Who We Are: FAQ
What regions does HandMade in America serve?
Who can register for HandMade in America's Craft Registry?
Artists who live in Western North Carolina who make craft, either traditional or contemporary. We do not serve fine artists, like painters or photographers, but support a system of partners that does. There is no jurying process to become a part of the Craft Registry and the artist may either work on his/her craft part time or full time.
Please contact Janelle Wienke with questions or to help with registration.
Who can sign up for the Handcrafted Design Source?
Craft artists in WNC that have experience working in design fields, make pieces that serve as functional interior or exterior architectural elements. These craft artists must want to build their businesses by working with architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and contractors.
Contact Gwynne Rukenbrod with questions about the Craft, Architecture and Design program.
Who can be listed on the HandMade in America Trip Planner?
As of now, the online Trip Planner serves as an extension of our guidebooks, The Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina, and The Farms, Gardens, and Countryside Trails of Western North Carolina. The artists and businesses listed on the Trip Planner are included in these guidebooks and at this time, we do not have the capacity to expand beyond those businesses.
For more information or to express interest in being a part of the Trip Planner, please contact Gwynne Rukenbrod:
How can I find out more information about how I can get involved with HandMade in America?
Contact anyone on the HandMade staff, or fill out a volunteer form and email it to us. We always need help from volunteers on various projects and we always appreciate your support!
I live in a small town in Western North Carolina (or beyond) that is not a part of HandMade in America's Small Towns program. How do I find out more information about getting my community involved with the program?
Contact Community Development Manager, Jess Kryzensky, about opportunities with HandMade in America and other community development organizations who might be able to assist your town.
I am a craft artist who lives outside of Western North Carolina. What kind of assistance do you offer to those of us outside your primary service area?
We offer trainings, workshops and classes each year about growing your arts business, product development, technology and other business and marketing skills. These classes are always open to craft artists throughout the nation. If you are interested in learning more about the HandMade in America model of economic development, we offer custom consultations.
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I am a woman who has recently started a business in Western North Carolina and wonder how HandMade in America could help me?
Our Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs program provides assistance and support to entrepreneurial women in our rural communities.
For more information, contact:
How do I go about displaying my work at a HandMade in America curated exhibit?
If you are a craft artist in Western North Carolina and would like to find out about our exhibits and possibilities for participation.
For more information, contact:
I can't log in?
If you are a craft artist in Western North Carolina and registered to HandMade in America's Craft Registry but have lost password.
Please contact our Operations Manager, Janelle Wienke: