Spring 2023 newsletter

Everything But the House Auction Was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who donated items to our annual online auction! We were able to raise over $8800!

OCM Silent Auctions kick off May 7, 2023

We will once again be hosting two silent auctions in the gift shop during our “Best of 2023” exhibition. Items made and generously donated by artist members can be bid on in two auctions: May 7–27 and June 5–30.

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.

E-mail knagorski@ohiocraft.org


A digital image of yourself or your work to accompany your news item is also welcome. The deadline for the summer issue is July 1.

News on Members

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Board of Trustees

Outstanding Achievement Award:

William Brouillard

William Brouillard, a ceramics artist and instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art for 36 years, has received Ohio Designer Craftsmen's Outstanding Achievement Award for his own work and for his dedication to educating young artists in the state. Brouillard will accept the award during the opening reception of “Best of 2023,” Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. Read more about him and his work here:

ODC Achievement Award: William Brouillard

Best of 2023

May 7–July 8, 2023

2023 marks the 40th year of ODC's “Best of” juried members' exhibition! This year’s exhibition will showcase works by 71 artists. Juror Steve Smith, retired professor of art at Defiance College, selected 78 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media from over 300 entries. Seventeen artists received awards of excellence in the annual members competition.


The exhibition opens with a May 7 reception at the Ohio Craft Museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The awards presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. At that time, the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to William Brouillard.

Best of 2023 Award Winners

Challenge Drive Contributors

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Challenge Drive and other artist awards for “Best of 2023.” Your contributions allowed us to present over $10,000 in awards and scholarships to 17 artists:

Challenge Drive Contributors

Winterfair 2023

Columbus Winterfair is currently accepting applications for artists and marketplace vendors on Zapplication.org.

Application deadline is July 3.

To apply to Columbus Winterfair, click here

Cincinnati Winterfair Update

Functional Ceramics Recap 2023

Sunshine Cobb

Michael Kline

Held April 9–10 at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Functional Ceramics Workshop was, as always, a fun and informative event. Presenters

Sunshine Cobb (Montana) and Michael Kline (North Carolina) demonstrated their throwing, handbuilding and decorating techniques to over 100 participants. Regional artist Mark Goertzen gave a terrific talk on managing a studio and retail shop.

We are always so thankful for the Wayne Center for the Arts staff and for our volunteers—Board members Charity Waugh and Brandon Knott, and Matt Neff, Tim Frederich, Cary and Stephanie Hulin. Stay tuned for 2024 details! It's going to be a good one!


We’re Celebrating THREE anniversaries in 2023!

2023 marks three exciting milestones for Ohio Designer Craftsmen

and the Ohio Craft Museum!

  • The 60th year of Ohio Designer Craftsmen as an organization.
  • The 40th year of our annual "Best of" juried members exhibition.
  • The 30th year in our current building at 1665 W. Fifth Ave. in Grandview Heights.

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook for features highlighting our rich history of supporting fine craft artists in Ohio. We’d love to include memories from our members! Share stories/photos by sending them to Nichole at nredinger@ohiocraft.org.

Reserve Your Free Spot

Lunch & Learn Art

May 18, 2023

In this free Lunch & Learn workshop, poet Cynthia Amoah will guide participants in the

artistic process of writing poetry. The Lunch & Learn Art program is sponsored in honor of Judith Vierow.