Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

72nd ANNUAL FAIR  |  JULY 18 – 21  & OCTOBER 17 – 20, 2019

Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00pm + Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free

In its 72nd year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.

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Zan Barnes, NC potter, artist for cover of craft fair of the southern higlands 2019

 2019 Feature Maker: Zan Barnes

This year’s featured maker is potter Zan Barnes from Dillsboro, NC. Growing up in her parents pottery studio in the mountains of North Carolina, ceramics has been a tactile interaction all of her life. She finished her Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of North Texas May 2014 and currently makes pots at Riverwood Pottery.

"Every dish that passed through my hands as a child was made by my father. Pottery was never the untouched piece on the top shelf of the china cabinet; it was the much loved mug that you dig for every morning because somehow the coffee just tastes better out of that one. I want my work to have that same immediacy of being handled or interacted with every day of someone’s life. When I love a piece of pottery, my first instinct is to pick it up, touch it, feel it, see how it fits in my hand, talk to it on the most intimate level, skin to skin. I can wish for nothing more than for my work to invite that same easy interaction.

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.

Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster HERE.

Exhibitors by Media – Concourse

CLAY

Zan Barnes – 1

Meghan Bernard – 33

Travis Berning – 12

Julie Calhoun-Roepnack – 15

Ed & Kate Coleman – 4

Doug Dacey – 52

Harry Hearne – 21

Erin Janow – 6

Cat Jarosz – 46

John Ransmeier – 18

Kelsey Schissel – 32

Joey Sheehan - 40

 

EDUCATION

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts – 43

John C. Campbell Folk School – 44

 

MIXED MEDIA

Ken Hall – 54

Jen Swearington – 3

Tamela Wells - 48

 

NATURAL MATERIALS

Marlow Gates – 28

FIBER

Erin Castellan – 26

Crossnore Weavers – 53

Gigi Reneé Fasano – 29

Jim Gentry – 51

John Gunther – 47

Nhia Lo – 25

Lucy’s Toys – 11

Cara May – 36

Lisa Mergen – 50

Anna Shapiro – 9

Jen Swearington – 3

 

GLASS

A Touch of Glass – 14

K4 Glassart – 49

Warner Whitfield - 38

 

WOOD

Valerie Berlage – 42

Peter Chapman – 39

Andy Costine – 34

Lee Entrekin – 20

Mike Sorge – 23

Joe Waldroup – 17

JEWELRY

Linda Azar – 41

Martha Biggar – 45

Amy Brandenburg – 13

Rachelle Davis – 35

Kathleen Doyle – 5

Lynne Fiorenza – 19

Geoffrey Giles – 2

Charity Hall – 31

Jason Janow - 7

Jennifer Jenkins – 10

Ilene Kay – 24

Julie Merrill – 27

Tom Reardon – 5

Audrey Laine Sawyer – 22

Kim Thompson – 16

Mary Timmer – 37

Tamela Wells - 48

 

LEATHER

Jon Ladd – 30

 

PAPER

Jan Havens – 8

Exhibitors by Media – Arena

CLAY

Byers McCurry Studio – 211

Beer Chunhaswasdikul – 115

Anne Porter Elliott – 201

David Fernandez – 221

Deborah Harris – 317

Lonnie & Margie Johnson - 410

Becky Lloyd – 206

Barbara Mann - 403

Robert Milnes - 214

Jim & Shirl Parmentier – 210

Laura Peery – 309

Rutkowsky Pottery – 114

Mia Tyson - 413

Verna Witt – 123

Marie Wright – 107

 

FIBER

Darla Beverage – 207

Deborah Bryant – 320

Sharon Gordon – 603

Mimi Hay – 302

Teresa Hays – 105

Neal Howard – 121

Barbara Jones – 404

Jeri Landers – 602

Melissa Oesch - 402

Carol Pritcher – 220

Wendy Seaward - 310

Liz Spear – 119

Jude Stuecker – 102

Vickie Vipperman – 308

Jill Wagoner - 407

Joanna White - 312

 

