Artists with their own creative energy are re-using energy in the N.C. mountains. Glass furnaces and pottery kilns are powered from landfill methane gases at Burnsville’s EnergyXchange.
The gases are piped from decomposing buried trash in an old landfill off NC 80. The resource also provides heat via a radiant floor system for the studios, education center, offices, and gallery. The landfill gas is used as an energy source, reducing local air pollution that otherwise would contribute adversely to the greenhouse effect.
Now on display through July 28 at the Spruce Pine gallery of the Toe River Arts Council is “Up from the Ground”, an exhibition featuring ceramics, glass and native plants of the EnergyXchange. The exhibition features the work of four clay artists and two glass artists—residents of the EnergyXchange: ceramists William Baker, Lisa Gluckin, Teresa Pietsch, and Joy Tanner, and glassblowers Michael Hatch and Amber Marshall. They have created pieces specifically for the exhibit, all using the campus sustainability methods.
Connect to the Toe River Arts Council to find out more about their activities.