“The Art that is Life” American Art Pottery

Arts & Crafts period tile mural for the Santa Fe train at Union Station, San Diego.

The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, spanning the years from 1875-1930, saw its beginnings as a rebellion against the fussiness and excesses of the Victorian age and the terrible economic and environmental conditions fostered by the industrial revolution. It had its origins in expressing the ideas of the Movement as stated in this quote from an exhibition catalog published by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts:

“Convinced that industrialization had caused the degradation of work and the destruction of the environment, Arts and Crafts reformers created works with deliberate social messages. Their designs conveyed strong convictions about what was wrong with society and reflected prescriptions for living. The aim was to incorporate art into everyday activities and thus, to democratize it”.

Groups of like-minded artisans formed guilds and collectives to produce handcrafted wares including tall vases, tiles, utilitarian shapes for daily use, original designs with simplified shapes, experimental glazes and painting techniques, many with incised and raised decorations. From the 1880’s to post World War 1, highly decorated Japanese porcelain and artifacts inspired American pottery artists and designers.

Many pottery-making collectives sprang up across America during these years, and especially in California, incorporating new ideas about design, philanthropy, and social consciousness. The Arequipa Pottery located in Marin county in Northern California, was established as part of a tuberculosis sanatorium for young working-class women who were taught the craft as part of their recovery program and produced wares for sale in stores across the country, as well as being displayed at the Pan Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco in 1915.

The popularity of the Arts and Crafts movement began to decline after World War 1 as newer design forms began to evolve. The design aesthetic of the movement continued to influence modernism in the 1930’s and 1940’s and into the post-modernism period of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Sunnylands, the Walter Annenberg estate in Palm Springs, is a fine example of post-modernism architecture as it echoes the idealism, beauty, grace, form in nature, and simplicity of the earlier movement.

There are a few Arts and Crafts potteries still producing today, but almost all of them were out of business by 1930. There was a resurgence of handcrafted pottery and objects late in the 20th century and there are many artisans producing fine handcrafted works today. American Art Pottery can be found in antique stores, auctions, and on line. There are collections in many museums around the country. There are walking and home tours in San Diego and Pasadena focusing on arts and crafts design and architecture at various times of the year and many websites, books, publications, organizations and dealers can be found on line relating to the Arts and Crafts movement and, specifically, art pottery.

A worthwhile show for those who are interested in handcrafted art pottery, old and new, is the upcoming Los Angeles Pottery Show at the Pasadena Convention Center on May 20-21, 2017. It is the largest pottery and tile show in America.

FURTHER RESEARCH

General Books on the Arts and Crafts Movement:

The Art That is Life – Arts and Crafts Movement in America 1875-1920, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Wendy Kaplan   1987

The Arts and Crafts Companion, Pamela Todd, 2004, Bullfinch

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America: Design for the Modern World 1880-1920, Wendy Kaplan, 2005, Thames & Hudson

The Arts and Crafts Movement (World of Art), 1991, Thames & Hudson

Arts and Crafts in Britain and America, Isabel Anscombe and Charlotte Gere, 1978, Rizzoli

General Books on American Art Pottery and Tile:

American Art Tile 1876-1941, Norman Karlson, 1998, Rizzoli

American Art Pottery, David Rago , 1997, Knickerbocker Press

California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism, Book Published  in Conjunction with Exhibition at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, 2003-2004

Journal of the American Pottery Association – bi-monthly magazine with fully researched and in-depth articles and information on all aspects of art pottery

www.AmArtPot.org/

justartpottery.com         Newsletter and Blog

Museum Collections

LACMA

Oakland Museum    Oakland, CA

Kirkland Museum    Denver, Colorado

Everson Museum    Syracuse, New York

American Arts and Crafts Collection of Alexander and Sidney Sheldon (exhibition publication)

Palm Springs Art Museum

Art Pottery collections displayed in many Museums around the US.

The Arts and Crafts Society – aggregate of resources, books, collections and museums worldwide

Arts & Crafts pottery compote

Educational Opportunities for Appraisers and Collectors in California

AAA: Tour of the George & Dorothy Saxe Collection of Glass & Ceramics

August 30, 2016

San Francisco

Initiatives in Art & Culture: 18th Annual Arts & Crafts Conference:

The Arts and Crafts  Movement in Pasadena and Environs

September 22-25, 2016

ArtTable Tours: San Francisco

October 13 – 16, 2016

ISA: USPAP 7-hour Update for  Personal Property Appraisers

November 3, 2016

Alameda

Appraisal Course Associates: USPAP 7-hour Update for Personal Property Appraisers

Live on-line

various dates

 

 

Events for Personal Property Appraisers and Collectors in California

Heath Ceramics Factory Tour, Sausalito
October 17th, 10:30 AM  – 11:30 AM
Sponsored by AAA
 
Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction, Los Angeles 
October 25th, 9:30 AM  – 5:00 PM
A Getty Research Institute and Clark Art Institute Symposium 
 
Appraisal Research Workshop, Los Angeles
Getty  Research Institute
December 2, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sponsored by AAA

Past event:

Foundation For Appraisal Education Seminar, Alameda
August 28-29
Sponsored by the FAE and Michaan’s Auctions
A fabulous opportunity to spend 2 days listening to lectures on a variety of subjects and meet appraisers from different associations. 
Kathi Jablonsky, ISA CAPP with Loredano Rosin sculpture
Kathi Jablonsky, ISA CAPP with Loredano Rosin sculpture
 
   

 

 

 

APPRAISAL FOUNDATION TO HOST 2ND PERSONAL PROPERTY ROUNDTABLE

The Appraisal Foundation will be holding the second personal property roundtable on September 23rd in Washington, DC titled “Envisioning the Future: Building Public Trust”.  Topics of discussion will be of importance to personal property appraisers and include qualifications, standards and oversight.  Panelists will include a wide variety of personal property disciplines, as well as auction houses, appraisal associations and law firms.

The roundtable will be conducted from 1:00 PM  – 5:00 PM and is free and open to observers.   A networking reception will follow.  For more details and registration, see the Appraisal Foundation website.

Educational Opportunities for Appraisers in California

It’s important for professional personal property appraisers to take continuing education courses.  Not only to sharpen our skills but to acquire education credits with our professional appraisal associations.   The following events will take place  over the next few months in California:

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) for personal property appraisers, 7-hour update class:

May 10, Seal Beach, College For Appraisers

Workshop on the Identification and Care of Architectural Drawings and Photo-reproductions: June 18-20, Stanford University Libraries

Foundation for Appraisal Education Seminar, August 27-29, hosted by Michaan’s Auction House in Alameda.  Featuring lectures on modern, Asian  and California art as well as wood I.D., snuff bottles and Tiffany glass.  Additional post-seminar tours available on August 30.  Foundation For Appraisal Education

 

Kathi Jablonsky, ISA CAPP is a full time personal property appraiser specializing in antiques and residential contents in San Diego and Palm Desert, California.

EVENTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: PALM SPRINGS SHOWS

February will be a stellar month for shows at the Palm Springs Convention Center over President’s Day Weekend.

First is the 3rd annual PALM SPRINGS FINE ART FAIR, February 13 – 16, featuring post-war and contemporary art from over (60) galleries around the world.

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

Second is the 14th annual PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM SHOW & SALE , February 14 – 17, featuring (82) premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers presenting all design movements of the 20th century.

Palm Springs Modernism Show
Palm Springs Modernism Show

Third, if you’re really into modernism there are ten (10) days of activities, lectures, shows and tours throughout the Coachella Valley, February 13 – 23, MODERNISM WEEK, featuring mid-century design, architecture, art, fashion and culture.

Modernism Week
Modernism Week

Come to the desert for a few days or a few weeks.  There’s something for everybody interested in fine art and modernism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events of Interest in Southern California: Appraiser Qualifications Board Meeting in San Diego

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has a public meeting scheduled in San Diego, California on Sept. 13 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 N at the Westin San Diego.

