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The First Ever Virtual

Craft Fair

of the

Southern Highlands

 

Welcome TO THE FAIR!

For 73 years, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has provided a unique opportunity for the public to interact with the juried artisans of our Guild. Today, we invite you to virtually connect with 80 of America's finest craftsmen of the Southern Appalachian region. Watch live streams, craft demonstrations, and shop directly from their online shops.

Live Streams SCHEDULE

Watch & interact with the artists LIVE inside their studios! Ask them questions, learn about their process, or watch them demonstrate. Simply use the schedule below to find out who is online, and click their name to join in on their streams via Facebook & Instagram. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Exhibitor List

Amy Brandenburg Studio

Amy Brandenburg Studio

Asheville, NC
I have been creating jewelry for much of my life. Since 2010 I have devoted my time fully to my jewelry business where I get to showcase and share my favorite things with others. My love for symbolism in period styles like Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau as well as my passion for nature and architecture are represented in my jewelry pieces. I create silver, bronze and copper pendants, earrings and bracelets, often incorporating enamels and gemstones to make wearable statement pieces that bring out a person’s individuality.
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Andy Costine

Andy Costine

Tryon, NC
The process I use in my mirrors and tables is a combination of organic and geometric. I believe this elevates the natural edge material. I spend a lot of time finding the right pieces of wood to use. I look for highly figured slabs with intense grain and figure for the organic element in my work, as well as straight grained pieces with rich, strong color for the geometric contrasts. Sometimes a piece of wood sits in my shop for a while before the right project for it comes along.
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Angelique Tassistro Ceramics

Angelique Tassistro Ceramics

Asheville, NC
Angelique's pottery are known for their bright colors & unique patterns. Each piece is hand-built with slabs and coils. Angelique’s surfaces are created by layering underglazes. Each pattern has five colors. Two cover the entire piece, Angelique uses a wooden tool to hash a pattern into the wet underglaze. Then three colors are used to fill in. After the underglaze dries it is washed off. The pieces then dry before a underglaze pencil is used to highlighting the shapes of color. Lastly, a clear glaze is added.
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Art Jewelry by Ilene

Art Jewelry by Ilene

Clyde, NC
I am inspired by the natural world and living in the Blue Ridge Mountains has influenced my designs. Each piece of my jewelry has a unique story to tell, my newest line, The Blue Ridge Collection reflects the beauty and majesty of this area. My jewelry is created from Argentium Silver, Gold, Colored Titanium and Copper using traditional fabrication metalsmithing techniques. I saw, texture, hammer, and form the metal with hand tools. The directness of forging metal in this manner makes each piece of my jewelry unique.
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Audrey Laine Collection

Audrey Laine Collection

Clyde, NC
Audrey Laine is a metalsmith, working with sterling silver and brass, as well as combinations of metal, wood, and found objects. She fabricates hollow forms with pierced silhouette imagery out of sterling silver and brass, sets gemstones and carved wood, powder coats interiors and elements, and hand fabricates chains.
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Batton Clayworks

Batton Clayworks

Asheville, NC
Introducing our new, finely crafted, one of a kind porcelain sgraffito carvings that draw from the abstract. Each piece is handmade with a keen eye for design and function. As husband and wife, working together since 2005, we continue to make pottery that fits many decorating styles from unique vases to dinnerware and more. We invite you to stop in to our website and see many of your favorite patterns and explore our new creations. (During this time, we are offering free shipping to the lower 48 states.)
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Becky Lloyd

Becky Lloyd

Clyde, North Carolina
My work uses a centuries old technique called sgraffito to create very intricate patterns and designs. Each piece of hand thrown porcelain is coated with a black terra sigillata slip. I then use a very sharp knife to cut into the slip to expose the white porcelain underneath. This technique allows me to indulge in my passion for design and challenge my skills at the same time.
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Berea College Student Craft

Berea College Student Craft

Berea, KY
Berea College Student Craft strives to bring the Great Commitments of Berea College to life through the creation of material objects in the disciplines of Broomcraft, Ceramics, Weaving, and Woodcraft. For 127 years the students of Berea College have supported the College’s founding vision through the study and creation of craft. Today the program remains committed to the promotion of traditional skills in service of a progressive and forward-thinking mission.
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Bill and Tina Collison

Bill and Tina Collison

Unicoi, Tennessee
The featured wood for this Virtual Craft Fair is Ash. Unfortunately, the Green Ash Borer will ultimately kill every Ash tree in the US. The reverence with which we treat the material hasn’t been altered in the 15 years we have been engaged in this pursuit, 11 of which as members of this Guild. In that time, some 2,000 folks have thought enough of our work to place it in their home or gift it affectionately to one of their family or dear friends. That knowledge sustains us in our efforts and we are most grateful.
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Brad Warstler

