HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS OR DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 10-14-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC PROFESSIONAL CRAFTS—WOOD GRADUATES SHINE AT INTERNATIONAL WOODWORKING FAIR

Three 2004 graduates of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts—Wood program recently received numerous awards at the Student Design Emphasis contest of the biennial International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA.

Susan Link and Jamie Womack of Asheville and Blaine Johnston of Waynesville had five pieces selected as finalists at the August show, which is one of the most prestigious student design contests in the country. Out of 33 schools represented, only two were community colleges. Link and Johnston were two of only three finalists with more than one piece accepted.

Link received Best of Show for Morning Jazz, a wall-mounted mirror with a case and shelf. Johnston received Honorable Mention in Design Creativity for Cantilevered Bookshelf and a Merit Award in Occasional for his leather-topped desk with drawers. Womack received a Merit Award in Casegoods for All-Way Cabinet, a cabinet with drawers that open from all four sides.

Link, Johnston, and Womack all enjoy working in wood, designing and building custom furniture, and being independent studio craftsmen, especially in this crafts-rich area of Western North Carolina. Each makes a range of furniture types, including chairs, tables, cabinets, art pieces, small production items, and turnings. They all do work on both speculation and commission. Link, Johnston, and Womack are represented in several galleries in North and South Carolina.

Womack, who has a master’s degree in classics and spent past summers working in construction, says making furniture is a great balance between working with your hands and working with your mind. "The program at HCC is excellent and amazing," Womack said. "It is applicable and well-grounded in the realities for people who want to work in wood for a living."

"The professional crafts-wood program at HCC encompassed everything needed to be a successful craftsperson," Blaine said. "It gave me the tools and resources I needed to start my own business. It was a very intense program but I highly recommend it.

###