Our next exhibit will be with the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show on the first weekend of April (April 4-6) at the 23rd Street Armory. PIFS is the longest running national craft show featuring furniture and furnishings. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the PIF show (originally named the Philadelphia Furniture Show). It also marks our fourteenth year being accepted by the show jury to exhibit with them.
As usual the show will feature a wonderful array of artisan made goods: furniture in many styles, glassware (of course!), ceramics, textiles, clocks, wall art, and probably more. The high level of craftsmanship and the diversity of styles makes for a wonderful tour through the aisles. Jay and I take turns looking around and examining other artisans’ work when we’re not too busy in our own booth. We both enjoy learning about how other fine crafts people fabricate their pieces. At a show like PIFS all you have to do is talk to a vendor and ask a question or two and you can learn a lot.
Jay and I have been working on some new fused glass designs that will debut at the show. We’ll probably be making, baking, and taking things from the kiln up until show week. You’re getting a sneak preview of a few pieces here.
A Preview Party benefiting the Philadelphia Art Alliance is set for Friday, April 4, from 6 to 9 pm. Special guests, music, food, and a live auction during the party will kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of the show. Preview Party ticket prices and details are posted on the show website.
Saturday hours are 10:00 am to 7 pm. Sunday hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Request a half-off admission card from us and we can send it via email. Otherwise show tickets are $12 advance purchase from the show website or $15 at the door. You can also purchase a $20 combined day pass that will get you in both Saturday and Sunday.
If you go to the show, there’s easy parking in a ramp across the alley from the 23rd Street Armory. While you’re there you might want to try one of the good restaurants in the area. Last year Jay and I had a good dinner at Aya’s Cafe in the Logan Square area a few blocks from the show. Aya’s has a Mediterranean menu and is open for lunch and dinner. The year before we ate a delicious lunch at the Erawan, which claims to be the first Thai restaurant in Philadelphia. The Erawan is just down the street from the Armory at 123 S 23rd Street.
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