Board of Directors
Supporting Member. Master Welder, Jeweler, and Instructor. 30-year career building race cars with a specialty of aerodynamics and air management. Instructor at Haywood Community College in jewelry fabrication. Teaches micro tig welding as well as workshop on various jewelry techniques. Served on the Membership and Education Committees of Southern Highland Craft Guild. Married to Ruthie Cohen, an Exhibiting Member in Jewelry.
Exhibiting Member in Fiber since 2012. Specializing in wet felt Merino wool accessories, including hats, scarves, mittens. BCA in Theatre, UNC-Charlotte; also studied at Penland and in San Francisco, which included an apprenticeship in fashion patterning skills and business planning classes at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Self-taught in felting employing basic millinery techniques acquired in through costume design studies in college.
Supporting Member. Farms flowers & bees, practices law (intellectual property, not-for profit, and alcohol law) and focuses on glass art. Her consulting spans various industries, including arts and entertainment. Former Executive Director, NC Biotechnology Center. Other Boards – NC Zoo Council, NC Motorsports Association, NC School of Science and Math, Cabarrus Visual Arts, Paul Harris +5. BS in Zoology and MS in Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill JD and MBA, Wake Forest, Army War College.
Supporting Member. Retired. BB&T Wealth Lending 2015-2019, BB&T Area Executive 2003-2015, First Virginia Bank Commercial Relationship Manager 1979-2003. Serves on several boards from diverse organizations including Harford Day School, Home Partnership Foundation, The Lawdew Topiary Gardens, and UM Upper Chesapeake Health from 2009-2015.
Supporting Member. Principal, GraMar Advisors and Elder Care Choices Program Coordinator, Senior Services Inc.; previously CMO, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union; Masters Candidate – Gerontology, University of North Carolina Greensboro. Serving on the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Board of Directors, and Forsyth Aging Services Planning Committee. BS, Marketing, Goldey Beacom College. MS, Business Administration, Shippensburg University.
Supporting Member. Art Educator at the Arts Based School, middle grades 5-8; previous work includes interior designer, co-owner of the Pink Mink Boutique, scenic artist and fabricator at Lexington Design (Los Angeles, California), as well as freelance scenic work in film and commercial production. BFA UNC School of the Arts School of Design and Production, MAT-Art Education Salem College.
Exhibiting Member in clay since 2018. Instructor of ceramics at Sawtooth School of Art. Teaches ceramics to blind and handicapped children at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a program at the Industries for the Blind. BA Art History with a Minor in Fine Art, University of Delaware, Masters in Teaching, Queens University in Charlotte. Winston-Salem, NC
Supporting Member. CFO United Way of Forsyth Co (retired). Served as Treasurer of River Run International Film Festival; Treasurer of Hand On Northwest NC; and treasure and Board Chair of Sawtooth School for Visual Art. Served as Piedmont Craftsmen’s Board Chair in 2006 and Treasurer in 2005 and 2007.
Supporting Member. Group Planning Director, The Variable; Associate Director Consumer Marketing at Merz North America; Associate Director Brand Planning at MullenLowe; Director Strategy & Innovation at Egg Strategy; previously practiced Commercial Litigation in Chicago and Denver; Education: JD from University of Denver School of Law; BA from University of Notre Dame. Volunteer/Board Experience: Board Member, Big Shoulders Fund; Board Member, Rush University Medical Center – Rush Associates; PEAK (Partnership to Advance and Educate Kids), Volunteer/Mentor.
Exhibiting Member in wood since 1988. Retired. Professional Craft Artist from 1973- 2012. Piedmont Craftsmen (Emeritus) Exhibiting Member in wood (along with his late wife Sue Heath), from 1988 to 2006. Instructed at the Sawtooth School of Art 1987-1999. Previously served on Piedmont Craftsmen’s Board and on the Sawtooth School’s Board, concluding both tenures with terms as Board President. Chuck and Sue were recognized for their work with the “Audubon Award” as members of the Chevy Chase, Maryland Audubon Naturalist Society in 1998 and 2004. Chuck and Sue were selected to represent North Carolina on the White House Christmas tree in 2002.
Exhibiting Member in Wood since 2012. Professional custom furniture and cabinetry maker since 1979. BA, NC State University. Has work experience and specialized in architectural millwork, cabinetry, and custom home building since 1972. Served as President, Vice President and general Board Member of Carolina Designer Craftsmen.
Supporting Member. Senior Transaction Counsel, Inmar Intelligence. Practiced at Kilpatrick Townsend prior to joining Inmar Intelligence. Current Chair of the Family Services, Inc. Board of Directors.
Certified Public Accountant, Commercial Real Estate Manager and ceramic student at Sawtooth School. Former Senior Auditor, Ernst & Young and Auditor, Price Waterhouse Coopers. MBA, International Marketing, Northern Kentucky University; BA, Language and Literature, Seoul Women’s University.
Exhibiting Member in Jewelry since 2020. Owner Artist, Cindy Miller Design Studio. Creates collections of jewelry that are marketed and sold internationally. Formerly Program Manager / Graphic Contracts for NASA; Graphic Designer & Multi-media Specialist. Commercial Art & Marketing degrees, University of Alabama, BA University of Colorado.
Supporting Member. Attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend since 2008. Wake Forest University School of Law, JD. Mental Health Association of Forsyth Co former Board Member, Reap More Than You Sow Garden Project former Board Member, Wake Forest Law Review Managing Editor 2007-2008. Previously served two terms on Piedmont Craftsmen’s Board.
President, Phoenix Packaging and owner of Skinner Warehousing and Storage in Winston-Salem. BS, High Point College. Long time Fair Sponsor. For more than 20 years Tom has created decorations for the Fair, provided Piedmont Craftsmen with storage space, and assistance for special events.
Exhibiting Member in Clay since 2013. Owner, Creekside Pottery. Has exhibited at over 200 festivals/craft shows since returning to ceramics in 2001. Formerly worked with IT service companies including: Senior Vice-President, enherent Corporation; Offering Executive, IBM Corporation/TTS and was President and General Manager of Datarray ComputerLand. MFA, Ceramics, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA, Ceramics & Painting, Carnegie Mellon University.
Supporting Member. Artist and Marketing, Public Relations and Communications Executive; Former Chief Marketing Officer, United Way of Forsyth County; Marketing, Story and Communications Strategist, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union ; Director of Marketing, Greensboro College, Marketing Manager, Wake Forest University, Owner- FRESH Productions and Marketing, BA, UNC Chapel Hill; MLA, UNC Greensboro; additional studies: Masters Studies, UNC-G; Fine Arts Studies, St. Andrews University; British Standards Institutions Certified Auditor, Southern Polytechnic University.
Supporting Member. Sales Manager, Phoenix Packaging, Inc. Lover and supporter of the arts. Erika has been a Craftsmen’s Fair sponsor for many years and assisted with special events.
Exhibiting Member in Wood since 1996. Owner, Furniture by Design since 1996. Previously served on Piedmont Craftsmen’s Board of Directors in late 90s and early 2000s. Served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Standards Committee. Exhibiting Member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Manager, Great Outdoor Provision Company for twenty-two years. BS in Business Management/Administration, BS in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Design all from NC State University.
Gallery Director since 2010. BS in Journalism, Emerson College, Boston MA; Apria Healthcare Customer Service Specialist 2008-2010; United Healthcare Customer Care Professional 2006-2008; Barnes and Noble, Department Manager 2002-2006. Long time Piedmont Craftsmen Volunteer assisting with audience development, Young Collectors, Fair, and Shop before joining our staff.
Director of Member Relations and Craftsmen’s Fair since 1999. BA Hampshire College, Theatre Design and Production, MFA UNC-Greensboro, Creative Writing; Reference Librarian, Neuse Regional Library 1996-1999; Public Information Officer/Registrar, Sawtooth School for Visual Art 1989-1996, Owner/Manager Rainbow News & Café, Winston-Salem 1981-1987.
President and CEO since 2005. Exhibiting Member in Fiber since 1992. BCA UNC-Charlotte, working fiber artist since 1980 specializing in handwoven garments; Fiber Program Coordinator for Sawtooth School 1982 – 2004; and co-owner of Fiber Co. since 1987. Has served on a variety of non-profit and community service boards and committees. Currently serving on the Public Art Commission. Winston-Salem’s 2006 Artist of the Year.
Director of Development since 2019. B.A. Theater Arts, Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Attended Salem College. KLEUR, Owner and Founder, 2015 – 2017. District Activist, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2017 – 2019.
E-Commerce Specialist since 2021. Practicing artist in all media with specialty in metalsmithing and jewelry. Owner and artist behind Ravena Metalworks. Metals Instructor for Sawtooth School for Visual Art. BFA in Metalsmithing, RU, Radford, VA; MFA in Metal Design, ECU, Greenville, NC. Originally from Floyd, Virginia and currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC. Love for all things art, nature, books, and birds.
Piedmont Craftsmen Operations since 2017. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN; Instructor, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, 2017 – present; Part-time Assistant, The New Winston Museum, 2016 – 2017; Visitor Services Specialist, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2014 – 2017; Freelance Artist Assistant since 2008.
PART-TIME GALLERY ASISTANT
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery Assistants are key staff positions ensuring the achievement of the goals and success of Piedmont Craftsmen’s Gallery. Though this position prioritizes customer service and retail assistance, like all staff at Piedmont Craftsmen, the Gallery Assistants wear many hats. Responsibilities combine customer service and retail; some art handling and gallery preparation; assistance with social media; and help during events such as exhibition openings and Piedmont Craftsmen’s Annual Fair; and other additional help as needed. Gallery Assistants report directly to the Gallery Director and work closely with other gallery and administrative staff. This is a part-time hourly position starting at 10-15 hours, with additional hours as needed for special events. We are willing to train the right candidate.
Piedmont Craftsmen is a non-profit artisan guild that promotes the value of fine craft; we champion quality fine crafts roduced and sold in the United States; we stimulate innovation, creative design and use of materials; we provide an outlet for the exhibition and sale of artist members’ works; and we provide education and foster connections among artists and the community. Piedmont Craftsmen was founded by both collectors and makers of fine craft, making us unique as a guild. The ongoing dialogue between makers and collectors has nurtured, shaped and strengthened us since our founding in 1963.