American Craft Magazine

Cover of the Winter 2023 issue of American Craft magazine

Winter 2023


American Craft magazine celebrates the diversity of American craft and its makers. From the handmade that we use in our homes every day to the fine craft honored in museums, we cover inspiring craft being made today. We also showcase craft organizations making a difference in their communities, thought leadership in the field, and the importance of craft in contemporary American culture.

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From the Editor

Inhabit. I was once fortunate enough to spend a summer building a log cabin with my family. With the help of skilled tradespeople, my parents, brother, sister, and I raised this structure in northern Minnesota and provisioned it with handmade items, such as rugs, lamps, kitchen towels, birdhouses, and a beloved ceramic frog, bought in small towns nearby.

My family no longer has this cabin, where we loved to play board games and sit by the campfire. Yet I still think of it as one of the most important dwelling places of my soul. It was a space filled with tangible expressions of the vision and labor of my family and of people nearby, a space we inhabited together.

As we head into winter—a time when many move indoors, close to the objects we keep and the people we love—American Craft takes an expansive look at the theme inhabit. In these pages you’ll find the work of furniture and household object makers whose designs and materials make homes more inviting. That includes Daniel Michalik, whose cork and wood chair graces the cover. You’ll discover hotels where you can experience craft. And you’ll learn about furniture makers and other artists who are furnishing new tiny homes for those experiencing housing insecurity.

A handcrafted checkerboard by Mattie Hinkley

A handcrafted checkerboard by Mattie Hinkley. Photo by Dani Padgett.

Essays explore what living with objects over time taught a writer about being human, why an artist and architect says it’s important to fully inhabit her body and mind in order to create, and how craft has the capacity to rebuild the world.

In my mind, to inhabit is to expand into and feel held by a space. It involves being present and feeling accepted. I hope everyone reading this has experienced that feeling at some point in their lives.

I’m also delighted to let you know about two talented editors who have joined the staff of American Craft: Senior Editor Jennifer Vogel and Assistant Editor Shivaun Watchorn. Together, we’re working hard to bring you meaningful stories about powerful craft.

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KAREN OLSON / Editor in Chief

American Craft Council publishes American Craft magazine on a quarterly basis but reserves the right to change the number of issues in an annual term, including discontinuing any format and substituting and/or modifying the manner in which the subscription is distributed.

Featured Articles

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Craft Stays

Whether you’re looking to take classes or inhabit a well-curated guest room, these hotels provide a tangible connection to craft and place.

In This Issue

Turning Houses into Homes

A collaboration of furniture makers, artists, and students is helping to make Asheville’s BeLoved Village feel like home.

The Queue: Q&A With People Featured in This Issue

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.