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