Craft

Doug Elliott

Storyteller, naturalist, craft demonstrator

Union Mills, NC (Rutherford County)

Doug Elliott was raised in Maryland where he developed a passion for the natural world that eventually brought him to the North Carolina mountains where he has lived for almost thirty years. Doug interviewed, befriended, and apprenticed with a number of older tradition bearing mountain folks. Today, Doug gives public performances, workshops, and other presentations using knowledge and experience collected from these tradition bearers.

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Peter Blum

Tinsmith

Elkin, NC (Surry County)

Peter Blum, a third generation tinsmith, lives in Surry County and has worked full-time as a tinsmith for twenty years. He learned this family trade more than fifty years ago. "I was trained by my grandfather and father," says Peter. Peter's grandfather handcrafted many objects for historic Old Salem when it was being developed. His father was a master tinsmith at Old Salem for twenty-two years.

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Glenn Bolick

Storyteller, potter, musician, singer, songwriter, presenter

Lenoir, NC (Caldwell County)

Glenn Bolick grew up in Caldwell County surrounded by sawmilling, storytelling, and music, and today he carries on these three traditions. Glenn is also a potter who learned from his wife, Lula, whose Owens family pottery tradition dates back five generations. Glenn and Lula have turned the family land into a sawmilling, pottery-producing, music-making, heritage homestead where they host numerous events.

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Lula Bolick

Potter

Lenoir, NC (Caldwell County)

Lula Bolick grew up in the Seagrove area of Moore County, a member of a large family of traditional potters. "I'm a fifth generation potter," she reports. "My great-grandfather started in the late 1800s where I grew up in Moore County." Her father, M.L. Owens, was a well-known potter in the community. His brothers were all potters, and eventually most of his children became potters. "There were eight children in our family," Lula says, "and we all do pottery but one sister."

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Georgia J. Bonesteel

Quilter and quilting instructor

Flat Rock, NC (Henderson County)

"Teaching," says Georgia Bonesteel, "is my first love, since in this way I am able to do my small part to perpetuate the art of quiltmaking." Though Henderson County has been her home for three and a half decades, Bonesteel is a prominent member of the international community of quilters. She is the author of eight books on quilting, and since 1979 has hosted Lap Quilting on North Carolina Public Television. She was the founding president of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild, and more recently has been president of the International Quilt Association.

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Brown's Pottery

Potters

Arden, NC (Buncombe County)

When potter Davis Brown arrived in North Carolina in 1924, drawn by the quality of Buncombe County's clay, he brought with him from Georgia an already well established family pottery tradition. He was soon followed by his brothers, including Javan, also an important figure in North Carolina's pottery history, and Willie and Rufus Brown. Within a few years, so many people worked for Brown Brothers Pottery that the business had its own baseball team.

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