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The Toe River Arts Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios typically held on the first weekends of June and December in North Carolina’s scenic Mitchell and Yancey counties. In response to the pandemic, this popular event is going virtual from Monday, November 23 through Sunday, December 27, 2020. The Studio Tour is a showcase for local artists to feature their work, processes, and studio spaces.

For the last 28 years, the Toe River Arts Studio Tour has been a way for the community to experience the richness and diversity of the landscape and the visual arts of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just forty minutes northeast of Asheville, NC. This year the event is entirely online, making the studios and artwork accessible from the region and beyond.

Visit our Spruce Pine Gallery to see the Virtual Studio Tour Preview Exhibition, November 24 – December 30, 2020. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30AM – 5PM.

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Page Pottery | Image by Sam Dean

Livestream Kickoff Events

November 23 – 29

Click green links below for more information.

Wednesday, November 25, 6PM:
Throwing and handbuilding demo with Page Pottery

Thursday, November 26, 10AM:
Demo with Amanda Taylor

Friday, November 27, 12 & 3PM:
Studio visits with Connie Karleta Sales

Saturday, November 28, 11:30AM:
Demo with Amanda Taylor

Saturday, November 28, and Sunday, November 29, 2-6PM:
Studio visits with Dori Settles

Artists

Stanley Andersen | Andersen Pottery

Stanley Andersen | Andersen Pottery

Maiolica earthenware

In 1983 Stan and his wife bought an old mountain farm in Bandana, NC. The pastures, meadows and woodlands that surround his studio serve as inspiration for the surface decoration of his pottery.

“I want my pottery to become part of the daily flow of domestic life, to contribute to the enjoyment of preparing, serving, and presenting food. I am concerned with expression of line, color, patterns, and their relationship to hardy pottery forms, and I hope my pots convey a sense of exuberance and casual spontaneity.” 

Lynda Gayle Banner & Morgan Hoover | Little Blackberry Creek Pottery

Lynda Gayle Banner & Morgan Hoover | Little Blackberry Creek Pottery

Stoneware ceramic

“We are a mother-daughter studio based in Burnsville, North Carolina, specializing in functional and sculptural handmade stoneware. Our inspiration comes from nature and the beautiful mountains we live in.” – Lynda Gayle Banner & Morgan Hoover

William & Katherine Bernstein | Bernstein Glass

William & Katherine Bernstein | Bernstein Glass

Glass

Bernstein Glass is the collaborative effort of glass artists Katherine and William Bernstein. In a studio nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they create glass art which is represented in public collections worldwide and featured in numerous books and periodicals.

While both artists produce individual pieces for gallery shows, they also collaborate to produce a line of functional glass art including goblets, pitchers, tableware and lamps.

Deana Blanchard & Chuck Young | Selena Glass & Metal

Deana Blanchard & Chuck Young | Selena Glass & Metal

Sculpture with attitude, sparkly stained glass

“Plasma arc cutting and welding, traditional and non-traditional blacksmith techniques combined with foraged steel, enamel and patination bring ‘Four Hands, One Voice’ into being. Our plasma arc cutting is by hand as opposed to CNC. Doing the work by hand adds a wabi-sabi element to our highly finished pieces.”

Pam Brewer

Pam Brewer

Ceramic Sculpture

“I would like to believe that with each coil or tap of the paddle, each pinch or twist of the clay, the sculpture within reveals itself, through gesture and line. It is, after all, the essence of the object that is most important to me.”

Cynthia Bringle | Bringle Gallery & Studio

Cynthia Bringle | Bringle Gallery & Studio

Clay, painting, flamework beads

There’s a reason Cynthia Bringle received the North Carolina Award for Fine Art in 2002 before being recognized in 2009 as a North Carolina Living Treasure. She’s beloved not only as a potter whose work can be found in museums and individual collections around the country, but as a teacher, and mentor, too. She is passionate about creating work that people appreciate as well as use. A lifelong learner, she continually looks at her work with a critical eye, wondering how to take it to the next level.

Edwina Bringle | Bringle Gallery & Studio

Edwina Bringle | Bringle Gallery & Studio

Textiles

“My textile pieces reflect my long interest in photography and nature, along with travels to national parks. Color play is the primary interest from wearables, tableware, rugs and wall pieces.

