Useful & Beautiful

Useful & Beautiful

Published on Monday, September 17, 2012. This article appears in the October/November 2012 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Lynda Ladwig cream and sugar set

Lynda Ladwig's cream and sugar set. Photo: Ken Sanville

Lynda Ladwig
The Colorado artist handbuilds her refined tableware from porcelain slabs. Much of Ladwig’s work is white, or white and black, but color peeks out of this cream-and-sugar set.

Jerry Fisk
A practical and beautiful accessory, this Fiskmuk folding hunter’s knife is forged from Damascus steel by Jerry Fisk, named a National Living Treasure in 1998. It comes with a lifetime warranty for the original purchaser and includes a custom leather case.

Susanne Williams
This red leather purse, sewn by self-taught North Dakota artist Susanne Williams, is stitched with a machine traditionally reserved for making horse saddles. Williams’ bags are lined with vintage necktie fabric or upholstery remnants and made for everyday use, though perhaps not the best choice for your next cattle drive.

Beehive Kitchenware
What better way to begin learning about the animal kingdom? Each lead-free pewter spoon for baby, hand-cast by Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd, comes packaged in an adorable gift box.

2nd Shift Studio
Reclaimed wood covers metal frames to create shelving furniture. It’s made by 2nd Shift Studio, a group of young Cleveland-based designers who fabricate furniture and products in the evening after working their day jobs; the first limited-production run includes wood from Grizzly Run, a defunct amusement park ride.

Heidi Paul
Heidi Paul’s shibori-dyed, recycled cashmere sweater cuts a fresh, asymmetrical figure. Who knew that old cashmere could have a second, even more fashionable life?