Featured Classes

Featured Classes at League Headquarters in Concord

Itajime and Nui Shibori

Instructor: Kiranada Sterling Benjamin

Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ages: Adults

Japanese shibori or bound resist-dyeing is an exciting and rewarding way to produce patterns on cloth. This ancient process, found as early as third century, is indigenous to many continents including Asia, Africa, South America, and India. In this two-day hands on workshop, students will explore a wide variety of beautiful dyed patterns on cloth, working with more than 15 different shaped-resist techniques, which the instructor studied in Kyoto, Japan.

Expanding Horizons

expanding-horizonsA collaborative workshop weekend with the League of NH Craftsmen and the Kimball-Jenkins Art School – June 23-25, designed for art educators, and working artists and craftsmen.  Spaces are limited, so sign up right away!  Find out all of the details and registration information here.

Be sure to visit our education page and link over to classes at a location near you – new options are cropping up all the time!

Dine and Support the League

Coach House RestaurantEnjoy a wonderful evening of dining and support our organization at the same time. Make your reservation at The Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn on Thursday, March 30th  when the League will be a beneficiary of their Thursday’s Child program.

For more than eight years, The Coach House Restaurant at The New London Inn has supported their community through their THURSDAY’S CHILD events, and will donate 50% of their net profits from dinner that evening to the designated charities.  We will be sharing our evening with the Messer Pond Protective Association, and invite you to join us!

Reservations are strongly recommended. Reserve online.

Support the League’s Annual Fund

Annual Appeal 2017

For more than 85 years, the League of NH Craftsmen has enhanced our lives through the work of our 700 juried members. Please support the League by donating to the League’s Annual Fund. There are just a few weeks left before our fiscal year ends.  Help put us over the top!

annual fund-o-meterYour donation – no matter the size – will continue to keep fine craft alive.

Ways to Donate

  • Online at nhcrafts.org/annualfund – anytime, night or day
  • Send a check to League of NH Craftsmen, 49 South Main Street, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301
  • Call 603-224-3375, ext. 101

We will be conducting a phonathon in March, and hope you will take our call!  We would love to have the chance to say “thank you” in a personal way for the support we have received over the years, and encourage you to continue and even expand your involvement with our organization.

Our fiscal year ends March 31st – don’t wait, support the League today!

Spotlight on a Gallery – Hooksett

Hooksett League Fine Craft GalleryStop in on your way North on 93 at the Hooksett rest area and find our Hooksett Fine Craft Gallery!  Visit with our friendly and knowledgeable staff and find out more about our craftsmen and their work as you investigate a great sampling of what the League has to offer for fine craft. There is something for everyone on your list, from tableware to jewelry and so much more.

We are happy to provide directions to all of the League Fine Craft Galleries throughout the state – there is sure to be one located near your destination!  We are also able to provide information about Gallery exhibitions at League Headquarters in Concord, and of course the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair.

Spotlight on a Craftsman – Tom Talpey

Following retirement from a career in electronics research at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Tom and his wife, Betty, moved to their former summer home in Washington, NH. Tom’s first lampshade was completed in 1983, after three years of experimentation and self-teaching. Since then he has completed nearly 350 shades of various sizes, shapes and materials.

Craftsmen Thomas TalpeyHe works mainly with polished slabs of jade or jade carvings, often combined with milk glass. He also makes a few all-glass shades using pressed glass medallions, or special hand-blown glass fragments. All shades are signed, numbered sequentially, and dated. The designs are mainly his own, with an occasional shade being a gemstone interpretation of a Tiffany Studios design. He has been a juried member of the League since 1985 and usually will have a one-of-a-kind shade in the Living With Crafts exhibit at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH. He has frequently collaborated with other members of the League who have supplied lamp bases and glass-craft featured in the shades.

Tom constructs his shades using a copper foil technique, similar to that used by the famous Tiffany Studios in the early part of the 20th century. Seams between individual pieces are soldered and then copper plated or patinaed as a finishing touch. He mainly uses nephrite jade from British Columbia, although occasionally will use nephrites from Wyoming, Siberia, and New Zealand. He slices the jade into slabs about the thickness of window glass using a diamond-tipped sawblade. He polishes the slab using lapidary techniques, and then cuts and grounds it to the final shape. The light shining through the jade in the finished shade often reveals inclusions and constituents of the interior which are not otherwise seen. He has made a few shades using polished pieces of agate, rose quartz, amethyst or other translucent stones. Some of his shades are made with frosted fragments of colored art glass “scraps” produced in a tumbling process that produces a simulated “sea glass,” which looks as if it had been washed up on the beach.

Tom Talpey’s shades can be found in the homes of collectors from Maine to California and from Florida to western Canada. A few lamps have been sold through the Living With Crafts exhibits at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. They are also offered in galleries at Gibson’s at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV and at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. They are sold in the Jade West shops in Hawaii, Anchorage, and British Columbia near where the jade is mined. Some overseas collectors have taken lamps to New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland and China.

An example of one of Tom’s lamps can be seen on display in our own League of NH Craftsmen’s Permanent Collection in Concord.