The American Craft Council (ACC) Show returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre for its 30th consecutive Atlanta Show on March 15-17. As one of the largest juried fine craft shows in the Southeast, the event features 250 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists, specializing in everything from handmade ceramics to fine jewelry, apparel, furniture, home décor and textiles.

Atlanta is one of four stops by the ACC offering area collectors, fans, and enthusiasts of design, craft and art a once-a-year opportunity to discover and shop the best one-of-a- kind, artisan-made craft items. The lineup of artisans includes both emerging artists — those new to the Show — as well as many that Atlanta patrons hope to see each year, like PJ Floyd and Ricky Frank of East Cobb. Three popular programs are returning:

ACC’s emerging artist program with some of the nation’s best and most unique new craft from elegantly sophisticated to edgy objects and wearables.

This fun for all-ages program with Atlanta area craft organizations and small slowbatch beverage, food and skin care companies offers hands-on demos and tastings from Just Bakery, Mudfire Studio & Gallery, Rev Coffee, Dirty Beauty, the Georgia Association of Woodturners, the Silver River Center for Chair Caning, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and others.

The School-to-Market program bridges the gap between higher education curriculum and the marketplace. This year the ACC is partnering with three colleges: University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd College of Art, Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft and Design, and Haywood Community College in North Carolina’s Professional Crafts program.

The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization that has been shaping the craft movement for decades with its annual juried craft shows, thought leadership conferences, awards of excellence, and a research library and archives preserving the rich heritage of American craft. For more information, visit

This article originally appeared in the March issue of the EAST COBBER magazine, on page 20. Click here to view the digital edition.