October is All About YBC Events

As is the case every year, it seems, my October is chock full of things to do. There’s birthdays, reunions, and Halloween, but more important for you, I have shows, workshops, and exhibitions to tell you about!


Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2"h x 6"w x 8"d $1825.00
Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2″h x 6″w x 8″d $1825.00

From October 3rd through November 1, 2014, the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the exhibition Unmasked at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA. The exhibition will feature works created to reveal an important facet of each artisan’s personality that, as a collection, manifests the identity of the Yellow Breeches Chapter.

Unmasked will include works in fiber, glass, clay, wood, metal, and other media in styles ranging from traditional to trendsetting. The Yellow Breeches Chapter takes great pride in its diversity and celebrates the proof of its “Big Tent” attitude with Unmasked.

Unmasked artisans (including myself) will be present at the opening reception, Friday, October 3, 2014, to speak with interested visitors about their work.  The exhibition will run from October 3rd through November 1st and includes Lancaster’s First Friday (October 3rd) and Art Walk weekend (October 4th and 5th). In addition to First Friday’s extended hours, the Center of American Craft is open Monday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 12 – 4 pm.

Fall into Fine Craft

Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain
Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck
Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain

Mark your calendar and plan to attend Fall Into Fine Craft, the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s annual fine craft show and sale, Saturday and Sunday, October 25th and 26th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St. Carlisle PA.  The show will feature works created by gifted artisans from across the Commonwealth and surrounding states.

At the show you will find a wide range of fine art and craft including: jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood, glass, furniture, and much more. Whether you are an experienced collector, new to fine craft, or in search of a perfect gift for someone special – including yourself – you will find what you are looking for here. Fall Into Fine Craft will also feature works by talented area high school students who participate in our Student Art Competition.

I will not have a booth of my own at this show, but rather I will be participating in the Boutique portion that features only YBC members. Also, this is where you can see all of the Group Challenge pieces.

Integrated Prong Workshop

Integrated prong pendants ©2009 - 2014 WTEK
Integrated prong pendants ©2009 – 2014 WTEK

OK, this isn’t Chapter specific, but it is over the opening weekend of Unmasked, which is also the beginning of American Craft Week.

BRAND NEW Integrated Prong workshop October 4th at the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center for American Craft in Lancaster, PA! Learn a way to set a cabochon stone without any soldering and leave with a completed necklace. $125.00 10am – 2:30pm

Scenes From First Friday at the Guild

Leslie Scott showcasing her Bronze Metal CLay expertise.
Leslie Scott showcasing her Bronze Metal CLay expertise.

As you know, this past Friday was the reception for the Lancaster Designer Craftsmen Exhibition at the PA Guild of Craftsmen. While I was busy working, I was able to take a few photos of the three demonstrating craftspeople.

You’ve seen images of Leslie Scott demoing at Fire & Ice last spring. But she’s also a Guild a member and was here on First Friday. Did you know that she also teaches workshops at the Guild? You do now!

Bronze Metal Clay Jewelry September 21-22

Fused Glass Jewelry October 26 – 27

Lisa Gallagher explaining the steps in creating her ploymer clay patterns.
Lisa Gallagher explaining the steps in creating her ploymer clay patterns.

Lisa Gallagher has work in the exhibition and was also demoing her polymer clay technique. Not only did she then teach a filigree workshop this past weekend, but she has a Polymer Clay Buttons workshop scheduled with the Guild on November 2nd.

The third demonstrator was Don Swartz who doesn’t have a workshop scheduled but is the featured craft artist of the month in the Guild Store.

Don Swartz with his woodcarvings.
Don Swartz with his woodcarvings.

Craft Forms 2011

Entrance to the Craft Forms 2011 exhibition

This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity for me!  There was so much going on that I couldn’t even make it to one of my openings – the one for Handmade Holidays 2 at Some Things Looming.  If you were there, let us know how it was, I’m sure it was awesome!

Where I did go was to the DCCA Alternatives Holiday Craft Show and the juror’s talk and meet the artists event at Craft Forms 2011.  Craft Forms is an amazing show (like always) and I’m so happy and honored that Memory & Shadow was chosen.  There are many amazing works in this exhibition including one of my favorite cuffs ever, Winter Night Bracelet by Bongsang Cho.  There were great pieces in wood, ceramics, metal, fibers, polymer clay, glass, and even some found objects (including a quilt with appliqued band-aids.)  There was even a tea strainer shaped like a chasing hammer by Sung Yeoul Lee.

Memory & Shadow in situ

The show juror, Elizabeth Agro gave a talk about the state of craft right now and how it’s becoming very relevant today.  She also discussed how changing the landscape of craft is right now, how the traditional forms and media are adapting to this era.  There were a variety of pieces that were created with computer design and/or built by them (in the case of some CAD pieces of jewelry and computer looms) in the exhibition.  But it all seemed to work together.  I was a bit sad as she talked about the decline of hollowware since my heart lies with bowl making.  But she did say that artists need to find new ways of making these dying modes relevant to today.

My table at the Alternatives Holiday Craft Show

All in all it is a fantastic exhibition and I am glad I was able to meet some of the other participating artists.  The exhibition at Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA runs until January 21, 2012 and admission is free.  Right now there are also two other great exhibitions there – the Philagraphika Invitational Portfolio where local artists are invited to work with master printers at area print shops to create original, limited edition fine art prints (Judith Schaechter is one of the artists this year!) and Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers.  The basket exhibition has work from around the world and it is great to see how many different forms basketmaking can take.

Artists setting up in the lobby of the DCCA

The Friday before the talk, I was in Wilmington, DE (my new favorite city) at the DCCA‘s Alternatives Holiday Craft Show.  There was a good mix of art and craft with a high level of craftsmanship.  It was also a great turnout, though most of my sales were after 9pm (how often do I get to say that?!)  It was a good mix of older and younger patrons and everyone seemed out to have a good time.  Another great experience over the weekend.  Needless to say, I did a lot of resting yesterday after all the driving, schmoozing, and staying up late.