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Crafty Tales

Authors share their experiences on the making of landmark tome.

While the history of studio craft in the U.S has been documented, it has often ended up as a footnote, a chapter in a volume on art history.

With the publication of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (UNC Press, 2010), the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design advances recognition of Craft with a capital “C” as its own distinct discipline. The first textbook to be published on the subject, Makers traces the evolution of craft in the U.S from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the 20th century.

“Craft is not a neat package with defined edges,” authors Jan Koplos and Bruce Metcalf explain. “It overlaps with design, fashion, art and industrial and folk practices.” Because of these fuzzy boundaries, academics needed a clear, comprehensive text for teaching about craft at a college level, says the Center’s Executive Director Stephanie Moore. Makers met the challenge and has already been honored as an outstanding textbook and nearly sold out its first print run. With over 500 pages and 400 color images, the book is rich with imagery as well as enlightening.

Meet the Authors
Co-authors Jan Koplos and Bruce Metcalf will speak about Makers: A History of American Studio Craft on Tuesday, October 9, at 7pm.
UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center,
Manheimer Room.
A book signing will follow.

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