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

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The Guild’s Executive Director Amy Etheridge will take you on a visual tour of this grassroots nonprofit art organization founded by a group of dynamic artists in 1970!  The Guild’s vision is to be a community of artisans advancing fine craft as an art form and creating opportunity for economic prosperity.  From potters, sculptors, and glass blowers to fiber artists and furniture makers, the pursuit of design, form, function and beauty will on display.

Interested in becoming an Exhibiting Artist Member of the Guild?  Learn more about how to apply by clicking here:  Call for Artists.

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Carolina Artisan Craft Market

Call for Artists!

Call for Artists!

Carolina Artisan Craft MarketThe Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 1970 has hosted a profitable marketplace for the finest contemporary craft being made in the U.S.

Emerging and career fine craft artists who are creating work that reflects a mastery of technique and originality of design in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: glass, ceramics, wood, both wearable and decorative fibers, metal, leather, basketry, printmaking, photography and 2-D and 3-D mixed media, as well as one-of-a-kind handmade furniture and both precious and semi-precious jewelry.  Applications accepted until midnight on April 30, 2016.

Read our call for artists and submit your fine craft artist application
by clicking here:

CDCG prospectus at

Our 47th annual indoor show this November provides a premier showcase for CDCG Exhibiting Artist Members and provisional artists in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.  The Carolina Artisan Craft Market is a trusted resource for art collectors and first-time buyers looking for unique handmade craft!

Carolina Artisan Craft Market
November 11 – 13, 2016
Raleigh Convention Center


  • Media partnerships with social media, radio, television and regional weekly newspapers
  • Strong and affluent region that draws attendees from multiple counties across North Carolina
  • Known for high-quality juried artists and qualified attendees (approx. 5000+)
  • Covered load in/load out with 9 loading docks connected directly to the exhibit hall with early set up available on Thursday
  • Friendly, organized and supportive staff and volunteers
  • displays artist profiles, schedules, directions & maps, and supporting membership information; Facebook (Carolina Designer Craftsmen), Twitter (NC Crafts Guild) and Instagram (CarolinaDesignerCraft) accounts provide additional up-to-date promotions and images.
  • Indoor contemporary venue provides a climate controlled festive shopping experience
  • 6 merit awards with cash prizes totaling $2,950
  • With 98% of exhibiting artists reporting in 2015, 70% of the artists rated weekend sales “Good” to “Excellent” while 77% of the artists reported their experience “Good” to “Excellent”