Thank you for your support!

The League recently conducted a “thank-a-thon” to share words of gratitude with all of those in our community who support the League in so many ways – financially and with their time and talents.  Our members, donors, sponsors and volunteers are an integral part of who we are – and we could not continue our work without all of these amazing people.  We were unable to reach some of you – or we may not have had a phone number on file for you.  If we could not reach you before – we want to say thank you!  And if we were able to speak to you – thank you for taking our call!

We enter into November incredibly grateful for all of you, and hope you enjoy this season of “Thanksgiving”.

 

A special thank you to Susan Feltus, Supporting Member and volunteer, for heading this effort.

Join us for a Gallery Talk Thursday, November 16th, 2017! 

We are now hosting gallery talks to give donors, sponsors, supporters, and the general public a better sense of who we are, what we do, and why!

Gallery talk

Join us Thursday, November 16th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a Reception and Gallery Talk featuring four exhibitors in the current exhibition, North Country Studio Workshops, a multi-media exhibition of work made by North Country Studio Workshop participants.

Gallery Talk Topic:
It Takes a Village to Raise a Craftsman

Panelists: Nancy Adams, Andy Hampton, Teresa Taylor, and Michael Stasiuk

They say it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a village to raise a craftsman! Hear and interact as our panelists give you insights into the creative mind, and those who influence, support, encourage, and nurture them.

Light refreshments will be served as you view the exhibition and talk to the craftsmen following the Gallery Talk.

Taste of the League Event – November 9th

Taste of the League event

Feed your creative side! 

Join us for an evening of food, fun and functional craft on November 9th at the Headquarters of the League of NH Craftsmen in Concord. One $50 ticket provides you with all of your food and drinks- all donated by wonderful NH food and beverage purveyors, and served on gorgeous pieces donated by our craftsmen. During the event you may take part in a silent auction for these one-of-a-kind, handcrafted serving pieces and purchase a beautiful drinking vessel made by a League craftsman so that you may sip in style during our evening event and for years to come!

Buy your tickets today and support the League.
All proceeds will benefit the Annual Fund of the League of NH Craftsmen.

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Staff of the League of NH Craftsmen HQ and our marketing team from Sullivan Creative holding items donated for the event.

Thanks to Juried Members of the League for donating the serving pieces and vessels for this event!

NH Food Purveyors: Blackwater Mustard Co., Chen Yang Li, The Common Man Restaurant, Constantly Pizza, The Grazing Room at Colby Hill Inn, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, In A Pinch Cafe & Bakery, North Country Smokehouse, O Steaks and Seafood Concord/Magic Foods NH, The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub, Revival Kitchen & Bar

NH Beverage Purveyors: Concord Craft Brewing Company, Crush Distributors

Flower Arrangements: Cobblestone Design Company

The Jury Process & Newly Juried Craftspeople

You may have enjoyed watching craft demonstrations at our Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, shopping in our eight Fine Craft Galleries, or viewing an exhibition at the Gallery at League Headquarters – but have you ever wondered how a person joins the League as a craftsman?

Since 1932, the League of NH Craftsmen has led the way in setting the standard and promoting fine craft throughout the United States and the world. Fine craft that is made by hand — HERE!

League members include more than 750 Juried Craftspeople working in a wide range of media from baskets and clay to printmaking and wood. Juried Craftspeople have met the League’s rigorous standards for creativity, innovation, and technical expertise. They must also be a resident of New Hampshire or reside in a town in Maine, Massachusetts, or Vermont that has part of its town limits within ten miles of the New Hampshire border.

The jury process includes a presentation of an artist’s work to a panel of experts in their field who will review their items based on League standards. A person can begin this process with a critique session to establish where they are in their process. Many people will have more than one jury session before they are accepted, using the feedback from the jurors to further their mastery of their craft.


We have welcomed 26 new juried members in calendar year 2017, with twelve of them joining our ranks since May. We are so happy to welcome these talented people into our ever growing and developing organization.


Clay

Sheilagh Flynn creates mosaic wall work and pottery. The wall work is based on aerial photographs of land, textures from nature, both land and sea, and industrial patterning like wallpaper. The pottery is functionally based focusing on food and flowers. It is created from earthenware clay using the wheel, handbuilding, and mold forms.

Joan Hannah throws stoneware pottery that is classical and functional in nature. She has been influenced by Oriental basic shapes and many of the potters she has worked with at pottery workshops in Denver and Anderson Ranch.

David Mishke and Kat O’Brien are a partnership throwing stoneware pottery that is decorated using a wax technique which involves etching and oxides. Each partner throws and decorates either together or on separate pots. They collaborate so that each piece reflects a very compatible style.

