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!
Years ago M. C. Richards, renowned potter, came to Black Mountain College to teach poetry but ended up a potter the moment her hands touched 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 Arts and Crafts Movement, which found real fruition in these mountains during the last century, had already introduced the idea of “craft” into an increasingly industrialized culture. Using our hands to create beauty in community is lifegiving!
Fall Craft Week is our quest to bring people together in the embrace of these beautiful mountains as a community of artists, working with our hands with natural materials, led by skilled leaders, offering plenty of time in well-equipped studios. During this conference we will learn so much 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, woodworking, basketry, drawing wildflowers, photography and stained glass!
Optional offerings include sunrise yoga, and morning prayer and sunset evening prayer out on the lovely Wharton Porch at Assembly Inn. Evening options also include a nighttime campfire with lots of stargazing and songs (Monday evening), a coffee house and open mic (Wednesday evening), and a closing gathering (Thursday evening), a joyful “show and tell” celebration of everyone’s masterpieces. Most of your time will be spent in the wonderful community in your studio—your space to create.
We never want cost to interfere with your plans to register for Fall Craft Week 2023, and are eager to offer scholarship assistance to you. We also have lots of housing ideas to get you here. Think about coming with a group of friends, with your church, with your community of favorite artists! Feel free to reach out to us with your questions and ideas! We are planning to offer a silent auction during next year’s conference to support our scholarship fund.
Mark your calendars now, and plan to join this community of artists in the creation of beauty and craft! See more details below, including class offerings, instructors, registration, accommodations, and daily schedule. Fall Craft week is an excellent continuing education opportunity, as well!
¹ M.C. Richards, Centering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person (Wesleyan University Press: Middleton, Connecticut, 1969) p. 12.