Annual Craft Market Returns to Showcase the Best Selection of Fine Craft Made in the U.S.

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Photo by Teresa Merriman, Mixed Media Artis

More Than 100 Master Craft Artisans Will Be Featured
During the Weekend-Long Event

This November, master craft artisans will convene in Raleigh for the annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market – a premier three-day event opening November 11 and representing a showcase of jury-selected artists from North Carolina and across the United States.

Formerly known as the Fine Designer Craft Show, the 2016 Market has established a new home in the heart of Downtown Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center to connect artists and enthusiasts through a love of exceptional artisan craft.

“The Guild has always represented the very best of craft in North Carolina and the surrounding areas,” said Jeff Pender, ceramic artist in Mooresville, NC. “It is an honor and privilege to be able to show my work alongside the high-level of craftsmanship that is required of all members.”

Hosted by local nonprofit the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild (Guild), the 47th Annual Market will feature a diverse mix of craft art including pottery, sculpture, wearable and decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, furniture, leather, basketry, printmaking and mixed media. The diverse representation of artists appeals to every type of craft enthusiast from the established collector to holiday shoppers looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.

“The Carolina Artisan Craft Market celebrates the individuality, uniqueness and innovation expressed by our fine craft artists, and it’s a great opportunity to see and experience the highest caliber of craft,” said Amy Etheridge, Guild Executive Director. “We’re presenting 118 artists from a rigorous jury-selection process to ensure an amazing craft experience. With the Market, you don’t have to travel to New York or D.C. to find creative, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces because they’re available right here in N.C.”

The Guild is dedicated to elevating the craft community by connecting artists and consumers over an appreciation of craft. Attendees will not only have the opportunity to shop amazing, handmade craft pieces; they’ll be able to meet and engage with the artists presenting their craft.

Woodworker Archie Smith of Mt. Pleasant, NC said, “Attending the Market allows shoppers to view the work of many skilled craftsmen while meeting and talking one-on-one. It makes the experience much more meaningful than simply going to a store or gallery and purchasing a piece.”

While attendees browse the finest collection of craft and handmade art, they’ll also enjoy live music and artist demonstrations. The Carolina Artisan Craft Market opens Friday, November 11 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Single-day and weekend passes can be purchased online atcarolinaartisancraft.com.