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Home in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Explore the beauty of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains through the eyes and hands of ten Guild Artisans. Read a little about their story, their process, and the inspiration that surrounds them in the colors, textures, and life of the Appalachians.

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Magruder Glass

Stained Glass Panels

Asheville, NC

All of the panels that are produced by Magruder Glass are of the local mountains. The colors are chosen to be as realistic as possible to reflect the mountains, waters, and trees of this area. All of the panels include an overlay of native trees in the design. The overlay allows a bit more depth to the overall look of the landscape.

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Rachel Aughtry

Printed Canvas

Weaverville, NC

There is no shortage of love for our mountains from both locals and visitors alike, so its imagery often works its way into my prints. I love talking to folks at shows about our mutual love of the natural beauty here.

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Tom Reardon & Kathleen Doyle

Metalsmithing

Asheville, NC

Our studio overlooks the Pisgah Mountains and we're adjacent to the GrovePark Inn, so our work has reflected that view for many years. Our Pisgah view mountain rings are more literal, while others reflect the textures of the mountain, streams and fauna.

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mountain home tucked away behind tree, digitally printed photograph in cotton with hand embroidery and quilting to highlight the details

Peggy Debell

Embroidered Photographs

Hot Springs, NC

I have traveled all over the United States and Canada in my 1981 motorhome, but most of my photos are taken in both Madison and Haywood Counties in NC. I currently reside in a small cabin 3500 feet above sea level in the Spring Creek Community of North Carolina. So I most identify with the Appalachian Mountains in which I live.
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Pam & Tom Bauman

Jewelry

Asheville, NC

We love the Pisgah National Forest. Camping is one of our favorite hobbies. We enjoy many campgrounds, but North Mills River and Curtis Creek Campground in North Carolina are the two that we return to over and over. Growing up we both traveled the world with our parents, so neither of us are from any one region or place. These mountains are our Home by choice.

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Laura Gaskin

Embroidery

Fairview, NC

I live in rural Fairview, NC, and my home is my favorite place to be.  I walk up an old farm road nearby that leads to an open pasture on top of the mountain.  Since it has been cleared, I can see long range views that extend as far as Mount Pisgah on clear days.  The rows of mountains fading into the distance appear as a backdrop in almost all of my embroidered pieces.  And much of the imagery comes from the flora and fauna I’ve seen on my hikes up that mountain.

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Amanda Taylor

Glass Landscapes

Burnsville, NC

My work consists mainly of landscapes focused on the mountains and seasons that surround us here in NC. I try to capture the beautiful seasonal mountain vistas my customers see when the drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. My hope is that my work brings them back to a memory of when they first saw the amazing vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and takes their breath away just as it did to me when I first came to this area.

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Marlow & Diana Gates

Brooms

Leicester, NC

My family and I still live north and west of Asheville in Big Sandy Mush. We have such beautiful mountains all around us. Most all my broom handles come from local woods. I gather them in the winter months by hiking the woods and walking the creeks and riverbank at the base of these mountains.
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Lorraine Cathey

Felted Landscapes

Hendersonville, NC

I relocated to the area after my husband's death in 2013 to be near my sisters. I had been coming to these mountains for years to visit and always felt a peacefulness here. Most of my fiber landscapes feature the Blue Ridge Mountain scenes along the Parkway or waterfalls in the region.

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Bob Meier

Pottery

Boone, NC

Inspired by the Boone-Blowing Rock area of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Meier uses a variety of techniques to capture the beauty he sees in his surroundings: hand painted wax resist method, carved images, and Bas relief.

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