Mobile Anagama Kiln Firing at the Pottery Center

Henry Crissman, a graduate Student at The NYSCC at Alfred University persuing a MFA in Ceramics, and his “Mighty Mobile Anagama” kiln are heading east from Montana and are projected to arrive in Seagrove, NC, early next week and fire his mobile kiln at the North Carolina Pottery Center on Tuesday, August 19th, barring unforeseen circumstances. Henry’s mobile anagama is a wood-fired kiln on a trailer he created with plenty of funding and assistance that is now on the last leg of a whirlwind national tour of kiln firings and exploring ceramics as community activism for the past month.

Says Henry, “My art practice is an exploration of the progressive social applications of making and using functional pottery…” His mobile anagama wood-fired kiln allows for the hosting of more communal and performative approaches to the ceramic process.

The re-assembly, loading, and firing of Henry’s moblie anagama kiln will take place at the North Carolina Pottery Center on Tuesday, August 19th starting at 9:00 am. This will be a day long process. The unloading of the fired kiln will take place on Wednesday, August 20th.

The public is invited to come out and watch the process both days. There will be no charge to the public to come out and watch the loading/firing process on Tuesday or the unloading on Wednesday, but the center will be charging its usual modest admission fee to tour the museum on those days for visitors wishing to do that as well.

This will also be a great opportunity to meet a couple of new addtions at the Pottery Center: Josh Floyd, the center’s Artist-in-Residence, and Emily Lassiter, the center’s Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator.

To learn more about the “Mobile Anagama,” visit Henry’s website at

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, please call336.873.8430, visit, or find us on Facebook.

RSVP To Present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Bicentennial Park

For the delight of our community, RSVP Community Theatre, in association with the City of Asheboro, is pleased to present a peppy, pert, and anything but ponderous edition of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for three picnic evenings, August 29-31, in the Rotary Pavilion at Bicentennial Park, beginning at 5:30 each twilight. You, the community, are invited to enjoy this rapid and rapier-sharp production at no charge. Just bring your family, your chairs, your blanket, your picnic supper, and your appetite for fun. Rain venue will be The Sunset Theatre.

Director Jim Langer has set the action on some sunny, southerly, hot and humid coast (does it matter where?) and he has placed the characters in occupations that make sense (sort of.) in our present moment. Picture this: Orsino [Robert Bass] owns a casino; Olivia [Kaitlin Smith] owns a golf resort. Into this scene comes Viola [Mary Moorhouse] dressed as a man to protect herself in a strange country. Upon this foundation one of old Will Shakes’s most intertwined plots of confused identities begins to play out. Add in the too-full-of-BBQ Aguecheek [Isaac Moody] and none-too-sober Tobias [Justin Tarlton] – who, under the leadership of the down-to-earth Maria [Manashi C-Lim] bait the sour, grumpy, overblown Malvolio [Scott Murkin] without restraint. No wonder the subtitle of this play is “What You Will.”

Other featured players are Tim Edwards, Maria Castro, Jaden Skelly, Adam Plant, Yanka Castro, Eoin Walsh, Bethany Kidd, Alyssa Murkin, Scott Hunter, and Paul Way. The estimable Mr. Hunter is also the Stage Manager. Mr. Way doubles as the sound technician.

Amidst all the humor and confusion there is one character that makes sense: Fieste, the Clown, portrayed by Travis Walsh. If wisdom resides within these chaotic precincts, it is uttered by Fieste. He understands humanity and may be the only one not blinded by his or her own needs.

RSVP Community Theatre is composed of volunteer actors and technicians who not only want to have fun themselves, but also want to share this with the people who matter most—the friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow citizens, and families who support their efforts. To learn more about RSVP, visit online or at RSVP Theatre on Facebook. Questions? Please call Philip Shore at 336-736-3120.

Joseph Sand Pottery – Summer Kiln Opening

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Summer Kiln Opening

August 16th from 9 am to 5 pm
August 17th from Noon to 5 pm

This kiln opening features surfaces with stunning copper reds, snowy whites, opalescent blues, and rich tan and chocolate hues. We always seem to say that we’ve had our best firing yet, and that continues to hold true.

Join us this weekend as we serve up beautiful pottery and yummy treats.

We are featuring the pottery of ECU graduate student, Devin McKim. To learn more about our summer intern, check out our exit interview.


instrumentsBrightside Gallery is continuing its “front porch season” with a Friday evening function on August 15, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Brightside Gallery is located at 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC.  This is at the corner of Worth and Cox streets.

