1 A view of the handsome Corinthian columns of the National Building Museum - Built in 1887 as the Pension Building, veterans came here to pick up their checks. The vast interior, measuring 316 × 116 feet, has been used to hold inauguration balls.
2 Measuring 8'-feet in diameter and 75'-tall, these Corinthian columns are among the tallest in the world.
3 Another view of this magnificent space
4 The forces behind the Smithsonian Craft Show and Preview night - Preview Night Chairwoman Susan Vallon, and Craft Show Co-Chairs Nancy Low and Anne Marie Shuyler
5 The ceramics of Lucy V. Dierks - Her pieces express the joy she finds in nature, and is especially fascinated by the contrast that birds present. She places birds on her pieces to encourage contemplation and conversation.
6 We browsed in the wearable art booth of Sharon and Mark Diebolt, who make fabulous handbags using wood veneers.
7 Greg Klassen works with reclaimed trees of the Pacific Northwest, where nature inspires his work.
8 Greg Klassen's beautiful Pond table - His furniture making process begins and ends with the beauty of a slab of wood.
9 Another great piece from his collection http://gregklassen.com/
10 Speaking with ceramic artist Cliff C. Lee and with Wayne Clough, the Secretary of the Smithsonian. Mr. Cough is the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex with activities in nearly 100 countries.
11 Cliff C. Lee works on a potter's wheel with translucent porcelain. He then carves, applies, alters, or sculpts the porcelain to obtain the desired form. He uses a gas kiln to high fire monochrome reduction glazes.
12 Cliff C. Lee won Excellence in Ceramics for the show!
13 Pilar Guzman and I loved his pieces.
14 Here I am chatting with George L. Pearlman, who has been making pots for thirty years. http://www.georgepearlman.com/
15 He says he works hard at making something ever more beautiful and original.
16 Jewelry by Bongsang Cho, who freely experiments with traditional materials to express a new vision - http://www.bongsangcho.com/
17 Speaking with Michael Kane, who makes wearable art - He hand-dyes, discharges, and airbrushes 100% silks using ancient Japanese techniques of Shibori. http://michaelkanestudio.com/
18 A ceramic piece by Eric Serritella, who creates trompe l'oeil sculptures. Whether wheel-thrown or hand-built, his forms are completely hand-carved and transformed to mimic birch trees, the angels of the forest. http://www.ericserritella.com/
19 Beautiful and unique wooden cutting boards from Greentree Home Furniture - http://www.greentreehome.com/
20 Pieces by ceramic artist Jef Raasch - People and animals are the focus of his work, which characterizes the interaction of all living things coming together to form a symbiotic existence. http://www.jefraasch.net/
21 A table by Thomas Throop, who has always been passionate about wood and making things with it. http://www.blackcreekdesigns.com/
22 Furniture by Joe Graham - The backs of his chairs are split from the log to ensure integrity of grain in the slender members. Thirty years ago he began making traditional Windsor chairs and began refining those traditional elements to create his own designs.
23 Sitting on that piece with the artist, Joe Graham - www.lenoxworkshops.com/
24 Fabulous creations from Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens - They hand sew lenghts of natural braided straw, combined with synthetic straws into hat shapes. The shapes are blocked on handmade molds and finished with hemp binding, wire, and cotton belting. http://ignatiushats.com/
25 A piece by metal artist Wendy Stevens - http://wendystevens.com/
26 Wendy Stevens' iPhone cases are made of stainless steel with leather and metal components.
27 The pieces are hand fabricated with precision for durability as a versatile, modern accessory. A very clever iPhone case!
28 Baskets by Jennifer Zurick - These are made by harvesting and processing the inner bark of black willow trees. Her inspiration comes from the natural world, old tribal textiles, finely woven functional containers, and ancient processes.
29 Jennifer Zurick is compelled to create intricate, textile-like woven forms and finds great satisfaction in emulating the art and integrity of fine basketry.
