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Empty Bowls Tickets on Sale February 16

by Cory Marie Podielski on February 8, 2016

in Clay, Community Events

Potters work in the Folk School Clay Studio, donating their time to create bowls for our upcoming fundraising event.

Potters work in the Folk School Clay Studio, donating their time to create bowls for our upcoming fundraising event.

Attendees choose their bowl on the way into the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall.

Attendees choose their bowl on the way into the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall.

Empty Bowls is a national and international grassroots movement that aims to help end hunger.  The Folk School has been hosting the event for many years, with Resident Potter, Mike Lalone in charge of the event.

Help alleviate hunger in our community by joining us for our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on March 12 from 5-7 p.m. We’ll gather in the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall for a fun evening of good food prepared by the Folk School’s dining hall staff, and lively music by the Dog Branch Cats. The popular Brown Bag Raffle returns this year with many opportunities to win one-of-a-kind pottery items.

Admission is $30 and includes a handmade bowl of your choice and a hearty meal of soup, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets go on sale February 16 at the Folk School’s Craft Shop, Cherokee County Chamber, and United Community Bank in Hayesville. All proceeds will go to the Hinton Center Food Bank in Clay County and the Sharing Center Food Bank in Cherokee County.

Special thanks to all the local potters who have been extra busy throwing bowls in our Clay Studio for this important event! [click to continue…]


Get Back to Basics

by Cory Marie Podielski on January 30, 2016

in Featured Classes


Whether you’re starting a new craft, or exploring one you already love, we invite you to take it “back to basics” this year. Jump start your search for your next class by checking out these “back to basics” class picks. [click to continue…]


Under my tree this year is another tree and it looks like this:


My Christmas tree book & box

In the Book Arts class, “Ornamental Books and Boxes for the Holidays” with Dea Sasso we tackled three ambitious projects for the Long Weekend.

The first project was the tree pictured above with a fancy triangular box. Dea bought a wonderful assortment of papers, book cloth, and leather and everyone picked a combination of colors. My tree fits into a blue box with gold tooled stars and a tree on the front. [click to continue…]


Craft Shop Holiday Gift Guide

by Cory Marie Podielski on December 1, 2015

in Craft Shop, Holidays

JCCFS_GiftGuide2015_HeaderThe Folk School’s Craft Shop is the perfect place to find holiday gifts for your loved ones while supporting local artists. We’re offering 15% off your purchases through December 24. Let our Holiday Gift Guide inspire you with wonderful gift ideas for your family and friends.

All the picks in our gift guide can be purchased by visiting the Craft Shop. Not local? No worries! Call us at 828-837-2775 and we can help you purchase the item over the phone with your credit card, to arrange this service. We are happy to ship your purchases!

(Note: Prices shown on the guide are the full retail price. Our holiday sale pricing would be 15% off the prices shown.)



JCCFS_GiftGuide2015_Napkins [click to continue…]



Handwoven ornaments by JoEl Levy LoGiudice


If you could make all your holiday gifts in one week wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity. Well this is your lucky day because John C Campbell Folk School is offering a class “Handwoven for the Holidays” on December 6-12, 2015 during their special weeklong event “Holidays in the Mountains“. This class is designed for all level students from Beginning to Advanced. It will feature working on 4 types of looms. Everyone will begin by creating simple ornaments and coin purses on cardboard looms. From there students will move on to creating small stuffed animals such as sheep, birds and mice on pin looms.  


Handmade ornaments by JoEl Levy LoGiudice

Then they will advance to weaving on an inkle loom. This is a great loom for making everything from belts to guitar straps to a variety of tree.  The weeklong create-a-thon ends with weaving purses, trivets and small table runners on a four-harness floor loom. So as you can see we have your entire gift list covered in one week:  stuffed toys for the youngsters, belts or woven key rings for the men on your list, purses or woven jewelry for the ladies and tree ornaments for all your friends and co-workers. I have had a great time designing the projects for this class and I know everyone with have fun getting into the holiday spirit.

It’s not to late to register for Handwoven for the Holidays, December 6 – 12, 2015.


Handwoven by JoEl Levy LoGiudice

JoEl Levy LoGiudice, Artist/Gardener/Chef/Traveler


3540 Sweethome Road

Ashland City, TN 37015