Victoria Primicias, mixed media artist in Wake Forest, NC, creates encaustic paintings using a mixture of beeswax, damar tree resin and colored pigment.

5 Facts About the Carolina Artisan Craft Market

Nancy Ryall Jeweler in Oxford, NC, creates jewelry from sterling silver and 14k gold with highly polished surfaces, contrasting textures and finishes.

Nancy Ryall, Jeweler

CAROLINA ARTISAN CRAFT MARKET is the annual show and marketplace for fine craft being designed and created in the US today.  Hosted by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, this 46th annual event will take place in the Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall B this weekend, November 6 – 8, 2015.

Here’s an overview of what you need to know in five quick facts about the Carolina Artisan Craft Market.

1. Expect to see a lot of fine craft, both functional and decorative—and variety of media represented. The Market features artists presenting an eclectic body of art with a variety of media represented including: glass, pottery, wood, basketry, wearable and decorative fiber, metal, leather, photography, printmaking and mixed media, as well as furniture and jewelry.

As you enjoy the Market, you’ll find something different in each artist’s booth.  If you are looking for unique and collectible gifts with a story, the Carolina Artisan Craft Market is your event!

2. The Market represents the finest craft being made in America today. More than 110 artists from across North Carolina and the U.S. will converge in Raleigh for this annual juried show and market.

Professionals like Woodworker and Instrument Maker Archie Smith and Jeweler Klaus Spies were chosen this year to present their work in the Smithsonian Art Museum Craft Show.

James Barnes, woodworker in Woolwine, Virginia, creates turned wood vessels with inlay and metal to design original, one-of-a-kind wood cloisonné sculpture.

James Barnes, Woodworker

What sets the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild apart? 2015 Juror Linda Johnson Dougherty says, “The consistently high level of quality—both in craftsmanship and aesthetic design.”  From our master fine craft artists to those who are emerging on the scene, at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market you’ll find artists whose knowledge of materials intersects with creative and experimental techniques along with traditional craft and design foundations.

3. There’s a stellar live music line up too!

Opening Night features Ed Stephenson, with an extensive guitar repertoire, along with percussionist Cat Albanese.  Saturday morning The Thomas Taylor Trio performs jazz and popular tunes, followed by Gene Bario Duo with Cort Stewart. Sunday you’ll enjoy rock and roll, blues, New Orleans, pop and R & B from the Big Chief Trio!
Learn more about our Live Music Schedule.

4. This is the start of a new cultural tradition in downtown Raleigh – fine craft, artist demonstrations and live music. Since 1970 the Guild has contributed to Raleigh’s flourishing reputation as The Southern Capital of Arts and Culture.  Leading in the promotion of outstanding design and craftsmanship, education and appreciation of fine craft, the Guild has hosted this annual event in Raleigh for 45 years – supporting career artists and making a local investment in our community.

Miriam Carter Fiber Artist and Felt Maker in NH creates handmade clothing and hats using fine wool fiber and yard, silk and cotton fabrics.

Miriam Carter, Fiber Artist

In it’s 46th year, the Guild brings its prestigious juried designer craft show and marketplace to downtown Raleigh. The arts industry and creative class continue to grow in Raleigh – lead by a vibrant artist community – and the Guild is contributing with this cherished event.

5. Here are the details for attending the event:
Price: $7 for a single day ticket, $10 for a weekend pass, and free for kids age 15 and under with a paid adult accompanying. Get tickets here for the Carolina Artisan Craft Market.
Hours: Fri, 5PM – 10PM, Sat, 10AM – 6PM, and Sun, 11AM – 5PM.
Venue: Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Join us Monday, October 19 at Crank Arm Brewery to connect over two things to love: craft art and craft beer. Craft artists featured at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market will be on hand to talk about their art and share their creative process. Sip local brews and get a sneak peek of the Carolina Artisan Craft Market coming to Downtown Raleigh November 6-8.

You’re Invited to Craft + Beer

Join us Monday, October 19 to connect over two things to love: craft art and craft beer.

We’re joining the local networking groups to co-host Craft + Beer celebrating art, creativity and beer!  Artists featured at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market will be on hand to talk about their art and share their creative process.Tai Kim, Jeweler inspired by nature, creates jewelry using oxidized silver, overlaid with platinum or 24k gold with a subtle texture and diffused color.

