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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

Thanks!

We are grateful for the support we have received over the years.

2020 Events

 The Big E
September 18-October 4

Craft Vermont 
November 22-24

Polanshek

audry linn

30 Year Member

Audry Linn

In 1978 my husband and I, along with our two boys age 6 months and 20 months, moved to Vermont from Chicago. In order to supplement our income we decided to raise sheep. At one time we had a flock of 100 at out small farm.  They were sold for meat, fleece was made into yarn and skins tanned.

The skins that I used for sewing needed to be cropped and double faced tanned to be useable for clothing.

In 1980, with no formal education in the arts and crafts, and not having sewn before, I decided to make sheepskin products as a hobby.  I developed patterns for slippers and mittens in all sizes for babies and adults. Later I added hats, scarfs, headbands, insoles, toys and quilts.  One of my first craft fairs was in the Essex High School gym with the Vermont Craft Workers.

I sew all my items by hand with an awl using a waxed nylon thread for durability. The stitch I use does not leave a perforated edge so it does not tear. Since it is a seasonal product, and I am the only one making it, I do not sell on the Internet. All the products that I make are available at the Artisans Gallery in Waitsfield where I work one day a week. I also sell my wares at fall craft fairs including CVU, Vermont Hand Crafters, Barre Craft Show, Richmond Holiday market and occasionally the Craft Producers shows.  This small business keeps me busy and happy in my retirement.

30 Year Member

Gail Canedy

One day in the early seventies I was thumbing through a magazine and saw a picture of a pinecone wreath which was something I had always admired to the point of my actually having most of the necessary materials to make one. That day marked the birth of CONECRAFT.

In 1978 I was juried into Vermont Handcrafters. I did the show at Memorial Auditorium for 2 years.  It soon became apparent that working with a craft requiring that degree of labor, intensity and space was not going to work while raising the 7 week old son that Donald and I adopted.

I decided to participate in the other side of the VHC organization.  I served on committees, joined the Board of Directors, and chaired or co-chaired at least 5 shows including Memorial, two venues in Stowe, and helped coordinate the first show at the Sheraton.

This organization and those experiences had a profound influence on my personal life. I developed strong relationships with many people in VHC, relationships that would last a lifetime.

I now have thousands upon thousands of sorted and labeled cones in my house, my garage and my barn.  To this day, I cannot walk by a cone on the ground without picking it up to admire the incredibly beautiful flowers that nature has created.  And, of course, it goes home with me!

What am I going to do with all these cones?  My heart wants to begin again, but my head knows better that I am at the wrong end of the age spectrum to try to start up again.  What I do know is that I am still and will always be proud to say that I am a member of Vermont Hand Crafters.

30 Year Member

Benjamin Waitt Thurber

I am a native Vermonter, born in Newport and raised in Island Pond and Burlington, I bring an appreciation of Vermont’s rugged beauty to my sketches. Named after my great-great-grandfather, Green Mountain Boy General Benjamin Waitt, I especially enjoy sketching the Waitsfield Covered Bridge in the town named after this relative.

After attending college and seminary in California and enjoying a career as a college chaplain and clergyman in Iowa, Ohio and Massachusetts, I returned to Vermont in 1984 and pursued my passion for art. A past president of the Vermont Hand Crafters, I exhibit my work at various shows and shops throughout Vermont and have taught art classes to multi-age students, including one at the Church Street Center.

I publish an annual calendar of Vermont pen and ink sketches and produce my line art on a variety of surfaces, including tree mushrooms, note cards, framed prints, Christmas cards, birthday calendars, This Week note pads, wrapping paper, gift tote bags, coasters and mugs.  I credit my Island Pond elementary teacher, Eugenia Roby, for encouraging me as an artist. I would hand in spelling and arithmetic with pictures all over the paper, and instead of scolding me, she would encourage my artwork and even gave me one of her own paintings.  I currently reside in Craftsbury with Bev, my wife of thirty-six years.

30 Year Member

Catherine Beliveau

I create functional and decorative pottery. I make unusual dishes and plaques by pressing flowers, leaves, grasses and herbs into clay and painting the impressions.

beliveau

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East Meets West Family Farm
Elizabeth Martin Pottery
Creative Woodworking
802 Chenille
High Meadows of Vermont
Earth n Wear Whisper
Foreshore Jewelry
Sarah Rosedahl's Art
Westcoast/East Leather Goods
Fairfield Farm Bowls
Rachel Laundon Art
Chasworth Farm
Christian Schoenig  Metal Artist
Cat Illustrates
Wildlife Sculpting
Prescott Galleries at Verde Mountain
Beadz, Bagz, and Baublez
Jai Studios
Pin Up Pickles
Vermont Poster
Alyson Chase Studio
Precision Studio
Vermont Mosaics
Gerry Wilkins Art
Ann McFarren Paintings
Tessa Hill Sculpture
Phyllis Chase Fine Art & Maiden Vermont T's
Sweet Enemy Art
Heron Pond Designs
Michelle Turbide Studios
Marble Meadows
Plant Spirit Fibers
Halladays Harvest Barn
Fernwood Arts
Hunger Mt. Hardwoods
Blue Moon Pottery
Simply B Vermont
Claudette Eaton Art
B&D Sugarhouse
Caitlin Burch Glassworks
Daryl V. Storrs Artworks
Ellen Howard Handmade
Nancy Jacobus Art
Sweet Basil Cards
Whalefall Light and Sculpture
Connie Coleman Studio
Kathleen Grant Studios
Sandra Bomhower Jewelry
Ben Thurber Art
Sharon Scelza Designs
Carol Crawford Handweaver
Yellow Dog Farm
Ellen Spring Fiber Studio
CB Metalworks
The Paper Crane
Su Chi Pottery
Meta Strick Studio
Mountain Farm Road Pottery
Holy Cow, Inc.
Pika Works
JB Woods Art
The Felted Gnome Knows
Garland Goat Soap of Vermont
Chris Lann Designs
Elisabetta Studio
SteampunkPro
Akweley Design
HazelBlue Designs
Mark Eliot Schwabe
Ted Schiffman Productions
Robin's Hoods
Lemak, Inc.
Reign Vermont
Naturally Yours Vermont Herbal Gifts
Bonnie Doon's Scottish Shortbread
GFelder Vermont Hand Carved Bowls
Cedar Tree Pottery
Cathy LaClair Jewelry Design
The Orange Owl
Sweet Seasons Farm & Artisan Confections
Shanley Triggs Art
Basin Reclaimed
N3 Pottery
Deirdre Donnelly Jewelry Art
Julia Emilo - Painted Gourds
Cindy's Creative Bags VT LLC
Fine Threads
Really Unique Creations
Jalin of Vermont
Luke Iannuzzi Pottery
Potlicker Kitchen
MoRae Jewelers
Vermont Canine Countrywear
ADK Designs
Stacie Mincher Designs
Blooming Light Botanical Alchemy
PixieTwine
Marsha Drake Jewelry
Polanshek of the Hills
Vermont Bentwood Handcraft
Hilaryannlove Studio
AuroraDune
Vermont Wood'n Pen
Eye and I Glass
Kimberlee Forney
May Made
Terry Jaye Photography
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Studio Acanto  Art and Design from Nature
The Body Lounge
The Classy Look
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Yellow Dog Farm
The Woven Lamb
Positive Purls
Only Silver
Muddy Toes Terrariums
Yarndance
Mad River Antler
Brown Bag and String Studio

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