Piedmont Craftmen's Fair

artGuide is excited to showcase the 53rd Piedmont Craftmen's Fair in Winston-Salem.  This North Carolina art event is a fantastic array of all crafts.

 

Adrina Richard, Handbuilt porcelain vase

Adrina Richard, Handbuilt porcelain vase

While the phrase “one-of-a-kind” speaks for itself, everyone has their own version of what it looks like. It can be a coffee mug that feels perfect in your hand first thing in the morning, a bowl that is just the right shape for tossing and serving your favorite pasta recipe, a piece of whimsy that makes you smile, or a figurative sculpture that speaks to the most secret places in your heart.  Shoppers will have the opportunity to find their own “one of a kind” when more than 100 of the finest artisans from across the United States fill the booths at Piedmont Craftsmen’s 53rd  Fair in Winston-Salem, NC on November 19 and 20.  The Fair, which has been called one of the 10 best fine craft shows in the country, presents a broad sampling of the finest work available in artist-designed handmade home goods, wearables, jewelry, furniture, and decorative items.  This year’s Fair will feature more than 20 artists working in clay, each presenting their own one-of-a-kind vision.

Since its founding by a group of craft makers and craft collectors in 1963, this juried membership guild has consistently attracted the most respected artisans working in the craft media.  A rigorous two part peer jury process insures that those invited and accepted for membership are not only masters of their chosen technique, but are creative, distinctive, and innovative.  

Erh Ping Tsai, Porcelain lizard pin

Erh Ping Tsai, Porcelain lizard pin

A visitor shopping for functional clay will be hard pressed to choose from among ceramic artists working in stoneware, porcelain, and earthenware.  With brilliantly colored glazes, subtle earth tones, and delicate graphic designs; no two are alike.  The same holds true for sculptural works, which can range from fanciful animals to thought-provoking sculptures inspired by nature, myth, memory, and spirituality.  Some artists also transform earth, water and fire into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Anything purchased from the hands of the maker is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, a connection between maker, materials, object and owner, quite unlike any other purchase.

Winston-Salem is worth an overnight visit in mid-November.  Home to Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Old Salem Museums and Gardens (celebrating their 250th anniversary this year), and a thriving downtown arts district, the city was also recently named one of the south’s best foodie towns.

Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair will be held November 19 and 20 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC.  Visit piedmontcraftsmen.org for more information about the 53rd Fair and weekend hotel packages.

 

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