Lorie (Tulsa, OK) earned a BFA in Painting and worked in Graphic Design before leaving the corporate world to focus on art. She began metalsmithing in 2007 and has perfected her skills with teachers around the United States and Italy.
Sally (Bella Vista, AR) teaches felting classes in both Arkansas and Texas. She is a local fiber artist who uses a combination of spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and embroidery in the creation of her works of felted art.
Abraham (Sparta, TN) has been forging functional and art objects since 2006. He holds a BFA in Metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft where he has taught various workshops. He has exhibited his work throughout the country and has been running Pardee Metal LLC, full-time since 2016.
Wayne (Hot Springs, AR) has been a self-taught sculptor since 1970. His steel sculpture is often functional – tables, stools, and chairs; but he truly enjoys creating unique “people” and larger works that are inspired by music. Wayne’s work can be seen at the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center, Hard Rock Café in Miami, and the Hot Springs Sculpture Garden. He has also been featured in “Southern Artist” and “Active Years” magazines.
Carol Fountain Nix
Carol (Raleigh, NC) ran an award-winning firm, NIXdesign, then taught graduate level courses as the Associate Professor of the Practice at the NC State University College of Design. Carol became the director of the NC State Crafts Center in March of 2017 where she manages the nation’s largest university-related crafts center. Carol teaches calligraphy internationally, including workshops at Adobe and Facebook.