CALIFORNIA FAIENCE - Ceramics for Cottages and Castles by Kirby William Brown
This lavishly illustrated book (over 700 illustrations, most in color) is the catalogue that accompanied the extraordinary museum exhibition at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in Pasadena. California Faience was one of the pioneering Arts and Crafts potteries on the West Coast in the early twentieth century. It operated in Berkeley, CA from 1913 to 1959, offering pottery and tiles of simple design with high quality glazes that found their way into humble cottages and even the Hearst Castle. This book, written by a grandson of one of the founders, presents a comprehensive overview and history of California Faience and two related enterprises. This book is a must-have for anyone who collects or appreciates art pottery. Softcover, 276 pp, see below to order.
CREATING BEAUTY - Jewelry and Enamels of the American Arts & Crafts Movement by Rosalie Berberian
This long awaited book has to be the best Schiffer Publishing book ever printed and it took the manuscript of the foremost authority on the silver, jewelry, and art-enamels created by the nation’s most talented metalsmiths of the early 20th century to do it! More than 530 beautifully photographed examples of jewelry and art-enamel work glow from the pages of this first comprehensive study of the work and aesthetic vision of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. The lives and art of the era’s top craftsmen—84 jewelers, enamelists, and metalsmiths—are explained with careful consideration to the contexts and influences that shaped them. The belief that beauty should be part of everyday life was paramount in the design reform movements of the early 20th century. Dozens of creators are featured here, including Josephine Hartwell Shaw, Frank Gardner Hale, Robert Riddle Jarvie, the Kalo Shop, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the Roycroft. Although jewelry and enamelwork pieces received appreciative critical acclaim in that period, during today’s revival of interest in the American Arts & Crafts movement, they have attracted scant attention from art historians. This collection fills that void and is a valuable resource for collectors and historians.
Hardcover, 272 pp, see below to order.
ENGLISH ARTS & CRAFTS FURNITURE – Projects and Techniques for the Modern Maker by Nancy R. Hiller
While the title suggests that this book is mainly for woodworkers, its larger target readers are those looking for a fresh – and – modern perspective of what truly is Arts and Crafts. While the book presents plans and techniques for making three classic English Arts and Crafts works – a chair (Voysey), a sideboard (Harris Lebus), and a dining table (Gimson) – each project is preceded by a thoughtful look at the designers and artisans associated with the original pieces. This book offers a concise but thorough explanation of the founding principles of the Arts and Crafts movement as illustrated in three classic period pieces of English Arts and Crafts furniture. Hardcover, 142 pp, see below to order.
MAKING MAGIC – The Marion Mahony Griffin Story by Glenda Korporaal
Marion Mahony Griffin was the second woman to graduate with an architecture degree from MIT and the first woman in America to become a licensed architect. She was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first professional employee, working with him for more than a decade. (Not surprisingly, she was not a fan.) She then teamed up with fellow Chicago architect Walter Burley Griffin, playing an indispensable role in helping him to win the prize for the design of the new Australian federal capital, Canberra. Her drawings were sheer magic, and they are celebrated today as important works of art in themselves. This is a thoroughly researched, well-written, account of a very interesting life and times. Softcover, 342 pp, see below to order.
THE RISE OF EVERYDAY DESIGN – The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America Edited by Monica Penick and Christopher Long
Published only a few months ago, this book serves as the catalogue to accompany a museum exhibition of the same title currently running at the University of Texas at Austin. The book was a best seller at this year’s National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. The book covers the history of the Arts and Crafts movement starting with its origins in England, paying due homage to Ruskin and Morris and their disciples in America such as Stickley and Hubbard. But what distinguishes this book from many others on the topic is its refreshing coverage of how the movement’s tenets of simple design, honest use of materials and social value of handmade goods were widely adopted and “commodified” by companies such as Sears, Roebuck & Co. Thus, we have a chapter entitled “The Arts and Crafts Knock-Off and U.S. Intellectual Property Law” (which does not require a law degree to understand and appreciate). Besides numerous color photos of Stickley and Roycroft items, the book shows interesting (and rare) examples from lesser known (today, anyway) manufacturers of Arts and Crafts furniture and furnishings, such as the Shop of the Crafters and the Come-Packt Furniture Company. The book’s novel perspective offers a new understanding of Arts and Crafts ideals, their geographical reach, and – importantly – their translation into everyday design. Hardcover, 244 pp, see below to order.
