Celebrating Spring Around the Maypole

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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! Continue reading Celebrating Spring Around the Maypole

Canoe Donated to the June Gala & Benefit Auction

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Photo (L-R): Dana Hatheway, Lillian Gantsoudes, and Pam Howard

We are excited about this impressive one-person handmade canoe recently donated to our upcoming June Gala & Benefit Auction. A collaborative effort, the canoe was started by Pam Howard in a Woodworking class, “Build a Canoe in a Week” taught by Dana Hatheway. Pam was only able to attend the class for three days, so the canoe remained unfinished. Recently, with Pam’s blessings, Lillian Gantsoudes and Dana finished it and donated it to our June Gala & Benefit Auction. Thanks to them for the generous donation!

 

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Hammer Time in the Blacksmith Shop

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Blacksmiths worked while onlookers enjoyed the show on Friday, November 6 during the 3rd Annual Hammer-In.
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Items created at the Hammer-In: Wine rack / Fireplace set / Colonial cookware set
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Mike working with the torch on the vise.

The Friday night before the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction, over 25 blacksmiths of the Southern Appalachian region met in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop for a Hammer-In to collaborate on fine artisan projects to donate to the auction.

This was the 3rd Annual Hammer-In and the shop was open to the public to view the smiths in action. A large crowd enjoyed watching professional blacksmith working together in the shop.

Tim Ryan and Pattie Bagley served delicious fare and the evening was a merry affair for both the audience and working blacksmiths alike. Continue reading Hammer Time in the Blacksmith Shop

Featured Auction Artist: Judy Peppers

Detail of bracelet by Judy Peppers
Detail of love “knot bracelet” by Judy Peppers
Judy working in the Jewelry Studio.
Judy working in the Jewelry Studio.

Judy Peppers is one of our featured artists in our upcoming Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction. Judy has been a glass and wire artist since 1987 and has been making glass beads since 2002. She has shown and sold her work at craft shows and galleries throughout the Southeast and has her own gallery/studio. She teaches Bead Making and Jewelry at the Folk School on a regular basis and owns the Frog and the Dragon in downtown Brasstown.

Judy has studied with lampwork artists Kim Adams, Corina Tettinger, Rocio Bearer, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons, Joy Munshower, Kerri Fuhr, and others. Judy believes that continuing her own education in the jewelry arts helps her to bring both classic designs and modern, innovative ideas to the classroom.

Come bid at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction on this gorgeous sterling silver & gold filled “love knot” bracelet by Judy Peppers.
Come bid at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction on this gorgeous sterling silver & gold filled “love knot” bracelet by Judy Peppers.

Come bid on Judy’s silver and gold “love knot” bracelet and other fine-crafted goods at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction. This event will be held in the Keith House on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. Free!

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Visit Judy’s website to see more of her incredible work

 

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Featured Auction Artist: Lorraine Cathey

Detail of felted landscape, "Fall in the Mountains," by Lorraine Cathey
Detail of felted landscape, “Fall in the Mountains,” by Lorraine Cathey
Come bid at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction on this gorgeous felted landscape, “Fall in the Mountains,” donated by Lorraine Cathey.

Lorraine Cathey is one of our featured artists in our upcoming Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction. A fiber artist of 15 years, she is known for creating award-winning, heirloom mohair teddy bears and whimsical, needle-felted bears and gnomes.

Also a watercolor artist, Lorraine’s love of painting led her to create needle-felted landscapes. She was recently juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild with this art and her bears. She has two classes at the Folk School scheduled in 2016, one class focusing on felted bears and the other on felted landscapes. Believing that learning never ends, she conducts her classes with fun and a noncompetitive spirit.

Come bid on Lorraine’s gorgeous felted landscape and other fine-crafted goods at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction. This event will be held in the Keith House on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. Free! Continue reading Featured Auction Artist: Lorraine Cathey