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Bethel Artists Prepare for Spring Open Studio 2017

By Andrea Trzaskos

A group of four artisans in the ‘Bethel Group’ is busily preparing for Open Studio weekend.

Two Potters Shop welcomes visitors.

Two Potters Shop welcomes visitors.

At Two Potters, Nathan and Becca Webb are making pottery for a wood-firing in June.  Since their kiln is only fired once or twice a year, Open Studio will be an exciting time to preview many of the pieces before they are loaded into the kiln.  Nathan and Becca create pottery with the simple goal of adding beauty and enjoyment to life.  Their functional pieces include mugs for hot coffee and tea, bowls for all things, vases for fresh flowers, butter keepers, mason jars, and fermenting crocks.

During Open Studio, Nathan and Becca will be giving tours of the kiln barn – where visitors can walk inside the kiln itself – while answering questions about their wood-firing process.

Becca and Nathan have built this wood fired kiln. Firings happen twice a year.

Becca and Nathan have built this wood fired kiln. Firings happen twice a year.

The two potters will also be giving demos in their studio, and there’ll be an area for kids to play with clay.

Bowls on Shoulder

Three newly glazed bowls head to the kiln shed.

They’ll have pottery for sale, food and drink, and (hopefully) live music on Sunday afternoon – check out their Instagram feed (@twopotters) or website (twopotters.com) for more details on the music.  Two Potters is a family-friendly venue, and everyone will be welcome to come and stay a while

Grace Pejouhy holds a stoneware pitcher.

Grace Pejouhy holds a stoneware pitcher.

Across town at Naught Hill Pottery, Grace Pejouhy and Evan Williams have just finished a throwing cycle and are doing brushwork and glazing while getting their kiln ready for a firing.  Grace and Evan work in partnership, with Grace doing much of the throwing while Evan decorates using slip wiping and brushwork with pigments and wax resist.  Focusing on traditional functional forms with flowing curves and strong lines, then firing their pots in a Bourry box wood kiln, these potters endeavor to create work that is simple and honest to its materials and feels right to use in everyday life.

Evan shapes the lip of a large bowl.

Evan shapes the lip of a large bowl.

Visit Naught Hill Pottery during Open Studio Weekend and you will see that Grace and Evan have been working hard to prepare as many pots as possible in advance of their first showing at the League of NH Craftsmen Mount Sunapee Fair later this summer.  This will be the biggest show they’ve participated in, and Open Studio offers a great chance to get a first look at their newest work!

A carved raven peers out of his ceramic tile.

A carved raven peers out of his ceramic tile.

Over the river, Andrea Trzaskos has also been working hard at her Frog Song Designs studio to prepare for a busy summer show season.  Another Bethel artist working in clay, and with the devoted help of two four-legged studio assistants, Andrea has been at work through the winter to build up her collection of both functional ware and decorative wall art.

From plates and platters to vases, vessels and wall tiles, she hand-builds each piece in stoneware before painting and carving through layers of colored underglazes to create detailed, one-of-a-kind surface designs.  A long-time gardener and nature enthusiast more recently turned to ceramics, Andrea focuses on themes of birds and nature in her designs.  She’ll be on the road with her work for much of the summer and fall, so Open Studio is a great opportunity to catch up with her at home.


Frog Song plates, with a variety of underglazes, waiting to be fired.

Frog Song plates, with a variety of underglazes, waiting to be fired.

And just down the road, Open Studio visitors will be welcome at the Stone Revival carving studio and gallery of Julian Isaacson, housed in a beautifully refurbished barn at the edge of Stockbridge.

Julian has been sculpting in stone and hardwoods for over forty years, creating unique works deeply connected to Vermont’s people and land.  His work includes fine art, functional art, monuments and commissions that reflect his preferred themes of nature and community.

The Stone Revival gallery is filled with beautiful examples of Julian’s bas relief sculpture, while the gift shop offers a range of Vermont products including jewelry, quilts and gift baskets.  Julian will be carving during Open Studio, so don’t miss this terrific chance to see him at work!

