Glass & Metal Day

April 1, 10 – 4 pm

Gearing up for the season’s education series of events, the Southern Highland Craft Guild is excited to showcases the elements of metal and glass on April 1. A range of techniques will be demonstrated in both of the media, as the artists each have their distinct touch and style.


Makers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild are preparing for the launch of their 2017 special event programming at the Folk Art Center with the second annual Glass and Metal Day. On Saturday, April 1, nearly twenty Guild members will showcase their skills and techniques of glass and metal in the auditorium of the Center. From 10am to 4pm, these masters will be blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and soldering metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, assembling stained glass, forging and many other manipulation processes. As a non-profit organization, the Guild provides experiential learning opportunities for the public to cultivate awareness of both handmade and craft.

Long-time member Blenko Glass Company will be participating this year with special appearance of Mr. Walter Blenko himself, current President of the company. The founder’s grandson will be located in the Folk Art Center’s lobby at the entrance of the auditorium to sign pieces made from Blenko. Patrons and customers are invited to bring their pieces from home to have him etch the glass from 10-4pm. Located in Milton, West Virginia, Blenko Glass Company has been in business since 1893.

Member Ruthie Cohen will be working with several precious metals as she bezels and forges her talents into fine adornments. Cohen is an advocate of craft education as she also is a metalsmithing teacher at her Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary in Arden.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch and learn more about two of the original craft media. Glassblower Michael Hatch of Crucible Glassworks will be using a small kiln to exhibit the quick thought process of blown glass. While Laurie Young and Christian Arnold of Australian Art Glass will demonstrate fusing and torching glass into ornate, decorative pieces.

The Guild’s education series of events are one significant channel that members also use to better explain their creative process. Providing craft consumers with the knowledge and the story behind their investment is equally important to the Guild’s purpose for the buying public.

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.

Exhibition Participants/Participating Exhibitionists

  • Erica Bailey jewelry | metalsmithing
  • Amy Brandenburg jewelry | PVC molds
  • Ruthie Cohen jewelry | metalsmithing
  • Rachelle Davis jewelry | piercing silver
  • Michael Hatch glass | glassblowing
  • Cecile Keith metal | metalsmithing
  • Jay Pfeil paper | copper etching
  • Lyle Wheeler wood | blacksmithing
  • Christian Arnold glass | blown glass
  • Laurie Young glass | blown glass
  • Ken Hall metal | bladesmithing
  • Blenko Glass glass | glass signing
  • Cheryl Stippich glass | stained glass