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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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Glassblowing demonstration by Hayden Wilson.

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.

Evolution Vase by Larry Allen
Evolution Vase by Larry Allen
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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

JAN
2021

Until Jan. 17 | Main Gallery Exhibition

On the second level of the Folk Art Center, "Inspiration" fills the Main Gallery now through the new year. A Guild Member collaboration show featuring works of wood, clay, glass, fiber, and metal of 43 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Visit the exhibit during open hours of the Folk Art Center, Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

On the second level of the Folk Art Center, "Center Stage" is on display in the Focus Gallery now until February 2, 2021. This exhibit features five Guild Members: Holland Van Gores, Warren Carpenter, Barbara Jones, Karen Swing, and Rob Levin.

Visit the exhibit during open hours of the Folk Art Center, Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

News & Stories

Newest exhibit at the Folk Art Center features Artists of the Foothills

Thermal Belt: Artists of the Foothills presented by Tryon Arts & Crafts School January 23-May 9, 2021 The Southern Highland…

Clementine Douglas: A Major Figure in the Revival and Promotion of Appalachian Crafts

CLEMENTINE DOUGLAS: A Major Figure in the Revival and Promotion of Appalachian Crafts Written by Education Director, Janet Wiseman Clementine…

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Center Stage: Focus Gallery Exhibition

Center Stage November 7, 2020 – February 2, 2021 On the second level of the Folk Art Center, “Center Stage”…

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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