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Summer 2024

Summer 2024

Cover of Summer 2024 issue of American Craft.

Savor. Craft can help us slow down and create a life filled with more gratitude and connectedness. Simply spending time appreciating the materials, labor, and creative vision that go into making handcrafted objects can usher in a sense of wonder. We hope this issue, and the work featured within, will inspire you to find new ways to savor the world around you, the season of summer, and the elements of your daily life.

Take a moment to pause. Our roundup of handcrafted benches—in comforting ceramics, steam-bent wood, aluminum,  and bronze—is designed to inspire you to create moments to ponder what’s good.

Enjoy being together. When you gather with family and friends, make the moment special. Enjoy a mocktail or cocktail happy hour with handcrafted glassware—like the glasses and decanter featured in our Market section. Or have fun playing a game of backgammon on a handmade wood, leather, or cork board.

Take pleasure in the bounty. Craft and food are intimately connected. In this issue, we highlight knives by Everett Noel, who was inspired as a teenager by sculptor JB Blunk, along with tableware, jewelry, and sculpture that hold deep meaning by Kristina Batiste. We also revisit The Craftsman’s Cookbook, which was published by ACC in 1972 (recipe included!).

Delight in discovering local craft. We hope you’ll spend time this summer exploring the craft scene in your community. Following our in-depth looks at Detroit (Summer 2023) and New Orleans (Winter 2024), we now take you to the Twin Cities, the American Craft Council’s home base since 2010. We asked a diverse array of makers to share their insights about craft in Minneapolis and Saint Paul—and wish we had room to include the voices of so many other talented Twin Cities–based artists. We are grateful to all the artists who’ve shared their knowledge and love of local craft with us.

Thank you for spending your precious time exploring this issue, and learning and discovering more about craft.

 

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KAREN OLSON / Editor in Chief
 

American Craft Council publishes American Craft 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

Power In Simplicity

The Simple Pleasures of Problem Solving

The Scene: Craft in the Twin Cities

Craft Happenings: Summer 2024

Handcrafted Happy Hour

More from This Issue

Sagarika Sundaram’s Kosha, from her Source exhibition at Palo Gallery in New York City. Photo by Daniel Greer, courtesy of Sagarika Sundaram and Palo Gallery, NYC.

Botanicals with Bite

Sagarika Sundaram’s goal is to explore the psychological tension between inside and outside, surface and structure, suggesting “the intertwined nature of reality.”

Cedric Mitchell. Photo by Hugo Ahlberg.

The Queue: Cedric Mitchell

Cedric Mitchell makes funky glassware and design objects that enhance the drinking experience. In The Queue, the Los Angeles–based glassblower and designer shares his dream collaborations, how chromotherapy principles guide his work, and the strengths of the craft community in LA.

Ger Xiong in his studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Queue: Ger Xiong

Ger Xiong illuminates the Hmong American experience through evocative jewelry and textiles that riff on traditional forms and patterns. In The Queue, the Minneapolis-based artist shares the family connections forged through embroidery, his plans for an upcoming residency, and outstanding contemporary Hmong artists.

Potter and educator Dom Venzant in his studio. Photo by Dina Kantor.

The Scene: Dom Venzant

This potter and educator says support for art and craft in Minnesota is “among the most robust in the country.”

Glassblowing tools in Fred Kaemmer’s Saint Paul studio. Photo by Dina Kantor.

The Scene: Fred Kaemmer

There has been an evolution in the local craft scene, according to this Saint Paul-based glass artist.

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

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