Liberty Arts at the NC Botanical Garden

Our Artists Cassandra Gooding and Paul Vernon, along with Alumni Artist and Board Member, Mike Waller all have pieces in the upcoming 27th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Show at the NC Botanical Garden. (

A Preview Party on Saturday, September 19, 4:30-7:00pm, gives ticket holders an opportunity to roam the gardens, view the sculptures, and meet the artists. Guests can also vote for the People’s Choice award, make early purchases, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Mark Day and classical guitar music by Chris Alberti and Mark Liberto. Tickets cost $40, $35 for NCBG members.

The show will run from September 20th - December 11th 2015.

Our 1st Internship was a Great Success!!

Josh Ruder's summer internship at Liberty Arts was a win-win for all involved. He helped us build two raku kilns, test glazes, create patterns and pour at the foundry. He also found plenty of time to create many of his own pieces which will comprise his solo show at Brown University in October. Good chance that a few of us will be there for that!!

We are looking for promising artists starting out and looking for a once in a lifetime experience working with established artisans in wood, metal, clay and stone. For more information please contact -

What you missed if you weren't at Last Thursday@LIBERTY ARTS this past month

This past Last Thursday@Liberty Arts featured three demonstrations of our artists at work. John Parkinson shared his weaving (Danish cord) technique on a beautiful new custom walnut bench. David Huber fired up his lathe to show his turning and sanding skills on the briar burls he turns into amazing artisan tobacco pipes. Out back Evie and Josh were pulling 1700 degree pots out of their recently finished raku kiln and completing the ancient process to produce beautiful pieces to the oohs and ahhs of the crowd. You can expect more of the same this coming Last Thursday@Liberty Arts on August 27th.

The smell of sawdust has returned to Liberty Arts!

We have two new artists doing amazing things with wood. John Parkinson (above, and find him on Facebook) is creating beautifully handcrafted custom furniture. David Huber ( is using his lathe and various sanders to turn small semi-circles of briarwood to create top of the line artisan pipes.You are more than welcome to come in and watch the process - especially on Last Thursdays @ Liberty Arts.

Deja Vu All Over Again!

Jackie MacLeod woke up Friday morning to learn that a pipe had burst at the studio and water was gushing in.

“My heart sank. Many of you will understand why - the situation was eerily similar to the one four years ago that caused us to lose our studios in the Liberty Warehouse and subsequently led to that warehouse being condemned and torn down.”

Ben Ale Sheehy (owner of Bampro, who now works alongside us) had been battling the water since 11pm the night before. One by one we arrived, grabbed brooms, buckets, created pumps, did whatever we could to get the water out as it poured in until it was finally turned off and our efforts were finally making a difference.

At the end of the day, the lot of us who had shown up were drenched and tired, but feeling so much more hopeful than we’d felt that morning. The damage can be fixed, the water and dampness will be dealt with and relatively little was lost. The photos above show what things looked like on Friday morning and then on Saturday morning. Onward! 

HUGE thanks to all of you who stopped by, called, replied on Facebook or just sent good wishes. We love our community!!

New Artists: Hermes Illana, John Parkinson & David Huber

We have three new artists coming on board!

Hermes Illana is in the process of setting up his space now. He will be using his photography in combination with his creative construction abilities and newfound skills with a welder to create exciting new pieces to be shown soon in our gallery.

John Parkinson  ( will be arriving in June. John designs and builds beautiful custom furniture and will be putting together workshops and demos about the use of hand tools. Stay tuned!

David Huber ( will also arrive in June and creates handcrafted artisan Briar Pipes. Even though David is relatively new to the art of pipe making, he already has a following and is looking forward to the inspiration of being surrounded by artists working in so many mediums.