Here's a list of artisan participants in this year's Putney Craft Tour, which has gone totally digital for this holiday season. Visit putneycrafts.com for more, including videos from the artists.
Caitlin Burch: "I’m a second-generation glassblower and self-taught lampworker. I grew up with glass." Juried into the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen for jewelry and the Putney Craft Tour for her blown glass and jewelry in 2004, Burch has become known for her colorful and wearable collection. Earrings, pendants, necklaces as well as functional and decorative pieces for the home are available at fine craft shows and galleries and her online store featuring her signature collection and one-of-a-kind pieces. “Glass is both subtle and bold ... rhythmic and fluid. It is my meditation. As a glassblower, my father has always talked about dancing with the glass and living with it. It is a part of me now...a part of everything I do. I love it!”
David Mischke: "Back in the '70s I enrolled in a pottery class with 20 other students, me being the only one with no art background. I struggled, but wanted more than anything to get better. Eventually, pottery became the foundation and the center of my life, and has been for the last 45 years. Pottery gives me a life that is filled with passion, creativity, challenge and the ability to confront problems using my inner resources. I've learned the true meaning of the word 'rich,' which has to do not with money but with fullness and the ability to create meaning.
Dena Moses: "I have been a weaver for 35 years. Many of my students are of retirement age, and over and over again they tell me that they just wish that they had learned to weave earlier in life. I feel really blessed to have started weaving in college, to have quickly realized how much I love to weave, and to have committed to make it central in my life. I love the stories that my customers share of life changes when they have worn something that I have woven.
Ken Pick: "Working in an old tobacco barn surrounded by ceramic sculptures, flower gardens and fields, I have been making high-fired, colorful stoneware pottery for over 50 years. The studio gallery is full of dynamic forms and exciting bold glaze colors that contrast with the earthiness of unglazed clay. Award-winning, massive wall platters and one-of-a-kind art pieces are on display, as well as many functional pots, including teapots, casseroles, serving bowls, vases and lamps meant to be used in our daily lives or simply to delight the eye. Open by appointment during the Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. 20. Social distancing and masks apply.
Julia Brandis: "My stained glass designs are not confined to traditional geometric shapes. Their unexpected angles and organic swirls move in and out of the frame, energizing the composition and adding a sculptural element to what is traditionally known as 'flat glass.' I carefully consider how the glass will look, not only under bright light, but also during the changes of morning, noon, evening and night. Varying textures, iridescence, wirework and jewels catch the light at many angles to create depth. Open by appointment during the Virtual Putney Craft Tour.
Ryan Burch: "I’m a potter and teacher, born and raised in Southern Vermont. I make functional stoneware pottery intended for daily use. Creating utilitarian objects that aid in the daily tasks and routines of everyday life has become the most direct method of articulating my value systems and philosophies to the world. Handmade utilitarian objects can succinctly express and translate the world’s most basic principles and can connect individuals who might have otherwise remained unattached. It is my belief that by building a stronger connection between maker and user, and a more thorough understanding of this relationship, we will ultimately discover a living system that is deeply gratifying."
Green Mountain Spinnery: "The Green Mountain Spinnery is a cooperatively owned mill that has been manufacturing and selling high-quality yarns from U.S.-sourced fibers for over 35 years. Our unique certified organic processing methods allow us to maintain organic fibers’ integrity, ensuring that fiber gathered from organically raised flocks becomes organic yarn you can trust. Our small batch custom lot processing has made us a reliable resource for farmers, weavers, knitters and crafters of all kinds. In our yarn shop, you’ll find a wide selection of richly colored, must-touch classic and contemporary yarns made from all natural blends of wool, mohair, alpaca, cotton, and tencel. Our store is open for two to three shoppers (if they are in the same party) at a time. Visitors are required to wear facemasks while in the building."
Fiona Morehouse: "I work as a painter and a potter. I believe nature is an intrinsic connector of people and place, and my work is meant to express that relationship. I have been working as an artist and teacher for over 24 years. After college, I began teaching and eventually opened three different private teaching studios, where I would produce art and offer intergenerational workshops, classes and private lessons. As an artist and educator, I learned early on that the learning never stops. Open Studio: Two-three visitors in the same group at a time will be welcome with masks. Virtual studio tours can be set up directly through either of my websites."
Judy Hawkins: "My paintings are recollections of the rich and inspiring landscapes I see around me, which I interpret with passion on canvas. Expressing and creating the many moods of dramatic skies, water movement and reflections, are subjects of my oil paintings. I use bold brushwork and inventive color with rich glazes to create detail in my canvases. My paintings are in many private collections, as well as in hospitals, banks and tech companies, with 14 very large giclee prints in the entryway of Evanston Illinois Hospital. Recently I have done commission work. Inquiries are welcome. A virtual visit to my studio and gallery provides a feast for the eyes, with medium to large oil paintings on canvas, baltic birch plywood and framed oil on paper. I have many small, affordable gouache (watercolor) paintings, signed giclee prints and artist printed greeting cards. My studio will be open virtually or with in-person visits by appointment only.
