“Building relationships with both patrons and artists is our primary approach to customer service, with each playing a vital role in our sustained success,” says John Mowen, owner of the Mowen Solinsky Gallery in Nevada City, Calif. Located in a spacious 1870s building in the heart of one of the state’s best-preserved historic Gold Rush towns, its modern interior features a unique mix of contemporary art.
When it comes to selling handcrafted furniture, “It takes a perfect storm,” says Karen Kennedy, furniture gallery director at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, N.C. “The customer has to love the piece, has to have room for the piece, and has to have the money to buy the piece. If any one of these is missing, we don’t have a sale.”
The Autumn issue of NICHE magazine is back in print again after a four-year hiatus. We did produce an online edition in the interim, but as hundreds (and hundreds!) of you pointed out in phone calls, e-mails and letters since we shelved the print version as a cost-cutting measure in 2009, it just wasn’t the same.
Maybe it’s because of modern society’s tendency to take comfort in the past while marching straightforward into green living, but more and more artists are adapting “folk” expressions in their work. They’re drawing on historical roots—visionary, primitive and tribal art—and using everyday objects in a variety of nontraditional ways.
Metalsmith Andrea Williams says her work as an artist has been “a bit of a journey.” She was a teenager when she fell in love with metalworking. “I love how I can take this solid thing and make it move,” she explains.
Metalworker, stoneworker, environmental technician, glassworker, diver, collector of crystals and fossils—artist Jeremy Sinkus has followed many paths, but he has never strayed far from the sea.
Having already focused on a wide range of other craft mediums, the Peabody award-winning documentary series “Craft in America” opens its fifth season with an exploration of metalsmiths Chloe Darke, Tom Pullin and Albert Paley in “Forge,” premiering on PBS stations Oct. 25.
A comprehensive listing of wholesale trade shows—happening now through February 2014.