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Smithsonian Showcases Talents of US Artisans

The annual Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C. is the most prestigious show of its kind in the U.S. -- and one of the most difficult for artists to get into. This year, more than 120 craft artists working in 12 different media -- from furniture to glass and wearable art -- displayed their work in the historic National Building Museum.
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The 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
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The 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

Bob McNally invented the “Strumstick,” an instrument he designed so that anyone could play music.
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Bob McNally invented the “Strumstick,” an instrument he designed so that anyone could play music.

Ceramic art by Jennifer McCurdy at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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Ceramic art by Jennifer McCurdy at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.

 Shaker boxes by wood artist Tim Arnold at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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Shaker boxes by wood artist Tim Arnold at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.

Glass art by Carrie Gustafson at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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Glass art by Carrie Gustafson at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.

Wearable art by Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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Wearable art by Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.

A porcelain figure, from “The Shadow Circus” collection by Kirsten Stingle at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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A porcelain figure, from “The Shadow Circus” collection by Kirsten Stingle at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.

Twig furniture by Bill Perkins at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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Twig furniture by Bill Perkins at the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.

 A table by furniture maker Greg Klassen a the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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A table by furniture maker Greg Klassen a the 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show.

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