The 16th Annual Artisans Studio Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, and feature 33 artisans in 16 working studios. Across Albemarle County and northern Nelson, artists will open their studios as hundreds of guests travel around the area to view handcrafted jewelry, pottery, metalwork, high-fired porcelain, turned bowls, three-dimensional quilting, raku fired ceramic sculpture, weavings and baskets.
On the western side of Albemarle and northern Nelson, visitors have the opportunity to tour five studios. Starting on Route 250, Studio 12, The Barn Swallow, will feature stoneware, porcelain, jewelry, and fabric articles created by Janice Arone, Mary Ann Burk, Enid Adams and Lotta Helleberg.
Studio 13, Fred Williamson, is located on Sugar Ridge Road in Crozet. He will be displaying greenwood turned bowls made from local logs. His salad bowls and decorative pieces are a tour favorite.
New tour artist Judd Jarvis is Studio 14, located at 1203 Afton Mountain Road. Jarvis creates functional salt-fired stoneware pottery. Studio 15, 2 Art Studios – Gallery 161, features studio owner Tanya Tyree with her raku-fired ceramic sculpture, jewelry and functional forms and Gary Dalton with his custom furniture serving clients’ unique functional and aesthetic needs.
The final stop on the tour is Studio 16, the shop of Nan Rothwell and her functional salt-glazed stoneware and wood-fired pottery. Also on display at Studio 16 will be Penny Sipple with originally designed and hand-crafted handbags and accessories made of soft supple leather and Greg Sandage with his unique precious metal and gemstone jewelry.
A special “passport” program will give tour visitors the opportunity to win shopping credits with a participating studio artisan of their choice. Guests are encouraged to pick up a passport at any studio during the weekend and have it stamped at each studio they visit. Each visitor is eligible to win a $50 credit, and those who visit eight or more studios will have a chance to win a $300 credit.
A map to all the studios can be found at the Artisans website, www.artisanstudiotour.com.