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2022 Fall Craft Week

Work with your hands, your voice, and your craft to create beautiful handmade works of art as you make time for renewal in a community of artists.

September 25–30, 2022Adult
A Montreat Conference Center Event

Come gain proficiency in an art form of your choice, and enjoy the community of other artists during a fall week in the mountains. This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups. Bring a group from your church, community, family, or come alone. We can help you figure out the details!

The Fall Craft Week is our quest here at Montreat Conference Center to celebrate the profound idea of “craft” in a world where technology dominates and where people mainly use their hands to operate smartphones and computers. Our goal is to bring people together as a community of artists working with our hands with natural materials, led by skilled leaders, offering time for creating, worship, singing, and quiet contemplation of these beautiful mountains, and building relationships through the arts, as we learn about ourselves and each other through the power of craft. Join us as we explore our creative, artistic spirits through writing, pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, Appalachian basketry, dulcimers, photography and stained glass!

Years ago M. C. Richards, renowned potter, came to Black Mountain College to teach poetry but ended up with her hands in clay. In her book Centering she defines the word craft as “…Craft, as you may know, comes from the German word Kraft, meaning power or strength. We can’t fake craft. It lies in the act.”¹

The idea wasn’t totally new. In fact, the Arts and Crafts Movement, which found real fruition in these mountains, had already introduced the idea of “craft” into an increasingly industrialized culture. “They sought to provide an alternative code to the harshness of late nineteenth-century industrialism, to foster spiritual harmony through the work process…(by encouraging) individualism, the creation of hand-made goods in place of machine uniformity, and a reappraisal of design materials.”²

Mark your calendars now, and plan to join this community of artists as we create our own craft! See more details below, including class offerings, instructors, registration, accommodations, and daily schedule.

Click here to view photos from the 2019 conference!

 

¹  M.C. Richards, Centering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person (Wesleyan University Press: Middleton, Connecticut, 1969) p. 12.
²  Elizabeth Coming and Wendy Kaplan, The Arts and Crafts Movement (Thames and Hudson: London, 2004) p. 9.

Sample Schedule

Sunday
3:30-5:30 pm, Registration, Assembly Inn
5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Opening Presentation and Concert, followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception, Upper Anderson

Monday
7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am – Morning Gathering, Upper Anderson
9:15-12:15 pm – BLOCK ONE
12:15-1:15 pm – Lunch
2:00-5:00 pm – BLOCK TWO
5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
6:45-8:00pm "Crafts Worth Coming Back For! Community Art Making!" Barn

Tuesday
7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am – Morning Gathering, Upper Anderson
9:15-12:15 pm – BLOCK THREE
12:15-1:15 pm – Lunch
2:00-5:00 pm – BLOCK FOUR
5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
6:45-8:00pm "Crafts Worth Coming Back For! Community Art Making!" Barn

Wednesday
7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am – Morning Gathering, Upper Anderson
9:15-12:15 pm – BLOCK FIVE
12:15-1:15 pm – Lunch
2:00-5:00 pm – BLOCK SIX
5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Free Evening

Thursday
7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am – Morning Gathering, Upper Anderson
9:15-12:15 pm – BLOCK SEVEN
12:15-1:15 pm – Lunch
2:00-5:00 pm – BLOCK EIGHT
5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
6:45 Evening Presentation: "Celebrating Community!" Upper Anderson

Friday
7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 noon – POTTERY CLASS ONLY
1:00 pm – Pick up pottery

Child care is not provided during this event

Phone Number

800.572.2257

Physical Address

401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757

Mailing Address

Montreat Conference Center
PO 969
Montreat, NC 28757

Business Office

Montreat Conference Center
318 Georgia Terrace
Montreat, NC 28757

The Montreat Store

828.669.5298
Moore Center, Second Floor
303 Lookout Road
Montreat, NC 28757

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