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Michael Sebacher

Founder, Executive Director AHG

Michael is a dedicated artisan-blacksmith based in Sharpsburg, Georgia. He finds beauty in function, ancient design, meticulous craftsmanship, mathematical influence, and permanence. He’s maintained a working steel art studio for 16 years.  He was heavily involved with the Savannah historic districts’ architectural ironwork restoration efforts and was featured on a 2006 episode of  HGTV’s ‘Modern Masters’ program as well as numerous print articles.

 

His background is in Education and Engineering and includes a history with the US Navy submarine service, Ford Motor Company,  and Gulfstream Aerospace. He’s also been a charter sailboat captain, a truck driver, a lumber-yard laborer, a scuba instructor and a fishing boat deckhand.

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Mike Pope

Vice-President, AHG

Registrar

After spending his career as an Engineer in the Construction Industry, Mike has retired and is pursuing using the right side of his brain to be creative.  Mike has been a relentless supporter of the Artisan Heritage Guild since its inception.

Mike also serves as Event Organizer, Registrar, and administrator of membership and public contact information.

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Michelle Thomasula

Director of Events

Stained Glass Instructor

Fine Art Painting Instructor

Michelle's passion for Art began in Elementary school where she first determined that , someday, she'd  become an art teacher.

 

She attended a vocational High School for Advertising Art & Photography in Buffalo, NY.  At Northeastern State University (NSU) in Thalequah, OK, she graduated with high honors and a BA in Art Education.

She truly enjoys teaching others and helping those who share her passion for the arts.

Michelle's artistic background is extensive and broad. She's accomplished in many forms and mediums including sketching/drawing, fine art painting, ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy, and most recently, stained glass.

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Beverly Williams

Needlecraft Arts Instructor

Beverly Williams is a native on Newnan, GA .  She has a degree in Theatre Arts from Mercer University.  

Over the past thirty plus years, she has taught classes in hand embroidery, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, Japanese Kogin, gingham embroidery,crochet, Tunisian crochet, knitting and basic tapestry weaving.

Textile Arts Historian

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Bruce has been a professional educator since becoming a high school science teacher in 1975.  Along the way, he founded Fantasy Glass in 1987 and his hobby became a successful business. His art studio steadily grew and prospered for 25 years and came to include glass etching and beveling for various clients including homeowners, designers, and builders.

Bruce’s passion for working with glass is based on his continuing fascination with its nature and the emphasis on detail and precision inherent in glass projects.

Bruce is now retired but still enjoys teaching in association with the Artisans Heritage Guild as well as creating occasional custom and commission pieces.

Bruce  Barnes

Stained Glass Instructor

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Ann Lynn Whiteside

Weaving Instructor

Ann Lynn has been passing on knowledge her hard-won to others for over 25 years. She loves the history of weaving and the influence it’s had on shaping human culture. She’s passionate about the characteristics of the woven material and loves to explore its structure, color, and texture.

She feels a strong connection to weavers of the past and started a very popular annual exhibition portraying traditional weaving and weavers featured at a local Renaissance Festival. Her exhibit draws hundreds of visitors each year.

Ann Lynn has taught at GeorgiaFiber Festival, Kentucky Fiber Fest, Southeastern Animal, and Fiber Festival, John C Campbell Folk School, and Camp Mikell Folk School. She conducts regular classes at her studio in Newnan, Georgia

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Debbie has been quilting for over 20 years. The needle arts are her true love as she is also accomplished in crochet, hand embroidery and spinning, She loves working with beginners because they are always so surprised at how easy and relaxing these hobbies can be.

Debbie Hennig

Quilting and Needlework Instructor

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Tina Persons

Jewelry, Mixed Media

Tina grew up in Hawaii and spent summers in Colorado. She lives in downtown Newnan, Georgia. She works in acrylics and paint, both realism and folk art. Her mother is a wonderful artist and so she grew up with a love of art and crafts of all kinds.

As a child we spent weekends making candles, pottery and of course painting and drawing. Her senior year in high school she had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. King, who made her love art even more.

 

After high school, she took every art class she could in college, including Painting, Pottery, and Sculpting. She has never stopped loving art. She is a member of the art association, photography club, and a knitting group.

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Slade is from a long line of carpenters, blacksmiths and adventurers. He's also an accomplished musician.

 

He served in the Navy completing a tour of duty in the Middle east, 1st Persian Gulf war.  

 

His wife Ute, a native of .... is a practitioner ...

They reside in Newnan and are relentless supporters of local arts and artists.

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Event Hosts and Grillmeisters

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Janet McGregor Dunn

Ceramics, Pottery, Sculpture

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Janet combines her love of nature, music and color in each piece of pottery. Most of her pieces are hand-formed and all are one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated. She brings the outdoors into some of her work, using straw, rocks, plants or other found objects from the woods surrounding her studio.

All of her clay art, whether functional or decorative, has multiple glazes atop and many have added glass. Many pieces are glaze fired two to five or more times to give them depth and to build the layers of glaze and glass. From start to finish one of her works of art might take months.

She has received numerous awards through the years. In 2013 she participated in the first annual “Art Studio Tour” in Fayette County. The tour has continued to grow and was renamed the Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour (SHAST). In 2017 Janet headed up the tour and expanded it to include artists in Coweta County.

McGregor Dunn is active in the community. She formed the south Atlanta art group Fine Arts And Crafts Entrepreneurs (FAACE) and continues to serve on the Board. The group is “all about the business of art” and was founded to assist artists in reaching their professional goals.

Josh has a passion for moving metal with heat and hammer.  As a bladesmith, he produces beautiful knives and uses a variety of materials in his grip forms.  Josh finds beauty in the way superior function can be achieved through thoughtful design and material use.

 

He has a deep respect for the history and heritage of blacksmithing.  He's dedicated to the mission of AHG and sees his involvement as a way to honor the first smiths ... who first learned  to forge steel into useful items using only sweat and tenacity.

 

Josh maintains his position as a professional millwright in a local engineering company and runs his own thriving business, Ankura Knife Company.  He's a husband, a father of two and is a native of  Coweta County.

Joshua Blankenship

Bladesmithing, Blacksmithing

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