Curve Studios

bringing people to art & art to life in asheville's river arts district • open everyday

Improvements Ahead

curve-open-2016-2019-flat-small-for-curve-webThe River Arts District is about to explode with a ton of new infrastructure projects that include a new roadway, sidewalks, greenways & more! This means that there will be delays for auto traffic but please be assured we are open and can’t wait to see you here!! call your artist if you need help in navigating the IMPROVEMENTS AHEAD!

0 comments January 2, 2017 1:29 pm.

CURVE 2015 Spring Twilight Party

Saturday April 11, 2015 will find the garden here @ CURVE studios & garden in full bloom so come stop by to see what is new in the studios as well as share in some local farm to table fare, craft brews, sangria, desserts and more…
#6 CURVE artists are Pattiy Torno at Curve & Mary McCall Timmer who welcome Cara May Knits… Upstairs @ #9 CURVE is now home to theSilver River Center for Chair Caning… Downstairs in #9 find Fly Coop Studios Angelique Tassistro , Cassie Butcher Ceramics & Monty Phillips jewelry… and in #12 see the contemporary ceramics of Maria Andrade Troya Pottery, Karen Newgard Black & Kyle Carpenter Pottery
Everyone is invited… no charge.. just bring your smiling face!

0 comments March 16, 2015 10:43 am.

CURVE 2014 Spring Open House & Twilight Party!

YES! it is that time of year!!

CURVE studios & garden will host its 7th Annual Spring Open House & Twilight Party on 2nd Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10am to 8pm @ 6•9•12 Riverside Drive, in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District.

Please join us Saturday, April 12, 2014, starting @ 10am. Each building will be bustling with creativity. Come watch as our artists demonstrate how their unique creative processes come together into artistically functional, wearable, visually pleasing pieces.

Here is what you can expect to see:

In #6 CURVE: Pattiy Torno’s collection of fashion, fine art and furnishings, as well as uniquely designed, hand forged and fabricated jewelry by Mary Timmer.

Downstairs in #9 CURVE: the colorful, botanical inspired, enamel work of Monty Phillips, whimsical, functional pottery by artist Angelique Tassistro & figurative ceramic “souls” from Cassie Ryalls Butcher.

Upstairs in #9 CURVE: contemporary 2D and 3D mixed media by Laura Balombini, the handmade paper lighting forms of Pamella O’Connor, hand weavings & wearables from Suzanne Gernandt, & the drawing and printmaking work of Dona Barnett.

Downstairs in #12 CURVE:  salt fired decorative pottery by Kyle Carpenter, the sgrafitto ceramic work of Karen Newgard & colorful, functional, table and  kitchenware by Maria Andrade Troya.

The CURVE Twilight Party starts @ 5pm.  We invite you to come explore the beautiful blooms & fragrances in CURVE gardens, eat & drink tasty treats, and admire our talented artists & their work. Back by popular demand is Mark Rosenstein & his GO Kitchen Ready staff cooking shish kabobs on his custom built, wood fired “inferniollio”. There will be kegs of local beer & cider in front of #6, sangria inside #9 downstairs, wine & homemade desserts upstairs in #9, & a variety of fresh homemade salads in #12 downstairs.

CURVE mission: Bringing people to ART & ART to life in Asheville’s River Arts District.  In addition, CURVE artists will donate a percentage of sales to the GO Kitchen Ready job-training program, so bring your wallets and help support Green Opportunities & the amazing artists here @ CURVE studios & garden!

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0 comments March 22, 2014 10:52 am.

Kyle Carpenter @ AKAR

Find Kyle Carpenter @ AKAR… The platter above is but one of a few of the new pieces they will feature…

0 comments June 20, 2013 2:15 pm.

Maria Andrade Troya


Contact Maria @ 828.280.2962

Maria Andrade Troya is a studio potter in Curve Studios. Maria received her BFA in Printmaking from UNC-Asheville and immediately began work as a Studio Assistant at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in 2001. Through this opportunity, Maria became involved with the ever evolving community in the River Arts District.

Maria works mostly on the wheel with white stoneware clay and fires to Cone 6. Her pieces are functional and decorated thorough the application of slips and stamps. Using her printmaking background, Maria incorporates linocut techniques into the surface treatment of her pottery.

Three Pitchers © 2009 Maria Andrade Troya
Three Square Vases in Green & Cream © 2009 Maria Andrade Troya
Black & White Vases © 2009 Maria Andrade Troya

0 comments April 1, 2013 4:25 pm.

CURVE 2013 Spring Open House

CURVE studios & garden will host its 6th Annual Spring Open House & Twilight Party on 2nd Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10am to 8pm @ 6•9•12 Riverside Drive, in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District.

All day Saturday, April 13th, starting @ 10am, our 3 buildings will be filled with artists working, demonstrating their processes.

