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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 Summer 2024 issue of American Craft magazine

American Craft’s Summer 2024 issue is focused on the theme savor.

American Craft’s Summer 2024 issue is focused on the theme savor.

Craft can help us slow down and create a life filled with more gratitude and connectedness. Simply spending time appreciating the materials, labor, and creative vision that go into making handcrafted objects can usher in a sense of wonder. In this issue, take a moment to pause with our roundup of handcrafted benches, enjoy togetherness with mocktails or cocktails served in handcrafted glassware, take pleasure in the bounty of food with sculptural knives by Everett Noel, and delight in discovering local craft through the latest installment of The Scene: Craft in the Twin Cities.

We hope this issue, and the work featured within, will inspire you to find new ways to savor the world around you, the season of summer, and the elements of daily life.

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Kristina Batiste created This is not a cup during the summer of 2020. These ceramic protest signs provide conversational openings in the private sphere. Black stoneware, underglaze, cardboard, 2.75 x 3 in. Photo by Ben McDonald.

Power In Simplicity

Ceramic artist Kristina Batiste creates tableware and sculptures imbued with a subtle yet formidable force.

Cedric Mitchell. Photo by Hugo Ahlberg.

The Queue: Cedric Mitchell

Cedric Mitchell makes funky glassware and design objects that enhance the drinking experience. In The Queue, the Los Angeles–based glassblower and designer shares his dream collaborations, how chromotherapy principles guide his work, and the strengths of the craft community in LA.

Ger Xiong in his studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Queue: Ger Xiong

Ger Xiong illuminates the Hmong American experience through evocative jewelry and textiles that riff on traditional forms and patterns. In The Queue, the Minneapolis-based artist shares the family connections forged through embroidery, his plans for an upcoming residency, and outstanding contemporary Hmong artists.

Glassblowing tools in Fred Kaemmer’s Saint Paul studio. Photo by Dina Kantor.

The Scene: Fred Kaemmer

There has been an evolution in the local craft scene, according to this Saint Paul-based glass artist.