What is a Certified Roycroft Artisan?
Introduction to Roycroft Movement and Official Artisans
Roycroft is a community of artisans and craftsman founded in 1895 by Elbert Hubbard in East Aurora, New York. Hubbard is known as the ‘Father of Roycroft Arts and Crafts’ in America. The Roycroft movement started in towards the end of the 19th century as like-minded artisans, furniture makers, metal smiths, and many other craftsmen came to East Aurora to join the movement. They are a freethinking community that provides renaissance art to the community.
The official Roycroft Artisans are those who abide by the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement, which started nearly 100 years ago. The Roycrofters at Large (RALA) are a community of artisans who meet each year to review the artwork of current artisans and new applicants before entitling them to carry the signature of the Roycroft logo.
The Roycroft Campus and Featured Roycroft Artisans
The Roycroft campus, in East Aurora, honors a few important artisans who’s work will be displayed to the public. At Modern Bungalow, we feature the artwork of a select few Roycroft artisans:
- Keith Rust was accepted by RALA as one of the prestigious renaissance artisans as the community was overwhelmed by his artwork. It was based on the woodcuts from the era of Arts and Crafts that depicted the beauty of nature. Rust has created notable works such as Luminous Misty Falls and the Serene Half Dome that is a part of the Yosemite Park Series. Check out our interview with Keith here.
- Brian Brace is a Roycroft furniture artisan who hails from Vermont. He received his certification from Vermont State in the field of furniture design and manufacturing. Brace gained the Roycroft furniture marks as a featured artist who’s furniture work has been showcased in the Grovewood Gallery. His projects include Arbor Bow Arm Morris Chair and much other handcrafted contemporary furniture.
The Roycroft Movement Today
The Roycroft movement that started many years ago has brought together RALA artisans and provided a platform to the artisans from every background to display their talents. The events - such as the Roycroft Summer Festival - and much more organized by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association helps the artists to meet the community and showcase their work.