ACV Juried Virginia Artisan members represent the highest quality hand-crafted, artisan-made works that the Commonwealth of Virginia has to offer. Each Juried Virginia Artisan featured in this section has gone through a rigorous standards review process recognizing the high quality of their work.
What is An Artisan?
An Artisan creates objects of three dimensional craft, often to be used functionally, but always with a high degree of artistry and quality craftsmanship. For the Artisan, form follows function, and the work of the Artisan speaks to the simple honesty of that paradigm. The Artisan pours himself into his craft, making his quality objects with pride, honesty, and integrity. Whether using hand tools or machines, the Artisan takes no shortcuts that might compromise the quality of the work. The Artisan does not attempt to compete with the large scale manufacturer, and the amount of time taken to make a work of fine craft is secondary to the result. That the goal of the Artisan is to achieve heirloom quality is an unspoken assumption.
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"Love for my friends of the four-legged woolly variety - everything starts there for me."
"First and foremost, the beauty I see in everything around me flows both consciously and subconsciously through all my designs."
Ceramics: Functional, Jewelry: Metal, Precious/Semi-Precious Stone,
"What I love about creating functional pottery is the idea that the viewer gets to have a unique relationship with a piece of art"
Shenandoah County Artisan Studios Ceramics:
"My work has been greatly influenced by my love of nature and of primitive pottery."