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Slow and Steady

Gently does it, slow and steady is the only way to be at the moment. I can’t do very much without needing a break so I am slowly working my way through orders. I need to be doing something while … Continue reading ?

Last Week at The Leach

So this is the first proper week back at work, I know it’s the 11th January but be gentle with me, I needed a rest and actually it’s a very gentle start for me even so. My belly is getting … Continue reading ?

2015 to 2016 A Whole New World

The last year has been quite a whirlwind of wonder. It has included many fabulous moments, many amazing people, many makings and firings of pots and many new and incredible delights. I’ll not go through them all but here are … Continue reading ?

Hellos and Goodbyes

Wesley is home from California to stay with us awhile. Yes I am elated to have her here. The Universe works in mysterious ways. She was planning on coming home a week later than she actually did, circumstances changed, andfortunately her change of plan gave her time to say goodbye to her grandmother. Show More Summary

more thoughts on burnout

I have mentioned before my serious love for podcasts. I have a long list of favorite podcasts and shows that I listen to regularly. One of them is called Millennial, a show about getting through life as a 20-something millennial. That...Show More Summary

Downtown Spruce Pine Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

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Grants will be avail­able to qualifying new businesses (like, say, artists) in downtown Spruce Pine, North Carolina through the Downtown Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (DEAP). The program starts next Monday, September 12th. You can also take one or more of the classes even if you're not interested in applying for a grant. Show More Summary

"From the Earth" at Mica Gallery in Bakersville

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"From the Earth" at Mica Gallery in BakersvilleExhibit opens this Friday, September 9thArtist Reception 5-8 pm Saturday, September 17thwww.micagallerync.comMountain Xpress also has more info:

Seeking hard fire brick in Western North Carolina

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Here are the details from Amanda Hollomon-Cook:Looking for hard fire brick. Will pick up. Located in Marshall and could go to Penland, Black Mountain or Hendersonville to pick up. Please contact Amanda Hollomon-Cook at with rough amount and price. Thank you!

Looking for carpoolers from Asheville area for September Clay Club in Bakersville

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Linda Falcone is hoping to connect with Asheville area folks to carpool to Clay Club in Bakersville on September 14th. Contact Linda at if you're interested!

FREE Kickwheel, Saluda, NC

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

My friend Chris Bueker has an older motorized kickwheel that he wants to pass on to another potter.I did not see a manufacture plate but it appears to be well built, has a motor that did work at one time (might need some work), concrete flywheel, aluminum wheel head and plywood deck and seat. Show More Summary

High Duty Castable for Sale

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Here are the details, from Terry Gess:High Duty Castable for Sale400 lbs Alsey High Duty "Hi-Cast 60" castable (50 lb bags) $100.00 for all Kept in dry storage - good

Jerilyn Virden’s Double Walled Sculpture Process

Jerilyn Virden's forms were inspired by dough bowls and grinding stones that she came across while working on her MFA at Southern Methodist University. She was taken in by these large, rough objects that had acquired their curved interiors as a result of repetitive use. Show More Summary

Unloading Day, Belated

I realized I didn't do my usual unloading day post after the last firing, because most of the pots in the kiln had immediate destinations. Also because that was the day the camera died - after I took the photos - and I had only a foggy...Show More Summary

September Clay Club with Hitomi and Takuro Shibata at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

September Clay Club will take place Wednesday, September 14, at 6 pm at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville. Thank you to Silvia Ferrari-Palmer for hosting us and organizing this Clay Club!Hitomi and Takuro Shibata will talk about their pottery and how they ended up in North Carolina. Show More Summary

Select Series: Plates, Platters, & Bowls

From a large platter intended to be hung on a wall to a small treat bowl, and everything in between, there is no end to the creative expression possible with plates, platters, and bowls. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, this book is a testament to that variety. Show More Summary

Rhymes with Hug

A mug is the most intimate of pots. Unlike a plate or a bowl or a butterdish, you spent quality time with a mug: every morning, with coffee; cold winter afternoon, with hot chocolate: and in the evenings nothing beats a mug of chamomile tea to help you sleep.As you hold and sip, your hands embrace a mug, your fingers run over its surface. Show More Summary

Layering Techniques for Sumptuous Surfaces

Have you ever opened a bisque kiln and felt completely overwhelmed by the entire load of blank pots? Are you tired of the dip-and-done approach to glazing? Do you wish you could create surfaces with more depth?If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, Colleen Riley’s video Layering Techniques for Sumptuous Surfaces... Show More Summary

Laying a Foundation for Layered Surfaces with Ceramic Engobes and Etching

This clip was excerpted from Layering Techniques for Sumptuous Surfaces, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!  Decorating Pottery with Engobes and Etched LinesTo create surfaces with depth, it can be helpful to start applying decoration in the greenware stage. Show More Summary

Tips on How to Make Your Own Travel Mug!

 Every potter knows how to make clay mugs. But what about making your own travel mug out of clay? Most potters I know just grab a regular mug (handmade, of course) and repurpose it for travel. But that can be a little messy - no lids! If you are tired of spilling coffee in your car,... Show More Summary


2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Gabriel Kline and Anja Bartels are giving a free slide lecture today at 1pm, please join us!

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