Donna Zils Banfield on the importance of the League

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Donna Zils Banfield, a woodturner and juried League member, is grateful to the League for introducing her to her craft and providing the support to pursue it. With 20 years in the legal profession, Donna, a lawyer, discovered woodturning at the League’s Craftsmen’s Fair, which she attended every year with her husband. “I was so drawn to the woodturning demonstrations that my husband gave me a lathe and turning tools,” said Donna.”I used woodturning to decompress from the stress of my job.” She closed her law practice in 2004 to work with wood full time and never looked back.


In 2010, she became a juried member of the League. “The League’s mission works. I gained an appreciation for fine craft at the Fair, which developed into an interest in woodturning, and then led me to actually doing it. I had come 180 degrees by jurying into the organization that fostered my interest,” said Donna. “I know that there are others like me that need the support and opportunity to do the same.”

You can help the League continue to make a difference by making a gift to our Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the main source of revenue for our statewide arts education and scholarship programs and for our year-round operations.


Don’t forget, the tax year ends on December 31. Your gift is greatly appreciated, no matter the size. Thank you very much!


Get Your 2017 League of NH Craftsmen Calendar

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The League has created its first-ever wall calendar featuring images of work by 13 of our talented and creative juried craftspeople. The calendar’s clean and contemporary layout truly showcases the beauty and detail of each piece. Makes a great gift for craft and art lovers!

The cost is $15 and all proceeds from calendar sales will be used to support the League’s operations.

Get your calendar here.


Become a Supporting Member of the League

Fair ImageSupport creativity, innovation, and handmade craftsmanship for all to enjoy – become a Supporting Member of the League of NH Craftsmen and receive these great benefits:

  • Free Fair pass(es)
  • Discounts at Fair exhibitions and the League’s eight Fine Craft Galleries (located statewide)
  • Your own Fair entry gate
  • New! Member amenities at the Fair
    • Access to the Members Lounge at the Fair, where you can recharge and refresh
    • Safe storage of your packages: Leave your purchases with League staff while you continue to shop, watch a demonstration, or participate in workshop.

Membership levels range from $50 to $1,000. Veterans, seniors, and active students receive $10 off Supporting Memberships. Join or renew today.

Become a Supporting Member of the League — Let’s Create Something Together!

Meet One of the Makers

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features the work of more than 350 craftspeople – see the list of participants here.  Get to know one of them — Sam Wild.

Sam-Wild-CalyCeramic artist Sam Wild is celebrating his 45th year at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair!  Sam’s pottery is always eye-catching, with tiny sculpted animals that crawl around his lamps and peer out of his mugs, vases and bowls.

Sam grew up in Ohio and served in the US Navy for three years, traveling to Japan, Australia, Thailand and other Pacific destinations. After his discharge from the Navy, he went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts from Ohio University, where he met his wife Gail. In 1971, Sam and Gail moved to New Hampshire, and for many years Sam made pottery with hand-painted natural designs in traditional blues and browns. Looking to evolve his work, Sam started experimenting with glazes and invented his signature bright green glaze.  That bright green color field became the home for the frogs, beetles, geckos and other playful creatures he captures in clay.

Sam’s work always delights. Be sure to visit Sam at the Fair.