The American Craft Show Features Nation’s Top Contemporary Craft Artists

The American Craft Show returns to the Cobb Galleria Center, March 11-13. Join us for a celebration of all things handmade, bringing together more than 225 of the country’s most talented contemporary craft makers under one roof. The three-day show draws thousands of fine craft lovers and collectors who enjoy finding one-of-a-kind, quality crafts in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor. It’s your chance to touch, feel and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the intricate work.
This is the largest juried, indoor craft show in the Southeast, and a must-attend for craft lovers. Now in its 27th year, the Show draws nearly 10,000 visitors from far and wide and is considered the premiere craft marketplace. Shoppers will experience the work of hundreds of the country’s most talented craft makers while exploring the process each artist uses to create his or her work. Each artist has a mastery of decades in their field, and will present some of their most innovative work in ceramics, glass, fiber, wood, fashion, jewelry, leather and mixed media.
And it’s not just about shopping! This year, show-goers will enjoy the return of “Let’s Make,” “Make Room, Modern Design Meets Craft,” and “Hip Pop” programs, along with a NEW on-site interactive feature: “Style Slam”.
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Fun for the entire family, the Let’s Make program engages show-goers to get a closer look as they touch, feel and experience the hands-on creative process of making a piece of artwork. Our Let’s Make pavilion’s Inspiration Stations, designed by Birch Display, encourage experiential learning with interactive craft demonstrations and craft food and beverage tastings. A variety of artisanal groups and experts will showcase the process and skill that goes into making the meticulously crafted items exhibited at our shows. Show-goers can do more than watch – they can taste, touch, and participate. Let’s Make will feature artisanal groups including:
  • The American Craft Library, a destination on-site and online to explore, discover, and learn. Join ACC staff for collaborative hands-on happenings inspired by the ACC Library and its extraordinary collection of resources.
  • Atlanta Art Worx Jewelry and Metal Arts Center is a working metalsmithing studio where students can learn and perfect their skills in silversmithing and other aspects of jewelry and metal arts. Experience a behind-the-scenes look at a jewelry maker’s processes – it’s a perfect opportunity for wanna-be metalsmith and jewelers to discuss design, stone cutting and metalwork.
  • Birch Display believes in the power of temporary environments to awe, inspire, and elevate. Their display systems are flexible, adaptable, easy to assemble and require virtually no hardware or tools. They design, craft and install environments that are inviting, made with natural materials and create a unique experience that people will be talking about. Learn about their purpose, process, and product.
  • Callanwolde Fine Arts Center – Pottery department teachers and assistants will demonstrate techniques in pottery, while discussing glazes and methods of firing clay. Demonstrating artists will talk about their interest in pottery and what inspires them. Visit, ask questions, and learn about clay.
  • Georgia Association of Woodturners – Member woodturners will demonstrate how to use the wood lathe to create small items such as honey dippers, spinning tops, small bowls, and more.
  • Little Barn Apothecary – Founders Joshua Morgan and Brad Scroggins hand select ingredients based on their scents and healing properties. Learn about simple, pure apothecary formulas that use natural exfoliants, organic butters, cold-pressed plant-based oils, and unique aromas centered on herbaceous, earthy tones.
  • Preserving Place – See what goes into making artisan jams and pickles, and learn what sets them apart from common varieties. Gain a new appreciation for the care it takes to source the finest ingredients, learn why shortcuts harm flavor, and discover the craftsmanship involved in creating hand-made jams, pickles, and condiments.
  • Rev Coffee Roasters – Explore the depth of quality coffee with the local experts at Rev Coffee Roasters. Learn about a variety of coffee brewing methods from espresso to manual pour-overs. Their experts will explain the roasting process and share the brewing experience.
  • Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance – From functional objects to works of art, thread, yarn, fabric, and fiber are everywhere. Stop for a moment and work with these materials. Use your hands to create a small treasure and a bit of joy. No one is too old, too young, too inexperienced, or too experienced to take part in the fun.
  • The Balvenie Handcrafted Scotch Whisky Experience – Back by popular demand, The Balvenie returns to showcase their award-winning, handcrafted single-malt Scotch whisky. The Balvenie is the only company of its kind still making their Scotch by hand, using centuries-old techniques. This dedication to the handmade reflects the values shared by the many artists at our shows. Be sure to sign up for one of The Balvenie’s free Rare Craft Tasting Experiences. You’ll taste their full range of Scotches and learn how they are made. The American Craft Council is proud to partner with The Balvenie, an organization equally committed to championing craft. Be sure to stop by The Balvenie’s private tasting room in the Let’s Make pavilion to sign up for a seated tasting with brand ambassador Jonathan Wingo.
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Fashion takes center stage with this year’s debut of Style Slam, pairing some of Atlanta’s most savvy pro stylists with the Show’s talented network of fashion wearable, accessory and jewelry artists. The result will be a stunning two-day demonstration of cutting-edge fashion ensembles showcased throughout the exhibit floor. Our selected professional stylists, Shaye Strager Gilmartin, Jill Veysey, Lillian Charles (partnering with Westside’s Steven Alan store) and Chloe Cleaves will show how handmade pieces are the perfect fit for any fashion-conscious wardrobe.
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The creative works of the best and brightest emerging craft artists new to the show scene will be highlighted in the Hip Pop program. Selected through a jurying process, emerging artists will be grouped into pods to debut their craft. Shoppers can find a larger selection of emerging artists just starting their high-end craft career and a larger range of price points.
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Back by popular demand, the 4th annual Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft exhibit puts craft into context with spectacular room vignettes created by select interior designers. Themed “4 Directions” this year, designers will feature pieces that visually communicate the essence of style in the North, South, East or West. Our 2016 Atlanta-based designers include James Wheeler, of James Wheeler Designs; Smith Hanes of Smith Hanes Studio; Willem Stear of Tonic Design Studio; and Jennifer Reiner and Robert White of Reiner White Design Studio. They are charged with transforming our show floor into craft-inspired room vignettes, to inspire show-goers with ideas on how to design rooms around their favorite craft pieces.
No one understands the world of artful living better than the American Craft Council. The national nonprofit educational organization has been shaping the artisanal craft movement for decades, serving as a craft chronicler, tastemaker, convener and provocateur through its bimonthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, thought leadership conferences, awards for excellence, research library, workshops and seminars.
For additional information about the American Craft Council, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. For more information about the American Craft Show in Atlanta call 612-206-3104
Friday, March 11, 2016 from 10am – 8pm
Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10am – 6pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 11am – 5pm
Cobb Galleria Center
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
On-site Admission: $13 one-day pass Advance
Tickets Online: $12 one-day pass
Join American Craft Council for $40 and be admitted free!

$5 after 5 p.m. purchased on-site only
FREE admission for American Craft Council members and children 12 and under.

Guests can save time by purchasing your tickets online HERE or call 612-206-3104.
Online tickets can be printed and brought right to the door!
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