 As a colorist the pieces are always changing.”

JJ Brown & Simona Rosasco | Fyreglas Studio

JJ Brown & Simona Rosasco | Fyreglas Studio

Kilnformed Glass

Husband and wife, JJ and Simona, live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where they own and operate Fyreglas Studio. Working together they create decorative and functional kilnformed glass art.

Debra Carpenter | DEARELIJAH

Debra Carpenter | DEARELIJAH

Oil on canvas

“At this last chapter of my painting journey, I find my subjects in the letters to my son I cover each canvas in. 

Subconciously seeing in the thick layers of text and mixing of colors, these characters emerge. I am always surprised.”

Colleen Connolly | Flattoad Farm

Colleen Connolly | Flattoad Farm

Fiber arts

“As a life-long gardener my interests and love of nature has led me to the art of ecoprinting and natural dyeing. Through the use of plants which I’ve grown and ethically wild-harvested, I use direct contact botanical printing techniques on natural fiber to create unique one-of-a-kind botanical prints, revealing their individual personalities and secrets. Sharing this art provides me a way to help connect people to our amazing natural world.”

Buzz Coren | Featherwoodworks

Buzz Coren | Featherwoodworks

Multilayered jewelry & vessels

“I create a popular line of colorful, multilayered wood jewelry represented in over 120 craft galleries, gift shops and boutiques. Lately I’m exploring work developed years ago, this time in the form of miniature bowls and vessels, all six-inch diameter and less. They feature designs in random or arranged patterns to more intricate ones composed of over one thousand individual facets per square inch. I construct these from various hardwoods and natural or dyed veneer using freehand shaping and refining on a lathe.”

Claudia Dunaway | Yummy Mud Puddle

Claudia Dunaway | Yummy Mud Puddle

Woodblock prints

From 1974-2018 Claudia Dunaway was a fulltime potter working primarily in stoneware and porcelain, with a focus on carving and drawing on the surface of her pots through colored slips, a process called  sgrafitto. In 2018 Claudia received a scholarship to Penland School of Craft for a woodblock printmaking class taught by Master Printmaker Keijo Shinohara. This experience shifted her focus to printmaking. 

Allison Edge | Edge Studios

Allison Edge | Edge Studios

Painting

Allison Edge creates dreamy, photograph-based paintings, lingering in nostalgia, often depicting memories of family travels and other documented occasions of 1970s and 80s Americana. She features animals, landscapes, and plants, as well as man-made structures that can simultaneously capture our wonder and apprehension. Her style is realism, as if through a soft-focus lens, sometimes in hard candy tints, and other times in dark shadows. The paintings offer an indulgence into memories and dreamscapes.

Nathan Favors | Bowlmaker

Nathan Favors | Bowlmaker

Wood turning

“I am a self-trained woodturner with 24 years of experience. Over the years, I have developed a unique and recognizable style of wood turning. I like to work with lots of different types of wood from local, domestic, to exotic. My work always reflects what mother nature intended it to be, never trying to force it into something it does not want to be, leaving the natural shape of the wood intact as much as possible. Each piece is sanded to a high grit and finished with natural food safe organic oils only.”

Susan Feagin

Susan Feagin

Decorative Pottery

Susan Feagin grew up in Burbank, California and Kennesaw, Georgia. She has a BFA in design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida. Susan has a long-time Penland School of Craft connection, having been a Core Fellow there and now being the Clay Studio Coordinator since 2007. Her current collection of pots reflects her interest in collage, handwriting, printmaking, patterns, wallpaper, letters and all kinds of visual clutter. 

Bridget Fox | Mudventions

Bridget Fox | Mudventions

Sculptural and functional clay

“Mudventions are the products of my cosmic imagination mingling with my hands in mud. Inspired by the textures, patterns and unusual organisms of the natural world, I create a rare undersea garden of earthly treasures, cerebral concoctions and cosmic delights. The divinely primal feeling of manipulating such a functional, earthy material and the magical mix of art and science embodied in the process make working with clay a highly satisfying and stimulating experience for me, one full of surprises and endless creative possibilities. It provides constant fuel for my creative fire, stoking my inspiration with exciting challenges.”

