Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Save the date..November 5th & 6th 2016 Our outstanding artists return to Lounsbury House.

Save the date..November 5th 7 6th 2016. Our outstanding artists return to Lounsbury House.
Everyone is looking forward to returning to Ridgefield Conneticut for our AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN SHOW.

We hope that you will check back periodically to see postings of this years artists and updates to the activities for the weekend.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Exciting new exhibitors for our 2016 show


A native Vermonter, Kris works and lives at her Salisbury, VT home and studio with her husband, Jim, and twin daughters, Birch and Ashley. Kris designs her baskets to be functional and rugged as well as aesthetically pleasing. After experimenting with a wide variety of basket materials, Kris found that rattan provides the strength, flexibility, weight and aesthetic appeal that her styles require. Some of the handles and bases are fashioned from oak or pine. After they are painstakingly woven and sanded, her baskets are stained to give them a warm and comfortable look.


Mary lives in Ghent, NY.  She asks her collectors to return to Christmas past with unique items that bring the season to life.  All her figures are self-made. Mary makes one-of-a-kind pieces and also reproduces Santas from her vintage collection.  Working in many different mediums makes her work unique.  She also offers Halloween and Folk Art pieces as well--something for everyone.  


I was first exposed to rug hooking in 1989 and immediately knew this was the medium for me. Always interested in needlework, I cross stitched, knitted, embroidered and quilted before finding rug hooking. My work is both traditional and whimsical and reflects both my New England and Pennsylvania roots.

Not limited to hand hooked rugs, I create wall hangings, covered antique footstools, chair pads and assorted unique seasonal pieces. I welcome commissions because I enjoy working with customers to create the special piece they are looking for.

Craig, of Ferrisburgh, VT, is a lifetime traditional furniture maker.  An expert on furniture making techniques from the 18th century he also is an expert in the history of American furniture.  In addition to creating his own furniture for commission, Craig restores antiques and architectural elements.


Rachel, from Hampton, CT, is a lifelong jewelry designer and maker.  Her specialty  is in fine jewelry design and construction, utilizing Sterling Silver, 14k & 18k Gold, and gemstones.  Many of the designs in The Silver Web collection are inspired by a close affinity for nature joined with an intuitive feel for form and fluidity. The various designs that make up the collection, attest to this.  Visit her work at

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Diane Louise Paul Featured Artist By Early American Life Magazine

American Craftsmen Show Leather Artisan Diane Louise Paul
The American Craftsmen Show in Ridgefield artisan Diane Louise Paul is the current Early American Life Magazine featured Directory Artist. Ms. Paul is included the 2015 Early American Life Magazine Artisan Directory under its Leather category. Congratulations Diane!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Meet Tinsmith Walt Fleming

American Craftsmen Show Tinsmith Walt Fleming
Walt Fleming has been a tinsmith for over 30 years working in his mid-1840's tin shop. His specialty is rare early lighting, pierced lanterns, closet safe panels, whale oil, candle and folk art.  Most of his work is done with 100+ year old tinplate and replacing missing/broken parts on early tinware/lighting pieces so it is very difficult to detect the repairs. Walt Fleming is extremely proud of his service in the United States Marine Corps. 
Walt Fleming is from Ballston Lake, New York.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Meet Fraktur Artist Susan Daul

Susan Daul uses pen, ink and watercolor on parchment paper to create Fraktur, including House Blessings, Marriage Blessings and Birth Blessings.  Her butterflies are a combination of acrylic and water colors on rice paper.  After the paintings are completed, Susan Daul cuts out each butterfly and frays the edges to produce a more realistic appearance.  Her paintings are framed in hand grained frames or antique frames.  

Susan Daul is from Matthews, Massachusetts and is included in Early American Life Magazine’s Traditional American Crafts Directory Listing of artists. This is Susan’s first year participating in the American Craftsmen Show.  She is a member of the Early American Folk Art & Trades Facebook group.   

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Meet Wooden Bowl Maker Shaari Horowitz

American Craftsmen Show Wooden Bowl Maker Shaari Horowitz
In the Connecticut workshop of Shaari Horowitz, traditional craft is reinterpreted and transformed into a contemporary art form.  Intricate hand-painted patterns derived from old-world color palettes surround the gilded and glazed surfaces of our hand-hewn & turned wood bowls.  Each piece carries an original design based on classical sources with roots in medieval manuscripts, ancient textiles and the frescoes of Pompeii.  These bowls serve as both functional and decorative works of art.

This is Shaari’s first year participating in American Craftsmen Show.  Shaari Horowitz is from Sharon, Connecticut. She is a member of the Early American Folk Arts & Trades Facebook group.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Meet Applique Quilter Sandra Malamed

American Craftsmen Show Applique Quilter Sandra Malamed
Sandra Malamed translates stories from history into unique appliqué quilts.  Sandy Malamed seeks to create naïve works representing the everyday lives of simple people in late 17th and early 18th century America.  Her goal is to produce work with great visual impact while employing the simplest, traditional methods and period appropriate design motifs. These narrative quilts are hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, and hand quilted without the employment of glues or adhesives.   Antique homespun linen bed sheets are used as the background of many quilts, which contain their own history.  The wear, tears, and stains of use in this fabric add real life and history to the narratives.  Her work represents a period in time when cotton fabrics were just beginning to be produced in America, school