Peter O’Shaughnessy

We are sad to report the passing of Peter O'Shaughnessy, Exhibiting Member in Metal since 1975.

Peter O'Shaughnessy of Rockbridge County, VA, artist/blacksmith, adventuresome bicyclist, organic gardener, beloved life partner to Lindy Felix, compassionate friend, generous mentor, and man of gratitude, left his body peacefully on the evening of Sept. 9, 2019, at home in the company and care of loving friends and family.

Born to Isabelle Keith Britton and John O'Shaughnessy on Feb 20, 1946, Peter grew up with his brother Michael and his sister Kathie on their family dairy farm in Southwick Massachusetts. He came to this area in the early 1970s and began shaping a life based on his own callings; bringing to it a willingness to work hard, and to explore ideas and ways to utilize his curiosity and creativity allowing him to make and share beauty and delight through the hand-forged ironwork he made for nearly 50 years.

A Celebration of the Life of Peter O'Shaughnessy is in the planning, and will likely take place in later October of this fall. Details TBA.

Peter's wishes for all who survive him would be to live with open-hearted love and forgiveness in your families and community. Shine Your Light, Follow your sweetest dreams, and Share LOVE freely ... Be the Love.  Be the Light.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Welcomes New Exhibiting Members

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.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Welcome New Board Members

At Piedmont Craftsmen's Annual meeting in November, five new members were elected to the Board of Directors and three members were elected to a second term.  Their term officially began on January 1st.  They are:

Janet Bealer, Winston-Salem, NC.  Exhibiting Member in Fiber.  AB UNC-Chapel Hill. Studied weaving at Georgia State University, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts.  Professional weaver since the early 1970s. Former contributing editor and former managing editor of Textile World Magazine, served on Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild Board of Directors (Vice-President, Exhibits) and past President of Handweavers of the Savannahs.  Currently serving on UNCSA Associates Board of Directors (Co-Chair, Hospitality Committee).  Has work in numerous publications and collections.

Anne Cullen, Winston-Salem, NC. Supporting Member. Retired, VP/Account Services and Principal with The Russell Agency, a creative marketing firm. The Russell Agency partnered with Piedmont Craftsmen for seven years, developing and producing Fair creative materials.

Dede DeVries, Kernersville, NC.  Supporting Member.  Over 30 years agency experience in advertising and marketing. Working with clients in home furnishings, consumer goods, retail, technology and more. Current owner/designer of 3d(+1) (Dede DeVries Designs— As a freelancer have worked on marketing campaigns for non-profits including Sawtooth School, Second Harvest Food Bank and Piedmont Craftsmen. Designed and produced Piedmont Craftsmen’s first website. Graduate of East Carolina University School of Art with studio majors in Commercial Art and Applied Design.

Linda Garboczi, Clemmons, NC.  Chief Marketing Officer, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.  Previously Partner/Consultant specializing in profitability for nonprofit associations and community banks.  Serving on the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Board of Directors.  BS, Marketing, Goldey Beacom College. MS, Business Administration, Shippensburg University.

Kerry Gonzalez, Walnut Cove, NC. Exhibiting Member in Clay.  BFA in ceramics, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  Also studied ceramics at the University of Southern Florida, Tampa and glass blowing at Pilchuck School in Stanwood, WA and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.  Works exclusively in Raku ceramics and his copper Raku vessels are exhibited and collected nationally.

John Hunter, Winston-Salem, NC.  Supporting Member.  Retired Senior Vice President, Senior Career and Executive Coach, Lee Hecht Harrison.  Has worked in marketing management for Hanes Hosiery and American Tourister.  B.A., Denison University.  Leadership Winston-Salem.  Past Board member of Stratford Rotary and Junior Achievement.  Past board member of Piedmont Craftsmen.

Erika Von Isenburg, Rural Hall, NC. 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.

Annie Grimes Williams, Winston-Salem, NC. Exhibiting Member in Metals/Jewelry.  BFA in Metal Design, East Carolina University.  Has taught metal forming and enameling workshops across the southeast. Serves on Board of Art Nouveau Society of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, member of Carolina Designer Craftsmen’s Guild. Included in multiple publications and exhibitions, co-curated Create : Adorn, DeLurk Gallery, Winston-Salem.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Elects Officers

At their December meeting, the Board of Directors elected the following individuals as officers for 2019:

Keila Coffey, Lewisville, NC - Board Chair
Tomi Melson*, Winston-Salem, NC - 1st Vice Chair
Gary Ljungquist, PhD, Lewisville, NC - 2nd Vice Chair
Maureen Ihrie, PhD, Winston-Salem, NC – Secretary
Sharon Hamilton, PhD, Winston-Salem, NC – Treasurer
Amanda Blackman Phillips, JD, Pfafftown, NC – Immediate Past Board Chair

Keila Coffey is Director, Client Advisor, Alex Brown. Past Board Member of Mental Health Association of Forsyth, Member of North American Truffle Association, and NC Wine Growers Association. She received the Outstanding Women in Business award from Triad Business Journal.

Tomi Melson is an Exhibiting Member in Fiber. She was Piedmont Craftsmen Executive Director from 1999 to 2005 and in 2017 retired as Director of Development and Community Relations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. More than 25 years of experience in non-profit management, BA in Arts Management from Salem College. Honored with a Piedmont Craftsmen Sherpa Award in 2011.

Gary R. Ljungquist, PhD is a Retired Professor at Salem College, long time Piedmont Craftsmen Supporting Member and volunteer, served on search committee for President of Salem Academy and College, Advisory Committee for Division of Arts/Humanities, Forsyth Technical Community College, has volunteered with Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, AIDS Task Force, AIDS Care Services and NCPride. Vast experience in strategic planning.

Maureen Ihrie, PhD,  Retired Associate Professor of Spanish, Elon University 2001-2014 and department chair 2012-2016. With her husband, supports Triad Stage, WS Symphony, Theater Alliance, Second Harvest Food Bank, UNCSA Associates. PhD in Spanish literature from Bryn Mawr College. Has served on dozens of academic committees from the departmental to the University level.

Sharon Hamilton, PhD,  CFO United Way of Forsyth Co (retired). Served as Treasurer of River Run International Film Festival and Sawtooth School for Visual Art, currently serving as Treasurer of Hand On Northwest NC. Served as Piedmont Craftsmen's Board Chair in 2006 and Treasurer in 2005 and 2007.

Amanda Blackman Phillips, Attorney, Craige Jenkins Liipfer & Walker, LLP.  UNC-Chapel Hill, BA in English; Nova Southeastern University, JD.   Lifetime resident of Forsyth County.  Member of Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association and Reynolda Rotary Club of Winston-Salem. Amanda’s husband, Mike Phillips, has previously served on the board. Amanda served as Board Secretary for two years, and 1st Vice Chair for one year before serving as Board Chair in 2018.

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New Life Members Are Honored

Beginning with our 50th Anniversary in 2013, the Board of Directors decided that every five years the organization should celebrate the organizations accomplishments and the talents of our craft artists.  To celebrate our 55th Anniversary, this tradition was continued with the announcement of eighteen new Life Members at the Annual Meeting on November 18th.

Each of these artists have maintained their membership for the past 45 years or longer.  With their strengths and vision, our organization grew and became the benchmark for excellence that it is today.

William and Katherine Bernstein, exhibiting members in glass since 1969
Dempsy R. Calhoun, exhibiting member in metal since 1971
Janet Fischer, exhibiting member in metal since 1972
Lynn Hope McNees-Sams, exhibiting member in metal since 1973
Robert Kopf, exhibiting member in wood since 1973
Tyrone & Julie Larson, exhibiting members in clay since 1972
Lucy & Thomas Moore, exhibiting members in fiber since 1971
John Nygren, exhibiting member in glass since 1969
Ron Propst, exhibiting member in clay since 1971
Susannah Ravenswing, exhibiting member in metal since 1973
Alice Schlein, exhibiting member in fiber since 1971
Winthrop Schwab, exhibiting member in wood since 1973

The Board of Directors also recognized three supporting donors for their continued support:
Lynn Hill - for over four decades of leadership and support
Oz and Pat Mauck - for over three decades of volunteering at the Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair.

Congratulations to these new Life Members!

Pictured above, from left to right: Lynn Hope McNees-Sams, Pat Mauck, Oz Mauck, Lucy Moore, John Nygren, Susannah Ravenswing, Winthrop Schwab, and Ron Propst.  

