Lauren Markley, Jeweler in Raleigh, NC creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces utilizing sterling silver, brass, reclaimed wood, thread and painting.

Announcing: Artists in 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market

The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild is thrilled to announce the exhibiting artists for the Carolina Artisan Craft Market. Juried into the event, this year’s lineup represents 113 of the very best craft artists across North Carolina and the United States, including 20 artists who are new to the event. All will bring their fine craft to the Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Raleigh, North Carolina, November 6 – 8, 2015.

Selected works include the following craft disciplines: glass, pottery, wood, basketry, wearable and decorative fiber, metal, leather, photography, printmaking and mixed media, as well as furniture and jewelry.

Victoria Sexton, Clay Sculptor in Greenville, NC, builds original, whimsical, satirical sculptures in rich matte colors - no two are alike!

The 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market welcomes back many returning Exhibiting Artist Members including Instrument Maker Archie Smith, Clay Sculptor Victoria Sexton (image, left), Jewelers Tom Reardon and Kathleen Doyle and Fiber Artist-Designer Michael Kane.  Click here for a preview and the full list of all the 2015 Exhibiting Artists.

Among this year’s exciting additions to the Market are:

Jim and Shirl Parmentier, potters in Mars Hill, North Carolina who design, hand build and carve exquisite sculptural lamps, vessels, vases, boxes and bowls.

Lauren Markley (featured image), studio jeweler in Raleigh, North Carolina creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces utilizing reclaimed wood, sterling silver, brass and thread.

Paul Willsea, glass artist in Naples, New York creates complex, beautifully colored, blown forms that exude both structure and lightnessRon Lentz, Woodworker in VA creates jewelry and valet boxes and humidors from wood with exceptional color and grain, hand finished to a high luster.

Ron Lentz (image, right), woodworker in Midlothian, Virginia creates jewelry and valet boxes and humidors by carefully selecting wood for their color and grain, each neatly appointed with natural suede.

Buy tickets to this year’s Market here: Day Tickets & Weekend Passes

Learn more about the Market here: Carolina Artisan Craft Market

The 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market, hosted by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, is on a new date, in a new location: Nov. 6 - 8 at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh.

New Date, New Location, New Name: Carolina Artisan Craft Market

The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild presents, Carolina Artisan Craft Market!

The 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market, hosted by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, is on a new date, in a new location: Nov. 6 - 8 at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh.Our annual event, the Carolina Artisan Craft Market (formerly known as the Fine Designer Craft Show) will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 6 – 8, 2015 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina!

We’re looking forward to hosting our 46th annual event.  North Carolinians and visitors alike will enjoy the festivities.  Highlighting the best fine craft being made in America today, the Carolina Artisan Craft Market includes a juried marketplace of amazing artists, dynamic artist demonstrations, live music and a premier shopping experience.

For those seeking handmade, one-of-a-kind, unique and collectible gifts, functional and decorative art, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, printmaking, photography, clothing, furniture, photography and more – this is your event.  Shop local and meet the artists, learn about their materials and process, and hear the story behind each piece!

We have a stellar line up of 115 Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild Exhibiting Artist Members and new provisional artists to bring you a diverse collection of the finest craft made in the United States!

Advance tickets are on sale now! To receive the latest event news and special announcements, sign up for our eNewsletter today.  Mark your calendar and we’ll see you the first weekend in November – Friday, Nov. 6, Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8, for our 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market!  #CarolinaCraft15

Photo credit: Brian Gassel

*Date Change for 2015* Countdown to November Event in Raleigh


Mark your calendar November 6 – 8, 2015 for the Carolina Artisan Craft Market at the Raleigh Convention Center!

As many people are welcoming family into their homes, prepping in the kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast, 123 fine craft artists are making their way to the Capitol City for our Thanksgiving Event in Raleigh: the 45th Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show held this weekend at the Expo Center (NC FairgroundsThanksgiving Weekend Event Raleigh includes artist demonstration by Roy Underhill of PBS Woodwright Shop.)

Looking for things to do with family and friends?  Stretch your legs Friday (7pm – 9pm), Saturday (10am – 6pm) and Sunday (11am – 5pm) and join us at our show –  THE place to buy amazing, one-of-a-kind gifts directly from artists across North Carolina and the U.S. And enjoy artist demonstrations including Roy Underhill, host of the PBS series The Woodwright’s Shop, and live music too!

Shop local and support small business (every independent artist is a small business!) during this gift-giving season.  And, you get to support an innovative nonprofit organization that is making sure the skills of craft artists are recognized and kept alive for the next generation!
Discover Handmade with the Caroline Designer Craftsmen at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market, Nov 6-8, 2015 in downtown Raleigh, NC at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Shiny Happy Website

Thrilling Website Re-design by Julie Holmes Design!

We hope you will find our new fresh website designed by Julie Holmes engaging and easy to navigate.  Look for your favorite Exhibiting Artist Member and discover new artists exhibiting at our 45th Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show in Raleigh Thanksgiving weekend.  You can search by name or medium.

There are details about the artist demonstrations we’ve planned including wood carving on Saturday, November 29 by Roy Underhill of the PBS Series The Woodwright’s Shop and founder of The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro.  On Sunday, November 30 it’s a Jewelry-a-Palooza with demonstrations by Janet Harriman of Beaufort, Ginger Meek Allen of Wake Forest and Ben Dyer of Hillsborough!

Take a spin through our website and let us know what you think.  We’d love to hear from you.

See you at the show,