August/September 2009

August/September 2009

Featured Articles


Not Everything is Black and White

Ceramist Kathy Erteman adheres to a rigorous purity of form in which functionality is a transcendent concept.
Andrea DiNoto reveals how she does it.

The Omega Workshops 1913-19

Through Omega, its founder, Roger Fry, aimed to infiltrate Post-Impressionist ideas into the conservative world of the English domestic interior. Julian Stair assesses this vivid foray by artists into textiles, pottery, furniture and other forms of the decorative arts.


Craft in Unexpected Places

From opposite directions, two Los Angeles museums—The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Contemporary Art—succumb to the collaborative charms of craft.

Not Everything is Black and White

In both design and studio works, New York ceramist Kathy Erteman adheres to a rigorous purity of form in which functionality is a transcendent concept. Andrea DiNoto reveals how she does it.

In This Issue


Beehive Co-op

Some 50 makers of handmade clothing, accessories and jewelry showcase their wares.

Craft's Horizons

In this column Glenn Adamson argues that in the contemporary art world, as in the global economy, making something by hand is not necessarily a secure form of authorship.


de la Torre Brothers and Border Baroque

Gussie Fauntleroy evaluates the message behind the razzle dazzle of “de la Torre Brothers and Border Baroque” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.



Fred Ball, one of the great innovators of contemporary enamels, is celebrated in a current retrospective.


Furniture Extraordinaire

"We've always loved he idea of this furniture being part of someone's daily life."

—Bebe Pritam Johnson and Warren Eames Johnson


Landscapes in the Grain

Using a variety of cutting, carving and surface techniques, Michael Peterson works the burl portion of the timber he finds in his Northwest locale to create sculptural forms that evoke landscape.


Made in Europe

Christopher Lloyd surveys “European Design Since 1985” at the Indianapolis Museum
of Art


Paper Narratives

Scott Rothstein explores the emotional landscape evoked by Kyoko Okubo’s narrative washi sculptures.


The Twin Cities: a Mecca for Craft

Lovers of craft in Minneapolis-St. Paul enjoy an enviable number of options. Michael Fallon is our guide to the many museums and art centers devoted to specific media.

When Boston Led the Way

A Boston “diaspora” spread the gospel of the Useful and the Beautiful throughout America at the turn of the 20th century. Beverly K. Brandt, author of The Craftsman and the Critic, explains how it all happened.