Written by Marla Hardee Milling
“Experience over shopping”: how to unleash your muse with DIY arts and crafts in Western North Carolina.
You might think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, but there are places you can go for an hour or two and at the end of the visit you’ll leave with a painting, a pot, a piece of jewelry, or some other project that you’ve made yourself. In many cases this will inspire future craft experimentation and the awareness, in the words of The Village Potters co-owner Sarah Wells Rolland, that it is “cheaper than therapy.”
The Western North Carolina region has long been a haven for artists and craftspeople, and now, more than ever, visitors and locals alike are longing for opportunities to test their own crafting abilities. “We have a lot of people who come into town and say, ‘Well, this is an arts town, what can I do to experience the arts?’ So we offer that to them,” says Rolland.
Ed. note: See the accompanying sidebar—it lists numerous venues not mentioned in the main article where you can get your DIY arts/crafts mojo workin’ in the WNC region.
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