Presented by Wisconsin Craft, the fourth MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour, featuring more than 14 artist studios and 40 Milwaukee-area artists, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 1-2.
The free, self-guided tour highlights Wisconsin Craft members working in a variety of media, including ceramics, jewelry, glass, carpentry, photography, painting, and mixed media, plus up to five guest artists at each studio stop. Visitors can buy works of art in each studio.
Jean Wells, ceramist and president of Wisconsin Craft, a national organization supporting traditional and modern crafts, artists and artisans, believes the tour is a good opportunity for the public to experience the creative processes of local artists from the inside. , who often work from home rather than in-store. “We thought Milwaukee would be a good place to start an urban studio tour — we wanted to have a more intimate event where you could step into the artists’ space to see where they’re creating,” she says. “I feel like people are intimidated by artists, but it’s a friendly event where people can just explore.”
Wells noted that the tour, which attracts around 100 to 200 visitors per studio, has “enormous potential”. “It’s really a fun adventure,” she adds.
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For an interactive Google map and downloadable map of featured studio and artist locations, visit wisconsincraft.org.