Sometimes it’s the customers who let you know what business you’re in. Paul and Paula Coben of Gallery Five in Tequesta, Fla., discovered they were in the wedding business when their extensive art-to-wear collection became a must-stop for women whose daughters were getting married.
Fine design, elegantly crafted, never goes out of style. Check out these examples from a dozen master jewelers. [portfolio_slideshow showcaps=true]
Contemporary jewelry designers mix and match materials in these 12 trendsetting pieces. [portfolio_slideshow showcaps=true]
In a time-honored tradition that’s taken place every winter since 1990, finalists, supporters, students and friends gathered with Buyers Market of American Craft show attendees to take part in the 25th annual NICHE Awards ceremony in Philadelphia on Jan. 18.
The NICHE Awards never fail to surprise me. Year after year I’ve played an active role in sorting out winners from the thousands of entries NICHE magazine receives over the course of each annual competition, and I’ve yet to see new work that doesn’t measure up to or surpass the entries I’d raved about just the year before.
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.
What do crazy-quilt fabrics, roller skates, tiaras, fuel cans, croquet mallets and funky jewelry have in common? They set fiber sculptor Kent Epler’s mental “Rolodex…
“My influences have always been personal,” says ceramic artist Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi. “Since I was young, women’s traditional handcrafted work has intrigued me. My grandmother’s…