27th Annual NICHE Awards Finalists Announced

NICHE magazine is proud to announce the finalists in the professional division of the 2016 NICHE Awards. The awards program, begun in 1989, celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.

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At Pewabic pottery studio in Detroit, Kevin Kwiatkowski presses clay into a mold to create its popular 12 Days of Christmas ornaments. CREDIT: MARK MARKLEY

‘Celebration’ Set to Premiere in December on PBS

“Celebration,” part of the ongoing Peabody Award-winning Craft in America series, marks the upcoming holiday season with an all-new hour premiering nationwide on PBS Friday, Dec. 11. The new episode examines the role craft plays in holiday customs.


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Mary Kearns made her first aromatic bath and body goods using a DIY kit she’d ordered for her daughter from a children’s catalog.

Portland, Ore., artist Dana Herbert’s scarves, jewelry and cosmetic bags were on display at the 2015 American Made Show, and will be again at the 2016 winter wholesale trade show in Washington DC.

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A comprehensive listing of wholesale trade shows—happening now through October 2014.

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Biz 101: This Christmas, Deck the Halls, Not Your Customers

For the customer service sector, the holiday season is crunch time. With more shoppers, more sales, more shipping, more advertisements and more product demand, there’s a lot of potential for something to go wrong. At the same time, shoppers’ expectations are never higher. They don’t just want to check every item off their lists; they expect their shopping experience to be fun, festive and full of good cheer.

The TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C., will host the new spring 2016 edition of American Made Show.

American Made Show Sets Greenville Dates

In addition to its back-to-back winter trade shows in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas, The Rosen Group, parent company of the American Made Show, has announced plans for a new spring 2016 edition at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. Scheduled to run Tuesday, May 17 through Thursday, May 19, the show will continue to spotlight the work of artisans from across the U.S. and Canada.

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Newsmakers in the World of Craft

ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition decided by both public vote and expert jury, announced the winners of $500,000 in prizes in its seventh annual edition on Oct. 9 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Two $200,000 Grand Prizes were awarded, by public vote to the husband and wife duo Loveless PhotoFiber for “Northwood Awakening,” and by a jury of art experts to Kate Gilmore for her three-dimensional performance piece, “Higher Ground.”