Why the Directory exists and what it does
How We Judge
How we select artists to be included
A look at Directories past
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The artists selected for the 2016 Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
Crafts by Type
See who has been selected as best in America in making specific crafts.
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Find out more about an artist selected for the Directory.
Directory by Year
A look at Directories past
What’s going on in the artist community
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Who We Are
The Directory of Traditional American
Crafts® is conducted under the auspices of Early American
Life magazine, which publishes the Directory and its companion Holiday
Directory each year.
Directory is administered by personnel separate from the editorial and sales
(advertising) staff of Early American Life. In other words, it is
neither ad-driven nor editorial-driven but exists as an entity unto itself.
Buying an ad or appearing in an article in the magazine is no guarantee of
selection for the Directory. Although the magazine may solicit ads from
participants, we also solicit from those working in the same fields who do
The magazine does make up whatever deficit remains in
the cost of operating the Directory after the entry fees have been exhausted
as its part in supporting the goals and purpose
of the Directory.
Directory of Traditional American Crafts® is a registered
trademark of Firelands Media Group LLC, the owner of Early American Life.
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2018 Directory Applications
Applications for the 2018 Directory of Traditional American Crafts are now available by clicking here. We must receive your entry before January 22, 2018, for you to qualify for judging and inclusion in the Directory. If you have questions, you may call us at 440-543-8566. Those selected will be listed in the August 2018 issue of Earky American Life.
We've mailed the
February 2018 issue of Early American Life to all of our current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of our new February issue by the third week of January.
All new web subscriptions will start with the April 2018 issue. Call us at 800-446-1696 if you have other subscription requirements.
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