With big machines churning out everything from t-shirts to dressers en masse, the recently-opened exhibition at MFA Boston is a breath of fresh air. As the selection of the 41 featured artists reveals, the art of contemporary craft and design is alive and well.
Born in South Africa, Keep has been experimenting with ceramics since the late 1970s. A master of his craft, he has taken to using computer codes and 3-D printing to help add texture, pattern, and dimension to his works.
Pictured here is Sound Surfaces: Benjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, a collection of four 3-D printed porcelain clay vessels.
Using patchworking techniques to make whimsical jewelry from makrofol – a material found in bike helmets and solar panels – John's designs are both colorful and innovative.
Pictured here is Wittenberg (2014), one of John's makrofol creations.
Known for her environmental sculptures, Lipman's large-scale displays often depict ravaged tablescapes popular in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings.
Pictured here is Cut Table (2014), which centers on a disheveled, glass table setting atop and equally disturbed table.
Krogh is no ordinary textile artist. Instead of typical thread filaments, she weaves her masterpieces using flexible, transparent glass strands. As light penetrates her tapestries, the visual display and color combinations magically change.
Pictured here is Ikat II (2011).
Mi architecture with interior design, Taylor's work highlights the corrosive effects nature can have both at home and in the context of larger societal and environmental concerns.
Pictured here is Tap Left On (2009-2010), a shellac, wood veneer piece mounted on a wall and ceiling.
Taking inspiration from the craft traditions found in her native Brazil, Nepomuceno brilliantly weaves together commonplace materials and items to create abstract, large-scale creations.
Pictured here is an untitled work from 2013 made from nylon, jute ropes, plastic, glass, metal, beads, bricks, and more.
Using his own diagnosis as a Type 1 diabetic, Bucci draws influence from the ways the disease can impact the human body. The result: mind-bending jewelry.
Pictured here is Trans-Hematopoietic/Black (2011/2014), made from nylon printed as one interlinked piece and dyed.
A German-native, Brachlow creates detailed glass sculptures that change color in different lighting.
Pictured here are Trilith XXI, Axiom Xii, and Syntax V.
Having crafted fiber-based objects for over two decades, Clark is no stranger to working with her hands. Through her work, she addresses a mix of political, personal, and aesthetic questions.
Pictured here is The Hair Craft Project: Hairstylists with Sonya, part of a series that places Clark's hand-made pieces into intricately styled hair as an homage to the often overlooked art of hairdressing.
For his part, Alvarez sees himself less as a maker and more as a facilitator when it comes to his projects. With a background in cabinetmaking and furniture design, the artist focuses on reinventing how things are made.
Pictured here is The Thread Wrapping Machine Chair 090415 (2015), part of a series of chairs held together solely with tightly wound thread and glue.
The Taiwanese-born artist uses scale, proportion, and a lot of creativity to turn everyday objects into new and unusual forms.
Pictured here is Huge Ladle (2005), a large-scale version of a common household item.
Think of Ian Stell's works as a a form of modern day needlepoint. The artisan weaves sayings and poetry into upholstered furniture.
Pictured here is Newdrift (2013), which reads "If I let go will I make Eastward or drift on to shore."
The husband-wife duo have worked together for years to create wearable, otherworldly jewelry.
Pictured here is RarEarth 3 Dichotomy #65F2 Brooch (2004), made from printed resin.
With a last name like that who knew her medium of choice would one day be Cameo glass. For Potter, it is the perfect choice for her creations, which explore the relationship between the self and the society we live in.
Pictured here is Pending (2014), a piece that depicts hand-engraved carvings of the profile pictures of all Potter's Facebook friends.
Jewelry design and metalsmithing are Ganch's main artistic outlets. She often creates her works with repurposed materials.
Pictured here is Drag (2013), a large-scale bracelet composed from bits of trash including spoons, buttons, and cups.
Using 3-D printing techniques, Viviano transforms digital renderings into small scale works, largely focusing on physical and visual maps that measure various aspects of urban life.
Pictured here is Mining Industries: Prudential Center (2015), which is part of an ongoing series that examines the effect of the collapse of the manufacturing economy at the turn of the 21st century.
The ceramist mixes traditional techniques with modern technology, video and lenticular photography to be exact, to create enchanting works that bring together the ways of the past with those of the present.
Pictured here is The Transit of Venus (2013), a set of six albarelli, jars historically used for storing apothecary supplies.
Discover more artists featured in "Crafted: Objects in Flux" and visit the exhibition at MFA, Boston now through January 10, 2016.