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.



Mentoring workshops are held by current Guild members to assist and prepare artists & makers with the jury process to join the Guild. All workshops are held at the Folk Art Center in the auditorium.

Participants are asked to bring 5 (or more) actual pieces of work and digital images similar to what would be submitted to the Image Jury. The first 1 1/2 hours are devoted to the application itself, what constitutes a good image, what constitutes a body of work and what the Standards Committee is looking for. The second 1 1/2 hours are devoted to individual breakout sessions with a Guild member working in the same media to discuss the actual pieces and the digital images. Everyone is welcome – whether you have applied and not been accepted or are considering applying for the first time. To register contact: Paula Bowers at [email protected] and Laura Lanier at [email protected]