Nick Moen


to Mar 6

Beyond the Brickyard @ Archie Bray

The opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, January 16th, 2015. We hope you can join us! It is free and open to the public. It will be a great party! If not, please enjoy the exhibition online at The exhibition will be on display in the Bray’s North Gallery January 16th - March 7th, 2015.

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Winter Wares: 3rd Annual Pottery Dessert Party @ Circa Gallery
6:00 AM06:00

Winter Wares: 3rd Annual Pottery Dessert Party @ Circa Gallery

You are invited to join us for an evening of winter festivities featuring handmade tableware, tasty desserts, fine beverages and live music. To participate guests are encouraged to purchase a mug and plate to use. Food and drink prepared by Monument Catering. Admission is five dollars.

Robert Briscoe
Brett Freund
Joe Kraft
Mike Helke
Nick Moen
Chris Singewald
Audra Smith
David Swenson
Michelle Summers
Jason Trebs
Dustin Yager

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to Nov 30

Renegade Craft Fair @ Austin TX

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to Austin for our Holiday Market this November 29+30 at the Palmer Events Center! Attendees will enjoy a festive weekend of holiday and winter shopping with some of the best indie makers around.

We are excited to bring together an impressive array of 100+ indie makers for attendees to shop local for the holidays and support Small Business Saturday! Market hours are from 11 am- 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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to Jan 1

Odyssey ClayWorks: A Collective Perspective @ Asheville Area Arts Council

The Asheville Area Arts Council is pleased to present Odyssey ClayWorks: A Collective Perspective curated by Anja Bartels and Travis Winters as part of their Point of View, artist curate artists, exhibitions program. This group show on display from November 14 through January 9, 2014 will feature new work for the holidays created by the Resident Artists and Studio Assistants at Odyssey Clayworks.

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7:00 PM19:00

Composed @ Dakota: Composed: handmade tableware meets fine cuisine

1010 Nicollet Avenue • Minneapolis, MN 55403
7pm on October 9th, 2014

Acclaimed Chef Derik Moran and the Dakota will present a collaboration of fine cuisine on handmade tableware made by American maker:designers.  On October 9th, twenty people will have the opportunity to experience five courses of locally sourced food served on artisan ceramic, glass and metal.
The Dakota stands out as one of the few music venues in the US that boasts both musical and culinary talent with creative, adventurous and exceptional dining. Head Chef Derik Moran displays his background as a visual artist in both his plate designs, and with the art on the menu (and his tattoos). His inventive food and ability to be so creative within such tight parameters demonstrates that he’s not only comfortable and practiced as a chef, but that he loves and respects food.
Chef Derik Moran displays his background as a visual artist in his plate designs and with art on the menu (and his tattoos). Derik grew up in a food-producing family that raised produce, made cheese, baked bread and caught and processed fish. Starting his career in the kitchen at age 11 Derik became executive chef at Tagalong Golf Club and Resort in Wisconsin at age 18 and he later worked at Relais and Chateau Property, Canoe Bay. Working locally at Porter and Frye’s and Nick and Eddie’s before the Dakota, Derik has plenty of experience. But experience alone does not account for Derik’s creativity – his inventive food and ability to be so creative within such tight parameters demonstrates that he’s not only comfortable and practiced as a chef, but that he loves and respects food.
This dinner experience will be a novel way to exemplify the discourse surrounding the sustainability of local food and craftspeople.  Handmade tableware elevates the dining experience and reinforces the connection between craft and local food movements. The handmade tableware will augment the dynamic artistic destination restaurateur have created.
The tableware maker:designers involved are:
Kathryn Adams (Glass Artist)
Tina Councell (Metal Artist)
Elisa N. Di Feo & David Eichelberger (Ceramic Artists) are the owners of TWO.ONE.Ceramics
Heather Mae Erickson (Ceramic Artist)
Joe Kraft (Ceramic Artist)
Nick Moen (Ceramic Artist)
David Swenson (Ceramic Artist)

Tickets are $85 per person and five-course meal. Availability is limited to twenty guests.  Guests will have the opportunity to take the experience home by purchasing the limited edition tableware.
To make reservations call 612-332-1010 or visit


Passed Hors d’ oeuvres:

grilled prawn & harissa


duck heart pastrami & cherry


quail egg & corn toast


Amuse Bouche:

porcini broth



foie gras torchon

hazelnut. lingonberry. spruce.



