Meet Our Artists
Glass & Metal Sculptors
Our goal is to make art which conveys the happiness we feel about the world and its processes. We have so much fun together, and hope our work reflects the lightness, playfulness, and exuberance of life.
Grace has been described as a force of nature and her metal sculpture is an expression of that.
Painting is the way I have found to compact into a singular form, what I have observed and learned, thought, and felt about a personal experience or an event in the larger world.
We believe that life is more beautiful and more livable when surrounded by things made by hand. Our work is created for those who search for this quality in fine craft objects.
A woodturner who is breaking new ground with color and texture.
“Minimalist landscapes” is a perfect description of his paintings. Mountains and trees are a common theme, as well as sheep and small farmhouses.
Today wood is carved, inlaid, etched, painted and burned. It’s an exciting medium and artists such as Melissa and Graeme are at its forefront.
His work is fluid, with its own strength, style, and character, allowing the wood’s natural beauty to speak through his design. The joinery is impeccable. His furniture is, in a word, elegant.
Mixed Media Paintings & Art Books
Artwork that tells a story or has a conversation with the viewer is Mark and Kristy’s specialty. Mark focuses on paintings and mixed media wall pieces, and Kristy makes art books and documentary films.
Working on new ideas and refining his techniques keep Steven excited about his processes even after more than 30 years as a professional potter.
Heather’s work is inspired by a desire to process and express life’s experiences.
Lisa’s influences have certainly come from her life experiences and her trips around the globe. She’s undaunted and her business name—Strongfelt—speaks to that attitude, as well as describing a main characteristic of her work.
Mary Carol is one of a small number of craftspeople in the region that practice bookbinding.
Glass & Mixed Media Sculptor
Robs’ varied and deep levels of involvement in education, and his lifetime career in glass have given him a broad experience base that he is more than happy to share.
Always interested in fibers and visiting other cultures, Betsy combines these two sources of inspiration into her own style of free-form weaving.
Leo demonstrates both the simplicity and complexity of working with paper in dimension.
Chris works in wood, both new and reclaimed, but he’s been known to resource other materials when the project calls for it, and he does so seamlessly.
An intimate connection with his surroundings is a primary influence on Carl’s art.
Kenny excels in the Italian style of glass blowing. Elegant shapes and precise design motifs are implicit in Kenny’s glass.
Powell is a master in the creation of ground and shaped glass forms with interesting optics and these forms are the signature elements in the stained glass windows he is known for today.
Tom and Kathleen's flawless work is diverse, but much of it is inspired by Western North Carolina, including the Pisgah View mountain rings they are well known for.
Painter Skip Rohde trusts his impressions. His years of training and his natural attention to fine detail allow him to capture a likeness of a person in his figurative paintings.
Akira’s ceramics bridge the traditions of his native Japan and his new home here in Western North Carolina.
Ceramics and Mixed Media Sculptor
The delicacy of the forms and surfaces in Michael Sherrill’s world echo nature’s most exquisite compositions.
Matt Tommey weaves sculptural and elegant baskets. His materials are not fancy – he uses kudzu vine, local bittersweet vine and popular bark.
Robert’s multimedia works involve meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.
I believe that an object has more meaning when the owner understands the connection to the way it was made and values the process.