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Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Exhibit on the Legacy of Harvey K. Littleton

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year we informed readers that 2012 was the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in America. We did a special feature on many of the glass exhibits that were being offered in celebration of that anniversary – most taking place in Western North Carolina – home to many a glass artist. We didn’t learn about this exhibit until after it was too late to fit it into our Dec. 2012 issue of Carolina Arts, but we’re bringing it to you now as best we can. Hopefully through this blog, Facebook and Twitter – the word will reach many of our readers.


The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville, NC, is presenting Harvey’s Legacy: The Next Generation of Studio Glass in Western North Carolina, an exhibit featuring works by studio glass pioneer Harvey K. Littleton as well as 12 exceptional glass artists of generations X and Y who are working in the region, curated by Lauren Pelletier, Administrative Assistant at CCC&D. An opening reception will be held at the Center’s gallery in Hendersonville on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, from 5-7pm and is open and free to the public. The exhibition will continue through Jan. 7, 2013; the Center will be closed Dec. 21-31, 2012.

Harvey K. Littleton, Longitudinally Sectioned Flattened Ovoid, 1981, 18 x 3 3/4 x 4 inches each.

The American Studio Glass movement began with two glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The workshops were taught by Harvey K. Littleton, who, along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for glassworking that made it possible for individual artists to work in independent studios. Since then, glass has been embraced by artists not only for production purposes, but as a sculptural medium for exploring contemporary issues and concepts.

Harvey Littleton at the 1962 workshop. Photo by Robert C. Florian. Collection of the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Littleton’s groundbreaking workshops using a small furnace built for glass craft, which helped trigger the development of studio art glass in America. Littleton settled in Western North Carolina’s Toe River valley after his retirement and that area now boasts a growing community of more than 50 notable glass artists.

Harvey Littleton in his studio in Wisconsin. Photo by Robert C. Florian.

The other glass artists participating in this exhibit include: Kathryn Adams, Dean Allison, Alex Bernstein, Jennifer Bueno, Courtney Dodd, Ben Elliott, Micah Evans, Ben Greene-Colonnese, Clay Hufford, Mike Krupiarz, Justin Turcotte, and Hayden Wilson. To learn more about these artists visit thislink.

Work by Ben Elliott

“This exhibition features artists early to mid career artists, 40 and under, working in Western North Carolina. The artists selected have either studied glass at universities or spent time at craft institutions like Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School or The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass with programs that have lineage to Littleton’s experimentation,” said curator Lauren Pelletier.

“I was inspired by the 50th anniversary shows like Toe River Art Council’sGlass in the Mountains that have done a thorough job highlighting the rich history of the studio glass movement in the region. I see Harvey’s Legacyas a complement to those shows, with a narrower focus on emerging talent and the influence of higher education as it relates to our mission and core programming at the Center.”

“My interest in glass began after taking undergraduate coursework in glassblowing, casting, beadmaking and stained glass and continued later during a flameworking apprenticeship I had shortly after moving to Asheville in 2011,” adds Pelletier. “Having an understanding of the material and a familiarity with artists working in this area, I made selections for this show to include variety in experience, techniques and processes.”

Work by Clayton Hufford

“Western North Carolina is made up of incredible communities of craft artists that support each other and learn together. The Center is delighted to have the chance to present an exhibition of these emerging artists in celebration of the 50th anniversary of studio glass,” said CCC&D Executive Director Stephanie Moore.

“When glass enters the sculptural arena it is mesmerizing.  The impressive work highlights the skill of the makers who are pushing the limits of this incredibly fragile material.”

During the reception on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5-7pm, at the Center, located at 1181 Broyles Road in Hendersonville, there will be a sale of glass artworks offered. Those attending will also be able to purchase hand-made pint glasses, filled courtesy of Highland Brewing Company, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting glass art instruction in the region.

There will also be a raffle during this reception to win hot shop and flameworking classes at the Asheville Glass Center, private lessons from exhibitors Kathryn Adams and Hayden Wilson, as well as vases, ornaments, and more.

A portion of proceeds from the raffle and gallery sales will go towards subsidizing the first glass course at Warren Wilson College as well as future programming by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 10am-6pm, join the Asheville Glass Center staff and exhibitors Kathryn Adams, Ben Elliott, Ben Greene-Colonnese, Justin Turcotte, Hayden Wilson with special guests Alex Bernstein, Penland Resident Artist Micah Evans and exhibition curator Lauren Pelletier for exciting glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations to be held at the Asheville Glass Center, located at 140C Roberts Street in Asheville, NC’s River Arts District.

