2023 Educational Seminars

My deep and eternal thank you to each of our 2023 Conference speakers for your wonderful presentations!
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.

Here were the speakers in order of presentation:

Friday, February 17th

Opening night

“Gustav Stickley

and his Imitators”

by Dr. Jonathan Clancy

“The Arts & Crafts Movement and Modernism in the Gilded Age”

by Ulysses Dietz

Saturday, February 18th

Morning conference seminars

“The Arts & Crafts Movement: Examining the Paper Trail”

by Andre Chaves

“A Window in Time:

The Unique style of Arts & Crafts textiles”

by Dianne Ayres

Sunday, February 19th

Morning conference seminars

 “The Prairie School Goes West”

by Allen Hazard

“Why William Morris?
Art, Craft, and the Pursuit of Happiness for the 21st Century”

by Yoshiko Yamamoto of the Arts & Crafts Press