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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. For glass art, be sure to visit our CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS guide.


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GALLERIES SPECIALIZING IN CRAFTS
Appalachian Craft Center - Asheville, NC
Appalachian Spring - Rockville, MD
Ariel Gallery - Asheville, NC
108 Contemporary - Tulsa, OK
Artifacts Gallery - Indianapolis, IN
Craft Company No. 6 - Rochester, NY
Gallery of Functional Art - Santa Monica, CA
Ferrin Contemporary - North Adams, MA
Firebox Studios - Santa Fe, NM
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
The Real Mother Goose - Portland, OR
Topeo Gallery - New Hope, PA
Vale Craft Gallery - Chicago, IL

GALLERIES SPECIALIZING IN ARTISTIC JEWELRY
Ornamentum - Hudson, NY



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 Contemporary - Los Angeles, CA
Cranbrook Art Museum - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA
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
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum - La Conner, WA
Renwick Gallery / Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC.



NATIONAL CRAFT ORGANIZATIONS
American Craft Council
The American Ceramics Society
CERF + The Artists Safety Net
NCECA - National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

REGIONAL CRAFT ORGANIZATIONS
American Assoc. of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art - St. Paul, MN
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship - Rockport, ME
The Dairy Barn Cultural Art Center - Athens, OH
Fire Arts, Inc. - South Bend, IN
Florida CraftArt - St. Petersburg, FL
Frog Hollow - Burlington, VT
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - Deer Isle, ME
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft - Houston, TX
Kentucky Folk Art Center - Morehead State University, KY
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen - Concord, NH
Southern Highland Craft Guild - Asheville, NC
Southwest School of Art & Crafts - San Antonio, TX
Tennessee Craft - Nashville, TN
Vermont Crafts Council - Montpelier, VT



BOOKS ON AMERICAN CRAFTS
For the most recent books check with a local bookstores or one of the ART BOOKSTORES around the country. POWELL'S BOOKS in Portland, OR is a very good source for new and used art books. Your local library can also be used as a resource for research and discovering art books.



MAGAZINES ABOUT CRAFTS AND ART
American Craft
Ceramics Monthly
Clay Times
Quilting Arts Magazine
Art In America
ARTnews
Art & Antiques
Southwest Art



BLOGS AND ONLINE CRAFT NEWS
If you know of any please let us know.


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Artwork by Amber Marshall available from Ariel Gallery in Asheville, NC, 061119

Amber Marshall
Available from
Ariel Gallery
Asheville, NC




Artwork by Jamie Harris available from Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, MO, 022321

Jamie Harris
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Duane Reed Gallery
St. Louis, MO




Ceramic with glaze by George Rodriguez available from Foster White Gallery in Seattle, WA, 022421

George Rodriguez
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Foster White Gallery
Seattle, WA




Art Glass by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg available from the Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC1, 022321

Philip Baldwin &
Monica Guggisberg
Available from
Bender Gallery
Asheville, NC




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Peter Pincus
Available from
Ferrin Contemporary
North Adams, MA



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