From the Editor
At American Craft we’ve been pondering the word wonder and its many meanings—from experiencing awe and delight to having curiosity and asking questions. The stories in this issue highlight how wonder plays a role in the way humans design, create, and experience craft.
Among profiles of many artists, you’ll find the mind-bending and mesmerizing work of Yuri Kobayashi and Melissa Meier. You’ll discover the magical connection between makers—such as Tracey Beale and Kristy Kún (whose work is on the cover)—and their materials. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the studio of stone carver Sebastian Martorana.
Writers in this issue also ask questions and consider history: craft historian Glenn Adamson asks whether craft is part of the new precariat, while Jovencio de la Paz explores an Oregon river and the tradition of the scholar’s stone. Bantjes and two other artists, Chitra Ganesh and Preston Singletary, share stories about objects that inspire wonder and may have you thinking differently about craft.
We hope this issue will be a reminder to enjoy moments of delight and surprise, and that encountering wonderful craft made by imaginative artists leads you to feel more alive.
KAREN OLSON / Editor in Chief
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