Very few utilitarian forms have inspired such heights of creativity as the teapot. Although each artist may start out with the same basic shape, the final interpretations almost ensure that no two are alike. Teapots are also a natural collectible. Gathered here is work by eight artists working with teapot forms that you might want to tell your customers about.
Who doesn’t go a little hearts crazy when it comes to Valentine’s Day? And what customer wouldn’t be pleased to find (and take home) a heart-shaped gift from your shop? We’ve rounded up work by seven artists who offer a variety of ways to share the love.
After almost 20 years in the rat race, Jim Cohen had enough. As a corporate attorney who worked 50-plus hours a week, he was feeling stunted and unhappy. It wasn’t until he discovered a love for working with his hands, creating beautiful and functional pieces to honor his heritage, that he found his way.
For Patti Dowse, founder of Erda Leather, happiness can be found in a piece of American deerskin or recycled fabric. And for the past 40 years, this exuberance has come through in every one of her funky, distinctive handbags.
Originally a science illustrator, Dowse bought her first piece of leather during a lunch break while working in New York City. Inspired to make herself a handbag, the self-taught artist was immediately hooked. “When another woman asked me to make one for her, I couldn’t wait to get started,” she remembers. She opened Erda Leather in 1971.
Small businesses make communities strong by supporting the local economy and providing work to residents. Many owners also make it their business to give even more, with contributions to community organizations and local charities.
Americans all over the country will be celebrating the art of handmade craft in a special way this fall during the fourth annual American Craft Week, Oct. 4-13. The 10-day event is expected to feature hundreds of craft-centric events in galleries, studios, museums and schools, as well as fairs and festivals.
The Helen Winnemore Craft gallery in Columbus, Ohio, known as the country’s oldest craft store, has reached another milestone: 75 years in business. Since 1938, the shop has focused on showcasing handmade work by American artisans.
MJSA, the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, has announced the winners of its 2013 Vision Awards, honoring creativity and technical excellence in jewelry making and design. Nominees competed for Professional Design Excellence as well as Gold, Palladium, Platinum, Laser and Custom Design Distinction awards.