American Craft

American Craft October/November 2018

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United States
American Craft Council
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‘crap’ by any other name

IT’S ONE OF THOSE MEMORIES that makes me cringe. I’d just finished a talk at a gallery about American Craft and the artists we cover, and a woman raised her hand. “What’s the difference between art and craft?” she asked. Without thinking, I groaned – loudly. She looked stricken, so I quickly apologized and went on to explain that, as far as the magazine is concerned, “craft” is generally three-dimensional, with at least a hint of function, and often made in glass, ceramics, wood, fiber, or metal. Why did I groan? Because defining craft is treacherous. Many smart people have tried, of course, in some cases devoting entire books to the topic. I’ve read several of those books and found them fascinating. But I’ve yet to read anything that puts the…

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can’t stop, won’t stop

James Prinz Photography, courtesy of Nick Cave and Jack Shainman Gallery…

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On Our Radar Sara Thompson FOR SARA THOMPSON, SILVER is the “Goldilocks metal.” “I’ve worked in copper, brass, nickel, steel,” says the 22-year-old metalsmith, who is quickly becoming known not only for her jewelry, but also for her science- and math-informed vessels. “I’ve worked in high-karat gold and low-karat gold. Copper is too elastic-y, or it’s too sticky and doesn’t hold its shape as nicely as silver does.” Brass, she says, is hard to move “upwards into a three-dimensional form.” Silver is different. “It moves, but it retains its form. It’s just right,” she says. Thompson’s pieces – elegant spoons, sugar bowls, platters, and Rocket Ship vessels, among others – were originally conceived as she finished her BFA at Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2017. Her rise since then has been meteoric:…

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la loupe design

LAMPS FROM LA LOUPE Design don’t just light up a room; they’re the centerpiece. Jorgelina Lopez and Marco Duenas, a couple and creative partners, produce lighting shot through with color and creativity. Their Origami lamps hang in immaculate floral folds; their Strata lamps, rectangular wood structures wrapped in yarn, bring to mind sunsets on other planets; their Knit lamps feature yarn covering a bare bulb like a mitten on a cold hand. (They use LED bulbs, which stay cool, so the yarn doesn’t burst into flame.) The lighting makes for an apt introduction to La Loupe’s overall perspective: one of careful attention, of applying natural motifs in novel settings. “‘La loupe’ means ‘magnifying glass’ in French,” says Lopez, 42. “I came up with that name because I started La Loupe as a…

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shows to see

CA / Fresno Fresno Art Museum Jenne Giles: Americana to Jan. 6 As Jenne Giles states (or perhaps understates), “There are many people who feel bewildered by America today.” In the 24 soft sculptures and four felt paintings on display here, each based on an object with cultural meaning, she seeks to describe and navigate that feeling. CA / Los Angeles Craft in America Center Made to Play: A Retrospective of Wood by Pamela Weir-Quiton Oct. 13 – Dec. 1 More than 30 life-size circus animals, rocking horses for big kids, and other jubilant creations bear witness to Pamela Weir-Quiton’s description of her artistic mission over the past half-century: putting the “fun” in functional. ID / Boise Boise Art Museum A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass Nov. 3 – Feb. 3 The many forms glass can take – cast glass, tiny glass beads, pressed…

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the burke prize

NY / New York City Museum of Arts and Design The Burke Prize 2018: The Future of Craft Part 2 Oct. 3 – Mar. 17 ACTORS HAVE THE OSCARS, Emmys, and Tonys; writers and composers, the Pulitzers. And as of this year, young craft artists have the Burke Prize. The Museum of Arts and Design announced the annual $50,000 prize last fall, seeking US artists under the age of 45 who demonstrate excellence in clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, or mixes thereof. The winner will be announced at MAD Ball, the museum’s annual fundraising gala, on November 6 in New York City. The exceptional group of applicants was “truly a testament to the vitality of today’s studio practices,” says MAD chief curator Shannon R. Stratton. Jurors pared down the list to 16 finalists, weighing both artistic mastery…