Apply now for the 2014 NICHE Awards

By Carolyn Edlund

The deadline is coming up fast for the 2014 NICHE Awards – a celebration of the best work in fine craft mediums. Don’t miss your opportunity to apply.


"Curled Frond" by Ed Branson

“Curled Frond” by Ed Branson. Category: Glass, blown, 2013


One of my favorite art competitions each year is the NICHE Awards, which recognizes both professional artists and students who demonstrate outstanding design and craftsmanship in their work.

Begun in 1989, the award is sponsored by NICHE magazine, a major resource for gallery buyers and retailers. NICHE magazine was founded for the purpose of connecting art galleries and craft retailers with the finest wholesale crafts, handmade gifts and decorative art objects made in artist studios throughout the United States and Canada.


The Magic Bus

“The Magic Bus” by Lois Russell, Category: Fiber, Surface Design, 2013


This prestigious competition invites applications in the following craft mediums:

  • Ceramics
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • NEW – Holiday ornaments and decorations
  • NEW – Objects for the kitchen and for dining

The 2014 NICHE Awards deadline for professional artists  is September 17, 2013.

The student division of the NICHE Awards was created to encourage emerging talent and aspiring artists who are enrolled in arts certificate or diploma programs, art centers, craft schools, colleges and universities. Deadline for student submissions is October 15, 2013.

Find out more about this opportunity by visiting the NICHE Awards website.

Good Luck!



  1. Geez, THANK YOU! I don’t know how I almost missed this.

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