To once again be awarded one of the Top Traditional Artisans in America, from the Early American Life Magazine. It is an honor and I am thrilled to bits :) This will be my 5th consecutive year to receive the honor!
I was chosen from a panel of experts - curators from such prestigious institutions as the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, American Folk Art Museum, Shelburne Museum, Mount Vernon, Historic Hudson Valley, Heritage Center of Lancaster County, Museum Of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Old Sturbridge Village, Shaker Museum and Library and Strawbery Banke Museum as well as antiques dealers, independent scholars, and professional instructors...WOW! I was selected because I work with traditional tools and use traditional techniques to make my folk art pieces. Also, I showed mastery of the art form, heritage techniques, and workmanship, according to the judges. They looked for authentic design and workmanship as well as use of period tools, skills and materials that were part of the American culture. A trade that few new people choose to learn and master and that the goal of the Directory is to help preserve traditional handcrafts, part of our culture that is rapidly being lost in the digital age.
All the artists that have received the award will be featured in the Directory section in the upcoming August issue out on newstands in late June. Can't wait to get my copy!
I'm just going to be floating on a cloud for days and days........