Now Online: October/November 2012

Now Online: October/November 2012

Keith Lewis Mica Bangle

Keith Lewis; Mica Bangle, 2009; mica, shellac, gold leaf, freshwater pearls; 4 x 4 x .6 in.

Ralph Gabriner

"40 Under 40," Face to Face
In this issue you’ll find a Q&A with Nicholas R. Bell, curator at the Renwick Gallery and organizer of its fun and fresh “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” exhibition, inspired by the gallery’s 40th anniversary. The Renwick tapped the 40 up-and-comers to create personal videos. Watch them all on the Renwick's YouTube channel, and check out the organization's micro-donation campaign to help support acquisitions of works by each of the 40 artists.

Follow that Fellow
This summer, American Craft Council staffers traversed the country to catch up with each of the new ACC Fellows, who will be formally inducted in a ceremony this November with an exhibition and reception taking place during SOFA Chicago. Read up on these masters of craft in this issue, then check out the video footage of our home and studio visits.

Precision Meets Precious
His “most challenging battle with materials and process” – that’s how Jason York describes his Pearl Relocation Program, a recently completed series of luxe little boxes, formed by fusing miniature metal spheres. In our Q&A, the metalsmith speaks candidly about the series, his affinity for small containers, his beloved Toenail Treasure Chest (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like), and his residency at the Appalachian Center for Craft.

From the Studio
In a new blog series, jewelry artist Keith Lewis talks about the business of craft – and why artists might do better to look to James Brown than Steve Jobs for inspiration. After meeting the Godfather of Soul (in Seoul, as a matter of fact), Lewis found a “role model for effort and commitment.”

That’s a Wrap
Another ACC show season has come and gone, and we’ve got a load of video from San Francisco, our last stop of the year. From the Awards of Excellence ceremony to a sit-down with jewelry designer Ruta Reifen (On Our Radar, Aug./Sep.), we kept tabs on the Fort Mason scene all weekend.