Craft Scotland at SOFA Chicago 2013

Craft Scotland returned to SOFA after a successful show in 2012, showcasing Scottish craft at the twentieth anniversary of SOFA Chicago.

The Craft Scotland 2013 showcase at SOFA Chicago included work by sixteen celebrated and talented craft makers from Scotland.

Scotland is justly proud of its reputation as one of the most skilled and diverse craft nations in the world, and this was reflected in the wealth of craft we were showcasing.

Our collection gave audiences in Chicago the opportunity to see and buy some of the finest examples of ceramics, glass, furniture, metal, fibre, silver and jewellery being produced in Scotland today.

Some of our makers were familiar to SOFA visitors, while others were exhibiting at SOFA for the first time. Their exceptional work covered a broad range of techniques and practices, and demonstrated the breadth and quality of Scottish craft.

Get to know our makers by reading our special SOFA issuu publication and browse the individual maker pages below.

Read a roundup of the event and have a look at the photographs here.

Alison Kinnaird

Amanda Simmons

Andrea Walsh

Craig Mitchell

Craig Stuart

Frances Priest

Grant McCaig

Jennifer Gray

John Galvin

Katharina Vones

Lizzie Farey

Marion E. Kane

Mette Fruergaard-Jensen

Naomi Mcintosh

Patricia Shone

Susan O'Byrne

SOFA Expo - Chicago 2013

SOFA, which represents Sculptural Objects and Functional Art, is a key event for the international collectors market, and regularly receives upwards of 35,000 visitors across three days. 

SOFA Chicago 2013 takes place at the Navy Pier and runs from Friday 01 November to Sunday 03 November 2013, with an opening preview the evening of Thursday 31 October 2013. 

Find out more about SOFA Chicago.

SOFA Chicago 2013

Craft Scotland at SOFA

Emma Walker, CEO of Craft Scotland said: "The craft sector in Scotland currently contributes £77 million annually to the economy and there is potential to significantly increase this figure by ensuring that Scotland is represented at key international events such as SOFA Chicago and SOFA New York.

"We are delighted to be working with SOFA – whose team are keen advocates for Scottish craft – and we are very happy in the knowledge that Scotland will be represented at these shows. Craft Scotland is a proud ambassador for Scotland when we’re working abroad. The collection of work we are showing in Chicago enjoys many connections with the local environments makers are working in and so we’ll be ensuring that we do all we can to highlight that 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland while we are there."

Angus RossMeet our SOFA Chicago 2012 Makers 

Craft Scotland also represented Scotland in November 2012 when they took six of the nations’ most qualified craftspeople to SOFA Chicago 2012. 

The work exhibited at Chicago’s Navy Pier from 02 to 04 November 2012 was mostly pieces created specifically for this show. These included a chandelier created from bone china, original furniture made from ancient Perthshire oak trees, and pieces of fine jewellery using a contemporary adaptation of the ancient Japanese metalworking technique, mokume gane. 

Craft Scotland showcased work by Leith based ceramicists Craig Mitchell and Rebecca Wilson and Edinburgh based glass artist Jessamy Kelly, who were joined by jeweller Craig Stuart from Dunkeld, Aberfeldy based furniture maker Angus Ross, and artist basket maker Lizzie Farey, who works from her studio in Galloway.

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