In Thomasville, the child of a textile factory family with equal talent for art and business has breathed new life into her community. Her makers market carries goods created entirely in America.
Joy Full at Mud Dabbers Pottery
At a pair of family potteries in Brevard and Waynesville, handmade cups — crafted with love and generously gifted — overflow with the spirit of the season.
6 Places to Find the Perfect Present
North Carolina is home to a trove of innovative craftsmen and charming shops, making it easy to find the perfect present for everyone.
3 North Carolina-Made Kitchen Tools We Love
Quality utensils can turn a good cook into a great one, and it doesn’t hurt if they look good, too.
Made by Hand & Heart at Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Growing up, an Italian American chef learned the importance of cooking with patience, laughter, and love. His trattoria in Durham, built on those same principles, is a tribute to the mothers — and mother figures — who taught him.
Made in NC: Fancy & Functional
Her porcelain pieces may look like works of art, but Julie Wiggins’s teapots are ready for any occasion.
Made in NC: From Scraps to Fashion
A Lee County couple has turned a love of bags and a talent for upcycling old military gear into a career.
Made in NC: Where There’s Smoke
Early on, a woodworker in Rowan County learned to infuse his projects with a blend of art, science, and ingenuity. Then, a chance request sparked the idea to add smoke and spirits to the mix.
Meet Our Makers
Each year, Our State celebrates the very best in North Carolina craftsmanship with the Made in NC Awards. Meet the five talented artisans who won top honors in 2021.