2014 American Bamboo Society Arts and Crafts Awards

American Bamboo Society
2014 Arts and Crafts Awards
By Charissa Brock
This year there were 11 entries from two countries.
1st place Anthony Scheffler $1000
2nd place Michael Kanner $450
3rd place Melinda Ramos $250
4th place Richard Kroll $100
5th place Helen Heibert $100
The jurors were selected from a pool of practicing professional artists and past award winners. Please see more about the jurors at the bottom of this article.
Honorable Mention Helen Heibert $100
The Wish is a permanent interactive and multi-sensory art installation created by paper artist Helen Hiebert, installed at Anythink Huron Street library in Denver, Colorado. The Wish features a seven foot diameter dandelion sculpture made of 300 handcrafted paper seeds, representing the wishes of individuals from the Anythink Huron Street community and around the globe. The Wish is suspended from the ceiling and is made of paper disks ranging in size from 6” to 8” in diameter. Each disk is connected to a 3’ long bamboo stake, and each stake is inserted into a hole in a central wooden core. Bamboo was the perfect material for this project, because of its long thin length, its rigidity, and the fact that the stakes are hollow. Each paper disk is connected to a stake with a brass pin which pierces the paper and is inserted into the hollow stake with a bit of museum putty to hold it in place.

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Honorable Mention Richard Kroll $100
“I believe that the structure and beauty of bamboo canes produce unique and attractive writing instruments. The nodes naturally form a decorative top, while the epidermis ages with use to a fine patina. The hollow of the internode provides a convenient starter for the pen mechanism channel.”

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3rd place Melinda Ramos $250
Melinda primarily constructs boxes, vessels, and sculptures. The artist enjoys juxtaposing earthy aesthetics with colorful accents adding excitement to the natural woods used. She often incorporates bamboo and bamboo slices into her work which accentuates the Asian influence seen in her work.

Ramos Older Work (3) Ramos Older Work Ramos Wedding Box (3) Ramos Wedding Box 6 x 4.5 x 5.5 Ramos Jewelry Box 10.75 x 7.5 x 7.5
2nd place Michael Kanner $450
Michael Kanner has been making and playing flutes since 1974 when he learned the art of shakuhachi with Monty Levenson.He has given workshops with Paul Horn and Al Huang at Esalen Institute in Big Sur,Ca. He is a Spectra artist with the Cultural Council in Santa Cruz County and teaches flute making to children in the schools as well as craft fairs and libraries in Hawaii and the U.S.He has been a programmer of world music at KUSP FM for30 years.
He is a member of the American Bamboo Society.

1st place Anthony Scheffler $1000
I am proposing, with the help of the American Bamboo Society, to continue to explore the use of bamboo in the creation of fine craft forms. Funds awarded by the American Bamboo Society will be used to obtain a variety of bamboos needed to extent my current series of contemporary bamboo vessels, including contemporary styled teapots and cremation urns.

Tall Tea (1), 2012, Bamboo, 22.5x7x2, Scheffler Sacred Tea (2), 2012, Bamboo, 9x6.5x4, Scheffler ??????????????????????????????????????? GreenTea (2), 2011, Bamboo, 13x4x2.5, Scheffler Eastern Gift-Small, 2012, Bamboo&Bloodwood, 4x3.5x3.5, Scheffler Eastern Gift-Large, 2012, Bamboo&Spaltedwood, 5x8x3.5, Scheffler
This Years Jurors:

 Jiro Yonezawa

Born in Japan, Yonezawa takes traditional Japanese basket weaving into the realm of modern art. He studied bamboo crafts at Beppu Vocational Arts Training Center-Bamboo Craft, Beppu City, Oita Prefecuture, Japan. He was assisted by his wife Kate in the jurying process.

Anne Crumpacker holds an MFA in the Applied Craft and Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft + Pacific Northwest College of Art. She received an American Bamboo Society 2012 Arts and Crafts Award.
Brenda Mallory received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art She has received numerious grants including one from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation. Her mixed media work consists of individual sculptures to large-scale installations.

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