 

Metal

Meggin Dossett creates jewelry that tends to be industrial in style using geometric shapes. She takes inspiration from architecture and structures such as I-beams, train tracks, and bridges and girders. Meggin uses a variety of fabrication techniques including scoring, folding, forming, and plier forming. She uses a torch to fuse and solder, working in an additive way.

Stacy Hopkins is influenced by archeological themes, nature, and proportion. After having lived in Italy for 10 years, she has been influenced by the architecture and overall feeling of nostalgia, ancient artifacts, and past civilizations. A former biologist, Stacy incorporates the forms and textures in natures into her work.

Orin Pacht creates jewelry that often has a fluid, aquatically organic feel to it, especially when using lost wax casting. He is influenced by certain aspects of our natural world and producing it in a wearable, concise manner. Orin incorporates unusual stones and gemstones, both in cut and source.

Lisa Scala works primarily in sterling silver, incorporating gemstones, beach stones, and other materials into pieces whose lines are inspired by her love of art and her observation of nature. She employs a full range of metal fabrication techniques including cutting, forming, texturing, and soldering. She also sets gemstones and uses wax carving/casting methods.

James Tovey uses 2D and 3D surface grinding techniques to create concave/fantasy gemstones and free-forming carvings. He only uses natural mineral material for his gemstones and carvings, utilizing the materials natural characteristics to inspire his designs. The objective for his metalwork is to enhance the display and safely mount his gemstones and carvings without distracting from their beauty.

 

Wood

David Fall makes a variety of household and kitchen items from wood including boxes, picture frames, bookends, cutting boards, etc. He uses a wide range of power and hand tools to make the products. His three guiding principles that guide his design and production are that the item must be useful, beautiful, and durable.

Patrick Russo is poly active, working whimsically at many and widely varied items in wood. Emphasis is on pragmatism or rather utilitarian objects.

Lee Schuette returns to the League and is juried in wood again. He creates rolling pins, assembled bowls, hand carved bowls, joined jewelry boxes, and lathe turned bowls. His techniques range from hand carved and hand joined, machine joined, and laminated structures.

Thomas Weston uses native New Hampshire green wood, primarily maple, birch, apple, black walnut, cherry, lilac, and sumac, to create spoons, ladles, and serving sets. He uses a variety of tools and finishes the work with mineral oil and bees wax.

So many great things are happening this Fall with the League of NH Craftsmen!

Learn Something New!

Try a class at League Headquarters in Concord or at one of our terrific craft locations throughout the state! Wherever you are, no matter your interests or experience level, there are options for you to learn a new skill or improve in a craft area that you love. Learn more about our great education options.


Newest Gallery Exhibition

Be sure to visit the latest exhibition at the Gallery at League Headquarters in Concord featuring North Country Studio Workshops as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary! The exhibition opens with a public reception on Friday, October 6th from 5-7 PM and continues through December 22nd.


NH Open Doors

Visit an artist’s studio, craft gallery, smokehouse or winery as you travel around the state for NH Open Doors weekend – November 4th and 5th! See who has signed up so far and begin to plan your trip today by visiting nhopendoors.com.

If you want to become a participating business – there is still time! Register by October 24th to be included in this year’s directory!


2017 Annual Ornament

Do not wait to purchase your 2017 Annual Ornament, “Winter’s Waltz” by craftsman Walker Boyle. These beautiful pewter skates are selling quickly, so visit or call your local Fine Craft Gallery to purchase yours before they sell out!

Gallery Talk, October 26th – Eric Grant

Crafting a Future: A journey from behind bars back to the community

In 1990, Eric Grant was incarcerated. Beginning with his work in the Hobby Craft Woodworking Program at the prison in Concord, continuing through college classes paid for by furniture sales at the DOC Retail Store, and participation in the Furniture Masters Prison Outreach Program (created in 2000), Eric became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 2003.  He is now an award winning furniture maker, a full member of NH Furniture Masters, and an advocate for the life-changing skills he obtained as he learned and perfected his craft over more than two decades.

Join us as Eric shares his story and how craft has helped him, by teaching “life lessons of patience, practice, hard work, finances, and how to look at life from more than one dimension.”

Eric Grant’s talk is presented at the Gallery at League Headquarters in Concord on October 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. We hope you will join us. The event is free and open to the public.


Please note the Gallery Talk “It Takes a Village” has been rescheduled to November 16th.

2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair – A Great Success!

2017 Craftsmen's FairThe 84th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, held for nine days at the beginning of August, was a tremendous event.  We kicked things off with our Preview Party night which was well attended and featured a sneak peek at our exhibition spaces – The Sculpture Garden, CraftWear and Living with Craft!  The weather truly cooperated – what a beautiful week for an outdoor Fair! We were excited to see so many guests coming through the gates, keeping the craftsmen busy. The live music line up was top-notch with original music every day. Fuller’s Sugarhouse, King Arthur Flour, Cabot Cheese and Popzup Popcorn joined us in the Tasting Tent, right next to the Cog Railway’s Peppersass engine. There were daily raffles for Cog Railway tickets, demonstrations and workshops for all ages and interests, a fast-selling new t-shirt design, and lots of great publicity from media outlets throughout the region.

