Friday, October 31, 2014

Run for Art

If it's snowing in Black Mountain on the morning of Nov. 1...I wonder how the runners will feel about doing 5K in it.

The prizes are almost finished for them however.

Charles Freeland was glazing the plate a few nights ago, and then it was fired and out of the kiln on Friday!

Open Studio time

Each person focused intently upon their work.  The Thursday Open Studio was peaceful and busy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

5K Run for your Art

It's not a secret...and the run is this Saturday!

Start warming up - for the 3rd annual Run for Your ART 5K & Kids Fun Run - Saturday, November 1 at 10 am at the Black Mountain Recreation Park off Blue Ridge Road and Rec Park Drive - in Black Mountain.

RUN FOR YOUR ART 5k Run & Fun Run

Are you signed up for Saturday, November 1st at 10am?
A great 5K that starts & ends at the Black Mountain Recreation & Parks baseball fields with all proceeds going to supporting the community programs at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts!
Barbeque, beverages & original Clay Medallion awards after the run!
Race Day packet pick up and registration will be Saturday – November 1st from 8-9:30 at Black Mountain Recreation Fields.
To register, go to:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The teacher said...

Geoff Bird is Marsha's ceramics teacher.
He gave her a challenge to make something looser, more free in design and glaze.  Thus the tray in the foreground.  Amazingly different from Marsha's other works around it.

I personally like the casserole!

Shhh, these are for the run

Dry but not fired yet, Black Mountain 5K Run for your Art medallions were sitting in the studio the other day.  So if my spying on them gets me in trouble, please come visit me in jail!  PS, I don't know when the run actually is.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Not as romantic, but necessary

This step is covering your work with plastic...
 A very necessary step for people who can't be in the studio for 8 hours at a time. 
 But wait, on Tues and Thurs. it is pretty possible to do just that.
Take Charles' Tues class, and from 10 am till 4 pm you can work on clay.
Or take Geoff's Thurs class, and you can work from 1 pm till 8 pm.  
Ok, it's not quite 8 hours!
Thanks Jane, for being our model today!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Bette's trays are waiting.  When the glaze has been applied, wares will wait on a shelf a few days for a full kiln load.  The next time we see these they will be finished.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hardly at work

Jim concentrates on his creative endeavors, but it really doesn't seem like work!

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.