Discover the beauty and artistry in the rich crafts tradition of Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
TourSEKY 1 Craft: "From Our Hands to Yours" showcases some of the best work from over 65 artisans in the region. It’s a comprehensive, full-year directory of major craft events, festivals and retail venues from across Southern & Eastern Kentucky, complete with contact details, event descriptions, driving directions and more.
TourSEKY 1 includes educational "diversions" that let you try your hand at playing a traditional mountain dulcimer, hear the sounds of Kentucky clay bells, plus follow links to videos of crafts people at work and discussing their craft.
Gallery categories include: Clay, Wood, Metal, Glass, Fiber, Mixed Media and Natural Materials. Featured artisans range from little known crafters to the internationally renowned like master glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell.
Kentucky is a state with deep roots in American craft traditions. The state’s artisan heritage was born out of necessity in the 1700s as people made their way over the newly-discovered passage across the Appalachians, the Cumberland Gap. Everyday items that could be fashioned locally didn’t have to be packed in. Today, basket weavers, broom makers and blacksmiths produce their goods with many of the same techniques. And though curves and corners may change with the generations, each Kentucky wrought iron gate, egg basket or mountain dulcimer has, at it’s heart, nearly 250 years of refinement.
"From Our Hands to Yours" was created by TOURSEKY.COM, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to showcase the diverse, exciting and entertaining possibilities open to visitors traveling in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
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