Folk Art Center
Experience fine traditional and contemporary crafts at the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Featuring Allanstand Craft Shop, three galleries and daily craft demonstrations.www.craftguild.org (828) 298-7928
Bascom Artists’ MarketplaceDave Drake Studio Barn at the Bascom, Highlands
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 –30
The fourth annual Artists’ Marketplace at the Dave Drake Studio Barn at The Bascom will offer well-priced handmade items for perfect gifts for everyone on your list. The sale will be open from 10 am to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. The center is located at 323 Franklin Road in Highlands. www.TheBascom.org.
Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fine Craft and Design Show
North Carolina State Fairgrounds Exposition Center, Raleigh
Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1
Since 1970, this show and sale has highlighted 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. http://www.carolinadesignercraftsmen.com
The Big Crafty Sunday
Sunday, Dec. 1
Asheville Art Museum, 12 – 6 p.m., Free
The Big Crafty is a holiday craft fair celebrating handmade commerce. Reviving the tradition of the community bazaar, there will be music, food and drink in addition to the unique creations of more than 100 selected independent crafters. www.thebigcrafty.com
Asheville Art Museum’s Annual Holiday Market
Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 3 – 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 – 5 p.m.
Find perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list at the Asheville Art Museum’s annual Holiday Market. Join us for a family-friendly reception and Silent Auction from 1–5 p.m. on Dec. 8. The Holiday Market will feature several new artists, including polymer artist and educator, Barbara McGuire, and fine jewelry from local metalsmith, Catie Sellers. www.ashevilleart.org.
Toe River Studio Tour, Holiday Studio Tour
Mitchell and Yancey counties
Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8
More than 100 galleries and artist studios participating in this year’s studio tour, perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in North Carolina. You will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field. This is a free, self-guided experience that will lead you to some unique places in the community, situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live. http://www.toeriverarts.org
Appalachian Potters Market
McDowell High School, Marion
Saturday, Dec. 7
Sponsored by the McDowell Arts Council Association, this festival was inaugurated in 1986 and features 66 potters working in traditional and contemporary styles. http://www.mcdowellarts.org/taxonomy/term/3
Chatham Studio Tour
Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 7 – 8 and Dec. 14 – 15
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. http://www.chathamartistsguild.org/
HandMade in America’s Cool Craft Market
Friday, Dec. 13, 5 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handmade in America, Asheville
The craft market will offer unique and diverse gift giving opportunities at the offices located at 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 101. (The entrance is on Hilliard between Church Street and Lexington Avenue.)