Let's Make: 2016 American Craft Show in Baltimore

Let's Make: 2016 American Craft Show in Baltimore

Published on Friday, January 15, 2016.
Let's Make Rendering

Don't miss the Let's Make pavilion at the heart of the show floor to experience hands-on activities with a variety of local, artisanal groups.

Get a close look at the creative process at our interactive Let’s Make pavilion, designed by Birch Display, to encourage experiential learning. A variety of artisanal groups and experts will showcase the process and skill that goes into making the meticulously crafted items at our shows. The best part is that you can do more than watch – you can taste, touch, and participate.

Meet our Baltimore partners:

American Craft Library
The American Craft Library is a destination on-site and online to explore, discover, and learn. You’re the maker, as you turn vintage photo reproductions from the ACC archives into colorful embroidered masterpieces.
Time: Show hours

B. Willow
From flower arranging to terrarium building, B. Willow is one of Baltimore’s go-to interior plant designers. Join them as they share some of their favorite ways to incorporate plants and flowers into living spaces.
Time: Show hours

Baltimore Area Turners
Check out the Baltimore Area Turners in action. Accomplished woodturners spin pieces of wood on a lathe and cut them to create practical and/or artistic items. Take part in the conversation and get your hands on some finished pieces.
Time: Show hours

Baltimore Jewelry Center
The Baltimore Jewelry Center invites you to create a “You Are Here” badge. Instructors and students at the Baltimore Jewelry Center demonstrate the process of electrolytic etching, creating small metal badges etched with a map of Baltimore. Using fiber and cold connections, you can embellish your badges with your personal “map,” marking where you live or noting where you’ve come from.
Time: Show hours

The Balvenie Handcrafted Scotch Whisky Experience
Back by popular demand, The Balvenie returns as the Let’s Make anchor tenant to showcase their award-winning, handcrafted single-malt Scotch whisky. This isn’t your run-of-themill Scotch tasting; The Balvenie is the only company of its kind still making their Scotch by hand, using centuries-old techniques. This dedication to the handmade reflects the values shared by the many artists at our shows. Be sure to sign up for one of The Balvenie’s free Rare Craft Tasting Experiences. You’ll taste their full range of Scotches and learn how they are made. The American Craft Council is proud to partner with The Balvenie, an organization equally committed to championing craft. Be sure to stop by The Balvenie's private tasting room in the Let's Make pavilion to sign up for a seated tasting with brand ambassador David Laird.

Tasting Schedule:

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
2 – 2:45 p.m.
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
7 – 7:45 p.m.

Noon – 12:45 p.m.
1:15 – 2 p.m.
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
5 – 5:45 p.m.

Noon – 12:45 p.m.
1:15 – 2 p.m.
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Bowerbox Press
Experience the power of the printed word. Bowerbox Press invites you to learn how to hand-set wood type on a tabletop letterpress and add your voice to an ever-changing poem.
Time: Sunday only, show hours

Craft Beer Taproom Pop-Up, presented by Bond Distributing Co.
Baltimore’s craft beer community is booming. Meet local brewers and learn about the brewing process. You can also try a delicious selection of their unique microbrews – you might even find your new favorite beverage. Featured breweries include Union Craft Brewing, the Brewer’s Art, Charm City Meadworks, Monument City Brewing, and Flying Dog. 
Times: 4 – 8 p.m. Friday (Union, Charm City, Brewer’s Art) and 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday (Flying Dog, Monument City, Brewer’s Art)

Fab Lab Baltimore
Complete your own working LED circuit using an adhesive copper sticker for your circuit traces. Fab Lab staff will demonstrate how the circuit design and fabrication process works, using a computer, as well as the machine used to cut the copper stickers. 
Time: Show hours

Sebastian Martorana
Experience the art of stone carving with local sculptor Sebastian Martorana. You can learn about the tools and techniques involved in this ancient art form. See how these hand-tool techniques can be applied to both lettering and dimensional sculptural projects. Grab a chisel and a hammer and gain a better appreciation for the expression “set in stone.”
Time: Show hours

Mark Melonas
Mark Melonas is an artist, designer, and craftsman with experience in many materials and a unique interest in concrete. Melonas designs and creates one-of-a-kind furniture in wood, concrete, and metal. Get your hands dirty as Melonas shows you how to make functional objects out of concrete.
Time: Friday only, show hours

Weavers’ Guild of Greater Baltimore
Join members of the Weavers’ Guild of Greater Baltimore as they demonstrate spinning fiber into yarn. You can spin your own fiber and enjoy hands-on practice with various weaving methods, including kumihimo, inkle, and braiding.
Time: Saturday only, show hours

Woodberry Pantry
Explore seasonal food at its best with Woodberry Pantry, whose mission is to create delicious preserves at their ingredients’ peak ripeness. Learn how to identify produce and the best growing seasons, and discover a new recipe to try at home.
Time: Show hours