So Much Craft That a Week is Ten Days

Artisan spoons by Erica Moody

During the local observance of the 10th Annual American Craft Week — a full ten days happening Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 13 — participating artists and galleries will offer new exhibits, festivals, artists’ demonstrations, open studios, kiln openings, and workshops.

•Flow Gallery in Marshall will show new works in ceramics by founding member Emily Reason in an exhibit opening Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7:30pm. www.flowmarshall.com. 

•Local Cloth, a nonprofit dedicated to education, collaboration, and innovation in the local fiber community, will offer workshops throughout American Craft Week: “Two Colors, One Round: A beginning stranded colorwork knitting class” (Oct. 5), “Recipes for Upcycling” (Oct. 6), and “Eco Printing: Playing with Nature’s Colors” (Oct. 12). www.localcloth.org. 

•Haywood Community College presents a free Community Craft Day/Open House on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-2pm. The school will also host workshops in jewelry, clay, and fiber. www.creativearts.haywood.edu. 

•The Village Potters Clay Center Annual Open House and Multi-Kiln Opening will exhibit new work from the resident potters, live demonstrations (Master Series Workshop with Cynthia Lee Saturday, Oct. 5), giveaways, and work from the kilns on Saturday, Oct. 12. www.thevillagepotters.com. 

•The 44th annual Little Mountain Festivalis Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-4pm. A fixture of American Craft Week, the event features guest artists, mountain music, and a kiln opening and artist’s talk at 11am with local potter Tyson Graham. www.tysongrahampottery.com. 

•Mica Galleryin downtown Bakersville will kick off the week with a town-wide Art Walk Friday, Oct. 4, 4-7pm, including food and other festivities. www.micagallerync.com.  

•Art Connections with Sherry Masters leads tours during the ten-day span where visitors and residents get to visit studios off the beaten path: www.arttoursasheville.com. 

•Ariel Gallery,a premier fine-craft cooperative, will feature 12 full-time professionals working in ceramics, glass, jewelry, furniture, fiber, and turned wood. www.arielcraftgallery.com.

•Azalea Bindery will offer a demonstration of bookbinding and marbling at their North Asheville papermaking studio. www.azaleabindery.com. 

•Mountain Made gallery will feature ten categories of art and craft: books and music, fiber and textiles, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, painting and mixed media, photography, pottery, and wood.
www.mtnmade.com. 

Other participating venues include Asheville Art in the Park, Arbitrary Forms Studio, Asheville Area Arts Council, Bulldog Pottery, Firefly Craft Gallery, John C. Campbell Folk School, NC Glass Center, The Appalachian Craft Center, and Turtle Island Pottery in Old Fort. 

The full list of participants and events can be found at americancraftweek.com/wnc or americancraftweek.com/participants

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