Piedmont Craftsmen is excited to welcome seventeen new Exhibiting Members with a Show in the Gallery from March 1 to 30. “New Members 2019” will open during the March Gallery Hop, Friday March 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Piedmont Craftsmen, in downtown Winston-Salem.
Each year, nearly 100 craftsmen from across the United States submit applications for Exhibiting Membership in Piedmont Craftsmen. 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. At Piedmont Craftsmen’s 2018 Fair, the Standards Committee invited the following artists to become Exhibiting Members.
In Clay: Ed and Kate Coleman of Swannanoa, NC, create whimsical tiles, clocks and vases in bold colors. Bob Meier of Boone, NC combines hand thrown and sometimes hand built stoneware with surface carving to create platters, forms and lamps. Marie Wright of Pittsboro, NC uses crystalline glazes on her ceramics to create rich colors on the flowing hand thrown vessels.
In Fiber: Deborah Bryant of Cashiers, NC, designs breath-taking hand-dyed shawls and wraps of cotton and natural fibers. Kami Watson of New Market, AL creates clothing from reclaimed silks and fibers using a variety of contemporary techniques like nuno and laminate felting.
In Glass: Oak Ridge TN artist Dawn Hinesley Jones uses geometry and multiple layers of glass to create two and three dimensional pieces with a trompe l’oeil effect. Sam Stark of Eden, NC creates unique glass forms and installations inspired by sea life.
In Jewelry: Courtney DeYoung of Columbus, OH, works in porcelain that is fired and carefully hand painted to create beautiful floral designs. Asheville jeweler Molly Dingledine gains inspiration from plants, leaves and buds to create oxidized sterling silver pieces with pearls or gemstones. Anne and Peter Hanson of Ruckersville, VA combine and micro form various metals, wires and textures in to simple elegant pieces. Nancy Ryall of Oxford, NC works in 14k and 18k gold to create pieces that are pure in form while simple in style. Theresa St. Romain of Tucker, GA thinks of her work as small wearable narrative sculptures.
In Metal: John Hege of Danbury, NC creates knives with beauty in mind. Each knife has a purpose, whether it’s a knife for the kitchen or tomahawk, and each is unique.
In Mixed Media: Emerald Estock of Franklin, TN combines basket weaving and photography to create peaceful images woven into containers or two dimensional pieces.
In Wood: Neil Carroll of Weaverville, NC, creates custom made furniture out of exotic woods. Zirconia, NC artist Walt Cottingham uses recycled materials such as old doors or flooring and natural materials to create one-of-a-kind bird houses that are both rustic and beautiful. Brian Guhman of High Point, NC, turns mostly local green wood to on a lathe to create vases, cremation urns and sculptures.