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Pittsburgh’s new generation of makers is featured in the June/July 2014 issue of American Craft Magazine.

Innovation and ingenuity run through Pittsburgh like its three mighty rivers. The city’s legacy is steeped in innovation—from giants of industry and art such as George Westinghouse and Andy Warhol, to the invention of the public address system and Zippo lighter, to a long list of firsts such as the kidney transplant, emoticon and Big Mac.

Fast forward to the early 21st century and a new crop of makers, designers, crafters and tinkerers are setting up shop in and around the Burgh.

In her article, The Smoke Has Cleared: A new generation of makers rises from Steel City soot, writer Savannah Schroll Guz takes readers on a neighborhood by neighborhood tour of Pittsburgh-based studios, shops, museums, galleries and craft fairs—creative spaces and places that bring making, art and design to the forefront of the city’s identity, and help fuel the new economy.

Featured stops include Tugboat Printshop, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Assemble, Society for Contemporary Craft, the Mattress Factory, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and many more.

Read the entire feature on Pittsburgh makers in American Craft Magazine.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...