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Project: Buddy Bears©

Pat Taylor, Exhibiting Member in Fiber, has been using her creativity to create quilted bears to donate to the Winston-Salem Police Department. This began with a customer donating a much loved quilt that was beyond repair.  That quilt is now Angel Bears that will be given to first responders to have available for children who are in frightening situations or worse. The bears will give them a friend to hug during a difficult time.  Piedmont Craftsmen is partnering with the Winston-Salem Police Department to help Pat expand this program further into the community.  You can help with donations of cotton fabric scraps, cotton batting (stronger batting like Warm and Natural), sewing thread and poly fiber fill stuffing for the bears. If you have something to donate, please email Pat at  If you don't have any of that stuff, but want to help, monetary donations can be made to Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. ( Memo - Project:  Buddy Bears).  We plan to expand bear making with various community groups. Also contact Pat if you are interested in helping with the group efforts.

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Loretta Kaufman painting to be included in a book of poetry

Loretta Kaufman’s oil painting "Three Of A Kind: Series HR" will appear in a limited edition book of poetry by American poet, Peter Waldor, entitled “Gate Posts With No Gate-The Leg Paint Project” with a special endorsement by Sean Hemingway. The book is expected to release in mid-2018. Readings and exhibits throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad are planned in 2018-2019. You can check out her painting in the National Association of Women Artists' April Newsletter. 

Loretta has also received a 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to less than 5% of Who’s Who listees. In 2018, her bio is listed in Who’s Who In America.  Loretta tells us: "Although it mostly concerns  a painting,  I do feel that the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Who's Who In America listing had a lot to do with my 22 years in working with clay". Congratulations Loretta!

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The 2018 Board of Trustees

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. announces the election of the 2018 Officers and four new members to the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting on November 19th, 2017.  The Board of Trustees is elected by the supporting and exhibiting members at the Annual Meeting during Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.  The Board elected the 2018 Officers at the December 12th, 2017 meeting.  Terms for Officers and Trustees began on January 1st, 2018.

Officers elected to serve for 2018 are: Amanda Blackman Phillips, JD, Chair; Tomi Melson*, 1st Vice Chair; Gary Ljungquist, PhD, 2nd Vice Chair; Maureen Ihrie, PhD, Secretary; Sharon Hamilton*, PhD, Treasurer; and David Piner serves as Immediate Past Chair.

New Trustees are Amber Koger, LLC, of Winston salem, NC;  Patricia Taylor*, Winston-Salem, NC; Charles Watson, of Winston-Salem, NC; and Tom Skinner*, of Pfafftown, NC.

They join the Trustees who continue to serve on the Board: Marvette Aldrich, Janet Bealer*, B. J. Buckland, Anne Cullen, Ben Dyer*, Raina Haque, LLC, Gordon McCray, PhD, David Piner, Judith Swain, and Annie Grimes Williams*.


indicates that these trustees are also Exhibiting Members


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Welcome, New Members of 2018

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 White of 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 14kt and 18kt gold, gemstones and rare minerals; Ayala 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.

Yandong Wang of Crownsville, MD, who uses industrial recycled materials including brass to produce wildlife sculptures and ornaments, was juried in Metals.

Woodworkers juried in to the guild are Jason Green 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.

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Jennifer McCormick Awarded MOFSA Grant

On February 19th, the Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art announced their selection of Jennifer McCormick, exhibiting member in Mixed-Media, as the first recipient of their Spiritual Art Grant. The Charlotte- based foundation awards the grant to artists "who see the world from a spiritual perspective and who seek to express their view of the transcendent in their artwork". Congratulations Jennifer! We look forward to seeing the work produced from this fantastic opportunity!

Read more about the foundation's grant on MOFSA's site here: MOFSA Grant

& on Jennifer's Blog here: Jennifer McCormick

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Loretta Kaufman exhibits work in 3 shows

Loretta Kaufman, exhibiting member in clay, was chosen to show in not one, but three shows with the Association of Women Artists.  The first, held last November in New York, was their New Members Show.  The second, NAWA's  "Small Works" show, was on display in new York throughout the month of February. Loretta has also received the honorable mention in Fusion Arts' Women Artists Quarterly Group Exhibition, which is also now on display through April 14th. Congratulations Loretta!

Read more about the exhibits here: NAWA and Fusion Arts


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craftXws: Tradition and Innovation in Fine Craft

The second in the series, Craft, Technology, Innovation, will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 5:30 till 7PM.   The Salon Series will be held at the Center for Design and Innovation at 450 Design Ave (near Salem College).  These educational events are free and open to the public.

The second panel discussion includes moderator, Betsy Towns, Interim Co-Director, Center for Design Innovation and Associate Professor, Department of Liberal Arts at UNCSA, an artist demonstration, and four presenters:

  • Elaine Gustafson, Curator of Collections, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • John Kelly, Instructor, Digital Effects & Animation program, Forsyth Technical Community College. Story teller and artist.
  • Will Willner, Adjunct instructor, Wake Forest University, currently teaching traditional silver based and digital photography. Previously, he was on the faculty and director of photography at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
  • Mary Ann Zotto, Instructor, Art Direction, School of Filmmaking, UNCSA. Painter and artist, her works are widely collected and can be seen in several films.


  • Annie Van Every, local artist and exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen, will demonstrate wheel throwing with a blow torch drying technique following the May discussion. She will explain how her raku pottery are seeded in tradition with a touch of modern technology.
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craftXws: Traditions and Innovations in Fine Craft

Piedmont Craftsmen is excited to announce it is partnering with the Center for Design Innovation to co-curate New Winston Museum’s spring quarter Salon Series titled craftXws: Tradition and Innovation in Fine Craft. The three event series will focus on the crafts movement in Winston-Salem, past, present and future.

Discussions will explore the varied historical and contemporary dimensions of the area’s craft practice, beginning with the Moravian settlement, through the diverse contributions of the 19th and mid-20th century craft revivalism, to the evolving frontier of fine craft in our current tech-steeped arts and innovation landscape.  What explains this region’s particularly deep affinity for collecting fine craft, the strong institutions dedicated to craft education, and the enduring practice of making by hand?   Artists, collectors and historians will be featured in each of three New Winston Museum Salon Series: craftXws presentations.

The first in the series, The Craft Tradition in Winston-Salem, will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 5:30 till 7PM.   The Salon Series will be held at the Center for Design and Innovation at 450 Design Ave (near Salem College).  These educational events are free and open to the public.

The first panel discussion includes moderator, Michael Wakeford, NWM Board Chair and Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA, and four presenters:

  • Johanna Brown, MESDA, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts and Director of Collections.
  • Cheryl Harry, Director of African American programing at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  Founder, Triad Cultural Arts and author of, Winston-Salem’s African American Legacy.
  • Tomi Melson, fiber artist and exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen since 1973. Former Assistant Director of the Sawtooth School and former Executive Director of Piedmont Craftsmen.
  • Ron Propst, ceramic artist, Arts District pioneer, former Sawtooth School
    teacher, and exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen since 1968.

The second presentation in the New Winston Museum's Salon Series is Craft, Technology, Innovation on Thursday, May 18th.   The third in the series is Objects and Memories on Thursday, June 15th.  Presenters and moderators will be announced by the end of April for the second and third presentations.

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Dempsy Calhoun Creates Sculpture for Wake Downtown

Dempsy Calhoun, exhibiting member in metals since 1971 has created a sculpture for the new Wake Downtown building in the Innovation Quarter.  He was recently featured in an article in the Winston-Salem Journal.  Follow this link to view the article: Dempsy Calhoun Article.

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Steven Dunn


Exhibiting Member, Steven Dunn, was featured in an article in Relish.  Steven has been an member since 2001.  Follow this link to read more: Steven Dunn: Nature has inspired artist for decades.

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Congratulations to 2016 Craftsmen Fair Award Winners

Congratulations to the following award winners at the 2016 Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair:

Awards of Excellence are presented to artists for their outstanding design and craftsmanship.  This year's winners are:

The 2016 Dawson and Sanders Award of Excellence in Fibers was presented to:

Susan Levi-Goerlich Teresa Merriman  

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Janet Bealer and Laura Frazier Featured in Winston-Salem Journal

Before the Craftsmen's Fair weekend, Janet Bealer and Laura Frazier were featured in an article in the Winston Salem Journal.  To read the article follow this link: Meet Craftspeople at the Piedmont Craftsmen Fair

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Ira DeKoven

It is with great sadness that we let you all know that artist member in metal Ira DeKoven passed away this morning. He was a master craftsman of the highest caliber and as those who knew him can attest, he was quite the character. So many of us have great stories and memories of Ira. It goes without saying that Ira was one of a kind. Words cannot express how much he will be missed.

Ira DeKoven


Please find his obituary below:

"Ira Michael DeKoven lived in many worlds. Born in Chicago in 1947, seven minutes before his twin sister Mona, he grew up in Highland Park, Ill. As a teenager, he took up guitar and gravitated back to the city, vibrant metropolitan center in the 1960s of jazz, folk, blues, and daring new forms of art and theatre. Soon after graduating from Antioch College, where he had studied art engineering, Ira became fascinated by the hard materials of the earth and the power of fire and the human hand to shape them. He learned welding at the Hobart Welding School in Ohio and blacksmithing in Santa Fe, New Mexico with master craftsman Frank Turley. Of all his mentors, however, the person who most personified the kind of blacksmith Ira aspired to become was Philip Simmons, a renowned African-American blacksmith who helped give Ira his start in Charleston. Simmons would be inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame and given the South Carolina Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ira lived in Yonges Island, S. C., before moving with his wife Jane and their infant son Jesse to Walkertown, North Carolina. On a spacious, tree-filled plot of land, they made a home in a small cabin and Ira set up the forge he would use for the next thirty years. Ira and Jane divorced in 1987 and Jane and Jesse moved to California. Ira continued to live in that cabin until his death from ALS on November 15, 2016.

Ira remained a student all his life, even as he in turn passed on his knowledge and techniques to younger apprentices. He earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1996. Over the years he became a cherished member of the local crafts community, appeared as the “village blacksmith” in Middleton Place Gardens in Charleston, S.C., and in numerous craft shows and reconstructed 19th century towns. He has been featured prominently for decades in the shops and fairs of the Piedmont Craftsmen.

Ira was also a regular performer at open mics and ensembles throughout the Winston-Salem area. His guitar and harmonica created renditions of many of the folk and blues tunes he had heard in Chicago and others he had perfected along the way. Mississippi John Hurt would provide the kind of musical inspiration for him that Philip Simmons provided in iron. Ira serenaded his son, his friends, and his many nephews and nieces—and then grand-nieces and grand-nephews-- as they moved from infancy through young adulthood.

A newspaper article about Ira in 1982 began: “When Ira DeKoven works, Ira DeKoven sweats.” The sweat and muscles produced works of iron that grace public and private spaces throughout the Winston-Salem area and beyond: gates, balconies, screens, railings, sculptures, fountains, tables, fire tools rendered in iron, bronze, copper, aluminum and enamel are regular features of the local landscape. Ira’s designs range from classical and intricate to whimsical and idiosyncratic. (Although he was an old-style blacksmith, the only horseshoes in his inventory are actually belt-buckles.) Typically, he would ask a client what his/her ‘talisman’ was, some element of nature or art that would symbolize their inner soul, and would try to incorporate that into his designs. He perfected the finishes on his metal sculptures with both scientific and artistic sophistication. Donkey-headed hooks adorn many walls; lizards, animated ‘happy franks’ and dolphins seem about to leap out of fire-screens; iron-forged vines with enameled flowers seem as fragile and delicate as they are hard and indestructible; vulnerable iron birds are perched just inches away from their water bowl on cocktail tables; heart-shaped trivets carry such expression that it appears that even iron can reflect a broken heart.

Ira received the George Black Award from the Community Appearance Commission of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in 1992 for his “career perfecting a craft which has contributed to the betterment of community appearance.”

The disease that was to take Ira’s life may already have manifested itself during his last four years, when he experienced weakness in his limbs and left the forge to set up a jewelry-making workshop in his basement. His work in enamel, copper, brass and finally silver produced some unique items of jewelry that are also featured in the Piedmont Craftsmen store and adorn the necks, hands and ears of family, friends and strangers.

Ira is survived by his son Jesse, his sisters Mona and Sidra, his faithful dogs Bozo and Lightnin’ Bug, and his adoring cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews on two continents--and by his many friends, neighbors, fellow-forgers of steel, of silver, and of music, and grateful clients across the globe. And also by the amazing caregivers, those “sisters of mercy” who made his last months not only bearable but as comfortable as possible, who offered companionship and love along with their practical and nursing skills."

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2016 Craft Fair

Piedmont Craftsmen's 53rd Fair
Winston-Salem, NC November 19 - 20


The phrase "one of a kind" means something different to everyone.  It can be a useful object, something to wear, something looked at and enjoyed every day.  Shoppers will have the opportunity to find their own "one of a kind" when more than 100 of the finest artisans from across the United States fill the booths at Piedmont Craftsmen's 53rd  Fair in Winston-Salem, NC on November 19 and 20.  The Fair, which has been called one of the 10 best fine craft shows in the country, presents a broad sampling of the finest work available in artist-designed handmade home goods, wearables, jewelry, furniture and decorative items.  This will be the first event in the Benton Convention Center's newly renovated lower level.
The fair showcases some of America's most talented contemporary fine craft artists, providing opportunities to meet the craftspeople, talk to them about their work, and view demonstrations of craft techniques. Piedmont Craftsmen was founded in 1963 by a group of craft artists and collectors to build audiences and appreciation for quality craftsmanship.  Over the years, hundreds of thousands of collectors have attended the Fair seeking fine handmade work in a wide range of media, styles and price ranges.  Quality craftsmanship and excellent design have always been the hallmarks of Piedmont Craftsmen.
While the convenience of shopping online can't be ignored, the process denies buyers the unique opportunity to experience products by handling them, and has helped consumers forget the pleasure of shopping for high quality handmade objects.  Purchases can become mere objects, cheaply bought and easily discarded, rather than acquisitions to be treasured.  Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair gives visitors the opportunity to meet artistsworking in clay, wood, glass, fibers, leather, metal, photography, printmaking, and mixed media creating one-of-a-kind works that enhance everyday life with their functional and aesthetic qualities.  Participating craft artists have undergone a rigorous two part jury process to become Exhibiting Members of the guild.  Roughly 25% of the exhibitors are first time exhibitors in the second phase of the process as Jury Applicants.
For out of town visitors, Winston-Salem is worth an overnight stay in mid-November.  Home to Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Old Salem Museums and Gardens and a thriving downtown arts district, the city was also recently named one of the south's best foodie towns. Hotel packages are available. More information can be found at
Admission: $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior citizens, students and groups, children under 12 free with an adult.  Weekend passes are $10.00.  Hours: Saturday, November 21 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 22 noon - 5:00 p.m.  For information call (336)725-1516.


WHAT:      Piedmont Craftsmen's 53rd Fair, showcasing the work of more than 100 fine craft artists from across the country. Media represented include clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, jewelry, paper, wood, mixed media, and printmaking.

WHEN:      November 19 - 20, 2016

Saturday    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday      12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE:    M. C. Benton Convention Center

5th and Cherry Streets

Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina


COST:       $7 Adults, $6 Senior Citizens and Students; Children under 12 free with paying adult, $11 Weekend Pass. Group rates available, call 336-725-1516.

For details and further information, call Piedmont Craftsmen at (336)725-1516 or email


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Loretta Kaufman’s Work Selected for ENDANGERED ART 4 APES

Loretta Kaufman work has been selected for the exhibition:  ENDANGERED ART 4 APES. A global, juried 2D and3D competition of fine art, photography and wearable art. The painting “Elephants (Mother & Calf) – Kruger Park:  Africa Revisited”  was selected from 450 entries received from around the world.  Art Basel week, November 30- December 3, 2016, Dade Heritage Trust, Miami, FL.  Here is a link to the exhibit:

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Jose Fumero

We are heartbroken to inform you that long-time member Jose Fumero has passed away unexpectedly while he and Herb were on a river cruise in Europe. Jose became an Exhibiting Member in Fiber in 1975. If you knew him, you were aware of his tremendous warmth, his open heart, his sense of fun, and his endlessly creative mind. If you knew him, you loved him, and he probably loved you right back. Our love and deepest sympathies go out to Herb Cohen, his partner of many decades, and to all his family and close friends. Vaya con dios, amigo.
We will miss you.

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Bound in Craft – Offsite Exhibition

Don't miss our special offsite exhibition this month!

This exhibit, hosted by Special Collections & Archives of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, will highlight the hand-bound book alongside craft inspired by literature. Each unique piece, whether ceramic, glass, fiber or jewelry,  features an aspect related to book arts. Many of the works on display were made specifically for this show and created by some of the finest craftsmen in the country.

Opening reception at the Special Collections & Archives room of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library September 14 from 5:00 – 7:00. Join us at 6pm for a special Make + Take How2 event with bookmaker and environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck.

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Loretta Kaufman – Recent Awards and Exhibitions

Loretta Kaufman has had works accepted into two recent exhibitions:

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Artkudos International Juried Competition 2016.  Open to all 2D and 3D media worldwide.  161 works representing 23 countries. August 15, 2016 – August 1, 2017.  The piece in the show is:  Double Monologues I:  The Celia Series.  More information can be found at Artkudos

Spotlight – International Gallery.  Open to all 2D and 3D media worldwide.  She received an Honorable Mention for a body of work of seven wall reliefs from the Celia Series and 3 free standing works from Series YK.  The show was from June 15 – August 1, 2016, but is now list on twitter at: IGOA 


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Wylie Yarborough – Founding Member

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Wylie Yarborough passed away on July 23, 2016.   Wylie was a founding member of Piedmont Craftsman, Inc in 1963 where he held many leadership roles and was President of the organization in 1967-1969.   Our deepest sympathies are with his family. He was a rare and charming gentleman, a good friend and a tireless advocate for this guild, a voice of reason, and the possessor of a gentle wit and a warm, genuine smile. Wylie, we will hear your voice every November. "The hall is rented, the craftsmen are coming. We're having a Fair." We will miss you.

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Loretta Kaufman Receives Honorable Mention

Loretta Kaufman received an Honorable Mention for her clay piece, "Ancient Voices: Series YK". The exhibit, THE ABSTRACT is at the International Gallery. The sculpture is one of twenty four 2D and 3D media works selected from artists worldwide. The exhibit will be online May 1st - 30th.

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Welcome, 2016 New Members!

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Each year, roughly 100 craftsmen from across the United States submit applications to become Exhibiting Members of 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 this year's Craft Fair, the standards committee invited the following 20 artists to become exhibiting members.  The artwork of the 2016 new members will be featured in the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery during the  "New Members Show" in March of 2016.


Zan Barnes
Santiago Gutierrez
Lee Hazelgrove
Judy Robkin
Courtney Tomchik

Cara May
Vickie Vipperman

Syed Ahmad
Michael Mikula
Carol O'Brien & Paul Willsea

Penny Atkinson-Potter & TJ Potter
Melanie Miller
Debbie Noiseux
Suzan Scribner-Reed

Terea Merriman
Julie Sewell

Tim Arnold
Mark Ellis
Alicia Williams


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Piedmont Craftsmen Announces 2016 Board of Trustees

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. announces the election of six new and four returning members to the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting on November 22nd, 2015.  The Board of Trustees is elected by the supporting and exhibiting members at the Annual Meeting during the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.  The Board elected 2016 Officers at the December 16th, 2015 meeting.  Terms for Officers and Trustees begin on January 1st, 2016.

The Officers elected to serve for 2016 are: Mrs. Jennifer McCormick, Chair; Mr. David Piner, 1st Vice Chair; Mrs. Lucinda Brogden, 2nd Vice Chair; Mrs. Cindy Cox Geddie, Secretary; Mr. Gregory Bradsher, Treasurer; Mr. Andre Crawley, Assistant Treasurer and Mrs. Karen Morgan will serve as Immediate Past Chair.

New Trustees elected to serve are: Mrs. Janet Bealer, exhibiting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mrs. Nancy Boynton, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mrs. B. J. Buckland, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mr. Matthew Gymer, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mrs. Peggy O’Donnell, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mrs. Amanda Blackman Phillips, supporting member, Pfafftown, NC; Dr. Jamie Ungerleider, supporting member, Advance, NC; and Mrs. Annie Grimms Williams, exhibiting member, Winston-Salem, NC

Trustees elected for a second term are: Mrs. Pamela Sanders, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; and Mr. Gregory Bradsher, supporting member, Lexington, NC.

They will join Trustees who are continuing to serve on the Board: Ms. Marvette Aldrich, Mrs. Melanie Barbee, Mr. David Bennett, Ms. Lucinda Brogden, Ms. Kathy Cooper, Mr. Andre Crawley, Mr. Barry Eisenberg, Mrs. Janet Frazier, Mrs. Susan Freidman, Mrs. Cindy Cox Geddie, Mrs. Pam Pryor Grace, Mrs. Jennifer McCormick, Ms. Tomi Melson, Mrs. Karen Morgan, Mr. David Piner, Mr. Andrew Sachs, Mrs. Lisa Stewart, Mrs. Julia Clinard Townsend and Ms. Annie Van Every.

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Martha Matthews


Fiber artist, Martha Matthews passed away on June 16, 2015.  She had been an exhibiting member since 1988. Martha graduated from Mary Baldwin College with a degree in Art History and Painting, attended the Art Students League in New York City and was a fiber artist weaving tapestries and drawing with the sewing machine for 40 years. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Canada and Kenya and has been published in a number of magazines, periodicals and books on fiber. Martha's work is included in many private and corporate collections such as IBM Corporation, Steelcase Inc., Hospital Corporation of America, Wachovia Bank and Trust Co., The Mint Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Martha was an Elder and active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed supporting the arts, sailing and gardening.

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Jak Brewer

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Glass artist, Jak Brewer passed away on July 15, 2015.  He had been an exhibiting member since 1974.  Born in Baltimore, Jak grew up in Florida and received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida.  In 1968, he became a student of Mark Peiser's at the Penland School of Crafts, and soon thereafter set up his own studio in St. Petersburg.  Four years later Jak moved to the small mountain community of Zionville, NC, and built the studio where he worked.  Jak's pieces are about purity of line, clarity of color, and play of light.  He explained his love of glass saying: "Glass to me is magic.”  From his artist statement:

“Landscapes have long been a subject of mankind’s affection; from primitive man’s awe of standing on a hill looking out to the mysterious and majestic distance with its sensuous land forms and beautiful skyscapes to our present longing for the beautiful and soothing vistas that are fast disappearing due to our greed and lack of understanding for the need to preserve our wondrous environment. Artists and craftsmen are attempting to capture this need for our souls to be part of the beauty of nature before we bulldoze, pave over, and pollute this paradise that the Great Spirit has given us. I love and need Landscapes and I hope you do too.”

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Pam Brewer’s Mosaic Art

Pam Brewer's newest mosaic sculpture will be shown at the 30th Annual Caldwell Arts Council's Sculpture Celebration on September 12th, 2015 from 9am - 4pm.   For details click the link above.

Pam Brewer's In a Pig's Eye

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Loretta Kaufman’s Ceramic Art Selected for International Show

Loretta Kaufman, Exhibiting Member in Clay since 1988, had four pieces selected for an online international show.  The show “Rectangles, Triangles, Circles – The Shape of Life” will be available from August 1 – October 31, 2015.  The show can be view online at: Still Point Art Gallery.

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Chery Cratty’s Pulp Painting Selected for Exhibit

Fiber artist, Chery Cratty, has been selected to represent the Plateau Chapter  of Tennessee Crafts with her pulp painting in an exhibit at the Tennessee Craft at Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center.  Selected by a jury of their peers, twelve artists will be featured in this exhibit that will open with an artists’ reception on Friday, August 7th from 5 to 7pm.  This well-rounded exhibit will include media of all kinds including both two and three-dimensional artwork.

The gallery opening is free and open to the public. Wine and refreshments will be served.  In addition, a closing reception will be held Friday evening September 25th.

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Sammie Nicely

Ceramic Artist, Sammie Nicely, died May 23, 2015. He became a member of Piedmont Craftsmen in 1997. Sammie Nicely was born in Russellville, TN. He received his B.S. degree in art education from Middle Tennessee State University with graduate studies in sculpture at the Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts in Gatlinburg. Nicely works in a variety of media. His pit-fired ceramic masks fuse Native American and African art traditions and techniques to create visual images inspired by ritual and everyday life. Nicely has extensive experience as a master teacher at all levels with a vast array of populations. Although Nicely currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA, he maintains strong ties with Eastern Tennessee. He is the co-founder of the “From Africa to Appalachia Foundation” dedicated to exposing African/African American visual and performing art to people in Appalachia. Since 1986, the foundation has presented an annual celebration and exhibition at the Rose Center in Morristown, TN.

Here is a video of him demonstrating at our Craftsmen's Fair in 2013
Sammie Nicely Clay Mask Demonstration

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Laura Sims


Fiber artist, Laura Sims, died on October 11, 2014.  She became an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen in 2008 and was also a member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild. She worked for both the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and John C. Campbell Folk School in administrative and/or shopkeeper capacities while building her love of mountain craft and craftsmen.  In the mid-80’s (?) she drove cross-country with a friend to take a weekend marbling class and found her ‘thing’.  She taught marbling many times at Folk School, Penland and Arrowmont.  She organized an International Marbling Conference at Arrowmont in ’02 which drew marbling artists from all over the world.

To see more of her work follow this link: Laura Sims

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Silvia Heyden

Fiber artist Silvia Heyden, a native of Switzerland who spent most of her life in Durham, died here Monday afternoon, March 2, 2015.  She was 88 and died from complications resulting from a recent heart surgery.

Silvia's works are in scores of collections in the United States including the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Gregg Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, Williams College Museum in Massachusetts, The Crocker Bank and Bank of America in San Francisco, The Equitable in New York City among others.  Her tapestries are in numerous public collections in Europe where she enjoyed an extensive and successful exhibition career.

Silvia was an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen from 1980 till 1993.

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Steve Lloyd


Stephen Lloyd, father, husband and master ceramicist, died suddenly of a cerebral edema of unknown cause on April 29, 2014. He was 46 years old, in the prime of his life, and at the apex of his career. He  attended Beloit College in Wisconsin where he received a B.A. in studio art. It was at Beloit College that Steve met Becky Haley, a fellow ceramicist and the love of his life. They married and as potters, Steve and Becky merged their considerable talents as ceramic artists to create the Lloyd Pottery hallmark style -- striking works in porcelain that were designed and thrown by Steve and carved by Becky using her intricate sgraffito technique.

Steve and Becky became exhibiting members of Piedmont Craftsmen in 2011.  To see Steve's work or learn more, follow this link: Steve Lloyd

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Virginia Ingram


January 22, 2015 - Exhibiting Member, Virginia Ingram passed away.  Over the years she has been active in the Winston-Salem arts community via the Arts and Crafts Association (now the Sawtooth School for Visual Art), Associated Artists, the Gallery of Fine Arts (now SECCA), Artworks Gallery, and Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. She received her Masters in printmaking from UNCG in 1965.  She became an exhibiting member in 1968.   In 2004 she was selected as the Sawtooth School's "Artist of the Year".

To learn more or see additional images of her work, follow this link: Virginia Ingram

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Clyde Gobble


Clyde C. Gobble Jr., 82, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at his home and pottery studio in Lexington.  An avid potter, Clyde had many avocations, too. He loved airplanes and anything to do with space. He was a boater and water skier and lover of plants, with amazing azalea gardens that he and Bonnie toiled many hours crafting and sharing with so many over the years.  He had an infectious laugh and smile, inspiring and influencing many.

Clyde became an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen in 1971.  To see more of Clyde's work and learn more about him follow this link: Clyde Gobble.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Announces New Board of Trustees

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. announces the election of eight new and four returning members to the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting on November 23rd, 2014.  The Board of Trustees is elected by the supporting and exhibiting members at the Annual Meeting during the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.  The Board elected 2015 Officers at the December 9th, 2014 meeting.  Terms for Officers and Trustees begin on January 1st, 2015.

The Officers elected to serve for 2015 are: Mrs. Karen Morgan, Chair; Mrs. Jennifer McCormick, 1st Vice Chair; Mr. Andrew Sachs, 2nd Vice Chair; Mrs. Amanda Blackman Phillips, Secretary; Mr. Gregory Bradsher, Treasurer; Mr. Andre Crawley, Assistant Treasurer and Mrs. Anne Howard Shelburne will serve as Immediate Past Chair.

New Trustees elected to serve are: Ms. Marvette Aldrich, supporting member, Lewisville, NC;  Mr. David Bennett, exhibiting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Dr. Kathryn M. Greven, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mr. Andrew Hayden, exhibiting member, Raleigh, NC; Ms. Tomi Melson, exhibiting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mr. David Piner, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Ms. Lisa Stewart, exhibiting member, Raleigh, NC; and Ms. Cindy Cox Wilson, supporting member, Advance, NC.

Trustees elected for a second term are: Ms. Kathy Cooper, exhibiting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mrs. Pam Pryor Grace, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Mrs. Karen Morgan, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; and Mr. Andrew Sachs, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC.

They will join Trustees who are continuing to serve on the Board: Mrs. Carolyn Bailey, Mrs. Melanie Barbee, Mr. Gregory Bradsher, Ms. Lucinda Brogden, Mrs. B. J. Buckland, Mr. Jim Carpenter, Mr. Andre Crawley, Mr. Barry Eisenberg, Mrs. Janet Frazier, Mrs. Susan Freidman, Mrs. Kathy Goliszek, Mrs. Jennifer McCormick, Ms. Martina Moore, Mrs. Catherine Heitz New, Mrs. Amanda Blackman Phillips, Mrs. Pamela Saunders, Mrs. Anne Howard Shelburne, Mrs. Julia Clinard Townsend and Ms. Annie Van Every.

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Welcome to our 2015 New Exhibiting Members!

Each year, roughly 100 craftsmen from across the United States submit applications to become Exhibiting Members of 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 this year's Craft Fair, the standards committee invited the following 20 artists to become exhibiting members.  The artwork of the 2015 new members will be featured in the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery during the  "New Members Show" in March of 2015.


Sasha Bakaric
Nancy Green
Laure-Faye Long
Evelyn Ward
Doc Welty

Miriam Carter
Jerry Maxey
Mindy McCain & Carrie May

David Russell

Lisa Cimino
Samantha Freeman
Tai Kim & Tiara Sunkung
Ivy Solomon

Robert Taylor
Kim Thompson
Paul Weller

Bob & Patti Stern

John Furches

Adam Crowell
Jim Sams


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Piedmont Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Society

Piedmont Craftsmen unveiled a commemorative 50th Anniversary art piece at their Gala on March 29, 2014.  The metal artwork was created by Kathleen Doyle and Tom Reardon, exhibiting members since 1979 from Asheville, NC.  Members of the 50th Anniversary Society are honored with their donation with an engraved brass Piedmont Craftsmen hand on the artwork.  The background of the piece is embossed with the same hand logo.  The four foot piece is on permanent display in our Gallery.

Kathleen Doyle with the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Artwork

Kathleen Doyle with the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Artwork


50th Anniversary Society Artwork in the Gallery

50th Anniversary Society Artwork in the Gallery

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Piedmont Craftsmen Welcomes 19 New Exhibiting Members!

Each year, roughly 100 craftsmen from across the United States submit applications to become Exhibiting Members of 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 this year's Craft Fair, the standards committee invited the following 19 artists to become exhibiting members.  The artwork of the 2014 new members will be featured in the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery during the  "New Members Show" in March of 2014.

Garry Childs, Rougemont, NC
Michael Hamlin-Smith, Charlotte, NC
Adrina Richard, Atlanta GA

Leslie Bowman-Friedlander, Reisterstown, MD
Laura C. Frazier, Kernersville, NC
Jane Frenke, Berkley Springs, WV
Paula Bowers Hotvedt, Charlotte, TN
Mary McFarland, Brodhead, KY
Shekina Rudoy, Princeton, NJ
Michael Smith, Asheville, NC
Kathleen Weir-West, Hendersonville, NC

Marc Tickle, Asheville, NC

Kate Rothra Fleming, Charleston, SC

Ashely Buchanan, Johnson City, TN
Laura Cardwell, Candler, NC
Caryn Hetherston, Landenberg, PA
Jody Ochs, Weaverville, NC
Annie Grimes Williams, Winston-Salem, NC

Andy Kearney, Conway, SC

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Piedmont Craftsmen Announces New Life Members

Piedmont Craftsmen announced at its 50th Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 17, 2013, eight new Life Members.  Life Membership is bestowed on exhibiting or supporting members for their long-time commitment, loyalty and financial support.  These exhibiting members were selected for being members for over 40 years:

Eddie Smith  -  Clay
Shirley Taylor Marriott  -  Metal
Frank A. Gourley, Jr.  -  Wood
Virginia Ingram  -  Printmaking
Ed Brinkman  -  Clay
Janet Graven Tourtellot  -  Mixed Media
Herb Cohen  -  Clay
Jose Fumero  -  Fiber

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Piedmont Craftsmen Welcomes Sixteen New Exhibiting Members

Each year, roughly 100 craftsmen from across the United States submit applications to become Exhibiting Members of 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.

Clay: Blaine Every, Seagrove, NC; Pam Brewer, Newland, NC; Terance Painter, Maggie Valley, NC; Timothy Sullivan, Marietta, GA

Fiber: Elynn Bernstein, Hendersonville, NC; Matt Tommey, Fairview, NC

Glass: Betti Pettinati Longinotti, Winston-Salem, NC; Warner Whitfield, Weaverville, NC

Metal/Jewelry: Julie Brooks, Raleigh, NC; Tavia Brown, Charlottesville, NC; Barbara and Robert McLaughlin, Stratham, NH

Jewelry: Kathy Lightcap, Weaverville, NC

Mixed Media: Kathleen Master, Holly Springs, NC

Wood: Robb Helmkamp, Marshall, NC; Steve Noggle, Morganton, NC; Erik Wolken, Chapel Hill, NC

The artwork of the new members is featured in the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery from March 1st - 30th, 2013

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Craftsmen’s Fair Award Winners

Piedmont Craftsmen announces the following Awards, presented during the Annual Meeting on November 18th, 2012:

Awards of Excellence – given for outstanding craftsmanship

Kipley Meyer, Madison, GA, wood

Jane Pieser, Penland, NC, clay

Jen McCormick, Winston-Salem, NC, mixed media

Sherpa Awards – honoring outstanding Piedmont Craftsmen volunteers

JoAnne Vernon, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC

Chuck Heath, exhibiting member, Winston-Salem, NC

Pat Mauck, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC

NewBridge Bank People’s Choice Award – presented to the artist voted the favorite by visitors to Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.

