For its 2016 artist focus, American Craft Week chose to search for exceptional craftspeople under the age of thirty. Nominations were open for talented artists who were under the age of thirty on December 31, 2016. The thirty winners comprise our spotlight exhibit, Rising Stars. Our purpose was to discover great craft and foster the careers of these talented and creative artists.

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DANIELLE GERBER, 26 DMG Designs

Portland, ME

My copper and bronze sculptures utilize the form of the vessel with natural textures and forms that are created through the traditional silversmithing technique, raising. I choose to use the shape of the vessel because of our already intimate relationship with this form. I utilize the inherent qualities of the vessel, the implication of function, and natural patterns and textures to invite one to touch and caress these objects. I hope that this can begin to develop a personal relationship, engaging both a visual and sensual experience. I use high-quality, infinitely recyclable materials, as well as a technique that creates life long products, to add value to the objects; and possibly make the viewer question the nature of our materialism.

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In the jurying process, The ACW National Committee looked for these characteristics:

excellence in design and skill level
an impressive body of work
a strong commitment to working as a craftsperson
work exhibited and/or offered for sale to the public
a commitment to community and social values
Please join us in congratulating the winners! Their works are an outstanding testimony to the promising future of handmade American craft.