Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cleaning the Studio

A fitting end to the year...
as each Open Studio ends, the students clean up their areas.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Remembering 2013 - Other clay people in other times

Will Byers and one of his happy students

Charles Freeland with a fun group of students

OK, this wasn't in 2013, but there's Cathy Babula as a student.  Who else do you recognize?

Ryanne Mack and baby Zoe

Former Studio Manager, Sarah,  and Sarah Vekasi

L to r: Pat Jonathan, Molly, Geoff, Gale, and Marsha

If you can name everyone here, you win a prize.  A going away party when Maureen Joyce moved to PA.
Geoff Bird
Fred hands a pot to be pit fired
Charles got the fire going

Travis Fox and his drums

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Remembering 2013 - Elise Reed

Series of remembering our clay teachers...

Her bio for teaching clay classes at BMCA says:
 Elise Reed is a graduate of Salisbury University in Maryland, and has studied weaving and metal smithing at Penland School of Crafts, as well as pottery with Geoff Bird at the BMCA Clay Studio.  She completed the teacher certification program in art education at UNC-Asheville, and currently teaches in the Buncombe County Schools. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Remembering 2013 - Annie Singletary

Series: Remembering our Clay Teachers

Annie Singletary

Her bio for BMCA says:
Annie Singletary graduated from the University of NC at Asheville, followed by a 2-year Residency at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts.  She and her husband are involved with Camps Merri-Mac and Timberlake.  Her love for nature and her outdoor lifestyle keep her highly motivated in her work in clay. Her pottery is functional, made from porcelain or white stoneware and a variety of glazes. She compares the forms and patterns in her pottery to those in both nature and textiles.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Remembering 2013 - Cathy Babula

Series: Remembering our Clay Teachers

When Cathy started teaching at the Clay Studio, this is the bio that was posted:
Cathy Babula’s love of pottery began in high school where she focused primarily on hand built work. Bypassing her secret dream of becoming a potter, she pursued a degree in horticulture from SUNY instead. After a career as a corporate trainer, she enrolled in pottery classes at the BMCA Clay Studio concentrating on wheel throwing and rekindled her dream of being a professional potter. She then entered the Professional Crafts/Clay program at Haywood Community College in 2010, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in May of 2012.  Since plants and nature motifs are prevalent in her decorating, Babula has come full circle by merging her original interests of pottery and horticulture.

Cathy Babula bowl

Field trip to Spruce-Pine Potters Market, l to r, Barb Rogers, John Britt, Cathy Babula

Cathy Babula at Tailgate Market holiday sale
In the last year Cathy has explored her styles of pottery and scraffito tiles more.  She is also pursuing another degree at Haywood Community College in Entrepreneurship.

Recent scraffito work by Cathy Babula

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Happy holidays from some of our pottery students and teachers.

Charles Freeland, studio manager, is surrounded by happy potters, Pat, Lynda, Kathleen, Mathilda, (also a teacher), Gail, and Barbara G.  Pitcher on table was made by Charles.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Barbara Rogers

Two green jars, Barbara Rogers

Dragon Jar, Barbara Rogers

Gingko Jar, Barbara Rogers

Barbara is a volunteer Studio Assistant and independent studies student.  She has spent more of the last year making functional ware, many of which she sold at Tailgate Markets last summer. But she enjoys her sculptural endeavors as well.  She loves posting here on this blog and her own 3 subjects. For more information, check out her blog "Alchemy of Clay." 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Marlene Tynen

Picture Frames, Marlene Tynen

Marlene has recently returned to Black Mountain and pottery making.  She is an Independent Studies student, and is sparking her creativity in old and new ways.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Molly Keeney

Fish, Detail, Molly Keeney
Fish, Molly Keeney
Mirror with tiled frame, Molly Keeney

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Maureen Joyce

Zeus, Maureen Joyce

Maureen moved away from Black Mountain several years ago, but comes back in the summers to teach a one-week workshop.  She was one of the earliest students at the Clay Studio, and has developed a great style of faces in various forms.  She also sells her work at Morning Sky Pottery on Cherry Street.

Her bio for her BMCA teaching says:
Maureen Joyce, who studied Fine Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, has been involved in various mediums of art during her career.  She took classes at the BMCA Clay Studio, opened a studio in her home, offered a variety of classes to adults and children at BMCA, and continued her education at a community college when she moved to Pennsylvania.  Joyce specializes in face vases and raku.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Is there still time to purchase?

This is the last day...BEFORE

Before Christmas and New Year at least.

Student's work that supports the Center for the Arts, as well as the students.  Many of these pieces have sold already, but there are still some great items available.  So if you're in Black Mountain today (Fri. Dec 20) come on by!

Yesterday someone from Colorado stopped in the Clay Studio, and was looking forward to seeing the gallery exhibit of student and teacher's work.  It's also on display still, and will be in January.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gallery Exhibit- Mathilda Tanner

Lilly Pond & Frog Vessel, Mathilda Tanner

Dragonfly vase, Mathilda Tanner

Swirling Bowl, Matilda Tanner

Fairy Vessel, Mathilda Tanner

Mathilda has recently joined the staff of instructors at the Clay Studio, teaching her unique style of forming vessels and decorating them.  She also sells her wares at Morning Sky Pottery on Cherry Street.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Blair McKee

Blair McKee
Blair's well crafted work has become more delicate and functional in the past year.  She is showing (and selling) her work at Geoff Bird's store on Cherry St, Morning Sky Pottery. (Click HERE to see more of her work there.)  Her popular bear mugs are a bit smaller than the one shown here.  She continues to have some architectural pieces that are very large jar shapes.  Blair is an Independent Studies student.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Marsha Cozart

"He Said, She Said" Marsha Cozart
Marsha has worked primarily in functional pieces and has her own style.  But here she brings her sense of humor out with these delightful and simple forms.  She is a student of Geoff Bird's and has stretched her abilities with his guidance.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Sarah Vekasi

Zen Lamp, Sarah Vekasi
The Tea Party, Sarah Vekasi
Sarah has opened her own studio in the last year, and has stretched her abilities to match the shows she has attended selling her work in clay.  But she still volunteers as a Studio Assistant once a week at Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio, and is part of our community.  She continues to have great interest in her role as an Eco-Chaplin, helping those who help the planet.  One of her web pages displays Sarah Sunshine's pottery (HERE).

Today Sarah is also being featured on the Achemy of Clay blog here.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gallery Exhibit - Charles Freeland

Stacking Bowls, Charles Freeland
Charles Freeland
Charles Freeland is our studio manager, as well as teacher of several levels of classes.  He works with folks who are absolute beginners, and he works with folks who say, "can I make this out of clay?"  And he usually helps them do it on their own, with his advice.

His bio from the Clay Studio says:
 Charles Freeland is a graduate of Austin College and the University of North Texas.  He holds an MFA in ceramics with a minor in painting and drawing.  Charles has taught at a number of different programs from Texas to Illinois, where he taught for Bradley University, Lakeland Community College and Eastern Illinois University in a variety of areas from ceramics to multicultural aesthetics.