For further information call the CCC&D at 828/890-2050 or visit (

Some Articles About Exhibits Taking Place in the Carolinas Which Came In After Our February Deadline

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Some of these came in late – after our Jan. 24 deadline and a few came from folks just discovering us. Some think we should just add them to the paper – after all it’s not printed – it’s electronic, but I say no. That’s what deadlines are for and I don’t want several editions of the paper out there and people hearing about items they missed after they first viewed the paper. And, we might not always give these late articles a second life atCarolina Arts Unleashed. So people need to make that deadline.

If you haven’t seen our Feb. 2011 edition of Carolina Arts, you can find it at this link (Warning – this download can take several minutes) (

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Features Works by Koichi Yamamoto

An exhibition of prints by Koichi Yamamoto, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art, is on view through Feb. 25, 2011, in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building in Hartsville, SC.

Tochika Ni, by Koichi Yamamoto, a 12″ x 24″ intaglio print

Yamamoto’s show, 00 To 10, includes a selection of intaglio prints (a printing process wherein an image is engraved or acid etched into a metal plate, inked then printed) and prints made with a monotype process, a procedure that yields only a single impression from each plate.

Merging traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking, Yamamoto has worked with meticulous metal engravings, large-scale relief and intaglio prints. His current work is in large-scale monotypes and exemplifies a contemporary, international aesthetic developed from his upbringing in Japan and his education in Europe and North America. His prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, atmosphere, light and history through various representations of landscape.

“Surface only provides a record from recent events,” Yamamoto said. “Making critical judgments requires an understanding of what lies underneath. Addressing the landscape as subject, my work attempts to describe cross sections of history. I seek to slow down and take time for a deep level of investigation.”

Yamamoto is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has also studied at the Bratislava Academy of Art and the Poznan Academy of Art. His work has been included in a number of recent juried print competitions including the Boston Printmakers, the 7th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial Print Art in India and the Lujubljana International Printmaking Exhibition in Slovania. Yamamoto’s prints are in the collections of University of Hawaii at Hilo, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Center in the Portland Art Museum and the University of Alberta Museum and Collection.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. Gallery hours are from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, while classes are in session.

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.

For more information, contact Barb Steadman by calling 843/857-4199.

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Features Laura Hope-Gill’s Poetry and Photographs by John Fletcher Jr.


UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library will present the collaborative work of poet Laura Hope-Gill and photographer John Fletcher Jr., on view in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery from Feb.  1- 28, 2011. Hope-Gill and Fletcher will also present a slideshow and poetry reading at 12:30pm, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in the library’s Whitman Room.

Hope-Gill and Fletcher’s book, The Soul Tree, features photographs of uniquely beautiful southern Appalachian landscapes accompanied by lyric poems, which illuminate themes of vision, faith, healing and the sacredness of nature. The Blowers Gallery exhibit will feature some of the images and poems from the book as well as more recent work inspired byThe Soul Tree.


The exhibit and the slideshow/poetry reading are free and open to the public.

Hope-Gill is the Poet Laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship. She is also the founder and director of WordFest Poetry Festival in Asheville, and an instructor in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. Fletcher is a photographer for the Asheville Citizen-Times. His 20-year career has included clients such asUSA Today, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

The gallery is free and open to the public daily and most evenings.

For more information, call 828/251-6336 or visit (

Greenville Technical College in Taylors, SC, Features Works by Faculty of SC Governor’s School

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the Greer campus of Greenville Technical College in Taylors, SC, is presenting an exhibit of works by members of the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities, on view through Feb. 18, 2011.

Impressive for its scope, the show includes works by photographer Carlyn Tucker, sculptor Joseph Thompson, painter Paul Yanko, ceramists Alice Ballard and Sharon Campbell, printer Katya Cohen, metals artist Ben Gilliam, and graphic designer Neil Summerour. We are pleased to showcase the creative excellence that exemplifies the commitment of arts faculty at this unique Upstate program.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings call Lisa Smith at 864/848-2044 or e-mail to (

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, Features An Exhibit of Iron Works

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, will present an exhibition showcasing the work of Oak Hill Iron that includes both fine art and utilitarian wares titledIronology. The exhibit will be on view from Feb. 14 through Apr. 8, 2011, with a reception taking place on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, from 6-9pm.

Oak Hill Iron was born out of necessity and driven by true talent and sheer determination to create beautiful products. Founded over a decade ago by Dean Curfman, Oak Hill Iron produces custom ironwork that meets the needs of countless utilitarian applications as well producing works of fine art that are at home in a gallery space. Both high art and craft are integral parts of a healthy arts community and with this exhibition Oak Hill Iron will demonstrate it’s ability to wear both those hats.

Oak Hill Iron is staffed by a team of highly trained artistic craftsmen and offers a wide selection of ironwork for both residential and commercial projects. There is no job that is considered too big or too small.

As always events at MESH Gallery are free and open to the public. Appetizers (hors d’oeuvres) for this event will be provided by Mountain Burrito of Morganton. Wine will be served by Sour Grapes Wine Distribution.

There will be a free concert starting at 8pm on Feb. 18, during the reception with a performance from Pimalia recording artists Moolah Temple $tringband hailing from Jackson County, NC. The duo of Johnny Favorite & Eden Moor co-pilot their goat-drawn deathcart, trailing the detritus of Old Time, Musique Concrète, Honky Tonk, IDM, Minstrelsy, songs of wounded affection, cautionary tales for our age, and the aesthetics of the Fraternal, Temperance, and Evangelical Movements. Moolah Temple $tringband rarely makes public appearances, but the duo is pleased to be invited by MESH. One clown is merely a clown, but two clowns make a circus.

Mesh Gallery is located at 114-B West Union Street, Morganton, NC.

For further information call 828/437-1957 or e-mail to (

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Cheryl Baskins Butler


The Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, A Day at the Zoo: Impressions of Riverbanks, featuring works by Cheryl Baskins Butler, on view in the Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery, located in the Main Branch of the CCPL system in downtown Charleston, SC, from Feb. 1 – 28, 2011.

Butler began her sketch “safaris” at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC, when it first opened in the mid 70’s. Throughout the ensuing years, she has returned regularly to observe, sketch, paint and spend personal time with the Riverbanks residents. A Day at the Zoo: Impressions of Riverbanks is a compilation of paintings, collages and site sketches from her visits.
The Main Library is located at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston.

For further information call Frances Richardson at 843/805-6803 or visit (

UNC Asheville Holds Spring Ceramic and Art Sale – Apr. 30 & May 30, 2010, in Asheville, NC

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Here’s another event that came across our radar at Carolina Arts:

UNC Asheville’s Art Department will hold its annual Spring Ceramic and Art Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is free and open to the public.
A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Art Department.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Art Department at 828/251-6559.

Claymakers Gallery of Fine Handmade Pottery in Durham, NC, Features Works by Five Asheville Potters

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Here’s a press release we received at Carolina Arts about a pottery show in Durham, NC – a city we don’t hear from much. This came from Ronan Peterson, one of the ongoing potters featured at Claymakers. He is another blogging potter with the blog Nine Toes Pottery.

Here’s the press release:

Claymakers Gallery of Fine Handmade Pottery in Durham, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Asheville in the Bull City, featuring works by five Asheville, NC, area potters, Will Baker, Patty Bilbro, Kyle Carpenter, Karen Newgard, and Lindsay Rogers, on view through Mar. 12, 2010.

work by Patty Bilbro

Claymakers invites five Asheville area ceramic artists to exhibit their distinctive functional vessels in the Bull City.  This exhibit includes the work of Will Baker, Patty Bilbro, Kyle Carpenter, Karen Newgard, and Lindsay Rogers. Each of these functional potters have developed a singular interpretation of everyday pottery, from the graphic, black on white porcelain of Karen Newgard to the warm, earthy atmospheric stoneware of Will Baker.

work by Karen Newgard

Each artist employs their own approach to surface and decoration, with Lindsay Roger’s minimal, detailed lines and textures nicely contrasted by the intimate brushwork of Patty Bilbro and Kyle Carpenter’s bold salt fired slip and glaze brushwork.

Don’t miss this special showing near downtown Durham of some of the best ceramics the mountains of western North Carolina have to offer.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919/530-8355 or visit (

Coming Events in the North Carolina Pottery World – Dec. 2009

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

New info added at bottom 11/25/09

We have received some notices about pottery events which will be taking place in North Carolina this December. So here’s a rundown of what we have received at this point.

UNC Asheville’s Art Department will hold its annual holiday ceramic and art sale from 4-7pm on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, and 10am-2pm Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in UNC Asheville’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. Proceeds will benefit the Art Department.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Art Department at 828/251-6559 or visit (

Did you see that folks – prices starting at $5!!!

Courtney Martin and John Geci will be opening their studios in Bakersville, NC, as part of the Toe River Arts Council’s TRAC Studio Tour, being held Dec. 4, 2009, from noon-4pm and Dec. 5 & 6, 2009, from 10am-5pm. Maps can be downloaded at the Tour website (

The two will be offering new works in glass by John Geci and works from Courtney Martin’s kiln opening. Special guest artist Zack Noble will be joining them for the Tour event.

Courtney Martin

If you can’t make it to the tour event, Martin and Geci will conduct an online sale on Dec. 9, 2009, beginning at 9am on Esty – for further info check back at Martin’s website at (

For further info call 828/467-1414 or 828/467-4956.

Linda and I purchased a work from Courtney Martin at one of the fall Crafts Fairs of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC. Of course that was before the economy crashed. But you don’t have a struggling arts newspaper so you can buy in our place.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, Molly Lithgo and Jim Rientjes, who own and operate Earthworks Pottery Studio in Greensboro, NC, will offer their Annual Holiday Open House & Studio Show, from 9am-5pm, at 636 South Cedar St., in Greensboro. That’s off the Elm Street area in Greensboro.

Both artists are passionate about working with their hands, but each present a separate vision about working with clay.

Lithgo is primarily a wheel thrower and is inspired by nature and organic form. These decorative pots easily exemplify her love of color and the drawing process. She also enjoys manipulating the wet clay by altering the pots after they are thrown.

Rientjes is primarily a handbuilder and is inspired by geometric shapes and massive form. He also enjoys surface decoration created by various texturing tools and found objects. His poured glazes interact with one another and flow together into beautiful abstract patterns.

Molly Lithgo

Lithgo and Rientjes each use rich red earthenware clay to produce functional pieces for daily enjoyment. Both support and believe that choosing to use beautifully handcrafted items enriches daily life.

For further info call 336/275-1202, e-mail to ( or visit (

I know this stuff as I took it right off their website.

New – added 11/25//09

In association with The Artery, the new UNC-Chapel Hill student art gallery, the UNC-Chapel Hill Art Department will present the Third Annual Student Holiday Print & Art Sale – one day only, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, from 9am to 9:30pm.

Here is your opportunity to purchase original student artworks at very reasonable prices. You will find great art gifts for the Holidays including etchings, ceramics, screenprints, photographs, drawings, digital works, and paintings.

Come visit our new gallery space at 137 East Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill, NC (or just follow the signs through the Bank of America building atrium) and see what UNC’s best young artists have been up to.

For further info contact: Mike Sonnichsen, Lecturer, Print & Photo Labs Coordinator
UNC Department of Art by e-mail at ( or check (

So there you go some info about upcoming pottery events in North Carolina.

Another Big Report on the Arts – Another Load of Baloney

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a report on Artists in the Work Force based on US Census data. Translation – another bunch of guesses made by computer formulas – no hard facts.

A headline in the Post & Courier newspaper in Charleston, SC, on 6/14/2008 reads – “Statistically, S.C. not too creative.” The article says that less than 1 percent of SC’s workers are artists – 19,118 in all. That figure includes designers and announcers? Not political spindoctors? They’re some of the most creative people I know.

I wonder when they say designers are they talking about the people who have their pictures included in full page ads run in the Post & Courier for Southeastern Galleries – a furniture store – that announces a new shipment of Charleston Art has just arrived – to their West Ashley store – less than 20 miles from Charleston.

This report is trying to do research without hard numbers. Numbers I don’t think anyone knows. Local art agencies in Charleston don’t know how many artists are here making a living. The state arts agency doesn’t know how many artists are here making a living. So why should we think federal census takers got it right?

Every art study ever done is written to generate more funding for arts agencies. When you take a closer look at them – they don’t make sense. I’m sure the NEA is fishing for more funding.

The Post & Courier article offers some figures reflecting Charleston’s numbers (I guess – it’s not that clear) which when looked at closely really open your eyes and sets you a thinking. Like Charleston has 1,090 designers, 495 architects, 385 fine artists, 300 musicians and singers, 175 producers and directors, 160 photographers, 90 performers, 80 announcers, 45 dancers, and 15 actors.

