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A biweekly roundup for and by the craft community, The Queue introduces you to the artists, curators, organizers, and more featured in the current issue of American Craft. We invite these inspiring individuals to share personally about their lives and work as well as what's inspiring them right now.

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Portrait of Margo Roberts

The Queue: Margo Roberts

For Margo Roberts, craft is at the heart of her work as the co-owner of Hotel Alma and creative director of Alma Apothecary. In The Queue, she shares her favorite scent for winter, why she has brought so many craftspeople into the hotel, and whom she would trust to decorate her home.
Portrait of Kyungmin Park

The Queue: Kyungmin Park

Kyungmin Park connects us to childlike wonder in her powerful porcelain sculptures. In The Queue, the Massachusetts-based ceramist shares how travel informs her work, the importance of storytelling in her practice, and the organizations that sustain craft.
Daniel Michalik

The Queue: Daniel Michalik

Daniel Michalik has cork on the brain. In The Queue, the Brooklyn-based furniture designer and professor shares his vision for a cork home, his studies of cork forests in Portugal, and his favorite artists who have incorporated cork into their practices.
Portrait of Jonathan Christensen Caballero

The Queue: Jonathan Christensen Caballero

Jonathan Christensen Caballero’s figurative sculptures stand as tall as living people and bring Latin American workers into view. In The Queue, the Lawrence, Kansas–based artist shares some of the artists featured in his new curatorial project and why and how he works big.
Portrait of L Autumn Gnadinger

The Queue: L Autumn Gnadinger

L Autumn Gnadinger takes a critical eye toward craft, the art world, and the sticky spots where the two meet. In The Queue, the Philadelphia-based artist, writer, and teacher muses on technology, craft’s generative properties, and artists they admire.
Portrait of Mattie Hinkley in their studio

The Queue: Mattie Hinkley

Mattie Hinkley’s fantastical, blobby, sexy domestic objects bring the joy home. In The Queue, the Chico, California–based artist shares how they combine Shaker and comic book aesthetics, the many uses of blue tape, and the artists they would choose to furnish their dream room.
Einar and Jamex de la Torre

The Queue: Einar and Jamex de la Torre

The de la Torre Brothers, Einar and Jamex, are renowned for their large-scale, vivid mixed media sculptures incorporating religious and cultural iconography from their Chicano background. Based in San Diego and in Baja California, they work primarily in glass and lenticular printing. In The Queue, they share how they got into glass, the surreal aspects of making art across the US–Mexico border, and some of their favorite contemporary glass artists and exhibitions.
portrait of ceramic artist cynthia morelli

The Queue: Cynthia Morelli

Cynthia Morelli is a ceramist in Homer, Alaska, where she operates a wood-fire kiln. In The Queue, she shares about her current clay project, how to build a community in the face of COVID and geographical isolation, and her favorite contemporary artists.
portrait of jeannine marchand with camera beside creek

The Queue: Jeannine Marchand

Jeannine Marchand is a Puerto Rican ceramist who lives and works in North Carolina. In The Queue, she shares her sources of inspiration in the natural world, her favorite TV craftspeople, and a sculpture she returns to over and over again.
portrait of metal artist janne peltokangas in shop holding hammer

The Queue: Janne Peltokangas

Janne Peltokangas is a Sámi artist based in Finnish Lapland. In The Queue, he shares about his homeland and its culture, some of his favorite artists, and how memory and intuition guide his work.
portrait of ceramist conrad calimpong crouched inside a kiln with unfired ceramics

The Queue: Conrad Calimpong

Based in rural coastal Northern California, Conrad Calimpong is a veteran ceramist whose kilns bring artists of all ages together to wood-fire their work. In The Queue, he reflects on his place in the lineage of ceramics, shares two underappreciated artists, and muses on the homemade tool that shapes his work.
portrait of glenn adamson

The Queue: Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson is a writer, curator, and historian of craft based in New York’s Hudson Valley. In The Queue, he shares the Japanese ceramic vessel that captivated him, what he’s been reading and writing, and where Buston Keaton and craft converge.
portrait of rachel david

The Queue: Rachel David

Rachel David is a North Carolina–based blacksmith and sculptor whose heavily textured metalwork is featured in our Summer 2022 issue. In The Queue, she shares the joys of working in a new place, her many art crushes, and the tools that make her work possible.
photo of paper artist next to workstation in outdoor courtyard

The Queue: Drew Cameron

Drew Cameron is based in Iowa City, where he makes paper from military uniforms. In The Queue, he shares about the camaraderie and perspective he finds with other veterans, his favorite papermaking tool, and where he likes to buy paper goods.
portait of ceramic artist standing studio smiling and preparing to etch into the bottom of a clay bowl

The Queue: Alice Fujii

Based in La Crescenta, California, Alice Fujii is a ceramist whose berry bowl is featured in the Market section of our Summer 2022 issue. In The Queue, she shares her favorite tool, a porcelain artist she admires, and the science fiction show she devoured during the pandemic.
portrait of an artist in studio next to shelf with vials of ink and paintings and drawings on the wall behind him

The Queue: Thomas Little

Thomas Little is an ink and pigment maker based in North Carolina whose work transforming guns into ink is featured in our Summer 2022 issue. In The Queue, he shares his methods for decreasing harm in a violent world and his unusual collaboration with nature.
portrait of woman leaning out of frame with cow skull visible on wall in background

The Queue: Carin Jones

Carin Jones is the Washington-based jeweler behind Jonesing for Jewelry and a featured artist in the Summer 2022 issue of American Craft. In The Queue, she reflects on her zoological background, her favorite tool, and what she’s been watching.
ortrait of woman posing by tree in courtyard outside of a tan stone building

The Queue: Angel Yoon Kyung Cho

Based in Barcelona, Angel Yoon Kyung Cho is a graphic designer and ceramist whose writing about Korean yugi bronzeware and family ritual appears in our Summer 2022 issue. In The Queue, she shares her methods for staying grounded, her unusual drawing tools, and an artist she admires.