American Craft Council Show’s 30th Anniversary
March 2019 marks the 30th consecutive year that the American Craft Council (ACC) has presented its beloved Craft Show in Atlanta, which again will feature more than 230 fine craft artisans from across the U.S., including 30 from Georgia. As the largest juried fine craft show in the Southeast, the American Craft Show has long demonstrated how artisan craft fits into everyday life, from fashion to furnishings. The 2019 show, at the Cobb Galleria Centre March 15-17, will emphasize the art of slow, careful craft making in a variety of genres with its popular, interactive Let’s Make inspiration stations.
The Let’s Make program is a fun-for-all-ages feature that includes Atlanta and regional craft organizations and small slow-batch beverage, food and skin care companies that interact with show guests. Mudfire Studio & Gallery, Rev Coffee, Dirty Beauty, the Georgia Association of Woodturners, the Silver River Center for Chair Caning, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and others will feature demonstrations and tastings.
“Our goal at the Council is to bring the best fine craft being made in America to Atlanta,” says Pamela Diamond, ACC’s director of marketing and communications. “At the same time, our mission includes the promotion and continuation of the art of both functional and decorative handmade objects, and instilling in our patrons a personal connection to the artisans who make it.”
Diamond continues, “the Atlanta show draws many of our audience’s favorite artists to return for multiple years. One of those is Judy Robkin.”
Robkin, who lives in Sandy Springs, says “I’ve always loved Atlanta, and am glad that it’s my hometown. It gives me the chance to express myself creatively to a wide variety of people.”
Robkin also lived in Israel for more than eight years, where she was a teacher, and started the first bookstore/coffee shop there. She moved into figurative clay art in the past several years.
“I fell into this figurative world by accident. I had never formed a face before and didn’t know I could do it. While on a trip to Croatia, I took a picture of an elderly woman. My husband told her she was so beautiful and she blushed like a 14 year old, and I knew that if I could capture that kind of expression, it would be the perfect thing. It was way out of my comfort zone; it was just serendipity.”
She goes on to say that “part of what I love about this story is that this woman, who I saw for only two or three minutes, has given me a new direction in life and a new way to see and meet people. She has no idea how she has enriched my life, but we don’t have any idea what we may have done for others and what impact we might have on them. My work is not only fulfilling creatively, but a great way to make wonderful connections and interesting friends.”
Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the Show; $5 after 5 pm Friday night (onsite only).
Show hours are Friday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and, Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.