Come join us for our 29th annual American Artisan Show located at the 

Wilton Historical Society!

Dates:

Preview Party, Friday, October 17

Saturday, October 18: 10am to 5pm 

Sunday, October 19: 11am to 4pm 


Location:
This year's American Artisan Show will be located on 224 Danbury Road on our beautiful 5-building complex comprising two 18th century homes, two 19th century barns, and a working blacksmith shop.  

For additional information please contact artisanshow@wiltonhistorical.org 
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Participating Artisans:

American Country Rugs

www.americancountryrugs.com

 

In 2002 I started American Country Rugs.  I began teaching weekly rug hooking classes at my home in Wilton, CT.  I thrive on being busy and love interacting with people.  Thus, I quickly moved into vending at local shows and hosting hook-ins at one of our local historical buildings.  In 2004 my husband, Dave, and I decided it was time to fulfill our life long dream of living in Vermont.  Five years later we are here surrounded by the magnificent green mountains.  There was a great shop / studio on the property we purchased, which I readily turned into my Rug Hooking shop /studio.  The previous owner, Addie Werger , was a famous local artist. (Her spirit is abound.)  We made lots of changes to the building, but kept that great aged warm feeling.  A prized possession is Addie’s great old drafting table, which was bequeathed to me by her husband. Throughout my long corporate career I listened to a multitude of speakers expound on the key to success:  “Do what you love and you will be successful.”  I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to not only to do what I love, but to spend most of my days lost in my rug hooking muse.

Andersen and Stauffer Furniture

www.andersenandstauffer.com


At Andersen & Stauffer, we create authentic copies of 17th, 18th, and early 19th century American antiques. How do we accomplish this? By being exacting. And passionate and experienced. Founders Alan Andersen & Tom Stauffer have been working with wood for as long as they’ve been able to hold hammers. Together, our team develops and perfects techniques to construct classic pieces and simulate antique surfaces, as well as conserve and restore cherished pieces.

ASL Pewter

www.ASLPewter.com

 

ASL Foundry was established in 1995, and has since expanded to include the making of pewter tableware, household and personal items with original designs inspired by tradition, mythology and folklore. Tom and Pat share a fascination with European and American history which translates to their work. We make our own molds, and use them for casting pieces unique to ASL Foundry. We also have acquired and utilize a collection of historic and antique bronze, aluminum and steel molds. Using traditional lathe work, we create our own plates and goblets. That process includes cutting our own wooden forms to each desired shape, the result is an inclusive line of wholly innovative and exceptional pewterware that is functional as well as decorative. All of our pewter is 100% lead free, so it can be used with confidence!

Baskets in Nantucket Tradition, Jane Theobold


I began experimenting with Nantucket basket construction about 35 years ago after seeing a small broken one at an antique show. I have been a hands on creator forever, jumping from sewing stain glass window making, weaving, knitting etc. I dabbled in shaker baskets at first but once I saw the Nantucket that was it. I still have my first basket with its handle made from a large twig from a tree in my back yard. My basket growth has been all on my own since in the early 1980s there was nothing available without being on the island. The third edition of the Seeler book in 1981 was my teacher. It however left out a number of salient facts which had to be learned by trial and error if you weren’t out on the island with a teacher. One of the greatest joys of my development as a basket maker has been that when faced with a technical obstacle and no teacher I consistently seem to have solved it the same way the old guys on the island did many years ago. Over the years I have participated in many lovely folk art shows and have been privileged to be included in Early American Life magazine of Outstanding Artists as well as being featured in Country Living. In addition I have had a nest of small baskets included in a show of miniatures at the Nantucket Basket Museum on the island. My baskets are in many personal collections both here and abroad. I have done all my work myself from the beginning. This includes molds, rims, handles, and for the last several years scrimshaw. Much of my work now is custom one of a kind baskets and historical reproductions woven of old cane, sometimes with baleen embellishments. In addition I do restoration of treasured antique baskets in private collections. I still learn from every project and enjoy it as much now as I did with my first homely attempt.

Boston Pot & Tile

www.bostonpotandtile.com


Boston Pot and Tile is in the business of custom-sculpted work for site-specific installations. Your input is what begins the process. Check the galleries here for a wide range of styles from some of the best tile artists working today. All work shown is available to order. Or, it might inspire your own ideas. These artists can help you realize them.

Brad Sears Fine Woodturning

www.turningarts.com

 

Brad Sears Fine Woodturning is a one-person woodturning studio dedicated to the creation of heirloom-quality salt & pepper sets, peppermills, manual coffee grinders, and other distinctive lathe-turned craft.   Using sustainably-harvested hardwoods and proprietary toxin-free finishes, Brad works in “series” founded on classic visual forms such as chess pieces, ancient urns and vases, and even wine barrels.  Each piece of wood is carefully hand-selected to insure that the colors and grain patterns “flow” in ways that harmonize with the intended final form.   Every work is then meticulously hand-crafted “by eye” so that while the pieces in each set match precisely, every piece—and set—is slightly different.   This approach gives Brad’s work its distinctive “voice” while ensuring that the piece—or set—you purchase is uniquely yours.  Brad’s work may be found in every state of the Union and in many countries around the globe.

 

 

Canvasworks

www.canvasworksfloorcloths.com

 

Since 1992 Lisa Curry Mair has created floorcloths, fireboards, table runners and other painted canvas items for homes throughout the United States and Canada. From a degree in Mathematics, to children’s book illustration, to research in historical aspects of early American life, all paths have led to a career in designing, crafting and painting functional canvas surfaces with a strong geometric element reminiscent of a bygone era.

All work is executed in the carriage-house wing of an 18th century farmhouse at the base of Ascutney Mountain in the Connecticut River Valley town of Weathersfield, Vermont.

Cinnamon Treasures

 

Bunny and John Switzenberg of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are beekeepers and crafters. They make cinnamon-scented beeswax ornaments, using antique German chocolate molds, some of which John's great-grandfather brought with him when he emigrated from Germany in 1884. During the 49 years the Switzenbergs have been married, they have expanded that original mold collection into one of the largest antique candy mold collections in the country. The Switzenbergs keep their hives on a 250 acre farm in Delaware where the harvested wax is used to make their ornaments and candles.

Cordwainer Shop

www.cordwainershop.com

Deluca Windsors

www.delucawindsors.com

Firecrow Handwovens

www.firecrowhandwovens.com

 

I love sharing my joy through weaving. I draw inspiration from nature and the magical world around us to design and create beautiful, functional scarves, shawls and home goods that enhance one’s home or lifestyle. Specialties are my original “Story Scarves” and “Story Shawls” that share tales and life experiences woven into fabric with vibrant colors and rich textures. I often incorporate novelty yarns and contrasting fibers into the same piece. I weave mostly on an 8-harness cherry Norwood loom and enjoy demonstrating on my portable 4-harness Harrisville. . I spent two years artistically crocheting and selling original scarves; spent a year studying the centuries-old craft of basket weaving with reed, adding found materials collected in the woods; and traveled to the tiny villages outside Oaxaca, Mexico to experience indigenous handweavers’ craft and culture. Traveling provides an endless source of inspiration for me and I look forward to many more adventures!

Folk Art Santas

www.folkartsantas.com

 

The first Folk Art Santa Frank Navone carved was in 1987 as a special holiday gift for his wife, Sandy. The following year Frank and Sandy worked together to produce Santas as holiday gifts for their family and friends, and it was not long before these unique creations became a favorite family tradition. Artists Frank and Sandra Navone work year-round in their quaint New England workshop meticulously designing, carving, and painting new additions to their Folk Art Santa Collection. Each hand-carved Santa has an exact mold made and is then carefully hand-filled with pecan shell resin. Each Santa is then hand painted, distressed, antiqued, signed and dated.  These Santas are available for purchase during the holiday season (November - December) at their Newtown, CT home or online, year round, at www.folkartsantas.com

Heidi Howard, Maker & Painter

www.heidihoward.com


Heidi began to paint historic reproductions of trade and tavern signs when her interest in early American country painted antiques collided with her artistic background. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Fine Art, Heidi went through a natural progression of nomad, waitress, seamstress, hatter, mother, and, ultimately, historic trade & tavern sign painter. What a wonderful culmination of a life-long interest in art and antiques and the actual (gasp!) use of one's college degree! Her attraction to weathered surfaces and crusty paint began early though, having spent her childhood in rural Vermont, surrounded by barns, rusty farm equipment, and other glimpses of history. Heidi continues to be inspired by her New England surroundings.

