“In just three days, you will see more, do more, and learn more about the American Arts and Crafts movement than you could anywhere else in an entire year.”
– Director Emeritus Bruce Johnson

2023 Schedule of Small Group Discussion Topics

Among the most popular aspects of this conference are our daily Small Group Discussions, which provide us with the opportunity to sit down with other Arts and Crafts enthusiasts who share our interests. We purposely schedule several of these simultaneously to keep the numbers small so that the discussions are personal and lively. The meeting rooms are also small, so arrive early. Our wonderful discussion leaders are volunteers, not seminar presenters, so they will ask you to share your experiences and your opinions.

Friday, February 17th

11:00am – 12:00pm

An Evolution of Ceramic Beauty: Which Era of American Art Pottery is Your Favorite?

with Christine Boone and Patti Bourgeois of the AAPA

Prints & More: Finding the “Art” in Arts & Crafts

with Steve Thomas

Spotting Furniture Fakes, Forgeries & Repairs

with N. Gordon Gray

Remuddling, Remodeling or Restoration?

with Norman Blankenship

Collecting the Artists and Designers of the Roycroft:
Hunter, Denslow, Fournier, McClandish and others

with Robert Rust

A Restoration Update for the Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse

with Amy Shook Perez and David Rudd

Saturday, February 18th

Special Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Introducing Beginners to Arts & Crafts:
How Do I Share My Passion?”

with Vonda Givens, The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

4:30pm- 5:30pm

Creating Harmony: How Do I Utilize Philosophy in Organizing My Landscape?

with Rick Taylor

What’s Your Line? Exploring Favorite Forms in the Arts and Crafts Movement

with Andre Chaves and Dianne Ayres

Live and Learn: Sharing Mistakes and Missteps in Renovation

with Patricia Poore and Brian Coleman of Arts & Crafts Homes

The Women of Weller Pottery

with Linda Carrigan & Jean Oberkirsch

Collecting the Wooden Lamps of the Arts & Crafts Movement

with Jill-Thomas Clark

The Arts and Crafts Philosophy: Vision or Fantasy?

with Pat Bartinique

Sunday, February 19th

12:30pm- 1:30pm

A 35-Year Retrospective on the National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows at the Grove Park Inn

with David Rudd and Director Emeritus Bruce Johnson

Collecting the Prairie School Today

with Ray Hofmann and Tori Simms

Building My Arts & Crafts Furniture: Where Do I Start?

with Stewart Crick

Do I need an Appraisal?  What Appraisers Wish You Knew

with Tommy McPherson

The 36th National Arts and Crafts Shows

In February 2023, the 8th and 10th floors of the Grove Park Inn’s Vanderbilt Wing will feature the country’s best Arts and Crafts providers and organizations in the country. The three juried shows  – The Antiques Show, The Contemporary Craftsfirms Show and the Books and More Show – feature the highest quality in antique and contemporary Arts and Crafts furniture, pottery and tile, metalwork, textiles, lighting, jewelry, rugs, artwork, and woodblock prints, showcasing hand craftsmanship and simple yet elegant designs.

Below you’ll find walkthroughs of last year’s exhibitor shows.

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