Fall Open Studio Weekend Special Notes

Events within the Event

While a visit to any of the 108 visual arts sites participating in Fall Open Studio October 4 & 5, will be a memorable experience, the following sites have created special offerings within their event.

Studio Tour # 87. Kent Museum at Historic Kents Corner 
7 Old West Church Road, Calais, VT • Visit website
 Now through October 5 – Reflections 
Over 30 visual and literary artists muse literally and figuratively upon the concept of reflections. Considering the actual return of light as inspiration or using internal thoughts as visual motivation are equal focuses of the show. Through the use of reflective materials and highly polished surfaces or through manifest content such as mirrored imagery or conjured repetition, we hope to enlighten visitors on many levels by providing an overt look at how art reflects life as well as how images and forms of thought bounce back.

Studio Tour # 1. Artist Led Tour with David Stromeyer at the Cold Hollow Sculpture Park
4280 Boston Post Road, Enosburg Falls, VT • Visit website
 October 4 – The final artist-led tour of our 2014 season. Enjoy a special one-hour tour through the park’s five meadows populated with 40+ of David Stromeyer’s large-scale sculptures that concludes with a very rare opportunity to see inside his state-of-the-art iron works and studio. 
As this is an outdoor event please dress accordingly with layers and walking shoes, and bring an umbrella for light rain.“We have visited many sculpture parks around the US, and this ranks as one of the best.” – David Roy

Deborah Falls's painted silk poppy.

Deborah Falls’s painted silk poppy.

Studio Tour # 70. Deborah Falls
 25 Grout Road, Hartland, VT • Visit website
 October 4 & 5 – Vermont Open Studio Tour – Deborah Falls welcomes visitors to her studio to see her newest paintings on silk. Local Vermont cheeses and fare will be served each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Studio Tour # 15. Daryl V. Storrs Artworks
 235 Bridge Street, Huntington, VT • Visit website
 October 4 & 5 – Woodblock Printing Demonstration – Daryl Storrs will be printing on her antique printing press during the Open Studios event in Huntington Vermont, October 4-5. Using multiple blocks she will ink and print each block separately to create her final pieces. Additionally there will be more original block prints, jewelry and pastels for sale.

Daryl Storrs checks a print in her Huntington studio.

Daryl Storrs checks a print in her Huntington studio.

Studio Tour #s 104 & 105. Wind’s Edge Studio & Seasholtz Glass Design
 590 East Main St., Hyde Park, VT • Visit website
 For “hot glass in a cool state” take in Matt’s glass blowing demonstrations, and be among the first to view Marion’s new line of hand-dyed clothing – Happy Dog Hand Dyed Clothing.

Studio Tour # 39. Rising Meadow Pottery
 50 West Street, Middletown, VT • Visit website
 October 4 & 5 – “Hot and Fresh” – Potters Diane Rosenmiller and Nicholas Seidner will be participating in the third annual Fall Open Studio Weekend with new work and wood-fired pizza. You can expect to see fine examples of both Dianeʼs colorful and whimsical elegant porcelain functional pots and Nickʼs variety of wood fired and gas fired table and domestic wares. In addition, seconds will be available for sale and the studios and kilns can be toured and viewed. Each day will offer a a different type of experience at Rising Meadow Pottery. The wood fired pizza kiln will be fired up for everyone to enjoy on Saturday and on Sunday pots will be unloaded fresh from the wood fired pottery kiln. Join Diane and Nick for a “Hot and Fresh” themed weekend!

Studio Tour # 90. May Day Studio
 190 River Street, Montpelier, VT • Visit website
 October 4 & 5 – Open Print Studio with guest artist and live music – May Day Studio, a letterpress and bindery studio in Montpelier, will be offering letterpress-printing demonstrations and more as part of Fall Open Studio weekend! Come by and print a keepsake on one of our presses, watch artist Brian Zeigler work on one of his wall-size collages, and listen to the bands of Montpelier’s own State and Main Records in an all-day outdoor show!

