In December of 2020, Lynda Metcalfe and Elizabeth Belz came together to teach two 2-hour long blacksmithing classes in the Clay Spencer shop to 7 staff and residents from the Cherokee and Clay County Women’s shelter, REACH.
The students noticeably benefited from the chance to get out, visit campus, hang out together, learn something new and have that community interaction in a safe open environment. All the students were beginners and most had never been to campus before so we fielded many excited questions about other classes we offer! And everyone left with at least one hook!
This opportunity was provided at no cost to the students and was funded by the Jerry Jackson scholarship.
Lynda Metcalfe is an artist-blacksmith working in Brasstown, NC. She was born and educated in design and metalsmithing in England. After graduating in 1992, Lynda spent a year working for architectural smith Charles Normandale and was artist-in-residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in TN from 2000-2001. Now a self-employed smith, Lynda uses mainly traditional forging and joinery techniques to create contemporary forged steel work.
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.