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.
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.
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.
-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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Davey is a native Vermonter who has been rug hooking for over 25 years. Her focus for the past 5 years has been the natural landscapes of Vermont. She uses wool fabric and yarn to "paint" these landscapes.
She is a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, was Show Chairman twice for the Hooked in the Mountain annual show, and was a featured artist in 2016.
Davey has attended many workshops and classes over the years and her hooking style has been influenced by those experiences. Today, her inspiration comes from the local landscape and more specifically the places that are familiar to her and evoke personal memories. That and her interest in impressionistic art and watercolor painting leads her to describe her approach to rug hooking as painterly.
She lives on Lake Iroquois with her husband and their dog. There is an active group of rug hookers in the area that have gathered every week for years. Davey enjoys a creative life and today calls herself a fiber artist.
Diane Burgess has been hooking rugs since 1998; teaching beginner and intermediate classes as well as wool dyeing workshops since 1998 throughout Vermont and for the Access to CVU High School evening program as well as for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild 2004 to 2016 at the” Hooked in The Mountains Rug Show” to be held at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT in November 2022. Member of the Green Rug Hooking Guild since 1998.
Ed has been involved with art and creating things for most of his life. After moving from Pennsylvania to Vermont with his wife in 2001, on a whim, he signed up for a stained-glass class right here at Shelburne Craft School. He was immediately hooked. Since then, he’s created many stained-glass pieces; both traditional flat panels and 3-dimensional objects like jewelry boxes and lampshades. Ed has always enjoyed helping others learn and eventually transitioned from student to teacher. He taught stained-glass classes here at SCS from 2009-2013 but had to give up teaching when a change in jobs required him to travel frequently. Now back in the area full-time, he’s excited to have the opportunity to get back in the classroom and help others explore the art of stained-glass.