Brad Warstler

Floyd, Virginia
The lathe was my first tool, and the door through which I have explored woodworking for the past 40 years. Bowls, mirrors, and lamps are turned, while larger pieces may have turned elements. Using mostly Appalachian hardwoods, I want my work to express an uncluttered style, a quiet attention to joinery and finish, a sense of strength and function. I try to imagine the evidence of my efforts as a thousand unseen fingerprints resulting in the reward of touch, grain and color when a piece is finally finished and oiled.
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Brian Boggs Chairmakers

Brian Boggs Chairmakers

Asheville, NC
Brian Boggs builds world-class furniture to inspire our craftsmen, clients and the industry to live intentionally. Back in 1982, Brian Boggs began his journey to furniture -making with $50 in old hand tools in his home woodworking shop in Berea, KY. His craftsmanship advances with each piece of furniture he builds. Constantly learning, he experiments with ways to make his joinery stronger while allowing for more fluid forms. With the human body always in his mind, he tweaks each design to improve ergonomics.
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Brian Brace Fine Furniture

Brian Brace Fine Furniture

Black Mountain, NC
My mission as a furniture maker is to work with you to create quality heirloom fine furniture for the enjoyment of you and your family, lasting for generations to follow. I am a furniture maker that builds traditional craft furniture using mortise and tenon joinery and hand rubbed lacquer and oil finishes. I strive to create the finest decorative but functional furniture that you will find anywhere. Vermont Certified Master Craftsman as of the year 2000. Certified Roycroft Renaissance Artisan as of 2018. http://www.brianbracefinefurniture.com
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Brittain Beads

Brittain Beads

Knoxville, TN
I individually craft each of my glass beads over a torch, using the centuries-old technique of lampworking. I primarily use traditional lampworking glass from Italy. Patterns on the beads are made with other colors of glass, enamel powders, or metal leaf. I incorporate my beads into jewelry so they are wearable works of art.
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Buzz Coren – Featherwoodworks

Buzz Coren – Featherwoodworks

Burnsville, NC
I create a popular line of colorful multilayered wood jewelry represented in over 125 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 6” diameter or less. They feature designs in random or arranged patterns to more intricate ones composed of over 1,000 individual facets per square inch. I construct these from various hardwoods and natural or dyed veneers using freehand shaping and refining on a lathe.
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Byers McCurry Studio

Byers McCurry Studio

Santa Fe, NM
Holden and Ed have been working in ceramics since 1997 and as a team since 2003. They use a collaborative process making all unique, one-of-a-kind sculptures. Sculptures are made using clay slabs, extrusions, coils and pinched forms often combined with mixed media materials. Texture is applied to the clay surfaces with found objects (driftwood, rocks, corals) and handmade ceramic stamps. Painted and drawn surfaces incorporate terra sigillata, layered underglazes, slips, oxides and sgraffito.
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BZDesign

BZDesign

Asheville, NC
Barbara Zaretsky creates handcrafted decorative textiles for home and wardrobe. Her plant based dyes impart a distinctive earthy palette, yet her motifs veer toward the modern. BZDesign hand dyed textiles begin with washing and mordanting the fabric. The material is then dyed two to three times with plant dyes, incorporating a clamp-resist (shibori) technique to create pattern. The fabric is then hand block printed or hand stitched to add another layer of surface design.
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MikeSorge

FEATURED MAKER

"Trees are magnificent, often living beyond several human lifetimes. When a tree dies its inherent natural beauty can be an ongoing voice.  With playful exploration and focused tool work, I developed methods sculpting original winged forms on the lathe at high rpm - Cascading Diamond Boxes, Kissing Fish Vessels, Manta Ray Boxes, Spirit Birds with Captured Artisan Marbles, Trillium Boxes... I strive to reveal the extraordinary beauty of fallen trees in artistically elegant, engaging, functional and inspirational ways." - Mike Sorge

Education Raffle

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an educational, non-profit organization. To support our mission and win a piece of fine craft - enter our raffle! 

We will draw the names on Monday, July 20th ~ LIVE through our social accounts - follow us to find out who the lucky winners of these 12 pieces are!

About the Guild

For 90 years, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has curated a group of juried artisans for the purpose of marketing, education, shared resources, and conservation of Appalachian Craft. Our four retail locations in Western North Carolina sell the work of over 800 of our juried members.

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