WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 1, 2018 - American Handcrafted™ Philadelphia makes its debut under the new name February 16-18, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Formerly part of the successful ACRE™ family of events, it is now rebranded as American Handcrafted. Up to 500 established North American artists will be featured representing a full range of media, as well as newcomers to the contemporary maker movement.
“We are excited to return to Philadelphia this February,” said Allison Garafalo, Show Director. “American Handcrafted is the perfect platform for makers and buyers to connect. The quality and originality of handmade items continues to be a determining factor in consumer purchase decisions and we’re proud to offer the largest juried collection of wholesale crafts.”
Makers represent the highest quality of craftsmanship across all handcrafted media including accessories, candles, garden/outdoor, home décor, jewelry, one-of-a-kind gifts, personal care, sculpture, stationery, tabletop, toys/puzzles, wearables, and more. Examples of materials represented are 2-D art, ceramics/clay, fiber, glass, leather, lotions/salts/scrubs, metals, mixed media, natural materials, paper, recycled/upcycled, wax, and wood.
“As the maker movement takes off, we need as many channels as possible to promote our businesses and help them grow,” said Holly Stout, The Salty Cottage, Boston, Mass. “American Handcrafted has given me the tools to reach my goals for business growth.”
Representatives of art and fine art galleries, museums, modern gift and home stores, independent retailers, art institutions, mail order catalogs, resort shops, airport gift shops, and boutiques are expected to attend. The event also will feature seminars and networking opportunities — all in an innovative environment for makers and buyers.
“What could be better for artisans and gallery owners alike to converge at this one event that focuses only on handmade,” said exhibitor Heather Zondervan from Metallic Evolution, Guelph, Ontario. “It is easy to develop relationships with like-minded business people here and is, hands down, our best show.”
Sarah and Thomas Gelsanliter from One Acre Ceramics in southeastern Michigan, value the opportunity to meet with buyers and gallery owners in person at the American Handcrafted Show. “We love learning more about their shops and getting the chance to talk to them about our work so they can share our story with their customers,” Sarah said.
Stout, Zondervan and the Gelsanliters join hundreds of returning exhibitors to the Philadelphia show, including: Anne Vaughan Designs Jewelry, Arts & Passions, Barrick Candles, Davin & Kesler Inc., Dock 6 Pottery, Ed Levin, Inc., Francis Metal Works, Funky Rock Designs, Iannazzi Glass Design, Grant-Noren, Janna Ugone & Co., Karen Ehart Art Glass, Loomination, Macone Clay/Spooner Creek, Mikutowski Woodworking, Nelles Studios, One Acre Ceramics, Philippa Roberts, Patricia Locke Ltd., Sarah Richardson Jewelry and Shardz Inc.
This year’s show will feature more than 50 new exhibitors, including: Alexandra Gunn, Anne-Marie Chagnon, Baigelman Glass, Carruth Studio, Clay House Pots, Gary Bodker Designs, Mark Gardner Woodworking, ModdWare and ZPOTS Studio Pottery.
Opening day buyers and press are invited to attend a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lounge on the show floor. Attendees will enjoy complementary beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres, as well as giveaways to celebrate the show’s rebranding as American Handcrafted™ Philadelphia.
Registration for American Handcrafted Philadelphia is now open. Every qualified registration during November — the Month of Giving Sweepstakes — will be entered to win one of 10 $50 American Express gift cards.
About American Handcrafted
American Handcrafted™ Philadelphia focuses on artisan craftsmanship and design showcasing established artists representing all mediums along with new and up-and-coming makers from the contemporary maker movement. The largest all-wholesale handmade show in North America, American Handcrafted Philadelphia attracts a concentration of galleries, museums stores and independent specialty retailers to source quality handcrafted products. The 2019 show will be held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, February 16-18.
American Handcrafted is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve. More information about American Handcrafted Philadelphia can be found at americanhandcraftedshow.com.