Janet Calhoun


Lenoir, NC (Caldwell County)

Janet Calhoun, daughter of Glenn and Lula Bolick, was born in the Seagrove area while her parents were working for her grandfather, M.L. Owens, a well-known potter and a recipient of the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award. Janet has always been interested in the family pottery business. "I grew up in a pottery shop," she says. "They would go to work, and I would go with them.

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Cherokee Potters Guild

Cherokee potters

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

The Cherokee Potters Guild is dedicated to preserving, teaching, and researching traditional Cherokee stamped pottery. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has the longest continuing pottery tradition on their own land of any tribe in the United States, going back three thousand years. Members of the guild do demonstrations, exhibit their work, and teach hands-on workshops.

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Virginia Coffey


Newland, NC (Avery County)

Virginia Coffey was born in 1933 in Stokes County, North Carolina, and she lived there until 1975 when she remarried and moved to Avery County. There she found the Weaving Room at the Crossnore School. She learned weaving from Ossie Phillips, a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipient, who worked at the school for more than 60 years. "At times it's very relaxing, and at times it's hard work," she says. "I guess it depends on how you feel when you get up in the morning."

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Don Craig


Bostic, NC (Rutherford County)

Don Craig was born in Wilkes County, but he spent most of his life on the Catawba-Lincoln County line where he learned pottery through his family's tradition. In 1991, Don moved to Rutherford County and took up pottery as a full-time profession, carrying on the pottery tradition practiced by his father.

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Bill Crowe

Cherokee woodcarver and musician

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Bill Crowe comes from a family of talented, traditional carvers. He carves masks and other traditional pieces, makes and drums, and can talk about Cherokee history. He also plays the traditional flute, and is willing to perform at weddings and other events.

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Virgil Crowe

Cherokee woodcarver

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Virgil Crowe demonstrates woodcarving. His work includes dance and ceremonial masks, clan masks, and bird and animal figures. Virgil Crowe can also answer questions about the cultural significance of the masks.

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