A number of artists at this year's St. Paul show are applying their skills - with ceramics, glass, fiber, metal, and wood - to beautiful lighting. Here's a quick list of some that caught my eye. There's still time to see this fantastic work in person, too: The show is open today until 5 o'clock. If you're not in the area (and even if you are), click on the artists' bolded names to visit their websites.
Unexpected textures abound at this year's ACC show in St. Paul. Sleek adjoins nubby, craggy erupts from lustrous, and subtle variations make lovely work even lovelier.
Kim Geiser's enamel jewelry is a study in rough and smooth. The artist uses stencils to add designs to her modernist pendants and recently started scratching graphite markings on the surfaces of her glossy pieces.
At every American Craft Council show, the ACC gives out Awards of Excellence to a group of exceptional exhibitors, who are selected by guest jurors. It's a thrilling event: Show-goers gather with jurors and ACC staff, then everyone marches off in a grand parade to surprise the winners in their booths.
The Los Angeles creative community and assorted other cool folk came out in force January 29 for the festive opening of two exciting shows celebrating L.A. artists at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.
In World War II internment camps, Japanese-Americans connected with craft as a matter of physical and emotional necessity. Julie K. Hanus interviews Delphine Hirasuna about this little-known body of work.
We could share many highlights out of the visual feast that was SOFA Chicago this weekend. The retro-cool outer-space-scuba-inspired work of Rik Allen. The delicious palette and fabulously messy composition of Therman Statom. The amazing metal torso sculpture of Niso Maman.
Here at americancraftmag.org, we keep tabs on all kinds of shows, exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with craft. We publish a curated selection of these events – "Shows to See" – in every issue of our print magazine. Drawn from that list, here are five picks for the month of November. Go if you can.
Thomas Mann, noted jeweler with a 30-year history in studio craft, is an interesting study in evolution and innovation. He spoke Friday at the Crafting a Nation conference at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as part of American Craft Week.