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Stoney Lamar




Images: top, "Origami Prints" bottom, "Birds on a Wire;" Both made of ash, steel, and milk paint.

Stoney Lamar lives and works in Saluda North Carolina.  His wife, Susan Casey, owns the Purple Onion, a wonderful restaurant that features a variety of ethnically inspired dishes with an emphasis on the Mediterranean’s simple and healthful cuisine.

In the late 70s, the couple met at Appalachian State University, fell in love, married with the plan to make furniture together, and discovered life has its own pathway to follow which may have little in common with mere humans.
Along their way, he began to embrace the geometry of woodturning and the path became clear. (Stoney credits Susan with acknowledging his potential and encouraging the pursuit of his creative work.)  After he discovered an affinity for the lathe, the couple packed up their two young children and moved to New Hampshire to allow him to serve as a wood turner’s apprentice.  They returned to Saluda and built their home and their lives in this charming, historic community.

His work is in public collections, including Asheville Art Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, London England, the American Craft Museum, New York, High Museum in Atlanta, and more.  Mr. Lamar has won many awards, and he has lectured, taught, given workshops and served as artist in residence.

He has been a board member of the American Craft Council, president and board member of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, a founding member of the Association of American Woodturners, and president of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.

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Stoney Lamar is represented by Blue Spiral #1 in Asheville, NC.