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Catawba River Artisans                      Belmont, NC

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Nina Bailey

Golden Elephant, LLC


As a child, I moved constantly.  Seeing different places at a young age developed a passion for the beauty in the world.  I am fortunate to call Charlotte, North Carolina home and draw inspiration from my beautiful state.  I have a love of natural stones and organic colors which I try to capture in my one of a kind pieces.

My business began after encouragement from my friends.  Like many, I was always searching for the “perfect” gift and often frustrated; I decided to create my own gifts that truly embrace my friends’ style and personality.  Seeing their reactions to my jewelry pushed me to start Golden Elephant.

 I use many natural stones and gemstones in my jewelry.  I am a lover of cape amethyst, amazonite, chrysoprase, and. Kyanite. I also make the promise that each piece is unique.  I may use similar stones in other designs, but each necklace, bracelet, and set of earrings is one of a kind.  I think it is important to feel beautiful and embrace your individuality.  I am honored each time my jewelry becomes part of someone’s personal expression.

Lisa Koyne Bok

Boxwine Glass Design handcrafts whimsical one-of-a-kind glass art using compatible glass, kilns and torches in our glass studio at Lake Norman, NC.  We melt, fuse, slump, sag and drape glass to make everything from brightly colored glass plates & platters to sun catchers, ornaments and jewelry.  A sampling of items can be found in our online store at

Kathy Deck

Kathy Pendleton Deck of Little House Studio is a Jewelry designer based in Bessemer City, NC who loves to create her art in the style of assemblage and repurposed jewelry.  Many of her nature and animal-themed pieces can also be found at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens as well as on her etsy shop

Tia and Travis Jenkins

Things By T

Painting, Wood & Mixed Media

"Things by T" is a husband and wife wood working team.  Created by Tia and Travis Jenkins out of Belmont, NC, Tia was born in Charlotte, NC and Travis in Bryson City, NC. Both are self-taught artists working with reclaimed wood, vintage windows, rough lumber, glass, metal and even original paintings on wood. 

 Tia developed her artistic ability at a very young age.  Painting, drawing, sculpting and even hair dressing. Travis was raised around wood working so they put their talents together. 

 Their work is bringing new life to old wood, but their passion is bringing beauty to life one project at a time.

Sherry Lambert

Sherry Lambert lives and creates her jewelry in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She began making jewelry eight years ago and after taking her first soldering class, she was hooked on metalsmithing.  “Using metalsmithing techniques, my mission is to make fine quality pieces that are beautiful and simple, durable and wearable.  I use gold, silver, copper, stone and handmade glass in my pieces.  Currently my main focus showcases the beauty of finely-made chain maille.”  You can visit her Etsy shop at

Jocelyne Lavaud-Adams

Wood Turning JLA

Jocelyne Lavaud-Adams is a Woodturner in Weddington, North Carolina. She has been experimenting with different types of materials such as nuts, deer antlers, acrylics and exotic woods for about eight years. Walking through the woods in her backyard in search of unusual pieces of dead wood is a favorite activity. The saying, “No one has a greater asset for his business than a man’s pride in his work” by Hosea Ballou guides Jocelyne’s approach to woodturning.

Liz McKay

Mean Muse Studio

I began painting at the age of 13 when my parents gave me a set of oil paints for Christmas.  My first commissioned work was completed when I was 16 – a landscape for a family friend.  I studied art at Winthrop University, graduating in 1985.  It was during my time at Winthrop that I transitioned from painting on canvas to painting solely on paper.  Over the years since, this shift to creating on paper has evolved into a love affair of creating with paper.  My works include paper & gemstone jewelry, paper sculpture and paintings on paper.  

My jewelry has a very primitive, organic aesthetic.  I sculpt various shapes then use these blanks to create plaster molds in which I will cast reclaimed paper.  These cast paper shapes are then set into sterling silver and combined with gemstones & pearls that are hand knotted on silk.

Alex Pietersen

Photographic Images


Terry Ratchford

I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. But for the past 25 years I've been busy helping my husband in his tractor repair business and raising  our two kids.

I'm a self taught artist which leads to many opportunities  for happy or not so happy accidents to influence the finished project. I love the whimsical side of life.  I've been told that my sense of humor shows in my artwork.

Cindy Reed

Crafty Lady

Stained Glass        

Cindy is a “retired” health care professional that discovered stained glass many years ago.  She continues to challenge herself with the many fun things that can be done with stained glass, especially fusing and lampworking.

Oliver Schneider

Blade Smith

Metal Smithing & Leather Art

Paul Stubbs

Facing West Photography


Paul Stubbs is owner of Facing West Photography and has been photographing wildlife and landscapes for over 15 years. He travels North and South Carolina as well as Wyoming to capture his images. His images are available on 12 “ x 18” gloss prints as wells as different size canvas gallery wraps. Also available are one of a kind coffee tables made from antique windows with one of his nature images attached to the back of the window.

Erin Whitener

I’m a retired teacher who’s still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  Should I be a jewelry artist, or a painter, or maybe I should carve stone or wood, or should I be a weaver?  I don’t believe I’ll decide any time soon, because I find so much joy in all these endeavors. All of my creative attempts are inspired by Mother Nature’s Beauty.  It might be a gorgeous autumn scene, a leaf or flower, or a rusting iron fence, and of course the amazing variety of natural stones. There’s entirely too many choices! 

Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson Studio


Eight years ago a basic silversmithing class at John C. Campbell Folk School gave me a passion for studio work, especially for making unusual, lightweight and sometimes mechanical pieces of jewelry. Since then I've taken many other classes and workshops that have influenced my design ideas in some way. My instructional jewelry-making projects have been published in Art Jewelry Magazine five times, one time in Lapidary Journal, and a story about constructing spinning rings is included in Lapidary Journal's 2011 book, Easy Metal Clay. I offer classes in Precious Metal Clay (certified instructor) and metal fabrication in my home studio near Charlotte, NC.