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The Society of Arts and Crafts is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Artist Awards. This year, we award three talented women who have a wide variety of skills and knowledge: Tanya Crane (jewelry, metalsmithing and fiber) Janice Jakielski (ceramics and fiber); Julie Morringello (wood, lighting design).

Tanya Crane takes inspiration from her new home in Pawtucket, markedly different from southern California, where she was raised. She investigates industry and labor, the founding of the nation, and racial identity through material and technique. Tanya's jewelry is scaled up, which she makes using metals, enamel, and textiles.

Janice Jakielski has been experimenting with tape-cast porcelain, an industrial process of making paper-thin ceramic sheets. She excels at taking challenging material and transforming it into three-dimensional forms that look like, but are most certainly not, vessels. Alongside working with tape-cast porcelain, Janice is a potter, a glass blower, a textile artist, a beekeeper, and a teacher.

Julie Morringello founded Modernmaine in 2011 to introduce contemporary and exciting lighting designs for residential and commercial interiors. With a background in industrial design and furniture design, Julie considers lighting an important factor of interior spaces. She hand builds each light in a range of materials and her most recent collection glows with the use of of ultra-thin plywood, folded like paper.

The Society would like to thank the jurors Marilyn Zapf of Asheville, North Carolina, and Ellen Wieske of Dow, Maine for their discerning eyes.

These three craftswomen will comprise the Society's summer exhibition entitled Artist Awards, open June 29 through October 28.  Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, June 29th from 6:00-9:00pm at 100 Pier Four Blvd. This event is free and open to the public. Register Online

Tanya Crane

Janice Jakeilski

Julie Morringello