Studio Tour


AUGUST 5-6, 2023
Studio Tour Artists Gallery Exhibit at Ashe Arts Center August 1-6

Tour participants will discover art studios located all over the county – in and around West Jefferson, Jefferson, Crumpler, Laurel Springs, Todd, Creston, Warrensville, and Lansing. Most of the studios are not usually open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity for people to see where these artists work and at select locations, to watch them as they create their art. And it doesn’t hurt that getting there takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain countryside the High Country has to offer!


The studio tour will be accompanied by a week-long exhibit leading up to the tour weekend at the Ashe Arts Center from August 2 – 7.  Studio tour artists will display their works in our gallery space to give visitors a preview of the kind of work that they make.  

Saturday Studio Tour Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday Studio Tour Hours: 12 pm – 5 pm

Dottie Baker

High Meadows Pottery

1060 Will Vannoy Road

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(336) 877-1634


Gestural, earth colored, 

handmade pots whose roots are in early American and medieval English and Japanese pottery traditions.

David Bridge

Whiskey Mountain Pottery

411 Woodie Avenue

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(980) 297-1406

Functional and decorative pottery

This studio is open year round and is wheelchair accessible.

Lynell Dodge

Creekside Studio

167 Finch Way

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(919) 619-8410


Sterling silver jewelry and mixed media paintings.

Jane Munroe Floyd

Shades of Nature

429 Buck Mountain Road

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(336) 877-7973


Luminous Botanical Collage using pressed plants, colorful and textural papers on hand constructed lampshades and two dimensional art.

Becki Henderson-Gow

Red Salamander Pottery

273 S. Graybeal Hollow 

Creston, NC 28615

(828) 234-6524


Wheel-thrown pottery emphasizing vibrant layers of slips and glazes, generating an eclectic style of exceptional designs and patterns.

Jennifer Gardiner

Gardiner Pottery

5123 Big Windfall Road 

Lansing, NC 28643

(336) 384-1968


Wheel-thrown, earthenware pottery with brushed and incised figures given depth by slips and glazes.

George Kosinski

Kosinski Studio

410 McConnel St #202

Jefferson, NC 28640

(336) 846-2122

Oil and watercolor paintings, prints, and cards inspired by local, national and international scenes, with architectural and impressionist influences.

This studio is open year-round and wheelchair accessible.

Jane and John Maddocks

Big Ivy Arts Studio

204 Idlewild Road

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(336) 973-5066


John Maddocks: Guitars, banjos, mountain dulcimers and madolins with an empasis on native woods.
Jane Maddocks: Ceramic vessels, some painted, some carved, and some designed for wall display.

Diane Newby

Gold Beach Glass

4858 Big Peak Creek Road

Laurel Springs, NC 28644

(206) 571-8401

A rainbow of colorful, functional, fused art glass. Dichroic jewelry, candleholders, cabinet knobs, ornaments, dishes and gifts.

This studio is open year-round and wheelchair accessible. 

Ron and JoAnn Pippin

Pippin Studios

170 West Town Way

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(603) 387-6766

JoAnn: Luminous watercolors of nature up close, including flowers, plants, birds, and travel themes. Prints and originals available. 
Ron: Simple jewelry that displays Mother Nature’s little treasures. Beautiful wire-wrapped stones, shells, and beach glass.

Mary-Ann Prack

Prack Art

431 Sunnyside Park Road 

Jefferson, NC 28640 

(828) 406-7046


Mary-Ann’s sculpture plays with the architecture of the human figure, and reflects the joy of the human spirit.


Tom Risser

Heartspark Studio

1494 Hartzog Ford Road

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(704) 843-1136


Mostly Sculpture: Large to small. Abstract and figurative. Metal and glass. Built to last. Made for JOY.

Ann Spragens

Happy Hill

289 Green Meadows Drive

Todd, NC 28684


Realism, Impressionism and Expressionism inspired by the harmony of nature and the beauty of mountain living. 

Hollis and Jay Wild

Wild Designs

204 Idlewild Road

West Jefferson, NC 28694

(336) 982-2377

Jay: Photography – landscape, nature and macro.
Hollis: Felted items including hats; eco printed and indigo dyed items.


Cherly Williams

Grassy Creek Pottery

746 Roby Poe Road

Crumpler, NC 28617

(336) 982-8716


Wheel thrown pottery created for everyday use and sculpted work with sass and class. 

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