diver scallop

braised lemon. frissee. chorizo. salsify. sunflower



passion fruit ice



pumpkin crème fraiche and duck

fig. micro salad. vegetable ash. parsley stem



venison loin

blackberry vinegar. potato pave. hen of the woods. blue cheese. sweet corn



Caramelized Rice Pudding – angel food cake, coconut meringue, black sesame ice cream, pomegranate pearls


Subject to change…thanks


Composed @ Dakota

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to Dec 31

Hops & Crafts @ Grovewood Gallery

Hops & Crafts: Mugs, Steins & Tankards by Regional Artists
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4 (2 - 5pm)  |  Showing through December 31, 2014

Come meet your new favorite mug! Grovewood Gallery celebrates American Craft Week with the opening of an intoxicating exhibit of divine steins, perfect pints and tempting tankards, all handcrafted by 17 of Western North Carolina’s leading artists. Hops & Crafts: Mugs, Steins & Tankards by Regional Artists will commence on Saturday, October 4 with an opening reception from 2 – 5pm. Several participating artists will be in attendance and craft beer and cider will be provided. Hops & Crafts will be on display through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. This exhibit is sponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing (located in downtown Asheville on Hilliard Ave.) and Urban Orchard Cider Company (located in West Asheville on Haywood Rd.).

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Strictly Functional
to Nov 1

Strictly Functional

Strictly Functional Pottery National 2014

Opening Reception

Friday September 19th from 6 - 9 PM
with Juror Talk by Christa Assad at 8pm - $15

Show dates and times

September 20th to November 1st.
Monday through Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm


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20 x 20 at Clemson Art Center
to Sep 13

20 x 20 at Clemson Art Center

The ARTS Center of Clemson, South Carolina hosts the 4th annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale (20 artists create 20 pieces), Friday, September 12th, 6:30-9pm. A ticketed, Preview Gala event including: an opportunity to mingle with the 20×20 artists, food, drinks, music, and, including first selection of over 400 ceramic works created by some of North and South Carolina’s finest ceramic artists. The sale continues on Saturday, September 13th, 9am-5pm and is free and open to the public.

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Spoon Me @ Medalta
to Nov 30

Spoon Me @ Medalta


After another successful opening reception last Thursday, our International Spoon Show is now available for online viewing & purchase. Just click the button below to go to our Pinterest page. If you see the spoon  you want, just click it and you’ll be taken to our easy-as-pie payment page.

We can’t wait to share these spoons with you whether it’s in person or online. The opening reception on Thursday August 28th will be the first opportunity to purchase your favourites. If you can’t make it to Medicine Hat on the 28th for the opening the rest of the spoons go up for exhibition and sale Online starting September 1st. Check back here on September 1st or keep posted on our Facebook Spoon Me Event for sneak peeks leading up to the show.

Last year was Medalta’s first international call for entry for our cup show and the response from the community both in Medicine Hat and online was fantastic, so we knew we had to do it again… but we felt like we wanted to switch things up.  In September 2013 with our SExSE invitational residency (South East Alberta by South East Asia) when the talented Vipoo Srivilasa challenged all of our residents to a spoon competition we were hooked… and we started seeing spoons everywhere. With this object – that has gone in and out of fashion – making a serious comeback in studio ceramics, we decided to extend the challenge to our international invitational exhibition . . . SPOONS are the NEW cup!

This year, we are exhibiting 125 interpretations of the spoon narrowed down from nearly 290 entries which came to us from 10 countries. In Canada we received entries from 8 Provinces and 1 Territory. What a great response! Thank you to all of the artists who entered.

This exhibition is generously supported by some really great people too! Canadian ceramic rockstar Carole Epp from Musing About Mud had the task of jurying the pieces for the exhibition. She did a fantastic job and we’re looking forward to seeing these pieces in Medalta’s gallery.  Once the spoons arrive for the exhibition Carole will have the harder task of choosing award winners and the Grand Prize of a June 2015 Medalta residency, which will be announced at the opening.  Make sure to keep an eye out for spoon show coverage on Musing about Mud as Carole will be featuring posts about several of the artists and the exhibition.

“My experiences with jurying exhibitions have taught me numerous things. They have educated me about my own aesthetic leanings, and they have truly opened my eyes to the expanse of amazing skilled artists within the craft sector. Perhaps most obviously they have taught me about how difficult it is to jury an exhibition of my peers. My considerations have included not only skill and ingenuity within the parameters of the theme of the exhibition, but also what would constitute a cohesive and dynamic exhibition. The task was difficult and there were many excellent submissions that sadly weren’t included. I’m honored by the opportunity to jury this exhibition and am grateful to Medalta. I am thankful to all of the applicants for sharing their work and for putting themselves out there. I do hope you will enjoy the exhibition.”

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Ready, Set: Contemperary Tableware at Lilstreet Gallery
to Oct 5

Ready, Set: Contemperary Tableware at Lilstreet Gallery

Juried by Heather Mae Erickson, Lillstreet’s 7th annual juried ceramics exhibition is dedicated to the art of setting the table. Nineteen ceramic artists representing thirteen states and three countries display unique place settings including dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, cups mugs, and more.

Participating Artists: Ashley Devitt, David Eichelberger & Elisa Di Feo, Jenny Gawronski, Rebecca Grant, Bianka Groves, Perry Haas, Margaret Haden, Todd Hayes, Justin Lambert, Shane McNutt, Nick Moen, Abigail Murray, Justin Rothshank, Albion Stafford, Natalie Steinmetz, David Swenson, Sandra Torres, Maria Volokhova

Serving as a backdrop to the exhibition are large-scale photographs by Stephen Hamilton. Because of his passion for food and wine, Hamilton has been shooting food and beverages exclusively for the past 15 years in his Chicago studio. His images garnered the attention of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and his work has been featured on nine seasons of the show. The photographs in “Ready, Set” are actual pieces that were used on the Top Chef set. Learn more at

Lillstreet is also proud to partner with the Rebuilding Exchange for this special exhibition. The talented crew at Rx Made creates unique, locally made furniture available for custom design, all using sustainable, locally sourced and salvaged materials. They will be creating custom tables made of reclaimed wood for Lillstreet Gallery to display the ceramic tableware featured in “Ready, Set: Contemporary Tableware”.

About the Juror:
Heather Mae Erickson is an artist, craftsperson and a designer. She earned her BFA in Crafts with a concentration in Art Education at The University of the Arts and an MFA in Ceramic Art at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Erickson recently relocated to Sylva, North Carolina for an Assistant Professorship at Western Carolina University.

Read a feature article on the exhibition by Patty Wetli on

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Pairing Elements @ Bull & Beggar
5:30 AM05:30

Pairing Elements @ Bull & Beggar

An artistic collaboration in the River Arts District recently pulled together an unparalleled performance piece, bringing together vitreous, ceramic and culinary artists and a blacksmith to present a five-course theme dinner titled Pairing Elements at The Bull and Beggar restaurant. Co-event coordinator and curator Nick Moen said nothing like this has ever been previously accomplished in the River Arts District.

“In fact it hasn’t been done anywhere in this context where the handmade art is in a restaurant as a gallery,” Moen says. “Sometimes there will be a single artist who will make tableware for the restaurants, but this is a unique experience because there are so many artists who contributed to such an extensive program.” 

Executive chef Matt Dawes created the menu and prepared the food, which was served on plates designed and made by local artists especially for the feast. Beverages were served in glasses also handcrafted for this special dinner. Even one of the dining utensils used at the table was forged by Tina Councell, the metal artist next door, exclusively for this groundbreaking event.

On the menu, the courses were named Earth, Ocean, Ice, Fire and Air. Dawes said he chose each for their relevance to the artists’ work and what he uses in his cooking. “My thinking was that the potters, glassblowers and the metal artist all use fire. Clay is earth, glass is sand and metal comes from ore. Our food is nurtured and grown in the earth and the ocean. In some way we can connect all these arts to the same basic elements.” 

For devotees of fresh oysters, the Bull and Beggar features Blue Point, Chunu, Kumamoto, Chef Creek, and Sewansecott varieties from the sea. The dining room’s ambiance is chic industrial with soft but adequate lighting from vintage fixtures. Oil lamps on the tables convincingly appear to have been made from cast iron and sheet metal screwed together, but are actually made from wheel-thrown clay by ceramicist Andrew Massey.

The service staff was friendly, unobtrusive and well-informed about the menu. The Earth course included a roasted beef marrow bone with mushrooms served over a bed of finely chopped roasted olives that vaguely resembled soil, and a sauce made from mild, black garlic, served on plates made by Josh Copus. The course was served with a forged marrow spoon made by Councell and glass of 2012 Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges served in a footed, hand-blown goblet with a glass top made by Kathryn Adams and a slip-cast porcelain stem and base made by Moen.

