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Anne Freels is a full-time craft artist who has been making corn shuck dolls since 1975. She dyes the natural dried corn shucks by hand, rolling and tying them into each of her doll figure styles. Finally, she embellishes them with a variety of natural materials and repurposed objects.
Self-taught potter Annette Libby has been working with clay for over 20 years. Nature has always been her greatest inspiration.
Woodworker Anthony Shipley creates functionally beautiful pieces for any space, often incorporating metal elements into the wood as well.
Each mosaic by Autumn Wilkins is created a piece at a time. Buttons, beads, glass, metal wire, and other fragments come together to form a scene that tells a story. Each mosaic is made with clear resin and can withstand the heat from the sun.
Working full-time in her pottery studio, Becca Irvin is recognized for the uniquely formulated glaze combinations that come to life on her sculptural, functional stoneware pieces.
As a child Becky Smith was always encouraged to be creative, and as she grew up she began to focus on creating wearable artwork. Today she finds enjoyment making highly personal, highly detailed hand cut sterling silver jewelry.
Bee Light candles are mindfully created in small batches by Linda Guertler, with the intention of providing natural, holistic products to those who will use and enjoy them.
Betsy Brey was raised on a dairy farm and learned to make baskets in 1978. She focuses on traditional mountain methods of bark basket creation, such as gathering and drying peeled poplar tree bark in the spring.
As a painter of colorful animals and impressionist interpretations of our nearby mountain landscapes, Carol Clay's goal is to create atmospheric artwork that will become an approachable, beautiful addition to your home.
Chris Jones is a potter whose enjoyment of coastal life can be seen represented in much of his work. His dedication to his craft over the decades has earned him many unique opportunities throughout his career, such as teaching pottery workshops on cruise ships.
Cindy Long is a weaver who purchased her first loom, a "funny-looking thing" for $50, at a second-hand shop many years ago. Most of the yarns used are remnants that come from nearby mills, which means Cindy is helping keep the legacy of local fiber alive through her intricately woven scarves.
Sandra Price of Corner Crafts was an oil painter until she discovered the "gift" of gourds. The designs on each and every gourd are carved, stained, painted, and woven by hand.
Created Beautifully was born from Jennifer Cashel's experience in visual merchandising for over a decade. Jennifer is a self-taught jewelry and leather artist with the goal of creating beautiful, streamlined items for every day use.
Creative Paths is the joint effort of husband-and-wife team Michael and Kate Kedzierski. Together they make finely crafted and strikingly contrasted keepsake boxes from black walnut and poplar, perfect for holding small trinkets and treasures.
Crucible Glassworks is a gallery and working hot glass studio in the heart of the mountains. Browse the selection of unique handmade artwork and watch as artisans transform molten glass into finished pieces.
David Kaylor seeks to reveal the natural beauty and character of the wood he works with by concentrating on simple forms and leaving the surface of the wood unstained. Local wood and trees with a history are his favorites.
David Seigmyre has said that his work as a potter is inspired by the process of meditation. A piece starts with an idea, and then that idea begins to change shape. Emptying the kiln after a long firing process is like the culmination of a transformative meditative session.
Jim Rientjes of Earthworks Gallery creates all of his pieces by hand, using simple slab forms and boldly carved textures to build a functionally whimsical assortment of colorful items for the home.
For painter and ceramic artist Elaine Lacy, using clay as the canvas for her softly rendered depictions of natural scenery is a kind of meditation. Each piece is hand formed and hand painted in her signature blue, green, and neutral palette.
Jessica Ullom produces chic and utilitarian leather accessories and homewares entirely by hand. Her line, Hawks & Doves, aims to combine repurposed found materials with both new and deadstock American made textiles.
Ilene Kay's traditionally fabricated mixed metal jewelry balances nature with geometry, each of her pieces telling a unique and treasure-filled story.
In Blue Handmade is a collection of journals, wallets, and handbags created entirely by hand. Starting with top grain cowhides, a talented team of leather workers trace and cut the pattern pieces, sew them, and stamp them.
J Mills Studio creates fresh and affordable jewelry for all ages. Juli's love of simple, modern designs translates beautifully into an incredibly extensive collection of sculptural bracelets, earrings, and necklaces in both sterling silver and 14k gold fill. Each piece is hand forged with care.
Jack DeGraw embarked on his woodworking journey after he retired, picking up skills from neighbors and friends. His work often features multiple contrasting woods joined together in beautiful patterns.
Jack Stern resides in the scenic mountains and uses his natural surroundings to imbue his original oil paintings with a realistic sense of place.
