Grace Cathey - Artist's Work Adorns White House Tree

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“HCC is where I learned to become a professional craftsman,” says Grace Cathey, metal artist.

When Grace Cathey came to Haywood Community College, she completed the Professional Crafts—Fiber program and spent 15 years as a weaver. She has a passion for creating and decided to return to HCC for welding classes.

Since then, the Waynesville artist has carved a niche in the field with her one-of-a-kind steel sculptures, some of which takes months to finish. She is known for her larger-than-life reproductions of pieces from nature ranging from toads to trees.

Grace’s work has been selected for many distinctive displays and shows. Most recently, Grace was selected to design a Christmas ornament to represent the state of North Carolina to adorn the White House Christmas tree. Her piece is a Plott Hound, the official state dog.

Grace also had a giant dahlia on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden on the Mall in Washington, D.C. She has been featured on Home & Garden TV’s show “That’s Clever.” Her work can be seen all around Western North Carolina, including several pieces on an interpretive trail at Chimney Rock State Park and several pieces in North Carolina Arboretum’s permanent art collection. And Grace’s gallery was included in Rand McNally’s “Best of the Road” in 2005.