The League of NH Craftsmen staff and board extend our thanks to everyone who made this event a great success:

  • our dedicated volunteers who supported our craftsmen in the tents and at the workshops
  • our demonstrators and workshop leaders who share the process with our visitors
  • our support staff who provide the tents, electricity, medical services and security
  • the staff of the Mount Sunapee Resort who take such good care of us in so many ways for the month we set up our office with them
  • our generous sponsors who allow us to continue to offer this opportunity to our craftsmen year after year – to include our Fair program and marketing of the event, and other in-kind donations as well as funding
  • our supporting members and Annual Fund donors who have faith in the League’s mission year-round
  • our loyal guests who keep coming back and inviting their friends
  • our talented, hardworking craftsmen who share their talent and passion with our audience – they are the reason the League exists and continues to hold the Fair after 84 years.

We are already excited for the momentous 85th Annual Fair which will run from August 4th-12th, 2018.  Make a plan now to be a part of it!

Spotlight on a Gallery – Hooksett

League of NH Craftsmen Hooksett Gallery
Clay work by Jennie Blair, Glass Pumpkins by Lada Bohac and Chris Sherwin

Do you pass through the Hooksett rest area on I-93 North? Have you visited the Hooksett Fine Craft Gallery that is tucked inside? If you have not, or have not recently, make a point to stop in and see all that is new for the Fall season!  The Hooksett Gallery provides a sampling of work from many of our League craftsmen, and a knowledgeable staff to help you select the perfect gift at your price point.

Featured items for Fall include new work from potters Jennie Blair, Irina Okula and Tom White such as mugs and bowls for warm drinks, soups and stews.  Love pumpkins?  Beautiful glass pumpkins from Lada Bohac, Jordana Korsen and Chris Sherwin will keep you smiling all year long!  Add a beautiful vase or bird in warm tones from Bruce Cobb and your windows and tables will be ready for the cool weather.

So much more awaits you inside the door.  Whether a treat for you or a special gift for a friend, we have exactly what you have been looking for!

North Country Studio Workshops Exhibition

NCSW Exhibit, Adele Sanborn
Adele Sanborn

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of North Country Studio Workshops (NCSW), we present this exhibition of multi-media work by artists that have attended workshops over the years. The exhibition will open with a reception from 5-7 PM on Friday, October 6th and will continue through December 22nd at the Gallery at League Headquarters in Concord.

NCSW invites established and emerging artists and craftspeople to take part in an advanced level arts education program. This professional development event of multi-media workshops offers hands-on learning experience taught by faculty who have achieved significant recognition in their fields.

NCSW Exhibition, Nancy Adams
Nancy Adams

The 2018 session includes workshops in clay, fiber arts, printmaking, drawing, jewelry, paper and book arts, painting, sculpture, basketry, encaustic, mixed media and photography.  In addition, Stuart Kestenbaum, poet laureate of Maine and former Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, will offer supplemental writing seminars designed to encourage artists and craftspeople to Contemplate, Reflect and Create through the Written Word. Tracy Penfield, Director of Altus Healing Arts, will lead Mindful Moving: Stretch, Relax, Re-center daily. This gathering of artists and craftspeople, in the classic New England setting at Bennington College (Bennington, VT), produces a unique atmosphere of challenge, discovery, energy, collaboration and inspiration.

2018 Workshops will be held January 23 – 28. For more information visit: www.ncsw.org.

Take a Class at The Craft Center

The Craft Center instructors
Top-Bottom: Nancy Evans, Kiranada Sterling Benjamin, Betsy Keeney, Jessie O’Brien, Melinda LaBarge, Deb Fairchild, Elena Wikstrom

The Craft Center at the League of NH Craftsmen has a schedule packed with courses in a wide range of media beginning in September and stretching all through December.  From introductory level to intermediate/advanced courses, there is sure to be something for your skill level. Enjoy a metal jewelry class in our state-of-the-art metal/glass studio, or try your hand at pyrography (woodburning), basketry, shibori dyeing, fabric collage or quilting, white line woodcut, polymer clay work, felting, stenciling and painting, precious metal clay and beadwork – with amazing master craftsmen to lead and inspire you!  To see the full list of classes at our Concord Headquarters click here.

Or, if you are located in another part of New Hampshire, don’t forget that most of our Fine Craft Galleries either have classes hosted in their location, or a craft school affiliated with them – click here to find links to their craft programs.

The League of NH Craftsmen can be your connection to new skills and expressions of creativity – sign up today!