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CRAFTSPEOPLE IN THEIR OWN WORDS documents the lives, experiences and creative endeavors of the exhibiting American crafts community while supporting the important work of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). CRAFTSPEOPLE IN THEIR OWN WORDS brings together 82 stories by 75 craftspeople, covering the period from the 1960s to the present.  

CERF is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of artists working in craft disciplines by providing emergency resources and continuing education benefitting all artists. Profits from the sale of this book will provide ongoing benefits to CERF. Visit for more information about CERF and its activities.  

CRAFTSPEOPLE in their own words is a compilation of stories recounting lives spent in the studio, on the road, and at craft shows. It chronicles events as diverse as a first craft show experience selling leatherwork at Woodstock, to surviving a flood at a street fair in Denver, to a perspective-altering encounter with a homeless man outside the Smithsonian Craft Fair. 

CRAFTSPEOPLE in their own words provides the reader with an insider’s view of the lives, experiences and philosophies of these highly creative people and is lavishly illustrated with more than 240 color and black-and-white photos. 

The book was compiled by David Bacharach, Valerie Hector, Ken Girardini, and Susan Levi-Goerlich with a Preface by Michael Monroe, curator and longtime champion of the American craft community. 

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