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Florida Craftsmen Conference 2000
Fiber Artists Meet in St. Petersburg, Florida

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Participants interested in fiber, mixed media, basketry, sculpture and metalsmithing will gather for the 2000 Florida Craftsmen Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida from Thursday, March 9, 2000 through Sunday March, 12, 2000. The conference is titled Inventions and Constructions: Concepts and Materials.

The conference will focus on the exploration of contemporary, nontraditional basketry as object-making. This is an opportunity to interact with internationally-recognized artists in the field of contemporary craft and increase the awareness, appreciation and understanding of fine craft art. The symposium will offer a series of hands-on workshops, demonstrations, discussions and slide lectures. It is open to professional and emerging artists, collectors and the general public.

The Florida Craftsmen Conference has been organized to coincide with two exhibitions. Inventions and Constructions: New Baskets being held at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery and the 47th Florida Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition.

Thursday, Friday and Sunday pre- and post-conference workshops will be led by internationally-recognized visiting artist presenters in the studios of The Art Center, in downtown St. Petersburg. Other events including lectures, slide shows, panel discussions and a keynote speech will be among the offerings.

Thursday Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Beginning Knotting: Making a "Wishing Cup"
    Kate Anderson
  • Plaited Construction
    Jerry Bleem
  • Experimental Coiling
    Carol Eckert
  • Small-scale Tube-Forming and Surface Embellishment
    Elliott Pujol
  • On-Site: Improvising Structure
    Gyongy Laky

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  • Sculptural Vessels
    Diane Banks
  • Beyond Twining 101
    Michael Davis
  • Creativity, Problem Solving and the Plastic Bag
    John Garrett
  • Patination for the Metalsmith and Sculptor
    Elliott Pujol
  • Imagery in Coiling
    Carol Eckert
  • Plaited Constructions
    Jerry Bleem
  • On-Site: Improvising Structure (Continued)
    Gyongy Laky

Conference Symposium:
A Day of Exploration Converstion and Visualization

Saturday morning features opening remarks by Jane Sauer and Michele Tuegel, keynote speech by Mark Leach, Director of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design and a series of slide shows by the conference presenters.

Saturday afternoon will be filled with seven break-out sessions at The Arts Center covering topics on the development of an artist's creative process and the business side of being a professional crafts artist. 

Sunday Post Conference Workshops

  • Beginning Knotting: Making a "Wishing Cup"
    Kate Anderson
  • Sculptural Vessels
    Diane Banks
  • Embellishing the Basket
    Michael Davis
  • From the Mudane to the Sublime: Creativity, Problem Solving and the Plastic Bag
    John Garrett
  • Creativity and Design or What to Do After I Have Learned a Technique
    Jane Sauer
  • On-Site: Improvising Structure (Continued)
    Gyongy Laky

For Additional Information Contact

Patricia Putman

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