Curve Studios

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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 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.

POP showcases CURVE studios & garden artists

“Red Magnolia” Fleece Comforter by Pattiy Torno 2009

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is presenting its Power of the Purse Luncheon on June 11, 2009 at the Grove Park Inn. CURVE studios & garden artists Pattiy Torno, Constance Williams & Cassie Ryalls have graciously donated work for the accompanying silent auction. Functional ceramic artist, Maria Troya will be providing 20 flower vases for the table decorations. So please come join us for a lovely luncheon with guest speaker & author Anne Quindlen. You had best bring your check book as well, to bid in the auction or take home a beautiful vase full of flowers… the table arrangements will be for sale at the end of the luncheon.

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“Flight of Fancy” Encaustic Painting by Constance Williams 2009

0 comments May 5, 2009 12:20 pm.

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