Artisans from Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts come together once a year in December to sell their work. Although the location has changed over the years, this show brings together an eclectic collection of fabulous things to buy – ceramics, wood, jewelry, glass, books, photography, painting, printmaking, collage, and more. In this cooperative craft event, the artists handle all aspects of the show, including the jurying, marketing, and selling. The artists can choose what work they wish to sell – a bonus for the buyer who may find seconds and one-of-kinds along with usual favorites.
The show runs for seven days in the historic Pawtucket Armory, it’s open to the public, and admission is FREE. And if you can get your stroller up the front steps, there is plenty of room inside to move it around. This year you can enjoy great live music while you shop. Since the artists share the sales responsibility, you may not meet all the artists on any given day (except on Opening Night), but there are always plenty of artists to mingle with and to answer any questions you may have.
When I am not crafting myself, I love to shop the local fairs. And shopping local for holiday gifts supports our community and may even save gas, time, and money. Show your support for handmade crafts by local area artists by visiting the Foundry Show this year. With so many artists to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone on your gift list or your own wish list.
Here is a list of some of my favorites at this year’s show:
Enjoy discovering your own.
Red Chair Studio
Offers a unique handmade collection of luminously dyed and printed silk scarves and wraps, lavender sachets, collaged blossom pins, and other vibrant wearables and unusual gifts.
owner + designer: Christine Herron
Rag & Bone Bindery
They will be selling their traditional paper page albums as well as slip-in sleeve photo binders, journals, accordion books, and their bestselling digital photo albums. Baby’s First Book will be available – each ribbon-bound book contains 24 whimsical fill-in pages such as “How Mom and Dad met,” “How we picked your name,” “The Big Day,” plus many more.
owner + designers: Jason Thompson & Ilira Steinman
Dahlia Kanner Studio
Contemporary jewelry crafted in eighteen-karat gold, platinum, and sterling silver.
artist: Dahlia Kanner
Original works of art in oil, watercolor, and mixed-media. Check out Bryce’s collection of hand-painted wooden blocks.
artist: Mike Bryce
Elegantly crafted metal accessories for the kitchen and home. Lovely line of birds motifs to check out include birthday candleholders, holiday ornaments, and fridge magnets.
artists: Sandra Bonazoli & Jim Dowd
Colorful wraps, blankets, and scarves in wool and fleece.
artist: Mindy Cherry
Pawtucket Armory Building – 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI
Opening Night: Thursday, December 6, from 5 to 9pm
Music by the Topcats
Fridays, December 7 & 14, from 12 noon to 8pm
(Music from 5 to 8 pm)
Saturdays, December 8 & 15, from 10am to 6pm
(Music from 3 to 6 pm)
Sundays, December 9 & 16, from 10am to 6pm (TBA)
December 6: Topcats
December 7: Taren Yelle Band
December 8 & 14: Ten Years To Late
December 9 & 16: Corinne Wahlberg & other RISA artists
Made by Hand is an ongoing series where I highlight different artists and their work from Rhode Island and beyond. I will introduce you to a world of handcrafted works for both kids and adults – from toys, books, jewelry, art, food and more.