About Us

I have been actively been involved in collecting bakelite over the last thirty five years. This site is primarily devoted to the visual and aesthetic aspects of the material, as opposed to technical qualities. It is the museum’s premise that bakelite, which was hand made by many craftsmen who had no formal artistic training represents an aspect of american folk art. If one studies different examples of the same object made by different hands it is very apparent that many of the objects were created based on the idividual craftsman’s concept of the piece and there is often a great difference seen in the same object made by different hands.In this country there has never been a comprehensive show of bakelite in a major american museum. The purpose of this website is to essentially create an museum devoted to the presentation of the full scope of american bakelite jewelery and objects.