This past weekend was another of Walker Homestead’s very hospitable open houses, a New England Christmas by the Hearthside. I managed to sneak away from the dyepots to spend an hour or so enjoying the scene which included many, many delicacies from the kitchen, warm fires, hosts in period costumes, Father Christmas and, of course, shopping opportunities.

Kris Casucci and her elves make wonderful seasonal garlands out of natural materials. Who can resist? And, this year, Pied Potter Hamelin and Garine Arakelian were on site with a roomful of their redware pottery. Yes, I succumbed to temptation. I thought you’d like to see a few pictures of the event. If you are in the area, it’s well worth putting it on your calendar for next year.


Autumn Activities in our area

Autumn is a busy time of year for craftspeople here in New England. One of the highly anticipated local events is the Backroads Studio Tour. The public is welcome into many area studios to see how the artisans work and to view a sampling of their crafts. The public also has the opportunity to purchase directly from the artisans. It's a win-win situation. This year's tour was blessed with gorgeous weather on Saturday. I took some pictures to share with you over the next few days. Today's are of Garine Arakelian of Kulina Folk Art/Pied Potter Hamelin. Garine and her husband Rick Hamelin make traditional American redware pottery, all either hand-thrown or drape-molded. All glazes are lead-free and suitable for the dinner table. You can read more about Garine and Rick and their pottery on their website, .