From the International Style to the American Charm of Pewabic Pottery: This Weekend’s Double Header

by Kate Nixon


Only five online classes left for Design & History, the online course presented by the Stickley Museum of Craftsman Farms: styles of Art Deco, Mid-Century and the Black Mountain legacy will be explored Saturdays in August. First, this upcoming Saturday brings a double header from the online team at Craftsman Farms with an online class on the International style and a virtual celebration of Pewabic Pottery. Next week during Arts and Crafts In August brings another summer celebration to both registered users and the general public with Antiques and Contemporary shows to shop from and three Zoom events to attend. Read below to find out more!


Design & History: Part 3

An online course presented by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.
With Instructor, Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation.

Le Corbuiser, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perrirand, Armchair with tilting back, 1928. Museum of Modern Art.

The International Style
Saturday, July 31st at 1:00 PM Eastern via Zoom

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On this last day of July, join instructor Dr. Jonathan Clancy and Executive Director Vonda Givens as we delve into the international style, one that established the careers of Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, and Alvar Aalto and more. Practitioners favored modern materials, balance (as opposed to symmetry), and emphasized the volume of space rather than the mass of the façade. Generally devoid of ornament, part of the appeal of the movement, and indeed its supremacy from about 1930 to the 1980s, was that it was reproduceable ad nauseum anywhere. The unfortunate legacy of the International Style is a staggering amount of non-descript glass and steel buildings all over the world that often distracts from the aesthetic achievements of the movement’s best work. In this session, we will recapture that history, look at what makes for great (and, by contrast, really poor) International Style design, and see the manner in which subtle manipulations of proportion and materials created these iconic structures.


“Thank you, Members” party with pottery collector Ted Lytwyn and Pewabic Pottery Executive Director Steve McBride
Saturday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom

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To wrap up membership month, The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is holding a special virtual party for museum members at the home of Ted Lytwyn, museum trustee and a passionate pottery collector. The pottery will focus on Pewabic pottery, the National Historic Landmark pottery in Detroit, founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry Stratton. 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. Pewabic Executive Director, Steve McBride, will be on hand to for the “big reveal” and to share a behind-the-scenes look at this tile in process. Plus, Members can find out first how to bring this exclusive tile into their own homes.

Membership levels are still available to purchase, starting as low as $35 for seniors and students and $45 for individuals.

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A behind-the-scenes look at The Craftsman Shop’s custom Pewabic tile in process. Members will have a first chance to purchase this new tile!

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Exhibitor Chats free to the public during “Arts and Crafts In August”

August 3rd at 3 PM EST via Zoom

Live Chat with Julie Leidel of the Bungalow Craft: Virtual Art Studio Tour, Art Techniques & Process

Roycroft Renaissance Artisan Julie Leidel of The Bungalow Craft will be on hand to offer a tour of her art studio and reveal the techniques and processes behind her creations.

Click here to be re-directed to The Bungalow Craft website for Zoom information.


August 5th at 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

Finishing Touches: Hand-painted Friezes and Wall Ornament for Arts & Crafts homes with CJ Hurley and Barbara Pierce of CJ Hurley Century Arts
CJ and Barbara will give a short background presentation on the history of hand-painted interiors, showing historical examples, and some of CJ’s custom friezes. The presentation will move into CJ’s studio where he is currently working on the design and color development for a new project. A live demonstration will be given. There will be time for discussion and questions during the presentation..

August 8th at 10:00 AM EST via Facebook Livestream

Coffee with a Craftsman: Brian Brace of Brian Brace Fine Furniture

Brian Brace continues his popular “Coffee with a Craftsman” series in which he details his processes in woodworking.

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