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American Craft

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 Spring 2024 issue of American Craft magazine

American Craft’s Spring 2024 issue is focused on the theme ritual.

Craft and ritual go hand in hand. In all cultures, people create items to help celebrate and mourn, to tend to themselves, and to connect with others. In this issue, you’ll discover the kinds of objects artists make in order to help us reflect and relax, relate and heal; why nameplate jewelry is so important in Chicano/a culture; the role seder plates play in Jewish traditions; how a monastery is incorporating mentorship into a new center devoted to woodworking and pipe organ building, how the piñata form is being reimagined as high art; and the ways one artist explores spirituality through Egyptian and Islamic ceramic traditions.

We hope you discover new ways of thinking about craft and ritual in this issue, and that you’re inspired to look at their roles within your own life.

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Shary Boyle, The Potter II, 2019, terracotta, porcelain, underglaze, china paint, lustre, brass rod, wood dowel, 58 x 40 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Purchase, Suzanne Caouette Bequest, in tribute. Photo by John Jones, courtesy of the artist and Patel Brown Gallery.

Across Time and Space

American Craft recently visited the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. As we entered, we were delighted to find gallery guide Nili Baider just beginning a tour. She took us straight to Canadian artist Shary Boyle’s recent Outside the Palace of Me exhibition.

Kandy Lopez. Photo by ShootmeJade.

The Queue: Kandy G Lopez

Kandy G Lopez stitches mesmerizing, bold portraits of people of color. In The Queue, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida–based multimedia artist shares about her favorite place to get materials, the qualities that draw her to a portrait subject, and a fascinating Miami fiber art exhibition.

Toshiko Takaezu with her spherical moons in 1979. A new retrospective of her work will appear at the Noguchi Museum and then travel the country. Photo by Hiro. Toshiko Takaezu Archives. © Family of Toshiko Takaezu.

Craft Happenings: Spring 2024

This spring, awaken the senses with these 22 craft exhibitions and events across the country, organized by the month in which they begin.

Jason Preston at an Antiques Roadshow event in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

What It's Worth?

Jason Preston on becoming an appraiser, the Antiques Roadshow scene, and how to put a price on inherited jewelry.

Ceramic Meltdown’s Colorblast Cups. Photo by Kyle Lee.

Market: Tea Time

These four contemporary ceramists make vessels worthy of any tea ceremony you’d care to invent.

Watertower, 2012, salvaged acrylic and steel with arduino programmed light, 22 x 10 x 10 ft. Photo by Guerin Blask.

The Queue: Tom Fruin

Tom Fruin turns found materials into vivid public sculptures. In The Queue, the Brooklyn-based sculptor shares about the discarded items that find their way into his work, his favorite tools, and two visionary South American artists with recent shows in New York.

Illustration by John Jay Cabuay.

Wild and Woolly

The author of Worn: A People’s History of Clothing traces the story of wool, from Mesopotamia to Wyoming to a small weaving mill in upstate New York.

Ayumi Shibata’s Konjiki no No, 2022, paper, string, 8.25 x 5.5 x .25 in.

Light Houses

Four artists light up their architecturally influenced works to tell stories, create moods, and explore ideas—all with the mysterious poetry of illumination.