Surround yourself with the beauty of handmade craft while you soak in the autumn foliage of Rittenhouse Square. The inaugural autumn complement to the Guild’s spring Fine Craft Fair at the prestigious Rittenhouse Square will bring more than 140 craftsmen to downtown Philadelphia, October 11, 12, and 13.
During the three-day event, patrons can peruse original works of hand-crafted jewelry, contemporary furniture, functional and decorative pottery, designer clothing, fine porcelain, blown glass, and more. Craftsmen are jury-selected into the show, ensuring that craft lovers and collectors find products that embody precise craftsmanship, creative design, and unique style.
Philadelphia potter Jerry Bennett exemplifies these three qualities. An expert in the use of paperclay, Bennett’s ethereal pottery is carefully formed, thoughtfully embellished, and elegantly glazed. His designs and construction are highly contemporary, but draws inspiration from traditional techniques such as pit-firing.
“Buying fine craft gives you the opportunity to express your own handmade style with something unique,” says Sherrie Boyer, executive director. “And it also gives you the opportunity to talk directly to the craftsmen who made it. It’s a gift to be able to wake up under a quilt made by someone you know, or sit down on a bench that was created just for you.”
The fine craft fair is open Friday, October 11 from 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday, October 12 from 11 am – 7 pm, and Sunday, October 13 from 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. More details at www.pacrafts.org/october.