One of the biggest thrills of the annual NICHE Awards ceremony is the chance to mingle with the most talented of North American fine craft artists. The caliber of the winners’ work, and many winners’ profound humbleness, are equally inspiring.
In a letter to his friend the French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote that “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” But he was wrong. For as long as anyone can remember, in both good times and bad and in every conceivable culture, people have been giving gifts to mark special occasions, with jewelry right at the top.
More formally known as Pantone 17-5641, Emerald is the Pantone Color Institute’s official 2013 Color of the Year. The optimistic new hue, it’s hoped, conjures up growth, renewal and prosperity, appropriate for an economy that seems to be on the mend. All manner of retailers, from fashion and houseware designers to fine jewelers are putting out products in the new star color.
When in comes to art vibes, these 12 cities have it all—invigorated neighborhoods, workers in creative occupations, and arts-related businesses. ArtPlace, a collaborative group committed to accelerating “creative placemaking” around the country, has named its Top 12 ArtPlaces 2013 from the 44 largest metropolitan areas in the country.
If you placed this dog or kitty in your shop window, do you really think customers could resist buying one? Probably not.
Simon Pearce, creator of fine handcrafted functional glass and pottery tableware, is branching out with new Lifestyle product lines. The new home accent items will include the PURE collection of dramatic one-of-a-kind vessels, and a line of lamps and pendant lights that mirror some of the signature tabletop designs.
Three well-known craft artists are among those chosen to receive one of 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA), the national grant-making and advocacy organization. Artists are awarded unrestricted grants of $50,000 each.