Teaching is Happiness!

Now teaching at a studio in Burnt Mountain Trading Company in Jasper, Georgia!
Saturday workshops:  Noon-5pm

Workshop topics vary and can be tailored to your requests.  Recent workshops have included bird houses, egg baskets and twined baskets. Call 770.479.1262 for information or to reserve your place in the workshop!  Burnt Mountain Trading Company is located at 14 Mark Whitfield Drive in Jasper.

Teaching and/or demonstrating has been so rewarding.  Mark Barnes, a student in the first class Hines taught at John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC), really got into the weaving with kudzu – to the point where he built his own web site, showing his unique woven pieces that are far different from Regina’s and just as professional.

During a program demonstrating the technique of twining to the Golden Age group of the First Baptist Church in Athens, GA, I met Matt Tommey, who was employed  there.  He was the one asking all the questions.  He became interested in kudzu as a medium and, after experience has honed his skills, now has his web site, is on the board of the National Basketry Organization, and has just received membership in the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in Asheville, NC.  Teaching is all about influencing others.

Several students are  repeat regulars at the workshops taught by Hines at North Georgia College in Dahlonega and their pieces improve with experience.  Of course, one-on-one instruction is the most intensive, and those students are really serious and continue on with their kudzu weaving.

Other places where Hines has taught include the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, Ga., Sharptop Arts Association in Jasper, Ga., and Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association in Blue Ridge, Ga.  When teaching is done, the art of the craft continues.

For many years Regina has visited schools in neighboring counties as well as her own, demonstrating her craft to many students, bringing samples of her work and answering questions.  Garden clubs and Master Gardeners frequently invite Regina to do programs for them.  Sometimes it gets messy, but Regina is able to do a program just on the way to plant a basket with live natural material.   Regina’s practice is to leave the piece that she completes during the program with the group so that they can have a model for any future baskets they may wish to do, or perhaps to present to an absentee member.

Photos on the right are from the HappyGoCrafty photostream of Jessica Kaufman at FlickR, taken during a recent class with the artist.

Be sure to check our Calendar for exhibits, classes and workshops, or other kudzu events.