Helen Howard, Painter

www.helenhoward.net

 

You may have read something about Helen in one of a variety of publications, including Country Living, Yankee, Early American Life/Homes, or the New England Antiques Journal. Further, what you read may have been something about Helen the antiques dealer, or Helen the wall muralist, or Helen the floor-cloth designer and painter, or about Helen the prolific watercolorist. All of these topics have been addressed in various articles about Helen over the last four decades. As a result, her artwork is displayed proudly on walls and floors of beautiful homes throughout the country. Many of Helen’s clients come to her again and again with a new request, a new space in mind.

Jeffrey Palmer

www.jeffreypalmerdesigns.com

 

Since 1984 Master Craftsman, Jeffrey Palmer continues to create one–of-a-kind, custom furniture from his small work shop in Central Massachusetts. Inspired by the Shakers, Jeff is a proponent of simple, functional furniture crafted with quality materials, integrity and pride.

Jeff takes special pride in hand selecting the wood for every design; a time consuming task of placement and matching of the grains and the color. Traditional Joinery is a major component of his furniture including dovetail, mortise and tenon which hasn’t changed since the 18th century.

We believe that every piece of furniture interacts with the space around it. Color, form, size, shape and texture contribute to the quality of the furniture and the way it impacts  the space it owns and the human senses. Complete customer satisfaction through hard work and commitment to quality is our primary goal in bringing fine hand-crafted furniture to your home.

Judith Brinck Folkart: By My Hand And Pen

www.judithbrinckfolkart.com

 

Judy's interest in the American Arts began early. Annual family visits to Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Gettysburg, as well as  to her Aunt's home near Valley Forge helped the interest take root.. It grew with her father, who built the house she grew up in...and her mother, a floral designer who owned a shop for more than twenty-five years where everyone dressed in colonial costume. 

 

Judy holds a Master's degree in Education and Administration. For thirty-one years, she taught Gifted Education and that became her art. When her boys were in high school, however, she knew it was time to come home full time. As they began college she graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in the decorative arts.

 

Judy's work is based on early american design and incorporates, watercolor, gouache, vinegar painting, graining, glazing, gilding and use of various pigments. By designing her own compositions, she is able to create one-of-a kind pieces. Her vinegar painted frames not only enhance the beauty of the paintings , but also keep their creation in period style.

Kathie Ratcliffe

www.ninepatchstudio.com


Kathie Ratcliffe interprets 19th century quilts in miniature using historically accurate fabrics and authentic color combinations. Her quilts evoke the regional idioms and fabric trends of the most dynamic period in quilt history.  Her work reflects the change in style from early chintz quilts to the bold graphics of the late 19th century. The vibrant colors and patterns recall the best traditions of American quilt art. "As I work, I sense a connection with the women who made those early quilts, with their creative choices as well as their lives and their historical context. In my miniature pieces I hope to preserve and validate these singular, deeply personal works of artistic expression." Kathie's intricate, signed pieces are offered in handgrained frames with archival mounting.


Lynn Hazelton

 

My background as an antique dealer and water color painter have provided me a wonderful resource for creating unique, yet traditional, hooked rugs. Every aspect of rug hooking appeals to me from drawing the design, to planning the color and texture, and then the hooking of what I have envisioned. All of my rugs are my own designs- inspired by antique rugs, old weathervanes, painted tin and tote ware, and old quilts. I find design elements everywhere. Also, custom made rugs can be ordered to suit a specific wish such as size, color scheme, or even a special scene.

Mox Nix Textiles

www.moxnixtextiles.com

 

Fine Quilting, Fiber Arts, and Sewing Necessaries. Handmade in North Carolina by Jain Faries.

