Visit to Vermont

Lochlin Smith’s Vermont Studio

I got a chance to visit four Vermont artisans this past weekend.  I love visiting their studios and seeing how they fill their private spaces.  The picture above was taken in Lochlin Smith’s studio.  Lochlin has been a craftsman for over 30 years, hand fabricating jewelry.  I brought many of new pieces home with me.  My carry on bag was HEAVY!  Do you see the mountain bike?  Lochlin is an avid biker.

After drooling over all of the lovely jewelry and other metal work at Lochlin’s, I headed to Barre’s Studio Place Arts (SPA).  I was thrilled to see that it is still thriving.  A new show was going up.  Sue Higby, a former Michigan resident, is the Executive Director.  Mark Waskow is her right hand man.  SPA is an arts organization that hosts exhibits, classes of many mediums, and individual artists studios on the upper floors.

Maggie Neale’s Studio
I headed upstairs to visit Maggie and select newly dyed scarves for the gallery.  Her paintings were great to look at.  I couldn’t help but think they were continued onto her silk scarves.  Bob Walma loves to take pictures of my work space when I have a chance to get messy.  Here is a look at Maggie’s work space.
During the weekend, I received a surprise phone call from a potter friend, Elizabeth Roman.  Her studio is located at SPA, also.  Her call made my day.  I hadn’t heard from her in years.  Maggie mentioned that I was visiting her and had no idea of Elizabeth and my friendship.  I was smiling hugely during that phone call.  Elizabeth is a special Vermont woman.  Over the years, she has shared her time, insights, wisdom, and treasured glaze recipes and pit firing secrets.  Taking the time to spend an hour with her was very special.
Polly Wellford
I headed to across the valley to Waitsfield and the Artisan’s Gallery.  Polly Wellford was working there and had a selection of her pottery for me.  So much fun to see a larger body of her work and pick out new pieces to be shipped in the very near future.  C2C’s tagline is Art for Your Every Day Life.  So, I wanted to show you how Polly’s pots could be apart of your life.

As you can see, I had a great visit.  Stop in to check out the new work from these Vermont artisans and all of our other artwork.

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