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This organization was started by Michael Hughey in the early 1980s /or late 70s.
CLAS began as an organization of calligraphy teachers from North and South Carolina, and included members from Tennessee and Georgia then. The organization now has members from all over the globe.
This organization still meets monthly and is still going strong.
They hold an annual meeting in April as well as a retreat in January. Calligraphers from all over the world come to teach workshops. The very first workshop was taught by Michael Hughey and Peter Thornton. Peter has continued to teach on an almost annual basis!
The early members were:
Michael Hughey (Asheville), John Neal (Greensboro/Winston- Salem), Joyce Teta (Winston-Salem), Anne Cowie (Charlotte), Kathy Bell (Greenville, SC), Caroline Meyer (Columbia, SC), Laurie Graybeal (Charlotte), Cate Parrish/me (Raleigh), Pat McKenzie (Greensboro), Pat Levitin (Greensboro), Sheila Cheek (Taylors, SC), and Harriette Taylor (Wilmington, NC).
I served as the second president of this organization in the 1980s after Michael Hughey (when I was in my 20’s!) and I served multiple terms.
This guild is near and dear to my heart, because back in the early 1980s, Phyllis Petersen and I co-founded the guild to connect calligraphers within the North Carolina Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Teresa Thacher was the legal arm behind the guild, making sure we were a bona fide organization. We learned, shared and taught each other.
I served as the first president of the guild and subsequent terms as president afterwards…how many? I can’t recall!
There were many active members at the time: Belinda Ferro, Teresa Thacher, Ellen Holding, Tim Johnson, Sarah Sheffield, Christopher McLachlan to name just a few.
We loved all things having to do with the lettering arts including printmaking, bookbinding, gilding, quill cutting, papermaking, printing, private press books, etc.
We brought amazing teachers to the area from all over the world and held exhibitions at Sertoma Arts Center (where I taught beginning through advanced calligraphy classes) in Raleigh among other locations. This guild is also still going strong!
Meet stellar calligraphers, book artists & teachers: Joyce Teta and John Stevens.
This website is also home to Cheerio Calligraphy Retreats;
one of the most incredible learning places in the world where artists from around the world gather to work with the best calligraphers and lettering artists in the world.
I was so lucky to be able to attend the first retreat (!) and many subsequent retreats of this wonderful place in the mountains. http://calligraphycentre.com/welcome-cheerio-calligraphy-retreats/
About Joyce and John:
Who are we?
Our Fellows are practising professionals, among the finest in the world. Our Lay Membership comprises professionals and enthusiastic amateurs. We draw membership from around the world – why not join us today?
What do we do?
Inform and inspire experienced calligraphers and those new to calligraphy, through regular exhibitions, national meetings (Lay Members’ Day, Skills & Ideas Day and our AGM/Open Lecture) and our prestigious Scribe Journal and e-Newsletter.
Our development programme includes a Correspondence Course, an Advanced Training Scheme, mentorship towards Fellowship, a programme of Study Days, a series of Masterclasses, and we can recommend local learning opportunities. We have a specialist Sales shop and an unsurpassed Archive/Library available to members.
The world of calligraphy is constantly changing but always inspiring and exciting. We’d like you to love this craft as we do. It’s our world. Come and join us.
They are located in Greensboro, NC. They have a huge inventory!
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