Handmade in Buffalo brochure

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uring your visit to our region you

have undoubtedly discovered that Western New York is home to world-class architecture by the most significant architects of the 19th and 20th centuries. This extraordinary legacy includes treasured works such as homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the spectacular Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. These historic structures incorporate unparalleled craftsmanship by skilled artisans working in a number of materials. Craftsmanship of that caliber is alive and well today and there are many opportunities available for you to visit an artisan’s studio, view them working and purchase/order a handcrafted item worthy of the highest standards of the Craftsman Movement. This brochure, organized into geographical clusters centering in East Aurora and Buffalo, profiles ten artisans working in wood, glass, clay, metal or printmaking whose work has garnered national (and in some cases international) attention.

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and make your experience of design excellence in our area more complete.

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New Buffalo Graphics Michael Morgulis 1417 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216 716 885 5188


9 9 9 9 9 9 or several decades, Michael Morgulis’

graphic designs and print work have been regarded as striking identifiers of Buffalo life and culture. His witty and imaginative interpretations of iconic Buffalo imagery such as the bison and the city’s skyline have made his designs easily identifiable as icons themselves. Accordingly, they are perhaps the most appropriate mementos that a visitor to the Queen City can take home with them to remind them of their time in Western New York. The vibrant designs of his Buffalo Series prints with inventive titles like Blizzard Daze, Buffalo City of

No Illusions and American Buffalo, capture the spirit of our city in an uncanny way. His graphic design work has been exhibited broadly and frequently in this region, and in 1996 an edition of prints he created for Just Buffalo Literary Center was exhibited at the renowned AlbrightKnox Art Gallery. New Buffalo Graphics is located on Hertel Avenue, a Buffalo thoroughfare that offers great opportunities for shopping and dining. ST UDIO HO URS

Michael Morgulis

Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm–6 pm and by appointment


L 2l Glass Roots Stained Glass Studio Jane Jacobson 2495 Main Street, Suite 430 Buffalo, NY 14214 716 836 1166


9 9 9 9 9 9 tained glass artisan Jane Jacobsen

is highly respected for her commissioned work for corporate, residential and religious clients. With an education in art history and architecture, and most recently, training in advanced modern artglass manufacturing from the renowned Derix Studios in Germany, she is well suited for this field, since glass requires its maker to have a keen sense of design and the technical skill to adequately address the structural concerns relating to elements such as windows, doors and skylights – integral components of architecture. Many of her designs entail working closely with clients and their architects and contractors. She names as her inspirations Tiffany, Wright and Mackintosh among other Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts Style visionaries. Jacobsen views stained glass as a highly personal and poetic medium and accordingly describes it as “an orchestration of line, form, color, texture

and light singing in harmony.” Her studio and showroom is located in a building that is a former Ford Motor factory.

Jane Jacobson


By appointment

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L 3l Cone Five Pottery Greg Link 1507 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216 716 332 0486


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Greg Link’s interest in

his craft began with collecting work by local ceramic artists. A self-taught artist, he soon developed that interest into an art-making passion that includes a retail facility where he sells his own work (as well as other regional craft artisans) and teaches ceramics classes. With seven pottery wheels and two electric kilns, this full-service pottery studio is well equipped to provide training for individuals with a range of skill levels in a unique environment. Individual classes as well as studio memberships are available. Link specializes in functional ceramics (all of them are microwave and dishwasher safe) that are made of stoneware and decorated with lead free glazes, all made on site. He firmly believes that pottery is meant to be used and enjoyed every day, a belief shared by many craftsmen who create handmade objects crafted with, as Link describes,

“a lot of thought, time and devotion to design and function.”


Greg Link

Wednesday, 11 am–6 pm; Thursday & Friday, 11 am–8 pm; Saturday, 11 am–6 pm; Sunday, 12–4 pm

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L 4l Buffalo Arts Studio B ryan Hopkins 2495 Main Street, Suite 514 Buffalo, NY 14214 716 830 0155


9 9 9 9 9 9 orking in porcelain, a clay medium


associated with fine china, contemporary American ceramicist Bryan Hopkins creates exquisite sculptural vessel forms (both functional and non-functional) that are characterized by their intriguing trompe l’oeil surface textures and seemingly fragile architectonic shapes. Porcelain, in fact, is known for its strength and durability. His monochromatic approach allows the translucency (and opacity) of the porcelain to be heightened, resulting in a masterful interplay of light and shadow. The vocabulary of shape and form that Hopkins has developed for his work is highly distinctive. His works have been included in many national and international ceramic art survey exhibitions and profiled in publications such as the Australian published Ceramics: Art & Perception. A native of Philadelphia who also teaches ceramics, Hopkins is one of eight clay artisans who work in the ceramics suite facility that is part of Buffalo Arts Studio, a complex of studio spaces for artists of all media, galleries and a gift shop.

