Two North Carolinians have embodied the craftsman spirit of the state. Robert and Verdelle Gray, the directors of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, live in Asheville. She creates pottery, and he promotes and sells the guild's creations. The couple support the local artistic craftsmen, all 325 of them. The Guild attracts two Crafts Fairs to the region a year, in July and October. These fairs bring 45,000 visitors and hundreds of craftsmen to the area.