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Handmade for Home: The Craft of Contemporary Design 

March 30–May 19, 2019 Past Exhibitions
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Wisconsin’s rich history of traditional craft and modern design come together this spring for a unique, artistic experience about home. Handmade for Home features the work of nearly thirty of Wisconsin’s top contemporary artists and designers who create sophisticated, functional objects for the home. Through an extraordinary display of vignettes, this exhibition celebrates the tradition of handmade one-of-a-kind pieces as well as new methods of customized design and production. From classic to high-end rustic and reclaimed, there is something for every aesthetic sensibility.

Time-honored techniques in furniture making find consummate expression in the work of Reid Eric Anderson, Patrick Burke, Tom Loeser, Charles Radtke, and Randy Sahli, while MIAD senior Maggie Jo Sanderson takes the newcomer award for her sleek contemporary desk design. Jeffrey Clancy, Chloe Darke, and Michael Route are featured with tour de force examples of silver and ironwork. And, modern rustic designs are celebrated in Cathy and Mario Costantini’s La Lune Collection and Dona Look’s birch bark baskets.

Cutting-edge methods of design and fabrication also make statements in unconventional museum displays of shower curtains, wallpapers, bed covers, lamps, and more in the innovative work of Reginald Baylor, Kelly Frederick Mizer, and Chasing Paper’s Elizabeth and Michael Rees. Re-envision home this spring at MOWA.

Upcoming Exhibition Activities

Free with Membership

Curator Talk
Saturday, April 27 | 2:00–3:00
Attend a lively talk on the Handmade for Home exhibition by Curator Graeme Reid.


Artist Panel
Saturday, April 13 | 2:00–3:00
Handmade for Home
exhibition artists share their work and stories: Pamela Anderson, Cathy and Mario Costantini of La Lune Collection, Kelly Frederick Mizer, and Mike Rees of Chasing Paper.

Interior Design Panel
Saturday, April 20 | 2:00–3:00

Interior design experts discuss how to integrate fine art into your home:
  • Tory Folliard, Tory Folliard Gallery
  • Cori and Gunnar Hedman, Decorators and Founders, Wildflower Organics (Austin, Texas)
  • Emily Winters, Principal Designer, Peabody’s Interiors
  • Laurie Winters, Executive Director | CEO, Museum of Wisconsin Art

Gallery Conversations
Saturday, May 4 | 1:00–3:00
Several artists from the Handmade for Home exhibition will be in the galleries to discuss their work.



Handmade for Home Artists
Pamela Anderson, Artisan Hardware, Milwaukee
Reid Eric Anderson, Furniture, Hawaii
Reginald Baylor, Textile Design, Milwaukee
Patrick Burke, Furniture, Newton
Jeffrey Clancy, Silver, Madison
Cathy and Mario Costantini, Furniture, Milwaukee
Chloe Darke, Silver, Madison
Fred Fenster, Metalwork, Madison
Emily Graf, Fiber, Madison
John Holzwart, Brooms, Sheboygan
Brandon and Dave Jacoby, Pool Cues, Nekoosa
Tom Loeser, Furniture, Madison
Dona Look, Basketry, Algoma
Sandra and Wence Martinez, Sturgeon Bay
Kelly Frederick Mizer, Textile Design, Brookfield
Cora Monis and Jordan Waraksa, FIDDLE + HAMMER, Mirrors, Milwaukee
Charles Radtke, Furniture, Cedarburg
Elizabeth and Michael Rees, Wallpaper, Milwaukee
Jim Rose, Furniture, Kohlberg
Michael Route, Ironwork, Frederic
Julie Gunderson and Randy Sahli, Furniture, Scandinavia
Maggie Jo Sanderson, Furniture, Milwaukee
Ryan Tretow, Furniture, Milwaukee