Sip local brews and get a sneak peek of the Carolina Artisan Craft Market coming to Downtown Raleigh November 6-8. Enjoy door prizes, discounted tickets AND meet a few of the artists featured at the Market.

What: Craft + Beer

Who: Organized by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild

Where: Crank Arm Brewing Company, 319 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

When: Monday, October 19 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

RSVP: craftplusbeer.eventbrite.com

Craft + Beer is co-hosted by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, YNPN Triangle, Raleigh Nonprofit Communicators, the Create Good Conference, Triangle Emerging Art Leaders (TEAL), and the Triangle Fused and Blown Glass Meet-up Group.

The Carolina Artisan Craft Market is Raleigh’s premier indoor art event hosting more than 110 artists from across North Carolina and the U.S. Spend a weekend browsing through handmade, one-of-a-kind works. Join the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild in our new home at the Raleigh Convention Center Nov. 6-8 for a weekend of fine craft art, live music, artist demonstrations and much more. Learn more – CarolinaArtisanCraft.com

Carolina Artisan Craft Market, Nov. 6-8, 2015 at the Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall, downtown Raleigh, NC, presented by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild

Want to Volunteer? Carolina Artisan Craft Market

Now Recruiting Volunteers for the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market!

Volunteer Opportunities for the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s Annual Event

If you are interested being a volunteer and helping us with our Carolina Artisan Craft Market, please complete our volunteer form today by clicking here: Volunteer Form: 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market.Join in the fun and volunteer at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market Nov. 6-8, 2015 in downtown Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center.

We have behind-the-scenes and front line opportunities available!  Help our Exhibiting Artists load-in and set-up the afternoon and evening of Thursday, Nov. 5 and the morning of Friday, Nov. 6.  Bring your high energy and good vibes and help by being a ticket taker, customer service provider or booth sitter throughout the weekend.  Need a Sunday afternoon workout? Volunteer to help our Exhibiting Artists break-down their booths and load out!

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!

Volunteer today and help us put on a dynamic event
highlighting the best fine craft being made in America!

The Carolina Artisan Craft Market includes a juried marketplace of 115 amazing artists, dynamic artist demonstrationslive music and a premier shopping experience.

Want to attend the Carolina Artisan Craft Market?  Advance tickets are on sale now! We hope to 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

Meet the Juror: Linda Johnson Dougherty

Carolina Artisan Craft Market: 2015 Juror, Linda Johnson Dougherty

Linda Johnson Dougherty, Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art served as juror for the fine craft artists applying for a spot in the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market.  Twenty Provisional Exhibiting Artists will join existing Exhibiting Artist Members of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild for this festive shopping event held November 6 – 8 in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

(Feature image: Andy Kearney, furniture maker and provisional exhibiting artist, chosen by the juror for the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market.)

Jim and Shirl Parmentier, potters in Mars Hill, North Carolina, create one-of-a-kind hand built and carved lamps and other functional pieces.
Jim and Shirl Parmentier, potters and provisional exhibiting artists, chosen by the juror for the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market

What’s the most rewarding or challenging aspect of serving as juror?

Jurying a show like this gives me the opportunity to see the diverse range of work being made by artists working in a wide variety of media, that otherwise I would not have a chance to see.  The most challenging aspect is trying to judge an artist’s work from just a few digital images and trying to imagine what the work is truly like in person, especially with 3-D works. 

What sets the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild apart?

The consistently high level of quality—both in craftsmanship and aesthetic design—of all the submissions.

What do you look for when selecting artists for the Carolina Artisan Craft Market?

I’m looking for artists whose knowledge of materials intersects with creative and experimental techniques, and who are challenging conventional notions of craft and design.

Michael Mikula, Glass Artist from Cleveland, OH, creates architectural blown glass and metal sculptures inspired by urban energy and built environment.

Michael Mikula, glass artist and provisional exhibiting artist juried into the 2015 Carolina Artisan Craft Market

What craft trends have you seen emerging among this year’s applicants?

An interest in exploring a wide range of materials; an incorporation of historical or established techniques along with more experimental and contemporary methods.

 

Linda is currently organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and developing artists’ projects for the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Museum Park. Prior to joining the staff at the North Carolina Museum of Art, she co-directed the public art program for the state of North Carolina for several years, and was a curator at The Phillips Collection, a research associate at the National Gallery of Art, and a research assistant at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. She has a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University and an MA in Art History from Williams College.