Established in 1972 by Tom D'Onofrio, the Baulines Craft Guild is a non-profit  organization that has grown in stature and size and has achieved national recognition for its Education Programs.  The Guild is composed  of artisan/teachers who are among the most significant artists creating fine craft work in America today.  Their works are  represented in major museum collections such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the de Young  Museum of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California.                  

Design Background

California has been a region with an active arts tradition since the second half of the nineteenth century. Wild Pacific landscapes and tales of adventure in a frontier where individual freedom was the norm attracted a particular type of artist to the Pacific Coast -- dedicated, independent and original. Born into this environment or drawn to it from the East Coast and Europe, generations of men and women determined to live by their craft, settled by the Pacific and went to work.

Services and Resources

BCG provides services for the craft and design community; assistance with marketing and portfolio development; a resource file of goods and services; a library of books and current professional publications; a quarterly newsletter; and community gatherings. BCG's educational and exhibition programs as well as slide registry of works by California craft artists make the organization an invaluable resource for schools, historians, museums, galleries, collectors and the architectural and design trades.

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Art Espenet Carpenter,
a founding member