A Trip to Bruce’s Workshop, A Party With Pewabic Pottery, Important Updates and More: Upcoming Virtual Sessions In July and August

by Kate Nixon


July kicks off membership month for the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and the summer continues with the special online event “Arts & Crafts In August: A Virtual Experience,” a week of access to Arts & Crafts Antiques and Contemporary shows, live Zoom sessions, seminars, tours and demonstrations. You can see details below, but first, see three of the high sellers from last Saturday’s Arts and Crafts auction from AcStickley:



During the month of July, members of the Stickley Museum can access three free Members-Only virtual events, including a “Thank you, Members” Party on Sat., July 31,  which will be held virtually at the home of pottery collector Ted Lytwyn.

Vonda Givens, the Executive Director of The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, says the return of Membership month serves as an opportunity to give back to the organization’s generous supporters. “Last summer we celebrated Member Month, and it was so popular, we’ve brought it back. Especially after a challenging year, this month-long event is our opportunity to thank Members for their unwavering support and encouragement.”

Much like Craftsman Farm’s previous Membership month, the trustees of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms will match dollar-for-dollar all new and gift memberships in July, doubling the impact.  Individual Memberships start at $45.


If interested, please start membership registration here: https://www.stickleymuseum.org/support/membership/

If you are a member, you can RSVP to the sessions here


Free sessions are being offered to Stickley Museum Members (with RSVP) during the month of July. Memberships to the Stickley Museum start at $45.00.


Saturday, July 17th at 4:00 PM Eastern

Rebuilding the Annex: What’s Next for the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms?

Virtual via Zoom

Free to Museum members with RSVP

In August 2020, the Annex, a key structure in the heart of the Craftsman Farms property (adjacent to the Log House), was severely damaged during a tropical storm. This program, kicking off Membership Month events, will provide an update for Members on our plans for rebuilding. Over the past year, as this complex project has taken shape, we sought to honor the Annex’s full history on the property and preserve its remaining historic fabric, while also meeting the needs of a growing museum. Join the museum’s Executive Director, Vonda Givens and Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation for a preview (with, perhaps, a surprise or two thrown in!) of our next steps for the Annex.


Saturday, July 24th at 4:00 PM Eastern

“A Visit with Bruce Johnson: Roycroft at the 1913 Grove Park Inn”

Virtual via Zoom

Free to Museum members with RSVP

We’re hosting a virtual visit with Bruce Johnson, Director of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn, which will mark its 35th year in 2022. Bruce will take a look at the furnishings of the historic 1913 Grove Park Inn, when it was constructed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. The resort hotel’s commissioned furnishings included Roycroft chairs, lamps, and the American Beauty vase, and White Furniture Company desks. We’ll explore the historic collaboration between Roycroft and the Grove Park Inn through video, photos and live conversation, including opportunities for direct Q & A with Bruce. We’ll also be joined by special guest, Alan Nowicki, Program Director for Roycroft Campus Corporation, who will share his insights, in-depth Roycroft knowledge and updates on the latest news from East Aurora.


Saturday, July 31st at 4:00 PM Eastern

“Thank You, Members” Party

Virtual Via Zoom

Free to Museum members with RSVP

Members, we want to say “thank you” for supporting the museum with a party planned just for you! Our virtual “Thank You, Members” Party will include a visit to the home of passionate pottery collector Ted Lytwyn for a photo tour of his outstanding collection of Pewabic pottery, the National Historic Landmark Pottery founded in Detroit in 1903 and still in operation today. The party also will feature the unveiling of the The Craftsman Shop’s new, custom Pewabic tile, the result of a 6-month collaboration between Pewabic and the Stickley Museum’s Craftsman Shop. Pewabic Executive Director, Steve McBride, will be on hand to for our “big reveal” and to share a behind-the-scenes look at this tile in process. Members will be the first to find out how to bring this exclusive tile into their own homes!


Members can RSVP to sessions here. 




Registration for participant passes start at $100 and includes educational seminars, demonstrations, tours and three weeks of access to our Video on Demand page.


The upcoming Arts & Crafts In August: A Virtual Experience will continue virtual sessions to Arts and Crafts enthusiasts in the first week of August, including a photo tour (live from London!) from Elaine Ellis of Arts & Crafts Tours, Peter Copeland reveals his favorite Arts & Crafts reference books, David Rudd shows you how to identify furniture without a shopmark, art pottery gets two live sessions as Jim Messineo of JMW Gallery talks collecting American art pottery and Riley Humler of Toomey & Co Auctioneers talks about collecting Rookwood pottery, and that’s just five out of the 13 live sessions available!

In addition to these new Live sessions offered, Arts & Crafts In August participants will also be able to access all recorded events from this past February’s virtual conference using our Video On Demand page. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the conference OR didn’t get a chance to watch everything, now you can get an extra 3 weeks as we are extending our VOD access for participant passholders until August 22nd!

Registration for participant passes start at $100 and includes educational seminars, demonstrations, tours and three weeks of access to our Video on Demand page.


To see a live look at the schedule, click here.

To register for Arts and Crafts In August, please click here.