Janet Fredericks is a multimedia artist and teacher who recently discovered hand stitching
and collaging with fabrics. She brings to this new medium her background in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Her approach to art making is exploratory and intuitive and encourages her students to fearlessly enjoy the unexpected in their creative process.
Jodie is a felt artist focusing on colorful, wearable art and the 3d form. She began her felting journey in 2014 when she saw a needle felting demonstration. Intrigued and wanting to learn more, she took a wet felting continuing education class at Rhode Island School of Design and was hooked. Jodie primarily wet and nuno felts with resists to create hats, purses, and vessels. Her creations are often eclectic in nature. She loves to play with texture and color.
Mollie started knitting in the 5th grade and has never looked back. In college, Mollie began working at Nido (a local yarn shop) where she taught classes for young students and helped people learn about the many different fibers used in needle work. After Nido, Mollie began pattern and technical editing for Stephen West and Andrea Mowery which she continues today. In 2020, Mollie started White Dog Farm, a small fiber farm in Monkton, VT where she raises heritage sheep for their wool to create yarn and custom knitwear garments. You can find her @whitedogfarmvt on Instagram or www.whitedogfarmvt.com
AnnMarie is a mostly self-taught crafter who has worked in many media. A children’s book editor and writer, she moved to Vermont from Brooklyn in 2021. For many years, she sewed and sold sock monkeys for a small NYC-based nonprofit that organized fine art and craft exhibitions and workshops for underserved artists, including seniors, those in recovery, and the unhoused. She also once organized a community art project for kids that involved weaving on old CDs with recycled yarn.
These days she experiments with needle and wet felting, knits, and weaves a bit. She is excited to join the fiber community at the Craft School, where she aims to learn as much as share her skills. She lives in Shelburne with her two kids, one husband, and a very old cat.
Jonathan is a professor emeritus from Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont where he coordinated the arts education program and taught courses on the creative process, integrated curriculum, and aesthetic/holistic learning. In the fall of 2019 he was invited to be a visiting professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto where he was asked to integrate the arts into a graduate and undergraduate holistic education program.
Jonathan enjoys designing and guiding trips for others. Recently he co-led two Saint Michael’s College study trips to Kyoto. In the past he has led student study trips to Italy, Greece, and England, currently leads walking tours in Vermont through Country Walkers, and has been a tour guide at Shelburne Farms for 10 years. He is a co-editor for the International Journal for Art Education. Jonathan actively maintains his artistic identity as a potter here at the Shelburne Craft School and through drawing, watercolor, acrylic, and assemblage.
Curtis Fontaine grew up in Exeter NH and began learning ceramics from Ron Burke, Chris Archer and Sarah Burns. He continued his passion for clay at Skidmore College, managing their ceramics studio for two years and studying under Regis Brodie and Leslie Ferst. After school he moved on to an apprenticeship under Toshiko Takaezu. Living and working with her he learned the philosophies and practices of a natural artist. By the time he was finished with the apprenticeship he set out to strengthen his ties with nature. First he worked at Saratoga Apple for Christine and Nate Darrow and Joseph Garricks. Then on Masala Farm as an animal caretaker for Survir Saran and Charlie Burd, where he took care of alpacas, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, geese and more. In 2019 his work was selected by Todd Merrill to be carried in his gallery in NYC, South Hampton and around the country. Curtis tries to continue Toshiko’s practices by balancing his time between ceramics, nature and cooking.
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.
Judith has been painting in watercolors for over a decade now. Throughout those years she has attended classes and workshops with many wonderful painters possessing a wide range of styles. She is equally drawn to urban and landscape scenes and never ventures far without her sketchbook. She is a Signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society.
Madeleine Hatoum is an artist and designer based in the Burlington area. She began her crochet journey at the start of the pandemic after years of experimenting in different mediums such as pen-and in drawing. With a day job as a digital designer Madeleine fell in love with the physical and slow process of making garments with crochet. Recently having moved from Brooklyn back home to Burlington, Madeleine is excited to join the fiber community and learn more about new techniques, local fibers and to share her knowledge.
Manny Hutter is a Builder, Designer, and Teacher originally from Newton, Massachusetts. He gained his skill in carpentry through the vocational program at Newton North High School in Newton, MA, along with working for multiple carpentry companies. Junior year of high school Manny founded Herculean Woodworks. His projects include Pergolas, Sheds, Garden Beds, Portable Torah Arks, Furniture, and most notably a Traveling Holiday Lantern, featured in the Boston Globe. In his senior year, he was awarded Career Vocational Technical Education Student of The Year along with the Golden Hammer Award for his excellence and leadership in his field. Since graduating Manny has relocated to Shelburne and has immersed himself in the community. Manny’s current project as of Fall of 2022 is a 54’ x 36’ Monitor Barn Workshop for himself and his family. Manny is excited to be continuing working at the Shelburne Craft School in the Woodshop.
Fred is a resident painter as well as craftsperson in multiple fields. He finds beauty in many mediums and is particularly excited to work in wood. Part of Fred's inspiration for teaching woodworking at SCS came from teaching wood working at Camp Treetops in Lake Placid. As someone who spent most of his adult life in the classroom teaching high schoolers history, Fred found returning to teaching in the shop a very rewarding experience. Fred, a lifelong learner, has taken many classes at Shelburne Craft School, most involving oil painting, and thoroughly appreciates the opportunity they provided to learn and to create.