July 30 & 31, 2016 – Wilmington, DE
Highlights from last year, July 2015: 150+ makers
Every Day Objects, Elevated:
Featuring Stephen Fabrico
The PA Guild of Craftsmen brings Creativity to the Chase Center on the Riverfront
Wilmington: The largest premier fine craft fair in the Brandywine Valley returned for its 9th year. The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen hosted 155 creators at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in 2015.
This indoor shopping experience boasts a unique array of beautiful items that are all handmade in America, ranging from one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture, artisan furniture, and more and more.
Stephen Fabrico has been working with clay for forty years—in fact—he’s never had another job. Working in his studio, about two hours north of New York city, he derives inspiration from ordinary objects for his thrown, handbuilt, and slipcast ceramic sculptures. Lately, his work is created to beautify outdoor spaces; after all, when your home fills up with cherished pieces, you can still adorn your garden!
Using a “patchwork-quilt” process, Fabrico pours plaster over a found object, like a road cone for example, to create a press-mold for the start of the garden totem. “I like to find weird things and have fun with them!” exclaims the artist. Then, he may hand-build a small sculpture, like a bird, and throw a another small form on the wheel, which he then assembles with silicone, to create the finished piece. The format for creating these objects remains the same, while the finished pieces are always one-of-a-kind. Come check out his beautiful and unique creations, and take one home to jazz up your summertime outdoor oasis.
“When you buy handmade items, you are buying so much more than just a coffee cup, a cabinet or a beautiful piece of jewelry. When you buy handmade, you are buying inspiration, years of trial and error, thousands of hours of experience and countless stories,” says Executive Director Brandi Clark. “The Guild’s fine craft fairs allow people to connect directly to the makers and their stories. They allow people to find unique items that they will then be able to build their own stories around. We are honored to be part of such an amazing tradition!”
With this event, the Guild continues to unite an astute audience with exceptional handmade objects. The Fine Craft Fair is open Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $8, children 16 and under are free. Free parking is plentiful.
GENERAL PUBLIC INFORMATION:
The Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft Fair is open Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. Admission is $8/adults ($1 off with this article in hand, or coupon available from www.pacrafts.org), and free for children under 16. Free parking is plentiful. Members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen receive free admission! Join as a supporter of craft at www.pacrafts.org today. For more information, call 717.431.8706 or visit www.pacrafts.org.
Fine Craft Fair – 2015
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Other things to do while in Wilmington
- Events and attractions on VisitWilmingtonDE.com
- Take the kids to the Delaware Children’s Museum
- Catch a minor league baseball game at Frawley Stadium
- Experience art at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts or Delaware Art Museum
- Hear music at World Cafe Live at the Queen or the Grand Opera House
- More ideas at InWilmingtonDE.com