Lanny Bergner “Celestial Body” in the Renwick / Smithsonian Collection

“I am very pleased to announce that my 2005 bronze, brass and aluminum mesh sculpture “Celestial Body” is now in the collection of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. A collector donated it to the museum. I am thrilled to have the work accepted into the Renwick collection.”

Congratulations to NBO member Lanny Bergner on his artwork, “Celestial Body” accessioned in to the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum.


This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases American craft like never before. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.

NBO member Polly Adams Sutton’s piece Facing the Unexpected is featured in the exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. from May 13, 2022 to April 2, 2023.  For more information, visit This Present Moment – Crafting a Better World

Shown above: Gallery. Photo by Polly Sutton. 

Eric Taylor – “A Basket Life”

Congratulations to NBO member Eric Taylor on the publication of his book, “A Basket Life”!

Eric shares story from making his first basket as a teenager, a lengthy apprenticeship, and then out on his own, developing his Cottage Style baskets. He also writes about how ash trees are being destroyed by the emerald ash borer and how it’s affected basketmakers around the country. Included in the the book is special section called “Hunt for the Last Black Ash” where Eric shares his journal pages that documenting what he is doing up in Wisconsin.

While there are no basket patterns or instructions on how to make a basket, it is autobiographical and talks about black ash, how it’s processed, and the work involved in making all the materials to make a basket from the tree. With 300 pages and hundreds of images, it is a book to enjoy!  Available in hardcover now, and softcover soon. For more information about the book, you can visit and purchase an autographed copy (with free shipping) from Eric at Eric J. Taylor



Nancy Koenigsberg Named to the American Craft Council College of Fellows

Big Red by Nancy Koenigsberg
Congratulations to Nancy Koenigsberg on being nominated to the American Craft Council’s College of Fellows

Nancy Koenigsberg

Since 1970, the American Craft Council has recognized significant contributions to the field of craft. Originally designated the Award of Merit, in 1975 the ACC adopted the distinction of Fellow of the Council, the body of awardees known collectively as the College of Fellows. Election to the College of Fellows continues to this day, the award a commitment “to honor those who have made an outstanding contribution to the crafts in America.”

“Koenigsberg is active as a consummate maker of her innovative, knotted wire sculptures. She continues to foster a community of textile artists, regionally and beyond, through the Textile Study Group of New York, as one its founders–over forty years ago.” ~ACC Awards Committee Member Pat Hickman
From the Fall 2019 issue of Basketry+, enjoy reading Nancy’s artist profile:
Nancy Koenigsberg - City View at Material Attraction

Nancy Koenigsberg – High Wire Act


Ed Carriere Honored with Community Spirit Award

Each year, First Peoples Fund honors and celebrates exceptional Native artists and culture bearers across the country through the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. These artists embody their People’s cultural assets in their creations and their way of life. Bringing spirit to the community is an important responsibility for artists — it is part of a sacred honor system.

Journeys: The Life and work of Jackie Abrams

The much-awaited Journeys: The Life and Work of Jackie Abrams, edited by artist and friend Beth Hester, is now available! This 52-page, image-rich book…

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze at the Cahoon Museum

As part of the “Interwoven” exhibit at the Cahoon Museum, NBO member Elizabeth Whyte Schulze gives a talk about her work and her process.

Remembering Jackie Abrams

Photo by Jeff Lewis


We mark the passing of a beloved and talented teacher, artist, mentor, and so many other things to so many people. Jackie was most recently an instructor at the NBO Conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2019. We were all so fortunate to have had her talent and influence in our lives.

Petria Mitchell, co-owner of Mitchell-Giddings Fine arts with her husband, Jim Giddings, says of Abrams, ” I’ve never known
anyone who could think through their fingers as she can – she has learned how to walk creatively on the planet.”

It is our pleasure to share this keepsake profile of Jackie that was featured in the Summer 2012 NBO magazine. (Click on image to read)


Judy Zugish Interview at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts

Take a break and enjoy this short interview with NBO member Judy Zugish about her recent exhibit at Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts Gallery. Learn about her world travels, and how she grows and cultivates willow in her 40 year old garden, preparing the material to make her unique pieces!


Barbara Osborne and Jill Heir in Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

NBO Members Barbara Osborne and Jill Heir have been juried in to the 2021 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. The show will be on view from November 5 to 7, 2021, at the Philadelphia Museum of Contemporary Art, and available online after that. “The talented artists represent a vast array of work in 13 diverse categories of art created by hand.”

Information at Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

Shown above: detail from work by Barbara Osborne