Vermont Artisans Craft Gallery
Burlington Town Center Mall
Lower Level by the Food Court
Over 70 VT Artisans
& Food Producers
I have always made art. From the time I can first remember I have been drawing painting working with my hands. My Grandfather would bring me into his woodshop and let me make little sculptures teaching me how to use a wide variety of tools.
In grade school through the end of high school my family made sure I had the support that I needed by continuously enrolling me in some sort of extracurricular art activity. Most of my weekends and summers were taken up with art, primarily focused on painting, drawing, and jewelry fabrication.
I discovered glass while studying to be a silversmith at the Surrey Institute of Art, and once I did there was no looking back. This was a true eureka moment. It started when I was attending college in England when my friend Russ from the glass program handed me a blowpipe, had me gather glass out of the furnace, and blow my first bubble. After that I was obsessed
The rolling hills, Green Mountains, and Lake Champlain lure artisans of all kinds to live in Vermont. Inspiration for art abounds here. Although many artisans are transplants or “flatlanders” as Vermonters call them, Vermont Rolling Pins’ wood turner is a long time Vermonter. His family records date back to the late 1600’s; they were beckoned early on to this gorgeous state.
When Vermont Rolling Pins’ wood turner turns a piece, he uses his heart, his mind, and his hands. Each piece gets his heart, even before he starts the lathe. He admires the solid wood’s unique grains and colors. When the lathe turns his mind remains focused; it stays intent on its subject. His hands work the wood to get the desired shape and then he sands the piece to a smooth finish and then each piece is oiled, enhancing each wood’s grain and color even more.
As you can tell our wood turner is passionate about his creations. We, at Vermont Rolling Pins, know you’ll love the workmanship which goes into your handmade solid wood rolling pin.
Katherine Washburn has been creating pottery since the age of four. Born in New London, Connecticut, her parents both deceased were active in the arts.
“My grandmother used to schlep me to New York City every month on the milk train, there perched on phonebooks I watched Oliver on the stage, stared in awe at the exhibits in the Museum of Modern Art, and put my nickels in the automat for lunch”
There was never a time in Katherine ‘s life when there wasn’t some sort of paint or clay. Schooled in a small studio in New London, Katherine went on to attend small oil classes, and pottery classes at the Lyman Allen Museum.
Katherine is a retired schoolteacher of 22 years with a BA in Elementary Education from Johnson State, a Masters in Special Education from The University of Vermont
She now lives with her husband John, and their dog Molly, in Vermont, where she continues her craft in the area of ceramics
Shanley Triggs, a native Vermonter, grew up on a dairy farm in the Champlain Valley town of Milton, Vermont. After studying English at nearby Trinity College of Vermont, she became a school teacher. She was introduced to watercolor painting when she decided to enroll in a local class at the Community College of Vermont. Through this class and others, especially those taught by the late Vermont painter Barbara Smail, she discovered that the challenge and process of creating a painting was something she truly enjoyed and since has devoted over two decades to the medium of watercolor.
She started showing her watercolors in the 90's at art festivals as well as Vermont juried shows in which she received awards for her work. Scenes of her native Vermont, images of favorite flowers, as well as paintings featuring her mother's china tea cups seem to especially resonate with people. In 2002, she created her business known as Vermont H'Art, under which she now sells her original work and prints. Her 5x7 miniature prints can be found in specialty gift shops and country stores througout Vermont and Massachusetts.
In 2006, Shanley was one of twelve "On the Grounds Artists" at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. She was awarded an Artist Development grant by the Vermont Council on the Arts the following year, through which she was able to study egg tempura painting and the art of religious icons, a new and continued area of focus for her. For five years. Shanley was a juried artist at the Burlington City Artists Market in Burlington, Vermont, and thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday morning tradition in which area artists sell their works alongside area farmers taking part in the Farmer's Market in Burlington's City Hall Park.
Shanley is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, the Vermont Handcrafters, and the Milton Artists Guild. She teaches watercolor classes when her schedule permits as she is a strong advocate of the healing power of art. She is a supporter of the arts and encourages others to make art of any medium.