Multiples: Printing on Clay, featuring Nancy Selvin
March 4th, 2011 @ the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek
Master ceramicist Nancy Selvin will demonstrate her screening process of transferring printed images onto clay, which has been the focus of her research over the years. A slide presentation will illustrate the evolution of Ms. Selvin’s personal history and influences that have shaped her approach to clay. Participants can bring small (4”x5”) examples of text or line art on transparent sheets to create their own screens during the workshops. Workshop participants receive free gallery admission on the day of the workshop, so arrive early to view the current exhibition!
Host: An Installation by UK Furniture Maker David Gates
February 23rd 2011 – April 3, 2011 @ Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco on Polk St
With this exhibit, the wonderful Velvet da Vinci is doing what it does best: pushing boundaries. Working in collaboration with well known US and UK-based jewelers and metalsmiths, (including work by Helen Carnac, Robert Ebendorf, David Clarke, Thomas Hill, and Katy Hackney). Host is part furniture installation and part intervention into the architecture of the gallery. Gates’ woodworking employs traditional methods of furniture making, but also incorporates recycled and reclaimed materials. Davis Gates worked first from London then in San Francisco on this collaborative project that will eventually be completed on site in the gallery. The installation’s end result will be a lack of obvious authorship or hierarchy of work. The installation will challenge traditional jewelry display methods by presenting ambiguous furniture as a structure for jewelry and object display.
Contemporary Crafts Market
March 12-13, 2011 @ Fort Mason, San Francisco
Not always our cup of tea but it’s always good to see people making a living out of craft. This year’s Market will showcase the work of over 200 of the nation’s finest artists, ranging from intricate jewelry and unique glassware to hand-painted textiles and more. Featured are a number of artists who use sustainable and repurposed materials. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality. It is a unique opportunity to meet the artists that create these fine crafts.
Crafting Architecture: Concept, Sketch, Model
February 16, 2011 – May 29th, 2011 @ Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco
Handmade and digitally fabricated architectural models and mockups provide insight into the role of craft in the architectural design process in this pop-up exhibition presented by the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD). The exhibition features models from over 20 San Francisco Bay Area architects and landscape architects and is located at the MCD at 201 Third Street in the heart of San Francisco’s museum district.
Family Tree: Fine Woodworking in Northern California
Jan. 21 – Mar. 13, 2011 @ The Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma
Handmade or “studio furniture” has been a strong presence in California since 1945. To celebrate this movement, curator Kathleen Hanna has traced the lineage from pioneers Bob Stockdale, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Arthur Hanna and J.B. Blunk to the present graduates of the wood furniture design program at California College of the Arts. This exhibition features 25 artists whose work has influenced California’s contemporary fine woodworking movement. Also on exhibit will be faculty-selected works by students from the Furniture Design Program at California College of the Arts. Throughout the exhibition will be weekend demonstrations, lectures and events.
Eva Hesse: Studiowork
Through April 10, 2011 @ Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA.
When we ask our interviewees who inspires them, Eva Hess’s name crops up time and time again. Now the Berkeley Art Museum is holding an exhibit of her work. The exhibit features work made from a diverse range of materials, and includes pieces never before seen. This should be good.
Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
Feb. 5 – Jun. 5, 2011 @ the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter by training, but textile and costume are her muses. Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world. The Legion of Honor is the first American museum to dedicate an entire exhibition to the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave.
Design Loves Art
March 23 – 24, 2011 @ the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
Design Loves Art at Pacific Design Center is pleased to celebrate Westweek on March 23 and 24, the Pacific Design Center’s largest annual design industry event that combines keynote lectures, showroom programs, new product introductions and book signings. Design Loves Art explores design as an extension of studio practice with a special tribute to renowned Dutch designer Tejo Remy. In addition, site specific installation by New York-based artist Olek in collaboration with PDC showroom Mimi London, along with programming by artists, curators, filmmakers and architects in seventeen project rooms will also be on view, including MonoVisioN, and exhibition of architectural photography by Scott Frances.
Make a Scarf with Tanya Aguiniga
March 20th, 2011, 2-5 pm. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Tanya Aguiñiga transforms traditional materials into contemporary objects of warmth and function. We’re huge fans of Tanya’s work and here’s a chance to work with her on a project. Spend the afternoon learning about wool and felting techniques with Tanya and design a gorgeous, unique scarf.
Sonya Louise Barham: A Search for Heartbreaking Beauty
March 4th – March 6th, 2011. Reception, March 5th, 6-9 @ Fifth Floor Gallery, Los Angeles
Sonya Louise Barham has sold all her belongings and is soon leaving on a two year trip around the world with just her camera, the clothes on her back and only the vaguest of itineraries. She has titled her endeavor, A Search For Heartbreaking Beauty, and will be sharing the search with us on her blog. To help support her goal Fifth Floor is holding this exhibition of her photographs.
Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Affair With Textiles
Oct. 3, 2010 — Apr. 3, 2011 @ the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
Mingei International Museum collaborated with Zandra Rhodes and her studio to organize this exhibition of haute couture garments from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The pieces reveal her process and worldwide influences.
Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
March 17 – July 30, 2011 @ the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Oregon
Portland based designer-craftsman Laurie Herrick created widely recognized weavings from the 1940’s until her death in 1995. This retrospective exhibition explores weaving as a living craft. Selected patterns by Herrick will be available on the web for weavers worldwide to interpret and share via Flickr. Five contemporary artists will participate in Museum residencies, creating personal responses to Herrick’s patterns and adding to this traveling exhibition.
Lecture: Robin Petravic + Catherine Bailey of Heath Ceramics
March 10, 2011 @ the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Oregon
The MFA in Applied Craft and Design hosts the owners of Heath Ceramics for a public lecture as part of the 2010-2011 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. In 2033, husband and wife team Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey purchased Heath Ceramics, one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today. Their mission was to revitalize the company. Since their purchase, Heath Ceramics has been a finalist in 2009 for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards and is featured in permanent collections of MOMA AND LACMA.
A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry
March 15 – September 4th, 2011 @ the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City
This exhibit explored the manifold appeal of ceramics, especially porcelain, in jewelry. It showcases the versatility and allure of the medium, which can be modeled or cast, used alone or with metal, wood and stone, and vary in color and texture. The exhibition showcases the scope an ingenuity of the more than one hundred works on view and features the work of 18 cutting-edge jewelry artists, including Peter Hoogeboom, Evert Nijland, Ted Noten, Gesine Hackenberg, Marie Pendaries, and Shu-Lin Wu.
DRAFTED: The Evolving Role of Architects in Furniture Design
March 10, 2011 at 7 pm @ The Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
Like experienced chefs preferring their ingredients to come from local sources, architects would have the most to gain from a stronger American design scene. The Architect’s Newspaper Executive Editor, Julie Iovine, hosts a roundtable discussion and Q&A with top minds including Michael Graves, Calvin Tsao, Gisue Hariri and Jeffrey Bernett on their experiences, strategies and needs when it comes to making American design happen.
March 25 – 27, 2011 @ The Society of Arts and Crafts, Massachusetts
Craftboston is the premiere New England exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design. The shows will feature 200 of the most outstanding artists of our time, showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. Additionally, Craftboston Spring features work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an artist mentor program, a bookseller, an educational lecture series, and informational booths promoting non-profit craft organizations.
American Craft Council Show, Atlanta
March 11-13, 2011 @ the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia
More than 200 of the country’s leading craft artists will gather under one roof to present their latest designer, handmade work at The American Craft Council Show in Atlanta, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the southeast. The highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home décor, and more, will be available for purchase. Or get a sneak peak at what the show has to offer by attending the Preview Benefit Party on March 10, from 6-9pm.
Contemporary British Ceramics Symposium
March 10th, 2011 @ The Mint Museum in North Carolina
Learn about contemporary ceramics from the leading British scholars, art critics, and artists featured in the exhibition Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection, on view through March 13, 2011. A panel discussion follows the visual presentation.
Yanick Lapuh: Your Ladder Is On Fire
March 12- July 10, 2011 @ Fuller Craft Museum, Massachusetts
Your Ladder is on Fire is an exhibition of approximately 15 bas-reliefs which revel in the space between painting and sculpture. They combine a series of symbols, shapes, and proxies into compositions painted with an exquisite control of color and tone. Lapuh painstakingly fabricates the individual elements of his compositions, forming an active three-dimensional structure rather than simply a passive surface. Many of his new works featured refer to the ancient traditions of jewelry making as a means of expression. Fuller Craft will celebrate the opening with a public reception on April 10th from 2-5 pm at the Museum. The reception is free for members and free with museum admission for all others.
Nordic Models + Common Ground (Art and Design Unfolded)
Oct. 29, 2010 – Mar. 09, 2011 @ the Scandinavia House, New York
The American-Scandinavian Foundation continues to celebrate its centennial year with Nordic + Common Ground, an exhibition featuring new Nordic architecture and design, curated by the hot Norwegian architecture firm, Snøhetta (recently chosen to work with SFMOMA on their expansion). Selecting the work of 35 artists and designers who hail from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, the firm’s principal Craig Dykers highlights the impact that Scandinavian designers are making worldwide.
Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffman, Koloman Moser, Dagobert Peche: Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900
Feb. 24, 2011 – Jun. 27, 2011 @ the Neue Galerie Museum for German and Austrian Art, New York
Major works by fine artists Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele will be on view, as well as furniture by architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos, and decorative artists Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. There will be a special emphasis on fashion, with loans of key clothing and accessories from the period. The exhibition will also explore the overlap with new attitudes towards gender and sexuality that surface in Viennese literature and psychology at the time.
