American Craft Fall 2021

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from the editor

Kinship. If we’ve learned anything over the past 18 months of life during a global pandemic, it’s that connection matters. So in this issue, which honors American Craft’s 80th anniversary, we explore craft and kinship. Here you’ll find stories of artists whose work has been shaped by deep connection. On the cover is a quilted portrait by Bisa Butler, who finds kin among the people in the old photographs that inspire her textile work (page 22). Our “Maker” profile highlights Dina Nur Satti, whose ceramic vessels reconnect her with North and East African ceremonial traditions and her cultural identity (page 19). Thought-provoking essays by the late Anni Albers (page 41), cultural forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort (page 44), and American Craft’s art director Lisa Mauer Elliott (page 58) offer insights into the soulful…

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from sarah schultz

Fond Farewell. Over the last three years, I’ve had the honor and joy to be at the helm of the American Craft Council. In this role, I’ve often been asked what I think the future holds for craft. As we emerge from a pandemic and address the social, economic, environmental, and civic upheavals that we face, I believe there is an essential and urgent role for craft to play, to stake a claim for an ethical engagement with the world through the making of things by hand. While I’m not a craftsperson in the conventional sense, I am a gardener, and a very earnest and committed gardener at that. One might consider the garden my workshop: the soil, water, and light are the raw material from which emerges the “object” (the…

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When the editorial team looked through early issues of Craft Horizons (now American Craft) for our 80th anniversary planning, a 1943 piece by the late Anni Albers stood out. A giant in the field of craft, Albers’ essay about design is a meditation on form that’s still relevant today. page 41. We asked renowned cultural forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, author of A Labour of Love and recently a dean at the Parsons School of Design, to write about what she sees coming next in craft. In this issue’s State of Craft article, she describes a new animism and a reconnection with soul. page 44. We’re grateful to Seattle-based Emily Freidenrich, author of Almost Lost Arts, for sharing so many great story ideas with us over the past few years. In this issue, she…

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letters from the readers

Praise for Our Summer Issue This issue encouraged me to slow down and savor each article, each photo, each person whose creative efforts were profiled. In our current world of unending, meaningless and often mean-spirited distraction, this issue helped reground me. —Wynne Lee, Lummi Island, Washington I’ve been subscribing for over 50 years and found this issue a milestone in importance, relevance, creativity, and downright informational! My greatest joy came from the article “The Art of the Flourish.” Shearing off wood from horse carts! Aesthetically functional detailing! —Syd Dunton, Los Gatos, California Your publication is undervalued. It belongs in the Pantheon of Publications with The New Yorker, NatGeo, and Omni. At least one time per issue my mind is completely blown by the differently paradigmed makers. I like having my mind blown! —Gina Phillips, Spruce Pine,…

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new & noteworthy

Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience. Seattle and its environs are the heartland of art glass in America, and the reason is not far to seek. In 1971, the 30-year-old Dale Chihuly cofounded the Pilchuck School of Glass in the woods north of Seattle. Chihuly became an art star, and Pilchuck grew, too, from a “summer camp” for experimentalists into one of the world’s greatest art glass centers, inviting old-world masters to join the eager Americans and producing scores of artists who established hot shops and galleries and taught others in turn. This heritage will be on display when the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum joins Visit Seattle, Pilchuck, and a host of galleries and artists to present the third annual Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience. The citywide celebration will offer studio tours,…