Martha, my bestest buddy, is my heart-sister here in Asheville. We meet once a week for "Coffee Class". That's where we solve world and family problems, talk politics, spirituality and books, among other things. Today we shook things up on our "Spring Field Trip" to Weaverville. Just about 15 minutes north of Asheville.
First stop was the Miya Gallery, which has amazing wood, pottery and jewelry. Strolled down the street to Magnum Pottery. What talent! It is a working studio. The artists use local cray to make vessels, plates, cups, bowls. Glazed with magnificent earth tones. Today we got to see the kilns, both electric and gas. They are huge!
Next stop was The Crucible Glassworks. Hillary kindly showed us around the studio and explained the process of using "canes" of glass to make the various shapes. The ones we saw were only about 3/8 of an inch in diameter, but can be crafted into such marvelous shaped pieces.
Here's a piece we both liked, based on the shaped of Hopi Indian baskets!
We meandered along the French Broad River up to Marshall. I'd never been there, but we were both charmed, just charmed. From the Courthouse with plaques commemorating the local men killed in the Civil War to a marvelous restaurant (forgot the name!). This restaurant has "Zuma Chocolate Cookies". Those are the best cookies I've ever tasted. We talked to Nancy the baker who created the recipe and says those cookies allow her to "live the Dream", which I totally understand. Luckily, they are stocked the the Ingles Market on Merrimon Drive here in Asheville!
We ended the day at "Flow", a cooperative gallery. Superb furniture, jewelry, paintings and pottery all made by local artists. I've simply got to go back there!