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A New Way to Tour for Open Studio Weekend #1 10/1 & 10/2

Let’s Play Open Studio Weekend Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral!

by Elissa Campbell

There are easily as many ways to plan a studio tour as there are artist studios. Some people choose to focus on a specific medium, while others visit studios located within a small geographic area.

Perhaps you’ve exhausted all of the options you can think of and you’re looking for something new. Well, we’ve got you covered!

Taking inspiration from the 1950’s game show Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?, we’re going to use this post to focus on artists who have animals in their business names.

Oh yeah, we’re going there.

All of these artists are participating in the first weekend of Open Studio Weekend, October 1 & 2. 10 to 5 each day. NOTE: Studio numbers correspond to numbers on our free Vermont Studio Tour Map. See it online at this link .

Snyder Platter small

A stoneware platter by Andy Snyder.

Studio #17: Located in Orwell near Sunset Lake, Andy Snyder of Mud Puppy Pottery creates work that is mud-based, but contains no actual puppies. He has a fascinating personal story, having worked as both a Member of the House of Representatives and as an employee of the Vermont Department of Education. His work is both beautiful and functional, making one of his pieces the perfect gift for someone – maybe you? Plus, you’ll travel through some lovely Vermont countryside on the way to his studio.

Studio #32: Artist Jen Wiechers of Laughing Lizard Studio  is a double threat, working as both a jeweler and most recently as an encaustic painter. Her paintings include a variety of media, including resin, pigment, wax, and found objects. The layering process gives her work a fascinating depth. Jen is part of a great network of artists in the Brattleboro area and will be showing her work at the glassblowing studio of Marta and Josh Bernbaum.


Jen Wiechers necklace

Studio #53: Andrea Trzaskos of Frog Song Designs came to pottery through her love of gardening. She had a creative journey that many artists experience – she started in the craft as a hobby and it became a business when her work took over her house. Andrea’s exquisite, hand built pieces often feature natural themes, including flowers and animals. Her studio is located in Bethel.

Andrea Trzaskos

Andrea Trzaskos carved peacock platter.

Studio #67: From his workshop in Worcester, Chris Eaton of Kingfisher Forge can hear the calls of his studio’s namesake bird coming from the nearby Winooski River. Chris is self-taught and his metal work ranges from sconces to furniture. It’s amazing what he can do with metal – his pieces are sculptural, graceful, and elegant.

Wrought iron hooks by Chris Eaton.

Wrought iron hooks by Chris Eaton.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this small taste of what awaits you during Vermont’s Fall Open Studio Weekend. You won’t regret visiting any of the studios participating in the event.

I wonder what the next blog post theme will be?

Give in to Your Animal Instincts During Open Studio Weekend!

Artists and Animals – A Sampling for Fall Open Studio

by Elissa Campbell

NOTE: Studio numbers correspond to numbers on our free Vermont Studio Tour Map. See it online at this link (link: 

The artists participating in Open Studio Weekend work in a wide variety of mediums and settings. It can be hard to figure out where to start your journey. This tour features artists inspired by the animal kingdom.


Studio #1: NEW ARTIST Winters can be tough for dogs – not all breeds are equipped to deal with cold environments. Janet Dooley of Vermont Canine Countrywear  has you covered! In her Milton studio, Janet creates functional and stylish coats and snowsuits for your canine companions.

Jane Dooley

Dog coat for a medium sized dog by Janet Dooley.

Studio #12: NEW ART SITE Could you imagine a museum tucked away in rural Huntington whose mission is to present education about birds and their habitat using wood carving? Yes, there is such an organization and you can visit during Open Studio Weekend.

This carved wooden hummingbird is on display at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington.

This carved wooden hummingbird is on display at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington.

Studio #16: NEW ARTIST If you’re looking for a fully immersive animal experience, look no further than Elysabethe James of Bryn Meadow Farm Studio. This studio is part of a farm that raises heritage animals, including turkeys, sheep, and chickens. Elysabethe’s watercolors focus on the life that surrounds her on the farm.

Brynn Meadow Farm

A colorful hen and chicks by Libby James.

Studio #48: Caryn King loves animals and it shows in her work. In her studio in South Newfane, you can find paintings of cows, chickens, rabbits, and more. Her portraits really capture the personality of her animal subjects.

Caryn King

Painting by Caryn King

Studio #64: NEW ART SITE The Great Hall, in Springfield, an historic, renovated factory building located on the Black River, will present Fur and Feathers –  Open 11:00 to 4:00 Saturday & Sunday. Saturday, 12:00 Meet the artists. On hand will not just be art and artists but live subject matter also – Raptor Program Saturday only, 1:00.

