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Some 60 percent of American Craft Council show attendees are longtime collectors who may be on a quest for a specific maker, style, material, or just pure discovery. The weekend-long artisan marketplace runs from March 15–17 at Cobb Galleria Centre.
Every year, the lines stretch down the halls of the cavernous Cobb Galleria Centre for the city’s best annual artist marketplace, featuring more than 230 artists. It can be overwhelming, so here's our cheat sheet on what not to miss.
Check out original, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind works of more than 250 top artists.
“Who knows?” says Charles Gandy with a laugh, when asked what inspires his ideas for fantastical knitted socks. With witty names like Dancing with the Stars, DreadSox, and Eyes of March, his creations are meant to inspire wonder, not to warm feet.
Long before Amy Sedaris picked up her glue gun or Etsy revved up a new generation of artisans, the American Craft Council helped build public appreciation for fine crafts. When the ACC Show returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre from March 14 to 16, the attraction will mark its twenty-fifth year in Atlanta. We recommend going to the show for motivation, then releasing your own inner artist with some of these local classes.
Over the last twenty-odd years of attending the American Craft Council’s annual Atlanta show, Alana Shepherd has purchased turned wooden bowls and cutting boards, blown glass salt and pepper shakers, leather handbags, sterling silver utensils, whirligigs, and a giant papier-mâché clock shaped like a zebra head, its tongue wagging back and forth as the pendulum.