‘Tis the season of miracles, and Martin Ratermann is living proof. For nearly 40 years, the gifted woodworker has honed his craft, starting as several generations of his family did in the carpentry trade, and then developing his own furniture making business for which he creates stunning chairs, tables, and other pieces largely from Walnut grown in central Missouri.
In World War II internment camps, Japanese-Americans connected with craft as a matter of physical and emotional necessity. Julie K. Hanus interviews Delphine Hirasuna about this little-known body of work.
In the October/November 1982 American Craft, Betty Park profiled the singular Bay Area artist Dominic Di Mare, whose mixed-media sculptures drew on deeply felt experiences. Christine Kaminsky notes the varied artistic directions Di Mare has pursued in subsequent decades.
Blum & Poe J. B. Blunk Los Angeles, CA Mar. 12 – May 15, 2010
A pair of radiant retrospective exhibitions on view this spring in Southern California offer a rare in-depth look at the careers of two masters, and remind us of the Golden State’s place at the vanguard of the modern craft movement.