We take great pride in awarding markers of excellence each year to fine craft artists showing mastery of technique and originality of design. Below is a description of each award and the recent recipients of these awards.
Craftsmen Choice Award
Exhibiting Artists at the annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market select the artist who has consistently shown quality craftsmanship. $200 award.
Paveen “Beer” Chunhaswasdikul, 2018
Erica Stankwytch Bailey, 2017
Kevin Duval, 2016
Marti Mocahbee; Lisa Oakley, 2015
Amy Flynn; Michael Costello; Sasha Bakaric, 2014
Andy Smith, 2013
Archie Smith, Sasha Bakaric, 2012
Alan Bennett, 2011
Cedar Creek Gallery Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence is presented by Cedar Creek Gallery as the mark of excellent work deserving of special recognition. $250 award.
Jan Gregg Award
In 2005, the first Jan Gregg Award was presented to Jan in honor of her commitment to craft and her service to the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Board of Directors for 36 years. Jan’s dedication and efforts to realize a guild organized by craft artists and for craft artists is greatly appreciated. $150 award.
Dino Read Foundation Award
This award is presented in memory of and to support and nurture artistic education and achievement in keeping with the joyous creativity and artistic spirit of Dino Read. $1,000 award.
The Don H. Johnson Award, Presented by Creative Metalsmiths
This award was created in honor of Don H. Johnson – whose life was spent in the pursuit of the magic and alchemy of “making”. Don began his exploration in art and the creative process through music and poetry. It was his joy and passion to explore, discover, share and encourage others.
Therefore this award is open to all disciplines of art by the exhibiting artist members of CDCG participating in the show; an organization Don loved and believed in. It is our hope that this will allow others a unique opportunity to further the pursuit of their own passion and self-exploration! This $1,000 award, presented by Creative Metalsmiths, must be used for an educational quest.