Fundamentals of Clay Oct 6th- Dec 1st
"A great class! I learned so much. I am definitely taking it againt in Febuary and every time it is offered."
"This was a wondergyl class. I learned so much. And fun, too. David is so helpful with one on one instruction."
2016 Craft School Gala
More than 100 supporters attended and celebrated the School with a delicious meal, silent and live auction items. Popular local entertainer Danny Dozier supplied jazz and soft rock music. Stone County Judge Stacy Avey served as celebrity auctioneer for the live auction assisted by Mountain View Mayor Roger Gardner and Gladys Webb of North Little Rock. Craftspeople, Craft School instructors, Mountain View Art Guild members and local businesses in Stone County as well as nearby Calico Rock and Melbourne donated nearly 100 items for the auctions including a spice basket, a handcrafted glass blown beaded necklace, dulcimer, jewelry, handcrafted cheese basket, photographs and paintings of nearby landscapes, hand crafted knives and pottery. A record $15,344 was raised which will go to provide funds and scholarships for 2017 classes. Many thanks to the sponsors of the GALA, the donors of auction items and the attendees, all of whom support the presence of the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View.
Bookand and Print Making Aug 5th-7th
This hands-on workshop combines several related crafts culminating in handmade books. Day one begins with design ideas and block printing, a process of creating images by carving wood and linoleum blocks. Day two focuses on paper art and embellishment techniques. On day three your prints and papers will be brought together into finished books. Students will choose from the several bookmaking styles to complete two different books.
Introduction to Bladesmithing Dec 9th-11th
In early December, Three men braved a chilly week-end to work with master knife maker Jim Crowell at his studio near Timbo.
Tom Holland Inducted into International Society of Glass Bead Makers Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Tom Holland for induction into the International Society of Glass Bead Makers Hall of Flame. This award is given annually to a glass bead maker in recognition of their major contribution to the international art of bead making. Tom, with his wife and partner, Sage (pictured at right) are Stone County artisans and instructors at the Arkansas Craft School. Their next class is November 6 - 8.
Jim Crowell Inducted into American Bladesmith Society
Master Bladesmith and Arkansas Craft School instructor, Jim Crowell, was recently inducted into the American Bladesmith Society. The ceremony was held at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. Jim earned the distinction of Master Bladesmith in 1986 and teaches throughout the country at seminars and "hammer-ins".