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UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, to Hold Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale – Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2012

November 13, 2012

UNC Asheville’s art department will hold its annual holiday sale of ceramics, glass and other art objects from 4-7pm, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, and 10am-2pm, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall in Asheville, NC. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative items crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with prices beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the university’s art department.

For more information, call 828/251-6559.

Garth Clark visits North Carolina to discuss the Future of Traditional Pottery

October 4, 2012

Garth Clark is considered by many to be one of the great contemporary critics and writers in the field of ceramics.  South African by birth, he has lived in the US since the mid nineteen-seventies.  He ran galleries in LA and NYC with his partner Mark del Vecchio for thirty years.  He has been a prolific writer and advocate of ceramics in all its forms, and has lectured all over the world.  This affords the state of NC and its potters a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with one of our field’s brightest thinkers.

On Oct. 16, 2012, in Charlotte, NC (10am-3pm): Clark will deliver the keynote lecture in a symposium called “Traditional Pottery: Back to the Future,” presented by the Delhom Service League at the Mint Museum’s Randolph Road location.  After Garth’s lecture there will be ample time for audience participation. The keynote address will be preceded by shorter presentations by Matt Jones, Mark Hewitt and Charlotte Brown Wainwright. The symposium is organized by the Delhom Service League, an affiliate group of The Mint Museum devoted to the support and study of ceramics. Admission is $25 or $20 for Mint members and includes lunch. Reservations will be required.  Contact: Barbara Perry by e-mail at (

On Oct. 18, 2012, in Raleigh, NC (6-8pm):  Clark will deliver a lecture on the subject of traditional pottery, its present and future, and host questions from the audience.  Event will be held at the Gregg Museum at NC State University, located at 2610 Cates Ave, 2nd floor Talley Student Center. For info call 919/515-3503 or visit (

On Oct. 20, 2012, in Asheville, NC (2-4pm):  Clark will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Andrew Glasgow. Other panelists will include Mark del Vecchio (writer and gallerist), Mark Hewitt (potter), and Jean Mclaughlin (executive director of the Penland School of Craft).  The event will be hosted by UNCA and the Center for Craft Creativity and Design and held on the campus of UNCA. Exact Location TBA. For info call UNCA’s Art Department at 828/251-6559 or at (




Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, Features Works by Asheville, NC, Artists

February 2, 2012

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, will present the exhibit, The Artists of Constance Williams Gallery in Asheville, featuring the work of five artists, on view from Feb. 27 through Apr. 13, 2012. A reception will be held on Mar. 2, from 6-8pm. Ten percent of proceeds will benefitting Options, Inc.

Works by Angelique Tassistro

Our Western North Carolina community relationships happen in so many interesting ways. Jenny Mastin’s ceramic sculptures inspired by native cultures, folklore and mythology blend with modern interpretation via her own life experiences. This connecting skill is also reflected in the pulling-together of her studio mates in her Asheville, NC, studio with Mesh Gallery in Morganton, near her home in Burke County, for a new group show. Mastin’s affiliations with folks throughout the entire region have drawn everyone together, including adding in a benefit aspect for Options, Inc.

Jenny Mastin, Constance Williams, Cassie Ryalls, Angelique Tassistro and Greg Vineyard have been creating work in their shared upstairs working studios, and showing together downstairs at Constance Williams Gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District for some time. Their events have included larger group and smaller monthly shows, and they have a harmonious method of displaying work in Constance’s spacious gallery. Visitors experience an environment where they flow from display to display, enjoying the whole space while still being able to also appreciate each artist’s individual style. Visiting gallery directors have also appreciated this concept, selecting everywhere from one to all five artists’ creations for various gallery shows and sales consignments throughout the region and country.

Works by Cassie Ryalls

Works by Constance Williams

So it is a pleasure for the artists to be able to show together at Mesh Gallery, home to yearly shows and events, including one of Mastin’s favorites, The Art of Chocolate, to which the artists have also contributed works for auction in the past. This group show will benefit Options, Inc. with  a donation of 10% of their proceeds from sales. Options is the domestic violence, rape and sexual assault shelter, education and advocacy center in Morganton, Burke County, NC.

