The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville for the 72nd year. With over 180 artisans exhibiting their fine craftsmanship, this event is the largest Craft Fair in the Southeast.
This year's featured artist is Zan Barnes, second generation guild member & potter from Dillsboro, NC. Make your first stop at booth #1 to meet Zan!
180 booths of fine craft will line both the concourse & arena levels of the U.S. Cellular Center. In addition to juried members of our guild, new guest exhibitors will also be in attendance.
There will be live demonstrations during the Craft Fair. Weaving, chair caning, surface design, glass, paper, etc.
In addition to two levels of fine craft, there will be a music stage with performances by regional musicians during the fair.
Downtown Asheville provides a robust creative scene with restaurants and hotels all in walking distance of the Craft Fair.
The first Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands occured in July of 1948. Our mission it uphold this legacy of a marketplace for craftsmen in the Southern Appalachian region.
The Craft Fair is a wonderful opportunity to shop fine craft and interact with over 180 artisans of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Both levels of the arena will feature contemporary & traditional works in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.
In addition to fine craft, you will witness live demonstrations by guest exhibitors, and live music performed by regional musicians!
Featured Artist: Zan Barnes
Growing up in her parents pottery studio in the mountains of North Carolina, ceramics has been a tactile interaction in Zan's life. She finished her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of North Texas in May 2014 and currently makes pots at Riverwood Pottery.
Zan's work showcases a firing technique called soda firing. During the firing she dissolves soda ash into water and sprays it into the kiln. The soda boils away into vapor and reacts with the silica in the clay to make a glaze on the surface of the pots. Because the soda vapor is carried through the kiln on the flame no two pieces ever look exactly the same. The dynamic flashing on the surface and iconic orange peel texture are all a product of the soda.
Exhibitors of Fine Craft
Featuring Makers of the Guild & Guest Exhibitors + Booth Numbers
20-Ed & Kate Coleman
8-Joe Frank McKee
43-Gigi Reneé Fasano
36-Chad Alice Hagen
58-Appalachian Center for Craft
60-Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
59-John C. Campbell Folk School
14-A Touch of Glass
27-Lynne Fiorenza/Mark Traub
2-Tom Reardon/Kathleen Doyle
46-Audrey Laine Sawyer
36-Chad Alice Hagen
57-Jerry Read Smith
312-Lonnie & Margie Johnson
210-Jim & Shirl Parmentier
410-Wendy Wrenn Werstlein
407-Tracey McCracken Palmer
211-Erica Stankwytch Bailey
202-Ray & Amy Bridewell
115-Kate Rothra Fleming
310-Klaus & Susan Spies
314-Stuart Nye Jewelry
412-Annie Grimes Williams
216-Dawn Hinesley Jones
505-Charles Steve Adams
201-James Edward Barnes
600-Brian Boggs Chairmakers
116-Brian Brace Fine Furniture
110-Cadman & Cummins Studios
303-Bill & Tina Collison
416-Stan & Sue Jennings
Live Craft Demonstrations
Four members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be demonstrating their fine craftsmanship throughout the Fair weekend. Visitors are invited to listen, converse, and learn from the artists as they give the history, practice, and processes of their work.
Watch Charlie Patricolo in various stages of doll-making as she stitches charm and personality into her whimsical fairy dolls, allowing them to come to life.
Experience the art of making 8ft long bais twill Ruguma baskets and listen to Carlson Tuttle as he tells the history of Ruguma baskets, and their uses in making cassava bread.
Watch Mike Lalone during his process of wheel-thrown pottery as he applies different glazes and techniques to achieve his unique finish.
Dyeing & Spinning
Witness the process of naturally dyeing yarn with plant extracts and a dye pot with Dede Styles, Cassie Dickson, and Janet Wiseman.
Live Musical Entertainment
Starting on Friday, resonating throughout the fair will be the sounds of regional bands performing on the Arena level stage. Be sure to sit for a spell and listen to the mountain music.
Where to Stay
Within walking distance to the fair, Asheville's eclectic downtown district is full of charming abodes for your stay.
CLICK HERE to browse various accommodation options based on the region, amenities, and more.
Transportation & Parking
Recommended Parking: U.S. Cellular Parking Garage
Asheville Street Parking, 700 metered spaces, $1.50 per hour and FREE on Sunday.
Please note that the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has available parking for visitors.