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American Crafts Council Baltimore 2017

24 Feb - 26 Feb 2017

Maximilian Franz

Craft Scotland was thrilled to bring a selection of especially Scottish makers to American Craft Council’s flagship selling event. 

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Location:
ACC Baltimore
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt St
Baltimore
MD 21201
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Time:
11:00am - 6:00pm

Our 20 selected Scottish-based makers and designers sold over £100,000 of Scottish craft to North American customers, galleries and retailers. One of the highlights of North America's craft calendar, the American Craft Council (ACC0 Baltimore 2017 has (up to now) only showcased the work of North America's leading makers.

The 20 makers who were selected represented a broad range of contemporary Scottish craft from across the country. From Adam Henderson's precious metal jewellery inspired by transactions in the modern world to Lara Scobie's stunning sculptural ceramics, our showcase included jewellery, ceramics and textiles. The work was inspired by a diverse range of sources, including Scotland's breath-taking seascapes and stunning coastline, flora in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scottish folklore and Scotland's urban creatures.

With over 20,000 people attending the show and a showcase of over 650 different designers across the three days (Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February), the work of Scotland's makers proved a massive hit. The Craft Scotland area of the show was inundated with visitors across the three days. As well as record sales, our makers also secured contracts with galleries in the US; have had invitations to further industry shows, and picked up US gallery representation for their work.

This was the perfect opportunity for Scottish makers to connect with a passionate American audience and introduce them to the wealth of design-led, high-quality craft Scotland has to offer.

The selection panel were:

  • American Craft Council (ACC)
  • Hayley Banks: Programme Manager, Design Factory/Design-Nation
  • Clare Hanna: Director (Maternity Cover), Upland
  • Jo Scott: Project Manager, Craft Scotland

Testimonials

We so enjoyed working with you, Craft Scotland and the entire group of artists. Each maker added such a lovely dimension to the show and we couldn’t be more pleased with your success.

Pamela Diamond · Director of Marketing and Communications · American Crafts Council (ACC)

The show was very successful and has given my jewellery exposure to a new international audience. It was a great opportunity to make direct sales and get customer feedback on my current collection. I was also delighted to make new contacts with journalists and stockists that could help grow my business in America.

Ruth Hollywood · Jeweller · Glasgow
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