ARROWMONT CRAFT CONVERSATIONS is a video series that highlights artists in the Arrowmont community. Our partnership with Arrowmont faculty and community members has contributed to Arrowmont’s longevity, growth as a school of arts and crafts, and our reputation as an institution that welcomes everyone. The artists who appear in this series exemplify the characteristics that represent the School — they span generations and are among the most experienced, capable, and innovative in the arts and crafts world.

Each of the artists in this series offers insights into their work and their reflections on being a part of the Arrowmont community. Visit

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Beginning in July, Arrowmont will present a new monthly series of virtual Instructor Roundtable discussions featuring Arrowmont instructors who represent diverse media and backgrounds – but who share a similar theme in their art.

In a normal year, the campus would be abuzz with the sounds of laughter and talk. Part of the Arrowmont Experience includes the conversations shared with students, staff and instructors. Although we cannot safely gather our community around the lunch table this year, Arrowmont is excited to invite you to a new lunch-time tradition. For the remainder of the year, the Instructor Roundtables will bring together instructors originally scheduled to teach in 2020 for a one-hour conversation about the themes that unite their work.

Special thanks to 2020 instructor Heinrich Toh who helped conceive and shape this new conversation series.

December 7, 2020 – Staff Roundtable: Giving Back to the Arts

December 7, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
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Julia Clinton, Arrowmont director of finance 
Vernon Bowen, fiber artist, work-study and donor who established The Vernon and Anita Bowen Scholarship in Honor of Edra McHarry endowment
George W. Jones, III, woodturner and member of Arrowmont’s Board of Governors

Join us December 7th for a lunchtime conversation with Arrowmont staff and associates to get an inside look at charitable giving in the arts and at Arrowmont. Moderated by Deborah Sosower, marketing and communications manager.

Julia Clinton

Julia K. Clinton, Director of Finance, has been Arrowmont staff for 20 years. She began working at Arrowmont in 2001, and directs the financial activities of the school. She performs supervisory and highly responsible administrative and professional work in planning, organizing and directing the fiscal affairs of Arrowmont. Julia also coordinates human resource policy compliance, and assists with Arrowmont’s computer information system.

Additional Work Experience: Baptist Health System Accountant, Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (1999 – 2001); Assistant Controller, Sunterra Resorts, Inc., Gatlinburg, TN (1998 – 1999); Senior Accountant, Collier Development Company, Pigeon Forge, TN (1995 – 1998); Staff Accountant, Pugh & Co., P.C., Gatlinburg, TN (1993 – 1995); Bank Teller, Citizens National Bank, Sevierville, TN (1988 – 1991).

Professional Development and Leadership: Member of the Gatlinburg Rotary; Board of Directors, Leadership Tomorrow; and member of Friends of the Smokies.

Vernon Bowen

Vernon Bowen began doing surface design after a career in municipal government, mainly to provide unique fabrics for his wife, a quilter. He became involved in a work-study program at Arrowmont in order to gain knowledge in dyeing, screen printing, marbling, and shibori. The work-study program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts enabled him to participate in many fiber-related workshops and led to several stints as an instructor’s assistant. “I’m entranced by the ethereal quality of wax and its juxtaposition with the hard lines of the woven paper-the precise angles of the weaving process softened by the haziness of encaustic.”

George W. Jones, III

George W. Jones, III is a retired United States Army medic and worked at the Virginia Hospital Center (Arlington Hospital) from 1978 – 2015. He has been woodturning for 14 years, and joined the Arrowmont Board of Governors in 2020.

“Since the introduction to the craft of woodturning, over 14 years ago, I have had the opportunity to study under a number of internationally renowned wood artists. For six consecutive years, I’ve studied for at least one week each summer at the Arrowmont School of the Arts in Gatlinburg, TN. During this week, I have received one-on-one training from some of the leading woodworking artists and have been completely immersed in my craft. Additionally, the school at Arrowmount exposed me to an artists’ community which included pottery, stone carving, quilters and more; this gave me an opportunity to translate new art mediums into my art. Through the individual perspective and technical teachings of each of these artists, I’ve developed a unique perspective on woodworking.
All of my pieces are unique, from bowls to wall art. Each tells a story and are important to me. Hopefully the love and fulfillment I gain from creating each piece is apparent and brings enjoyment to those who see them. The best thing about being an artist is the gift of learning and growing from
each piece. Each piece of artwork pushes me to grow and embrace new ideas.”


November 2020 Instructor Roundtable: ART+TECHNOLOGY, featuring Jovencio de la Paz, Stephanie Lanter, and Tom Lucas. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

October 2020 Instructor Roundtable: ART OUTSIDE, featuring Anne K. Beyer, Mark Hendry, Anna Johnson, and Kenya Miles. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

Arrowmont Staff Roundtable Discussion: COLLECTIONS, featuring Kelsey Dillow (Gallery Manager/Photographer), Bill Griffith (Outreach & Partnerships Liaison/Potter), Gracie Herbert (Supply Store Manager/Ceramics, Fibers & mixed-media artist), moderated by Deborah Sosower (Marketing & Communications Manager/Printmaker)

September 2020 Instructor Roundtable: SUSTAINABILITY, featuring Jim Arendt, Peter Dellert, Ashton Ludden, and Sonya Philip. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

Arrowmont Staff Roundtable Discussion: ARTISTS <=> ARTS ADMINISTRATORS, featuring Rebecca Buglio (Program & Studio Manager/Ceramics), Nick DeFord (Program Director/Fibers), Kelly Hider (Youth Education Program Manager/2D, collage & mixed media), moderated by Deborah Sosower (Marketing & Communications Manager/Printmaker)

August 2020 Instructor Roundtable: STORYTELLING – Bonus footage: Q&A Round Robin featuring Ian Brownlee, Abigail Heuss, and Paul Andrew Wandless. Moderated by marketing & communications manager Deborah Sosower.

August 2020 Instructor Roundtable: STORYTELLING, featuring Ian Brownlee, Abigail Heuss, and Paul Andrew Wandless. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.

July 2020 Instructor Roundtable: IDENTITY, featuring Tanya Crane, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Leslie Pearson and Heinrich Toh. Moderated by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow.


Arrowmont Craft Conversation: Kenya Miles, fiber artist and natural dyerArrowmont Craft Conversations: Rachael McCampbell, painter

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: David Ellsworth, Master Woodturner

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Gasali Adeyemo, Natural Dye and Fibers artist

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Ceramics artist

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Mark Errol – ceramics artist, educator and gallery owner

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Green Woodworking with Andy McFate and Heather Ashworth

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: John Cogswell, Silversmith

Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Erin Anfinson, Encaustic, collage and animation artist

Bill Griffith – Ceramic Artist, 30-year Arrowmont Staff

Arrowmont Craft Conversations – 2 Minute Video Series Introduction


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