30 Smaller versions - http://www.jenniferhellerzurick.com/
31 Hannah Milman and I talking with Dalton Delan - EVP and Chief Programming Officer at WETA. They currently bring you our Cooking School show and Baking Show on PBS.
32 Here I am with basket maker Mary Jackson
33 Mary Jackson hand-coils sea grasses collected along the South Carolina coast.
34 Speaking with wood artist James D. Borden, who blends kinetic sculpture with mechanics. His clocks tel time with wood - all wood gears, escapements, pulleys, and pendulums. This is his first year exhibiting at the Smithsonian Craft Show. http://www.timeshapes.com/index.php
35 There are no batteries, motors, or electronic gadgets involved. Called Timeshapes, they are uniquely designed and created by the artist using conventional woodworking tools and a gear-cutting device also designed and created by the artist.
36 Looking at Christy Klug's silver and gold rings, modelled after cigar bands. http://christyklug.com/
37 Hannah and I loved looking at all the jewelry.
38 Christy Klug's clean, minimal jewelry - Her work is an exploration of line.
39 Klug aims to create jewelry that has a sense of balance, simplicity, and elegance. Each piece is crafted by hand, so that her touch becomes part of the work.
40 Ceramic sculpture by Michael Schwegmann, who hand forms his pieces from wheel thrown and hand built porcelain pieces. He glazes his work to look like corroded metal and then applies other glazes. The additional glazes complete the illusion of the object. http://schwegmannstudios.com/michael.html
41 Ceramics by Jennifer C. McCurdy - She uses a translucent porcelain because it can convey the qualities of light and shadow. After throwing the vessel on a potter's wheel, she alters the form to set up a movement of soft shadow. http://jennifermccurdy.com/
42 Jennifer C. McCurdy marries the fine porcelain with the ancient art of gilding. The 23 carat gold leaf illumines the interior of the vessel, to reveal new curves and patterns.
43 Artist Bill Perkins from Michigan makes rustic furniture using willow and various twigs. http://www.sleepingbeartwigfurniture.com/about.htm
44 Tim Arnold uses traditional Shaker methods and domestic and exotic materials to build oval boxes. http://shakersawdust.com/
45 Posing with wood artist, Norm Sartorius, who creates the most beautiful and unusual wooden spoons. http://www.normsartorius.com/
46 Hannah with John Iversen, who is based in East Hampton and makes handmade gold and sterling silver jewelry. http://www.johniversen.com/
47 Ceramics by Peggy Loudon, who integrates form, proportion, and texture and strives to create work that brings a sense of beauty and calm to the home - http://peggyloudon.bksites.net/
48 The baskets of Samuel Yao - These sculptural baskets are uniquely designed and hand woven with materials from different varieties of palm trees, providing interesting textures, shapes, colors, and size.
49 A ceramic piece by Angela Cunningham - She makes exquisitely crafted, vessel-based sculpture that draws its inspiration from forms in natures. http://cunninghamceramics.com/
50 Jewelry by Emily Watson, who is inspired by geography, anatomy, and natural mimicry - She works in vitreous enamel, combining subtle fields of color with hand-drawn elements.
51 Each piece is meticulously finished to create a rich stone-like surface, quite different from conventional enamel work. http://www.metalemily.com/
52 Wood artist Holly Tornheim - All of her pieces are carvings created using both power and hand tools. http://www.hollytornheim.com/
53 She utilizes solid pieces of wood in their natural color in the designs.
54 This piece is called Release.
55 And this piece is entitled Following Wave.
56 We stopped for a bite at the Blue Duck Tavern, in the Park Hyatt hotel. We started with some delicious cheese and charcuterie, including a Lazy Lady Vermont cows milk cheese, and some very thinly sliced proscuitto. http://www.blueducktavern.com/gallery/blueduck/home.html
57 There were delicious crab cakes.
58 Colorful roasted vegetables with farro
59 We enjoyed this risotto with spring vegetables and chanterelles.
60 And of course, apple pie and homemade ice cream!