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Resident Artists & Studio Coordinators

The Folk School is a place to bring folks together. One of the ways we do that is with the "living word" our hands-on, supportive, non-competitive approach to instruction. This makes the more than 600 instructors who teach each year a vital part of the Folk School. So stick your hands in the clay. Push the shutter button. Pull back the drawknife. There will be someone there to inspire and guide you. Browse class descriptions by instructor.

Our Resident Artists and Studio Coordinators schedule the more than 800 classes we offer each year. As experts in their individual areas, they are familiar with the best instructors in that field, and bring the most knowledgeable and personable ones to teach at the Folk School. Of course, they teach here as well. They are also largely responsible for supplying and maintaining those studios dedicated to a particular area. We love and appreciate our fabulous Resident Artists and Studio Coordinators!


Studio Coordinator Rebecca Juliette-Duex
Rebecca Juliette-Duex, Studio Coordinator
Basketry, Brooms, Chair Seats, Leather

On a quest to make custom fabric for an imagined chair design, Rebecca enrolled in the Fiber program at Haywood Community College to study weaving. She discovered that she wanted to create the textile and build the chair, so she continued her studies in the Wood program at HCC. She realized her dream and continued combining textiles and wood in several other pieces that have been exhibited regionally (The Bascom) and nationally (The Wharton Escherick Museum). Her love of all things fiber led to a seat weaving internship with Silver River Chairs that also introduced her to basketry and broom making. All of these craft forms have found a home in her multi-disciplinary practice. She is happy to be surrounded by aspiring and seasoned craftspeople.


Dea Sasso at Light of Day Bindery. Photo: Renato Retolo.
Dea Sasso, Resident Artist
Book & Paper Arts, Printmaking, Marbling, Calligraphy

Dea is a professional hand bookbinder, sole proprietor of Light of Day Bindery since 1988, and custom leather designer since 1970. She works on private collections; repairs and restores old books; and designs and creates new books, editions, and miniatures. She has been teaching in art institutes and privately since 1991. Dea has an MSPH and has studied and worked for numerous nationally known hand binders and conservators. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Guild of Book Workers.


Resident Artist Terra Ciotta
Terra Ciotta, Resident Artist
Cooking

Terra moved to Murphy, NC, in August 2018 to work for the Culinary program at Tri-County Community College, where she develops and manages the broad curriculum, as well as teaches all classes. Prior to moving to Murphy, she was a culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Charlotte. With over 20 years experience in professional kitchens and 10 years in post- secondary culinary instruction, she offers a well-developed blend of food and teaching skills to help students develop their own cooking talents. Chef Terra's culinary interests include local foods, history and culture, fine dining, and traditional cooking techniques.



Studio Coordinator Susannah Thompson
Susannah Thompson, Studio Coordinator
Cooking, Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, Soap Making

Susannah found the Folk School while looking for contra dance in western NC. Shortly after moving to the area, she earned her striped tights and wooden clogs as a member of Dame's Rocket, one of the Brasstown Morris Dance teams. She has also been a teacher for over 20 years. In forests and on camera, in school libraries, and in the kitchen, she enjoys creating new adventures for students of all ages. She started teaching at the Folk School in 2017 and is best known for her British Baking class. When she's not in the cooking studio or on the dance floor, you can find her searching for salamanders, paddling local lakes, or assisting with wildlife monitoring projects.


Resident Artist Kay Patterson
Kay Patterson, Resident Artist
Enameling, Hot/Warm Glass

Kay learned engraving and jewelry making from her husband, Tom, whose family owned a retail jewelry store with a full-service shop offering repairs, fabrication, and engraving. She joined Tom teaching metal classes at the Folk School in 2003 and has continued to serve as an assistant and instructor in many classes. Kay teaches enamel, combined with forging and engraving metal, and her own work focuses on using recycled metals. She has also worked as a hand engraver and silversmith for the past 20 years. Kay currently divides her time among metals, enamel, and fiber, mostly making things to wear.


Resident Artist Karen Hurtubise
Karen Hurtubise, Resident Artist
Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, Soap Making, Storytelling

Karen and her husband have a small farm and grow diverse crops including native plants, berries, tomatoes, mushrooms, turmeric, and ginger. They began a large organic vegetable, flower, and herb garden over 30 years ago in Hayesville, NC, and won a Southeast Regional Rodale Organic Gardening Garden-of-the-Year contest. Karen is a passionate advocate of healthy agriculture, local food, and forest farming. She has been teaching at the Folk School since 1994.


