Tag Archives: craftsmanship

Fire Buckets in 18th Century Boston

Fire buckets have been popular with collectors and owners of period homes for a long time. They represent a time long before most towns had established and well-equipped fire departments ready to respond at a moment’s notice to a house or shop fire, when people relied on their neighbors to come to their aid. The risk for catastrophe from fire was great. A single stand-alone house could be consumed in minutes. In towns, fire in densely populated neighborhoods could quickly result in the destruction of dozens of buildings.… Read More

Silversmithing Demonstration | October 30

Join us in Marlborough for a Silversmithing Demonstration

Wednesday, October 30 | 5:30–6:30PM

Silversmith Stephen Smithers will demonstrate and discuss American silversmithing tools, techniques, and practices of the late 17th through early 19th centuries with an emphasis on the techniques used by New York silversmith Simeon Soumaine, in the creation of the rare set of three casters offered in the November 2 & 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.Read More

Meet the Makers

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 | 5:30PM | BOSTON GALLERY

Join us Wednesday, June 19th for a discussion and overview of the New England Studio Furniture Movement with Owain Harris, instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine and a New Hampshire Furniture Masters ISFD Pinnacle Award winner.

Learn about influential furniture makers in the region who are shaping this re-emerging segment of the design market. The makers will be on hand in the gallery starting at 3PM.Read More

The Contemporary Crafts Movement: Our Collection of Art Pottery

The energy of the Contemporary Crafts movement hit me at a craft fair at Rhinebeck, New York in 1977, where I had set up a booth as a jewelry vendor. I had never been to a “craft fair” before, so had no expectations. As I looked around, I saw rows of very well-made functional ware in the muted pallet of the day. But here and there, poking heads above the rest, I found weird and wonderful objects and booths full of marvels the like of which I had never seen before.

Make it Beautiful and Make it Good, Part III

Aesthetics matter. Beauty drives demand and demand drives value. Value drives business, and business drives a brand-new pickup truck full of German power tools.

In addition to making something beautiful, you must also “make it good”. You have learned practical techniques. You will now have the opportunity to put your technique into practice in the real world.

Famous names like Wallace Nutting and George Nakashima are famous for a reason. In order for objects to hold their value over time, they have to still exist, and be in relatively good, original condition. They’re still here because they exhibit superior craftsmanship.