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The Imperfections of Life Expressed in Handmade Craft
The handcrafting process is often slow because it isn't only about the skills, but the heart the creator puts into it.
July 31, 2019
Hida Sangyo: Creating Masterpieces That Transcend Time
Nestled near the Northern Japanese Alps of Gifu prefecture, Hida Takayama (known locally as Hida) is one of ...
July 18, 2019
The Centuries-Old French Tradition of Making Pots With Clay, Rope, and Wood
The photographs show an almost quintessential French landscape, where a vast expanse of green grass disappears into a ...
June 6, 2019
Turning The Tables On Tradition; The Man Who Makes Expandable Furniture
If you’ve ever seen an expandable piece of exquisite furniture (most often tables), you may have found yourself ...
April 22, 2019
Celebrate UK Heritage Crafts
What do watchmaking, commercial papermaking, piano making, and scissor making all have in common? They’re all traditional heritage ...
March 21, 2019
Petronella Oortman and Her Giant Dolls’ House
A 17th-century dolls’ house must number among the more unusual source “texts” through which we can find out ...
February 19, 2019
Paul Crowley: The Violin Maestro of Brooklyn
NEW YORK–A nondescript two-story walk-up building sits smack in the middle of Dean Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, ...
November 2, 2018
16 Exhibitions: ‘Crafting a More Human Future’
For centuries, master artisans all over Europe have made exquisite objects by hand. These objects are as individual ...
September 13, 2018
The ‘Venetian Way’: The Motion of Fine Craftsmanship in Still Life
Textures, colors, and time-honored techniques from workshops and ateliers where fine fabrics, tailored costumes, and traditional lace are ...
September 4, 2018
Curator’s Notes: Qianlong Period Miniature Chinese Garden
Dr. Robert Blyth, senior curator of world and maritime history at the National Maritime Museum in London, shares ...
August 27, 2018
80 Dragons Return to London’s 18th-Century Pagoda
No one knows where the dragons went. In 1762, 80 gilded dragons adorned the Kew Gardens Great Pagoda ...
August 14, 2018
The Minack Theatre Experience: It Started With Shakespeare
Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet air, that give delight and hurt ...
August 12, 2018
AtelierGK Firenze: Books Bound by Tradition
FLORENCE, ITALY—Walking through the heart of Florence’s historic quarter, up the narrow street of Borgo San Frediano renowned ...
August 10, 2018
A Traditional Luthier’s Tale: From Tree Trunk to Guitar
“You’d have a job spotting the repair,” said luthier Alex Potter of A.S. Potter Instruments. “I had to ...
August 6, 2018
Curator’s Notes: ‘Venus Rising From the Waves,’ a 16th-Century Agate Cameo
As curator of decorative arts at the Holburne Museum in Bath, England, Catrin Jones tells us about the ...
July 24, 2018
The Fate of Rush Matting in the Hands of Felicity Irons
Felicity Irons is one of the last rush matters working in the UK and runs the only business ...
July 23, 2018
The Gentlemanly Stone: A Passion for Jade at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In China, the most beloved and revered hard stone of all is jade, a symbol of purity and ...
July 1, 2018
Jade Artist Ying-Hsiang Hsu on Drawing From Life and Nature
“If your heart is like a pool of clear water, every moment in your life can serve as ...
June 26, 2018
Celebrating Thomas Chippendale: Master Cabinetmaker, Designer, and Entrepreneur
Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779) carved out his career as a master cabinetmaker and designer in 18th-century England. The Chippendale ...
June 25, 2018
The 21st-Century Making of a 17th-Century Ceterone
Meet musical instrument maker Alex Potter. Here, he shares how and why he researched and constructed the Renaissance ...
June 21, 2018
One Thing I Cherish: My Glass Harmonicon I Purchased on eBay
Here, Natalia "Saw Lady" Paruz (an expert saw player) from Astoria, Queens, New York, shares her story: The ...
June 18, 2018
Putting Jewelry Hubs Back to Work
As the saying goes, “One man's trash is another man's treasure.” But can one man's trash be turned ...
June 5, 2018
From Spain to London: Stepping Into the Bootmaking Tradition
Meet Mariano Palencia Crespo of MPC Bespoke, one of London’s bespoke bootmakers. Crespo shares how he traveled the ...
June 4, 2018
One Thing I Cherish: My Grandfather’s Circa 1912 Conley Junior Camera
Here, Buck Blanchard from Birmingham, Minnesota, shares his story: My precious possession is a circa 1912 Conley Junior ...
June 2, 2018
OxyContin Maker Files for Bankruptcy, Faces Thousands of Lawsuits
Trump Questions Iran’s Denial of Saudi Oil Attack Involvement
Progressive Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren for 2020
Trump Responds to NY Times Correction: ‘The One Who Is Actually Being Assaulted Is Justice Kavanaugh’
Trump Administration to Look at Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts
Trump Says US ‘Locked and Loaded’ After Saudi Attack Amid Oil Price Surge
2020 Contenders Called for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment Before New York Times Issued Correction