2020 Winners


Craft Category and Overall

Wild Clay Floor Vessel by Motyl Pottery

Made from 100 percent North Carolina clay dug by Tori Motyl in Burnsville, the Wild Clay Floor Vessel measures 28.5 inches tall. After throwing in sections on a pottery wheel, a slip surface made from watered-down clay was applied and tooled while rotating on the wheel to give it a texture that speaks to the fluid nature of the clay. Firing in a reduced environment gave it flashes of red and orange on an otherwise black surface. Based in Asheville, Tori uses wild clay and a variety of throwing, cutting, carving, and ripping to showcase the highly textural properties of clay. Learn more about Motyl Pottery.

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Drink Category

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wildflower Mead by Honeygirl Meadery

Honeygirl Meadery’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wildflower Mead is an evolving and deeply satisfying sipper, with medium to full body, pleasant alcoholic warmth and silky smoothness. Made exclusively from North Carolina wildflower honey, fermented and aged to bring out rich, deep notes of dark honey, buckwheat, and brown sugar treacle, this gorgeous amber mead is then further aged in a bourbon barrel from Durham’s Mystic Distillery. Each bottle of mead is handcrafted and hand-bottled in their downtown Durham facility. Learn more about Honeygirl Meadery.

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Food Category

Providence by Goat Lady Dairy

Goat Lady Dairy has been making artisan goat’s milk and cow’s milk cheeses since 1995, and helps sustain five family farms in North Carolina. An aged goat milk cheese with a natural rind, Providence evolved out of experimental batches of a Tallegio-style cheese that Goat Lady Dairy made years ago. Providence is the perfect table cheese to pair with cured meats, olives, or membrillo and can be used as you would use Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, or Manchego. Learn more about Goat Lady Dairy.

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Home & Garden Category

Battleship Teak Large Chef Knife by Nicholas Nichols Knives

With handles made from reclaimed teak wood from the deck of the USS Battleship North Carolina after the deck was replaced in the mid-1990s, each Battleship Teak Large Chef Knife is a piece of history. As a classically trained chef, Leland-native Nicholas Nichols knows the importance of high-quality knives. His love affair with metal began at an early age, and he quickly found his passion in knifemaking. Learn more about Nicholas Nichols Knives.

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Style Category

Riverside Hi by Opie Way

A classic silhouette, the Riverside Hi sneaker is made with six ounces of unlined vegetable-tanned leather, a suede heel counter and toe cap, and PORON insole for lasting comfort and is finished with hand-beveled edges, a copper rivet on the tongue tag, and waxed cotton laces. Most of the magic happens by hand in Opie Way’s small factory in Asheville to ensure each shoe fits perfectly. Sourcing materials as close to home as possible, Opie Way wants to change the way people look at footwear and provide an everyday shoe made in North Carolina. Learn more about Opie Way.

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