New England Crafts Connoisseur

Online guide to contemporary crafts in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire



April 21-23, CraftBoston Spring Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. 617-266-1810.  Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, seniors $13, students (tickets good all weekend). Preview party “Makers in the Round”: April 20, 6-9 p.m., $150.

April 22, “Empty Bowls” Benefit Mudflat, 81 Broadway, Somerville. 617-628-0589. 5-8 p.m. In advance $25 person, $60 family; at the door $30, family $75. Choose from 700 bowls, fill with soup by local makers, and keep your bowl. Proceeds benefit Food for Free in Cambridge and Somerville.

April 27-May 7, Spring Pottery Show and Sale Feet of Clay, 21 Station St., Brookline Village. 617-731-3262. Opening party April 27, 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. 4- 8 p.m. Free. Work by clay co-operative members.

April 29-30, Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Nine studios in Pioneer Valley towns of Pelham, Northfield, Amherst, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Host studios and guest potters for a total of 22 participants. 10th annual event sponsored by Asparagus Valley Pottery Guild. Related event: “Pottery Trail After Hours Party: April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.,  $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Held at Snow Farm, 5 Clary Rd., Williamsburg (413-268-3101). BBQ, non-alcoholic beverages, kiln opening, pottery demonstrations; Lefty’s Brewing Co. beers extra.

May 5-7, Open Studio and Pottery Sale Mudflat, 81 Broadway, Somerville. 617-628-0589. Fri. 6-10 p.m., opening reception; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Work by 81 clay artists.

May 5-7, Pottery Invitational Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore St., Worcester. 508-753-8183. Preview reception May 5, 5:30-7 p.m., $35. Other times free: Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual event with variety of potters, among them Jeremy Randall, Hayne Bayless, Adero Willard, Kyla Toomey, Nicholas Seidner, Holly Walker.

May 11-14, Spring Show and Sale Ceramics Program of Office for the Arts at Harvard University, 224 Western Ave., Allston. Thurs. opening reception 4-8 p.m.; other times Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Work by 50 clay 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 June 10, “I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now,” Boris Bally and other artists transform guns into useful objects such as jewelry and sculpture.

At Lexington Society of Arts and Crafts Parsons Gallery, 130 Waltham St., Lexington. 781-862-9696. Tues.-Fri. and Sun. noon-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Through April 23, “Hands at Play,” exhibit of work by Metalworkers and Weavers Guilds. April 29-May 14, “Freedom of Expression,” work by Ceramics and Painters Guilds.

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 to all. May 13-Oct. 7, “Circular Abstractions: Bull’s-Eye Quilts,” international quilt exhibited organized by Muskegon Museum of Art. Through June 4, “Playa Made,” jewelry of “Burning Man.” Through June 25, “Cary Wolinsky: Fiber of Life”; “Living Traditions,” handwork of Plymouth CRAFT. Through Oct. 1, “Future Retrieval: Permanent Spectacle,” installation by Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker. Through Nov. 12, “What Remains,” wooden quilt sculptures of Laura Petrovich-Cheney.


Through June 23, “Pushing the Limits” Craft Center Gallery, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen headquarters, 49 S. Main St., Concord. 603-224-3375. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 41 creations by 35 League crafts artists who work outside their comfort zones.


May 28-29, “Statewide Open Studios” Variety of crafts and artist studios, Vermont. 802-223-3380. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Annual event. visit for participants, regional maps.


April 28-May 31, “Current Student Work” 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. Work by 9-month Comprehensive students.


At Guilford Art Center  411 Church St, Guilford. 203-453-5947. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Free admission.  April 21-May 7, Gallery One Group Exhibition.

Through April 30, “Hilda Kraus Retrospective” Brookfield Craft Center, Whisconier Rd., Brookfield. 203-...Tues.-Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Free. Work by mid-century modern jewelry designer and enamelist.


April 29-30, Open Studio WB Sculpture Studio, 89 Bellevue Ave., Providence.

401-297-9389. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Metal sculptures and furniture by Whitmore Boogaerts.

April 30, RISD Student Spring Art Sale Outdoors on Benefit Street. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Rain or shine.

New England Crafts Connoisseur

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From left, Meg Branzetti exhibits at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Mass.; jewelry artist Ritvalissa Ojanen participates in “Pushing the Limits” at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in Concord; ‘Olé” by Sue Ritter Miller is part of “Circular Abstractions: Bull’s-Eye Quilts” at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.

New York potter Jeremy Randall participates in “Pottery Invitational” at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, Mass.

Events: through May