The NICHE Awards, sponsored by NICHE magazine, celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft. Entry deadline for professionals is August 31, 2007 and entry deadline for students is September 28, 2007. Categories include Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry, Home Furnishings, Goblets, Judaica, Mixed Media, Narrative, Recycled, Teapots and more. Judging is based on three main criteria: technical excellence, both in surface design and form, market viability, a distinct quality of unique, and original and creative thought. Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards exhibit at the February Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, February 15-18, 2008, and will be included in the Winter 2008 issue of NICHE magazine. Winners will be announced at the February 2008 Buyers Market and featured in the Spring 2008 issue of NICHE magazine.
Awards winners in the 2007 fiber category-Professional were:
Susan Leslie Lumsden - Pieced/Quilted
Izabela Sauer - Surface Design
Anna Shapiro - Handwoven/Knitted
Elizabeth Smathers - Decorative
Ileana-Olympia Andruchovici - Clothing
Finalist entries for all of the the 2007 fiber categories can be viewed: