The second weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts show began on June 2, another beautiful day. The judge for this show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Mr. Haga said:
“People often ask me how one judges an exhibition when there is a wide range of fine and functional craft in a variety of media to consider. My response is that, when judging the work, it is important to consider formal elements of design such as line, shape, color and texture in addition to the craftsmanship that is evident in each piece. Though the comparisons are not direct, this approach allows one to evaluate works as diverse as a porcelain teapot or an etched glass panel with a woven shawl or a turned wooden vessel with some consistency. While it is not an easy task, it can be very rewarding to examine the work that is on display and to talk with the artisans who have produced it.
Thanks go to each of the artisans who are sharing their work with us during the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show. Thanks also go to all of the staff who have worked so hard to make the exhibition a good experience for both the artisans and the visitors. Their combined efforts do much to enrich our community.”
The award winners received their prizes from Mr. Haga.
Best in Show, Tammy Rudd, a glass beadmaker and jeweler from Holly Hill, SC
First Place Colleen Williams, potter from Chattanooga, TN
Second Place: JoAnn Graham, a jeweler from St Helena, SC
Third place: Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA
Ed Bryan, a potter from Columbia, SC
Jen Swearington, a fiber artist from Asheville, NC
Exhibitor’s Choice Award: Matt and Katie Wilson, metalworkers from North Charleston, SC
Emerging Artist Grant: Joe Hiltabitel and Shelly Simmons, photographers from Travelers Rest, SC
Slide Jurors’ Choice: Nancy Michael Susanneck a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.
- Uzo Ezekwudo and Nnamdi Ibenagu, fiber artists from Chapel Hill, NC
- Tom Homann, a potter from Comer, GA
- Jiri Kalina, a wood carver from Wilmington, NC
- Cynthia McFadden, a mixed media Jeweler from Charleston, SC