The Southern Highland Craft Guild operates four retail stores where craftworks can be purchases, as well as the bi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. The retail stores are located in Asheville and Blowing Rock and feature an extensive and exclusive range of handmade originals from Guild members.
Established in 1897, the Allanstand Craft Shop is the oldest operating craft shop in the country. Founded by Presbyterian missionary Frances Goodrich, the shop features traditional and contemporary craft works from more than 200 members of the Guild across a range of media, including glass, paper, metal, wood, clay, fiber and natural materials.
Built in 1955, the Guild Crafts shop is based in a pair of beautiful old stone houses, which stand as a symbol of the time-honored Southern Appalachian Mountain tradition of the craft they sell. Guild Crafts sells a range of beautiful handmade crafts including pieces made with pottery, glass, jewelry, ironwork, fiber and more.
Based in the Biltmore Village in Asheville in an exquisite 1928 Georgian building, the Southern Highland Craft Gallery showcases a variety of traditional craftworks that highlight the rich craft heritage of the region and reflect the boundaries broken by craftspeople through the combination of age-old tradition and modern, innovative techniques. A wide range of work can be viewed and purchased in the gallery, including works in materials such as glass, metal, paper, and pottery, as well as mixed media, natural materials, and jewelry.
The Parkway Craft Center is based in the Moses Cone Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway and boasts an exciting combination of magnificent Georgian Revival architecture, spectacular views of Bass Lake and the surrounding mountains, and exclusive handmade crafts and unique accent pieces from over 300 Southern Appalachian craftspeople. Work on display in the Parkway Craft Center includes works in materials such as pottery, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, leather and other natural materials.
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