The Ocean course featured a colossal oyster on the half shell with clam, octopus, lobster meat and sea vegetables topped with “sea foam” made from a reduction of the stock in which all the seafood was cooked. This was served with a 2012 Meyer Fonne Edelzwicker served in a delicate, optical stemless hand-blown glass made by Hayden Wilson from a centuries-old Italian mold.

The Ice course came to refresh the palate. It was a sorbet inspired by eastern European beet borscht. “I wanted to make a savory course that was all frozen,” said Dawes. “It came with a granita of sweetened buttermilk over casha, a Russian word for toasted buckwheat, and garnished with a sprig of fresh dill.” The course was served in a small, translucent porcelain cup on an opaque ceramic charger, both made by Moen. “We paired Ice with Etienne DuPont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie, a bone-dry cider having a barnyard like nose because it’s openly fermented,” Dawes said.

The Fire course was a tender braised leg of pheasant served over a carrot and hay-ash purée with smoked cauliflower. It was accompanied by a 2012 Cordero di Montezemolo Barbara d’Alba and served on a plate made from local clay by Lindsay Rogers.

The final course, Air” was a floating island topped with a black currant compote over crème Anglaise, garnished with maple cotton candy and served on porcelain vessels made by Elisa di Fio and David Eichelberger. It was accompanied by Raymond Ragnaude Pinau des Charentes. Other contributing artists included glassblowers Ben Elliot, Joe Flazone and Geoff Koslow. Moen, Adams and Copus are planning to host a second collaborative River Arts District event at The Bull and Beggar sometime this summer.

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Pairing Pottery @ Sapor Cafe & Winter Wares @ Circa Gallery
5:30 AM05:30

Pairing Pottery @ Sapor Cafe & Winter Wares @ Circa Gallery

Culinary Artists and Tableware Designers Collaborate on Fine Dining Event and Dessert Formal in Warehouse District


Sapor Café and Circa Gallery will host ceramic and glass artists for an evening of pairing food and beverages with handmade pottery and glass.  Chef Tanya Siebenaler head Chef at Sapor Cafe will prepare four courses. Each course will be paired with a plate and glass intended for the prepared dish.  These pairings are the culmination of months of dialogue on how to create a unique and exciting experience with glass and ceramics as the canvas for Chef Siebenaler’s culinary creations.  After the dinner, guests will have the opportunity to purchase and use handmade mugs and plates with desserts and beverages prepared by Pastry Chef Tom Lancaster.  This collaboration of culinary and visual artists celebrates the handmade and highlights the flourishing Minnesotan food and craft arts.  


Pairing Pottery Dining Experience @ Sapor Café will take place on Thursday December 12, 2013 at 6:30pm.  Seating is limited, $65/person for a four course meal. For reservations visit  Each limited edition piece of art will be available for guests to purchase and have special dining experiences at their own home.

Winter Wares Pottery Dessert Formal will happen on the same evening from 7pm-10pm at Circa Gallery.  This event is free and open to the public.  To enjoy the delicious food and beverages provided by Tom Lancaster, guests must purchase a mug or plate to use.


Participating Artists are


Kathryn Adams

Josh Beck

Victoria Dawes

Nicholas DeVries

William Dix

Adam Gruetzmacher

Mike Helke

Joe Kraft
Nick Moen

Erin Paradis

David Swenson

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Cup & Plate @ Knife & Fork
5:30 PM17:30

Cup & Plate @ Knife & Fork

  • 61 Locust St Spruce Pine, NC, 28777 United States (map)
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Nathan Allen, owner and head chef at Knife and Fork, will host ceramic artists Elisa Di Feo, Nick Moen and gwendolyn yoppolo and glass artist Kathryn Adams for an evening of fine dining.  Allen will plate on handmade tableware created by the artists.  This collaboration of culinary and visual artists celebrates the handmade and highlights the sustainability of Western North Carolina’s food and craft arts.   The Cup & Plate @ Knife & Fork event is a premier exhibition of fine dining that will act as template for others like it around the country.  

The tableware in Cup and Plate was created specifically for the event, in response to Allen's design ideas for presenting his menu of fresh and local foods.  The chef’s thoughts on form and color were considered by the materials artists as they designed service vessels for the meal.  The final plating of the dinner will complete this dialogue among artists and will offer guests a dining experience that celebrates the union of the culinary and the material arts.

"Cup & Plate" @ Knife & Fork will take place on Monday, July 1st at Knife & Fork in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

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