Bryan Hopkins


By appointment

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L 5l Annie Adams 716 887 2929


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Connecticut who’s lived in

Buffalo for 15 years, jewelry designer Annie Adams studied at the Portland School of Art in Maine. That training, combined with her fashion retail executive experience, gives her a unique understanding of the aesthetic appeal of jewelry as well as the emotional impact that the right piece has on a wearer. Adams and her design team develop a new product line for every season and over 100 retail outlets across the US and in Canada carry her jewelry and “knitting notions,” a term referring to her pewter buttons, buckles, pins and rings for use with knitted goods. Her jewelry designs are most often created in silver and accented with semiprecious stones such as tourmaline, aquamarine, topaz or pearls.


Annie Adams

By appointment

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Big Tree Furniture Works Stephen Oubre 1514 M ill R oad E ast A urora , NY 14052 716 655 2098 www.bigtreefurnitureworks.com

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Stephen Oubre's work received national attention when it traveled throughout the United States in the prestigious 1988 “Young Americans� exhibition organized by the American Craft Museum in New York City. With extensive experience in both the art furniture and production industries in New York State and Massachusetts, Oubre returned to Western New York and in 2003 founded Big Tree Furniture Works, specializing in working with residential and corporate clients and contractors for individualized solutions to furniture design needs. These have included a broad range of commissioned projects including wall units, cabinetry, beds, tables and accessories, always executed with an unwavering attention to detail. Due to his expertise in solid wood fabrication as well as veneered panel construction and the exceptional quality of his craftsmanship, Oubre is currently the lead cabinetmaker responsible for the restoration and reconstruction of the built-in furniture elements of the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright designed Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo. ST UDIO HO URS

By appointment

Stephen Oubre

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L 7l Aurora Art Glass Peggy Eisensmith 16 Buffalo Road East Aurora, NY 14052

716 652 2443

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of both Prairie Style and Craftsman architecture and the leaded window designs they contain are often as emblematic as the structures themselves. Roycroft Artisan Peggy Eisensmith, a self-trained stained glass craftsman who has maintained a retail/work space in East Aurora for over 25 years, specializes in custom-made stained and leaded glass. Much of her work is done in the Arts & Crafts style and she periodically collaborates with other Roycroft woodworkers by creating the leaded glass elements for their mission style furniture. She is also a highly respected expert in stained glass restoration, having done work for the storied Roycroft Inn and a number of churches in the region. Her commissioned work for private residents and corporate clients has ranged broadly in scale from small door transoms and sidelights to a four section panoramic window measuring 4 feet tall by 10 feet wide.


Peggy Eisensmith

Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 am–4:30 pm; Saturday 9 am–1 pm

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Roycroft Pottery Janice Mc Duffie East A urora, NY 14052

716 652 7422 www.roycroftpottery.com

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ceramic works are highly prized by Arts and Crafts collectors, has the distinction of being the only working studio located on the Roycroft Campus today. Since 1975, she has been operating her studio and showroom in the original furniture shop on the campus. Perhaps the most distinctive characteristic of McDuffie’s work is the extraordinary palette of glazes that she has developed and perfected after years of research and testing. With names such as Hamada Green, Copper Glaze and Shamo Yellow, those glazes range from earthy greens and blue/greens to a deep chocolate and light copper that evoke the coloration associated with hammered surfaces of early Roycroft copper work. Her vases, bowls, boxes and other ceramic objects (many embossed with motifs such as dragonflies or ginkgo leaves) include one-of-a-kind wheel thrown pieces and limited edition slip-cast pieces in high fired porcelain. You’ll also see beautiful hand-pressed tiles imprinted with floral imagery such as trilliums, poppies and roses.

