This amazing basket by Christine Adcock was shown in this year’s Smithsonian Craft Show in April. Adcock’s brilliant basketry skills won her the Best of Show award. You can see more of her work (including details of materials used) here.
Every year the Smithsonian Craft Show showcases the best of the best of American fine craft. Ceramics, glass, embroidery, beadwork, leather, woodwork, furniture, mixed media… if it’s considered a craft, it will probably be represented among the 120 artists hand-picked by a three-member committee.
That committee changes members every year and no artist is grandfathered in… not even Ms. Adcock.
What does that have to do with you? I’m so glad you asked!
If you’ve got original, exciting fine craft work you’d like to share with the world, this is your opportunity to apply for the Smithsonian Craft Show. Applications are due by September 18, along with a $50 application fee.
As for the rest of us, well, we’ll just have to mark our calendars for next April to go root on the best of the best, whether or not that turns out to be a Crafty Manolo reader!
In the meantime, I’m going to go drool over some of the spectacular pieces shown in the 2011 show, like this incredible embroidered wall hanging by Martha Fieber:
… or this fabulous knitted silver brooch by Carla Reiter:
… or this delicious blow torch ceramic teapot by Paveen Chunhaswasdikul:
I love how steampunk it is !