Potter Sid Luck
Like many of North Carolinas most notable artists, potter Sid Luck spent many years toiling at a day job teaching school while pursuing his art as a hobby. Luck, 69, is a fifth-generation practitioner of the art who resides in the pottery hotbed of Seagrove, where he has created a distinctive and recognizable style. But he made his living as a chemistry and science teacher before retiring to run Lucks Wares, where he makes, sells and teaches the craft. Lucks sons Matt and Jason follow in his footsteps as acclaimed potters in their own right. His grandchildren have also taken it up, which makes seven generations of potters in the Luck family.
Fiddler Bobby Hicks
By any measure, bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks ranks very highly. Hes appeared on more than 50 albums, won 10 Grammys and logged five decades as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry. And as a member of Bill Monroes Bluegrass Boys in the 1950s (and later Ricky Skaggs Kentucky Thunder), he helped define the role and sound of fiddle in the genre. Now 80 years old, Hicks is retired from touring. But he frequently appears at the free jam sessions that happen every Thursday night at Zuma Coffee in the Madison County town of Marshall.
Musician/artist Arnold Richardson
When it comes to the cultural heritage of Eastern North Carolinas American Indian tribes, musician/artist Arnold Richardson is a renaissance man. Richardson has won acclaim for his work in stone sculpture, pottery, beadwork and gourd-carving. He also plays various handmade flutes and records under the Iroquois name Tsane Dose, with his music appearing in everything from PBS specials to the 1990 movie Dances With Wolves. Now 75, Richardson lives in the Haliwa-Saponi community of Hollister, 55 miles northeast of Raleigh.
Weaver Susan Morgan Leveille
Weaving and its study runs in the family for Susan Morgan Leveille, 65. Her great-aunt, Lucy Morgan, founded the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, where she has taught for many years; and Leveilles parents founded Riverwood Studios in Dillsboro, where she lives. Leveille weaves in a patterned style that goes back to the Colonial era and has always been popular in the mountains of Western North Carolina.