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The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms: The Restorative Power of Craft

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The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

2352 Route 10 West

Morris Plains New Jersey 07950


The Museum is temporarily closed for tours due to COVID-19. Our grounds are tempoarily closed due to construction. 
We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

The Restorative Power of Craft

4 Sessions: Location: Zoom Online Classroom Registration:

Saturdays at 1:00 PM EST | December 5 & 12, 2020

Session 3: Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 PM EST

Making Pots and Useful Citizens: The Saturday Evening Girls

Founded in 1908 under the patronage of Helen Osborne Storrow and guided by the visions of Edith Guerrier and Edith Brown, the Paul Revere Pottery in Boston sought to provide immigrant girls a means of making a living and acculturating them to the attitudes and history of the United States.  With over 13 million immigrants accounting for more than one-sixth of the American population by 1910, the pottery was a response to the question that vexed many Americans who saw the rise in immigration–roughly 30% between 1900 and 1910–as an issue that threatened American traditions and social stability.  Using craft as a means to provide the immigrant population with wage-earning opportunities while instilling in them the Colonial history of America, the Paul Revere Pottery straddled progressive-era idealism and conservative fears that have defined the American experience in the modern era.

Image: Frances Rocchi (decorator) for Paul Revere Pottery, Bowl, 1909.  Glazed earthernware, 3 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches (d).  Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Session 4: Saturday, December 12 at 1:00 PM EST

Educating the Next Generation of Reformers: Charles Binns and the Alfred University Legacy

If craft held the promise of reform and recovery for a weary populace, one aspect of its  successful implementation that industry could not address was the training in and promotion of the skills necessary to ensure its own survival.  Enter Charles F. Binns, “the father of American studio ceramics” the man whose skill and dedication as an educator and ceramist professionalized the craft and ensured it thrived.  Binns’ work touched nearly every aspect of Arts and Crafts ceramics too, from Marblehead (with the education of Arthur Baggs) to Grueby (Frederick Walrath, a student, was sent to the pottery to address issues with the glazes), to Robineau, who was among his early students and devotees.  This session explores the role of Binns as teacher, chemist, and influencer on the broader field and positions him as a central figure in American ceramic history.

Image: Walrath Pottery, vase, ca. 1910.  Glazed stoneware, 13 1/2 inches.  Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

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A Very Craftsman Christmas

Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST

An online class with Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation

In our final class of 2020, we examine the products and projects that Stickley promoted–from pottery to furniture to hand-made toys–demonstrating the breadth of The Craftsman’s reach and reminding each other that in spite of modernity’s madness we can still find moments of solace, of generosity, and of selfless concern for others.

REGISTER for a Very Craftsman Christmas

Explore the Stickley Museum online:

~Exhibit May through January 3, 2021

2020 virtual exhibition: Things Wrought by the United Crafts: An Expression of Modern Life, curated by Dr. Jonathan Clancy, will open as planned virtually.

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Craftsman Farms is the former country estate of noted turn-of-the-century designer Gustav Stickley, a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement in decorative arts, home building and furnishing styles. Stickley combined the roles of designer and manufacturer, architect, publisher, philosopher, and social critic. He is best known today for his straightforward furniture, sometimes called “mission” or “Craftsman” furniture.
Craftsman Farms consists of 30 acres located in and owned by and located in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and it has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The Craftsman Farms Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was formed in 1989 to protect and preserve the property. The Foundation operates the site as the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.
The 30 park-like acres include meadows, wooded areas, walking trails, a pond and stream, and several support buildings including a massive stone stable, three cottages, a calf barn, and the ruins of a dairy barn. The Log House has been largely restored to its 1910-1917 appearance and is open to the public for tours. Work on the historic landscape has begun as well. We invite you to join us… step into the Garden of Eden and experience the Stickley family’s home.

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