Presentation – The Beauty of the Handcrafted: Keeping an Arts & Crafts Legacy Alive

Open to the Public Informational Presentation

November 18, 2023 • 11AM

Join GCCA in this free open to the public presentation lead by the National Arts and Crafts Conference Director Kate Nixon and Bill and Pam Clark of Clark Pottery House in our Conference Room November 18th at 11am to learn about the wonderful legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement.

About the Presentation

It was the historic style that changed America forever and welcomed a new era of entrepreneurial spirit. From its beginnings in the late 19th century, the American Arts and Crafts Movement embraced the idea of handcraftsmanship using native materials, including oak, clay, and copper, in contrast to the machine-produced works of the Industrial Revolution. The movement grew popular through the early1900s- 1920s with its simple message: surround yourself with the natural and your life will be the better for it. 50 years later, the movement was revived attracting scholars, designers and collectors alike with its beautiful simplicity of design and the history of its philosophy encompassing social, economic, and moral reform. Since 1988, the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina hosts the National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows – the top shows and conference for collectors and enthusiasts around the country to convene to not only purchase from the top antiques dealers and Contemporary craftsfirms, but to continue to study the movement with seminars, demonstrations, discussion groups, historic house tours and more. 

Conference director Kate Nixon and longtime exhibitors Bill and Pam Clark of Greenville’s own Clark House Pottery LLC will visit November 18th to talk about how the influence of this movement produced the beloved conference and shows, and affected the ceramic works Clark House Pottery produces today.