Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Last weekend I explored Vermont Craft Council's Spring Open Studio Weekend.  This is a statewide, behind the scenes look at some of Vermont's most talented artists in their own space.  Artisan's open their studios, which are often times off the beaten path, in their personal homes.  This self guided tour allows you to not only explore the beautiful state of Vermont but gives you a unique opportunity to connect with these artists on a more personal level.  There are numerous artists involved but I focused on a few close, metal inspired artisan's.  I began my adventure at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery to pick up a map plus enjoy the various artists showcased in this gallery.  Hope you enjoy the pics and please visit some of the artists I have listed.  :)

I'm obsessed with tree sketchings.  (check out my Instagram)  Harald Aksdal had beautiful pieces.  

My next visit was to Lori Yarrow Designs.  A contemporary jeweler who works with silver, copper, brass and semi-precious stones.  AMAZING!  Her studio space was very inspirational, as was she.   Lori began beading much like I did and now does amazing channel inlays, stone setting, and metal work.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Now THAT is a mandrel!  Lori hammering the beautiful cuff that I purchased.  

Farrier and Blacksmith Joe O'Leary and his wife Stephanie at Blue Moon Forge Vermont.  How awesome is this???   Joe's studio had sinister medieval looking tools, tons of horseshoes and great trinkets that he created.  I picked up a Norwegian Troll Cross to ward off Trolls!  ;)

Farrier and Blacksmith Joe O'Leary and his wife Stephanie at Blue Moon Forge Vermont.  How awesome is this???   Joe's studio had sinister medieval looking tools, tons of horseshoes and great trinkets that he created.  I picked up a Norwegian Troll Cross to ward off Trolls!  ;)

I will have to make sure to carry this on our trail walks in case we come across grumpy old trolls, who live under the bridge.