The First Friday Preview 

For nearly 30 years, art lovers in Philadelphia have reserved the First Friday of every month for gallery hopping. To bring this tradition to you virtually, CraftNOW invites curators and artists for intimate previews on Thursday nights. 

Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 7:00pm (EST) 

Watch and enjoy a cocktail with Manatawny Still Works!



On the Agenda –
Pentimenti Gallery is hosting a two-person exhibition titled Breather, with sculptures by Austin Ballard and drawings by Erin Murray. Austin Ballard will be joining our program to describe his works in cane webbing and epoxy clay that form abstract sculptures that center movement and form. His multifaceted pieces weave through space and through themselves, both in concept and materiality. Using processes derived from textile pattern manipulation and ceramic slab building, Ballard synthesizes both traditional and innovative sculptural techniques to achieve dazzling effects.

Puzzle Jugs to Posset Pots! Obsolete Ceramic Forms at Winterthur Things change. People’s ideas of how to live, entertain, dine and drink evolve over time. Recipes come in and out of fashion as do the objects used to serve food and beverages. Join Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Leslie Grigsby for a behind-the-scenes look at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library’s ceramic vessels in now-outdated forms that were enjoyed during past centuries.

Anna Solomon from NextFab presents the upcoming digital conference Tools of the Trades. From March 23 – 25, Tools of the Trades conference attendees will have exclusive access to the experts, resources, and peers working in the Philadelphia region’s innovative craft community. Informative webinars, networking events, and instructional materials will provide conference attendees with their own unique roadmap for crafting success. An in-person closing event will be hosted Saturday, March 26, from 4-6pm.