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There may be lots of snow still outside but I am real cozy inside weaving away at my loom. I just finished a series of table runners woven with rags. A friend of mine gave me a pile of old sheets and a couple yards of fabric she never used. This was the inspiration to […]

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It’s like Christmas Eve over at Smoke in the Mountains Pottery today because it’s the day before the big wood kiln will be opened and unloaded. Many potters from all over the region contribute pots to be fired the traditional way in Rob Withrow’s huge wood kiln. This is Rob’s 13th wood firing at his […]

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Felt is the oldest known fabric used by man. That stands to figure… felt is so easy to make, it was probably first discovered by accident. The recipe for felt, after all, is wool, moisture and agitation. Picture lining a sandal or shoe with raw wool to act as a cushion. Now picture walking around […]

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When I was a Work/Study in 2011, one of the classes I chose for my work/trade was Dr. T’s Soap Making class. For a total beginner, the class was an amazing introduction to the chemistry and art behind creating your own customized cold process soap batches. Dr. T (aka Tim Tyndall) teaches Soap Making regularly at […]

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Discovering Author Valerie Nieman

by Cory Marie Podielski on March 3, 2015

in Featured Classes, Featured Teacher, Writing

Acclaimed North Carolina writer Valerie Nieman will be teaching The Breath of Life: Discovering and Depicting Characters at the Folk School, July 5-10, 2015. This month brings the release of her second poetry collection, “Hotel Worthy.” CP: How long have you taught at the Folk School? VN: Hard question! I don’t have a great memory for dates. Several […]

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