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VERMONT HAND CRAFTERS
PO Box 1184
Williston, VT 05495
800.373.5429
802.872.8600

The mission of the Vermont Hand Crafters is to inspire, nurture and promote the creative community of fine crafts and arts in Vermont.

Welcome to

VERMONT HAND CRAFTERS

the oldest and largest juried craft organization in Vermont

Thank You To Our Wonderful Patrons!

Vermont Hand Crafters would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful patrons who attended the 2016 Craft Vermont Show. In addition to supporting your local artists at the show and throughout the year, you supported the Vermont Food Bank by donating 478 pounds of food and $805. Wishes do come true! .

Meet the Artist 2016

Evelyn Gant - Fine Threads

New Lifetime Member

Evelyn Gant / Fine Threads

Family members tell me, “Before you could walk, your grandmother had a needle in your hand.” I got my first sewing machine when I was 6. I designed and made clothes for my dolls. I made my first commission gown when I was still a teenager.

Later, my passion turned to studying the beautiful handmade laces of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries; this is the period when lace was an ultimate status symbol and was treasured by reigning monarchs and nobles and was valued over gold and silver.

When I started combining my love for sewing and lacemaking, it felt like a match made in heaven. My work has been featured on TV, in several Vermont galleries and has also been published in many international Lace magazines in France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

My goal is to pass my skills to future generations, I do this by mentoring high school students, lectures, demonstrations and teaching classes, for all ages, throughout the US.  I am presently in the process of collecting information and patterns for a book about a lace teacher/designer who lived in Barre, VT in the early 1900’s.

New Lifetime Member

Sharon Scelza Designs

I have been designing and creating original jewelry on a full time basis since 1991.

Before then, I participated in craft shows throughout New England while raising my three children.

My studio, nestled in the hills of the Northeast Kingdom brings in the sun and reflects the influences of my travels. My journeys have brought an array of luscious Venetian Glass, gemstones from the Southwest and a variety of beautiful pearls and crystals in a spectrum of soft shades.

My jewelry offers women an opportunity to adorn themselves with a style that is elegant, versatile and feminine.

In the early 1970's, I studied Silversmithing, with Wesleyan Professor of Art, May Griswold. She deeply influenced my desire to design and create.

I have been honored to be awarded the Old Deerfield Longtime Loyal Artist Award and a 2016/2017 NAPW Professional Woman of the Year Award for excellence, leadership and commitment to my profession.

My mission is to bring a pleasurable experience to all of you when wearing a piece of my Scelza Jewelry Design Collection.

I feel incredibly blessed to live my passion and to share it with so many wonderful customers. They have etched many wonderful memories into my unfolding journey and continue to enrich my life.

Sharon Scelza Designs

Mary Jane Healy / Carry Bay Crafts

New Lifetime Member

Mary Jane Healy / Carry Bay Crafts

Sewing by the age of 9, I moved on to other crafts and dabbled in Dollhouse Miniatures. My first loom came from the Alburgh Auction House all in pieces. Once it was assembled, I became a weaver. In 1985, my husband and I, along with our 3 grown children, took up residence in North Hero when we both retired, and I became serious about weaving.

Over the years I acquired several other looms. Some looms were at our home, and some at our “summer home.” When we made our summer home permanent, the looms all came together under one roof, and I use them all.

Needing a place to sell what I produced, I cofounded the Island Craft Shop (an affiliated gallery) in 1991, last located in a former church in North Hero. The church is one of the oldest buildings in town.

“Retired” from the Island Craft Shop, I continue to pursue hand crafts, take an interest in 3 children, 1 grandchild and 3 great grandchildren and manage to do a little reading, and writing.

New Lifetime Member

Kristine Myrick Andrews / Naturally Inspired

I enjoy seeing the tangible results of my time and effort. Over the course of a day, I get to watch raw materials transform into rugged and beautiful containers with many uses. The joy of creating an object that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional satisfies my artistic nature and my traditional Vermont practicality at the same time. Making a living producing such objects is tremendously rewarding.

I have always loved the look and feel of old New England style baskets and it gives me great pleasure to be a part of that tradition. I hope that my baskets will remind someone of picking berries with their grandparents, collecting eggs when they were young, or riding in their father’s pack-basket as a child. One of my goals is that my baskets will create some memories of their own. They are designed to withstand years of use and be passed proudly on to the next generation.

