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

Join the conversation!

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.

​​August 19, 2020 – Instructors discuss STORYTELLING

Join us on Wednesday, August 19 at 12:00 EST for a new Instructor Roundtable. The topic for the conversation is Storytelling, and will feature 2020 instructors Ian Brownlee, Abigail Heuss, Matt Runkle, and Paul Andrew Wandless. Click here to register as an attendee for the August Roundtable, or visit




Ian Brownlee, painting and murals

Ian Brownlee employs landscape as a device to capitalize on our basic impulse to weave images into narrative. In his paintings, the use of perspective to create an unexpectedly dramatic spatial illusion permits us entry into what appears to be an independently existent and self-sufficient “world” located neither in the past or the present, but always slightly out of reach and continually open to interpretation.

Abigail Heuss, jewelry and adornment

Abigail makes domestic and wearable objects with an unapologetically sentimental focus on narrative. Her work tends toward stories about how we connect to each other, as well as the cultures, and physical spaces we inhabit. Her work is based in the tradition of metalsmithing, but is largely multi-media.

Matt Runkle – book arts, printmaking and 2D mixed media

Although I work in several different media, I see them all as modes of writing. And when I say writing, I mean the building of narratives through assemblage of fragments. And when I say fragments, I mean the physical, the detritus that combines to form a collage. But I also mean the conceptual, the attempted capture of a thought on a scrap of paper to be put in a drawer for later… What kind of story does this thought want to build? Or rather what kind of story will welcome it?

Paul Andrew Wandless – ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and writing

I’m a storyteller. My art is the vehicle through which my voice can be seen. My personal philosophies and concerns manifest themselves as musings, stories or philosophical statements. These conceptualized ideas then take physical form as visual narratives in my work. This often manifests as figurative art or pictorial scenes, but some works focus solely on objects as symbol or metaphor. A variety of materials are used and each medium and method offers a different visual platform to best serve my ideas.

Click here to register as an attendee for the August Roundtable, or visit



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


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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