Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft. Artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, who work professionally in clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber, mixed media, or some combination of these media may, apply.

Important Statement of Criteria:
Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • A strong and consistent body of original work created in the past three years, represented by ten professional-quality images.

  • A record of participation in five recent invitational or juried exhibitions at the regional, national, or international level.

  • An artist statement about your work.

NWDC Bylaws require members to:

  • Be a designer, artist, or craftsperson who has achieved a high standard of artistic and technical proficiency,

  • Subscribe to high ethical standards in all matters pertaining to his or her art and craft,

  • Show an interest in promoting public awareness of and appreciation for design, artistry and craftwork,

  • Have an interest in actively participating in the work of NWDC.

Applications are accepted from August 1 through October 15. Acceptance to NWDC is by jury requiring majority vote of the membership. Notification of acceptance is in early December. If accepted, membership dues are $50 per year.

A link to the application is provided below. Questions? Contact the Membership Chair at NWDCMembership@gmail.com.

Why Members Join

  • Members get to know and network with members, all of whom are among the best in their fields. Friendships are made. Superb potlucks are consumed.

  • NWDC provides members with opportunities to exhibit throughout the region. In 2018, we had a three month long member exhibition at the Washington State Convention Center. In 2019, we had a Spring show at the Schack Art Center in Everett and a Fall show scheduled at Allied Arts in Richland, WA.

  • New members will have an opportunity to exhibit and participate in the Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition and Symposium. This symposium, in partnership with the Schack Art Center in Everett, takes place March 5 - April 11, 2020. The exhibitions will be curated and juried by three well-known jurors, with national reputations, enabling our members to show their work to influential decision makers. Submissions of work will be due the first week of January 2020. The weekend symposium also includes a panel discussion and opening reception featuring the jurors, as well as workshops, a tour of local studios and galleries and other activities. A catalog is in the planning.

  • At its heart, NWDC’s mission is education. Our quarterly programs provide excellent updates on contemporary craft, and its practice, for both members and the public. The Living Treasures Project educates and celebrates a legacy of fine craft in the Pacific Northwest.

  • NWDC has built partnerships with regional museums, such as the Bellevue Art Museum (BAM), offering programming and contacts that will sometimes feature our members and their work. NWDC members Carol Gouthro and Lanny Bergner will be exhibiting in the BAM atrium in late 2018 to 2019. A retrospective show for deceased Lifetime Member Ron Ho takes place at BAM from May - mid-September 2019. This exhibition is in partnership with NWDC.

  • Our quarterly education programs create opportunities to showcase our members and attract the public to understand and collect craft. Our new members were featured at our Annual Meeting in early 2019. Several of our members, who were part of the BAM! Glasstastic glass show, as well as Carol Gouthro and Lanny Bergner, gave presentations to NWDC members and the public at BAM in March 2019. During the exhibition at the Schack Art Center in April and May, several of our members gave demonstrations and gallery talks. In August, nationally noted jewelry artist Kiff Slemmons will speak at BAM as part of NWDC’s Russell and Marjorie Day Lecture Series. In 2020, there will be an opportunity for members to give artist talks, gallery tours and workshops in conjunction with the Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition and Symposium.

  • The Living Treasures Project has produced eight videos featuring noted Pacific Northwest craft persons and advocates of the crafts. The program educates the public about fine craft and highlights NWDC’s mission. Our newest and ninth video, featuring ceramic artist Tip Toland, premiers in October. Another video is well into planning stages.

  • NWDC’s Website, Instagram and Facebook pages help collectors find our members and view their images.

  • Volunteer opportunities allow members to be active in the organization and to deepen relationships with fellow members. These positions create an opportunity to develop leadership, as well as practical skills such as hanging exhibitions and curating shows.

Thank you for your interest in NWDC