The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-1979

On View: January 20 - May 20, 2017


Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Curators' Tour 7:30 pm

The Good Making of Good Things investigates Craft Horizons, a watershed publication, which ran from 1941-1979, and explores how the magazine documented and shaped the concept of craft as a movement, career, way of life, and cultural phenomenon.

During its nearly forty years in print, Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. This exhibition pairs works by makers featured in the magazine with articles, reviews, and letters from readers to illustrate the essential role it played in the development of craft and its cultural connections.  In a pre-Internet era, Craft Horizons was the field’s tutorial guide, its social network, and its image-sharing database. It gave the artist, enthusiast, scholar, or casual hobbyist access to all that occurred in craft.

The magazine began as a humble unnamed newsletter in 1941, bringing together a like-minded community that had yet to connect nationally. By the 1970s, Craft Horizons had grown into the field’s leading voice. In 1979, the American Craft Council, its publisher, rebranded it as American Craft, which is still in print today.

Featured artists include: Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978), David Gilhooly (1943-2013), Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985), Ted Hallman (b. 1933), Harvey Littleton (1922-2013), Jaydan Moore (b. 1986), George Nakashima (1905-1990), Ruth Radakovich (1920-1975), Svetozar Radakovich (1918-1998), Southern Highland Craft GuildRudolf Staffel (1911-2002), Bob Stocksdale (1913-2003), Peter Voulkos (1924-2002), Betty Woodman (b. 1953)

The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD.

The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rotasa Foundation with additional support from Gary Ferraro and Lorne Lassiter. All Craft Horizons images and content owned by the American Craft Council and provided courtesy of the ACC Library & Archives.

CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Cover Image: Craft Horizons magazine cover. Courtesy American Craft Council Library & Archive.



All events are free and open to the public (suggested donation $3-5)
Registration recommended, drop-ins welcome
Save the dates – details, registration, and additional events coming soon

Opening Reception and Curators’ Tour
Friday, January 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Curators’ tour at 7:30 pm
Reception and exhibition tour with 2017 Curatorial Fellows; Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy

The Good Making of Good Things Salon: Craft and Community
Saturday, February 18, 4 – 6 pm
Discussion around themes of the exhibition and book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community by Jenni Sorkin. Refreshments will be served. No reading necessary prior to the event.

Women and Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Saturday, March 4, 2 pm – 6 pm
Celebrate women’s history month by joining us to edit Wikipedia articles to include the influential work of women working in craft between 1941-1979. No experience necessary, Wiki experts on hand.

About Face: Exploring the Graphic Identity of Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979
Friday, April 7, 6:30 pm
Lecture by writer and curator Sarah Archer

Object as Poet
Friday, April 28, 6:30 pm
Experimental artist presentations inspired by the writings of Craft Horizons editor Rose Slivka and artist/poet MC Richards. Call for artists opens in February.

The Life and Work of Harvey Littleton, a conversation with Kate Vogel and John Littleton
Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm
An intimate look at the life of pioneering glass artist Harvey Littleton, as told by his son John Littleton and daughter-in-law Kate Vogel.

Downtown Art District Gallery Nights
Benchspace Gallery & Workshop will stay open until 8 pm
Friday, April 7
Friday, May 5


The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is a yearlong pilot program created to give emerging curators a platform for exploring and testing new ideas about craft. For its inaugural year, three teams of Curatorial Fellows were selected out of a total of 54 applications.

Each team received a $5,000 honorarium, access to professional development tools, mentoring, and the opportunity to work closely with the other Curatorial Fellows and CCCD staff to produce their exhibition, develop educational materials, design an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk. The selected exhibitions were first mounted in CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, located in Asheville, North Carolina, during the 2017 exhibition season.


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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