Gold Medalist

Jun Kaneko Portrait

Jun Kaneko

Jun Kaneko is a mulifaceted artist and art advocate whose work encompasses numerous mediums. He was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 1996 and received the Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship in 2018.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Gerhardt Knodel

Gerhardt Knodel

2016 ACC Gold Medalist Gerhardt Knodel is a celebrated fiber artist and educator.
Mediums Fiber Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Peter Voulkos at the wheel

Peter Voulkos

Peter Voulkos changed the face of ceramic art in America as he fostered abstract expressionism through infusing the power of painting into the charisma of clay.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Rudolf Staffel Portrait

Rudolf Staffel

Rudolf Staffel created vessels that emphasize the elusive physical characteristics of the material: its ability to reflect and gather light as well as its translucency and plasticity. He received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1995.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Rudy Autio Portrait

Rudy Autio

Rudy Autio, 1999 American Craft Council Gold Medalist, was at the forefront of the contemporary ceramics movement; his ceramic vessels - with painterly surfaces and imagery that draws from mythological themes - became iconic for their striking appearance and technical mastery.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Ruth Duckworth Portrait

Ruth Duckworth

The most distinctive characteristic of Ruth Duckworth's artwork are its many permutations and organic forms. She received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1997.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Gertrud and Otto Natzler Portrait

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Gertrud and Otto Natzler quickly found success in the clay field by combining Gertrud’s remarkable throwing and Otto’s mastery of glazes. The Natzlers jointly received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 2001.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Paul Soldner preparing glazes for raku at Scripps College in Claremont, Californ

Paul Soldner

Paul Soldner was well-known for developing “American raku” and low temperature salt firing. He received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 2008.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle has been creating unique works of handmade sculpture and furniture for more than four decades - his dreamlike pieces challenging established rules of function and design. He received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1997.
Mediums Wood Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
June Schwarcz Portrait

June Schwarcz

June Schwarcz used innovative techniques with surface treatments, such as etching, electroforming, and engraving, to create forms which she then covered with transparent enamels. She received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1996.
Mediums Metal Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Jack Lenor Larsen

Jack Lenor Larsen

Jack Lenor Larsen, 1996 American Craft Council’s Gold Medalist, is an innovator in textile design and technology and his handwoven fabrics represent the pinnacle of 20th century design.
Mediums Fiber Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
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Kay Sekimachi

Kay Sekimachi's objects are at once simple yet crafted with an astounding complexity of detail. She received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 2002.
Mediums Fiber Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Warren MacKenzie Portrait

Warren MacKenzie

Warren MacKenzie, 1998 American Craft Council Gold Medalist, is one of the most influential functional potters in American history. He uses form, color, and surface to create striking, expressive pottery.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
William Daley

William Daley

William Daley is a leading figure in contemporary ceramics and is known for his large, unglazed stoneware vessels. He received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 2003.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Stephen De Staebler Portrait

Stephen De Staebler

Stephen De Staebler received the American Craft Council Gold Medal award in 2012 and was a sculptor known for his grand human clay forms.
Mediums Clay Metal Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Toshkio Takaezu in Her Studio

Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu, an American Craft Council Gold Medalist (1994), was an inspirational artist whose closed vessels and asymmetrical forms blend Eastern and Western traditions, recalling the landscape of her native Hawaii.
Mediums Clay Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows
Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks has been at the forefront of textile design and sculpture for over four decades, was inducted into the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 1983, and received the ACC Gold Medal in 1997. 
Mediums Fiber Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows Featured in American Craft
Sam Maloof, 1985

Sam Maloof

Sam Maloof was one of the greatest American woodworkers of our time. He received the American Craft Council's Gold Medal in 1988.
Mediums Wood Recognition Gold Medalist College of Fellows