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 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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Niche Magazines

Professional associations in the field of craft cover specific types of media and technique, and a good number of them produce magazines. The American Craft Council Library, which can be visited by appointment, holds nearly 100 periodical subscriptions, as well as myriad issues of publications no longer in print, most of them catering to specific areas of the craft field. ACC librarian Beth Goodrich highlights five such publications here, with a longer list (not exhaustive) of niche magazines below.
Misha Kahn's Harvest Moon. Photo by Timothy Doyon, courtesy of Friedman Benda and Misha Kahn.


Definitively maximalist and wildly inventive, designer and sculptor Misha Kahn uses all the traditional craft mediums, combining them in new and fantastical ways to create furniture, lighting, and sculpture.
Sophie Glenn with her tool cabinet, Anni Albers in the Black Lodge, 2019, various hardwoods, brass hardware, 36 x 24 x 14 in. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Queue: Sophie Glenn

Sophie Glenn’s clever furniture isn’t what it appears to be. In The Queue, the Reading, Pennsylvania–based woodworker, metalworker, and furniture designer shares about her process, why she references pop culture in her work, and the challenges of converting traditional wood forms into metal.

Malone in his kiln shed and creative space working on the sculpture I Can Only Suggest, the Choices Are Yours. Photo by Steven M. Cummings.

Pieces of Life

Chris Malone’s elaborate clay and mosaic sculptures tell stories of spirituality and an unknown past.
Made from kiln-cast glass, Viviano’s Recasting Detroit, 2021, combines imagery from the city’s manufacturing past and its current urban landscape, 11 x 16.5 x 13.5 in. Photo by Tim Thayer /  RM Hensleigh.

Seeing Is Believing

After moving to Plainwell, Michigan, a town of about 4,000 residents on the banks of the Kalamazoo River, artist Norwood Viviano realized that nearly everyone he met had in some way been affected by the paper mill industry. The Plainwell Paper Mill, established in 1887, was the town’s beating heart until it declared bankruptcy and shuttered its plant two decades ago.
Chevonne Ariss at her desk. Photo by Sam Backhaus.

The Queue: Chevonne Ariss

In her lively, wide-ranging  podcast Cracked, Chevonne Ariss highlights modern stained glass artists. In The Queue, the Portland, Oregon–based glass artist shares about her lightbulb moment with glass, how a thriving online community led her to start her show, and the qualities of a good podcast guest.

Detail of vinyl storage cabinet from Symbol Audio.

Craft That Holds

Three small companies handcraft storage crates, shelves, and credenzas to help music collectors organize all that vinyl.
Anni Albers weaving at Black Mountain College, 1937. Photo by Helen M. Post Modley.

Weaving by Design

An upcoming show at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center explores the legacies of Anni Albers and Trude Guermonprez, and the importance of weaving at the legendary college.
Jiha Moon in her painting studio. For her new still life series, Moon mounted Korean mulberry paper, or hanji, on canvas, then used ink  and acrylic to paint symbolic icons including the peach, peony flowers, and haetae, a Korean mythical creature that protects family and loved ones.

The Queue: Jiha Moon

Jiha Moon mixes cultures and materials in her playful, vibrant ceramics. In The Queue, the Tallahassee, Florida–based painter, sculptor, printmaker, and professor shares about her busy upcoming exhibition schedule, how teaching can conquer generational divides, and the traditional textile art that deserves more attention.