Maija Neimanis

www.maijaneimanis.com

 

Maija Nemanis did not begin her career as a jeweler. The Latvian-born, American-educated Neimanis spent 20 years as an award-winning costume-designer in television and films. At the top of her career, Neimanis took a three week course at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York. Within a year, she left costume design and launched a three-year intensive study in the arts of granulation, enameling, lapidary, chain-weaving, and other ancient techniques involving 22-karat gold. Not merely museum reproductions, her designs make available the art of ancient jewelry. Using historical techniques of the Etruscans and Greeks, she creates jewelry for the modern woman looking for timeless, beautiful pieces. Her collections, in 22 karat gold, with granulation and gemstones, some with coins, capture the imaginations of those who see it.

Proverty Hollow Primitives

www.provertyhollowprimitives.com

 

We have been making furniture since 1981. When our children were young, we took our love of antiques and primitive decor and in 1988 we started doing craft shows on and off throughout the years. But as our daughters got older, we found that there just wasn't enough time to continue. In 1995, we began taking custom orders and doing some consigning. But in 2007, we worked solely for our business and decided to get back into craft shows. Eventually we added the website. Our primitive 18th and 19th century reproduction furniture and home decorating accessories are hand-crafted from scratch in Newtown, Connecticut from hand-selected solid wood. Each piece is made using a five-step process to resemble the antique finish of earlier centuries. We paint and hand-rub the finishes on each piece making sure to finish each piece to perfection inside and out.

Sailor's Valentines

www.lyndasusanhennigan.com

 

I saw my first Valentine in a museum on Cape Cod as a child and have always been fascinated by them. Several years ago I tried to purchase one but it was too costly. A friend suggested that I create one. It has become my passion and will be tomorrow's heirlooms.  A local craftsman makes all the octagon boxes and then I faux finish them to look like the 19th Century ones. My mosaic works are all original designs but they too are modeled after the 19th Century valentines.

 

Spring House Peddler

www.springhousepeddler.com

 

Kay has been making Redware for 30 years and is largely self-taught in both the artistic talents and technical aspects of her craft. The early challenge of making food-safe Redware for her family's use turned into a career with over 19,000 pieces produced to date...and yes, Kay numbers and records each piece she lovingly creates. In addition to her hump molded plates, chargers, trenchers, Kay has lately been creating a variety of animals, including bird whistles, lions, dogs and goats.

 

For the last decade, Bob has been making upright Redware pieces, some thrown on a potter's wheel (mugs, pitchers, pots and bowls) and slab-build pieced (canisters, canteens, coin banks, book flasks, face jugs and table lamps). Most of their Redware is decorated using the sgraffito method and tends to be very colorful.

String Tinkers

www.stringtinkers.com

 

String Tinkers is the collective talents and efforts of George Brin, and Don Spaeth, two musician-friends who live in Connecticut's Quiet Corner. String Tinkers grew out of a desire to build quality cigar-box and tin-box stringed instruments for players and collectors and to share their love of "Americana" traditions in product building/making and traditional "Roots" and music of "the FOLK".

Three Point Design

   
   
   

www.threepointsdesign.com

 

We are a design studio located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and we specialize in creating custom one of a kind art using primarily wood, metal and paint as our mediums. Our focus remains mostly in the realm of traditional folk art, however we can custom create anything from scratch as long as you have an idea.

 

Vaillancourt Folk Art

www.valfa.com

 

When Gary Vaillancourt gave his wife, Judi, a gift of three antique chocolate molds in 1984, neither of them knew it would signal the start of a new family business of "made in America." In the years since, Judi’s collection has grown to over 3,000 vintage molds — one of the largest collections in the world. She uses her molds to make hand-painted collectible chalkware figures for all major holidays — especially Christmas. Today, Vaillancourt Folk Art (VFA) is one of America’s last remaining Christmas ornament and collectibles makers. Unlike most Christmas collectibles, which are manufactured overseas, Vaillancourt chalkware figures are still made by hand at the VFA studio in Sutton, Massachusetts. Visitors can tour behind-the-scenes as artists hand-paint different variations of chalkware Santas, Father Christmas, Belsnickles, and non-Christmas figurines.

 

This year, Vaillancourt Folk Art is celebrating "30 Years of Traditions" as they continue to be a family owned and operated business. 

White Pine Folk Art

www.whitepinefolkart.com

 

Suzzette is a penny rug and wool appliqué artist and a member of the Great River Artisans.

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