Small Group Discussions

From the very beginning of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn, our seminar presentations have been so popular that we have always held them in the spacious Heritage Ballroom. It soon became apparent that attempting to hold a traditional question-and-answer session with each speaker afterwards was impractical in a large ballroom, so in its place we began offering daily Small Group Discussions.

Our live virtual Small Group Discussions which we held via Zoom last February were so well received that we will make them available in our Video-On-Demand page if you register for this August event. Each hour-long discussion will again be recorded and made available for later viewing by registered participants at our Video On Demand page through August 15.

We are now in the process of selecting topics and discussion leaders. If you have any suggestions, please contact us immediately. Check our schedule in the coming days as we finalize our discussions.

“Exploring Great Britain: My Favorite Places” with Elaine Ellis of Arts & Crafts Tours

“My Favorite Arts and Crafts Reference Books” with Peter Copeland of Turn of the Century Editions and The Parchment Press

“Elements of Design: Identifying Arts and Crafts Furniture Without a Shopmark” with David Rudd

“Collecting American Art Pottery” with Jim Messineo of the JMW Gallery.

“Historic Sites Updates:  Craftsman Farms and the Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse” with staff members from each foundation.

“Collecting Rookwood” with Riley Humler

The following examples were from the 2021 virtual National Arts and Crafts Conference…

“Advice for New Pottery Collectors” with Christine Boone and Patti Bourgeois

“What is the ‘Art’ in Arts and Crafts?” with Steven Thomas

“The Arts and Crafts Philosophy: A Lifestyle – Or Now Just a Style?” with Pat Bartinique

“Block Printing: The Agony and The Ecstasy” with Laura Wilder

“Virtual Tour of Gustav Stickley’s Syracuse House: Restoring the Interior” with David Rudd, Elizabeth Crawford, and Amy Shook

“Collecting Arts and Crafts Tiles” with Sandie Fowler

“The Stickleys – Was Gus Really the Best” with Michael McCracken

“Collecting Vintage Textiles” with Paul Freeman

“Native Plants and the Landscape” with Rick Taylor

“Collecting Roycroft” with Robert Rust

“Window Treatment Ideas: Have nothing on your windows that is not useful and beautiful” with Dianne Ayres

“Arts and Crafts From the Home” with Jean Oberkirsch

“Behind the Scenes at Craftsman Farms” with Vonda Givens, Executive Director

“Documentary Craft to Artistic Medium: Photography in the Golden Era of Arts and Crafts” with Speaker Peter Potter

“Building Arts and Crafts Furniture” with Stewart Crick

“Collecting Arts and Crafts Metalware” with Bryan Mead

“Collecting Japanese Woodblock Prints” with Patti Bourgeois

Small Group Discussion: “Spotting Furniture Fakes, Forgeries, and Repairs” with N. Gordon Gray

“The Sound of Music – Arts and Crafts Style” with Pat Bartinique

“A Final Chat with Stickley Documentary Director Herb Stratford”