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Artisans in Louisiana and Clarksville have been honored by a national magazine for their craftsmanship of traditional American crafts.
Thomas and Patricia Hooper and Ralph and Caron Quick each won the highest award as a traditional artisan in this year’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts in the August issue of Early American Life magazine, according to a press release.
The Hoopers make traditional handcrafted pewter at their ASL Pewter shop located at 123 S. Third Street in Louisiana. The Quicks, meanwhile, specialize in handmade colonial style Windsor chairs. They own the Windsor Chair Shop, located at 107 N. 1st Street in Clarksville.
A panel of national experts convened by the magazine ranked the Hoopers and Quicks the top in their field. According to the judges, both showed mastery of the art form, heritage techniques and workmanship.
“The judges look for authentic design and workmanship, whether the piece is a faithful reproduction or the artisan’s interpretation of period style,” said Tess Rosch, publisher of Early American life. “Scholarship, as well as use of period tools and techniques, is particularly valued in this competition.”
The directory is a special listing that appears in the August 2013 issue of Early American Life, a bimonthly national magazine focusing on architecture, decorative arts, period style and social history from colonial times through the mid-19th century. The directory has been used for nearly three decades by curators at living history museums, owners of traditional homes, and motion picture producers to find artisans to make period-appropriate furnishings and accessories for displays, collections and use.
The August issue, which was available on newsstands last month, lists all of the artisans selected for the directory as well as contact information for those wanting to own their work.