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
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
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.