PAPER

Marie-Helene Grabman – 113

Jeri Landers – 602

Jay Pfeil - 212

Emily Tuttle – 106

WOOD

Charles Steve Adams – 504

Richard Adams – 303

James Edward Barnes – 101

Brian Boggs Chairmakers – 600

Brian Brace – 112

Cadman & Cummins Studios – 104

Bill & Tina Collison – 414

Walt Cottingham – 117

Alan Daigre – 319

Hayley Davison – 216

John Dickens – 409

Mark Eubank – 502

Mark Gardner – 205

Jason Green – 400

Derek Hennigar – 313

Russ Jacobsohn – 500

Stan & Sue Jennings – 416

Ray Jones – 213

Dale Lewis – 208

Kipley Meyer – 306

Connie Molland – 200

Steve Noggle – 111

Jim Sams – 219

David Scott - 209

Holland Van Gores – 218

Bayley Wharton – 604

Lyle Wheeler – 116

Tom Wolfe - 401

 

GLASS

Jeff McKinley – 406

David Russell – 215

Marc Tickle - 408

 

METAL

Steve Joslyn – 103

JEWELRY

Erica Stankwytch Bailey – 100

Tavia Brown - 301

Linda Caristo – 318

Sara Cohan – 415

Ruthie Cohen – 110

Kathleen Dautel - 405

Larry Drake – 300

Gina Eubank – 501

Leslie Fawcett – 411

Leigh Griffin – 503

Q Evon – 304

Bonnie Scott - 412

Wendy Seaward – 310

Klaus & Susan Spies - 311

Stuart Nye Jewelry – 217

Nora Swanson – 307

Howard Thompson - 315

David Vrooman - 109

 

LEATHER

Vicki Love – 204

Lyn Lyndall – 316

Karen Noggle – 601

Melissa Oesch - 402

 

MIXED MEDIA

Marie-Helene Grabman – 113

Ann Hord-Heatherley – 314

Nancy Kubale – 305

Susan Lightcap – 202

Robert Milnes – 214

Melissa Oesch - 402

Janet Renfro - 203

 

NATURAL MATERIALS

Matt Tommey – 108

 

The Summer Edition of the Fair will include 26 invited guest makers from neighboring craft guilds.  Meet artists from KY Crafted, Piedmont Craftsmen, TN Crafts and Carolina Designer Craftsmen.

Demonstrators

chair caning demonstration, silver river chair caning, restoring handmade, asheville chair

Brandy Clements - Chair caning demonstration

Betty Hilton-Nash - Weaving

Brandy Clements - Chair Caning

Sandra Rowland - Surface Design

John Richards - Paper/Mixed Media

Amanda Taylor - Glass


Live Regional Entertainment

We have a stellar line-up of musicians throughout the Fairs that will be playing on the stage on the Arena floor. Be sure to sit for a spell to listen to the mountain music.

old timey country band, cooky, rob levin, claudia dunaway, john richards

HOT + DUCK + SOUP

Friday, July 19
11am     Cary Fridley and Friends
1pm       Carol Rifkin
3pm       Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express

Saturday, July 20
11am       Smoky Mountain Rhythm
1pm         Split Rail
3pm         Hot Duck Soup

Sunday, July 21
11am      Allanstand Band
1pm        Sherri Lynn and Friends
3pm        Buncombe Turnpike

Planning Your Visit | Where to Stay

Asheville is full of eclectic and charming abodes for your stay. You can browse various accommodation options based on the region, amenities and more here via ExploreAsheville.com. For walking to the Fair, we recommend looking at the hotels located in the downtown district of Asheville.


Logistics | Transportation & Parking

Here are several options that will provide transportation or help with your parking options in Asheville.
Uber |  Lyft | Asheville Taxi | Passport Parking App

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 also have available parking for visitors.

Press Images are available to download below. For a Digital Media kit, click here.

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Lonnie & Margie Johnson

Ken Hall

Ken Hall

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Judy Brater

handcrafted handmade painted wooden vase with van gogh scene

Holland Van Gores

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Zan Barnes

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Jan Havens

handmade wooden and upholstered craft chair with tree arms

Brian Brace

Elaine Rader

Elaine Rader

Samurai Stool

Jerry Compton