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COLLECTING AMERICAN CRAFTS

American arts and crafts encompass a wide range of materials and mediums ranging from American "primitive" paintings to textiles and woodworking. Hand blown glass, for example, is an especially popular medium in recent years and is enjoying an explosion of interest among collectors and museums around the country. Aficionados can not only find it in galleries but can visit studios where it is produced for the enjoyment of visitors. Woodworking is a popular source of art and furniture items alike. Handcrafted items from exotic woods can be not only beautiful but practical furnishings for collectors. Handcrafted jewelry affords unique and beautiful pieces for gift givers and wearers alike. Fiber arts encompass a wide variety of mediums from custom clothing design to traditional quilts and lace making. Other forms of crafts include leather work and ceramics. Traditional American Indian art includes baskets, masks, Kachina dolls and blankets. Beginners should take care that such items are authentic and not imitations made here or abroad.

Our online resource about collecting American Crafts. Includes articles and information on how to collect crafts. Our focus is primarily on American Crafts like Ceramics and Pottery, Fiber Art, Quilts, Wood and Metal Arts. We've identified and listed some of the top art galleries specializing in American Crafts. You will also find Craft museums, Craft magazines and Books about Crafts featured. Many wonderful crafts can be purchased at the galleries listed below or from Arts & Crafts fairs. If you're interested in glass art, be sure to visit our Contemporary Art Glass page.
 

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Galleries Specializing in Crafts:
Ariel Gallery - Asheville, NC
108 Contemporary - Tulsa, OK
Armstrong's Gallery - Pomona, CA
The Art Project - Bainbridge Island, WA
Art & Soul Gallery - Boulder, CO
Artifacts Gallery - Indianapolis, IN
Craft Company No. 6 - Rochester, NY
de novo - Palo Alto, CA
Gallery of Functional Art - Santa Monica, CA
Handworks Gallery - Acton, MA
Ironwood Gallery - Ridgefield, CT
Mobilia Gallery - Cambridge, MA
Nashua Fine Craft Gallery - Nashua, NH
North Conway Fine Craft Gallery - North Conway, NH
Palette Contemporary Art & Craft - Albuquerque, NM
The Pink Llama - Cedarburg, WI
RASberry's & RAKU - Yountville, CA
The Real Mother Goose - Portland, OR
Santa Fe Clay - Santa Fe, NM
Topeo Gallery - New Hope, PA
Vale Craft Gallery - Chicago, IL

 

Articles about Collecting American Crafts
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Craft Museums and Museums Specializing in Crafts
American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA)
Bellevue Arts Museum - Bellevue, WA
Craft and Folk Art Museum - Los Angeles, CA
Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum - La Conner, WA
Museum of Arts & Design - New York, NY
The National Quilt Museum - Paducah, KY
New England Quilt Museum - Lowell, MA
The Ohio Craft Museum - Columbus, OH

 

Books on American Crafts
For the most recent books check with one of your local bookstores or one of the art bookstore around the country. Your local library could also be a good source for art and photography books. Amazon is also a good source.

 

Magazines about Crafts and Art
American Craft
Ceramics Monthly
Clay Times
Quilting Arts Magazine
Art In America
ARTnews
Art & Antiques
Southwest Art

 

Craft Resources and Art Organizations
American Craft Council
The American Ceramics Society
CERF + The Artists Safety Net
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
The Dairy Barn Cultural Art Center
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southwest School of Art & Crafts

 

Regional Non-Profit Craft Organizations
American Assoc. of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art (St. Paul, MN)
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport, ME)
Fire Arts, Inc. (South Bend, IN)
Florida CraftArt - (St. Petersburg, FL)
Frog Hollow (Burlington, VT)
Kentucky Folk Art Center (Morehead State University)
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (Concord, NH)
Tennessee Craft (Nashville, TN)
Vermont Crafts Council (Montpelier, VT)
 

Blogs and Online Craft News
If you know of any please let us know.
 

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