canal” or — less explicit but still scatological — the right-angle of coiled black ensconced on a throne of oozing orange and aqua. You don’t know whether to reach for a pooper-scooper or an empty Dairy Queen cone.

Mr. Nagle, who was born in 1939, emerged in the mid-1960s, when he also worked as an assistant to Peter Voulkos, known for large improvised pots and sculptures of the Abstract Expressionist kind. A close friend and surfing buddy was Ken Price, based in Los Angeles: another ceramic great whose public profile was considerably heightened by this gallery. Both artists siphoned some ideas from California Funk and Finish Fetish. Like Mr. Price, Mr. Nagle committed to working small by around 1960. His primary inspirations were Giorgio Morandi’s small paintings and several forms of Japanese art, especially tea bowls. It took him a few more years to smooth things out and achieve the refined delicacy he has maintained ever since. This delicacy exceeds Mr. Price’s (whose efforts can seem immense next to Mr. Nagle’s). It is also implicitly narrative and emotionally tense, thanks to all the contrasts Mr. Nagle builds into his work.

This tension is especially evident in “Ryder’s Sky,” a homage to Albert Pinkham Ryder, an American painter who also treasured smallness. A maroon-brown wafer shape dusted with white evokesnocturnal clouds from one end of a futonlike form. A great ooze of brown emanating from the wafer’s base heads toward a green mound — wasabi with a twist — that suggests a distorted Buddha or perhaps an actor in a kimono about to sweep offstage. The arrangement seems contemplative, perfect and hilarious, but maybe tragic. The compressed size and emotional intensity greet your eyes with the intimacy of a letter. You don’t know if someone is being driven away or implored to stay, and you’re not supposed to.

“Ron Nagle: Five O’Clock Shadow” is on view through Oct. 24 at the Matthew Marks Gallery, Manhattan; 212-243-0200, matthewmarks­.com.

Friday, September 25, 2015

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Hudgens Glaze Workshop

Full load of glaze tests thanks to Connie Norman, Betty Dodd, Vernon Smith and BEST CLASS EVER!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Rain Perform Saturday September 27 - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 26
5:30 to 9pm
Burnsville Town Center 6 South Main Street

Hey Everyone--Just want to remind everyone that Rhonda is being honored Saturday night at the 30th annual Music in the Mountains at the Burnsville Town Center. Doors open at 5:30 and tickets are available of both TRAC locations and at the door. Rhonda, Kathy and I will be playing a few tunes and Rhonda will also be playing with some of her students and friends. You're in for a real treat with some great mountain music. We hope to see you there.

Kathy and I are excited to announce that we've be asked to sit in the Thistle Dew at the Orchard at Altapass the next day (Sunday, September 27) with Thistle Dew from 1-2:30 pm, so we hope you'll come on out and enjoy great music there, too.

We're also thrilled to announce that Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Rain will also be playing at the Orchard the following Saturday, October 3, from 3-4:30 pm. So come join us.

Music in the Mountains, our annual folk festival, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! “Dedicated to the preservation of mountain music and culture,” on Saturday, September 26th, from 5:30 – 9:00pm we’ll hold forth in the Burnsville Town Center with music, song, story and dance recognizing the folk art traditions of our high mountain region, the Blue Ridge.

Our large regional community includes many amazing traditional musicians, singers, storytellers, and dancers. Each year we choose to honor one of our many area folk artists, setting a tone for the evening. This year the Festival honors Rhonda Gouge for her lifelong contribution to traditional Appalachian music. Also, Bruce Greene and Loy McWhirter, Rick Ward, and William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree will take to the stage. The Traditional Arts Program for Students instructors—Ron Powell, Don Pedi, Terry McKinney, and Jared McQueen—will start the evening with some of the songs taught to 3rd through 8th graders in the TAPS after school programs. The emcee for the evening’s events will be Altapass Orchards’s Bill Carson.

The Burnsville Town Center, only a short, half-block walk from the Town Square, fills with camaraderie as sundown approaches, ending the evening with melody and song. You will always find a surprise or two in our three and a half hour concert.

Music In The Mountains Folk Festival is a tribute to our region’s diverse musical heritage. Our evening celebration of traditional performers is uncommon in diversity and artistic excellence. And, our concert begins just on the heels of the all-day-long “Old Timey Fall Festival” hosted by the Yancey History Association on the Town Square in Burnsville, North Carolina. Let’s bring in the Fall together! Come join us in September!

General admission is $14 ($12 for seniors and students).
Buy your tickets early and get $2 off!
Tickets are available at either TRAC Gallery, 102 West Main Street in Burnsville or 269 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine.

And as last year, delicious food will be available from the Switzerland Cafe.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

If you want to help out a good educational cause!!

These guys are building a mobile kiln to take to schools and work with mentoring kids!  Give them a call and be a part of a positive project!!!!!!!!

