Craft + Design

Permanent Collection

Mint Museum Uptown


This collection celebrates moments of artistic and design excellence in the areas of glass, fiber art, metal, studio jewelry, design, studio furniture, wood art, and clay.

The Mint Museum collects international contemporary decorative arts in the areas of glass, fiber art, metal, studio jewelry, design, studio furniture, wood art, and clay. The Craft + Design Collection celebrates exceptional moments of artistic and design excellence. While works range in date from the mid-20th century to the present, the museum’s collecting focus is on the 21st century.

Mint Museum Uptown, which opened in October 2010, offers an incredible opportunity to exhibit more of the museum’s permanent collection with expanded exhibition space. The Mint Museum continues to build a collection of masterworks, produce scholarly publications, and collaborate closely with contemporary artists, keeping the museum at the forefront of the world of contemporary decorative arts.

The craft and design world has seen significant changes since the Mint Museum of Craft + Design opened its doors in 1999. In response to these changes the museum strives to become a forum for dialogues about current issues of concern in the field, such as craft theory, aesthetics, and technology. Forging alliances within Charlotte, North Carolina, nationally, and internationally, the museum is finding new ways to integrate craft and design into the broader conversation about art and society.

Craft in the Laboratory Catalog

Exhibition Keepsake

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Thank You to our Sponsors

Craft in the Laboratory: The Science of Making Things is generously presented by Müller Corporation and the Craft & Trade Academy.

Generous individual support provided by Beth and Drew Quartapella, Mary Anne (M.A.) Rogers, Ann and Michael Tarwater, and Rocky and Curtis Trenkelbach. Craft in the Laboratory is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is supported by the John and Robyn Horn Foundation. Special thanks to STARworks Ceramics for hand crafting materials to help enhance this Mint Museum-organized exhibition.

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