Terrapin Glassblowing Studio opened in Jaffrey, NH in December 2011. Our mission is to create a recreational space for the community to access and learn the craft of glassblowing. We do this through free glassblowing tours and demonstrations, lessons for all levels, studio rentals, and by making our own work available for purchase. We are a small art studio trying to make it in a world full of huge production businesses.
Nelson Richter is a retired educator from Missouri who has moved to New Hampshire after his retirement from 40 years of teaching. He developed an interest in water fowl decoys during his days on the family farm and his involvement in Ducks Unlimited. He is a self taught carver and now carves shore birds, individual feathers and Santa's figures. He collects individual leaves, traces the pattern on to paper then onto wood where the leaf is created either with a natural finish or the fall color of the original leaf.
I make wall hangings, sculptures and jewelry inspired by prehistoric, tribal and world art. I tell stories with my art, stories to honor and encourage others who are making their own place in the world.
I believe using our creativity makes the world a better place for everyone. I believe everyone can participate in that process. I contribute as an artist and a writer. And maybe other ways I don't know about yet.
Bob Englund purchased a used lathe about twenty-five years ago and dabbled with it from time to time. However with semi-retirement and now full-retirement, he is spending much more time in his workshop.
He makes lamps from wood carefully selected from his pile of cordwood; he also turns natural edge bowls and hollow vessels. He designs the lamps so that bark and the split surfaces from the woodsplitter are included in the base. Similarly he includes the interface between the heartwood and sapwood as well as unique grain patterns, bark inclusions, and even segments of arrested decay.
Shana Brautigam is a potter and teaching artist working at Rooted in Clay pottery studio in Rindge, NH. She makes her forms using hand-building techniques, such as pinching, coiling, and slab building. Without using the wheel, Shana creates a variety of unique forms, including everything from bowls and mugs, to teapots, large vessels, and clay instruments. She often decorates the surface by imprinting natural objects, such as leaves, ferns, evergreens, and nutshells into the clay. By incorporating these designs into her work, Shana shares her love and respect for the natural world.
Chris Sherwin is the Owner and sole proprietor of Sherwin Art Glass. He brings the intriguing art of glassblowing and a high quality product to his small, New England hometown community. Sherwin Art Glass is an Art Glass Studio committed to excellence in quality and unique composition of glass in various handmade forms. Chris has over 18 years of professional experience in glass making. He combines the skills of production crystal glass making and the artistic torchwork design process, learned from two internationally renowned glass studios, into his own unique style.
Loribeth sculpts papier mache and adds vintage fabrics to create one of a kind art dolls. Using vintage ephemera, fibers, and bits and bobs gathered and thrifted over time she also creates original cards, garlands, wreaths, cushions and other unique items.
Fiber artist Marylou DiPietro is the founder and President of Reincarnations, a company that designs and makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind bags out of vintage, repurposed fabrics, belts and buttons. The fabrics include all types of high-end jackets, blankets, and clothes, as well as woven and felted materials, fabric swatches, and upholstery remnants. Each bag is unique, utilizing materials that are devoted solely to that individual item. The bags (as well as padded envelope-style sleeves and clutches) are designed especially for computer equipment, e-readers, eye-glasses, and a few other uses.
My canvas is a white muslin, rayon or silk textile fabric. I create art cloth using textile dyes, paints, soy wax and machine embroidery.
Layer upon layer, medium upon medium, building upon the before, my textiles come alive with color, texture and movement.
Bring homeward functional fun, beauty, freedom and clarity.
Creativity is stirred by the current palettes of the eyesight.
Visual encouragement comes forward: natural plant growth, personal beauty, home, art, writings, etc.
My artistic vision is translated from such stimulation.