Marie-Helene Grabman, Alexandria, VA mixed media



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Piedmont Craftsmen Elects Board of Trustees and Officers for 2013

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. announces the election of four new and five returning members to the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting on November 18th, 2012, and the election of 2013 Officers.  The Board of Trustees is elected by the supporting and exhibiting members at the Annual Meeting during the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.  Terms for Officers and Trustees begin on January 1st, 2013.

The Officers elected to serve for 2013 are: Anne Howard Shelburne, Chair; Andrew Sachs, 1st Vice Chair; Annie Van Every, 2nd Vice Chair; Pamela Saunders, Secretary; Karen Morgan, Treasurer; Larry Bohannon, Assistant Treasure and Pam Pryor Grace will serve as Immediate Past Chair.

New Trustees elected to serve are: Gregory Bradsher, supporting member, Lexington, NC;   B. J. Buckland, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Kathy Goliszek, supporting member, Lexington, NC; and Amanda Blackman Phillips, supporting member, Pfafftown, NC.

Trustees elected for a second term are: Winston-Salem, NC; Carolyn L. Bailey, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC; Jim Carpenter, exhibiting member, Pfafftown, NC; Jane Goco, exhibiting member, Lewisville, NC; Martina Moore, exhibiting member, Danbury, NC; and Catherine (Cat) Heitz New, supporting member, Winston-Salem, NC.

They will join Trustees who are continuing to serve on the Board: Marvette Aldrich, Kitty Amos, Larry Bohannon, Kathy Cooper, Paige Cox, Andre Crawley, Barry Eisenberg, Barbara Eure, Susan Freidman, Hansford Johnson, Zina Johnson, Pamela Pryor Grace, Karen Morgan, Andrew Sachs, Pamela Saunders, Anne Howard Shelburne, Pam Short, Julia Clinard Townsend and Annie Van Every.

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Going…Going…Great! SUCCESS!

This year's auction was a success!  We raised over $25,000 that will benefit our exhibition and education programs. We would like to give a big thanks to our artists, collectors, and local businesses for their support!


Thank you to the businesses that have donated:

A New Leaf
Anastasia Furs
Best Buy
Bib’s Downtown
Bo-Ty Florist
Cahill & Swain
Camel Pawn Shop
Casual Furniture World
Dize Awning
Downtown Thai
Face Masters
Fresh Market
Jean Wells Travel
George K. Walker Florist
Home Depot
Jean Wells Travel
Mary King Design, Ltd
Maxwell Jewelers
Mock Tire
New Town Bistro
Old Town Club
O’So eats
River Birch Lodge
Salem Kitchen
Sam’s Club
Terry’s Gold Mine
Twin City Diner
Village Tavern
Vincenzo’s Ristorante
Wagoner Appliances
Windsor Jewelers


Thank you to the Artists & Collectors who have donated:

Cynthia Aldrich
Chris Asuncion* (Susannah Ravenswing)
Bob and Karen Bass* (Sheryl Baker)
Jenny Bates* (Courtney DesignCelia O'Kelley)
Brian Bortz
Mike and Wendy Brenner* (Jon Kuhn)
Tim Britton
Ed Byers
Gail Citron* (Tomi Melson)
Aleta Chandler
Megan Clark
Richard Copeland
Justine Dennis
Lynn Eisenberg* (various)
Ann Harwell
Loretta Kaufman
Elizabeth Lyne
Marcia McDade McMann
Carolyn Nelson
Julie Olson
Sharron Parker* (Bryant Holsenbeck)
Stephen Sidelinger
Eddie Smith
Beth Tarkington
Annie Van Every* (Susan Filley)
Melanie Walter
Ginger Jackson Williamson
Marianna Womble
Matt Zettl

*Indicates Collectors who are donating work by other artists.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Receives Grant

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. Receives Grant from
The Winston-Salem Foundation

Support for 50th Anniversary History Project

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(Winston-Salem, NC) The Board of Directors and Staff on behalf of our Supporting and Exhibiting Members are pleased to announce that Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. has been awarded a grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation. This grant for $25,000 will support Piedmont Craftsmen's 50th Anniversary History Project. The funds for the grant were provided by the Charles Babcock, Jr. Field of Interest Fund, the Eisenberg Family Fund for Arts and Culture and the Vicki Van Liere Helms Art Fund.

 Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. grew out of a series of kitchen table conversations held by a small group of makers of fine craft and lovers of quality examples of our material culture. The guild has been nurtured and strengthened over its 48+ year history by the ongoing dialogue between makers and collectors, and among fellow craftsmen as well as fellow craft lovers. November 2013 will mark our 50th Anniversary. In keeping with our missionas an education and arts organization that is dedicated to the promotion of fine traditional and contemporary craft/arts through a wide variety of educational and membership activities and services for the benefit of the community, the 50thAnniversary History Project will dovetail with all aspects of Piedmont Craftsmen's programming. The focus will be on creating multi-media content that can be used in numerous settings and presented to a variety of audiences. We envision producing a series of articles, photographic storyboards, and multi-media, web ready "modules" that explore our 50 year history, our crafts artists, founding and supporting members, as well as a look at the contemporary craft scene.


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The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area.   Founded in 1919 by Colonel Francis Fries with a $1,000 gift, it now administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of over $276 million at the end of 2011. In 2011, the Foundation granted more than $20.8 million to charitable causes, over $2.1 million of which was in Community Grants.

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Herb Cohen & José Fumero

Mint Museum of Art celebrates underappreciated talent

By Lawrence Toppman
Posted: Friday, Jul. 13, 2012
The Charlotte Observer

The white Hebrew letters march around the rim of the elegant brown bowl in a declaration never to be refuted: “I Will Be What I Will Be.”

The ceramicist didn’t mean that as a personal manifesto: It’s a slight alteration of the words Moses heard God speak from the burning bush. Yet “Sophisticated Surfaces: The Pottery of Herb Cohen” proves Cohen was destined to produce the complex and deceptively simple art in this seven-decade retrospective at the Mint Museum of Art.

And in a larger sense, Cohen has been destined to spend the last 56 of those years with fellow artist José Augustín Fumero, while their personal and professional lives intertwined like colorful fibers in a Fumero painting.

Together they worked in the 1960s and ’70s at the Mint’s Golden Circle Theatre. Together they abandoned well-paying white-collar jobs to bolt for Blowing Rock, committing themselves to uncertain (if eventually successful) lives as artists. There, they helped jump-start the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, on whose board they still serve as “founders emeritus.”

Together they returned to Charlotte two years ago, filling a condominium in Cotswold with pots and paintings and bonhomie. (An interview is likely to lead to lunch, perhaps with a Fumero pâté or handmade Cohen ice cream.)

And together, in their 80s, they have launched careers inspired by obstacles.

A hand tremor prevents Cohen from controlling clay on a wheel, so he builds up pieces by hand. (You’ll see a few in the Mint show, through Jan. 8.) The design-oriented Fumero, whose vision has deteriorated throughout his life, aims to create a simple, multiple-use computer keyboard for people who have similar conditions.

They have distinct identities. Cohen is the introvert who created subtle glazes and says without false modesty that he’s not sure he merits a solo show at the Mint. Fumero is the extrovert whose bold paintings grab your lapels: His portrait of a nun, a work his friends covet, reveals a woman who has guessed all your secrets. But you can understand why those friends almost speak of them as “HerbandJosé.”

“I’ve often told them they’re my uncles of choice,” says June Watts-Mistry, who (with husband Adi Mistry) has bought pieces by both. “I didn’t have any real uncles I liked that much. I have never heard Herb and José say a negative thing about another person, and that makes them a joy to be around.

“Their generosity is astounding in every way, whether having people over for dinner or having an artist stop by for a critique. It seems you can’t ask them anything and get a ‘no.’ ”

Of course, without one loud “No!” to conformity, Cohen and Fumero would not be where they are today.

Different paths, one goal

........Read more HERE.

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So THAT’s how you do it…

Here's a youtube video of Exhibiting Member in Metals, Ben Dyer, demonstrating how he gets those little tiny ear wires on his forged gold earrings.  We've been wondering.

Ben Dyer demonstrates forging on a rolling mill

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Jennifer McCormick

Artist Profile - Works of art created from patients' X-rays

By Cathy Norcross Watts in Relish of the Winston-Salem Journal
Published: March 1, 2012

In her work as a medical illustrator, Jennifer McCormick uses X-rays to document injuries and illness. But in her mixed-media art she uses those same X-rays to create images of hope and healing. Continue reading

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New Members Show opening March 2

The 2011 Standards Committee reviewed the work of 28 Jury Applicant Craftsmen at Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair in November, and invited 21 to join as Exhibiting Members.  Continue reading

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Fat Cats Live With It

Miss Maisie Mae prefers to take her mid-day nap on a comfy chair enhanced by a handwoven Carolyn Glazener throw and pillow. Continue reading

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Living With It On The Wall

Thanks, Jenny B for some images of wonderful 2-D fine craft. We've got a nice grouping of Diana Gillispie (Asheville Tileworks) tiles, and another nice use of the space between 2 windows: Kathy Kiffney and another Diana Gillespie tile. Continue reading

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Living With It!

We're starting a new group of blog posts called "Living With It!" Piedmont Craftsmen is all about living with beautiful handmade things - whether they're wearable, functional, decorative, or just plain fun, let us see pictures of some of the wonderful things you've collected at Piedmont Craftsmen over the years. Show them being worn, being used, being lived with and loved. Continue reading

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Bill Harris Elected Chief

Congratulations to Bill Harris, who was elected Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation.  Bill is an in Exhibiting Member in clay.  His artwork is based on traditional Catawba pottery techniques.  His wife, Jayne Harris is also an Exhibiting Member in clay.

For more information on Bill's election - click here.

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Vote for the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair!

Visit American Style Magazine online to vote for Piedmont Craftsmen as a "Top Ten" fair!  And then spread the word!

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Best in Show! just named the top art fairs in the USA, and Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair made the list! So did Southern HIghlands. Way to go, North Carolina!  Check out the full list here.

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Making Arrangements

Exhibiting Members, Matthew Comer, Debora Muhl and Jim & Libby Mijanovich are currently showing at The Galleries in the Cabarrus Arts Council.  The show continues through Oct 9, 2011.  Exhibiting Member and currator for the exhibit, Lin Barnhardt, is featured in a video about the show -

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Ronan Peterson Solo Show

Ronan Peterson Solo 2011

July 23, 2011

Ronan Peterson returns to MudFire Gallery with a splash, enlivening the space with unique forms and intense surfaces. His comic book interpretation of nature is familiar but fantastic in an otherworldly way, meandering in a space somewhere between the films Avatar and Jungle Book.

The exhibit begins with an opening reception on July 23, 2011 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Also opening that night is a Kathy King solo exhibit.

Work will post in preview mode by July 17, and will be available for purchase starting 10:00 am on Saturday, July 23, 2011.

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5th Annual “Best of Winston-Salem”

Piedmont Craftsmen was selected as the best Art Gallery/Shop/Boutique by the readers of Smitty's Notes or Smittyheads.   We are grateful to everyone who voted for us.  We congratulate one of our neighbors in the Arts District as the first runner up: Urban Artware.  Honorable mentions went to Hampton House, Associated Artist and The Other Half

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Piedmont Craftsmen’s New Website featured on Miva Merchant

Piedmont Craftsmen's new website and ecommerce shop were featured on Miva Merchant's Store Spotlight Blog on July 7th. Their blog highlighted Piedmont Craftsmen's
website, events, and the unique hand crafted items found in our online shop.  Kudos to our web designers Nathan Tayloe at TayloeGray and Chris Hayden at Cgraydesign.  Here is the link to Miva's blog: Store Spotlight: Piedmont Craftsmen.


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Nancy Fleming Announces New Website


Jewlery/Metal artist, Nancy Fleming announced the launch of her new website -   Nancy says about her work "Merging nature with metal...forming a new language.  My work represents the influence of emotion and spirit upon our lives.  Passion, whether heartache, pain, joy, elation, or love is my source of inspiration.  Metal is the language I use to tell my story."

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Kathy Cooper Yoga Mats

Exhibiting Member, Kathy Cooper, has introduced a new product to her painted Floorcloth line. is her new website featuring her customed designed yoga mats.

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Ed Lambert

Athens, GA. Edward S. Lambert, 71, professor emeritus of the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art, passed away May 31, 2011. Ed was an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen in fiber from 1979 until 1998. His death is a great loss to the fiberarts community. Continue reading

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The 2011 Standards Committee

The 2011 Standards Committee has finished reviewing the images submitted by 78 craft artists, and has invited 41 to take part in the second phase of the jury process at the Fair in November.  The following craftspeople will be taking part in the Object Jury: Continue reading

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New Website coming soon.

We are in the middle of a website overhaul. New and improved features are going to make our lives so much easier.

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Artist News

Upcoming Exhibition - Sandy Adair, Jak Brewer and Susan Sharpe will be participating in "Images of Nature in Fiber and Glass" May 4-31 2010 Reception May 7th 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Watauga Arts Council Jones House Gallery, 634 W King Street in Boone, NC 28607

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Piedmont Craftsmen employees have a heart

Piedmont Craftsmen employees Wendy Barber and Nicole Uzzell, along with other area artists, will have work in the 3rd annual Small Art, Big Heart. The opening reception is Friday February 12, 2010 at 5:00 at Hampton House Art & Framing, 2213 Cloverdale Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Proceeds from sales will benefit Aids Care Service.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Welcomes New Members

Twenty new artists were selected for membership at the 2009 Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair in November. The artists are listed below by media. Continue reading

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Piedmont Craftsmen Elects New Board of Trustees

At Piedmont Craftsmen's Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 20th, the membership elected the 2010 officers, nine new and five returning members to the Board of Trustees.

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Awards of Excellence

Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair was held November 20th - 22nd at the Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC. During the 3-day event, Awards of Excellence were presented to exhibiting members: Vicki Essig, fibers; Dempsy Calhoun, metal; and John Geci, glass.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Sherpa Award

Piedmont Craftsmen is please to announce the presentation of a new volunteer award at its annual meeting on November 22nd. The Piedmont Craftsmen Sherpa Award is named in honor to the native Himalayan guides who command extraordinary respect for their skills in navigating treacherous terrain with incredibly heavy loads while taking their fellow explorers on adventures that involve scaling some of the world's highest mountain peaks.

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Open House and Membership Drive

Piedmont Craftsmen's Board of Directors invites you to our Open House and Membership Drive. Friday, October 16th, 6pm until 8pm or Sunday, October 18th, 2pm until 4pm.

Bring your friends, neighbors and family to Piedmont Craftsmen's Fall Open House and expose them to the world of fine craft and the amazing benefits of supporting membership. Memberships begin at $50, which includes two Preview Night tickets to the famous Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair and gallery discounts.

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Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair and 6 Days in November

From November 17 to 22, 2009, Winston-Salem celebrates it heritage as North Carolina's center of arts and crafts. Experience great performances in music, dance and theatre; living history at Old Salem and in architectural tours; fabulous feasts at interesting eateries, all anchored by a visit to the dazzling Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair.

Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair is Saturday, November 21st, 10 am until 6 pm and Sunday, November 22, noon until 5 pm.

There is something for everyone! To learn more about 6 Days in November visit:

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Best of Winston-Salem

Piedmont Craftsmen was named best "Art Gallery/Shop/Boutique" in the Smitty's Notes Best of Winston-Salem Awards. This is the second year we have received this honor. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

Congratulations to the Urban Artwear for being the runner up and honorable mention went to 5ive & 40rty. To see a complete list of the winners -

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Elements Exhibition

ELEMENTary - the Basics: Air, Earth, Fire, Water is the current exhibition on display at the Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries in Concord, NC, and continues through August 13. The group invitational features works by four Piedmont Craftsmen exhibiting members: Chery Cratty, Andrew Goliszek, Susannah Ravenswing, and Ken Thomas. Other artists included in the show are: Syed Ahmad, Alice Ballard, Elizabeth Bradford, Clara Couch, Patrick Dougherty, Patrick Glover, Carmella Jarvi, Paul Keysar, Laird Lanier, Gretchen Lothrup, and Anatoly Tsiris.

An artists' reception is scheduled for Friday, June 26 (6 - 9 pm) in conjunction with the downtown Art Walk.

Susanna Ravenswing presents an Art Talk on Thursday, August 13, at 7 pm.

The Galleries are open Monday through Friday, as well as Second Saturdays, 10am - 4pm. Additional information is available the Cabarrus Arts Council website:

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Artist Raves and Reviews

Congratulations to Roxane Lessa, fiber artist, who will have work in the 28th Annual Fabric of Legacies - Art Quilt Exhibition at the Lincoln Center Galleries in Fort Collins, Colorado. This exhibition is open from July 6 through August 28.

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WORKSHOP: In artists’ hands, paper recycling takes a creative twist

By Ken Keuffel
Published: May 24, 2009
Paper need not end up in the recycling bin to be recycled.
It can find new life as a greeting card, a wedding invitation, a bookmark or a framed piece of adorned art. All that's needed is a shredder, a blender, lots of water, a couple of frames (one with a screen), a piece of cardboard and a sponge-paper towel.

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Artist Raves and Reviews

Joel Hunnicutt is the featured artist for May at the Sara Smith Self Gallery, Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203. For further information and gallery hours please call 336-629-0399 or visit

This May North Carolina figurative mixed media artist Nancy Kubale will be featured at the Bennett Galleries, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. For further information and gallery hours please call 865-584-6791 or visit

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Winston-Salem Arts Council Seeks Artists for Public Art

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is seeking professional artists or teams of artists nationwide to submit qualifications for two public art projects.

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Kathy Titus Wins Award

Congratulations to Piedmont Craftsmen's Gallery Manager, Kathy Titus. She was chosen by the faculty of Salem College to receive the 2009 Fleer Center Spirit Award. Kathy is a part-time student at Salem College majoring in Arts Administration. She has been with our Gallery since 2006.

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Fiber Artists Opportunity

Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown are co-authors of an upcoming book, 1000 Artisan Textiles, to be published in May 2010 by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books.

I would like to invite all textile artist members to submit their favorite project(s) for consideration. Please take a look at our website, for more details. You will note that while the deadline for submission is June 1, 2009, the selection process will begin earlier, and therefore, we encourage early submissions.

Gina M. Brown, 1000 Artisan Textiles (creative fiber works in detail)

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Lofty Ideas Tour Raffle Winners

Piedmont Craftsmen is pleased to announce the winners of our Lofty Ideas Tour Raffle.

Grand Prizes Winners are:

  • RiverRun Gala Package - JoAnne Vernon
  • Stocked Pot Basket - Eileen Schnieder
  • Zevely House, Dinner for two - Felda Hightower
  • Jan Richardson Ceramic Cottage - Tara O'Leary
  • Ombu Wood Fired Fusion Restaurant, $100 gift card - Bob Kelly

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PCI Artists at Cabarris Arts Council Galleries

Generation to Generation: Folk Art Collectibles and fine Crafted Heirlooms” is the current exhibition at the Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries in Concord, NC. The show runs through June 4, 2009. An Art Walk will take place on Friday, April 17 and serves as the opening for the show.

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Plane & Pedestal Exhibition

Green Hill Center for NC Art welcomes 9 artists including Piedmont Craftsmen members Lin Barnhardt, Chris Horney, John Nygren and Tom Suomalainen to a special exhibition, Plane & Pedestal. Running from April 3 through June 7, 2009 there will be an opening reception Friday April 3 from 5:30 to 8:00 at the Green Hill Center, 200 N. Davie Street, Greensboro.

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Arts in the Airport Exhibition – Call for Entries

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for "Arts in the Airport", a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary two-dimensional artwork and will be exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport's security gate checkpoint from April 30 - October 29, 2009. The deadline for entries to be received is Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

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Libby and Jim Mijanovich

Libby and Jim Mijanovich are very busy this spring with exhibitions at Good Fibrations, the Asheville Area Arts Council and Guilded Tulip Gallery. For more information and interesting facts about the Mijanovich's work please visit their website at

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Artist Raves and Reviews

Join Piedmont Craftsmen artists Amy Goldstein-Rice, Christine Colombarini, David Voorhees and Robert Levin at a very special exhibit during the Lenten season. The exhibit, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ Art Gallery 20 Oak Street Asheville NC, features artist designed, hand-crafted item to memorialize and celebrate the lives of loved ones and cherished pets. Shine on Brightly will be on display through April 10.

Roxanne Lessa, fiber artist and teacher, is very busy this spring. She is exhibiting with the Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South at two locations this year. ARTQUILTStransitions will be at the Allenton and Semans Galleries of the Durham Arts Council from April 17 through June 7. And, exhibiting at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary June 25 through August 22.

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Sandra McEwen Receives 2009 NICHE Award

Metal Artist, Sandra McEwen of Apex, NC, has been named a winner in the 2009 NICHE Awards for the piece entitled "Tiger Moth Necklace" in the Metal: Enameled category. Winners of the 2009 NICHE Awards were announced at a ceremony held during the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft on Sunday, February 15, 2009.

Sandra became a Piedmont Craftsmen exhibiting member in 2008. Her enameled jewelry will be shown in Gallery during March's New Member Exhibit.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Receives Award

Piedmont Craftsmen was honored with a Downtown Excellence Award at the annual meeting of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership. Present by Mayor Allen Joines, the award was for creating economic impact through our anchor location in the downtown Arts District and production of the annual Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair. Jane Doub, President and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff and membership.

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Congratulations to Wendy Barber

Congratulations go to Wendy Barber for winning the Best in Mixed Media category at the Small Art, Big Heart exhibit. Wendy has been a member of Piedmont Craftsmen's gallery staff for over 2 years. She created two dolls from fabric and polymer clay for this exhibit. Hampton House Gallery and AIDS Care Service of Winston-Salem were the sponsors of the show that features artwork no larger than 12 inches. Small Art, Big Heart is on display through the month of February.

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Glazener and Doub’s Commission for Premier Commercial Bank

Carolyn Glazener and Jane Doub recently completed a custom wall piece for Premier Commercial Bank in Greensboro, NC. The piece was commission by Linda Higgins of One Design Center, also in Greensboro. The wall piece is woven of two types of materials. The vertical bands are handwoven of cotton and rayon and horizontal strips are hand painted canvas.

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Bennetts Receive Commission from Mellow Mushroom

Veronica and David Bennett have been commissioned to create eight windows for the new Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC. Four of the windows have been installed. Postscript: All eight windows were installed by February 1, 2009.

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No Show Ball Winners

Congratulations to Piedmont Craftsmen's 2008 No Show Ball winners. They are Redge and Jane Hanes and Lloyd and Ranny Story. Each couple will receive a five hundred dollar ($500) shopping spree at our gallery and shop.

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Bobby Wells – In Memoriam

Bobby Wells, exhibiting member in mixed media, passed away Saturday, January 3rd. Piedmont Craftsmen members will remember her as a warm, kind & generous person, and a wonderful craftsperson whose work was imbued with her own spirituality.

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Piedmont Craftsmen Elects New Board of Trustees

At Piedmont Craftsmen's Annual Meeting, which was held on Sunday, November 16th, the membership elected the 2009 officers, eight new and four returning members to the Board of Trustees.

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Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair Awards of Excellence

The Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair was held November 15th - 16th at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC. During the 3 days of the event, Awards of Excellence were presented to exhibiting members: Candone Wharton, ceramics; Barbara and Rick Umble, jewelry and Lesley Keeble, mixed media.

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News about two Exhibiting Members

Those of you who were at the Fair might have noticed the absence of Lucius DuBose, Exhibiting Member in Printmaking. He had a valid reason for not being there, namely, heart bypass surgery. He is home and doing well, and very grateful (1) that he was diagnosed before they left home to come to Winston-Salem, (2) that he received such excellent care at Vanderbilt in his home town of Nashville, TN, and (3) for all the good thoughts, prayers, and cards that have come his way. Here is a note from Lenda's latest email to us: "I was aware all last weekend of folks at the fair thinking of us, which brought great comfort. One of the pleasant surprises of having this happen when we were scheduled to be at the fair is we have gotten several cards from people who must be customers, whose names we sometimes recognize, but without a face, we have no idea who they are. Each one puts a smile on our faces. People are so kind to take the time to contact us, and we are so grateful for all the healing thoughts, prayers, and good wishes."
If anyone would like to send Lucius a card, please contact Deb and she'll give you his mailing address.

The studio of George Handy, an Exhibiting Member in Clay and Mixed Media, was destroyed when a van crashed through it one evening in late October. Here's how a newspaper article described the incident. If you'd like to do anything to help him rebuild, let us know and we'll put you in touch with him.

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Yvonne Arritt – In Memoriam

Piedmont Craftsmen's exhibitng member, Yvonne Fox Dobyns ARRITT died on August 26, 2008. Wife of Nolan Arritt; mother of Cindy Dobyns and Barbara Dobyns; grandmother of Megan and Rhys Howard. Also survived by step-children, Susan Arritt, Debbie Arritt, Jenny Groh, and Dan Arritt. Yvonne grew up in Schenectady, NY, the daughter of a math professor at Union College and a painter. She attended Indiana University, where she studied French and metalsmithing and graduated with honors. She taught French and art and came to the area in 1958. She was active in the community, establishing a Montessori school, teaching, and watching countless swim meets for her children and grandchildren. She was an accomplished metalsmith who was an original member and past-president of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths, and she was active in the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the American Craft Council.

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