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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.
Those whose work is selected for listing in the annual Directory of Traditional American
Crafts are allowed to display the Directory logo on their work and in their advertisements for a
limited period after their selection. This honor identifies their work and assures you that it was
produced by one of the best traditional artisans working in America today.
Those selected for the
Directory are allowed to display hangtags (shown at left) on the products they offer for sale.
The rules of the Directory competition require that artisans offer items comparable to those selected
by the judging. In addition, the items judged must represent the artisan's current work.
Artists selected for
the Directory are also allowed to display a small logo (like the one shown at right) in their
These are your assurance that the work not only meets the highest standards of skill
in its making but also has historical integrity. The designated work is true to the period it represents. Artists
are allowed to display the Directory identification for only two years following their selection
to assure you that their current work maintains the high standards set by the Directory jurors.
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Applications for the 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts are now available by clicking here. We must receive your entry before January 15, 2017, 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 2017 issue of Earky American Life.
The December 2016 issue of Early American Life has been mailed
to all current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of the December issue by early November.
All new web subscriptions will start with the December 2016 issue. Call us at 800-446-1696 if you have other subscription requirements.