The Maine Crafts Association and Maine Arts Commission are pleased to announce the 2018 Apprenticeship recipients:

Master jeweler Christine Peters with apprentice Nina Devenney and;

Master fiber artist Nancy Giesberger with apprentice Nina Ruit

The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, offers a statewide Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) for contemporary craft practitioners. The program is a concentrated peer-to-peer learning experience for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. The program serves to celebrate the role of the master/apprentice relationship as a way to generate creative entrepreneurship through the cultural sector. It addresses the need for developing sustainability and resiliency in the craft sector by allowing craft artists to acquire new skills, tools and management habits that help them adapt to the changing environment of craft consumers.

The number and quality of CAP applicants exceeded our expectations, leaving a difficult task to the 2018 CAP jurors Margaret M. Aiken: Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs, Colby College Art Museum; Linda Perrin: CAP 2016 Master Artist, Artist/Owner, Atlantic Art Glass, & Island Artisans and Founder/Executive Director, Artsworth and Carolyn S. Wollen; Trustee, Betterment Fund and Advisor, Maine Fiber Arts.