In #6 CURVE, you will find fine silver jeweler, Mary McCall Timmer & color/pattern/textile artist, Pattiy Torno.  Downstairs in #9 CURVE, welcome enamel jeweler, Monty Phillips & Celia Barbieri, The Button Florist, as they join long time CURVE ceramic artists, Angelique Tassistro & Cassie Ryalls.

Upstairs in #9 is now home to 6 new artists.  Visual storyteller & HaTfolk artist, Laura Balombini, has brought together Hanji Home Lamps by Pamella O’Connor, large scale oil paintings by Jo Ridge Kelley, hand weavings & wearables by Suzanne Gernandt, fine woodworking by John Gernandt & upcycled PatteCoats by Patte Vanden Berg into a diverse yet cohesive workshop.

Downstairs in #12 you will find new Contemporary Ceramic work by Akira Satake, Kyle Carpenter, Karen Newgard & Maria Andrade Troya.  The CURVE garden, will be in full bloom, so do come and “smell the roses”, magnolias, lilacs, lily of the valley… you get the idea.

The CURVE Twilight Party starts @ 5pm.  Edibles will include carnivorous & veggie selections, prepared by Mark Rosenstein & his GO Kitchen staff, on his custom wood fired “inferniollio”, as well as goodies from 12 Bones Smokehouse & Rosetta’s Kitchen.  Baked goods will come from Short Street Cakes & Yuzu Patisserie.  Drinks will include sangria, wine & local beers… with music by DJ Marley Carroll between 5 & 8pm, with a performance @ 7pm by CURVE artist, Akira Satake, on banjo & shamisen.

 The mission here @ CURVE is “Bringing people to ART & ART to life in Asheville’s River Arts District”.  This Twilight Party, 10% of sales @ CURVE will go to support the GO Kitchen job-training program, so bring your credit cards to buy ART in support of Green Opportunities & the artists here @ CURVE!  This event is free & everyone is welcome.

0 comments March 3, 2013 4:01 pm.

Karen Newgard to CURVE, too!

Maria Andrade, as queen of #12 CURVE, continues to strengthen our ceramic offerings. Karen Newgard will join Maria, Akira Satake & Kyle Carpenter starting in April 2011, just in time for our Spring 2011 Open House Weekend & Twilight Party April 22, 23 & 24. Karen is a wonderful artist and a very funny gal so we are lucky to have her here @ CURVE!

0 comments February 26, 2011 11:53 am.

36 Hours in Asheville


The Travel Section of the New York Times for Sunday, October 24, 2010 features “36 Hours in Asheville” with photos by Rebecca D’Angelo. @ 2pm on Saturday, it tells you to go to CURVE studios & garden to partake of the ceramic wonders of Fran Welch, Akira Satake, Maria Andrade Troya & Patty Bilbro… Thanks for the love!

0 comments October 22, 2010 10:51 am.

rearranging the furniture @ CURVE studios & garden

The Grand Shift is complete @ CURVE studios & garden. #6 is still home to the studios of Pattiy Torno, Meagan Chaney & sutherland Handweaving which includes Barb Butler & Karen Donde. #9 (both floors) is now Constance Williams Studios & Gallery. Constance Williams has her encaustic painting studio & lots of new gallery space on the ground floor. Constance is sharing the upstairs ceramic heaven with Greg Vineyard, Fran Welch, Cassie Ryalls & Jenny Mastin where each will have working studio & gallery space. #12 (downstairs) is now home to Maria Andrade Troya (moving over from #9) & Kyle Carpenter (of Clayspace Cooperative fame). Akira Satake (from his house) & Linda McFarling (from Phil Mechanic Studios) come over during the next month. See the transformation! We will celebrate our new artists @ our 2010 Spring Open House, April 23-25, 2010.

0 comments February 1, 2010 9:19 am.

CURVEilinear: selected works from CURVE studios & garden

Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 has invited CURVE studios’ Greg Vineyard to curate a show celebrating CURVE studios & garden & its artists called “CURVEilinear“. It’s all about what people see and feel when they walk through the doors of the three historic brick buildings at 6, 9 and 12 Riverside Drive in Asheville’s River Arts District. It’s the CURVE studios & garden working studio experience where vistors seven days a week encounter functional clay and decorative ceramics, textiles and weaving, jewelry, metal works, furniture and paintings, plus a beautifully landscaped garden… with a synergistic communication amongst the group nurtured by artist-owner Pattiy Torno’s desire to incubate a creative community. The show runs from January 11 to February 6, 2010. Gallery 86 can be found at 86 North Main Street in Waynesville, NC. or online @

0 comments December 20, 2009 8:44 am.

CURVE studios & garden • #6, #9 & #12 riverside drive • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT • asheville, NC 28801 • 828.388.3526