Janice McDuffie


By appoimtment

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L 9l Copper Shop Gallery Mary H ubbard 31 South Grove Street East Aurora, NY 14052

716 655 0261 www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

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their work represented in the Copper Shop Gallery on the Roycroft Campus. Among them is Mary Hubbard, a great-granddaughter of Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard, who creates handspun yarn from the fleece of a herd of Suri Alpacas that she raises on her Town of East Aurora property. That naturally colored yarn is then transformed into beautiful hand knit garments such as scarves, hats and gloves. Another artisan featured is printmaker Dorothy Markert, a Roycroft Master Craftsman for over a decade who creates handmade prints of stylized flowers, arts and crafts, pottery and Roycroft architecture. They capture the spirit of graphic work produced in the craftsman style and evolve from her study of decorative motifs such as borders and friezes from that period. The Gallery, located in the original Roycroft Copper Shop, contains an extensive gift area, gallery and displays of historic printing equipment, in use periodically for demonstrations and workshops (visit the website for a schedule of artisan courses).

Mary Hubbard


Monday – Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

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L 10 l Schoolhouse Gallery & Cabinet Shops J ack B artlett , B en L ittle , J r ., T om H arris & T homas P afk 1054 O lean R oad • E ast A urora , NY 14052 716 655 4080

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School House Gallery and adjacent woodworking studios provide you with a unique opportunity to see the craftsmanship and working methods of four Roycroft Master Artisans with over a century of experience in the field among them. The custom-made tables, mirrors, frames, lamps, bookcases and cabinetry they create in the Craftsman style (of mostly native Eastern woods such as quarter-sawn white oak or birds eye maple) are all done using traditional furniture techniques and methods. Following Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard’s philosophy of making furniture “the very best we can,” their work reflects a dedication to the craft, respect for their materials and a love of the work of a skilled artisan. Through consultation on the overall design, wood selection and finishes, customers are involved in the design process. These artisans have done commissioned work for such notable clients as the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, Hammersmith Collections, Grove Park Inn and the National Parks Service. ST UDIO HO URS

Thomas Pafk

Monday – Friday, 8 am–5 pm; Saturday, 10 am–3 pm (Hours vary seasonally, call to confirm)

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4 Buffalo Arts Studio Bryan Hopkins (clay)

1 New Buffalo Graphics

3 G lass Roots Stained Glass Studio Jane Jacobson (stained glass)


Greg Link (clay)

Janice McDuffie (clay)

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Michael Morgulis (printmaking)

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East Aurora 9 9 6 Big Tree Furniture Works Stephen Oubre (wood)

7 Aurora Art Glass Peggy Eisensmith (stained glass)

ary Hubbard (fibers) & M Dorothy Markert (printmaking)

10 Schoolhouse Gallery & Cabinet Shops Jack Bartlett, Ben Little, Jr., Tom Harris & Thomas Pafk (wood)

N E W YOR K American Masters f American Treasures Most visitors to Buffalo are surprised to find landmarks by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis

Other Artists In Western New York There are a number of other sources available online to access information about artists working in Buffalo. Two of the main sources are found below.

Sullivan and H.H. Richardson. Amazed by one of the great collections of modern art in the world at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Enchanted by the 19th century mansions lining our Frederick Law Olmsted parkways. Taken with the antiques and boutiques of the bustling Allentown, Elmwood and North Park neighborhoods. Thrilled to discover the work of Charles Burchfield and other regional artists at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. And captivated by the Arts & Crafts Movement treasures in nearby East Aurora. Make Buffalo your getaway destination and you’ll be taken with us, too.

William Y. Cooper at Buffalo Arts Studio

Artists in Buffalo www.artistsinbuffalo.org This very extensive illustrated listing includes over 175 artists, galleries and museums in the Buffalo Niagara region with links to many of their websites.

The Buffalo Society of Artists www.buffalosocietyofartists.com

frank lloyd w right 's DARWIN MARTIN HOUSE

ROYCROFT CAMPUS in east aurora

This website includes an artist registry, organized by discipline, of the members of Buffalo's oldest (founded in 1891) artist organization. Many of the entries have a statement by the artist about their work. Brochure text is by Gerald Mead, an art educator, independent curator and artist who is a leading authority on Western New York art. All photographs courtesy of KC Kratt. Cover illustration by Michael Gelen.

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buffalo & erie county botanical gardens in frederick law olmsted 's south park

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