There are vessels, there are art sculpture pieces, there are cooking and culinary tools of the trade. All are stunning representations of the vast differences occurring within the same craft form. Today we bring you three artists from this year’s show with three very different approaches to the medium of metal in fine contemporary craft.
This is Erica’s first year exhibiting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Her forged and fabricated serving wares are inspired by both modern minimal design and traditional craft. She utilizes brass, copper, stainless, steel, and a bit of wood in her creations. Her design inspiration comes from being out in nature as well as studying antique tools and vintage kitchen and dining wares. In her own words, “I love solving the engineering problems of crafting a piece that works well, looks unique and is beautiful, and then having someone else enjoy it or enjoy giving it to someone they care for.”
Erica has been a professional metal fabricator since the mid 1990's doing high-end commissioned architectural metalwork such as furniture, railings, and custom hardware. Not long after adding her own designs to her custom fabrication business in 2016, Erica began receiving national attention for her work in publications including Bon Appétit, Esquire, and the New York Times Style Magazine.
Erica is excited to be an exhibitor at the PMA Craft Show and appreciates what it means to have that personal and direct connection to her audience.
Creating the most imaginatively curious art sculpture pieces for over 50 years and involved with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show for 30 years, David Bacharach is somewhat of an icon in the metalwork craft world. His work is inspired by the study of architectural beauty inherent in the outdoors. “Nature is generally viewed as outlines and shadows,” he says. “The delicacy of insects, birds, and plant life are often over-looked or over-powered in the mind’s eye by the colors of leaves, flowers, and the silhouettes of the surrounding landscape. As in nature, the outlines and shadows in my sculptures are often the first to grab a viewer’s attention.”
About the PMA Craft Show, David says, “It is a smoothly functioning and reliable craft show, and a well run show is a very big deal. Nancy and all the volunteers, their expertise, experience and dedication make participating a real pleasure.” David’s greatest inspiration has been other craftspeople and artists, and his passion for his work is abundantly clear. “It is a part of who I am. A day rarely passes without me wanting to be in the studio. Even on vacations I take materials to work with. I spend each day of my life able to wake up, go out to my studio and create what I want. That's a wonderful feeling.”
This is Sara’s second year exhibiting at the PMA Craft Show. Her favorite part was the community support for the artists that she saw firsthand. “As a young artist, it was encouraging and engaging to see grammar school kids to adults in college come and meet the artists at the show, ask questions about their work and aspects of making a living as an artist. I truly felt that there is a whole community wide effort to keep craft and handmade alive at the PMA Craft Show.”
Sara makes sterling silver flatware and hollowware with a fresh, minimal, and contemporary aesthetic that straddles the arc between fine art and functional art. When asked what she loves most about doing her work, Sara says, “I’m simply fascinated by what I can do with a couple of hammers, steel tools, a file, and sandpaper to transform a flat sheet of silver up into a three dimensional form. It seems so simple but it’s about understanding the material, tools, and process.” Sara has worked as a metalsmith for 12 years. Apprenticing as a bench jeweler for five years starting at age 11, she learned how to make settings, set stones, polish, solder, run a retail shop, and make a living as a jeweler. Her inspiration comes from contemporary silversmithing happening in the UK and Eastern Europe and it’s thanks to social media that Sara has been able to follow other hollowware artists and foster community over the miles. Sara’s work is now in the collections of a small circle of collectors and private curators and she is grateful beyond words.
Get your tickets in advance and prepare to see the creative metalwork of these artists and all the incredible fine craft artists at the 43rd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.