Join the Guild


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.


The Standards Jury Process for Southern Highland Craft Guild membership includes: completed application, image jury and object jury. Membership is open to craftspeople living in the specified counties of the Southern Appalachian mountains.



The Guild’s Mentoring Sub-Committee invites you to take a Mentoring Workshop prior to filling out the application to become a member of the Guild. This workshop has helped many applicants become members of the Guild. We cover the entire application thoroughly, what the Standards Committee (the jury) is looking for and what constitutes a good image and a body of work. These are all key points in creating a successful application. To register, email the committee at: [email protected] or [email protected]

Established Dates for Upcoming Workshops – 2023:

These workshops will take place in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center, along with the option to attend via Zoom. 
Saturday, March 25, 1 – 3 PM
Saturday, June 24, 1 – 3 PM
Saturday, August 5, 1 – 3 PM
Saturday, September 30, 1 – 3 PM

For further information contact:
Paula Bowers, Chair
Mentoring Sub-Committee
[email protected]

Mentoring Motto:
Be Kind
Be Specific
Be Constructive