A Nelson County, KY, native, Donna Cheek began her crafts career in 1991, making resin Santas and related items. She was a vendor at the Louisville Convention Center for several years, as “Santa’s Haven.” She worked with other shops as well and participated as a vendor in the Bardstown Arts & Crafts and Bourbon Festival, with her pecan-resin and hand painted gourds.
In 2006 Donna began making her “Kentucky Bourbon Recipe” Oil Lamps. For these lamps she selects a decorative bottle and fills it with the ingredients that are combined to produce bourbon Donna comments that it has become her passion to share knowledge of Kentucky’s bourbon heritage through incorporation of her family’s agricultural products.
Donna’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.