Carolina Makers brings hand-made world to light


An assortment of bowties by Brackish Bowties of Charleston. Brackish Bowties is one of several makers featured in Carolina Makers, the new art exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum.

This fly rod table was made by Capers Cauthen, owner of Landrum Tables in Charleston. Catuhen is one of several makers featured in Carolina Makers.

A handbag made by Sally Peek, designer and owner of Nana by Sally in Columbia, is one of several makers featured in Carolina Makers.

Materials used by Leigh Magar, designer and owner of Madame Magar and Magar Hatworks, located on Johns Island.

A mandolin made by Frank Sox of Lexington.

A table made by Jaryd Walley, owner of Mobili Farm Tables, located in Greenville.

A metal nest bowl made by Kaminer Haislip of Charleston.

An assortment of suspenders by The Cordial Churchman of Rock Hill.

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina State Museum’s next exhibit celebrates South Carolina makers who are producing handmade objects for everyday use both locally and around the world.

Carolina Makers, which opened April 18, focuses on local makers from South Carolina, including instrument builders, furniture makers, metal workers, clothing designers and more.

The exhibit spotlights these individuals and small businesses, the incredible objects they are making and the many ways in which they are enhancing and enriching lives.

Guests will explore the diversity of what is being made across the state and learn about the workmanship and craft behind each object featured in the exhibition.

“Carolina Makers speaks to the heart of the current artisanal movement and the importance of high-quality, handmade objects that are created using traditional methods,” said chief curator of collections Paul Matheny. “Makers are continuing to gain momentum because people want to support local artists and craftspeople and are attracted to the stories behind handmade objects.”

Since its founding, a primary focus of the State Museum has been to tell the story of South Carolina, which is especially true when it comes to the museum’s exhibitions and collection. Carolina Makers is allowing the museum an even greater opportunity to expand on what makes South Carolina such a unique state.

A variety of programs and special events will be held in conjunction with this exhibit, including a farm to table dinner on July 30, featuring locally grown and sourced food and drinks prepared by South Carolina chefs and bartenders, live music provided by the makers themselves and usable dining objects produced by the makers.

Carolina Makers, located in the Lipscomb Gallery, can be seen through Feb. 7, 2016 and is included with museum general admission or membership.

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