Susan Garriques | Howling Coyote Studio

Susan Garriques | Howling Coyote Studio

Oil, paper clay

“Creating art is magical. Requiring my complete attention, the troubled outside world recedes. On the easel, my brush butters my canvas with colorful, rich-pigmented oil paint. Beauty and peace enter the studio. In a world with too much sadness, there is respite in nature. There is hope in beauty. My wish is for my paintings to be a ‘place’ someone can retreat to. And that perhaps some of the magic of creation still exists in them.”

John Geci | Geci/Martin Studios

John Geci | Geci/Martin Studios

Hand-blown glass

John Geci is a glassblower based near the Penland School of Craft in Western North Carolina. Originally from Litchfield, Connecticut, Geci first realized his interest in glass while studying philosophy at Hartwick College in upstate New York. After graduating in 1994, he traveled to the Penland School to hone his skills in his newfound craft. As a student at Penland and a studio assistant to local glassblowers, Geci learned a diverse array of techniques and approaches to the material.

Terry Gess | Terry Gess Pottery

Terry Gess | Terry Gess Pottery

Fine pottery

“Over the years of steadily making, decorating, and firing pots, something distinctively myself has slipped into the process. It’s a sensibility as intangible and basic to me as the way in which I hold the salt shaker when I tilt it to pour, how I turn the pages of a book, or how I kick my potter’s wheel.”

Christina Gordon | Fun Frolic Farm

Christina Gordon | Fun Frolic Farm

Goat milk & buckskin

Christina has been working on the farm and creating high quality, artisan products for many years. She makes old fashion goat milk soaps the truly old way. She also has been practicing the ancient art of brain tanning deer skins since 2003 and is transitioning this skill into a more artistic area using smoke resist to create new pattern and art forms.

Carmen Grier | Carmen Grier Studio (formerly Carmen Grier Textiles)

Carmen Grier | Carmen Grier Studio (formerly Carmen Grier Textiles)

Painting & textiles

Carmen Grier has been creating functional and art textiles for forty years and is now adding painting to her practice. She has taught and exhibited nationally, and has been awarded national and international residencies. Carmen Grier’s studio/home are in rural Mitchell County, North Carolina where she resides with her husband, artist Terry Gess, having met in the mid-1990s while each was an artist-in-residence at Penland School of Craft.

Kate Groff | katework

Kate Groff | katework

Hand dyed, hand woven silk wear

“I weave silk fiber. Simple. Sensual. Clean. Elegant. All my colors are hand dyed using no prescribed formulas. All my woven pieces are done on a hand floor loom. All my design combinations come through my imagination. I never know what the finished look will be until stitched, washed, and worn. They are soft, season unspecific and of course, gender neutral. After a half-century with my hand wrapped around my shuttle, I will be retiring at year’s end. Lots of inventory still remains.”

 Ivaylo Gueorgiev | Edge Studios

Ivaylo Gueorgiev | Edge Studios

Photography

“My entire photographic work stems from my deep love for the natural world. I’m constantly exploring the wild places of our magical planet and photography allows me to capture and share fleeting moments of beauty that are never to be replicated again with the same light, shape or color. Since nature is in a constant state of flux, photographic images have the wonderful ability to freeze life, which then allows us humans to study and marvel at nature’s glory.”

Judson Guérard | Guérard Studios

Judson Guérard | Guérard Studios

Blown glass

Judson Guérard creates blown glass in his historic studio in the mountains of Western North Carolina, approximately one hour northeast of Asheville. He makes both functional and sculptural one-of-a-kind work.

Sarah Holt | Domesticated Dirt Studios

Sarah Holt | Domesticated Dirt Studios

Functional ceramics

“I believe that the quality of life is improved by the everyday use of functional art that has a personal meaning and value, making daily routines into rituals. I make simple elegant pots with carved decoration based on native plants and garden flowers as well as on old china patterns and my mother’s quilting calicoes. I want my work to be approachable, comforting, and to hold a meaningful place in the owners’ everyday life.”

