American Craft Show to feature room vignettes

  • Updated: April 12, 2013 - 2:27 PM

RSP Architect team: From left, Mark Ostrom, Melissa Jancourt, Mike Haug, Allison Bedore, Claire Gillis and Chris Weidenhamer.

Freedom and boundaries

Sally Wheaton hushcha

Three sculptural vessels by ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy inspired the room vignette created by Wheaton Hushcha of Wheaton Huscha Design Inc., Minneapolis. “They have a lot of movement, a lot of upward spiraling energy,” said Hushcha, who has a degree in ceramics herself. “I love the confluence between sculptural and functional.” She added a hand-dyed felted wool throw by fiber artist Anne Vincent. “The texture is just so yummy, and I love the way she handles the dyes.” The antique iron bench, a Renaissance-revival piece from the 1920s, is Hushcha’s own. “I like the structure and classicism that some of the older pieces offer,” she said. “I love combining that with contemporary, for a more up-to-date sensibility.” For the show, she’ll add two Chinese period chairs and a painting by her husband, artist Leon Hushcha. “It was important to me to show how special individually crafted pieces can be incorporated into a room setting, without seeming precious, but integrated.”

organic modern Greg Walsh

Walsh of Walsh Design Group, Minneapolis, got inspired by Scott McGlasson’s work, then realized the furniture maker was based in St. Paul. “He’s right in our own back yard,” Walsh said. He appreciated the “organic nature” of McGlasson’s pieces, and their “modern, clean approach.” McGlasson’s console and sheepskin-topped stools showcase the natural character of the wood, Walsh said. And McGlasson’s floor lamp showcases its bright-red cord. “He lets the materials be what they are.” Also inspiring to Walsh was a handmade wool rug by fiber artist Carol Sobieniak, a wire sculpture by artist Donna D’Aquino (“there’s a delicate aspect; it’s a nice contrast to Scott’s pieces, which have mass and weight”) and a piece of reclaimed billboard art by Twin Cities artist Jay Nuhring. “It has a clean graphic quality, but as you get close, you see the pixelation, and the detailed surface becomes interesting texturally.” For the show, Walsh will add custom digital-printed wallpaper, in colors to match the rug.

‘eccentric minimalism’ Robb Whittlef

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