The Asheville area is renowned for fine crafts. Mica Gallery (in Bakersville, a pleasant drive north of Asheville--and not all that far from Penland) is a stunning new addition to the galleries in the Asheville area. It contains work of numerous fine potters, glass blowers, furniture makers, and more. There include Jenny Lou Sherburne, Claudia Dunaway, Pablo Soto, and many other outstanding artists. Art is offered at a variety of price ranges beginning at with the very affordable. The studio is staffed by the artists themselves, so there is always someone knowledgeable to assist--but not push.