The Big Build of "Kazie" has Begun at The Village Potters
Posted by The Village Potters
The Big Build of “Kazie” has Begun at The Village Potters!
Yah!! We begin the building of the much talked about and anticipated Kazegama Kiln. “We” are actually Karen Dubois and George Rolland. They began yesterday cutting metal and welding the frame (9/12/15) and today they will be back at it again. We are a few weeks behind schedule, but now it’s on!
Karen and George welding the frame
Metal for frame
We are overwhelmed by all the support we have received by all of you on this venture!
As you know, we did not reach our goal on Kickstarter. But, as we promised we will not deterred and have continued to move forward with our plan. At this point, we have backers with promised pots helping us reach over half the money needed to make our goal of 14,000. As most of you know, your Kickstarter pledge was never charged to you. Many of you have contacted us and made your pledge/purchase over the phone and we will have your pot(s) in the first firing. Thank you so much! Those of you who still want to participate in the project and get a pot out of the first firing and have not called us, you still can! Just give us a ring and join in the fun! We will get your credit card info and secure your order for a piece from the new Kazegama. 828-253-2424 M-Sat 10-6 pm
Our Independent Study and Mentoring Program (ISM) will beginNov 1st with 18 students. Kazegama, aka “Kazie”, will be on the forefront of one of our first community firings in 2016. The very first firing will be filled with your pots by yours truly, The Village Potters! One of our 4 new amazing studio assistants, Margaret Ellis, will be videoing the build as well as the loading, firing and unloading of your pot(s). So stay tuned for that and watch on our website:
Good things are afoot at The Village Potters!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Glaze Workshop near Atlanta- a couple of cancellations

Glaze Workshop near Atlanta GA

This workshop had a couple of cancellations so if you want to be a part of it call now. 

We are doing cone 6 glaze testing over a weekend and talking about glazes and firing.

⋅Cone 6 Ceramic Glaze Testing Weekend
September 25-27, 2015
Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth Georgia

The Hudgens Center for the Arts

(Located in the Gwinnett Center/Arena Complex)

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300 Duluth, GA 30097


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NEW DVD - Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing!!!!

Just posted my brand NEW DVD on my website:

It is on sale for $39.95 for the first two weeks with FREE SHIPPING!

It is 2 hours and 18 minutes of clear and concise instruction on throwing and techniques to improve your skills.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

TRAC Survey - Please respond Mitchell/Yancey County Artists

If you’ve been reading the local news, talking with your neighbors and folks at work, you already know that we've undertaken to define our community vis-à-vis the rest of the country, perhaps the world. It takes a lot of research. One of the more important pieces is what the people who live, work and play in this two county region think about their community. North Star Destination Strategies is spear heading a survey that will help to answer those questions about who we are and where we want to go.

Thus far, we have 185 responses. But we need at least 200 to achieve the standard through which they can offer a cohesive strategy.

If you've already filled it out, THANK YOU. If you haven't yet, we've extended the deadline to Sunday, September 13, at 6pm.  Won’t you please take the time, and click on the link below?

We're all part of this community, and all have a stake in its future. We want your opinion. We need your opinion. If you have any questions, please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Heffron.

Please remember that once the link is opened, you will need to complete the survey. It can't be opened a second time, and it will only take about 15 minutes. Your survey will remain confidential, and the information will be presented in total.


* Don't forget to include your name at the end of the survey to be entered in a drawing for a $50 TRAC gift certificate for use in either the Spruce Pine or Burnsville galleries.
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You are receiving this because you are a member of the Toe River Arts Council and interested in the arts.

Our mailing address is:
Toe River Arts Council
PO Box 882
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

Sunday, September 6, 2015


John Britt, sculpted, slip-cast and assembled, 12" x 9" x 7",  porcelain cone 10 reduction.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tony Clennell: Loss for Words.

Tony Clennell: Loss for Words.: I am never usually at a loss for words whether you like what I have to say or whether it ruffles your f...

When in Rome...

Thought that I would celebrate the mountain tradition of moonshine jugs...more to come.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Yunomi 2

This was wheel thrown with Frost cone 6 porcelain and then dipped in Laterite terra sigilatta and bisque fired. The I glazed it with Matte Black 1 (page 136 ) and fired in electric to cone 6 ( E1).

pottery how to throw 1200 plates in a day.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Empty Bowls in Burnsville for Dig In Garden

The Dig In! Garden is holding an Empty Bowls Dinner on Sept 25 at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. The OOAK Gallery is selling tickets for the event. The Gallery is also a collection point for donations, so if any of you would be interested in donating bowls for this event, you can drop them off at the Gallery, as late as Wed, Sept 23.

Thanks so much for spreading the word and for any donations.

One Of A Kind Art Gallery
Kari Weaver

Crazy Mushrooms

Lots of crazy Mushrooms on the Parkway this week!

Yunomi cone 6 electric

Here is a Yunomi I particularly liked. It is on Frost clay with a Laterite Terra Sigilatta  (page 164)and then bisque fired. Then I put the white crackle slip (page 174) on with a brush and then dipped in Branum Amber (page 156) and fired in electric kiln to cone 6. E1 firing.

Branum Amber Cone 6 electric: 
 Wood Ash.................... 21.60 
 Whiting..................... 16.90 
 Custer Feldspar............. 40.30 
 Silica...................... 16.40 
 EP Kaolin................... 3.50 
 Zinc Oxide.................. 1.30
Iron Oxide Red.............. 8.20

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lion’s Mane/Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus),

Found this guy on our tree with Kristen Flournoy this afternoon. Really cool. Looks like a sea anemone on land! Or a bunch of spaghetti someone threw out.

"Hericium erinaceus (also called Lion's Mane Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Satyr's Beard, Bearded Hedgehog Mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or Bearded Tooth Fungus) is an edible mushroom andmedicinal mushroom in the tooth fungus group. Native to North America, Europe and Asia[1] it can be identified by its tendency to grow all the spines out from one group (rather than branches), long spines (greater than 1 cm length) and its appearance on hardwoods. Hericium erinaceus can be mistaken for other species of Hericium, all popular edibles, which grow across the same range. In the wild, these mushrooms are common during late summer and fall on hardwoods, particularly American Beech.
"  From  Wikipedia see link:

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