The Art of the Craft was the Tennessee Chapter’s focus for 2014. The membership enjoyed hands-on presentations in traditional skills such as portraiture, stained glass, woodworking, and stoneworking.
In spring the chapter spent an evening in the studio of Elizabeth Brandon and Joseph Sulkowski at Marathon Village, former auto manufacturing factory and now Nashville’s most interesting office building. The artists spoke to the chapter members and demonstrated some of their techniques.
Summer brought an open-house tour of Emmanuel Studio, makers of fine stained glass. Dennis Harmon is the primary artist and designer at Emmanuel Studio and has extensive experience in all aspects of leaded and faceted glass, including restoration and replacement windows for historic cathedrals.
Woodworker Alfred Sharpe gave an informative demonstration and lecture on woodworking in the fall at the home of board member Margaret Dunn. Ms. Dunn and her husband James own Vintage Millworks in Nashville. Mr. Sharpe specializes in period furniture and was the 2008 winner of the Cartouche award, the Society of American Period Furniture Makers’ highest honor. He works from his shop in Woodbury, TN.
In November the Chapter will hold its fifth Annual Meeting in Nashville. The event will bring together designers and tradespeople from all parts of the state to hear lectures and learn from presentations on the Art of the Craft.