HandMade in America
HandMade in America • Supporting Craft artists living in Western North Carolina. HandMade in America‘s mission is to grow handmade economies through craft, cultural heritage and community assets. We envision a thriving region that leverages the distinctive cultural assets of its people and the spirit of community.
In 1993 a handful of Western North Carolina residents came together to find a fresh approach to economic development in their mountains. They knew that the region was filled with assets: it boasts some of the oldest, grandest mountains in the world, it is a biodiversity hotspot, and it serves as a home to some of the most creative craft artists in the nation. This small group of citizens therefore realized that this industry of craft artists, working in studios, classrooms, and galleries tucked away throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, held the key to creative and sustainable economic development.
The organization got its start when it received a three-year organizational development grant from the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. Almost 400 citizens participated in a regional planning process to help determine how the organization could establish Western North Carolina as the center of the handmade object in the United States.
From this process, HandMade in America developed the foundation of its work: "To grow the economy through craft, cultural heritage and the community assets of Western North Carolina." We invite you to find out more about our past projects and our current programs.
• Board of Directors
• Funders & Partners
HandMade in America primarily works in 22 counties in Western North Carolina, serving many of the region’s small towns and communities
There are currently 13 towns involved in our Small Towns Revitalization Program, located from the far west to the high country.
Connect to WNC Craft: Craft Registry
Looking to connect with a talented potter? Want to find a gallery that specializes in contemporary craft? HandMade in America is the resource for finding craft in Western North Carolina. Our Craft Registry is the region’s most comprehensive directory of artists, galleries, craft resources, and craft events. Use it to connect with the most talented craft artists and most respected galleries in the country!
Connect to WNC Craft: My Trip Itinerary
"Planning your next vacation in Western North Carolina? HandMade in America’s online Trip Planner can help! We’ll help you explore routes that trace the back roads and byways of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the way, you’ll discover eclectic shops, alluring gardens and farms, energizing studios and delightful places to stay! There’s nothing in your itinerary yet. Check out our artists and galleries to find and map places you’d like to visit on your next trip! When you have chosen your destinations, click on My Itinerary at the top of the page to view your route."
Services for Craft Artists: HandMade in America’s Online Resources for Craft Artists
HandMade in America provides the following resources for craft artists to network with each other, display their works on line, study materials from previous workshops, hone their public relations and marketing skills, and more!
• Craft Registry
• Handcrafted Design Source
• Craft Apprenticeship Toolkit
• Resources for Craft Artists
• Free Online Resources/Publications from HIA