Lindsey Saunders: "I work as a painter, and my medium is oil because it’s dynamic, vibrant and timeless. I’m grateful to have lived all over this country and have been inspired by its dramatic landscapes. I never stop looking around and usually spend my free time exploring with my camera. I use these photographs for my paintings. Painting played an important role in the grieving process after my dad passed, and I haven’t stopped since. Most of my paintings for sale are a new body of work and inspired by my recent move to Vermont. I have many signed giclee prints of original paintings and greeting cards available on my site as well. My studio will not be open for in person visits. To purchase my work visit: www.lindseysaunders.com."
Parish Hill Creamery: "Our approach to cheesemaking is elemental — a throwback to an earlier time. Our cheese is only made when the cows are grazing the hill farm pastures of Elm Lea Farm at the Putney School. We always and only use raw milk, our own autochthonous starters, traditional rennet and Maine sea salt. Our work is focused on cultivating craft and honoring the heritage of traditional cheesemaking. The result is cheese with exceptional depth and breadth of flavor, with toothsome textures, surrounded by beautiful, edible rinds; cheese that evokes the taste of this place, of sunshine preserved. The creamery is open by appointment.
Tom Goldschmid: "I have a limited number of bowls available for sale this year; all hand-turned and carved from hardwood trees, green and indigenous to the Connecticut River Valley near my home. The bowls vary in size from small pieces, measuring 3 to 4 inches across; to larger salad/serving bowls and wooden platters 14 to 18 inches across. Prices range from $30 to $350. The process of crafting a bowl from an indigenous hardwood tree, growing close to my home, connects me to the people, the place and the local ecology. Each bowl I turn has a story that expresses my appreciation for the entire process, from forest to your home. From Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. 20, the studio will be open by appointment. Masks and gloves required.
Robert Burch: "As I approach my 50th year as a glassblower, I am filled with gratitude that I have been able to work in a medium that I love dearly. Working with molten glass is in many ways a puzzle. When glass is being worked at a temperature range between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees, it goes from a solid that is impossible to move to a liquid that flows with a sensuousness that seems alive. The thickness of the glass affects how fast or slow it hardens or softens, and when color is added there is an additional variable to the process. Once gravity is added to the equation, it becomes a dance that will capture your heart or potentially break it in an instant. My oldest daughter, Caitlin, is a well-known glassblower and jeweler. My son, Ryan, is a ceramicist and is embarking on an incredible journey of making a film about fishing. My youngest daughter, Anna, owns and operates her own freelance photography business. An important part of having a business is the gallery contacts, record keeping, and packing and shipping. My wife, Nancy, has been indispensable in this respect, which allows me to focus more energy in the studio."
Jeanne Bennett: "I make one-of-a-kind and limited-edition everyday wearable jewelry. My designs are inspired by nature and all of the amazing ways one can work with metal. I handcraft my one-of-a-kind designs in my home studio tucked away in the wild woods of Westminster West. I primarily work in silver, and I like to make jewelry that is elegant, expressive and comfortable enough for everyday wear. I use a variety of techniques and skills acquired through years of experience. I also teach jewelry making to students of all ages, both in my home and at local schools. I love to cold forge while listening to Folk Americana and the oldies. I can get a good beat going with my hammer."
Nancy Calicchio: "I paint the beautiful Vermont landscape. Using oil paints on canvas, I often begin paintings on-site and finish them in my studio. My studio is also my gallery, and I hope to welcome visitors to it in 2021. For this year, I invite you to take a tour of my website. I hope you will find paintings there that resonate with you, that celebrate the spirit of our land. I welcome studio appointments to view a work or to purchase items that are not on my website. For an appointment between Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, please email me to arrange a time. With appointed times, social distancing, and masks, we should be able to keep ourselves safe."
K.B. Ceramics: "Hand-thrown ceramic homegoods for everyday rituals. All work is hand thrown in small batches, which allows each piece to have its own personality and character. The simple color glazes that I use highlight the quality of each piece and showcase the forms themselves. I feel that allowing each item to be unique is what sets my work apart."
Jeanette Staley: "I am a diversified artist using a wide range of subject matter, style and palette. My floorcloths are packed with color and whimsy, while I am equally comfortable employing traditional oil painting methods for my agrarian focused studies. Further, these images, line, and color are applied to fabric designs for home decor such as throw pillows, table linens, tiles, window treatments and more. I love moving paint around a surface with a paintbrush. I love watching paint drip and dry. I am equally enthralled with cutting little bits with my favorite tiny scissors.
Putney Mountain Winery: "We craft a collection of unique wines and liqueurs. What surprises many people is that Putney Mountain Wines are made not from grapes, but from fresh produce grown by local farmers and growers. We learned to make wine by reading and learning from others, along with vivid culinary imaginations and, of course, trial and error. Every year or two we come up with a new product and start learning again. We began with sparkling apple wines, moved on from one fruit wine to another and then to an array of liqueurs and apple brandy. We have two tasting rooms in Vermont, one at the winery in Putney and one in Quechee. Our wines and liqueurs are available in stores throughout Vermont. Our liqueurs are available in New Hampshire.
Edel Byrne: Stained glass. Weather permitting Edel will be open by appointment only with outside tables.