The AQB is part of the Appraisal Foundation, authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications.  Both personal property and real property appraisers adhere to the Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the biyearly updates.  For personal property appraisers, compliance is voluntary but usually required by their professional appraisal societies.

According to the Appraisal Foundation website:

The AQB establishes the minimum education, experience and examination requirements for real property appraisers to obtain a state license or certification. In addition, the AQB performs a number of ancillary duties related to real property and personal property appraiser qualifications.

As part of their work, they established Personal Property Appraiser Minimum Qualification Criteria to be used by major clients of personal property appraisers.  Compliance is voluntary.

For more information including the AQB meeting agenda and registration form, visit the Appraisal Foundation website and click on Events / Meeting Registration.

Events in Southern California: DollMastery Seminar & Auction

An opportunity to learn about the connoisseurship of antique and collectible dolls will be available at a Dollmastery Seminar conducted by Florence Theriault in Los Angeles on Friday April 12 , 2013.  It will be followed by two days of catalogued doll auctions on April 13th and 14th.  All events will be hosted at the Universal Hilton by Theriault’s, one of the premier doll auction companies in the U.S.  For more information and reservations, contact www.theriaults.com

RESOURCES:

http://www.dollreference.com/

http://www.thedollworks.net/

http://dolllinks.blogspot.com/

http://www.nadda.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Collecting the Olympics

The fanfare, emotion and sports competition of the 2012 Olympics has passed.  Many collectors have found a way to extend the excitement year round by collecting Olympic memorabilia.  

You can start out inexpensively by collecting pins, coins, stamps and mascots from recent years.   Some collectors progress to a higher, more expensive level including medals and torches.  There’s something for every interest and budget.  To narrow down the choices begin collecting by category, year, country or sport.     

I have a modest Olympic collection of my own, and display many items in my office.  It started off when I worked at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.   I was stationed at the USC Olympic Village where I was able to trade pins with the athletes and collect small souvenirs.  Over the years, I have added items from other olympics to my collection.  However, I realized that the pins I collected directly from the athletes in Los Angeles mean the most to me because of their personal connection.     

As an appraiser, one of the most exciting opportunities I’ve had was to appraise a silver award medal owned by an olympic athlete.   It was an insurance appraisal and it gave me the opportunity to examine the sales comparison approach (what similar items have sold for) versus the cost to reproduce the medal.   

If you still want a unique souvenir from the London Olympics, you can purchase something at the Official London 2012 Auction website.   They are auctioning off everything from game used equipment, to ceremony props and torches to help defer the cost of putting on the games.   

 

Appraiser of Olympics Memorabilia in California
Appraiser of Olympics Memorabilia in California

 

RESOURCES

Official website of the Olympic Movement

Olympic Collectibles and Collecting Olympic Memorabilia

Ingrid O’Neil Sports & Olympic Memorabilia

Olympin  – Olympic Collectors Club

Olympic Games Memorabilia and Collectibles

Top 10 Most Expensive Items of Olympic Memorabilia

 

 

Royal Oak Foundation lectures

 

The Royal Oak Foundation has scheduled a Spring lecture series of interest to appraisers, historians and Anglophiles in several cities throughout the U.S.  Some of the lecture titles include:

Westminster Abbey: A Place for Royal Celebration

“A Great Number of Useful Books”: The Country House Library

Resurrecting the English Country House

“Glorious Goodwood”: A House of Ducal Splendour

“A Work to Wonder At”: Stowe House and the American Revolution

Lectures are scheduled in the following cities:

Atlanta Boston & Ipswich Chicago Los Angeles Memphis New Orleans New York City Philadelphia San Diego San Francisco & Woodside Washington DC

For those not familiar with the foundation:

The Royal Oak Foundation engages Americans in the work of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland ………  In the United States, Royal Oak offers a wide range of member programs and activities focused on the National Trust, British art and architecture, fine & decorative arts, gardens, history, as well as conservation and historic preservation.

For more details, brochure, cost and reservations, please visit The Royal Oak Foundation.