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

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.
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.

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.
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.

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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