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!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blog pictures for a while

Come over to Barb Rogers' blog HERE to see more of the clay studio people.  See 2 Pats and a Gail!