I Am a Craftsman
40 at 40
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi with 40 of its Exhibiting Members

By Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi
Foreword by Patti Carr Black

Photography by Roy Adkins
Text by Robin C. Dietrick

108 pages, 12 x 9 inches, 162 b&w and color photographs, foreword, appendices

978-1-61703-763-4 Cloth $40.00T

Cloth, $40.00

A spectacular showcase of Mississippi's finest creators and their work

"Craft work in Mississippi, like our music, our art, our literature, and our history, is as much a part of what makes Mississippi distinctive as our natural resources."
--Julia Daily, former Executive Director, Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi

Mississippi would be a different state culturally without the excellence of handcrafted products by the talented members of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi. For four decades, the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi has been a driving force in supporting local artisans and sculpting the craftsmen of tomorrow. Since 1973, the Guild itself has been exposing Mississippians to fine art crafted from our state's own valuable, natural resources by the hands of our own talented citizens.

This volume, with over 160 images, celebrates Mississippi's finest craftsmen, forty of the Guild's talented artisans on the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi.

The Guild's craftsmen fostered change in the way people perceive craft and elevated craft to fine art. I Am a Craftsman: 40 at 40 shares their stories and remarkable talents.

Patti Carr Black, Jackson, Mississippi, is the author of over twenty publications, including Art in Mississippi, 1720-1980; The Mississippi Story; Breathing Art; and Early Escapades. Roy Adkins, Jackson, Mississippi, is a photographer specializing in fine art and portraiture, with recent work appearing in Time magazine, Jackson Free Press, and Portico Jackson magazine. Robin C. Dietrick, Jackson, Mississippi, is a curator, writer, exhibition designer, and editor of nine books for the Mississippi Museum of Art, including The Mississippi Story; A Painter's Odyssey: The Art of Marshall Bouldin III; and To Paint and Pray: The Art and Life of William R. Hollingsworth, Jr.

108 pages, 12 x 9 inches, 162 b&w and color photographs, foreword, appendices