The American Craft Council’s annual American Craft Show is returning to RiverCentre in St. Paul on April 7-9. The show features more than 250 juried artists from across the country. If you love fine food and spirits, here are some features at this year’s show that you won’t want to miss.
Win a Blanc pan or tickets to the American Craft Show in St. Paul
New to the show is Corry Blanc, whose Charlottesville, Va., company Blanc Creatives uses age-old blacksmithing techniques to hand-forge pans out of carbon steel. These spectacular pans are then hand-cured with coconut oil. Discriminating cooks will appreciate these heirlooms that come with a lifelong guarantee. One of Blanc’s 11-inch saute pans (valued at $245) as well as a couple of pairs of VIP show tickets (valued at $24 per pair) will be given away on Instagram. Visit the American Craft Council’s Instagram account for details.
Creating an artful table
Aaron and Heather Baigelman of Baigelman Glass offer hand-blown glassware and serving bowls. The show also features a variety of functional ceramic pieces.
A few of this year’s favorites include: Paul Eshelman of Eshelman Pottery’s streamlined, lead-free, microwavable wares; Joanna Buyert of Fringe & Fettle Ceramics’ stunning serving pieces (above); and Autumn Higgins’ whimsical twist on everyday dishes.
The Balvenie Scotch tastings offered throughout the show
Returning to the show’s interactive Let’s Make pavilion this year is The Balvenie, maker of the finest handcrafted single-malt Scotch whisky, and a longtime supporter and sponsor of the American Craft Council. Show attendees will have the chance to meet The Balvenie’s brand ambassador Jonathan Wingo, who will lead guided tastings throughout the weekend and discuss The Balvenie’s collection of award-winning single malts and how The Balvenie and the American Craft Council execute their parallel missions to celebrate craft.
Avoid the crowds and support the American Craft Council
Serious shoppers attend the show’s Preview Party on April 6 for the opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists, enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and have first choice of one-of-a-kind jewelry, fashion wearables, and home decor on the evening before the show opens. It’s an extremely civilized way to shop, and all ticket proceeds benefit the American Craft Council’s educational programming. You can also plan your show experience ahead of time by reading the preview section in the April / May issue of American Craft magazine and heading to the ACC’s website to check out the artists who will be at the St. Paul show. You can purchase tickets in advance online.