Linda Caristo



BOOTH # 310


Where are you from / where do you live now / what brought you to the southern highland region?
My family came here in the 1600's. They have been here ever since. We currently live in Fairview.

What is your favorite part about living in the southern highlands?

Privacy, peace and quiet, nature. We prefer the country.

Tell us something unique about your process / what makes your work unique among artists in your same discipline?

It has taken many years to master the craft that I produce today. Some of my jewelry has take over 100 hours to create. I do not know of any other jeweler that does the fine hand pierced work that I do. I learned the rare plique a jour enameling technique many years ago from a Russian artist who had actually helped to restore some of the Faberge Eggs in Russia. I do not know of any other jewelry artist that utilizes this technique in hand pierced cell work.

How long have you been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild? What is your favorite part of being a Guild member?

Member since 2005. Shows and business opportunities.

What can visitors expect to find at your booth? Are you working on anything specific to reveal at the Craft Fair this Summer? (New work?)

Unfortunately, I will be having major back surgery sometime this summer and I doubt I will be making any new masterworks. However, I do have two masterworks that were created last year during covid thanks to grant money. They will be shown for the first time at the Guild Fair. Visitors can expect to find nature inspired work created by an authentic WNC mountain artist. There is not many of us left. Most artists from this area do not have mountain heritage. Our work is heirloom collectable and is offered in all prices for customers to wear and enjoy.

Anything else you'd like to share?

Message to visitors: Take the time to explore our mountains, culture, history, and crafts. This is where adventure awaits you. (It is not in the breweries!)

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