Quirky paper goods, letter press and music at May Day Studio 10/4 $ 10/5

Quirky paper goods, letter press and music at May Day Studio 10/4 $ 10/5

Studio Tour # 32. John Chiles Glass
 690 Route 73, Orwell, VT • Visit website
 October 4 & 5 – John Chiles will demonstrate glassblowing and also help both adults and children to make their own blown glass holiday ornament.

Studio Tour # 77. White River Craft Center – Mystery Weave, Deflected Double Weave, Cell Weave with Elisabeth Hill 
50 Randolph Avenue, Randolph, VT • Visit website
 October 4 10 a.m. – 11:30. Elisabeth Hill will give a presentation about several specialty weaves, deflected double weave, cell weave and other “mystery” weaves.

Studio Tour # 49. Coombs Criddle Associates 
359 Rue Madeline, Readsboro, VT • Visit website 
October 4 & 5 – Free Glasscutting Lessons – Visit Debora Coombs Stained Glass studio during Vermont’s statewide Fall Open Studio event and learn how to cut glass for free! Demonstration and 30 minute glasscutting lessons start at 11am and 3pm on October 4th and 5th, 2014. Max 6 people. Tools and glass provided. Email me to reserve a spot, or just turn up.

Studio Tour # 79. Alice Cheney Painting/Encaustics – Alice Cheney. Carved encaustic paintings with luminescence. 19 Fuller Hill, Warren VT 05674. Come to Warren VT and see daily demonstrations of Vermont artist Alice Cheney. Alice works in the ancient form of encaustic painting. A 5th century method of painting using hot beeswax that is burned into the pigment preserving the color forever. It creates a luminosity that is similar to water color painting. Stop in her studio in the small village of Warren, and have some Vt cheese and cider, while watching the demonstration.


Encaustic painting by Alice Cheney

Studio Tour # 50. Readsboro Glassworks 
6954 Main Street (Rte 100), Readsboro, VT • Visit Bill’s websiteVisit Mary’s website
 October 4 & 5 – Readsboro Glassworks Sculpture and Glassblowing Demonstrations – As part of the 2014 Vermont Foliage Open Studio Weekend, Mary Angus and Bill LeQuier will be welcoming visitors to their Readsboro studio from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday with glassblowing demonstrations ongoing throughout the weekend with handblown glass by Angus and glass sculpture by LeQuier on display and for sale.

Studio Tour # 62. Art, Birds and Coffee Gallery at the Vault – 
68 Main Street, Springfield, VT • Visit website
 October 4 – Woodcarver and former park ranger, Philip Morgan, demonstrates his skill at carving realistic bird sculptures while Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society provides delicious bird-friendly coffee to sample. Vermont birds travel to South America in the winter and bird-friendly coffee methods are crucial to their survival. Sign up for monthly coffee orders that can be picked up at the Gallery; select a handmade coffee mug; and consider registering for Phil’s Gallery at the Vault workshop next spring.

Deborah Coombs works with a student with stained glass.

Deborah Coombs works with a student with stained glass.

Studio Tour # 71. Collective – the Art of Craft
 47 Central Street, Woodstock, VT • Visit website
 October 4 ~ Vermont Open Studio Tour ~ Collective – the Art of Craft, a working artists cooperative gallery, holds a guest artists reception for Brattleboro jeweler T. Breeze Verdant, Bethel potter Andrea Trzaskos and Reading quilter Susan Balch. Breeze’s wooden jewelry features a variety of wood inlays. Andrea’s ceramic tiles are hand built and are all one of a kind. Working free hand, she carves the clay surface to create the designs and textures that incorporate themes of natural beauty. Susan’s quilts combine two life-long passions, quilting and fly fishing.

Studio Tour # 17. The Lyna Lou Line – Lyna Lou Nordstrom. Monotypes, collographs, silkscreen, fabric art. 1260 Pond Rd, Shelburne VT 05482. (802) 658-0019. Lyna Lou will be demonstrating monoprints on her professional Ettan etching press during Fall Open Studio.  In addition, guests will be able to create their own Jell-O (gelatin plate) monotype prints that they can take home.  This event is free and open to the public.  A display of various one of a kind prints will be on display as well.

