Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Come Help Celebrate American Craft Week at Our Open Studio!

Join Us in Celebrating American Craft Week at our open studio October 2nd & 3rd!
There will be pottery making demos, refreshments & fine handcrafted pottery for sale.
For more information & direction to the studio, visit our website www.homeportpotterystudio.com .

American Craft Week, coming this October 1-10, is a coast-to-coast celebration featuring more than 200 events where the public can meet artisans for whom crafting is a business.
The festivities promise artful and fun answers to the question, “What is still made in
America?” Watch a glassblower or a cabinetmaker at work. Tour pottery studios or fine
craft galleries. Art strolls, exhibitions, open houses, talks, craft demonstrations, trunk
shows and festivals are scheduled in more than 40 states. The celebration will culminate
with a national symposium, “Crafting a Nation,” at the Smithsonian American Art
Museum in Washington, D.C. “Now, more than ever, people are recognizing the enduring value of handmade craft,” says Diane Sulg, co-chair of American Craft Week. “Consider also the economic
benefits of employing Americans to create and sell these beautiful, cherished items, and
we can all support and celebrate American craft.”

A state-by-state list of American Craft Week activities and participating galleries
can be found online at www.AmericanCraftWeek.com. Appealing to residents and
tourists alike, these events feature contemporary and folk crafts in many mediums -- and
many of the events are free.

American Craft Week is a project of the Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow
(CRAFT) and Craft in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of
craft and the celebration of its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage. The national cochairs
are gallery owners: Ms. Sulg, of Charlotte, N.C.; Ann Pifer, of St. Paul, Minn.; and
Carol Sauvion, of Los Angeles, who is also the director of Craft in America. CRAFT’s
president is Karen Hohler, of Boston.

Major sponsors of American Craft Week include the American Craft Council,
AmericanStyle magazine, Americans for the Arts, ArtfulHome.com, Silver Dollar City,
Ornament magazine, New York International Gift Fair, Society of North American
Goldsmiths/Metalsmith magazine, National Association of Independent Artists,
Sugarloaf Mountain Works and WholesaleCrafts.com. Additional sponsors are: Artisan
Point of Sale Software for Windows, The Furniture Society, Glass Eye Studios,
Packaging Specialties, Paradise City Arts Festival, NextDayFlyers.com, World Crafts
Council, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Craft Organization Development Association
and CERF+.

“Crafting a Nation” is presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Americans for the Arts and Craft in America. Sponsors include Cynthia Lovelace Sears,
Frank Buxton, Cathleen Collins, Mary Ann Hruska, Chris Rifkin, Stolaroff Foundation
and Barbara Tober.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Getting Ready for Common Ground & Other Shows this September

Yesterday's School Around Us Craft Show on the Green in Kennebunkport was wonderful.  Good crowd & a beautiful day.....some people thought it was a little too cool but after an unusually warm & humid summer (for Maine anyway)...I say bring it on!!! I'm ready for fall.

Next weekend we're in Wells for a 2 day show at the Elementary School.  I love shows that are close to home ........ just have to roll out of bed & down the road.....and since we're not unpacking yesterdays show, we're all set for the next one. Yeah!

At the end month we'll be in Unity Maine at the Common Ground Country Fair.  This is my first time doing this show and I'm really excited about it........it should be a good time!  For those of you who are planning on making the trek, there's a link below to the weekend's schedule.  Homeport Pottery Studio will be in the big tent......so.......stop by and say hey to Dave & me while your there!
Cat :)

Common Ground Country Fair 2010: Schedule for Friday September 24 @ Unity, Maine