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Set Your Table for a Fall Feast

by Cory Marie Podielski on October 12, 2015

in Clay, Cooking, Featured Classes, Wood

Fall is a time of harvest, feast, and home. We invite our friends and family over to share food, stories, and laughter. Festive meals center around the table, so check out these upcoming Folk School classes to set your table right. Prepare for decadent holiday meals by taking a week-long class in our top-notch Cooking […]

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JCCFS Represents at the 75th National Folk Festival

by Cory Marie Podielski on September 17, 2015

in Clay, Out & About, Special Events, Wood

We had a great time this past weekend representing the Folk School at the 75th National Folk Festival. This was the 1st year (of a 3-year residency) that the Folk Fest was hosted in the city of Greensboro, NC. The event featured performances and demonstrations by over 300 of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers, and […]

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Firing It Up! Raku-Style

by Cory Marie Podielski on September 15, 2015

in Around Campus, Clay, Featured Classes, Featured Teacher

If you stroll by Studio Row when a class is doing a Raku firing at the outdoor kiln, you are in for an exciting, fiery surprise. I was lucky to catch Harry & Julie Hearne’s recent class, The Art of Throwing and Raku Firing, as they were firing their last pieces of the week. Western-style […]

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It’s like Christmas Eve over at Smoke in the Mountains Pottery today because it’s the day before the big wood kiln will be opened and unloaded. Many potters from all over the region contribute pots to be fired the traditional way in Rob Withrow’s huge wood kiln. This is Rob’s 13th wood firing at his […]

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Japanese aesthetic philosophy inspires us all the way from the Far East to the Folk School. Radically different from Western design, Japanese design principles mesh especially well with the Folk School due to an emphasis on simplicity, unobtrusive beauty, function, irregularity, weathered textures, nature, and tranquility. Cultivate a bonsai, write a haiku, try Ikebana flower arranging, learn about traditional […]

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