Get To Know NC: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Southern Highland Craft Guild

If you are looking for some of the most well-made and unique items from craftsman from all over the Appalachian region, then it’s time to check out the Southern Highland Craft Guild. According to their website, “Since 1930, artists from Maryland to Alabama have come together to create a network and market for mountain craftspeople. Today, Guild membership stands at nearly 900 makers selected by a jury for the high quality of design and craftsmanship. The Southern Highlands continues to inspire and lead the craft revival movement.”

That means this is not only a premier source for quality items, it’s also a resource for craftsman from all walks of life to get exposure for their goods and meet others who share their passion.

Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild

The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers a way for craftsman to connect with other craftsman and establish professional relationships. If you would like to become a member of the guild, you can apply via their website. The application process also includes an image jury and an object jury. Membership is open to all craftspeople who reside in the specified counties of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The Home Of The Southern Highland Craft Guild

The Folk Art Center located in Asheville, NC is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center showcases some of the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. There is also the Eastern National Bookstore, Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, three galleries, library, and the Guild’s oldest craft shop housed at the facility located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Shop The Southern Highland Craft Guild Online

You can shop hundreds of home, jewelry, kitchen, lifestyle, and other items on the Southern Craft Guild’s website. Choose from clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, and a variety of other materials. All the items for sale are unique and handcrafted by guild artists.

Southern Highland Craft Guild Retail Stores

In addition to shopping online, the Southern Highland Craft Guild also has retail stores where you can browse all their items in person. These stores are located at the Folk Art Center, Biltmore Village, Moses Cone Manor, and Tunnel Road.

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