Deadline: Aug. 18, 2014 – 2015 NICHE Awards – Call For Entries

NICHE magazine is now accepting applications for the 2015 NICHE Awards, a prestigious juried competition recognizing excellence in fine craft design. Professional and student artists may apply online.

Contest categories include ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood and jewelry arts.  Recently added new categories seek original artist-made holiday ornaments and decorations; objects for the kitchen and for dining; and jewelry made from alternative materials. 

The NICHE Professional Awards are open to professional craft artists over the age of 21 who reside in the U.S. or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craftwork supplied to galleries and/or craft shops. 

The NICHE Student Awards are open to any craft student residing in the U.S. or Canada and attending an undergraduate, graduate or certificate arts program. 

 Judging of entries is based on three main criteria:

*    Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
*    Distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
*    Market viability (professional entries only)

Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards finalist gallery at the American Made Show, January 16-19, 2015, in Washington DC. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony held during the American Made Show and featured in the Spring 2015 issue of NICHE magazine.

Application and entry fee information, rules and guidelines are now available at http://budurl.com/nw83

Fee: $18 to $40
Deadline: August 18, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild MAKERS FEST June 8th in Lancaster, PA

Pennsylvania Guild MAKERS FEST

Sunday June 8, 2014 : 10am-6pm

300 Block of North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Admission: free

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will host the first annual MAKERSfest on the 300 block of N. Queen St. on Sunday, June 8. This brand-new street festival celebrates the beauty of a finished object, as well as the act of making. The Guild invites everyone to come for the day, to start making craft, to acquire a piece from a master craftsman, and revel in the creative expression of music, food, art, craft, and more.

The event features more than 50 craftsmen, live music, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages that focus on the artistry and ingenuity of making. All the craft on display is the inspired work of the craftsmen in the booth, ranging from ceramics to jewelry, handmade clothing, weaving, artisan furniture, functional objects, and more.

Special activities throughout the day include:

  • Silk-screen your own “Lancaster, City of Makers” shirt with Graphic Communications & Printing Technology at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Food Trucks in Building Character courtyard
  • Paint watercolors with Susquehanna Waldorf School
  • 3-D printing demonstrations with Lanco/Berks Makers
  • Fleece to Shawl – shearing to weaving, knitting and spinning with Red Rose 4-H Fiber Artist Club
  • Rare breed sheep with Flying Fibers
  • Chalk up the sidewalk with Lancaster Creative Factory
  • Soldering Zone (ages 10 & up) with Lanco/Berks Makers
  • Live music with River Valley Music Collective
  • Coffee making demonstration with Commonwealth on Queen
  • Print making demonstration with Heritage Press Museum
  • Plein air painting demonstration with Michael Allen
  • Spinning directly from angora rabbit with Ellen Anderson
  • Wine making demonstration with Lancaster Homebrew

“We’re excited to bring the MAKERSFest to Lancaster,” says Sherrie Boyer, executive director. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get their hands on craft–whether as a brand new maker experimenting at one of our demonstration and maker tables, or as an art lover who picks up beautiful handmade works from the many master artisans at our event.”

MAKERSfest is free and open to the public. Hours are Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm, along the 300 block of N. Queen St., Lancaster.

For more info visit the PA Guild of Craftsmen website or call 717-431-8706

Deadline: Sept. 12 – Call for Entry – CraftBoston Spring 2014 and Holiday 2014

CRAFTBOSTON Spring 2014 & CRAFTBOSTON Holiday 2014
CALL FOR ENTRY
Application deadline: September 12th, 2013
Application Fee: $40 to apply to one or both of the 2014 shows

CRAFTBOSTON Spring
April 4-6. 2014
Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St, Boston, MA

CRAFTBOSTON Holiday
December 5-7, 2014
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St., Boston, MA

CRAFTBOSTON
The Society of Arts and Crafts is pleased to announce that applications for Craftboston Spring 2014 and Craftboston Holiday 2014 are now being accepted.

Presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Craftboston Spring and Holiday are New England’s premiere juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft. They are mission-driven events that serve to support excellence in crafts by encouraging the creation, collection, and conservation of the work of craft artists, and by educating and promoting public appreciation of fine craftsmanship. Located at the Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts, Craftboston Spring includes 90 artists. Craftboston Holiday is comprised of over 200 artists and is held at the Hynes Convention Center.

A qualified panel of three jurors is assembled each year to select artists making superlative work in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. There is one application and one deadline to apply to either 2014 show. The deadline for applications is September 12th, 2013.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.craftboston.org or www.juriedartservices.com