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Southern Highland Craft Guild Celebrates Summer of Glass at the Guild’s Biltmore Village Gallery in Asheville, NC – June 16, 2018

June 9, 2018

The gallery of Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC, will showcase two generations of glassblowers on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 2:30 to 5pm. Celebrating Asheville’s summer focus on glass with the ongoing Chihuly installation at the Biltmore Estate, the Guild is offering an afternoon for the public to meet glass makers to learn more about the craft of glass and their stories. Wine, cheese and other lighter fare will be provided, as well as live entertainment.

Work by Loretta Forde

Members David Wilson and his wife Loretta Forde will be at the gallery sharing their technique and passion for this craft. Wilson has been blowing glass for over 35 years, and has been heavily involved with Penland School of Crafts both as a student and an instructor. Forde, has also been a student of Penland, and spent many years apprenticing with local glass blowers to refine her technique. The two own and operate Toe River Studio Glass in Burnsville, NC, making a range of functional to one-of-a-kind objects. From vases to paperweights, to large bowls and plasma sculptures, the gallery will showcase a selection of their work.

Work by Hayden Wilson

In addition, their son and well-known glass artist, Hayden Wilson of the NC Glass Center, will also be showcasing his work and talent. Hayden was raised in the glassblowing scene of Western North Carolina and has worked professionally in glass for the past six years. He also has ties with Penland, as well as Chihuly’s school in Washington State, Pilchuck Glass. His aesthetic carries clean lines inspired by modern and utilitarian design. Many of his vessels and sculptures, as well as lighting, have been commissioned by local restaurants in the Asheville area.

This event is the first in a series of glass-focused happenings at the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s gallery in Biltmore Village. The event is free and located at 26 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Parking is available in the rear of the building, or down the street in the garage. The gallery features nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highlands.

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UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Offers Panel Discussion on Sustainable Practices in Craft Production – Mar. 16, 2011

March 3, 2011

Modeling “green” and sustainable approaches to craft while producing beautiful and meaningful works will be the focus of a moderated panel discussion at 7pm, Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011, at UNC Asheville’s Owen Hall, 3rd floor conference center in Asheville, NC.

The event, sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD), highlights two WNC organizations – EnergyXchange of Burnsville, NC, and Jackson County Green Energy Park of Dillsboro, NC – that use methane gas captured from adjacent landfills, solar energy, and other sustainable practices to fuel the studios of potters, glassblowers and blacksmiths, as well as greenhouses.

EnergyXchange of Burnsville, NC

The panel, moderated by Dee Eggers, associate professor of environmental studies at UNC Asheville, includes Dan Asher, executive director of EnergyXchange; Tim Muth, executive director of Jackson County Green Energy Park; glass and metal artist Hayden Wilson, artist in residence at Jackson County Green Energy Park; and potter William Baker, artist in residence at EnergyXchange.

Jackson County Green Energy Park of Dillsboro, NC

“Craft media are not all inherently ‘green,’” says CCCD Executive Director Stephanie Moore. “So it is important to highlight these two organizations that are pioneers of environmental sustainability and also have business models that are pertinent to the 21st century.”

Both EnergyXchange (EE) and Jackson County Green Energy Park (JCGEP) use methane gas from capped landfills along with other alternative energy sources to fuel their artistic tools – ceramic kilns, glass furnaces and blacksmithing workstations –  and power working greenhouses. These organizations serve as business incubators for the artists in residence, working as partners with local businesses and county governments to use these renewable resources to provide economic development as well as business learning opportunities.

Glass works by Clayton Hufford

CCCD is bringing attention to these two unique and forward-thinking organizations through this panel discussion and with its current exhibit, WNC Models of Sustainability in Craft Making, on view through Apr. 22, 2011. Artists featured from JCGEP are:  Clayton Hufford (glass), Hayden Wilson (glass & metal), Julie Boisseau (mixed media) and Laurey Masterton (glass). Artists in residence featured from EE are:  Lisa Gluckin (clay), Joy Tanner (clay), Michael Hatch (glass), and William Baker (clay).

The mission of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design is to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, scholarship and professional development. The Center is located 5 miles west of Hendersonville, NC, at 1181 Broyles Road adjacent to the UNC Asheville Kellogg Center. Gallery hours are noon- 5pm weekdays. Visitors are invited to walk the Perry N. Rudnick one-mile nature and public art trail following a visit to the exhibition in the Craft Center galleries.

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