Calling Crafters | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Calling Crafters 

State of the Arts

Founded in 1955, Vermont Hand Crafters is the oldest craft organization in the state, currently with about 200 members statewide, according to Jury Chair Shannon Greenlese. They run the gamut from professional full-time artisans to part-time home hobbyists. And now the Waterbury-based group is looking for alternatives.

That is, alternative — or “indie” — crafters. Those are folks who create “art that incorporates recycled, repurposed and/or eco-friendly materials and innovative techniques,” Greenlese explains. In Burlington, some of them sell their wares at the Saturday Artists’ Market; many indie creative types also run online businesses at such sites as But Greenlese suggests that “Etsy doesn’t give you the feedback and support you need as an artist,” whereas VHC is “there to help each other grow and improve.” Besides the tough love, a benefit of membership is participation in the annual fine art and craft show at the Sheraton (November 20-23 this year). Interested? Call 800-373-5429 or visit for more info.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston is a cofounder and the Art Editor of Seven Days. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation