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Mountain Heritage Circle

Mountain Heritage Circle

You are invited to march to a cadence rooted in the past, celebrating the present and anticipating the future. Throughout the day, a number of demonstrations are offered. Ranging from molasses making, blacksmithing, pottery, colorful needlework to basket weaving – questions, from all ages, are encouraged. The Virginia Boone Heritage Building opens at 9:00 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: closes at 10:00 pm
Monday thru Thursday the building opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 10:00 pm. EXCEPTION : All buildings close at 9:00 pm on the final Sunday of the Fair.

Heritage Crafters

Nanette Ardakoc, daughter of Cherry Corn, is an 8th generation potter in the Brown Family of potters. She grew up watching her Grandfather, Evan Brown, turn on the wheel with her grandmother, Mercedes Brown finished pottery and helped customers. She watched her mother grow and excel in her pottery through her life as she went from decorating to glazing, to mixing clay and finally to making the pieces from start to finish. Nanette studied pottery and ceramics at A-B Tech Community College and worked fro a short while as the director of pottery at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Nanette discovered her love for pottery lies with slab building, coils and stamping. She loves to mix glazes and create new color combinations. Her favorite part is working alongside her mother and soaking up as much information about her heritage as possible.

David Blackwelder lives in Old Fort in McDowell County, N.C. He is involved in many community organizations like the Crooked Creek Fire Department where he is President of the Board of Directors and serves as Safety Officer and Chaplain for the department. He serves as President of the Board of Directors for Davidson’s Fort Historic Park and has served as a Reenactor at The Gateway Mountain Museum, both located in Old Fort. He has been an American Revolution Era Reenactor for 25 years.

Cherry Corn

Since the 1700s the Brown family has been making pottery in the U.S.. Originally from England, the Brown family moved to the U.S. and brought the trade of Folk Pottery with them. Evan J. Brown, 6th Generation, opened Evan’s Pottery in 1964, continuing the family tradition. He then passed his knowledge to his daughter, Cherry B. Corn, 7th Generation. Cherry became the first female potter in the Brown Family. Cherry then passed her knowledge to her daughters and their children who are the 8th and 9th generation. With three generations currently producing, Evan’s Pottery continues to keep the spirit and tradition of Folk Art alive. 828-684-9726 to leave a message

Lena Ennis, Artist
I grew up along the shores of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast and at an early age began learning to draw and paint the world around me from my grandmother, a southwestern landscape artist. She had me involved in oil painting at the age of four. From that early age, I fell in love with the magic of creating three dimension on a two dimensional plane. I attended the School of Art at East Carolina University, became a commercial artist for many years, then a freelance fine artist.
My work has won awards on the local, national and international level. As a member of the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair, I received the Master Craftsman Award in 2014. Creating art carries me all over the United States, painting for myself and teaching others. I cannot imagine doing anything else.

Jeffrey Jobe
A native of North Carolina, trained in historical archaeology, with a subspecialty in metals. I am a trained jeweler and a self-taught traditional silversmith. Most of my tools date from the 18th and 19th Century. Many of the tools came from a German Jewish goldsmith who survived the Holocaust and some from the camp where he was imprisoned. Many of the other tools have been custom made. As a specialist in hand forged and woven/braided metal, I use a mixture of traditional silversmith, blacksmith and goldsmith techniques and equipment to create wearable works of art with meaning, predominantly through the use of modified repousse’ technique I developed in 2002. Other techniques used include hand forged gold & sterling silver, 14K, 18K gold & sterling silver sand casting. From initial design to final polishing, all of the work done is by hand- by me-one piece at a time from original design to final polishing. No work is licensed for reproduction.
Barking Dog Jewelry Design Studio Thomasville, N.C. 336-287-6067

Nancy Larson has been knitting by hand ever since childhood and collecting antiques for most of her adult life. In 1984 she stumbled upon her first antique sock-knitting machine in the hay loft of a barn in Wisconsin. She began taking the machine to antique tractor-and-engine-shows (accompanying her late husband to his favorite activity); later she branched out into vintage craft shows. Initially she merely demonstrated the use of the machine, but soon began selling the socks, scarves, dolls and other items made on the machine. The machine Nancy brings to shows is the Master Machine made by the Home Profit Hosiery Company, one of a dozen of US companies that manufactured similar machines beginning around 1880. These were for cottage industry, not for factory use(though comparable , more automated machines came to be used in factories at about the same time.) During WWI, the Gearhart Company donated a hand crank sock-knitting machine to every Red Cross center in the US so that women could knit socks to send to servicemen. Today this craft is undergoing a revival, with both antique and reproduction machines on the market. In the real world, Nancy is a retired research physicist, having worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 35 years. She is the proud mother of one daughter and grandmother of two delightful young boys.

