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Melinda Knies - Owner and manager of Mountain Made, an Asheville Art Gallery
  1. Ceramic Artists Jean & Carl Saake

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    Asheville Art Demo – Ceramic Artists Jean & Carl Saake

    Saturday at 11 – 4PM

    Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

    Well, master ceramic artists Jean and Carl Saake, who are both in their late 80’s prove that with a  life of artistic dedication, joy and more than a little effort, you can “grow up” and remain a wonderful artist!

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    Ceramic art by Jean and Carl Saake

    To create their whimsical artwork, Jean first hand molds and sculpts every one of their ceramic fruit pieces or critters and birds. Then Carl hand paints each one and glazes them for firing. (more…)

  2. Cherokee Leaf Pounding Quilts by Asheville Artist Bonnie Lucas

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    Cherokee Leaf Pounding Quilts

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    Among Asheville artists, Bonnie Lucas is a well-known master quilter. In 2014, Bonnie was selected as a semifinalist among 405 other contestants in the American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek. The American Quilter’s Society’s quilter’s contest is now in its 31th year. Cherokee leaf pounding quilting is her of her specialties.

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    UPDATE: Bonnie will be on hand at the gallery on Saturday, 6/3/2017 from 11AM to 4PM to give a live demonstration of her art.

    While Bonnie uses many different techniques in her quilted pieces, one of her most popular quilting techniques found here at Mountain Made all start with a technique Bonnie calls “Cherokee Leaf Pounding”.

    Leaf pounding is a simple, yet stunning technique originally used by Native American Cherokee women to decorate their fabrics.

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    Bonnie uses actual flowers, leaves, and even weeds in her works! The colors and veining in the resulting quilt pieces are actual pigments and dyes from the plants or leaves themselves.

    Each in her original designs has a machine-thread technique. It is applied over the border of the plant outline for a more rustic and organic texture.

    We invite you drop by and see Bonnie’s latest quilts at Mountain Made and check out her Cherokee Leaf Pounding Quilts for yourself.

     

     

  3. Planting & Gardening by the Signs

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    Using a Garden Almanac to Plant by the Signs – Local Book Shows You How

    Since prehistoric times, mankind has been using the phases of the moon and weather signs to plant and harvest crops.

    According to Wikipedia this is a form of astrology named “Agricultural astrology” or as it is commonly called here in the South “planting by moon”.

    In a nutshell, planting by the signs is what some gardeners, even commercial farmers, believe is a system where various plants do better (grow faster and produce more crops) when seeded, cultivated and harvested during certain moon phases and astrological signs.

    Now there are few studies and very little scientific research to back up this ancient system but that has not stopped generations of gardeners from wanting to know how to use their almanacs and struggling to understand when to plant by the moon signs.

    And yes, we admit that “planting by the signs” might seem a little out there for some folks, but many good Southern mothers have swore by their farmer’s almanac and planting by the signs!

    With that in mind, MOUNTAIN MADE has a wonderful gardening book written by local authors and long time gardening experts – Jack R. Pyle and Taylor Reese.

    Pyle and Reese wrote about on this fascinating topic, in their book “Raising with the Moon: the complete guide to gardening and living by the signs of the Moon” (more…)

  4. What is an Asheville Art Walk?

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    What is an Asheville Art Walk?

    “What is the Downtown Asheville Art District’s

    Art Walk About?”

    What is an Art Walk?

    Just about any size city, town or hamlet, nowadays has an art walk of some kind. And the Asheville Downtown Art Walk is no different.

    An Art Walk is basically a self-guided and self-paced tour of small studios, galleries or organizations that specialize in showcasing local arts and crafts.

    An Art Walk can be held monthly, annually or quarterly.

    It can be run by an association of small galleries, by a chamber of commerce or with just a handful of local merchants banding together.

    What is an Art Walk?

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  5. St. Patrick’s Day Pinch?

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    Wear Green or Get Pinched?

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    St. Patrick’s Day Pinch? While we won’t pinch you if don’t wear green when you come by the store today, we invite you to check out some of our wonderful “Tipsy” Tumblers handcrafted by Asheville glass blower Terri Sigler.

    Okay, we admit it you might not NEED any glassware but once you see these beautiful hand blown tumblers, you are sure to want them.

    They made a great thank-you gift idea for you to take along if you are heading out this evening for a St. Paddy’s Day party with a special  someone.

    Not to mention, if you are hosting your own “wear green or get pinched” celebration this weekend, nothing makes a mini-bar or a party beverage table stand out quite like these super cool tumblers that “rock but never roll” and their companion blown glass pitchers:

    “Tipsy” Tumblers and Pitchers by Asheville Glass Blower Terri Sigler

    st-paddy-pinching-handWe invite you to come by Mountain Made soon or we will give ya a pinch! St. Patrick’s Day Pinch any day pinch!