Craft artists across North Carolina open their studios this fall, giving you the opportunity to meet them one-on-one, talk about their work and support our local economy with your purchase of handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Spend a day or a weekend in conversation with the artists and socialize with others who share your enthusiasm for authentic North Carolina craft!
Visit the First Gentleman’s Celebrate North Carolina Craft Web site to learn more and to watch a video about Piedmont Craftsmen, a guild founded by craft artists and collectors in 1963 to honor the work of the hand. You can also visit the Executive Mansion where works from Piedmont Craftsmen are on display through Friday, Oct. 29. Tours are available for the exhibition on Thursdays and Fridays and can be reserved by contacting the Capitol Area Visitors Center at (866) 724-8687.
Explore this list of open studio tours and craft festivals to plan your fall excursions:
Come Out and Play
JimGin Farm, Pittsboro
Saturday, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 4 p.m. until dark
Now in its 9th year, Come Out and Play is an exhibition and sale of works from 60 local sculpture artists. Members of the North Carolina Songwriters Co-Op will perform at each of the receptions on Saturdays in September.
CenterFest Arts Festival, Durham Arts Council
Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 19, noon–6 p.m.
Now in its 37th year, CenterFest Arts Festival is North Carolina’s longest-running outdoor arts festival bringing more than 150 juried fine artists, craftsmen and performers from across the country to downtown Durham.
Wake Forest Area Artists Studio Tour
Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26
Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sundays, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Marking its 15th anniversary this year, this studio tour features more than 30 participating artists.
Chapel Hill’s Festifall
Downtown Chapel Hill
Sunday, Oct. 3, 1–6 p.m.
Live entertainment and juried original fine art and craft are on display and for sale at this downtown festival celebrating Chapel Hill’s rich arts culture.
Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour
Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 7
Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
Originating in 1995, this open studio tour typically features around 80 artists working in a variety of mediums: drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, clay, pottery, ceramics, metal, mixed media/collage, painting and photography.
Annual Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Art Walk
Sunday, Nov. 7, noon–6 p.m.
More than 50 artists living and working in the historic Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood in Durham display and sell pottery, glass, paintings, books, quilts, jewelry, metalwork and more.
Durham Art Walk, Durham Arts Council
Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21, 1–5 p.m.
More than 200 artists sell locally made gifts of art including jewelry, scarves, paintings, pottery and more. The walk includes live music performances and food.
Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fine Craft and Design Show
North Carolina State Fairgrounds Exposition Center, Raleigh
Friday, Nov. 26, 6–9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Now in its 41st year, this show and sale highlights juried, one-of-a-kind fine crafts including pottery, clay, sculpture, wearable fiber, blown glass, jewelry, metal, wood, furniture, photography, printmaking and mixed media in all price ranges.
Chatham Studio Tour, Chatham Artists Guild
Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5
Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12
Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sundays noon–5 p.m.
Founded in 1992 and one of the oldest in the state, the Chatham Studio Tour features nearly 60 artists working in pottery, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal, painting, photography, silk screening, stone and wood.
Potter’s Market Invitational
Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte
Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
More than 50 potters will be showing and selling their original wares at this sixth annual market at the Mint Museum’s original Randolph Road location.
Charlotte Fine Art & Craft Show
Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This juried fine art and craft show, now in its third year, features artists working in sculpture, paintings, glass, clay, wood, fiber, photography, jewelry and more.
Alamance Studio Tour
Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 17, Noon–5 p.m.
This first annual event features 39 artists with works in clay, jewelry, painting, mixed media, basketry, fiber, wearable art, photography, wood, furniture, weaving, enameling and metal.
Celebration of Seagrove Potters
Luck’s Cannery, Seagrove
Friday, Nov. 19, gala preview and auction, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Now in its third year, this show and sale highlights the traditional and contemporary pottery of the historic Seagrove community.
Seagrove Pottery Festival
Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This 29th annual event brings most of the Seagrove area potters to one location to sell their handmade pottery and traditional crafts.
Piedmont Craftsmen Fair
Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem
Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21, noon–5 p.m.
Meet the crafts people, talk to them about their work and view demonstrations of craft techniques at this fair, held annually since 1963. More than 130 fine artisans from across the southeast will exhibit and sell works in clay, wood, glass, fibers, leather, metal, photography, printmaking and mixed media.
Gallery Crawl, Ashe County Arts Council
West Jefferson Arts District
Friday, Sept. 10, 5–8 p.m.
Thirteen galleries in downtown West Jefferson participate in this event, featuring paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, quilts, fiber art and more.
Quilt Fair, sponsored by the Ashe County Piece Makers Quilt Guild
Friday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
This eighth annual fair features a juried quilt display, fundraiser quilts, demonstrations and sales, a boutique and vendor village, and an on-site quilt appraiser.
Rheta Kirk, (828) 264-4370
ART on the Mountain, Ashe County Arts Council
West Jefferson School
Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fine artists and master craftspeople demonstrate, display and sell their handmade wares at this show sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council.
Henderson County Open Studio Tour, Arts Council of Henderson County
Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26, noon–5 p.m.
About 30 artist studios and a dozen galleries participate in this open studio tour, which features painting, pottery, wearable art, jewelry, handmade books, beading, etching, woodcuts, weaving, iron work and folk art.
Haywood Open Studios Tour, Haywood County Arts Council
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3, noon–5 p.m.
More than 20 studios of professional artists living in Haywood County open their doors for this tour, which features works of pottery, painting, drawing, paper, wood, fiber art, jewelry, metal and more.
John C. Campbell Folk School 37th annual Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Over 200 art and craft vendors, 40 craft demonstrations, live music and dance on 2 stages.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Southern Highland Craft Guild
Asheville Civic Center
Thursday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 24
Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This fall edition of the biannual craft fair celebrates the work of more than 200 juried artists working in clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.
River Arts District Studio Stroll
Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
One hundred and twenty working artist studios in 13 historic buildings open their doors for this studio stroll featuring glass, musical instruments, wood, clay, recycled furniture, painting, metal, stone, sculpture, jewelry, fiber, mixed media and more.
Toe River Studio Tour
Burnsville (Mitchell and Yancey counties)
Friday, Dec. 3, noon – 4 p.m., opening reception 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
There are nine galleries and 103 artist studios participating in this year’s studio tour, many of which are not normally open to the public. They represent an array of works in basketry, clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, wood, stone, sculpture, mixed media and books.
Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair
Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Crocheting, quilting, weaving, felting, glass, wood, baskets, pottery, jewelry and more will be for sale at this fair featuring more than 50 artists.
Eastern North Carolina Pottery Festival
Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
More than 20 eastern North Carolina potters will show, sell and demonstrate their craft on the grounds of Daniels Art Glass Gallery during the third year of this festival honoring local craftspeople.