48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair Awards

From Laurie Davis, TN Craft –

Tennessee Craft announces the 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair Awards, presented Saturday, May 5. Every spring, Tennessee Craft presents awards to select exhibitors in recognition of their work. These awards fulfill the mission of Tennessee Craft to create opportunities for independent craft artists to thrive through talent growth, professional development and unique exhibition events.

Guest Juror Stefanie Gerber awarded top honors (below) and shares, “It was impressive to see the depth and breadth of talent. I especially enjoyed the uniqueness of these artisans. This fair brings the best fusion of traditional craft artists and younger forward-thinking makers. These passionate artists showcased their exceptional work with vibrant energy.”

Dale Strand BEST OF SHOW (Glass) – Memphis

Alexis Colbert MERIT (Clay) – Franklin

Will Connor MERIT (Photography) – Nashville

Jim McGie MERIT (Wood) – Athens

Jan Havens MERIT (Printmaking) – Nashville

Tina Brunetti MERIT (Mixed Media) – Loudon

Susan Marling MERIT (Fiber/Textile) – Acworth, GA

Larry & Deborah Drake MERIT (Jewelry) – Nashville

Brie Flora BEST NEW EXHIBITOR (Jewelry) – Cookeville 

Emerging Makers Tent Juror Peg Fredi chose to honor:

Cheryl Benus BEST EMERGING MAKER (Clay) – Nashville

Will Winton MERIT (Furniture) – Sewanee

Brooke Gillon BEST DISPLAY (Clay) – Nashville

Susan Lawless BEST FRESH IDEA (Clay) – Clarksville

Tennessee Craft – Plateau BEST COLLABORATION

The Tennessee Craft Fairs offer fair goers and patrons unique fine art and craft worth collecting, directly from juried, award-winning craft artists worth supporting. The exhibitions provide the public numerous opportunities to meet the artists, admire their creativity and learn what inspires them.

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