Feb. 4 – Mar. 26 2011 @ the Pittsburgh Glass Center (Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery), Pittsburgh
This exhibition, dedicated to showcasing the work of Pittsburgh glass artists, highlights the talent, aesthetic variety and technical mastery existing in the local glass community. Participating artists include Judy Charlson, Brian Engel, Jason Forck, Arthur Guilford, Drew Hine, Adam Kenney, Michael Mangiafico, Gillian Preston, and Heather Joy Puskarich. The exhibition continues through March 26, 2011. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4 from 5:30 to 9pm.
Feb. 4 – Apr. 17, 2011 @ the Pittsburgh Glass Center (Hodge Gallery), Pittsburgh
For 10 years Pittsburgh Glass Center has been growing a community of glass artists. PGC’s newest exhibition, “TENacity”, will showcase the talents of glass artists in the region. Artists will reflect on events from the last 10 years ranging from 9/11 to the election of the first black president in the U.S. and create new work based on a historic event.
Loom and Lathe: The Art of Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale
Feb. 5 – Sep. 11, 2011 @ the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
This exhibition of fiber art and woodturning showcases the long and distinguished careers of Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale. Married for over thirty years, each supported the other’s work, while becoming renowned in their separate fields.
Furniture Divas: New Work by Contemporary Makers
Feb. 19 – Oct. 30 2011 @ the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
Curated by Meredyth Hyatt Moses, “Furniture Divas” presents the contemporary work of a dozen women in the field of studio furniture. The exhibition celebrates the contributions of these women to studio furniture and provides a snapshot of contemporary developments in the field. “Furniture Divas” celebrates the following artists: Vivian Beer, Polly Cassel, Gail Fredell, Jenna Goldberg, Barbara Holmes, Kristina Madsen, Sarah Martin, Wendy Maruyama, Judy Kensley McKie, Alison McLennon, Sylvie Rosenthal, Rosanne Somerson, Wendy Stayman, Leah Wood, and Yoko Zeltzerman-Miyaji.
Meltdowns: Standard Bronze Casting Course
March 3 – April 5, 2011 @ Meltdowns, Ramsgate, Kent
Meltdowns have a new bronze casting course. With two dates in the diary for March – April and October 4th-November 8, 2011, this is a great chance to join an exciting workshop and learn the skills of bronze casting.
COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
May 6-9, 2011 @ Saatchi Gallery, London
COLLECT is a highlight in the cultural calendar for anyone passionate about buying the very best in contemporary craft. This prestigious fair presents a selection of UK and international galleries representing dynamic work by their portfolio of artists. This year, COLLECT will feature 37 selected galleries showcasing the very best ceramic, glass, jewelry, textile, wood, furniture, silver and fine metal work by over 300 new and established artists from around the world.
Lights On: Visual Art Exhibition
Jan. 21, 2011 – Mar. 13, 2011 @ Siobhan Davies Studio, London UK
In this installation, light comes to the fore, showing its great potential in shaping our perception of space. Curator Nuno Coelho presents work that intervenes within the public spaces of Siobhan Davies Studios by creating light installations in different areas of the building, taking full advantage of the darkness of the winter days. The exhibit presents the works of six emerging designers with very distinct approaches, Eelko Moorer, Freddie Yauner, Henny van Nistelrooy, Jesse Visser, Jordi Canudas and Mathias Hahn.
The Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Awards
Feb. 16 – Mar. 15, 2011 @ the Design Museum, London
“The Oscars of the design world” showcase the most innovative and forward thinking designs from around the world. Last year’s winner was the Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi that revolutionizes a humble, but essential, piece of everyday equipment. Stephen Bayley chairs the jury and is joined by art and design curator Janice Blackburn OBE, graphic designer Mark Farrow, novelist Will Self, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University Penny Sparke and Simon Waterfall co-founder of digital agency Poke. The finalists in each category have been announced. Awards night at Design Museum is March 15.
Heritage Craft Association Spring Conference
March 19, 2011, 10-4 pm, Sackler Center, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Britain’s HCA supports traditional crafts–from boatbuilding to chairmaking, stained glass to cutlery–throughout the UK. The day-long conference will feature speakers such as Professor Tanya Harrod, well-known authority on crafts, journalist and author of The Crafts in Britain in the 20th Century, to Mark Henderson and Stewart Linford, who will share their genius for marketing traditional crafts as luxury products in the 21st century. There will also be a lecture on agricultural, domestic and industrial crafts of the BBC’s Edwardian Farm’s Alex Langlands. For more information, contact email@example.com