Great Hall Owl

Barn Owl – photo by Jennifer MaHarry

Studio #66: NEW ARTIST Are horses more your style? Visit Suzanne Nielsen of Equine Art in Chester. Suzanne is an accomplished horse rider and trainer and has a deep love for the subjects of her paintings and drawings.

Janet Nielsen

A dramatic painting of a horse by Janet Nielsen.

Studio #73: In Hartland, you can find Vermont Stone Design, the studio of Kenny Hamblin. He makes gorgeous bird baths out of locally sourced stone. A stonemason for twelve years, Kenny was trained by his father.

One of Kenny's stone birdbaths, perfect for your garden.

One of Kenny’s stone birdbaths, perfect for your garden.

Studio #86 NEW ARTIST Red House Studio, photographer Linda Bryan captures details of rural life in Vermont, with her photographs. Located in picturesque Newbury, Linda’s studio will surely treat you to many beautiful views.

Linda Bryan

Cows follow the farmer down a rural road in a photograph by Linda Bryan

These studios offer a wonderful slice of the life and work of Vermont artists. Might we suggest that you follow up this tour with a vegetarian meal?

Fall 2015 Tour – A Potpourri of Pottery Studios

Open Studio Weekend – A Pottery Potpourri!

Written by Jennifer Boyer, retired from Thistle Hill Pottery

Vermont has a rich variety of clay artists, and it’s a treat to visit their studios. You could plan your whole Fall Open Studio October 3 & 4 experience just by following the roads to potteries.

Let’s look at them by County

NOTE: Studio numbers correspond to numbers on our free Vermont Studio Tour Map. See it online at this link: 

Chittenden & Addison Counties:
Studio Tour # 19 – Robert Compton Pottery offers a rare look at am amazing variety of hand thrown wood-fired stoneware. Even more interesting are the several different kilns on the property. A must see for any clay fan.

Chris Homer and Bob Compton with pottery.

Chris Homer and Bob Compton with pottery.

Studio Tour # 10 – Jean Meinhardt’s contemporary porcelain features unique microcrystalline glazes in an interesting palette.

Jean Meinhardt bowls.

Jean Meinhardt bowls.

Studio Tour # 27 – Andy Snyder of Mud Puppy Pottery specializes in functional artistic pottery for the home using a variety of techniques. See Andy’s brand new studio in Orwell complete with a couch for visitors who would like to sit and chat.

Andy Snyder Platter

Mud Puppy Studio platter.

Rutland, Windsor & Windham Counties:
Studio Tour # 34 – Nicholas Seidner & Diane Rosenmiller, husband and wife team,  of Rising Meadow Pottery offer wood, salt or soda-fired utilitarian pottery. Nick and Diane will also show a variety of their friends high quality artwork in their studio gallery.

Rising Meadow Pottery Bowl

Diane Rosenmiller’s lovely fluted bowl. See husband Nick’s work also at the gallery.

Studio Tour # 37 – David Stone has a variety of styles in burnished earthenware and stoneware.

David Stone Studio

David Stone stands on his Cuttingsville studio porch, ready to greet visitors.

Studio Tour # 58 – Walter Slowinski of Orchard Street Pottery specializes in wood fired and salt-glazed functional ceramics and teapots.

Walter Slowinski, Orchard St Pottery

Walter Slowinski makes teapots with branch handles among other ceramic forms.

Studio Tour # 49 – Matthew Tell of The Turnpike Road Pottery makes elegant wood and gas fired stoneware pottery. Matthew has been a part of Open Studio Spring for over 20 years and is a real master at his craft.

Matt Tell fires the kiln.

Matt stokes the kiln during a firing.

Studio Tour # 52 – Malcolm Wright is an internationally known clay artist who works with functional pottery and clay sculpture.

Malcolm Wright

“White Form” by Malcolm Wright. Photo by John Polak.

Studio Tour # 62NEW ARTIST – Virginia Wyoming makes stoneware pottery for home and garden.

Virginia Wyoming

Virginia makes a variety of pottery for the home and garden.

Studio Tour # 57 – Naomi Lindenfeld specializes in a unique line of colored clay pottery

Naomi Lindenfeld

Naomi Lindenwold works with layers of colored clay that she then carves and recombines.

Studio Tour # 46NEW ARTIST – Diane Echlin makes stoneware pottery and jewelry.

