September 18, 2012
Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf, authors of "Makers: A History of American Studio Craft" (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the UNC Asheville Reuter Center, home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. A book-signing will follow.
"Makers: A History of American Studio Craft" is the first comprehensive history of 20th Century U.S. studio craft, profiling artists working in fiber, clay, glass, wood and metal, and chronicling the development of craft and its interrelationship with design, fashion, art, industry and folk practices.
The scholarly research and writing, and obtaining the rights to reproduce the book's 500 images, was a multi-year effort under the auspices of UNC Asheville's Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD).
The Koplos-Metcalf lecture is one of more than 50 activities planned in Western North Carolina as part of American Craft Week, October 5-14; CCCD is regional sponsor of this national celebration of hand-made craft.
Koplos, a veteran art critic and writer, has been closely associated with Art in America magazine, and was guest editor for American Craft magazine. Metcalf is a writer and jewelry artist with many solo exhibitions to his credit, including shows at the Philadelphia Music of Art, the Royal College of Art in London, and the Museum of Art in Seoul.
This event, presented in partnership by OLLI at UNC Asheville and CCCD, with support from HandMade in America, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the CCCD website or call 828.890.2050.