New Friends While Traveling: Weaverville, NC
Over the Labor Day weekend, my husband and I were traveling to visit one of my sons living out-of-state. Whenever I’m on a road trip, I always schedule in time to do some hunting and gathering along the way. This time we were driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains on I-26. We stopped in Weaverville, North Carolina, and I was completely intoxicated with the delightful shops along Main Street.
At the Well-Bred Bakery & Café, I had smoked Gouda cheese and tomato quiche with their ever so famous kale salad that was beyond scrumptious. Their Facebook pictures tempted us to stop in, but the proof is in the tasting. Divine leaps to mind as an apt descriptor. While there, we talked to Scott Yerkey, who graciously described his favorites and so much more. Just next door is the Miya Gallery. Ron Morecraft’s image of green mold on a tobacco barn caught my eye. This is classic imagery for this area with its storied history as tobacco country. As I spoke with Ron, I felt as though I had met a kindred spirit. An artisan who loves both his art and the culture native to this region.
I couldn’t leave Weaverville without stopping in at the Magnum Pottery Studio and Gallery. The owners, Rob and Beth Magnum, were every bit as hospitable as the folks in the last two shops! We really enjoyed looking around their space. Their pottery products are amazing in scope and design. But I think the color combinations applied before the items go into the kiln are what attract most people.
If you happen to be on I-26 in North Carolina, make a point to stop off in Weaverville, visit these fine shops and chat with the owners and artisans. You’ll be glad you did.
Back on the road, heading south, I began to mull over my design process. I have always focused on the client and when the client is a woman, I wonder, “How does she spend her days? What books does she like to read? What personal passions does she pour herself into?” Then, “Where does she land after a long day? Does she have a favorite chair? Or is there some other special furniture piece that has been handed down from mother to daughter over the generations?” Now, I’m asking myself, “What new eclectic influence or industrial artifact can be incorporated into my work so my pieces will harmoniously blend and reflect her own intimate spaces.
I think Home should be inviting and beautiful, but also include objects and elements that hold special significance to the owner. As for myself, not many items were passed down, so the ones that were passed down are even more precious to me. When I go to estate sales and see an item I love and want, I always remember the object once belonged to someone who spent their time and money just to add it to their personal collection. Respecting the flow of time, making a mark upon it and treating the past with dignity is important to everyone at Bishop & Company. We hope you would agree.