Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Feb
16
Sat
2019
*Assembly Required: Ashevile Designer Toy Expo @ Highland Brewing Company
Feb 16 – Mar 21 all-day

Adding a Southeast destination for designer toy makers and collectors, *Assembly Required brings designer, bootleg and art toy artists from around the country, to present and sell their work.

Asheville’s premiere designer toy expo, *Assembly Required, is presented by Unboxing Asheville, Morgan’s Comic’s, 103.3 Asheville FM and Appalachian Pinball Museum. Focusing on this artistic movement, designer toys are a form of lowbrow pop art. These toy makers pull inspiration from a variety of subversive segments of culture, as well as subcultural elements, including (but not limited to) comics, tattooing, street art, and everything related to toys of the 60’s through the 80’s.

Echoing production methods of traditional toy manufacturers, designer toys are usually intended to be displayed as collectibles, rather than to be played with. Toy makers mediums range from resin to vinyl, from plastic to plush; with molding, and production techniques such as kitbash, sofubi and bootleg (recently coined ‘Artisanal Action Figure’, by New York Times writer, Rich Juzwiak [11/23/18]). (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/style/bootleg-toys-action-figures.html).

Juzwiak interviews such artists as the Sucklord and Killer Bootlegs, both of whom will be present at *Assembly Required.

Feb
19
Tue
2019
Post Firing Sculpture Repair @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Post Firing Sculpture Repair

Molly Morning-glory & Mac McCusker

Tuesdays 10:30am-1pm
January 8- February 26

Have broken projects piling up in your studio? Perhaps the piece you worked on for ages didn’t come out how you wanted? Join Molly Morning-glory and Mac McCusker to learn about cold finishing techniques and materials. Bring in your duds and we’ll help you make them beautiful! Sand blasting, epoxies, acrylic paint, spray enamel and more will be covered in this 8-week class. We will also create a sculpture or vessel to be bisque fired and finished without glazing, using shoe polish, patina, or furniture wax.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

What’s In The Kitchen? @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

What’s In The Kitchen?

For Kids Ages 6-12

Sara Ballek

Tuesdays 4-6pm
January 15- February 19

Learning about foods and objects in your kitchen can be exciting and fun to explore, but what if you had the chance to make some of your own? In this class students will develop work relating to items they use in their kitchen while learning more about sculpting and decorating clay. We will be focusing on using the wheel and a variety of hand building methods to create fun, functional objects for everyday use or play!

Tuition: $225

You got Served! Handbuilt Tableware @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

You got Served! Handbuilt Tableware

Tyler-James Anderson

Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
January 8- February 26

In this class we will be focusing our efforts into creating beautiful plates, platters, and assorted dishes to liven up your serving game at home. Implementing plaster mold making and slab construction, we will be making both loose and refined forms that showcase surface design and fluidity. This class takes a fun, whimsical, and creative approach to forming and decorating, while providing students with solid fundamentals for their future handbuilding endeavors.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Feb
20
Wed
2019
Bowled Over: How to Create Visual Interest on Simple Forms @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bowled Over: How to Create Visual Interest on Simple Forms

Laurie Caffery Harris

Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
January 9- February 27

Bowls are often overlooked by potters because they are such a simple form, but they have so much potential! In this intermediate level class, we will explore bowls of all sizes and shapes on the potter’s wheel to create forms that reflect your unique style. We will also discuss and practice surface design through mishima (slip inlay), painting, and sgraffito carving. By the end of the session we will have made pieces that are not only visually interesting, but accurately represent your personal style and sensibilities.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Introduction To Sculpture @ 236 Clingman Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Introduction To Sculpture

Mac McCusker

Thursdays, 11am-1:30pm
January 10- February 28

Ever wanted to try your hand at sculpting with clay? This introductory class will enable you to competently create small-scale sculptures of animals or people. Learn to build with slabs, coils, and solid clay sculpting to advance your ceramic skills or elevate the quality of your work! Using images and sketches as a reference, we will make several pieces in class using a combination of building techniques. This class is for all levels.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Alternatives To Glaze @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Alternatives To Glaze

Cynthia Lee

Thursdays 3-5:30pm
January 10- February 28

Consider experimenting with some unorthodox surface treatments for a new look in your work. Using tiles, we will play with materials rolled on wet clay and cold surface techniques on bisque clay. Demonstrations and discussions will include applying these concepts to functional and sculptural work. Come with imagination, without reservations and a yearning for creative research!

