Events 2017-08-27T10:26:45+00:00


“Elegance from the East: New Insights from Old Porcelain”

| to 10/22/2017

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Elegance from the East: New Insights from Old Porcelain explores the popularity and variety of Chinese porcelain objects made for export to Western consumers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Chinese artists customized their traditional forms and decoration for European and American commercial tastes. This exhibition reveals the effects of these efforts to translate consumer demand from half a world away. –

“What’s for Dinner?”

| to 11/25/2018

North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

Handmade dinnerware does more than feed a hungry body—it provides the user with visual nourishment and tactile delight. What’s for Dinner? celebrates the connection between ceramics and food through the work of twenty North Carolina makers, including:

Cady Clay Works, Courtney Martin, David Voorhees, Dean & Martin Pottery, Doug Dotson, East Fork Pottery, Great White Oak Gallery, HAAND, Heather Mae Erickson, Jugtown Pottery, Mangum Pottery, Melissa Weiss, New Salem Pottery, Nick Moen Studios, Nine Toes Pottery, Original Owens Pottery, Sedberry Pottery, Stanley Mace Andersen, Tom Gray, and Westmoore Pottery. –

“We the People: Serving Notice”

| to 12/30/2017

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, CA

Our current political and social climate is arguably one of the more divisive and turbulent periods in the past 50 years. There are feelings of anger, sadness, and fear ― but also of hope, compassion, and unity.

Historically, museums have long been at the forefront of presenting and preserving our cultural values through their exhibitions and collections. Artists have reflected and documented what is happening in their communities and in society. Through their artwork, they have the opportunity to encourage contemplation, conversation, and/or action on some of the most important issues of our lifetime. With that said, AMOCA has invited artists from across the country to “serve notice” on a range of issues including: capital punishment; environmental protection; freedom of speech; gender equality; human rights; immigration; racism; wildlife protection; and women’s rights. –

“Folklore and Fairy Tales: From the Mettlach Collection”

| to 07/31/2018

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, CA

Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.

The Roman historian Strabo recorded one of the earliest versions of Cinderella in the first century B.C. The classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel was based on real events during the Great Famine of 1315 A.D. In the late 1600’s French author Charles Perrault, wrote stories derived from folktales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard.

The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440 improved the speed of printing books. The Industrial Revolution and advancements in printing technologies increased the quantity of books and reduced the cost of producing books. These innovations enabled writers such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to collect, document, and share classic folklore and fairy tales with a much larger audience. The Mettlach: Folklore and Fairy Tales exhibition includes 140 objects. –

“Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics”

| 01/17/2018 to 04/08/2018

Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Clay in Transit (Tierras Ambulantes) presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.”

While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture. –

The 31st National Arts and Crafts Conference

, , , | 02/16/2018 to 02/18/2018

Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Even after thirty years, I still find it hard to believe that the Arts and Crafts Revival is still going as strong as ever.

But, then, when I think about the excitement and the passion that people from across the country bring to the Omni Grove Park Inn each February, it really is not that hard to believe.

Since 1913 the Grove Park Inn has been known as the mecca for Arts and Crafts enthuiasts. And since 1988 the Arts and Crafts Conference has been educating and entertaining Arts and Crafts enthusiasts at every level -- from beginning collectors and bungalow owners to experienced auction and show veterans.

When I founded the National Arts and Crafts Conference thirty years ago, I had but one goal, and that has never changed: to provide educational opportunitiues for every attendee, regardless of their level of experience. From seminars and small group discussions to walking tours, demonstrations, and the selling shows themselves, these three unique days in February are designed with you in mind.

So, please, take a stroll through the pages at this website, starting with the Daily Agenda below and the Slide Show, to get a feel for what we have planned -- and are continuing to plan -- for you. And if you have any questions, just send us an email or give us a call, as Jan and I are here to answer your questions, take your requests, and do everything we can to make this YOUR most important weekend of the year. –