I had so much fun at Craft Boston Spring last weekend, although my friend and I were pretty worn out by the end. But we learned never to skip the last few booths; one of our favorite artists was down there and we were so glad we got a chance to see her! Craft Boston is one of my favorite events of the year--it’s so inspiring to see new work in different mediums and chat with other metalsmiths.
I collect artists’ postcards that catch my eye and put my favorites up on the wall above my desk. I may not be able to afford all the real art, but the cards are free and they’re always ready to lift my spirits, remind me to reach for my goals, or give me a new idea. (And hey...maybe someday, right?) I have ceramics, furniture, quilting, glass, basketry, painting, and of course, metalwork. There’s some photos thrown in, and even an actual watercolor painting of a crow by Ivan Rasmussen.
There were over 500 booths at the show and if I told you about everything I swooned over, I’d have to write a book, so I’ll just tell you about a few of the artists that I visited at Craft Boston and are now featured on my wall.
Rob Cartelliis a Vermonter specializing in functional tableware in porcelain and stoneware. I love the clean forms, subtle colors, and the clearly hand-drawn lines in his glazes. However, my favorite part was the surprise illustrations on the bottoms of pieces or inside lids. I opened a sugar bowl, and there was a little umbrella!
I also fell in love with the work of Duncan Gowdy, who combines so many of my favorite things in his work: simple but well-crafted Arts and Crafts style furniture, images of the New England landscape, the aesthetic of Japanese prints, beautiful wood accented with rich stains. Using light colored maple, ash, poplar, and oak to form the structure and “canvas” of a piece, he carves soulful images based on his own photographs and applies stains that bring out the delicate intricacies of the design.
Photos: Dean Powell
Always a favorite is the work of my friend Andrea Williams of Bound Earth Jewelry Design. With a strong commitment to ethical and eco-conscious jewelry and stunningly beautiful work, Andrea is truly inspirational. She shares my love of Maine, having grown up there, and uses beach stones in most of her work. The stones are inlaid with reclaimed silver and gold, lab grown gems, and venetian glass. Her pieces often depict a scene or evoke a place.
Photos: Mark Craig
And of course, I was thrilled to have a piece in the Metalwerx Showcase! Metalwerx is a non-profit school and community studio for metalsmithing. There are so many talented people there and I was honored to have my shadowbox pendant in such wonderful company. The variety of work was amazing!
I'd love to hear about the artists you find inspiring and why!