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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
United States


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A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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Opportunity Knocking

Michael Kline

Gentle readers, I just talked with my good friends over at Barking Spider Pottery and they asked me if I could help them find someone who could be trusted to watch over their pottery empire for a month.

In a nutshell,  the BSP has the most amazing studio in the county, probably the whole state of Carolina! and when you look up from the wheel after making a board of beautiful pots, the view of the mountains might take your breath away.

Here's the skinny from the BSP:

Barking Spider Pottery is looking for a house-and-studio sitter for one month starting around March 10, 2013. We are located one mile from Penland School of Crafts and offer the opportunity to do your own work in clay or other media in our studio while you enjoy the companionship of our dog and our cat and interact with the Penland community.

Please contact Jon or Becky at 828.765.2670 or email to for more details.

Liz Summerfield Benefit

Michael Kline

I wanted to let everyone know about an upcoming event to benefit my friend and fellow "potter of the Roan", Liz Summerfield .
from Lindsay Roger's web site,

I am writing to announce a benefit auction to assist my friend, and fellow ceramic artist, Liz Zlot Summerfield. In April of this year Liz was diagnosed with a type of cancer called non-hodgkins Lymphoma. When she got the news of her cancer all studio work for Liz and her husband, glass blower Scott Summerfield, stopped. For most artists a halt to work, combined with illness and bills, is a hardship too large to manage alone. Like most plans, our ideas for this benefit started out small and have since bloomed in to something that I believe will be a wonderful, fun and supportive event. With all that said, there are several ways that you can participate!

1) Attend the live auction at Penland or visit the online sale as a buyer!

The live auction is August 16th in the Northlight Building at Penland School of Crafts. Doors will open at 1:00pm at which point there will be light refreshments, Bandana Klezmer will provide fabulous entertainment and visitors will have a chance to take a good look at the work available in the live and silent auctions. The live auction of work will begin at 2:00pm and is expected to last around an hour or so. At the end of the auction visitors can pick up and pay for their pieces knowing that 100% of the proceeds will go to helping Liz, Scott and their young daughter, Roby, get through this really hard time.

The online sale will be held on and will begin September 1st. I will post more information about the online auction (including the web address) as we get closer to the date.

2) You can make a monetary donation to a PayPal account created for Liz's benefit.
By clicking on the donate button to the right/above, you can be assured that all donations will go quickly, safely and directly to Liz.

---Lindsay Rogers

I hope you will be able to come to the auction at Penland, or buy donated art on Etsy, or give any amount by clicking on the button to the right! Thanks so very much.

Penland Ramble Part 3

Michael Kline

what used to be one of the few
connections to the 'outside' world at Penland before the days
of cellular phones and wireless internet..

the cooling salt/soda kiln

McKenzie Smith (l) and student

Gregory Miller (w/broom) and students

looking at the pots

on the way home from Penland, Conley Ridge Road,
Tom Dancer's shop with his beautiful carved posts

former glassblower, Tom Dancer and Nita Forde
joking around with a wolf mask that Tom made.