Artist Beer's Pottery is always a fun discovery at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market!

Artist Deadline Tonight! April 30, 2016

Artist Chrissie Callejas' Ceramic Figure at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market

Chrissie Callejas, Ceramic Artist

CALL FOR ARTISTS deadline is April 30 at midnight.  Set indoors at the contemporary Raleigh Convention Center in vibrant downtown Raleigh, NC, this well-promoted event draws thousands of art enthusiasts, collectors and shoppers together to enjoy a unique and festive event!  

The Carolina Artisan Craft Market is a trusted resource and popular tradition for the region featuring original handmade work of 130 juried exhibiting artists.  Loyal and new attendees come ready to buy for their homes and the holidays, knowing they can find one-of-a-kind items and unique contemporary craft for everyone on their list.

Artists who are not currently members of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild and are creating in these disciplines are encouraged to apply: glass, ceramics, wood, fibers, metal, leather, basketry, printmaking, photography, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, furniture and jewelry.

2016 marks the 47th year of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s annual November event.

Mixed Media Artist Teresa Merriman

Teresa Merriman, Mixed Media Artist

  • New jury every year; friendly and organized staff and volunteers

  • 6 cash awards

  • Covered load in/load out connected directly to the exhibit hall; complimentary coffee, booth-sitters and artist parking

  • A special Preview Party for donors and sponsors opens the event on Friday and doors open to the public immediately following with live music, cash bar, and an energetic atmosphere for shopping that drives booth traffic and sales

  • CDCG website displays artist profiles, schedules, directions and maps; Facebook (Carolina Designer Craftsmen), Twitter (NCCraftsGuild) and Instagram (CarolinaDesignerCraft) provide additional up-to-date info

  • With 98% of exhibiting artists reporting in 2015, 70% of the artists rated weekend sales “Good” to “Excellent” and 77% of the artists reported their experience “Good” to “Excellent”

Apply Now:

Carolina Artisan Craft Market

Juror Announced for 2016 NC Art Event

Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild announces Charlotte Vestal Wainwright as guest juror, 2016 Carolina Artisan Craft Market!

Charlotte Vestal Wainwright, Ph.D., Hon AIA, founding director of the Gregg
Museum of Art & Design
at North Carolina State University, will serve as guest juror for the emerging and career fine craft artists applying for a spot in the 2016 Carolina Artisan Craft Market to be held November 11 – 13 at the Raleigh Convention Center.Carolina Artisan Craft Market

A rigorous two-step jury selection process attracts emerging and career craft artists who are presenting craft at the highest level.  Artists whose work reflects a mastery of technique and originality of design are encouraged to apply. The first step is a digital review of images and artist statement conducted by Dr. Wainwright. The second step includes an object jury by both Dr. Wainwright and the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild Standards Committee.

During her tenure at the Gregg Museum before retiring in 2009, Dr. Wainwright built a design and decorative arts collection that includes historical and contemporary objects with focuses on American accomplishments and connections abroad. She organized over 50 exhibitions of contemporary American craft, showing ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture, and sculpture. She authored or edited catalogues for the majority of those exhibitions.

Dr. Wainwright was a contributing author to Houghton Mifflin’s The Humanities:  Cultural Roots and Continuities, now in its seventh edition. She was also a contributing author to the prize-winning Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (UNC Press, 1990). More recently she published The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove: The Folk Pottery of a Legendary North Carolina Community (2006, Lark Books). In 2008 Ben Owen III: A Profile appeared in Ceramics: Art and Perception March – May 2008 and in 2009 an essay on ceramicist Lydia Thompson. She has also curated exhibitions for the Collectors of Wood Art, the North Carolina Pottery Center, and Indiana Crafts Annual.

Dr. Wainwright received her B.A. in Modern European History from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now UNC-G, and her Ph.D in the History of Art from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She was elevated to Honorary Membership in the American Institute of Architects in recognition of her publications and her commitment of historic preservation in North Carolina and the region.

2016 marks the 47th year of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s annual November event.  The Carolina Artisan Craft Market is a trusted resource for art collectors and first-time buyers looking for the finest contemporary and traditional craft being made in America. Previously juried and invited Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild Exhibiting Artist Members will participate in the annual event as well.

Hosted by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, a local nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, the 3-day indoor event presents a survey of fine craft artists from across North Carolina and the U.S.  Fine craft artists interested in taking part are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Carolina Artisan Craft.  Applications are now being accepted until midnight, April 30, 2016. Artists may view the event prospectus and submit an application through this link at ZAPPlication.

Key Dates of Call for Artists
Artist Application: now – April 30, 2016
Juror Review: May 1 – May 30, 2016
Artist Invitation to Participate: June 1
Artist Commitment to Participate: August 1

Carolina Artisan Craft Market
Friday, November 11 – Sunday, November 13, 2016
The Raleigh Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C
500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601