Calling all Potters! For years, potters Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson have made beautiful and functional pottery from their studio in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Their love of clay and its vitality lead them to create the Handbuilt Conference, where working potters could share their techniques with aspiring and like-minded artisans. This year they’re bringing together a host of local potters for three days of demonstrations, conversations and inspiration. The Conference will take place September 20th - 22nd at Montgomery County Community College. Register early (by August 15th) for a discounted fee. Learn all about the conference, the artists and how to register at their site today!
Fishtown’s Craft Foundry is passionate about providing Eco-friendly handcrafted gifts for the body and home. Each purchase is promoting a more sustainable planet by either being made locally or using recycled materials, or both. See all their Earth-friendly crafts here. Or find out how to take a class. Either way, you'll be giving Mother Nature a nice pat on the back.
Acclaimed Philadelphia-based artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez developed this textile installation as part of their Hemmed Up project for the National Museum of American Jewish History. It was part of the Museum’s inaugural year of their OPEN for Interpretation artist-in-residence program. The team was inspired by the American Jewish relationship to the textile industry and the themes of immigration, labor and struggle. You can see the work through August 25th. Check out the link here.
Clay artist David Eichelberger wants to quietly challenge our preconceived notions and expectations. He makes vessels that don’t hold things. Lids that don’t cover things. And all the while, he plays with exaggerated proportion and visual rhythms. See more at his very nifty site. Or better yet, plan to stop by the Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (Nov 7-10) and see his work in person.
So you want to learn how to blow glass, do you? Well then there’s no better place to take a class than the Crefeld School in Philly. For over 10 years they’ve been teaching the age-old traditions of glassblowing, flameworking and casting. Check out the gallery of work that students (just like you) have created.
Artist Jupi Das takes a single piece of paper and, using knives and scissors, creates one-of-a-kind works of art. Each is intricate, delicate and pretty darn mind-blowing. Did we mention she starts with a single piece of paper? Check out her designs and be prepared to look at paper in a whole new light.
Yarn bombs – or Yarnstorming -- are the new, non-permanent, colorful alternatives to graffiti art. Take a look at what these amazing artists are up to lately – making jolly old England a bit more jolly. Their site is (ahem) the bomb.
We’re really mesmerized by Susan Hagen’s wood sculptures. Each character captures the subtle manifestations and conditions of the human condition. Check out her amazing world at the Center for Art in Wood til July 20.
Maria Eife mixes traditional jewelry methods with modern inputs from computer programs such as Rhino and Adobe Illustrator to create her fresh and dynamic designs. She incorporates the use of laser cutters and 3D printing and uses a variety of materials such as nylon, rubber, sterling silver and felt. Her designs are eye catching and also communicate a deeper message. But don't take our word for it. See so much more on her great site.
Alison Cannon is the owner of Woolymamma fiber arts. She makes beautiful felted wool decor. But let Alison speak for herself. “I make felted wool pieces using a combination of shibori, applique and reverse applique. Shapes and textures from nature inspire my designs, but so too do the funky pop-art shapes of the ’70s design I grew up with! My art is meant to be an interactive experience. Each work starts as a knitted fabric that is then fulled and manipulated in various ways. There is an element of surprise in the process." Surprise yourself at Woolymamma here.
Dan Mirer started working in glass at the age of 16 and honed his skills by studying at Rochester Institute of Technology, Alfred University and the Pukeberg School of Design, Sweden. He incorporates both innovative and traditional glassmaking techniques. The result? Vessles that are elegantly shaped - as decorative as they are functional. See more of his beautiful work here.
Eric Boos starts with his porcelain forms - in all white - and then adds vibrant glazes in bold colors. What we're left with are clean, sumptuous lines and forms. He's a featured artist at Philly's Snyderman-Works Gallery in Old City. Don't miss him.
Artist Mark Nantz starts with wood. But then he encases the vessel, or integrates it, with materials such as ebony or precious metals to create exquisite containers that are an aesthetic delight. No wonder he received the Wharton Esherick Museum Prize For Excellence In Wood at the 2012 Craft Show. “With every piece I make, my goal is for it to be clearly identifiable as my own and flawlessly executed,” says Mark. See his impressive galleries here.
We are so taken by jeweler Christy Klug. She's inspired by the sumptuousness of 17th century Dutch still lifes, the color sensibility of fashion photographer Chen Man, the line work of Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden and Cy Twombly and post-World War II German stained glass. Whew! She creates by hand (of course) in her studio small quantities of finely crafted pieces that are intimate, honest and feminine. See her work here.