MAINE MASTER CRAFT ARTIST AWARD: HONOR. RECOGNITION. EXCELLENCE
In 2009, the Maine Crafts Association began to honor individual Maine craft artists each year by awarding Master Crafts Artist recognition for a body of work that is exceptional. This award will confer the prestige and acknowledgement that comes with having the artist’s work achieve a distinguishing mark of excellence.
2017 Anna Helpler, Artist Award
2016 Elizabeth Busch, Artist Award
2016 Tammy Knight, Supporter Award
2015 Rebecca Goodale, Artist Award
2015 Sam Shaw, Artist Award
2014 Sharon Townshend, Artist Award
2013 Theresa Secord, Artist Award
2012 Lynn Duryea, Artist Award
2012 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Supporter Award
2011 Jacques Vesery, Artist Award
2011 Michael Baran, Supporter Award
2010 Katharine Cobey, Artist Award
2010 Robyn Holman, Supporter Award
2010 Patricia Eltman, Supporter Award
2009 Lissa Hunter, Artist Award
2009 Fred Woell, Artist Award
2009 Christian Becksvoort, Artist Award
2009 Paul Heroux, Artist Award
2009 John Baldacci, Supporter Award
2009 John Rohman, Supporter Award
2009 Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Supporter Award
2009 Carl Little, Supporter Award
Master Craft Artists enjoy the following benefits:
- Lifetime MCA Master Crafts Artist special membership
- Award certificate
- Recognition at award dinner, taking place at MCA Workshop Weekend at Haystack in May
- Special press release/website feature
- Special Master Crafts Artist exhibition at Center for Maine Craft
This award is granted for a body of work and career of service in the Arts. Nominees’ work is judged through images of the body of work (and/or hands‐on examination of individual pieces),documentation of the artists’ career through resumes, portfolios, publications, etc. In reviewing the work of artists nominated for Master Crafts Artist awards, the jury is guided by these benchmarks: excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.
Excellence in craftsmanship is demonstrated by work that shows the highest standards of quality, a mastery of the medium far beyond basic and intermediate proficiency skills: attention to detail, and use of highest quality materials that further enhance overall design. Entire works are executed without technical flaw and meet their intended purpose, functioning impeccably.The appropriateness of technique and process are successfully united in pieces that show excellence of craftsmanship.
Inspired design is demonstrated by work whose design shows resolution: excellent
composition, employing tension and space to enhance overall design. Choice of materials and methods show innovation and mastery. Inspired design also surprises or intrigues the viewer.
Singular voice or style is an innate part of the master craftsperson’s expression. A conceptual richness evidenced in the work shows the nature, complexion and execution that mark the individual’s work as distinctive. It sets the work apart, not only qualitatively, but also in achieving an individual identity, readily recognizable as belonging to that maker.