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Pittsburgh, PAJune 3-12, 2016

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The Best of the Best (Round 1)

Sonja Sweterlitsch announced the award-winners of the first round of this year’s Artists Market artists this morning. These are the artisans you cannot miss, but they’re leaving Tuesday!

Best in Show
Tim Peters (Plaza Booth 93)


Tim and Erika Peters carefully craft porcelain vessels and sculptures. The intricate details of each piece are achieved with exacto knives and scalpels. Each piece shines like a rare pearl, the result of the iridescent glaze applied to each one. Tim Peters will be in the Artists Market until June 9.

Festival Award
Susan Loy (Plaza Booth 79)

A Festival favorite, Susan Loy creates literary calligraphy from her farm in rural Virginia. The process is such a painstaking one that in a year, Loy will produce only six pieces. Her background in American studies informs many of the pieces Loy produces. For instance her series using the text of the Constitution arose in the wake of 9/11. “I always start with the text and then work from there,” Loy said. Susan Loy will be in the Artists Market until June 9.

DSCF3699-2.jpgHere are the rest of the winners:

Juror’s Merit
Greg Stones (Plaza Booth 49, June 5-9) & Tim Roth (Plaza Booth 77, June 5-9)

Festival Honors
Chris Jackson (Park Booth 39, June 5-7), Gail Sorace Beam (Plaza Booth 20, June 5-9), Sunil Sharma (Park Booth 22, June 5-7), and Teresa Nilsson (Plaza Booth 19, June 5-9)

Honorable Mentions
Daniel Baxter (Park Booth 3) & Howard Blitchfeldt (Plaza Booth 92)