Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amy's friend

Today Amy only had time to stop and check that her clay hadn't dried too much.  So she brought her little friend, Penney.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mathilda's incised designs

Mathilda teaches one of our classes at BMCA Clay Studio.  She is an accomplished potter, and has claimed for herself a great technique of designs on the surface by incising.

If you can't sign up for her 6 week class, she also teaches one-day shorter appointment. 

She'll demonstrate the technique she uses to incise designs at the Clay Club meeting on Nov. 12, 6:30 pm.

The Clay Club is open to anyone interested in clay...and is a great opportunity for potters who work in their own studios to come together and socialize and share news.  Their monthly meetings include a Pot Luck supper, so come over and bring a dish to share!  The November meeting includes a great video.  More news on that soon!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pat's glazing

When you start with a dozen basic glazes, then try one over another, that's over a hundred possibilities.  Pat shows by apron that she really gets into her clay work!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vanessa & Extruder

Vanessa is on the cleaning up phase of her first time using the extruder.  And now she's got some really great ideas of what to do with the products, square shaped tubes to turn into....?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Practice pays off

Amelia works to perfect her techniques, from 7 pounds of clay to make a platter to the hundredth practice handle she's pulling.  It's worth it!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bonnie's rollin' along

Yesterday you saw Bonnie seated and working at a table, and here she is using the slab roller and making some little forms.  You never know what Bonnie will come up with next...but they are all beautiful.

Friday, October 17, 2014

back in the studio again

Hi everybody...I've been gone a while.  Sorry about that, and I hope to keep you posted with more photos and news from our Clay Studio.

Here are some of us busy at work in our friendly setting yesterday.  I'll show you more individuals with their works starting tomorrow!

There are also lots of great pottery shows coming around the bend in our I want to share those dates with you as well.  Many of our potters and/or teachers will have works in these shows.

Sat. Oct 18 - Arts & Crafts sale at St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain 10-5
Sat. Oct 18 - Tailgate Market (behind First Baptist Church,) Black Mountain 9-12
Fri-Sun, Oct 17-19 - Southern Highlands Crafts Fair, Asheville, NC (10-6 I think)

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.