Level: Intermediate
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

True Home Open Mic at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Uncensored expression: anyone is invited to step up to share song, music, poetry, comedy, rants & raves!

The most eclectic open mic around, in a welcoming gallery setting! 6 pm signup, perform 6:30-8:30 pm.

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Classic World Cinema at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open donation. 

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel

Alyssa Ruberto and Halima Flynt

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
January 12- March 2

Get ready to throw! This 8-week beginner’s course is designed to teach new potters the fundamentals of wheel-throwing, trimming, and glazing to make a variety of complete, food-safe and functional wares. By the end of this course, students will be able to confidently make pottery in any studio setting. Seasoned beginners are also encouraged to try new techniques to reach an intermediate level.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Feb
24
Sun
2019
Mardi Gras Masquerade Workshop @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 24 all-day

Mardi Gras Masquerade Workshop

One-Day Workshop For Adults & Kids

Paige Janeri

Sunday, February 24
10am-4pm

Come enjoy a day in the studio full of family, fun, and artistic expression! “Mardi Gras Masquerade” is a class for children and their guardians to explore, express, and celebrate your unique personalities. Spending time in the studio will strengthen and deepen relationships through teamwork and awareness of each other’s best qualities. Feel good about reflecting, creating, and working together, while also being silly and having a good time! The finished product will represent a piece of yourself inspired by your own ideas and supported by family and friends. We encourage you all to dress up wacky and festive for this exciting day! As they say in New Orleans, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” Let the good times roll! Light refreshments provided.

Level: All Levels, Beginners Welcome
Tuition: $90 per child, Parent/Guardian Free

Feb
26
Tue
2019
Post Firing Sculpture Repair @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Post Firing Sculpture Repair

Molly Morning-glory & Mac McCusker

Tuesdays 10:30am-1pm
January 8- February 26

Have broken projects piling up in your studio? Perhaps the piece you worked on for ages didn’t come out how you wanted? Join Molly Morning-glory and Mac McCusker to learn about cold finishing techniques and materials. Bring in your duds and we’ll help you make them beautiful! Sand blasting, epoxies, acrylic paint, spray enamel and more will be covered in this 8-week class. We will also create a sculpture or vessel to be bisque fired and finished without glazing, using shoe polish, patina, or furniture wax.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

You got Served! Handbuilt Tableware @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

You got Served! Handbuilt Tableware

Tyler-James Anderson

Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
January 8- February 26

In this class we will be focusing our efforts into creating beautiful plates, platters, and assorted dishes to liven up your serving game at home. Implementing plaster mold making and slab construction, we will be making both loose and refined forms that showcase surface design and fluidity. This class takes a fun, whimsical, and creative approach to forming and decorating, while providing students with solid fundamentals for their future handbuilding endeavors.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Feb
27
Wed
2019
Bowled Over: How to Create Visual Interest on Simple Forms @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bowled Over: How to Create Visual Interest on Simple Forms

Laurie Caffery Harris

Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
January 9- February 27

Bowls are often overlooked by potters because they are such a simple form, but they have so much potential! In this intermediate level class, we will explore bowls of all sizes and shapes on the potter’s wheel to create forms that reflect your unique style. We will also discuss and practice surface design through mishima (slip inlay), painting, and sgraffito carving. By the end of the session we will have made pieces that are not only visually interesting, but accurately represent your personal style and sensibilities.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Feb
28
Thu
2019
Introduction To Sculpture @ 236 Clingman Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Introduction To Sculpture

Mac McCusker

Thursdays, 11am-1:30pm
January 10- February 28

Ever wanted to try your hand at sculpting with clay? This introductory class will enable you to competently create small-scale sculptures of animals or people. Learn to build with slabs, coils, and solid clay sculpting to advance your ceramic skills or elevate the quality of your work! Using images and sketches as a reference, we will make several pieces in class using a combination of building techniques. This class is for all levels.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Alternatives To Glaze @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Alternatives To Glaze

Cynthia Lee

Thursdays 3-5:30pm
January 10- February 28

Consider experimenting with some unorthodox surface treatments for a new look in your work. Using tiles, we will play with materials rolled on wet clay and cold surface techniques on bisque clay. Demonstrations and discussions will include applying these concepts to functional and sculptural work. Come with imagination, without reservations and a yearning for creative research!

