Conversation with the Co-Curator of Contemporary Craft

The South has attracted and nurtured hundreds of artists. Its educational institutions, landscape and community life have enabled creativity to flourish and artists to dig deeply into imagination and psyche to produce bodies of remarkable, original works. Through this exhibition, the mastery of craftsmanship is underscored, and individuality—the voice and fingerprint of the maker—is eloquently conveyed. Serious craftsmanship requires many years of attention to acquiring technical skills and facility with materials as well as a profound grasp of history and tradition. The works in this exhibition demonstrate the power of objects to tell an artist’s story of passion and commitment, of years spent mastering material and process, of keen observation and reflection, and a desire to bring others into the process through use, touch and dialogue.

Jean McLaughlin
Director, Penland School of Crafts

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  • Conversation with the Co-Curator of Traditional Arts
  • Kathleen Mundell
  • Craftsmanship draws on a complex set of skills developed over a lifetime of practice. With “elegance and authority,” the contemporary and traditional artists featured in this exhibit have worked on refining these talents into a body of work.
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  • Conversation with the Co-Curator of Contemporary Craft
  • Jean McLaughlin
  • The South has attracted and nurtured hundreds of artists. Its educational institutions, landscape and community life have enabled creativity to flourish and artists to dig deeply into imagination and psyche to produce bodies of remarkable, original works.
  • Read More