Handpicked by the John C. Campbell Folk School

Tradition of the past and the promise of the future

We are swiftly approaching our 100th anniversary here at the John C. Campbell Folk School and look to the future as much as we reflect on our history. Stewardship has always been a core value of ours, whether related to the craft traditions passed along in our studios weekly or the importance of preserving the distinctive ecosystem of our sprawling, rural campus.

For our American Craft Made collection, we chose to highlight makers that carry on traditions of regional importance, like Joan Cummings with her sweetgrass baskets, alongside those who focus on natural forms and sustainability, like Lisa Fleming and Betsy Bauer. Our collection, selected by myself alongside others from our talented and passionate staff, dovetails with our mission written almost a century ago, that the Folk School inspires “interest in the tradition of the past and the promise of the future.”

Jerry Jackson, Executive Director, John C. Campbell Folk School

About the John C. Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, North Carolina
Founded in 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School in western North Carolina offers weeklong and weekend classes for adults in traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, music, dance, cooking, gardening, and more. Non-competitive, small-sized classes are offered year-round on the school's 270-acre campus, across 17 well-equipped studios and scenic natural surroundings.