May 15 2014

Thanks to all who joined us for a Sunday afternoon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an author talk and book signing from Peter Korn, one of our jurors at this year’s show. The Philadelphia native, now executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, returned home to share the memoir and philosophical exploration that is Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman. “I was delighted to have such an interested and inquisitive audience for the book talk,” Korn said. (Pictured: Korn with an arts fan; Korn with his father and a copy of his book.)

Why We Make Things steps beyond the how-to guides of carpentry and craftsmanship that constitutes Korn’s prior books. The Inquirer calls it the “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for those who work in wood, though its principles apply to all creative undertakings.” An excerpt from the introduction shows Korn’s conceptual evolution that inspired him to write a book on the virtue of craft:

“When I turned my first clear pine board into a cradle, and for many years thereafter, I was beguiled by rediscovering the how of craft. How do you sharpen a chisel? How do you cut a sliding dovetail? How do you make a chair comfortable? Eventually, though, I also began to wonder about the why. What is craft and why does it matter? Why do we make things?”

In meeting that question, Korn discussed the fulfillment and meaning that people can find not just in a woodworking shop or in an artist’s studio, but in the kitchen and the garage. Collecting valuable insight from a Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show juror gave us plenty of inspiration to help hold us over until November’s Craft Show.

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April 14 2014

The 38th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show is still months away, but we’re already giving you a behind the scenes look at the creative process by sponsoring a talk with author, furniture maker and 2014 Craft Show juror Peter Korn. Peter will discuss and sign his book Why We Make Things and Why It Matters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 4. We hope you’ll join us!

Peter Korn Author Talk and Book Signing

Sunday, May 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium

Service charge applies for ticket reservation ($2.50 museum members/$3.50 non-members); registration required 

Museum admission not required to attend this program.

What does the process of making things reveal to us about ourselves? How do the products of creative work inform society? Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine and author of the highly regarded book Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman, is the person to ask. He draws on four decades of hands-on experience to write eloquently, and often poignantly, about the why of craft and the satisfactions of creative work.

Press on Peter Korn’s Why We make Things and Why It Matters:

Boston Globe: A “craftsman writes that the creative process can be a professional journey.”

The New York Times: “We have a certain innate biological character, and I think that working creatively with actual materials — bringing new and meaningful things into the world with your own skills — helps us inhabit our humanity to the fullest.”

Portland Press Herald: “The book is a conversation about what it means to be human, what a good life is and how work fits into that.”

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March 07 2014

The 9th International Fiber Biennial Opening Reception is Friday, March 7 at the Snyderman-Works Galleries. This is a show and exhibition you don't want to miss. http://www.snyderman-works.com/exhibitions/9th-international-fiber-biennial

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December 16 2013

It was a great 2013 show!   Thanks!!  But now that it's over and we've taken a deep breath, it's time to get ready for an even better 2014!!  Which is why we're excited to announce that The 38th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is now accepting entries for next year's juried show.   It'll be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 6 to 9, 2014, with a Preview Party on November 5. The jury will accept 195 craft artists.   Learn more on the site here.

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November 15 2013

The 37th Annual was a big success thanks to everyone – artists and attendees.  A big thank you to the Lithuanian community and dignitaries for supporting the Show and guest artists from Lithuania.  Sure it's a year away -- but save the date for the 38th annual show – November 6-9, 2014.  See you there next year!

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November 11 2013

Don’t miss your chance to bid on unique and sophisticated works generously donated by participating artists.
Bidding is open now and closes on November 12th at 9pm.  Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
You can bid here.

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November 09 2013

Good Day Philadelphia's Sue Serio helped us open the 2014 Craft Show with a live broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 6.  Metal artist Stacey Lee Webber was thrilled to meet her favorite morning news anchor and show off her innovative jewelry made from pennies, dimes and quarters. Sue looked great in a very flattering raspberry-colored knit wrap from artist Elena Rosenberg!

