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League of NH Craftmen’s Fair

Iris' booth at Sunapee craft fairSee Iris at Sunapee,
Booth # 619
Aug 5 – 13, 2017

It’s the 84th annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair in Newbury, NH

Select handmade crafts by more than 350 craftspeople.
Enjoy daily craft demonstrations.
Participate in special workshops for all ages.
Learn more about your favorite craft and take a tour with a master.
Picture your home with a handmade piece of furniture, rug, wall hanging or basket from our Living with Crafts Exhibition.
Try on one-of-a-kind handmade fashions and accessories in the Craftwear Exhibition.
Walk through the Sculpture Garden and enjoy creations for outdoor living.
Enjoy live music and puppet shows.

Fall Studio Open House and Sale

Purple Sage Studio Transformed for SaleAt Purple Sage Pottery
3 Mechanic St. in Merrimac, MA

Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 12, noon – 5 p.m.

A diverse collection of decorative and functional works in clay to fit every taste and budget, will be available for purchase by local potters.

The fall line up has not yet been determined. The 2017 Spring Open House presented the works of the following potters:

Larry Elardo, our featured artist this time. He is renowned for his large garden ornaments and outdoor sculptures. Larry is a master of textures and shapes. He presses everyday objects such as crocheted lace, toy game pieces, or kitchen tools into the soft clay.  Familiar objects which leave a reverse image seen out of context, creating a feeling that is both comfortable and innovative. Larry has been refining his works over several decades and the results reflect his mastery of ceramic sculpture and his eye for striking yet natural-looking colors and forms. His goal is to constantly look at the world with fresh eyes and so create images that will surprise, enchant, and challenge the viewer.

Purple Sage owner Iris Minc, whose works range from exquisite porcelain and graceful stoneware to rough-hewn art pieces.
Beth Bell works intuitively, embracing the irregularities that happen naturally in the creative process to create her soulful decorative and functional works in clay.
Lisa Mistretta will showcase her highly imaginative and beautifully decorated work.

Sibel Alpaslan, who hails from Turkey where she started her pottery career, brings a fun and whimsical aspect to the show.
Hiromi Satoh brings an Oriental flair to her ceramics with her subtle shapes and colors.
Lucy Hutchinson’s work is artfully textured with her own beautifully crafted stamps to create truly timeless pieces.
Peter Grams,
known for his vibrant glazes, will have his much sought after mugs, bowls, lamp bases and more..
Wendy Jackson is back again with her beautifully carved slab built wares featuring turtles or tree silhouettes. Wendy wood fires her pottery; a long laborious and at the same time exhilarating process. The interaction of the flames and ashes with the clay creates unpredictable and sometimes stunning results.
Ana Guerra is an abstract painter who has become enamored of the subtle and rich variations possible with glazes. Her forms are Asian inspired simple and elegant shapes.
Steven Zoldak and Maureen Mills with their colorful slip trail decorated collections of pots, are first time guest artists at Purple Sage this spring. Steven will be giving demonstrations throughout the show.

In addition 12 emerging clay artists who are students at Purple Sage Pottery will be selling their wares: Darlene Beal, Meryl Goldsmith, Noreen Mack, Jill Sczepanski, Kathy Clark, Sue Stasiuk, Molly Loik, Maryanne Bologna, Kathy Glennon , Suzanne Abbott, Sue Crawford, Beth Kiker.

Shop for that special piece of pottery to take home with you or the perfect gift. Pick a pot still warm from the fire directly out of the gas kiln. Watch a pot being spun on the potter’s wheel, or try to spin one yourself. Light refreshments will be served.