“Broken Things Fixed” Art Conservator, Michael Hartnett, will be at the show both days to receive broken or damaged ceramic items for repair and to discuss the care and conservation of antiques and collectibles. Dubbed the “Art Doctor” in an article that appeared in The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, Hartnett has restored more than 8,000 objects since 1980. He maintains a conservation studio in Stanhope, NJ. While he specializes in the restoration of ceramics, he also works in a glass and other mediums in a variety of decorative and functional forms. Hartnett has restored objects from a wide variety of makers from Europe and Asia to American art pottery, antiques and collectibles. His work for the Rockefeller family is displayed at the Museum of the City of New York. He is a gifted speaker and has given lectures and presentations for AARP and many historical and cultural organizations and art associations. This is a rare opportunity to see a master at work. www.hartnettartstudio.com
Magic Metal Blacksmithing
Ivan Raupp’s work is legendary. Those who have seen his work will tell you that he is “in a class by himself.” Raupp works on a Buffalo forge over an open fire and is dedicated to preserving the ancient art of blacksmithing. As an anthropologist his depth of knowledge of the history of blacksmithing is impressive. He will be lecturing and demonstrating while creating artistic hand-wrought designs in hooks, forks, skewers, and many other forms. His designs are imaginative but remain true to period traditions of the craft. The beauty of Raupp’s work is that it is not only “old world” but also translates into practical designs for today’s modern lifestyle.