2016 Participating Artisans

The following artists and craftsmen are participating in the 2016 Traditional Craftsmen Show in Richfield. CT.
  (* in front of name means new this year.)

*Kris Andrews

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.

Tom and Carole Bognar

Dan Coble Traditionally Inspired Painted Furniture

The oldest form of pottery is that made from gourds. Tom and Carole Bognar have given a new look to this age old type of pottery by creating many different styles of functional and decorative gourd items. Pitchers, canisters, vases and a variety of baskets and bowls.  In creating their work Tom and Carole Bognar use various types of mediums such as watercolor, carving, wood burning, paint, dyes, pen and ink.  As every gourd is unique, each piece of gourd pottery is one of a kind.

Dan Coble

Dan Coble is a traditionally inspired painter.  His interpretations of Pennsylvania German designs, New England grain painting and other early American decorated furniture, frames and accessories, reflect his love for the history and art of the 18th and 19th century.

Marlene Coble

Mo and Kelly Dallas Noah's Ark
Marlene Coble is a traditional painter. Her work consists of painting on furniture and accessories as well as painting on paper and canvas. She considers the dimensional forms the “canvas” for her creative expressions. Marlene Coble works in oil, watercolor and acrylic. Her subjects are broad, ranging from birds, animals and flowers to whimsical circus themes. 

Mo and Kelly Dallas

Mo and Kelly Dallas translate their love for Noah's Arks into works of art.  From classic to whimsical, each one is a true original.  Their attention to detail and wide range of designs make the Dallas' Arks appealing to everyone.

Pam Dalton

Pam Dalton Scherenschnitte

Pam Dalton creates original designs (Scherenschnitte) influenced by popular historical themes such as patriotism, biblical and religious motifs and scenes from rural life.  Each piece is sketched freehand and then cut by hand, from a single piece of paper.  The finished piece is placed in a false grain frame.

Susan Daul

Susan Daul Fraktur

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.

Barbara Dull Woven Designs

Barbara Dull is a self-taught weaver with over thirty years of experience. She works with luscious colors of hand dyed yarns and touchable textures of handspun fibers. Her designs are threaded onto a floor loom, where she weaves and finishes each original piece by hand. These one-of-a-kind and limited editions include shawls, scarves, ruanas and throws. Each piece is elegant in design, easy to care for and sensuous to wear.

Walt Fleming Tin Art

Steve Earp is inspired by the clarity and beauty of traditional ceramic art from the 17th to 19th centuries.  His intention is not to make exact copies of original artifacts, but to interpret, promote, and enjoy the formal and decorative possibilities of these fascinating historical styles.


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.

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.

Rachel Girshick
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
Deborah Hartwick

Deborah Hartwick Whimsical Fiber Designs

The work of Deborah Hartwick is whimsically designed, sewn art pincushions and emerys using the same blend of color and texture that evoke the antique sewing pieces of the past. Her artwork is made using natural fabrics like cotton and wool and then a dyeing and over dyeing technique, finally and stuffed with sawdust and emery powder.

Michele Holllick

Michele Hollick Floorcloths

Floorcloths are a part of our American heritage. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson had them.  The floorcloth designs of Michele Hollick are based on floors that were stenciled in New England and New York. Early floorcloth patterns are geometrics (like a diamond) or nautical themes like a mariners compass. Some of her designs also come from Moses Eaton’s wall stencils.  Every step of a floorcloth is done by hand, in our backyard barn, and no two are exactly alike.

Shaari Horowitz

Shaari Horowitz Bowls

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.

Larry Koosed Woodcarving

Larry Koosed, along with his wife Paige, has been carving for 40 years.  Starting by reproducing early American folk carvings, Larry Koosed has transitioned into creating only originals, based on those traditional designs.  All his work is completely hand carved and painted.

Paige Koosed

Paige Koosed Painting and Woodcarving
Paige Koosed has been painting and woodcarving for 40 years.  With her technique of putting color and then muting it, she captures a depth and texture that is reminiscent of older paintings.  

Donna Kriebel

Donna Kriebel Painting

D. Masters Kriebel has been painting in the traditional folk art style for over forty years. Her work is done in acrylic paint on gessoed board with a cracked and polished finish. The frames are hand painted in the old grained style. The subject matter includes landscapes, still life's of fruit and flowers and animal portraiture.st, was able to experiment and helped Karen Hill to rediscover the ancient techniques of glass bead making, with a few unique twists of his own.  

