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Fall 2023

Fall 2023

Cover of the Fall 2023 issue of American Craft magazine

Collect. Just before we started working on this issue on the theme collect, I visited a friend in Santa Fe. My first stop while wandering down gallery-filled Canyon Road was Hecho a Mano, which features prints from young Oaxacan artists. Inside, I was delighted to unexpectedly meet textile artist Nika Feldman, who appeared on the August/September 2016 cover of American Craft. My next stop was 4KINSHIP, a Native-owned retail business I’d been following online. I was moved by its collection of upcycled and dyed clothing—as well as jewelry, ceramics, blankets, and other craft by several Native artists—and by my conversation with founder Amy Denet Deal, who is committed to supporting not only artists whose work is in the store, but also Indigenous communities and future generations. We’re pleased to share a story about 4KINSHIP in this issue.

In these pages, you’ll also learn about 97-year-old craft collector Dorothy Saxe, who lives in San Francisco, and self- taught mosaic sculptor Chris Malone, who lives in Maryland. You’ll go behind the scenes at Benning Violins, a shop run by a family of luthiers in Los Angeles and favored by virtuoso violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta. And you’ll take a look inside Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem, which is forging new relationships around collecting, and the studio of sculptural ceramist, painter, and printmaker Jiha Moon.

After a long pause on travel due to the pandemic, we’re pleased to be out and about, discovering craft and meeting makers. Assistant Editor Shivaun Watchorn recently attended West Coast Craft in San Francisco. Senior Editor Jen Vogel visited New Orleans to present at the Furniture Society conference and report on the New Orleans craft scene for a story that will appear in our Winter 2024 issue.

I want to share another story about collection and connection with you. Longtime ACC member Galen Erickson recently wrote to let us know how he passes down craft knowledge to the next generation. He and his wife, Linda, have a wonderful collection, which lives on the hand-built “Craft Wall” in their Plymouth, Minnesota, family room. Every few weeks, as part of a News from Grandpa email newsletter, Galen includes an image or two of pieces from their collection and explains why they bought them and what makes them unique. “It’s very gratifying to hear the older grandkids (some in their twenties) explaining our various treasures to the younger ones,” he wrote. What a beautiful way to share the love of craft.

We hope this issue inspires you to think differently about craft and collection—about how and why you purchase the hand-made, seek out meaningful works in galleries and museums, or collect yourself before you begin making something new.

 

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KAREN OLSON / Editor in Chief
 

American Craft Council publishes American Craft magazine on a quarterly basis but reserves the right to change the number of issues in an annual term, including discontinuing any format and substituting and/or modifying the manner in which the subscription is distributed.

Feature Articles

For the Future

An Indigenous-owned retail space on Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road, 4KINSHIP supports Native makers—and communities.

Craft Happenings: Fall 2023

Step into fall with these 23 craft exhibitions and events around the country, organized by the month in which they start.

The Consummate Collector

Along with her late husband George, Dorothy Saxe built friendships with artists while collecting their work. At age 97, she reflects on her love of craft.

More from This Issue

Misha Kahn's Harvest Moon. Photo by Timothy Doyon, courtesy of Friedman Benda and Misha Kahn.

Assemblage

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.
Claire Oliver (left) with artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders, whose Unearthing Unicorns exhibition was held recently at Claire Oliver Gallery.

Come On In

In Harlem, Claire Oliver Gallery seeks a more inclusive and equitable approach to cultivating collectors.
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.
Virtuoso violinist and Street Symphony artistic director Vijay Gupta with a prized violin made by luthier Eric Benning. Photo by Kat Bawden.

In Tune

Virtuoso violinist Vijay Gupta and third-generation luthier Eric Benning work together to create beautiful music—and both share it with marginalized communities.
Art by Vaughan Nelson of One Blue Marble

Market: To Have and to Hold

When you want to protect and honor special items—and keep track of them—handmade keepsake boxes are a beautiful solution. These four options, in ceramic and wood, offer a variety of styles and sizes for holding some of your most cherished possessions.
Michelle Williams, in Kelly Reichardt’s new film Showing Up.

New Releases

Kelly Reichardt's new film Showing Up; books about your brain on art, artist and designer Rogan Gregory, and British studio pottery; and glass podcast Cracked with Chevonne Ariss.

Stack of niche magazine covers.

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.
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.
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 Night Owl Downstairs

A Korean painter, printmaker, and ceramic artist has created and collected in her Atlanta basement studios for seven years while family life proceeded upstairs.
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.

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.

Misha Kahn. Photo by Joshua White, courtesy of Friedman Benda and Misha Kahn.

The Queue: Misha Kahn

Misha Kahn’s unrepentantly maximalist works use a dizzying array of materials and techniques to steamroll over the borders between craft, design, and sculpture. In The Queue, the Brooklyn-based designer and artist shares about the iconic craft artists whose works populate his home, the challenges of working with wood, and the alchemical magic of electroforming.

Sarah Zapata in her studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 2023. Photo by Minnie Bennett.

The Queue: Sarah Zapata

Sarah Zapata weaves the many strands of her identity into colorful, cascading, textile installations. In The Queue, the Brooklyn-based fiber artist shares about a piece of textile art she first encountered as a teenager, the potential of fabric waste, and the joys of researching a site-specific installation in Kansas City.

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.

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.

Stack of ACC magazine covers with Fall 2023 issue on top.

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