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  • Artist Courtney M. Leonard. Photo by Mark Poucher.

    Voyage to Resiliency

    An artist reflects on the ritual practice of making and how craft supports our ability to relate—and heal.

  • Whitney Sharpe of the Latch Key Ceramics. Photo by Hannah Thornhill.

    The Queue: Whitney Sharpe

    For Whitney Sharpe of the Latch Key Ceramics, clay is a collaborator and spiritual conduit. In The Queue, the Oakland, California–based ceramist shares about the impermanence of clay, explains why she uses chains in her work, and lauds two Bay Area organizations that empower disabled artists.

  • MICHAEL COFFEY: SCULPTOR AND  FURNITURE MAKER IN WOOD By Michael Coffey Pointed Leaf Press, 2023. Photo by Sarah Sampedro.

    Spring 2024

    Coffey’s bold combination of functionality and a sculptural freedom inspired by natural forms and forces is on lavish display in this large-format volume.

  • Whitney Sharpe chartreuse lace candelabra, 8.5 x 8 x 5.5 in. Photo by Whitney Sharpe.

    Light My Fire

    These four handcrafted candleholders—two in clay, one in metal, and one in glass—make the act of lighting candles an even more beautiful experience.

  • Ibrahim Said working on panels for On the Bank of the Nile. Its geometric shapes, colored Nile green, reflect patterned light. Photos by Dhanraj Emanuel, courtesy of The Clay Studio.

    Inside Out

    In search of hidden beauty and universal meaning, ceramic artist Ibrahim Said shatters technical boundaries with ingenious takes on ancient forms.

  • Seth Rolland at his work bench, 2024. Photo by Seth Rolland.

    The Queue: Seth Rolland

    Seth Rolland interprets the natural world as masterful studio furniture. In The Queue, the Port Townsend, Washington–based woodworker shares about his favorite tools, a family furniture project that became an anchor in his living room, and the cherished local craft school where he has taught.

  • Renowned organ builder Martin Pasi recently expanded the 1961 Hotkamp organ at St. John's Abbey to include 6,000 pipes. Photos by Caroline Yang.

    A Higher Plane

    The new 28,000-square-foot workshop at Saint John’s Abbey houses a 150-year-old woodworking program and one of the premier pipe organ builders in the country. Its mission is to teach the next generation.

  • Seth Rolland’s Salish Sea Bathtub, 2013, is made of sustainably harvested sapele mahogany, which is noted for its durability, 36 x 95 x 36 in.

    Craft That Calms

    The four craft artists we profile here make works that support more contemplative living, and all four understand the connections between that way of living and their own soulful, patient craft practice.

  • Roberto Benavidez with some of his piñata creations in his Los Angeles home studio. Photo by Roberto Benavidez.

    The Queue: Roberto Benavidez

    Roberto Benavidez sculpts piñatas that embrace the odd and fantastical. In The Queue, the Los Angeles–based piñatero shares about the piñata that first inspired him, John J. Audubon’s influence on his work, and the craft art in his home studio.

  • The Nameplate: Jewelry, Culture, and Identity


    Chicana musician and fashion label founder LaLa Romero on the power of nameplate jewelry.

  • Roberto Benavidez in his studio surrounded by completed works, including Sugar Skull Piñata No.1, 2009, his very first piñata sculpture, which hangs just below the tail of one of his Bosch birds. Photo by James Bernal.

    Raising the Piñata

    LA-based sculptor Roberto Benavidez makes extravagant piñatas based on artistic masterpieces that you wouldn’t think of hitting with a stick.

  • Jo Andersson. Photo by Sarah Maria Yasdani.

    The Queue: Jo Andersson

    Jo Andersson’s glass vessels and lighting inspire reflection and contemplation. In The Queue, the Gothenburg, Sweden–based artist shares about the embodiment at the core of glassblowing, her admiration for masters of the medium, and her future plans in glassblowing.