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American Craft

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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Cover of the Winter 2024 issue of American Craft magazine

Explore our Winter 2024 issue, which shines a light on contemporary craft.

American Craft’s Winter 2024 issue is focused on the theme light. In it you’ll find stories about sculptural lamps from exciting craft artists and designers, the daily life of a weaver in her beautiful studio, and how a furniture maker works with resin. You’ll also discover the vibrant craft scene in New Orleans, illuminated storytelling in the form of “crankies,” and the work of a Kentucky press that reveals the secrets of hand tool woodworking. We hope you’ll find it inspiring and illuminating!

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This 2023 table lamp is from the Ontologia collection and is made of aluminum, brass, and mahogany-stained birch, 9.5 x 10 x 10.25 in. Photo by Graham Tolbert.

The Illuminators

Blending sculptural elegance and everyday practicality, craft artists and designers transform earthy materials into imaginative and luscious lamps
Ian Alistair Cochran holds a piece from his Dew Drops series. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Like Candy

Ian Alistair Cochran discusses how resin allows him to make furniture and objects that play with light.

Ian Alistair Cochran discusses how resin allows him to make furniture and objects that play with light.

Stoneware and porcelain tableware by Miro Chun, 2022. Photo by Miro Chun.

The Queue: Miro Chun

With an architect’s eye, Miro Chun creates minimalist, functional tableware. In The Queue, the Phoenix, Arizona-based ceramist shares about the beauty in commonplace materials, the other artists in her family, and her dream collaboration.

String Theory Theater founder Dirk Joseph performs with a crankie. Photo courtesy of Creative Alliance.

Hand-Turned Tales

For centuries, craftspeople have created backlit moving scrolls to tell stories. Intimate and expressive, the “crankie” tradition is thriving thanks to a growing troupe of enthusiasts
At her loom textile and visual artist Amber M. Jensen weaves fine blue and ivory woolen threads into a classic Whig rose pattern.

Immersed in Beauty

A Minneapolis-based textile and visual artist describes finding inspiration and introspection in her warehouse studio during winter.
Sarah Zapata in her studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 2023. Photo by Minnie Bennett.

The Queue: Sarah Zapata

Sarah Zapata weaves the many strands of her identity into colorful, cascading, textile installations. In The Queue, the Brooklyn-based fiber artist shares about a piece of textile art she first encountered as a teenager, the potential of fabric waste, and the joys of researching a site-specific installation in Kansas City.

Detail 1: Surviving as the anomaly created by white supremacy, 2021–2022—made by vanessa german, Ché Rhodes, and the collective Related Tactics—is part of the exhibition Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. Photo courtesy of Related Tactics.

Craft Happenings: Winter 2024

This winter, warm up with these 18 events and exhibitions happening across the country, organized by the month in which they start.

This winter, warm up with these 18 events and exhibitions happening across the country, organized by the month in which they start.

Art by Vaughan Nelson of One Blue Marble

Market: To Have and to Hold

When you want to protect and honor special items—and keep track of them—handmade keepsake boxes are a beautiful solution. These four options, in ceramic and wood, offer a variety of styles and sizes for holding some of your most cherished possessions.
Misha Kahn. Photo by Joshua White, courtesy of Friedman Benda and Misha Kahn.

The Queue: Misha Kahn

Misha Kahn’s unrepentantly maximalist works use a dizzying array of materials and techniques to steamroll over the borders between craft, design, and sculpture. In The Queue, the Brooklyn-based designer and artist shares about the iconic craft artists whose works populate his home, the challenges of working with wood, and the alchemical magic of electroforming.