Gale Littleton
At a very young age, Gale Littleton liked to draw, and her talent was enhanced by her love for the country. Being blessed to live and work in North Carolina, she enjoys painting many rural scenes there…the mountains, streams, and waterfalls are some of her favorites to paint. She and her husband, Jimmy, often venture down back roads taking photographs as a reference for her to paint. Because of her love for people, Gale really enjoys demonstrating her painting at the shows where she is exhibiting.

Bill Seippel
Bill learned the craft of beeswax candle making by attending the Moravian Candle Tea for years as a child and also from being taught the methods of making beeswax candles from Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pete ( Lucy and Pete Blum, Jr.) who made the candles for Calvary Moravian Church for many years.

Dede Styles (Dorothy)
Born and raised in Buncombe County, I learned to identify common native plants from my mother. Put that together with a pet sheep to provide wool and plant dyes, this made for a natural consequence. As a teacher, I have shared my love and knowledge of natural dying and spinning wool for a lot of years. In 2000 I was juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild, opening up more opportunities for sharing my craft.

Joe Williams
Berry buckets are traditional Appalachian containers made of bark. These buckets originated to fill a need to carry things found in the forest back home for use. While in the forest, if a bucket was needed it would not be practical to go home for one, so a bucket was made on the spot from the bark of a tree. The buckets could be made from the bark of the Tulip Poplar, Chestnut, White Walnut, Basswood or Hickory as well as others. The most popular however is the bark of the Tulip Popular. A skilled person could whip up one of these rustic carryalls in just a few minutes. These skills could come in handy when that long hike leads you to one of those once in a lifetime berry patches.

Joe Williams was introduced to these buckets by his grandparents, Harvey Moore and Bertha Williams, when he was just a boy. " My family has made these buckets for six generations that we know of and perhaps longer." Through their teaching, Joe has developed a deep interest in keeping the old ways of Appalachia alive. These crafts and skills, passed down from generations help define the character of the region.

Nanette Ardakoc - Potter, hand building, wheel throwing, decorating
Curtis Cecil - Blown glass & sculptured glass figurines
Cherry Corn - Potter
Dogwood Crafters - Dogwood Crafters w/mixed media & demonstrators
Sharon Drewyor- Hand knitting with hats, scarves, etc
Dianne Ellis - Hand braided rugs, hotpads,chair pads, Carolina snowflakes
Lena Ennis - original oil paintings, prints, NC landscapes-seascapes-wildlife
Jackson's Western Store- Handmade leather items and demonstrations if stampings and cutting leather
Jeffrey Jobe
- Traditional silver & gold smithing
Claudia Lampley - Hooked rugs, wool applique, demonstrating traditional rug hooking
Don Lance- Live turning on wood lathe of wooden bowls
Nancy Larson - Antique knitting needles-The Sock Lady with 100 year old sock machine
Donna Leven- Basketry; baskets from beginning to end
Gale Littleton - Original Oil paintings and prints; watercolor and acrylic
Elizabeth and Larry Lytle- Beekeeping, cold press lye soap making, beeswax candles & ornaments
Jack Metcalf - Molasses making
Randell Metcalf - Molasses making
Bill Newell - Hand made Dulcimer making, furniture made from wine barrel staves
Cary Pace - Whittling, hand carved earrings, wooden figures, wall art, ornaments, fishing lures
Carolina Quilts- Sewing demonstrations; quilt squares and quilt related items
Junetta Pell - Chair seat weaving/caning, weaving, baskets, wiring pine cone crafts
William B. Seippel- Beeswax candles, tinware-icicles, candle holders, angel ornaments
Carolyn DeMorest-Serrano - Original Ink and pencil drawings
Steve Schroeder- Hand forged ironwork- roses, leaves, door hinges, leaf keychains, fireplace tools
Mary Ann Silvey- Rug Braiding
Dede Styles- Dyeing yarn using dye from plant material, knitting and spinning
Cheryl Bell Thompson - Art of stained glass
June Wiggins- Porcelain dolls
Joseph Williams- Barkberry buckets; harvesting bark, scoring, folding and attaching a handle to baskets
Dennis Wilkey- Turning with small lathe: pens, ice cream scoops, pizza cutters, bottle stoppers
Qualla Arts- Cherokee made baskets ,pottery, weapons, beadwork, wood carving, dolls

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