I was trained in textile design and weaving at UVM, where I began my career with soft sculpture and woven art. As a result of my strong interest in gardening, I soon discovered that the attractive and practical baskets that I needed were all antiques and too expensive for my budget. Consequently, I decided to design and weave my own. Although I have received awards both for my weaving and basketmaking, I now apply my weaving skills almost exclusively to creating baskets.

I design my baskets to be functional and rugged as well as aesthetically pleasing. After experimenting with a wide variety of basket materials, I have found that rattan provides the strength, flexibility, weight, and aesthetic that my styles require. Some of the handles and bases are fashioned from oak or pine. After they are painstakingly woven and sanded the baskets are stained to give them a warm and comfortable look.

A lover of variety, I make many different styles in various sizes including miniatures. Most of my designs are based on early Shaker, Appalachian, and New England styles. My baskets have been featured in a variety of national and local publications and are now sold at select shows and retail craft stores throughout the northeast.

Kristine Myrick Andrews / Naturally Inspired

November 18th-20th, 2016

CRAFT VERMONT

Our annual fine craft and art show took place at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

View a gallery or a list of members who were at the show.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Craft Vermont Show on November 17, 18, and 19th.

Shop Our Members

Shop for fine crafts and art year round from our members

Michelle Turbide Studios
Sweet Seasons Farm & Artisan Confections
Daryl V. Storrs Artworks Ltd.
Lightheart
Robin's Hoods
Brown Bag and String Studio
Yarndance
The Orange Owl
Kimberlee Forney
Ted Schiffman Productions
Blue Moon Pottery
Ellen Spring Silks
Bob & Deb's Sugarhouse
Fernwood Arts
Chasworth Farm
Grosbeak Gardens
Westcoast/East Leather Goods
Manna Silks
Ellen Howard Handmade
Abstracts By Emily
ADK Designs
Mad River Antler
Stacie Mincher Designs
Polanshek of the Hills
Cathy LaClair Jewelry Design
Caitlin Burch Glassworks
Really Unique Creations
Sandra Bomhower Jewelry
Holzkopf
Connie Coleman Studio
Terry Jaye Photography
Deirdre Donnelly Jewelry Art
Cannistraci Woodworks
Stephen Beattie Photography
Garland Goat Soap of Vermont
The Ross Line
Art Button Works
Alyson Chase Studio
Fine Threads
Eyecandy Jewelry Company
Cecilia Leibovitz
Vermont H'Art
Deda Designs LLC
Reign Vermont
Fairfield Farm Bowls
Morae Jewelers
Su Chi Pottery
Mangione Studio
Ingrid Gitnick Pottery
Eye and I Glass
Nancy Jacobus Art
JB Woods Art
Elizabeth Martin Pottery
Vermont Glass Jewels
Vermont Bentwood Handcraft
Silver and Stones VT
Bonnie Doon's Scottish Shortbread
Holy Cow, Inc.
Naturally Yours Vermont Herbal Gifts
Vermont Wood'n Pen
Collateral Art & Design
Amazing Vermont
Potlicker Kitchen
Mountain Farm Road
Ruelle Fine Art / Vermont Travel Posters
Suzanne Shute Designs
Earth n Wear Whisper
Marble Meadows
Healing Earth Vermont Herbals, LLC
Heron Pond Designs
Sweet Basil Cards
Ann McFarren Gallery
Pika Works
Creative Designs by Edith Hiller
The Felted Gnome Knows
Lorraine C. Manley
Halladays Harvest Barn
High Meadows of Vermont
Ben Thurber Art
Images 802
Sarah Rosedahl's Art
Sharon Scelza Designs
Edwards Smith Fine Woodworking
Jalin of Vermont
Beadz, Bagz, and Baublez
May Made
Yellow Dog Farm
Julia Emilo - Painted Gourds
Phyllis Chase Fine Art & Maiden Vermont T's
PS MacMurray
Bella Bueno
Vermont Canine Countrywear
Mark Eliot Schwabe
Paintstorms Studio
Bruce Baker Studio
Cat Illustrates
Creative Woodworking
Cindy's Creative Bags VT LLC
Meta Strick Studio
Rebecca Haas Jewelry
Yellow Dog Farm
Only Silver
Wayne Tarr