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  • January 2013 CCCD Newsletter

    Introducing Assistant Director Marilyn Zapf   

    Marilyn joins us from London, England, where she completed her M.A. in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum.  Her research there focused on the history of craft, exploring themes of the handmade in relation to tooling, industrial history, and apprenticeship-style education in the twentieth century. During her studies she also found time to develop her interest in critical writing, publishing reviews and articles with magazines such as Crafts and founding an online forum for graduate design history: Unmaking Things.

    Marilyn’s interest in making is influenced both from personal experience as well as intellectual curiosity. First trained as a jeweler at the University of Georgia, she eventually realized her ideas and creativity were better expressed through words than silver. Marilyn is excited to be joining the team at the Center and to be able to call the Blue Ridge Mountains her home.

    Topography Opening and Lecture with Ismini Samanidou 

    Artist’s Reception: 
    Friday, January 18, 2013 – 5-7pm
    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    1181 Broyles Rd., Hendersonville
    Exhibition Dates: January 18 – March 1, 2013


    Textile artist and designer Ismini Samanidou seeks to understand her encounters with beauty through crafting woven surfaces and installations. Utilizing both mechanical jacquard looms and hand weaving techniques, her creative process becomes a way to document her own story. She often photographs her travels and reinterprets them with thread. Themes of transience, decay, and history emerge through her poetic textiles.

    Ismini Samanidou was born in Athens and trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal
    College of Art, London. Her work involves designing and making textiles for exhibitions, commissions, and collaborations, focusing on the use of digital weaving technology and designer maker methods, touching on the boundaries of craft, art and design.

    This exhibition is a partnership project between The Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. A catalog to accompany the exhibition is published by the Crafts Study Centre.

    WNC Textile Study Group Lecture by Ismini Samanidou
    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 — 5:30 pm
    HandMade in America
    125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 101, Asheville

    Ismini Samanidou will discuss her practice and developing work, including her approach to and influences of travel experiences. Samanidou will include information on her exhibition, Topography opening at the Center on January 18, 2013.

    For further information about the lecture as well as a 2013 schedule for the WNC Textile Study Group please visit the lectures section of our website. 

    “Bernard Leach and the Fine Art of Pots”: Simon Olding at BMC+AC 

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 7:00 pm | BMCM+AC, 56 Broadway, Asheville

    in partnership with the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center

    presenter: Professor Simon Olding- Director, Crafts Study Centre, UK

    An illustrated lecture that makes a case for the centrality of drawing, watercolors and print making to  Bernard Leach’s career and practice as an artist.


    Using rarely seen images of drawings and prints and with a special focus on Leach’s output as an etcher, the lecture will reveal Leach to be an artist of sometimes powerful grace and sensitivity, using natural imagery with symbolic intensity and capturing the spirit people close to him with a deft, spare line.  The lecture draws on the remarkable Leach archive donated by the artist to the Crafts Study Centre towards the end of his long life.

    The lecture is presented by  Professor Simon Olding who joined the University for the Creative Arts as Director of the Crafts Study Centre in 2002 and was appointed Professor of Contemporary Crafts in 2003. His expertise is centered on contemporary crafts and his current research and publications are focused on the life and works of contemporary ceramic artists, especially those in Southern and South West England.  Olding wrote ” The Etchings of Bernard Leach” published in 2010 by the Crafts Study Centre and Leach Pottery, as well as numerous essays and articles.

    Windgate Museum Internship Host Institution Application Launch

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design administers the Windgate Museum Internship program which provides $5,000 stipends for four undergraduate or graduate students to work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary crafts collections, exhibitions and programs in museums or organizations nationally. The goal of the program is to expand the number of future curators with education and interest in contemporary studio craft. Since 2006, the Center has awarded internships to 29 graduate and undergraduate students from 18 museums.

    This is the first year the Center is launching applications to select four 2013 Windgate Museum Internship host institutions. Selected host institutions will receive $5,000 to fund an intern who will work closely with a curator on a studio craft collection, exhibition, or research project designed specifically for the internship. 

    For 2013 guidelines and host institution application form please visit:


    2013 Craft Research Fund Applications Now Available

    Each year, the Center provides grants up to $15,000 for research, writing, support documentation, and rights to use images or text in order to expand research about craft in the United States, support exhibitions, and advance scholarship in the field. Grant categories include:

    • Project Grants: Grants up to $15,000 for research, writing, support documentation, images or rights to use images or text, as part of the research yet to be completed. 
    • Exhibition Research Grants: Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded to support exhibition research relating to the goals of the Craft Research Fund.
    • Graduate Research Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 support research related to a thesis or dissertation relating to U.S. studio craft by students enrolled in graduate programs in any accredited college or university.  

    For 2013 guidelines and grant applications please visit:


    “Towards a New Apprenticeship Model” at CAA Conference


    Thursday, February 14, 5:30-7:30 PM. 


    “Towards a New Apprenticeship Model: The Case for Experiential Learning”
    Gramercy B, 2nd Floor  

    We invite those of you attending the 101st annual College Art Association Conference  in New York City to learn about the findings of our 2012 Think Tank on Apprenticeships during a panel discussion on Thursday evening.


    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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