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January 2021

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay with Amy Brandenburg

January 9 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Introduction to Precious Metal Clay with Amy Brandenburg Explore jewelry making using precious metal clay (PMC). PMC is clay made of metal particles, which may be sculpted to create pieces that become solid, fine silver when fired. Each student will create a pair of small earrings and a charm or a bead. Students will learn how to texture the clay, fire, patina and polish. All skill levels welcome. When: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 11AM – 5PM Where: Toe River Arts Spruce…

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March 2021

Kids Make Fused Glass with Amanda Taylor

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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colorful fused glass dishes

Kids Make Fused Glass with Amanda Taylor Design and create a unique glass ornament, dish or pendant. All ages are welcome over four years old. Participants may choose from a variety of glass and colors to create their own glass ornament, dish or pendants.  Taylor will fire the pieces, to be picked up at a later date or shipped for an additional fee. Bring your imagination and be ready for some creative, family fun. When: Saturday, March 13, 2021, 10:30AM –…

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Clay Birdhouses for Kids (ages 5+)

March 20 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
High Country Ceramic Arts, Burnsville., 552 E U.S. Hwy 19E Bypass
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714
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Clay Birdhouses for Kids (ages 5+) with Linda Powell When & Where: March 20 from 12:30-3:30PM at High Country Ceramic Arts. Linda Powell from High Country Ceramic Arts will be hosting a three-hour clay hand building workshop for kids.   Each student will design their birdhouses using hand building techniques that will include slabs, coiling and pinching.   The bird houses will be made from multiple pieces, assembled. Underglazes Will then be applied on the bird house.  After the workshop, the pieces will be bisque fired, clear glazed and…

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Printed Surfaces on Clay with Susan Feagin

March 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enjoy the day making your own slip transfer decals and printing patterns on clay. Bring your drawings and ideas and we’ll make some drawn slip transfers, some EZScreens and experiment with drawing fluid on a silk screen and try screen printing directly on the clay. We’ll make some small clay monoprints, perfect for tiles or building pots. I’ll also demonstrate making simple drape molds, creating sgraffito imagery, and carving the clay to round out your printed surfaces. Beginner’s welcome. Artist…

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Make Decorative Paste Paper: (ages 3+)

March 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Make Decorative Paste Paper: (ages 3+) with Melanie Finlayson When & Where: Friday, March 26 from 10:30AM - 12:30PM & 1:30-3:30PM at Toe River Arts, Spruce Pine. Melanie Finlayson a printmaker and Toe River Arts Community Outreach Coordinator will be teaching a two-hour Paste Paper workshop for kids.  Paste paper is one of the earliest forms of decorative papers, is commonly used for bookbinding, as well as calligraphy, printmaking, collage, stamping, and origami.  Paste Paper is created using acrylic paint mixed with…

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Monotype Printmaking: (ages 3+)

March 27 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Monotype Printmaking: (ages 3+) with Melanie Finlayson When & Where: March 27 from 10:30AM - 12:30PM & 1:30PM - 3:30PM at Toe River Arts, Spruce Pine. Melanie Finlayson a printmaker and Toe River Arts Community Outreach Coordinator will be teaching a two-hour monotype printmaking workshop for kids.  Kids will learn multiple printmaking techniques, including trace monotype, mirror image monotype and more in order to create custom designed prints and patterns.  Fun for all ages.  This workshop is free, but registration is…

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April 2021

Blizzard Folded Book Structure with Karen Hardy

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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Blizzard Folded Book Structure with Karen Hardy Stranded by a snow storm during travel, artist Hedi Kyle passed the time experimenting with paper, and invented a unique folded book structure that came to be known as the “blizzard book.” Since then, the basic pattern has been altered and expanded to create numerous additional designs, including the crown book, wheel of fortune, blizzard pockets, crown card, and blizzard boxes. Developed by Hedi and her protégés, a key feature of all these structures is their…

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