Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Technician and ’93 HCC Professional Crafts-Wood graduate,Caryl Brt’s artwork was recently selected for two separate honors. “Cache,” a desk organizer was accepted into The Wharton Esherick annual themed competition called “A Cure for the Common Desk.” Another of Brt’s works, “Carapace,” was selected as a finalist for the Niche Awards in the professional division.

The Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA is located at sculptor/furniture maker Esherick’s former home and studio. A leader in the studio artist movement throughout the 20th century, he was one of the earliest craftsmen to successfully combine art and craft. The Wharton Esherick show runs through December 31.

Brt was one of five artists selected in the Niche Awards "Furniture and Cabinetry” division. One winner will be selected in each category. The Niche awards are an annual national competition that often garners attention from major galleries and celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft. Categories include Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry and more.

Judging of entries is based on three main criteria: technical excellence, both in surface design and form; a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought; and market viability. Finalists are invited to display their work in the NICHE Awards exhibit at the Winter Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia, Feb. 18-21, 2011. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony during the Buyers Market and featured in the Spring 2011 issue of NICHE.

"Carapace" cabinet is a sculptural wall piece constructed of walnut and handmade paper and contains various objects from nature. An LED light inside shines softly through a handmade paper-covered window in the door and creates a dramatic effect in a darkened room.

Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Technician and ’93 HCC Professional Crafts-Wood graduate, Caryl Brt’s artwork “Cache” was accepted into The Wharton Esherick annual themed competition called “A Cure for the Common Desk.”