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Vermont Artisans Change With The Times

10/13/10 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Dreams, Persuaded, 2007. Harry Besett (glassblower) and Wendy Besett (enameling). Blown, enameled, and encased glass vase, 9" h x 7" w. Courtesy of the artists.
Vermont's modern artisan's movement began in the 1960s, when crafts people sold their wares from wobbly card tables at makeshift craft fairs. 

Today crafts are sold from artisan's studios, at craft cooperatives and at juried fairs, by artists who are keenly aware of the importance of marketing and advertising. 

We talk with Martha Fitch, Executive Director of the Vermont Crafts Council and  Anne Majusiak, curator for the State Of Craft Exhibit at the Bennington Museum about how Vermont's professional craft community has evolved, how artisans have kept up with changing public tastes, and the impact of the economy on the craft market.

Also, VPR's Steve Zind talks about his three weeks with Vermont Guard soldiers in Afghanistan. 

 

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State Of Craft History Of The Studio Crafts Movement Vermont Crafts Council VPR's Report From Afghanistan
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