Celebrating the American Craftsmen.                       

Breaking!! The "Summertime " Show Scheduled for June 27-28, 2020 has been - CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID 19  VIRUS,

The Hard Candy Christmas Show  Scheduled for NOV 27-28 2020  

HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC !                                                                                                                                                          

Presenting the Heirloom Craft of Repousse'.

Repousse' means shaped with patterns in relief made by hammering on the reverse side.

Award winning Dan and Ruthann Davenport  creates design blocks (known as dies) by carving patterns in reverse images in steel blocks. This can  take hours or months depending on the complexity of the pattern .A sheet of recycled aluminum is then hammered over the steel die to transfer the pattern in forward image to the aluminum .

 The aluminum is then formed to the desired shape. The piece is then given the appearance of pewter by darkening over a coal fire and buffering with steel wool  and bees wax. Unlike pewter, the piece contains no heavy metals making safer to use and clean.

The Davenports started with four designs. They now has 60 odd designs with 15 different shapes . They continues to add new designs yearly. However, the engraving process is intricate  and time consuming. Their  ability to create new engravings plates is limited.

Look for their display that includes Book Marks, Ornamental Trays, Servers, and  Specialty Crosses and more .

 
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 Dan and Ruthann Davenport American Forging create  Hand-Hammered Aluminum heirlooms .   

  

         

 

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Small Beginnings :
 
     The Mountain Artisans Art & Craft Shows started in  Macon County in 1987.  Only 8 artisans exhibited at the first Christmas show in Franklin, NC. 
We never imagined that, down the road, we were headed to the wonderful Ramsey Center on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee,  North Carolina!
     It is a dream come true.  As the years have flown by, more and more artisans wanted a good place to sell their hand work and  joined us.  So many of our small businesses have been sent overseas, but there are no imports here.  The southern craftsman are alive and well in this area.  Many of the heritage crafts are handed down from the older generation. 
The quilting,  clay art,  corn shuck flowers,  and primitive furniture were inspired from past generations. 

 

You will find it all here.

     Mountain Artisans Art and Crafts Shows provide a marketplace for customers and artisans to meet.  It is an amazing collection under one roof.  You would have to visit dozens of  shows to find what I have gathered at one place.

     Cullowhee, North Carolina is home to the Western Carolina University.  On the campus is the Ramsey Center arena that boasts 18,000 square feet of climate controlled comfort for everyone.  It is home to the Catamount's basketball games but two times each year, they move over for our craft shows.  A great set up crew makes it all look easy for me. 

     Quaint Cullowhee Valley nestles off Highway 107 that runs up to Cashiers, North Carolina  from Sylva.  It is a stop off the Southern Highroads Trail  highway. All around are big, soft mountains. A foot bridge crosses the Cullowhee Creek to get to the show from the parking lot.  It is peaceful to your soul just  to be here.  Click on the map to see how to get to Cullowhee NC from Asheville, Cherokee, and Atlanta.

 

 

       Outside Artists: The sidewalk and surrounding area leading up to the big Catamount door entrance has a sample of the quality    artisans inside.  Look for the following :  

  • Woodcraftsman, Jerry Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture handcrafts Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for real birds) and more.  He  constructs all  with Western Red Cedar, stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality; one piece at a time .. 
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  • Jan Kleinrath Jan's All Things Canvas handcrafts  Hats, Travel Purses and accessories. 

    A.W. Ruff is the chief Blue Bird House maker. He is still making old fashioned mountain toys and cutting boards .       

     Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery - Artisan Organic Breads , Order early for sourdough bread  !     

      You  have to have  an  Ed Hudgins Sawmill Plank Tables for that mountain house !                  

         Lynn and Bob Hushion  TheBurningRock has Slate Oil Lamps, Sea Urchin, Led Lights , Starfish Oil Lamps  and more. .

           

 

  •      Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:
  •  Sandy DeNiear Originals Let's see what ornaments, pillows and fun stuff Sandy has painted on vintage bases. for us this year .
  • Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter who has many area collectors. She will return . Look for her with new ,exciting designs .
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  •  Dogwood Crafters will be back with their new Cook Book  and samples from their Dillsboro shop.
  •   Tom and Fran Livingston Piece by Piece  Intarsia is returning with their Christmas collections.

