Clever sisters | Laurier Magazine

Written by: Donna Rhodes | Publish: 2021/12 – December

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Barbara Bannon and Mary Longacre

Barbara Bannon and Mary Longacre are not just two talented sisters, they are best friends with Craft and Life.

In recent years, they have created and sold hundreds of scarves (Mary) and pottery vases (Barbara). Percentages of these sales were donated to Darren and Michelle Gillett’s Pens with a Purpose (See LaurelDecember 2020 issue). This money feeds the hungry across the country and across the world.

With all of this energy and commitment, it’s hard to believe that even one of the sisters, Barbara, has top-notch vision. Mary was born with congenital vision dysfunction, leaving her technically blind with only one weak eye, the other eye removed. But that limited sight, coupled with her unlimited cum, energizes her and she produces beautiful scarves day in and day out. After so many hooks and loops, it became zen.

Mary was a military wife. During the basic to basic movements, she met a woman who taught her to crochet. Let’s just say she was hooked for life.

Barbara started her craft, pottery, after taking lessons with Frank Vickery at Bascom. This encouraged her to subsequently take a series of classes with guest artists from across the country.

Now, with the skills and confidence she’s gained over time, she says, “I teach basic classes both at my Scaly Mountain Studio and at the Sky Valley Country Club in Sky Valley, GA. For more information, send an email [email protected].

Whether they dip their fingers in silky thread or silky clay, the sisters are perfectly content up to the elbows of their mediums. It is difficult to know if they derive more satisfaction from creation or from giving. Either way, the world is a better place for the beauty and bounty they bring.

Barbara and Mary invite you to view their work by visiting The Scaly Mountain Crafters Store or emailing The Gilletts at [email protected], or call (678) 794-5996.