Kathryn W House

Kathryn W House

Stoneware clay

“I started making tiles thirty years ago in the pottery shop at Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Then I began hand building functional pieces like bud vases, flowerpots, bowls and toothbrush holders. I’m largely self-taught, experimenting over the years from raku to cone 10. I enjoy making things that are colorful, beautiful and useful.”

Sarah House

Sarah House

Functional stoneware clay

“I have been making pots for over twenty years! Though lately, I spend more of my time chasing boys. It is my goal to make the pieces you will reach for every morning and that will be a part of everyday life.”

Lisa Joerling | Joerling Studio

Lisa Joerling | Joerling Studio

Figurative clay, jewelry

“Amuse me. If I have shaped a lump of clay into something that brings a smile to the viewer, my day is full and rich. My love for jewelry and the necessity of sparkle and jingle has me returning to the jewelry bench again and again.”

Nicholas Joerling | Joerling Studio

Nicholas Joerling | Joerling Studio

Ceramics

“Occasionally I describe myself as a hand-builder at heart, trapped in a wheel-thrower’s body. Everything I make comes from the wheel, and I love the liveliness that throwing puts into the clay. But where I’m having the most fun is at the table putting wheel thrown parts together: cutting, coaxing and stretching the clay.”

Rob Levin | Levin Glass

Rob Levin | Levin Glass

Glass, mixed-media sculpture

Rob Levin is a glassblower and sculptor in Celo, North Carolina. He produces colorful blown glass bowls, vases and drinking glasses, as well as sculptural glass objects and mixed-media works. His work captures the elegance, fluidity and whimsy which are inherent properties of glass. He describes his work as “sort of a blend of Late Venetian and Early Neurotic.”

Courtney Martin | Geci/Martin Studios

Courtney Martin | Geci/Martin Studios

Wood-fired pottery

Courtney Martin is a studio potter living and working in the mountains of North Carolina near Penland. Martin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of New Mexico. After graduating, Martin moved to western North Carolina to work with Terry Gess, Cynthia Bringle, Shawn Ireland and apprentice for Michael Kline (2003-2004). In 2007, Martin was awarded the NC Regional Artists Project Grant to build a wood fired cross draft climbing kiln (Ruggles and Rankin design).

Dennis McAvoy | McAvoy Pottery

Dennis McAvoy | McAvoy Pottery

Clay

“I have been working in clay fulltime for over forty years. I now work almost exclusively in crystalline glazes. I like the technical challenge in working with these glazes and the mostly unpredictable and random results of each piece that makes every piece individual and unique.”

Katherine McCarty

Katherine McCarty

Oils, acrylics, mixed media

“With a background in art therapy, my interest in art spans several mediums—oil, cold wax and oils, acrylic/mixed media and clay. More recently I have been painting intuitive abstracts. When entering the ‘terra incognita,’ a door opens to the mystery and the adventure of intuitive expressions which the spoken language cannot touch. I don’t always plan my paintings, but my process includes meditation, journaling and exploring the endless possibilities and variations of colors, shapes, line, texture and values.”

Jean W McLaughlin

Jean W McLaughlin

Printmaking and drawing

 “I have been an observer and a planner all my life. These skills, and a desire to use my hands to capture what I see, have led me to drawing and printmaking. After a forty-year career helping other artists make art, I am now immersed in the making process myself. My work reflects the environment around me and is about layering and patterning, image and ink, prisma color and gouache, and the traits of fine paper. Over many years I was introduced to thousands of artists and their approaches to the creative process—a joy that is now mine.”

Saleh Nazari | Nazari Studio

Saleh Nazari | Nazari Studio

Painting

“I’ve been an artist all of my life. I love to paint the beauty around me. I became a well-known billboard artist, painting the artwork by hand in the 1980s and 90s. Now I am able to devote my time to painting the majestic mountains and nature that surround us here in Western North Carolina. I am looking forward to sharing my work with others.”

JR & Kristen Page | Page Pottery

JR & Kristen Page | Page Pottery

Stoneware and raku pottery

“Pottery for us is a way of life. A lifestyle we cherish greatly. We strive to make each final piece the best it can be. Taking great care and consideration to each material, process, tool and technique that we use. We give our all into our craft and in doing so some part of us goes into the work as well.”

