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.