American Craft Council [ACC]: DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN U.S.A. 1953. Brooklyn Museum and the American Craftsmen Educational Council, 1953.

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American Craftsmen Educational Council

American Craftsmen Educational Council: DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN U.S.A. 1953. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum, 1953. First edition. Slim quarto. Side stapled and perfect bound printed wrappers. 72 pp. 111 black and white photographs. Wrappers lightly creased due to the side stapled binding, but  a nearly fine copy of a scarce document.

8 x 10.5 exhibition catalogue with 72 pages and 111 black and white images of metals, wood, textiles, and ceramics. Catalogue of an exhibit sponsored by the Brooklyn Museum, Oct. 22 to Dec. 30, 1953, and later at the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Includes a ten-page essay by Dorothy Giles, "The Craftsman in America", a checklist of 243 works, including prices, and short essays preceeding each section: metals, wood, textiles, and ceramics. The essay on wood is by Edward Wormely.

  • The Craftsman in America
  • Ceramic
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Metals
  • Checklist of the Exhibition

Includes work by George Wells, Lilly Hoffman, Loren Manbeck, Edwin Scheier, Mary Anne Emerine, D. Lee Dusell, Lorna Pearson Watson, Antonio Prieto, Robert Cremean,  Lea Van P. Miller, Zelda Thomas, Mildred Allmendinger, John Risley, Peter Lear, Karl Drerup, Mildred Johnstone, John Paul Miller, Charlotte Ulman, Eileen Sousa Cary, Marguerite Wildenheim, Paul David Holleman, Ruben Eshkanian, Martha Pollock, Ruth Reevess, Ralph Becherer, Robert King, Tage Frid, John Foster, Lyda Weyl Kahn, Florence Walter, Robert A. Von Neumann, Saul Borisov, Ernestine Beleal, Ronald Mathies, Kay Sekimachi, David Weinrib, John May, Allie Daugvila, George Salo, Arthur Pulos, James Crumrine, Harvey Littleton, Henry Poor, Paul Holleman, Maija Grotell, Bonnie Staffel, Katherine Choy, Jane Harsook, Jane Parshall, Karen Karnes, David Weinrib, Frans Wildenhain, Beatrice Wood, Albert Henry King, Laura Anderson, Elizabeth Mcfayden, John Donovan Parks, Roy Ginstrom, Henry Kluck, Eleanor Kluck, Edward Scnee, Rosemary Zettel, Eleanora Gordon, Emily Walker, Mary Dumas, Eugene Dobbertin, Ruth Ingvarson, Simonoff (F. Cohn), Tapio Wirkkala, Bruno Mathsson, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, James Prestini, Cecil Read, Leonard Price, Arthur Carpenter, Emil Milan, Thomas Brun, Paul Killinger, John Kirk, Anthony La Rocco, Bob Stocksdale,Polly Sundt Tisdale, Frederick Miller, Charlotte Kizer, Jane And Ed Oshier, Edward Levin, Betty Cooke, Michael Vizzini, John Prip, Oppi Untracht, Muriel Savin, James Bartley, John Paul Miller, Esther Bruton, Earl Krentzin, Thomas Pattrson, Margaret Lecky, Eva Clarke, Michael and Francis Higgins, and James Robert Camp.

An extraordinarily useful reference volume for the works of the artists represented. Since the end of World War II, many artists have turned to crafts as a reaction to the conformity, the built-in obsolescence, and the anonymity of mass-produced objects. They are creating objects to satisfy none but their own standards of technique and aesthetics...

The American Craft Council (ACC) is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb. With a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the many gifted artists today who are working with a variety of materials.

“Our programs include the bimonthly magazine, American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, the Aileen Osborn Webb Awards honoring those who enrich the craft field, as well as a specialized library, various workshops, seminars and conferences, and much more.

”Members of the ACC include artists as well as institutions and individuals with an interest in the crafts, such as teachers, scholars, collectors, gallery owners, and professionals in many fields, in the U.S. and abroad. This diversity is well represented in the governance of our Board of Trustees.” [ACC website]