While winter seems determined to keep much of the country in its grasp, we have to remember what the poet Percy Shelley asked, “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” And the staffs at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Chicago and the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo have announced a series of spring tours which you may find interesting. On Saturday, May 19, in the Chicago – Oak Park area you can experience the spectacular Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk, where you tour living spaces designed by Wright and his contemporaries, experience history and enjoy a festive day. Many …
It isn’t often in the Arts and Crafts world that someone is known simply by their first name, but anyone who had the good fortune to know Penelope Clourtier immediately understood why to her friends she was always “Penelope.” And our dear Penelope passed away two weeks ago after a long battle with lung cancer. Like so many of my friends, I first met Penelope at the Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Conference (pictured below), which she attended for several years. She had begun in the Arts and Crafts field as a dealer with her then-husband Dane Cloutier, …
Within the Arts and Crafts furniture category of “the Best of the Rest” is the name Plail Brothers, who worked in upstate New York from around 1906 until 1933 making high quality furniture. Brothers John and Joseph Plail learned the furniture-making trade in Binghamton, NY, the same city where Gustav Stickley and his brothers had established their first retail store in the 1880s. John Plail (1868-1938), who had emigrated from Europe, had been trained as a woodcarver and woodworker, and soon displayed a talent for design. He was fascinated by the process of steam bending wood. In 1902, John, Joseph, …
Annual Convention of the American Art Pottery Association
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Whether it be a museum with an Arts & Crafts collection, a nearby Prairie School home, a bungalow neighborhood, an Arts & Crafts gallery or a Frederick Law Olmstead park, just being able to add an Arts & Crafts side trip to our journey would add to our enjoyment and our education.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how valuable is a video?
Here at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com we have been busy making brief, informative videos to educate and instruct viewers in a variety of aspects of Arts & Crafts collecting.
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We are currently in the process of collecting, organizing, identifying and displaying on this website as many Arts & Crafts shopmarks as possible. And like our Reference Library, we need your help. While we have documented the shopmarks of the major Arts & Crafts firms, we need for you to email us a photograph of any shopmarks you have from lesser known firms, along with a brief description of the piece.
As both a collector and a researcher, I have often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts & Crafts movement was listed. Now that place exists. Together we can compile on this website a list of every book of interest to Arts & Crafts collectors. All you have to do is pull some of the books off your bookshelf (go for the less obvious ones – and check below for duplicate entries) and email me the title, author, publisher and most recent copyright date. I will sort them by category and list them here so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything relating to the Arts & Crafts movement, you will start your search here.
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