Craft Culture: Turning family tradition into modern day practice at George’s Shoe Repair

Looking at the pair of shoes, Luke George didn’t just see worn down heels, scrunched up leather, or years of grime built up on the once-white surfaces.  The cobbler knew these were more than just a pair of old dress shoes—they once belonged to his customer’s grandfather. They had history. A legacy. Years in the … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: From fire comes functional art at Elias Metal Studio

The two words employees dread hearing most came hurdling out her manager’s mouth: “You’re fired.” That’s what Lisa Elias heard 20 years ago when she returned home to Minneapolis after a two-week trip to New York for an experimental art workshop. Like many artists trying to pay their way, Elias worked a part-time job at … [ Read more]

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Rules of the Road: Understanging our shared responsibility to make biking safer in Minnesota

The alleycat bike race sounded easy enough: pedal to as many beaches in the Twin Cities as you can in a set time, and take a photo of yourself at each lake as proof. A scavenger hunt with a lakeside theme—the perfect Saturday in July. The morning of the race, Shaina Briscoe showed up ready … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: Franconia Sculpture Park

Rolling farmland and patches of trees dominate the last leg of the drive north on Highway 95 as you approach Schafer, Minnesota, a town of just over 1,000 people. Then, suddenly, the trees grow thin and open into a clearing of land, revealing a giant circular structure rising 40 feet toward the sky. This isn’t … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: Hand-thrown tableware from Ceramic Chinn

Two years ago, Alex Chinn propped open the lid of his electric kiln to inspect the 40 plates stacked inside. He noticed something he didn’t expect. Before firing the plates, Chinn had dipped each one in a white satin matte glaze. But instead of creating an even surface, the glaze had broken apart on the … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: American Craft Council artists to watch

If the Twin Cities weren’t already considered a top arts community before 2010, with the area’s many galleries, major arts organizations, museums, and artist studios, then they most certainly were after. That was the year Minneapolis surpassed 11 other cities to become the official home of the American Craft Council (ACC), after the group chose … [ Read more]

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