March 2019 marks the 30th consecutive year that the American Craft Council (ACC) has presented its beloved Craft Show in Atlanta, which again will feature more than 230 fine craft artisans from across the U.S., including 30 from Georgia. As the largest juried fine craft show in the Southeast, the American Craft Show has long demonstrated how artisan craft fits into everyday life, from fashion to furnishings. The 2019 show, at the Cobb Galleria Centre March 15-17, will emphasize the art of slow, careful craft making in a variety of genres with its popular, interactive Let’s Make inspiration stations.

 One of this year’s chosen new Atlanta artists, is Firoozeh Bowden from Alpharetta.

Firoozeh specializes in creating wearable art and accessories and has been working with metal for virtually all of her adult life. She studied medical technology because, she says,  “My Persian parents wanted me to be practical and to study something with a good income and have art as a hobby. When they saw that creating was my true passion, they gave their approval when I switched to industrial design.”

Firoozeh also notes that “industrial design was good background for the metal creations that I make, and working in clothing boutiques gave me insight into fashion and what women want, especially what they couldn’t find. The boutiques and department stores didn’t carry exciting jewelry and accessories, and everything looked the same. Even though a lot more is available now, my customers expect my work to be one-of-a-kind.”