Spotlight on a Gallery – Concord

league of nh craftsmen concord galleryThe League Fine Craft Gallery in Concord is a charming, year-round shopping destination, with a variety of gift options and personalized service – a welcome alternative to online or big-box shopping. Located in the heart of downtown Concord, the Concord Gallery is celebrating the holiday season with sparkle and fun! The brand new North Main Street streetscape provides a safe, accessible, pedestrian-and shopping-friendly experience. Beautiful new well-lit, wide sidewalks and decorations will make you want to return again and again.

Upcoming events in the Concord area include:

  • The 30th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, November 25, beginning at 3:30 pm. Don’t forget to stop in the Concord Gallery and shop local.
  • Join us for Midnight Merriment on Friday, December 2 from 5:30 pm to Midnight, as we are one of the many businesses providing special promotions and refreshments. Downtown Concord’s restaurants provide a variety of tasty cuisine to suit any budget.
  •  The Concord Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 3:30 pm (and until 5 pm starting December 1).

About the Annual Ornament Maker: Sussy-Rose Shields

sussy-working-2016This year’s ornament, Pitter Patter, was created by Sussy-Rose Shields, who has been a juried member of the League since 1988.  Sussy, a metal artisan, created a whimsical Rhodium-plated metal elf boot with etched and silkscreened details.  Her design represents the elfin people that make and deliver gifts, create mischief, and bring joy.

Sussy works in her studio in Wilton. “Metal is my obsession. I relish the challenge of applying pattern and form to sheet and wire to create jewelry that speaks to the heart and soul of an individual,” says Sussy. “Often the resulting finished piece is quite different than the idea I begin with, as the metal and the spirit guide the process.”

Born in Oklahoma City, OK, Sussy was the child of active-duty US Air Force personnel and lived in many different places, attending 13 schools during her childhood. While she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Housing and Interior Design from Oklahoma State University, it was metals and jewelry making that fascinated her. She taught herself how to make jewelry, and has been doing just that since 1975. She worked as a bench jeweler in an Oklahoma jewelry store for several years, and then started her own business making custom design jewelry. She honed her techniques by taking professional development workshops at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and the Arrowmont Craft Center and Appalachia Center for Fine Craft, both in Tennessee. She also taught jewelry making at an art center in Stillwater, OK and at Oklahoma State University.

In 1987, Sussy moved to New Hampshire, and taught jewelry making for a high school career program in Wilton and at the Sharon Arts Center. In 2000, she earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, focusing on sustainable environmental education and Native American studies, which added inspiration to her craft.

Sussy became a juried member of the League in 1988, and was involved in organizing the original CraftWear exhibition and The Shop at the Fair at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. She continues to teach jewelry making to teens and adults, and provides mentoring to other craftspeople.

Buy the 2016 Annual Ornament now or at one of our 8 fine craft galleries located throughout New Hampshire.

Help us reach our Giving Tuesday goal!

Giving Tuesday at the Leauge of NH CraftsmenNovember 29 is Giving Tuesday — a global day of giving during the holiday season. Please make a gift to the League’s Annual Fund so that we can continue the tradition of providing craft education and opportunities to craftspeople and the public.

Our goal is to receive 50 donations by midnight November 29 — please help us reach our goal! Thank you to members of our Board of Directors who will match a portion of the total dollars raised online.

Give a gift to the League of NH CraftsmenH

The League’s Annual Fund is the main source of revenue for our statewide arts education and scholarship programs and our year-round operations. Your gift will be used to help us support handcrafted excellence through:

  • Training and opportunities for craftspeople so they can continue to develop their skills and share their passion and talent with all of us.
  • Fine craft classes, exhibitions, and events for people throughout New England and beyond to enjoy and experience first-hand the pride and satisfaction that comes from making and living with fine craft.

2017 calendar LeagueYour gift is greatly appreciated, no matter the size. Please consider spreading out your gift through automatic monthly contributions deducted from your credit card. When you sign up for a recurring donation, you will receive a free League of NH Craftsmen Calendar–a visual showcase of the depth and breadth of the talent within the League–as our gift to you.

Thank you for supporting the League of NH Craftsmen on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year!

League Classes Statewide – Featured programs for December


joy raskin braceletKnitting with Wire Workshop led by Joy Raskin

Date: Saturday, December 3, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $85 (10% discount for League members), plus $25 in materials
Ages: Adults

In this one day workshop, we will work small to large scale knitting with wire. The Viking knit will be our first project. Great for knitting chains, bracelets, and much more. Best of all, it’s low tech and portable.

janet duchesneua glass beadsGlass Beads for Beginners led by Janet Duchesneau

Date: Saturday/Sunday, December 3 & 4, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 (10% discount for League members), plus $35 in materials
Ages: Adults

Experience the exciting and addictive magic of making glass beads on a torch! Students will learn the basics of flameworking with soft glass, learn how to pull and decorate work using stringers, shaping tools, foil, and more. One idea leads to another!

michela verani memory pendantMemory Pendant Workshop led by Michela Verani

Date: Saturday, December 10, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $200 (10% discount for League members), plus $35 in materials
Ages: Adults

In this class students will learn the basics of working with silver metal clay to create a beautiful little wearable memory keeper. After firing the metal clay, students will be shown how to create pages and bind them together. Pages can be filled with photos, poems, thoughts and memories.


