Congratulations to the artists highlighted in the current issue of Smoky Mountain Living. Arrowmont is honored to have impacted the creative practices and lives of these 12 craftspeople, who share their stories and work in the “Handmade for the Holidays: An Arrowmont Christmas” article.
For Kimberly Winkle, her passionate about crafts and crafts education and her focus on teaching students how to make something with purpose, intention and integrity are very important, especially in today’s fast paced digitally oriented culture. Winkle has taught several workshops at Arrowmont over the past 12 years. She has been a Pentaculum participant and currently serves as the wood coordinator for the week-long Pentaculum residency at Arrowmont.
Brandy Ward has been making pottery since 1992. In 2001 she opened Brandywine Pottery in the arts and craft community in Gatlinburg TN. In 2008 she took her first class at Arrowmont and several thereafter. Through these courses she was able to refine her skills. This has had a profound influence on Brandy’s work, career and creativity.
Frances Fox has been involved with Arrowmont since her childhood, attending Arrowmont when it was a Settlement school. At age 13, she worked her first job in the Arrowmont kitchen for the summer workshops. Both of her grandmothers were weavers, but the skill was lost until she came back to take a weaving class at Arrowmont and fell in love with the loom, the process, the tools, and fibers. From 1983-85 she apprenticed to the master weaver at Arrowmont for their cottage weaving industry, and for the last few years has taught weaving workshops as an instructor. Now, Fox offers a talk on the history of Arrowmont every week of the National Workshops season.
Read these stories and view the work of all the artists or visit Arrowmont to read the magazine in person this holiday season.
The artists appearing in this article include: