Every year, the American Craft Show at the Saint Paul RiverCentre features the best and brightest emerging makers from across the United States. Taking place April 5-7, the event gives attendees the unique opportunity to shop one-of-a-kind works and to engage with 220+ of the country’s top artists, all under one roof. Get to know these 5 standout creatives who will be at this year’s show and purchase your tickets today.
Ceramicist Katharine Eksuzian works out of her Minneapolis studio, Umami Pottery, located in the Northern Clay Center. “Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term that means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ or ‘forest bathing,’” she says. “Through the creation of my nature-inspired ceramic work, I hope to elicit a sense of shinrin-yoku and impart pleasantness onto the beholder.” Eksuzian’s work will be featured in the Hip Pop exhibit, where emerging artists are highlighted in a communal space.
Maker Amarette Gregor of Portland, Oregon, mixes colorful recycled thread with metal to create unique jewelry. “The thread I use is recycled material, either too old to be used in a machine or no longer desired by its previous owner,” she explains. “I am excited to be able to rescue so many beautiful colors from the landfill. I love the opportunity to use a material in a surprising and interesting way.”
Furniture maker and woodworker Craig Johnson of Studio Tupla in Grand Rapids explains that his creations are “uniquely fashioned from natural materials, using hand tools and a few simple woodworking machines in my small, one-man woodworking studio. Because each piece is unique, I encourage my customers’ involvement in selecting design, materials, joinery and finishes. The more you know about your one-of-a-kind furniture, the more likely it is that its life story will be an interesting and enjoyable part of yours.”
Seasoned American Craft Show artisan and glassblower Fred Kaemmer works out of his St. Paul studio, where he crafts wine glasses and other unique vessels. “I’ve developed unorthodox techniques that really drive the end piece,” he notes. “By decorating the inside surface of the glass vessels with fused nests of glass then applying silver and copper leaf and heat reaching temperatures of 1,100 degrees, the vessels I create come out with one-of-a-kind textures and patterns.”
Designer and leatherworker Lara Van Slyke will bring her self-designed, cut and sewn handbags and accessories to showcase at the American Craft Show all the way from her East Coast studio, Lara B. Designs. “My goal is to create a perfectly practical and stylish handbag using only the highest quality materials, getting you compliments every time you use it,” she says.
If you’d like to meet the artists and enjoy a cocktail or two, check out the Preview Party the evening of April 4. Learn more and get your tickets here.