The annual Washington Craft Show, opening Friday, will showcase the work of 190 contemporary artists in a dozen categories.
The professionally juried three-day show includes made-in-America designs by craft artisans whose work can be found in major museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The categories at the 26th annual show include basketry, ceramics, decorative textiles, wood, wearable art, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media and paper.
Washington interior designer Mary Drysdale says she doesn’t miss a chance to attend high-level craft shows such as this one. “I an in awe of these crafts people in this era of everything done by Photoshop on a computer,” Drysdale says. “I love seeing the quality of the pieces, and I like having one-of-a-kind things.”
Drysdale says she often incorporates pieces she finds into her interiors. She also uses the show to find people such as weavers and carvers who can create special projects for her clients. “Both from the clothing and decorative perspective,” she says, “these pieces just lend a softness and a special quality to any space.”
Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202 349-3000. www.washingtoncraftshow.com. $15, seniors $14, children age 11 and younger free. Special price Friday 6 p.m.-closing $6 (available at the box office only).