The artists at Constance Williams Gallery are: Constance Williams (expressionist encaustic paintings & clay sculpture), Jenny Mastin (clay sculpture), Cassie Ryalls (clay sculpture), Angelique Tassistro (functional, decorated ceramics) and Greg Vineyard (meditative ceramics, inspired illustrations).

Detail of work by Jenny Mastin

MESH Gallery is a progressive showcase for the arts located in downtown Morganton. The gallery features local and regional artists in single and multiple artist exhibitions throughout the year. We are dedicated to exhibiting work by accomplished artists that is on a level that equals galleries in large cities. The gallery also host “preview” shows twice a year for non-profit art auction fundraisers. This allows local amateur and professional artists more exposure for their contributions and has allowed the non-profit organizations to raise more money through longer, more public exposure of their events.

MESH Gallery is supported and housed in the same location as MESH Design Group, a full service advertising agency providing complete print and web development services. Through a symbiotic relationship, both businesses are successfully operating.

Work by Greg Vineyard

Options, Inc. is a small non-profit advocacy center that provides empowerment services and emergency shelter to Burke County families in crisis. We support victims of domestic and sexual violence as they become empowered to make life decisions and break the cycles of abuse and economic dependence. Options was founded as a volunteer agency and began assisting battered women and children in 1978. Initially, Options provided rape and sexual assault advocacy, hospital accompaniment, and court advocacy for victims of violent crime. Options opened the Cliffhaven Shelter for battered women in 1990, and in 2002 expanded to a new facility.

The Constance Williams Gallery, located in Asheville’s River Arts District. Constance Williams has filled her encaustic working studio and light-filled gallery with additional artworks from selected local artists, several of whom work upstairs above the gallery. Constance Williams Gallery also hosts events, workshops and shows in their large, light-filled working studio space.

For further information call Mesh Gallery at 828/437-1957 or visit (

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Feature Works by Alice Ballard and Roger Dalrymple and Offer a Free Workshop

February 2, 2012

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, will present an exhibit of works by ceramic artists Alice Ballard and her husband, Roger Dalrymple, their first joint ceramics exhibition, and lead an all-day ceramics workshop at UNC Asheville.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 6-8pm, on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall on the campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public; gallery hours are 9am-6pm weekdays and the exhibit will continue through Feb. 29, 2012.

Alice Ballard, Royal Empress Tree Pod, Detail from A Walk Remembered, 2011, white earthenware, terra sigillata, c. 3 x 10 x 13 inches.

Ballard received a master’s degree in painting from the University of Michigan before becoming a professional ceramist. She received a Fulbright Grant to study in India, and was one of eight ceramic artists invited to the International Ceramic Colony in Resen, Macedonia. She currently has works in the traveling exhibition, Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is also included in the collections of the Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian Institute, the Tennessee and South Carolina state art collections, the Mint Museum of Art, other museums and private galleries. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts and now teaches at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Roger Dalrymple, Untitled Kiva, No. 4, 2008, red earthenware: slip made with mason stain, clear glaze, c. 11.5 x 14 x 12 inches.

Dalrymple was an architect in Alaska for 30 years before moving to Greenville, SC, with Ballard and taking up ceramic art. His work is influenced by his lifelong exposure to art from many different Native American cultures, and aboriginal peoples from Oceania. Some of his works were recently included in the 5th International Texas Teapot Tournament, a juried competition at 18 Hands Gallery in Houston.

Ballard and Dalrymple will lead an all-day ceramics workshop beginning at 9:30am, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Owen Hall room 143. During the workshop’s lunch break, they will give an artist’s talk at 12:15pm, in the Owen Hall third floor conference room. The workshop and talk are both free and open to the public. The talk is co-sponsored by the UNC Asheville Department of Art and the Meet the Maker series.

For more information about the exhibition, ceramics workshop and artist’s talk, please contact the UNC Asheville Department of Art, at 828/251-6559.