Kit Paulson

Kit Paulson

Flameworked borosilicate glass

Kit Paulson is an artist working in flameworked borosilicate glass. She received her BFA from Alfred University in Western New York state and her MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She has taught glassmaking across the US and abroad. Her work can be found in museum collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian and KODA Bergin in Norway. She is in her last year as a resident artist at Penland School of Craft.

Pete Peterson | Appalachian Cottage Jewelry

Pete Peterson | Appalachian Cottage Jewelry

Jewelry

Jewelry designed with 12K gold, sterling silver and copper wire around Swarovski Crystals and semi-precious gemstones. Many of our gemstones are mined within a few miles of our studio where they are tumbled, polished and cut before being placed into a piece of jewelry. Many of our pieces are created by our master jeweler Pete, who has been working in this medium for 21 years. Much of our work is custom made.

Kenny Pieper | Pieper Glass

Kenny Pieper | Pieper Glass

Blown glass

Kenny now resides in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Reflecting the harmony and beauty of his surroundings, Kenny produces an exquisite line of glass vessels and sculpture. He has work in the collections of Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Fine Art Boston, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Asheville Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Hickory Museum of Art, Racine Art Museum, as well as many private collections.

Linda Powell | High Country Ceramic Arts

Linda Powell | High Country Ceramic Arts

Clay

“My approach to art is much like my approach to personal life: whatever it is, it is—with the exception that I will fight for fairness and those underprivileged.

I gravitate towards clay as a visceral medium and work in partnership with it. Sometimes I tell it what to do and other times the clay and glaze have their own suggestions. Sometimes we disagree.”

John D Richards | Yummy Mud Puddle

John D Richards | Yummy Mud Puddle

Extremely mixed media

John was born in 1936 in Fon duLac, Wisconsin. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois; Pilot Knob, New York; St. Just, Puerto Rico; and other assorted places of rare beauty. He received an education at Union College, in Schenectady and Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, but seems to have misplaced it due to careless living. In 1963 John left his last honest job—teaching—and has been creatively unemployed ever since. John makes art in many media including plaster, pewter, plastic, wire, paper, and of course, the ever ubiquitous trash.

Melanie Risch

Melanie Risch

Clay

“I work with clay and gardens. The two aren’t so different, both being a sort of quiet collaboration between the hands and the earth, both being bound up in time. What begins as a mountain erodes and weathers and ends up soft and responsive to a human touch. Fired in a kiln, the clay returns to stone, but alive now as the vase that holds the flowers, or the bowl that holds the soup. It’s this balance that draws me in: between the human touch and the hand of nature, between time’s passage and stillness, between earth and life.”

David Ross | Snow Creek Pottery

David Ross | Snow Creek Pottery

Clay pottery

High-fired stoneware and porcelain platters, decorative with embellished brushwork displaying nature.

Michael Rutkowsky | Rutkowsky Pottery

Michael Rutkowsky | Rutkowsky Pottery

Stoneware pottery

“I make a wide array of pottery forms that are both functional and decorative. My pots are an expression of my love for the process and medium of clay, slips and glazes, all of which I have formulated and continue to make from the raw materials. Firing to cone 10 reduction, the outcome is never 100% predictable, leaving room for chance, which I find exciting and rewarding, allowing the process of the work to suggest its own variations encouraging a more intuitive approach to creativity.”

Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky | Rutkowsky Pottery

Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky | Rutkowsky Pottery

Stoneware pottery, sculpture

“I have a love for Scandinavian folk art and aesthetic which speaks to my love for water and sky and the life that is present in Nature. I often incorporate text when decorating the surface of my work. This risk is worth taking, as I utilize text only when I feel a deep sense of truth about it. Ultimately, the idea that my art may become an integral part of someone’s life, from every day rituals to the most important events in life, inspires me to make the best art I can in a way that is most true to me.”

Connie Karleta Sales | Crooked Little Flower Studios

Connie Karleta Sales | Crooked Little Flower Studios

Miniature painting and poetry

“My art is my life. It is my greatest expression of love and communication; of beauty and healing. It is my heart-joy in which I find my sense of place in this world, and how I enjoy sharing life with you. I have been miniature plein air painting since 2005, moving into digital painting with the progression of my disease, NMO which paralyzes my body. Today I enjoy making my miniatures into an intimate, wearable piece of jewelry. Paint much love, always.”