 

     

 

  •   There will be  live  guitar music floating from the fingers of  Macon County's Ronnie Evans.   He will be selling his CD's to enjoy all year. He brings  some of the music  we grew up with.
  •  He will be signing copies of his new book 'Frankie -A Life Interrupted" . A true story about the unsolved death of his beautiful cousin in 1963. It happened right in my neighborhood in Franklin, NC. Has he disclosed the killer? (Proceeds benefit REACH  house .)

   

      Specialty foods and  sweets:  

      Terrie Cook Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes, Mixes and  Rubs for your Christmas entertaining .  

     

       Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming with his popular Goat Milk Soap and his personal Grooming Accessories.
  • Laura Craig  Shade Tree Farm soap maker, will have some new, delicious new flavors.

 

  • . David Pruitt  Another Place In Time  is working on  little white churches and
  • some Country Stores for his collectors Wife, Silvia Pruitt will have  her handwork.  
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  •   Kenneth and Judy EdwardsPetals and Blooms transform vintage plates and saucers into bird feeders .
  • Suzanne Summers Original Suzanne Art always  delights your eye with her explosion of color.

     

    We are honored to have Pam Milat ;teacher and artist .She will be demonstrating her basket  and home decor weaving   .

    Kathy Murray's KathyMurrayStudio Painted Bottles will be the perfect glow to light up the winter with her collection.

    Leather artist Tommy Hill uses only the finest leather to create accessories for his customers . A leather clock ? yes, and more orothy Dorothy Owen :clay sculpture . Her animals are adorable and Original ..

  • Rebeka JoyBrownRebekaJoyStudio has amazing Egg Carvings : Ostrich, Duck and smaller chicken sizes.
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      Tneshia RichardsAll Things Steel has some long lasting  metal signs for your home and business.

           

       Wendy Converse Clay Sculpture is a blue ribbon winner !                                                                                   

         

 

  • The Fine Art Category includes :
  • Donald Lowmaster Lowmaster Artistry is presenting his paintings and Gnomes .
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  • Wendy Griffith  paints  art on wood and glass. She will be back with her  collection  of Animals, Birds and Flowers.
  •  Dennis Deitz Country Illustrations is a natural talent. He has a way of bringing the mountains and it's
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         New York Times Best Seller Author :Dr. Lin Stepp and Jil Stepp is  presenting her   award winning collection  just in time for winter  reading ! Look for her  on Facebook  and Twitter

 

  • Fabric and Fiber category includes : (Look for Joan and Jim at the 'Summertime  show)
  • Talented duo Joan Marsden /Jim Nicolazzo with  quilted Wall Hangings ,Metal Art  Wood  and more .

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 Linda Levy is a perennial favorite quilter  who has has a variety of baby quilts , hangings  and accessories .

  • Bev Borchardt has a following who watches for her latest Quilted Wall Hanging ,Quilts and accessories.
  • Carol M .Pitts GaCowgirl will be demonstrating Appalachian  basket weaving and  bringing her unique Book FoldingCrafts .
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     The wood craftsmen at this show are some of the best around:           

       

                        Kate  and Ron Baker  Bowerbird Woodworking will have original wood art wine racks,

      Carl Winter WinterLatheWoodWorking has Fabulous Platters, Bowls and Plates .

    

 We have some of the most skilled jewelers from our area and afar :     

  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is coming with Hand Stamped  Jewelry in  cool designs.
  •  Jacolyn Campbell,  Master Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maille styles, also.
  • Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry  creations  from vintage silverware. 
  • Madga Fox Mermaid Accessories makes  headbands that are little treasures. She uses semiprecious stones, Austrian and Czech crystals and Mother of Pearls.
  • Bill Radford  Blue Ribbon Stone Carvings ,Bone Necklaces ,Custom Knives
  • will be back for Christmas .

                       Colleen Dickey's Stix'nStones Jewelry ,here  it comes for Christmas giving .

     

     

      

 

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