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America's Story Told Through Crafts

The Smithsonian Craft Show is considered one of the most respected craft shows in the U.S., and one of the hardest to get into. It started in 1982 in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. with only 100 artists. It moved to the historic National Building Museum, also in Washington, in 1995, where it has been held ever since. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, says this annual show, "tells America’s story through the art of craft."

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Hats by Kate Bishop of Bisbee, Arizona, are considered wearable art.
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Hats by Kate Bishop of Bisbee, Arizona, are considered wearable art.

Sandblasted split vessel by woodturning artist Michael J. Brolly of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The artist won the Smithsonian 'Excellence in Design for the Future' award at the Smithsonian Craft Show.
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Sandblasted split vessel by woodturning artist Michael J. Brolly of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The artist won the Smithsonian 'Excellence in Design for the Future' award at the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Baskets in Madrone wood made by sculptor and wood turner Christian Burchard.
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Baskets in Madrone wood made by sculptor and wood turner Christian Burchard.

Leather cowboy boots such as these are custom designed by Lisa Sorrell of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
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Leather cowboy boots such as these are custom designed by Lisa Sorrell of Guthrie, Oklahoma.

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