At Heartwood we honor and celebrate American Craft every day, year round. We are passionate about it. It’s all we do and everything we do. It is a simple concept and yet complex. Simply, we represent artists who work creatively with their hands in studios across North America, designing and producing pieces for beauty as well as function. The complexity comes in the stories: the artists and their lives, why they choose to make what they do, the limits their mediums impose, and how they have studied and worked to hone their skills and push those limits. We want to know the simple pleasure they derive from the act of making, and also the ideals and aesthetics that inspire them and send them into their studios excited day after day. After centuries of industrial and technological progress one can ask, “Why make things by hand?” After all, it simply is not necessary to craft a vessel, an adornment, or an article of clothing. But the heart of the matter is that we are complex creatures and connectivity matters. Creativity connects, not only the maker to the muse and the process, but also the user to the creator and the material. We seek the best of American craft and bring it to you with the stories intact. We understand the responsibility that comes with representing beautiful items created by hand. It is our part in the web that binds so we present it to you beautifully, with reverence and gratitude.
Come discover an intriguing gallery located in the center of historic downtown Saluda, NC. We boast one of the best collections of pottery in the region and support a wide variety of artisans throughout North America. You’ll find handcrafted ceramics, wood, jewelry, fiber, candles, glass, paintings, garden art and more. Heartwood is filled with works designed for function as well as beauty by artists from around the country. Creativity is expressed in all its forms and the authenticity of American Craft is honored and celebrated every day, year round. Read More Below