Bob LeHay Shaker Boxes

Bob LeHay creates boxes and carriers in the Shaker tradition using lumber milled on site.  His materials are either produced on his property or come from small, American businesses.  The boxes and carriers are finished using all natural products including milk paint, dyes, oils and waxes.  The boxes are fastened with copper tacks which have been produced on original tack-making machines from the 1880s.   The tacks are then darkened to provide an aged finish.  Every part of the box is completed individually by his own hands.

Sandy Malamed

Sandy Malamed Quilts

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 girl samplers were common, and appliqué album quilts were becoming popular.

Eve Marschark

Eve Marschark Painted Furniture

Eve Marschark specializes in Women’s Painted Furniture, an early decorative art form of American Schoolgirl Art, practiced in academies from 1790 to 1830 by young ladies of means along the east coast.  Pieces were painted on finely figured and designed wooden boxes and tables with images that reflected personal experiences.  Eve Marschark offers pieces of finely figured curly maple, birds-eye maple and other light woods.  Each piece is designed one-at-a-time with attention to detail and historic relevance so that you may have your own heirloom to pass down through generations, commemorate marriages, births, and celebrate your family.

Leonard Marschark

Leonard Marschark Clocks

Leonard Marschark handcrafts tall case clocks of uncompromising quality.  Finely figured woods and traditional joinery are the hallmark of these accurately recreated clocks with the magnificent look of 18th century originals. A custom painted dial and expertly crafted brass movement completes each masterpiece. Made one at a time, each heirloom treasure is numbered and signed with only a limited number created each year.

Kathleen McDonald

Kathleen McDonald Chalkware

Kathleen McDonald has been creating chalkware Santa’s and other Holiday figurines for more than ten years.  Each piece is individually hand-cast using one of Kathy's antique chocolate molds.   Once released from the molds, the figurines are then hand-painted and detailed.  Some pieces are trimmed with embellishments such as goose feather sprigs (which represent Christmas trees) or German glass glitter, vintage tinsel, antique lace and vintage millinery flowers. 

Diane Louise Paul
Diane Loiuise Leather Belt
Diane Louise Paul is a self-taught leather Artisan. A state-juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, she has met the League's high craft making standards. Her mastery of the craft, heritage techniques, and workmanship has earned her a spot 11 years in a row as one of the top craftsmen doing pre-Civil War heritage "museum quality" work, as judged by Early American Life Magazine's panel of experts.  Diane's interest in making leather crafts evolved from her love of horses and antiques.

*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.  

Denise and Rick Pratt

Denise and Rick Pratt Willow Furniture

Rick and Denise Pratt use a traditional and contemporary blend of willow furnishings for your home and garden.  They incorporate hand-chosen fabrics and individually mixed paints for a unique and functional piece of art.

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.

Deborah Rogers

Deborah Rogers Intuitive Visual Art/Sculpture

Each piece of Deborah Roger's work begins as a drawing/blueprint as her unfired clay warps and shrinks.  Altered and fabricated objects are made in advance, incorporating them as the clay is hand built.   Washes of acrylic, layers of colored pencil, dyes, ink, drawings and commentary are added to the surface. The narrative story, as important as the 3-D piece, marry to convey a message as a whole. Surfaces are preserved with paste wax.  Deborah considers herself an Intuitive Visual Artist/Sculptor.  In her words, "the eyes will see strange things that the mind will alter.

Donnie Rogers

Self taught, Virginia artist Donnie Rogers has been wood carving for about 25 years. He and his wife, Deborah, design unique one of a kind rattles, scenes and small figures everyone has come to know and love as the "Little People."  Donnie hand carves using only a hatchet, a hand drill, rasps, xacto knives and various carving blades.  His woodcarvings are at once primitive yet sophisticated.

Greg and Mary Shooner

Greg and Mary Schooner Redware and Sgraffito

For over 3 decades, the redware pottery of Greg Shooner and his wife Mary Schooner, has found a place in private collections and museum shops all across America and abroad. Featured in magazines and newspapers, this ware remains unrivaled in its interpretations of rare antiques.  Using exact early techniques, the Shooner's slipware decorations include the full range of sgraffito, "fancy" slip, and quilling on drape-molded plates and platters, as well as a full range of unique wheel-thrown jars, crocks, jugs, and lamps.

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