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.
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.
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.
We invite you to walk through our permanent collection of historical, archived, Appalachian craft. 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.
Some objects in the collection seem timeless – a Settin’ Chair is a typical form and craftspeople in these mountains still make them, feeling no need to change anything about the form, material or method. But, makers also responded to the currents of taste and design. Traditional skills of the farm and home were applied to creating items for fashion and modern, even suburban, uses. Though cornshucks were typically used to make floor mats and dolls, shuckweavers added purses and hats to their inventory to appeal to new buyers. They also made their dolls more refined and intricate. Cherokee basketmakers started making wastebaskets, wall-hung mail pockets and purses as a direct result of market forces.
Visit the Focus Gallery on the second level of the Folk Art Center, now featuring “My Happy Place” an exhibition of four Guild Members. Sarah Tremaine (textile / felt) Marlow…
Kimberly Adams will be demonstrating her glass bead making techniques in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Call ahead for the latest updates :…
Watch the fascinating demonstration of glassblowing by Jason Probstein in the lobby of the Folk Art Center. Call ahead for the latest updates 828-298-2978.
Watch Connie Brown as she demonstrates the art of quilting and dyeing with fresh indigo in the lobby of the Folk Art Center! Call ahead for the latest updates (828)…
Join us for a weekend-long celebration of Southern Appalachian culture. This festival has old-time music, dancing, and demonstrations of the crafts of yesteryear.
*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED* In honor of National Quilting Day on March 21st, quilt maker and quilt historian Connie Brown will be demonstrating in the lobby of the Folk…
Barbara Miller Pisgah Forest, NC Watch skilled craftspeople as they educate visitors through demonstrations in the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10am-4pm. Schedule is subject to change;…
Kim Adams Clayton, GA Watch skilled craftspeople as they educate visitors through demonstrations in the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10am-4pm. Schedule is subject to change; please…
*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED* Betty Hilton-Nash Asheville, NC Watch skilled craftspeople as they educate visitors through demonstrations in the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10am-4pm. Schedule…
*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED* Watch the process of making Native American-style wooden flutes by Lee Entrekin. Learn the techniques and history behind the craft, and listen to the sounds…