Dispatches from the Council's Digs

Dispatches from the Council's Digs

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Xiaosheng Bi Lotus Pond.

Save the Date
"2009 National Conference Building Bridges: Creating New Craft Culture"

Mark your calendars for October 15-17 in Minneapolis, when the American Craft Council will offer thought-provoking dialogue on the future of craft. Planned keynote speakers include Richard Sennett, sociologist and author of The Craftsman, and Rob Walker, a columnist for the New York Times Magazine and author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are. To learn more, contact [email protected]

Awarding the Best at Charlotte
At the American Craft Show in Charlotte, North Carolina, held October 31-November 2, Awards of Excellence were presented to a select few artists. Chosen by guest jurors Bobby Gold, an Asheville-based broker of craft, art and design, and Barry Huffman, co-founder and past president of the North Carolina Folk Art Society, the recipients were ceramist Xiaosheng Bi, maker of the porcelain Lotus Pond, of Maryland, jeweler Sandra McEwen of North Carolina, and furniture maker Peter Czuk of Michigan. Marcella and Alberto Toro won the award for outstanding booth design. View all winners at www.americancraftmag.org

Making Meaning in the Marketplace Symposia
The second in a series of programs focusing on the next generation of makers took place on October 23 at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where over 275 people attended a panel on alternative economic strategies featuring Andrew Wagner, editor in chief of American Craft, and Daniel Michalik, UArts Faculty and furniture designer; Claudia Mills, fiber artist and member of 100% Blast, an online cooperative; Judith Schaechter, UArts faculty and stained glass artist; and Adam Wallacavage, cross-disciplinary artist.

Panelists from the Pacific Rim-Derek Chen of San Francisco, David Trubridge of New Zealand and Marc Harrison/Husque Pty Ltd. of Australia- discussed cooperative design practices, new technologies and traditional craft processes at the final program on November 19 at California College of the Arts.

The series was presented by the American Craft Council in partnership with each institution and funded through the Windgate Charitable Trust.