Summer 2022

Summer 2022

Forge
cover of the summer 2022 issue of american craft magazine

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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From the Editor

Forge. I once visited Arcosanti, an experimental town in Arizona designed by architect Paolo Soleri. The highlight of my visit was attending an iron pour. A group of artists tipped molten bronze into forms to create the one-of-a-kind windbells for which Arcosanti is famous. The one I brought home now hangs in my porch. When the wind blows, it plays music that rings with strength. That sound, and the sturdy body of the bell that was once glowing-hot molten metal, are reminders to me of the transformative process of craft.

When putting together this issue on the theme Forge, we knew we had to include blacksmithing and jewelry, stories of artists who have forged new paths, and stories of people with the vision to create change. But this issue holds other surprises. Here you’ll discover a hip hop glass artist, Korean brassware called yugi, a zoologist turned jeweler who sources bones only from a seller with a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a veteran who transforms military uniforms into paper, a history of the ACC shows, and the story of a ceramic rooster that has become a symbol of resistance for the strong people of Ukraine.

This is an issue about people making their own way, transforming what they think needs to be transformed, and reimagining craft. We hope that it sparks new thinking and fortifies your spirit.

hand-poured bronze bell

A Cosanti Originals bronze windbell. Photo by Alan Levine, Creative Commons / Flickr.

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KAREN OLSON / Editor in Chief

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Featured Articles

glass artists working an orange arrow-shaped glass sculpture with flame

Hip Hop Glassmaker

Leo Tecosky does more than make graffiti in glass—he captures the spirit of a cultural movement.
blacksmith working a bar of glowing metal in her studio

Forging New Paths

Rachel David, Elizabeth Brim, and Ellen Durkan take artistic blacksmithing into new territory.
black and white photo of a glass blowing artist demonstrating technique at an outdoor craft fair

Showtime

From a fair in Vermont to the ACC Shows—now called American Craft Made—the ACC has been connecting artists and craft lovers since 1966.

In This Issue

bronze korean yugi bowl filled with rice and vegetables and garnished with a flower

An Homage to Yugi

The bronze tableware that my Korean family filled with offerings to our ancestors nourishes me as an artist—and a human.
black metal ring with word lazulite and dark blue minerals

The Assembler

Carin Jones has been working as a full-time artist for 11 years but still has a hard time calling herself one. “I don’t envision an idea and make it come to life,” says the jeweler who lives in Kingston, Washington, and whose work is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. “I let the materials direct me."
ceramic jug in the shape of a rooster with yellow head and tail and black body

Vasylkiv Cockerel

After a high-rise building in Borodianka, Ukraine, collapsed under Russian shelling, journalist-photographer Elizaveta Servatyanska looked up and saw in the ruins an undamaged rooster-shaped ceramic jug atop a kitchen cabinet.
puppeteer manipulating puppet on stage

[Visionaries in Craft] African American Craft Initiative

“As a senior curator, folklorist, and textile artist,” says Diana Baird N’Diaye, PhD, lead curator and developer of the AACI, “I noticed that throughout the craft sector African Americans were grossly underrepresented and underdocumented.
man in red hat and jacket standing the rubble of a burned down studio

[Visionaries in Craft] CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)

For years, when craft artists suffered major setbacks, colleagues would support their recovery by passing the hat at American Craft Council fairs. However, for glass artist Josh Simpson, ceramicist Marylyn Dintenfass, and Carol Sedestrom Ross, this wasn’t good enough.
CRAFT EQUITY

[Visionaries in Craft] Craft Equity

The creators of Craft Equity identify themselves as an anonymous group of queer and racially diverse craft artists who exhibit and teach internationally.
man and woman working together in studio surrounded by paintings

[Visionaries in Craft] Indigo Arts Alliance

Indigo Arts Alliance was founded in 2018 by marketing professional Marcia Minter and her husband, artist Daniel Minter—because, says Marcia, “we had experienced firsthand the marginalization of Black and brown artists.”
group of artists sitting around a table in india working on a series of black white and yellow patterned textiles

[Visionaries in Craft] Nest

Inspired by Muhammad Yunus’s work microlending to small businesses, in 2006 the 24-year-old Rebecca van Bergen, armed with a master’s degree in social work, decided to aid female craft artisans globally “beyond the creation of small debt,” as she puts it.