Janet Donnangelo grew up in a tropical setting and uses this theme in many of her pottery designs. Handmade leaves and vines out of clay adorn her pieces by either winding across the sides of vessels, or becoming handles for mugs.
Jeff Pittman’s landscape paintings are meant to convey beauty and peace. Coming from an artistic family, he has observed and painted scenes from the mountains to the coast.
Jennie L Keatts is multidisciplinary silversmith who creates all of her jewelry by hand, including the stones. She creates them out of stoneware clay and fires the pieces in a kiln, each "stone" receiving a special glazing method that includes many fine layers of translucent depth.
Jennifer Barrineau has said it's hard not to use the entire rainbow in every painting she creates. She uses highly pigmented acrylic paints, most often without mixing or diluting them, to bring to life bold and beautiful trees, wild animals, and pet portraits.
Woodworker Jim Caskowski uses a myriad of tools and found wood to create his bowls. Most of Jim's works feature his signature etched single or double band design, which he carves in small patterns while the bowl is still turning on his lathe.
Pottery artist Jim Metlicka's modern, graphic style is inspired by touches of classical art and architecture as well as urban graffiti and pop art.
Every map from Jim Mitchem is an individually signed print of his original ink and watercolor work. Jim's love for local mapmaking is evidenced by the way each mountain in the Blue Ridge is topographically depicted by name.
Joyful Adornments is glass artist Bonnie Scott's special line of jewelry made from recycled antique mason jars. This collection helps renew history in a beautiful way, creating a new kind of heirloom to cherish.
Specialty potter Judi Harwood is a master at implementing alternative firing methods such as horsehair and crackle raku in order to achieve intricately burned patterns and marks on her vases and vessels.
Glass artist Judy McManus works mainly in high quality clear glass, having experimented with other styles of glasswork as well. Her most recent collection is the culmination of clear and multi-colored glass blended together into bowls, vases, and goblets.
From coast to coast Kathryn Starrs has studied career glassblowing intensively. Currently she is both working on personal projects and teaching glass art full-time.
Keith Martindale is a Seagrove potter known for his beautiful, functional pottery and popular glazes. Each piece is durable and lightweight enough for daily use.
Kimberly Anderson is a professional graphic designer and scratchboard artist. She draws inspiration for her beautiful images from the natural world, especially local flora and fauna.
Kitty Bryant is a jewelry artist whose handmade cork bracelets are a renewable, sustainable, and vegan alternative to leather. They are colorful, comfortable, and one of a kind. The same may be said of her striking statement necklaces, which are made from vintage chains, beads, found objects, and upcycled sari silk.
Laura Poss grew up fascinated with watercolors. The way the paint is at the mercy of the water on the paper is her motivation, and the results feel second nature.
Little Blackberry Creek is the joint effort of Lynda Gayle Banner and her family. A custom blend of special glazes adorns the majority of this well-known pottery collection.
Lyn Lyndall is an accomplished artist many times over. She is a classically trained painter, as evidenced mainly by her beautiful and extremely lifelike depictions of animals, and when she’s not painting she is working with leather.
Marbie Kollath is a painter and multimedia artist whose love for animals and the natural world takes shape in colorful close up watercolor portraits of birds and flowers.
Painting on silk is an ancient art form. Margee Halsch honors the tradition beautifully by hand painting and hand stitching all of her gorgeously multicolored scarves herself.
Martha Sutherland-Wright is a potter who creates rustic stoneware birdhouses from a love for whimsy. Intricately textured rooftops and fun little ladybugs are just some of the details on her one of a kind pieces.
Marvin Howard and Rhonda Dematteis of Penland Road Studio are a wood worker and a glass artist, respectively. Their unique partnership allows them to create one of a kind fused glass and wood decorations, boxes, and ornaments.
Professional painter and fine jewelry artist Meryl Lefkovich finds inspiration in her experiences. Primarily self taught, Meryl works with 14k gold, sterling silver, and fine gemstones to make bold, flowing statement necklaces, earrings, and rings.
From luminaries to lidded casseroles, Garold Amsberry of Midnight Sun Pottery aims to creates attractive, well-loved pottery for the kitchen and home.
As a young student Mitzy Jonkheer was an aspiring English teacher, but her path changed forever the first time she took a jewelry class. Elements from the natural world as well as from her first love, writing, help inspire her sterling silver collections.
Dee Sharp was the creator of an impressive collection of highly detailed silver work. Her charms and pendants are presented to you by us at Mountain Nest Gallery in memory of her legacy.
Painting is a family tradition that Nat Dickinson is proud to carry on. His acrylic landscapes focus on our deep attachments to places, and the continuous transformations of them that take hold.
Olga Dorenko and her family moved a lot when she was a child, and exploring her local landscapes inspired her to begin painting. Her interest in her surroundings allows her to convey richly detailed and compelling scenes with oil.
Patricia Cotterill paints beautifully realized "moments in time" inspired by every day life, animals, and nature. Working primarily in oils, she is able to portray a lively kind of energy within even the most tranquil scenes.
Peggy King always knew she wanted to paint. Drawing inspiration from the natural world around her home, she loves to sit quietly in her garden and let the wild things come to her.
As a studio landscape painter who enjoys traveling, Peter Krobath relies on photographic references to create his natural images. The photorealistic nature of his watercolor paintings proves his heightened attention to detail.
Many of Philip DeAngelo's brightly colored paintings are based on the Golden Ratio, having elements that balance each other. Natural textures are combined with simplified forms and complementary colors in order to portray to the viewer what is most important in the scene.
Tori Banton of Pottery Chick creates the most candy-colorful mugs, plates, and bowls. Bright glazes are her specialty, Tori says, and they're a fan favorite. You can't help but feel cheered up and comforted when you hold a piece of her work in your hands.
Once an employee of a metal fabrication company, Randy Chapman now creates sculptures from discarded steel scraps. Whimsical characters are cleverly designed out of nuts, bolts, screws, railroad spikes, and even old tools like clamps and wrenches.
Raymond Byram's love of nature combined with his understanding of printmaking techniques come together to inform his individual painting style of “tight impressionism.” Small palette knives take the place of brushes in order to apply the oil paint most vividly.
Rex Donohue demonstrates experience and skill in many art forms, painting with acrylics first and foremost. Finely rendered landscapes and animal portraits are at once both peaceful and perceptive.
Self-taught artist Richard Baker depicts glowing light in softly textured oils. Richard has said that he often studies an area for months before painting the chosen scene because this allows him to capture the exact perfect lighting.
Capturing the elegance and fluidity that is inherent to glass, Robert Levin describes his approach to blown and hot worked glass as both eclectic and personal.
Ruthie Cohen is recognized by many as an incredibly finely skilled creator and teacher of silversmithing and lapidary techniques. Being self taught herself, Ruthie's pieces portray the relaxed, organic quality of nature with a geometric art deco appeal.
Sarah Faulkner was raised on a farm, and during this time she learned to appreciate the peacefulness and freedom of a simple life. Her paintings are inspired by this same spirit of tranquility, and a final application of beeswax to the top layer of her canvases adds a glowing warmth and softness.
Sascha Frowine believes she was destined to live a life full of celebration and personal adornment. Color, texture, and form are the foundation of her creative process, the culmination of which is realized through bold and beautiful statement jewelry.
Stephen St Claire works in a technique he calls "Dialuminism," which means "light passing through." Oil paints are applied to a base layer of metallic leaf in order to create the image, and a top layer of resin is applied to the final piece. The result is a painting of a lush landscape that looks to be backlit, creating a dimensional painting that shifts along with the viewer.
Like most self-taught painters, Sun Sohovich learned to develop her technique at her own pace. Working with oils allows her the time to blend colors and build up the paint with strong, confident brush strokes. The results are emotional and fully textured.
Making pottery makes Susan Phillips happy. Her moods helps dictate her style, with pieces ranging from whimsical to refined, and functional to "what-the-heck-is-that?"
As a kid, Suzanne Barrett Justis says, she was always drawing. Today she works primarily in oils because of how tactile the paint is, and how it lends her work a particular sensuality. Colors and brush strokes are beautifully blended to create vivid visions of landscapes and animals.
Timothy Moran of Celtic Pottery is a chemist and artist who has perfected his own special recipes for crystal bloom glazes on pottery. Years of discoveries have led to what he calls a ginkgo leaf crystal, seen on many of his pottery pieces.
Tisha Cook’s porcelain stoneware mugs, trinket vessels, platters, and bowls are uniquely beautiful and one of a kind, each with different glazes and techniques applied.
Velda Davis makes pottery that is friendly and functional. Soft matte glaze and carved rib textures add extra touchability to each piece.
To Kyle Keeler of Visionary Glass, art is a necessity and through creating it, anything is possible. Exploring the relationship glass can have with other materials, such as delicate feathers, is a large part of his artistic process.