Step back in time as you glance through our museum gift shop. You will discover an assortment of unique gifts for
everyone in your life!
Browse our gorgeous hand crafted pottery from a variety of local potters. We also carry a selection of homemade candles and custom crafted jewelry by local artists. Get lost in our large assortment of regional and local history books, including census books dating to the late 1800’s!
Enjoy hours of fun, both indoor and outdoors, with our 19th century historical toys- starting as low as $1! Great period games ranging from wooden yoyo’s, cup and balls, and Jacobs ladders, to outside wooden rolling hoops and the game of graces!
No trip is complete to the museum without visiting the gift shop! Please come and check us out and take home a piece of your museum experience!
We accept the following forms of payment: cash, personal checks and most major credit cards.
Carolina Snowflakes by Billie Ruth Sudduth
Now available in the Gaston County Museum gift shop is the Carolina Snowflake by nationally acclaimed artist Billie Ruth Sudduth. Basketry is actually Billie Ruth Sudduth's second career. She spent almost twenty years as a school psychologist. In 1983, after a particularly demanding year, she took a basket making class at the local community college. After fifteen minutes in that class, she knew she had found her life's work.
In 1989, Billie Ruth left her career to pursue basketry full time. It is appropriate that her baskets became mathematically based, having spent her professional career with testing, measurements, statistics, and math. Incorporating Fibonacci numbers and the Nature Sequence in all her baskets created a style that was immediately identifiable and captured the attention of museum curators and collectors alike.
As the saying goes, the rest is history. Billie Ruth's baskets are now in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and many others. Her highest honor came in 1997 when she was named a Living Treasure by the State of North Carolina. This award, presented to one craftsperson every other year, is the state's highest honor in the field of crafts. She was the tenth recipient of this award and the first female to be honored.
During one of her demonstrations at Tryon Place, she was trying to create a four-leaf clover but it looked incomplete. She then connected two of them and created an eight-point object, which she called Carolina Snowflake. Her snowflakes have hung on the tree in the White House! These decorations are now available at the museum, perfect for your Christmas tree or just decorating your home. Stop by and check them out!
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