Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio Exhibit and Pottery Market 2014

Geoff Bird platter/ photo credit: Erin Centers


Starting Friday, December 5, in conjunction with Black Mountain’s town-wide Holly Jolly holiday celebration, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts opens its upper floor to the beautiful results of the BMCA Clay Studio for its Annual Exhibit and Pottery Market. The event will be held from 5-8 pm. The Annual Exhibit will feature the finest work of Clay Studio instructors and students in the Arts Center’s Upper Gallery. This diverse exhibit will be on display until February 20. In the adjacent room more than 10 students and instructors will have their work for sale. Sales are typically brisk that evening, but don’t be discouraged, work will be available for sale until December 19.

The Gallery Exhibit will feature the work of professional ceramic artists including studio manager Charles Freeland, instructors Geoff Bird and Mathilda Tanner and their students’ work. The Annual Exhibit will feature functional, decorative and sculptural works of extraordinary detail and workmanship.

The Pottery Market will feature beautiful dishware, holiday ornaments cups, mugs, and bowls among other gift-worthy items. These distinctive, hand made pieces are popular with Holly Jolly revelers because they can buy reasonably priced local crafts for their loved ones, teachers, and business associates all in one place.

The Clay Studio is adjacent to BMCA in the renovated old City Garage and is accessible off the back parking lot. The Studio offers classes to beginning and intermediate students, is open seven days a week and has ample open studio time for students to perfect their work and to experiment with new techniques and glazes. A class is an excellent holiday gift for someone who wants to experiment with or rekindle their passion for clay. Gift certificates are available for this worthy endeavor. An Independent Study option is available for experienced potters who desire studio time and a friendly community of companion artists. A handicapped-accessible wheel makes this opportunity to be a part of the arts available to the whole community, those with bad backs included. The Clay Studio supports a vibrant local clay community happy to grow and learn.

Stop by on Friday night to see what they’ve created!