Seattle Artist Heads to Largest Craft Show

One of Powell’s designs

Jewelry designer Glynn Powell remains humble despite being the only Seattle artist accepted into the American Craft Council Show this February—the largest indoor craft show in the nation.

“I feel totally privileged,” Powell says, adding that this is his first year at the Baltimore show. Powell, along with thirty other crafters, will make up the AltCraft section of the exhibition. This small group of artists will showcase their latest works that illustrate innovative techniques. During the event, they will be sharing the floor with over 700 of the nation’s top contemporary crafters competing in other categories.  

Powell and business partner James Schultz have operated out of their Seattle studio for a little over twenty years. While they don’t have a website to sell their pieces, both spend plenty of time traveling the world and making a living passing through galleries and events.

Using a variety of precious metals, Powell saws, forges, hammers, stamps and rolls parts in order to create circles, coils and links. Inspired by ethnographic styles of jewelry, each piece is given an antique finish reminiscent of the ancient tribal pieces.

Powell plans to bring about a hundred of his designs with him to the East Coast, showing off his passion that he discovered in-between taking architecture and ornate design courses at the University of San Francisco.

It just sort of happened. I was like a fish to water,” he says about trying his hand at jewelry making. “Now, I just love my job.”