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Karen Adams Hawkins
Klay Hawk Doll Studio
Media: Mixed Media
I have lived nearly all my life in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville North Carolina. I was influenced as a very young child by the many wonderful craftsmen of our area and was a frequent visitor to the annual Southern Highland Craft Fair. I grew up with a love and fascination for all of the crafters but especially those that worked with clay and fibers. Many of my childhood memories are of making things out of scraps of fabric and pieces of clay. My childhood memories, my Scot Irish's heritage and my love for the mountians are often a source of inspiration for my present work.
Karen has been a member of the guild since 2009. She is also a member of The Leicester Artist Studio Tours, Fiber Arts Alliance of Asheville, Go-Figure-Dolls and Appalachian Women Entrepeneurs. Karen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts from UNC-A, and a Master degree in Fine Arts from ASU. Karen taught art in the public school for 30 years. She is an award-winning artist who has won several blue ribbon awards from Land O'Sky Doll Club for her special doll sculptures. Her work has been found in Doll Crafter & Costuming. Karen enjoys working full time in her studio in Leicester, North Carolina. Her unique one-of-a kind- dolls can be seen at: The Moses Cone Manor House on the Blue Ridge Parkway; ArrowCraft Shop, Gatlinburg,TN; OOAK Gallery Micaville, NC & Klay Hawk Studio,Leicester, NC. Karen has also exhibited at the Cabarrus Arts Council in Concord, NC, Hand Made in America & Allanstand Craft Shop Gallery, Asheville, NC