Shop Fine Craft for Valentine’s Day

Julie Schmidt

Remember the League when you are shopping for a special Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one, or looking for the perfect gift for any occasion. Since no one item is the same, your gift is sure to stand out from the rest. Our eight Fine Craft Galleries are located throughout New Hampshire.

Click below for more information about each gallery location:


Education at the Craft Center at League Headquarters

Don’t let a grey winter day get you down! Learn a new skill and stimulate your creativity by taking a class at the Craft Center in Concord or one of our other League locations. Offerings at the Craft Center include:

  • Fundamentals of Stumpwork Embroidery with Robert Dorr
  • Getting Started with Woodcarving with Laury Nichols (shown right, on top)
  • Kiln Fired Dichroic Glass Pendants with Lynn Haust (shown right, on bottom)
Full Class Listings

Classes are offered throughout the state at a number of our League locations!

CraftStudies in Hanover has a wide range of courses including metal, clay and other media – children through adults.

Littleton Studio School also offers clay, jewelry/metals, mixed media/painting and special classes for children.

Nashua offers classes in alcohol ink, felting, decorated paper, collage, mixed media, glass pendants and rug hooking, as well as on-going basketry classes.

For additional offerings you may also visit the class page for Meredith which offers a number of media areas, and also North Conway which focuses on clay work.

Black and White Encore Exhibition + Art and Bloom

The League of NH Craftsmen enjoyed a great start to 2018 with the opening of our latest exhibition at the Gallery at League Headquarters, Black and White Encore. In addition to the traditional opening reception on January 12th, we were excited to have a second reception at Headquarters on January 18th in celebration of Concord Garden Club’s Art and Bloom show. We are always excited to welcome new visitors, and it was a double pleasure to welcome talented floral artists who interpreted craft in the current exhibition and permanent collection.


While Art and Bloom was a very short show, Black and White Encore continues through March 28th. The majority of pieces in this show are available for purchase. Don’t wait too long to come in and purchase your favorite!

A Letter from Miriam Carter, Executive Director

The New Year is upon us and the staff and I are excited about all of the opportunities that are being presented to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen! In our effort to advance the visibility of the League, we are embracing the theme of partnership.

Our current show, Black and White Encore, is extraordinary. With so many of our juried members submitting work, we had to find additional space within our Permanent Collection to display their creations. It was a nice problem to have and we are grateful to our creative Gallery Committee for finding a solution.

Gallery Committee members working on the Black and White Encore Exhibition.

The opening of Black and White Encore was a huge success with 125 guests in attendance. What happened next was even more exciting — we had our first partnership of the year! The Concord Garden Club partnered with us to produce their annual event “Art and Bloom.” The already impressive Black and White Encore came to life with the addition of colorful floral designs produced by talented individuals. The exhibit was a sensory delight for all and more than 400 guests visited in the course of two days.

Many of our guests had never visited the Exhibition Gallery simply because they did not know it existed. We are eager to find ways to spread the word and draw attention to our beautiful Exhibition Gallery and exquisite Permanent Collection. Our relationship with The Concord Garden Club has helped us to do so. We are grateful and look forward to future collaborations.

None of this could have happened without the dedication, talent and hard work of our volunteers on the Gallery Committee. The Gallery Committee spends two weeks diligently working before a new show opens. They take down the old show, paint the walls, build pedestals, and do whatever is necessary to accommodate the specific needs of the show. While this is happening, our juried members deliver their contributions to be exhibited. We often wonder, “Will this show ever come together?” But then, over the course of a few days, a myriad of beautiful, handcrafted pieces come together to create a cohesive exhibition. It is alchemy in the works, but once completed, it is a feast for the eyes!

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Gallery Committee and their commitment to excellence. The Gallery Committee members are: Carol and Norm Babineau, Inge Eddy, Bob Englund, Ken Fairchild, Owain Harris, Peg Irish, Ritva Ojanen, Louis Pulzetti, Gillian Smith, Lauren VonDuyke-Dadmun, and Elena Wikstrom.  We look forward to all of the Exhibitions in 2018, and hope you will join us!


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.


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.



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.



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

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.