For this fourth front porch evening event of the season, Brightside Gallery will feature Celtic music by the unparalleled talent of Will McCanless on the grand front porch. This performance will be like nothing Asheboro has ever enjoyed before!  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit in the front yard for the evening.

Will McCanless is a second generation potter from Seagrove, NC. He owns and operates two studios/galleries in the Seagrove area (McCanless Pottery 705 and McCanless Pottery Seagrove). Will specializes in crystalline glazes, hand-decorated pottery using Chinese calligraphy brushes, Seagrove Red, and agate ware. In addition to his own pottery, he also exhibits and sells the work of wood-fired potters David Stuempfle and Chad Brown. Besides fine pottery, Will exhibits and sells the work of nationally renowned quilter Scott Murkin.   In addition to making pottery, Will’s family is also very musical. Will studied classical guitar performance at Brevard College and Duquesne University before coming back to the pottery business. Today, he plays mostly traditional Irish music including jigs, slip jigs, reels, hornpipes, marches, and airs. Will plays the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar and plays weekly at Dugan’s Pub in Pinehurst, NC and bimonthly at Rí Rá Irish Pub in downtown Charlotte, NC. Will has one daughter, Evelynn Susann Maynard-McCanless. In his free time Will enjoys Belgian beers, stock trading, and playing an occasional round of golf.

FREE CARRIAGE HOUSE TEA TASTING:  Organic Natural Herbal Tea–King Tut Lemonade

Asheboro, NC—–Carriage House Tea will be holding a free tea tasting on August  15, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC.  This tea tasting will be featuring Organic Herbal Tea:  King Tut Lemonade.  This is a FREE event and the public is invited.


About the tea:  Organic lemon fit for a Pharaoh!  Sun dried, ground lemon peel, grown in Egypt along the Nile River Delta is so delicious that no sugar is needed. Perfect as a hot drink during cold and flu season, but for a warm weather treat, Carriage House Tea will be serving this selection as a chilled drink. This is a caffeine free herbal tea.

Herb N Garden will be open during this evening with light refreshments and a garden party on their terrace!   Herb N Garden is located at 170-B Worth Street, directly behind the Brightside Gallery building.



Charlotte Fine Art Gallery presents – Prints from around the World

Kasimir, Luigi. Opera House_CroppedCharlotte Fine Art Gallery
“Special Collection: Prints from around the World”
September 3-27, 2014
On view: Lithographs, etchings, and other limited edition prints by a global assortment of renowned artists: Joan Miro, Graciela Rodo Boulanger, Johnny Friedlaender, Harold Altman, Luigi Kasimir, Michel Delacroix, and more. Most prints signed by the artists and hand-numbered in pencil. CFA is proud to showcase this fine group of works acquired by a North Carolina art collector. Also on display: Work by local sculptor Charlene Bregier. All works available for purchase. Exhibit is free.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 6-9pm.
CFA Gallery hours: Tues 10-4, Wed-Thurs 10-9, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-2, closed Sun-Mon.
Joni Purk, Curator
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, LLC  
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, 9A
Charlotte, NC  28226

Arts Job Posting – NC ZOO – Graphics Supervisor

Arts Job Posting – NC ZOO – Graphics Supervisor

This position is within the Design section at the North Carolina Zoo. The Graphics Supervisor, equivalent of an Art Director, is responsible for the management of the graphics staff, and provides creative, technical, interpretive and aesthetic guidance for graphic projects ranging from print pieces to educational displays for exhibits. Ensures high-caliber design is provided to the Zoo and Zoo Society. This position plays a major role in the visual development and implementation of the Zoo’s branding and messaging as projected through printed pieces, signage, and other collateral, and oversees the proper and consistent use of the Zoo’s visual identity. This position also develops and tracks schedules and budgets, directs, evaluates and motivates employees, and works with the Curator of Design and others in determining creative direction, goals and priorities. Work is performed independently and in teams and is reviewed for quality and overall design. Supervised by the Curator of Design.

Jewelry Lecture with Freestone Peach aka Joel Baynard, Friday August 15, 2014

FSP1Freestone Peach Jewelry Lecture w/ Joel Baynard

Freestone Peach aka Joel Baynard will share with us his compelling small scale sculptures.  Most of them are in the form of wrist cuffs/bracelets that are made out of found wood and precious stone/mineral.  This lecture is in conjunction with the upcoming RADIOACTIVE Invited Artists Exhibition.

Here is your chance to meet Joel and learn more about his process of meshing stone and wood into beautiful jewelry.  The free lecture will be Friday, August 15 as part of the downtown Asheboro’s “Out & About” series.  The lecture begins at 6:30p in the Sara Smith Self Gallery.