Holiday Origami led by Karen Beaver

Date: Saturday, December 3, 10:30am-12:30pm
Tuition: $22, plus $10 in materials
Ages: Adults and teens 14+

Decorate your home with handmade ornaments. We will make hanging paper ornaments, such as the classic crane, using origami and other paper folding techniques.


christine keenan zentangleHoliday Zentangle®  led by Christine Keenan

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tuition: $22, plus $10 for materials
Ages: Adults and teens 12+

Learn to create Zentangle®-Inspired-Art (ZIA) and take home a winter or holiday-themed piece to decorate your house for the holidays! Previous experience suggested, but not required.


alene sirott-cope alcohol ink tileAlcohol Ink Tiles led by Alene Sirott-Cope

Date: Saturday, December 10, 10:30am-1:30pm
Tuition: $32, plus $10 for materials
Ages: Adults and teens 12+

Create your own custom ceramic tiles with Alcohol ink dyes which have an isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol base and can be manipulated in fascinating and unpredictable ways when mixed with other liquid mediums and applied to a non-porous surface. Take home 4 tiles! No experience necessary.


Nashua also features ongoing classes in basket weaving with Ruth Boland and Fundamentals of Making Jewelry with Sussy-Rose Shields.

To see an array of educational offerings throughout the state visit our Education Page.

Spotlight on a Craftsman – Robert Dorr


Robert “Bob” Dorr has been playing with embroidery for most of his life, but came to his current work more seriously around 2001.  Bob practices a technique known as “stump work”, a process involving incredibly fine detail (for which he uses several magnification devices). If you have had the pleasure of experiencing one of Bob’s demos, you know that he is engaging to speak with and passionate about his projects – of which he is normally juggling several at any given time.

best-in-craftwear-bob-dorrBob’s incredible embroidered vest titled “Numbers Station” won Best in Show in the CraftWear exhibition at the 2016 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair (sewing credit for the vest goes to another Juried Member, Sharon Lindstrom).  The embroidery on the vest was inspired by espionage.  Numbers Stations were used as a communication link between the government and spies in other countries, and are still in existence today.  The vest is a transcript of one station from Christmas Day of 2014.  Who knows what messages lie within the code?



December Events

Midnight Merriment in Concord, NH
December 2, 5:30 pm – Midnight

The Headquarters of the League at 49 South Main Street will be open for Concord’s Midnight Merriment and will feature a free ornament workshop with leather artisan Claire Renaud.  Stop in and make an ornament to hang in your home or give as a gift, we will be open until 9 pm!

The Concord Fine Craft Gallery will be open that evening as well, from 5:30 – Midnight. It’s a great time to start your holiday shopping. Choose from a stunning selection of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind craft.

Soup Tasting in Downtown Hanover
December 3, 2 pm – 4 pm

Come join us for this fun, town-wide event.  Many downtown stores and restaurants will be offering delicious soup samples, with all proceeds going to support local non-profit organizations.  Tickets are $7 can be purchased from the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and at each participating venue.  Be sure to visit our Fine Craft Gallery at 13 Lebanon Street!

Fifth Annual Holiday Bazaar at Labelle Winery in Amherst, NH
December 4, 11 am – 5 pm

Join us at LaBelle Winery for the 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar in partnership with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and Beaver Brook Association!

Enjoy wreath-making with the Beaver Brook Association, bistro dining, wine tastings and the Art Gallery at LaBelle Winery in partnership with McGowan Fine Art.

lucy golden earringsMeet Hanover’s Artist of the Month: Lucy Golden, Jeweler
December 10, 11 am – 2 pm

Lucy has been making her wonderfully whimsical jewelry for over 20 years in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Lucy loves color and often incorporates it in non-traditional ways into her brass and silver jewelry. Lucy plays with themes that are important to her: local and exotic flora and fauna, activities in the great outdoors, and the lighter side of life.

Lucy’s jewelry has delighted folks over the years – her collections of earrings, pendants and pins make the perfect gift or treat yourself!


Visit all of our Fine Craft Galleries in December – shop local and make the League a part of your holiday traditions!

Can’t make it to a gallery and want to be sure you add the 2016 Annual Ornament to your collection?  Shop for it online!






