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Handcrafted in the Blue Ridge

Discovering the Crafts, Artisans, and Studios of Western North Carolina

by Andrea Gross & Irv Green

Explore the hidden gems of Western Carolina artisan country.

Western North Carolina is fast becoming known as the Santa Fe of the east coast. Here, tucked in the hills and at the end of dirt roads, skilled American artists and artisans are producing crafts of rare beauty and striking originality.

Authors Irv Green and Andrea Gross invite travelers and collectors along as they visit the studios and galleries of more than one hundred and fifty weavers, jewelers, glass blowers, wood carvers, and potters, offering a close-up look at the artists at work. Readers are introduced to the artists and hear, often in their own words, descriptions of the methods and the materials they use. From functional pottery and woven baskets to copper jewelry and musical instruments, contemporary as well as traditional crafts and their makers are featured.

The book is divided into seven areas featuring approximately 200 artisans, all within driving distance of the busy arts community of Asheville. Each section includes a lyrical description of the area and nearby inns as well as practical information including clear directions to each studio, address, phone number, hours of operation, and a detailed description and price range of the work.

Paperback: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-145-6
Total Pages: 299
Size: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
Language: English

Meet the Author

Andrea Gross is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and in the travel sections of newspapers around the country. She is also the coauthor of the two-volume Good Books for the Curious Traveler and the author of Shifting Gears. She is the former travel columnist for Pacific Way, an in-flight magazine, and is currently a contributing editor at Ladies Home Journal. She lives in Colorado.

Meet the Author

Irv Green is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and in the travel sections of newspapers around the country. He lives in Colorado.