Get to Know Our Craftspeople

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features the work of more than 350 craftspeople.
Here is a list of the talented and creative artisans that will be at the Fair!

 

We will periodically highlight some Fair participants — Joy Raskin is one of them.

JoyJoy is a silversmith and creates contemporary and innovative jewelry, flatware, and metal sculptures. A native of New Hampshire, Joy has been working with metal since 1984. Joy also teaches jewelry making, metalsmithing, wireweaving, and various metal techniques at craft programs throughout New England.

I strive to make designs that are unusual, timeless, and substantial in feeling or weight. I often use precious or semi-precious stones and gold to add color and variety to sterling silver, which is my metal of choice. I am a purist when it comes to metal, and like to allow the natural color of metal to show.”

Joy has received many awards for her work. She was commissioned by the NH State Council on the Arts to create the Cultural Access Award for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2001. Her work is included in many collections, including the White House and Smithsonian Institution.

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Stop by and see Joy at the Fair.

The 83rd Annual Craftsmen’s Fair – Ready. Set. Wow!

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Prepare to be Amazed!

Creativity, function, and inspiration can all be found in one place — the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair.
For 9 days in August, the Mount Sunapee Resort is the site of an amazing fairground of white tents with exceptional handmade craft by over 200 master artisans. If you love art, craft, anything handmade, nature, food, music, and fun, this is the place to be! See an incredible variety of fine craft, meet the artists, and find something fabulous to take home. Explore awe-inspiring craft exhibitions. Watch a demonstration for an intimate, inside look at how fine craft is made. Or take a workshop and make your own fine craft under the guidance of a master craftsman.

Bring the kids — there’s workshops and fun activities designed just for them. And stay tuned for more details about a special Children’s Day at the Fair (Wednesday, August 10).

See the historic Peppersass Cog Railway train engine, the first mountain climbing cog railway engine in the world, which is celebrating its 150th birthday! This display is presented by the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the Fair’s lead sponsor. The train was handcrafted in New Hampshire and is a product of 19th century technology and modern innovation.

We are all about handmade, so this year we have a new Tasting Tent that will feature scrumptious New Hampshire-made products available for your sampling pleasure.

And to enhance the experience, we have an incredible line-up of musicians that will get your soul stirring!

Come join us on August 6-14!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Fair

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The Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the Top 100 events in North America. Here’s 10 reasons why you can’t miss it!

#10: Gorgeous setting.Sunapee-IMG_7276
Come to the Fair and enjoy the lakes and mountains in New Hampshire’s scenic Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region and its countless recreational and cultural activities.

#9: Shopping!
Find something fabulous! There are many choices and price points to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts or something special for yourself.

#8: Craft, craft and more craft.
Where else can you see such a variety of stunning, quality handmade craft? All the exhibiting craftsmen have met the League’s standards for excellence.

#7: Education that Engages.
Reason7There is interactive learning for all ages through workshops, demonstrations, seminars and lunch + learns.

#6: Inspiration!
Creative exhibitions showcase classic and cutting-edge wearable art and beautiful craft for your home and garden.

#5: Do it yourself.
Make your own piece of craft in a workshop with a master craftsman.

#4: Outdoor adventure is right next door.
Enhance your Fair experience at the onsite Mount Sunapee Resort Adventure Park, adventure_parkfeaturing a canopy zip line, Segway excursions, a treetop obstacle course, miniature golf and more.

#3: Oldest continuous craft fair running in the country.
After 84 years we know how to do craft!

#2: Interact one-on-one with craftsmen.
Meet the makers and learn the story and inspiration behind their craft.

#1: 25,000 people can’t be wrong.
Join the community of art lovers and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

 
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