Wednesday, March 4

10E2433: Rare Craft Fellowship

What, you already saw this clip? Anthony Bourdain starting a new show celebrating craft of various kinds. As you would expect he is fully conscious of the dilution of this word. Great ender; "Make it by hand. Take your time". Steak au poivre cooked on the skilletron at Borough Furnace? Love it. They won't all have a food tie-in I don't imagine...

American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Awards in association with The Balvenie 
[Anthony] Bourdain will serve as the lead juror for this highly coveted award in both 2015 and 2016. Presented annually for contributions to the maintenance and revival of traditional or rare crafts in America, the Fellows will receive an exclusive trip to Scotland and a $10,000 endowment to go towards materials to continue their crafts. The four additional finalists will receive a $5,000 endowment. This year the announcement will take place in New York City on March 10th, 2015. 
Thanks to the American Craft Council and Balvenie I have been part of the panel judging this years Rare Craft Fellowship, along with several academics and writers and Mr. Bourdain.  It has been extremely educational (and hell, fun) and really looking forward to announcing this year's Fellow and finalists. I'll be in NY next week for the formal announcement and knocking around town. 

The Raw Craft show itself looks great too - firing off (see what I did there) with that trip to Borough Furnace. Long time 10e obsessives might remember them from their kickstarter a few years ago. My iron bottle opener will probably outlive me... you got yours too right??