7 Best Open Artisan Studios in WV
Art in Action: Behind the Inspiration and Creation
West Virginia’s naturally beautiful mountains, forests and rivers inspire some unique and amazing artworks.
Art in Appalachia is as diverse and amazing as the people who create it. Get a deeper understanding of these crafters’ works at live demonstrations in studios across West Virginia:
This iconic stop features West Virginia-made crafts like glass, wood, pottery, quilts and jewelry, as well as specialty foods, fine art, photos, books and music. Tamarack has 5 resident artisan studios where you can watch artists create their work. With special events all the time, you can see live music and performances, food tastings and craft demonstrations.
2. Gauley River Pottery
Located in the Old Mount Lookout General Store, Gauley River Pottery features handcrafted, functional, wheel-thrown stoneware and handmade ceramics. In this family-owned studio, you can watch and learn from potters Mary and John.
3. Wheeling Artisan Center
Located in a renovated 3-story atrium in the heart of downtown, the Wheeling Artisan Center has walk-through artisan exhibits, and showcases the regional arts, crafts and food of the region. You can shop, eat and learn at this amazing venue.
Family-owned Blenko Glass has been making traditional handmade glassware in Milton since 1893. They create a wide variety of handmade and mouth-blown glass, including glassware, art and keepsakes. Their pieces are made by skilled craftspeople with imaginative designs and exquisite colors.
5. Berkeley Springs Studio Tour
The Berkeley Springs Studio Tour in Morgan County lets you stroll from studio to studio watching artists as they create, sharing the artistic processes they use. You’ll see a mix of contemporary and traditional arts and crafts along the route.
6. Lost River Artisans Cooperative
With more than 100 active members, the Lost River Artisans Cooperative in Hardy County is preserving the heritage of handmade arts and crafts in West Virginia. They have an on-site educational foundation to teach visitors the craftsmanship developed by the settlers of the mountains and valleys of the West Virginia Highlands and the Appalachians.
7. Fish Hawk Acres Farm Dinners
Fish Hawk Acres Farm in Rock Cave shares the art and heritage of Appalachian cuisine, from ingredients to cookware. By using local and regional foods combined with old-time and modern recipes and tools, you can enjoy truly artisanal food that tastes as good as it looks. Join them for their intimate farm dinner events, where Chef Hawkins will share some of his passions for local foods as he preps the meal.
Which artisan will you catch in action?