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American Craft Magazine
From the FCN Admin:
This is the "bible" of contemporary craft in the US today. Published 6 times per year, by the American Craft Council, American Craft magazine celebrates the excellence of contemporary craft, focusing on masterful achievements in the craft media---clay, fiber, metal, glass, wood and other materials---with the goal to create intellectual and visual interest for the reader on today's craft. Artist profiles and exhibition reviews are the principal features in each issue, complemented with a medley of editorial sections that include a "Craft World" news roundup, reviews in "Books," a pictorial "Gallery" of exhibitions across the country, short reviews of solo shows in "Focus," a "Portfolio" of rising talent, and reports of "Commissions" to artists and "Acquisitions" of their work into museum or institutional collections. A nationwide "Calendar" and news about the American Craft Council are part of every issue. Galleries are major advertisers in the magazine, creating a vivid picture of the craft marketplace. Leading education centers also advertise in American Craft.

 

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American Style Magazine

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American Style is the full color lifestyle magazine for collectors of contemporary fine craft, functional art and hand crafted furniture. American Style also explores the art of living creatively inside collector's homes with sculpture and functional art, studio art glass, designer furniture, functional pottery, handmade rugs, unique baskets, fine jewelry, kaleidoscopes and more. Meet top artists, travel to exciting arts destinations and events and find artful dining and lifestyle experiences inside the pages of American Style.

 

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"Skilled Work"
by Kenneth Trapp
104 color plates, 20 duotone photos

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The curator of Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery set out in 1972 to establish craft as a form equal to painting and sculpture to heighten public appreciation of objects made of metal, fiber, wood, clay and glass. "Skilled Work" celebrates the work of modern crafts, highlighting the works of renowned artists. .
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Skilled Work: Bravo!, September 28, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Boston, MA
This is an exceptionally beautiful book, with fabulous color photographs of the handiwork of American artisans. All different types of crafts are represented: weaving, glasswork, metalwork, and more. The book is very well written and designed. If you are at all interested in American crafts, this book is a must!

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"The Art of Craft"

by Timothy Anglin Burgard

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The evolution of the contemporary crafts movement is one of the outstanding art world developments of the latter half of the twentieth century. In this sumptuous book, with more than 200 stunning color photographs especially created for this publication, the best of contemporary crafts is celebrated, with sections on glass, ceramic, wood, fiber, and metal. Drawn from the unparalleled collection of Dorothy and George Saxe-widely acclaimed as one of the premier collections of contemporary crafts in the United States-the objects pictured form a glorious survey of this exciting and innovative field

Almost as good as being there, March 3, 2000
Reviewer: Stephen Holmes from Melbourne, Australia
A fine book with excellent production values and fine photography. It will be a great momento of my visit and comfort me to know that there are great people who support artists and help keep the barbarians from the gate!


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"Objects for Use: Handmade by Design "

by Paul J. Smith


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From Publishers Weekly
Master knife makers, wood craftsmen, basket makers, ceramics and textiles designers, glassblowers, surfboard and dogsled makers, metalsmiths and a host of other artisans have their day in Objects for Use: Handmade by Design, edited by Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of the American Craft Museum...

PAUL SMITH REALLY "GETS IT", September 24, 2001
Reviewer: DOUG ANDERSON (see more about me) from Palm Beach, Florida USA
Paul Smith really "gets it" and you should run out and buy this book immediately.......wait a minute, you don't have to do that anymore, it's "1-click" away. Stop reading. Buy it now.

"Objects for Use, Handmade by Design" provides a quick, gorgeous overview of what is best about the field of American Craft. From things for the top of the table to the table itself. From a music stand to a Steinway piano encased by Wendell Castle. From a gorgeous kyack to a surfboard. Well crafted, beautifully designed objects for use. Paul Smith was the man who put the American Craft Museum on the map...the man who made it relevant....and he's done it again.

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FURNITURE


The Heart of the Functional Arts (Furniture Studio, Book 1)

by John Kelsey, Rick Mastelli (Editor)
Softcover: 144 pages


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From Library Journal
Woodworking writers (and Furniture Society members) Kelsey and Mastelli offer here a mix of the cultural, philosophical, historical, and practical issues of creative furniture design. Their large-format, glossy, lavishly illustrated (in color) book highlights everything from individual craftspeople to the art of collecting, and more--everything, that is, except technical issues, which are virtually ignored. The interplay of patron and artisan is also a major theme. Topics are covered in 14 articles; examples of creative furniture design are displayed throughout the book as well as in three stand-alone, gallery-like chapters. And even though the essays don't refer back to each other, the patchwork of chapters makes for an interesting whole.

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No one will say that furniture is ordinary after seeing this exciting collection of writings and photos that features contemporary studio furniture. Today the art and craft of making fine furniture has grown and regained its place at the heart of the functional arts. This richly layered anthology of provocative essays, inquisitive articles, and stunning images portrays contemporary studio furniture at its very best. You'll learn about designing, making, and living with studio furniture, as well as how to buy pieces that will enhance your home.*

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Tradition n Contemporary Furniture (Furniture Studio, Book 2)

by John Kelsey, Rick Mastelli (Editor)
Softcover: 144 pages

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From Library Journal
Woodworking writers (and Furniture Society members) Kelsey and Mastelli offer here a mix of the cultural, philosophical, historical, and practical issues of creative furniture design. Their large-format, glossy, lavishly illustrated (in color) book highlights everything from individual craftspeople to the art of collecting, and more--everything, that is, except technical issues, which are virtually ignored. The interplay of patron and artisan is also a major theme. Topics are covered in 14 articles; examples of creative furniture design are displayed throughout the book as well as in three stand-alone, gallery-like chapters. And even though the essays don't refer back to each other, the patchwork of chapters makes for an interesting whole.


