Welcome, 2018 New Members

Piedmont Craftsmen is excited to welcome twelve new Exhibiting Members with a Show in the Gallery from March 2 to 31. “New Members 2018” will open during the March Gallery Hop, Friday March 2 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Piedmont Craftsmen, in downtown Winston-Salem.

 Each year, nearly 100 craftsmen from across the United States submit applications for Piedmont Craftsmen’s Exhibiting Membership. The rigorous 2-part peer-jury process ensures that those chosen for membership are among the most talented, imaginative and visionary artists working in their respective media.  During Piedmont Craftsmen’s 2017 Fair, the Standards Committee invited the following artists to become Exhibiting Members:

 Artists working in Clay include Jeff Brown and Michele Hastings of Seagrove, NC, who create functional, wheel thrown forms and ash glazed reduction fired stoneware; Karen Fincannon of Tucker, GA, who hand builds one-of-a-kind whimsical sculptures; and Mary Gunyuzlu of Winston-Salem, NC, creating hand built animal and figurative sculptures with an earthy effect.

Our new member working in Fiber is Joanna Whiteof Leicester, NC, designs colorful garments from her hand painted and hand dyed silks.

Jewelers accepted for membership include Avery Groves of Charlottesville, VA, who works in 14 and 18kt gold, gemstones and rare minerals; Naphtali of New York, NY who draws inspiration from ancient alphanumeric systems and contemporary architecture to achieve rich color and texture in her pieces; and Emily Triplett of Carrboro, NC, who combines forged gold and sterling silver with gemstones to create timeless designs.

Woodworkers juried in to the guild are Green of Boone, NC, whose kinetic lamps and sculptures are created from a variety of woods; Robert Patterson from Milton, GA, who bends and shapes various woods to create his oval and circular trays; Jim Sockwell of Spruce Pine, NC, whose limited color pallet of exotic and native veneers depict recognizable scenes and objects; and from Middlebrook, VA, wood turner Mike Sorge, who produces non-round, geometric sculptures, natural edged bowls and burl forms that surpass the traditional turned wood.
Yandong Wang
 of Crownsville, MD, who uses industrial recycled materials including brass to produce wildlife sculptures and ornaments, was juried in Metals.