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

Brad Sears Fine Woodturning

www.turningarts.com

Cinnamon Treasures

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

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.

Mox Nix Textiles

www.moxnixtextiles.com

 

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

Kathie Ratcliffe

www.ninepatchstudio.com

I create miniature quilts inspired by traditional 19th century designs. Each miniature quilt captures the essence of an actual 19th century American pieced quilt or quilt pattern. These quilts, often preserved in museums or private collections, are priceless expressions of early American creativity and design.


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 about 30 years and is largely self-taught in both the artistic talents and technical aspects of her craft (including compatibility of clays, slips, glazes, underglazes, kiln firing and maintenance). The early challenge of making Redware for her family's enjoyment turned into a career with over 19,000 pieces produced to date… And yes, Kay numbers and records each piece she lovingly creates.

 

A truly multitalented artisan, Bob is at home designing and building period detailed wood furniture, hand painting original folk art designs, or creating pottery in a variety of forms. His keen eye for detail and a passion for Early American aesthetics shines bright in every creation. Bob is a Master Cabinet Maker who focuses on painted pine furniture and accessories. His commitment to the period shows in the fine details like Milk Paint and Faux Finishes, Seeded Glass, and Hand Forged Hardware. Bob has been designing, constructing, and finishing custom furniture and accessories for decades, and he has been sharing his wares with delighted Early American aficionados since 1980.

The Art Tramp

www.thearttramp.com

 

From early childhood I have had a passion for all forms of art and creativity. My collections of antique Christmas, ephemera, Early American Furniture, smalls, textiles and quilts, folk art and especially tramp art have always been an inspiration to me. I have always loved creating things with my hands. My grandmother taught me how to sew, needlepoint, cross-stich, embroider and do crewel work. I learned to weave Shaker baskets, paint and draw, sculpt and eventually found myself in a design center for nearly 30 years. During all this I have taken the time to study vintage pieces and pour through books in order to absorb as much knowledge as possible in order to create my own pieces. Initially, I made one-of-a-kind pieces and gave them to cherished friends and family as gifts. In more recent years I have had my first gallery show and my friends have strongly encouraged me to transform my passion into a career.

The Pied Potter Hamelin

www.piedpiperhamelin.com

 

I have been potting since 1976 and became committed to learning about the historical redware potters after learning of the Colonial and Early American industries that existed in my native Central Massachusetts. Pied Potter Hamelin can be taken linguistically apart and understood as a “Colorful Potter from a Small Town”. Pied means multicolored, potter is my trade and Hamelin translates into “one from a small town”. I make redware pottery that is thrown on the wheel. After a drying period, my pots are bisqued and following the first firing they are covered with a lead-free glaze, of my own formulation, and fired again. A food-safe antiquing finish is applied to the unglazed surfaces as a final step.

 

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.

White Horse Studio

www.whitehorse-studios.com

 

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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