From Grandfather Mountain to the North Carolina Coast, artists living their legacy have been honored since 1986 with the North Carolina Living Treasures designation by the Museum of World Cultures. The initiative celebrates the value of artists and their talents, art, and their contribution to education and society. The biannual honor has recognized boatwrights,potters, luthiers, marqueters, blacksmiths, gunsmiths, weavers and glass artisans, to name a few. These artists and craftsmen have demonstrated their talents honed over decades of study and work.
Mitchell County can boast that we have more North Carolina Living Treasures than any other county in the state! With ten of the seventeen Living Treasures from Mitchell County, we believe it is a testament to the incredible talent and creativity in our area.
Mitchell County’s NC Living Treasures:
Cynthia Bringle, Potter
Bea Hensley, Blacksmith
Harvey Littleton, Glassmaker
Mark Peiser, Glassmaker
Penland School of Craft, Center
Richard Ritter, Glassmaker
Norman Schulman, Ceramist
Billie Ruth Sudduth, Basketmaker
Arval Woody, Furniture Maker
Thayer Francis, Marqueter