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Season 2 of Collecting Carolina

Women’s Jewelry from the Civil War with Tryon Palace Assistant Director LeRae Umfleet and NC Museum of History Textile Conservator Paige Meyers
After the devastation of the Civil War, and the suffering of the women left to guard the home front, so little is left of women’s clothing and accessories.  Much was worn to shreds, much was thrown away and discarded, but for those who treasure the past, few items spark the collector’s interest as much as "mourning jewelry." Made fashionable by Queen Victoria after her beloved husband Albert’s death in 1861, these items, such as those made from jet, deceased loved one’s hair, and from Gutta-percha sap, all are highly collectable for enthusiasts and reenactors alike. Assistant Director LeRae Umfleet from Tryon Palace shows us the correct women’s mourning and day attire, accessories of the time, and what to look for in authentic Civil War jewelry.

North Carolina Native American Indian Arts with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon and Gregory Richardson, Executive Director of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs
The richness in Native American art has developed over many thousands of years. Today, the eight tribes in North Carolina continue to produce highly collectable works, which include traditional themes blended with new personal experiences. Whether self-taught or handed down from tribal elders, the artists'  crafts pay homage to the spiritualism and honor within each community. Starting in April, there are Pow Wows every couple of weeks throughout our state, where you can learn about and collect from the artists themselves. 

The John C. Campbell Folk School with Host Julia Carpenter
People who love to collect antiques, art, and crafts often enjoy learning more about the processes of creating objects. Since its inception in 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School has provided adult instructional classes. There are no credits or grades, and the atmosphere is one of living and learning together in a nurturing environment. With over 60 courses to choose from in a wholesome and natural environment, students enjoy a day, weekend or week of personal enrichment. This is a perfect getaway experience for those who want to try something they know or something new, such as art, metalwork, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography or writing--there’s something for anyone’s interest. Crafters beware; you will fall in love with this place and the people you will encounter.

Broadcast Date: 2/12/2015Seagrove Pottery
Seagrove Potters with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
‘Collecting Carolina’ is off to Seagrove in Randolph County, the epicenter of North Carolina’s eastern pottery community.  With over 100 potter’s studios to explore, Producer Julia Carpenter and Curator Michael Ausbon from the North Carolina Museum of History show us how to plan our visits and give us a sampling of what is available to see and shop for. This community is steeped in a rich craft history, full of diversity and creativity, and encompasses everything from the traditional styles and museum reproductions to large works of modern art. Join them as they go into kilns old and new, and studios that produce some of the finest hand-crafted work. And put on your walking shoes, because the paths to the potters can be as varied as the pots you will discover.

Broadcast Date: 12/04/2014Executive Mansion
The Executive Mansion, Raleigh with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
The Executive Mansion is home to the Governor, and it is the 'people's house.' It was completed in 1891 as a political, social, and cultural center of the state, and is one of the few executive mansions in the nation built specifically for that purpose. A unique example of Queen Anne-style architecture, the house was made using inmate labor, with building materials acquired from within the state. Built as a home with meeting and event space, it is also a  unique historic site full of North Carolina treasures. NC Museum of History Curator Michael Ausbon takes on a tour to highlight the special North Carolina items and artists whose work is prominently displayed. The Executive Mansion is open for public tours throughout the year.   

Broadcast Date: 10/23/2014Village of Yesteryear
Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fairgrounds with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
The Village of Yesteryear was established over 60 years ago to help educate fairgoers on the traditional handicrafts of North Carolina and the important roles these crafts played in our family histories. From baskets to quilts, wood turning and pottery, metal work and fine art, the annual ten-day event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and not only helps the craftsmen make a living, but features highly collectable items. Join us as we meet several of the artists who come year after year and share the love of their crafts with all who stop by and visit.   

Broadcast Date: 10/02/2014Collecting Carolina: NC Glass
Cedar Creek Gallery with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon
Collecting Carolina visits the beautiful gallery, pottery and glass blowing studios of Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor. Here we see glass being blown and molded, and pottery shaped and carved. We discover the joy of watching artists at work and how our understanding of the process increases our appreciation for the work, while Michael zeros in on items made by North Carolinians using North Carolina materials. Join us in the discovery.