November Events Statewide

From top to bottom, the state of New Hampshire has so much to offer each season of the year at all of its League locations. Here are just a few ideas for November!


jen2Fall NH Open Doors (November 5-6) is a fun-filled, weekend-long event showcasing the people, places, and products of New Hampshire. On Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, artists, craftspeople, farms, and retail shops throughout the state are opening their doors and featuring special activities for all ages, including craft demonstrations, food samplings, raffles, special sales, and more. NH Open Doors, which is organized by the League of NH Craftsmen, is an opportunity to take a self-guided tour of New Hampshire’s scenic highways and country roads, and to shop (tax-free) for New Hampshire-made gifts for the holidays. Every League Fine Craft Gallery is participating, as are many of our Juried Members.

  • At the Concord Fine Craft Gallery, visit with talented fiber artist Jennifer Diggs (November 5 & 6) and learn more about those wonderful chickens that are tickling the fancy of many clients throughout NH.
  • elena-wikstrom-painting-on-fabric-resizedThe Headquarters of the League in Concord will feature demonstrations November 5/6 from talented craftsmen Elena Wikstrom (dry brush painting on fabric) and Robert Dorr (embroidery, non-metal jewerly).  Stop in and view the current exhibition, End of the Rainbow, featuring new work from many of our League juried members.


  • The Hanover Fine Craft Gallery is featuring the work of woodburning artist Heather Cannistraci on November 5 from Noon to 3 pm as she demonstrates her techniques. From 3-5:30 on the 5th, an opening reception will be held to celebrate the work of our artist of the month, Bruce Murray, potter.

Other Events in November

league-ornament-2016The Hanover Fine Craft Gallery will close out the month with a demonstration by Sussy Rose-Shields, the designer of the 2016 Annual Ornament, on November 26th from 2-4 pm.

The Nashua Fine Craft Gallery is participating in several downtown events. November 16th is Ladies Night, and November 26th is not only “Shop Local Saturday”, but also the 2016 Nashua Holiday Stroll from 5-9 pm.


League Classes Statewide – Featured programs for November

Many opportunities for craft education exist statewide – find out more on our Education page.


Featured class at League Headquarters in Concord:

Shawl Pin in Silver Metal Clay with Michela Verani

Date: November 12, 10am-4pm
Tuition: $200 ($180 for League members), plus $35 in materials

Featured classes from Hanover:


Adding Color To Your Metal: Torch Fired Enamels with Pauline Warg 

Dates: November 11 & 12, 9:30am-4:30pm
Tuition: $240 ($230 for League members), plus $35 for materials

Exploration of Colored Clay with Naomi Lindenfeld

Dates: November 17 & 13, 10am-5pm.
Tuition: $200 ($190 for League members), plus $65 in materials





Spotlight on a Gallery – Littleton

When the Littleton League Gallery opened in November 2004, most juried craftspeople said “Where is Littleton?”  Now, going into our 13th year we are definitely on the map.

The Littleglass-shelveston Gallery is located at 81 Main Street in the center of downtown,  in the beautiful White Mountain Region. With a busy summer and autumn season behind us, we are looking forward to the holidays.

Beth Simon is the owner and manager of the Littleton Gallery as well as a state juried craftsperson. Beth has long been involved in the Northern NH craft community and being able to showcase and sell the work of League craftspeople is important to her. So many customers come in and say “you are so lucky to work here with all this incredible craftwork and in a beautiful light filled gallery.” She does agree but to her the best part of the job is visiting craftsmen in their studios.   “It is exciting to see the creative process and to better understand the depth of the artists work.”

The Littleton Gallery is open 7 days a week and customer service is paramount to the success of the gallery. As one customer said “You can wait till the last minute when you know you can come here and find a great gift”.

You can always find out what is happening at the gallery by going to our website or if you can’t make it to Littleton, find a selection of work online.


Coming up on Nov 4th will be a Kick – Off Party for NH Open Doors weekend and The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce special BFF Getaway promotion.  There will be food tastings from local restaurants and a jewelry demonstration by an instructor from Littleton Studio School. Find out more about this event.

pottery-classOn Saturday November 5th from 11–3pm as part of NH Open Doors, the gallery will host League juried craftsperson Sara Dejardin who will be demonstrating the process of needle felting. Sara creates incredibly realistic, lifelike sculptures, drawing her inspiration from Mother Nature.

As part of the League educational mission the Littleton Studio School was created in 2008 and is located close to the gallery. The school has a dedicated pottery and metals/jewelry studio and classes in painting, drawing and basketry are also offered.  The current class schedule can be found here.

Vine & Vogue at LaBelle Winery


On Thursday, October 27, we presented our pilot Taste of the League fundraising event, Vine & Vogue. We are pleased to report it was a great success! The damp, rainy evening did not stop the more than 65 guests from coming to sip, shop and support the League of NH Craftsmen. LaBelle Winery provided a beautiful setting and the perfect backdrop for experiencing the best the state has to offer in fashion, food, and wine!

League of NH Craftsmen, Vine and Vogue

Thank you to everyone who helped make Vine & Vogue a success