Brockton is a sprawling metropolis mostly known for its historical importance in the manufacturing industry, and as the hometown of boxing legends Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler (the “City of Champions”). Did you know that Brockton also has a strong artist community, as well?
The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton features an astounding collection of craft work. Craft work is defined as usable items created from a variety of mediums that are made by hand, such as teapots and vases. The artists highlighted in the exhibits at the Fuller Craft Museum have taken these everyday objects and re-imagined them into stunning visual pieces.
Situated on one of the pristine ponds of D.W. Field Park, the museum integrates outdoor beauty with a modern, indoor, open décor. Before entering the museum, take some time to explore the stone garden and its beautiful views of the water located just outside the entrance. Positioned in the center of the museum is an outdoor seating area with fountains, and even more amazing views of the water.
The museum building itself is a beautiful piece of work. Its square shape with jutting gables and interior courtyard is reminiscent of a Frank Lloyd Wright design. This interesting architecture sets the mood for the museum tour in a positive way. The shape and flow of the rooms creates a zen-like atmosphere that encourages the exploration of the entire museum.
Within the museum you will find all sorts of artwork ranging from silk screens and ornate teapots to beautifully carved benches to hand-printed fabric and hand-bound books. Some of these pieces are for sale and would make a fine addition to anyone’s personal collection.
Be sure to walk through the Barstow Gallery. It is full of elaborate teapots, vases and vessels made from stoneware and terracotta. They are beautifully and intricately designed and contain a clear, expressive personality.
The Alma and Merton Tarlow Gallery is an impressive sight. The room is lined with full length, hand-woven tapestries. They were created using traditional weaving methods and feature silhouettes of the human body, as well as more abstract scenes.
The museum also holds lectures, events, workshops, classes and frequently changing exhibits; meaning there’s always something new and exciting to check out.
The Fuller Craft Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM. Hours are extended on Thursday nights until 9 PM with free entrance into the museum from 5 PM – 9 PM.
Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Free guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 2 PM.
Craig Lodge is an explorer at heart. As a Massachusetts native, he has spent most of his life discovering the hidden gems across the state. You can find his favorite Massachusetts adventures on his blog ADayTrip.com. He can be reached on Facebook and Twitter.