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 PIESTER 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.
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 GERSHICK 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 thesilverweb.com
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
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.