If you add up the musicians, singers, performers, dancers and actors, you get 450 performers – that makes 5.14 performance workers per producer and director – that’s if you figure each performance has a producer and a director. That’s a pretty high number of producers and directors per performers, and remember these people are making a living as an artist. Compared to what I know the Charleston Symphony Orchestra pays their professional musicians – I’m not sure I’d call that a living, but then we don’t know what basis the NEA is using either.

That 385 figure for fine artists in the Charleston area – I’m not sure about – it could be lower. There are a lot of artists here who couldn’t live on their sole income. Without the income of their spouse I don’t think they could make it. A lot of people in Charleston call themselves an artist, but I don’t think they are selling that much art to make a living at it.

In the article a director for the Charleston Artists Guild said their membership has soared to 725 in recent years. But, I doubt all those members make a living at art. As far as I know, I could pay dues and be a member of the CAG.

Here’s another nugget from the NEA report. It says that there are more artists in Charleston than cities like Asheville, NC, Columbia, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, or Savannah, GA, but per capita Asheville and Wilmington, NC, are rated as two of the most creative cities – per this report. I’m not so sure about that.

I wonder if the report took into account how many artists may live in one city but sell most of their art in another city or several other cities – so where exactly, or in which city are they making a living – the city they make the art in or the city they sell the art in? Why are they ranking the cities and states at all? How many artists make a living by traveling to art and craft fairs all over the country – every weekend? Yet don’t sell much work in the city they live in?

This issue is too complicated to glean from census reports – that haven’t been too accurate as is. And, what do we really learn form this report? That the arts are a very small part of America? I think we all knew that – even in Charleston. It’s something most artists know.

So, I wonder how much money the NEA spent on this report? How much less is now available for the artists after this ground breaking report?

One day, I’d like to see a report that tells us how artist’s incomes compare with those of arts administrators. I doubt they’ll be working on that one any time soon.

The Complete Story

Friday, May 30th, 2008

On a recent visit to the North Carolina Arts Council’s (this is NC’s state arts agency) website ( under the Headlines heading I found a piece titled “Asheville in American Style Magazine” dated May 6, 2008. The short article informed me that in the June 2008 issue of American Style Magazine, Asheville, NC, was ranked second on the magazine’s annual Top 25 Art Destinations in small cities and towns category (populations of fewer than 100,000 people).

The article went on to describe Asheville’s art community and at the end suggested readers that for more info visit ( Good thing I did.

I’m sure this news was sent to the NC Arts Council by someone from Asheville, but I’m surprised before posting this news that Jessica Orr, who posted this item for the Arts Council’s website, didn’t visit the magazine’s website and check out the lists. I’m assuming she didn’t because there was good news there about other cities in North Carolina and I can’t think of why she wouldn’t post that info along with the info about Asheville.

Also, it should be noted that this ranking of top art destinations is a readers’ poll. Only readers of American Style Magazine vote. We are also never told how many votes any of the cities on the top 25 list got. So we don’t know if a city got thousands of votes or twelve to make the list.

The poll is broken down into three categories – Top 25 Big Cities
(Populations of 500,000 or greater); Top 25 Mid-Sized Cities
(Populations of 100,000 to 499,999); and Top 25 Small Cities & Towns (Populations of fewer than 100,000).

Asheville came in 2nd on the Top 25 Small Cities & Towns list, but Chapel Hill, NC, came in 9th. I think that’s worth mentioning and I’m sure the folks in Chapel Hill think it is too. The top ranked city in this category was Santa Fe, NM.

There is more good news. Raleigh, NC, came in 24th on the Top 25 Mid-Sized Cities list (Buffalo, NY was number 1) and Charlotte, NC, came in 17th on the Top 25 Big Cities list (New York, NY was number 1). Why Orr didn’t include this news – I don’t know, but I think it’s great that Asheville was only second to Santa Fe, but I also think it’s great that three other cities in NC made the three lists.

And, since we cover the visual arts in both North and South Carolina, I’m happy to tell you that Beaufort, SC, came in 14th place on the Top 25 Small Cities & Towns list and Charleston, SC, came in 6th on the Top 25 Mid-Sized Cities list.

So the Carolinas have six cities on these lists – not bad considering many states had no cities on any of the three lists.

If you want to see the other cities on these lists, visit (