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The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms: Making Her Mark: Women of the American Arts & Crafts Movement

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The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

2352 Route 10 West

Morris Plains New Jersey 07950

Making Her Mark: Women of the American Arts & Crafts Movement

A multiple session online course presented by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms with Instructor Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation.

Session 2: Tough as Nails: Female Metalworkers of the Arts and Crafts

Saturday, August 15, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

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Although the field of metalwork tended to be dominated by males in the period, women played a crucial role in the dissemination of the aesthetic and the rising popularity of hand-crafted metalwork throughout the first decades of the twentieth century. This session focuses primarily on the careers of Jessie Preston and Elizabeth Copeland, using their work and lives as a lens to think more broadly about the contributions of craftswomen in this field. While both were heralded in the time as exceptional designers and skilled craft workers, their paths diverged in the 1910s as Preston shifted her focus to the rehabilitative aspects of handicrafts, eventually traveling to France to work with soldiers wounded in World War I. By unpacking the careers of these two exceptional women, the full range of Arts and Crafts ideals is explored and made concrete.

Session 3: Industry Leaders: Maria Longworth Nichols, Louise McLaughlin, and Susan Frackleton

Saturday, August 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

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The history of art pottery in the United States cannot be told without recognizing the tremendous impact that women had on the development of this industry. More than forty years before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment finally guaranteed their right to vote, women were reshaping the ceramics industry in large operations and as individual ceramists. This session examines three of the most important contributors to the field to think about the women who shaped this field as industry leaders whose work continues to shape the manner in which we understand and appreciate American Art Pottery.

Session 4: Adelaide Robineau and Art Education in the United States

Saturday, August 29, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

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Adelaide Robineau’s long career and numerous contributions to the Arts and Crafts movement is difficult to sum up succinctly. A talented ceramist whose command of porcelain and high-fired glazes as a practice for the individual potter made her an exception amongst her peers, that aspect of her work often overshadows the tremendous contributions she made through her publication of the magazine Keramic Studio and related books and pamphlets. More than just a resource for the aspiring potter and professional alike, Robineau’s magazine was a major force in the spread of Arts and Crafts design ideals. This session considers Robineau not only as ceramist, but as educator and entrepreneur to highlight the multifaceted achievements of her storied career.

~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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The museum is currently closed, however, the peaceful 30-acre property will remain open from sunrise to sunset. We invite you to visit, take a walk and take respite in Gustav Stickley’s peaceful “Garden of Eden.”

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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