HCC Foundation to Offer Free Community Craft Workshop Day on July 20

By Haywood Community College | Jul 09, 2013

Haywood Community College’s Foundation will offer a free Community Craft Workshop Day on Saturday, July 20 in the college’s new Creative Arts Building. Participants can choose from these eight workshops:  Make a Bracelet, Play in the Clay, Designer Pillow, Dovetails Demystified, Artful Finishes for Wood, Appalachian Heritage Arts Music, Learn the Knit Stitch, and Handspun Fun.

Each of these workshops will be offered in two separate sessions at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. or 1 until 4 p.m. with the exception of Dovetails Demystified which will be from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and Artful Finishes for Wood which will be from 1 until 4 p.m.

Supplies, materials, and tools are included for all workshops. Lunch is provided for $10. Each workshop is limited and must be reserved by Wednesday, July 17. Workshops are for ages 18 and older. For more information or to register, please call 627-4522.

In Make a Bracelet, students will create their own unique designs and get a basic introduction to working with metal. They will stamp, roll, file and form a copper bracelet. Instructor is HCC Professional Crafts Jewelry graduate Terry Taylor. He has over 14 years teaching experience and has published more than two dozen craft books with Lark Books.

Play in the Clay is a fun, no pressure introduction to the clay studio and basic techniques. Participants will get their hands in the mud and learn the basics. Instructor is HCC Professional Crafts graduate Velda Davis. She has participated in workshops all over the region and has created and shown work since 2006.

In the Designer Pillow workshop, participants will design and piece together their own unique throw pillow. Students will learn about sewing, cutting with rotary cutters, and piecing patterns. This is a great introduction to quilting taught by Lani Hendrix. Hendrix has taught at HCC for over 30 years. She brings a lifetime of quilting, sewing, and upholstery experience to the classroom.

Learn to hand-cut basic dovetails in the Dovetails Demystified class. This classic joint marries strength and beauty. The workshop will cover design, layout, cutting, fitting, and gluing full and half-blind dovetails. Router templates, bandsawing, and tablesawing are all machine methods that will be demonstrated and discussed in this workshop. Wood will be provided or participants can bring their favorite.

In the Artful Finishes for Wood workshop, participants will play with unusual surfaces and finishes such as torching, sandblasting, grinding, dyes, grain-filling, and photo-transfer. Wood will be provided or participants may bring wood scraps.

Both wood workshops will be led by HCC Professional Crafts Wood instructor Brian Wurst. He has taught at HCC for the last five years and is also a graduate of the wood program. Prior to this, he operated a local furniture studio where he made custom work and gallery pieces.

The Appalachian Heritage Arts Music Workshop is an overview of Appalachian music and instruments. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the rich history and sounds of the mandolin, guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

Instructors are Trevor and Travis Stuart of the Stuart Brothers. These Bethel natives have been playing as a duo for more than 20 years. They learned to play from community members and have played throughout the United States, England, Ireland, Germany, and Russia. They teach schoolchildren to play traditional mountain music through the Junior Appalachian Music Program. The Stuart Brothers have recorded two albums and have played on many other musicians’ recordings.

The Learn the Knit Stitch workshop is a great beginning class to learn to knit. Participants will learn the most basic stitch in knitting will enable them to make a scarf or simple bag. Instructor is Mary Finn who has taught for over 16 years. She is a founding member of the Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild.

Handspun Fun will allow students to experience fiber spinning. This handspun yarn can be used for projects such as knitting, weaving, and more. Instructors are BJ Crawford and Vicki Camp. Crawford is an owner of Earthguild, a local fiber shop. She has taught for more than 30 years. Camp is an accomplished knitter, spinner, and weaver.

Throughout the day, there will be a video called Video Stream: Spend a Moment with a Maker. This video was produced by The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Hendersonville. This video features visits with craftspeople from across the region and beyond. The following artists are featured in the video: Clay-Christina Cordova, Janice Kluge, Joel Queen, Mark Hewitt, and Michael Sherrill; Wood-Stoney Lamar, Curtis Buchanan, Dale Lewis, Hunt Clark, Mark Lindquist, and Richard Prisco; Fiber-Ellen Kochansky, Gwen Magee, Jery Taylor, and Pat Mink; Glass-Che Rhodes, Richard Jolley, and Sam Corso; Metal-Elizabeth Brim, Gary Noffke, Hoss Haley, and Susie Ganch.

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