North Carolina Treasures

North Carolina Treasures

Timeless Traditions

If agriculture is the biggest industry in North Carolina, folk art runs a close second. From glassblowing and metalwork in the mountains and Seagrove pottery in the Piedmont to netmaking and basketweaving at the coast, North Carolina offers a variety of handcrafted talent. Maria Lundberg from North Carolina Now and Legislative Week in Review presents North Carolina Treasures, a North Carolina Now special that takes you on a tour across the state to visit the craftspeople who value these timeless traditions. Visit the coast and meet Jim and Jimmie Kent, who sell intricate baskets that they weave themselves. Discover the rare art of netmaking and the dedicated coastal residents who keep it alive. Then follow Maria to Seagrove, NC, home of world-renown pottery. Watch such names as Ben Owen, a ninth generation potter, carry on his family tradition. In the mountains, the Penland School of the Arts teaches novice and professional artisans the arts of printing, weaving, ironmaking, glassblowing and others that have been part of southern America for centuries. The Folk Art Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains will also awe you with its complex tapestries, colorful pottery and other lovingly crafted NC folk art.

Maria Lundberg happened on these North Carolina treasures by accident. "As I was traveling throughout the state doing stories for North Carolina Now, I came across many talented craftspeople," she said. "I was amazed at how these people would teach their children about the tradition to keep it from dying out." During her trek across the state, Maria has met dozens of talented craftspeople. North Carolina Treasures presents a panoramic picture of a handmade, inherited art form that tells the story of North Carolina people from the state's infancy.

Featured Artists by Region

The Coast    
Roy Willis    
Heber Guthrie    

The Piedmont
Ben Owen III
Phil Morgan

The Mountains
Jean McLaughlin
Sammie Nicely
Scott Kildall