I read with shock about the destruction of George Handy’s studio on Beaverdam Road. I remember, from my very first days in Asheville, his extraordinary colorful pots for sale in the windows of his small studio. Somehow, every time I would drive by and view his works, it would remind me of our local artistic abundance, which was a major reason that my family moved here.
It would be a shame to lose his talent for even a few months as he starts to rebuild. I went by his studio recently and talked with him. He is interested in getting some help raffling off his “survivor pots” to generate some funds for rebuilding. I wonder if anyone else is out there who is interested and able to help me organize this kind of a project and help George rebuild? My e-mail is Grabenstein@cs.com. I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas on how to keep George’s talent as a continued artistic resource for both Asheville and North Carolina.
— Sarah Oram