Monday, December 12, 2011

Shopping Outside The Box: Unique Holiday Gifts Not Necessarily Destined for The Potting Shed

Franz and Bottom, porcelain figures in linen and silk by Mona Adisa Brooks

There's no doubt that a gift of a nice clay pot, a comfortable pair of gardening gloves, or a good gardening book to chase away the winter doldrums will bring a smile to a gardener's face this holiday season.  However, gardeners are not one-dimensional when it comes to gift giving and receiving; they also appreciate finely crafted items that are not necessarily destined for the potting shed. So, if you decided that you've wrapped your last pair of pruners for that special gardener on your list, and you're looking for a unique gift this year, something hand-made that you can also purchase locally, look no further than the artists and craftsmen of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  

The gorgeous pieces that you see here are just a sampling of the fine craft items that are hand made by juried members of the League and available in eight retail galleries located throughout New Hampshire in: Center Sandwich, Concord, Hanover, Littleton, Meredith, Nashua, North Conway and Wolfeboro.  And, you can also shop online via the League's webstore by clicking here.

The wonderful and amusing porcelain characters dressed in colorful silks and linens that you see here and in the photo at the top of the page are the creations of Mona Adisa Brooks. According to Mona, "they offer humanness in their "fool"ishness and through them we can take a good look at ourselves and find a little lightness in our heads and hearts."

These wine glasses by Trish Dalto and Alex Kalish are beautiful, lightweight, and a joy to use. They are made from crystal clear glass with twisted green and pink glass inside the stem.

Those who enjoy wildlife will be drawn to this lifelike original cast pewter moose. Designed with an amazing attention to detail and handcrafted by artisan Walker Boyle.

This gorgeous porcelain vessel by Genevieve Groesbeck is just one example of the artist's one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces. 

This organically shaped tray by Lynn Goldberg is made with ribbed basketry techniques and a laurel handle. Weaving materials include dyed and natural reed, and seagrass.

This partially segmented lidded vessel by Jack Graceffa is accented with a ring and knob from multiple exotic wood species.

All images courtesy of the artists.

1 comment:

  1. Mona Adisa Brooks is an amazing talent. Her craft, on display on the corner of Main and Grove Streets in Peterborough NH are well worth a visit. I see her work daily and it never ceases to delight!


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