I gotta admit it, I love NC, too… although I’m not a native.
I used to have my jewelry in a gallery in Waxhaw, NC, which is
outside Charlotte. My stuff didn’t move very well, just not the
right “fit” of a gallery for me, although I’ve been invited back
The place is Stewart’s Village Gallery, and it’s run by the
Stewarts (surprise!), who are excellent potters. Their pottery
has been nationally acclaimed… they do shows and stuff. Their
studios are on the same property as the gallery. I can’t
remember for sure, but I think his name is John. He’s pretty
lenient about guests in the studio, and it’s really neat to see
his operation. His wife, Holly, (of that I’m sure) does the
shows and pretty much runs the gallery. The gallery represents
all kinds of artists, from glass workers to wood, and of course
jewelry and pottery.
I really enjoyed working with them, a good relationship and I
learned a lot about marketing my work. They liked my work, but
it’s too high-end for the jewelry customers they had. Other
jewelers they represented, whose work I admired, didn’t move very
Anyway, another small incentive to come by Charlotte (on I-77
and I-85) before heading on to Raleigh/Durham!
P.S. Around here, L.A. means “Lancaster Area”.