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Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, Greets Spring With It’s Annual Glass & Metal Day – April 4, 2020

February 12, 2020

Makers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild are preparing for the launch of their 2020 special event programming at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, with the fifth annual Glass & Metal Day. As the country’s second oldest, non-profit craft organization, the Guild brings awareness to the endangered process of handmade craft through their free, educational events. This is one of the five educational events hosted throughout the year at the Folk Art Center.

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Guild members will showcase their skills and techniques of glass and metal in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center. From 10am to 4pm, these master craftsmen will be blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and annealing metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, soldering stained glass, forging and many other processes.

The Guild’s educational event series is a significant outlet that members use to share their process. Often, consumers are not informed of the stories behind their purchased goods. The Guild advocates and cultivates spaces to connect buyers with sellers to foster upward mobility for makers.

Christian Arnold demonstrating the glass flame process

Admission to Glass & Metal Day and the Folk Art Center is free. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. Headquarters to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Center also houses three galleries, a library, a craft shop and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk and bookstore.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of the Highway 70 entrance in east Asheville, NC.

For a complete list of artists participating in Glass & Metal Day, visit our Facebook Events page, or visit ( or call 828/298-7928. Participants will be announced closer to date.

Gallery West is Launching It’s First Ever Invitational Fine Craft Artisan Fair in West Columbia, SC – Nov. 1 & 2, 2019

October 9, 2019

This curated event will take place at Blue Room Ballroom at 554 Meeting Street in West Columbia, SC.

The Fair will begin on Friday evening, Nov. 1 from 7-10pm, with a $10 paid admission preview that includes drinks, food, and music to browse to. Of course, you will also get the first look at the gorgeous work created by the fine participating artists and have the opportunity to choose your special pieces prior to the public day on Saturday.

Saturday, November 2, the Fair will open to the public at 10:00am and last until 5:00pm.

There is ample parking in the rear of the building as well as the church parking lot across the street.

This weekend also coincides with the First Friday Art Crawl on State and Meeting Streets, as well as the Fall Festival for the City of West Columbia on State and Meeting Streets. There will be artists doing artwork on the street on State, music, vendors and more.

Two great reasons to come over the bridge and enjoy the weekend in West Columbia!

Participating artists include:
Pat Callahan – Entangled Jewelry
Sara Cogswell – Art Jewelry from Gallery West
Libby Coynor – Sterling Silver Jewelry
Jennifer Hill – Jenny Mae Creations
Anton & Maxine – Unique Handmade Fashion
Katrina Piercy – Meraki Pottery
Susan Ford Robertson – Lampworked glass jewelry
Virginia Scotchie and the USC Clay Club
Justin Vorhis – Blacksmith
(More artists to be announced!)

Gallery West shares in Columbia’s creative life as a mobile gallery specializing in unusual and beautifully crafted art jewelry from international, national and regional designers. There is jewelry for every budget and every taste.

The gallery participates in already organized events and festivals, as well as organizing our own shows in various locations. Since we are mobile, we can do small home shows, or larger shows in existing gallery space or businesses.

For further info visit ( on Facebook, at Instagram at (gallerywestcolumbia) or e-mail to (