John Cameron: Road to the American Craft Show

By | April 19, 2016

Thank you to John Cameron who shared his preparation for the Smithsonian Craft Show in the following blog posts.  Scroll from the bottom if you want to read start to beautiful finish!

John has arrived in D.C. for the Smithsonian American Craft Show – Now to April 24 – and sends the following postcard shots:

 

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The Building Museum from the south

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The White House helicopter from below.

 

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Across the Potomac

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The Martin Luther King Memorial

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Booth #325

 

We continue to follow John Cameron’s progress as he readies for the Smithsonian American Craft show, April 21 to April 24, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

Post 6: DC Bound

One last post before I pack up for the trip to D.C.

Here’s a few pictures from a new piece I created for the Craft Show.  With a fairly straightforward cabinet, I thought I would do something interesting with the interior….

What was I thinking?

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Phew, that’s better!

Cameron: Smithsonian Craft Show

I’ll hope to post a shot or two from the show and please stop by and visit if you do find yourself in D.C. this weekend.  I’ll be at Booth #325.

Post 5: Countdown Begins

Lots of last minute preparation underway but I am really pleased with my exhibit and looking forward to the upcoming trip to DC.

If you do attend the show, please stop by and say hello.  I’ll be at Booth #325.

Cameron: Smithsonian Craft Show

Post 4: Silent Auction Donation

As a reminder, the Smithsonian American Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to support education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian.

Each year, the Women’s Committee hosts a silent auction with amazing work by many of the participating artists, and  proceeds go to such a great cause that it feels right to donate a small piece of my work.

This year I’ve created “Orchard Box”, Vermont Apple, Swiss Pear, and Pennsylvania Cherry, with a scene of Cherry blossoms engraved in a medallion set into the top.

 

Cameron: Orchard Box

 

 

Post 3: John Cameron, ‘Road to the American Craft Show’ – Location, Location, Location

The National Building Museum was built right after the Civil War and originally used  to house records for Veterans and to assist with disabilities.

Here’s an outside shot I took last year.

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And if you think the outside of the building is beautiful, it only gets more magnificent when you head indoors.

Here’s my display.  You really get a sense of the scale of the building columns.

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Looking up:

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The other exhibitors.  My booth is visible –  small, but right in the center, almost behind one of the giant columns:

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Imagine walking through that beautiful building and seeing the best in American arts and craft all in one place.  Truly a great event and I’m proud to be a part of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post 2: John Cameron, ‘Road to the American Craft Show’ – Inspiration

I was thinking about a small but amazing plank of English Oak and a design started to form. It actually came to me when I was asleep  – I sketched the piece, refined the sketch and started looking for more wood with the same outstanding qualities.

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Now a quick shot of the work in progress:

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Check back soon to see more!

Post 1: John Cameron, ‘Road to the American Craft Show’ – Getting Selected

Cameron: EngravingCongratulations to Furniture Master John Cameron who has been selected to exhibit at the 2016 Smithsonian American Craft Show.

We’ll follow his progress as he readies for the show in a series of blog posts: John Cameron: Road to the American Craft Show.

This will be John’s third visit to the American Craft Show which features 121 of the premiere artists in the United States, chosen from 1,100 applicants.  There will be only six other furniture makers exhibiting this year.

The show will take place April 21 to April 24, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., and represent all facets of contemporary design and craft, including: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood.

The Smithsonian American Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to support education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian.

For more information: American Craft Show: www.smithsoniancraftshow.org

To see more of John Cameron’s work: www.johncameroncabinetmaker.com

Pictured is John Cameron’s 3 Twins #3 which he exhibited at the 2015 Craft Show with a detailed shot of his engraving.  Photo by Bill Truslow.

Cameron: 3 Twins #3