Curve Studios

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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!

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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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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.

Karen Newgard

studio-karenContact Karen @ 828.254.5163

Growing up in spirited Louisiana gave me a sense of celebration. I strive to make a pot that honors our daily routines with a degree of festivity.
One of my greatest influences is the drawing style associated with Southern Folk Art, flattened perspective and many vantage points. The landscape and the architectural elements found in South Louisiana have also been a strong influence in the development of my imagery. The natural world has always been a great source for pattern; the stripes created in an empty field, the cadence created by a row of crops, a trellis full of roses or a bunch of tulips. My interior scenes began with my memories of our family gatherings at my grandparent’s farmhouse in Southern Minnesota. Over the years these scenes have evolved into an iconographic encyclopedia that I draw from to continue to create more stories and scenes.

The sgrafitto carving technique developed in the eastern Mediterranean. The images on their pots represented aspects of their everyday experiences. This idea of using scenes and icons from daily life has always been an integral part of my work. Most recently I have been taking the images outside the home and creating scenes for a variety of birds.

The reductive carving method allows me to add movement to the images on the surface of my pots. To further exemplify this notion of lively animation I use salt to glaze and activate the surface of my pots. This firing method promotes subtle color variations in the clay and also glazes the pot. The fire completes the process making each piece a one of a kind.
Red Dot Flower Vase © 2011 by Karen Newgard
Leaf & Berry Jar © 2011 Karen Newgard
Large Bird Vase with Handles © 2011 Karen Newgard

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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.

Kyle Carpenter


Contact Kyle @ 828.279.3811

Bio: In 1996, I came to the Asheville area to get an education. I was schooled in Fine Arts at The University of North Carolina at Asheville, with a concentration in ceramics. I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts. I have since made my home and studio here and started a family. As a studio potter, I work diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. It’s seemingly less about the “ritual of the table” and more about respecting a long tradition of craftsmen before me and discovering my own voice. As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I’m interested in folk pottery of many origins. My native state of North Carolina, of course, offers a deep well of talented potters, both folk and contemporary, to look towards for inspiration.

Artist Statement: Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. Before I was introduced to the ceramics arts, I did a fair amount of illustration before and during art school. The combination of three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional drawings was a natural fusion of both my love of drawing and pottery, art and craft. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.

Bird Vase © Kyle Carpenter 2009


Red Platter © Kyle Carpenter 2009

Lidded Jar © Kyle Carpenter 2009

0 comments February 1, 2013 4:10 pm.

First Ladies @ CURVE

CURVE had the lovely pleasure to host the First Ladies of Missouri, Mississippi & Georgia this morning. Constance Williams demonstrated encaustic, Pattiy Torno explained quilt process & Alena Hennessy spoke about her upcoming book. Several pieces of Karen Newgard’s ceramic work have found new homes… all in all, a great experience.

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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!

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