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    • Fashion Forward
    • Fashion Forward

      Handmade Tales: Claudia Venon, interior design / fashion, Mallett's Bay
      If a home-décor show featuring only Vermont-made products were to make its way to television, Claudia Venon could take charge of two elements: interior…
    • Good Clean Fun
    • Good Clean Fun

      Handmade Tales: Missy Bly, Soap maker, Burlington
      Strong but pleasant aromas fill soap maker Missy Bly’s Burlington apartment on a recent weekday. And no wonder: Funneling essential oils into glass bottles,…
    • Earthy Vessels
    • Earthy Vessels

      Handmade Tales: Ed Racicot, Vermont Art Sinks
      Home-makeover shows are fun and addictive, but so far they’ve missed out on a gem: Vermont Art Sinks. The handcrafted stoneware basins sit stylishly…
    • Dream Weaver
    • Dream Weaver

      Handmade Tales: Kristine Myrick Andrews, Basket Weaver
      Basket weaving has an undeserved reputation as a cop-out activity. But the truth is, the craft is so hard it’s often devilishly frustrating —…
    • A Place for Lace
    • A Place for Lace

      Handmade Tales: Evelyn Gant, Lacemaker
      Lacemaking is weaving without a loom. So explains veteran lacemaker Evelyn Gant, owner of Fine Threads, as she manipulates 70 or so bobbins, each…
    • Hot Commodity
    • Hot Commodity

      Handmade Tales: Gabriel Cole, Glassblower
      Gabriel Cole, 39, is a regular guy who happens to be able to expertly transform hot, liquid glass into goblets, vases and bowls. The…
    • Perfect Squares
    • Perfect Squares

      Handmade Tales: Jean and John Barberi, Vermont Block-N-Toy
      There’s something about wooden blocks that draws all ages, say Jean and John Barberi, the husband-and-wife team behind Vermont Block-N-Toy. Once, after a dinner…
    • Iron Man
    • Iron Man

      Handmade Tales: Steve Bronstein, Blacksmith
      Blacksmith Steve Bronstein loves to talk shop while tossing hot iron around. The manic energy behind Blackthorne Forge in Marshfield, he narrates highlights from…
    • Clay Date
    • Clay Date

      Handmade Tales: Dan Siegel, Pottery Artist
      Burlington potter Dan Siegel may spend hours watching a wheel turn, but it’s after firing that his work really gets around. This year Siegel…
    • Binding Ties
    • Binding Ties

      Handmade Tales: Elissa Campbell
      Whenever Elissa Campbell, 38, of Blue Roof Designs goes on vacation, she buys a few more unique sheets of handmade paper. Her collection resides…
    • Sew Cute
    • Sew Cute

      Handmade Tales: Lindsey Lu
      Lindsey Lu, the baby-and-mom clothing store in Colchester, takes its name from both owner Lindsey Louchheim and her daughter Lulu. The business wouldn’t exist if…
    • Going With the Grain
    • Going With the Grain

      Handmade Tales: Edward Allen
      The Green Mountain State boasts 68 home wood-furniture makers and collectives, according to the Vermont Wood Products Marketing Council. They all produce gorgeous pieces…
    • Casting Impressions
    • Casting Impressions

      Handmade Tales: Karen Klinefelter
      Jewelry designer Karen Klinefelter’s Pine Street studio in Burlington is filled with the specialized tools of the trade — a soldering torch, a Crock…
    • Body of Work
    • Body of Work

      Handmade Tales: Rebecca Freedner
      Henna design requires an unusually steady hand, and Rebecca Freedner of Heartfire Henna has one. She reveals this at a recent session of decorating three…
    • Thinking Big
    • Thinking Big

      Handmade Tales: Phebe Mott
      Phebe Mott refuses to paint anything smaller than 2-by-3 feet. “I like to move around when I paint. I like making big brush strokes,”…
    • Raku Star
    • Raku Star

      Handmade Tales: George Breisch Gonzalez
      George Breisch Gonzalez, 35, can be found most cloudless evenings firing vases on the gravel apron outside the Burlington City Arts Clay Studio. The Miami-born…

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