There are as many ways to experience North Carolina craft as there are North Carolina craftspeople. For some, working in craft is the result of generations of family tradition. Others come to craft through years professional training and residence, or are vocational artists who take seminars at one of our state’s craft schools. Still others experience craft over a weekend of open studio tours or by visiting a craft shop or museum. The profiles below demonstrate some of the many ways people experience craft in North Carolina.
Pittsboro studio potter Mark Hewitt is known for his very large, distinctive, wood-fired planters and jars as well as finely made smaller items. An internationally known craft artist, he offers these thoughts on the state of North Carolina pottery. Quilt Trails
The craft of quilting is widespread across our state, and quilts both old and new remind us of family, community and living traditions. The Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina places colorful patterns drawn from traditional quilts on the sides of barns where they can be experienced in the context of the rural communities from which they come. Alan Hollar, Southern Highland Craft Guild
I'm a wood turner who makes functional and decorative items, primarily on the lathe, from salad bowls to strange and somewhat indescribable sculptural pieces. I've been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 1999, and when I first started doing this, becoming a member was my sole goal. Toe River Studio Tour
More than 145 studios and galleries are featured on the Toe River Studio Tour, held in December and June and sponsored by the the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) in Spruce Pine.