citizen of craft
applications open February 1st, 2023
deadline for applications
June 1, 2023
People who physically make objects understand that the making is only one aspect of creating culture: we need admirers and friends who are knowledgeable and thoughtful in their reception of our work, and who champion its grand diversity. This award is specifically for someone who is not a craftsperson, but without whom the craft community would be sorely diminished.
The first Honorary Citizen of Craft Award went to Sheryl MacKay for her enthusiastic, long-term support for the craftspeople of this province. By celebrating their work, Sheryl invites a broader audience to understand the skill, intelligence, and heart of our community – much broader than we could ever cultivate ourselves. The Craft Council of British Columbia is devoted to gaining recognition for this vibrant territory within the arts sector and we are deeply grateful for Sheryl’s ongoing appreciation.
Please note that there is an application fee for this award – $30USD – as this allows us to use Slideroom to engage master jurors from around the province to view, assess and discuss each submission.
Need a little help writing a nomination letter? click here.
Citizen of Craft 2022 Awardee Amy Gogarty is a highly regarded writer, moderator, speaker, and curator, who is known nationally and internationally. While maintaining an active art practice, she is a dedicated volunteer who contributes to the craft community in British Columbia.
During her career in Canada, Amy has been a tireless, informed author, raising the intellectual conversation around the ceramic arts.
During her career in Canada, Amy has been a tireless, informed author, raising the intellectual conversation around the ceramic arts. Amy was editor (with Ruth Chambers and Mireille Perron) of Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice, a contemporary anthology of socially responsible ceramics practice, and, along with Nisse Gustafson, of the third volume of Paula Gustafson’s important series, Craft Perception and Practice. She has consulted for many other publications, conferences and exhibitions. Applying intellectual rigour is an essential activity; raising awareness around the endeavours and accomplishments of craft artists. Writing, intellectual discourse, and historic knowledge all elevate the perception and status of craft, educating curators, galleries and museums still unfamiliar with craft practices. As a reflection of the respect with which Amy is held, through-out North America and abroad, in 2021 she was named an Honorary Member for NCECA, an American ceramics organization that captures global attention.