HEIRLOOMS OF THE FUTURE was presented as part of the national observance of 1993 as The Year of American Crafts. Twenty-one living, West Coast American Designer/Craftsmen whose work and teaching span a half century and have sparked the resurgence of contemporary crafts in the United States were featured. Blown glass by Dale Chihuly; baskets by Lillian Elliott, and Ed Rossbach; jewelry by Arline Fisch, and Svetozar Radakovich; furniture by Frank Gehry, and Sam Maloof; textiles by Eve Gulick, and Katherine Westphal; paper forms by Kay Sekimachi; enamels by June Schwarcz, and JoAnn Tanzer; turned wood forms by Bob Stocksdale; and ceramics by Laura Andreson, Rupert Deese, Otto and Vivika Heino, Martha Longenecker, Harrison McIntosh, Beatrice Wood, and Otto Natzler (including collaborative work with the late Gertrud Natzler).
The exhibition was sponsored by Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan, and supported by a grant from J. Dallas and Mary H. Clark.
The documentary publication, HEIRLOOMS OF THE FUTURE, was produced by Mingei International.