The American Craft Show returns March 16-18 to the Cobb Galleria Centre, where more than 230 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists will present their latest handmade creations in furniture, home decor, clothing and jewelry. Some of the most popular specialty programs and interactive areas are back. Top designers and stylists participating in Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft and Style Slam put craft into context for attendees using furnished vignettes and styled models. The Hip Pop program incubates artists new to the show, while another popular segment, Let’s Make, inspires adults and children to produce and sample crafts and edibles. Tickets can be purchased online at CraftCouncil.org/atlanta and Lifestyle Publications readers can find a special $5 ticket price Friday evening after 5 p.m.

Marietta artist Jack Anderson is a four-time exhibitor at the largest juried craft show in the Southeast. He has developed a large following for his hand-carved, functional and decorative wooden bowls. Anderson notes that the juried show is difficult to gain admittance to (he wasn’t accepted the first year he applied) and is honored to be part of the “strictly fine craft” exhibited there. Anderson’s technique involves “digging out” rather than “turning,” making each “uniquely imperfect.”

Born in small town Alabama during the Great Depression, Bill Moore attended school in the Midwest. His first exposure to woodworking was in 7th grade industrial arts class and was his last formal training in woodworking until he took a course in woodturning in 2009 in his 70s. Wood has always fascinated Moore; he enjoys visualizing something and then creating it. Often working with old or reclaimed wood, including tables like the one below, self-described late bloomer Moore is a favorite of show attendees. Some say, “If you can describe what you want or show Bill a picture of it, he can build it.” 

Meet both of these talented local artists and others at the American Craft Show. CraftCouncil.org/Atlanta