Diane Echlin

Diane Echlin’s jewelry shows off the lovely earthen colors of clay and glazes.

Studio Tour # 77 – Andrea Trzaskos of Frog Song Designs offers a beautiful line of hand-built, hand carved functional stoneware.

Andrea Trzaskos

Andrea Trzaskos carved peacock platter.

Studio Tour # 78 – Two Potters, Nathan & Becca Webb specialize in wood-fired stoneware pottery and will give tours through their two chambered kiln and new studio.

Two Potters.

From above looking at an autumn table setting of Two Potters pottery with Nathan and Becca Webb.

Studio Tour # 42 – Jane Wojick of Form and Function Pottery produces functional and sculptural stoneware. She will be showing at the Bennington Arts Guild.

Jane Wojick

Jane Wojick vase.

Orange, Washington & Lamoille Counties:

Studio Tour # 96NEW ARTIST – Noel Bailey features a line of functional high-fire porcelain.

Bailey ThumbStudio Tour # 100 – Mud Studio – A potter’s collective and educational center shows the work of more than 22 different people in the gallery. Also visit the wheel room and hand building areas to become tempted into a life of your own in clay.

Mud Studio, Abby Dreyer

Shown here, a handbuilt ceramic bird house by Abby Dreyer, one of the instructors at Mud Studio.

Studio Tour # 101SPECIAL EVENT – Jeremy Ayers makes functional and decorative ceramics in a studio on his grandfather’s property. Over Open Studio Weekend, Jeremy will celebrate his new studio in a renovated barn, just off the Main St in Waterbury VT.

Jeremy Ayers

Jeremy Ayers teapot. Jeremy makes many other forms for food and flowers.

Studio Tour # 105 – Lynn Flory of Mill Village Pottery produces functional pottery and tiles.

Lynn Flory

Lynn Flory has a showroom and studio filled with her work including examples like this.

Where To Pick Up A Map??

Fall Open Studio is here!

If you have somehow missed emailing or calling to get a Vermont Studio Tour Map, have no fear!

We printed 20,000 copies of these and they are all floating around Vermont.

View Where to Pick Up a Map – Fall Open Studio 2013 in a larger map

These seventeen galleries not only feature a varied mix of Vermont artwork, they have also pledged to hand out maps.

A. Grand Isle Art Works – 259 Rte 2, Grand Isle VT 05458. (802) 378-4591.

B. Frog Hollow Gallery – 85 Church St, Burlington VT 05401. (802) 863-6458. A Vermont State Craft Gallery

C. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery – 22 Barber Farm Rd, Jericho VT 05465. (802) 899-3211

D. Art on Main – 25 Main St, Bristol VT 05443. (802) 453-4032.

E. Brandon Artists Guild – 7 Center St. (Rte 7), Brandon VT 05733. (802) 247-4956.

F. Chaffee Art Center -16 South Main St., Rutland VT 05701. (802) 775-0356.

G. Epoch – 18 Vermont Artisans – 4927 Main St, Manchester Center VT 05255. (802) 768-9711.

H. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2 – 106 Main St, Brattleboro VT 05301. (802) 257-7044.

I. River Arts – 74 Pleasant St, Morrisville VT 05661, (802) 888-1261

J. Gallery at the VAULT – 68 Main St., Springfield VT 05156. (802) 885-7111. A Vermont State Craft Gallery

K. Collective – The Art of Craft – 47 Central St, Woodstock VT 05091. (802) 457-1298.

L. White River Craft Center – 50 Randolph Ave, Randolph VT 05060. (802) 728-8912.

M. Artisan’s Gallery – 20 Bridge St, Waitsfield VT 05673. (802) 496-6256

N. Artisans Hand – 89 Main St, Montpelier VT 05602. (802) 229-9492. A Vermont State Craft Gallery.

O. Blinking Light Gallery – 16 Main St, Plainfield VT 05667. (802) 454-0141

P. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild – 430 Railroad St, St Johnsbury VT 05819. (802) 748-0158

Q. Miller’s Thumb – 14 Breezy Ave, Greensboro VT 05841. (802) 533-2045.

Also, every studio will have maps, so you should be able to pick one up at your first stop.

Every rest area/tourist information center on I-89 or I-91 should also have maps. (If they don’t, we’d like to know about it.)

Daryl Storrs, Huntington printmaker,  readies her signs for the weekend.

Daryl Storrs, Huntington printmaker, readies her signs for the weekend.