2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Barry Rhodes, Marshall, NC & Atlanta, GA

Like many potters, Barry Rhodes is inspired by the great pottery work of Japan. However, he has always felt free to pick and choose the most interesting aspects of many cultures and to re-interpret the essence of those cultures in interesting ways within his work. His graphic approach to pottery pays homage to the depth of surface found on hi-fired …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Mary Ellen Sisulak, Ellison Bay, WI

Mary Ellen Sisulak attributes the vast and endless woods for making her the artist she is today.  “There is more to nature than just what we see above the ground,” Mary Ellen states. Her art truly reflects those wise words.  Living among the pristine Wisconsin woods for over forty years, Mary Ellen is still captivated by the many mysteries the …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Pat Kroth, Verona, WI

When spending her time outdoors (as she often does), Pat Kroth never knows when her fiber art inspiration will strike. Hiking, biking, and even snowshoeing gives her a new perspective on the world and her craft. The process of “making”—handling and manipulation of materials—is also an important element of her work, and she works and plays with fiber every day. …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Constance W. Collins, Indianapolis, IN

During her childhood, Constance W. Collins was always attracted to patterns and colors in a different way than her peers. While other children drew a dog or house, she was creating patterns. But Constance didn’t find her colorful, pattern-filled weaving passion until years later.  On a warm fall day at Indiana University, Constance’s curiosity was piqued by a friend’s Intro …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Steven Skinner, NW Indiana

Originally a printmaker and painter, Steven Skinner loves working with his hands, which is why he says clay is the perfect medium for him.  Clay allows Steven to work spontaneously with expressive thought and execution. When it comes to finding artistic inspiration, you can continually see Steven drawn to the Windy City. “The city of Chicago is always providing me …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Jeff Miller, Chicago, IL

Jeff Miller finds his artistic inspiration in musical expression. As a former musician, he started making furniture in a friend’s basement as a way to pass the time between gigs. However, woodworking and design provided an escape for Jeff like nothing else could. Jeff’s art makes him feel ‘gloriously alive’. He’s been designing and making furniture for 35 years. Jeff …

2019 ACE Artist Spotlight: Nancy Kubale, North Carolina

Nancy Kubale introduces people to her multi-dimensional clay works through a simple sticker that she puts on all of her packaging. That sticker says: “Because it needs to be said. Because my soul, my bones, my being, say ‘Make the work. Make the work that matters. Put an idea into the world.’” Nancy’s clay artistry didn’t develop until after she …

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 …