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 …

Now Announcing: 35th Annual American Craft Exposition Line Up

150 Fine Craft Artisans to Showcase Works September 20-22 After much anticipation, The American Craft Exposition (ACE) announces the 150 fine craft artists selected to exhibit their work at the annual fall exposition September 20-22 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This year, ACE received more than 400 applications from artists across the country. The names of all 150 invited artists …

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 …

34th Annual American Craft Exposition Raised More Than $550,000 to Support Mental Health Initiatives at NorthShore University HealthSystem

More Than 8,000 People Attended the 3-Day Event at the Chicago Botanic Garden More than 8,000 craft lovers and enthusiasts attended the 34th annual American Craft Exposition (ACE) at the Chicago Botanic Garden, helping to raise more than $550,000 to support mental health initiatives at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), the juried exposition …

Artist Spotlights: Thomas Herman, Michael Mode and Judith Kinghorn

ACE 2018 is this weekend (September 21-23)! Here are three more of this years “must see” craftsmen. Be sure to visit their booths to see their incredible works of art. Thomas Herman Jewelry Since he was a boy, Tom Herman has been an artist. In 1982, he channeled his artistic talents into his new business, Seven Fingers Jewelers, named for his …