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Maypole dancers, including many local children, in several colorful and frolicking figures before the final weave.

The Maypole Parade & Dance took place on April 30. Community folks gathered early to make wreaths, finish costumes, and prep puppets. The parade started at the Festival Barn, marched through Studio Row to Keith House and ended by the Maypole. Then the Morris Dancers entertained the crowd with some lively dance numbers. Happy Spring! [click to continue…]

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Make Her Mother’s Day

by Cory Marie Podielski on May 1, 2016

in Featured Classes


A Folk School vacation is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. By giving your mom a Folk School Gift Certificate, she can choose her favorite class from over 50 subjects. Gift certificates are available in any amount, and can be used toward tuition, lodging and/or meals. Or, Mom can use her Gift Certificate in the Craft Shop, and treat herself to something special. Call us at 1-800-365-5724 to purchase a memorable Mother’s Day gift.

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In the Beginning…

by Cory Marie Podielski on April 28, 2016

in Featured Classes


Dabbler? Crafter? Master Artisan? Everyone starts at the beginning. If you’re intrigued by a new craft or musical instrument, come learn the basics in a weekend or weeklong Folk School class. In our non-competitive learning environment, you can experience the joy of discovering something new. Enjoy a sampler of our “Beginning” class picks.

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Bring On the Bling

by Cory Marie Podielski on April 16, 2016

in Class Picks, Jewelry & Metalwork

Have you always wanted to design your own jewelry? In a Folk School class, you can learn intricate metalworking techniques, craft brilliantly colored molten beads or enamels, and blend diverse materials to create custom pieces. Join us for a weeklong or weekend Jewelry Class in 2016.  

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Wheel Throwing 101 with Rob Withrow

by Cory Marie Podielski on April 10, 2016

in Clay, Featured Classes

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Rob demos how to make a big jugs in segments, using the torch to quick dry the base.

Clay students of all levels joined Rob Withrow in the Folk School Clay Studio this past week to learn new skill and techniques on the wheel. Many students had never thrown on a wheel and were eager to get started.

Rob is a local Brasstown potter and owner of Smoke in the Mountains Pottery. He makes the JCCFS logo mugs that are for sale in the craft shop and the big soup bowls in the Dining Hall. Rob is most know for his face mug pottery and wood firing. He creates loves to throw BIG! He has thrown 6-ft tall face jugs and can only fire them in his wood kiln (because of their large size).

Students in the class tried their hand at creating mugs, bowls, plates, cups and more. By the end of the week student had some finished fired pieces and confidence to throw a vessel on the wheel. It was a great week! [click to continue…]

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