WINTER 2024 Member Newsletter

The Best of 2024

May 5–July 6, 2024

Entry Deadline: February 16, 2024

This juried exhibition is regarded as one of Ohio’s best collections of fine craft, and features established and emerging ODC member artists working in all fine craft media. Applications for the Best of 2024 are available online at Images can be uploaded directly to the site, and the $30 (students, $20) entry fee can be paid online as well. ODC presents over $10,000 in juror-selected artist awards. Apply now!


Best of 2024 Awards Fundraising Campaign

Ohio Designer Craftsmen celebrates the accomplishments of fine craft artists with the annual “Best of” exhibitions and awards. Both are meaningful ways to encourage outstanding artists in their pursuit of excellence. In 2023, donations to the drive by ODC members and friends of the Ohio Craft Museum made possible a $2000 Challenge Prize, the $2000 Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence/Watkins Printing Poster Award, the $500 Brooke Hannan Emerging Artist Scholarship Award, an Emerging Craftsman award, 12 additional cash awards, and a $1000 Artist Scholarship Award. 

Please consider donating to this drive—100% of your donation goes directly to the artists and is tax deductible. 


Congratulations to our

award winners at Columbus Winterfair!


Mikelle Hickman-Romine


Christopher St. John

Iliyan Skrobanska

Melissa Oesch

Sarah Jane Stringfellow

Valerie Jahraus

Chad Eames

News on Members

We want to hear from you! When your work is in an exhibition or featured in a publication, or you receive a commission or other professional honor, please drop us a note. We will include it in the “News on Members” section of an upcoming newsletter.



A digital image of yourself or your work to accompany your news item is also welcome. The deadline for the spring issue is

March 15.

News On Members

What's Happening

at ODC

Call For Entries

To Do

To See

Board of Trustees

Traversing Textiles

at the Ohio Craft Museum

February 11–March 30, 2024

We are looking forward to the upcoming exhibition, “Traversing Textiles,“ curated by Columbus artist Char Norman and showcasing superb examples of textiles and fiber art by 20 local and regional artists. Norman invited artists who utilize a variety of techniques, such as weaving, felting, tatting, stitching, quilting and basketry, and who create traditional forms, as well as works that look at societal, political and environmental issues. 

An opening reception will be held at the Ohio Craft Museum on Sunday, February 11, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Char Norman and several exhibition artists will discuss the exhibition at 2:00 pm.

Art Studio Clearance Sale

February 3–4, 2024

Lausche Building, Ohio Expo Center

Over 100 artists are ready to deal on their seconds, overstocked and discontinued creations at this fun event. Break out of winter and warm up to some great deals and beautiful art for your home, family and friends! 

Fun Raffles! We’ll be giving out $25 every hour both days to spend at your favorite artist’s booth! Sunday only: $200 CASH will be drawn at the end of the day! (Winner will be notified after the sale.)

Admission: $6 at the door or online (link to tickets page). For discounted admission tickets, visit the Ohio Craft Museum.

Sunday Special Admission: Buy One Admission Get One Free! Bring a Friend!

Art Studio Clearance Sale Tickets

Functional Ceramics Workshop

April 19–20, 2024

Free reception:

April 18, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

This year’s presenters are Mark Nafziger and Lisa Orr—need I say more?? If you’ve been to the workshop, you know Mark, who’s not only a fantastic artist but an all-around nice guy! And if you know Lisa’s work, you know she just has to be a fun person. Both will be demonstrating their unique decorative techniques, as well as throwing, handbuilding and altering. A special Friday evening event: Lisa will be firing a rocket kiln, a fast-fire, low-smoke kiln, behind the arts center. (She’ll be building it Thursday.) 


Held at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, this is a demonstration-only workshop. The $170 registration fee ($70 for students) includes 2 box lunches. Optional/additional $25 fee: Friday’s dinner will be held at the Wayne Center for the Arts, and includes Gionino’s Pizza, salads by Lindsay Obrecht, cobbler and cookies by Lindsay Obrecht. Wine/beer provided by Ugly Bunny Winery (priced separately). Music by Annie Yoder will be a fun addition to the evening! 


Doing Business:

Branding Your Work

on Instagram

FREE ZOOM Workshop

w/ Scott Jones of Urthy Fiber Art

Thursday, February 8, 2:00 pm

Create a unique brand on Instagram using Reels to promote your work! Whether you’re a new artist or just new to utilizing social media to promote your art, this workshop will show you how to better engage with your audience! Presented in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council.


for more information.

Everything But The House Online Auction Fundraiser

Donation Drop-off Begins Feb. 12, 2024

This March, we will once again be hosting an online auction with Everything But The House! Items generously donated by you, our community members, will be auctioned to raise funds to benefit Ohio Craft Museum programs. If you would like to donate items to this fundraiser, please drop off at the museum February 12–March 8.

What are we collecting? Fine jewelry, designer handbags, antiques, paintings, quality household items, ceramics, glass, even furniture! Click the link below for a complete list of suggested items.

We are open Monday–Friday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Saturday, 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Closed Sundays.

Questions? Email