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The Furniture of Sam Maloof

by Jeremy Adamson, Sam Maloof et al
Hardcover: 272 pages


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Book Description
An exploration of the life and work of America's most distinguished craftsman. Sam Maloof (born 1916) is revered for both the beauty and the integrity of his furniture and his pioneering role in the American craft movement. The ravishing examples in this book trace Maloof's remarkable career in woodworking from his humble beginnings to his position today as America's most celebrated furniture designer and craftsman. 200 color illustrations.

Work of a genius, October 23, 2001
Reviewer: Ramaswamy Hari from San Jose, CA United States
When I started woodworking as a hobby about 11 years ago one of the books I first came across in a library was "Sam Maloof". I consider Sam Maloof to be a genius. When I heard that there is a new book out about Sam Maloof I couldn't wait to get a hold of it. The book "The Furniture of Sam Maloof" is a very nice and detailed life story of the woodworking genius and (my guru) with a lot of details about his excellant work. This book is so precious to me that I wont even let anybody in my family put a fingerprint on it. I could easily say that no other person has made such a profound impression on me than Sam Maloof.

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Sam Maloof: Woodworker

by Sam Maloof et al
paperback: 223 pages

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From Book News, Inc.
A paper reprint of the 1983 edition with the same high quality color and b&w photos that distinguished the exquisite original.

The New York Times
"... handles prose with the same clear, natural manner with which he applies a chisel to a walnut board."

Most excellent book. A must have for any woodworker!, November 23, 1998
Reviewer: riftsawn@yahoo.com from Cerritos, California
Sam Maloof is a world treasure. His book reflects his passion and skill as a master. Sam's book is not written in a pompous manor but in a matter of fact point of view. Sam shares his life with us and puts it on paper... Reading this book, you will learn something about philosophy, Spirituality and some woodworking along the way

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With Wakened Hands: Furniture by James Krenov & Students


by James Krenov et al
Hardcover: 125 pages

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From Library Journal
Most woodworking books show one how to make things. Krenov's, on the other hand, suggests why someone should make them. This title, featuring work by both Krenov and his students at the College of the Redwoods, illustrates his philosophy of design and craft without being bogged down by the pretentiousness that such books frequently exhibit. His work, and that of his students, exhibits an aesthetic beauty that is rarely seen (the vivid color photographs are superb and do justice to their fine work). Krenov inhabits the highest level of the woodcraft pantheon now in his 80s he continues to teach and create incredible work


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Furniture by Wendell Castle


by Davira S. Taragin
Hardcover: 152 pages

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Book Description
Comprehensive color survey of a great furniture artist; influence on Studio Craft movement.

Publisher Comments:
This monograph presents the extraordinarily inventive and influential furniture/sculpture of Wendell Castle, trailblazer in the Studio Craft movement and catalyst in the development of handcrafted furniture as a major art form. Here are Castle's most important and innovative works in color, including clocks and trompe l'oeil pieces. 60 color plates

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Available Soon!
Made in Oakland:
Furniture by Gary Knox Bennett


by Gary Knox Bennett et al
Hardcover: 228 pages

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From The Critics
Booknews
A catalogue for a 2001 exhibition at the American Craft Museum, New York from January to April and the Museum of California, Oakland, from June to September. Accompanying the color photographs are essays on philosophizing with a hammer and the urban cowboy as furniture maker. Bennett's furniture is known for its unexpected shapes and combinations of color and material. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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Furniture for the 21st Century


by Betty Norbury, Preface by Andrew Mawson

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This book presents a collection of superb work from 36 eminent British professional designer-makers, and it highlights the best of hand-built furniture that has been commissioned by corporate and private clients from around the world. It contains 420 color photographs that display the quality and craftsmanship of designers of uncompromising standards that set them apart from the blandness that overwhelms so much of today's furniture design. This visual feast is an essential reference for interior designers, furniture historians, and students of design, as well as for those who delight in the superb craftsmanship of the finest contemporary furniture makers.


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Contemporary Studio Case Furniture

by Sam Maloof et al
paperback: 223 pages

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Boxes, cabinets, chests, cupboards, desks, and sideboards-this volume showcases one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces designed and constructed by today's emerging and established furniture makers and artists. This exhibition catalog illustrates the many ways in which thirty-seven contemporary artists approach case furniture, a traditional form that is being constantly defined and redefined. This simultaneously utilitarian and aesthetic art form permits artists, from traditional to avant-garde, to express their own visions.
Essayists and guest curators for the exhibition, Thomas Loeser and Virginia T. Boyd, present the artist's and scholar's perspectives on contemporary decorative arts and discuss the themes underlying the exhibition. An overview of the development of studio furniture over the past decade by decorative arts scholar Glenn Adamson provides a recent historical context for the pieces in the exhibition.

Distributed for the Elvehjem Museum of Art

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