Level: Intermediate
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

True Home Open Mic at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Uncensored expression: anyone is invited to step up to share song, music, poetry, comedy, rants & raves!

The most eclectic open mic around, in a welcoming gallery setting! 6 pm signup, perform 6:30-8:30 pm.

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Classic World Cinema at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open donation. 

Mar
2
Sat
2019
Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel

Alyssa Ruberto and Halima Flynt

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
January 12- March 2

Get ready to throw! This 8-week beginner’s course is designed to teach new potters the fundamentals of wheel-throwing, trimming, and glazing to make a variety of complete, food-safe and functional wares. By the end of this course, students will be able to confidently make pottery in any studio setting. Seasoned beginners are also encouraged to try new techniques to reach an intermediate level.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Opening reception “Hydrological”: Sculptures by Matthew West at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery Fine Art Center
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Matthew West, UNCA professor of Sculpture & Ceramics, explores the intersection of created environments with natural surroundings. His unique work includes hydrological principles & closed loop mechanical setups inspired by the French Broad Basin watershed. Exhibit runs through April 6.

Mar
7
Thu
2019
True Home Open Mic at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Uncensored expression: anyone is invited to step up to share song, music, poetry, comedy, rants & raves!

The most eclectic open mic around, in a welcoming gallery setting! 6 pm signup, perform 6:30-8:30 pm.

Mar
8
Fri
2019
Classic World Cinema at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open donation. 

Mar
9
Sat
2019
Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel

Alyssa Ruberto and Halima Flynt

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
January 12- March 2

Get ready to throw! This 8-week beginner’s course is designed to teach new potters the fundamentals of wheel-throwing, trimming, and glazing to make a variety of complete, food-safe and functional wares. By the end of this course, students will be able to confidently make pottery in any studio setting. Seasoned beginners are also encouraged to try new techniques to reach an intermediate level.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Mar
14
Thu
2019
True Home Open Mic at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Uncensored expression: anyone is invited to step up to share song, music, poetry, comedy, rants & raves!

The most eclectic open mic around, in a welcoming gallery setting! 6 pm signup, perform 6:30-8:30 pm.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Classic World Cinema at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open donation. 

Mar
16
Sat
2019
Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel

Alyssa Ruberto and Halima Flynt

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
January 12- March 2

Get ready to throw! This 8-week beginner’s course is designed to teach new potters the fundamentals of wheel-throwing, trimming, and glazing to make a variety of complete, food-safe and functional wares. By the end of this course, students will be able to confidently make pottery in any studio setting. Seasoned beginners are also encouraged to try new techniques to reach an intermediate level.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee

Mar
17
Sun
2019
Knit-n-Give @ Mission Rathbun House
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Are you looking for an excuse to knit or crochet for a good cause? Help make baby hats and blankets and adult hats, scarves, and slippers to support at-risk newborns and homeless adults.  Your handmade knitwear will keep our neighbors warm.  Volunteers with basic skills in knitting or crocheting are welcome. Please bring your own needles or crochet hooks and a pattern.

Check out Knit-n-Give on WLOS: http://wlos.com/news/only-on-wloscom/close-knit-group-of-women-use-their-talents-to-help-asheville-charities

 

 

Mar
21
Thu
2019
True Home Open Mic at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Uncensored expression: anyone is invited to step up to share song, music, poetry, comedy, rants & raves!

The most eclectic open mic around, in a welcoming gallery setting! 6 pm signup, perform 6:30-8:30 pm.

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Classic World Cinema at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open donation. 

Mar
23
Sat
2019
Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction To The Potter’s Wheel

Alyssa Ruberto and Halima Flynt

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
January 12- March 2

Get ready to throw! This 8-week beginner’s course is designed to teach new potters the fundamentals of wheel-throwing, trimming, and glazing to make a variety of complete, food-safe and functional wares. By the end of this course, students will be able to confidently make pottery in any studio setting. Seasoned beginners are also encouraged to try new techniques to reach an intermediate level.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $295 + $45 Lab Fee