Burlington, VT · Wood
I started turning wood in 2008, and my collection of hand-planes has been largely neglected ever since. As much as I love experiencing that rush of discovery when cutting into a log destined for a local woodstove’s battle against the Vermont cold and seeing what grain patterns are hiding inside, or peeling away the excess wood at the lathe to reveal a beautiful form, I also enjoy seeing it in the faces of others as they remove their first completed bowl from the lathe. In my own pieces I especially like working with spalted woods - the patterns and colors that develop naturally as the wood begins to decay are well worth the added challenges the material presents.
Shelburne, VT · Wood
I have been excited about wood since I started exploring wood as a teen in California and in the Alaska wilderness, carving bowls and small expressive pieces. In my 20s I started teaching woodcraft in northern Vermont to adults and to children in a rural public elementary school. At that time I was moved to write about woodcraft as a vehicle for children in developing their creativity and self-empowerment. Later I designed and built several saunas, a sailing dory and started sculpting furniture pieces including driftwood lamps, mirrors and chairs. Recently I've been bringing my spoon and ladle carving workshop in a small caravan style studio wagon I built, out into the community. I have taught these workshops in the Alaskan wilderness, at Snowfarm Craft- Art School and will be teaching at the Carving Studio this spring in Rutland.
Roxbury, VT · Wood
Using freshly harvested green wood and a variety of traditional hand-tools, I make asymmetrical spoons and other kitchen utensils, bowls, milking stools and woodland work benches, shaving horses, chopping blocks, mallets, tool handles, and other useful objects from material culture. After my introduction to green woodworking 25 years ago as a Goddard College student, I remain deeply in love with the process, experimenting, improvising, sharing and expanding the joy of spoon carving with others I meet along the way while instructing, "spoon busking" in Montpelier, and blogging on the topic at www.spoonderlust.com "
Burlington, VT · Fiber
Arianna is a knitter, knitwear designer, and manager of Must Love Yarn in Shelburne VT. She's been knitting for nearly 25 years and loves teaching knitters of all ages and skill levels.
Shelburne, VT · Fiber
Ashley began her weaving journey in Scotland in 2018 learning how to weave Harris Tweed on a Hattersley loom. She then began to create highly textured woven wall hangings from all natural and eco friendly fibers while incorporating other fiber art techniques, like macrame and embroidery. Each piece is designed to preserve ancient ancestral craft and inspire inner healing and growth. Ashley creates in unison with nature by foraging for materials for natural dyes and paint pigments.
Shelburne, VT · Clay
-After graduating from University of Vermont with a BFA in Art Barbara became a studio potter, selling work in galleries and at craft fairs. In 1978, she became the resident potter at the Craft School, managing the studio and teaching classes. Changing course in 1987, she opened a picture framing business in her home in Shelburne. The love of clay frequently brought her back to the Craft School as a volunteer, sharing knowledge and skills. She is now the instructor of the Independent Clay class. --
Shelburne, VT · Fiber
Bradie Hansen is a fiber crafter, artist, author and psychologist. She was raised in northern New Jersey and Southwest Florida, and came to Vermont in 1996 to go to graduate school at St. Michael’s College. Vermont became her home after that. Always having some knitting project going, in 2011/2012, she started crocheting, then spinning wool, and then weaving. She’s taught fiber art classes at the Shelburne Community School and is passionate about making fiber art accessible to all people. She is excited to work with students on all things wild and wooly and textured on handlooms, rigid heddle looms, circular looms and anything else that provides support to a warp. A student of Lausanne Allen’s, Bradie loves floor loom weaving, too, and will be around to help students with their projects. Bradie’s current work is both on her floor loom and on “found” looms, like those made out of driftwood and one made out of a wooden door pane. Bridging her loves of psychology and handcrafting, Bradie is compiling a series of tapestry weavings and other handwork pictures that will become a shawl depicting “golden moments” in her life, a project part of her Weaving a Life © journey. She is also the co-author of The Long Grief Journey which is about long-term and unresolved grief.
burlington, vermont · Paint
Charlotte is a local painter from Burlington, Vermont. She works with acrylic and loves finding inspiration from the things she sees around her. Her studio is located in the Soda Plant in Burlington.
Winooski, VT · Wood
Chris Ramos immersed himself in furniture making as an early student of the Vermont Woodworking School, studying under the prolific Bob Fletcher and other prominent Vermont craftspeople. Now working out of the Shelburne Craft School, Chris and his partner, Ryan Cocina design and build custom residential and commercial furnishings under the brand, Seral Designs. He returns regularly to VWS to teach introductory woodworking and is a resident instructor at the Shelburne Craft School. Chris is honored to share his method through community education, and his vision through his labor. SeralDesigns.com
burlington, VT · Fiber
Claire has been a lifelong Maker. She studied studio art in Ontario, Canada and has a degree in art photography and painting. She came to quilt making when her children were young, making her own clothes while teaching herself to sew on a treadle machine. Early on she began quilt demonstrating at the Shelburne Museum and developed a fondness for antique quilts. Through teaching her kids to sew and quilt, Claire developed classes for children in the homeschool community and taught adult workshops. She branched out to art quilting, incorporating unusual fabrics, clothing and many embellishments. As the modern quilt movement took hold, she found connection to a simpler aesthetic. It aligned with her intuitive approach to art making. She has many pieces which include both handwork and machines. She has served on the board of Champlain Valley Quilters Guild for the last four years. Memberships include: Vermont Modern Quilt Guild Studio Art Quilters Associates Surface Design Associates Artist in Residence co-op gallery St Albans Claire always has hand work projects on the go. Travel or movie watching, she lives by the ‘no idle hands’ philosophy. Claire has made her home in Burlington for thirty years.
I have often said that my greatest strength as an artist is my very low standards! I love learning new things, and the best way I have found is to get comfortable with being bad at them. My lack of focus means that whenever I have the opportunity to try something new, I jump at the chance, and I am always excited to pass on whatever I have learned! I have been making art in all kinds of media for most of my life. After growing up in Washington, DC, I moved here and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with degrees in Studio Art and Classical Civilizations. I have worked in clay, paint, charcoal, ink, glass, fiber, wood, watercolor, and anything else I can think of! I work as a baker and, occasionally, as a yoga teacher and live in South Burlington with my spouse, our cats, and arguably too many plants.
South Burlington, VT · Clay
Born in Massachusetts and raised in Indiana, Colin learned to throw pottery at summer camp in Central Vermont when he was 9. He grew his passion for ceramics in college at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2012 Colin moved to Vermont and has been making pottery at the Shelburne Craft School since 2017. He lives in South Burlington with his wife and their 2 cats.