Studios Participating in Open Studio for the First Time

Visitors who regularly tour during Open Studio might like to visit the following studios that are taking part in the tour for the first time ever!

Studio Tour # 1. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park – David Stromeyer. Large iron sculpture set in rolling meadows. 4280 Boston Post Rd, Enosburg Falls VT 05450. (512) 333-2119. See above for special event.

One of the sculptures at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls. Artist - David Stromeyer.

One of the sculptures at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls. Artist – David Stromeyer.

Studio Tour # 3. Red Cottage Studio – Joan Therese Hayes. Watercolor, acrylic landscape, atmospheric and colorful.10 Eagle Camp Rd, South Hero VT 05486. (603) 305-8731.

Studio Tour # 8. Pika Works – Joan MacKenzie. Paintings, prints, cards, magnets, whimsy. 7 Lavoie Drive, Essex Junction VT 05452. (802) 879-1131.

Studio Tour # 18. Shelburne Craft Center – Pottery and wood demonstrations and sale. 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne VT 05482. (802) 985-3648.

Studio Tour # 24. ARTSight Studios and Gallery. Paintings, mixed media, monotypes, jewelry. 6 South St, Bristol VT 05443. (802) 578-8231.

Studio Tour # 25. John Filan Woodworking and Photography – John Filan. Unique wooden serving boards, photography. 291 Sheep Farm Rd, Weybridge VT 05753. (207) 776-3391.

Studio Tour # 45. Vermont Harvest Folk Art – Doreen Frost. Handcrafted needlework and mohair bears. 131 VT Rte 153, West Pawlet VT 05775. (802) 645-9543.

Studio Tour # 48. Ray Finan Furniture Studio – Ray Finan. Custom designed wood furniture. 269 Old Depot Rd, Arlington VT 05250. (802) 681-5393.


Ray Finan Furniture Studio opening to the public over 10/4 & 5 for the first time! Arlington VT.

Studio Tour # 61. Sage Jewelry – Michele Bargfrede. Handcrafted sterling silver jewelry and accessories. 78 The Common, Chester VT 05143. (802) 875-7243.

Studio Tour # 80. All Things Bright and Beautiful – Gaelic McTigue. Christmas ornaments, Santas, cats, dogs. 27 Bridge St, Waitsfield VT 05673. (802) 496-3997.

Kate Taylor specializes in jewelry boxes made of wood.

Kate Taylor specializes in jewelry boxes made of wood.

Studio Tour # 84. Torrey Caroll Smith Studio – Torrey Smith. Colorful acrylic painting, prints and cards. 55 S. Main St, Waterbury VT 05676. (802) 598-4008.

Studio Tour # 86. Flint Brook Pottery – Deborah Van Ness. Handthrown, functional stoneware pottery. 471 Minister Brook Rd, Worcester VT 05682. (802) 229-0259.

Studio Tour # 90. May Day Studio – Kelly McMahon. Quirky paper goods, letterpress, bookbinding. 190 River St, Montpelier VT 05602. (802) 229-0639. See above for special event.

Studio Tour # 93. Creative Woodworking – Kate Taylor. Fine woodworking, jewelry boxes, classes. 479 Stony Corners Rd, East Montpelier VT 05651. (802) 917-1772.

Nick Rosato's  Johnson studio will showcase many wooden bowls turned from local woods.

Nick Rosato’s Johnson studio will showcase many wooden bowls turned from local woods.

Studio Tour # 103. The Sculpted Tree – Nick Rosato. Woodturning, bowls of local wood. 562 Vt Rte 15, Johnson VT 05656. (802) 999-2976.

Studio Tour # 107. JH Forge – Jim Hurlburt. Handmade Vermont hardwood kitchen chef knives. 3986 Stowe Hollow Rd, Stowe VT 05672. (802) 253-8473.

Jim Hurlburt is a blacksmith and a chef knife designer. He opens his Stowe studio over 10/4 & 10/5.

Jim Hurlburt is a blacksmith and a chef knife designer. He opens his Stowe studio over 10/4 & 10/5.