Resources for Maine crafts artists. If you know of a link we should include here, please let us know. Listings are alphabetical.
American Craft Council (national)
For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council (ACC) has championed craft. Our founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities, and established a nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage.
Today, our efforts span the nation. We support professional makers through our unique nonprofit shows. We offer educational resources, including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Our national awards spotlight emerging artists and honor masters. And we promote the handmade through our resource-rich website and award-winning magazine, American Craft.
Artful Home is the leading source for original art and fine craft, direct from the original studios of artists nationwide. Artful Home is the newest incarnation of THE GUILD which was born in 1985 to help design professionals locate artists for commissions and special projects.
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
A year-round woodworking school on the coast of Maine. We encourage individual excellence with classes in furniture making, design, and related skills such as carving, turning, marquetry, and finishing.
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
For over 50 years, CMCA has offered thought-provoking exhibitions, education programs, and events to engage and enrich the community. Open year-round, CMCA invites you to come and connect with artists whose work reshapes the artistic landscape in Maine and beyond. CMCA’s Annual Crafts Show and Sale presents fine contemporary crafts every fall. Submissions for Work of the Hand are due in early spring.
The Cherryfield Art Initiative is a community-based, not for profit collaborative that supplies creative education to people who may not otherwise have the means to access it. We provide youth and families the opportunity to grow, connect and develop creatively; highlighting the value of empowerment of creativity through the arts.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
cerf+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists.
Engine: Propelling the Creative Community
Engine’s mission is to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford.
Factory 3 is a makerspace located at 115 Saint James Street in Portland, Maine.
Guild of Maine Woodworkers
All woodworkers, from beginners to professionals, are invited to the Guild of Maine Woodworkers where woodworkers can meet and share their knowledge and skills with each other. Monthly meetings include demonstrations, tool discussions, and guest speakers, as well as the popular “show and tell” where members show off their woodworking projects. Meetings rotate around members’ shops. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own shop. If you need help on a project, the Guild is the place to be. See the latest Dovetale issue for the location of the next meeting or contact us.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
An international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to three-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.
Heartwood College of Art
Heartwood College of Art offers to you a talented faculty of artists who are committed to the concept that art must not be isolated from the community, from continuity, or from necessity. We celebrate art as fundamental to the joy of living. We recognize the artist as a leader in the life-giving expression of the human conversation.
Maine Arts Commission
Building Maine communities through the arts
Mission: The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.
Maine College of Art
Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, Maine College of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, a Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as Continuing Studies for adults and youths, including a Pre-College intensive for high school students.
Arts service organization formed to promote the enjoyment and quality of Maine fiber work through education, display, celebrations, and networking.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the quality craftsmanship Maine has to offer, and the preservation of Maine’s rich woodworking history.
Maine Humanities Council
Organization that supports community programs in cultural heritage, contemporary issues, reading and literacy, as well as enrichment programs for teachers.
The State’s Maine Products Marketing Program builds recognition for hundreds of exceptional Maine made products, their producers, and Maine’s industries in general. MPMP is also very proud to provide marketing assistance and to discover and create new and expanded market opportunities for Maine’s many producers.
New England School of Metalwork
The New England School of Metalwork offers a unique blacksmithing studio found no where else. A professional combination of both traditional and contemporary tooling, techniques and instruction.
Nezinscot Farm Artisans Guild
To support the understanding that all process is art. Whether taking yarn to the loom or preparing rabbit for sausage making, the product of our hands is what nourishes our lives. Deeply routed purpose is the result of the creative process. All while working together in an encouraging environment and recognizing the parallel between a purposeful life and hands-on experience. skill sharing environment members will create in the community and gain experience from peers, advancing knowledge and technique.Membership is open to artists of many disciplines. All are welcome: Fiber Artists, Farmers, Culinary Artists, Charcuterists, Salumists, Cheesemongers, Bakers, Writers, Woodworkers, Soapmakers, Herbalists, Photographers, and Painters.
North Bennet Street School
NBSS offers accredited full-time programs and continuing education classes in a variety of craft disciplines. The School is located at an impressive new facility in Boston’s historic North End, the community in which it was originally founded in 1881. Learn more at nbss.edu
Penobscot Valley Craft Association
The Penobscot Valley Craft Association is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in Maine crafted products. We are one of the oldest and finest craft organizations in the state. The exhibitors at our shows are selected from the best craftsmen and artisans in Maine. Look for the PVCA symbol when you seek the very best.
Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston)
Incorporated in 1897, The Society of Arts and Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over one hundred years. Our highly committed founders developed standards of excellence in design and technical mastery for crafts that inspired the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
The dual mission of The Society of Arts and Crafts is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. To fulfill our mission, SAC sponsors exhibitions, the Artist Awards Programs, and educational programming. We also promote the work of over 400 craft artists in both our galleries on an ongoing basis.
Society of North American Goldsmiths (national)
Artists. Designers. Jewelers. Metalsmiths.
SNAG advances jewelry and metalsmithing by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community. SNAG envisions a diverse jewelry and metals community engaging in thoughtful conversation and critical discourse while preserving tradition and embracing innovation.
Founded in 1969, SNAG is a nonprofit educational organization with more than 2,000 members worldwide – comprising all aspects of contemporary metalsmithing.
United Maine Craftsmen
Membership directory includes address, contact information, and crafted products. Full show schedule, list of board members, and some photographs of crafts available.
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in midcoast Maine, offers transformative experiences for artists who create with clay. Through our residencies, workshops, educational initiatives, extensive kiln facilities, artist talks and public events, Watershed serves the local, national and international clay community.
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