Elissa’s Picks for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logoAs I mentioned in my last post, this time of year I’m usually busy prepping for Vermont’s upcoming Open Studio Weekend. As this weekend gets closer, I continue to feel bummed about not participating this year. Meh.

In my last post, I listed the book arts studios I’d visit if I were touring this weekend. Of course, I would also visit studios by artists working in other media. Some of my suggestions are listed below.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide 2009. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

First I would start off at #168 – Marcia Hagwood’s studio – Chasworth Pottery and Farm. Marcia has been on my “block” at the Vermont Hand Crafters holiday show for a couple of years now. In addition to being a sweet booth neighbor, she also makes fabulous pottery. I am proud to say that I own one of her mugs and it has the honor of being the mug I reach for first thing in the morning. If it’s dirty, I’m mad. If my husband is using it, don’t get me started. In addition, she also makes her own yarn. In fact, she can tell you which of her sheep contributed to a particular skein of yarn.

My next stop would be #232Tabbatha Henry. I saw her work in person at the Queen City Craft Bazaar and was quite taken with it. Her work looks so delicate but when you pick it up, it’s quite sturdy. It also had this lovely translucence that I tend to get hypnotized by – I’m such a sucker for porcelain.

#142 Sandy Jefferis would be my next stop. Sandy has been an exhibitor at Artisans Hand at least as long as I’ve been in there. I’ve always been impressed by the style of her baskets – they’re like basket skeletons, with the basic structure being the focus. I visited her website and discovered that Sandy also works in paper (yay paper!). You can see some images of her studio here.

Next I would visit #214 – Denise D’Abramo’s studio – Vermont Wool. Denise creates beautiful handspun and naturally dyed yarns using wool from her personal flock of sheep. Denise will be holding an informal natural dye workshop during Open Studio Weekend. Visitors can try dyeing fibers with traditional plant dyes – you can even bring your own items from home for dyeing. If you plan to participate, be sure to dress for mess. $5 per participant requested. By the way, say hi to Moose for me if you go (he’s a sheep).

My last stop would be #49Jen Violette Designs. Jennifer’s beautiful glass pieces have been exhibited at the prestigious SOFA Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show – accomplishments respected and envied by most artists. I am particularly fond of her sculptural work, especially her rural landscapes (maybe it’s the blue roofs). I eagerly await the debut of her glass cheese sculptures (whoops, there I go dreaming aloud).

Like the book arts studios, these studios aren’t very close to each other either. If you split them up between two days, it should be doable.

4 Responses to “Elissa’s Picks for Vermont Open Studio Weekend”

By handmadeboard - 19 May 2009 Reply

Sounds like a delightful tour. Love the idea of a vacation focusing on the Open Studio Weekend.

By elissa - 19 May 2009 Reply

I hope that others share your sentiment about this weekend!

I have to say that the work that Handmade in America does is phenomenal! Your HomegrownHandmade – North Carolina Art Roads & Farm Trails program is amazing. I can only dream that Vermont can implement a similar program.

By kerin - 20 May 2009 Reply

bonjour!….I will be exhibiting with Tabbatha Henry, at her studio, so you get “2 for the price of 1”!….I create hand cast jewelry from eco firendly recycled silver and gold from models I have carved out of beeswax created by the bees my sister keeps. ( they left me off the map accidentally 🙁 )

you can preview my work at…and yes, Elissa, I totally agree with you regarding Tab’s work…it is both strong and ethereal at the same time, and North Carolina’s Handmade in America is indeed incredible….I feel like we have the raw materials here to accomplish the same thing, I really do!…

By elissa - 21 May 2009 Reply

Kerin –

Your work is lovely! Your use of beeswax is really fascinating – I’ve never heard of it used that way before. I hope that you get lots of visitors this weekend!


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