ALFONSO IANNELLI - Modern By Design by David Jameson
Who was Alfonso Iannelli? You will be amazed to learn the breadth and depth of this man's contributions to 20th century American art, architecture and design, spanning as he did the Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modernist periods . As an eighteen year-old, this Italian-American immigrant apprenticed to Gutzon Borglun working on NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 1914 Frank Lloyd Wright asked Iannelli, then twenty-six, to sculpt the striking geometric "sprites" for Wright's landmark Chicago masterpiece, Midway Gardens. Iannelli went on to have a fascinating career that extended well into the 1960s, from groundbreaking modernist posters for Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater to his zodiac figures at the twelve corners of Chicago's Adler Planetarium to iconic industrial designs that found their way into most American households (remember the Oster Drink Mixer and the Sunbeam Coffeemaster?). This book is exhaustively researched and beautifully illustrated with over 470 illustrations and photographs, many in stunning color. Hardcover, 364 pp, see below to order.
DIRK van ERP by Gus Bostrom
Published in late 2014 to accompany an exhibit of Dirk van Erp’s works in Berkeley, CA, this lavishly illustrated book details the life and work of Dirk van Erp and of his son William, based on primary source materials including family photos and archives never before published. This is probably the most comprehensive book yet written about Dirk van Erp. Softcover, 165 pp, see below to order.
OSCAR ONKEN and THE SHOP OF THE CRAFTERS AT CINCINNATI - Where Good Things are Made by M J McCracken and W Michael McCracken
Finally a book by Arts and Crafts authorities Je and Michael McCracken that presents a much-needed history of this company and its many unique Arts and Crafts furniture designs. Oscar Onken, the son of German immigrants, purchased The Shop of the Crafters from a business associate in 1904 and grew the business over the next several years. During this time the company came out with its signature line of “Crafters” inlaid furniture designed by the Hungarian Paul Horti whom Oscar Onken met at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition where Horti was curating the Hungarian exhibit. This large format book includes a scholarly history of The Shop of the Crafters, a portfolio of stunning color photographs showing numerous forms of the company’s rare inlaid furniture, an unabridged facsimile of the company’s 32-page 1902 catalogue and the company’s 16-page Fall 1904 catalogue (neither previously reprinted), an additional 16 pages omitted from the previously reprinted 1906 catalogue, a 1907 sales pamphlet showing additional furniture designs, and the complete 32-page issue of Volume 1, No. 1 of the company’s promotional magazine, The Lantern. This book is a must-have resource for any serious student of the Arts and Crafts movement. Softcover, 160 pp, see below to order
THE ARTS & CRAFTS FURNITURE OF J. M. YOUNG & SONS Edited by Michael E Clark and Jill Thomas-Clark
Here is a greatly expanded edition of an earlier, much sought-after, long out-of-print work by Michael Clark and Jill Thomas-Clark. The illustrated Introduction tells the history of the company, the evolution of its Arts and Crafts furniture, its close relationship with its neighbor, the L.&J.G. Stickley Furniture Company, and the company’s production in its later years. (This company was in business almost 100 years and was making mission Morris chairs into the 1940s!) The book includes the company’s own photos and drawings of all known styles of J.M. Young Arts and Crafts furniture, with a table that lists its furniture by number, dimensions, and quantity produced, based on the company’s production records. If you own or aspire to own the quality mission furniture of the J.M Young company, this is the book to own! Softcover, 160 pp, see below to order.
THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST by Lawrence Kreisman and Glenn Mason
This fine new book explores beginning in the 1870s the many communities in the Pacific Northwest that mounted yearly agricultural and county fairs in which handicrafts, furniture making, textiles, and even some decorative oil paintings and watercolors were displayed and awards given. This reflected a growing American middle class culture heavily oriented toward the domestic and the practical and wanting affordable family housing encouraged by the many new options available to them. Two pivotal expositions, the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland in 1905 and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle in 1909 not only showcased but accelerated agricultural, technological, industrial and cultural developments in the growing American West. As a teaching tool, the fairs exposed the public to a broader range of design efforts than most had ever seen bringing together the wealth of Asia, Europe, Alaska, and America. Kreisman and Mason devote much of their book to the architects, builders, planners, writers, artists, publishers, educators and enterprising cultural promoters who wove Arts and Crafts ideas and practices including the idea of the bungalow into the region’s landscapes, homes and communities. Perhaps the most successful promoter of the bungalow culture during the peak years of the teens was Jud Yoho, the enterprising Seattle businessman whose “entrepreneurial nature could have competed on an equal level with Elbert Hubbard”. In 1912 Yoho took over publication of the Bungalow Magazine from Henry Wilson who had been publishing it in Los Angeles since 1908. Yoho’s Bungalow Magazine packed between its covers a breadth of information from the actual construction of houses to the tiniest details of interior finishes, furniture and accessories. The most admirable efforts of historical information in this book are the two sections “Applied Arts and the Designed Interior” and “Regional Artistic Expressions”. Here are introductions to the noted but also unknown and little-known artisans, designers, painters and photographers, printers and bookbinders who made things for people to live with. Kreisman and Mason have admirably achieved the goal they set for themselves: “to begin to fill what we perceived was a regional void in the scholarship and literature about the American Arts and Crafts story.” Hardcover 200 pp, see below to order.
THE GAMBLE HOUSE - Building Paradise in California by Edward R Bosley et al.
For more than a century the Gamble House has stood on a promontory overlooking the Arroyo Seco, a narrow riverbed that meanders down from the San Gabriel Mountains through Pasadena, California. The house became an architectural landmark in 1966 and for much of the time since has been open to the public with more than a million visitors having toured the house. They come for a variety of reasons, but primarily to appreciate the uncommon mixture of art and craft that is the hallmark of architects Charles and Henry Greene. That they have arrived in such numbers for so long is a testament to the vision of the designers, the skill of their craftsmen-builders, and the fruitful connection they had with their clients. This book was photographed by Alex Vertikoff and is the first full-length book published on the Gamble House. Hard Cover 200 pp, see below to order.
THE MANUFACTURE OF ARTS & CRAFTS FURNITURE BY GUSTAV STICKLEY by W. Michael McCracken
Here is a book for serious Arts & Crafts collectors who want to know exactly how Gustav Stickley manufactured and finished his furniture. Drawing on the business records of Gustav Stickley's firm that repose in The Winterthur Library, the author describes how Gustav Stickley organized his factory, how many workers he employed and what they did in the factory, what machinery the factory utilized, how the furniture was finished, and how much furniture the factory produced. The book discusses, among other topics: What "handmade" meant in the context of furniture in the early 1900s; how Gustav Stickley's designs evolved to reduce the cost of production; how Gustav Stickley modified his finishes over the period of his production; the process of fuming; how Gustav Stickley colored, finished, and coated his furniture; the Nitrocellulose Lacquer Mystery; and the author's "Grove Park Inn experiments." The book also discusses the finishes of other leading Arts & Crafts furniture manufacturers such as the L.&J.G. Stickley Company, the Roycrofters, Stickley Brothers of Grand Rapids, and the Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Company ("Life-Time"). The 325-page book is lavishly illustrated with black and white and color photographs, including over fifty color samples illustrating Gustav Stickley's different finishes. For the handy craftsman or refinisher, the book includes an invaluable glossary of early 1900s finishing terminology, and an appendix containing the formulas or recipes for the stain samples shown in the book. Softcover 325 pp, see below to order.