We are the Artisans Studio Tour and have been around for 26 years supporting local artisans sell handmade work. Please see our press release below.
From Our Hands to Yours: Time for Connection!
2020 Artisans Studio Tour Goes Virtual. If 202 were an ordinary year, we would be eagerly anticipating opening our studios to all those who appreciate handmade, high-quality are crafted by Virginia artisans. But with Covid-19, this year is anything but ordinary. This year we celebrate the 26th year of Artisan Studio Tours with 37 artisans and their work available to you online at http://www.artisanstudiotour.com/. Our new, enhanced web site will feature the artisans’ stories, with videos of their studios and some of their processes. And of course, you’ll find opportunities to purchase fine craft work. This year’s Tour brings five new artisans from around the state representing a variety of crafts. Both of our new ceramic artisans, Katherine Maloney from the Tidewater area and Julie Madden from Charlottesville, start with the wheel, but don’t stop there, adding figurative and sculptural elements to their pieces. Woodworker Craig DuBose makes custom furniture based on his study of design from Asian, European, and American furniture-making traditions. Jason Benkendorf of Redeemed Woodturning gives new life to old trees in his one-of-a-kind functional bowls. Jeweler Liz Hanson works with sterling silver to make clean, fluid shapes and forms that emerge through forging, fabrication, and casting. Some artisans will provide live video demonstrations during the weekend. Opportunities to learn about the working processes can be accessed through the Studio Tour web site. The Online Tour provides an excellent opportunity to purchase the work of talented professional artisans as unique gifts or for your own collection. The studios and artisans are varied, but their commitment to fine craftsmanship is a constant throughout the Tour. You are invited to sign in on the Tour virtual guest book on November 14 and 15, 2020 for a chance to win one of several pieces in our online drawing. For more information about the Artisans Studio Tour and links to individual artisan websites, visit online at www.artisanstudiotour.com, Like the Tour on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/artisans.studio.tour and on lnstagram at https://www.instagram.com/artisanstudiotour/, or contact Nancy Ross at [email protected] or 434-973-6846. Photos are available upon request.