The Historical Button Club presents “Ceramics 101: Know Your Ceramic Materials”
August 11, 2021, 5:00 PM ET. In this presentation, Susan Vincenzes will share new ways to look at ceramic buttons: What are the basic ceramic materials? How can you tell earthenware from stoneware from porcelain? What do you really need to know about hard and soft-paste porcelain?
To register, send an email to the Historical Button Club – historicalbuttonclub@gmail.com

Members of the NYSBS should have received the July 2021 edition of the New York State Button Society Bulletin by now.  We have some wonderful feature articles along with news from our clubs across New York State.  The bulletin is published twice a year and is a perk of membership.  Want a copy?  Join the NYSBS today! 

A few more recorded presentations found on YouTube are added to the Resources and Links page.

States Are Beginning to Schedule In-Person Shows.  Check out the Calendar of Events for State Shows Bordering New York State.

Debbie Rodriguez posted on the MyQuiltFriends Facebook Page an invitation to participate in a “Colt” focus group related to learning about Colt buttons. June 1, 10:30 AM CT (kick-off), July 6, 10:30 AM CT, September 7, 10:30 AM CT, October 9, in-person Fall Workshop. The first program presenter will be JUDY MASUR. If interested in attending, send an email to Debbie at asinc@swbell.net.

In-person button club meetings are finally starting up again! Norma Brown shared that the NYS Genesee Club met on March 31 at the Holland Land Company (museum) in Batavia NY. President Amy Burgess presided over the meeting. This was our first meeting for the new year. Our hostess and helper, Jennifer Covert, and her son Matthew (on the left in the photo) gave a program on “Venery.” We were surprised and learned so much along with great button examples. 

 In response to The National Button Society members’ increased interest in using their uncollectible buttons in artistic ways, The NBS is introducing button craft workshops and tutorials for members only – four button craft workshops and eight tutorials. This collection of “No-Harm” button crafts supports the National Button Society’s mission to preserve all that is beautiful and historic in buttons:
 
1) How to make a threaded button necklace
2) How to make a framed button bouquet
3) Bring spring to your house when you create a buttoned-up flower pot.  Follow this link to the video tutorial
4) Three ideas for making Button-Enhanced Wall Art.
Check out all the new content in the Resource section of the revised National Button Society website.

Collecting stories about why people collect buttons for posting here. 
Please consider filling out the  Button Collector Interview Form. You can answer the questions for yourself, or call a button friend, and ask them the interview questions.
Responses will be collected and posted here, for all to see. 

 

Education

 

We have clubs throughout the state where you can learn about button makers, types, materials, and their fascinating history.

Preservation

 

Learn the best way to preserve, care for, and store buttons based on the material(s) the button is made of. Discover how to tell when a button has “gone bad.”

In 2017, the Albany Times Union wrote a feature article about how volunteers from local button clubs are helping to preserve the Capital Region’s button history in Troy, NY.  Check it out.

Community

 

We share our knowledge in our communities with exhibits, shows, and talks.

Joining a club brings you directly into a community of button lovers who are eager to share their knowledge of these miniature works of art.

Fun

 

Ours Juniors making Button Necklaces for a Mother’s Day gift.
From left: Sarah, Liam, Sophia, Chloe, Neil, Audrey & Teigan.  Missing from the picture but, still made a necklace is Esme.