after the fair(s) :: thank you

We had a truly wonderful summer of shows, and we thank those of you who came out to see us - and those of you who shouted your support from the sidelines of these virtual spaces, too. :)

Our biggest show of the year, Sunapee, was a huge success.  It was fun and exciting to see and hear the responses to our new work, including our fermenting crocks, mason jars, and our new chalkboard glaze prototypes.

(By the by, we're now taking orders and requests for the next firing - we're thinking more of these plus chalkboard glaze on put-away pots and canisters!)

There were plenty of new twists on previous designs, too, and it's very fun to see what folks respond when we get the pots out of the studio and 'under the lights.'

It's hard to believe, but the once full kiln shed shelves are nearly empty now!  There were 1018 pieces in that kiln (!) . . . so nice to think of all the kitchens and homes that made space for our new pottery . . .

There are, however, some really nice pieces still here in our home studio shop.  We hope you'll give a call or an email if you'd like to visit.  We've also listed a great selection of new work in our online shop.  Have a look.

Again, many thanks for a great summer!

~Nathan and Becca

upcoming: the Sunapee Fair

For the 80th year, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will host it's annual Fair, held this year from August 3rd-11th. We're excited to be exhibiting once again - this is Becca's ninth year and our fifth showing as a couple!

Join us at the base of Mount Sunapee, in the beautiful Dartmouth/Sunapee region of New Hampshire for this unparallelled nine day event.  The show is open from 10-5 daily, open until 7pm on Friday the 9th.

Our booth is in the same location as the past few years - in the front of Tent 6, booth 628.

There will be handmade crafts from over 350 juried artisans, as well as workshops, demonstrations, performances, and tours.

Speaking of tours, Nathan will be giving a "Master Tour" of ceramics at the Fair on Monday at 3pm.  Find him at Tent K; should be fun!

You can find more information about the Fair, as well as purchase tickets in advance, by visiting the League's website.

Hope to see you there!

~Nathan and Becca

upcoming . . . this summer's events

We've got some great events coming up in the next three months!  Hope you can join us at one of them.

We'll have a table of our pottery at the 3rd Annual BALE fest in South Royalton, VT, on Thursday June 13th, from 3pm to 7pm (although the festival runs 'till 9).  It's a celebration of the growing strength of our local economy, including a farmers' market, educational workshops, live music, all kinds of food, stuff for kids, even a place to get your bicycle tuned up!  more info

We're also open at our home studio on *some* Fridays and Saturdays this month and next.  We'd love to show you, your friends, and family, around our new studio, showroom, and wood-kiln.  Find us open on the following Fridays, 2-6pm : June 14 & 21, July 12; and the following Saturdays, 12-4pm : June 15 & 22, July 13.  Stay tuned for updates on late summer + fall hours, and please call ahead if you're coming from a distance!

We're returning to the Lebanon (NH) Farmers' Market!  It's a wonderful, family-oriented market on the Town Green with live music, and local food galore.  You can almost always find tasty food for dinner, and enjoy the open-air concerts to follow at 7:30 in July and August.  more concert info  The market runs Thursdays 4-7pm, from now until Sept 26th, but we'll be there on June 20, 27; July 11, 25; August 15, 22, 29  (Please call us to confirm that we'll be there if you're coming from a distance!)  more market info

And we wouldn't want to miss the Yarmouth Clam Festival Craft Show!  Look for our booth:

Becca is celebrating 10 years (!) showing at this juried event, which takes place on the lawn of the North Yarmouth Academy, in Yarmouth, Maine.   The show runs July 19th- 21nd, from 10am to 9pm (Fri & Sat), 10am to 5pm (Sun). more info

And last, but definitely not least, is the 80th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair, referred to by some as "Sunapee."  It takes place at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH (near New London/Dartmouth-Sunapee Region), from August 3- 11th this year.  It's the oldest craft fair in the country, running for nine whole days, with literally hundreds of handmade exhibitors, performances, and demonstrations.  The fair is open from 10am to 5pm daily, and open until 7pm on Friday the 9th!  We'll be in the same spot as the past few years - the very front of Tent #6, Booth 628.

If our July firing goes well, we'll have lots of brand-new wood-fired pottery at the Clam Festival and Sunapee Fair . . .

Hope you can join us!

Questions?  Need directions? Want to schedule another time to see our work?  Reach us at (802) 234-1320, or nathanandbecca@gmail.com.

 

 

second firing

We have begun to unload our second firing . . . . and although we haven't even seen the firing in its entirety (oh, how we've had to learn patience!), it could be said that the 'kiln gods' have smiled on us.  With just days to go before our biggest and best show of the year, we are overjoyed to find beauty after beauty emerging from within the still-warm brick walls.  We are feeling oh so very grateful!

the fair

Craftsmen's Fair

Every year, we look forward to spending the first eleven days of August at the base of a beautiful mountain in central New Hampshire, showing our pottery amongst hundreds of juried craftspeople and thousands of fair goers.  It's the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Annual Fair, and with this year being its 78th season, it's also the oldest craft fair in the country.  2011 was really wonderful year, and we even took home a "blue ribbon" for our garlic scape adorned booth set-up!

My first memories of the show are from the vantage point of a backpack- I was perhaps two and carried by my dad- and I still remember the soft shapes of the wooden toys. The Fair remains a beautiful and inspiring experience (although I must admit that after nine consecutive days of showing, I am really to be finished!). One of my favorite aspects is the camaraderie between craftspeople; I'm amazed how many wonderful friends I've made over the past seven years. I spend the next 354 days enjoying the beautiful pieces my friends have made, and looking forward to seeing what we all make over the coming year.

Below are photos of weaving by Tom Jipson, botanicals by Maggie Lake, a barn jar by David Orser, earrings by young craftsperson of the Next Generation, and my new favorite kitchen wall hanging by Jim Lambert.