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American Craft February - March 2016

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United States
American Craft Council
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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
step by step

IF YOU’RE A REGULAR READER and you just picked up this magazine, you probably noticed a different logo on our cover. The new look brings us in closer alignment with the other programs of the American Craft Council: shows in four cities across the country, educational offerings, and awards for emerging and established makers. ACC programs will now share a visual identity, representing our combined efforts to promote craft and a culture of making in the United States. Why the switch? At ACC we’d become aware that some in our audience did not see the links between our initiatives; they might have known us through the shows or the magazine or a conference – but didn’t realize the same organization produced all of them. We want to make those connections clear. Sometimes…

2 min.
to the editor

Ditch the Labels I am bored with this discussion [“Who’s Afraid of Amateurs?” Oct./Nov.] and our society’s need to label people, which brings the focus to our differences. We are all born artists and makers – I highly recommend reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic. But I realize we don’t yet live in a society without these labels. In the meantime, maybe we can change the conversation in the art world to be more inclusive. ~Heather K. Powers via Oh, Baby Gavin and I think the new issue of American Craft magazine is very inspiring! He is literally drooling over it. ~Renata Copeland via Creative Reinvention A lot of the work I’ve been doing right now makes me relate very much to this article [on Amy Tavern, “Begin Again,” Oct./Nov.]. ~K. Jean via On Jewelry De Novo gallery was…

1 min.
on the web

Find these extras and more at craftcouncil.org/extras. In their own words: In a new video, Maren Kloppmann (above; page 80) talks about her shift from functional to sculptural ceramics. If you like hearing the story directly from the artist, also check out our video interview with fiber artist Ayn Hanna (page 32). Ceramics galore: Find out what’s happening in the world of clay (page 24), as senior editor Julie K. Hanus recaps the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ 50th conference, March 16 – 19 in Kansas City. What’s your story? This issue features artists who’ve reinvented themselves. Have you? Tell us about it at letters@craftcouncil.org. More on stylists: Find the promotional section on the Baltimore and Atlanta shows in this issue (page s100). Want to learn more about the designers, artists,…

4 min.
richard peterson

Peterson In Focus On materials: “I really think my most important material is my sketchbook – the clay really serves more as a canvas, which I can manipulate in such drastic ways. [It] breathes a different life into the illustration that I truly don’t feel I would be able to accomplish with just 2D alone.” How he gets his look: Sketching on the clay with a pencil, underglazes and stains, painted slip and underglaze, sgraffito, monoprinting. His current emphasis: “One of the most important things is having the collaboration between vessel and illustration be coherent and strong; you can’t have two separate things. Just meshing them together doesn’t mean they actually mesh together.” His work in three words: “Narrative, satirical, anecdotal.” RICHARD PETERSON’S CERAMICS tell stories about contemporary American life – ones we don’t always…

3 min.

THE IMPOSING CHANDELIERS hang in cascading splendor in Neil Patrick Harris’ New York townhouse and in a watch boutique in LA’s tony Sunset Plaza, where wares can sell for $200,000 a pop. They look equally at home in the True Blood horror TV series. What links them? The fixtures, though traditional in form, are made of old bicycle chains that artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga scrounges from bike shops around Los Angeles. “I think the element of surprise is one of the things that makes them so alluring,” says Alzaga, who goes by Facaro in her work life. As people get closer, it starts to dawn on them: They’re not seeing crystal, or even glass, prompting “a kind of cognitive dissonance with this base material in elegant form,” she says. She didn’t expect…

1 min.
the bottom line

Time it takes to make a chandelier: Two to 10 weeks. Dimensions (standard models): 12 – 60 in. high, 12.5 – 25.5 in. dia. Countries where her work hangs: Bahrain, Canada, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, UK, US. First big break: Solo exhibition, 2009, Fifty24MX Gallery, Mexico City. Second big break: When Croft House owner-designer Riley Rea offered her free workspace for three years. “Without that generosity, I would not have been able to develop my work and business – period. Period.” What’s next: Finding retailers in New York, Los Angeles (other than Croft House), and San Francisco to carry her work. “The next step is Europe, and the next step after that is Asia.”…