Nov.  3-5, Fine Furnishings Shows Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket. Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. 22nd annual show with 100 craftspeople making furniture and home accessories.

Nov. 4, “Art in the Making” Open Studios Various locations in and around North Scituate. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 17th annual event in northwest corner of the state with 11 studios, among them potter Tom Grabbert, glassblower Neal Drobnis. www.artistopenstudios.org

Nov. 30-Dec. 10, Foundry Artists Holiday Show Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket. Opening reception: Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m.. Regular hours: Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Crafts by Foundry Artists Assn. members.

Dec. 9-10, Art Providence Holiday Show Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. 200 crafts and visual artists. Debut of new event organized by RISD alumni.


Nov. 2-Jan. 7, “Artistry  Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. 203-453-5947. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., Thurs. until 8 p.m. 40th annual sale of work by 200 American crafts artists to benefit the center. Opening reception: Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m.

Nov. 4-5, CraftWestport Fieldhouse, Staples High School, 70 North Ave., Westport. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, ages 62+ $9, ages 12-18 $5, under 12 free. 175 juried exhibitors; raffle; popup marketplace. 42nd annual benefit for Westport Young Women’s League organized by Artrider. (In photo below: potter Jerry Bennett at CraftWestport)

Nov. 12, “Soup for Good” Guilford Craft Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. 203-453-5947.  4:30-6:30 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door to benefit center and Community Dining Room. After soup meal, participants keep their handmade bowls made by center’s potters.

Nov. 24-Dec. 10,  Holiday Sale Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. 860-397-5925. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. until 9 p.m. Free. Work of 200 crafts artists. 62nd annual benefit for pottery school.

Nov. 19, “Bowl-a-Thon” Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927. $20, includes soup and bowl or mug to keep. Benefits CAW.

Nov. 25-Dec. 24, “Celebration of American Crafts” Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., final week daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Work of 100 crafts artists

Through Dec. 3, “Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery” Yale University Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-2800. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free. Pottery from early 20th century to present. Related programs: “Made in China,” 80 large porcelain vases by Clare Twomey placed throughout exhibit. Pottery demonstration: Oct. 21, 2-4 p.m. Symposium: Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., “Long Shadows: Tradition, Influence and Persistence” with keynote lecture “Prime Object, Digital Clay and Its Modernist Origins,” by Jenni Sorkin of University of California, Santa Barbara. Symposium is free and open to public with pre-registration recommended.


At Craft Center Gallery League of New Hampshire Craftsmen headquarters, 49 S. Main St., Concord. 603-224-3375. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 :30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Through Dec. 22, “North Country Workshops Exhibition.”


Nov. 17-19, Craft Vermont Sheraton Conference Center, Rte. 2, Burlington. 800-373-5429. Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 for 3 days; $5 Sun., ages under 12 free. Annual event sponsored by Vermont Hand Crafters.


Oct. 21-22, Arts and Crafts Show Coastal Performance Art Center, 14 Thomas Point Rd., Brunswick. 207-621-2818. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun.10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by United Maine Craftsmen.

Nov. 26, “Earth” Osher Auditorium, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. 5:30 p.m. Free, open to public. “Elemental Intersections: Conversations on Art & Environment, Part 3: Earth.” Artist Wayne Higby, Donna Loring of Penobscot Nation, and geologist Joseph Kelly discuss qualities of Maine coastline. Program organized by Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts.

At Messler Gallery Center for Furniture Craftsmanship 25 Mill St., Rockport. 207-594-5611. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Jan. 3, “Contemporary Wood Lighting,” work by international wood artists.

At Maine Fiberarts Gallery and Red Studio, 13 Main St., Topsham. 207-721-0678. Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Through Dec. 23, “Woven Work,” by Nancy Hemenway Barton; Indian basketry and other woven art. In the Red Studio: through October, Thurs. and Fri., weaving with Emi Ito of Bath, Maine.


Oct. 20-22, Fall Arts and Crafts Fair Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St., Lexington. 781-862-9696. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p..m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free. 200 exhibitors in all media.

Oct. 26-28, Fiber Arts Show & Sale Village Church, 2 Central St., Wellesley. Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Annual event with handwovens and other fiber-related crafts  sponsored by Weavers Guild of Boston. Note new location for this event. www.weaversguildofboston.org

Oct. 28-29, American Craft Fair Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free with Garden admission. 25 juried crafts artists in variety of media. Cosponsored by Worcester Center for Crafts.

Nov. 17-19, Paradise City Arts Festival Royal Plaza Trade Center, Rte. 20, Marlborough. 800-511-9725. Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $14, 65+ $12, students $8; three-day pass $16; ages 12 and under free. 175 juried exhibitors; theme exhibit.

Nov. 24-26, Holiday Festival of Crafts Worcester Center for Crafts 25 Sagamore St., Worcester. 508-753-8183. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5. Juried show with 60 exhibitors.

Dec. 1-3 and 9, Open Studios and Holiday Sale Cottage Street Studios, Easthampton. 413-658-8406. Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free. Gallery One receptions Fri. and Sun. 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 14-17, CraftBoston Holiday Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston. 617-266-1810. Preview “Holidays and Highballs” to benefit Society of Arts and Crafts: Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m., $150. Regular hours: Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. !75 juried crafts artists.

At Society of Arts and Crafts 100 Pier 4, Suite 200, Boston. 617-266-1810. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. until 9 p.m. Free. Through Oct. 28, Artists Awards,” work by Tanya Crane (jewelry, metalsmithing, fiber), Janice Jakielski (ceramics and fiber), Julie Morringello (wood lighting design). Closing reception: Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m., with artists’ talks; free, pre-registration recommended. Openings: Oct. 26-Dec. 6, Fantasy Architecture: Sculptural Boxes,” by Jay Rogers; opening reception Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m. , free. Nov. 11-Feb. 3, “From Minimal to Bling,” biennial exhibit of contemporary jewelry; reception Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m., free. Benefit: Oct. 14, noon-4 p.m., “Buy a Cup + Fill It Up,” $25 cups filled with coffee to benefit SAC.

At Krikorian Gallery Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd., Worcester. 508-753-8183. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Through Nov. 11, “The Fiber of Our Being,” exhibit of felted fiber art coordinated with Northeast Feltmakers Guild. Nov. 29-Dec. 25, “The Cup Show.”

At Lexington Arts and Crafts Society 130 Waltham St., Lexington. 781-862-9696. Tues.-Fri. and Sun. noon-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28-Nov. 12, exhibit of work by faculty and students.

Through Dec. 1, “From the Cerebral Dimestore”  Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston. 617-495-8680. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free.  Pottery by Mark Burns, artist in residence through 2018.

At Fuller Craft Museum 455 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-588-6000. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. until 9 p.m. $10, seniors $8 and students $5, under 12 free; Thurs. 5-9 p.m., free. Through Nov. 12, “What Remains,” wooden quilt sculptures of Laura Petrovich-Cheney. Through Dec. 31, “Parts and Labor: Print and Collage Works,” by Steven Ford. Through Nov. 26, “Shifts: Approaching Encaustic from All Angles,” work by members of New England Wax. Oct. 21-March 11, “Gender Bend: Women in Wood, Men at the Loom,” weavings and wood turnings.


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Leather crafts artist Cara DesJardins participates in Art Providence Holiday Show in Providence, R.I.; and glassblower Ed Branson exhibits at Paradise City Arts Festival in November in Marlborough, Mass.


Through December