Educational Seminars

For as long as there have been pegged joints and matte green glazes, there have been educational seminars designed for Arts and Crafts collectors. Early Arts and Crafts societies in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York gathered to hear speakers reveal the evils of the Industrial Revolution and applaud the virtues of the simple life, one lived among handcrafted furnishings which William Morris described as those “you know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.”

Following in that tradition, the National Arts and Crafts Conference was founded in 1988 as a three-day educational event for Arts and Crafts collectors. It was built on a foundation of seminars presented by researchers, authors, craftsmen, and scholars. Our “Arts and Crafts in August” special event will also feature educational seminars, as you have long expressed your interest in learning more about the items we collect and the artists and artisans who designed and created them more than a century ago.

We are now in the process of selecting topics and speakers for the seminars we will be offering you virtually in August and hopefully in person in February for the 35th National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort. Please check back often as we continue to make our selections for both events.

Once released on the assigned date, all pre-recorded seminars will be available for viewing at any time to registered participants at our Video On Demand page through August 15, 2021.

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

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

Seminars from the Archives: “1901:  The Year That Set the Arts and Crafts Movement in Motion” by Bruce Johnson (first presented at the 2014 GPI Conference).

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Seminars from the Archives: “Crossing the Line: When Art Pottery Becomes Arts and Crafts Pottery” by Ulysses Dietz (first presented at the 2014 GPI Conference).

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Seminars from the Archives: “Not a Bulb Will Be Seen:  The Evolution of Arts and Crafts Lighting” by David Kornacki (first presented at the 2014 GPI Conference).

Saturday, August 7th, 2021

Seminars from the Archives: “Francis Gearhart:  Sister, Teacher, Artist” by Susan Futterman (first presented at the 2011 GPI Conference).

Schedule for the 35th National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows

Friday, February 18th, 2022

Opening night

Bruce Johnson

Director, The National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows

The director for the National Arts and Crafts Conference since the shows’ beginning in 1988, Bruce Johnson will provide the opening remarks to welcome everyone back to the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn.

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Saturday, February 19th, 2021

Morning conference seminars

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Sunday, February 20th, 2021

Morning conference seminars

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