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The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons

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The Good Making of Good Things investigates Craft Horizons, a watershed publication which ran from 1941-1979, and explores how the magazine documented and shaped the concept of craft.

Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. This exhibition, on view through May 20th at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD), pairs works by makers featured in the magazine with articles, reviews, and letters from readers to illustrate the essential role it played in the development of craft and its cultural connections. In a pre-Internet era, Craft Horizons was the field’s tutorial guide, its social network, and its image-sharing database. It gave the artist, enthusiast, scholar, or casual hobbyist access to all that occurred in craft.The magazine began as a humble unnamed newsletter in 1941, bringing together a like-minded community that had yet to connect nationally.

By the 1970s, Craft Horizons had grown into the field’s leading voice. In 1979, the American Craft Council, its publisher, rebranded it as American Craft, which is still in print today.

The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD, on view at CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop January 20, 2017 – May 20, 2017.The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. Visit for additional information.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rotasa Foundation with additional support from Gary Ferraro and Lorne Lassiter. All Craft Horizons images and content owned by the American Craft Council and provided courtesy of the ACC Library & Archives.CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.