Western NC received ACW 2019 Star Awards!
Best Multi-day Event: Firefly Craft Gallery, Flat Rock, NC
Exceptional Media Support - Regional: Mountain Xpress
Outstanding Craft Community Partnership: American Craft Week in Western NC
Outstanding Ongoing Media Support: Asheville Made Magazine
Ultimate Group Celebration: The Village Potters Clay Center, Asheville
Plan to visit us during October 2-11, 2020. We'll have great craft opportunities for you to enjoy!
The 2019 WNC participants included:
A wonderful assortment of hand crafted jewelry paired with extraordinary colored gemstones and diamonds. Over 70 years of combined expertise expressed in quality and care in every piece of jewelry we create.
APPALACHIAN CRAFT CENTER Asheville
10 N. Spruce St., Asheville, NC • Visit website
Hand-crafted, functional, North Carolina pottery and other traditional Southern Appalachian Crafts in wood, fiber, and glass. We also carry etching by Jay Pfeil and face jugs!
Regional craft shop that has been in business for forty years, representing 150 crafts studios.
Arbitrary Forms Studio Asheville
10A Meadowview Road, Asheville, NC • Visit website
To celebrate American Craft Week, Arbitrary Forms Studio, the studio of ceramic artist Robert Milnes will be open:
Friday, October 4 from 12-4pm
Saturday-Monday October 5-7 from 10-4pm
25% discount on select items in the studio these days.
Ongoing studio processes during the open studio hours include handbuilding, throwing, and press molding forms.
Ariel Gallery Asheville
19 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Asheville’s Ariel Gallery is the area’s premier fine craft cooperative, featuring 12 full time professionals working in ceramics, glass, jewelry, furniture, fiber and turned wood. During American Craft Week Ariel will be featuring fabric art by Janet Taylor and sculptural turned wood by Joel Hunnicutt.
Also, on Oct 4, we will be open until 8pm for the Downtown Asheville Art District First Friday walk. We look forward to seeing you in October!
Art Connections offers tours during American Craft Week! this is a perfect way to explore the area and see studios off the beaten path. Contact me with your interests and we'll plan a 1/2 day tour in the Asheville area.
Asheville Area Arts Council Asheville
207 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC • Visit website
The Asheville Area Arts Council is the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by delivering resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community. Join us on Friday, Oct 4, 5-8pm, for a puppetry performance and opening party for Street Creatures & Dancing Beasts!
Asheville Art in the Park Asheville
Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Asheville Art in the Park is in Pack Square 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. October 5, 12, 19 2019. On October 12th Asheville Art in the Park is partnering with the American Cancer Society to raise money for their WNC operations.
What will I see at Asheville Art in the Park?
At the event you are sure to find the finest in handcrafted art that Asheville Area Artists have to offer. Skilled workers of Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Jewelry, Metal, and more make their shops open to display to the public at every market.
Azalea Bindery Asheville
One Brookgreen Pl, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Saturday, Oct 12, 10am-3pm: Azalea Bindery will demonstrate classical bookbinding and paper marbling. We will show you how the text of a book is bound and married to its cover. You’ll see how paint is dropped on to water, combed into colored patterns, and printed becoming the decorative end sheets used in our books.
Byers McCurry Studio Asheville
21 Woodbury Road, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Byers McCurry Studio is the working studio/ gallery of artists Ed Byers and Holden McCurry. We are pleased to be featured in the ACW current ’Number 10 Showcase’ online exhibit.
During American Craft Week we are represented at Grovewood Gallery and the Southern Highland Craft Guild shops in Asheville, NC.
Center for Craft is dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarships, and backing the next generation of makers, curators, and critics. We serve makers, museums, academics, and the local community investing in Field Building and Creative Placekeeping.
Erica Stankwytch Bailey, Metal and Mineral Asheville
207 Coxe Ave, Studio #9, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Open Jewelry Studio on the South Slope of downtown Asheville, NC in the Refinery Creator Space. Jeweler Erica Stankwytch Bailey designs and creates sterling silver handmade jewelry with gemstones.
Grovewood Gallery Asheville
111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Grovewood Gallery is nationally recognized for its dedication to fine American art and craft. Join us for Spoonin': A Showcase of Handcrafted Spoons during our American Craft Week celebration.This exhibition will include both functional and sculptural works in wood, iron, steel, and copper. Wooden spoon shown below by David Fisher.
