2016 NICHE Awards a Family Affair

The 2016 NICHE Awards presentation, a much-anticipated element of every winter American Made Show since the awards began in 1989, took place on Jan. 16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. And this year, it turned into a big event with a surprisingly comfortable family-centric vibe. In addition to finalists and friends, the audience was packed with parents, spouses, teachers, relatives and children.

Recognizing Excellence in Fine Craft

NICHE magazine is proud to announce the finalists in the professional division of the 2014 NICHE Awards. The awards program, begun in 1989, celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.
In the professional division, a team of judges representing gallery owners, craft industry experts, and guild and museum directors selected 174 finalists out of nearly 1,000 entries in 35 categories representing a variety of mediums. Each entry was considered for technical excellence, both in surface design and form; market viability; and innovation, defined as a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought.