Widely regarded as the country's most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft, the Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women's Committee to support its Grants Fund.
Join us for the 32nd annual celebration, April 27-30, 2017, and enjoy:
For more information about the show, visit www.smithsoniancraftshow.org
The April 2017 issue of Town & Country Magazine features Stephen Zeh nesting swing handle baskets, serving baskets, and trays in a piece titled Love Handles: the Charm of Functional Decor.
A important exhibition chronicling the history of American basketry from its origins to its presence within the contemporary fine art world.
It is now at the Museum of Art and Archeaology, University of Missouri, January 28 - May 14, 2017. It will then travel to seven additional venues in the United States through 2020.
A film crew from Martha Stewart Living came to our studio to shoot a video of our basketmaking. You can view it at:
Stephen Zeh Hand-Woven Baskets.
A celebration of innovation and creativity in basketmaking showcasing the cutting edge work of contemporary artists.
21st Century Basketry broadens the horizons of the Lighship Basket Museum to include the work of contemporary basket makers who have made significant contributions to the field of basketry outside of the lightship basket tradition. These artist's baskets are exhibited in museums across the country. They are featured as a new addition to the 2014 exhibit.
Stephen Zeh Baskets featured in the exhibit are the Feather Basket and Quadrifoil Basket handcrafted in brown ash, and the Fruit Basket Necklace and Maine Potato Basket Necklace in 18k & 22k gold.
The exhibit will run from April 24, 2014 through October 11, 2014.
For more information visit www.nantucketlightshipbasketmuseum.org
The Adrianna Farrelli Prize for Excellence in Fiber Art was awarded to Stephen Zeh at the 2013 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. The award, presented Wednesday evening at the gala opening night preview reception, was selected by the jurors for superior craftsmanship and design in the use of interwoven materials.
One of the leading public collections of American baskets will open in exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D. C. on October 4, 2013.
105 baskets made by sixty-three basketmakers will be on display. The baskets are almost entirely made of undyed native materials - grasses, trees, vines, and bark which the makers have gathered themselves.
This impressive collection of baskets was was put together by Steven R. Cole and Martha G. Ware. Most of the works were purchased directly from the basketmakers.
A Stephen Zeh Swing Handle Apple Basket is part of the Cole-Ware collection donated to the museum. At noon on October 4, 2013 an opening talk by the curator, Nicholas Bell, will be followed by an open house with the artists.
The exibit will run until December 8, 2013.
Information about the exhibition is at: americanart.si.edu.
A catalog of the exhibition is avaialable here
The May 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Living features the Nesting Set of Seven Swing Handle Baskets by Stephen Zeh.
In April we will have our work at the Smithsonian Craft Show in the National Building Museum.
In May we will be at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York, The Northern Virginia Arts Festival in Reston, Virgina, and at Paradise City in Northampton, Massachuesetts.
Tammy and I look forward to seeing you at one of the shows.
For dates, locations, and links to the show websites
please visit our show page.
Stephen Zeh's work is featured on the website the189.com. The article is by Mark Robinson, an English designer who started the189.com. On the189.com Mark's writes about craft and design. To see the article follow this link to the189.com
In September Tammy and I will be showing our work at the Fall edition of Crafts at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York.
Then we will be back in Maine for our 30th year at the Common Gound Fair. I will have a demonstration for basketmaking set up at the Folk Arts Tent, but new for this year, our our main booth will be at the Crafts Tent.
October will be our first showing at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
We will be showing in Richmond, Virginia in November at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond Craft + Design Show.
In December our last show in 2011 will be the Washington Craft show in Washington D.C. at the Washington Convention Center.
In July we will be at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. This will be our twentieth year showing in Ann Arbor. And we will be showing at the Mount Desert Island Craft Show in Maine.
In August our shows will be in Maine. The first is the Northeast Harbor Invitational Show. Next is the Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors Boat Show in Rockland at Harbor Park. Then we show in Bar Harbor at the Atlantic Oaks for the Bar Harbor Craft Show.
In March we will be showing our work in Atlanta, Georgia, Marlborough, Massachusetts, and Houston, Texas.
In April we will be in Austin, Texas for Art City Austin, The Fiesta Art Fair at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas, and at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York.
In November Tammy and I will be showing at the Maine State Musuem show in Augusta, Maine. This show is one of a series of shows put on by the Maine Crafts Guild.
Later in the month we will be in Washington D. C. for the Washington Craft Show and in then in Worcester, Massachusetts for the show at the Worcester Craft Center.
In December we will be in Morristown, New Jersey for the holiday show at the Armory.
We will be showing at the Portland Fine Crafts Show in Portland, Maine, The Paradise City Fine and Functional Art Show in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the Westchester Crafts Show in White Plains, New York in October.
Tammy and I will be showing our baskets hand crafted in the tradition of the Maine woodsmen, Shakers and Native American basketmakers.
And we will be showing our hand crafted jewelry - bracelets, rings, pendants, and earrings, in gold, silver, and copper.
Martha Stewart visited the Maine Crafts Guild show in Bar Harbor this past weekend. She took many photos of the artists and their work and featured them on her blog. You can see them at The Martha Blog. Many fine craft artists are featured. If you click through the pictures you will see some of our work too.
Join us at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our booth number is #A265
Tammy and I hope you can stop by and see our work in gold, silver, and copper, and our hand crafted Maine brown ash baskets.
The American Crafts Festival at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Our booth number is #253
The Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival will be Saturday, June 12 and Sunday June 13, 2010 on Long Beach Island at Ship Bottom, New Jersey. Our booth is number 45.
This coming weekend May 29 & 30 we will be in Montauk, on Long Island, New York.
We will be showing our baskets and hand woven jewelry at the Worcester Center for Craft May 14, 15, & 16. Our booth is #73.
Tammy has a new website for her hand woven bracelets, earrings, and rings in gold, silver, & copper. These pieces are very popular. They can be ordered by email or calling her at 207-778-2351.
We will be showing our hand woven jewelry at the Art City Austin (the Austin Fine Arts Festival) this coming weekend April 24 & 25. Our booth number is #409. Stop by and see our work if you are in the Austin area. We would enjoy seeing you at the show.
At the Fiesta Arts Festival in San Antonio Stephen and Tamberlaine Zeh won the Award for Best Traditional Design.
We will be showing our baskets and jewelry at the Fiesta Arts Fair in San Antonio this coming weekend April 17 & 18. We will be at booth #9. Tammy and I hope you can join us.
We were honored to receive the Juror's Award at the Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival this past weekend.
The Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival, April 8, 9, 10, & 11
If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend we would enjoy having you stop by our booth. It is booth #420 near Sundance Square.
We will in Texas for three shows this spring. The end of March we will be in Houston for the Bayou City Art Festival. In April we will show at the Fiesta Art Fair in San Antonio and at Art City Austin.
If you are in Texas or are traveling there Tammy and I would enjoy seeing you at one of the shows.
These bracelets are woven in gold-filled, sterling, copper, and 18k gold. She also weaves them in a combination of all three metals interwoven together.
We will be showing hand crafted baskets and jewelry at ArtFull Gifts at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine, and at the Worcester Center for Crafts Holiday Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts in November.
Tammy and I look forward to seeing you at one of the shows.
If you can't make it to one of our shows please call or send a note if you would like to place an order for an extra special Christmas gift.
Four rectangular baskets in different styles. The Open Carrier is one of Tammy's favorite baskets for carrying everything - lunch, magazine, purse. She uses the Quilt basket for pieces of material for her quilting projets. The Swing Handle Market basket is just right for summer farmer's markets. And the Oval Carrier is a lighter easy to carry basket for the garden, market, or for display.
We are getting ready for the Ann Arbor Art Fair July 15 - 18. We are in the original juried Street Art Fair in the area surrounding the Carillon Tower at booth A269. This is the fiftieth year of the show. We have been showing there since 1991. Stop by and visit our display if you are in the area.
These are the original designs I made when I first started more than thirty years ago. Tammy and I have used these baskets for many years in our gardens and in our home.
In July we will be at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. In August we will show our hand crafted baskets and jewelry pieces at several shows in Maine. You are invited to join us. Tammy and I would enjoy seeing you.
Nothing makes a table setting better than a hand crafted basket. Each of the serving baskets has a unique design, from traditional square bottom to round top of the bread basket to the vessel form of the French bread basket. These baskets are works of art that can be enjoyed every day.
Fall is one of our favorite seasons here on our small farm in the western mountains of Maine. Apples and pears are ready to harvest, the gardens are bearing their late crops of silver queen corn, Brussels sprouts, leeks, and kale. It is time to cut and split firewood for the cold winter ahead. All amidst fall colors ablaze on the hills and valleys. It is a beautiful yet tough place to make a living. Our baskets get put to the test during this busy harvest season.
These rectangular tray baskets take their name from the sweetgrass lashed into the rims and protective footer of the basket. They are perfect for flowers and herbs, letter writing, serving bread, rolls, and pastries, to display garden and orchard bounty, or just to enjoy a beautiful basket.
The weave of this basket is reminiscent of Gothic arches and was used in of some of the finest baskets made by the Shakers. It is a challenging weave that takes far more time that it looks. I designed this piece to highlight the complex weave and the beauty of the brown ash. It is beautiful on a wall or displayed on a table.
Tammy and I enjoyed showing our baskets and visiting with many friends and collectors at The Common Ground Fair this past weekend. I brought along a brown ash log and many of the tools I use for making the baskets. It was nice to see so much interest in the baskets and how they were made in the old way.
A prized centerpiece of an outdoor collection brings memories of days on clear running streams and mountain ponds. The Trout Creel is a limited edition and is signed, numbered, and dated.
For town and country or an evening out a Zeh purse combines style, craftsmanship, and functional practicality. Three Stephen Zeh purse designs now have pages on the web site, the Maine Packbasket Purse, the Trout Creel Purse, and the Swing Handle Acorn Evening purse.
A trio of exquisite finely woven covered baskets. They are the Feather Basket, Covered Swing Handle Basket, and the Sewing Basket. The Sewing Basket is a limited edition of five.
These are the signature Stephen Zeh baskets, finely woven, with bent loop swing handles and kickup bottoms. There are Nesting Sets of Three, Five, and Seven.
I recently put up pages showing the Maine Packbaskets. They are made with hand carved handles, rims and runners. The leather work is English bridle leather, handsewn with Irish linen thread. They are new to the website, but I have been making them and developing the design for thirty years.
Martha Stewart took a pack basket I made for her to a camping retreat for her sales staff last weekend. She is showing it off on her blog today. It looks great. Thanks Martha!
We were honored to receive the 2008 Award for Superior Excellence and Originality for our baskets at the prestigious Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. This was our 18th year showing there.
New this week are articles that have appeared about Stephen Zeh baskets in magazines. The magazines include Maine Home + Design, Down East, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, and Woodshop News.
New pages showing nine miniature Stephen Zeh baskets hand crafted in brown ash are now available for viewing. I hope you enjoy them. These are tiny baskets in a one inch scale and are highly collectible. I also hand craft cabinets with dovetail and mortise & tenon joinery to display collections of the miniatures and other fine collectible pieces.
Thank you for stopping by our web site. If you enjoy it, let us know. Send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tammy and I look forward to hearing from you.