Asheville artist, Aaron Iaquinto, will stage spoon-making demonstrations for American Craft Week, on October 5 and 12, 11 am-4 pm. Iaquinto will discuss different stages in his spoon-making process and illustrate metal-inlay techniques for creating intricate designs on wooden handles. Aaron 's spoon On Reason and Passion, shown below, is included in Grovewood's Spoonin' Exhibition.
Local Cloth is a non-profit dedicated to education, collaboration and innovation in the local fiber community. Our studio in Asheville's Refinery brings artists and farmers together to learn and collaborate in our ongoing fiber arts classes and events, as well as a gathering space for members. We welcome everyone to experiment, innovate and learn a new skill during American Craft Week, and all year long. This week we're offering:
Oct 5. Two Colors, One Round: A beginning stranded colorwork knitting class
Oct 6. Recipes for Upcycling
Oct 12. Eco printing: Playing with nature's colors
Two Day Papermaking and Lamp Building Workshop
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6
Come to Majik Studios and learn the process of making paper, embedding WNC leaves and flowers and then use your own handmade paper to create a small free standing light for your home.
Contact the website to sign up!
Mountain Made Asheville
One Page Ave, Suite 123, Asheville NC * Visit website
This is our 10th year helping as a participant and sponsor celebrating American Craft Week and Mountain Made will be featuring a different craft/art each day.
These are the 10 categories of arts/crafts that Mountain Made will be featuring during the celebration week:
1. Books & Music
2. Fiber & Textiles
7. Painting & Mixed Media
Each day we will have a special display and possibly an artist doing a live demo. It will be great fun so join us.
North Carolina Glass Center Asheville
140C Roberts Street, Asheville, NC • Visit website
“Revision” by Cole Johnson
Featured Artist Reception & Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 | 5 - 8 pm
Exhibition Duration October 1 - November 30
“Respect for tradition, excellence in craftsmanship, and attention to detail: through my travels and experiences, these values have become ingrained into my work. Using both traditional and non-traditional techniques, I use glass as a means of expression as well as exploration. Looking at the history of the material and focusing on the importance of line, I am able to reach new levels of technical and artistic achievement.
From a personal perspective, creating is a powerful form of meditation for me. I look at the making process as very precious time. A time in which I have an opportunity to communicate with God, our creator. These moments, as well as my love for the process, are what continually pull me back to the studio.”
Cole Johnson’s first encounter with hot glass was at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, NC. While attending college at Western Carolina University he spent all of his spare time in Dillsboro, interning and learning as much as he could about glass. After interning for a few years he moved to Adelaide, Australia where he worked as an Associate Designer in Glass for 2 years at The JamFactory. Upon returning Cole moved back to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to continue his career in glass.
Cultivating fine craft since 1930
We welcome the attendees of American Craft Week to visit our galleries on the Blue Ridge Parkway for daily craft demonstrations from 10am-4pm.
Folk Art Center
Milepost 382 | Asheville, NC
Moses Cone Manor
Milepost 294 | Blowing Rock, NC
Stephen Biggerstaff Asheville 222 Westover Drive, Asheville, NC
Steven Forbes-deSoule Asheville
19 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC, Visit website
Steven Forbes-deSoule has been a full time, ceramic artist working exclusively in raku for 40 years. His vessels and tile murals are recognized nationally and internationally. He is an owner/member of Ariel Contemporary Craft Gallery in downtown Asheville. His work can be seen there daily during American Craft Week.
Throughout American Craft Week, you can join us for several special events:
Saturday, October 5: Master Series Demonstration Workshop with Cynthia Lee (tickets required) in handbuilding and surface design.
Saturday, October 12: Annual Multi-Kiln Opening, which will include new works from Oxidation, Reduction, Raku, and Wood-Ash Kilns. We will also have ongoing demonstrations in Raku, Throwing Large Pots, Surface Design, and more!
Saturday, October 12: We will also open a special exhibit: Women of Influence: honoring the women who shape us, in which the six Resident Potters of The Village Potters Clay Center have created new work paying homage to women who have influenced their lives and work.
Tom Reardon & Kathleen Doyle Asheville
111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Saturday, October 5 we will open our studio to the public from 11AM to 4PM. There will be demos and conversation. Meet us, greet us, and see the inner workings of a fine jewelry studio. Ten percent of all sales will go to CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund).
MICA Gallery Bakersville
37 N Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC • Visit website
MICA is a contemporary craft cooperative gallery located in downtown Bakersville, NC. We will kick off American Craft Week with a town wide Art Walk from 4-7 pm, with food and festivities.
