Monday, August 27, 2012

Ode to Virginia

 Virginia McKenney, former Artist-in-Resident, leaves Arrowmont after awesome 9 years. Thank you Virginia for your work and service to this wonderful place. 

Virginia will spend a year in West Palm Beach at the Armory Art Center.

...and getting a tan!

Friday, August 24, 2012

We've been MUGGED!

Following the 20th Resident Reunion, 3 installations of shelves have been hung to hold the mugs made at the retreat.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Goodbye Summer Session

Fourth of July: Fireworks on the lawn
Well, the summer workshop sessions have come to a close. We enjoyed meeting all of you who came to Arrowmont. Thanks for making our first two months as Residents a blast! Keep in touch:'s not too late to register for a fall workshop.
We'd love to see you in October!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Art of Food

The Art of Food 
Juried Exhibition
Bowen Center for the Arts
Dawson County Arts Council
Dawsonville, GA

August 3rd-September 22nd

Robert Cargill, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 

The Gilreath Family

Family Full Circle

Ashley Gilreath (2012 Resident Artist) had the opportunity to show her work in her grandfather's hometown at The Art of Food Exhibition. This is most fitting as Ashley's body of work consist of family history past down through the grow and heritage of food depicted in her metalsmithing.  Member of her family were in attendance due to the Gilreath family reunion that same weekend.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A chance to see a residents work in person...

By Example: NC Potters and Their Mentors
June 29th - August 26th

Green Hill Center for NC Art
200 North Davie St.
Greensboro, NC 27401

By Example presents the work of twenty younger NC ceramic artists who use color, texture and imagery in their work  and examines the sources of the newer guard of NC clay makers. Guest curator Ronan Kyle Peterson has selected 20 artists who in turn have invited 20 mentors who have impacted their work and careers in a significant way. This exhibit will include both functional and sculptural ceramic works which will introduce viewers to the clay medium through new approaches to surface design, and innovative use of ancient techniques. Themes such as artistic borrowings from other media in contemporary craft and the importance of mentorship will also be explored.

Artist and mentor blurbs:
Jason Burnett on mentor, and Arrowmont Instructor, Tom Bartel:

“Tom Bartel was my ceramics undergraduate professor at Western Kentucky University. As an educator he taught me how to discover ideas and foster artistic growth. Active in his career exhibiting, curating, and instructing he’s exemplary in the ceramic field. Still developing my early career as an artist Tom Bartel inspires by example and continues to support me as a mentor as a friend.”

Tom Bartel on Jason Burnett:

"In 2004 Jason Burnett cut through the Western Kentucky University ceramics studio on his way to the graphic design lab and never left. His curiosities for clay and for the camaraderie of the ceramics community have afforded Jason an arena that he is empowered by. In turn, I have seen Jason’s curiosity transform into a passion that makes the whole ceramics community a better place and whom I am proud to have mentored knowing that Jason is capable of anything. Not because of “what I taught him,” but rather by inviting him to think for himself."

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's gonna taste even better . . .

These are four of about 180 cups that were made during Arrowmont's AIR 20th Anniversary reunion earlier this month.  Now when you come to Arrowmont, you can drink your coffee or tea out a real handmade mug.  This project produced some knockout cups!  Real gems, I tell you.  It was difficult to pick four to photograph.  I believe these selected lovelies were made in collaboration by Erin Castellan, Phil Haralam, Joe Gower, Jason Bige Burnett, Meagan Gumpert, and Bryan Hiveley.

Friday, April 13, 2012

We've Been Bombed!

Yarn bombed, that is! Thank you Streetcolor for brightening up the push bar at Arrowmont. You may be wondering, "Who did this? Why?" If you visit their blog, you can see lots of colorful yarn bombing adventures and get some answers:

How many people are therein Streetcolor?

There is myself and my apprentice who I call the Russian. I dye the fiber , spin the yarn on a drop spindle, design most of the peices and knit. The Russian knits, does some design and we both sew up the knitting.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Arrowmont at Eastern Carolina University March 1st

The Arrowmont Artists-In-Residence will be at Eastern Carolina University on March 1st to give artist talks and attend the closing reception for their exhibition, Past the Totems. The talks (5 pm, location TBD) and reception (6-8pm MSC Gallery) are free and open to the public. ECU is in Greenville North Carolina and directions to the Medenhall Student Center Gallery can be found on their website MSC is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shawn O'Connor shows "Daily Conversations" in Atlanta

Shawn O'Connor's gorgeous wood fired pottery is now on display at Mudfire Gallery in Atlanta. His solo show, "Daily Conversations" opens today. You have to hold Shawn's pieces in your hands to fully experience their silky smoothness, but if you can't get to Atlanta, you can catch a glimpse of their beauty online here. Shawn was a 2010-2011 Arrowmont Resident Artist. Congratulations Shawn!

Monday, January 23, 2012

SNAG News Technical Article by Lisa Johnson

SNAG News Technical Article
"Slip Casting in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design"
by Lisa Johnson

Monday, January 9, 2012

Arrowmont Artists-In-Residence Exhibition at Middle Tennessee State University

We set up our first exhibition of 2012 at MTSU on Saturday. The show is open to the public on January 12th and will run through the month of January. Wednesday January 18th will feature artist talks from 11:30am to 12:30pm and will be followed by a 6:00-8:00pm opening reception. We have included a couple images of our instillation with more completed instillation shots to come. Please visit the show or join us for our reception on the 18th.