Joel Baynard is a North Carolina native.  He studied engineering at NC State University.  He is fluent in Japanese, served as a company commander in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR, and has worked as a Project Planning Director at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  Joel has recently returned to his enjoyment of woodworking and has many world experiences that informs his creativity.  He is one of the featured artists in RAG’s October RADIOACTIVE Invited Artists Exhibition.

Randolph Arts Guild Presents Mike Gaffney & Friends LIVE!

The Randolph Arts Guild is set to showcase the musical talents of Mike Gaffney LIVE!GAFF (2) at The Sunset Theatre in downtown Asheboro, Friday, August 22nd at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and will be available in advance at the Randolph Arts Guild and at the door as available.

Mike Gaffney is the winner of the 2014 Song Spar.  He will be taking the stage Friday, August 22nd along with several friends and fellow Song Spar competitors.  Joining him on stage will be Laura Jane Vincent, Al Simmons, Yana Reyolds, and special guest Jack Gorham.

Mike Gaffney
Mike is a fixture in the Asheville, NC music scene for over 35 years, Mike is a well-respected, “seasoned” singer/songwriter with a unique view. His songs, populated by a mix of real and imagined characters, evoke visions of very personal, humorous, melancholy and downright bizarre situations and feelings. Mike enjoys reporting and pointing out the irony of everyday and make believe events in a bluesy, folksy dialogue—completing each musical “movie” with an original sound track played on his guitar. He has been playing guitar for 50 years and well, and it shows.

Originally from the former cotton mill town of Worthville (now a neighborhood of Randleman), Mike almost grew up in Biscoe and later, the metropolis of Siler City. His web site, gives a small preview of his work.

Al and Yana
Ever since a chance encounter at a party “in a galaxy long ago” singer/songwriter Al Simmons and Yana Reynolds have continued the unique blending of their voices.  They have managed to keep that magic alive even with their busy lives and individual musical pursuits over the years— never lost sight of their first love … their two voices united with an acoustic guitar.

Yana has done it all; sultry jazz to pop, country and rock in bands from North Carolina to Hawaii.  Al’s experience ranges from the acoustic folk circuit in the Asheville area to the Kingfish Blues Band in central N.C. as well as the New York City and East Coast touring base during his years with the Rockinhorse Band.

Laura Jane Vincent
Laura Jane Vincent was raised in the wilds of North Carolina and is equally at home in the genres of folk, country, rock, soul, indie.

Jack Gorham
Jack Gorham is a songwriter’s songwriter.  He was born seated at the piano and has been there every since.
Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance at the Randolph Arts Guild and at the door as available. For more information about call 336-629-0399.

Lark Artists Announces Call for Artists for 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Art Show

ASHEBORO, NC – Lark Artists invites all interested new and returning artists to submit a vendor application for participation in the 4th Annual Lark Artists Annual Handmade Holiday Art Show to take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 (10am-5pm) at 105 Worth St., Asheboro NC. This one-day shopping event showcases the work of 40+ diverse artists and designers and presents fresh, modern takes on traditional crafts such as pottery, jewelry, clothing, art, toys, and more.

A silent auction of handmade pieces donated by the participating artists will be held during the course of the day. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to CUOC, to help them assist others who are in need in our community.

Vendor information can be found at, and the vendor application can be found at  Contact for more details.

Julie Russell Exhibits Marquetry at Falling Rivers Gallery

BirdsJulie Russell exhibits Marquetry – Aug. 12th-23

Marquetry is the art of cutting wood veneer and creating pictures or designs from different woods.  About twenty-five years ago, Julie met a man who was demonstrating marquetry techniques and was selling some of his pictures at a street fair.  A few weeks later she joined his classes.  This enthusiastic marquetarian cheered her on along the exciting and sometimes bumpy road of learning to do marquetry.

Julie’s subject choices have varied over the years and have most recently been focused on ocean scenes and birds.  Her methods and finishes change as she learns new ideas and methods from her marquetry group.  They are always looking for the perfect way to make and finish a picture.

Julie is a retired librarian now spending her time in her artistic endeavors.

Plan to come to Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle Open Tues., Wed., Fri. from 10-5, until 6:30 Thurs. and 10-4 on Sat.

Contact Falling Rivers Gallery and the Stanly Arts Guild at
119 West Main St. Albemarle, NC
704.983.4278 or

The Randolph Arts Guild

123 Sunset Avenue
Asheboro, NC 27203

PO Box 1033
Asheboro, NC 27204

Phone: (336) 629-0399
Fax: (336) 629-2982

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