Here are some informative sites and organizations where you can learn more about artists and their crafts:
- The American Craft Council supports and champions craft artists, with regional craft shows, grants, educational efforts and a monthly publication. The Council is located in Minneapolis. Here’s a recent article on Tung Chiang, a ceramist in San Francisco who shared his perspective on his work and dealing with the pandemic.
- The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMA) is an artist collective promoting and supporting artists in Northeast Minneapolis. They produce Art-A-Whirl, an annual open studio tour which unfortunately was forced to go on-line this year. They offer opportunities to participate in on-line artist talks, including one this Friday at 2:30 with painter Eyenga Bokamba.
- Put the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts on your list of places to visit, once we can again travel easily. In the meantime, their Digital Archives features images and information about a wide selection of craft in a variety of media including wood, glass, ceramic and fiber. Got some time – you can spend hours looking through their collection.
- The Museum of Arts and Design was founded in NYC in the 1950’s by Aileen Osborn Webb, one of the visionaries in American Crafts. Their online resources include beautiful images of most of their permanent collection.
photo credit Heath Ceramics on craftcouncil.org