by Kate Nixon
We at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com recognize that due to the changing landscape, collectors have grown confident and comfortable by buying pieces online that in the past they might have only bought in person at a gallery or shows. The transition into online purchase has surpassed its rare status into the norm; in the spring of 2019, a US Department of Commerce report showed the total market share of online U.S. retail sales was higher than general in-store sales for the first time in history, aided by the ease and usability of the online shopping environment and a growing number of financially-empowered tech-savvy buyers. A year later, due to orders to stay home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, sales are increasing online more than ever.
Towards that end, we are listing below some of the exhibitors and advertisers at the National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows and we encourage you not only to visit their online salesroom, but to establish a relationship with them, which will carry over into next year’s National Arts and Crafts Shows at the Grove Park Inn. We are publishing a series of these articles in the oncoming weeks and will continue to highlight small businesses, non-profit organizations, and historic sites in this time of need.
In this week’s series of articles, we’re highlighting the field of metalwork and Jewelry along with Ceramic Art Tiles and a few other bonus categories. Next week, we will focus on furniture. In no particular order, here are some suggestions for online sources:
Van Ostrand Metal Studio
Owners: Ron Van Ostrand and Dawn Raczka
Specializing in Metal work and jewelry, Ron creates art metal objects in copper and silver in the Roycroft tradition. He often draws on themes from nature as they did in the Arts and Crafts Era. Ron has enjoyed Roycroft Master Artisan status for the past two decades.
David H. Surgan
Owners: David & Sandra Surgan
If you are familiar with the unique sterling silver-on-bronze aesthetic of Heintz Art Metal, you can immerse yourself here. You can start a collection, add to your existing collection, or just browse an ever-changing inventory. I shall list new items often. In either case, I hope to sharpen your appreciation and eye for this most unique metalwork of the American Arts & Crafts period.
Dalton’s American Decorative Arts
Owners: David Rudd and Debbie Goldwein
Dalton’s has established itself as an unparalleled resource for original Arts and Crafts furnishings and decorative accessories. We offer carefully selected examples of original condition furniture, pottery, art and metalwork for both the beginner and experienced collectors. Dalton’s is always interested in purchasing a single piece or an entire collection. We are continuously searching for items of quality produced during the 20th century. Our concentration is on the American Arts & Crafts Movement that ran from the 1890’s to approximately 1920. Please see our “Buying” page for more on what we purchase. We always use discretion in our business dealings; we welcome your call and look forward to doing business with you.
Mission Guild Studio
Owners: Christie Schorff-Miller and James M. Miller
“Forward Thinking In The Craftsman Tradition” We are creators of Handcrafted Art Tiles, One of a Kind Framed Tiles, Fine Silver Jewelry, Home Furnishings & Home Decor. Roycroft Master Artisan Awarded.
Janet Ontko clay forms
Owner: Janet Ontko
Janet Ontko is inspired by the simplicity and style of the Craftsman Movement. The honesty of the materials, the look of the clay, the touch of the potter, and the return to the craft tradition compelled Janet to develop her own signature style. Her line of award-winning tiles, birdhouses and sculptures incorporates her love of gardening and nature. Collecting vintage pottery (including Roseville, McCoy, and Peters and Peters), drawing, and working in her garden and fishpond are Janet’s relaxation and inspiration for new designs. Once a year, she opens her studio to highlight new designs and to continue to meet her enthusiasts.
Holton Studio Frame Makers
Owners: Timothy Holton
Handcrafted hardwood picture frames and custom framing from a small studio dedicated since 1993 to breathing new life into the art and craft of framing pictures.
Anne Ryan Miller Glass Studio
Owners: Anne & Steve Miller
I have been working with glass for over 40 years. It was an accidental encounter with my future that led me to spend my entire adult life being in nature, honoring, interpreting and being creative because of the amazing beauty of our world. I hope to continue on this path for many years to come!
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Our mission at The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is to preserve, interpret, and make relevant the legacy and ideals of Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts movement by providing creative programming and authentic experiences that educate, engage, and inspire diverse audiences. We’re now offering online courses for design and decorative arts enthusiasts, collectors, and anyone with an interest in Arts and Crafts style and ideals. Newcomers, casual fans and long-time aficionados are all welcome!
If you’d like to see more categories of arts and crafts organizations and small businesses selling arts and crafts artwork, please check our business listings directory located below:
If you’re a business owner or Arts and Crafts artist who wants to be featured in this series of articles, please contact us at [email protected]. We will be continuously adding to these series of articles.
Please remember to be safe and healthy.
Kate Nixon and Bruce Johnson