Amy Melville and John Schroll
King Mountain Arts
King Mountain Arts is a partnership of spouses Amy Melville and John Schroll. Amy produces tatted lace work, including bookmarks, ornaments, crosses, animals and doilies. Together, Amy and John create turned wood products from sustainable exotic and local hardwoods. Products include pens, wine bottle stoppers, candlesticks, light/fan pulls, kitchen utensils, key chains and ornaments.
“We have been making furniture and household items together for over 20 years, as well as gardening and remodeling. Amy always wanted us to buy a lathe, so we bought her one as a birthday present in 2009. We continue to be amazed by the grain patterns in the wood, which helps determine the final shape.
We use some exotic hardwoods that are sustainably harvested. They often have amazing colors and grains. We also use local woods (dogwood, crepe myrtle, cherry, boxwood and others) from pruned or fallen trees and branches. Severe storms can yield beautiful, usable objects.”
Tatted Lace Designs
“I have been working with fibers since I was a child, taught by my mother to knit, crochet and sew. I taught myself to tat more recently. I was fascinated by the tiny knots and intricate designs, and have always loved all of the different textures and colors involved in working with fibers. I especially enjoy the opportunity to help keep this ancient art alive. It dates to colonial times, but was most popular during the Victorian era.”