New Jersey Collectors Who are Crafty, in More Ways Than One

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
Left, Edgar and Joyce Anderson’s “Timepiece” (1985, sculpture), with Sandy and Louis Grotta. From left, on the wall, Peter Voulkos’s “Wood Fired” (1981), “Wood Fired” (1980), “Wood Fired” (1978) and “Gas Fired” (1978/79). Center, large ceramic by Toshiko Takaezu (1970s-80s); table by Edgar and Joyce Anderson. Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
HARDING TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Shy recessive types can appreciate art at a safe remove from the action, but collectors usually need to get off the sofa to capture the object of desire. The practice rewards moxie. Sandy and Louis Grotta, who have been collecting almost as long as they have been married — 64 years — possess that quality in abundance, having filled their home with some 300 pieces of crafts and jewelry. In the late 1950s, they happened to go to the Museum of Contemporary Crafts after a visit to the Museum of Modern Art, and lightning struck. [More]
Hiroki Takada’s “Ceremony Tea Chair” (2013), left, and Toshiko Takaezu’s “Moon Pot” (1974). Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
Various ceramic forms, small moonpots and rattles by Toshiko Takaezu, late 1990s. Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
On table, Wood Bowls of various woods from Irish Yew, Tambootie to Ebony, late 1980s-90s, by Bob Stocksdale; From left, on the wall, Ed Rossbach’s “Coptic Lace” (1971); Viola Frey’s “Floating Baby Head” (1979), and, at right, Sheila Hicks’s “Menhir” Commission (2000). Artists’ Legacy Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; Andrea Mohin/The New York Times