Valerie Schnaufer | Rabbit Hop Studio

Valerie Schnaufer | Rabbit Hop Studio

Clay and jewelry

“My clay wall hangings, chokers and vases are all inspired by and often include found objects from nature. I am always amazed at our changing natural world and am so grateful to have found a way to incorporate my love of nature into my love for clay. I hope my creations also bring an awareness of our natural world to those who own my work.”

Constance Schulze | CS Designs

Constance Schulze | CS Designs

Metalsmith/Jeweler

“I am fundamentally curious, and I find inspiration everywhere, from the shapes in a highway overpass to the shapes in nature that I see when I walk in the woods. I particularly love the leaves and trees of the forest. I love to travel and find that much of my creative energy is fed from being in novel places. However, I am ultimately drawn back to the Blue Ridge and the creative community to create and recharge.”

Dori Settles | Funky Dori

Dori Settles | Funky Dori

Glass

“I am multi-passionate artist working primarily with salvaged (recycled) materials to bring awareness to the environment and encourage others to make small changes to create a positive impact. I work predominantly with glass, and enjoy the process of discovery, both in applying and merging techniques, as well as challenging my own limitations. My favorite techniques are rooted in both texture and depth—bas relief, pâte de verre and multiple layered vitreous enamel painting.”

Jenny Lou Sherburne | Jenny Lou Sherburne Pottery

Jenny Lou Sherburne | Jenny Lou Sherburne Pottery

Clay

“My influences range from the Land of Oz to the Isle of Crete, from Antoni Gaudí to Dr. Seuss. I use lavish textures to underscore the time and devotion I put into each piece. The organic forms both lyrical and lumpy, the sometimes-ungainly proportions and quirky feet are really all about the fun of making. Bold colors are an overt reference to joy. I want what I make to reflect my ideal, that our lives can be imbued with a sense of energy and joy which can be communicated and shared. That hope is what helps me move forward.”

Gay Smith | Gertrude Graham Smith Potter

Gay Smith | Gertrude Graham Smith Potter

Colorful, functional porcelain pottery

“I’m looking to make extraordinary pots for ordinary use, enjoyed daily. My pots are happy, colorful, whimsical and contemporary with a vintage feel. Sturdy and strong, the pots stand up well stacked in cupboards and dish racks. I imagine my work blends my grandmother’s elegant holiday settings with a Walt Disney cartoon where the tableware jumps up and swirls in dance. I’ve been making pots for over forty years and have been lucky to teach workshops in places like Penland School, Haystack School, Harvard, and La Meridiana. My work is in numerous publications and found in a museum collection or two.”

Martin Stankus | Tin Roof Pottery

Martin Stankus | Tin Roof Pottery

Ceramic art

“Pottery has provided an enjoyable creative outlet for me over the past twenty or more years. Working on the wheel is a meditative process of exploring various classical forms. I then utilize the saggar or raku firing process to decorate the vessel surface. I enjoy the spontaneity of these firing processes and the unique results in surface effects. Stimulated by my love of being in nature I have of late been exploring garden elements made of cone 6 electric fired garden ware. So far these include stackable totems, planters, and bird baths.”

Amanda Taylor | Oatka Glass Studio

Amanda Taylor | Oatka Glass Studio

Kilnformed glass

“By drawing inspiration from places that I have visited or live within, I use my glass work as a way to creatively interpret the ever-present beauty that touches my soul. I use light, color, and form to create a sense of place in my work.”

Working out of her studio south of Pensacola, NC in the Cattail Creek community, Amanda Taylor creates various bodies of work that celebrate the natural beauty of the hills and mountains where she has lived and traveled throughout Canada, the United States, and various areas around the world.

 Yaffa & Jeff Todd | Yaffa & Jeff Todd Studio

Yaffa & Jeff Todd | Yaffa & Jeff Todd Studio

Glass, mixed media

“We use our backgrounds in clay, metal, and glass as the foundation of our collaboration. Nature is our inspiration. We always strive to make relevant, unique and beautiful pieces. Using formulas we have developed and perfected over the years allows us to produce the highest quality colored and optical crystal glass possible.”

