June Gala & Benefit Auction
The John C. Campbell Folk School is looking forward to our upcoming auction— the June Gala & Benefit Auction. This event will be held in the Keith House on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. This auction will feature amazing art from our instructors, resident artists and students. We hope you will join us and auctioneers, Tim Ryan and Bob Grove, for a wonderful evening of togetherness, art and camaraderie. This auction helps guarantee that the Folk School will continue to be a haven where artists can learn, work and be inspired.
Featured Artist: Harry Hearne
Harry Hearne has been a full-time raku artist for 20 years, working out of his own Turning Point Clay Studio. In addition to teaching classes there, Harry taught for five years at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and has conducted workshops at various colleges, universities, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and at the Folk School since 1995. You can visit his website by clicking here.
Featured Item: Nantucket Creel Basket Purse By Joni-Dee Ross
In 1989, a friend signed Joni-Dee up for a basket class at the community college in Rocky Mt. NC. She was addicted immediately and to this day can still remember the thrill and excitement of weaving her first basket. In 1992, she began to teach basketry and started Handmade NC Baskets. David Ross (her husband) was transferred to Delaware in the Spring of 1993. In the fall of 1993, Joni-Dee began teaching basketry in Dover, DE. She continued to take classes and study the art of basketry. While in Delaware , she started the Delaware Basket Association with the help of several friends. David’s career brought the family to Greensboro NC in 2002. Today, Joni-Dee teaches in her studio in Summerfield, NC.
David C. Ross is the owner of Woodland Woodworking; a subsidiary of Handmade North Carolina Baskets. He is one of the principal woodworkers for HNCB, and makes many of Joni-Dee’s basket bases, David with leg of cradle basketslip-on-rims, lids, knobs, Nantucket molds, and other handcrafted wood parts. David takes pride in giving each piece individuality. He particularly enjoys doing custom orders, and challenging one-of-a-kind pieces. Custom glue-up woodturnings are a specialty of his. David also produces many non-basket-related items, including custom designed furniture, pens & pencils, letter openers, specialty cutlery, cutting boards, magnifying glasses, custom designed fan pulls, as well as candle, pen and pencil holders.