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Joe and Ann Watson collection on Shop One

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0555

Scope and Contents

The Joe and Ann Watson collection on Shop One contains a 1990 calendar for the School of American Craftsmen (SAC) composed of black and white photographs of SAC instructors and their artwork. The collection also contains eight black and white photographs credited to Joe Watson. The photographs include three images of Shop One goods and five portraits of Shop One artists Wendell Castle, Nancy Jurs, and Albert Paley.


  • Creation: circa 1970's, 1990


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of photographs must be credited to Joe Watson.

Biographical / Historical

Joe Watson is a Rochester graphic designer. He is credited with taking photos of Shop One personnel and artworks.

Shop One was a retail craft outlet located in a remodeled carriage house at 77 Troup Street, Rochester, New York. This shop was established by three professors from the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Metalsmith John Prip, cabinet maker Tage Frid and ceramist Frans Wildenhain recognized the need for a retail outlet for their work - a shop they could control, but one that did not demand much individual attention. This initial group was later joined by metalsmith Ronald Pearson, a former student of the School for American Craftsmen.

As professors, their time was divided between teaching and producing work, limiting opportunities to sell their work. Shop One provided the best solution to their predicament. Wildenhain acted as a mentor in this endeavor; he had previous experience building and maintaining a small business.

Shop One was the only retail outlet in the Rochester area that exclusively sold handwork. Once the shop was underway, local craftsmen were invited to become associate members. Some of these craftsmen were nationally recognized in their field, such as metalsmith Hans Christiansen. Those represented in Shop One were among the best craftsmen in the Rochester area.

Shop One integrated characteristics of an elegant apartment into a gallery setting. In this environment customers were able to visualize these unique objects in their own homes. Prip, Pearson, Frid and Wildenhain hoped this would establish a connection between object, maker and customer.

One of the rooms in Shop One housed jewelry and raised silver, most of which was produced by Ronald Pearson and John Prip. Due to the large quantity of custom jewelry work, they established a studio in the same building, making them more accessible to customers, yet independent of the store. Prip and Pearson designed their jewelry to maintain a steady turnover. Merchandise that did not sell in Shop One was sold to out-of-town stores.

Shop One opened in 1952 and remained in business until 1976.


2.38 Linear Feet (1 flat box)




The Joe and Ann Watson collection on Shop One consists of a 1990 School of American Craftmen's calendar and eight photographs of Shop One goods and artists.


The photographs are stored in a folder and arranged according to size.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 331

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Joe and Ann Watson collection on Shop One

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the RIT Archives by Joe and Ann Watson in 2015.

Accession number(s): 2015:013


The photographs range in size from 8.5 x 11 inches to 14 x 11inches.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in January 2015.

Joe and Ann Watson collection on Shop One
RIT Archives
Lisa Witt
02 February 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA