Haywood Graduate Show
Class of 2015: Haywood Community College
Professional Crafts Department Graduate Exhibition
Graduates of Haywood’s Professional Crafts Program will showcase their talents in wood, clay, fiber, metal and jewelry. This exhibition continues the historical relationship between the Folk Art Center and Haywood, an Educational Center Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Haywood Community College is located in Clyde, North Carolina, just west of Asheville. The college’s Professional Crafts Program began in recognition of the region’s strong craft heritage. It was envisioned that students would learn the basics of craft media and how to transform that craft into a business. The clay studio was the first to open in 1974. With the addition of jewelry, wood and fiber studios, a comprehensive curriculum was in place by 1977.
The program’s total enrollment is about 60 students; classes are, therefore, small which allows for one-on-one student to teacher attention. Students come from the area, the nation and abroad. They may or may not have prior experience of their craft and many are pursuing crafts as a second or third career. The course of study is challenging, combining craft concentrations with supplemental classes in design, drawing, craft history, business, marketing and photography. Students spend the majority of their time in the studio making their work. At the end of the two-year program, graduates are awarded either a diploma or an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Our students benefit so much from the opportunities that the Guild offers its education partners, and we in turn are thrilled when they grow into active participants themselves and continue that tradition of giving back. The Graduate Show spotlights the program’s best work, and it’s a delight to see it so well displayed and in such a beautiful venue as the Folk Art Center.
Haywood Community College and the Southern Highland Craft Guild share a history that documents the role of craft education in preserving traditional culture, creating economic opportunity and fostering professional practice. All of the artists represent the vitality and creativity of craft practice today, which is the ultimate purpose of both institutions. Many Haywood graduates have become individual members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and have served the Guild in various capacities.
The teaching of professional practices has set Haywood’s program apart. The college has worked closely with NC Real Enterprises (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) to develop a hands-on approach to the business and marketing of crafts. This practical training has proven far more successful than academic business classes in the development of entrepreneurial skills.
For more information about the Professional Crafts Program, call 828-627-4674 or visit www.haywood.edu.