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.