Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Monarch butterflies

National Geographic offers a photograph of one, on Milkweed plant.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts offers a gallery of monarchs, in different media, as well as a special talk about them. (see below for time for the opening reception and other community events).

One of my ceramic wall hangings.  White stoneware with glazes.

Wall hanging pillow of monarch butterfly.  Stoneware with glazes.

Detail of wall pillow glaze work.

Bring Back the Monarchs!

Community-wide Awareness Event (9/18-10/3)

On Sept. 23, 24 & 25, various groups of area students will immitate the Monarch Migration as they carry both colorful and ghostly monarchs through the downtown, from the Town Square to the Center for the Arts.

•  Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6pm:   Opening Reception for our Special Monarch Gallery Exhibit followed in the theatre by a multi-media program by guest Naturalist Ina Warren. Warren is a freelance naturalist, lecturer, educator and author of the Monarch and Milkweed Almanac. With Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, she co-facilitates the monarch-milkweed recovery initiative called “Make Way for Monarchs.”   The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 3.

•  Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10 am:  Students from the Black Mountain Primary School will perform their Monarch Migration beginning at the Town Square.

• Wednesday, Sept. 24 at noon:  Students from the The Learning Community will perform their Monarch Migration beginning at the Town Square.

•  Thursday, Sept. 25 at noon:  Students from the ArtSpace Charter School will perform their Monarch Migration beginning at the Town Square.

•  Friday, Sept. 26 at noon:   Brown Bag Series by Tina Barr  -  Monarch’s Reign & other Butterflies in Poetry. Free to the public.

• Friday, Sept. 26, 10 am – 4 pm:  Painting the Monarch workshop by Lorelle Bacon.  Call to register:  $95 includes all supplies.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sourwood Festival

This weekend is the Sourwood Festival.  The street into our parkinglot is usually closed to control traffic and our parking lot is where some of the vendors park.  The lower lot is full of vendors.  As a result, it makes getting to the studio very difficult.


Sorry for the inconvenience.  Monday is the new 6week session.  Reserve your spot for classes!  Those who are independent study should already have seen Jesse for August membership.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Charles says...

Great start to a new month.  Please welcome stephanie and Anna to the tues morning class.  The clay has arrived!  Remind me if you didn't get your bag.  Just another week to sign up for Adult clay camp with Maureen Joyce.  

Closing: Thurs night from 6-8, fri office and studio for the 4th.

Monday and tues of next week are open house at Highwater, lots of freebies, discounts, and deals.  Talk to experts about glazes, kilns or wheels.

Monday, June 30, 2014

New pottery

New coil built pot by new potter, Jim.  A great new technique using coils.  Photo by Molly Keeney.

All photos of our pottery studio are welcome on our blog, and you can share them also!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hey everyone! Charles wants you to know...

July is just around the corner.  A new session of classes start this monday, the 31st.  Remember the office is closed on the weekends.  They are open monday through friday and can take credit cards over the phone.  The 1st is tuesday for all of you doing independent studies. Your instructors can also take checks or cash before class times. 

There is a lot going on in july!  Adult clay camp with Maureen Joyce, Highwater open house and Southern Highlands will be at the convention center.  Watch for times and dates on the board.

X-mas in july!  Beat the rush in november by checking off that holiday list with presents made of clay for all your friends and loved ones.  Know the satisfaction of having all your gift gathering done before september.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A message from Charles (studio manager)

This week ends another class session.  Monday, 19th, begins a new six week session of classes for Mathilda on Monday night 6-8pm, Charles on Tuesday morning 10-12am, Charles, subbing for Annie, Tuesday night 6-8pm, Geoff on Thursday afternoon 4-6pm.  A six week session is $185, best deal around!  Call in right away to secure your spot or to continue a seamless clay experience.  The office will be happy to accept pay by phone or your _________ to save your place at 828-669-0930.

Independent study members, don't forget about us!  If you haven't attended in a session or two, we miss your faces!  If you have moved on in your life, please come and clean out your cubbie.  The new payment process for y'all is month to month for $80.  We are happy to pro-rate for schedule issues.

We look forward to seeing you all and joining you in your continued journey in clay!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fred and his "friends"

A retired clay teacher doesn't just go play golf (not all the time that is).  Fred Feldman carves and alters many sculptures of "friends."

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The mirror

Lynda made a beautiful mirror frame...and she's hard at work on her next project!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Paula's precious pieces

Paula decided to test out her glazes by making some interesting sweet pieces...and here are ones that came out of the glaze kiln last Saturday.  Looking good!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A week's work for me in the community studio

Last week I was happy to have pots in both a bisque and a glaze kiln.

I already took the glazed mugs home, but here's the casserole dish with 3 glazes combined.  And the reddish tumbler is a model for glazing those mugs that are sitting bare on the table.

Monday, April 28, 2014


Marsha and Charles are discussing something about how to come out with the results she wants.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Staying in focus

Finally I was able to keep Gail Rivera in focus for a photo of her recent work.  (I don't have any idea why so many BMCA studio pictures have been out of focus...but it's obviously my fault.)

So here's today's fuzzy potter...Elise Reed, with her pot she's about to pour celadon glaze over.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pottery event in Marshall, NC

A road trip along the French Broad River to nearby Marshall, and there we enjoyed lots of beautiful locally made pottery, (some visiting artists also displayed.)  I had wanted to go see this show for several years, and now I know it's worth the drive.  The little town of Marshall is having a comeback in it's downtown area also.  As a real supporter of small towns in NC, I was happy to see this.  The more small towns that are worth seeing, the more tourists will decide to visit our area...that's my thinking.  And I do love our tourists.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Living in Black Mountain

Hi, I'm the person behind this of us anyway.  (BMCA Clay Studio has lots of creative folks behind us and in front as well.)

Just wanted to share another blog post from about a year ago.  I do a blog called Living in Black Mountain, and here are some shots of the Clay Studio HERE.

Monday, April 14, 2014

View from the studio

When we take a break from the clay, there's the Black Mountain valley downhill to look at.  Yes, sometimes a train goes by (as in this picture!)

If we walk  down the paved path to the lower parking lot, we can see some beautiful blossoms (here the top of the studio is barely visible behind the cherry tree looking up the hill.

My friend Bonnie (also a member of the studio) is part of the Black Mountain Beautification Committee, which keeps this garden in bloom most of the year.  I'll have some more blossom pictures here soon.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Marbleized clay

Pat proudly shows her two latest marbleized pots.

 A wheel-thrown vase with 3 colors of clay that are blended together then glazed with a matt clear glaze.  A real winner!

See more Clay Studio of Black Mountain Center for the Arts pictures on Barb's blog, Alchemy of Clay, HERE.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A good time for working

Great day in Open Studio today...

busy pottery students working on their efforts in clay.  Small conversations going on quietly between several people, but not at high levels across the whole room.  People asking each other for helpful suggestions, and offering their experiences as requested.

Maybe a crowd, but with focus in front of each person, it didn't really feel that crowded.

Working together but separately.  A good feeling, making creativity just pour out of each person.

Thanks for dropping by, for sharing, and for making whatever you wanted to!

Barb, one of the Independent Students.

Drop over to Alchemy of Clay to see my pottery photos and more "students" at BMCA!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Some staff switches

Welcome back to Elise Reed, while our dear friend Ryanne Mack is taking some time with her family, including a new little one.

Sunday Open Studio now has Elise to hostess it.

Welcome back to Molly Keeney who's going to be at Friday Open Studios as hostess while Sarah Vekasi is busy in her own studio.

More potting news is over at Barb Rogers' blog "Alchemy of Clay."

Sorry, can't post on both spots every day!