From a handblown glass ornament that shines like a jewel to a coveted coffee mug perfect for Christmas morning, the best-loved gifts are the ones that can’t be replaced. We collected 10 of our favorite galleries and craft shops across the state for local, handmade treasures that you can’t find anywhere else.
The Burls of Bakersville
An injury led a former factory worker and lumber salesman to a new career as an artist. Known today as The Bowlmaker, he gives fallen trees in Mitchell County their own second chances.
Made in NC: Nicholas Nichols Knives
A Leland bladesmith’s masterfully crafted chef’s knife made with wood salvaged from the deck of the USS Battleship North Carolina won him the top prize in the Home & Garden category of the 2020 Made in NC Awards.
Made in NC: Motyl Pottery
An Asheville ceramic artist’s love for nature and her dedication to authenticity is reflected in her stunning pottery made from wild North Carolina clay, which won her the top prize in the 2020 Made in NC Awards.