Too Busy to Blog – Teaching and Making Pottery!!!

It has been way too long since I last blogged. Sorry. Here is what I have been up to:

Pincu Pottery is turning One Year Old!

May 1, 2011 - Celebrate with food, drink and a 2nds Sale!!!

May 1, 2011 from noon to 4 PM CELEBRATE PINCU POTTERY’S BIRTHDAY!! Food, drinks, door prizes and the annual 2nds Sale (not-so-perfect pots 25-50% off)

While planning the birthday, I have been helping to plan the annual fund raiser for the Swain County Community Foundation – Derby Fest – which will take place May 7 from 5 PM at Relia’s Garden at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. This will be a really FUN night out – and the money raised goes to local non-profits!  If you are in Bryson City that evening, please come buy a ticket at Pincu Pottery or the Cork & Bean.  Only $25 plus cash bar and silent auction – all to help Swain non-profits!!!

I also had a day to visit with my nephews, Elijah and Jonah, from NYC!  They came to Western North Carolina and played with clay for a few hours.  Boy did we have fun!!!

Elijah making a pot on the wheel

Elijah, age 6, trying the potter's wheel

Jonah trying the potter's wheel

Jonah, age 3, trying the pottery wheel and having too much fun!

Elijah making a sculpture

Elijah also made a sculpture that I hope to fire and finish

Lastly, I now have pottery in Asheville at the New Morning Gallery! This is a really fine, award-winning craft gallery in the Biltmore Village area of Asheville, North Carolina. I have visited this gallery for years and feel honored to have my pottery on display there. If you are in Asheville, please visit the New Morning Gallery and take a look at the fabulous pottery, furniture, jewelry and other crafts! And while you are there, buy a pot or two!!!

So… it has been a pretty busy month and I hope to begin blogging on a weekly basis again soon. I may not be back on track until after Derby Fest on May 7. Until then, if you want me to tackle a certain topic, please leave a comment or email me and I will be sure to try answer you as soon as I can!!!

Thanks for reading!

WNC Pottery Festival – Over and Out


I had a great time working the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival in Dillsboro, NC last Saturday!

But first, let me share my experience Friday during the Clay Olympics:

WHAT A BLAST!  I competed in the sleet and cold and didn’t make a fool of myself, nor did I win.

5 pounds, 5 minutes to make the tallest cylinder.  Then 5 pounds, 5 minutes for the widest bowl.  Lastly, blindfolded cylinder of 2 pounds of clay.  I must say, it was fantastic trying to throw while blindfolded.  Clay is such a tactile medium – we could all do it blind.  As for winning, I learned that the winners were those guys that took a risk – they pushed that clay to its limit and either failed miserably or won.  I didn’t take a risk in throwing – I was too scared I would be the ‘chick that can’t throw’.  SILLY ME!  Watch out next year, boys!  I won’t be silly again!

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Saturday morning started out not as cold as predicted – it was in the 30’s, not the 20’s.  So…. Off the family went to pitch a tent and set up the wares…. Mom, Dad, husband Jeff and myself

Setting up the booth

Setting up the booth

The day warmed up a tad, but was cold all day, with the clouds fluttering in front of the warm sun about every 1/2 hour.  Brrr…

Dad stayed the day and entertained passers by with chit chat.  Jeff went back to the Library for an author talk and Mom relaxed at home for a few hours before returning to help close up shop.

As for the turnout, I think it was down from last year, but still bustling.  Lots of folks came to talk, buy and browse. Leah Leitson, professor of ceramics at Warren Wilson College, stopped by with a few students.  I am sure she was impressed with the show.

WCU had a really nice booth of student work for sale, but I have to say… I really did think SCC had a FANTASTIC showing of talent!!!  Go SCC HERITAGE ARTS!!!

I am looking forward to this opportunity next year.  The show is well organized and usually a pleasant fall day.  Being so close to home, it is a no-brainer, as long as I get juried in.  And of course, count me in on the Olympics next year…. I’ll keep practicing and work on my no-fear, risk-taking attitude to win!

Give and You Shall Receive

Tomorrow, Monday, is the last day to bid on some incredible ceramic art at The auction is a benefit for Drew, a young ceramics student at U of F who lost a leg recently from an accident. All the artists and businesses participating donated to this auction and all the proceeds help Drew.

It is a win-win event. You pay far less, probably, than you normally would for an object and Drew has just a bit less to worry about. You can’t beat it!

The teapot I sent is being sold for half its value unless you act now!
But you have to go to and bid!

Blue Teapot

Blue Teapot on auction!