We have recently completed a 5,000 sq. ft. expansion and will celebrate with a Spring Open House on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 11:00am-4:00pm.
“It’s all about the clay!” says owner Sarah Wells Rolland, “clay is what we started with, and it’s the foundation of every part of this amazing community that has become The Village Potters Clay Center. Working with a clay body that is suitable for your aesthetic and your technique is critical to every potter’s success and development. I have used Miller Clay now for over 20 years so I am confident about Laguna’s commitment to quality. We are excited to offer premier and consistent clays in WNC for the professional potter and hobbiest. We are already providing clays to some of our region’s finest potters.” Several will be featured at the Open House.
Tours of the facility will include the expanded Teaching Center, new Resident Potter studios, Incubator studios, and our expanded Clay Distribution Center.
Area potters are invited to check out the Clay Distribution Center, and we really mean check it out! A wheel will be set up for any potter who would like to try a Laguna, Miller or other clays carried in our Clay Company. The only thing we ask is that you test out the clay by throwing a bowl that we can finish and donate to the Asheville Empty Bowls event. In addition, we will have hourly drawings for bags of clay, and even better, bags of test tiles (fired to 04) for interested potters.
work in progress by Sarah Wells Rolland, using Miller 900 Clay.
The event, which is free and open to the public and suitable for all ages, features multiple mini-events. A community firing of the Kazegama wood-ash kiln will be opened that day, and there will be an exhibit featuring work by The Village Potters and other area potters using clay from the TVP Clay Center. For a small fee, members of the public may select and glaze a pot for a Raku firing, and they will be able to take their finished pot home after it is fired that day. And any curious attendees who just want to see what it’s like to throw a pot will be able to give it a try, with the help of a potter from the Advanced Ceramics Program.
Inside The Village Potters Gallery, the new Emerging Artist Gallery (EAG), featuring the wonderful work of several graduates of our Advanced Studies Program, will debut. The Village Potters Tool Shop will also be opening on this day. We will be selling a selection of tools favored by Founder Sarah Wells Rolland and the other five resident potters. Our favorite tools will included information on how we use them when working on the wheel or hand building.
Save the date and come and celebrate with us!
River Arts District
191 Lyman St Suite 180
Asheville NC 28801
work in progress by Asheville potter
Kyle Carpenter, using Laguna BMix Clay.