Turtle Island Pottery Black Mountain - Old Fort showroom
2782 Bat Cave Rd, Old Fort, NC • Visit website
Turtle Island Pottery will be open by appointment any day. Give us a call and mention ACW for 10% off any purchase. 828-337-0992. We will be in Newton, NC for the Foothills Folk Art Festival on Oct 5th
The John C. Campbell Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music and dance. The school’s Craft Shop is a founding member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a nationally recognized fine craft gallery. The Craft Shop features carvings from renowned Brasstown Carvers and an impressive collection of traditional and contemporary Appalachian craft, including jewelry, pottery, wood, fiber, ironwork, and basketry. On October 5 and 6, the Folk School will be celebrating American Craft Week with its 45th Fall Festival—a joyful celebration of Appalachian craft, culture, and community.
Haywood Community College Clyde
185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC • Visit website
HCC Creative Arts offers a 2 year professional crafts program and several year round continuing education creative arts classes. We will be offering a free Community Craft Day/Open House to celebrate ACW Saturday 10/5 from 10 - 2.
Jewelry: Cuttlebone Casting
Cuttlebone is the skeletal remains of the cuttlefish, yuck. The cuttlefish is a member of the mollusk family, somewhat squid like in appearance with ten tentacles, and a soft, mushy body, double yuck. However upon death and with due process of nature the skeleton of the cuttlefish becomes an interesting material in which you can cast metal, yeah! The cuttlebone is cut in half, sanded flat, then a design is carved into it along with an opening to receive the molten metal, and the two halves are bound together. The metal is then melted in a crucible and poured directly into the cuttlebone resulting in a cast metal object. Tour the jewelry lab and learn about the 2 year Jewelry program!
Clay: Hand-building and Wheel Throwing
Come marvel at the malleability of clay with students and faculty in the Professional Crafts Clay. We’ll demonstrate hand-built and wheel thrown pottery techniques and discuss different types of clay and firing processes. Information about the Clay Program will be available!
Fiber: Indigo Dyeing, Felting & Weaving
The community is invited to join in and try their hand at indigo dyeing, felting and weaving – all of these fun fiber techniques will be on display and you can tour the Fiber lab which includes floor looms, AVL looms, a dye lab and a sewing lab. You’ll also meet students and the instructor who can tell you all about the Professional Crafts Fiber program!
Firefly Craft Gallery Flat Rock
2689 Greenville Hwy , Flat Rock, NC • Visit website
Firefly Craft Gallery has been a participant with American Craft Week for three years. We look forward to ACW every year. Firefly carries American Made fine art, fine craft, folk art, and gifts. We have the following demonstrations planned for American Craft Week:
Saturday, October 5: From 12-4 David Adler, Woodart will be here demonstrating how to make parquetry coasters. From 1-3 Janet Leazenby will demonstrate her watercolor painting.
Saturday, October 12 From 12-4 Seyna Frederick will demonstrate her watercolor painting, At 2:00 pm Don Blackwell, Art Sauder, & Larry Fisk will share woodcarving techniques; and children’s author, Phoebe Blackwell will share her adorable books. Suzanne Canilla Fox will demonstrate her lampwork techniques while making beads.
Flow Gallery, located across from the historic courthouse in downtown Marshall, NC announces its newest exhibit “Claiming Nature” by Emily Reason. The show, featuring Reason’s clay pieces, will run from October 4 to November 2. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. “Claiming Nature” opens in conjunction with American Craft Week, a national movement to salute fine craft, which has declared Marshall a “Hidden Gem.”
Reason says, “By pouring love and labor into my work, I aim to bring authority to it and reinforce its impact. I create images meant to awaken memory through the sensations and associations they suggest.”
Penland Gallery--Penland School of Craft Penland
3135 Conley Ridge Road, Penland, NC • Visit website
The Penland Gallery presents:
Tradition of Excellence: Japanese techniques in contemporary metal arts
Curated by Hiroko Yamada
Tuesday October 1 – Sunday November 17
Reception Saturday October 5, 4:30-6:30 PM
The 44th annual Little Mountain Festival will be Saturday, October 12th, from 10am until 4pm. This event has been a part of American Craft Week for 10 years, and features guest artists, mountain music, and a kiln opening and artist talk at 11am with potter Tyson Graham.
Click here for a short video of American Craft Week in Western North Carolina...to give you a preview of what to expect and enjoy!
You can also keep up with Western NC events year round on Facebook!
Our American Craft Week in Western NC group worked on a few videos to tell our story of the rich craft heritage in our region. See the Craft Heritage of WNC video here.
We look forward to celebrating American Craft Week with you this year!