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Things to Do in Asheville – Live Art Demos Every Saturday

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Things to Do in Asheville - craft demonstrations at mountain made

 “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~Plato

Mountain Made is pleased to offer once again this year, our live art and craft demonstrations.

Every Saturday from 11-4PM, (during our summer, fall and holiday seasons) we will be hosting a live art demo presented by one of our popular Mountain Made artisans.

Each demonstration will showcase the artwork from a local WNC artist. During the demonstration, our master artisans are open to answering your questions, and share their love of their particular art or craft.

Check out videos from our past art demonstrations below:

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Handcrafted Copper & Silver Jewelry by Asheville Artist Candy Emerson

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UPDATE: Candy will be on hand at the gallery on Saturday from 11AM to 4PM to give a live demonstration of her art. We invite you drop by and watch her in action.

handcrafted silver jewelry

Handcrafted Precious Metal Jewelry

Silversmith and jewelry designer Candy Emerson says, “Handcrafting jewelry makes me smile!

I remember looking at the titles of career self-help books and the message always seemed to be ‘follow your passion, do what you love and determine the color of your parachute’. (more…)

Asheville Fiber Artist Bonnie Lucas – Inside the Artist’s Studio

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Asheville Fiber Art

Local fiber artist and award-winning quilter, Bonnie Lucas specializes in creating quilted wall hangings using an ancient Cherokee Indian technique called plant or leaf pounding.

So how is flower or plant pounding really done?

Bonnie explains it best…

”This is a process of infusing the actual pigment from plants into the fibers of fabric. The basic plant pounding technique is actually a fairly simple one…you take fresh actual flowers, leaves and other natural greenery; even weeds and with a hammer literally pound the plant’s natural dyes and colors into a light-colored fabric backing.”

Each one of her quilted designs is a truly unique creation formed by the transferred pigments from each type of plant that she uses.

Bonnie uses watercolor pens to hand trace each design outline and then finishes it off with an overlapping machine stitch technique that applies textures for a more natural and organic feel. (more…)

Asheville Ceramic Artist Sondra Hasting’s Meditation Plates

UPDATE: Live Art Demo, by Sondra Hastings

Saturday, August 5, 2017 – 11:00AM to 4:00PM

“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. ” ~ Hugh Jackman

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Who knew an action movie star could be so eloquent? But as Sondra Hastings says, her hand-held mediation plates were inspired by both modern and ancient mediation techniques.

In ancient times, people would walk along a labyrinth, in hopes of reaching enlightenment or salvation.

People also thought of these mediation trails as being symbolic “pilgrimages”, designed to open one’s mind to new possibilities or to calm a restless spirit.

Sondra started hand molding her “Original Asheville Mediation Plates” about several years ago as way to ease her own mind and body during several tough life situations and difficult health issues. (more…)

Whimsical Ceramic Art by Asheville Artists Jean & Carl Saake

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UPDATE: Live Art Demo by Jean & Carl Saake

Saturday – 11AM – 4PM

Ceramic Art - Asheville Artist Jean and Carl Saake
Being creative is not a hobby…It’s a way of life

And so it has been with ceramic artists Jean and Carl Saake.

As some of Asheville’s oldest ceramic artists (90+), both Jean along with her husband Carl have long mastered the wonderful technique of hand building fanciful birds, apples and pears as well as other whimsical critters such as lady bugs and snails from clay.

Jean painstakingly molds, rolls and pinch crafts each and every one of her ceramic pieces by hand while Carl hand paints and glazes each one of them.

We invite you to checkout the images of photos of some of their work below:

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Ceramic Art – Asheville Artist Jean and Carl Saake

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