What to do in Asheville During American Craft Week - October 5-14 2012

Visiting Asheville NC in October? Come by MOUNTAIN MADE, a downtown art gallery to watch Live Artist Demonstrations everyday during American Craft Week.

Online PR News – 21-September-2012 – Asheville NC – Once again MOUNTAIN MADE an Asheville art gallery is proud to be a sponsor of American Craft Week. This store will be hosting a series of live glassblowing and hand sculpted pottery demonstrations during the entire 10-day celebration of American Craft Week.

So what exactly is American Craft Week?

According to AmericanCraftWeek.com it is …”An opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. And every day thousands of craft retailers share their love of these items by displaying, promoting and selling them. As one craft artist put it, "this is the creative economy!"

By joining with individual artisans, art galleries and other retailers observing this 10-day event devoted to the newly revitalized “American creative economy”, the public can show their appreciation of the American Crafts professional.

Melinda Knies, owner of the MOUNTAIN MADE gallery says, “The American Craft movement is more than just a way to promote individual artists or small business retailers – it is also a love of traditionally handcrafted artwork and a belief in the future American made crafts…”

Mrs. Knies goes on to say, “…The American Craft Movement is a growing trend of discerning people who want to enrich and beautify their homes and work spaces with locally produced and handmade items – pieces that reflect both unique creative designs and quality American craftsmanship.”

“Not to mention it’s becoming cool to buy things labeled “Handmade in America” again!”, she said.

Live Daily Art Demonstrations during American Craft Week 2012

With those thoughts in mind Mountain Made will host potter Jean Saake, 85+ years young, will be exhibiting her fantastic ceramic birds, apples and hand sculpted fruits during daily presentations.

Jean who has been married for 65 years credits her husband Carl for both encouraging and supporting her lifelong love of art. Carl currently helps her by hand glazing all her sculpted pottery pieces.

Glass artist Jason Probstein will also continue to showcase his scientific glassblowing techniques in live demos, not only during the American Craft Week celebration but he will continue create his colorful glass Christmas ornaments until December 15, 2012.

Click to view the American Craft Week Live Demonstrations Schedule

About Mountain Made
MOUNTAIN MADE is an Asheville NC art gallery that supports the entrepreneurial development of local artisans, musicians and writers from our Southern Appalachian Mountains.
For more information on this event, contact store manager, Melinda Knies, at 828-350-0307 or e-mail staff[at]mtnmade.com or visit www.mtnmade.com. (Interviews available on request)

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