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American Craft April - May 2015

Get American Craft digital magazine subscription today for its memorable stories and images that inspire readers to craft a conscientious, expressive life they feel good about. The magazine celebrates the age-old human impulse to make things by hand, in order to communicate, learn, heal, and connect. Our readers value community, sustainability, quality and authenticity.

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American Craft Council
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
cøntempørary craft —

ELAINE ERICKSON GALLERY 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 120 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 221-0613 www.eericksongallery.com GRAVERS LANE GALLERY 8405 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19118 (Historic Chestnut Hill) (215) 247-1603 www.graverslanegallery.com L’ATTITUDE GALLERY 211 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116 (617) 927-4400 www.lattitudegallery.com THE GRAND HAND GALLERY 619 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 312-1122 www.thegrandhand.com WEYRICH GALLERY THE RARE VISION ART GALERIE 2935-D Louisiana NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 883-7410 www.weyrichgallery.com WHITE BIRD GALLERY 251 N. Hemlock St. Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (503) 436-2681 www.whitebirdgallery.com…

3 min.
the nature of risk

YOU COULD ARGUE THAT THERE are two kinds of artists: those who like planning and those who like spontaneity. I know which camp I fall into – I’m a planner. If I want to make a painting or a piece of jewelry, as I do sometimes, I get to work making sketches and checklists. I figure out the steps I’m going to take and the order in which I’ll take them. I don’t leave much to chance. Other artists, I’ve discovered, approach artmaking very differently. I remember a painting teacher I had once describing her process as an “ongoing dialogue with the paint.” I wasn’t sure I wanted to give the paint a chance to speak. I thought about this as we prepared this issue focused on the outdoors. If any artwork…

3 min.
to the editor

The ‘Pope of Pottery’ I, too, have been blessed by Warren MacKenzie’s life of passionate generosity with his students [“The Disciples,” Dec./Jan.]. The joy of making pots was passed to me by one of Warren’s students, Mike Thiedeman, the ceramics instructor at Earlham College. So much laughing and honest critique and sincere encouragement to keep making pots; it was contagious. Mike said that he was not naturally good at making pots but that he really wanted to make pots. Passionate dedication to work – a legacy I aspire to carry on in my own life. ~Michael Hannah via the website I was never Warren’s student (wish I could have been), but I have visited him in his home in Stillwater while on trips to Minnesota. The first time I went there, I…

2 min.
now online

WEB EXTRAS American Craft is published by the nonprofit American Craft Council, which also presents craft shows in four cities each year, offers educational programming, and recognizes outstanding work through its awards programs. Read stories from the magazine, and find these extras and more at craftcouncil.org/extras. Showtime for Ceramics Following “The Call of the Wheel,” our February/March feature on ceramist Cliff Lee, we caught up with Lee in person at the Baltimore ACC show in late February. Head online or visit the ACC YouTube channel to watch the video. While you’re there, you can also watch an interview with show artist and ceramist Ani Kasten. Indigo à Gogo If you like the story about fiber artists Rowland and Chinami Ricketts (page 30), head online for a bonus slideshow on the couple’s work, including photos of…

3 min.
natural translation

IF YOU HAPPENED TO CATCH the Textile Society of America’s group show “New Directions” at the Craft and Folk Art Museum last fall, you were probably stopped in your tracks at the entrance by a stunning weaving by Brooklyn artist Whitney Artell. Called Borderlands, it’s a large hanging that captures a moment of quiet outdoors, with light filtering through trees onto a leaf-strewn ground. That the scene is overlaid with silvery threads woven in the pattern of a chain-link fence – the very symbol of urban ugliness – doesn’t diminish its loveliness at all. In fact, the combination seems natural, even sublime. “I’m interested in our concept of what nature is,” says Artell, 32. “Is nature this outside force, separate from us as humans? Are we not part of nature? It’s…

3 min.
leather by necessity

Product Placement GEOFFREY FRANKLIN ALWAYS had an interest in making things. But the Walnut Studiolo founder began designing products for a living only when he couldn’t find the right accessories for his daily bike commute in Portland. Without any formal leatherwork training, the eighth-generation Oregonian designed and handcrafted what would be the first of many products now available from his workshop – a leather U-lock holster that could permanently live on his bicycle. His material choice was no accident. “I strategically chose leather because of its combination of strength, durability, and flexibility, its ancient roots in human history, and its historic presence on the bicycle,” says Franklin. He also has a personal connection to cowhide. “I was familiar with leather horse tack from my time spent on our family farm, so it…