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Meet Craftsmen's Guild of MS President
Ridgeland, MS
07/17/2019 02:34 PM

  The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is pleased to announce the recent election of Debby Hogan DeLashmet of Jackson as president of the board of directors. She succeeds Sharon Williams of Coldwater who served 2017-18.

  "I attended Chimneyville for fifteen years before getting the nerve to apply to the Craftsmen’s Guild,” says Debby, adding, “I am proud to say I was accepted and am now a Fellow member in stained glass.” She later added fused glass as another category in her medium and uses both in her art. 

Born in Paris, France to a military father and an artistic mother, Debby was encouraged to draw and paint at an early age. After winning art awards in high school, she decided to major in art, sociology and psychology at the University of Mississippi. While working for the Department of Youth Services (to put her husband through medical school) she made extra money designing logos for several riding academies and local animal shelters. In 1990, she discovered both stained glass and the Chimneyville Craft Festival.   

  Before joining the Craftsmen’s Guild, Debby says she sold pieces out of her home and through several galleries in the Jackson area. Her pieces have been purchased and shipped all over the U.S. In 2017, she entered the Delphi Glass International Art Festival and placed third. She also won “Best in Glass” at the Mexico Art and Wine Festival two years in a row.

She has demonstrated at various women’s clubs, Highland Village, the Craft Center and the Museum of Art. She has taught classes at the Craft Center, been featured in the “Expose Yourself to Craft” calendar and raised the most money with her art in the “Unchain My Art” fundraiser. She is a regular exhibitor at the Chimneyville Arts Festival.

  Debby is in her third year as a member of the board of directors and has served on the standards committee for three years. She also supports the Guild financially, serving as a “Remarkable Supporter” in the Guild’s “Friends” group and frequently as a Chimneyville sponsor.

   “I consider being a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild an honor and a privilege, and I am constantly amazed at the level of talent exhibited by its members,” Debby stated.

Debby is married to Dr. Bart DeLashmet, an internal medicine specialist in Jackson.


Established in 1973, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is a nonprofit organization of over 350 juried artisans representing some of the best craft art in the region. The Guild is a major cultural influence in the southeast and continues to implement its goals by marketing the work of its members; executing public service projects, special events and exhibits; and by providing education in the arts. The Guild operates the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland as a craft museum and tourist attraction; craft education center with classes, camps and workshops; retail craft gallery and event venue. The Guild’s largest event is the Chimneyville Arts Festival to be held December 6-8, 2019 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson. 
Nancy Perkins
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