Arkansas’ best artisans are considered “Living Treasures.”
3. Robert Runyan
The back-breaking work of log cabin construction is Robert Runyan’s passion. His work can be viewed at the Yellow Rock Overlook at Devil’s Den State Park in Winslow, the Underwood-Lindsey Pavilion at Mount Sequoyah Woods in Fayetteville as well as the restoration of an 1820s log granary at the Rice-Upshaw House in Dalton.
4. Peter Lippincott
This Fort Smith potter did not begin his study of pottery until the age of 38, but he has made up for lost time. Now, in addition to creating unique pottery at MudPuppy Studios, Lippincott also teaches classes so that others can carry on this ancient craft. For more information, visit mudpuppy-studios.com.
5. Winston Taylor
Russellville ceramics master Winston Taylor traded automotive body shop work for pottery, applying a knowledge of mechanical form and geometry to his work. Taylor founded the first pottery program at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, where he still teaches. For more information, visit winstontaylor.com.
6. Irma Gail
Hatcher Arkansas’ only quilter to be named Master Quilter by the National Quilter’s Association, Irma Gail Hatcher has published numerous books on the subject of quilting. Hatcher’s quilts have been displayed worldwide, in exhibits such as the “30 Distinguished Quilters of the World” in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit irmagailhatcher.com.
7. Dallas Bump
Furniture maker Dallas Bump’s work is as beautiful as it is functional. His work may be seen and purchased from The Bear Chair Shop in Royal, along with chairs that his nephew Leon Sutton and his wife Donna build. The Bear Chair Shop is located at 316 Treeland Tr., Royal, or call 501-767-1700 for more details.
8. Jim Larkin
Jim and Barbara Larkin have been operating Fox Pass Pottery in Hot Springs since 1973. In addition to his work in the studio, Jim is also an educator who designed a “Science of Pottery” class for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts. For more information, visit foxpasspottery.com.
9. Robyn Horn
Horn’s unique work in wood and stone have has made her one of the premier names in sculpture here in the Natural State. In 2000, Horn won the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art, and her work has been displayed across the state, including on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. For more information, see robynhorn.com.
10. JR Cook
Knife-making is an Arkansas tradition stretching back for centuries to a time when the Bowie Knife was known as the “Arkansas Toothpick.” JR Cook is keeping this tradition alive in Nashville, crafting custom knives from the highest quality materials. For more information, visit jrcookknives.com.