The annual award-winning arts marketplace, Kentucky Crafted: The Market returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville March 17-20. Since 1981, the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program has been building and promoting the arts as an industry. The Market is the wholesale/retail marketing arm of the KCMP.
Juried members of the KCMP show and sell their superior, hand-crafted artwork. Musicians, food products creators, and literary stars from around the Commonwealth also exhibit and sell. And the Kentucky Arts Council also invites guest organizations from the region. This year, Best of Missouri Hands, Georgia Made Georgia Grown, Indiana Artisan, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Tamarack and the Southern Highland Craft Guild will also be showing and selling.
Seven Georgia makers will be exhibiting their craft and food creations at Kentucky Crafted: The Market at the end of this week, March 17-20. A wholesale/retail event featuring 300 exhibitors, The Market is a great opportunity for Georgia makers to introduce their lines to buyers and consumers of Middle America.
Nancy Cann, Warren Glover, Polly Sherrill, Sue Burkhart Chisholm, and Spirit Anderson have been selected to represent Georgia Made Georgia Grown in craft. Lauri Jo Bennett and Debra McFadden-Bryant will be sampling and selling their food creations.
Nancy Cann, a 2011 Niche Award Finalist, is a fused glass magician from Woodstock. The image above is created 100% from glass. She’s developed a technique that allows her to paint with powdered glass, and after the painting is finished, she fires it in the kiln. Nancy currently sells her work through over 50 shops and galleries across the United States.
Warren Glover is a full time knife maker specializing in traditional and custom work, using straight knives and some folders of his own design or from customers’ requests. His patterns include Hunters, skinners, bird and fish, filet, kitchen and utility knives. Warren grinds his blades from 440-c, ATS-34 and stainless and carbon steel Damascus.
Polly Sherrill – Polly the Potter – lives and works at Polly on the Avenue, her bright purple studio/showroom/home in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood. She says “The minute I threw my first piece of clay in high school, I knew I was a potter. I’ve always had a studio of my own, in one form or another, and I’ve always made my own way as a potter.”
Polly’s distinctive style, both in her pottery and her life, is one of a kind. Her pottery is collected around the world, and her big heart is full of love for friends of all kinds.
Sue Burkhart Chisholm produces, sells and promotes the value of working One at a Time, for One of a Kind. Her clay defines its voice and her hands intertwining with the white clay have a story to tell.
20+ pieces are in the full set
The festival holiday season was a grand event in her childhood. As she sculpts the Nativity scene, she uses a collection of family heirlooms to stamp the clay. Those textures convey her family traditions.
Spirit Anderson, aka Spirit Lala, has never had a formal art lesson in her life, but wherever her talents come from, she is making an impact on the world. The rich tapestry of Spirit’s life, interwoven with creativity and imagination with no limit, brings forth whimsical clocks, stunning contemporary paintings and custom handcrafted art jewelry.
In her twenties, after so many friends and family members begged her for her work, she quit her fulltime management job and pursued her art fulltime. That was the birth of Design Spirit Studio and the beginning of Spirit’s professional art career. Her home studio is a busy one with all of Spirit’s creations, three children and a husband.
Lauri Jo Bennett started with a few of her great-grandmother’s recipes and some of her own and now offers unique Southern products. She & her husband personally oversee Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning from selecting fresh, choice local produce in the Red and Green Pepper Jellies, Salsa, Green Tomato Pickles, Pineapple Pepper Jelly, Dilly Beans, Pickled Asparagus, Pickled Okra and Tabasco Sauce to the final processing and shipping. They proudly shop with local farmers to support their Southern roots, selling their product line in 16 states.
Debra McFadden-Bryant’s GeeChee Girl Gumbos promise You’ll Always Want More… It’s soul food, honey; and there’s nothing like Debra’s Gumbo! It’s the original fusion cuisine interjecting African, Cajun, Creole and Caribbean. One bite and you’ll be a GeeChee Girl Gumbo lover for life!