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American Craft

American Craft December 2014 - January 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

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who makes a good teacher?

IS IT SOMEONE WHO KNOWS more than everyone else? Someone whose expertise can’t be challenged? I used to think so, at least on some level of consciousness. Fifteen years ago, I was hired as a faculty member at a well-regarded school for midcareer journalists. I was halfflattered and half-terrified that I’d be found out – as somebody who didn’t know her stuff after all. Determined not to let that happen, I arduously prepared lectures that would hold up in a court of law; they were airtight. And I was not above memorizing the key parts. (Don’t ask questions, people; I’ve got a flow to maintain.) To me, at that time, teaching was a performance, and I didn’t want the smallest hiccup. God help me if people saw me as human and fallible. God…

3 min.
to the editor

Cheers for the 2014 American Craft Council Award Winners So excited to get the October/November issue in the mail the other day.Your hard work absolutely paid off. ~Three Hearts Home via Facebook Terrific trailer video. Especially liked the technology and science innovation bits. ~Martha Wilson via Twitter John Gill is to ceramics what Albert Hadley was to interior design. His enthusiasm is anything but gentle. It’s infectious and endearing! ~Christopher Spitzmiller via the website John, you are inspiration to all of us. You have such joy! ~Nancy Freelove via the website So thrilled to see Fleur Bresler honored in this way. Lovely photo. ~Hilary Pfeifer via Facebook Fleur, you look beautiful as ever! ~Judith HeartSong via Facebook Animated Furniture Fans 2014 Windgate Fellow and graduate of @UArts Colin Pezzano featured in @American-Craft magazine [“Character Building,” Oct./Nov.]. ~Center for Craft, Creativity & Design via…

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now online

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. The Year in Craft Catch up on the most memorable and influential moments in craft in 2014, with our annual year-inreview blog post in mid-December. Major Shift Read an exclusive interview with Marc Petrovic, who talks to editor in chief Monica Moses about transitioning from life as a full-time glass artist to running the glass department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Making Our List It’s that time of year again. Intrepid ACC staff members have hunted far and wide for the finest handmade goods for the holidays and created a jam-packed…

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on our radar structurally sound

CODY HOYT GREW UP IN SARAsota, Florida, a city so rich in midcentury modern architecture that a style, the Sarasota School, was named for it. As a kid, he was fascinated by the buildings he saw around him, designed by the likes of Paul Rudolph and I.M. Pei. He loved their sleek geometry, the concrete slabs and screen blocks, and especially the harmonious way these built structures integrated with the natural environment. Later, living in Los Angeles in his 20s, Hoyt was similarly enchanted by that city’s sprawl of mid-mod buildings amid the palm trees and desert succulents. “The combination of plants and landscaping in conjunction with architecture was inspiring, almost in a romantic way,” he recalls. Today, Hoyt, a 34-year-old artist living in Brooklyn, has come to enjoy New York’s…

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product placement into the woods

LIKE MANY FRIENDS WHO MEET in their youth, Joseph Ferriso and Jonathan Anzalone talked about working together one day. Unlike most such dreams, this one came true. Sharing a middle-school passion for painting, wood shop, surfing, and skateboarding, the Long Island natives focused on art in high school and stayed in touch when Ferriso went on to Cooper Union and Anzalone left for Rhode Island School of Design, both graduating in 2003. Anzalone migrated west in 2007, first to the tiny Bay Area hamlet of Port Costa, then to San Francisco a couple years later, the same year Ferriso moved to the city. Anzalone “had a commission to make a table and asked if I wanted to help,” recalls Ferriso. “We ended up having a lot of fun – especially afterward,…

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shows to see view the complete shows and events calendar at craftcouncil.org/event-calendar.

CA / Emeryville Anna Mlasowsky: Departures Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area Gallery to Jan. 25 bullseyegallery.com Anna Mlasowsky’s work embodies the spirit of experimentation. During a six-month residency at Bullseye Resource Center, the artist invented an array of experimental techniques, including a moldless pâte de verre process, to create her diverse forms. IL / Chicago Vanessa Smith: New Ceramic Sculptures; Gordon Powell: Wood Constructions Perimeter Gallery to Dec. 31 perimetergallery.com Vanessa Smith views the world “feet on the ground – up close and personal.” In her crumpled, layered, pleated, and pierced ceramic sculptures, she contemplates natural phenomena such as smoke, coral reefs, and weather patterns, and what lies beneath surfaces. Also on view: Gordon Powell’s abstract wood assemblages. IL / Chicago Amy Reichert: Reinventing Judaica Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership to Mar. 8 spertus.edu Amy Reichert trained as an architect, a field…