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November 07 2013

Join us as we set up a beer tasting inside the Convention Center. Come experience Craft Beer as the brewers intended. Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack), Executive Director of Philly Beer Week and Daily News columnist, has curated a collection of local and Lithuanian brews that cannot be found together anywhere in the city. This is your chance to MEET the brewers, SAMPLE their beer and LEARN some of the trade secrets that go into brewing one-of-a-kind brews. This is truly the ultimate experience for the beer aficionado.

•   Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. (neshaminycreekbrewing.com) - gold medalist at Great American Beer Festival.

•   Free Will Brewing Co. (freewillbrewing.com)- Brilliant young beer stylists with new creations.

•   Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery (www.facebook.com/barrenhillbeer) - Get your first taste from the region's newest brewpub.

•   Home Sweet Homebrew (homesweethomebrew.com)- Recreating traditional Lithuanian "country" beer.

•   Biržų Alus (www.birzualus.lt/) - Unfiltered craft beer from the Lithuania's beer capital.

Tickets are limited. $45 includes the beer tasting event and Craft Show admission. You must be 21 to attend. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

You can buy tickets online here or by mail.

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November 04 2013

Dainius has been experimenting recently with the leaven ceramics technique, popular in Vilnius in the Middle Ages. This technology is different because the fully heated vessel is immersed in specially prepared leaven while it is still steaming. The leaven may be made of wheat, rye, pea flour or oatmeal, or of beet or cabbage juice. This technology is eco-friendly and chemical-free.  Items made using it will never be identical.  The patterns on them, like frost on a window, are always unique.  Sure, you can see more of his works here.  But wouldn't it be more fun to meet him in person and learn his techniques, first-hand?  He'll be at the show.   Stop over and say hello!

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October 31 2013

Lina Auste from Vilniuns, uses various kiln forming techniques in creating her pieces. She creates glass jewelry, cast and fused glass sculptural works, as well as decorative installations for specific interiors. She's fascinated and inspired by the structures, shapes, and patterns of nature.  She'll be at the Craft Show, so stop by and say hello!  The Show is from November 7-10.   You can see more of her work here, too!

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October 28 2013

Join us as we set up a beer tasting inside the Convention Center. Come experience Craft Beer as the brewers intended. Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack), Executive Director of Philly Beer Week and Daily News columnist, has curated a collection of local and Lithuanian brews that cannot be found together anywhere in the city. This is your chance to MEET the brewers, SAMPLE their beer and LEARN some of the trade secrets that go into brewing one-of-a-kind brews. This is truly the ultimate experience for the beer aficionado.

•   Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. (neshaminycreekbrewing.com) - gold medalist at Great American Beer Festival.

•   Free Will Brewing Co. (freewillbrewing.com)- Brilliant young beer stylists with new creations.

•   Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery (www.facebook.com/barrenhillbeer) - Get your first taste from the region's newest brewpub.

•   Home Sweet Homebrew (homesweethomebrew.com)- Recreating traditional Lithuanian "country" beer.

•   Biržų Alus (www.birzualus.lt/) - Unfiltered craft beer from the Lithuania's beer capital.

Tickets are limited. $45 includes the beer tasting event and Craft Show admission. You must be 21 to attend. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

You can buy tickets online here or by mail.

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October 22 2013

Works in Stone is a multi-faceted company headed and founded by Steven Ferrari, a Bucks County stone mason and artisan with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in structural stonework, hand carved pieces, lettering, historic restoration/consulting and sculpting.  Steve strives to use old world techniques and design along with those of the modern day.   Check out his sculpture here.

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October 17 2013

Lorri’s father was a furniture maker and she remembers spending countless hours in his studio, sanding, assembling and watching the artistic process. However, even at a young age she knew she was drawn to smaller objects and through the years has been passionate about painting, fibers, clay, wood, metals, mosaic and stained concrete.

She’s a firm believer in “less is more” and thinks that what is left out of a piece is just as, or more, important than what is included. Her process is intuitive and begins with shape and color but ultimately is about the wearer and how they will feel in one of her pieces. She strives to create jewelry that rise above trends and has a lasting aesthetic.  It is a very intimate process from start to finish.  You gotta see more of her great work here.

 

 

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October 14 2013

Jack Larimore makes work like good theater. He sets the scene, draws us into his story and then touches a nerve with his performance. Jack's stage is that nebulous space allotted to "furniture," roughly the immediate area that circumscribes the things we sit on or put things on, that are comfortable and that function to help us go about our daily lives. This stage is a place of interaction, more than just a good spot for chairs and tables. It is a place where the human elements confronts the mechanical, where nature collides with nurture or, when Jack waxes philosophic, where the intuitive animal in us encounters the cage of reason and science.   See how he sets the stage with his most recent portfolio of pieces.

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October 09 2013

This whole month of October, Gravers Lane Gallery will host its second annual Goblets of Fire exhibition, featuring the finest works by contemporary artists exploring the theme of drinking vessels including goblets and chalices. Artists working in glass, ceramic, metals, and mixed media will be featured in this Harry Potter theme based exhibition.  Check out the wide variety of work here.

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October 01 2013

Old City's Snyderman-Works Galleries is showcasing the works of ceramics artist William Wyman.  Check out his impressive array of pieces, from the Marilyn Pappas Collection here.

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September 27 2013

Kathryn’s thrown, carved and altered porcelain pottery is both functional and decorative. She’s studied techniques and styles of Korean, Chinese and Japanese ceramics as well as early American Art Pottery, itself influenced by the East. Her pottery is influenced by these bodies of work but is distinct from them.  The techniques, glazes and decorative motifs are different and at the same time grow from these traditions.  Her aim is to produce intimate work that can be held in the hands and which, by its use, brings beauty to the user’s environment and small moments of communication between the user and herself.  Check out more of her stunning work here.

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September 23 2013

Christine enjoys making one-of-a-kind jewelry by delicately hand piercing intricate meandering shapes in metal or using hand built pieces of porcelain and carving found wood pieces. She says, “For me, art is my life. It’s the way I communicate ideas, understand nature and learn about life. I enjoy drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography, but I love the engineering and intellectual challenges of metalsmithing and making jewelry. I enjoy the sound and power of the hammer hitting the anvil.”  You can see more of her work at her great site here. Or better yet, meet her (and her work) in person at the show!

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September 19 2013

Founded in 2010, the Clover Market is a seasonal open-air market featuring 100+ vendors with antiques & collectibles, vintage jewelry & clothing, finely crafted handmade items, and original art.  It operates in the spring and fall (dates below) and in late January at the historic 23rd Street Armory in Philly.  Clover has been named a Best Vintage Market by Flea Market Style Magazine, a Best Outdoor Shopping Venue by Main Line Today Magazine and featured in Daily Candy, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CityPaper, uwishunu.com and many more.  Check out their great site here.

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September 12 2013

Handmade Philly, an independent, member-run collective, encourages artists, crafters and designers to join Greater Philadelphia’s growing network of professional and amateur artists. Once limited to the members of Philly's Etsy Team, the group seeks to further the local, sustainable handmade community by providing educational workshops and promotional events.

Now you can join too.  Handmade Philly wants artists of all media, styles and levels of experience. As an active member, you must be producing your own work (sorry, no vintage or re-sales) and will be expected to participate by attending meetings, posting on the message boards, distributing group information (website/ flyers/ advertisement design) or planning and hosting events. In less than two months, the group has over 90 designers, artists and makers including illustrators, woodworkers, printers, painters and photographers from Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, NJ and DE. So if you’re eager to learn new skills, got some tips and ideas to share, or just need a little boost to keep the creative juices going, check out Handmade Philly!

To Apply: Please send your contact information along with a link to your web address (or blog, or etsy shop, etc.) or three jpegs (no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels and 72 dpi) of your recent work to:  info@handmadephilly.com.   And check out their great site/blog here.  

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