Jo Kilmer

Spirit Tall

Murphy, NC

Discover passion and a spiritual connection that making art with natural materials can bring.

Jo Kilmer got her start as a rustic artist in Missouri in 1995, where she first learned the art of bentwood furniture construction, using locally gathered willow. She progressed to working with willow bark in baskets, cabinets and jewelry.

Jo and her business, Spirit Tall, relocated to Murphy, NC in 2006. Adapting her craft to include materials found in the Appalachian mountains of WNC, she added a line of whimsical twig dragonfly pieces using native mountain laurel, and incorporates other local wood in her current work.

Jo has received many awards and recognition for her art, including acceptance in the well regarded Rustic Furniture Fair of the Adirondack mountains. She travels extensively, sharing her skills, and has taught at Daniel Mack’s annual Woodlanders Gathering in Mineral Point, WI.

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