Yaffa Todd | Yaffa & Jeff Todd Studio

Yaffa Todd | Yaffa & Jeff Todd Studio

Clay

Yaffa Todd was born in Tele Aviv, Israel. After completing her BFA in ceramics at the Philadelphia College of Art, she worked as a studio potter for two years. She began graduate school at the Rochester Institute of Technology in January 1975, majoring in glass. During her second year at RIT, she began extensive investigation into opal glass systems, specifically fluorine opal glasses that became the subject of her master’s thesis. This research is still ongoing. 

Kat Turczyn | Kat’s Flat Art

Kat Turczyn | Kat’s Flat Art

Oil paint

“After almost 40 years of experience in the field of public health statistics, I began painting in oils and have taken numerous workshops from acclaimed painters around the U.S. to perfect my broad-ranged style, which continues to evolve.  My art has won recognition through features in magazines, a blue ribbon, and public commissions and showings, and hangs in many private homes around the country and in several public venues.  I accept limited commissions, and in my own work, am heading toward more intuitively-based personal expressions, but my intention remains – always – to imbue love, enthusiasm, and joy into each painting I create.”

Bridget VanRemortel | Wineberry Farm & Bakery

Bridget VanRemortel | Wineberry Farm & Bakery

Reed, wood, rattan

“I have always loved creating with my hands in one way or another. I love to create with color and make something that is functional and useful. I enjoy being able to make something that can be used every day and fill a need.”

James Waters | Buzzard Rock Studio

James Waters | Buzzard Rock Studio

Oil and cold wax

“I’ve been a working studio artist for nearly twenty years. My recent work is abstract, executed in oil and cold wax on wood panels, 10 x 10 inches to 49 x 60 inches. My paintings incorporate intaglio scratching, scraping and cutting of the painted surface, a carry-over of my past as a printmaker. Painted over, marked and painted again, my paintings are an allegory for our world and its history.”

Terry Weber | TW Weaving

Terry Weber | TW Weaving

Fiber arts

“Having always loved intricate patterns, I find weaving satisfies my desire for interplay of color and texture. I weave scarves, table runners, place mats, shawls, baby blankets, hand and shoulder bags, and more, using mostly rayon or Tencel, cottons, or novelty yarns. Different weave structures provide a lovely surprise as they appear on the loom. I started weaving very young on an inkle loom, and over the years, went to a table loom, and finally, after retiring to Western North Carolina, a floor loom. I am mostly self-taught, so I love when the plan works and also when I see unexpected design elements.”

Galleries

High Country Ceramic Arts

High Country Ceramic Arts

We are a community based studio working with established and aspiring clay artists to build and refine their skills, as well as sell their pieces.

Mica

Mica

A contemporary craft gallery

Welcome to our new Mica Online Store. As you browse the store you will find a sampling of work from our 12 Artist Members as well as our Consignment Artists.

Everything in the store is current work that can be purchased and will be shipped by the individual artist.

Our physical store in downtown Bakersville is also open.

Penland Gallery

Penland Gallery

Fine craft

Fine craft made by Penland School affiliated artists.

Sweetgrass Artisan Mercantile

Sweetgrass Artisan Mercantile

Local artisan gallery

Sweetgrass Artisan Mercantile is a gallery of original arts and crafts offering a broad selection in various media including: pottery, wood, paintings, jewelry, textiles and local handcrafted goods.

Toe River Crafts

Toe River Crafts

Ceramics, wood, fiber, jewelry

In 1974 a group of craftspeople in the Toe River Valley found they needed an attractive local market for their creativity. They decided to work cooperatively to sell their crafts and establish a setting where neighbors and travelers could see their work displayed. The shop itself was built, in that cooperative spirit, on land owned by the Celo Community. Friends and neighbors pitched in to build, and in August of 1974 Toe River Crafts opened with the work of a few founding members. The finely crafted objects the artists produced reflected an intimate knowledge of media such as clay, wood, textiles, fibers, glass, papers, and metals, and they demonstrated great skills in two-dimensional artwork such as photography, watercolor, and needle work. The work of the artists has been and will always be unique and one-of-a-kind.