Fine Filigree: A Conversation with ACE Veteran Tom Herman

Long-time American Craft Exposition (ACE) artist Tom Herman of Seven Fingers Jewelry, based in New York, will return to the Chicago Botanic Garden this September to display his ornate and classic pieces of jewelry. Herman’s work has been described as having “the ethereal sensibility of Lalique, the durable elegance of Tiffany, and the detail-intense craftsmanship of Van Cleef and Arpels.” …

Bonsai Beauty: A Q&A with ACE Artist Duo Patti & Dave Hegland

Inspiration could be found all around us at last year’s American Craft Exposition (ACE) thanks to not only our talented artists, but the incredibly beautiful background the Chicago Botanic Garden provided. A living museum dedicated to the beauty found in nature, the Garden is home to world-class plant displays, including a specialty collection of close to 200 priceless bonsai trees. …

Meet our 2016 ACE Artists

As the American Craft Exposition (ACE) returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the second year, we are delighted to be welcoming over 140 of the country’s leading craftspeople, including six emerging artists, to showcase their one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative artwork. The 2015 Show broke record attendance numbers, confirming that ACE continues to be the premier destination for art and …

Final Call for Artists

If you’ve been thinking about applying to the 2016 American Craft Exposition (ACE), now is the time to do so! The deadline for all artists to submit their applications is Friday, March 11. Tell your friends, family and community of artists that the time to apply is now! ACE is among the most popular fine craft shows in the country, …

A Wedding, a Garden and Thread

After years of participation, popular fiber decorative artist Natalia Margulis is still amazed by the American Craft Exposition’s (ACE) capability to continually help her build relationships with lifelong collectors. Of those relationships, one collector she met ten years ago at ACE still attends to add to her embroidered picture collection each year. In August of 2012, this particular collector approached …

From the 1st to the 31st: a Q&A with ACE Jewelry Artist Gabriel Ofiesh

You might say Gabriel Ofiesh stumbled upon jewelry-making as a career. While studying in Colorado one summer during college, he learned the basics of his craft and his skill and artistry has been growing and evolving ever since. What began as the pursuit of an interest has blossomed into a 30+ year career handcrafting one-of-kind pieces of jewelry that delight …

Beauty from Devastation – A piece by ACE Artist Pat Kroth

When a series of destructive tornadoes hit Verona, Wisconsin, in June of 2014, the town was hit hard. A local school, barns, homes and trees suffered severe damage – but from this devastation inspiration grew for contemporary fiber artist and Verona resident Pat Kroth. Kroth draws her creative energy from nature, as well as the people, places and experiences she encounters. Following …

A Brief History of Crafts

Although commodities have been present in our communities for a number of years, it seems that more Americans, both old and young alike, are moving away from purchasing massed-produced items and are seeking out one-of-a-kind, made-in-America crafts that are no longer commodities, but pieces of art. Truth of the matter is that we don’t need to make or buy crafts …

Have you met an artist whose story is just as remarkable as their art?

As we all know, the American Craft Magazine, a non-profit educational organization that is “the leading voice for craft in America” (American Craft Magazine, 2011), just celebrated its 70th anniversary.  And while the magazine has helped introduce those who I like to call craft rock-stars, an article published this May inspired me to talk about artists we might not have …