Why the Directory exists and what it does
How We Judge
How we select artists to be included
A look at Directories past
Directory tags assure historical accuracy and quality
The artists selected for the 2016 Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
Crafts by Type
See who has been selected as best in America in making specific crafts.
Artists by Name
Find out more about an artist selected for the Directory.
Directory by Year
A look at Directories past
What’s going on in the artist community
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Update in Process.
Please Help Us with Our Update
We are currently updating all pages of the Directory of Traditional American Crafts to assure all the information provided is current and correct. If you are an artisan listed in the Directory and would like to correct errors or update the information in your listing, please contact us at email@example.com.
We ask that you provide a photo of yourself with at least VGA (640 x 480 pixel) resolution as well as a short biography of yourself. (We may edit it to match our stylebook.) In addition, we ask you include your current public contact information—that is, the address, telephone number, website, or other web source (FaceBook, Etsy, etc.) through which the public can contact you. If you use a hallmark on your work, please include a photo of your hallmark, again with VGA (or better) resolution,
Once we have all additions and corrections to our listings, we will post the regular Direcory pages including all of the most recent Directories. br> br>
We are also preparing 2023 Directory applications for the consideration of our judges. The 2023 Directory will appear in the August 2023 issue of Early American Life as scheduled.
About the Directory
The Directory of Traditional American Crafts is an honor bestowed on a handful
of artisans who work in traditional media, styles, and crafts. In addition the Directory is also a buying guide. It
presents to you a selection of the best historically informed handwork in
America today. The Directory will help you select the best furniture,
pottery, ironwork, decorative objects, and more for period-correct
decorating, collecting, or movie-making.
Jurying and Hallmarking
An artist who
has been selected for the Directory has had his or her work thoroughly evaluated by a panel of
experts. (Click here to
find out more about how we judge the Directory.) Because Directory artists so accurately replicate the styles and
techniques of historic work, they might be mistaken for antiques. To
assure this high-quality work is appreciated for the true quality of its
modern craftsmanship, the
Directory requires all work to be hallmarked. (Click here
to find out more about this policy.)