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Andrea Specht & artist Whitney Simpkins : Crafting Perspectives with American Craft Council S9E

Andrea Specht & artist Whitney Simpkins : Crafting Perspectives with American Craft Council

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Join host Rob Lee in an engaging episode of "The Truth in this Art," as he explores Baltimore's vibrant maker scene alongside Andrea Specht from the American Craft Council and ceramic artist Whitney Simpkins. Together, they dive deep into the essence of the American Craft Made Baltimore Marketplace, sharing their passion for the event and the tight-knit community it fosters among artists. With a personal flair, they also dish out their baking delights and go-to local eateries, all while underlining the significance of genuine, in-person connections within the art sphere. Tune in for a genuine and lively conversation that celebrates creativity and community.

Episode Highlights

  • Andrea and Whitney's insights on Baltimore's art community [00:02:30] 🌟
  • Excitement for the American Craft Made Baltimore Marketplace [00:10:45] 🎉
  • Favorite baking delights: Japanese milk bread & pastries [00:18:20] 🍞
  • The value of in-person communication for artists [00:25:50] 🗣️
  • Preferred working hours: Post-lunch vs. early morning [00:33:10] 🕑
  • Top Baltimore spots for a bite: Good Neighbor & Dutch Courage [00:40:15] 🍴

Key takeaways:

  • The importance of community and connection in the arts scene
  • Discovering and supporting new artistic talent at local events
  • Personal preferences and routines can influence creative processes
  • The role of local businesses in fostering the arts culture
  • Face-to-face interactions remain crucial in the digital age

Social Media:
Instagram: akspecht, personalbestceramics
Facebook: Andrea Specht
LinkedIn: Andrea Specht

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
American Craft Council
American Craft Council
ACC is a national nonprofit working to keep craft artists and the community connected, inspired, and thriving.
Andrea Specht
Andrea Specht
Strategic, creative, and energetic nonprofit CEO who wins moral and financial support for ideas and organizations. Opinions expressed on this account are my own.
Whitney Simpkins
Whitney Simpkins
Whitney Simpkins began selling ceramics in 2016 as a way to part with all the extra cups and bowls that hadn't been given away to friends. Years later, Personal Best Ceramics evolved into a bit more than cups and bowls, and her ceramics have found their way to many, many new friends.


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