Glass, ceramics, wood, leather and wool transformed to one-of-a-kind decorative and/or functional pieces by artisans who describe their work as “improvised” and “intuitive,” will highlight the third American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn at Brooklyn Museum November 21-22, 2015. Another trend: Reclaimed materials. Their work, including furniture, will punctuate the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court joined by jewelry and fashion. There will be 90 handpicked artists in all.
Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design in ceramics, jewelry, glass blowing that all inform his specialty, woodworking and furniture-making, Richard Haining, whose studio is in Brooklyn, will exhibit vessels of salvaged walnut. He mills down, cuts to size, stacks, glues and positions the walnut to create a rough form and then hand-shapes the exterior. Phil Gautreau transforms reclaimed domestic and exotic hardwood pieces into clean, contemporary shapes that highlight the wood’s natural grain, color and figuring. The wood for Gautreau’s bowls, bases and serving boards comes from many sources: cutoffs from furniture and lumberyards and from locally downed trees. His studio is in Brooklyn.
Winthrop Byers, a Rock Springs, Wisconsin-based potter, has for 40 years crafted platters and more recently oval bowls that he describes as conveying strength, dignity and calm.
Ming Yuen-Schat, Mings Monsters, hand shapes on a wheel the bottles, bowls, flower containers, sculptures, trays and vases he calls his “monsters,” in Jewel, Chalice and Flame collections. His finger marks are on every monster. Flames, smoke and ash from a wood kiln paint the pots with color and texture.
Meg Little, Newport, R.I.-based textile artist, says that today there are only a handful of people who produce rugs themselves. She’s been making hers fulltime since 1990. The durable, one-of-a-kind rugs are wool, designed, hand drawn and made by using hundreds of blended colors. Fiber artist Cindy Grisdela works with hand-dyed fabric and multicolored threads to achieve each design without a preconceived pattern. She adds textural lines freehand, so no two art quilts are ever exactly alike, drawing the designs in her head with a needle and thread instead of with a pencil or brush. She uses a standard sewing machine without computer program or marking.
Meg Branzetti and Vicky Kokolski of MeKo Designs, Little Neck, N.Y. have worked together as glass artists for 20 years. They cut rich tones of art glass and outline them with powdered frit which they fuse multiple times to achieve the effects they want. In making her sculptural leather figures, Wendy Ellertson, Roxbury, Mass., compares her creative art process to jazz improvisation. She starts with an object such as a stone, a piece of wood, an old textile. She says she lets out their embedded stories to create her magical characters.
Discount tickets are available in advance on line.
Information: Visit www.brooklyncraftshow.com
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
Hours: Saturday Nov. 21 11 am – 6 pm.
Sunday, Nov. 22: 11 am – 6 pm.