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Cultivating fine craft since 1930.

With a creative community of juried members spanning over nine states, the Southern Highland Craft Guild fosters opportunities for makers to build, market, and maintain their creative livelihood through continuing education, retail outlets, and mentorship. We are invested in helping members achieve their goals and providing them with the resources to refine and sell their craft.

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Impacting the
Creative Community

We educate the region and arts community on the importance of craft and its ability to impact the local creative economy. Through our retail locations, demonstrations, craft fairs, and special events, we promote the purpose and appreciation of our makers and their craft.

Cultivating Fine Craft

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an advocate for high quality craftsmanship and goods made, sold, and curated in the Southern Highlands. Since 1930 we have served as a visionary advocate to help generations value the design and function of traditional and modern crafts.

Cottonwood Bark Houses by Tom Gow
Cottonwood Bark Houses by Tom Gow
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Our Makers

For 90 years, the Guild has curated over 800 artisans, juried in based on their fine craftsmanship of twelve different mediums. These makers reside in the mountain regions of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, & West Virginia.

Upcoming Events

MAY 2022

Sun Printing/Quilting | Live Demo

May 16 @ 10:00 am - May 18 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center
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Pottery | Live Demo

May 19 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center
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Pottery | Live Demo

May 19 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center
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Macramé Demo at the Moses Cone Manor

May 20 @ 10:00 am - May 22 @ 3:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor
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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

HARRAH'S CHEROKEE CENTER - ASHEVILLE

JULY 21-24 | OCT 13-16

News & Stories

Beautiful Mystery in the Focus Gallery

Cori Saracen FEBRUARY 19-MAY 24, 2022 Featured Artists: Judi Harwood (clay), Colin Richmond (clay), Cori Saraceni (mixed media), Lyn Lyndall (leather), Lauren…

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Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild

WNC FIBERS/HANDWEAVERS GUILD JAN 22-MAY 15 MAIN GALLERY EXHIBIT Welcoming 2022 with the WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild Location: Second Level of…

Natural Direction, Focus Gallery Exhibit

NATURAL DIRECTION NOVEMBER 13 – FEBRUARY 15, 2022 Hollis Fouts – wall textile  Amy Brandenburg – jewelry Sue Grier –…

Featured Maker

Historical Collection

We invite you to walk through our permanent collection of historical, archived, Appalachian craft at the Folk Art Center. This exhibit of approximately 250 works features woodcarving, textiles, furniture, basketry, pottery, dolls, and other crafts of Southern Appalachia, dating from 1855 to the late 20th century. Many pieces date from the 19th century and were collected in the Asheville area by Frances L. Goodrich, a founding member of the Guild.

Our Permanent Collection also includes works from Berea College, Campbell Folk School, Penland School and other centers that have taught craft skills and connected makers to markets throughout the 20th century. These institutions also added their own patterns to the rhythms of mountain life, such as the Friday morning custom of local carvers coming to the Folk School to sell their latest works.

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Get Involved with the Guild

Become an artisan of the guild, join our team of volunteers, donate to our cause,
and don't miss our annual events!

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