From Laurie Davis, Tennessee Craft –
Tennessee Craft, in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, offers its ninth year of the Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP) to open the door for emerging artists to learn traditional and contemporary craft skills from master craft artists. This year’s MAAP pairs include Apprentice Carol Hicks and Master Nancie Roark; Apprentice Shannon Anderson and Master Nan Jacobsohn; Apprentice Doug Lawrence and Master Brad Sells.
MAAP was created to help artists reach the next level of their professional development, completing a six-month one-on-one mentorship, not typically available in most learning environments. Artists applying for apprenticeships outlined rigorous goals to work towards over the next six months to enrich their skills and knowledge as craft artists. Awarded apprentices receive a $1,800 stipend to work with their chosen master.
About The Master Artists:
Nancie Roark is a master jewelry maker who lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Her skills and techniques encompass the jewelry-making gamut. Nancie has mentored many emerging makers in her career, some of whom have gone on to become professional jewelers themselves, making this a career-enhancing experience for an apprentice.
Nancy (Nan) Jacobsohn is a master clay artist who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. With vast skills in hand building, mold making, carving and surface design, Nan’s classes are always in demand, and her teaching skills are second to none, making this a rare opportunity for a dedicated apprentice.
Brad Sells is a master wood carver from Cookeville, Tennessee, whose artwork is always in high demand. Brad’s signature delicately carved vessels leave many viewers spellbound pondering just how he made them, but not for the worthy apprentice who lands a chance to learn Brad’s secrets as well as to develop his or her own.
About Tennessee Craft: Tennessee Craft is a member-driven nonprofit arts organization dedicated to creating opportunities for Tennessee’s independent craft artists to thrive. Since 1965, Tennessee Craft has been the only networked community of craft artists across the state, with local chapters and regional opportunities for talent growth, professional development, and one-of-a-kind exhibitions.