Resident Artist Barbara Joiner
Barbara Joiner, Resident Artist
Jewelry, Metalwork, Stained Glass, Kaleidoscopes

Barbara has taught clay and jewelry classes for over 25 years. She studied clay at the University of Illinois, silversmithing at Indiana University, and she has an MFA degree from Southern Illinois University. Barbara's work is in many collections, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and has won numerous awards throughout the U.S. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Studio Coordinator Charmaine Slaven
Charmaine Slaven, Studio Coordinator
Music and Dance

Originally from western Montana, Charmaine has worked for over 16 years as a Seattle-based professional musician, flatfoot dancer, dance caller, instructor, and administrator specializing in traditional American roots music and dance events. She takes great joy in sharing her passion with people of all ages and abilities and has gained a great reputation for her fun methods of engagement. Charmaine has a knack for teaching and organizing and became an anchor in the Pacific Northwest old-time music and dance communities. She hopes to bring diverse music, dance, culture, and joy to the Folk School.


Events Coordinator T-Claw Crawford
T-Claw Crawford, Events Coordinator
Music and Dance

T-Claw Crawford is a dance caller, musician, and community organizer. He grew up in Nashville, TN and played punk rock and jazz until he heard old-time string music. T-Claw has toured by bicycle across eight states and New Zealand with Fiddle Pie, and old-time variety show band. He is the "Johnny Appleseed" of square dancing, having instigated his enthusiastic brand of community music and dance get-togethers far and wide. T's favorite foods are pie and biscuits, and he enjoys river sports, honky tonkin', yard games, wildcrafting, and cribbage. He bops around Brasstown with his beloved wife and delightful daughters.


Resident Artist Billie Shelburn outside the Painting Studio
Billie Shelburn, Resident Artist
Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media

Billie has studied painting with a number of prominent watercolorists. She has served on the boards of several art organizations and is a member of the National Organization for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Her work is represented in numerous galleries and exhibitions. Billie has taught art classes to both children and adults, and she has also taught creative writing in public and private schools. She enjoys incorporating humor and life situations as a creative outlet, along with therapy-related exercises for artists.


Resident Artist Martha Owen
Martha Owen, Resident Artist
Spinning, Knitting & Crochet, Feltmaking, Dyeing & Surface Design

Martha began her adventure in spinning at this very school in 1978. Since then, her extended family has included sheep (mostly Corriedale/ Merino, Romney, Shetland and a little Blue-faced Leicester for fun) and French Angora rabbits. A banjo player known to tell a story or two, Martha's interest in sheep and wool, music and dance, have carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world. Her children say she is a wool nerd, but her sheep say she is outstanding in her field! Martha became a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 1988, and was co-owner of the Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC, a store catering to fiber enthusiasts. She has been teaching spinning, natural dyeing and knitting design since 1984.


Resident Artist Allie Dudley
Allie Dudley, Resident Artist
Weaving, Rugs, Needlework, Thread Art, Lace, Beading, Quilting, Sewing, Dolls & Bears

Allie is a fiber artist working primarily in weaving and stitching. After completing a degree in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, they turned toward textiles, taking a historical angle and focusing on traditional tapestries, Appalachian coverlets, and antique stitching samplers. Allie's weavings have been included in international shows, including the Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. They now live in Brasstown with their goats.


Resident Artist Helen Gibson
Helen Gibson, Resident Artist
Woodcarving

Helen is a Brasstown Carver in the famed local tradition. She studied with Jack Hall and is one of the few instructors who still carves and teaches the Brasstown Nativity figures she illustrates in her books, Carving the Nativity and The Animals of the Nativity. These, along with her books on carving Moses and St. Francis of Assisi, depict her highly detailed style of carving in the round. Helen teaches workshops throughout the Southeast.


Studio Coordinator Gabe Strand
Gabe Strand, Studio Coordinator
Woodcarving, Woodturning, Woodworking

Gabe is a furniture and cabinetmaker focused on green woodworking and chairmaking. He spent the last two decades living in Seattle, WA where he worked in cabinet shops, built custom homes, and was a whitewater rafting guide. He has been involved in old-time music and dance for many years, as a square dance caller and musician. Now living in Brasstown, Gabe is immersing himself in the craft of Appalachian greenwood chairmaking as well as Appalachian music and dance. Look for Gabe leading impromptu lunchtime jams on the Folk School campus.


Resident Artist Lindsey Liden
Lindsey Liden, Resident Artist
Woodworking

Lindsey grew up in Brasstown, spending much of his youth at the Folk School. After years of traveling, studying art at Warren Wilson College, getting a music degree from UNC Asheville, and earning a diploma in fine woodworking from Haywood Community College, he has returned to Brasstown to share his discoveries. Lindsey is a multi-instrumentalist, luthier, and fine woodworker who also enjoys teaching music and woodworking. He builds banjos and furniture in his shop down the road from the school.

Additional thanks to our studio assistants:

Sheryl Koch
Stained Glass & Kaleidoscopes

Lynn Ann Miller
Book & Paper Arts

Virginia Urani
Painting

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