A Note from the Editor:
My teenage son came back from a school trip last June announcing that he wanted to be a blacksmith. Astonished by the plasticity of hot iron, Peter had made a wall hook. It is sculptural and quite nice.
Peter had been away for two weeks in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. An important layover was at the Penland School of Crafts, a creative education center dating back to the 1920s, which offers concentrated workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood arts.
Later in the summer, when he and I visited relatives in New Jersey, I took him out to the rural area around the Delaware Water Gap, where I used to live. We saw the Lakota Wolf Preserve and also drove north to visit Peter’s Valley, another craft center. Then I came back to work and finished an article about the living, breathing Roycrofters. I’ve said it before: The Arts & Crafts Movement is not just historic, and not just a look. It is an ongoing movement that involves personal choices about creativity and lifestyle, both for the practitioners of craft and for their patrons.
It has been astonishing for me to see the revival not only of work in wood and ceramics—the furniture and pottery so associated with the Arts & Crafts movement and its revival—but also in metal. Such objects of utility as chandeliers, fireplace screens, stove hoods, signposts, platters, and hardware are objects of art, as well, for the home.
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